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TRAVEL AND LEISURE'S BEST MEGA-SHIP OCEAN CRUISE LINES

Every year, Travel and Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe to share their experiences. Readers rated individual cruise ships on their cabins and facilities, food, service, itineraries and destinations, excursions and activities, and value. Those assessments were combined to generate results for the cruise lines in five categories; mega-ship ocean cruise lines have ships that can carry 2200 passengers or more. The scores were ranked out of a possible score of 100.

Cunard: 86.94

Disney Cruise Line: 86.64

Princess Cruises: 85.34

Celebrity Cruises: 85.34

Royal Caribbean International: 78.86

 

GOVERNMENT TO REDESIGN PASSPORTS

As part of the government's efforts to cut down on fraud and forgery, updated security features will be unveiled later this year. Passport news in the past few months has been frequent, wide-ranging and indicative of wider reform in the coming years. A passport redesign has actually been in the works for several years, as part of the initiative that also eliminated extra pages to increase security. The passport will have an embedded data chip on the information page protected by a polycarbonate coating; this will help prevent your book from getting wet and bending, and should your passport be stolen, the chip will keep anyone from using your page to falsify an identity. The passport number will also be laser cut as tapered, perforated holes through pages, one of several components of the "Next Generation" passport, including upgraded artwork, a watermark and more "optically variable" inks. In other words, some designs on pages will be raised and the ink, depending on the viewing angle, will appear to be different colors.

 

TOP 10 DESTINATIONS FOR FOODIES

​1. Italy (Sicily, Rome)

2. Spain (Barcelona, Sevilla)

3. New York (Manhattan, Brooklyn)

​4. China (Hong Kong, Shanghai)

5. France (Paris, Bordeaux)

​6. South Africa (Cape Town)

7. California (San Francisco, Big Sur)

8. Japan (Tokyo)

​9. Canada (Montreal, Vancouver)

10. Australia (Sydney, Melbourne)

 

 

 

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