Exploring America’s Top 10 Beaches and New Luxury Cruise Ships: Latest Travel News

Plus, exotic destinations to watch the total solar eclipse, the best shoulder season deals, and a hotel with its own tattoo parlor.


The travel industry considers the months following the peak winter and summer periods as “shoulder season.” (If you think of high season as the head, the months on either side are the shoulders. Just go with the metaphor.) And it has long been considered among the best times to get away as crowds are thinner and the rates are lower. From Macchu Pichu to Morocco, here are seven great destinations for shoulder season.


The editors of Forbes Travel Guide don’t just scour the world for luxury hotel openings—they also look for new ocean cruises. Among the new cruise ships launching in 2024 are the second vessel from the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (which can accommodate 448 passengers in 224 suites) and the Queen Anne, which will feature Cunard’s first female captain.

With spring less than a week away, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer getaways—and that often means beach vacations. TripAdvisor recently ranked the 10 best beaches in America and the top two—Ka’anapali Beach in Maui and Siesta Beach in Florida were also named among the 10 best beaches in the world.

Looking for a special place to watch the total solar eclipse on April 8? From viewing the totality among elephants (in Oklahoma) to watching aboard a solar submarine (in Arkansas), here are 10 exotic destinations where you can view next month’s eclipse.

Why stuff a plush bathrobe into your suitcase the next time you want a hotel memento when you can have something more permanent? At New York’s Untitled at 3 Freeman Alley, guests can commemorate a stay with some new ink at the hotel’s in-house tattoo parlor. “I had not heard of another hotel with a tattoo parlor,” says Gadi Peleg, founder of GPG Hospitality, which manages the Lower East Side property, “and thought that, if ever there was a hotel that needed one, this was it.”

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