December 2009

December 2009

Princess Cruises: The World is Its (Cruising) Oyster

Just take a look at the numbers: Princess Cruises, with a worldwide fleet of 17 modern ships, sails to all seven continents, offering 115 itineraries

Crystal Cruises Welcomes Another Winning Year

High standards in travel are especially important nowadays, and often get rewarded. With its 10th consecutive win as Best Cruise Line for Luxury

Carnival Cruise Lines: Best Value in Travel

“Carnival, with its affordable pricing, convenient close-to-home embarkation ports and variety of short cruise options—not to mention a unique

Viking’s on Course with Agents Once Again

There was a time in history when nobody wanted to see a Viking ship come cruising into view. But now, contemporary Viking ships are cruising

Cruise West: Up-Close, Casual & Personal

For the fifth consecutive time, Cruise West captures Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Cruise Line in the Small Ship category. Such a

South Africa’s for Everyone

It’s starting to become obvious that just about everybody loves South Africa—first-timers to Africa, honeymooners and now soccer fans. But

China Takes Center Stage

There’s no denying that when the so-called Bamboo Curtain fell, China re-entered the world stage with a vengeance. Presently, China has the

The Allure of Thailand

A trip to Thailand, the wonderful kingdom smack in the heart of Southeast Asia, is memorable merely for the wonders that lie within its borders.

Australia Packs a Punch

Very few destinations capture the imagination of North Americans as Australia, where some maintain that its legendary Outback remains the only

Scintillating Tahiti

One of the most unforgettable sights in the world is Tahiti looming from the sea while on board a vessel manuevering to make land on this

Israel Fulfills Promise of Best Selling Destination

Israel, the Land of Promise, has developed a habit over the years of presenting a more than promising amount of destination sales to North

Dubai: An Arabian Nights Honeymoon Experience

Dubai, the international face of the United Arab Emirates, famous as an ancient kingdom that rose out of the Middle Eastern desert and morphed

Jamaica: The Streak Continues

With 10 straight Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Awards under its belt in the category of Best Selling Destination in the Caribbean, Jamaica has been

Love in St. Lucia

With its lush, mountainous landscape, serene beach settings and intimate, luxurious resorts, St. Lucia’s romantic appeal is hard to deny. So

Romance Reigns in Hawaii

It’s really no surprise that Hawaii has owned Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Award for Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination in the USA

Four Seasons Offers Unparalleled Customer Service

When it comes to consistently offering the very best luxury hotel experience, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts can do no wrong in our reader's

Florida’s Basking in its Award

It’s no surprise that destinations around the world worked extra hard to entice visitorship this year, and Florida was no exception, with hotels

Southwest Soars with Support

When Rollin King and Herb Kelleher joined forces to launch a different kind of airline some 38 years ago, their concept was simple. Transport

Hertz is Golden

When it comes to the best service in car rental, the travel agents have spoken. Hertz has been recognized as Best Rental Car for Travel Agent

Las Vegas Remains Odds-On Favorite

While Las Vegas’ uber-successful ad campaign stresses that mum’s the word on what happens there, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors

Bella Italia

Italy, a land that continues to inspire writers, artists and casual visitors alike, is one of the world’s most popular destinations. Everyone seems

France: Mais Oui!

World travelers have always had a love affair with France, and Americans—from Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to Gene Kelly and Julia Child

Rail Europe Takes a Double Consecutive Win

Rail Europe is on track with its second consecutive win in Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Rail Vacation Provider and still another

Bravo Starwood!

Travel agents gave a resounding round of applause to Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ myriad travel agent tools, awarding the hotel company with

VisitBritain Tops International List for Agent Support

After resolving all those pesky little differences of opinion following the war of 1812, Great Britain and the U.S. have had a long history of

Costa Rica Specialist on Tour

They came—from all over the U.S. They saw—some of the greatest outdoors in our hemisphere. They conquered—the primeval forest canopy on

Costa Rica: Going Green, Going Great

Costa Rica continues to be the southern belle of the ball, winning not only Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Award for the Best Selling Destination

Marriott International: From Agents, With Love

Marriott International has a long-standing tradition of ensuring the success of its travel agency partners. The company’s stated goal is to help