World's longest cruise will keep you at sea for almost a year

Seven continents. Seven cruise ships. 357 days. If you find yourself stuck in the uncomfortable predicament of having a bunch of extra cash, and a year’s worth of vacation days to burn, don’t worry—we’ve got a solution: Luxury cruise line Mundy Cruising just announced a new, 357-day itinerary that will hit all seven continents. Oh, and did we mention it sets sail in three months? Starting in Miami on Jan. 10, 2017, lucky passengers will begin the longest cruise ship journey in the world by heading to South America on board the award-winning Crystal Serenity. (The next longest cruise journey, in case you’re wondering, is a 180-day trip from Oceania.) During this first leg you get to climb Machu Picchu, visit the Nazca Lines, head up to Christ…

Things to do in Stellenbosch this December A vineyard in Stellenbosch. Credit: flickr.com/Dave Bezaire     Surrounded by over 170 world class wine farms and home to more than 80 restaurants – and numerous options for world-class accommodation – Stellenbosch has become the food, wine, art and sport capital of South Africa. For travellers (and locals) looking to augment the innovative food and wine pairing experiences, there is more than enough to add to the itinerary for an extended Stellenbosch visit over the 2016 festive season. Ecovillage accommodation Over and above the many delightful guest-houses and hotels in and around Stellenbosch, The Sustainability Institute (near Spier Wine Farm) situated in the heart of the Lynedoch Ecovillage also has accommodation for those who are looking for something different. Only 4 km out of town, their Drie Geuwels...

Pilot scrawls friendly 'hello' message on FlightRadar24 A pilot has spent 40 minutes flying in loops and circles to create a friendly message from above. The unidentified flyer said "hello" by following a flight path above Germany that was mapped on tracking website Flightradar24. Read more:* Pilot shares his incredible views of the Northern Lights* Pilots sacked for letting model take selfies in cockpit It's not the first time the pilot has had fun with the app that tracks flight patterns around the world. Other particularly creative drawings from the owner of the aircraft, a Robin DR400/180 Regent, include a flower and an aircraft.

Tanzania's Geodesic Dome Suites Are The Ultimate Forest Escape If you’re on the prowl for a romantic safari destination, look no further than Asilia Africa’s Highlands camp in Tanzania. Located in a mountain forest on the slopes of Olmoti volcano, the Highlands camp comprises eight futuristic dome suites. Each suite contains a king-sized bed, a luxurious bathroom with running hot water and flush toilets, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Serengeti.  Visitors can climb the Olmoti volcano or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater from camp. They can also drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is home to leopards, buffalo, elephants and zebra.  Best of all, the camp is eco-friendly. Highlands employs a full solar plant and collects rainwater off tents to minimize its ecological footprint. Geodesic domes are also more efficient than...

Three Jetmen fly alongside eight Patrouille de France Alpha Jets in aerobatic display Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman! It might look like a stunt from a superhero film but, in a world first, three men and eight French Airforce planes have flown alongside each other in a spectacular formation. The Patrouille de France are known for their skillful aerobatic demonstrations but have gone above and beyond with The Jetmen; Yves Rossy, Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen. ​​The stunt flight over the South of France involved 16 different aircraft and lasted for about nine minutes. The display team and flew together at an altitude of 1200 m and a speed of 140 knots. According to Fugen, the men came within five metres of the aircraft.  "There were eight Alpha Jets, three Jetmen, two helicopters that were...

News: NH Collection welcomes two new Spanish properties NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón has opened in Spain NH Hotel Group’s most exclusive brand, NH Collection, continues to expand its presence in major cities around the world with the opening of two unique five-star hotels in the two most important cities in Spain: NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón, in Barcelona, and NH Collection Suecia, in Madrid. With the addition of these new properties, NH Hotel Group consolidates the presence of its upper-upscale brand in Spain, where it has 22 of the 67 NH Collection hotels that the company operates throughout the world. Another eight properties will be added globally between 2016 and 2018, across Mexico, Chile, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Spain. As is usual for the brand, both hotels are located in landmark buildings in the city ...

Will Hawaii's snow storm ruin my vacation? What travelers need to know Yes, it snows in Hawaii. But the Hawaiian Islands have many different climate zones. When you hear it’s snowing there, as was reported last weekend, it’s usually only on the tops of the state’s highest mountains: Mauna Kea (literally “white mountain” in Hawaiian) and Mauna Loa in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, both on the “Big Island” of Hawaii, and sometimes Mauna Haleakala on Maui. But below 10,000 feet, most tourist attractions are open and vacation activities are not affected. Here is a rundown of the effect, if any, of the snow that began to fall last Thursday: On the Big Island: The free Star Gazing Program at the top of Mauna Kea is the main tourism attraction affected by snow, according to Joan Harvey, director of sales and...

Frugal Traveler: An American Rain Forest and Its Charming Neighbor Potential visitors to the Hoh should remember to bring proper attire: a reliable waterproof jacket and hiking boots with good, thick socks at bare minimum. Do not underestimate the importance of the socks — your boots won’t be much use without them. A pair of gaiters, which keep your lower legs dry and keep debris out of your footwear, might be worth it, too (you can get a decent pair for less than $20). I learned these lessons the hard way — while my boots were solid (I got a great deal on Chaco boots for under $60 on Amazon), my light jacket was worthless. Within an hour in the forest, I was soaked. Fortunately, the hikes themselves were so good, I was willing to work ...