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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: New for Carnival Cruise Line – cruise ship, culinary come-ons, Cuba, more

Already the world's largest cruise operator, carrying thousands and thousands of adventure-seekers aboard its 25 Fun Ships, Carnival Cruise Line is about to get even bigger. Besides welcoming a new cruise ship to its fleet, Carnival is adding new destinations to its itineraries; new excursions – including swimming with whale sharks – to its shore tours; and, to its menu of culinary offerings, a new Japanese grill plus a smokehouse/brewhouse combo from a celebrity-chef and member of the Barbecue Hall of Fame.

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5 cheesy seaside towns we love

Many of us have fond memories of summer vacations spent in tourist trap beach towns, and sometimes visiting those towns as adults can be a bit of a guilty pleasure. A few of these towns, however, actually have a lot more to offer – either through history or recent revitalization – than just bad fried food on the boardwalk. We've rounded up a few of our favorite cheesy beach towns around the world, and surprise! It turns out they aren't all so bad.

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Travel dilemmas: Should you visit Cuba now? Consider this

Cuba has been in life's crosshairs of late after a hurricane, a U.S. State Department warning and the discussion of renewed restrictions, leaving travelers confused. To these three issues dogging the island nation, we may need to add a fourth that also may prove a deterrent to travel. Here's a look at how recent events might affect your Cuba plans.

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A Taste of Transylvania in North Carolina

Looking for a couple's getaway to keep you both happy? A surprisingly attractive option lies a reasonably short distance from the Asheville, N.C., airport. Home to world-class mountain bikers drawn to its extensive trail network and mild winters, nationally known fly fishermen and an internationally acclaimed music center, this rural getaway offers travel amenities, a publicly accessible NASA gem and an art district that's home to a Smithsonian exhibitor. Need more? There's also a blooming craft beer scene, and more waterfalls than you can shake a stick at. North Carolina's Transylvania County has much to offer lovers of music, mountain biking and Mother Nature.

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Familiar frights at these haunts

Six years ago, director Eli Roth pulled on a costume from his film "Hostel" and staged an impromptu performance inside the film's maze at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights.

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A Yosemite park ranger's five favorite spots

Yosemite National Park is not just about Half Dome, spectacular as it is. There's so much beauty and bounty to check out in its northern reaches, where the crowds are sparse and the sights spectacular. So we asked park ranger Jamie Richards about some of her favorite spots. She's particularly fond of Tuolumne Meadows and the points along Tioga Road, she says, and now is the perfect time to go.

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6 smart ways to recognize and avoid tourist traps

What is a tourist trap exactly? It's a heavily advertised attraction that lures unsuspecting tourists away from their time and money without providing any insight or authenticity to the destination they're visiting. There are, of course, legendary landmarks and experiences every traveler should see and have, but then there are obvious tourist traps that act as conveyor belts to separate the unsuspecting visitor from their hard-earned cash. We don't want you to waste a second or a cent on less-than-worthwhile travel experiences, so we came up with these smart ways to help you recognize and avoid tourist traps.

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The lowdown on your 'fly rights'

What recourse do you have when a flight is canceled or delayed, or the airline changes its schedule or loses or delays a checked bag or bumps you from a flight? Even though the U.S. Department of Transportation and European regulators promulgate and enforce consumer protections, there are probably fewer "fly rights" than you think, and these vary depending on the country you're flying within, to, or from; which airline you buy your ticket from; and which airline is actually operating the flight.

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