Money-savers on the road
Americans spend close to $2,500 on a typical summer vacation, one of the larger expenditures a family makes in a year. The fun of a great trip, however, quickly evaporates if there is a huge credit card bill to pay when you return home. Here are ways to trim expenses once you hit the road:
1. Ask for a break -- Hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies and attractions, including theme parks and museums, often offer discounts to members of large groups, such as AAA or AARP. When making a reservation or checking in, always ask whether you are getting the lowest rate available. Hotels charge differing amounts for the same rooms depending on occupancy, what season it is and whether you are a member of a group.
2. Eat economically -- Watch how many dollars you eat up on vacation. You can cut down by packing food and snacks or booking a hotel that serves breakfast. A picnic of sandwiches, fruit and beverages saves a family of four almost $50 over eating in a restaurant, says the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta.
3. Pick your card -- Not all credit cards are created equal, so think about which one you want to take, especially if you are going abroad. Consider which card has the lowest transaction fees.
4. Be careful with the cash -- ATMs can be a great way to get foreign currency once you get to a country. But before you leave, call the customer service number of your bank and ask how it calculates the exchange rate and what extras it tacks on for purchases in a foreign currency. Use your debit card rather than a credit card.
5. Shop for currency -- Don't just head to the airport exchange kiosk to buy foreign currency. Shop around or consider a discount exchanger like International Currency Express.
6. Be careful about commitments -- Looking out a hotel window at an idyllic waterfront or gorgeous mountain range makes you want to stay forever, and hotel operators such as Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton sell time shares, a way to let you buy into that scene. Don't make a snap decision to buy, and don't pay the full retail price.
7. Plan your activities -- On cruises, think about creating your own shore excursions, says Stewart Chiron, who operates the cruiseguy.com Web site. This requires some research before you leave. Read travel books and go online to see what tourists do at the ports where you will stop.
8. Use public transportation -- In New York, a seven-day, unlimited-use MetroCard is only $24 and is good for unlimited subway and local bus rides for seven days. In London, a three-day peak-use subway ticket for the central section of the city is $32, about the cost of one taxi fare.
9. Look for coupons -- Pick up tourist booklets and magazines. They are full of coupons and offers for restaurants, activities and attractions.
10. Rough it -- Camping is far less expensive than hotels and often is just as fun.
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10 underrated cities that deserve a visit
THE SMART TRAVELER
Many travel wish lists include cities such as New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta. But less well-known cities can be equally riveting. Here are 10 underrated cities with unexpected appeal:
Kansas City, Mo. / / Kansas City's downtown is undergoing a $4.5 billion face-lift that includes a nine-block entertainment and shopping neighborhood. You'll find Art Deco architecture, public art and a lot of affordable sightseeing. Then you can unwind among friendly residents at one of many renowned barbecue joints.
Cleveland / / There are tons of family-oriented things to do in this Midwestern jewel on Lake Erie's south shore. Leave the little ones at home, though, for Cleveland's main attraction: the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Truth or Consequences, N.M. / / Kathy Clark of the town's Chamber of Commerce describes T or C as "the most outrageous, fun, eccentric, funky 1950s town in America -- with hot mineral water." Others call it America's most affordable spa town.
Fredericksburg, Va. / / Fredericksburg, where George Washington grew up, is a historic town that was at the Civil War's crossroads and blends Colonial and Victorian influences. History buffs love it.
Makawao, Hawaii / / Who knew there would be an Old Western town in the middle of Maui? Hawaii's cowboy town, Makawao, has a main street lined with frontier-style storefronts occupied by trendy boutiques and galleries.
Pittsburgh / / No longer a steel town (the mills closed in the 1970s), Pittsburgh is clean, vibrant and blessed with physical beauty: three rivers, five huge parks and gorgeous views from just about anywhere. It also has several first-rate museums, including the four Carnegies.
Charleston, S.C. / / Charles-ton is the South's gem and has streets so fresh and clean they almost sparkle. It also has upscale dining and shopping, Fort Sumter (where the Civil War began), and several military-themed museums.
Asheville, N.C. / / Locals call it the Paris of the South. Its reverence for aesthetics is manifest in well-preserved architecture and the buzzing River Arts District. Visit America's biggest private residence (George Vanderbilt's 250-room Biltmore Estate) or take in stunning Blue Ridge Mountain scenery.
Davis, Calif. / / Intellectual, progressive residents mingle in bustling cafes while others stroll around the tree-lined University of California campus. Take in a performance at the world-class Mondavi Center (yes, as in the winemaker).
Tulsa, Okla. / / Tulsa's on the rise. Its industrial-chic Blue Dome District ends any idea of provincialism, as do its Performing Arts Center (by the architect of New York's World Trade Center) and its spectacular Philbrook and Gilcrease museums. Best of all, Tulsans make you feel at home.
10 SMART TIPS FOR TRAVEL SHOPPING ON THE INTERNET
This year, more than half of all travel will be booked using the Internet, a first. For travelers using the Web to plan or buy, here's a primer on 10 things you need to know before hitting the "buy" button:
Shop around / / Online travel shoppers visit on average more than three Web sites researching prices before they buy, and you should do likewise. Start with an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Travelocity, then try a travel search engine such as kayak.com, which search an array of travel sites. Then check with supplier sites, those operated directly by the airlines or hotels, and click on their deals section.
Check out the source / / Some online travel agencies such as expedia.com and hotels.com charge a fee for air travel or hotel buys. You can save the fees by buying directly from the supplier.
Don't count on price guarantees / / Most online low-price guarantees must be carefully documented if you're planning to file a claim. Even then it can be difficult to extract the guarantee. Your best bet is to shop before you click so you won't need to make a claim.
All stars are not created equal / / A hotel that gets three stars on one Web site may get four on another. If you are unfamiliar with a hotel, it is important to read each site's fine print on what constitutes a star, especially when you are using an "opaque" Web site such as priceline.com or hotwire. com, on which the name of the hotel is not revealed until after you have committed to the purchase.
Take customer reviews with a grain of salt / / Web sites that provide reader-generated content are popular, including such sites as tripadvisor.com, among the biggest and most active. Much can be learned from reading the musings of "regular" travelers, but be a little skeptical of the feedback on these sites. Watch for flowery praise; if it reads like a brochure, it very well could be from one.
Sold out isn't necessarily so / / When a Web site says a certain date is sold out, that may or may not be true. Many Web sites have an allocation of rooms and when that allocation is gone, they hang the sold-out sign, though inventory may still be available at other Web sites or through the hotel's Web site.
Opaque sites can save you money, if you do your homework / / Buying travel on an opaque Web site such as price line.com or hotwire.com can save you big bucks. But you could end up paying more than you would have buying from a regular source. Shop around first to get a good sense of hotel prices. Then go to a Web site such as Bidding for Travel (biddingfortravel.com) for advice and tips before you make a binding bid, because once you click "purchase," you own it.
You can always wait / / If after all your shopping you have not found a deal you consider worth booking, you can hold off. Sometimes fares will drop as you get closer to your travel date. FareCast (farecast.com) analyzes historical fare data and tries to predict whether fares will increase or decrease, though it doesn't do so with 100 percent accuracy.
Sign up for e-mail notification of deals / / Many airlines will send you a weekly list of deals for last-minute travel. Web sites such as Sherman's Travel (shermanstravel.com) and others will send you their lists of best deals.
Use a travel agent, if you don't have time to do it yourself / / If you have a complex itinerary or are going to an unfamiliar place, seek out a travel agent with expertise in that area. Look at it this way: You might buy a hammer and 2-by-4s to build a fence, but you'd hire an expert to build a house. Why not do the same for travel? You could end up saving money in the long run.
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MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
We travel to see the world -- but if we want to ensure that there will always be a world left worth seeing, we should start thinking of our sojourns not only as personal respites but also as the means by which to improve things little by little. Here's what you can do to help:
Give as you go / / Make your trip count by giving your tourism dollars to companies that take action to better the world. Intrepid Travel (866-847-8192, intrepidtrav el.com), an adventure-tour outfit, matches clients' donations dollar for dollar for developing-world causes, such as protecting children and preventing AIDS.
Think when you fly / / Experts speculate that negative emissions at high altitudes have greater effects, which would make airplanes prime culprits in global warming. You can buy "offsets" to mitigate your carbon output. These are invested in energy-efficient and renewable-energy projects (720- 273-2975, sustainabletravel.com). Also choose airports such as Seattle-Tacoma International and BWI Marshall that make significant trash recycling efforts.
Buy -- or don't -- for effect / / Avoid souvenirs and products made from endangered plants or animals, which cannot legally be brought into the United States. For souvenirs, choose items of local origin.
Teach your children well / / What you do for conservation and cultural sensitivity is all well and good, but will your children follow in your footsteps? By teaching younger generations how to live and travel responsibly, we can ensure a brighter future for all, so make their travels a time for learning.
Drive conscientiously / / If you have to drive (the better alternative is mass transit), tread lightly. Renting? Hertz recently launched its Green Collection, with more than 35,000 fuel-efficient cars, including the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.
Stay green / / Don't leave your eco-sense at home when traveling: Turn off lights, conserve water (avoid lengthy showers in water-needy spots) and use air conditioning and heating sparingly.
Support local culture / / "Educate yourself on local culture and the environment before traveling -- it will not only make the trip more enjoyable, but provide you with a greater understanding of how you might help," says David A. Kelly, a travel expert at the Practical Traveler (theprac ticaltraveler.com).
Dine ethically / / Your journeys are ideal for letting restaurants know that you don't support unethical food production. Avoid foods such as veal, foie gras and shark-fin soup that involve harsh treatment of animals. And don't order seafood that threatens endangered wildlife populations.
Donate your vacation time / / Volunteer. A recent Travel Industry Association survey indicated that almost 25 percent of travelers are interested in service-based vacations. To find a charity-travel opportunity that caters to your interests, go to volunteermatch.org.
Just travel / / According to LeLei LeLaulu, president of the global humanitarian group Counterpart International, "Tourism represents the greatest voluntary shift of wealth from rich to poor in history." It has become the world's largest and fastest-growing industry and may well be the most effective way to heal poverty, she said.
SAVE FOR THAT DREAM VACATION
You have to pay the mortgage, taxes and car payments, and that can leave little for a grand tour of Europe or a fancy cruise. But with discipline and diligence, families can save for that trip of their dreams. Here are some ideas to help make the dream a reality:
Make a plan / / Join a savings club at your bank or credit union, where a set amount is siphoned from each paycheck and sent to an account that you will use for travel. The money will build up during the year, and you won't have to worry about how to pay for the trip.
Break that habit / / It is amazing how quickly small expenditures add up. Just four to five lattes a week amounts to $1,000 per year. And smoking regularly is far more expensive. So before you make that daily trip to the corner coffeehouse, ask yourself if you would rather have a mocha today or a cappuccino in Florence a year from now.
Bank that refund / / If you typically get a tax refund from the federal or state government each year, squirrel that money away in a vacation account. Depending on the size of your refund, you could find yourself with enough money to take that long-desired Hawaii trip in just a year or two.
Pile up credit card miles / / If you charge expenses, consider using a credit card that awards airline miles or hotel points. But keep in mind, it doesn't make sense to run up your debt just to get a free airline ticket.
Get rid of stuff / / The Recycler, Craig's List and eBay make it easy to unload things that have value but just clutter your home. Why keep that motorcycle you haven't ridden in two years when it might pay for two tickets to London and a West End show?
Get higher interest / / Don't risk money you plan to spend on a vacation in the next year or two in the stock market or a speculative investment. But consider putting the funds in a money market account or online bank that pays higher interest rates. The difference could be enough to pay for a nice dinner or two in Paris.
Know when to book / / Generally, the earlier you book a trip, the less you will spend. The best airline fares and cruise cabins tend to sell out first, especially around holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Pick your moments / / Avoid peak travel periods. Consider skiing in mid-January instead of February. Go to Walt Disney World during the slower winter months. Anytime you can avoid traveling to a destination at a time when there is high demand you will save money.
Think contrarian / / Look for regions that are recovering from storm damage, such as the Mexican Riviera or areas of Southeast Asia. These areas may offer significant discounts to lure tourists back to the region to show that they are open for business.
Swap your house / / In The Holiday, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet use home exchange.com to swap homes in Los Angeles and Britain for several weeks. Such a swap lets vacationers avoid making hotel reservations and allows them to save lodging expenses. Homeexchange.com is a real Web site that for a $59.95 annual membership puts home swappers together. Homelink.org and intervac.com are two other organizations that do the same.
STAY IN TOUCH WHILE ABROAD
With the number of ways to keep in touch today while traveling abroad, it's a wonder anyone managed to survive time away from home and hearth when postcards and telegrams were the only options. Here are a few ways to stay in touch while abroad -- not all equally inexpensive or fast:
Hotel phones / / These are perhaps the most expensive means of communicating. In July, I made a two-minute call from my room at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers to Los Angeles that was billed at $7.03 per minute. Expect to pay even more outside the country.
Cell phones / / Cell phones are the most convenient way of keeping in touch while abroad but also can be expensive. Rates vary by country and carrier. Make sure the type of phone you own works in the country to which you are traveling (call your carrier or go to its Web site) and ask your provider to enable international roaming.
Text messaging / / You still need a cell phone enabled and outfitted as described above, but when you are traveling in Britain a text message using Cingular costs 20 cents per message to send to the United States and 10 cents to receive.
Cell phone rental / / Before you go, you can rent a cell phone with a local number from companies such as California-based Cellular Abroad (cellularabroad.com). For example, if you are traveling to Britain, a rental costs $29 for a week, plus $49 for a SIM card that includes up to 100 minutes of outgoing international calls and unlimited incoming calls.
SIM card / / Buy a SIM card for your existing cell phone. You save the cost of a rental and pay only for airtime. The problem is your cell phone must be "unlocked" to use it. Depending on your carrier and how long you have been a customer, that can prove problematic.
Calling cards / / Using a GPhone (gphone.com) card calling from London to the United States, for example, costs 18 cents a minute. Downside: Friends and family won't have a phone number on which to reach you.
Voice Over Internet Protocol / / Also known as VOIP, this refers to services such as Skype. You'll need access to a computer that has high-speed Internet access and Skype or another VOIP program. Free for calling other Skype members on their computers and less than 3 cents per minute when calling the United States from Britain.
E-mail and instant messaging / / What could be cheaper or easier? Use any Internet cafe, generally easy to find abroad (find a list at netcafeguide.com). Access fees vary from location to location.
Photo sharing Web sites / / Many travelers like to keep a running photo journal of their travels at photo sharing Web sites such as Webshots (webshots.com), Photobucket (photobucket.com) or SmugMug (smugmug.com).
Postcards / / They don't ring at inopportune times. They don't cost a fortune. And they are simple to operate. Could it be possible that whatever we have to say to each other could wait a while?
BE SURE TO PACK THE ESSENTIALS
Although there's almost nothing you need that you can't get abroad -- including credit cards -- there are still a few essentials that you don't want to leave home without:
A carry-on bag / / One piece of luggage in whatever shape and style suits you. It should be big enough for one week's gear -- only. When your clothes get dirty, go to a Laundromat. The bag should conform to airline carry-on regulations so it fits in the overhead bin, but it should also have some give so you can cram it full and check it on the way back.
Medicines, glasses / / Make sure you have your prescription drugs and vitamins; pack duplicate supplies in both checked and carry-on bags so if one gets lost you still have your meds. The same is true of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Plastic baggies / / The usefulness of resealable bags -- for wet swimming suits, beautiful beach rocks, leaky toiletries, dirty underwear -- is unparalleled.
Sink stopper / / Globe-trotters often need to wash intimate apparel in the bathroom sink. Many hotels, mostly at the high end, have leaky sink drains. If you pack a flat, rubber drain-stopper, you'll be happy even at the Ritz.
Sleep aids / / Unless you can sleep anywhere, long-haul flights, jet lag and noisy, unfamiliar hotel rooms can turn you into a zombie. To fight travel insomnia, take earplugs and eyeshades. Check with your doctor if you think you need a prescription sleeping pill or want to try something homeopathic.
First-aid kit / / Bandages, aspirin and antiseptic are the basics. A few other items aren't as obvious: a mini-sewing kit, moleskin for blisters, insect repellent, Tiger Balm (good for achy muscles as well as a smelly loo, when applied underneath the nose) and Uncle Bill's Silver-Gripper tweezers with pinpoint precision to remove splinters.
Windbreaker / / Something that can keep you dry in a tropical downpour and warm in the Canadian Rockies, when worn with layers underneath. Many companies make these; get an unlined one so it can be wadded up and stuffed into a side pocket of your bag.
Inexpensive sandals / / Cheap rubber flip-flops always come in handy, whether you're at the beach or showering in a shared bathroom. You can also wear them on the street and pitch them before you leave.
Little black jacket / / This one's for the girls: Leave home wearing a simple black jacket in a wrinkle-proof synthetic blend and a shawl as part of your travel attire. (Packing them takes up too much space.) The eminently accessorize-able black jacket will be worth its weight in gold, and the shawl can double as a blanket or pillow.
A cuppa / / Many of us need a jolt of java in the morning, but when it's unavailable, the caffeine in tea is a welcome substitute, and you can almost always get a cup of hot water at a hotel front desk.
STAY IN SHAPE ON THE ROAD
Staying fit on the road requires planning and dedication. Here are some ways to stay on track during your next trip -- whether it's for business or pleasure, in Iowa or Indonesia:
Stay at fitness-oriented hotels / / Several chain hotels have begun to focus on fitness. At some Hyatt properties, there are 24 / 7 gyms with cardio and strength-training equipment. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is starting a program called Fairmont Fit that delivers workout apparel, footwear and other gear at no charge to guests for use in-room, in the gyms or outdoors. To find other fitness-oriented hotels, go to healthytravelnetwork.com, which reviews hotels for their fitness options.
Search for a workout place at your destination / / If your hotel has no workout facilities, ask where the nearest health club is and inquire about a day or week pass. Or check out running routes for 100 North American destinations on athletic mindedtraveler.com, a subscription site. Go to runtheplanet.com for descriptions of where to run and walk in 3,320 cities.
Tote your own gym / / Hand weights are a pain to pack, but you can easily tote exercise DVDs. Also, Fit Deck (fitdeck.com) illustrates numerous workout routines and requires no equipment.
Book it / / Know ahead of time the hours at the hotel gym so you can get in that workout before or after meetings or sightseeing. Check sunrise and sunset times so you can book your outdoor exercise during daylight.
Incorporate fitness into your day / / Walk around the museum. Ask a business associate to walk while you discuss business. Or suggest a meeting at the hotel gym.
Buddy up / / Before a business trip, ask around to see whether anyone would like to share your workout routine. On family vacations, make a family walk a pre-dinner ritual; let everyone share their impressions of the day.
Hydrate / / Travel is dehydrating. Drink water on the plane, during business meetings and while sightseeing. Aim for six to eight glasses a day.
Take your own foods / / If you're too hungry to work out, candy bars and chips from the hotel vending machine aren't the answer. Pack a few energy bars or packages of sports gels in your checked luggage, or buy them when you arrive.
Get a sneak peek / / Avoid nutritional minefields by checking out restaurant menus ahead of time online and going to Web sites such as dietfacts.com, which lists nutritional information for more than 400 restaurants, or dwlz.com, an independent site that includes downloadable nutritional information for 488 restaurants.
Ease up / / Maintaining fitness is the name of the game. So if you slip a little, forgive yourself. You've probably done better than most of your fellow travelers.
KEEP THE FAMILY IN GOOD SPIRITS
Whenever a family vacation looms on the horizon, all of that quality bonding time looks a bit daunting. How can the same trip be wonderful for people with different needs and interests, especially when they're wedged into tight quarters and spending more time than usual together?
Abandon traditional hierarchy / / Make family travel a joint adventure. Planning should not come just from the top, says Annie Fox, educator and co-author of Too Stressed to Think. She advocates that every member of the family be allowed to decide what the group will do for part of each day, exposing everyone to different adventures.
Travel as a team / / "Respect the idea that we don't have a lot of physical space from one another when we're traveling together," Fox says, "but we do need psychic space." Family members need to give one another a little breathing room.
Find balance within every day / / Be aware of children's energy levels, Fox says, and schedule time for snacks and rest. Kids need structure when it comes to meal times and bedtimes.
Remember the big picture / / California child psychologist Don MacMannis emphasizes family growth as the goal for the trip. "Consider making learning, loving and living in the moment your highest priority rather than getting to a particular destination," he says.
Plan for variety / / Don't impose a restful beach retreat on your children when they want to bungee jump. And don't let them just bask by the pool when there's a new culture to explore. Fox suggests taking public transportation and shopping in local markets to give your children a real feel for any place.
Let your trip have balance / / Children and spouses can feel bullied if there are ironclad must-see lists, says Thomas Greenspon, author of Freeing Our Families From Perfectionism. Negotiate what's important to each person and what can be dumped as travelers become weary.
Plan outlets for relaxation / / The pros say that the family togetherness on vacation demands some individual relaxation, whether that's with a Game Boy, a book or an evening out for the parents.
Share appreciation and praise / / Families do best when everyone feels appreciated, MacMannis says. Take time to praise your kids for the good things -- aim for a 5-1 ratio of positive to negative statements.
Keep a family travel journal / / At the end of every travel day, Fox would take dictation from each family member about his or her most memorable moment; the family still reminisces over those journals.
Chill out as a parent / / You're still in charge and everyone knows that, but you're on vacation too. "Lighten up, parents," Fox says. "Chill. Enjoy."
Visit the travel resource guide online, with even more information on state and foreign tourism offices, at baltimoresun.com / travel
Full name -- Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Location -- Linthicum
Contact information -- 800-435-9294, bwiairport.com
Airport code -- BWI
Airlines -- Air Canada, Air Greenland (May) Air Jamaica, AirTran, American, America West, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Icelandair, Mexicana, Midwest, North American, Northwest, Pan Am Clipper Connection, Southwest, United, USA3000, US Airways
Hourly parking -- First 30 minutes are free, then $2 for each half-hour at garage next to main terminal. Maximum rate is $20 per day.
Daily parking -- $2 per hour, maximum $10 per day. Garage is at Aviation Boulevard and Elm Road. From Interstate 195, take exit 1A.
Express Service Parking -- $3 per hour, maximum of $14 per day. The lot on Elm Road is served by 11 shuttles that pick up and drop off passengers at their cars.
Long-term parking -- $1 per hour, maximum of $8 per day with seventh day free. Lot is across from the daily garage. From I-195, take exit 1A.
Cell phone lot -- Parking is free for those waiting for arriving passengers. At Aviation Boulevard and Elm Road, across from the daily garage.
Parking information -- 800-468-6294 or tune to 1040 AM.
Ground transportation -- Trains, buses, shuttles, taxis and private car services.
Light rail service is available to BWI. For light rail and bus schedules: 410-539-5000, 800-325-RAIL or mtamaryland.com.
Howard Transit operates a bus service from BWI to Columbia, Ellicott City and Clarksville. 800-270- 9553 or howardtransit.com.
Shuttle services include SuperShuttle, 800-258-3826; The Airport Shuttle, 800-776-0323; and BayRunner Shuttle, which provides service to Easton and Salisbury, 410-334-6440.
Full name -- Washington Dulles International Airport
Location -- Dulles, Va.
Contact information -- 703-572-2700, mwaa.com/dulles
Airport code -- IAD
Airlines -- Most major U.S. airlines and a host of international airlines, including Air France, Iberia, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa and South African Airways
Getting there -- The airport is about 90 minutes from Baltimore, depending on traffic. Take Interstate 95 south to exit 27 (Interstate 495 west toward Silver Spring) to exit 45A. Follow signs to the airport, about 13 miles.
Parking -- Daily, long-term and valet parking available. Information and rates: 703-572-4500.
Full name -- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Location -- Washington
Contact information -- 703-417-8000, mwaa.com/reagan
Airport code -- DCA
Airlines -- Most major U.S. airlines, including American, Continental, Delta and United
Getting there -- The airport is about an hour from Baltimore. Take I-95 south past the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take Route 1 and follow signs to the airport.
Parking -- Daily, long-term and valet parking available. Information and rates: 703-417-4311.
Here is a list of selected national and international airlines that offer flights out of major cities in the United States. In some cases, an airline may not have its own mileage award program, but it may partner with another airline. Note: "FF" denotes "frequent flier."
Aer Lingus -- 800-474-7424 reservations/FF; www.aerlingus.com
Aeroflot Russian Airlines -- 888-340-6400 reservations/FF; aero flot.com
Air Canada -- 888-247-2262 reservations; 800-361-5373 FF; aircan ada.ca
Air France -- 800-237-2747 reservations; 800-375-8723 FF; airfrance.com
Air India -- 800-223-7776 reservations; 800-205-2800 FF; airindia.com
Air Jamaica -- 800-523-5585 reservations/FF; airjamaica.com
Air New Zealand -- 800-262-1234 reservations/FF; airnewzealand.com
AirTran -- 800-247-8726 reservations/FF; airtran.com
Alaska Airlines -- 800-252-7522 reservations; 800-654-5669 FF; alas kaair.com
Alitalia Airlines -- 800-223-5730 reservations/FF; alitaliausa.com
American Airlines/American Eagle -- 800-433-7300 reservations; 800-882-8880 FF; aa.com
American Trans Air (ATA) -- 800-225-2995 reservations; 877-282-7392 FF; ata.com
America West Airlines (merged with US Airways) -- 800-235-9292 reservations; 800-247-5691 FF; americawest.com
British Airways -- 800-247-9297 reservations; 800-955-2748 FF; brit ishairways.com
Cathay Pacific Airways -- 800-233-2742 reservations; 866-892-2598 FF; cathay-usa.com
Continental Airlines -- 800-525-0280 reservations; 800-621-7467 FF; continental.com
Delta Air Lines -- 800-221-1212 reservations; 800-323-2323 FF; del ta.com
EgyptAir -- 800-334-6787 reservations/FF; www.egyptair. com.eg
El Al Israel -- 800-223-6700 reservations/FF; elal.com
Frontier Airlines -- 800-432-1359 reservations; 866-263-2759 FF; flyfrontier.com
Iberia -- 800-772-4642 reservations; 800-721-4122 FF; iberia.com
Icelandair -- 800-223-5500 reservations/FF; icelandair.com
Japan Airlines (JAL) -- 800-525-3663 reservations; 800-525-6453 FF; www.ar.jal.com
JetBlue -- 800-538-2583 reservations/FF; jetblue.com
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines -- 800-225-2525 reservations; 800-447-4747 FF; klm.com
Korean Air -- 800-438-5000 reservations/FF; koreanair.com
Lufthansa -- 800-645-3880 reservations; 800-581-6400 FF; lufthansa.com
Mexicana Airlines -- 800-531-7921 reservations; 800-531-7901 FF; mexicana.com
Midwest Airlines -- 800-452-2022 reservations; 800-314-7125 FF; mid westairlines.com
Northwest Airlines -- 800-225-2525 reservations; 800-447-3757 FF; nwa.com
Qantas -- 800-227-4500 reservations; 800-227-4220 FF; qantas.com
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) -- 800-221-2350 reservations; 800-437-5807 FF; scandinavian.net
Singapore Airlines -- 323-934-8171 reservations/FF; singa poreair.com
Southwest Airlines -- 800-435-9792 reservations; 800-248-4377 FF; southwest.com
Spirit Airlines -- 800-772-7117 reservations; spiritair.com
Thai Airways -- 800-426-5204 reservations/FF; thaiair.com
United/United Express -- 800-241-6522 reservations; 800-421-4655 FF; united.com
US Airways / US Airways Express -- 800-428-4322 reservations; 336-661-8390 FF; usairways.com
Virgin Atlantic Airways -- 800-862-8621 reservations; 800-365-9500 FF; virgin-atlantic.com
Find out about historic and scenic sites, as well as programs, fees and directions to Maryland's national parks, monuments and recreation areas:
Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery -- P.O. Box 158, Sharpsburg 21782; 301-432-5124; nps.gov/anti
Appalachian National Scenic Trail -- P.O. Box 50, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Assateague Island National Seashore -- 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin 21811; 410-641-1441; nps.gov/asis
Catoctin Mountain Park -- 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont 21788; 301-663-9388 or 301-663-9330; nps.gov/cato
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network -- 410 Severn Ave., Suite 109, Annapolis 21403; 888-229-9297; nps.gov/cbpo
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park -- 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown 21740-6620; 301-739-4200; nps.gov/choh
Clara Barton National Historic Site -- 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo 20812; 301-320-1410; nps.gov/clba
Fort Foote Park/ Fort Washington Park -- 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington 20744; 301-763-4600; nps.gov/fofo
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine -- 2400 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore 21230-5393; 410-962-4290; nps.gov/fomc
Glen Echo Park -- 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo 20812; 301-634-2222 or 301-320-1400; nps.gov/glec
Greenbelt Park -- 6565 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt 20770; 301-344-3948; nps.gov/gree
Hampton National Historic Site -- 535 Hampton Lane, Towson 21286; 410-823-1309; nps.gov/hamp
Harmony Hall -- 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington 20744; 301-763-4600; nps.gov/haha
Monocacy National Battlefield -- 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick 21704; 301-662-3515; nps.gov/mono
Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm -- 1900 Anacostia Drive S.W., Washington, D.C. 20020; 301-839-1176; nps.gov/oxhi
Piscataway Park -- 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington 20744; 301-283-2113; nps.gov/pisc
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail -- P.O. Box B, Harpers Ferry, WV 25245; 304-535-4014; nps.gov/pohe
Thomas Stone National Historic Site -- 6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco 20677; 301-392-1776; nps.gov/thst
Major lodging companies' phone numbers and Web sites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. Corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses. The list has been edited for space.
Americas Best Value Inn (Vantage) -- 888-315-2378; americasbest valueinn.com
AmeriSuites (Prime) -- 800-833-1516; amerisuites.com
Best Western -- 800-528-1234; bestwestern.com
Candlewood Suites (InterContinental) -- 800-226-3539; can dlewoodsuites.com
Clarion (Choice) -- 800-252-7466; clarionhotel.com
Comfort Inn/Comfort Suites (Choice) -- 877-424-6423; comfort inn.com; comfortsuites.com
Country Inns (Carlson) -- 800-456-4000; countryinns.com
Courtyard (Marriott) -- 800-321-2211; courtyard.com
Crowne Plaza (InterContinental) -- 800-227-6963; crowne plaza.com
Days Inn (Cendant) -- 800-329-7466; daysinn.com
Doubletree (Hilton) -- 800-222-8733; doubletree.com
Econo Lodge (Choice) -- 800-553-2666; econolodge.com
Embassy Suites Hotels (Hilton) -- 800-362-2779; embassy suites.com
Extended StayAmerica (Extended Stay) -- 800-398-7829; ex tendedstayamerica.com
Fairfield Inn (Marriott) -- 800-228-2800; fairfieldinn.com
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts -- 800-441-1414; fairmont.com
Four Points (Starwood) -- 888-625-5144; fourpoints.com
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts -- 800-332-3442; foursea sons.com
Hampton Inn (Hilton) -- 800-426-7866; hamptoninn.com
Hilton -- 800-445-8667; hilton.com
Hilton Garden Inn -- 877-782-9444; hiltongardeninn.com
Holiday Inn (InterContinental) -- 800-465-4329; holiday- inn.com
Homewood Suites (Hilton) -- 800-225-5466; homewoodsuites.com
Howard Johnson (Cendant) -- 800-446-4656; hojo.com
Hyatt -- 800-233-1234; hyatt.com
InterContinental -- 800-327-0200; intercontinental.com
La Quinta -- 800-531-5900; www.la quinta.com
Le Miridien -- 800-543-4300; le meridien.com
Loews Hotels -- 800-235-6397; loewshotels.com
MainStay Suites (Choice) -- 877-424-6423; mainstaysuites.com
Mandarin Oriental -- 800-416-8189; mandarinoriental.com
Marriott -- 800-228-9290; mar riott.com
Millennium -- 866-866-8086; mil lenniumhotels.com
Motel 6 (Accor) -- 800-466-8356; motel6.com
Novotel (Accor) -- 800-668-6835; novotel.com
Quality (Choice) -- 800-228-5151; qualityinns.com
Radisson (Carlson) -- 800-333-3333; radisson.com
Ramada Worldwide (Cendant) -- 800-272-6232; ramada.com
Red Roof Inn (Accor) -- 800-733-7663; redroof.com
Regent International (Carlson) -- 800-545-4000; re genthotels.com
Renaissance (Marriott) -- 800-468-3571; renaissancehotels.com
Residence Inn (Marriott) -- 800-331-3131; residenceinn.com
Ritz-Carlton (Marriott) -- 800-241-3333; ritzcarlton.com
Rodeway Inn (Choice) -- 800-228-2000; rodeway.com
Rosewood -- 888-767-3966; rose woodhotels.com
Sandals Resorts -- 800-726-3257; sandals.com
Sheraton (Starwood) -- 800-325-3535; sheraton.com
Sleep Inn (Choice) -- 800-753-3746; sleepinn.com
Sofitel (Accor) -- 800-763-4835; sofitel.com
SpringHill Suites (Marriott) -- 888-287-9400; springhillsuites.com
Summerfield Suites (Wyndham) -- 877-999-3223; summerfield suites.com
Super 8 (Cendant) -- 800-800-8000; super8.com
Travelodge (Cendant) -- 800-578-7878; travelodge.com
Vagabond Inn -- 800-522-1555; vag abondinn.com
W Hotels (Starwood) -- 877-946-8357; whotels.com
Walt Disney World -- 407-934-7639; disneyworld.disney. go.com
Westin (Starwood) -- 800-937-8461; westin.com
Wyndham -- 800-822-4200; wynd ham.com
Where to find information on travel within the state of Maryland.
Maryland Office of Tourism -- 866-639-3526 or 866-MD Welcome; mdisfun.com
Allegany County Tourism Dept -- 800-425-2067, mdmountain side.com
Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau -- 26 888-302-2852; visitannapolis.org
Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association -- 100 Light St., 12th Floor, Baltimore 21202; 877-BALTIMORE; balti more.org
Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau -- 410-296-4886 or 877-STAY-N-DO; visitbacomd.com
Caroline County Office of Tourism -- 410-479-0655; tourcaro line.com
Carroll County Visitors Center -- 800-272-1933; tourism.carr.org
Harford County Office of Tourism -- 888-544-4695; har fordmd.com
Cecil County Tourism -- 800-CECIL95; seececil.org
Charles County Office of Tourism -- 301-645-0558; www.ex plorecharlescomd.com
Dorchester County Tourism Dept -- 410-228-1000 or 800-522-TOUR; tourdorchester.org
Tourism Council of Frederick County -- 800-999-3613; freder icktourism.org
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce -- 888-387-5237; gar rettchamber.com
Howard County Tourism -- 410-313-1900 or 800-288-TRIP; visit howardcounty.com
Kent County Tourism -- 410-778-0416; kentcounty.com
Montgomery County Conference and Visitors Bureau -- 301-916-0698 or 800-925-0880; cvbmontco.com
Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau -- 800-626-2326, ococean.com
Prince George's County Conference and Visitor's Bureau -- 301-925-8300 or 888-925-8300; www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/SubSites/Visitors/index.htm
Queen Anne's County Office of Tourism -- 410-604-2100; qac.org
St. Mary's County Division of Tourism -- 800-327-9023; www.co.saint-marys.md.us/Tourism
Somerset County Tourism -- 410-651-2968 or 800-521-9189; visitso merset.com
Talbot County Office of Tourism -- 410-770-8000; tourtal bot.org
Washington County (Hagerstown Convention and Visitors Bureau) -- 888-257-2600; marylandmemories.org
Wicomico County Convention and Visitor's Bureau -- 800-332-8687; wicomicotourism.org
Worcester County Tourism -- 410-632-3110 or 800-852-0335; vis itworcester.org
Here are contacts for selected trains around the world. Note that some numbers are for U.S.-based agents that have booking contracts with the lines, but most trains can be reserved by any travel agent. Japan Rail -- A variety of trains, including the famous high-speed Shinkansen. Japan Railways Group, 212-332-8686 or japanrail.com.
ASIA AND AUSTRALIA
Great Southern Railway -- Operates Australia's Indian Pacific (an east-west transcontinental), the Ghan (a north-south transcontinental) and the Overland, which travels between Melbourne and Adelaide. gsr.com.au; ATS Tours, 800-423-2880 or atstours.com; Rail Australia, 011-61-8-8213-4592 or www.railaus tralia.com.au.
Queensland Rail -- The Sunlander (including elevated Queenslander Class) and Outback services in Australia, traveltrain.com.au. ATS Tours, 800-423-2880; Rail Australia, 011-61- 8-8213-4592 or www.railaustralia. com.au.
Rail Europe -- Source of all European (including British) rail passes, schedules and tickets. 888-382-7245 or raileurope.com.
Alaska Railroad -- The Denali Star between Fairbanks and Anchorage by way of Denali National Park and Preserve offers luxury GoldStar Service in full-length dome cars. 800-544-0552 and alaskarailroad.com.
Amtrak -- The national passenger-rail network remains intact and for the first time in years, there seems reason to be cautiously optimistic about its future. 800-872-7245 or am trak.com.
VIA Rail Canada -- Silver & Blue class aboard the scenic transcontinental Canadian between Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto is one of the world's great train journeys. 888-842-7245 or viarail.ca.
Blue Train -- Southern Africa's classic luxury train, 011-27-12-334- 8459 or www.bluetrain.co.za; Creative Safaris, 800-768-9020 or cre ativesafaris.com.
GrandLuxe Rail Journeys -- The train, formerly the American Orient Express, this year will operate April 29-October on three itineraries: National Parks of the West, the Great Northwest & Rockies and Rockies, Sierras & Napa. 800-320-4206 or grandluxerail.com.
Palace on Wheels -- Elegant and luxurious train tour in India. 877-463-4299 or palaceonwheels.net.
Rovos Rail -- Luxury rail tours in southern Africa with historic coaches. For bookings, 011-27-12- 315-8242 or www.rovos.com; for information, call Warren Green of Kartagener Associates, 800-524-7979.
Royal Canadian Pacific -- Elegant excursions in the Canadian West aboard a train made up largely of historic business cars once used by railroad executives. 877-665-3044 or www.royalcanadianpacific.com.
Royal Scotsman -- Ultra-posh rail tours in Britain, part of the Venice Simplon Orient Express operation. 800-524-2420 or www.royalscots man.com.
Sierra Madre Express -- Train tours to Mexico's Copper Canyon. 800-666-0346 or sierramadre express.com.
Venice Simplon Orient Express -- Besides its signature London-Paris-Venice, Italy, service, which also occasionally ranges to Istanbul and elsewhere, the company's trains include the Eastern & Oriental Express through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and PeruRail, which features the Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu. 800-524-2420 or orient-ex press.com.
Rail Travel Center -- Rail tours in North America and abroad. 800-458-5394 or railtravelcenter.com.
Society of International Railway Travelers -- Rail tours worldwide, color newsletter. 800-478-4881 or irtsociety.com.
National Association of Railroad Passengers -- Informative newsletter and a chance to be counted as a rail supporter. 202-408-8362 or narprail.org.
Thomas Cook Publishing -- Its European Rail Timetable and Overseas Timetable (for the rest of the world) are invaluable. www. thomascooktimetables.com.
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Several lines offer express, economical service from various Baltimore locations to Atlantic City, New York and other mid-Atlantic destinations. In addition to Greyhound, a variety of other bus lines depart around-the-clock from the Baltimore Travel Plaza off Interstate 95. Reservations for bus companies offering service to New York's Chinatown can also be made at gotobus.com. Fares average about $20 one-way and $35 round-trip.
Apex Bus -- 202-408-8200, apexbus.com
Golden Ring Travel -- 410-391-8700, goldenringtrav el.com
Greyhound -- 410-752-7682; greyhound.com
Hunt Valley Motor Coach -- 410-584-7377, huntvalleymotor coach.com
Peter Pan Bus Lines -- 800-343-9999, peterpanbus.com
Superior Tours -- 410-602-1704, superiortours.net
Here are contacts for selected car rental agencies:
Ace Rent a Car -- 800-243-3443, acerentacar.com
Advantage Rent-a-Car -- 800-777-5500, arac.com
Alamo -- 800-462-5266, alamo.com
Auto Europe -- 800-223-5555, auto europe.com
Avis -- 800-331-1212; 800-331-1084 international, avis.com
Budget -- 800-527-0700, budget.com
Dollar Rent a Car -- 800-800-4000; 800-800-6000 international; dollar.com
Enterprise Rent-a-Car -- 800-325-8007, enterprise.com
Europcar -- 877-940-6900, europ caramericas.com
Europe by Car -- 800-223-1516, eu ropebycar.com
Fox Rent a Car -- 800-225-4369, foxrentacar.com
Hertz -- 800-654-3131, 800-654-3001 international, hertz.com
Kemwel International -- 800-678-0678, kemwel.com
National -- 800-328-4567, 800-227-3876 international, nation alcar.com
Payless Car Rental -- 800-729-5377, paylesscarrental.com
Renault Eurodrive -- 888-532-1221, renaultusa.com
Rent-a-Wreck -- 800-944-7501, rentawreck.com
Thrifty -- 800-847-4389, thrifty.com
Here is a listing of selected cruise lines and their vessels:
American Canadian Caribbean Line -- 800-556-7450, accl-small ships.com. Grande Caribe, Grande Mariner, Niagara Prince
American Cruise Lines -- 800-814-6880, americancruiselines. com. American Eagle, American Glory, American Spirit, American Star
American West Steamboat Co. -- 800-434-1232, columbiariver cruise.com. Empress of the North, Queen of the West
Carnival Cruise Lines -- 800-327-9501, carnival.com. Carnival Conquest, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor, Carnival Victory, Celebration, Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Fascination, Holiday, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise, Sensation
Celebrity Cruises -- 800-437-3111, celebritycruises.com. Celebrity Journey, Celebrity Xpedition, Century, Constellation, Galaxy, Infinity, Mercury, Millennium, Summit, Zenith
Costa Cruises -- 800-462-6782, www.costacruise.com. Costa Allegra, Costa Atlantica, Costa Classica, Costa Concordia, Costa Europa, Costa Fortuna, Costa Magica, Costa Marina, Costa Mediterranea, Costa Romantica, Costa Serena, Costa Victoria
Crystal Cruises -- 800-820-6663 or 800-804-1500; crystalcruises.com. Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony
Cunard Line -- 800-528-6273; cu nard.com. Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2
Discovery World Cruises -- 866-623-2689, discoveryworld cruises.com. Discovery
Disney Cruise Line -- 800-951-3532; disneycruise.com. Disney Magic, Disney Wonder
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines -- 800-843-0602, www.fredolsen.co.uk. Black Prince, Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar
French Country Waterways -- 800-222-1236, fcwl.com. Adrienne, Esprit, Horizon II, Nenuphar, Princess
Galapagos Cruises -- 866-672-4533, galapagos-inc.com. Ahmara, Alta, Beluga, Coral, Coral II, Diamante, Eclipse, Eric, Evolution, Flamingo, Galapagos Explorer II, Galapagos Legend, Isabella, Lammer Law, Letty, Mistral, Parranda, Santa Cruz, Xpedition
Great Lakes Cruise Co. -- 888-891-0203, greatlakescruising. com. Canadian Empress, Columbus, Georgian Clipper, Grande Caribe, Grande Mariner, Spirit of Nantucket
Holland America Line -- 800-426-0327, hollandamerica.com. Amsterdam, Maasdam, Oosterdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam, Volendam, Westerdam, Zaandam, Zuiderdam
Lindblad Expeditions -- 800-397-3348, expeditions.com. Islander, National Geographic Endeavour, Polaris, River Cloud, Sea Bird, Sea Cloud II, Sea Lion, Sea Voyager
Majestic America Line -- 800-434-1232, majesticamericaline. com. American Queen, Columbia Queen, Contessa, Delta Queen, Empress of the North, Mississippi Queen, Queen of the West
MSC Cruises -- 800-666-9333, msccruises.com. Armonia, Lirica, Melody, Musica, Opera, Orchestra, Rhapsody, Sinfonia
Norwegian Coastal Voyage -- 800-323-7436, coastalvoyage.com. Finnmarken, Kong Harold, Lofoten, Midnatsol, Narvik, Nordkapp, Nordlys, Nordstjernen, Polarlys, Richard With, Trollfjord, Vesteralen
Norwegian Cruise Line -- 800-327-7030, ncl.com. Norwegian Crown, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Dream, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Majesty, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Wind, Pride of Aloha, Pride of America, Pride of Hawaii
Oceania Cruises -- 800-531-5619, oceaniacruises.com. Insignia, Nautica, Regatta
Orient Lines -- 800-333-7300, ori entlines.com. Marco Polo
Peter Deilmann Cruises -- 800-348-8287, deilmann-cruises. com. Casanova, Cizanne, Danube Princess, Deutschland, Dresden, Fridiric Chopin, Heidelberg, Katharina, Mozart, Princesse de Provence
Princess Cruises -- 800-774-6237, princesscruises.com. Caribbean Princess, Coral Princess, Crown Princess, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Pacific Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, Star Princess, Sun Princess, Tahitian Princess
Quark Expeditions -- 800-356-5699 quark-expeditions.com. Akademik Shokalskiy, Kapitan Khlebnikov, Orlova, Professor Molchanov, Professor Multanovskiy, Yamal
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (formerly Radisson) -- 800-285-1835, rssc.com. Explorer II, Paul Gauguin, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Voyager
ResidenSea -- 800-970-6601, resi densea.com. The World
RiverBarge Excursions -- 888-456-2206, riverbarge.com. River Explorer
Royal Caribbean International -- 800-327-6700, royalcar ibbean.com. Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Sovereign of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas
Seabourn Cruise Line -- 800-929-9391, seabourn.com. Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit
Silversea Cruises -- 800-722-9955, silversea.com. Silver Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Wind
Star Clippers -- 800-442-0551, starclippers.com. Royal Clipper, Star Clipper, Star Flyer
Star Cruises -- 800-327-7030, www.starcruises.com. MegaStar Aries, MegaStar Taurus, Star Pisces, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Libra, SuperStar Virgo
Viking River Cruises -- 877-668-4546, vikingrivers.com. Burgundy, Century Sky, Century Sun, Danube, Europe, Kirov, Lavrinenkov, Lomonosov, Neptune, Pakhomov, Pride, Schumann, Seine, Sky, Spirit, Sun, Surkov
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises -- 800-327-2601, windjam mer.com. Legacy, Mandalay, Polynesia, Yankee Clipper
Windstar Cruises -- 800-258-7245, windstarcruises.com. Wind Spirit, Wind Star, Wind Surf