Color is coming back to the now-independent free-market democracy. A bit of the Balkan Peninsula, it's only slightly larger than Maryland. But there's variety inside that space, including a mountain-studded interior and an unspoiled Adriatic coastline.
I have been fortunate to sail on almost all of the five star cruise lines sailing today and have sailed most itineraries. While I would choose an ocean liner for any ocean crossing, for everything else, I look for small.
Welcome to wave season, when most of the major cruise lines slash cruise prices to insanely good deals. This year, many of the big guns are sweetening the pot with cash-back bonuses to spend on once-in-a-lifetime shore excursions.
Cruising is one of the best vacation values going. But if you're not careful, you can easily spend more for onboard extras than you did on the cruise fare. The key to avoiding a bank-breaking bill is knowing what to expect.
When I get a last minute phone call to fill in for a sick shipboard lecturer, I am slightly nervous: What if I bring some sort of new virus aboard? Or what if -- as seems a lot more likely -- I end up boring passengers to death?