inthelooptravel.com - By John Roberts Viking is set to expand its rapidly growing portfolio of destination-focused cruises with an exciting new custom-built ship and immersive program for the mighty Mississippi River. Viking Mississippi is scheduled to debut in August 2022. It will carry up to 386 passengers in 193 all-balcony cabins and will feature voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, sailing between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minnesota. The announcement of Viking's new ship signals the advent of modern river cruising in the United States. Viking Mississippi offers a sleek design in keeping with the Scandinavian styles and comforts seen on Viking's river vessels on the European rivers, as well as the cruise company's wildly popular 930-passenger ocean ships and the coming expedition fleet that will sail the Arctic, Antarctica and Great Lakes.
inthelooptravel.com - By John Roberts One of my favorite travel companies, Backroads, offers a whole range of expertise and tips for how you can use your time at home to get in better shape for you upcoming active-travel vacations. Backroads' ProTips were created by the company's trip leaders, fellow travelers and industry experts. These tips are designed to help people prepare and train for a biking or hiking vacation. Backroads has created a website as a resource so that you can access all the tips and workouts, as well as shop for the best gear and learn about nutrition and other topics to help you get prepared for an active travel experience. You can access Backroads' ProTips
inthelooptravel.com - By John Roberts Port Guide: Belize City The tiny Central American country of Belize is a pearl of the Caribbean. It's mostly undiscovered, but the secret is getting out. We have been to this charming country a few times and have fallen in love with its warm waters, affordability and outstanding access to active adventures. Belize is home to just fewer than 400,000 residents and annually sees more than 330 cruise ship arrivals, bringing more than 65,000 cruisers to the country. When arriving by big cruise ship, you will take a tender for about 15 minutes to reach the shore at Belize's Fort Street Tourism Village, a built-up open-air mall with shops, restaurants and entertainment. These shops and eateries that serve up authentic Belizean and Caribbean specialties are housed in colorful buildings located on a wooden pier, and excursion outfitters are set up to meet you there for your tours.