A wife rejects her husband’s surprise anniversary “Cuban Explorer” cruise — but can he get a refund?

Richard Peterson surprises his wife with a Holland America “Cuban Explorer” cruise for their 40th wedding anniversary, but he fails to check the itinerary or the cancellation terms. So when his wife rejects this gift, he is in a bit of a bind. Can we help?

Orbitz’ Harford: Quoting a total price is “a strategic priority for us”

Barney Harford is the president and chief executive officer of Orbitz. One of the first things he did when he took over eight months ago was institute a “total” price for hotel rooms, making it the first of the major online travel agencies to do so. He also launched a campaign to lift travel restrictions to Cuba imposed by the American government during the Cold War. I asked Harford why he decided to take on prices and politics so early in his tenure.

Verboten vacations: 9 reasons forbidden is “in” this year

When it comes to travel, forbidden is in. Cuba, Iran and North Korea — long off-limits to most American visitors — might be added to the “allowed” list under an Obama administration. Other destinations that were considered too dangerous or hostile to Americans are becoming fashionable again as travelers jettison boring “staycations” for something more exotic.

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