Ferri - Havana-DSC04849-75-BHere’s an interesting bit of info that came across my desk yesterday: according to AARP, travel has become the preferred way for Americans 45+ to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, family reunions and weddings. “Celebration Vacations” is the latest travel buzz term to implant itself in our travel vocabulary.

If you remember, the last buzzword hoisted on our national psyche was the dreaded “staycation,” which was used ad nauseam in just about every other travel article one read. I hope this one doesn’t follow suit.

But I digress. According to AARP 78% of people 45+ have taken or plan to take a Celebration Vacation in the next two years. The top reasons given were to celebrate an anniversary (87%), a milestone birthday (77%), retirement (69%) or a wedding (66%).

Of those CV-ers who have already partied themselves silly in the past two years, 63% whooped it up in the USA with the top destinations being Las Vegas, Disney (more likely for those 45-49), Los Angeles, Florida and Hawaii, in that order.

18% chose to have a celebration vacation at a beach destination with the Caribbean being tops, followed by Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Better buy the Pepto now before there’s a run on it at the pharmacy.

Airlines

Cruises

  • Princess Cruises 40% off Getaway Sale on short cruises   Princess
  • Horror stories told in support of cruise legislation   Travel Weekly
  • AmaWaterways to launch two more Europe ships in 2015   Travel Weekly
  • Uniworld to launch new Super Ship, add itineraries in 2015   Travel Weekly

Hotels

  • Hilton to allow guests to select their own room   Skift
  • Study: guests more satisfied with hotels   USA Today

Etc.

  • Maine’s Acadia National Park named ‘America’s Favorite Place’   ABC-TV
  • TSA offers $15,000 for best ideas to speed up security   NBC News
  • At 100, Greyhound revamps fleet with flashy seats, Wi-Fi   ABC News
  • Rocky Mountaineer perks up to $2,500 per couple   Washington Post

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