LOS ANGELES TIMESHotel rates may hold steady in 2013
U.S. hotel stays cost about 4 percent more during the first half of 2012. No figures are in for the second half of the year. Hotel rates, which saw their biggest drop since the depression in 2009, are regaining ground in most cities. In San Francisco, some rooms that went for $150 two years ago hover around $300 now. Prices may have peaked, so don't look for huge rises in 2013.
COX NEWSPAPERSCruise ships adapt to please passengers
Because guests demand changes and technology allows for features that didn't used to be possible, cruise ship designs are growing more fluid. There are more differences between ships built from the same basic blueprint, and older ships are sent into dry dock to be retrofitted with features from newer ships. Among the features on the last class of ships that seem to be keepers are more elaborate water parks and sports decks, Norwegian's cabins for the solo traveler, spa-linked staterooms, exclusive luxury areas on non-luxury ships, more niche bars and ever-more-specialized restaurants.