Travel Briefs

On the island of Île Petite Grenade, in the French overseas territory of Martinique, guests can spend the night stargazing in a transparent, round sleeping pod at Le Domaine des Bulles (Propriété Benguette, Petite Grenade, 97280 Le Vauclin, Martinique; phone +596 74 69 54, A queen-sized bed, table and chairs fit within each air-conditioned pod, situated in a private enclosure with a separate bathroom/shower.

Three kinds of pods are available (rates, higher...


People visiting the Faroe Islands now can book tours directly with local providers ahead of time, online, at At press time, the website allowed travelers to browse and book day tours and multiday tours with more than 50 companies and guides.

Running through and above the trees in Mogelsberg, northern Switzerland, a new elevated pathway, the Baumwipfelpfad (Steinwäldli 2175, 9122 Mogelsberg; phone +41 71 552 33 03, [in German only]), opened in May 2018.

The 1,600-foot-long, handicapped-accessible path offers views from as high as 160 feet above the ground. A complete circuit takes 30 minutes to an hour. A 2,000-foot-long ground path is also available. Entry, CHF15 (near $15.50).

On its 12-day round-trip cruises from Bergen to Kirkenes, Norway, from October through March, Hurtigruten (888/387-2566, guarantees that if the northern lights are not seen during the cruise, each passenger will qualify for a free 6- or 7-day cruise.

A northern lights "sighting" is based on crew logs and announcements, not on the length of time the lights were visible or whether or not each passenger, himself, saw the lights. Any passenger qualifying for a free...


Exhibiting artifacts from throughout the history of the St. Albans, England, area, the St. Albans Museum & Gallery (Market Place, St. Peter's St., St. Albans; phone +44 1727 864 511, opened on June 8 in a Georgian-era former courthouse that features a restored courtroom and prison cells.

The museum's galleries include objects from the Roman era, when the city was called Verulamium, to the War of the Roses on up to the Industrial Revolution. There...


Featuring enormous sculptures entirely covered with citrus fruit, the annual Fête du Citron runs from the third Saturday in February to the first Saturday in March in the city of Menton, southeastern France. 2019's festival, from Feb. 16 to March 3, will be the 86th.

The orange-and-yellow figures are exhibited in Biovès Garden and illuminated on Saturday nights. A parade is held each Sunday afternoon and each Thursday night. There also will be food and craft booths plus excursions...


Two well-known cruise ships will be leaving their fleets in 2019.

• Built in 1988 and holding 835 passengers, Holland America Line's Prinsendam will join the fleet of German cruise company Phoenix Reisen in July 2019.

• Built in 1995 and holding 1,822 passengers, P&O Cruises' Oriana will exit in August 2019 (future plans not announced by press time).


Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet ( released, in May, its first-ever guidebooks about cruise ports. Titles available at press time were "Cruise Ports Caribbean" as well as "Scandinavia & Northern Europe" and "Alaska." Each contains information on sights in and around the port cities, advice on booking excursions and cultural information.

The guides cost $19.99 each and can be purchased at bookstores or at