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News Stories by Doug Stallings

Douglas Stallings has been in travel publishing since 1993, and at Fodor's since 2000, where he's primarily responsible for guides covering the Caribbean and Cruising; he's also the series editor for Fodor's In Focus Guides. Doug has also worked for Berlitz and Frommer's. He has appeared on radio stations around the country, national and local television networks including CNNfn, CNBC, Business Week TV, WABC-TV and WCBS-TV (New York, NY), and online news sites such as CNN, CBSMarketwatch, and USAToday.

  • Exchanging Your Money Abroad: 10 Simple Tips

    With bank fees rising every year and exchange rates seemingly in constant flux, what's the best way to change your money? It's a common question. Here are some simple rules to follow.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on February 15, 2014 at 2:59:00 PM EST
  • Disney Cruise Line Updates Disney Magic Ship

    Disney Cruise Line Updates Disney Magic Ship

    Disney's first cruise ship, the Disney Magic, is about to enter dry-dock to undergo a major, modern renovation that will result in fantastic new features for both kids and adults.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on April 30, 2013 at 8:58:09 AM EDT Tagged: Disney, Disney Cruise Lines, News, Cruise Lines, Cruises
  • Cruise Preview: Royal Caribbean's New <em>Quantum of the Seas</em>

    Cruise Preview: Royal Caribbean's New Quantum of the Seas

    Royal Caribbean unveiled the designs, plans, and amenities of their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, yesterday in New York alongside the ship's godmother Kristin Chenoweth.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on April 17, 2013 at 8:58:18 AM EDT Tagged: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Cruise Lines, Cruises, News
  • Just Back From: Food & Wine All Stars Weekend in Vegas

    Just Back From: Food & Wine All Stars Weekend in Vegas

    What did I learn in Vegas? Kobe beef (the real kind) is back, chef Masa is amazing, Ghost Horse cabernet is eye-poppingly expensive and delicious, and I've still got lots to eat, see, and do when I go back.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on November 06, 2012 at 4:46:36 PM EST Tagged: Restaurants, Food, Food and Wine, Festivals, Events, Las Vegas
  • On the Radar: Australia's North Queensland

    Many travelers head up to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, but the region north of Cairns offers a chance to experience tropical rain forests and Aboriginal culture. Take the cable ferry across the Daintree River, and you'll see a spectacular part of the country that most casual visitors miss.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on November 02, 2011 at 4:31:41 PM EDT Tagged: Australia
  • Cuba Travel News: Fly Off to Havana (Now Legally)

    Americans can once again travel to Cuba legally on a cultural tour—and without applying to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for a special license to travel.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on June 30, 2011 at 4:57:32 PM EDT Tagged: Cuba
  • Japan Travel Update: What You Need to Know

    March's earthquake and resulting tsunami caused massive destruction along the coast of north-eastern Honshu but had a relatively modest impact on the rest of the country. Thanks to our team of Japan updaters, here's a summary of the affected areas and what you need to know about the ongoing rebuilding and repair.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on June 14, 2011 at 11:30:05 AM EDT Tagged: Japan, Tokyo
  • All-Inclusive Luxury Cruise News

    While mainstream cruises add-on-costs grow, luxury cruise lines are going increasingly all-inclusive, covering everything from gratuities to airfare. The last hold out, Crystal Cruises, recently announced it's going all-inclusive, too.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on March 27, 2011 at 1:39:31 PM EDT Tagged: Cruises, Cruise Lines
  • Norwegian Epic: A First Look

    Editor Doug Stallings sailed on last weekend's New York inaugural sailing of Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) new ship, the massive, 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic. The Epic is NCL's largest cruise ship, with alternating Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries throughout 2010. He loved many aspects of the ship—outstanding entertainment; lovely décor, especially for an NCL ship; a wide range of restaurants; excellent solo cabins; and really fun water slides—but he also has some serious reservations about many issues on board.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on July 07, 2010 at 10:11:23 AM EDT
  • Cruise Ship Cuisine From a Chef's Point of View

    Editor Doug Stallings recently had the chance to sample the cuisine on a new luxury ship, Silversea's Silver Spirit, as well as Cunard's Queen Mary 2, and was able to speak to Cunard's executive chef, Jean-Marie Zimmerman, who gave me some useful insight into the cruise-ship experience from a chef's point of view.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on June 15, 2010 at 9:37:32 AM EDT