1. Carnival Corp.is building a $65-million cruise ship center on the Bay of Maimon, Dominican Republic, that's expected to open in 2014.
2. Greece could be an even greater travel bargain if it adopts a new currency. Tour operators hope to renegotiate to the new, cheaper currency if Greece drops the euro.
3. The State Department this month issued new travel warnings for Saudi Arabia ("ongoing security threat due to the continued presence of terrorist groups") and Lebanon ("safety and security concerns").
4. Britain is being criticized for inviting the king of Bahrain to the queen's party celebrating 60 years on the throne. The Gulf state has cracked down on political dissent.