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Daily Transporter: One Cruise to Rule Them All

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If you book a Royal Caribbean cruise in early December, don’t be surprised to see capes, pointed ears, and furry feet on some of your fellow passengers. Trilo3y Voyages, with the blessing of J.R.R. Tolkien’s family, is planning the first in a series of cruises for fans of the author’s works, including The Lord of the Rings. Onboard activities will include a cosplay competition and masquerade gala.

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Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

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NYC’s Latest Beauty Hotspot: Paintbox Nail Studio

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As a frequent flier, I’m always searching for the perfect place to get a last-minute manicure—one that will actually stay on through the course of my trip. And on the flip side, as a tourist, I’m always searching for a cool, reliable, (and yes, clean!) nail salon when I need a quick touch-up abroad. Enter Paintbox, a chic new manicure studio in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood that is quickly developing a cult following among locals—and which should be on every traveler’s radar.

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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens in Atlanta

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After years of anticipation, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens on June 23 in downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca. The 42,000-square-foot center by architect Philip Freelon is designed to start a dialogue and inspire visitors to think about how they can create a more unprejudiced world.

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Daily Transporter: Shrinking Boston

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An exhibit at the Boston Public Library compares the modern city with the Boston of a century ago. One surprising revelation: even with a steady influx of immigrants in the past ten years, the city still has not regained its 1910 record-high population of more than 670,000.

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Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Hong Kong

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Pandas are taking over Hong Kong! An exhibit of 1,600 papier-mâché bears designed by French artist Paulo Grangeon will be on view in the PMQ arts district from June 25-July 17 in an effort to raise awareness of dwindling panda populations.  

See more pandas in Coolest Up-Close Animal Encounters.

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Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box. 

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Daily Transporter: Route 66

original-2jpgFrom Jack Kerouac’s original manuscript for On the Road to a classic 1960 Corvette, L.A.’s Autry National Center of the American West traces the history of “America’s Main Street,” and its impact on popular culture. “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” runs through January 4, 2015.

See more Route 66 in America's Best Road Trips.

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Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Artsy Postcard: Art Basel

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Every June, the art world descends on the Swiss city of Basel for a week of art-seeing, design-hunting, and people-watching. The team behind Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, writes about its favorite moments from the fairs and festivities—and wishes you were here.

"Everyone who visits Design Miami/Basel has the thrill of experiencing Jamie Zigelbaum’s monumental light sculpture, Triangular Series. It's installed above the entrance hall," writes Matthew Israel, director of The Art Genome Project.

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The Clark Art Institute Reinvented

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Architects Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf reinvent the Clark Art Institute, in the Berkshires.

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Power Couple Misha Nonoo and Alexander Gilkes Leads T+L on a Tour of Manhattan

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Alexander Gilkes took the art world by storm with his online auction site, Paddle8; his wife, designer Misha Nonoo, is an emerging fashion darling. Together they lead us on their tour of Manhattan.

As told to Julia Chaplin

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4 Woody Allen Movies to Inspire Your Next Trip

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Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen’s latest, takes place on the sun-soaked Côte d’Azur. Will the location steal the scene? It did in these four recent Allen films.

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