And the world’s best new cruise ship is…

— (CNN) — Like to party on a Carnival cruise, vacation on an entertainment-packed Disney cruise or take a romantic trip on a Princess ship?

Those cruise lines have got the goods, according to the 9th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, which were revealed on Wednesday.

“With these awards we highlight the top lines and cruise ships sailing today and aim to help travelers narrow down their choices when selecting a cruise,” said Colleen McDaniel, Cruise Critic’s senior executive editor.

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Carnival Vista, was named the year’s best ship, with 14 restaurants, an onboard water park and a brewery. The cruise line also won the best value for money award.

Disney Cruise Line won for best dining and best for families — no surprise, since Disney is known both for its kid’s programming and adult-only venues (with childcare available).

Princess Cruises won for best romance and best shore excursions, while Royal Caribbean won for best suites and best inside cabins.

Luxury cruises for the win

It’s the first year that Cruise Critic named a full list of winners in the luxury category, and Seabourn Cruise Line won the award for best luxury cruise line.

“We added a luxury category for the first time this year to acknowledge the different offerings of this cruise sector and to provide more insight for travelers interested in this cruise style,” McDaniel said.

Viking Ocean Cruises won for best spa and best value for money, while Azamara Club Cruises won for best refurbishment of two ships (the Quest and Journey) and for best shore excursions.

Cruising down a river

River cruise lines also took home some awards. AmaWaterways was named the year’s best river cruise line and named best for families, a nod to its partnership with Adventures by Disney.

Viking River Cruises won for best itineraries and Emerald Waterways received best value for money.

Check out the complete list of awards below.

2016 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

Best New Ship: Carnival Vista

Best Ship Refurbishment: Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Best Dining: Disney Cruise Line

Best Entertainment: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Standard Cabins: Holland America Line

Best Inside Cabins: Royal Caribbean International

Best Suites: Royal Caribbean International

Best Itineraries: Celebrity Cruises

Best Shore Excursions: Princess Cruises

Best for Adventure: Lindblad Expeditions

Best for Romance: Princess Cruises

Best for Families: Disney Cruise Line

Best Value for Money: Carnival Cruise Line

Best Nightlife: MSC Cruises

Best North American Homeport: Seattle, WA

2016 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks: Luxury Category

Best Luxury Cruise Line: Seabourn Cruise Line

Best New Luxury Ship: Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer

Best Refurbishment: Azamara Journey/Azamara Quest

Best Dining: Oceania Cruises

Best Cabins: Regent Seven Seas

Best Itineraries: Silversea Cruises

Best Shore Excursions: Azamara Club Cruises

Best Enrichment: Crystal Cruises

Best for Romance: Windstar Cruises

Best Value for Money: Viking Ocean Cruises

Best Spa: Viking Ocean Cruises

2016 Cruise Critic Editor’s Picks: River Category

Best River Cruise Line: AmaWaterways

Best New River Cruise Ship: Crystal Mozart

Best Luxury River Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Best Dining: Tauck River Cruising

Best Cabins: Avalon Waterways

Best Itineraries: Viking River Cruises

Best Shore Excursions: Scenic

Best Enrichment: American Cruise Lines

Best for Active Cruisers: AmaWaterways

Best for Families: Adventures by Disney/AmaWaterways

Best Value for Money: Emerald Waterways

Most popular baby names this year? Check Instagram

— Want to know the trending baby names of 2015?

Check your Instagram filters.

Lux, Valencia, Willow and Ludwig — all of which are filters used to alter images on Instagram — are baby names on the rise, according to’s annual list of the most popular names.

Young adult fiction is also inspiring new parents. The name Hazel, a character in “The Fault in Our Stars,” and Eleanor from “Eleanor & Park” are on the rise. Even YA authors are inspiring parents: Rainbow, the name of popular author Rainbow Rowell, is seeing some traction.

And you can always count on the royals. Not the fun-trashy E! show “The Royals,” the actual words used to describe royalty. There are babies named Royalty, Royal, Duchess, Princess, Prince, King, Noble and Reign. At least it’s not “Purple Rain,” although we do love Prince.

Want to pick a more traditional name? Don’t worry, you’re still in good company. Sophia and Jackson are the most popular names for the second year in a row, according to the website.

Emma and Olivia held on to second and third place, respectively, for the fourth year in a row, followed by Ava, Mia, Isabella, Zoe, Lily and Emily. Madison was a new entry at No. 10, and last year’s new name, Madelyn, didn’t make the list.

Jackson held on to the top boy’s spot for third year, followed by Aiden, Liam, Lucas, Noah, Mason, Ethan and Caden — all of which held their spots from last year. Logan rose from 10 to nine, switching places with Jacob.

The data come from more than 340,000 parents who shared their babies’ names with the site this year, according to The site is known for its weekly emails updating parents on pregnancy and child development and its message boards.

The U.S. government also collects data about newborns when parents file for a Social Security number, which they often do at the same time they’re filing for a birth certificate with their local government.

In 2014, the biblical Noah held on to the top boy’s spot for a second year in a row, according to the Social Security Administration, while Emma returned to the top girl’s spot for the first time since 2008.

Noah was followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James and Daniel. For the girls, Emma was followed by Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Charlotte.

American parents can find out how popular their names or their children’s names have been over time at the Social Security site. Parents in England and Wales can review their government’s 2014 report and previous years at the Office of National Statistics site.

Disney previews its new princess, Moana

— Watch out, Elsa and Anna!

The next Disney princess to travel on a voyage of self-discovery will be arriving next year, and the head honchos at Disney hope their Polynesian princess is as popular as the Snow Queen-inspired duo.

Moana’s movie isn’t scheduled to debut until late 2016, but Disney recently shared details at its industry expo in Anaheim. Here’s what we know about her.

  1. She’s Polynesian! Though she’s not the first Disney princess to break out of the traditional fair-skinned mold (see Mulan, Tiana or the upcoming television series about Princess Elena of Avalor), she is the first Polynesian princess.
  2. She’s got some sailing chops. Moana is a young woman with exceptional navigational ability who sets sail on a journey to find a legendary island in the region of Oceania.
  3. She’s got some cute friends. Joining her on the journey are her pet pig, Pug, and Hei Hei the rooster. Like Olaf in “Frozen” and Dory in “Finding Nemo,” we’ll count on them for assistance and comedic relief as Moana meets the evildoers who would stop her from succeeding.
  4. The Rock will be her rock. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been cast as the demigod Maui, who was born human but was raised by gods. “This is my heritage,” an emotional Johnson told the audience at the Disney fan expo, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I am proudly half-Samoan and half-black.”
  5. The Rock will also sing. Johnson will go beyond his “Saturday Night Live” monologue bits to share his voice with all ages, Billboard reports. ‘Nuff said.

History revealed: What people of Baltimore left in time capsules

— Early pictures of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and many artifacts commemorating the centennial of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Baltimore’s Washington Monument and other key aspects of American history were revealed Tuesday.

The 1915 Centennial Time Capsule was one of two time capsules discovered during the renovation of Baltimore’s Washington Monument, the first to honor George Washington.

The monument has been going through a $5.5 million restoration by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy since January 2014.

The 1915 time capsule was opened Tuesday at the Walters Art Museum, while the contents of a time capsule from the 1815 cornerstone, some of which had been revealed in February, were finally displayed.

“The artifacts contained in the cornerstone are incredible finds and reveal much about what the Washington Monument represented to those who erected it 200 years ago,” said Lance Humphries, chair of the conservancy’s restoration committee, in a news release. “We wait with great anticipation to open the 1915 time capsule to understand what the monument meant to Baltimoreans a century ago.”

Discovered in October behind a bronze plaque marking the monument’s centennial, the 1915 time capsule was transferred to the Walters museum and has been on display — unopened.

In addition to the Declaration of Independence picture and other anniversary artifacts, the 1915 capsule contains a portrait of “Star-Spangled Banner” writer Francis Scott Key and newspapers of the day.

The monument’s original 1815 cornerstone was found in February with an inner lid carved with names of the monument’s original masons and stone cutters. There were also three glass jars stuffed with newspapers and wrapped bundles.

Each jar appears to tell a story.

One jar contained Washington’s likeness, a copy of his presidential farewell address, 10 U.S. coins, a medal of Washington and a medal honoring the Duke of Wellington’s military campaigns in the Spanish Peninsular Wars.

A second jar contained a 1812 copy of the Bible.

The third jar had July 5 and July 6, 1815, copies of the Federal Gazette. The July 6 paper has a story about the cornerstone being laid.

On top of the jars was a copy of the Declaration of Independence, reprinted in the Federal Gazette on July 3, 1815.

“While it is well-known that the monument is the first erected to George Washington, the selection of this item for such a prominent placement adds new meaning to the monument, and increase its significance” Humphries noted.

“American national independence was fresh in the minds of Baltimoreans of July 1815,” said Humphries. “They had just played a key role in resecuring that freedom during the Battle of Baltimore the previous fall.”

Another party is scheduled for July 4, the bicentennial of the laying of the monument’s cornerstone. After the monument is rededicated that day, it will be opened again to the public.

The Maryland Historical Society will also display some of the items starting on July 4.


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Dr. Beach names top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015

— An hour’s drive from Oahu’s famous and often-crowded Waikiki Beach is a local’s delight.

With miles of white sand and turquoise waters perfect for swimming, body boarding and sailing, Hawaii’s Waimanalo Bay Beach Park topped Dr. Beach’s 25th annual top 10 list of U.S. beaches, released Thursday.

“Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is an unexpected surprise to visitors who have come upon this beach because it is a great beach and hardly known,” said Dr. Beach, also known as coastal expert and Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman.

There can be strong currents in the quickly deepening waters, so look for the lifeguard tower to swim in protected areas, he said.

Dr. Beach issues his annual list on the basis of 50 criteria, including water and sand quality. He’s recently started including beach safety, environmental management and bonus points for no-smoking policies.

Santa Barbara, California’s, East Beach was ranked 10th on the list before reports of an oil spill near Refugio State Park surfaced Tuesday. Refugio is about 25 miles north of East Beach.

“Bad things can happen to beaches, and the broken pipeline is a good example,” Dr. Beach said. “Fortunately, the spill is north of Santa Barbara’s East Beach, which is on the list, but unfortunately, (Refugio) is a beautiful park that has been badly fouled. All the oil is close to shore, as the leak came from onshore, so hopefully it can be cleaned up quickly.”

Though Hawaii took two of the top 10 spots, Florida won the competition for most beaches listed with four. California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina each had one beach in the top 10.

Why isn’t your favorite beach listed? Past winners are retired and listed at, making way for new winners.

  1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
  2. Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park, Bonita Springs, Florida
  3. St. George Island State Park, Florida
  4. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina
  6. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
  7. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  8. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  9. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida
  10. East Beach, Santa Barbara, California


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10 ways to get happy

— Happy people don’t sit around waiting for good vibes to happen to them.

Whatever makes them happy, they go for it, said Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside and author of “The Myth of Happiness.”

“Happy people don’t sit around,” Lyubomirsky said. “They strive for something personally meaningful, whether it’s learning a new language, retraining in their careers or raising good kids. Find a happy person, and you will find a project.”

Lyubomirsky estimates that half of people’s happiness is determined by their genes, about 10% can be attributed to differences in life circumstances or situations, and about 40 percent of our happiness is up to us — although it varies by person.

That’s a lot of happiness under our control.

That’s why we launched “Project Happy” on March 20, the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. Over the next three months, we will explore what happiness means today, dive deep into the different ways we pursue it and offer up some tools to help make your life happier.

So put on the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk,” Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” anything by the Blind Boys of Alabama or Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A Major,” and check out our 10 ways to get happy.

Why not pick one and try?

Practice kindness. Do something nice for someone else, whether it’s someone you know or a stranger. It can be spur of the moment or planned out. You can do the good deed anonymously or help the beneficiary directly, said Lyubomirsky.

Keep a gratitude journal. People who kept a weekly gratitude journal actually did more exercise, had fewer physical problems and felt more optimistic about the coming week and life in general, according to gratitude researcher Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis.

Get spiritual. There’s plenty of research showing that people who participate in their local church, synagogue, mosque or other preferred spiritual community are happier. Even reading spiritual literature can be helpful. Not religious? There are ethical societies and movements that get people thinking beyond themselves.

Buy experiences, not stuff. A vacation with loved ones or buying tickets to a show or concert will make you happier than buying another gadget. Those gifts help you feel closer to others, said San Francisco State University psychology professor Ryan Howell. “Instead of buying the jersey of your favorite baseball player, for example, buy a pair of tickets to a game, which will allow you to spend time with a friend or a loved one.”

Buy stuff that creates experiences. So you still want to buy something? How about gear that allows you to have experiences in your areas of interest, such as games or music? “Experiential products such as sporting equipment or musical instruments are a special class of material items that allow you an opportunity to engage with people you care about,” Howell said. Even board games count, since you can play them with a friend.

Stop hanging out on social media so much. People who spend more time on Facebook and other social media report lower self-esteem, less connection to others, fewer positive emotions and even more homesickness (for college students), said Timothy Bono, assistant dean and lecturer in psychology at Washington University. “Social media also evokes upward social comparison, often leaving us feeling worse about ourselves,” he said.

Stop checking your email. People who check their email all the time are more stressed than people who check their email just three times daily, according to a recent study. We know it’s hard to do. “People find it difficult to resist the temptation of checking email, and yet resisting this temptation reduces their stress,” said Kostadin Kushlev, the study’s lead author and a Ph.D. candidate at University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychology, in a statement.

Focus on time, not money. Although people typically focus on money, marketing professor Cassie Mogilner has found that that focusing on time often helps people realize that time is a precious resource. That knowledge helps them be more deliberate in how they spend it. “This leads people to spend their time in ways that are more fulfilling and that make them happier, like connecting with the people in their lives,” said Mogilner, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Lose yourself in your activities. Do you remember the time you “lost” yourself because you were having so much fun playing tennis, gardening, sailing, learning a new musical instrument, woodworking or baking the perfect pie? Increase the number of opportunities to “lose” yourself in a new or old activity that occupies your brain and body.

Embrace failure. Failing is way to learn what doesn’t work before we learn what does work. People who succeed often fail many times before they succeed. “Success requires acquiring experiences and learning lessons,” Bono said. “Very often, the best way, and sometimes the only way, to acquire that experience and learn those lessons is through failure: trying things one way, realizing what doesn’t work and then making the appropriate changes.”

If it makes you happy to share, please let us know the ways you used these tools on social media using the #gethappy hashtag.

Travel where it’s still summer right now

We know you’re shivering.

For people living in North America, it’s been an especially brutal winter. The first day of spring — March 20 — can’t come too soon.

Yet travelers willing to venture south can find sunshine, shorts weather and beaches right now in the parts of the world where summer is just winding down.

Here are some of our favorite warm spots around the globe.

Brisbane, Australia

One of the world’s most livable cities, sunny Brisbane has a beach right on the doorstep of its central business district. Known as South Bank, it’s where people go to eat, drink and play on the south bank of the Brisbane River.

South Island, New Zealand

Never mind that it doesn’t feel like summer when you’re hiking on a glacier. It would be much colder in winter! National Geographic’s 12-day adventure exploring New Zealand’s South Island includes a helicopter ride to see the Franz Josef Glacier from the air. Then you’ll be dropped off for a 2-mile hike. You’ll also have a black-water cave rafting adventure in Paparoa National Park and a hike into Abel Tasman National Park.

Medellin, Colombia

Built among shanties on a mountainside in 2007, Medellin’s Espana Library and the surrounding area are connected to the city by an amazing MetroCable system. It’s just one of the developments that led the Washington-based Urban Land Institute to name this amazing city the 2012 “Innovative City of the Year.”

Try a cafe tinto in the morning and an aguardiente when you want a harder drink.

South African safari

While it can be hot in South Africa during the summer, it’s still a wonderful time to explore the country’s natural wonders. Book a tour to pack as much into your trip as possible. REI Adventures offers an 11-day trip that includes hiking Cape Town’s Table Mountain, kayaking to an African penguin colony, a three-day safari at Sabi Sand Reserve and tasting local wines in the Cape Winelands area.

Boquete, Panama

Stop to get a picture of yourself near the enormous ships passing through the Panama Canal, an amazing feat of construction.

Then head to the mountain town of Boquete, at the foothills of the Baru Volcano in the Chiriqui Highlands, to drink coffee where some of the finest beans in the world are grown. Prefer chocolate? La Loma is a working chocolate farm, located off the grid and on the remote Bastimentos Island in Bocas del Toro. It may be the most delicious place to stay in the country.


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Prison hosts first-ever father-daughter dance

— The daughters came in tights, frilly dresses and patent leather shoes. The dads wore suits and ties.

It could have been a scene at almost any school’s father-daughter dance.

But it wasn’t. The fathers at this social event were all inmates in a federal prison, serving time for a variety of offenses. And the dance was designed to motivate them to do better by their families once they get out.

“There is Still Time at the Ball” was the theme of this inaugural dance for prisoners — all nonviolent offenders — and their daughters at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, Florida.

“You are a key to the success of your father,” Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. told the daughters, according to a bureau press statement which said “connections to families and children are critical aspects” of inmates’ reentry into society.

Samuels encouraged the fathers to take an active part in the lives of their daughters, even if seems difficult from behind bars. He urged the men to stay engaged with their children while in prison and use the facility’s self-improvement programs to learn skills and become productive members of the community when they are released.

World’s best travel reward programs

— Which airline, hotel and rental car rewards programs are worth your while? With all the mergers and changes in the travel industry, it’s nearly impossible for the occasional traveler to know.

The 2014 FlyerTalk Awards highlight companies that still impress the road warriors of the sky.

FlyerTalk’s online veterans know the pros and cons of nearly every aspect of travel, including the coveted perks of loyalty programs. That information is especially valuable as many reward programs make it harder to reap their benefits. Delta Air Lines’ plan to award dollars spent rather than miles flown is the latest move in that direction.

While there are many industry awards for best travel loyalty programs, “users of these travel services are better judges of the services than the industry,” says Brent Conver, general manager of FlyerTalk.

Thousands of registered FlyerTalk members nominated their favorite programs in December and voted for the winners, which are being announced Wednesday. Here are their picks for best overall airline, hotel and rental car programs and best specific program benefits around the world.

Best overall rewards programs

American Airlines AAdvantage won for top airline affinity program in the Americas, with United Airlines coming in second place. Starwood’s Preferred Guest program edged out Hilton HHonors in the hotel category. And Hertz Gold Plus Rewards took the rental car honors.

Frequent travelers want to turn their airline and hotel points into more travel easily.

“People who are big fans of American say they have the best award availability, and they love that Starwood allows its points to be transferred to different airline programs,” he says. They also love Starwood’s flexibility (in) allowing travelers to use a combination of points and cash to book rooms.

In the Europe/Africa category, British Airways Executive Club was voted top airline affinity program. Starwood Preferred Guest and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards both came in first place in this region, as well.

Hertz — which collected several FlyerTalk awards — also spends a lot of time thinking about their elite travelers, and it shows up in their fan base at FlyerTalk, says Conver.

In the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region, India’s Jet Airways JetPrivilege was the surprise winner in the airline affinity program, upsetting the winner for the last two years, Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces’ InnerCircle took top hotel honors. And no surprise in the rental car category: Hertz swept all three regions with its Gold Plus Rewards.

Best travel reward program benefit (Americas)

FlyerTalk’s American Airlines AAdvantage members love their Executive Platinum member upgrades. Members get eight free one-way upgrades systemwide upon qualification or re-qualification of elite status.

In the hotel benefit race, the love that Marriott Rewards members have for the Concierge Lounge dominates. Their club lounges in the United States offer free food and drink and a dedicated concierge.

And once again, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards’ Gold service wins in the rental car benefit category. While Gold service is a package of upgrades including faster reservations, a speedy vehicle pick up process and VIP treatment, it’s packaged together and treated as a single benefit.

Best travel reward program benefit (Europe/Africa)

In the airline awards category, British Airways Executive Club members love their Avios upgrades. British Airways uses distance-based award charts, which allows travelers to trade in fewer miles (called Avios at the airline) for short trips, says Conver. “British Airways spends a lot of time working with their elite travelers, and they have a fan base,” he says.

Travelers love their Hilton HHonors Executive lounge access, naming it the best hotel benefit in Europe and Africa. The lounges offer free food and drink, and none of the lounges are exactly alike.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program wins again in this category for giving members points toward free rentals or exchange for other programs’ miles or points.

Best travel reward program benefit (Middle East/Asia/Oceania)

Members of Jet Airways JetPrivilege say that program’s top perk allows them to pay cash for domestic award ticket upgrades. Hotel guests voted Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces InnerCircle’s room upgrades the top benefit. FlyerTalk members didn’t nominate any car rental benefits in this part of the world. Maybe next year?


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U.S. shutdown impact on travelers

— Planning to travel in or to the United States and wondering if the U.S. government shutdown will hit your plans?

Well, you may need to tweak some sight-seeing plans. Never mind that visit to the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Forget visiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia. And that hiking adventure at Yellowstone National Park? It won’t happen.

Congress, wrangling over spending and Obamacare, failed to renew government funds in time for the start of the new fiscal year on Tuesday, and many travelers — both domestic and international visitors — will quickly start feeling the impact of the shutdown.

While essential air security and traffic control operations won’t be impeded, travelers visiting the country’s national parks and other government-run tourist attractions will find the gates shuttered and the doors locked.

All 401 National Park Service sites, which collectively average about 715,000 visitors per day in October, will be closed, according to a park service spokeswoman. (Guests staying in campgrounds and on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.) The Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo will also turn visitors away.

Is it safe to fly?

Airport security personnel are considered essential, so travelers please continue to follow Transportation Security Administration rules about liquids, shoes and other restrictions at the airport.

Air traffic controllers, some safety inspectors and other essential employees will “continue working in order to maintain the safety of the national airspace system,” said the Federal Aviation Administration, in an e-mailed statement. “Safety is our top priority.”

Other FAA projects, including facility security inspections, routine personnel security background investigations and development of the next generation of air traffic control technology, will be placed on hold.

What if you’re waiting on a passport?

If you’re waiting on a U.S. passport, how long that wait will last depends on where the passport agency is located. Passport services, because they are funded by other revenue, are generally “unaffected by a government shutdown,” according to a State Department spokesperson.

There’s just one possible catch: If the passport office is located within a government building that has been shut down, passport approvals may be affected.

If you need a visa

Because consular services at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are largely funded by application fees, not annual appropriations, visa applications filed by foreigners wanting to enter the United States will continue to be processed, according to the State Department.

Overseas impact

Even those visitors trying to pay their respects at American military cemeteries located outside of the United States will feel the impact. The Normandy American Cemetery and 23 other overseas cemeteries operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission will be closed to the public for the duration of the shutdown, according to the commission’s contingency plans.

“The Normandy American Cemetery presents a special case, as visitors have access to the cemetery via the unfenced approaches from the beach, according to the plan. “Visitors will be asked to leave, but confrontation will be avoided.”

CNN’s Laura Koran contributed to this story.