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For the millions of U.S. tourists who will vacation abroad this summer, the world has its hand out—in welcome. Traditionally, the travel season opens in early July. But this year it came with the crocuses. When the Queen Mary noses out into the Atlantic this week, it will be the first time she has ever sailed from New York in early April completely sold out. On Easter Sunday white excursion steamers chugged back into service on the Rhine. In Rome, as the Judas trees burst into pink bloom, tourists...

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