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Airport booze now available 'round the clock

It's six a.m., and you’re waiting in your favorite airport. All the shops and restaurants are closed, except the gin joints. They're allowed to be open all night. Now, you can get silly in Philly. If you're waiting there, you can pop the cork in New York or get high in Chi.

The booze rules have been eased. Some airports now allow liquor to be sold 24-7. High in the air has two meanings now, because passengers in flight can enjoy the same privilege. This is great news for those fliers who’ve had loud, drunken seatmates bother them or get sick all over them.

Of course, this new easing of the drinking rules is just another way airlines and airports are seeking to bring in extra income. So now, in addition to paying to check your bags, you’ll be able to drink enough as you fly to add more of those sagging bags under your eyes.

Our only advice we have for travelers is to enjoy yourselves with the booze of your choice anywhere, at any time. Just do it only up to a point where you’re not annoying others.

Carnival Miracle: Cabo San Lucas Cruise With A Purpose PDF Print E-mail

Carnival Cruise Line’s Miracle begins year-round Baja sailings on Saturday, October 4. The first trip will include a mercy visit to the coastal city of Cabo San Lucas. The city was hard hit by Hurricane Odile on September 15.

Two days into the cruise, along with passengers, the Miracle will deliver much needed supplies for the city’s residents. They include bottled water, canned food, baby diapers, cereal, paper products and other items.

Carnival Miracle’s year-round Mexican Riviera schedule from Long Beach also includes a seven-day, two-port itinerary that features a stop in Cabo, as well as a two-day overnight stay in Puerto Vallarta. Another is a visit to Puerto Vallarta and a two-day call at Cabo.

For fares, schedules and other info about all upcoming Carnival cruises, see your travel agent or go to carnival.com

Albuquerque NM: International Balloon Fiesta PDF Print E-mail

The 43rd annual celebration is scheduled from Saturday, October 4, thru Sunday, October 12. Senior visitors can expect brilliantly cloudless skies and daytime temperatures in the comfy high 70s.

Some 50,000 visitors are expected during the nine-day series of events. Following the dramatic dawn mass ascension of the hot air balloon ceremonies to start it off, scores of entertaining and competition events are scheduled. They include colorful parades, dance, music, sports, evening fireworks, art, food and drink varieties and much more.

Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE, Albuquerque NM 87113, www.balloonfiesta.com

Norwegian Cruise Line Scores “The Perfect 10” PDF Print E-mail

Whether for achieving Olympic glory or winning beauty contests, the Perfect 10 is a great score. Passengers signing up for any NCL cruise through October 14 can hit the number as onboard credit equal to 10% of their fares.

An example can be if you pay $2,000 for your cruise, you’ll get the max of $200 onboard credit for drinks, spas, retail store and other purchases. www.ncl.com

Monte Carlo, Monaco: Fantastic Scene From Fairmont Balcony PDF Print E-mail

Breathtaking view of the city and waterfront from the luxurious Fairmont Hotel, as pictured by your travel4seniors.com editor’s camera. Average early October daytime beach temperature is 70º. Room rates start at about $300. Fairmont Hotel, 12 Avenue des Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco 98000. www.fairmont.com/MonteCarlo

Virgin Air: Branson Says Galactic To Fly Space Trial Soon PDF Print E-mail

More than 700 very, very rich people have already booked flights as passengers on the Virgin Galactic first commercial space flights. Sir Richard Branson is charging $250,000 each for the sky-high experience.

First, they must anxiously await the results from the first test launch into sub-orbital flight expected to happen later this year, with the onboard crew to include Branson, age 64, and his son, Sam. If it’s successful, paying passenger flights into space may take off as early as mid-2015.

If you just happen to have a quarter of a million bucks to spend, you can get complete details and schedule your out-of-this-world adventure at www.virgingalactic.com/booking


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