Royal Cribbean now sails from Baltimore

If you like to cruise and live in New York, Jersey, Philly or Washington DC, the new Royal Caribbean schedule out of Baltimore will make your cruise plans much easier.

No more expensive flights, airport parking and security hassles to Fort Lauderdale or Miami to board ships bound for the Caribbean. A relatively short drive of an hour or two from East Coast cities can get you to the dock in Baltimore, and you’ll be sailing away.

Royal Caribbean's enormous Enchantment of the Seas will be based in Baltimore for sailings year-round from the city. Cruises include five-night Bermuda and nine-night Eastern Caribbean roundtrip schedules. Later in the year, the ship will offer nine-night cruises to Canada and New England destinations and 12-night Southern Caribbean cruises.

The Bermuda cruises will feature a two-day call at Kings Wharf. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary will include calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Samana, Dominican Republic; and Labadee, the cruise line's private beach destination on the northern coast of Haiti.

For more information on Royal Caribbean sailings out of Baltimore or other information, contact your favorite hometown or online travel agency, or go to www.royalcaribbean.com

Online Phone Travel Advisor May Be Wearing Stripes PDF Print E-mail

Recent news revealed that some advice sites are staffed by prisoners. It could be as crooked as the dangers of responding to other phony sites in China, Russia and other foreign locations. Your best bet to book travel is with a live, legitimate expert in an agency near you. Also, when you decide to book online, the safest way is contact directly with the airline, hotel and other proven services. 

Imagine what happens when the jailbird agent asks you? OK, customer. Now that I’ve advised you, I need your credit card number to buy a ladder, civilian suit, 10 feet of rope and your soon-to-be emptied bank account ID.

Memories: New Playboy Club Open In Manhattan PDF Print E-mail

For nostalgic seniors wandering in New York, bring back memories and voyeurism at the newly-opened club at 512 West 42nd Street. The series of clubs around the nation, featuring the famed bunnies, began in the 1960s with Hugh Hefner’s notorious one in Hollywood and his hotel in Miami Beach.

Club dining prices are just a teeny bit higher today than they were way back then.  A sample 1960 menu: London Broil  $8, Eggs Benedict $7, Buffet $7.25 and cake $2.50 For reservations and other info, go to: playboyclubnyc.com

Road Scholar: New Mexico’s Historic Conversos And Crypto-Jews PDF Print E-mail

Go west to Albuquerque to experience the classic culture of conversos and Crypto-Jews. Some families came to America as early as the 17th Century to escape Spain’s oppression and forced conversion to Catholicism.

The six-day, five-night program 11007RJ cost starts at $949, and includes upscale hotel, 13 meals, field trips, lectures, desert hikes and many other features. The next session accepting reservations is scheduled for February 10-15, 2019. For more info, go to www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/11007/new-mexico-s-conversos-and-crypto-jews/dates

Bordeaux, France: Wine & Dine At The S.O. Good Festival PDF Print E-mail

The beautiful southern seaside city is famous for its great wine offerings. It also features fine dining, including tasty menus of oysters, mushrooms, white asparagus and macaroon cookies. For upscale diners, there’s caviar from local sturgeon farms.

From November 16 thru 18, visitors will gather to enjoy the food and wine of the region at the festival Bordeaux S.O. Good. For more info, go to www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk/offre/fiche/bordeaux-s-o-good-urban-and-gourmet-food-festival

Conde Nast Still Says Chicago Is Best USA City To Visit PDF Print E-mail

For the second consecutive year, the Windy City has won first place in the Readers’ Choice Awards for top big American city. Opposing opinion: With growing crime rate, terrible weather, deteriorating housing, broken-down public transport and jammed traffic, the win for Chicago is difficult to believe.

Hate to be condenasty, but are there any other cities that lost the election a teeny bit more welcoming and safe for senior visitors? How about Miami, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and a few others, including Sin City Las Vegas.


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