Holland America Limits Smoking Areas Aboard

Imagine that exciting cruise you’ve anticipated for months. Inhaling fresh sea air as you bask on the deck, watching the clouds and ocean roll by. Then, koff, koff, koff! A guy stomps by puffing on a cigarette, or worse, a stinky cigar. Your peaceful day at sea is ruined by the annoying odor of smoky nicotine.

Along with many other cruise lines, Holland America wants its passengers to enjoy their journeys in clean air. Smoking now is forbidden everywhere inside, and allowed only in certain isolated outdoor areas. For addicted puffers who ignore the ban, there’s a $250 extra cleaning fee added to their bills. So, butt out!

Q: We’re Visiting London And Paris For The First Time And... PDF Print E-mail

As concerned seniors, we have a very basic worry about foreign toilets. When the need for a bathroom happens while on a city street, what do we do? Mrs. PRL, St. Louis MO

A: Before you stroll, be sure you have some of that country’s coins on you for available coin-operated toilets. Use your smartphone to get into apps, such as Flush. It’s free with a map locating nearest public toilets. Also, Freepee.org lists free public toilets in many world cities. Another basic tip: Carry a small soap bar or tube along with disposable tissues.

Southwest Airlines Adds On Another Sneaky Fee PDF Print E-mail

Of course, all airlines are into the nickel-and-diming routine to boost income and exec salaries. The new SW charge, called Early Bird Check-In, will get you to a seat to grab before all those lined-up ABCD passengers behind you can scramble aboard.

The extra cost will be from $30 to $50, depending on length of the flight. Your travel4seniors.com editor still believes SW is the most economical way to fly within the USA. However, before making reservations on any airline, do your online homework to get the best possible ticket prices, including taxes, extra fees and other sneaky add-ons.

Sonoma CA: Join The Autumn Grape Stompers PDF Print E-mail

It’s harvest time in the famous wine country of Sonoma, and the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival welcomes senior stompers. It happens from Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30. For more info, fees and other events, go to valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com

Disney Parks Get Politically Correct With Pirates PDF Print E-mail

Now that every aspect of our society is offensive to someone, the vintage Pirates Of The Caribbean rides at Disneyworld and Disney Land are changed. The scene where pirates auction off captured women is now auctions of captured chickens.

Hey, Disney apologists, shouldn’t you do some other appropriate changes? For example, shamefully calling a dog Goofy and an elephant Dumbo implies mental retardation. And Donald Duck doing all those angry quacks can offend some underqualified doctors.

And how about that loving couple, Mickey and Minnie. You’d think their 90-year relationship should have included a marriage ceremony way back when. And let’s not mention Snow White shacking up with those bears.

Dubai UAE: World’s Tallest Hotel Opens Up … Way Way Up PDF Print E-mail

The new Gevora rises almost 1,200 into the sky, topping by a foot or two its next door rival, the JW Marriott Marquis. It has 75 floors of suites and rooms, as well as many luxury features, but doesn’t allow booze to be sold there. Room rates begin at about $60 a night. For booking and other info, go to gevorahotels.com.


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