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Disneyland Private Photoshoot: Get In Early & Snap Like A Pro PDF Print E-mail


Shell out $1,700 to buy a private photo shoot on site in Toontown or Cars Land. You can share the price when you bring seven other other snappers, and you'll get into the park an hour before opening. Your tour will include a pro photogger to show how to do it right. If Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and/or Pluto are there, you gotta pay extra to foto them.

OK, so you don’t wanna pay so much to foto Disney characters? Just haul your camera or smartphone to Hollywood Boulevard or New York’s Time Square. There will be many (illegally) costumed as Mickey and pals. You can shoot them for free, but it would be nice to offer a buck or two for the privilege.

 
Smoking On SW Flight Is The Way To Get To San Jose PDF Print E-mail


A Southwest Airlines jet from LA to San Francisco made an emergency landing in San Jose. A passenger was caught smoking in a john, causing the immediate order to land the flight. The offender was met by local police and hauled away to face charges.

Of course, all the other passengers had to scramble around the airport looking to complete their interrupted journeys. Let’s hope the nicotine addict was appropriately punished, and SW paid mucho dinero to the the passengers who suffered the delay that day in San Jose.

 
TripAdvisor: Alcatraz Is Very Best Landmark In The USA?? PDF Print E-mail


The website asked travel-savvy readers to vote for its annual Travelers Choice Awards. Angkor Wat, the ancient temple in Cambodia, won for the second straight year.

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay was tops in the USA, and No. 8 in TripAdvisor world rankings. Of course, everyone is much more eager to see Al Capone’s former residence, rather than such uninteresting American locations as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore.

 
Amsterdam Gets Tough On Dam Unruly Young Tourists PDF Print E-mail


If you’ve toured the lively Dutch city lately, you can’t help noticing that the streets and bars are jammed with students and other young people. And they're not there to admire the windmills. With it’s attractions of legal weed and love for sale, this spring and summer will feature the expected roving crowds of young adults and, especially for senior travelers, some annoying behavior.

However, if you’re there this season, you may note a bit less noise and fuss. That’s because the Amsterdam city officials have placed fines on bad behavior. And the police will be quick to apply them on the spot. For instance, public drunks pay $90, trashing the street $160 and weeweeing in the river costs $139.

 
Required Increased Tipping On Cruises Ups Your Total Cost PDF Print E-mail


Many cruise lines keep raising what once was a voluntary tip choice by passengers. By tradition, if and when service in your cabin, at dining tables and bars was adequate, you could choose to tip 10 to 20% of the bill. Or if dissatisfied, leave nothing at all.

An example of required tips, now calling them gratuities, Norwegian Cruise Line is raising the required tip per-day for cabin service from $13.99 to $14.50. Other cruise lines are issuing similar rules. The same applies to Norwegian onboard bar purchases, automatically applying 18% to those bills. When booking your next cruise, find the real amount of out-of-pocket charges that will be added to the advertised price. Ask your travel agent to tell you the actual cost you’ll be required to pay.

 
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