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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.

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.

La Guardia Airport NY: Here I Sit, Broken Hearted…. PDF Print E-mail

The newly-installed Jabbrboxes in the terminal resemble upscale versions of coin-operated street telephone booths and public toilets. Of course, in today’s grossly-inflated economy, customers can’t use them for just a nickel or dime.

They’re stations for people who want some private sitting space while waiting for flights. The booths, with see-thru front door glass, don’t include toilets, but do have video screens, Wi-Fi, USB charging, mood lighting and continuous audio flight info. Fees are $10 for 15 minutes, $15 for 30 minutes and $30 for an hour. Not so long ago at those prices, you could've booked a comfy hotel room for 24 hours.

Asheville NC: Sip Suds To Celebrate Memorial Day Festivities PDF Print E-mail

Among many celebrations throughout the USA, one of the most welcoming is the Asheville Brewers Alliance’s Asheville Beer Week. It runs from Friday, May 25 thru Saturday, June 2, with the final event, the Beer City Festival. Along with the suds, there will be local foods, music, games and many other fun happenings. For events, prices and other info, go to avlbeerweek.com

Las Vegas Hotels: More Name Changes Than Zsa Zsa PDF Print E-mail

The late glamor queen married nine times. And, as with many Sin City hotels, it seemed every time she put on a new coat of paint, she took on a new name. The same keeps happening in Sin City. The latest change is the venerable downtown hotel Fitzgeralds, soon to be named the D Las Vegas.

Others have included The Sands to The Venetian, Monte Carlo to Park MGM, Aladdin to Planet Hollywood, San Remo to Hooters, Lady Luck to Downtown Grand, Barbary Coast to Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon. So, when making your next Vegas reservation, be sure to check it again while on your way. You may arrive at a newly-named destination.


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