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Is It Worth It to Pay Extra to get a Balcony Cabin on our Cruise? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Our travel agent said it would only cost another $25 a night if we booked a balcony cabin on our next cruise. However, the cruise is for 14 days. That’s another $350. Is it worth the extra cost?

Should We Bring Little Kids to Our Vegas Anniversary Celebration? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re going to Las Vegas in a couple of months to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Good idea, because I haven’t been there in five years, and look forward to the shows, blackjack, slots, buffets and all the other adult glitz. Trouble is my husband wants to make it a family celebration, and invited our kids and six grandkids. I objected, and now everyone’s mad at me. How can I make peace in the family, but still have my Vegas vacation?

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A: Do a split screen scene. That means, in a loving way, tell your hubby you desire the time in Vegas to be just the two of you alone in a hotel suite with all the romantic trimmings. However, emphasize that you also very much want to celebrate your 35th surrounded by your loving kids and grandkids. Suggest a site to do the family gathering on a different date in your hometown or wherever most convenient to all. But insist the Vegas tryst is just for the two of you seasoned lovebirds.


Do We Need to Go Formal on a Cruise? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re a couple in our late 50s, and have signed on for a seven-day cruise with our church group. Most of the others in the trip are retirees and older than we are. We’ve just been told everyone has to dress up formal with tux and gown for dinner each evening. We know cruises are much more relaxed these days, and don’t want to lug all those extra clothes with us. It also means extra costs for baggage checking on the airline, and the laundry bill on the ship will be sky high. We want to go on the cruise, but can we ignore the dress up order?

Single Senior Traveler Plea: Cruise, anyone? Please, someone! PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m a divorced guy, age 57, but believe I look, act and feel much younger. I’m considering signing up for a two-week cruise from England through Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia. It would cost about 40% less if I cruised with another person. I’d like to find a lady companion to share the expenses, cabin and just maybe, a bed. I’ve seen cruise companion ads on Frommers and other websites, but it seems all the women listed are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. That’s OK, but not for me. I’d prefer one who’s at least 20 years younger than I am.

How Can We Survive The Endless Airport Delays? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We travel frequently, but it seems it gets more difficult to go by air any more. I know we’re getting older and maybe have less patience, but the situation now seems more frustrating than ever. Do you have any advice for what we can do to make the check-in, security and time in airport waiting rooms any less stressful?


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