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Traditional vs Freestyle Dining on Cruises PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’ll be cruising soon for the first time in several years. When we sailed before, all dining was with assigned seats at the same table at the same assigned time for all sit-down meals throughout the cruise. For one or two nights, couples had to gussie up in formal dress and suit and tie. Some men wore tuxes. Now, we’ve been told our next trip will have “freestyle cruising”. What does that mean?

How Do We Cope With Grandkids on Road Trip? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re driving more than 400 miles for the holidays, which means at least eight hours on the road. That’s usually OK with us, because we take turns every two hours. One drives while the other naps. However, this year, we’ll have company on our trip, two grandkids, age 4 and 6. How do we keep them occupied, or more important, prevent them from driving us nuts?

What If I Need Help Getting Through the Airport and Boarding? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I fell on the sidewalk recently, and although nothing was broken, my bandaged knee makes walking and standing a bit difficult. For the next two months, I’ll be flying in and out of major cities, and may have problems getting around inside airports. Some flights will be on a no-assigned seat airline. How do I get permission to go through security  without lining up and then get aboard early?

With Fuel Costs Down, Will Airlines Give Back Freebees? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Are those add-on baggage charges and other fees still in effect? It doesn’t seem fair, now that gasoline prices are down again to less than half of what they were six months ago? If the airlines are paying so much less for gas now, why must they continue to pile on all those rip-off extra charges and take away what used to be free?

Holiday Airport Security Worries PDF Print E-mail

Q: Last year when I tried to bring Christmas presents for my grandkids aboard a flight, I had troubles with my carry-ons. I don’t want to be searched and hassled again this year by airport security. I know those guys and gals are just doing their jobs, but I bet they’d strip-search Santa Claus. Just what are the rules?


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