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Q: Are There Seniors-Only, Clothing-Optional Cruises? PDF Print E-mail

This barely answerable query comes from a travel4seniors.com reader who’ll only be identified as Jean M of Milwaukee WI. After some research, we’ll try to undress ...I mean... address Jean’s question.

A: First, a bad joke. On a clothing-optional senior cruise, an observant passenger remarks that a sunbather’s swimsuit is all wrinkled. Ooops! The very old senior is sunning in the nude.

There are many resorts and beaches in Europe and the Caribbean where vacationers can sun and bathe in the all-together. Even a few in the U.S. If you’re interested in exploring clothing-optional cruises, check websites such as blisscruise.com and castawaystravel.com for upcoming schedules.

Traveling Cat: Info About Flying And City Daycare PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m planning to take my cat, Mabel, with me on a flight. I have business during the day in downtown Los Angeles, but will be free for five nights. Will it be OK to have Mabel in my room with me? Miriam K., Denver CO

A: First, check with the airline about requirements to take Mabel on the flight. Then, when booking your hotel, ask staff about allowing the cat to be in the room alone during the day. Some hotels forbid it, while others charge a fee for an area in the hotel with cages, feeding, exercising and other visiting pet services.

Another idea is to treat Mabel to several days at a pet resort near your hotel. For example, there’s a worldwide chain, Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa. For locations, costs and other info, go to www.thebarkleypethotel.com

To Recline Or Not Recline In The Cheap Seats PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m over six feet four, and every time I fly I have trouble when I try to be comfy in my economy seat. I never just jam the seat backward. Before making the adjustment, I inform the passenger behind me. However, I still get everything from angry mumbles to outright complaints. What can I do to avoid trouble when I recline? John P., Albany NY

A: First of all, you have every right to recline in the seat that is designed to adjust to your comfort. However, it is considerate to politely inform the passenger behind you before slamming back into tender knees. When you get complaints, you may adjust the seat back upward a bit to respond.

However, unless you pay for an upgrade to business or first class, the problem won’t go away. In fact, airlines are always looking for ways to make more money by cramming more passengers in. You can expect seating spaces to keep getting smaller and complaints about Lincolnesque you.

Is Mexico Safe For Traveling Seniors To Visit? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We plan to visit Acapulco and Cabo next month. Recent news reports about violence and drug gangs have us concerned. Should we cancel? Theresa B., St. Paul MN

A: Mexico is a beautiful country, only hours by air from cities across the U.S. As news reports blare, some areas of the South of the Border country are sometimes unsafe and plagued with drug violence. However, we find it's still a safe destination for senior tourists. We've traveled there just recently, and never felt threatened nor in any danger.

Is It Worthwhile To Pay Extra For Balcony Cabin? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Our travel agent said it would cost another $50 a night if we booked a cabin with a private balcony. The cruise is 14 days, requiring another $700. Is it worth the extra cost? Jeanne L., Birmingham AL

A: Looking out at the ocean by day and by moonlight is great from your own private balcony. And watching  the full panorama of arrivals and departures in harbors are wonderful cruise experiences. If airfare and your two-week cruise already costs $4,000 or more, consider spending the extra bucks. Think of the selfies and lasting memories!

If you want to save money, here’s an idea. Try for a balcony cabin without the extra charge. When booking, and depending on the season, ask your travel agent if you can be bumped up to a balcony cabin free as part of a special promotion.


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