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Gotta Love Those Las Vegas All You Can Eat Buffets! PDF Print E-mail

Q: Choices are many and my spouse and I consider them Sin City’s most sinfully great attractions. So, is it OK to doggy bag our leftovers to snack later in our room, the casino and hotel pool? HLMcJ, Sacramento CA

A: Doggy bagging is a no-no at Vegas buffets. However, if you’re sneaky enough and have a handy bag you can quickly stash into a pocket or purse, go for it. Just don’t tell them we said you could. Actually, consider how buffet prices have skyrocketed in recent years. When we visited Vegas way, way back around 1999, average breakfast and lunch each were $5, and dinner $10. Now they’re $25, $45 and higher. So, enjoy your doggy bagging!

Q: Where Can I Find The Best Reasonably-Priced Cruises? PDF Print E-mail

I just retired and want to celebrate with a cruise. My travel agent quoted several that seemed way too expensive. A friend told me the best prices are the ones ready to sail, but are not yet sold out. My time now is free and I can go tomorrow for the right deal. How do I do it? PL, Atlanta GA

A: Consider last-minute sailings, when prices drop dramatically. Review on-line sites such as Expedia and Travelocity. They can save you time with continuously updated lists of many last-minute choices. Also scan cruise lines websites. Then make sure you’re packed and ready, in case the cruise you want will be sailing in just a few days or possibly hours.

Q: What To Do When You’re Booked Into A Dirty Hotel Room PDF Print E-mail

We woke up in our Vegas upscale hotel to find bedbugs in the sheets, and bloody bites on our legs.When we complained, the desk clerk offered to move us to another room down the hall. We quickly checked out and refused to pay our bill. Did we do right? Mrs. PKMcD, Chicago IL

A: Of course you were correct. Try to prevent it from happening again. Always travel with a small flashlight, and as soon as you check into your room, immediately pull back covers and sheets, and make a close check. If you see soiling or bugs, notify the front desk, check out and find another hotel. Also, report the situation to local health authorities.

Q: Is Las Vegas Nickel And Diming Itself Into Oblivion? PDF Print E-mail

I’ve enjoyed Vegas for many years, but won’t. return. Typical phony ads feature rooms for as low as $29.99 a night. However, you actually pay much more. With resort fees, city taxes and parking of $20 to $40 a day, the actual prices rise to $100 and more a night. Any suggestions? TTL, Anaheim CA

A: For more economical gambling, drive 30 miles south of Vegas to Laughlin, NV. No parking nor resort fees. Enjoy xlnt views of the beautiful Colorado River. Also, looser slots, less crowds and much lower dining prices. And you can still get a room for $29.99 with no add-ons.

Senior Widow Seriously Considering Singles Cruising PDF Print E-mail

Q: My family keeps urging me to get out and back into the senior travel social scene with a cruise. What do you suggest? MPL, Houston TX

A: Good idea, and there are many choices. For example, Silversea Cruises offers a Gentlemen Hosts program on some sailings. Single women dine and dance aboard socially with mature male escorts. If you enjoy that one, next time sail on a senior singles cruise, where potential relationships can happen.


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