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RoadScholar: Odyssey at Sea: WWII Memories Voyage PDF Print E-mail


Sail back in history from Denmark to England during 14 days and 13 nights aboard the Aegean Odyssey from Copenhagen to London. The past comes to life during expert-led field trips to battle sites, formerly-occupied towns and rebuilt bomb-damaged cities.

The schedule is August 6 thru 19, 2021. Cost from $5,499. Enroll by May 31, 2020, for free air from many cities and a $100 shipboard credit! Ask about low-cost air from other cities. Contact: www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/23987/odyssey-at-sea-wwii-voyage-from-denmark-to-england

 
Q: Always Confused About Tipping. What Are The Rules? PDF Print E-mail


The more I travel around the world these days, the practice of leaving tips seems to get more complicated. Do you have some easy to understand rules? MAS, Tucson AZ

A: You’re usually OK to give 10 to 15% in cash after a meal, drink session, valet, home delivery and other services. If the server or something else irks you about the transaction, ask to speak to a manager before deciding not to tip. Ah, memories!

I was a Hot Shoppes car hop while a teen college student, and had a bare minimum salary. I depended on tips to earn decent money. For awhile, I was ok with the job. However, some customers didn’t tip and/or drove away without paying for the food. Some tossed the tray and dirty dishes crashing out the window. And I had to pay for the damage!

My solution was when I served the printed bill close to my face to drivers, and quoted a price a dollar or two above the actual amount. In that slightly-dishonest way, I was assured adequate tip money.

 
Emotional Support Air Pals Restricted To Trained Dogs PDF Print E-mail


If you’re planning to fly with your ever-lovin’ pony, cat, raccoon or other exotic animal, take warning. Many airlines are no longer allowing them to ride in the passenger section with you. The growth of non-canines getting free rides on flights has grown considerably over the past decades.

Originally they were all trained, licensed dogs. Now it includes every creature from pigs, birds, snakes, and other supposedly necessary helpers for their elderly and/or handicapped owners. Therefore, before you intend to fly with your beloved critter, be sure you check first with your travel agent and/or airline.

 
Princess Passengers Claim Bedbugs In Their Cabin PDF Print E-mail


Although the people were quickly moved to another cabin, the angry and itchy couple has filed a lawsuit against the cruise line. My spouse and I have sailed several times annually for more than 30 years, including with Princess, and never experienced bugs in beds at sea.

However, we still have a lasting memory of when it happened several years ago in a Las Vegas hotel. When we woke up on the first morning of our visit, we both felt pain and itching in our legs. When we pulled down the covers, we saw blood spots on the sheets, bite marks on our legs and several of the nasty little bugs.

We immediately called the front desk, and in several minutes an employee arrived with a spray gun. While he worked, we were invited to move to a room down the hall. Furious, we had the guy spray our suitcases, packed and stormed out of the hotel without paying for the night.

What to do if it happens to you in a hotel? Of course, immediately wash and disinfect any wounds caused by the bedbugs. Forget about moving to another room, and leave the hotel as quickly as possible. If you’re on a cruise and experience bugs, you must demand you’re given another cabin that has been thoroughly disinfected. As for a lawsuit, contact an attorney as soon as you get away from the hotel or off the ship.

 
First Time Cruiser? Get Expert Help In Planning Best Choices PDF Print E-mail


If it will be your intro to ocean sailing, do it with an a experienced travel agent. You'll have a much better chance to enjoy a great cruise, and get better prices and other benefits.

Further, if at any time you have a problem during the cruise, you have an advocate there to help solve the glitch ASAP.  Of course, the cruise line wants as much of your money as possible. Always remember, a good travel agent is on your side, usually for little or no additional charges.

 
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