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Sr. Sailors: Couple Celebrates 200th Carnival Cruise


According to USA Today, during the past 15 years, the retirees cruised annually on Carnival ships involving about 880 days, adding up to 2.5 years at sea.

That’s about the same amount of World War 2 time your travel4seniors.com editor spent in the U.S. Navy. Of course, it isn’t likely anyone was shooting at the seagoing seniors while they were on the briny. Nor did they have to fire anti-aircraft guns, scrub the decks or clean up the mess hall.

Miss Liberty's Crown to Welcome Visitors Again PDF Print E-mail

Statue of Liberty

Closed off to the public since 9/11/01 because of fears of another terrorist attack in New York City, the crown of the Statue of Liberty will finally reopen. With all patriotic symbolism, bands, political speeches, flags and fireworks, the official reopening ceremony will be held July 4.

Despite the fact that several weeks ago, a clueless Washington bureaucrat sent Air Force One soaring too close over the statue and scared the hell out of New Yorkers, all of Miss Liberty is now considered perfectly safe for visitors. First, after a boat ride from Manhattan, they take the elevator from the statue’s base, then climb the 168 steps to the observation platform.

The area has room for just 30 people at a time, and when the crowds are large, guards move everyone along so that each gets only a few moments in the crown. There they can stare 15 miles out of the 25 windows at the harbor, Ellis Island and a calmer New York City.

 
Say It Ain't So, Joe! PDF Print E-mail

Vice President Joe Biden

We’ve been getting emails all week since Vice President Joe Biden frightened the hell out of travelers by telling them not to fly or ride the subway because of the new flu bug. Then, a couple of days later, the White House flack said Mr. Biden had “misspoken”. We guess that meant it’s very dangerous to fly or ride the subway with Joe Biden.

 
Taking Grandkids to Disney World Requires Patience & Fortitude PDF Print E-mail

And keeping them in sight at least 24 hours a day while there requires eternal vigilance. Although WDW is squeaky clean and one of the safest vacation places on earth, you still need to be a super monitor.

One of our family trips to WDW many years ago, we had the horror of losing our three-year-old daughter. She was only gone for five minutes, but they were the scariest moments of our lives. We made the mistake of taking our eyes off of her for a moment after joining the wall-to-wall crowd on the sidelines watching the daily parade.

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Top Places to Visit in Jerusalem, Israel PDF Print E-mail

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

The ancient city of Jerusalem has been the most beloved, hated and fought-over city since the dawn of history. If it is possible to describe it without taking a biased political stand, it is worth visiting by people of all faiths, historians, tourists and seniors looking for their roots.

Of course, there are many more interesting and historic sites to see other than just a list of five. However, just as an introduction for those planning to visit, here are our vote for the top five:

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Remember Those Who Serve in the Armed Forces PDF Print E-mail

GI group

For Memorial Day, or for any time for any reason including simple gratitude, consider offering your help to those who now serve in the Armed Forces. Additionally, many older veterans and their families can benefit from your support and encouragement. Our readers who’ve served in earlier conflicts can remember how lonely it gets in a foxhole, on a ship’s gun mount or on a barracks bunk. Or in a veterans’ hospital bed.

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