Cathay Pacific Airways: Committed To Luxury

The Hong Kong based airline has upgraded its First Class cabin suite accommodations in its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with many new luxury features. Passengers can now relax and enjoy the look and feel of luxuriating in an upscale resort or as guests at a vintage country estate.

As passengers enter the compartment, they’ll see modern sculptures displayed on the bulkheads, adding originally-created works of fine art to the comfortable setting. Each suite is now lined, both inside and outside, with attractive glossy fabric, metal and leather coverings.

Technical upgrades provide an all-puprose LCD touch screen comfort device, for reclining the bed-like seat and controlling individual lighting and sound choices. The latest in electronic equipment includes noise-abating headphones and an array of personal connections for iPhones, on-board working, communicating and on-demand TV and movies.

For more information, go to www.cathaypacific.com

Happy Thanksgiving to our senior travelers PDF Print E-mail

Thanksgiving scene

Enjoy this wonderful holiday with family and friends

Our cruise log: RCL's Radiance of the Seas PDF Print E-mail

NCL's Radiance of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas approaches Ensenada harbor

We recently returned from a five-day Royal Caribben Line Mexican Riviera cruise out of San Diego, including port stops at Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas. In the days before the cruise, we considered cancellation because of a big tropical storm with 120+ mph winds heading straight for Cabo, and due to hit on our arrival day.

When we called our travel agent, we were assured that the ship’s captain would never sail within 100 miles of any storm, and the route would be changed if there were any possibility of danger. With some misgivings, we boarded the ship in San Diego. We could have left our worries at home. The storm suddenly veered far south of Cabo, and the cruise was absolutely smooth and a total pleasure.

Is it OK to bid on an online vacation auction? PDF Print E-mail


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Watch out for phony offers at online auctions

Q: We’ve seen many ads and websites offering resorts, cruises and other travel deals at auction. We’re not gamblers nor experienced auction attendees, and have always booked our trips the regular way. However, now that we’re retired and can go anywhere at any time almost on a moment’s notice, we’d like to take a shot at an online vacation auction. How do we go about it?

Palace Guard on parade, London, England PDF Print E-mail

Palace Guard, London, England

British tradition: bearskin hats and scarlet coats

Tips: What to do during long airport delays PDF Print E-mail

Cat in mask

During long airport waits, sleep mask for quiet cat naps

Headlines blare: airport computer glitch causes nationwide flight delays for hours. Add the usual winter and holiday schedule screw-ups, and passengers should prepare to spend hours sitting, fuming and griping on butt-hard seats in the airport. Is there anything you can do to make the long hours of waiting, if not pleasant, at least almost bearable? Here are some suggestions:

1. Electronics and more electronics: Bring along a laptop with DVD player and stash of discs. You can work, listen and/or watch to pass the dragging time away.

2. Privacy, sort of: Bring noise-reducing earphones and eye mask to blot out some of the noise and harsh lights of the airport waiting room.


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