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QE2 to retire to Dubai, or maybe South Africa

QE2 to retire to Dubai, or maybe South Africa
No, no, not the real QE2, who’s still very active with her corgies in Buckingham Palace. Vacations To Go reports Cunard's legendary ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 was retired from service last fall, and originally scheduled to be permanently settled at a Dubai United Arab Emirates dockside.

As with the old Queen Mary 1 in Long Beach CA, she was to be fitted out as a floating luxury hotel. However, the Cunard executives who make such decisions may change their minds and dock the QE2 in Durban or Cape Town, South Africa, where she’ll be a floating hotel there. South Africa is scheduled to host the World Cup Football (soccer) event next year in Cape Town. Stay tuned to find out what will happen to the old girl. No, no, not THAT old girl.

New York NY: Enjoy Rooftop Igloo At 230 Fifth Avenue PDF Print E-mail


At that location is one of the city's most enjoyable Manhattan viewing sites for sky-high dining and drinking enjoyment. During cold, snowy and rainy weather, it features 17 private igloos, each accommodating up to 12 people. There's a pre-paid reservation option for $60 per person every night, and $40 for weekend brunch.

Order Apple Pie Cider, the rooftop winter specialty of the rooftop, made with vodka, apple cider, whipped cream and cinnamon. In a salute to environmental cleanliness, it’s served in a paper coffee cup. www.230-fifth.com/reservations

 
Phila. PA: With Elections Soon, Be Inspired By Liberty Bell PDF Print E-mail


If your travels take you to Philly, spend an interesting few hours in the downtown Independence Square area. Visit the Liberty Bell, an inspiration for more than three centuries of American history.

The famed inscription, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof” is the basis for our ongoing democracy and freedom. Its meaning is evident as we decide this year who will be our next president.…Bernie, Donald, Micheal, Joe, Pete, Liz, Tom or whoever.

 
Viking River Cruises Voted Best By Readers' Choice Awards PDF Print E-mail


Since it’s first river schedules in 1997, the line sails major rivers in Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. It offers a fleet of 60 luxury river cruise ships, with added schedules and new ships on future plans.

Viking Longships cruises include staterooms and roomy suites with large private sun decks. verandas. Passengers enjoy a full-service restaurant, bar and lounge, library and sun deck. The ships feature outdoor, expansive scenery for diners on the Aquavit Terrace.

The all-inclusive cruises include outside staterooms, Wi-Fi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and Viking’s signature Culture Curriculum program. For for more info and booking, go to www.vikingcruises.com

 
Buenos Aires, Argentina: February Sunshine & Carnival PDF Print E-mail


While much of the world is shivering in winter temperatures, visitors to this cosmopolitan oasis enjoy day and night wanderings in the warm 70s and 80s. Expect beautiful scenery, interesting shops and a great variety of dining.

At night the milongas (tango halls) and other colorful entertainment light up the sky for locals and tourist rovers. The annual Carnaval Porteño is held during the four February weekends before Catholic Lent starts. All events are free of charge, but outdoor programs may be canceled if there is heavy rain. For more info, go to: www.batravelguide.com/2019/01/carnaval-porteno-buenos-aires-carnival

 
Tourists Make Poo Poo On Peru’s Machu Picchu PDF Print E-mail


Six tourists have been arrested after they allegedly damaged stonework and defecated among the ruins at Machu Picchu. The ancient Incan hilltop city is one of South America’s most renowned tourist attractions. Authorities claim that some tourists, from Chile, Brazil, France and Argentina, sneaked into the ruins to deliberately cause the trouble.

Machu Picchu is a Unesco World Heritage site destination, and visited by more than a million tourists annually. When you're planning to visit, check online for least busy times, transportation, costs and other info. www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/15/tourists-to-be-deported-over-alleged-damage-defecation-at-machu-picchu

 
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