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Passenger Survey: What’s The Best Cruise Line?


J.D. Power has announced its Cruise Line Satisfaction Report for this year. After questioning thousands of seagoing veteran passengers, the rankings are somewhat expected.

We’ve sailed on dozens of cruises since our retirement 24 years ago, and except for some schedule problems, have never experienced a major gripe. We enjoy cruising, and will continue as long as we can get up the gangway. We’re pretty much in general agreement with the survey choices, although other seniors  may have differing opinions, based on their good and not-so-good cruise experiences.

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Uber Drivers At Airports May Now Charge Taxi Fares PDF Print E-mail


Uber calls it "Project Luigi." The company planners claim it allows Uber drivers more control control over their income as independent contractors. So far, the system is being tried at California airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento.

Uber drivers there can set fares up to five times greater than Uber's original price, in increments of 10%. In other words, now Uber drivers can rip off riders for typical cabbie high charges, especially in busy airports. Ten years ago, newly-introduced Uber charges averaged less than half of taxi fares.

Them wuzz the days! So, whenever you book a Uber ride at those three airports, and soon everywhere else, be prepared to pay as much as you would for a taxi.

 
Coronavirus Continues To Upset World Travel Plans PDF Print E-mail


Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the flood of flight, cruise, tour and other cancellations. To insure the latest word on personal schedules, please keep in daily touch with all aspects of your travel plans, especially those that involve the Far East and other most affected areas of the world. Example: www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/01/29/coronavirus-british-airways-lion-seoul-air-suspend-flights-china

 
Amsterdam, Holland: No More Tours Of Hooker ‘hood PDF Print E-mail


The Netherlands government no longer promotes the capital city as a tourist destination, while touting other Dutch cities and towns. This year, Amsterdam city tours are limited to 15 visitors.

Sadly, for eager male visitors, tours of the infamous Amsterdam Red Light neighborhood are forbidden entirely. Also, to earn the city more tax income, all hotel room tax charges have gone higher, as are extra taxes on museums, boat trips and other tourist attractions. In other words, as with Las Vegas and other rip-off travel destinations, the bargain prices you see for Amsterdam are just the beginning you’ll pay for your visit.

 
Alert: How To Help Street Thieves Pick Your Pockets PDF Print E-mail


When traveling in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world, there’s always the danger of a street crook getting away with your wallet or pocketbook. Of  course, tight zippers and buttons can prevent it.

However, you also need to protect your senior tourist money from more sophisticated robbers roaming foreign streets and stations today. Dressed in what look like official uniforms, they choose likely victims by pretending to be doing official duties. They approach and politely ask to check your purse or wallet for proper identification and possible illegal or false money.

You cooperate and, after a few moments, you’re thanked and handed back the inspected item. You don’t notice the missing money until later, when you can’t do anything about the robbery. Never automatically give your purse or wallet when asked on the street or public transportation. If the uniformed intruders demand them, reply strongly that you'll do it only with them at an official police station.

 
Yelp Yaps About Best 100 Restaurants In The USA PDF Print E-mail


The website clams its team of data scientists voted the top rankings based on customer ratings, foodie rantings and gourmand reviews. Hmmmm. Is it a coincidence that both the first and last on the list have Middle Eastern menus?

The 100 are too many to display here, so let’s just do two. No. 100 is Falafel Cafe in Birmingham AL, and  No. 1 Shawarma Guys in San Diego CA: And, of course, on any day you show up at one of those, you may be served the best or worst meal in America. However, note customer review snips.

Shawarma Guys: The falafels were very crispy on the outside and had a nice flavor.  Not dry at all.  The shawarma plate was delicious and the beef was very soft and tender.  It's what you'd expect from wagyu.  What stood out was the tabouli, hummus, and pita, which were all very flavorful.

Falafel Cafe: This place has the best Middle Eastern foods. Fantastic shawarma and rice snd the best falafel in town. Very reasonable prices, clean and well run. I highly recommend this for lunch or dinner. I'll be back very soon. If you get a regular pita sandwich or plate, make sure you get some falafel on the side. It’s great.

 
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