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Required Increased Tipping On Cruises Ups Your Total Cost


Many cruise lines keep raising what once was a voluntary tip choice by passengers. By tradition, if and when service in your cabin, at dining tables and bars was adequate, you could choose to tip 10 to 20% of the bill. Or if dissatisfied, leave nothing at all.

An example of required tips, now calling them gratuities, Norwegian Cruise Line is raising the required tip per-day for cabin service from $13.99 to $14.50. Other cruise lines are issuing similar rules. The same applies to Norwegian onboard bar purchases, automatically applying 18% to those bills. When booking your next cruise, find the real amount of out-of-pocket charges that will be added to the advertised price. Ask your travel agent to tell you the actual cost you’ll be required to pay.

Old Wanderer’s Really Best Travel Movies Of All Time PDF Print E-mail


CNN listed its top dozen movies to rent and show when confined at home during the coronavirus banishment. In my humble opinion, most are stinkers from the past decade or so. Full of confusing camera tricks, ear-damaging sound, garbage-mouthed actors and crude story lines.

My choices instead would include some classics with good acting and no cursing. Here they are: Airplane, Strangers On A Train, Murder On The Orient Express, Roman Holiday, Around The World In Eighty Days, The Wizard Of Oz, Easy Rider, National Lampoon's Vacation, Thelma & Louise and It Happened One Night. www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-travel-movies

 
Can’t Visit Springtime In The Park In Person? Do It Live Online! PDF Print E-mail


Central Park in New York now offers online tours. Because of the coronavirus problems, the US National Park Service has closed some locations around the country, but keeping several open with no entrance fees.

It’s also offering 32 virtual tours, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Maine’s Acadia National Park. Check online for info, including open hours, restrictions and fees.

 
Q: Coronavirus Fear: Should I Wear Gloves While Traveling? PDF Print E-mail


I obey all the warnings recommending washing hands while dealing with dirty surfaces on the road and in the air. I’ll be taking a train trip next week and wonder if I should not only wash, but also put on gloves. Advice? JKH, New Amsterdam NY

A: If you have sore or tender skin, wear gloves. No matter what your skin condition, it’s a good idea to wear tight plastic gloves when using public transportation, especially when using public toilets. Thoroughly wash hands and gloves as often as possible in hot, soapy water. Carry an extra pair so you’re always prepared for protection.

 
Try Traditional Singalong On A Long Road Trip With Kids PDF Print E-mail


Because of the worldwide coronavirus scare, many travelers will opt for springtime auto journeys. If that’s your plan, fight the boredom of hours of long highway stretches by a singalong. Do it with old familiar songs, and lure the passengers away from today’s so-called music. No need for screaming discordant loud rock they must endure on TV, radio and thru smartphones.

For example, consider some oldie goodies with easy lyrics: You Are My Sunshine, Man On The Flying Trapeze, Four Leaf Clover, There’s A Tavern In The Town, The Gang’s All Here and others. You can find the lyrics online, then print sheets to hand out to riders in your car. You and your passengers will be happily surprised, especially young ones, at what time-passing roadie fun it can b

 
Fly Clean With Wipes & Never Use Aircraft Seat Pocket PDF Print E-mail


Medical experts advise you to steer clear of that little holder bag on the back of the seat in front of you. Too often, bare feet, dirty diapers, outdated food and soiled underwear are stashed in them.

It’s also a good idea to take disposable medicated tissues aboard, and before you sit down, wipe off the headrest, seatbelt buckle and tray table. Also, when you gotta go into airport and aircraft toilets, wipe off the inside handle of the doors and other surfaces. With the spread of coronavirus, it’s always wise to fly as hygienically as possible, or not fly until the problem settles down.

 
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