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Holland America returns to trans-Atlantic crossings

Passenger On Atalantic Crossing Cruise 
To commemorate Holland America Line's 40th anniversary of its evolution from traditional trans-Atlantic voyages to becoming entirely dedicated to vacation cruising, the premium line's ms Rotterdam is sailing two classic crossings in July 2011.

Rotterdam's nine-day trans-Atlantic sailing departs Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 3, 2011, and calls at the traditional crossing departure port of Southampton, England, before heading to New York. The July 12 trans-Atlantic departure returns to Rotterdam from New York over nine leisurely days with a call at Cobh (Cork), Ireland, another time-honored stop on crossings of the past. 


American Airlines to try 'in-flight happy hour' -

Passengers drinking In The Airplane 
American Airlines says it will give happy hour pricing next month to customers buying alcohol on its flights departing during the 5-o'clock hour. Starting Dec. 1, the carrier's "5@5" happy hour promotion will feature $5 alcoholic drinks on flights in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean that depart between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. (local times).


French cuisine named 'intangible' world heritage - Yahoo! News

Paris food unesco 
The UN cultural organisation on Tuesday added Spain's flamenco dance and French cuisine -- a first-ever listing for gastronomy -- to the world's intangible cultural treasures.

UNESCO experts, gathered this week in the Kenyan capital, singled out French gastronomy as a "social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups".

France's multi-course gastronomic meal, with its rites and its presentation, therefore fulfilled the conditions for featuring on the list.


Cruise lines cancel calls on St. Kitts after passengers robbed at gunpoint - USATODAY

St. Kitts, Caribbean
The brazen robbery at gunpoint this weekend of a bus full of cruisers on St. Kitts has prompted at least two cruise lines to cancel calls on the island.

Carnival says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle, scheduled to visit St. Kitts today, instead has headed to Antigua, and Princess Cruises' has announced the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess will make a similar detour on Wednesday.


Students On Ice Seeks Students, Chaperones for Antarctica Trip

Students on ice 
Sure, you can travel to Antarctica on a big, fat cruise liner and pay upwards of $20,000, or you can apply as a chaperone or student on Students on Ice, an
award-winning, 10-year-old organization offering educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic.

The Quebec-based organization has a few openings for chaperones and students to visit the Antarctic from Dec. 27, 2010 to Jan. 10, 2011.


Airport body-scan radiation under scrutiny - CNN

They're arriving at airports across the country. Some complain they are invasive and an assault on our privacy. But are body scanners at security checkpoints dangerous?

Some scientists and two major airline pilots unions contend not enough is known about the effects of the small doses of X-ray radiation emitted by one of the two types of airport scanning machines.


Mexico Violence: Seven Safer Places for Tourists to Visit - ABC News


"Safer"?? So are they saying they are "safe"?  No... just "safer". YIKES! TB

With drug wars escalating and daily reports of murders in Mexican border towns, many American tourists have been wary to visit the warm beaches to the south.

While there are some dangers to traveling to Mexico -- the State Department has issued a travel warning -- most resort areas have remained immune from the drug violence and make for an easy, and often affordable, vacation.