Las Vegas: Not quite show-it-all swim pools

It couldn’t be more descriptive, but the recently-opened pool at The Artisan Hotel in Vegas called Naked isn’t quite that. Actually, it allows guests, locals and tourists to swim wearing only bottoms.

The Artisan, a non-smoking, non-gambling boutique hotel about a mile from Las Vegas Boulevard, has just one of Sin City’s several topless pools for adult-only swimming. There’s also Bare, the pool at The Mirage on what is now aptly called the Las Vegas Strip.

Also on the Strip, Caesars Palace has the Venus, and in the Beach area at Mandalay Bay is the private Moorea. Additionally, Beach Club 25 is located on the 25th floor of the World Tower at the Stratosphere Hotel.

AA Canceling Up To 90 Scheduled Flights Daily PDF Print E-mail

American, the world’s largest airline, announced the drastic plans to cut their schedules until the end of April. The interruptions have been caused by the two recent disastrous crashes by Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Airline officials say the cancellations will continue until the Federal Aviation Administration reports that the Boeing planes are safe to fly. AA officially reported that "Canceling in advance provides additional availability and rebooking.” If you have plans for upcoming AA flights, be sure to check daily with your travel agency and AA online information.

What To Do If You're In A Cruise Ship Emergency PDF Print E-mail

Recent news of the Norwegian Viking Skv going through very rough weather and causing passenger evacuation should be a warning for senior sailors. Fortunately, it didn’t become a Titanic disaster, but the problems offer lessons for future cruises.

When you first board your ship, pay close attention to all information that involves your safety. Attend the required lifeboat drills and understand exactly what to do if the need for lifeboats becomes reality. Also, whenever the ship rolls into heavy seas, especially when caused by weather, stay away from the outer decks, and seek out safe seats in your cabin and social compartments.

If it’s your first cruise when the decks and your stomach start heaving, be sure you’ve brought along seasick medication. And through it all, record the seagoing experience with selfies. Then. when safely back on shore, you and your family can get some well-earned laughs about the ordeal.

Visitor’s Guide To North Korea Published PDF Print E-mail

A French travel guru just issued info on how to enjoy a trip to one of the most dangerous destinations in the world. Your travel4seniors.com editor can attest to the reputation from experiences in the early 1950s as a member of a reactivated U.S. Navy Carrier Air Group during the Korean War.

They lethally hated Americans then and still do, as tragically proved recently when they imprisoned and tortured young student Otto Warmbier to death. Other jailed American travelers have suffered similar brutal treatment. Yet some, such as that clueless, bejeweled retired basketball pro, still go to North Korea despite U.S. State Department warnings to stay away.

Here’s a suggestion for seniors who insist on traveling to North Korea. When getting off your flight there, just turn around and kiss your butt goodbye.

Enjoy Las Vegas For Less Than $90 A Day? Nah! PDF Print E-mail

USA Today and GOBankingRates named 20 travel destinations you can visit for less than $100 daily. Others listed include Singapore, Madrid, Lisbon, Prague, Cancun, and Bali was the cheapest at $24. Las Vegas was #19 on the cheapo list.

The beancounters obviously haven’t been to Sin City lately. And why didn’t they include the expenses of getting there plus additional in-town costs? Round trip U.S. flights range from a cheap $200 and much higher. Also, the famed Vegas buffets now average $35 for breakfast or lunch, and $50 for dinner. Some bait ads quote hotel room rates at $99.99 per night. Then, all add the infamous daily resort fee, usually another $20 and more.

Show tickets are at least another $25 plus booze, food and tips. Finally, of course, there are the greedy Vegas casino bosses. Unless you spend your entire visit at local museums and sightseeing, expect to lose a modest average of $100 day playing the tables and/or slots. Of course, it’s possible you’ll win, but the odds always heavily favor Vegas.

CNN: The Happiest Nation On Earth Is Finland PDF Print E-mail

According to CNN and the latest World Happiness Report, it’s the jolliest destination for senior travelers. The study follows with Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Holland, all some of the iciest nations. The US skates in at 19th. Where did they do the study: in an igloo?

Maybe Finland ads should list various happy things you can do there this spring and summer. Dive through the ice for a nice swim. Enjoy getting your lips frozen to a metal light pole. Dance while your toes fall off from frostbite. Come out of your igloo to enjoy arm-wrestling with polar bears.


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