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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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Agra, India: Taj Mahal Often Hazy In Thick, Choking Smog PDF Print E-mail


One of the world’s most popular tourist attractions gets thousands of visitors daily. However, when your travel4seniors.com editor was there recently, the shrine was barely visible in thick smog.

Other cities in India also suffer the same auto-emission pollution, including Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. If heavy smog is a particular danger to your senior health, and India is on your travel plans, be prepared. Take medicated face masks for long periods of exposure, and do touring in air-conditioned cars and buses.

 
Yee, Haa! San Antonio TX Celebrates Its 300th Birthday PDF Print E-mail


Commemorative Week in the old mission town will happen from May 1 to 6. On May 1, 1718 the Mission San Antonio de Valero, later called the Alamo, was dedicated. And you all remember what happened at that famed fortress. During the tricentennial week, visitors will enjoy entertainment, sports, arts, food and many other fun happenings. For prices and updated info, go to www.sanantonio300.org

 
70th Anniversary Of Founding Of The Nation Of Israel PDF Print E-mail


If your travels take you to Israel at this historic time, you’ll be aware of many events this month celebrating the anniversary. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency and first president, declared "the establishment of a Jewish nation to be known as the State of Israel.” Among the many events will be Pat Boone in concert, opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and many other entertainment and cultural programs.

 
San Francisco CA: Can I Visit Expensive City On A Budget? PDF Print E-mail


Q: Our love for the beautiful City by the Bay goes way, way back to WW2 Navy days. Sailed under the Golden Gate, partied at the Top of the Mark, dined in Chinatown and rode the cable cars. We’ve been back many times since, but uncertain about this year. Hotel prices, always high, are now out of sight. Is it worth it anymore? PMO’L, Chicago IL

A: For starters, instead of hotels, check AirBnB ads online. They’re much lower priced and, if traveling with a group, you get an attractive house or apartment with several bedrooms for less per night than you’d pay for one hotel room.

 
Service Dogs On Flights Must Be Officially Certified PDF Print E-mail


When your faithful friend is trained to help you, airlines require that the dog be licensed. Canine companions must always show proper ID to ride in the passenger section. There are many online information sources to help you qualify for the official certification process.

 
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