Princess Passengers Claim Bedbugs In Their Cabin PDF Print E-mail

Although the people were quickly moved to another cabin, the angry and itchy couple has filed a lawsuit against the cruise line. My spouse and I have sailed several times annually for more than 30 years, including with Princess, and never experienced bugs in beds at sea.

However, we still have a lasting memory of when it happened several years ago in a Las Vegas hotel. When we woke up on the first morning of our visit, we both felt pain and itching in our legs. When we pulled down the covers, we saw blood spots on the sheets, bite marks on our legs and several of the nasty little bugs.

We immediately called the front desk, and in several minutes an employee arrived with a spray gun. While he worked, we were invited to move to a room down the hall. Furious, we had the guy spray our suitcases, packed and stormed out of the hotel without paying for the night.

What to do if it happens to you in a hotel? Of course, immediately wash and disinfect any wounds caused by the bedbugs. Forget about moving to another room, and leave the hotel as quickly as possible. If you’re on a cruise and experience bugs, you must demand you’re given another cabin that has been thoroughly disinfected. As for a lawsuit, contact an attorney as soon as you get away from the hotel or off the ship.

First Time Cruiser? Get Expert Help In Planning Best Choices PDF Print E-mail

If it will be your intro to ocean sailing, do it with an a experienced travel agent. You'll have a much better chance to enjoy a great cruise, and get better prices and other benefits.

Further, if at any time you have a problem during the cruise, you have an advocate there to help solve the glitch ASAP.  Of course, the cruise line wants as much of your money as possible. Always remember, a good travel agent is on your side, usually for little or no additional charges.

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.

Senior Wanderers: Beware Where Winter Flu Hits Travelers PDF Print E-mail

When flying and in other forms of travel in China, you’ll see many people wearing face masks. Especially in this season, and with many current reports of the disease, you should do the same. Take with you at least two or three disposable medicated masks

In that country’s airports and many major ones around the world, passengers are now routinely screened for flu and other infectious wintertime ailments. They include New York City's JFK International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Those passengers who test positive may be prevented from going aboard their scheduled flights.

British Medical Journal: Art Lovers Live Longer! PDF Print E-mail

According to recent research conducted by enlightened English experts, people who participate in and favor music, drama, opera, comedy, museums and other creative activities enjoy more years.

They asked several thousand people age of 50 and over to tell how frequently they participated in "receptive arts engagement" over the course of 14 years. According to the results, those who gave positive answers had a 31 percent lesser chance of dying during those years than respondents who didn't do these activities.

Hey, some personal comments. I’m 94.5 years young and earned my BFA at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, now University of the Arts. At least as of this hour, I’m in fairly good health and still go regularly to the theater and museums.

Last week I spent several enjoyable hours at the historic Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. It features galleries of art and artifacts from Native American peoples, as well as historic Old West items and vintage Autry movie memorabilia. So, seniors, it’s time to attend some theater dramas, art exhibits and stage musicals, so you can spend more healthy years on this planet.


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