Venice, Italy: Big Cruise Ships Banned From City Docking

A destination that has always totally depended on tourist moolah, it seems a bit strange that ungrateful locals are taking steps to limit cash-heavy visitors. In an industry where cruise ships are getting ever larger, turning them away seems arrogantly wrong.

If you’re booking a future cruise that includes visiting Venice, be sure to get all the facts about hopping off your ship right in the city. Or will you need to spend time and money getting to Venice by ground transportation from a port many miles away? www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-cruise-ships-lagoon-scli-intl/index

Los Angeles CA: Delta Cameras Now Scan Flyer Faces PDF Print E-mail

Soon to spread to other airports, the airline now uses electronic recognition tech at Los Angeles International. Cameras help in ID procedures on passengers, so far, at one boarding gate.

The sneaky system by Delta has been criticized by Greenpeace, MoveOn and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. There's talk of seeking a federal ban of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. They insist the faces recorded by the cameras can be stored and used to violate privacy. So, next time you board at LAX, offer a sunny smile or petty pout.

Sparkling Sundown Over Beautiful San Francisco PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor caught this fantastic scene shot from an upper floor balcony of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel. It brought back long-ago memories of the Top Of The Mark. In war years of the 1940s and 1950s, Navy crews had a last visit and drink at the rooftop bar before shipping out to combat in the Pacific.

Then, after coming back to San Francisco from wartime sea duty, they’d gather again at The Top Of The Mark to celebrate their good fortune. Then with nostalgic toasts, remember those shipmates who would never return.

New York NY: Beware Costumed Creeps On Times Square PDF Print E-mail

They may look cute and cuddly in their unauthorized dress-ups as Minny Mouse, Superman or other famous icons. When you encounter them, understand that they’re hanging out at the popular tourist spot for one reason: to get as much cash as possible from clueless tourists.

You pause to take a photo or just look at them, and they’ll expect money. Often, angrily demand it. Worse, recent city police arrests involve some of the characters that verbally and physically molest female and child tourists. If your group or family visits Times Square, especially if it includes teen or younger girls, be especially aware of unwelcome contact with the costumed predators.

Pigeon Forge, TN: Do The Dollywood Harvest Festival PDF Print E-mail

The theme park founded by Dolly Parton is in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex of Pigeon Forge. This season it’s hosting a looooong Halloween and annual autumn event. Dates are from Friday, September 27 thru Wednesday, November 2.

Popular features include Great Pumpkin LumiNights, On display are thousands of carved jack o’lanterns that light up the festive skies. There are many family friendly activities including giant sculptures, pumpkin-themed food, Dollywood Express steam train and live entertainment. For details and prices, go to www.pigeonforgechamber.com/event/dollywoods-harvest-festival-2019

Q: Why Do I Always Get Very Gassy When Flying? PDF Print E-mail

It’s embarrassing, especially when I’m in the middle seat of a very crowded aircraft. How can I prevent the gas attack or at least keep it quiet? PLJ, Denver CO

A: Gas happens to seniors and other flyers due to increasing air pressure that causes your stomach to bloat. You can reduce the pressure before you fly by avoiding carbonated beverages and fatty foods. Also, when you feel gassy, leave your seat and move around the cabin to get rid of bloating. Sip water to reduce gas attacks.


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