Required Increased Tipping On Cruises Ups Your Total Cost

Many cruise lines keep raising what once was a voluntary tip choice by passengers. By tradition, if and when service in your cabin, at dining tables and bars was adequate, you could choose to tip 10 to 20% of the bill. Or if dissatisfied, leave nothing at all.

An example of required tips, now calling them gratuities, Norwegian Cruise Line is raising the required tip per-day for cabin service from $13.99 to $14.50. Other cruise lines are issuing similar rules. The same applies to Norwegian onboard bar purchases, automatically applying 18% to those bills. When booking your next cruise, find the real amount of out-of-pocket charges that will be added to the advertised price. Ask your travel agent to tell you the actual cost you’ll be required to pay.

Syracuse NY: Greater New York State Fair PDF Print E-mail

The annual fun event began more than a century and a half ago, and this year goes from August 22 thru September 3. It features a big music line-up performing at Empire Expo Center’s Chevy Court and Experience Stage. Some of the famous appearing live include Blondie, Eddie Money, Ludacris, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and many others.

Of course, as state fairs always offer, there will also be events including autumn food and drink products, sports events, education and emerging technology. For schedules, prices and other info, go to nysfair.ny.gov

Hollywood Bowl In 96th Season Of Music Under The Stars PDF Print E-mail

Are you ancient enough to remember the 1945 movie, Anchors Aweigh? In this scene, sailors Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra visit the Hollywood Bowl. The outdoor music venue has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922.

This season the orchestra is presenting a varied program, with music ranging from classical to opera to pop. Some famed performers scheduled during August, September and October include Queen Latifa, Harry Connick Jr., Dave Chappelle, Beck, Ozzie Osborne and many others. For schedules, tickets and other info, go to www.hollywoodbowl.com


Bus Tour Of Hollywood Visits Famous Movie Sites PDF Print E-mail

Driver: It was at this very street corner of La La Land where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone danced. And years earlier, where Elvis serenaded Ann Margret. Also, much earlier, it was here where Nelson Eddy sang a love song to Jeanette MacDonald. And next week we’ve scheduled another Hollywood Walk of Fame event featuring angry guys with jack hammers once again chopping up Donald Trump’s star.

Burning Man Festival To Light Up Nevada’s Black Rock Desert PDF Print E-mail

Calling all now-grizzled senior hippies from the 1960s and 70s, as well as young creative roamers. From August 26 thru September 3, 2018, many thousands of celebrants will gather in huts, tents and other make-shift housing to celebrate the let-it-all-hang-out celebration of cool life.

There under the burning desert sun and starry nights they will indulge in creating all art forms, music, self-expression and many other uninhibited freedoms. And, of course, ending with the burning of a huge wooden male figure on the final night. For prices, schedules and other info, go to burningman.org

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Plaques Targeted By Crazies PDF Print E-mail

Tourists who visit the Los Angeles area usually spend at least an hour or two walking along the famed sidewalk. Many times they find their journey violently interrupted by angry people chopping and otherwise attacking one or more the plaques under their feet. The latest is the Donald Trump star. A nutcase has defaced it, this time with an axe, banging the metal star and sidewalk around it into pebbles.

So, next time you wander along Hollywood Boulevard, don’t stand too long over the star of your favorite show biz immortal. You may just find yourself in a dangerous destruction zone.


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