November 2008

Seatrade Insider is reporting that Oceania Cruises’ vessel Nautica averted a pirate attack while in transit of the Gulf of Aden Sunday morning.

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Though airlines have been through their own financial crisis with bankruptcies rampant throughout the industry, the financial bailout is as important to them as any of their bankruptcy dealings. Without the financial industry, the airlines lose one of the most important sources of business travelers and they may lose their lucrative credit card contracts and access to millions of dollars of emergency cash.

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Karen Fawcett’s trip to Asia through Bangkok next week is facing some unexpected challenges. Here are her machinations through travel agents, hotel reservations and visa expeditors. Changing plans when traveling through Asia isn’t the easiest process.

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Anita Dunham-Potter When you cruise abroad, the confusing welter of passports and visa regulations, some of which are little-known, can trip you up. Find out how one cruising couple’s cheap cruise turned surprisingly expensive.

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the anti-government protests in Thailand which have closed Bangkok’s airports. Yesterday the US State Department issued a Travel Alert for US citizens traveling or residing in Thailand, asking every citizen there to register with the State Department, or contact the US Embassy in Bangkok directly.

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When Larry Chan returns his Hertz rental car late, he doesn’t expect the $66 charge that he finds two weeks later on his credit card bill. But there it is: an extra day’s rental charge. What now? Should he appeal the decision? And what about the reason he was late in the first place — is that relevant at all?

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With the holidays upon us, every travel pundit is telling you what to buy. After admiring last year’s lists, Nick Hawkins decided to throw down his credit card to buy some of these recommended gadgets and accessories. Big mistake.

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Over the past few weeks, travel commentators have been beating the “airline regulation” drum. However, let’s be careful throwing the regulation word around. Most travelers are actually looking for basic consumer protections, not re-regulation.

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And the winner of best airport food goes to … Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). At least that’s the verdict of The Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), which just awarded Best Food and Beverage Program to the Philadelphia Marketplace at PHL.

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American Airlines may be using faulty baggage scales out of New York’s Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. According to a report by the New York Post, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) recently cited American Airlines for using 10 inaccurate scales at its check-in counters at JFK.

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