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In the last year, Cruise Lines International Association member ships have instituted substantial changes in their muster drill procedures, which have significantly improved passenger safety. Now that they have accomplished those changes it’s time to maximize muster drill effectiveness to improve cruise ship safety even more.

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Seat assignments, even when family travel is not involved, are often the most important factors in making or breaking a trip. On a short flight it may not matter, but spending several hours in discomfort is no fun for anyone. Here are six to insure you get the seat you want.

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Yes. Sure, Southwest’s decision to begin charging for early boarding is taking it on a slippery slope toward a la carte fees, but what a ride it is, according to passengers like Jennifer Rigdon.

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Gabriel Medina can’t reach his hotel in New Orleans because there’s a police barricade in front of it. A manager promises to “help” him cancel the reservation, but three days later, his credit card is charged $113. Now his credit card has sided with the hotel. Is there anything else he can do?

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Ned offers advice about choosing airline seats when you make your reservation, and how to deal with airline seat reassignments.

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