Passenger disappearances shock families

by Jon Surmacz on July 25, 2005

Passenger disappearances shock families — Many embarked on the cruises for happy occasions. A few were on their honeymoons; one man had just graduated from college. An elderly Vietnamese-American couple was on a Mother’s Day treat after a hard life as refugees. But the joy would suddenly turn tragic. They all vanished, leaving their families to forever wonder what went wrong. (AP)

Hot topic: Travel in season (see related story on Tripso).

Free tickets? Check! — Wanna fly somewhere for free this summer? When you register at Tripso’s forums and make your first post, you’ll be automatically entered to win two tickets on US Airways. The tickets are good through June 30, 2006. But hurry: you have to register and post before August 15, 2005 to be eligible.*

After bombing, Egypt tourists try to recover vacations — A day after one of the worst terrorist attacks in Egyptian history, tourists at this sun-baked resort woke up Sunday determined, for the most part, to stick to the languid rhythms of a beach holiday. Sailboats and windsurfers skittered across the waves, and scuba divers bobbed up and down in the tide as they prospected the Red Sea’s coral reefs. (The New York Times)

Same-sex couples get travel warning — Canada’s Foreign Affairs is warning same-sex married couples to be aware that when traveling abroad they may be refused entry by countries that do not accept or acknowledge gay marriage. (Globe and Mail)

Penn Station evacuation slows down Northeast travel — A man who falsely claimed to have a bomb in his bag prompted the authorities to evacuate Pennsylvania Station for more than an hour yesterday, causing delays for travelers across the Northeast and punctuating a tiresome week of increased security in New York City’s subway stations. (The New York Times)

New hotel booking site to launch today — Pegasus Solutions Inc. is expected to announce today a new consumer Web site, Hotelbook.com, marking the company’s re-entry into the consumer market. The site – which will start with 5,000 properties, largely independent hotels – is a toe in the water of sorts for the Dallas-based company, whose main focus is business-to-business transactions. (Dallas Morning News)


How American Airlines flew into the black
— Two American Airlines mechanics didn’t like having to toss out $200 drill bits once they got dull. So they rigged up some old machine parts – a vacuum-cleaner belt and a motor from a science project – and built “Thumping Ralph.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

A ‘royal’ pain for cruise vacationers — More than 3,000 Royal Caribbean passengers with tickets to sail yesterday for balmy Bermuda were told their trip had been suddenly rerouted — to the Great White North. (Daily News)

Delta promotion means ‘continuity’ — It’s a quandary at many companies, including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines: promote an insider with deep knowledge of the company or bring in a fresh-thinking newcomer? By elevating 37-year-old Jim Whitehurst to chief operating officer last week — and positioning him to possibly become CEO — Delta seemed to be trying for the best of both worlds. (AJC)

Four Seasons in Toronto turf battle — The world’s largest luxury hotel chain plans to protect its turf in its head office city. Four Seasons Hotels Inc. will take the wraps off a posh, $325-million hotel project in Toronto’s tony Yorkville district on Monday that will go head to head against new rivals as the battle heats up for well-heeled customers. (Globe and Mail)

Greyhound accident injures 14 — At least 14 people were hurt Monday when a Greyhound bus crashed on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, authorities said. The accident happened about 6:30 a.m. ET during a heavy rainstorm on Baltimore’s east side near the I-95 exchange with state Route 40. (CNN)

Summertime, and the travel is stressful (with kids) — It’s summertime, which means many people these days are flying with children, an experience that can be enriching and exciting, and is followed by memories that linger even after the shell shock, nightmares and trauma-induced facial tics have faded away. (The New York Times)

Rome says ciao to cobblestones — In the center of Rome traffic still rattles over a bed of roughly hewn basalt cobblestones, much as it did 2,000 years ago. The square-topped stones used in the city since the 17th century are smaller than the huge slabs made by the ancient Romans. Yet even those may soon disappear, relegated to a few tourist-friendly pedestrian squares. (AP)

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* Here’s the fine print on Tripso ticket giveaway: When you make your first post as a registered user, you will automatically be entered to win. Travel is roundtrip in coach class anywhere US Airways flies in the continental United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and Central America. There are some blackout dates, such as major holidays. Sorry, they must be US Airways flights and their codeshare partners don’t count.

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