The LG Weekly News Roundup: 1.21.10

Air, Cruise, Weekly Travel News — By on January 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your round-up right here….

cougar xingCarnival Cruise Lines tames cougars
Is this age discrimination or just a smart business decision? Carnival Cruise Lines denied a request to book a cougar-themed trip. The cougar stereotype, of course, is of tanned, tightened, Botoxed and dyed older women who date sexy 20-something men. About 300 women attended a similarly themed cruise in December, but Carnival says it’s not a savvy business decision to fund another. Maybe cougars should just cruise during spring break.
Source: Time

A thrilling new reason to visit Gary, Ind.
If you were looking for an excuse to tour Gary, Ind., an industrial suburb just across Lake Michigan from Chicago, here it is: Michael Jackson theme park. Developers are creating a park in the uber-star’s hometown that mirrors – and includes rides from – his infamous Neverland Ranch. The “Thriller” roller coaster looks fun, but don’t book any tickets yet. Developers estimate another ten years before the park is up and dancing.

Baggage hikes, one more time
It’s déjà vu all over again. Airlines keep boosting luggage fees, to the tune of a $25 for the first bag on both Continental and Delta. Southwest remains the only two-suitcases-free stronghold in the biz. At this rate, it’s more economical to just buy all of your liquids after the flight and shove your wheelie into the jam-packed overhead compartment.
Source: Budget Travel

Safety zone fumbles on Caribbean runways
Booking that beach getaway soon? Take note. In September, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued a list of 29 Caribbean and Latin American airports that lack sufficient safety zones at the end of runways. Notable hot-spots on the list: St. Maarten, Cancun and Guatemala City. Meanwhile, there’s nothing us economy travelers can do besides wear our seatbelts and pack some sunscreen.
Source: USA Today

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