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….

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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.
Source: Jaunted.com

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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