The LG Travel News Roundup: 12.17.10

Weekly Travel News — By on December 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

By Candace Rardon
LG Intern, Travel News

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

It’s not always clear skies for animals and airplanes
It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s easy to understand confusion between the two, but it was clear this past week that the animal kingdom still rules the skies — or is at least capable of seriously interrupting flight schedules. When a bird strike caused a fireball in the engine of a US Airways plane just outside of Fort Lauderdale, pilots were forced to turn around and return to the airport, where passengers boarded alternative flights to Washington D.C. In Melbourne, Australia, things took a walk on the wild side when Qantas passengers were kept waiting for more than an hour while crew members struggled to load a cheetah into the cargo hold. The cheetah, a female named Tokoloshe, was in transit from Perth to an open-range zoo in Adelaide for breeding. Source: AOL and AOL

Material Girl makes a move in the fitness world
From music to fashion to entertainment, Madonna’s business ventures have long been wide-ranging, but her latest line of luxury fitness gyms is taking her to Moscow. The 35,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be the second in Madonna’s new brand of “Hard Candy Fitness” gyms, the first of which opened in Mexico City last month. The gym is set to open early next year near Moscow’s Red Square, bringing yet another Western-style workout facility to the the capital, where gym memberships can cost as much as $25,000 a year. Source: Reuters

A Missouri dinner cruise takes an unexpected turn
An overnight cruise wasn’t quite what 600 passengers on the Branson Belle had signed up for, but on their way back to port, the boat suddenly ran aground on Table Rock Lake. Strong weather conditions meant a rescue operation couldn’t take place that night, giving passengers more than they bargained for on the cruise, which normally lasts just two and a half hours. Although the boat had enough power to keep heat and lighting running, there were no sleeping facilities and passengers resorted to curling up in chairs or on the floor. Source: Gadling

There’s room at the inn for Vermont’s unemployed
Finding the silver lining can be hard when you’re faced with long-term unemployment, but the owners of the Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, Vermont, are hoping to change that. In what they’re calling the Pink Slip Getaway Giveaways, anyone who has been unemployed for more than a year can write a letter sharing their story and be eligible to win a two-night, midweek stay at the inn. The giveaway even includes a candlelight dinner and a rabbit’s foot, just the sort of thing to turn your luck around. Source: AOL’s Wallet Pop

Travel News Bits

New maps make sight-seeing a breeze
Tired of battling with awkward, fold-out maps from the tourist bureau? A new brand by an Italian industrial designer called Crumbled City Maps can be crammed, squashed, balled up, and stuffed into your back pocket without any harm done. Better yet, it’s waterproof and weights just 0.7 ounces. Source: Gadling

Click “Like,” Win a Cruise
Italian cruise line MSC Cruises is running a month-long “Cruise a Day Giveaway” for anyone who “likes” the company’s page on Facebook, giving away 20 two-night cruises for two, calling at Nassau, Bahamas. Source: AOL

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