Travel News – Wednesday April 11th

Hangover Heaven

As a city famed for it’s excesses Las Vegas does seem like the perfect spot to launch a revolutionary hangover cure.

And the concept is simple – to tour the Las Vegas Strip, and other high-rolling areas of this 24-hour city, and administer vitamins, medications and amino acids to those who looks as if they could use a spot of revitalisation after a heavy night-before. Burke claims that his treatments can cure 90 per cent of hangovers in 45 minutes.

Not so plain sailing

The MS Balmoral, the ship currently retracing the Titanic’s maiden voyage to commemerate the 100th anniversary of it’s sinking  has been hit by gale force winds and 30ft waves.

The memorial cruise, carrying relatives of Titanic victims among its 1,309 passengers, the same number as on the doomed ship – set sail from Southampton on Sunday and aims to reach the Titanic’s wreck site for a memorial ceremony to mark the moment the liner struck an iceberg on April 14 100 years ago.

Wish you were here?

Passengers are apparently tired of sedate ports of call like Barcelona and Gibraltar if Thompson Cruises new destinations are anything to go by.

The firm has decided to venture to ports that have not been regular cruise-ship calls since the 1970s. From next summer, passengers will be able to explore, among others, Algiers, where the Foreign Office currently urges British tourists to “exercise extreme caution at all times”. Other destinations include the naval base of Sevastopol, close to the site of the Charge of the Light Brigade which took place in 1854.

80 year old woman lands plane

An 80-year-old US woman with very little flying experience staged an emergency landing in Wisconsin after her pilot husband collapsed and died after he suffered a heart attack at the controls.

Helen Collins brought the small Cessna plane in to land at Cherryland Airport, even though she said she knew her husband was dead. She had taken basic lessons in taking off and landing 30 years ago.

European cruise prices drop

Fares for upcoming cruises in Europe are on the decline, according to one of Wall Street’s top industry watchers. UBS’ Robin Farley says the firm’s Cruise Data Tracker is showing a 4.9% drop over the past two weeks in average fares for Western Mediterranean sailings. Fares for Eastern Mediterranean sailings also are down, though by a more modest 1.8%, and prices for Northern Europe trips have dropped by 2.3%.

Free wifi is most wanted

A recent survey of prospective hotel guests by Expedia’s Hotels.com division has shown that free wifi is the thing that is most important to travellers when booking a hotel room.

Of those polled, 38% said free Wi-Fi was “a must when choosing hotel accommodations.” By comparison, 25% of those surveyed said free breakfast was essential, while 18% chose free parking as the most desired amenity. Room service came in at just 2%.

 

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