Before you set sail, read up on norovirus, labeled as a "cruise-ship illness," and how to avoid it.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) is the most reliable and unbiased source.
Noroviruses are a group of viruses (previously known as Norwalk-like viruses) that can affect the stomach and intestines. These viruses can cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and the large intestines sometimes referred to as "stomach flu." This "stomach flu" is not related to the flu (or influenza), which is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. In addition, noroviruses are not related to bacteria and parasites that can cause gastrointestinal illnesses
Symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea accompanied by abdominal cramps. Some people also complain of headache, fever/chills and muscle aches. Symptoms usually last for one or two days. However, during that brief period, people can feel very ill and vomit, often violently and without warning, many times a day. Symptoms usually begin 24 to 48 hours after ingestion of the virus, but can appear as early as 12 hours after exposure .
Noroviruses are found in the stool or vomit of infected people and on infected surfaces that have been touched by ill people. Outbreaks occur more often where there are more people in a small area, such as nursing homes, restaurants, catered events and cruise ships.
Basic tips culled from the CDC include:
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water
- use alcohol-based sanitizer as necessary;
- get plenty of rest;
- don’t shake hands.
Keep in mind that the number of passengers who fell sick on ships with outbreaks during 2006 is about 4,100, a tiny fraction of the more than 10 million who cruised that year.
Fr-ee Fun San Diego|
This savings-packed FR.EE brochure features almost 40 Fun, Fr-ee Things to do in San Diego. When heading to Southern California, attend concerts or visit a State Historic Park and keep that cash in your pocket.
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Summer Experience at Sofitel
Sofitel’s seasonal “Summer Experience” package combines premium accommodations and celebratory incentives.
Valid through Aug. 15, 2007, for a minimum two-night stay, the “Summer Experience” includes an upgrade to a Superior Category room (on availability), buffet breakfast and a daily fr.ee glass of champagne at the bar. And if you want to spend a bit more time before packing your bags, an extended 4 p.m. check-out is available.
Rates at North American Sofitels start at $129 in Minneapolis, $289 at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, $329 in Los Angeles, $220 Canadian in Montreal, $355 in New York, $215 in Philadelphia, $260 in Washington DC and $145 in Miami.
The “Summer Experience” package is valid around the world. At Sofitel Palais Jamais rates begin at 180€, Sofitel Royal Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia, summer rates start at $205, at the Sofitel St. James in London rates begin at 200£ and at the newly renovated Le Scribe in Paris rates begin at 315€.
The offer is valid for a minimum two-night stay, based on room availability, and cannot be combined with other specials or promotions. Children younger than 12 stay fr.ee in parents’ room with breakfast included (based on availability of rooms and supplementary beds). To get this rate you must provide credit card details and be charged the price of one night prior to arrival. Any change or cancellation maybe made until 6 p.m. hotel local time, three days prior to arrival date. The one-night deposit becomes non refundable afterwards.
Seniority Privileges in September
Through September, 2007, travelers 55 and older can use the Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine’s “Seniority Has Its Privileges” package with a 25 percent discount off September rates.
The package includes choices for enjoying the area’s attractions, natural beauty, history and accommodations with rates starting at $465, single or double occupancy, for the three nights midweek.
You can stay three nights, Sunday through Thursday, at the Captain Lindsey House, Berry Manor Inn or Lime Rock Inn. Each inn includes breakfast for two each morning.
Two “Discovery Coast Museum Passports” offer admission to six of Maine’s cultural treasures including the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, Gen. Henry Knox Museum, Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Maine Lighthouse Museum.
You can choose between two tickets to an adventure cruise where you can pull lobster traps (and keep your haul) or two tickets on the Maine State Ferry to Vinalhaven Island, the largest inhabited island in Penobscot Bay.
Guided educational tours with docents of the Maine Lighthouse Museum are offered twice weekly (Mon and Thurs). A guided tour of Rockland’s Historic Breakwater Lighthouse is offered each Wednesday. A private walking tour of Rockland’s Historic District by the Historical Society is offered Tuesday afternoons. Weekly Wednesday evening discussion groups by members of Rockland Historical Society span Rockland’s history. A tour of the three Historic Inns of Rockland is offered Thursday afternoons.
Historic Inns of Rockland Maine or 866/762-4667.
Fr.ee Millennium Park Greeter Service
The Chicago Office of Tourism offers its Millennium Park Greeter service, an extension of the Chicago Greeter program, through Oct. 31, 2007. Parties of 10 or less can enjoy f.ree, 45-minute visits with Greeters who are knowledgeable about the development, architecture and environment of Millennium Park. Daily walks begin at the Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph Street, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The 24.5-acre Millennium Park opened in July 2004. Since that time, millions of people have enjoyed the Park’s art and architecture, including the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion; Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture; the interactive Crown Fountain designed by Jaume Plensa; and the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel. Located in downtown Chicago, between Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive, Randolph and Monroe streets, the Park is accessible by CTA and adjacent public parking is available.
The Chicago Office of Tourism launched Chicago Greeter in April 2002 as a fr.ee service of local volunteers who share their knowledge and love of the city with visitors through fr.ee two to four hour walking visits of Chicago’s sights and neighborhoods. Greeters and visitors are matched based on special interest and language. Travel parties of six or less can register for a Chicago Greeter visit seven business days in advance. Chicago Greeter visits depart from the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street.
The InstaGreeter Service, another extension of the Chicago Greeter program, is located in the Chicago Cultural Center and operates from Friday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Millennium Park or 312/742-1168. Chicago Greeter Service or 312/744-8800.
Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage|
There's no mistaking your luggage with the Face-It Luggage Tag. The durable, laminated tag displays your face and the phrase "This Face Belongs With This Luggage."
A Face-It Luggage tag makes it less likely for a stranger or thief to walk off with your luggage and helps you recognize your luggage at a glance in hotels or airports. Face-It Tags are also available for briefcases, portfolio books, backpacks, sporting equipment, musical instruments, bicycles and more.
Face-It Luggage Tags.
Fontainebleau Suites Summer Rates
The 37-story Fontainebleau Suites at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach offers summer rates and a "Third Night Fr.ee" package. Through Sep. 30, 2007 you can book a junior suite from $189 per night. The hotel also offers a "Third Night Fr.ee" if you book a two-night stay in a one- or two-bedroom suite from July 1 to Sep. 30, 2007. Rates start at $229.
Fontainebleau junior suites offer 500 square feet with a sitting area and kitchenette. One-bedroom suites offer 1,000 square feet with living room, dining area and breakfast bar, kitchen, two bathrooms, walk-in closet and washer/dryer.
Hotel amenities include more than 1,000 feet of sandy ocean beach, fr.ee beach chairs during your stay, 7th floor outdoor pool, in- room dining, valet parking, full concierge and housekeeping services, coffee bar, express business center, breakfast buffet, fitness center, fr.ee wireless internet, plus fr.ee shuttle transportation to Bal Harbour Shops, Aventura Mall and Lincoln Road, and preferred reservations at some of South Beach's best restaurants.
All suites feature a king bed and queen sofa bed, 32" flat-screen television, entertainment system, separate bath tub and stall shower, marble bathroom floors, work desk, large closets and balcony. All are also equipped with flatware, dishware and glassware.
The "Third Night Fr.ee" package can only be reserved by phone and you must mention "Third" at the time of reservation. The $189 junior suite rates can be booked online.
Fontainebleau Suites or 800/548-8886.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offer summer savings. Representing nearly a 50 percent savings, rates start at $199 per room, per night, through Sep. 29, 2007. Rates are based on availability and do not include tax and service charge.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin offers a white sand beach, two health clubs, tennis courts, jogging trails, paddle boat rentals and five pools. When night falls, you can eat at any of the 17 restaurants and lounges, including the new Il Mulino New York. If mom and dad want adult time, Camp Dolphin includes dinner, Disney movies, arts & crafts, and video games.
When booking please ask for SUM199 rate plan.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort or 800/227-1500.
Protect Luggage with Baggage Guard Seals |
The pre-numbered, one-time use plastic padlocks are the perfect way to protect your luggage since they cannot be reinstalled once removed. That feature lets you instantly know if someone tampered with your luggage. Yet when TSAs at airports need to inspect your luggage, Baggage Guard Seals can be easily removed. A package of 10 Baggage Guard Seals is still only $9.95.
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Beat the G.M., Stay Fr.ee
Sign up for the "Beat the GM" golf challenge at the Vero Beach Hotel & Club in Vero Beach, FL, and take your chances on winning a weekend getaway or special "scratch rate."
You don't need to be a "Tiger" golfer to play. Through Sep. 29, 2007, the Vero Beach Hotel & Club's General Manager Peter Serena will challenge amateur golfers to Saturday rounds at the Indian River Country Club course.
Players who beat Serena during the promotional period will be offered a "scratch rate," a stay at the rate of their score per night. All "Beat the GM" challengers are responsible for their own green's fees. At the end of the summer, the player with the lowest overall score (handicap included) wins a two-night, three-day stay at the Vero Beach Hotel & Club. Players who beat Serena can stay at the hotel using their "scratch rate" as many consecutive nights as they like through Sep. 29, 2007.
The four-story all suites hotel features 83 one-, two- and three-bedroom, suites. Amenities include Heaton's Reef Bar & Grill, a private beach club, poolside cabanas, heated ocean view pool, fitness center, golf privileges at the Indian River Country Club, concierge, laundry, valet and business center.
Upon completion of the second phase this fall, the property will introduce a signature restaurant, 5,000- square-foot spa and salon, executive boardroom and private event room.
Vero Beach Hotel & Club or 772/231-5666 and ask for the "Beat the GM" golf challenge.
50% off Hertz Weekend Rentals
Hertz offers travelers savings with 50 percent off weekend rentals at Hertz Local Edition locations nationwide.
At Hertz Local Edition locations, where Hertz offers pick up and delivery service, this offer is good on economy through full-size car classes and midsize SUVs. Mention rate code (RQ Code) Fifty.
The Local Edition offer applies to three-day standard and leisure weekend rate rentals starting Friday and ending Monday. Advance reservations are required, and blackout periods may apply. The offer is subject to availability and is redeemable at participating Hertz Local Edition locations in the U.S., excluding Hawaii.
Hertz age, driver and credit qualifications for the renting location apply and the car must be returned to the renting location. The 50 percent savings is not valid on NeverLost and SIRIUS satellite radio rentals and does not apply to taxes, fees and other optional services. The Local Edition offer is valid through Dec. 31, 2007.
Hertz or 800/654-3131.
|Blue Bay Club & Spa Cancun Summer Sale|
Blue Bay Club & Spa, in Cancun Mexico, offers its "Summer Sale" promotion. Save 15 percent off regular rates, valid for travel through Aug. 19, 2007. Kids ages seven to 12 stay for $25 per child, per night, and children under six years of age stay for fr.ee when sharing a room with two paying adults.
Rates for a Superior Room start at $83 per person, per night and $91 for a Junior Suite per person, per night, based on double occupancy. The offer is subject to hotel availability, may not be combined with any other offers and blackout dates may apply
Rates include accommodations, all meals, room service for continental breakfast, all drinks and cocktails, daily activities, nightly entertainment, non-motorized water sports, billiards and ping-pong, hotel taxes and tips.
For an additional $30 per person, per night, you can upgrade to the Silver Plan, which includes everything in the all-inclusive plan, plus: a premier menu at a la carte restaurants, international brands in alcoholic beverages, room service, lobster dinner (seasonal), bottled water daily, fr.ee use of sauna, steam-room and Jacuzzis at the spa, safety box, 10 percent discount at the spa, beauty parlor or on tours from the hotel travel agency.
Blue Bay Club & Spa or 800/BLUE-BAY.
Cheap Tix Chart
Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets
sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theater productions, films, and
sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go
Publishing’s Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the
U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets.
Click here to order the Cheap Tix Chart from On The Go Publishing.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development introduces the Georgia Dream Pass, a fr.ee consumer “membership rewards” affinity program that gives members access to special offers and benefits exclusive to cardholders.
The program launched its first phase, “Georgia is Big on Golf.” The wallet-sized card offers rewards and incentives at more than 35 participating golf courses and resorts, including Cuscowilla, Barnsley Gardens and Callaway Gardens. Rewards include special member rates on green fees, additional nights at golf resorts, priority tee times and other offers.
As the home state to the Masters tournament, golf legend Bobby Jones, and more than 300 public and semi-private golf courses and resorts, Georgia launched the Dream Pass as an opportunity to showcase the history and heritage of golf. The program will expand later in 2007 to include rewards and special offers at popular tourist attractions and accommodations.
To learn more about the Georgia Dream Pass program or become a member,click here.
|Summer Glow at Martineau Bay Resort|
In celebration of July 4th, Martineau Bay Resort and Spa, in Vieques, Puerto Rico, offers a “Summer Glow” rate. Throughout July, rates start at $189 per night (deluxe accommodations), a savings of 37 percent off regular rates. To book the package, you must call the resort. When booking, ask for the SPARKS rate package.
Martineau Bay Resort and Spa is located six miles off the coast of Puerto Rico on the largely undiscovered island of Vieques. Situated on 42 acres on the north shore of the island, the resort features 138 guestrooms and 20 villa suites. Other amenities include a large pool with two infinity edges and a swim up bar, two restaurants, a pool-side café, a spa and two private beaches.
Vieques is home to a world-famous bio bay which contains millions of dinoflagellates which glow when stirred at night. You can experience the bay by kayak or pontoon boat or by taking a nighttime swim.
Martineau Bay Resort & Spa or 866/837-4216.
|Cool Prices at Bettoja Hotels|
Bettoja Hotels make it attractive to visit Rome this summer. A double room at one of the four hotels start from 90 Euros.
A double room for two per night at the summer rate is: Hotel Mediterraneo 125 Euros, Massimo D'Azeglio 115 Euros, Atlantico 100 Euros, and the Nord 90 Euros.
All four of the Bettoja Hotels are within a block of one another and centrally located. It is easy to visit the key sites and be back in your air-conditioned hotel for a rest without long cab or bus rides. You can stroll to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Santa Maria Maggiore and the Borghese Gardens. Shopping is nearby on Via Nazionale or a 15 minute walk to Via Condotti. Buses and subways that go directly to St. Peter's stop one block away.
Summer rates are valid July 20 to Sep. 2, 2007. Prices are in Euros and are per room, per night including full buffet breakfast, tax and service. Children up to 12 years stay fr.ee when sharing a room with two paying adults.
Bettoja Hotels or 800/783-6904.
Silky Travel Jewelry Roll
A must have for travelers. Our silky travel jewelry
roll comes in a random assortment of single-color jacquards, solid colors and two-color brocades.
This handy travel jewelry roll measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches when open and closes to a compact 8 1/2 x 4 inches.
Our exclusive design offers a place for everything with one deep pocket, a ring bar and three zippered compartments.
Price $40. Click here to order from On The Go Publishing.
Alka-Seltzer entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV and offers men a chance to win a guys' escape with the “Alka-Seltzer Living Large in Vegas” sweepstakes.
Through August, you can enter the “Alka-Seltzer Living Large in Vegas” sweepstakes by going online and entering the lucky lot code found on Alka-Seltzer packages or get a lot code by mail.
The grand prize winner and three friends will receive the guys' getaway weekend which includes roundtrip first-class airfare, a weekend stay in the Palms Casino Resort's "The Real World Suite," 24 hours of limousine service and $2000 in cash. Additional instant prizes include $1000, $500 and $100 Visa gift cards and gift certificates from Amazon, Sports Authority and iTunes.
No purchase is necessary to win and a purchase will not improve your chance to win. You do need a valid email account, must be at least 21 years old and be a legal state resident or Washington, D.C. resident.
To obtain one lot code, while supplies last, mail a hand-printed self-addressed, first-class stamped envelope to: The Alka-Seltzer Living Large in Vegas Sweepstakes–Codes c/o SoftCoin, 2000 Sierra Point Parkway, Ste 801, 9th floor, Brisbane, CA 94005. Your request must be postmarked by Sep. 1, and received by Sep. 7, 2007.
Click here to enter your lot code online. You must enter a code by Sep. 21, 2007 at 11:59:59 p.m. PT.
Fr.ee California Drives 2007 Guide
Pack up the family and hit the road and discover some of California's lesser-known destinations. The 32-page California Drives 2007 contains detailed maps that guide you to the state's rustic towns, cool mountains, country roads, family attractions, beach towns, cultural heritage sites and mining camps.
Each of the drives can be broken up into day and weekend outings. It also contains a map of the Golden State and the location of California Tourism Welcome Centers. The guide is fr.ee and can be viewed online or downloaded onto your computer. The online guide allows you to bookmark pages, make notes and print specific trips of interest.
Driving itineraries include the Shasta Cascade Region's volcanic vistas. the North Coast Region, where you can go into the redwoods and through seaside hamlets, vineyards and views of the surf beaches of Santa Cruz.
This year the guide has information on the California Treasure Hunt Sweepstakes where you have the chance to win one of three California getaways: the Hollywood Star Studded Vacation, the Ultimate California Spa Vacation or the Ultimate California Ski Vacation.
To play, you must visit one or more of California's Treasure Hunt Partner locations -- Longs Drugs, Southwest.com, any California Welcome Center and participating California Treasure Hunt attractions and destinations -- to receive California Treasure Keys. Then, go online and enter the key's code to enter the sweepstakes. You can also receive California Rewards "dollars" good for savings at California hotels and savings coupons for California's attractions.
For more information, contact California Drives 2007 or click here to enter the California Treasure Hunt Sweepstakes.
Sundays & Sundaes Free at Hotel Pennsylvania
New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania offers a “Free Sunday & Sundae” special if you stay in New York this summer.
During July and August, if you stay four consecutive nights, that must include a Sunday night, you will receive the Sunday night stay for free plus $4 in gift checks (per room) good at a leading national ice cream chain. The mandatory state tax still applies for the Sunday night. The offer is subject to availability and some restrictions apply.
As a bonus, for making a reservation on the Hotel Pennsylvania web site, you will receive Shopper's Special coupons to many of the city's popular merchants.
The hotel has 1,700 rooms. Its location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is convenient to the business and fashion districts and the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
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Hotel Pennsylvania or 800/223-8585.
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|Live Among the Locals Forget about staying in a boring hotel. Live among the locals in a house or flat.
Coach House London Vacation Rentals offers short term central London rentals with more than 60 properties that sleep from 2 to 12 people.
Each rental comes with a neighborhood guide, breakfast provisions for the first day or two of your stay, a telephone help line, and what to do and see.
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Herd ostrich, ride horses or gather eggs -- at a family farm in Pennsylvania, the relaxing alternative to a camping vacation. The 25 family farms roll out the red carpet for families and are found in all corners of the state.
Pennsylvania Farm Vacation Association or 888/856-6622.
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