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Archive for March, 2008

Travel May Affect Insurance–Part Two

By Linda Tancs

In follow up to our 26 February post, New Jersey has now passed a law forbidding life insurance companies from adjusting premiums based on the travel predilections of policy owners–for the most part, that is.  Exclusion is made for the application of sound actuarial principles or past experience.  You can read the new law at


The Luxury of Monaco

By Linda Tancs

Monaco is synonymous with luxury, from its five-star hotels and famous casino to the slew of Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins and Bentleys that cascade around the tree-lined streets and boulevards.  Experience the grandeur at

Passenger Bill of Rights Gets Tossed

By Linda Tancs

A New York appellate court has invalidated the nation’s first passenger bill of rights passed in that state, declaring that it conflicts with federal law designed to establish airlines’ rights and obligations regarding service.  As travelers increasingly suffered the indignity of lengthy confinement on the tarmac sans food or drink, the idea of a passenger bill of rights gained ground around the nation among legislators.  These bills intended to guarantee delayed passengers certain amenities such as food, water, clean toilets and fresh air.  Now, unless Congress decides to legislate airline service in such circumstances, the treatment accorded New York’s bill doesn’t bode well for similar legislation proposed in states such as New Jersey and Washington.

Dealing with Air or Sea Emergencies

By Linda Tancs

Ever wonder who helps air or sea crews deal with passenger emergencies–besides other passengers with medical training?  One emergency service provider is MedAire, whose services came to light recently when an air passenger died on a flight from the Caribbean to New York.  According to their Web site, MedAire provides an array of services, including real-time medical assistance, medical training (including physiology as well as CPR) and medical equipment.  Not all commercial carriers subscribe to their services, however.  So before you travel, maybe another question you should get answered is how your carrier is prepared to deal with medical emergencies beyond standard crew training.

Pan-Asian Dining on Holland America

By Linda Tancs

Eurodam, Holland America’s newest build debuting this summer, promises Pan-Asian surf to rival the best fare available on turf.  According to the Eurodam news blog, here’s a sampling of the dishes to be available in the reservations-only eatery on Deck 11:  shrimp wanton, ginger-infused scallop consommé, steamed lobster with garlic, ginger and chili, baked snapper in rice paper, and a paella-style seafood hot pot.  The menu is in English, but something tells me it would sound great in any language.

Cruise Ports Unite in Marketing Alliance

By Linda Tancs

In a bid for attention among the better known (and used) ports of the Mediterranean and Baltic, fifteen European ports have united to market their appeal to cruise travelers.  Calling themselves the Atlantic Alliance, the fifteen members of this cooperative are:  Hamburg, Bremerhaven, IJmuiden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Cherbourg, Saint-Malo, Brest, Nantes, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Santander, Vigo and Lisbon.  More West European ports are expected to join in the future.

Cheap Flights to Germany

By Linda Tancs

Hamburg, anyone?  Air Berlin offers a one-way ticket to Hamburg (via Dusseldorf) from JFK for $338, including all taxes and fees–a rare find these days.  Flights within Germany start at 29 euros.  Find out more at

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