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New Steamboat Cruise Line Adopts New Name

(1:20 p.m. EDT) –A mere three months into its first cruise season, The Great American Steamboat Co., which in April launched the newly refurbished American Queen, announces today it will change its name. Effective July 1, the one-ship cruise line will be called American Queen Steamboat Co.

Though the company spent a great deal of time and money to get the Great American Steamboat Co. name out there, Tim Rubacky, senior vice president of marketing, told Cruise Critic that once the American Queen came out, the line realized the ship was actually its brand image.

Read More: New Steamboat Cruise Line Adopts New Name

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Riverboat cruising returns to the Mississippi with American Queen

By Jayne Clark, USA TODAY

As the American Queen paddle wheeler steams toward the city early one morning last week, all eyes turn toward Richard and Suzanne Martinez, who are strolling onto the boat’s forward deck resplendent in antebellum finery.

She’s a sweet Southern belle in hoop skirt hoisting a floral parasol. He’s a riverboat dandy in broad-brimmed planter’s hat and rhinestone horseshoe pin. Suzanne bought the get-ups on eBay to wear on the occasion of the venerated steamboat’s return to the river for the first time since 2008. But the Tavares, Fla., retirees figure they’ll get plenty of wear out of the costumes as they pursue and wave at riverboats from the banks of the upper Mississippi.

“We’ve been doing it for years,” Suzanne says.

“So, you’re, like, steamboat stalkers?” asks a fellow passenger unacquainted with the proclivities of hard-core riverboat fans.

Read More: Riverboat cruising returns to the Mississippi with American Queen

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Travel Tidbits – Mississippi, Disney dining, Portland and more

‘The Help’ puts tourist spotlight on Mississippi
Fans of The Help, the bestselling 2009 novel and new movie about the fictional lives of black housekeepers and the white women who employ them in 1960s Mississippi, are getting some help of their own in exploring the story’s real-life settings… USA Today

 

Disney dining gets a makeover
Culinary transformations have made meals as enjoyable as the sights … MSN.com

 

 

 

 


Radiation-Free Full-Body Scanners
As controversy simmers surrounding the levels of radiation used in full body scanners, a small company based in the United Kingdom has developed a machine that emits no radiation at all… Travel and Leisure

 

 

River cruising poised to return to Mississippi
Listen up, Mark Twain fans! Steamboat operations will soon return to the Mississippi River… MSN.com

 

 

 

Portland favorites and fresh finds for visitors
Sure, we love Mount Rainier, the ferries, the Space Needle and its George Jetson architecture. But everybody needs a change of scene. Our quick fix is… Seattle Times

 

 

 

Sample the delights of the Aube region of Champagne
Once marginalised for selling its grapes too cheaply, the region is sparkling once again… The Independent

 

 

 

 

 

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About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi debut in New Orleans

On Wednesday, March 7th, American Cruise Lines announced its brand new 150-passenger paddlewheeler, the Queen of the Mississippi, as it nears completion 10-weeks ahead of schedule.

Last week, at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland the 23-ton, 28 foot-wide paddlewheel that was built special for the new riverboat was lifted and installed.

“This marks an important step in the creation of this authentic riverboat,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The paddlewheel is one of the most important elements of classic riverboats, and this one isn’t just cosmetic – it’s fully functioning.”

Plans for completion will be in May, with a debut in New Orleans on August 11, 2012.

Complimentary amenities and features of Mississippi River itineraries and aboard Queen of the Mississippi include:

  • Fully-functioning authentic paddlewheel that can be viewed from the Paddlewheel Lounge
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies
  • Room Service
  • Wi-Fi in all staterooms
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms
  • High Tea served in the afternoon
  • Top Deck Café – Hot and cold beverages, snacks, pastries available throughout the day
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Nightly turn-down service

American Cruise Lines says, they will operate the authentic paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The Queen of the Mississippi will also be able to travel at significantly higher speeds than all other Mississippi riverboats, minimizing night travel and making more itineraries possible with longer visits to the river towns. A number of unique riverboat journeys are planned that take passengers as far north as St. Paul, MN on the Mississippi River and as far east as Pittsburgh, PA on the Ohio River.

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Things to do in: Nashville, TN

 

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

 

 

 

  •  Ryman Auditorium

 

 

 

  •  Opryland Hotel Gardens

 

 

 

  •  Grand Ole Opry

 

 

 

Top 5 Travel Attractions, Nashville (Tennessee) – Travel Guide

 

 

 

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10 Tips for All Travelers

couple under the eiffel tower

couple under the eiffel tower

1.   Make sure you have a signed, valid passport (and visas, if required).  Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!

2.   Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit. (See “Consular Information Program” section for more details.)

3.   Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, the U.S. Constitution does not follow you!  While in a foreign country, you are subject to laws of that country.

4.   Make 2 copies of your passport identification page.  This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives.  Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

5.   Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Carnival Cruise Lines Waterworks

CCL Waterworks

6.   Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas.  Do not accept packages from strangers.

7.   If you plan to stay abroad for more than two weeks, upon arrival you should notify by phone or register in person with the U.S. embassy in the country you are visiting.  This will facilitate communication in case someone contacts the embassy looking for you.

8.   To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.

9.   In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.

10.  If you get into trouble, contact the nearest U.S. embassy.

Buda Pest

view from the Pest side of the Danube River

Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad

If an American citizen becomes seriously ill or injured abroad, a U. S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends.  If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States.  However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler.

Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas.  If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form.  Although, many health insurance companies will pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States.  Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition.

THE SOCIAL SECURITY MEDICARE PROGRAM DOES NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL COSTS OUTSIDE THE U.S.A.

Travelers should always inquire about travel insurance.