Cruise passenger reported missing


Caribbean cruise passenger reported missing — A passenger was spotted jumping overboard from a cruise ship returning from the British Virgin Islands, but no sign of the person was found after searching half a day, officials said Sunday. (AP)

Cancun reopens in time for another hurricane season — Just in time for hurricane season, some Cancún hotels closed since Hurricane Wilma struck last October are reopening. Others are pushing their starting dates back to the summer. (The New York Times)

Travel search engines can uncover special deals
— Most people have heard of Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity – the major online travel agencies. Lesser known are the travel search engines that check multiple sites at once and can uncover Web specials and airlines the big three online agencies might miss. (AP)

Long flight? You don’t need to go hungry — As airlines have pared their meal services down to a bag of pretzels or chips on domestic flights — if even that — more resorts have stepped in with the latest must-have amenity: the to-go menu. (The New York Times)

What makes a cruise a 5-star experience? It’s all in the details — Douglas Ward is author of the Berlitz “Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2006,” which evaluates 269 ships, large and small, budget and luxury. This year he bestows his five-stars-plus rating on only one, and it’s not one well known in the U.S.: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa, a 450-passenger ship with no casino. (The Los Angeles Times)

Brothels ask for exemption from smoking ban — Brothel owners in the southern state of Victoria, Australia, have called for an exemption to a new ban on smoking in the workplace, saying customers like to light up after sex. (AP)

Your assignment: fly free with frequent-flier miles — The ability to book frequent-flier awards online has evolved substantially in the last year. These days, it is at least possible to book award travel at the major U.S. airlines’ websites. But increased demand for a decreased supply of seats can make finding a ticket a frustrating exercise. (The Los Angeles Times)

The World Cup’s world-class party
— Hundred of thousands of sports fans will go to Germany for the World Cup this summer, turning the country into a nonstop party. The best one of all may be found in Cologne. (The New York Times)

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