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September 14, 2003|Times staff and wire reports; Kathleen Doheny

Treasures of royalty in Las Vegas

Hundreds of old master paintings, jewels, manuscripts and mementos of English royalty were to go on display this weekend at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas.

The diverse items, more than 250 in all, are part of a traveling exhibit called "Treasures From Chatsworth: A British Noble House," drawn from the private collection of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. They will be in Las Vegas through Jan. 18.

There are works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Titian, Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens, among others. The royal memorabilia include Henry VIII's carved rosary, a 1586 letter from his daughter Queen Elizabeth I and relics from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Ball in 1897.

The gallery, in the Bellagio resort, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Exhibit tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors older than 65 and students. (877) 957-9777, www.bgfa.biz.

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Bermuda mops up after Fabian

Bermudans continued to assess the damage from Hurricane Fabian, which recently unleashed 120-mph winds on the Atlantic island, damaging hotels and knocking out power.

The airport reopened Monday, although many flights were still canceled. Telephone service had been largely restored, but power was still out in some areas as of the Travel section's deadline Tuesday.

The Sept. 5 storm damaged several lodgings, including the 593-room Fairmont Southampton resort, on Bermuda's south shore, which will be closed at least until Nov. 1. About a quarter of the 410 rooms at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, its sister property, were damaged and are not usable, but the property remains open. For a listing of other lodgings damaged or closed, see www.bermudatourism.com.

For other travel-related information, contact the Bermuda Department of Tourism, (800) 223-6106.

-- Times staff and

wire reports

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SARS suspected in Singapore

A new "probable" case of SARS was found last week in a 27-year-old Singapore laboratory worker, lending credence to the notion that the flu-like viral illness that swept the globe last year may resurface as a seasonal disease.

As of the Travel section's deadline Tuesday, the World Health Organization had not yet confirmed that it was severe acute respiratory syndrome, but the case had been isolated, Singapore's Ministry of Health said.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted all travel alerts and advisories that were in place during the height of the outbreak, which killed 916 by early last month.

The WHO called for influenza vaccinations for those in high-risk groups, including elderly people with weakened immune systems, those with underlying chronic diseases and health-care workers who are exposed to vulnerable populations.

Kathleen Doheny

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Regal returns to regular schedule

The Regal Princess cruise ship is back on course after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that cut short its trip.

Of the 1,528 passengers on board for the 16-day European cruise, 302 passengers developed the illness. Forty-five crew members also fell ill.

The ship underwent rigorous sanitation upon its return to New York in preparation for a 10-day cruise that was to have ended Saturday in Montreal. As of Tuesday, no outbreaks had been reported.

Passengers on the affected trip received a one-day refund and a $300 shipboard credit.

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FREE FOR THE ASKING

Colorado with your horse

Hotels are increasingly accepting dogs as guests, but where do you go if you're traveling with your horse? If you're going to the Rocky Mountain State, you can find the answer in the "2003 Colorado Directory," a 64-page booklet that shows that more than a third of its 518 listings will accommodate your faithful steed. It also shows dog-friendly places and provides a plethora of other information. You can get a copy at www.colorado-directory.com or by calling (888) 222-4641.

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DEAL OF THE WEEK

Check out autumn at reduced prices

Double your fall and winter pleasure at Zion National Park this year with special off-season rates. The autumn discount, available Nov. 1 to 24 at Zion Park Lodge, enables guests to book one night at the full rate and receive the second night for 50% off. Standard room rates are $120.40, cabins are $128.40 and suites are $143.40. Winter rates are valid Dec. 1 through March 10, except holidays, and are available Sundays through Thursdays, including breakfast. The price is $73.40 a night for a standard room, $83.40 for a cabin or $118.40 for a suite. Weekend rates are $10 more. For reservations, call (888) 297-2757, www.zionlodge.com.

-- Compiled by

Times staff

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