November 7, 2013 |
Here's a reasonably priced tour from China Spree that includes many of the country's top sites and a Yangtze River cruise on the Victoria Katarina, all in 15 days. Highlights of the “Mighty Yangtze” tour include Beijing and its imperial treasures, the ancient capital of Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, Tongli and Shanghai. Dates: Departures Jan. 9 through Oct. 29, 2014. Price: From $2,339 per person, double occupancy, for travel in January and February. Includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco, all intra-China flights, accommodations in four- and five-star hotels, most meals, a dumpling banquet, private tours and admission fees, a visit to a local family home and a Tang Dynasty stage show.
November 1, 2013 |
Here's an entertaining spring cruise from Smithsonian Journeys that focuses on Florida's natural beauty, historic sites, wildlife and cultural charms. After embarking in Tampa, Fla., the 130-passenger ship Yorktown will sail around the Florida peninsula. Stops will include Sarasota and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sanibel Island, Key Largo and Key West, Miami and Villa Vizcaya, a full-day excursion to Everglades National Park, Palm Beach, the Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, Amelia and Cumberland islands, and Savannah.
October 31, 2013 |
In his first game as new UCLA coach on Wednesday night, Steve Alford was received with polite applause by a modest Pauley Pavilion crowd listed at 4,522. By the end of the game, a 96-66 Bruins win over the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes, the small group of fans applauded Alford with more force. Greeted much more enthusiastically at the start were the returning Jordan Adams, Norman Powell, Kyle Anderson and David Wear, who had all contributed strongly to UCLA's regular-season Pac-12 title a year ago under Ben Howland, who was fired at the end of the season.
October 20, 2013 |
Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour's new wraparound season. Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a five-under-par 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round. Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn tied for second.
October 18, 2013 |
Crenshaw scored all of its points in the first half, then focused on shutting down archrival Dorsey in tonight's 41-0 victory that kept the Cougars on track for their second straight Coliseum League title. Ajene Harris threw three touchdown passes and Davien Risher had an interception and a touchdown reception for Crenshaw (3-4, 2-0), which opened a 27-0 lead in the first quarter. Noah Whitney threw three interceptions for Dorsey (3-4, 1-1), which lost to its neighborhood rival for the third consecutive time since the Dons' 7-6 triumph on their way to the league crown in 2011.
October 6, 2013 |
The Galaxy couldn't have scripted Sunday's game much better. Needing a victory to stay firmly in Major League Soccer's playoff race, the reigning MLS champion prevailed in game it was expected to win by beating last-place Chivas USA, 5-0, at StubHub Center. The Galaxy's goals came early and often despite the 92-degree temperature at game time. The Galaxy's star forwards, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, each scored twice and Gyasi Zardes also scored. Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time scoring record of 134 regular-season goals.
October 5, 2013 |
John Velasco rushed for four touchdowns as Concord De La Salle dominated Anaheim Servite, 35-10, in tonight's intersectional showdown at Santa Ana Stadium. Servite trailed 28-0 at halftime but managed to score 10 points against the Spartans' reserves in the fourth quarter. The Friars (3-2) committed three turnovers and failed to score in three trips inside the 5-yard line. Servite must forget this loss quickly because it opens Trinity League play next Friday against undefeated Santa Ana Mater Dei at Angel Stadium.
October 4, 2013 |
Maridean's daughter and son-in-law were booked on a Caribbean cruise. Things didn't work out so well. The couple was at San Francisco International Airport in June, awaiting their flight to the Caribbean, when Asiana Flight 214 crashed on the runway. Flights into and out of the airport were immediately canceled. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions As a result of circumstances beyond their control, they missed their cruise but had to swallow the cost. Maridean asks: Would travel insurance have protected them in this situation?
September 25, 2013 |
Roger Daltrey of the Who and the Moody Blues will share the bill in April not at a concert but on a Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina. The British rockers will take to the seas along with members of others 1960s and 1970s bands booked for the five-night cruise that begins in Miami. The theme of the cruise will be the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which is the last time Daltrey and the Moody Blues played at the same show. The Zombies, Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the Orchestra starring ELO, Starship, Little River Band and others join the lineup too. It's the second time the Moody Blues have scheduled a cruise for fans.
September 24, 2013 |
While crews work to salvage the wrecked Costa Concordia ship off the coast of Italy, the ship's parent company is struggling to sail clear of stormy conditions. Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise company, Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $934 million, or $1.20 a share, compared with $1.3 billion, or $1.71, in the same period last year. Carnival also reported that bookings for the remainder of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 are behind the same periods in previous years, with prices about the same.