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October 13, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
"This is a ship for adults who want to be adults," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic , a consumer information website, said Wednesday of the Cunard Line's latest passenger vessel, the Queen Elizabeth. In a telephone interview after attending Monday's naming ceremony in Southampton, England, Spencer Brown gave her take on the ship's pluses and minuses. And more important: Who should cruise on the Queen Elizabeth? "People who are young at heart but don’t need to zip line after every dinner would find this ship appealing," she said.
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October 13, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
"This is a ship for adults who want to be adults," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic , a consumer information website, said Wednesday of the Cunard Line's latest passenger vessel, the Queen Elizabeth. In a telephone interview after attending Monday's naming ceremony in Southampton, England, Spencer Brown gave her take on the ship's pluses and minuses. And more important: Who should cruise on the Queen Elizabeth? "People who are young at heart but don’t need to zip line after every dinner would find this ship appealing," she said.
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December 14, 1990 | From the Washington Post
The Pentagon, in search of rest-and-recreation destinations for U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, has chartered a luxury cruise ship for a fee of $31 million to provide brief Persian Gulf getaways for desert-weary men and women, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The military also is searching for a second cruise ship after a smaller vessel it planned to lease for $23 million failed its safety inspection Thursday, officials said.
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January 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I like reading year-end lists, especially inspired ones. SmarterTravel's "The Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Ridiculous Moments in Travel 2010 Edition" is a must-read that nails the year perfectly -- but I won't ruin it for you. ( Enhanced pat-downs and Steve Slater make the list .) Wait, did I say that out loud?  Some travel moments of 2010 that stand out: the fire-damaged Carnival Splendor stranded off the coast of San Diego, the volcano in Iceland whose ash cloud paralyzed air travel in Europe, the annoying blasts of the vuvuzela at the World Cup in South Africa.
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December 21, 2008 | Charles McDermid
1 Thailand Travel agents and tourism officials expect bargain prices in coming months as Thailand scrambles to salvage its peak tourist season after anti-government protests shut the country's two main airports for a week and stranded thousands of visitors. The Bangkok closures cost Thailand about $3.7 billion, and up to 2.3 million tourists may cancel plans to visit, according to reports. Prakit Chinamourpong, president of the Thai Hotels Assn.
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January 24, 2011 | By Karl Zimmermann, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I'm standing in front of the mirror in our stateroom, looking over my wife's shoulder and tying my black bow tie. It is our first sea day and the first of three formal nights on our leisurely eight-night early January crossing on Cunard Line's spanking-new Queen Elizabeth, on the way to New York from Southampton, England. The cummerbund is belted on, the studs are securely in place on shirtfront, but I've saved the neck knot for last, reminding myself of how my father first taught me how to do this on another transatlantic trip a half a century ago. Black-tie affairs may be waning on other ships, but not on Cunard vessels, which, if anything, have become slightly more formal in recent years.
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