Some Tweets about travel developments

09/06/2009 12:00 AM

09/08/2009 7:36 AM

Twitter scored a major success by persuading users to confine their "tweets" to 140 characters or fewer (including spaces and periods). Let me see if I can do the same thing in print for 10 major new travel developments:

• The ultra-luxurious Seabourn cruise line is announcing ( autumn discounts of as much as 65 percent (I have characters left over).
• American Airlines is charging $50 each way for the second suitcase checked aboard its flights to Western Europe.
• Southwest Airlines has launched an unprecedented four-month sale reducing one-way fares to $59-$109, at
• On Friday evenings in September and October, the Vatican Museums in Rome will stay open until 11 p.m. Get tickets from the Vatican's Web site.
• Another group of airline passengers was confined for six hours to the tarmac (this time in JFK in New York). Congress should stop it!
• The best repositioning cruises are those that include free airfare to the starting or ending port. Consult
• Korean Airlines is offering $540 round-trip between L.A. and Tokyo; Air Pacific $530 round-trip between LAX and Fiji, via their Web sites.
• An upscale tour operator has condemned shore excursions by unreliable bus firms; I condemn all shore excursions by bus (walk the ports!).
• Amtrak has lowered weekend fares in the Northeast Corridor to $23-$49 each way (leave Sat., return Sat. or Sun.); go to
• Disney is throwing in free meals on a $535 five-day stay this autumn, using "value" properties and admission to four theme parks.

So how about it? Does tweeting work in a newspaper? Or would you prefer to have a more comprehensive treatment of your vacation options, with judgments and opinions expressed, with alternatives and conditions listed? (I know I would.)

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