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Rundown for the Week of February 28, 2003

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Joe Zefran
Mendoza Wine by Joe Zefran

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It's a propitious time to travel to countries where the economy is suffering worse than ours. At least, that's what the director of our sister show "Marketplace" was thinking when he decided -- almost overnight -- to zip down to Argentina. Joe Zefran appreciates a good bottle of wine, and the Argentine wines have a great reputation. So, when Joe was browsing the Web and came across a dazzling fare to Buenos Aires, he packed in a hurry -- and took a spontaneous vacation in South America.

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  • www.bodegalarural.com.ar: English Bodega La Rural site
  • www.itn.net: United's E-fares site
  • www.vendimia.mendoza.gov.ar: Official National Wine & Harvest Festival site in Mendoza
  • Blues Cruise Interview with Ross Klein

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    Author Ross Klein loves cruising -- so much so, that he has taken 30 cruises. But his 300 days on these ships have opened his eyes to more than a pleasant afternoon on the B Deck. Ross's new book, "Cruise Ship Blues: The Underside of the Cruise Industry," details a number of issues about the industry. One of the glaring topics in the book is the harm done to the environment: Cruise ships, which are exempt from the Clean Water Act, discharge about 50,000 gallons of raw sewage a day per ship -- all that straight into the ocean. Ross figures there is a way to clean up cruising.

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    Cruise news, updates and facts for the season

    Related Media:
  • Cruise Ship Blues: The Underside of the Cruise Ship Industry : Ross Klein's book is available at AMAZON.com
  • www.cruisejunkie.com: Ross Klein's Web site
  • www.cruiseshipping.net: Info. on the upcoming Seatrade Cruise Convention
  • www.cruise-community.com: General cruise info from the Seatrade Cruise Review

    Cruise Lines:

  • www.carnival.com
  • www.royalcaribbean.com
  • www.princess.com
  • www.starcruises.com
  • Extreme Heli-Ski by Bernice Notenboom

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    Ever grow tired of regular ski resorts where even the double black diamond runs are "safely" contained within boundaries? No? Well, some people do. To get the thrill of challenging Mother Nature, fanatic skiers are hiring helicopters to fly them far away from the crowds: no lift lines, no trespassing signs and you ski in the remote wilderness. Reporter Bernice Notenboom is a good skier with lots of experience, but she wanted a new challenge: an exhilarating ski adventure. So, Bernice traveled up to the Chugach Mountains in Alaska, an area known as one of the Meccas of heli-skiing.

  • www.valdezheliskiguides.com: Valdez Heli Guides
  • www.skimag.com: this Will give you a pretty good idea about prices
  • www.chugachpowderguides.com
  • www.nzadventure.com: Heliskiing in New Zealand
  • www.dougcoombs.com

    Planning your own trip to Alaska?
    AlaskaThisYear.com: Books, travel planner, vacation tips and interactive events calendar

  • Ski Report: Interview with Greg Ditrimo, executive editor of Ski Magazine

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    Diana checks in with Greg Detrinco, the executive editor of Ski Magazine, to get an idea of what we can expect for ski conditions and ski deals across the country this spring.

  • www.skimag.com
  • www.snow-forecast.com: Worldwide Snow Reports
  • geosurvey.state.co.us: Colorado Weather and Avalanche Reports, from the Colorado Geological Survey
  • www.snowboarding.com: Top US Resort webcams from Snowboarding.com

  • photo: Steven Trimble
    Getting Cozy in the Desert Interview with Steve Trimble

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    During the Savvy Traveler live stage show in Salt Lake City in early February, we celebrated "the West." Host Diana Nyad was joined on stage by a man who has spent his career as a champion of the West. Stephen Trimble has written close to 20 books, documenting and commenting on the natural history and the native peoples of The Great Basin. His photographs of places such as The Painted Desert are award-winning. Stephen Trimble enlightened us on The Great Basin and the West.

  • www.agpix.com: Learn more about Steven Trimble, contact information and view an online photo gallery of his work
  • Sound Travels: Tibetan New Year, Kathmandu, Nepal

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    This week, Jeff Greenwald brings us sounds from far away...in Nepal. So, Happy New Year! Happy 2130, the Year of the Water Sheep. March 3rd is the Tibetan New Year. And, as you'll hear, Katmandu's large Tibetan population, living in exile, celebrates this holiday quite heartily.

  • jeffgreenwald.com: This is the Web site for Jeff Greenwald, who recorded this and other segments for The Savvy Traveler
  • Traveler's Aid: Tips for Booking Hotels Online

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    Since 9/11, the hotel industry has been in rough shape. In fact, according to a new study by Bear Stearns, profits are the lowest they've been in decades -- and the threat of war looming on the horizon isn't helping matters. Occupancy rates have dipped below 60% -- the worst they've been in years.

    But what's bad for the hotel industry is good for travelers. Deals abound - particularly, online. Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, is here with some tips on how we can take advantage of market stagnation.

  • fasttrack.flightexplorer.com/: Internet based flight tracking
  • Flytecomm: Real-time flight intelligence
  • trip.com: Flight tracker and other travel resources
  • FAA.gov: The FAA's airport status page
  • www.journeyrest.com: The JourneyRest inflatable garment bag
  • Deal of the Week: America West's Vegas Vacation

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    Sure, there's snow on the ground on the East Coast, says our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, so turn your thoughts to the desert -- to Vegas, baby!

    We talked on a recent show about using the vacation arms of airlines to get around the high price of last-minute fares. Sometimes, calling an airline's tour company can get you a last-minute roundtrip ticket and a hotel for about the same amount you would have paid had you called 3 weeks in advance. Click here to read all the details.

  • www.swavacations.com: A great Vegas deal offered by Southwest Airlines
  • www.theleisurecompany.com
  • America West Vacations - Tel: 800-942-8564
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