Royal Caribbean now has the first female captain of a major cruise ship. (Or as all Scandinavian captains say over the PA system: cruise sheep.) I love it. USA Today has an interview with her.
The U.S. dollar is a puny, pitiful thing in Western Europe these days. After 16 days in Spain I felt as if the euro had knocked me down, dragged me over the scenic cobblestones, clubbed me in the head with a sock full of euro cents and danced happily over my shattered wallet.
Which is why I welcome the suggestion that there are less expensive destinations to visit.