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Raging Waters delivers coaster thrills with new Aqua Rocket water slide

Southern California’s first water coaster takes riders on a water park slide that mimics the ups and downs of a traditional roller coaster with the help of magnetic propulsion.

I rode the Aqua Rocket water coaster at Raging Waters San Dimas on Saturday under slate grey skies that kept the air temperature about the same as the water temperature (both in the mid-60s).

To say the least, the first splashdown was a bit chilly. But by the seventh ride, my body had adjusted to the temperature and I could have ridden Aqua Rocket all day. It was that fun.

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Some members of the Raging Waters lifeguard crew have ridden Aqua Rocket more than 100 times during test runs, putting the new water slide through more than 3,500 cycles before opening the attraction to the public in time for Memorial Day weekend.

I climbed into the four-person toboggan-style bobsled raft, leaned against the backrest and grabbed onto the hand holds as we...

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Bumped from online service's booking? It's probably airline's doing

Question: My sister and her 14-year-old daughter are traveling from Kalispell, Mont., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. My sister booked two round-trip tickets through Expedia and was happy with the price and the timing, along with the fact that there was only one stop. She paid for the tickets and received email notification that she was booked. Expedia later sent her an email saying the flights she paid for were no longer available and gave her a new booking without consulting her. The new booking required two stops, including one that involves an eight-hour middle-of-the-night layover. After a lot of negotiation, Expedia finally changed the reservation to something better, but she still ended up with two stops and also had to pay more. Can Expedia change tickets paid for well in advance at their whim?

Robin Reinhart

San Diego

Answer: It wasn't Expedia that changed the flights; it was the airline.

Warren Chang, vice president for Fly.com, an airfare search engine not affiliated with Expedia,...

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Cruises: Shape up and ship out on a Zumba-themed cruise

Fitness fans who fear packing on the pounds while on vacation may want to consider this Zumba-themed cruise. The five-day excursion, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Sea, departs from and returns to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Classes featuring the Latin-music-themed dance and aerobic workout will be offered every day, led by 130 Zumba instructors from around the world as well as its creator, Beto Pérez. The ship will make port calls in Haiti for a live concert on a private island as well as Falmouth, Jamaica, with time to explore Ocho Rios and Dunn’s River Falls.

Dates: Jan. 25-30.

Price: From $644. Includes accommodations, meals, most on-board activities and all Zumba classes. Airfare not included.

Info: Zumba Cruise, (305) 747-7553

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