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Deal: Up to $420 in prepaid gratuities on inaugural U.S. river cruises

The French America Line will be the newest player on America's rivers when the company sails its inaugural cruise in August. For those eager to go, the company is sweetening the pot by offering passengers up to $420 in prepaid gratuities.

The deal: Prepaid gratuities give you a break on the cost of the cruise. The $420 maximum would apply to a 10-day trip and apply per cabin, based on double occupancy.

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Fathom's inaugural Cuba cruises aren't sold out — yet

Carnival's historic cruise to Cuba that arrived in Havana on May 2 was sold out, but upcoming cruises to the island nation still have space -- for now.

The Adonia, sailing under the cruise line's Fathom brand, will sail to Cuba every other week.

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Hi-yah! Legoland ninja ride combines video-game fun with a cardio workout

A first-of-its-kind interactive dark ride at Legoland California that let riders use karate-chop hand gestures to shoot fireballs at ninja warriors combines kinetic video-game action with an unexpected upper-body workout.

I rode Ninjago four times during the soft opening of the attraction at the Carlsbad kiddie park and found the new high-tech ride to be easy to play and difficult to master.

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It's lights out for Santa Monica's Pacific Park wheel, but just in May

The flashy lights on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier's Pacific Park will go dark Thursday as work begins on a new $1-million lighting package for the solar-powered ride.

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Frequent fliers pick Southwest, Marriott as best loyalty programs

Millions of frequent fliers this year voted Southwest Airlines and Marriott Hotels as their favorite travel loyalty programs.

The honors, known as the Freddie Awards, were handed out last Thursday in a splashy Las Vegas event outside the city's new T-Mobile Arena.

Southwest's Rapid Rewards program, which relaunched in 2011, snagged the top spot for North American carriers.

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On the Spot: Is renting a car in Baja the best use of your time and money?

Question: We will be going to Loreto, Mexico, and may want to rent a car for a few days. I have been reading about insurance and about being billed for damage that was already done to the car. I’ve read about being pulled over and not having the proper papers, etc. Can you offer a list of what to get or decline or any other advice?

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