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Thomas fire suspends part of Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner service, shuts resorts in Ojai and Santa Barbara

Amtrak’s rail service between Oxnard and San Luis Obispo on its popular Pacific Surfliner route continues to be shut Tuesday because of the Thomas fire raging in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Trains have been suspended indefinitely from traveling to stops in Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Surf, Guadalupe and Grover Beach.

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Megabus will give you a free bus ride if your holiday flight gets canceled

Megabus is offering holiday travelers a free bus ticket to their destination if their flight is canceled. It’s the first time the company has made such an offer to stranded airline passengers.

The move came this month after American Airlines announced that, because of a scheduling glitch, it had given too many pilots the holidays off.

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San Luis Obispo offers $100 cash to travelers who stay two nights in local lodgings

San Luis Obispo is giving travelers $100 in spending money if they spend two consecutive nights in a hotel or motel in the city. There’s no catch, just cash.

The deal: Check out the list of SLO town accommodations that qualify. There’s a little paperwork that comes with this offer: After you make a hotel reservation, email it to

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MSC's Seaside named best new ship, Carnival deemed best cruise value

Dozens of cruise lines received kudos Tuesday as cruise review website Cruise Critic announced its 10th annual Editors' Pick Awards. Winners range from small riverboats to some of the largest passenger ships sailing the world's oceans.

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What's the result of new Cuba restrictions? Lots of confusion

Question: I recently booked a cruise for my wife and me that includes two ports of call in Cuba. Are we allowed to go to Cuba on this cruise, given the new regulations?

Patrick King


Answer: The short answer is yes, even though coverage of the recent changes might lead you to believe the answer is no.

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