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aug 13

Travel news roundup

This fall, impressive new water slides are coming to Carnival cruise lines. Debuting on the Imagination and the Inspiration ships, each WaterWorks/Twister water slide will be about four-decks high and about 300-feet long.

American Airlines will test in-flight Internet access. Starting in 2008, passengers on some routes will be able to log onto the Internet via Wi-Fi at broadband speeds. The price hasn't yet been set, but will probably be about $10 a flight. Other airlines are in talks with various Wi-Fi service providers, including Southwest, JetBlue, and Virgin America. [via The Seattle Times]

Europe is on course to require its airlines to be more honest in their advertisements. British-based budget airlines, including easyJet, Ryanair, and bmibaby are being required by the country's Office of Fair Trading to include the cost of taxes and fees in the prices they advertise. The cost of taxes and fees are sometimes double the advertised fares. A similar ruling by the European Parliament is on track to affect other low-cost carriers in Europe by the end of the year, according to the Telegraph.

Rome will hold a citywide, all-night party on Sept. 8. [For details, read La Notte Bianca 2007.] In other news, the fashion designer Rudolph Valentino is so happy at the success of his recent show at the Ara Pacis museum that he's agreed to open a museum in his own honor in Rome, rather than Paris, where he did much of his life's work. [via the Globe and Mail]

Does Elvis live in Buenos Aires? Some people in Argentina think so, and they've put together a nine-minute long, documentary-style, English-language video featuring interviews with citizens of Buenos Aires who claim they have seen the King living in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. The video aims to promote a new book by a lost soul named Jeronimo Burgues, who has apparently spent a decade interviewing more than 150 people to make the case that Elvis went to Buenos Aires as part of some sort of witness-protection program, in exchange for incriminating evidence against the Mafia. I prefer to think that Elvis--if he went to Argentina instead of Heaven--simply realized that Argentina is a great travel bargain for Americans. (A tip of the hat to Buenos Aires Spotting.)

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