Side Trip

News of note for the traveler.

By Staff and wire reports
Published March 11, 2007


Carnival Corp. has delayed putting a second post-Hurricane Katrina cruise ship through the Port of New Orleans, apparently because of the reluctance of some tourists to venture into the city after the storm, a port spokesman said.

Before Katrina, New Orleans was one of the fastest-growing cruise ports in the country; it handled 700,000 passengers leaving and arriving in 2004, the last full year prior to the storm. For $38-million, the port built a third cruise terminal that is capable of handling two large ships at once.

Carnival will probably not position the second ship, Triumph, there before April 2008.

Carnival Fantasy has been leaving New Orleans full but advance bookings for the second ship, Triumph, have been slow.


Another giant step for a man

On March 20, the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, will lead the first walk across Skywalk, above, the cantilevered glass semicircular walkway that juts out 70 feet over the Grand Canyon and 4,000 feet above the Colorado River in Arizona.

The walkway, which will open to the public March 28, is made of 2-million pounds of glass and steel and cost more than $300-million to construct. It is the centerpiece of a development plan called Grand Canyon West.

The Skywalk will be open from dawn to dusk with a maximum of 120 people allowed on it at any one time. Tickets will cost $25 a person, in addition to a Grand Canyon West entry fee. Reservations are recommended; click on www.destinationgrandcanyon.com.


A salute to roadside icons

Before highway beautification campaigns in the mid 1960s limited or eliminated them, billboards were every driver's companion on the road. They sold, cajoled, enticed and entreated.

Gum, tobacco, bread, civic responsibility, mincemeat, military service and Hawaii were peddled with equal enthusiasm.

A new book, Great American Billboards: 100 Years of History by the Side of the Road by Fred E. Basten (Ten Speed Press, $19.95), rounds up 260 photos of ad boards spanning the 20th century.

Among the pitchmen are Tony the Tiger and Ann-Margret, FDR and Snoopy, the Marlboro Man and Dorothy Lamour.

Beyond the irresistible nostalgia is a fascinating glimpse of the evolution of our consumer nation.



Florida State University was a college for women from 1905 to 1947. A story in last Sunday's Latitudes included an incorrect date.

Compiled from staff reports and the Dallas Morning News, Cox Newspapers and the New York Times.