A cruise ship is stuck in Seward until Tuesday, days after its scheduled departure, due to an electrical problem.
On Aug. 8 the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship had an electrical problem with a propulsion motor, the company said in a Facebook posting. The "intricate repairs" required the boat to stay in port until Aug. 13 instead of taking passengers on a seven-day trip through Alaska's Inside Passage, Celebrity Cruises said.
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The Better Business Bureau has expressed concern over offers of free airline tickets sent to many Anchorage residences this year. A press release from BBB offices in Alaska and Washington on Thursday described a recent investigation into solicitations received by "thousands of Alaskans."
Alaskans received letters saying, "you qualified for an award of 2 round-trip airline tickets ... valid for travel anywhere in the continental U.S. from any major international airport" with a retail value of up to $1,190. The letter was topped by a logo similar to that of American Airlines, but without the word "airlines," and signed by "Sue Myer," identified as the vice president of an otherwise unidentified company. It included a toll-free number, but no return address.
The press release noted several items, termed "red flags," including that no company information was provided to potential customers and that the letters did not disclose the fact that recipients had to attend a 90-minute presentation in which they were subjected to "one-on-one high-pressure sales tactics" to buy a $9,000 vacation club package. In addition, it said, the letters do not properly disclose the fees and restrictions of the two "award" airline tickets.
No matter how many times you tell people, someone's gonna fall for a quick pitch or high-pressure sales job.
Ain't no such thing as a free lunch, folks.
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The Worst Day Fishing Etc. Dept:
VALDEZ, Alaska — The Coast Guard says a 65-foot, Oregon-based fishing vessel has run aground four miles west of Valdez.
I don't know, but I think I've had better days at work than that ...