'Pocahontas' on stage
Move over Aladdin -- make room for Pocahontas. Walt Disney's newest animated motion-picture musical, "Pocahontas," comes to life at Disney World in a stage rendition using animated scenery, sophisticated puppetry and special effects.
"The Spirit of Pocahontas," a 28-minute extravaganza, captures the essence of "Pocahontas" with refrains from all the film's songs, including "Just Around the River Bend" and "Listen With Your Heart."
Narrated by a tribal storyteller, the rendition explores themes of love, racial harmony and people's coexistence with nature. One of the film's most romantic moments is captured in the show when Pocahontas and the English Capt. John Smith meet beneath a waterfall.
The rendition, which debuted June 23, shows five times daily at the Disney/MGM Studios' Backlot Theater in Disney World in Orlando, Fla. For park and admission information, call (407) 824-4321. Far from home and feeling hungry? Here are tips from the New York Times for dining on the road:
* Beware of labels such as "homemade," "fresh-made," and "home-baked." The "kitchen" might be none other than that of a major food company. Many restaurants buy commercial mixes and merely finish cooking or assembling the dish.
* Verify that the person you ask has recently (within the last week or so) tasted the dish you ask about.
* For excitement and variety, indulge in regional and ethnic dishes on their home turf. If you spot them, don't miss St. Mary's County stuffed hams in southern Maryland, San Francisco's signature cioppino (fish and seafood stew) or genuine Key lime pie in Florida.
* Opt for the soup, given a choice between soup and salad. It's apt to be a more interesting selection.
* Order daily specials, which frequently showcase the kitchen's freshest, or more seasonal, cooking.
* Sample anything a restaurant offers for sale as carryout, such as homemade bread, house-cured meats, local preserves and a place's own dressings.
* Choose items that are named after somebody, particularly a family member or chef. After all, would you want your name on a less-than-exemplary dish?
Your cruise ship runs aground, is swept by illness, or gets disabled by a fire or other problems. You're not injured -- maybe not even endangered. But it has certainly put a damper on your hard-earned vacation.
What compensation are you entitled to receive?
The government does not stipulate cruise lines' obligations to passengers in the same way it spells out what airlines must offer under certain circumstances, such as bumping you from a flight or losing your luggage. But ship lines are usually quick to volunteer peace offerings.
That is partly because wronged passengers have a good shot at winning a court settlement, according to Al Anolik, a San Francisco attorney who is director of the International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates.
"Passengers can sue for negligence or for breach of contract," he said. What you can expect to collect will depend on the situation and the extent of your loss.
But before you go to an attorney, Mr. Anolik advised, first try to work something out with the cruise line.
Depending on the circumstances, you might expect a fare refund, complimentary shore accommodations, free or discounted future voyages, on-board perks or cash.
Salute JFK with a tour
President's Day is long gone, but you can still salute JFK through Oct. 8.
The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston has teamed up with Old Town Trolley Tours to offer tours of Boston-area sites connected with Kennedy and his family. The three-hour tours will run every weekend and visit his birthplace, his statue at the State House, his apartment on Beacon Hill and the New Museum at the Kennedy Library.
The tour costs $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. Call (617)269-7150.