Barbie on boardEver wonder where the ubiquitous Barbie...

Travel Smarts

November 08, 1998

Barbie on board

Ever wonder where the ubiquitous Barbie doll will show up next? Now it seems she's taking a cruise. Carnival Cruise Lines has teamed up with toy maker Mattel to bring us the Carnival Cruise Barbie doll.

The $45 doll, available in shops aboard Carnival's ships, wears sunglasses and a nautical-themed sports ensemble: white shorts, a red-and-white striped crop top and a short red, white and navy blue jacket with gold trim. But wait ... can those be Carnival logos emblazoned on her shorts? And on her carry-on bag and sailor's hat? You bet.

"The Barbie doll has been part of American popular culture for generations," said Vicki Freed, Carnival's senior vice president of sales and marketing. Indeed, close to 1 billion Barbies have been bought since Mattel introduced the wardrobe-wearing icon in 1959.

Like many lines, Carnival has developed brand-name logo items with other companies, but Barbie represents the line's first foray into the toy category, Freed said.

Maybe you're not planning a Carnival cruise? Not to worry; you can order the Carnival Cruise Barbie by calling Wessco International at 888-895-1202, Ext. 34 ($5 for shipping will be added to the total price).

Another outlet for shopping

Outlet malls seem to be popping up all around. This weekend, Leesburg, Va., opens the doors to an upscale outlet shopping center just in time for the holiday shopping rush.

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, off Leesburg Turnpike at U.S. 15, will include such merchandisers as DKNY, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Off 5th ` Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Banana Republic and Britches Great Outdoors Factory Store, at 25 percent to 65 percent off retail prices. Other stores include Waterford Wedgwood, Mikasa, Kenneth Cole, Vans, Gund, Samsonite, Harry & David, Ultra Diamond and Gold Outlet and Olga/Warner's.

The Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Center plans to grow to 100 discount stores. The outdoor, village-style center incorporates a food court with vendors such as Sbarro, Ranch 1, Asian Creations, TCBY and Burger King.

Outlet hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 703-737-3071, or check out the Chelsea GCA Realty Inc. Web site at www.chelseagca.com.

Splendors of Egypt

The largest exhibition of Egyptian artifacts to tour the United States - 225 pieces - is on view through March 28 at the Phoenix Art Museum. The "Splendors of Ancient Egypt" includes artifacts from at least 4000 B.C. to the seventh century. They range from delicate jewelry to massive statuary, from a papyrus scroll from the Book of the Dead to royal coffins decorated with portraits of their occupants.

The museum is in downtown Phoenix at 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission to "Splendors of Ancient Egypt" is $12 for adults, $6 for children. Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Timed reservations can be made through Dillard's box office: 800-638-4253.

Battling 'air rage'

And you thought it was just oversized carry-on luggage the airlines are declaring war on.

British Airways has announced it will issue "yellow cards" to disruptive passengers, warning that they face arrest upon landing unless they stop bad behavior and that they'll be liable for costs if their behavior forces the captain to divert the plane to the nearest airport. The crackdown, triggered by a 400 percent rise in "air-rage" incidents globally over the past three years, targets drunken or abusive passengers as well as those breaking the airline's smoking ban.

One if by land

Its flame has long since gone out, but the glow from this small lantern raised in warning still lights the American imagination. You can see that lantern, one of two that Paul Revere told the churchman to display, in the museum at Concord, Mass. From the Old North Church to Alcatraz, B.J. Welborn's book "America's Best Historic Sites" (Chicago Review Press, $14.95) tells, for example, why it's better to walk than try to drive Boston's Freedom Trail; calls the film at Atlanta's Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site a "top-drawer, three-hanky documentary"; and details directions for visiting Utah's Promontory Summit, where the last spike in the transcontinental railroad was hammered into history.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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