Brit Lit and Lighthouses
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Q. My mom turns 60 this fall, and my brothers and I want to take her to the United Kingdom. She has expressed an interest in staying at a lighthouse bed-and-breakfast and would also love to see sites related to British writers. Can you suggest anything?
Rachel Ellehuus, Alexandria
A. The romance of a lighthouse B&B, the allure of British literary sites: It's the perfect trip for an Anglophile. And as luck would have it, several of Britain's lighthouse accommodations are near writers' stomping grounds.
If your mom is a fan of Ian McEwan, John Fowles, Jane Austen or Agatha Christie (strange bedfellows, I know), the county of Dorset on England's south coast is a good place to start. You could stay in Branscombe Lodge Cottage, a two-bedroom property on the grounds of the Old Higher Lighthouse on the Isle of Portland (011-44-1305-822300, http:/
If Dylan Thomas appeals, your mom might like the West Usk Lighthouse in South Wales (011-44-1633-810126, http:/
For more choices: VisitBritain (http:/
I just returned from a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise to the Bahamas. A passenger jumped overboard the first night, and the ship searched the area for half a day; we ended up not going to one of the islands on the itinerary. Am I entitled to any type of credit?
Scott Miller, Bethesda
Short answer: No. Most cruise lines reserve the right to cancel or substitute scheduled ports of call at any time and for any reason without prior notice. Usually that happens because of weather.
"It was an unfortunate incident," said NCL spokeswoman Courtney Recht, "but we don't normally reimburse guests when we have an incident like that." She said the line's policy is outlined in the contract passengers receive when they buy a ticket.
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