T here are many reasons why Maritime Travel’s Inside Scoop “what goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas. “ You can get married easily (maybe too easily), spend all night and day at casinos, sing Know before you go: travel isn’t just your along to a show, dine destination, it’s also the journey well—you’ll come home just to relax… Read and take this Inside Scoop packed W here else can you visit a circus, New York, Paris, Venice and a pyramid in the same day? Whether you’re headed to the casinos or the shows, Las Vegas is another US city that never sleeps. There’s so much Pack strategically The world is overrun with black bags: put coloured tape or ribbon on your luggage to spot it quickly. Put your name outside and inside and remove old tags. In your carry-on, pack valuables such as with handy tips. to do (some of it a cheesy kind of charm) it will be jewellery; over-the-counter and prescription drugs like a vacation when you finally make it home…Tips: in original containers with a list, dosage and your • Plan a transition day before and after your trip doctor’s phone number (syringes/needles for —often needed if an airline changes flights, personal medical use with caps in original labelled besides, you’ll benefit by slowing down. containers). Although you might love the nightlife • Be realistic: we know you want value in balanc- and fancy heels that go with it, do pack comfy ing choices with your budget; no matter what, shoes for walking. relax and enjoy. Unless you pay for upgrades, Pack most liquids/lotions/gels in checked bags requests are requests only, such as a suite. (inside plastic bags)—due to carry-on restrictions, These are premium (why upgrade fees apply). the maximum size container is 100ml (3.4 oz). All • At 100F/38C from June-August, 55F/13C must fit in 1 clear/resealable plastic bag of no more travel: delighting in December-February, the weather is reasonable than 1 litre (often available when you first enter the spirit of adventure ● and dry (it is the desert). airport security), then place the bag in the tray a vacation from home to • Vegas is in the Pacific Time Zone (think Van- provided. Items regular travellers pack in carry-on: explore places that are couver) and observes Daylight Savings Time. pen/notebook, disinfectant hand wipes, munchies not your home ● knowing • Check with your provider for cell/phone card use (no fruit, meat or veg over borders). Permitted in (and roaming charges). Internet access carry-on: cell life is different there and is at hotels (public terminals are costly). knowing this is a point of phones, laptops, • Major credit cards are accepted pretty portable music play- travel ● enjoying the much everywhere, as are travellers ers, canes, dispos- journey, not just the cheques (take photo ID) and US cash. able razors, umbrel- destination ● a privilege ATMs abound and rates vary: check with las and nail clippers. best used with patience, your bank for debit card use. For credit Items you can’t take humour and curiosity card security, call the company to report on include knives ● fun ● coming home the dates you’ll be away. (an obvious no-no), with great tales to tell ● • Vegas is a very easy place to spend corkscrews and money—if you’re going on excursions, sports gear such as (how about the Grand Canyon?) book in racquets, golf clubs packing advance as less cash is needed while and pool cues. list on you’re there, better for budgeting. overleaf Tip: Shopping on "the strip” (Las Vegas Boulevard) • We strongly recommend Maritime Travel cancel- can be pricey—while there are malls, fashion stores, lation/interruption and medical insurance. chains and souvenirs (do you need another t-shirt?), Your Counsellor • You must have a valid passport www.ppt.gc. you might want to save your $$ and time to enjoy Our knowledge and experience ca/index.aspx?lang=eng. Keep a separate the array of shows each night—whether headliners, helps turn dreams into first-rate photocopy of your ID page with other records. solo artists, major bands, magic or even different vacations. Ask your counsellor • Travel with a positive attitude—with extra Cirque du Soleil shows, there is truly more than you about any details, including: security issues, having patience and a spirit can enjoy in one visit. See www.visitlasvegas.com • tickets to top-notch shows of adventure will carry you through anything! and ask your counsellor about tickets. • cancellation/interruption & medical insurance What to do…what to do… • excursions to Hoover Dam, While casinos are a big draw, there’s no lack of entertainment, nightlife or restaurants—but some of the the Grand Canyon or Red best entertainment is sitting down for a rest and people-watching. Las Vegas buffets are legendary and Rock Canyon. used to have the reputation of being low-priced. Those days are pretty much gone, but most hotels and some restaurants still offer good value with lots of variations. There’s also many specialty restaurants, such as the Gospel Brunch (House of Blues; line up early to get tickets as it regularly sells out) and 2 dozen kinds of cheesecake (Cheesecake Factory). While movies and CSI: Investigation are largely shot on Hollywood sets, you’ll see many outdoor shots used. And yes, you can get married at one of the MT LV1 2009 See over/pg 2... numerous chapels, even a drive-through...ask your counsellor for details. (continued…) Your airline (continued…) What to do...top recommended sites: s your plane might be coming in from Bellagio Hotel’s: free evening fountain light and sound show. One of the best things on the A elsewhere and delayed, confirm your flight prior to departure. Transport Canada can strip. If you plan to eat about then, you’ll have a great view during dinner across the street outside at Mon Ami Gabi, Paris Las Vegas. Check out its Eiffel Tower replica: built at half- prohibit items as security risks www.catsa- scale, the detail is intriguing and the view from it is terrific. Mirage Hotel’s Volcano Eruption: acsta.gc.ca: “Travellers should arrive at the runs every 15 minutes from 6 to11:30 pm. Through the Mirage lobby is Siegfried & Roy’s airport earlier than usual, exercise patience and Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat: if you crave a bit of nature and peace (albeit with helicop- contact their airline for further information ter tours overhead) then head to this enclave in two areas—the garden with tigers and other on their flight(s).” Airline staff are on duty wild cats, and the dolphin pools. You can upgrade to a VIP tour or be a dolphin trainer (for an some 2-3 hours prior: due to staffing and extra fee, booked ahead with your counsellor). Imperial Palace’s Auto Collections is one of security, check-in closes 1 hour before the world's largest and finest car collections showcasing antique, classic, muscle and special- departure. If late, you’re not entitled to board interest cars (and if you win big at a casino you can buy your favourite). The Stratosphere (or a refund). Unless booked ahead, seats are first-come first-served. Note: many airlines Insanity, Big Shot and X-Scream (named so for good reasons) are unlike any other rides: have reciprocal “code-share” arrangements. hang 900ft above the strip, shoot 160ft up (the width of an NFL football field) in 2.5 seconds Air Canada 1-888-247-2262 and bounce, or be spun around upside down...these rides are not for the faint of heart or WestJet 1-800-538-5696 good after a queasy night out, so plan for a wee sit down afterward. Golfing is great here— Delta 1-800-221-1212 you might want to try the 9-hole night course (with lights) at the Angel Gate Golf Club. If you Continental 1-800-523-3273 didn’t get a good view out of your plane window, you might want to book a helicopter tour of American 1-800-223-5436 the city: tip; do this at night. There are numerous nightclubs, all with unique aspects such US Airlines 1-800-428-4322 as being on rooftops (great views), light shows and specialty drinks. Most hotels have casinos—they want to keep you there so there are no clocks! Set a limit to spend and stick Baggage: Size/weight restrictions for checked to it (Vegas isn’t so much fun in jail or after losing your mortgage money…). and carry-on varies: check with the airline. Entry & Departure: you must have a passport. Other attractions With the explosion of activities on the strip, the north end/downtown was neglected, hence When you arrive The Fremont Street Experience. A portion of the street was covered with screens and M cCarran airport (LAS) is close to the strip where most hotels and attractions are, shows are projected at night, but otherwise it’s like the strip. The Venetian is a wanderer’s treat with gondola rides under bridges and past cafés: after photo-taking (for a fee at the end) and which you’ll see when you land (great view a gondolier might serenade you on this brief water tour. Treasure Island offers a pirate show. at night). If an airport transfer is not part of your Tips: This is a sneaker state...don’t worry what you look like, just be comfortable. While ho- package (usually with a voucher), depending tels seem as if they might be close, their sites are massive and it takes time to walk among how many people are in your group, a taxi or them. Even walking to the monorail www.lvmonorail.com that connects areas of the strip limo could be cheaper than an airport shuttle. • Have your hotel voucher handy for check-in. can be a hike. Do NOT jaywalk across the strip: fines are hefty (yes it’s fake grass on the • The legal drinking and gambling age is 21 boulevard). With the heat, wear a hat and sunglasses, and drink lots of water (enterprising (no matter if your provincial age is 19). Bars, vendors often pop open a cooler and sell cold bottled water on overpasses). and VIP/topless hotel pools are for over 21s. Go ahead, take the kids Packing checklist • Avoid timeshare sales; some hotels have lobby presentations offering your next trip (for a fee): there’s no “free” trip. I n trying to broaden its appeal, Las Vegas began marketing its attractions to families so there are things to do with kids that don’t See www.maritimetravel.ca/tools .asp?PageID=617 • Getting around is easy—wear comfy walking a valid passport for each person involve the more adult pursuits. While some driver’s license/insurance if renting car shoes and small US bills for the strip’s Deuce hotels and attractions such as Circus Circus (two-level) or city buses. You can’t see copies: passport, travellers cheques, and Excalibur can keep them busy, you won’t ID, cancellation/medical insurance everything in a day so do sections, e.g., want to stay in the entire time. Stratosphere at the north end, mid-section, itinerary/contact info to home contact • Because casinos are designed to keep peo- credit cards/cash, fanny pack for the lower strip (and famous sign at south ple inside, it can be disorienting to find your end). The Deuce goes from Freemont St. to these & passports way out; kids are allowed to walk through the south end’s Las Vegas Outlet Center. cell phone/charger or phone cards casinos with you but stick to the marked • Yes, people can walk around with alcoholic pathways and don’t linger. sunscreen, toiletries, ear plugs drinks in tall plastic glasses...The cutest are • When walking along the strip, don’t accept personal hygiene supplies, facial tissues from Paris Las Vegas: take home a plastic the small cards advertising adult services, medications/prescriptions, sunglasses Eiffel Tower or the ceramic balloon. that people snap to get your attention. The hat, sweater/jacket, swimsuit/coverup kids will see them as they litter sidewalks. magazines, notebook/pens When you leave women: dressy outfit; men: shirt/dress • If you like to swim, the pools are terrific but o a room sweep for belongings. Although pants & jacket D there’s usually a noon check-out you may being outdoors, many are not open Decem- ber to March (The Mirage closes for Decem- easy care clothes be able to pay a late fee if you have a later flight. ber), or when below 60F/15C. There are sandals, really comfy walking shoes Or, pack what you need for those few hours and fees for cabanas and daybeds. camera, extra film or memory card, map check luggage with the hotel. Do not buy or • Take student ID; some bus drivers make 12 address list for postcards/emails accept anything suspect or that can be taken year olds (who don’t look 17) pay adult binoculars (also for shows) from you at customs such as plants, narcotics, fares. Also good for buffet child discounts. Your sense of adventure & humour! wood or endangered species parts. See I Declare www.cbsa-asfc. gc.ca/publications/ Our 24/7 Emergency Service pub/bsf5056-eng.html). We constantly survey airlines, local tour companies and hotels to ensure they meet our customer service standards, so don’t let a problem ruin your Canadian citizens: for emergencies, Las Vegas holiday. Nearly all issues can be handled quickly on site—first seek help from the venue’s local staff. Otherwise, call our Emergency Travel Service is served by Consulate of Canada offices in Los at 1-888-551-1181. Angeles, California, at 213-346-2700. You can Deposits are non-refundable & non-transferrable. Schedule changes can www.maritimetravel.ca call Foreign Affairs at 1-888-949-9993 or email occur and airlines and tour operators have the right to change flight and/or tour times, alter, combine services or substitute accommodations. Your counsellor will work with you to ensure you receive firstname.lastname@example.org. information as soon as possible and ensure satisfaction. For details, see your brochure and ticket terms and conditions.
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