Westminister uses snowto attract students
SALT LAKE CITY -- Instead of a semester abroad, Westminster College is hoping to attract students to a semester on the slopes.
The college is hoping to use its proximity to Utah's vast, powder-covered mountains to lure out-of-state students who love to ski.
The private liberal arts college is running a pilot "Winter at Westminster" program with three students this year and hopes to enroll 100 sophomores and juniors next January, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The program gives qualified students an opportunity to participate in skiing and snowboarding with Olympic athletes and mingle with Utah's resort and snow-industry leaders while continuing with their studies.
But it costs way more than a lift ticket.
The price for the semester is $15,400.
Magazine offers planfor visiting forests
NEW YORK -- From the redwood forests to Alaskan waters, Conde Nast Traveler is offering an itinerary for visiting old-growth forests.
The magazine suggests starting in California's Muir Woods.
Three hours away, the 31-mile-long Avenue of the Giants winds through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, where you can hike the Founders Grove circuit.
The all-dirt Howlands Hills Road goes through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park.
For details and other recommended stops in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, check out the magazine's February issue.
Norwegian Cruise Lineoffers humorous trip
MIAMI -- Want to have a couple of laughs on your next cruise?
Norwegian Cruise Line is putting comedy out to sea thanks to a partnership with the famed Second City improvisation troupe.
Six performers from the comedy group, which is based in Chicago, will be on board every trip the Norwegian Dawn takes for the next three years.
The Dawn sails from New York City to the Caribbean year-round.
Second City performers also will join three other Norwegian ships: the Jewel, which begins sailing in September from Miami to the Caribbean, with Alaska cruises in the summer; the Star, which spends summers in Alaska and travels between Los Angeles and the Mexican Riviera other times of the year; and the Spirit, which joins the Dawn on the New York-Caribbean run beginning in November.
All passengers are invited to attend the Second City shows, which will consist of two performances during one night of each trip.
The ensemble also will host onboard workshops for both children and adults interested in improv, satire and acting.
For more information, contact the cruise line at (800) 327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com.
Expedia enters hotelsin Hawaii via kiosks
MAUI, Hawaii -- If you're in Hawaii and you want to book an excursion through Expedia, you could head for the hotel kiosk if you don't feel like finding an Internet cafe.
The online travel company has acquired 36 kiosks in Hawaii hotels where visitors can book activities like snorkeling, helicopter rides or bike tours.
The kiosks, called Expedia!fun, are located on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai, in hotels ranging from the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa to the Aston Waikiki to the Hilo Hawaiian.
You'll find Expedia!fun kiosks in a few other selection locations as well -- the Metropolitan Hotel in Manhattan and the Hyatt Cancun Caribe in Mexico.