By Wendy Perrin
Huge thanks to the conscientious reader who brought to my attention an unfortunate error in the answer box of my Perrin Report quiz in Conde Nast Traveler's November issue. Reader worldtraveler wrote:
"In your quiz you said that the
assumption that 'a midship cabin on a cruise is best to avoid
seasickness' is not true. Where is the best cabin/location on a cruise
ship to avoid being seasick? Thanks for your answer and for a VERY
I was stunned to read this because the statement that "a midship cabin on a cruise is best to avoid seasickness" is absolutely true and is the correct answer to quiz question #27. It turns out that, for some unexplained reason, the answers to questions 26 and 27 were reversed during the magazine's production process. The answer to question 26 should be D (not C), and the answer to question 27 should be C (not D).
For those of you who have not seen the quiz and have no earthly idea what I'm talking about, here's question 27:
Which of the following assumptions about booking a cruise-ship cabin is true?
a. A forward cabin has better views.
b. An aft cabin has a larger balcony.
c. A midship cabin is best to avoid seasickness.
d. A balconied cabin means greater privacy.
Correct answer: C
And here's question 26:
If an establishment in a foreign country offers to charge your credit card in U.S. dollars, you should . . .
a. Say yes because it prevents your credit card from hitting you with a foreign-transaction fee.
b. Say yes because the merchant will be using the Interbank exchange rate.
c. Say no because the exchange rate used is always worse than your credit card's.
d. Ask which exchange rate the merchant is using: if it is better than your credit card's, say yes only if your credit card does not impose a foreign-transaction fee for overseas purchases charged in U.S. dollars.
Correct answer: D
The first 30 questions of my quiz are only in Conde Nast Traveler's November issue, but an additional 15 questions are online at cntraveler.com. Click here to take the online quiz and test your travel smarts.