The cruise industry has entered into a new formal but voluntary agreement with the FBI and the Coast Guard to report any serious crimes committed on board cruises.

According to the FBI, cruise ships are not required to report violations of U.S. law outside U.S. waters, 12 miles offshore, but under the new agreement they would do so immediately.

A briefing prepared by staff of the House Transportation committee for the hearing described current record-keeping on cruise ship crime as spotty. It noted that the FBI does not keep data on the total number of alleged crimes reported on cruise lines but only on cases for which it opens files — 50 to 60 per year. The FBI said that under its new agreement with cruise lines, it will keep track of all crime reports.

If you love movies and travel, here's some trivia from about connections between a few of the season's blockbuster movies and some of the locales and hotels where scenes were filmed.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" was filmed partly off the coast of Southern California, with the Black Pearl ship at the Redondo Beach pier in front of the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club. "They would go out into sea for filming and anchor back in front of the hotel at night," confirmed Kelly Fogarty, Portofino spokeswoman.

Some of the scenes in "Ocean's Thirteen," the next in the series of caper films starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and others, were filmed at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The superhero sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" was filmed partly in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the site of a wedding scene from the movie can be seen from some of the rooms at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown. But the man-made movie set for the wedding was added to the rooftop of the Metro Parkade and then dismantled, so all that can be seen there now is a regular parking lot.

Finally, just about a year ago, the makers of "Spider-Man 3" were shooting scenes for the movie around New York, including a view from the Hilton New York on Sixth Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets.

Are you the parent of a high school student, planning a trip this summer to look at college campuses?

If you're considering traveling by train, take a look at Amtrak's free companion travel offer for campus visits. The discount allows a parent or guardian to travel free when accompanying a high school junior or senior on a college campus visit.

There are some restrictions. Reservations must be made at least seven days prior to travel. The discount is not available on the Acela Express or Auto Train, and seats are limited and subject to availability. There are also a series of blackout dates, during which the discount is not available. The blackout dates include Aug. 31-Sept. 3. The offer is available for travel through Dec. 14, with several additional blackout periods in the fall.

For details, go to

Is there about to be a price war among airlines flying the intensely competitive New York-London route? Zoom Airlines, which has been operating low-fare flights from Britain to Canada for three years, is starting service between London and New York on June 21. The company will offer daily flights between Gatwick and JFK, with 25 percent of the seats sold for as little as $199 each way, plus taxes.

Zoom is hoping its year-round one-way fares and increased flexibility (travelers do not have to stay over on a Saturday night) will give it an edge over other budget airlines that are expected to join the trans-Atlantic market following the recent "open skies" agreement.

Zoom will also offer a premium economy class for an extra $179, which includes extra leg room, priority check-in, better meal service and free drinks. The London-New York route will use Boeing 767-300s, with 182 economy and 84 premium seats

Tickets for U.S. citizens will be available at the end of this month on

Story Land park opens for its 54th consecutive season this weekend, but under new ownership.

Story Land, located along Route 16 in Glen, N.H., was founded in 1954 by Robert and Ruth Morrell, whose descendants have operated it ever since.

Story Land features rides, shows, play areas and live storybook characters, much like Idlewild Park in Ligonier, Pa., 45 miles east of Pittsburgh, which is also owned by Kennywood Entertainment. Idlewild is famous for its Storybook Forest section, which features live characters from nursery rhymes and other children's stories.

Kennywood Entertainment also owns Sandcastle Waterpark and Riverplex near Pittsburgh and Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn.

Compiled from wire reports.