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New AT&T Ports of Call helps sailors get around [AT&T Government Issue]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
AT&T Government Issue
January-February 1995

NEEED INFORMATION ABOUT GETTING AROUND Cartagena, Spain? In Egypt, how do you say “thank you” in Arabic? Whom should you call if you need to rent a car in Athens, Greece?

The answers to these questions and other important travel information are listed in AT&T’s 1995 Ports of Call guides for sailors of the U.S. 6th Fleet. The pocket-sized guides – developed by AT&T in cooperation with Navy Europe Morale Welfare Recreation (MWR) – feature a map of the area, a list of sports and recreation hot spots and a handful of recommended restaurants.

“The pocket guides allow our sailors to make the most of their liberty time as they visit the remote and exotic ports of the Mediterranean,” said Chuck Beard deputy direct-or for the Navy Europe MWR. “They are very popular because they’re handy and give sailors basic information to find their way around new ports.”

Last year, 40,000 guides were handed out to sailors when they disembarked from their ships. Now AT&T offers guides on 20 Mediterranean cities.

“Young sailors who aren’t used to traveling overseas might hesitate to leave the ship if they don’t know where they are going,” said Liz Cashman, AT&T’s manager of international events. “We worked closely with the Navy and tour guides to provide information that would make the sailors’ stay more enjoyable.”

TOUR GUIDE: Test your knowledge

Q: Need information about getting around town in Cartagena, Spain?

A: The best way to get around Cartagena is on foot or by cab. The taxis have meters, but the drivers seldom use them. If you can’t get the cabbie to turn on his meter, negotiate the fare before you get going. Fares quoted are per ride, not per person. Putting up to four people in one cab will save you lots of money.

Q: How do you say “thank you” in Arabic?

A: Thank you in Arabic is pronounced: shokran. Other useful Arabic words are: Yes (nah ahm), no (la-ah), hello (ah-lahn), goodbye (mah sah lah mah), excuse me (‘ahfwahn) and please (min fadlak).

Emergency phrases include: “I want to report a theft,” (orid tahblig ‘ahn sirga), “Where’s the nearest pharmacy?” (ahynah aqrab ahgzahkhahnah) and “I need a doctor,” (ahtahg ilah doktor).

Q: Whom should you call if you need to rent a car in Athens, Greece?

A: There is no permanent United Service Organizations (USO) Fleet Center in Athens. If a USO representative is not meeting your ship, contact Andy Vassiliades of Andy’s Tours. His number is 922-9511. Vassiliades has been helping 6th Fleet sailors find hotels, rental cars, tours and sporting events for more than 30 years.

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