1. THE THRILL: El Loco, a steel roller coaster with a wicked first drop, will open in December at the indoor amusement park at Circus Circus Las Vegas. circuscircus.com

2. THE DATE: On December 5, 2013, the 80th anniversary of Prohibition's repeal will be celebrated by joyful tipplers across the nation. Join the Repeal Day festivities at Louisville's new Distilled Spirits Epicenter, an educational center for the making and appreciating of booze, where sensory evaluations may be enjoyed. Last year included authentic bathtub gin, along with the real thing. ds-epicenter.com

3. THE CRUISE: With the exploration of river cruising itineraries comes an all-new line, Emerald Waterways. The two-ship launch features two 182-passenger ships, the Emerald Star and the Emerald Sky, each with a heated swimming pool under a retractable roof, two restaurants, and glass-walled cabins. Beginning April 15, 2014, the ships will ply Europe's Danube, Rhine, and Moselle rivers. Fares from $2,230, emeraldwaterways.com

4. THE NOVELTY: At Australia's new retro-glam QT Sydney hotel, the elevators automatically customize the soundtrack based on the number of occupants. Solo passengers may hear Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", duos may be treated to "Just the Two of Us" by Bill Withers, and larger parties trigger dance classics like "1999" by Prince. qtsydney.com.au