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Q&A: DETAILS ABOUT WORLD CUP SOCCER

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QUESTION: How can I get tickets to the World Cup soccer matches to be held in Italy next year?

ANSWER: The World Cup is a 52-game tournament among 24 national teams, with the opening match and ceremony taking place June 8 in Naples and the finals July 8 in Rome.Preliminary matches will take place in Rome, Naples, Bari, Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Cagliari (Sardinia), Palermo, Udine, Turin, Milan and Verona.

Which teams play where will be determined by a drawing Dec. 9. Tickets - though not for the opening match and the finals - are being sold at the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, which has branches in the United States in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angles, Miami and New York (25 West 51st Street, New York, N.Y.; 212-581-0710), but only a few tickets are reported remaining and some cities are sold out.

Tickets must be bought for the series of three to five games to be played in a city. As an example, the best seats for the four games in Florence are $339; the least expensive seats there are $50. Tickets for the opening game ($14 to $103) and the finals ($21 to $162) will go on sale in December; the bank suggests calling in November to find out the date.

International Sports Consultants (4 Skyline Drive, Downingtown, Pa. 19335; 800-331-5191 or 215-458-0392) sells a variety of tour packages that include reserved tickets to World Cup matches.

Applicants can give choices of teams they wish to follow or cities in which they would like to see matches. One example includes seats for the opening match and for one (with a 7-night option, $3,014 to $4,304, depending on class of hotel chosen) or three (with a 15-night option, $3,796 to $6,516) first-round matches.

For real fans, a 32-night package with tickets throughout the tournament are $6,384 to $12,365. The prices include economy round-trip air fare to Italy, transportation in Italy and daily breakfast. In all packages, there is an extra transportation charge for Cagliari or Palermo.

QUESTION: Are there any bed and breakfasts near Disney World and Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla?

ANSWER: There are only a few bed and breakfast homes within 30 minutes of Disney World, and reservations are vital.

Bed & Breakfast of Orlando (8205 Banyan Boulevard, Orlando, Fla. 32819; 407-352-9157, after Nov. 18 407-870-8407) will direct visitors to three bed and breafast homes with rooms ranging from $50 to $70 a night.

Some other establishments include: The Allens (2411 Virginia Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32803) rent two rooms in their home for $45 a night for two people and $35 a night for one.

The Rinaldi House (502 Lake Avenue, Orlando) in the Lake Cherokee section, lets rooms for $47 for two and $39 for one person.

Norment-Parry Inn (211 North Lucerne Circle East, Orlando, Fla. 32801; 407-648-5188), with 21 rooms at $65 for two and $60 for one person, is more of an inn.

QUESTION: I read many years ago about a process by which Interstate highways are numbered. Do you know of such a system?

ANSWER: There is such a system. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, which is responsible for numbering federal routes, here is how it works: Even-numbered highways run east and west and odd-numbered routes run north and south.

With U.S. highways - not Interstates - principal east-west U.S. routes are given in multiples of 10 (the chief exception being U.S. 2), and the lower the number, the more northerly it is.

The principal U.S. highways running north and south end in the numeral 1, with the lower numbers most easterly. Thus, U.S. 1 runs along the East Coast and U.S. 101 along the West Coast. Connecting routes have three digits, the last two corresponding with the connecting main U.S. route. Hence U.S. 550 in Colorado connects with U.S. 50.

In the Interstate system, the lower the number of the even-numbered (east-west) route, the more southerly. Thus, Interstate 10, for example, runs between Florida and Arizona, while Interstate 94 goes between Michigan and Montana.

The lower odd-numbered routes, which usually end with a 5, are in the west. Hence, I-5 runs through California, Oregon and Washington, while I-95 goes along the Eastern Seaboard.

Loops along the Interstate have three digits, beginning with an even number; the last two digits correspond to the Interstate with which the loop connects. Spurs also have three digits, which begin with an odd number, and the last two numbers correspond to the Interstate. Thus, 695 is a loop around Baltimore that reconnects with I-95, while 795 is a spur from 695.

QUESTION: Is there a rating of cruise ships?

ANSWER: There is no standard rating of cruise ships. However, some publications on cruising not only describe ships but rate them, however subjectively. Ships are continually being upgraded, though, and a listing that is not up to date may not reflect the ship's current state.

In the "Berlitz Complete Book of Cruising" (Macmillan, $13.95) the author, Douglas Ward, rates ships by stars, with five-plus the top. Additionally, he rates, on a scale of 100, 20 factors such as cleanliness, cuisine and cabin service, and in an introduction provides details on what the categories measure. He also gives an overall average numerical rating.

In "Fielding's Worldwide Cruises," (William Morrow, $13.95) Antoinette DeLand gives ships ratings of up to five-plus stars, though she does not describe her criteria.

Each February, Ocean & Cruise News, a monthly publication from the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society (Post Office Box 92, Stamford, Conn. 06904; 203-329-2787) publishes the results of a survey of the society's 5,000 members about cruises they took over the past year.

Those surveyed give scores of up to 10 in 13 categories and an overall rating. But in the publication, ships are simply ranked with the highest-scoring first, and the actual scores are not provided. Annual subscription is $24 a year.