This Week in Travel News: Celebrity in the Caribbean this Summer

Celebrity in the Caribbean during Summer

Reminder for Caribbean 2017 summer season: Celebrity is keeping the Celebrity Equinox in the Caribbean all summer (Aug-Sept)! This is the first time in 6 years that Celebrity will have a ship in the Caribbean during summer. Instead of the traditional deployment of 5 ships to Europe, they are deploying 4. This is huge good news for honeymooners, families and couples as there is always a shortage of good ships and good cruise lines for the season in Caribbean. 

A Small Fire Caused The Outage That Shut Delta Down

Flights operations returned to normal yesterday for Delta Air Lines after a power outage caused more than 2,000 cancellations this week and numerous delays. Company officials said the problem was caused by a small fire at the carrier’s Atlanta technology center, which blew up a transformer and cut power to company servers. The outage began Monday and led the carrier to scrap about 1,000 flights. Cancellations affected about 800 flights Tuesday and another 300 Wednesday, and caused numerous delays. Delta is asking anyone who wishes to apply for a $200 compensation as a result of a delayed flight of more than 3 hours to do so on their website: www.delta.com/wecare

Disney To Drop Main Street Electrical Parade At Disney World

The Main Street Electrical Parade will end at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on October 9. It willbe packed up and sent to the Disneyland early next year for a “limited engagement.” The original Main Street Electrical Parade debuted in 1972 at Disneyland. Disney did not say what would replace the Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom.

Hainan Airlines Announces First-Ever Nonstop Service Between China And Las Vegas

Hainan Airlines has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to launch an historic new route connecting Las Vegas to Beijing, the first-ever nonstop flight between Las Vegas and Mainland China. The service will begin December 2, 2016 and will initially operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hainan is a new member of the Alaska mileage program.

Angkor Wat And UNESCO World Heritage Wants To Stop Smoking, Littering, And Taking Topless Selfies.

Ticket prices to enter the Cambodian Historical Site are going up significantly come February, with a single-day pass rising from $20 to $37 per person, 3-day tickets increasing from $40 to $62, and a one-week ticket price ticking up from $60 to $72. Two dollars from every ticket sale will go to the Kantha Bopha Foundation, which runs children’s hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Travelers are also being asked to cover their shoulders and knees at all time while visiting Angkor, which is still an important and active site for Buddhists, and anyone whose clothing doesn’t meet the standard will not be allowed to enter.This is similar to other dress codes at holy sites around the world, from the Hagia Sophia to the Vatican. 

Condor Airlines To Add Nonstop Flights Between US and Germany

Condor Airlines is increasing its flights between the US and Germany with plans to add 10 nonstop flights by 2017 and expand service to 11 total US destinations. And PDX is getting out Condor nonstop back May 3: Three times a Week! The airline announced it will add transatlantic flights to New Orleans and San Diego next summer. Other highlights include year-round nonstop flights from Seattle to Condor’s hub in Frankfurt later this year and twice weekly flights from Las Vegas to Munich beginning May 2017. 

Italian Coastguards Fining Those Who Save Spots On Beaches Overnight

The Guardian reports that the Italian coastguards are implementing a fine for tourists that are trying to secure their favorite spot by leaving their gear on the beach overnight. The Coastguard says it has had enough. Authorities from the coasts of Tuscany to Sardinia are cracking down on holidaymakers who seek to reserve prime beach territory by leaving their gear out overnight, with those responsible facing fines of €200. The forces behind operation Safe Sea say the use of deckchairs and umbrellas by tourists who want to stake optimal spots is widespread and unfair to others who follow the rules. Last Saturday, the Livorno coastguard seized 37 deck and beach chairs, 30 umbrellas, towels and even some bathing suits, according to a report in La Repubblica. 

Eurostar And Virgin East Coast To strike

Eurostar staff have voted for strike action that will take place over two weekends in August totaling 7 days of strikes as follows: Four days of strike action from 0001 Hours on Friday 12th August 2016 until 2359 hours on Monday 15th August 2016. Three days of strike action from 0001 hours on Saturday 27th August 2016 until 2359 hours on Monday 29th August 2016.”

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