Travel News: Riu Palace Reopens in Cancun

Riu Palace Las Americas Reopens In Cancún


RIU Hotels & Resorts, last Saturday, 22 October, reopened one of its most emblematic hotels, the Riu Palace Las Americas in Cancún, Mexico, after a total renovation to modernize the facilities and add new services. The hotel will be the chain’s first in Cancún and the Mayan Riviera reserved exclusively for guests over the age of 18. This change makes it the perfect choice for a romantic escapade or an adventure for a group of friends. The hotel, built in 2004 on the beach of Playa de Cancún, maintains its majestic columns, crystal lamps, wood ornaments and luxurious marble paneling.

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The Largest Over-Water Zip Line Comes to Acapulco


Acapulco is set to welcome XTASEA, an over-water zip line more than a mile long that will let riders reach speeds of up to 75 mph at an altitude of 328 feet. Slated to open in 2017, the zip line will cross Puerto Marquez Bay, making it the “largest over-water adrenaline rush in the world.” This over-water zip line forms part of the recently announced billion-dollar investment aimed at enhancing the destination’s tourism offerings. We expect visitors from all over the world to come and experience this once in a lifetime adventure.” XTASEA is one of 20 projects under the so called Master Plan for Acapulco by Grupo Autofin, a major Mexican investment company.

New Cruise Stop Harvest Caye Captures Beauty Of Belize


The Caribbean’s newest cruise-line-created destination, Harvest Caye in southern Belize, offers a seven-acre, white sand beach, a water sports lagoon and an immense tropical pool. The lighthouse is actually a Flighthouse, the launch point for free-fall jumps and zip lines. Among the restaurants is a LandShark Bar & Grill, part of the Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville group. Garifuna drummers and dancers greet the ship. The landscaping is lush with frangipani, hibiscus and heliconia. There are toucans, scarlet macaws and blue morpho butterflies, local foods and artwork. The shops, bars and beach villas are dressed in mahogany and other native hardwoods.

Hurtigruten Has Named Its Two New Hybrid Powered Expedition Ships

The first two ships have been named the Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen after the two Norwegian polar pioneers from the era when the company itself first started offering adventure travels. The ships are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, according to a statement. “On December 14th, it will be exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten. “It has been 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland and it is 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic.

 

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British Government Votes To Expand Heathrow

The British Government announced this morning that it will back the plan to add another runway at Heathrow. The decision to expand has taken years and will come at enormous cost. Gatwick was the other airport that wanted another runway. The Department for Transport said a third runway would allow better connections to growing world markets, boost trade and create tens of thousands of jobs. It will be the first new full length runway in southeastern England since World War II.

A New Kind Of Travel Pillow

It’s a known problem that 35% of people aren’t getting enough sleep. One company hopes to change that by making naps more feasible throughout the day. Studio Banana Things, known for their outlandish Ostrich Pillow, has begun selling the Ostrich Pillow Light, a smaller and travel-sized version. The 360˚ pillow can cover your forehead, eyes, or neck to help you get that perfect snoozing angle. See a video here.

Armed Police To Travel On London Underground

Armed police are to travel on the Tube network following the recent bomb alert at a station close to the O2 entertainment venue. Firearms patrols, which are routinely deployed at mainline train stations, will use the Tube to travel between jobs. Armed officers were deployed on the London Underground following the 7/7 tube bombings in 2005, but that measure was only temporary. British Transport Police said seeing armed officers on the Tube on a daily basis should reassure the public that they would be able to respond to any threats.

Hawaiian Wins Right To Weigh Passengers To Prevent Crash Landings


An American airline won the right to weigh its passengers over a six-month period earlier this year to learn how it could save fuel, after discovering the average passenger and carry-on luggage was heavier than expected. Hawaiian Airlines has now scrapped pre-booked seating for people flying the 2,600-mile route between Honolulu and the American Samoa. Instead, passengers will be assigned seats when they check-in to make sure weight is evenly distributed around the main cabin of the plane. The airline will keep at least one seat open per row or place children under the age of 13 in those seats. Hawaiian Airlines implemented the new policy to distribute weight evenly around the plane cabin and save fuel. Passengers will be assigned seats when they check-in to make sure weight is evenly distributed. Some passengers have complained the move is discriminatory, as it only affects the journey between Honolulu and the American Samoa, and most passengers on that route are of Samoan descent.
Samoans have among the highest rates of obesity in the world. Six complaints have been filed with the US Department of Transportation since 29 September. The department ruled in favor of the new policy, with airline officials claiming an even distribution of weight could prevent a crash landing. A remarkable 74.6% of its adult population are considered obese, placing it above Nauru at 71.1% per cent and the Cook Islands at 63.7%. Those are figures for 2007 and 2008, however. More recent estimates claim the obesity rate could now be as high as 94 per cent.

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