Travel News: Delta Airlines to Improve Pet Travel

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Princess Cruises Reveals First Fully-Enabled Ocean Medallion Ship

Travelmole reports Caribbean Princess is the first ship in Princess Cruises‘ fleet where all guests are now using a wearable device, the Ocean Medallion, which can be worn on the wrist, is the same size as a 10p piece and has no visible controls, such as an on-off switch or charging function. that features: streamlined ship embarkation and disembarkation process, giving quicker and easier entry and exit, keyless cabin access, interactive directions around the ship, friends, family and children locator access for guests to check their itinerary via portals throughout the ship.”

Virgin Atlantic 747 Flies From Orlando To London On Waste-Gas Biofuel

Air Transport World reports Virgin Atlantic to begin low-carbon jet fuel flight trials in 2018. The UK long-haul carrier has flown a Boeing 747 from Orlando, Florida, to London Gatwick on a blend of waste-gas biofuel produced by New Zealand-based LanzaTech, using an alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) process. The flight was performed by aircraft tail number G-VROM, operating as VS16, which arrived into Gatwick at 08:50 local time on Oct. 3. The aircraft was loaded with 5 tonnes of biofuel, as part of the 90 tonnes required for the transatlantic flight. Speaking at a press briefing at Gatwick shortly after landing, Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson said this was the first time a commercial flight has operated using fuel made from recycled-carbon gases. The Oct. 3 flight used a pilot batch of LanzaTech jet fuel, which is produced by capturing and fermenting waste carbon monoxide from industrial steel production. This on-site process creates ethanol, which can then be converted into jet fuel, with half the carbon footprint of fossil-fuel alternatives. 

Why You’ll Need Timed Passes To Get Into The African American History Museum Again

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is again requiring visitors to obtain timed tickets to enter the museum. Tickets are easier to come by now than when the museum first opened in September 2016, as are the limited number of same-day entry passes the museum releases each morning. But it’s still not as easy as showing up and walking in, as you would at the Natural History Museum or the Hirshhorn nearby. The museum has required visitors to get free tickets using an online system since it opened two years ago.  In the months that followed, high demand led to website crashes and months of waiting for many people who wanted to visit. Still, the museum welcomed nearly 2.4 million visitors in 2017, its first full year of operation. It was the fourth-most visited Smithsonian institution of the year after the Air and Space Museum (7 million), the Natural History Museum (6 million) and the American History Museum (3.8 million). 


Delta Air Lines Partners With Startup To Improve Pet Travel

Associated Press reports Delta is partnering with a pet travel pod startup, as it changes its prices and policy for transporting passengers’ animal companions, the airline announced Tuesday. Delta struck a long-term partnership with CarePod, saying the Singapore-based startup will help it carry and monitor pets better and give real-time updates to customers. The firm offers safety monitoring, tracking and logistics software for transporting pets. Shawn Cole, vice president of Delta Cargo, said the demand for shipping pets is strong and the company is always looking for ways to improve the travel experience for pets and their owners. Jenny Pan, CarePod’s founder and CEO, said the startup’s goal is to transform the future of pet travel, calling the opportunity to work with Delta an “exciting step.” In 2016, Delta stopped accepting pets as checked baggage following criticism for the death of pets in checked carriers. Instead, Delta said some pets could travel as carry-ons in the plane’s cabin and others could be shipped via Delta Cargo, with rates at the time ranging from roughly $195 to $1,485. On Monday, Delta changed its prices for transporting a pet via cargo to vary based on the kennel size instead of weight. 


World Travel Awards Recognizes Cozumel For Its Beauty And Tourist Attractions 

ETN News reports Cozumel, the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, was recognized in the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards 2018 as the “Best Island Destination in Mexico and Central America 2018”. For 25 years, the World Travel Awards has rewarded the best in the international tourism industry, including destinations, hotels, tour operators, parks, airlines, car rental companies and cruises. The winners are chosen by industry professionals, who evaluate the nominees for their infrastructure, quality of services, innovation in experiences and number of visitors. Cozumel, known as ‘The Island of the Swallows’ for its landscape and wildlife, is an authentic paradise with white-sand beaches and beautiful sunsets. It is world-famous for having the second-largest barrier reef in the world, which is ideal for snorkeling and diving. In addition to hosting important sporting events, Cozumel has been the main cruise port in the world since 2017, offering enriching Mayan culture and exquisite cuisine. Recently, Explora Caribe Tours de Cozumel was also awarded “Principal Tour Operator of Mexico and Central America 2018.” Río Secreto, located in Riviera Maya, won “Best Natural Reserve leader of Mexico and Central America 2018” for the tenth consecutive year. The award ceremony, held on September 15, was hosted by El Palacio de Cristal in Guayaquil, Ecuador. 


Havana Goes in Deluxe Style with New Fancy Properties

Caribbeannewsdigital reports The Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski is boasting good occupancy rates as it’s blessed with a privileged location right in the heart of downtown Havana. Ten days ago, the Grand Packard Hotel, run by Iberostar, opened a few blocks from the Gran Manzana Kempinski, equally featuring high-end rooms, facilities and amenities, and also with breathtaking views of Havana’s Morro Castle and a piece of Malecon, the capital’s celebrated seafront promenade.

And last but not least, there’s a third fancy hotel in the pipeline for Havana, this one to be run by Paris-based AccorHotels. The new-build is the SO / Havana Paseo del Prado, slated to open in 2019 to mark the French brand’s debut in the Americas. The SO/ Havana Paseo del Prado will be perched on the corner Paseo del Prado and Malecon, right across from the above mentioned Grand Packard Hotel. With design at the core of the SO/ brand, the Havana hotel will display the creative signature of Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, from the hotel’s emblem to the staff’s uniforms. The 10-story hotel will offer 250 guest rooms, including 36 suites; five food and beverage outlets, including a specialty restaurant and rooftop bar on the ninth floor; a chocolate café bar; a lobby lounge and bar; as well as an all-day signature dining restaurant. Additional hotel features include three interior meeting rooms, a SO/ SPA with six treatment rooms, a SO/ FIT fitness center and a swimming pool with an adjacent pool bar. 

New Zealand may ask for your phone password

Hawaii News Now reports on a new law in New Zealand. Next time you’re in NZ, be prepared to hand over your phone password or cough up about $3,300. Under a new law, the Customs and Excise Act 2018, Kiwi officials will be able to demand that travelers unlock any electronic device at the border, so it can be searched. Refuse and those same officials could potentially confiscate your phone. The updated law makes it clear that travelers must provide access. That could be in the form of a fingerprint, a PIN code or a password. But officials would need to have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing before making such a request. “It is a file-by-file [search] on your phone. We’re not going into ‘the cloud,’” Customs spokesperson Terry Brown told Radio New Zealand. “We’ll examine your phone while it’s on flight mode.” The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties said that it is “disappointed” with the new law.

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