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FAA Bans Certain Models Of MacBook Pros From Flights Following Recent Recall

USA TODAY reports Apple has recently recalled batteries installed in some of the 15-inch MacBooks, which are now banned from airplanes. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain MacBook Pro laptops in checked or carry-on bags; Apple recalled them in June. The ban is actually a more concisely enumerated direction by the aviation regulator as it relates to recalls. “The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” the Federal Aviation Administration told USA TODAY in a statement on Wednesday. “In early July, we alerted airlines about the recall, and we informed the public. We issued reminders to continue to follow instructions about recalls.” In the fine print on its Packsafe page, the FAA states that “lithium batteries recalled by the manufacturer/vendor must not be carried aboard aircraft or packed in baggage unless the recalled product/component has been replaced or repaired or otherwise made safe per manufacturer/vendor instructions.” Apple is giving eligible consumers various options on how to have their batteries replaced, like going to an Apple retail store or working with Apple Support to mail their laptops in. Apple is giving eligible consumers various options on how to have their batteries replaced, like going to an Apple retail store or working with Apple Support to mail their laptops in. “Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” the company wrote on its website. “Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number.”

Hurtigruten To Add Three More Hybrid Ships

Cruise Industry News reports Hurtigruten announced that it will rename three ships as part of its 2021 expedition expansion as the current MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken and MS Midnatsol, will be renamed MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude. In addition, the three ships will be transformed to hybrid powered expedition cruise ships, the company said, as they will be equipped with battery packs and other green technology. The project is estimated to be valued at over $100 million, according to a source familiar with the matter. The the three ships will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021 on yet to be disclosed itineraries, as previously reported by Cruise Industry News. “With these new expedition cruise vessels, you will be able to explore Norway like never before, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure. Combined with groundbreaking green technology, these ships will truly stand out,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. The MS Otto Sverdrup will have battery packs installed during a 2020 shipyard stay, with a letter of intent for the same battery installation on MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude in 2021. The battery packs will support the ship’s engines, and drastically cut emissions, according to a company statement. All three ships will also see significant interior updates, including all cabins and suites. The three ships will also be equipped for shorepower, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities. In addition, the three ships will get substantially upgraded low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations (Tier3). “At Hurtigruten, the push for sustainable solutions and introduction of green technology is the core of everything we do. We operate in some of the most spectacular areas of the world. This comes with a responsibility,” Skjeldam said.

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Police In Rome Have Begun Enforcing Groundbreaking New Tourism Rules

Rome’s new tourist rules, which were announced in July, stipulate that unruly behaviou around historic or artistic monument sites, including soiling, defacing or damaging them, would land you a fine of between 250 and 400 Euros. The rules also prohibit jumping into fountains, messy eating and sitting or laying on the Spanish Steps. According to The Washington Post, police have begun blowing a whistle at tourists who try and sit on the UNESCO-protected 18th-century steps and asking them to leave the site. Simone Amorico, CEO of Access Italy, a private tour operator, said that rules are needed to reduce the risk of tourists being disrespectful in Rome. “Walking in Rome is like walking in a museum. Things go back 2,000 years old. You can walk from one part of the city to the other and pass the most important monuments and venues there are in history,” Amorico said. Amorico added that picnicking on the Spanish Steps is something only tourists do. “Italians don’t do that,” she said. “I’ve never hung out at the Spanish Steps. My friends have never hung out at the Spanish Steps. We really respect our city. We don’t stand on any ancient walls, or put locks on any of the bridges.” Rome isn’t the only Italian city cracking down on tourist behavior, with two German tourists recently copping a €950 (AU$1,500) fine for making coffee using a travel cooker on the steps of the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Scenic’s First Ocean-Going Cruise Ship, Scenic Eclipse, Sails Inaugural Voyage

Scenic, a river cruise operator that has been operating in Europe since 2008, officially entered the blue water cruising industry last week when its first ocean-going ship, Scenic Eclipse, departed on its inaugural voyage. The ship, which was delayed three times before launching, is sailing a 13-night itinerary from Reykjavik to Quebec. Once its maiden voyage is over, Scenic Eclipse will sail to New York City, where godmother Dame Helen Mirren will name it in a September 10 ceremony. Its inaugural season includes both Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as Central and South America, the Baltic and Norwegian Fjords, and the Mediterranean. Scenic Eclipse, which has been much anticipated from the minute it was announced, is an all-suite, all-balcony vessel and carries no more than 228 passengers (fewer for Arctic and Antarctic voyages). It has 10 dining venues (an impressive number for a ship of its size), indoor and outdoor pools, a gym with a separate studio for yoga and Pilates, and a theater for lectures and shows. Scenic Eclipse also offers two six-person helicopters and one submarine for extra-fee specialty excursions.

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