Scenic long-distance rail travel in the U.S. isn't dead, though it's rare nowadays. But train enthusiasts with a hankering to see America via rail should take a trip on Amtrak's famed Empire Builder, which takes 48-hour trips between Seattle and Chicago.
Disney's new and upcoming travel ventures represent a departure from the company's traditional offerings, which were tied to its theme parks. When the Disney Magic cruises the Mediterranean in summer 2007, none of its itineraries will have any connection to Disneyland Paris, and the company's new Adventures by Disney product will offer family trips with activities oriented around a theme.
Carnival Cruise Lines' Port Canaveral, Fla.-based Fantasy and Sensation will permanently swap itineraries this week due to a propulsion problem on the Sensation. The switch should have no effect on passengers, as reservations have been automatically adjusted.
Agents using Sabre Travel Network will soon be able to find hotel upgrades more easily thanks to the new Upsell feature, which allows participating properties to offer deals and perks to agents during the booking process. Sabre says Upsell is a win-win because it garners higher room rates for hotels and bigger commissions for agents.