Royal Caribbean has had to reroute at least two of its ships due to intense protests in Puerto Rico over the governor's refusal to resign, with Empress of the Seas headed to Tortola and Harmony of the Seas going to St. Maarten. Some passengers complained of being stuck on board during the changes, including those on the Empress, which already had been rerouted from Cuba.
Mid-November will see the start of nonstop Frontier Airlines flights between Trenton, N.J., and Sarasota, and from Phoenix to Detroit; Fargo, N.D.; Salt Lake City and San Diego. Frontier is bringing additional flights for the winter from Trenton to Atlanta; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Palm Beach and Orlando, Fla.
Changi Airport in Singapore gives a whole new meaning to sliding into your gate at the last minute, featuring two giant slides, one of which is about four stories high. "I had never seen anything like it at an airport -- I couldn't believe it was true until I actually tried it," passenger Yusuf El Askary says.
Gaming regulators said Thursday that testing has concluded in Pennsylvania and that online gaming for those 21 and older is officially available in the state around the clock. Penn National's Hollywood Casino and Parx Casino have website and mobile apps for gaming, and SugarHouse Casino will be next to go online.
The 88-suite Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti in Italy's Madonna di Campiglio ski area opens Aug. 1 with one of the largest spas in the region at nearly 54,000 square feet. "We don't build hotels -- we build spa hotels, [and] spa is always the core of our properties," Lefay's Alcide Leali says.
Avignon, France, is the most popular cruise destination of 2019, according to Cruise Critic, with Bora Bora and Glacier Bay, Alaska, taking second and third. Quaint Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Rhone River, is home to the world's biggest gothic palace.
David Molyneaux and Fran Golden spent more than a week enjoying the 166-passenger American Duchess riverboat, traveling between Memphis, Tenn., and New Orleans. The American Queen Steamboat-owned boat offered passengers views of unspoiled nature and wildlife, as well as shore visits filled with plantation houses, music, bike rides and towns full of interesting people.
Recent tourist problems in the Dominican Republic, journalist Brian Major's health emergency en route to Panama and his colleague's unfortunate walk off a gangway to nowhere (but water) are just a few reasons to buy travel insurance and stay on top of the news -- no matter how seasoned a traveler a person is. At the same time, Major says, life's risks shouldn't keep people from traveling, as long as they take precautions.
Tuesday the US Senate saw the introduction of a bill to reauthorize Brand USA, the official marketer of the country to international travelers. "This is smart policymaking in support of a proven program that will help sustain our economic expansion for years to come without cost to taxpayers," US Travel President and CEO Roger Dow says.
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