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.
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.
Airlines are rolling out engaging safety videos at a faster clip than before, in an effort to reinforce their branding and encourage passengers to pay attention to critical safety information. "We feel so passionately that you need to watch the safety video every time you're on the plane," said Mark Krolick, a vice president for marketing at United Airlines.
Southwest Airlines is partnering with Nintendo to present the Let's Play Getaway sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will run from July 15 through August 13 and award one winner daily a Nintendo Switch system and game, and a grand prize winner with round-trip air travel for four, plus Nintendo Switch games systems and games. "Together, Southwest and Nintendo continue to elevate the ways in which we connect to our customers' passions, bringing families together over shared memories that will last," Southwest director Brandy King said.
Twelve airports in North Carolina are set to receive almost $7 million in state and federal funds to help pay for projects including perimeter fencing, environmental assessments, fueling area improvements and runway work.
When Make-a-Wish offered a wish to a critically ill child named Tristan, the 11-year-old boy knew just what to ask for: he wanted to be an Alaska Airlines pilot. Alaska Airlines made his wish come true with a custom-made uniform, welcome letter and official pilot identification card, plus simulator time with pilots and lunch with CEO Brad Tilden.
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