Venice Bans Cruise Ships from City Center, but the Detour Plan Has Flaws

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/02/2021, 1:00 PM

Italy took a step this week that environmental activists, cultural preservationists, and many fed-up Venice residents have been pushing for years. The government blocked cruise ships from entering Venice's fragile lagoon. In a decree issued by the Italian cabinet, large cruise ships as well as freighters have been forbidden from passing close to the historic city center and must dock somewhere els...

Vaccinated People May Travel, Says the CDC

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/02/2021, 6:00 AM

It's the news Americans have been waiting to hear for more than a year. Fully vaccinated people are cleared to travel domestically, according to updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC's official definition of "fully vaccinated" is two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series such as those made by Pfizer and Moderna, or two weeks after a ...

Why Amtrak Deserves the $80 Billion President Biden Wants to Give It

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/01/2021, 1:00 PM

Apologies to South Dakota and its 884,659 residents. It is the only one of the contiguous states to be left out of Amtrak’s ambitious plans to improve rail service by 2035. But for the rest of the country’s 328.2 million residents, Amtrak’s proposal could be life-changing—if enough lawmakers sign on, that is. By which I mean if enough of them sign on to President Biden’s just-proposed infrastruct...

When It Comes to Getting You Across Borders, Not All Vaccines Are Equal

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/31/2021, 8:00 AM

The world's pharmaceutical companies answered the call for a Covid-19 vaccine, and their efforts are now paying dividends. According to biotech news outlet BioPharma Dive, there are now a half dozen formulations hailing from various nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and Russia. The success has been so remarkable that by mid-April, some 90% of Americans are e...

The Airlines Are Blindsiding Customers by Switching Itineraries—But You Don't Have to Take It

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/25/2021, 12:00 PM

Americans may not realize it, but the pandemic has made airline schedules far less stable than they were. Travelers now have a much higher chance of getting stuck with an itinerary they don't want, either because they can’t find a convenient one or because the flight they booked falls off the schedule. Why? Although travel is on the upswing, volume is still terrible. In their recent fourth-quarte...

Munch's "The Scream" Gets a New Home Amid Arts Resurgence in Norway’s Capital

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/24/2021, 10:00 AM

Norway, the country that gave the world The Scream, Edvard Munch's iconic representation of existential anguish, was the eighth happiest place on earth in 2020, according to a recently released Gallup study. I can think of at least one reason Norwegians have to be in a good mood: the capital city's all-out embrace of art and cutting-edge architecture. By the end of next year, three new world-clas...

Frommer's New Smartphone-Enabled Walking Tour of NYC's Financial District

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 03/22/2021, 7:00 AM

We've got big news today! Frommer's has partnered with Antenna International to create smartphone-enabled city walking tours—and the first one is now available. If you've been to the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, or several dozen other world-class museums, you've likely rented a headset and taken an audio tour powered by Antenna. The company has been collaborating wi...

Two Cruise Lines Returning to Caribbean for the Vaccinated, but Will Skip U.S.

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/19/2021, 10:00 AM

If you're a fan of cruising and you're itching to get on board again as soon as possible, we can definitively say you're going to need two things: a Covid-19 vaccine and a passport. The vaccines are new to all of us, but many longtime devotees of cruising may not possess passports because when Caribbean cruises begin and end in the United States, that document isn't generally required. Today, wo...

A Massive Shortage of Rental Cars Is Confronting U.S. Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/17/2021, 3:00 PM

Thinking you’ll rent a car for your next trip? Think again. Shortages are slamming Florida right now, and industry insiders say the problem will only grow worse. Much, much worse. "It’s been really, really, really crazy," says Jonathan Weinberg, founder and CEO of the car rental discount site AutoSlash. Weinberg says staff noticed "crazy volume" in demand for the recent Presidents Day weekend—not...

Airlines Still Cashless Even Though Many Passengers Don’t Own Credit Cards

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/16/2021, 7:00 AM

Delta Air Lines has announced that as of March 16, flight attendants will be equipped to accept contactless payments for in-flight purchases such as earbuds and food. Customers will be able to use their mobile devices or credit cards enabled with tap-to-pay features, reducing touch points and speeding up transactions. That convenient change in the air follows similar developments at cash register...

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