Two Top Cruise Companies Join Forces to Develop Safety Plan

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/06/2020, 1:00 PM

Two top competitors in cruising, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, have decided to put rivalry aside and work together to create a comprehensive safety plan that will enable the entire industry to move forward. The "Healthy Sail Panel" the two companies have forged is comprised of a roster of blue-ribbon experts. The group has been meeting for a month to formulate new industry standards that will ...

Will Love Find a Way? An EU Movement to Lift Bans for Unmarried Couples

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2020, 3:00 AM

In the era of Covid-19, Romeo still lives in Verona. But Juliet? She's a native New Yorker, and the course of their true love ain't running too smooth. When the world shut down in mid-March, many long-term, unmarried couples found themselves separated. And for those in the United States, the separation has no end in sight. Right now, Americans are banned from traveling to many parts of the worl...

Airline Accidentally Gives Multimillion-Dollar Refund for Canceled Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2020, 10:15 AM

Given the high volume of cancellations and refunds that airlines are processing amid the pandemic, it should come as no surprise that mistakes are popping up.  An eyebrow-raising one was reported last week on the Australian Frequent Flyer travel site.  Forum moderator Jessica Tam wrote that she was supposed to get a refund from Qatar Airways for business class seats on a round-trip flight be...

Atlantic City Reopens—With No Indoor Dining and Other Big Changes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/02/2020, 3:00 AM

As of July 2, Atlantic City casinos are back in business after New Jersey shut them down in March due to coronavirus concerns. Of the city's nine casinos, five—Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, and Tropicana—are reopening on Thursday. Bally's, Caesars, and Harrah's follow on Friday. After delaying its planned reopening at the last minute, the Borgata will remain closed for the time bein...

German Airports Open Covid Testing Labs That Could Serve as Models

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/30/2020, 4:00 PM

We'd rather have a Cinnabon, but in a move that could serve as a model for air travel around the world, airports in Frankfurt and Munich have opened onsite Covid-19 testing labs. The labs, which conduct RT-PCR tests (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction tests) via throat swab, may be used by both arriving and departing passengers. Results from tests conducted in the morning are usual...

TV Investigation Claims to Find Unchanged Sheets at NYC Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2020, 1:00 PM

An investigative report that aired on the syndicated TV program Inside Edition this week found that hotel rooms—including the sheets—hadn't been thoroughly cleaned at three properties in New York City.    According to the report, producers from the show checked into rooms at the Hyatt Place Times Square, the Hampton Inn Times Square Central, and the Trump International Hotel. The producers and ...

Belize Announces Date for Tourism Reopening

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2020, 12:00 PM

Belize has set a date for welcoming back foreign tourists to that Central American nation of jungles, Mayan ruins, and Caribbean beaches (such as at Caye Caulker, pictured above). According to a government announcement, the country's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen on August 15, with flights from the United States expected to resume via United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, a...

Global Entry Enrollment Centers Soon to Reopen

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2020, 8:00 AM

Update, July 1: Shortly after announcing that enrollment centers would open on July 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection backtracked and postponed their return until at least August 10. According to the new announcement, "The decision was made in consultation with CBP health and safety experts who are closely monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in several states." Travelers who had appoi...

Denied Boarding Because of High Temperature? You Can Get a Refund

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2020, 2:00 PM

If a U.S. airline denies you boarding because you failed its temperature check, you can get a full refund for the cost of the flight.  If something like that happens to you, the refund may not actually rank high on your list of problems. But at least you finally know for sure. The major airlines, through their membership in the industry group Airlines for America, have pledged to fully refun...

WATCH: Alaska’s Bear Cams Are Back—Just in Time for Salmon Season

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/26/2020, 2:00 PM

The bear cams at Alaska's Katmai National Park have been switched on again and are streaming live images of the reserve's furry denizens as they fish for salmon in the Brooks River.  Fresh from hibernation, many of the park's more than 2,200 brown bears make their way to the water this time of year, when salmon start heading upstream to spawn—provided they don't wind up as lunch.  The webcam...

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