With a North American expansion underway, MSC changes its policies to match competitors.
After months of speculation and rumors, the U.S. lifted its ban on passengers carrying electronics larger than a smartphone onboard some airplanes this week and the travel community has reacted with relief.
In a statement Thursday, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow called the lifting of the Department of Homeland Security’s ban on large electronic devices “welcome news, from both a security and economic standpoint.”
"Confronting the challenges posed by the global security landscape appears to be a reality that is here to stay, but there are signs that disruptions to legitimate business and leisure travel are becoming shorter-lived,” Dow added.
Dow went on to congratulate the airports and airlines who changed their protocols to comply with enhanced security standards.
“We are glad that all passengers on these flights will be able to travel as safely and conveniently as possible.”
Silversea Cruises will sail a collection seven new expedition voyages on Silver Explorer in 2018, from the bottom of the Americas to Vancouver and back to San Francisco.
Starting with its Ushuaia to Valparaiso itinerary on February 25, Silversea will sail seven subsequent voyages, each one taking passengers farther up north along the Pacific coast before returning to California.
With a focus on nature, the voyages “offer the modern-day traveler a chance to rediscover the naturally stunning and historically interesting west coast of the Americas," Silversea’s vice president of expedition planning and strategic development Conrad Combrink said.
Highlights include a 10-day Valparaiso to Callao itinerary that showcases the best of South America; a 12-day Fuerte Amador to Puerto Quetzal journey that brings guests into Central American jungles; and an 11-day San Diego to Vancouver voyage through “Jack Kerouac country” where guests will explore national parks and hike along Mount St. Helens.
All guests will enjoy ocean-view suites onboard Silver Explorer, each with a personal butler, free WiFi and all-inclusive pricing.
Four shorter sailings will offer a more convenient option for those short on time.
A saga that started in March will finally reach its end.
Cunard will offer guests booking select 018 Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Transatlantic Crossing voyages as part of its Drinks on Us promotion.
The offer is available until August 31 and applies to new bookings only.
With the promotion, guests can get on Cunard for as little as $1,149 for a balcony room on its Northern Europe itinerary, $1699 for a balcony on its Mediterranean itinerary or transatlantic crossing.
Disney will nearly double its fleet, debuting a ship a year from 2021.
American Airlines has ended its codeshare agreements with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways because of disputes over what it calls unfair government subsidies of Gulf carriers.
The codesharing agreement will officially end June 29 with March 24, 2018, set as the last valid date of travel using the codeshare.
American, along with Delta and United, has been petitioning the U.S. government to revisit the Open Skies treaty that has allowed Gulf carriers to expand rapidly over the Atlantic. The U.S. airlines believe that government subsidies that Gulf airlines receive violate the Open Skies agreement. President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling those changes but no decision has been made yet.
In a statement, Etihad said that American’s decision “will reduce choice for consumers and may result in higher fares for travelers” and that it terminates “flight options to points in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and other destinations” for U.S. travelers.
Despite the tension, which included Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker calling U.S. flight attendants "grandmothers" last month, Qatar is still expected to go ahead with its purchase of a 10% stake in American Airlines.
American will continue to honor other agreements with the Qatar and Etihad including interline access cargo agreements, frequent flyer program and lounge access.
New technology enables a new way to fill the seats.
The new rule will crack down on guests who share the benefits of their drink packages.