Two Mediterranean port cities that welcome an overwhelming number of cruise ships each day, delivering thousands of passengers on land who spend little money in their historically preserved cities, are speaking up to local governments. These cities are requesting restrictions on the number of arrivals.
Residents of Palma de Mallorca, a busy port city that takes on 1.75 million cruise passengers per year (the third-highest in Europe), drafted a petition asking for the number of cruise ships arriving at the port to decrease to one per day, bringing approximately 4,000 visitors to the island daily. At the time of print, the petition had 11,000 signatures and was set to be presented to the local city council.
Farther east in Dubrovnik, Croatia, similar measures are undergoing implementation. The city partnered with the Cruise Lines International Association to create a Memorandum of Understanding, which lays out strategies to best manage cruise ships in the long term.
Under this memorandum, the city plans to introduce its “Respect the City” campaign, which would limit the number of daily visitors to Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-protected Old Town and limit the number of cruise ships in the harbor each day.
Alaska Airlines recently debuted its new Pixar-inspired, special-edition aircraft livery. On both sides of the Pixar-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, travelers spot recognizable faces from the Toy Story franchise, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Rex the Tyrannosaurus appears on the boarding door and the little green aliens show up on the aircraft’s winglets.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Chef Philip Guardione used to spend his days and nights on Manhattan’s Prince and Spring streets, where his popular restaurants Piccola Cucina Enoteca and Piccola Cucina Osteria attract locals and tourists who love his Sicilian-inspired cuisine as well as the street scene in the vibrant SoHo neighborhood.
The New InterContinental San Juan is officially reopening next month. The opening marks the completion of the property’s first major renovation in more than 20 years.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.