Since the U.S. government banned cruise ships from arriving to Cuba, cruise companies adapted dozens of itineraries for the trips they had already planned to the island.
The announcement of the ban came June 5, and is a part of the treasury department’s new travel and trade regulations, one of which is to eliminate people-to-people visas granted to group and educational trips, two of the more popular ways Americans can travel to Cuba.
Virgin Voyages was planning its maiden voyage to Havana in 2020, but the company announced it’s working hard to change this plan.
Other companies like Carnival Corporation, Viking Cruises and Royal Caribbean posted similar statements on their websites, noting passengers who already booked voyages will be the first to learn about itinerary changes.
The discontinuation of cruise ships to the island will have a severe impact on the nation’s economy. Of the nearly 5 million international visitors to Cuba in 2018, about 800,000 arrived on one of the 17 cruise ships serving the country.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Emirates boarding passes act as My Emirates Passes through March 31. A My Emirates Pass gives passengers benefits and discounts at leisure destinations across the United Arab Emirates and more than 500 retailers. The pass provides passengers with as much as up to 50 percent savings in some instances, including at hotel spas and fine-dining restaurants.
New tech amenities from IHG make guests’ stays even more convenient. The newly unveiled IHG Studio is a digital, in-room guest entertainment solution. Found on guests’ televisions, IHG Studio allows guests to connect and stream content from personal devices to in-room televisions, order extra pillows, arrange for late check-outs, review room charges, access a TV remote from the mobile app and order room service or on-property amenities.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Earlier in the month, American Airlines and British Airways kicked off construction on a $344 million project at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 8. The project aims to improve the overall customer experience with the addition of five gates, enhanced baggage systems, new lounges, premium check-in space, upgraded concessions and retail and more. Construction is due to wrap up in 2022.
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Carlson Wagonlit Travel is bringing its flagship platform, myCWT, to China. It is the first global travel provider to launch such a platform in China.