Q&A WITH ERICH MARTIN, ASSISTANT EDITOR
In our November issue, assistant editor Erich Martin discussed the myriad cruising options available for all levels of travelers and interests. This brought up the concept of themed cruises, which begged the question: Have you ever taken a themed cruise? A few readers wrote in with responses:
Yes, I’ve been on a Disney Cruise with friends and our kids; it doesn’t get much more themed than that.
JASON REEDS, via email
We were on a Disney Cruise over Halloween, which was fun!
REBECCA ANTOF, via email
FAVORITE CITY FOR ART MUSEUMS
In our Oct. 30 issue of eFlyer USA, we discussed the opening of a
new art museum in Boston. This news inspired an avid reader and traveler to write in:
My favorite is the Uffizi, Americana and Pitti Palace art museums in Florence. I also love both the Louvre in Paris, with Napoleon’s Coronation by Louis David, and [the] Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I’m a big fan of Rembrandt.
GREGORY W. HAMILTON, via email
In our July 22 issue of eFlyer USA, we covered the then-recent news that Delta Air Lines would be eliminating sport equipment fees on flights. One reader had a recent experience with sporting equipment and wrote in with a correction:
Delta Air Lines did not kill the fee to fly your bike. The $150 each-way fee for a bicycle is still being charged. The carefully worded press release notes it is no longer charged on flights booked after the date of the press release. This was upsetting to find out when I went to check my bike case Oct. 17 on a flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix.
CINDY BRADEHOFT, via email
AIRLINE WATER SAFETY
In our Nov. 12 issue of eFlyer USA, we shared a recent report deeming airline water unsafe and of poor quality. A few readers wrote in:
I only drink bottled water because I am aware airline water is not safe. I’m always angry American Airlines has about three to six large bottles per flight from JFK to LAX. Delta Air Lines used to offer the teeny bottles. As for coffee, I thought boiled water was safe; now, I’m doubtful.
IRVINA LEW, via email
This is really obvious. Of course the water is stagnant and unclean, but it’s so convenient and a real shame for travelers. I always travel with a water bottle, but I don’t always have time to fill up in the airport or find a clean water fountain. Really disappointing, but not shocking.
ANGELA WEISS, via email
I thought everyone knew this! Airline water is filthy. Don’t even drink the coffee if you can avoid it; the water doesn’t actually boil.
ROSS FARTHINGTON, via email
BACK ON THE TOILETRIES …
We’ve covered in several newsletters that hotel chains are opting to ditch small, single-use plastic toiletries in hotels and switching to bulk options to reduce waste (most recently Hyatt’s decision in our Nov. 19 eFlyer USA). Readers have written in with their thoughts:
Yes, I do think it is another step in saving our environment. However, I do have one question based on what I have seen at other chains so far. How are they going to secure these large containers from intrusion? In today’s everything-goes environment, it is only a matter of time until someone drops contaminants in the containers to harm an unsuspecting user. As a result, I have started to again carry my own miniature toiletries.
JOHN BAILY, via email
It’s the best move these hotels can make. Such a waste! I take the small toiletries, too, love those little things, but I don’t need a restock every day. I have long hair, so the bulk option works better for me, anyway.
RITA VENTON, via email
I am going to miss these miniatures, but it makes sense. Much more economical and eco-friendly.
JONATHAN LAGGERO, via email
BEST AIRLINES TO FLY IN 2020
In our Dec. 3 issue of eFlyer USA, we announced a list of best airlines to fly in 2020, according to AirlineRatings.com. A few readers wrote in with opinions of their own:
I love JetBlue. Every flight out of JFK is so easy and convenient.
ASHLEY WELLS, via email
I know a lot of people who like Delta Air Lines, but I don’t get it, and its policy on pit bulls is a little dated.
ANTHONY MILLER, via email
I’m so glad to see Air New Zealand on this list! It has the friendliest staff and really professional, efficient service. Always a pleasure flying this carrier!
TODD JEFFRIS, via email
Q&A WITH MARY MELNICK, SOCIAL MEDIA & EDITORIAL COORDINATOR
With the winter months rolling in, there are bound to be delays and flight cancellations at airports, leaving thousands of people stuck. I remember one of my flights being delayed for about five hours, and my brother and I just couldn’t figure out how to make the time pass.
How do you pass the time during a flight delay?
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Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Ethiopian Airlines announced plans to build a $5 billion airport south of Addis Ababa. The airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airport would be able to handle 100 million passengers a year.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
As every avid traveler knows, you may need to get up and stretch your legs at some point during a long segment of travel. Your legs might still get stiff, but these socks from Dr. Segal will keep the blood pumping back to your heart.
New luxury adventure cruise line Atlas Ocean Voyages continues to add ships to its fleet. The line’s first ship, World Navigator, is currently under construction and Atlas Ocean Voyages just purchased four additional ships — World Traveller, World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer — to follow. World Navigator is schedule to sail in 2021, with two more ships following in 2022, and the last two following in 2023.
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.