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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As I arrived at the Air Canada check-in counter, the helpful staff directed me to the security checkpoint. Once through the line, and a bit strapped for time, I walked quickly to my gate, where an extremely kind concierge service member greeted me. She asked how my trip was and said she had been watching for me so she could assist me with boarding early to ensure a calm and easy departure. She assisted me earlier that week when I processed through security from Toronto to London, so it was nice closing my trip with a friendly face. She escorted me onto the plane and to my seat in the beautiful Signature Class cabin of the Boeing 787-8, introducing me to the flight attendant who would be directing cabin staff during my flight. I thanked the concierge for her hospitality throughout my journey.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip ranked the best and worst U.S. cities for cleanliness, and Long Beach, California, is No. 1, rated the cleanest U.S. city. InsureMyTrip examined city- and state-level data on key categories, including hand sanitizer demand, restaurant cleanliness, quantity of recycling collectors, garbage disposal satisfaction, electric vehicle market share and pollution.
Meliá Hotels International announced the expansion of its ME by Meliá, Gran Meliá and Paradisus brands in 2021.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
Tropicana Las Vegas launched its first-ever Holiday in Paradise outside in Tropicana Plaza to help spread holiday cheer this year. Through Jan. 3, more than 25,000 lights will cover the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, alongside a 20-foot Christmas tree and a tropical forest of 25 palm trees and Christmas trees. The free experience for all ages also includes a 10-foot-tall, live poinsettia photo wall, holiday music and a pop-up bar serving winter-themed cocktails, hot cocoa and more.
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Portugal with us.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The first Six Senses in the Americas arrives early next year with the opening of Six Senses Botanique in Brazil. In the Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, Six Senses Botanique will sit amid 700 acres of lush, mid-tropical Atlantic forests.