Disney Cruise Line delays Disney Wish to summer 2022, announces return to Hawaii
ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney Cruise Line has released its itineraries for spring 2022 including a planned return to Hawaii, and original plans to debut its newest vessel Disney Wish from Port Canaveral in January have now been pushed to summer.The line’s fifth vessel, and first of three to be added to the fleet, has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany, the line stated last week.So the first half of 2020 will see the line focusing on its first four ships, with Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy remaining the workhorses from Port Canaveral, and Di...
Carnival picks PortMiami for November cruise restart after CDC no-sail order shortened
MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has zeroed in on Miami as one of two ports to restart U.S. cruises after a months-long hiatus due to COVID-19.Following the White House’s intervention Tuesday to block the U.S. Disease Control and Prevention from banning cruises until February 2021 as the agency had planned, the current cruise ban is set to expire on Oct. 31. On Thursday, Carnival canceled all cruises for November and December except for those that will leave from PortMiami and Port Canaveral, which are on track to restart Nov. 1.Competitors Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and...
Tropical system emerges over Florida as Teddy targets Bermuda
ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center remains attentive to several storm systems in the Atlantic including still-large Hurricane Teddy, a new tropical system with odds of development over South Florida and Tropical Storm Beta migrating toward Texas.First, Hurricane Teddy remains a powerful Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and is moving north-northeast at 9 mph, the NHC said in its 8 a.m. update.Teddy is about 160 miles southeast of Bermuda, which is under a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Lower East Pubnico to Main-a-Dieu Nova Sco...
As parents rush to form pandemic learning pods, some kids are left behind
AUSTIN, Texas — Kindergarten was supposed to be a big year for Presley Simpson, but the 5-year-old won’t be setting foot inside her kindergarten classroom.As Texas emerged as a coronavirus hot spot this summer, her mom, Cristen Simpson, came up with a different plan: Presley and a friend in her South Austin neighborhood will attend school online, with the help of a teaching facilitator, who also will guide the children through enrichment activities, such as art and physical activities.“I don’t want to send her where she has to sit in her desk all day, where she can’t hug her friends or see her...