Carnival delays new ship Mardi Gras, revamped Radiance from Port Canaveral debuts
ORLANDO, Fla. — Carnival Cruise Line has announced it is delaying the fall debuts at Port Canaveral of its newest, biggest ship Mardi Gras as well as the transformed Carnival Victory, which was set to get the new name Carnival Radiance.With the delays, the line has also decided to keep Carnival Breeze at Port Canaveral, pulling it from plans to sail out of Port Everglade.Carnival’s Mardi Gras had already seen delays while under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland before the coronavirus pandemic, which has both halted sailings across the entire cruise industry, but also slowed c...
The Maldives to reopen for international tourism July 15
The Maldives will reopen to international tourism on July 15.In what's certainly welcome news for eager travelers, the South Asian island destination will not require healthy visitors to quarantine nor provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.However, the country is advising those with symptoms such as fever and shortness of breath or who have come in contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 14 days to avoid travel. Arrivals exhibiting symptoms will be tested at their own cost and subject to quarantine.Visitors must have a confirmed booking at a propert...
Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line form panel to set COVID-19 health protocols
MIAMI — The second and third largest cruise companies in the world are teaming up to figure out how to safely resume operations.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings — both headquartered in South Florida — announced they have organized a panel of nine outside health experts and two advisors to draw up plans on preventing and treating COVID-19 at sea by the end of August.Five of the eleven experts have experience working at or consulting with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency in charge of the federal government’s COVID-19 response. The CDC...
Going to the Bahamas for a weekend getaway? Here's what you need to know
The Bahamas officially reopened to the public last week — with a handful of new coronavirus guidelines.When you pack your sunscreen and bathing suit, make sure you have your mask ready as well.Phase 2 allows for international travel. Earlier this month, the country allowed international boaters, yachters and private aviation as part of Phase 1.Bring your COVID-19 test: If you plan on visiting the Bahamas, you must present a negative COVID-19 swab test upon arrival. For those visiting by Tuesday, the test results must be no more than 10 days old. For those arriving after Tuesday, the results mu...
Despite coronavirus fears, Austin's 'bat attitude' prevails
AUSTIN, Texas — As the sun sets over Lady Bird lake on a warm summer night, a stream of shadows begins to emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. The shadows dart and dance across the orange sky like insects silhouetted by a flame.Tiffany Toronto, visiting family from her home in Maine, watched the display with her children Tuesday. “It’s really a cool thing to watch them all fly out. You look at it and you think, ‘Where are they?’ And then they fly out all at once.”This scene plays out nightly during the summer in Austin. Millions of bats depart their daytime roosts withi...
Atlantic City's casinos — all but one — reopen with no smoking, drinking, or eating inside
Atlantic City casinos welcomed gamblers for the first time in almost four months on Thursday, but the seaside city famous for not enforcing Prohibition couldn’t let its guests drink on the casino floors.The booze ban was one of several state restrictions that casinos complied with to open during the coronavirus pandemic. Gamblers wore masks and were separated by empty seats or acrylic glass partitions. No one could smoke, eat, or drink on the casino floor.The casinos were limited to 25% capacity, too, but that wasn’t a problem. Social distancing was easy, as some customers had entire rows of s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cuba reopens its cays to tourism, but Cuban-Americans will not be able to visit for now
The Cuban government opened the island’s northern and southern cays to tourism Wednesday amid strong measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the country to shut down travel in late March.Cuba, which according to official figures has had 2,348 cases of COVID-19 and has had 86 deaths, is seeking to attract international tourists to the island’s many cays.Tourists will undergo a rapid PCR test upon arrival to identify possible infections and will not be able to visit the big island itself. Cuban nationals are prohibited from having contact with foreigners and from staying in ho...
Reopening continues in the Caribbean. So does reversal of COVID-19 health protocols
MIAMI — The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda was barely three weeks into its early June tourism reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic when 39 visitors tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival and American tourists started flouting the rules.After health officials informed infected tourists they needed to be placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine, the visitors threatened to sue and some immediately booked return flights back to the United States.Prime Minister Gaston Browne, relaying the story over the weekend as he discussed the challenges posed by the new tourism health protocol re...
Tom Krasovic: Looking back, San Diego voters deserve thanks for rejecting Chargers' initiative
SAN DIEGO — Nearly four years after San Diegans voted down the Chargers stadium-convention center plan seeking $1.15 billion in hotel tax money, a few words are in order.Thank you, voters.Thank you very much.And if Dean Spanos and family were given truth serum, they’d likely say thank you, too.Football lovers who criticized San Diego voters for rejecting the ham-handed Chargers measure in November 2016 never were on the best footing, but amid the current economic crisis, their case has crumbled to dust.San Diego city finances now under siege because of the coronavirus pandemic would fall under...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Disney World announces more reopening dates for its hotels
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World has revealed more reopening dates for some of its on-property hotels as the resort continues a phased reopening from its coronavirus shutdown.On Monday, select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground opened for previously booked guests. The locations included Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Boulder Ridge Villas and the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Wilderness Lodge, Kidani Village section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas; the Beach Club Villas, BoardWalk Villas, Old Key West, Polynesian Villas & Bungalows...