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...
Splitsville bowling, restaurant to reopen at Disney Springs
ORLANDO, Fla. — Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a bowling attraction and restaurant, will reopen its Disney Springs location on Friday.The lanes shut down with the rest of Disney Springs because of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The shopping and dining complex has been reopening gradually since May 20, but Splitsville will be among the first of the more hands-on activities to return to the fold.A video shared via social media highlights some of the health and safety precautions that will be taken at Splitsville, including the sanitizing of bowling balls and other equipment and surfaces by staff ...
Family travel five: Reasons so smile
Smile: It’s a family photo!While your backdrop might not be an exotic locale or an international landmark, it’s still important to capture your family’s current experiences for future reference and enjoyment.Here are five ideas to consider:———1. People pictures stand the test of time.Including people, especially your loved ones, in your shot adds tremendous interest. Encourage family members to be the focal point of landscape images, providing context and great memories. Over time, you may not remember that towering forest or the flower strewn meadow. But you will recall the memories made in t...
MLB's coronavirus testing is already days behind; teams now canceling workouts
Baseball is running into the same problem as the rest of the United States: Its coronavirus testing is frustratingly too slow. At least two MLB teams canceled Monday workouts because they’ve been waiting days for test results, while two more said they may postpone workouts.The most egregious case is the Oakland A’s, which had tests collected on Friday. The tests then just sat in boxes all weekend because of the Fourth of July holiday, and they had not been shipped to MLB’s testing facility in Utah as of Monday morning.David Forst, the A’s general manager, flatly told his team that the delay wa...
New York Daily News
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: Beirut is at roughly the same latitude as which capital city in the southeast United States?Answer: Atlanta. Both cities are at about 33 degrees North latitude.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
'Feeling great,' Miguel Cabrera spreads his love of the game in Tigers' workouts
DETROIT — One of the staples of spring training is pitchers fielding practice, where they work on taking ground balls hit back to the mound, and run to cover base and receive the ball when a ball is hit to the first baseman.It’s something of a menial task, but it’s beneficial for the young pitchers to learn to play their position. It’s not necessarily something that the future Hall of Fame first basemen need to do.In the searing heat on the July 4 holiday, there was Miguel Cabrera, taking grounders during the drill.He flashed his trademark smile, helping guide pitchers through the requisite wo...
The Detroit News
As museums begin to reopen, they're rebooting the visitor experience
When museums open again, it won’t be the same.Picture this: Timed tickets. Touch-free doors. Ikea-like signs to direct foot traffic. No more docent-led group tours. And loads of hand sanitizer, of course.“We are working on creating as much of a touchless journey as possible,” said Eric Bruce, head of visitor experience for the Minneapolis Institute of Art, or Mia.Bruce and his counterparts are strategizing ways to welcome the public following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s order allowing museums, along with other recreational or seated entertainment venues, to reopen at 25% of capacity, with a limi...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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...
2 Chicago White Sox players test positive for COVID-19
CHICAGO — The reality of the challenges for the upcoming season hit home Sunday for the Chicago White Sox, who announced two players tested positive for COVID-19.The Sox did not disclose the names and said in a news release that the players requested privacy at this time.Both players are asymptomatic and have been isolated in Chicago, the team said.“I just wish for both of those guys a good and fast recovery,” first baseman Jose Abreu said through an interpreter during a conference call. “We’re going to be here waiting for them. We support them.”The Sox medical staff is monitoring the players,...