Cruise lines plan to ban passengers from freely roaming port cities
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Forget the tequila shots, straw markets and jewelry stores.If cruise lines are allowed to resume operations anytime soon, passengers won’t be permitted to roam freely around port cities.Proposals to limit the spread of COVID-19 call for allowing passengers to disembark only if they are signed up for an excursion sponsored by the cruise line, one of a series of health protocols developed by an industry eager to resume operations after a six-month COVID-19 shutdown.Will passengers be eager to board ships that they won’t be allowed to leave unless they pay for an excursion...
These Braves made it look easy. It was anything but.
For those among us who recall the Braves of yesteryear’s 14 consecutive division titles as a negative — “But only one World Series!” — the winning of a third National League East crown in succession won’t seem a big deal. And here, yet again, is where this correspondent takes to his soapbox to say, “Au contraire, mes amies.”(That’s French for “Pipe down, naysayers.”)Alex Anthopoulos, the Braves’ general manager, had a similar moment (sans soapbox) Wednesday. “I was driving my daughter to school today,” he said. “She’s not really a sports fan. She takes it for granted, winning the division. I’m...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mystery review: Family road trip goes from bad to worse in entertaining 'He Started It'
“He Started It” by Samantha Downing; Berkley (400 pages, $26)———From the beginning of the highly entertaining “He Started It,” Beth Morgan makes it clear why she should not, cannot, be your heroine. Her flaws and behavior won’t allow her to be considered a heroine. But she does have a story to tell, she says, and it is a doozy.The witty, self-deprecating and observant Beth is locked in a mind-numbing cross-country road trip with her estranged brother, Eddie, and sister, Portia, as well as her husband. Felix, and her new sister-in-law. Krista. This is not a pleasant family vacation, but one for...
Jamaicans want to know if Kanye West broke COVID protocol during visit with Buju
MIAMI — The image was plastered all across social media: Unconventional U.S. presidential candidate and rapper-producer Kanye West relaxing in a Kingston, Jamaica, recording studio with Jamaican reggae icon Buju Banton.Oh, and both were maskless.Now Jamaicans are asking whether West, who has been on a Twitter tirade about record contracts, masters and rights issues since posting the photo on Sept. 18, broke the law. Jamaica, which has been struggling to control the spread of COVID-19 after seeing early success, requires all tourists to the island to remain confined in its COVID-19 resilient co...
Virtuoso reveals travel trends for fall, holidays and 2021
Virtuoso has found that more and more people fed up with months at home are ready to get out and travel. High-end travelers are especially intrigued by work- and learn-from-anywhere offers that can extend to weeks- to monthslong vacations.Because of this new willingness to explore, there are signs of stabilization within the industry, say Virtuoso advisers.Virtuoso research found that, across all regions, domestic beach and island destinations as well as ocean cruises are making up the majority of new bookings.One of the most important factors for clients booking international trips is flexibl...
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: What is the capital of Yukon?Answer: Whitehorse. The Canadian territory has a population of slightly more than 40,000, and about 75% live in the capital. Whitehorse was founded during the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
The Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May marked its opening. Here's what's inside, and why it's in Cape May.
CAPE MAY, N.J. — A year and a half ago, the old parsonage house of the Macedonia Baptist Church on Lafayette Street in Cape May, vacant for decades, was in danger of being torn down.On Thursday, that danger was declared officially over at Lafayette near Franklin Streets, a corner with deep historic resonance for the city’s Black families and for the country’s abolitionist movement.The old Howell House, newly renovated and expanded, was now filled with artifacts of slavery and abolitionist history, and with an African art and history collection from the Rev. Robert Davis, Macedonia’s longtime p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pandemic's toll on tourism hits Duluth hard
DULUTH, Minn. — The Callan family finished their Northern Waters Smokehaus sandwiches and strolled along the Lakewalk a few hours after they arrived in town the Friday before Labor Day. The parents and their young girls were heading back to Roseville that night, but they hoped to catch a quick glimpse of a ship before heading north to explore Gooseberry Falls.“We decided we weren’t going to stay up here this year just because we didn’t want to be in a lodge or a hotel,” Chris Callan said.Duluth’s tourism industry is way down this year, as visitors are opting for day trips and avoiding coronavi...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Many Canadian snowbirds are delaying Florida visits until COVID-19 eases
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As if COVID-19 hasn’t done enough damage to South Florida’s tourism industry, many Canadians who for years have wintered in the Sunshine State are having second thoughts about migrating south unless the pandemic shows signs of abating.“There are hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are on the sidelines planning not to visit Florida this year due to COVID,” said Alain Forget, who heads sales and business development at RBC Bank, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada.Their decision, he said, is contingent on how much longer the U.S.-Canadian border remains shut or if Flo...
Carnival to ditch 18 ships in total as US cruises remain banned amid COVID-19 pandemic
Carnival Corporation will part with a total of 18 cruise ships in the next few months — 12% of its fleet — as it continues to cut costs while cruising in most of the world remains banned.The company announced an adjusted third-quarter loss of $1.7 billion in a financial filing Tuesday, six months after it first announced it was shutting down operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company had previously announced in July it would part with 15 ships. The move to speed up efforts to slim capacity comes as cruises in the U.S., the company’s most lucrative market, remain banned by the U.S. Cent...