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March 22, 2013

Senator Pushes for Cruise Passenger “Bill of Rights”

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After so many recent high-seas calamities, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York is proposing that the cruise ship industry voluntarily adopt a “bill of rights” for passengers, travel blog Skift reports. Shumer’s proposal, which invokes the February fire and power loss on the Carnival Triumph, as well as similar incidents on several other Carnival ships, includes giving passengers the right to disembark a docked ship if basic provisions can’t be provided and a full refund if a trip is canceled because of a mechanical problem, among other stipulations. In a statement, the Cruise Lines International Association said it “looks forward to reviewing” Shumer’s proposal.

See the World for $1.5 Million

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A gay guy or gal can dream, right? A British luxury travel operator is now offering travel packages that span two years, cost more than $1.5 million, and will take you to every one of UNESCO’s 962 World Heritage Sites, Yahoo News reports.

The over-the-top itinerary includes the Taj Mahal in India, the pyramids in Egypt, and the Forbidden City in China, as well as less notorious sites such a Cohokia Mounds in Illinois. “This is certainly the most exciting trip we have ever managed, and is the most remarkable travel adventure imaginable,” Andrew Barker of Hurlingham Travel, which is organizing the tours, told The Daily Mail. Barker added that a donation of $7,500 will be made to UNESCO during each trip

Have a 1.5 million to spare? Check out more about the trip here.  If you’re like the rest of us—and just dreaming—you can check tour UNESCO’s World Heritage sites online.

March 21, 2013

US Airways Allows Rolls Out Real-Time Bag Tracking

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US Airways this week has started letting customers check the status of their luggage in real time at baggagetracker.usairways.com. Like a similar system at Delta, US Airways’ program scans luggage at every point between check in, the plane, and then back to baggage claim. The system is especially helpful when paired with on-flight WiFi, which will allow passengers to check to make sure their bags actually made it onboard with them. Read more about this new program at The Daily Traveler Blog

Take a Sneak Peek at American’s New 777-300ER

 

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Travel blog Jaunted  has taken a flight on American Airlines’ newest plane: the Boeing 777-300ER (AA is the first U.S. airline with the plane). And their report: “The folk at American Airlines must not have had much sleep lately” because the 777 features new rollout after rollout, including in-flight satellite WiFi, new food choices, a new seat configuration (with more room), touchscreen entertainment systems, a walk-up bar, and more.

See Jaunted’s full report, and pics from the new plane here.

Statue of Liberty Will Reopen July 4

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The Statue of Liberty is expected to reopen this Fourth of July, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced this week. The New York City icon has been closed since October 29 because of damages Liberty Island sustained during Superstorm Sandy. (See a CNN report of that damage here).

“Sandy inflicted major damage on facilities that support the Statue of Liberty—destroying the docks, crippling the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island, and wiping out the security screening system—but we are fully committed to reopening this crown jewel as soon as it’s safe for visitors and not a second later,” Salazar said in a statement. “Based on tremendous progress we have made, Lady Liberty will be open to the public in time for the July 4th celebration.

According to park service data, 3.7 million people visited the Statue of Liberty in 2011, generating $174 million in economic activity and supporting 2,218 jobs.





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