How Can Cruise Lines Attract New Cruisers in 2021?

Before the pandemic, the cruise industry was the fastest growing sector of the travel industry, with demand increasing a whopping 20.5 percent from 2013 to 2018, according to a 2018 report by the Cruise Lines International Association. The industry was worth roughly $150 billion that same year. The industry also impacts the lives of thousands of people: More than a […]

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The airport that came in from the cold – and then went out again

It didn’t happen in 2011, 2012 nor in any year up to and including 2019. But in 2020, Berlin Brandenburg airport finally opened after a construction performance of implausible incompetence. I paid £57 for the privilege of being on the first flight: easyJet’s departure to Gatwick, just six hours into November. Yet even before the end of the month, the […]

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EasyJet introduces charges for overhead baggage

They’re one of the most profitable airlines in the world, and with this new charge set to be rolled out in 2021 – EasyJet is set to get a little richer. In February, the budget airline will start charging all customers a fee of almost $50 to use the overhead luggage compartments on all of its flights. While passengers will […]

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Get Paid $5,000 to Be a Professional Cookie Connoisseur This Holiday Season

Attention cookie enthusiasts: Reynolds Kitchens is looking for you.  Reynolds Kitchens, the maker of Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper, is on the hunt for the ultimate sugar lover to fill its new Cookie Connoisseur role. “The holidays may be filled with some uncertainty this year, but baking cookies always brings joy,” Lisa Smith, senior vice president of marketing for Reynolds Brands, […]

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Cher Helps Rescue the 'World’s Loneliest Elephant' From Captivity

Don’t worry Kaavan, Cher’s got you, babe. The 36-year-old Asian elephant, who had been dubbed the "world’s loneliest elephant" since his partner died in 2012, arrived at a Cambodian sanctuary on Tuesday after spending most of his life in captivity — and it’s thanks in part to Cher. The 74-year-old singer explained on Twitter that after she saw a picture […]

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Here’s What People Listened to on Spotify During This Very Crazy Year

This year has certainly been a unique one. Besides being physically cut off from our friends and family due to the pandemic, people are finding new ways to work, stay fit, and have, dare we say, fun. And through it all, Spotify has been there to provide millions of hours of entertainment to stream anywhere we go –– even if […]

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CDC Urges Against Travel to Mexico As COVID-19 Cases Rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning Americans against all travel to Mexico as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.  Over the weekend, the CDC raised its COVID-19 level to red, its highest marker, saying “travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mexico has reported more than 1.1 million confirmed cases and […]

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation

The six faded letters are all that remain, and few people notice them. I would never have seen them if a friend hadn’t pointed them out to me while we walked through New Orleans’s French Quarter. I certainly wouldn’t have realized their significance. On Chartres Street, above a beautifully arched doorway, is a curious and enigmatic inscription: “CHANGE.” Now part […]

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The Evolving Travel ‘Experience’: Virtual, Actual and In Between

Socially distanced craft classes, virtual tango lessons, a city tour accompanied by an avatar guide: how experience companies — which now include Amazon — are adapting to the pandemic. By Elaine Glusac Guided excursions have long been at the heart of travel, but like everything else, the pandemic disrupted such experiences, and many went virtual. But as travel begins to […]

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Where Cruise Ships Are Sent to Die

At a shipyard in Turkey, the boats, including some from Carnival’s Fantasy fleet, are being turned into scrap, even as the industry hopes to find a way to start sailing. By Ceylan Yeginsu Along the meandering industrial peninsula of Aliaga on Turkey’s Aegean coast, the contents of gutted vessels lay strewn on the dusty roadside, scattered among clusters of orange […]

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