Travel News: February 17, 2017

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Oceania gets Cuba approval for six more cruises
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Oceania Cruises said it will offer six additional cruises featuring Cuba in November and December of 2017.

The upper-premium line, a Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brand, has scheduled trips ranging in length from six to thirteen days with departures from Miami.

Oceania said the cruises will include its first calls outside of Havana.


Scientists Reveal That There’s a New 8th Continent Called Zealandia

According to a new report, scientists have discovered a mostly-underwater continent called Zealandia.

The new continent is now 94 percent submerged underwater, although it includes notable islands like New Zealand and New Caledonia, according to researchers at GNS Science (New Zealand’s geoscience agency).

The continent is a 3 million-square-mile region in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The islands are connected by “submerged continental crust across a large area of Earth’s surface,” the authors of the study wrote.


Tourists will get a free local SIM card when they land in India

Foreigners visiting India will no longer have to worry about the difficulties that they were previously subjected to in getting a local SIM card in the country.

The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) said Thursday foreigners with e-visas landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be provided with a SIM card from state-run telecom operator, BSNL. 15 other airports in the country, who have the provisions for e-visas, will soon initiate the program as well, the association said.


JetBlue Follows American Airlines and Cuts Capacity in Cuba
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At this time last year, U.S. airlines were developing ambitious growth plans for Cuba after it became legal to offer scheduled service to the Caribbean island nation for the first time in more than half a century. As the top airlines in South Florida, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) had the most ambitious plans for flying to Cuba.

However, U.S. airlines haven’t had much success during their first few months of operating scheduled service to Cuba. As a result, American Airlines announced capacity cuts in Cuba back in November. Last week, JetBlue joined its larger rival in slashing capacity there.

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