Travel News: August 2, 2017


National Geographic Quest embarks on inaugural cruise
Travel Weekly

Lindblad Expeditions’ new ship, the National Geographic Quest, made its inaugural voyage from Juneau, Alaska, on July 29.

The introduction of the 100-passenger ship, the first newbuild ever for Lindblad, was delayed for a month by a flawed launch at the shipyard that damaged a rudder and propeller.


Court dings FAA in ‘case of incredible shrinking airline seat’
USA Today

Those who think airline seats are becoming too cramped in economy class appear to have found some allies in the federal court system.

In response to a suit filed by the Flyers Rights consumer group, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit told the Federal Aviation Administration it must reconsider whether airline seat size and space should be regulated.


Disney World Hotels Introduce Online Check-In
Travel Market Report

Walt Disney World hotel guests now can use their Magic Band and My Disney Experience app to skip the line at check-in.

Those already in possession of MagicBands will be able to bypass the front desk completely and check in up to 60 days in advance of arrival; others can use MagicBands sent to them in advance. Front desk and concierge cast members will still be available for those who want face-to-face assistance.

The new check-in feature allows travelers to make room requests, add credit card information and authorize charges, submit an estimated arrival time for prompt room access and receive a notification when their room is ready.


LA Reaches Deal to Host 2028 Summer Olympics
Travel Pulse

Los Angeles will play host to the 2028 Summer Olympics.

The Los Angeles Times reported the city has agreed to a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), citing a source familiar with negotiations.

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