Travel News: November 1, 2017

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First Virgin Voyages cruise ship to be for adults only
USA Today

Virgin Voyages has a message for parents thinking of booking one of its first sailings: Leave the kids at home.

The first ship in development for the start-up cruise line will be for adults only, president and CEO Tom McAlpin revealed Tuesday during an event at the shipyard in Italy that is building it.

Appearing alongside Virgin Group founder Richard Branson at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, McAlpin said the minimum age to sail on the 2,860-passenger vessel will be 18 — a cut-off he said was influenced by feedback from the public and travel sellers.


Marriott Launches Its Own Shopping Portal, Marriott Rewards MORE
The Points Guy

Marriott is launching a new way for Marriott Rewards members to earn and redeem their points on everyday purchases. As of Tuesday, Marriott Rewards members can make use of the Marriott Rewards MORE portal to either earn points on your purchases or redeem your points for purchases at select retailers.

Marriott Rewards MORE is Marriott’s version of a shopping portal — something that’s common for airlines across the US and the world. Making your purchases through a shopping portal is a good idea in order to earn the bonus points to be used toward future redemptions. The highlight of the MORE program is not only that you can redeem your points for purchases, but also that you can earn points on your purchases.


Universal Orlando Secretly Plans New Park?
Travel Pulse

The Universal Orlando Resort purchased an additional 101 acres of land that many believe could be used for a massive theme-park expansion project.

According to, the new purchase of 101 acres for $27.5 million was announced Thursday and will be in addition to the 475 acres Universal previously purchased in December 2015 around the Sand Lake Road area.


Saudi Arabia to open up to tourists with new visas
Lonely Planet Travel News

Saudi Arabia may soon be popping up on the list of winter sun destinations with the news that the reclusive country may soon be issuing tourist visas.

The news was reported by Arabic newspaper Al Watan last week and they said initially visas would only be available to tour groups travelling with government-licensed operators. The current system only allows visas for two weeks for business, pilgrims or travellers with family in the country and they are expensive and very difficult to obtain.


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By: Matt Long

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