Travel News: November 8, 2017


Lindblad orders expedition ship with inverted bow
Travel Weekly
Lindblad Expeditions Holdings ordered an expedition ship from Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Group for delivery in 2020, with an option for two more vessels.

The ship will have 69 cabins, including 12 for solo travelers, giving it a capacity of 126 passengers. Of the cabins, 75% will have balconies.

A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW, a bow that increases fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas. The ship will have a very high ice class, allowing for access deep into polar regions, Lindblad said.


Wow Air Just Launched $99 Fares to Europe From JFK
Condé Nast Traveler

Travelers in New York, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston, Miami, and Pittsburgh can all cash in on a new $99 fare sale on Wow Air. The ultra-low cost Icelandic airline, known for its sub-$100 tickets, just launched service from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport to 10 cities across Europe (plus, of course, Reykjavik).

The company has been expanding its reach—quickly—opening up the Midwest to low fares and one-stop routes to Europe earlier this year. And now, with flights leaving from the fifth busiest airport in the U.S., the airline is pitting itself against its Norwegian competition, which also flies along similar routes with a base price around $400 round-trip. The flights start in late April 2018, and you can find the lowest prices on flights between April and June, and then again between September and October.


Universal Orlando Building Two More Hotels

For travel agents looking to book their theme park-loving clients a dream vacation in 2019, Universal Orlando Resort will soon begin offering value hotel options, with prices starting at less than $100 per night.

Two new family-friendly hotels are set to begin operating in the summer of 2019 and will feature a combined 2,800 guest rooms, including 1,450 two-bedroom suites designed to accommodate families of all sizes.


United Airlines completes its last Boeing 747 flight
USA Today

It sure didn’t feel like a curtain call. But that’s what it was Tuesday morning at San Francisco International Airport as United Airlines bid farewell to its last Boeing 747.

United Flight 747 took off around noon PT, about an hour later than scheduled because of slow boarding and a maintenance delay, departing from Gate 86 after a de facto party among those ticketed on what went into the books as United’s last-ever passenger flight on the 747.

All on board had booked the flight specifically to be on the last 747 departure, a special one-off flight scheduled by United in September to give the famous jumbo jet a proper farewell.

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