Travel News: November 28, 2017

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Carnival Cruise Line hikes cost for Cheers! drinks package
USA Today

Get ready to pay more for a drinks package on a Carnival cruise ship.

Effective Jan. 1, the Miami-based cruise giant is hiking the base price of its Cheers! beverage package from $54.95 to $56.95 per person per day — a 3.6% rise.

As in the past, passengers can get a $5 per person per day discount on the package by buying it online in advance.


Most activities open on Bali, but getting home not easy
Travel Weekly

While the situation with an erupting volcano in the eastern portion of Bali could change at any time, most tourist activities and locations on the island were open on Monday, said Diane Embree of Bali Barong Tours in Westlake Village, Calif.

On Monday afternoon, Embree said she had spoken with ground operators on the island earlier that day.

“People who are already there, their tours and activities are going along as scheduled with the exception of the area right around the volcano in eastern Bali,” Embree said. “Some of the temples and other places people might visit in eastern Bali would be within the evacuation area.”


Lufthansa Thinks Big With Seven-Foot Beds for Business Fliers

Deutsche Lufthansa AG will offer business-class seats that stretch to 2.2 meters (7 feet) in new Boeing Co. 777 jets, aiming to boost the corporate appeal of a carrier that has only recently embraced flat-bed berths.

Passengers will be able to choose between six different setups in the business cabin, including a paired layout, an enhanced-privacy variant and one that offers slightly less snooze room while featuring more storage and work space. All but the extra-long berth will measure a standard 6 feet 6 inches.

Lufthansa came late to the flat-bed revolution, rolling the seats out in business class only in 2013, more than a decade after pioneer British Airways. The multi-option business berth set to debut on the new 777-9 fleet from 2020 should help the carrier enhance its credentials as an innovator as it seeks to become the first in Europe awarded five stars by the Skytrax ratings service.


Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Supply and demand. It’s as simple as that. In Africa right now, the demand for international-standard hotel rooms far outstrips supply. Nine countries in Africa currently have no branded hotels at all, a further eight have just a single chain hotel, and nearly half the countries on the continent have two or fewer international brands to offer.

So little wonder that the world’s leading hotel brands are engaged in a 21st-century scramble for Africa. Across the continent more than 417 hotels are in the development pipeline, adding upwards of 72,000 rooms to hotel inventory from Lagos to Cape Town.

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By: Matt Long

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