Travel News: December 8, 2017

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Royal Caribbean to add more cruises to Cuba
USA Today

Royal Caribbean is putting a second ship on Cuba duty.

Royal Caribbean’s 2,350-passenger Majesty of the Seas in April will join the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas in sailing regularly to the island nation, the line announced on Thursday.

Majesty will sail to Cuba out of Tampa from April to October and then move to Fort Lauderdale to operate sailings to Cuba through March 2019.

Empress will sail to Cuba out of Miami.


Japan Airlines puts millions into US startup’s supersonic plane

Japan Airlines wants to see a world where Tokyo and the West Coast of the United States are separated by just five and a half hours at supersonic speeds.

Japan Airlines (JAPSY), or JAL, has invested $10 million into Boom Technologies, a Denver-based startup that wants to revive supersonic air travel by the middle of the next decade.

The airliner Boom hopes to one day build would cruise at 1,450 mph — 2.2 times the speed of sound — and accommodate 45 to 55 passengers in business class seating. That’s about half as many as the now-retired Concorde.


Italy Voted Top Luxury Destination
Travel Pulse

Italy—a perennial favorite with travelers—has once again captured the number one slot on a list of top destinations, this time as the 2018 leading luxury destination in a Travel Leaders Group survey of its agents.

Just over 34 percent of the luxury experts polled named Italy as the leading vacation spot in 2018. It was followed by Europe river cruises, chosen by 22 percent of agents, and Mediterranean cruises, by 18 percent of agents.


Tourist Destinations May Get Dying Coral Back
Travel Pulse

There may be some hope for coral reefs around the planet that are being decimated by the warming temperatures associated with climate change.

Scientists recently completed a coral fertility treatment that could help regenerate coral if it proves successful.

The initial trial took place at the Great Barrier Reef, which has been repeatedly damaged during recent years by coral bleaching, a process in which warming water temperatures stress the organisms, causing them to die.



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