Travel News: February 9, 2018

Yangon Myanmar

Bermuda becomes first country in world to repeal same-sex marriage
The Guardian

Bermuda has become the first country to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriage, in what critics have called an unprecedented rollback of civil rights by the British island territory.

Bermuda’s governor has signed into law a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry, despite a supreme court ruling last year authorising same-sex marriage.

Walton Brown, the minister of home affairs, said the legislation signed by Governor John Rankin would balance opposition to same-sex marriage on the socially conservative island while complying with European court rulings that ensure recognition and protection for same-sex couples in the territory.


New Holland America ship Nieuw Statendam to spend first summer in Europe
USA Today

The next ship to debut at Holland America will spend its first summer cruising in Europe.

Arriving in December, the 2,666-passenger Nieuw Statendam will follow an initial series of winter sailings in the Caribbean with summer voyages to the Norwegian Fjords, Norway’s North Cape, the Baltic and Iceland, Holland America revealed Wednesday.


US News Releases 2018 Best Hotels Rankings
U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today announced the 2018 Best Hotels, which evaluate more than 24,000 luxury hotels across the USA, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.

In the Best Hotels in the USA rankings, Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Lanai took the No. 1 spot, followed by The Peninsula Chicago at No. 2 and The Langham, Chicago at No. 3. U.S. News awards the top 10 percent of ranked hotels with a Gold badge.


Cathay Pacific Announces February Sale

This month, Cathay Pacific is offering up to 60% off destinations in Southeast Asia from the U.S.

Sample destinations include Bangkok, Colombo, Bali and Yangon.

Sale Period: February 8 – 28, 2018

Travel Period: February 8 – May 23, 2018
Cabin Class: Economy with lowest fares starting at $659.

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By: Matt Long

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