Travel News: February 12, 2018


Disney unveils more details about Star Wars resort
Travel Weekly

At its D23 Expo in Japan on Sunday, Disney gave fans more clues as about what they can expect from the forthcoming Star Wars-inspired resort as well as details about several new attractions.

While Disney didn’t reveal all that much about the Star Wars resort coming to Orlando, it did say that it will be “seamlessly connected” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars land slated to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year.

Disney noted that the luxury resort will offer guests “complete immersion” in the Star Wars story.


In a rare move, Carnival Cruise Line to base a new ship in California

For the first time in 20 years, cruise giant Carnival will base a new ship on the West Coast.

The Miami-based cruise giant on Saturday revealed that its soon-to-debut, 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama will make Long Beach, Calif. its home.

Scheduled to debut in 2019, the 133,500-ton Panorama will take the place of the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor, which is moving from Long Beach to Australia. Like Splendor, Panorama will sail seven-night cruises to Mexico.


Bermuda same-sex marriage ban means trouble for tourism and and cruise ships

Ryan Bennington and his husband have changed their anniversary plans. Bennington has been to Bermuda more than 30 times and even celebrated his 30th birthday there. He always found the people warm and welcoming.

That was before Bermuda Governor John Rankin signed into law the Domestic Partnership Act, which bans same-sex marriage throughout the territory. The law, enacted Wednesday, comes less than a year after the island’s Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in May. Bermuda is now the first jurisdiction to overturn the legalization of same-sex marriage.

“It’s unfortunate, but I make my voice heard through my wallet whether at home or in my travels,” Bennington explained in an email.

The decision has put Bermuda tourism and some major cruise lines in a difficult spot. Carnival subsidiaries Cunard and P&O Cruises are both registered in Bermuda. Regardless of where the ships are in the world, they will no longer be allowed to host same-sex marriages. Princess Cruises, also part of Carnival, has ships registered in Bermuda as well. In August, the three Carnival cruise lines said they had started taking bookings for same-sex marriages at sea.


United tests new boarding procedure at LAX
Travel Weekly

United began testing a new boarding process this week at all of its gates in Los Angeles airport (LAX).

The process utilizes just two boarding lanes, rather than the five that United has been using for the last five years.

The trial is a follow-up to one United conducted at Cleveland Hopkins airport last year. The carrier is hoping the altered boarding process will result in fewer passengers lining up before their group is called. That in-turn, would result in easier access to and from the gate during the pre-boarding process and for passengers getting off other flights.


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By: Matt Long

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One Response

  1. Matilda

    I love Disney and I am a big fan of Star Wars! Expecting a miracle from Disney!


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