Travel News: February 20, 2018

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Norwegian Cruise Line adds more voyages to Cuba
USA Today

Norwegian Cruise Line is touting new seven-night Caribbean cruises that include a call in Havana, Cuba — a first for the line.

Until now, the Miami-based company’s only voyages with Havana on the schedule have been short trips lasting four nights.

Norwegian also plans new nine- and 13-night sailings that feature a call at Havana.


Universal Orlando Raises Ticket Prices
Travel Weekly

Just days after the Walt Disney World Resort revealed ticket prices would increase, Universal Studios Orlando officials announced Friday that the theme park’s admission costs would go up.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the price of Universal’s single-park tickets increased $5 to $115 per adult, and single-day, park-to-park tickets for Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay jumped from $165 to $170.


Airlines on “red notice” as volcano fires hot ash skyward
CBS News

Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 16,400 feet into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.


Hard Rock to Open Hotel in New Orleans
Hotel Business

With a presence in more than 75 countries across the globe, Hard Rock International is expanding its hotel portfolio into the historic French Quarter and New Orleans Theater District. Working in collaboration with local developer, Kailas Companies, Hard Rock will amplify The Big Easy with the addition of an 18-story building housing Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans and the Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans. The hotel is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

Located on a landmark corner in the heart of New Orleans, blocks from the sixth largest convention center in the country, the property will sit adjacent to two-street car lines, allowing guests easy access to all parts of the city. The new development melds together New Orleans’ rich history of music and culture.

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