Travel News: October 4, 2018

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Royal Caribbean Issues Refunds After Cruise Gets Out of Control
Travel Pulse

Officials from Royal Caribbean International have apologized and reimbursed passengers on a September cruise after the ship became a floating bachelor party.

According to 9news.com.au, the Voyager of the Seas was preparing for a three-night sailing near Australia when an estimated 1,300 employees from Indian tobacco company Kamla Pasand boarded the vessel and began to party.

 

Marriott testing home-sharing in more European cities
Travel Weekly

Marriott International is expanding its home-sharing pilot beyond London to include units in Paris, Rome and Lisbon, bringing its offering to 340 properties.

To extend the pilot, which Marriott branded Tribute Portfolio Homes, the company is continuing its partnership with home rental management company Hostmaker.

Marriott did not say how long the pilot would run — its London testing has been underway for five months now.

 

Crystal Cruises ship Serenity to sail another epic world voyage in 2021
USA Today

Crystal Cruises is planning another epic world cruise for 2021.

The 139-day voyage from Miami to Dover, England will kick off Jan. 5, 2021 and include a wide range of calls in Central America, the Hawaiian Islands, the South Pacific, Australia, Asia and Europe.

 

Leading Hotels of the World Just Improved Its Loyalty Program
Condé Nast Traveler

Leading Hotels of the World just unveiled a bunch of changes to its loyalty program, the Leaders Club, and they could prove handy for anyone who loves boutique luxury hotels. The big changes include pre-arrival upgrades, including one room upgrade on a member’s first paid stay, points accrual to earn free nights, and greater redemption flexibility. Now, members earn points toward free nights for every dollar they spend; before, a free night only came after four or five stays, depending on membership status. All that comes with a slightly higher annual membership fee—up from $150 per year to $175—but the hotel brand also overhauled how members hit elite status.

Joining Leaders Club brings a bevy of benefits, including continental breakfast for two throughout stays, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in, late check-out, and room upgrade priority when available. Members earn one point per dollar spent on stays, and free nights begin at 4,000 points. All that sounds like what you get from the best hotel rewards programs, with the big difference being that $175 barrier to entry. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either.

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