Travel News: October 18, 2018

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Carnival Cruise Line plans massive makeover of 18-year-old Carnival Victory
USA Today

Another Carnival cruise ship designed in the 1990s is about to be reborn.

The 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory in 2020 will undergo a makeover so big the line plans to rechristen the vessel with a new name: Carnival Radiance.

To be announced on Tuesday, the overhaul will take place over 38 days at a dry dock in Cadiz, Spain and cost $200 million – one of the priciest cruise ship makeovers on record. Ordered in 1997 and completed in 2000, Victory cost $410 million to build (about $601 million in today’s dollars).


Disney Increases Prices for Annual Passes
Travel Pulse

For travelers who love visiting Walt Disney World, the cost of the annual passes increased Tuesday for the second time this year.

According to, Disney’s Platinum Plus pass will now cost $849 (a 2.4 percent increase); the Platinum Pass is $749 (a 2.7 percent increase); the Gold Pass is $609 (a 3.4 percent increase); and the Silver Pass is $479 (a 9.1 percent increase).


Marriott to bring W brand to Sao Paulo, Brazil
Travel Weekly

Marriott International has detailed plans to open its first luxury property in Brazil with the debut of the W Sao Paulo.

Set for completion in 2021, the 179-room hotel is located in the city’s Vila Olimpia business district, in proximity to Sao Paulo’s upscale JK Iguatemi shopping area. It will house 179 rooms, including two WOW suites and one ultra-luxe Extreme WOW suite.


United Airlines is sticking with no-overhead bin rule for its cheapest tickets

Traveling in United Airlines’ cheapest seats? Pack light.

The airline has no plans to follow American Airlines by allowing travelers flying in its cheapest class of service, known as basic economy, to bring a full-size carry-on that fits in the overhead bin on board, United said Wednesday.

Airline executives have said these fares are offered to compete against low-cost competitors like Spirit Airlines and that they measure the success of these bare-bones tickets by how many travelers pay the higher fare just to avoid it. These tickets generally do not allow date changes, do not come with free seat selection in advance, and travelers have to board the plane last.

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