Travel News: November 15, 2018

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Norwegian Cruise Is Trying to Luxe Up Its Mass-Market Line

Big-ship operator Norwegian Cruise Line is finding success in floating the kind of offers that are typically reserved for pricey luxury lines.

First came the “Free at Sea” promotion, which lets passengers in certain room categories choose options like unlimited open bar, Wi-Fi, or high-end dining at no extra charge. As an expansion of that, the cruise line recently added free or discounted airfare for some new reservations on cruises that include the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and the Mexican Riviera.


Legal Pot Is a Nightmare for Airports and Travelers

Have weed, will travel? Not quite.

The relaxation of marijuana laws in more than two dozen states has resulted in overlapping—and occasionally conflicting—state and federal rules that air travelers may find perplexing.

Airports in Denver, Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, don’t allow pot on the premises—but Los Angeles International—the world’s fifth-busiest airport—now allows customers aged 21 and over to bring marijuana, a policy change made to accord with California law on personal consumption of the drug. So do the two largest Pacific Northwest airports: Sea-Tac and Portland International, which follow state laws in Washington and Oregon, respectively. The law in Oregon even allows travelers to carry marijuana on flights within the state—even though airlines prohibit pot.


Southwest Airlines Is Testing Boarding Through The Aircraft’s Rear Door

Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines is upending the domestic aircraft boarding process. This week, the low cost carrier shared that it would start experimenting with loading its aircraft through both the front and rear cabin doors. Front loading, obviously, would still proceed through the jet bridges or air stairs commonly used at airports across the country, but for loading through the back of the aircraft, the airline plans to use an additional set of mobile air stairs. To reach those, passengers would need to walk down to the apron, around the aircraft and up the outdoor stairs.

Loading simultaneously through two separate cabin doors is common at airports around the world, but in the United States it is quite rare.


‘Netflix Effect’: Scotland Braces For Tourist Surge Following ‘Outlaw King’ Launch
The Inquisitr

In Game of Thrones, Croatia’s ancient coastal city of Dubrovnik doubles as King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.

But as Quartz observed, “just like the Targaryen’s dragons” tourism in Dubrovnik is becoming a beast the city is unable to control; the government has resorted to making cutbacks to tourist numbers in an effort to prevent overcrowding as people from all over the world arrive to visit and explore the King’s Landing.

Last week, Netflix launched Outlaw King, a move about the life of Scottish King, Robert the Bruce. Filmed in Scotland, the feature is guaranteed to attract tourists.

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