Travel News: December 26, 2018

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Disney World Opening Adults-Only Area for Holiday Season
Travel Pulse

Walt Disney World may be known for the joy it brings to children, but grownups visiting Orlando this holiday season will have their chance to enjoy the first-ever adult-exclusive area of the theme park for a limited time.

According to the official website of Disney Parks, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will open the Adult Cove between December 26-31 exclusively to visitors 18 years of age and older.

 

Cruise lines test pay-for-perks programs
Travel Weekly

Royal Caribbean International is testing a package of for-purchase amenities intended to upgrade the passenger experience with features such as a steak lunch at embarkation and VIP show seating.

The Key, as the package is branded, is one of a growing number of such programs by cruise lines trying to bridge the gap between one cabin category and another or to sell perquisites once reserved for a few.

Holland America Line (HAL) recently launched Club Orange, with somewhat different benefits but the same general concept. Club Class at Princess Cruises spans the gap between its mini-suite and full-suite categories. And Carnival Cruise Line has Faster to the Fun, which is mainly a way to jump the line on many Carnival experiences.

All of the programs offer an “in-between” level of amenities for guests who seek more than the basic cabin accommodation but can’t afford or don’t want a premium cabin category.

 

Air Mauritius, Three African Airlines in Talks to Form Alliance
Bloomberg

South African Airways, Kenya Airways Plc, Air Mauritius Ltd. and RwandAir are in talks to create an alliance, as they face mounting competition.

“Air Mauritius took the initiative to join forces with three other African airlines in a bid to create an alliance that would develop air connectivity in the region,” Chief Executive Officer Somas Appavou said Wednesday. “In a highly competitive environment, this alliance would allow the potential partners to create a consolidated network using the individual strength of each airline to offer passenger better choice and flexibility.”

 

Norwegian Air Says It Has Enough Cash to Get by in Slower Winter Months
Skift

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA took pains to reassure investors about the solidity of its cash position and plans to sell aircraft and cut costs as disruptions in the debt-laden budget carrier’s long-haul flights add to difficulties during the traditionally slow winter season.

“To meet the competitive environment in a period with seasonally lower demand in Europe, the company has made several changes to its route portfolio as well as adjusted its capacity,” Norwegian said in a statement Monday. “These measures should improve the financial performance from the start of 2019.”

A previously-announced plan to cut costs will save at least 2 billion kroner ($230 million) next year, while “significant progress” is being made in efforts to sell five Airbus SE aircraft, the carrier said. In a separate statement, spokesman Philip Allport said the liquidity position is “satisfactory” and Norwegian is attracting new passengers every month.

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