Travel News: January 9, 2019

Joshua Tree California

Carnival Cruise Line Reconsidering Room Service Changes
Travel Pulse

Less than a week after Carnival Cruise Line announced room service would no longer be complimentary on its ships, the company said it is waiting to make those changes until a better plan could be put in place.

According to a Facebook post from Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, the cruise line revealed that it was evaluating the adjustments made to its room service plan initially scheduled to take effect in January.


Car Companies Team With Luxury Hotels to Drive High-End Road Trips

Car companies like Porsche and BMW have been wise to the travel experience craze for years. The Porsche Travel Club and the BMW Driving Experience have been around for years. More recently, though, these premium car brands, along with many of their competitors, are starting to cross lanes, teaming up with luxury hotels to drive their respective brands.

It’s all part of the brand collaboration trend that’s occurring more broadly in the luxury sector. According to UK-based WGSN, a global trend forecaster, 78 percent of luxury brands surveyed plan to collaborate by 2020.


Google Assistant Now Has a Bunch of New Travel Features
Condé Nast Traveler

As we get closer and closer to Google planning entire trips for us, the tech giant announced upgrades to its Google Assistant today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will make certain aspects of travel easier, and hands free.

If you’re unfamiliar with Google Assistant, it’s the little helper on Android and iPhones (Google’s Siri or Alexa, if you will) and Google Home devices. Ever since 2016, we’ve been able to work with Assistant to do certain aspects of trip planning.


Shutdown to force temporary closure of Joshua Tree National Park

California’s Joshua Tree National Park, which shuttered campgrounds due to sanitation and safety issues stemming from the government shutdown, will temporarily close beginning Thursday.

Covering more than 792,000 acres from Palm Springs north to the town of Joshua Tree, the park said on its website that it was shutting down at 8 a.m. Thursday “to allow park staff to address sanitation, safety, and resource protection issues … that have arisen during the lapse in appropriations.”

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