Travel News: January 22, 2019

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Carnival Launching Four New Cruise Ships in 2019 on Three Cruise Lines
Cruise Fever

Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest travel and leisure company, will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 on three of their cruise lines including new ships from Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises.

Carnival currently operates nine cruise lines and over 100 cruise ships.  The cruise giant will grow even more in 2019 with the introduction of four new cruise ships.  The new cruise ships include their largest ship to date, Costa Smeralda at 183,900 gross tons.


Trump weighs dramatic tightening of U.S. embargo on Cuba
Travel Weekly

The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.

A 1996 law known as the Helms-Burton Act give Americans the right to sue companies profiting from properties confiscated by Cuba’s government after its 1959 socialist revolution. That potentially could allow hundreds of lawsuits against corporations around the world, from Spanish companies that run Cuban hotels to Chinese and Turkish firms renovating Cuban ports.


Asian Airlines Turn to Super Business Suites Rather Than First Class

When Malaysia Airlines added its first Airbus A350-900 about a year ago, Airbus hailed it as the first carrier to install first class on the new jet, outfitting its cabin with four seats, each with privacy doors.

But there was a problem: By global standards, the cabin wasn’t opulent and customers weren’t paying hefty premiums to sit in it. So late last year, Malaysia redefined its marketing, turning what was an average product into a “Business Suite,” with many perks of first class at a lower price. Malaysia also renamed the larger first class suite on its Airbus A380s.


2019 opens with strict measures combating overtourism
Travel Weekly

A day-tripper tax in Venice. New levies on cruise passengers in Amsterdam. A hike in the hotel tax in Ireland. A ban on motorcoaches in Rome. Strict new entry policies at Machu Picchu.

Welcome to 2019, a year that opened with a host of new taxes and restrictions designed to address overcrowding, infrastructure challenges and other issues associated with the growing problem of overtourism.

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