Travel News: March 21, 2019

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Viking Expands European River Fleet With Launch Of Seven New Ships
Travel Pulse

Viking welcomed the latest additions to its river fleet, with the naming of seven new river ships during a celebration on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland.

Of the seven ships, six are Viking Longships—Viking Einar, Viking Sigrun, Viking Sigyn, Viking Tir, Viking Ullur and Viking Vali—which will be deployed on Viking’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers.

The seventh new ship—Viking Helgrim—was inspired by the Longships design and built specifically for the Douro River, bringing the company’s total number of sister ships in Portugal to four.

 

JetBlue seats wider in revamped cabin, but with less legroom
Travel Weekly

JetBlue has unveiled the second phase of its redesigned Airbus A320 cabin.

The airline says the revamped interior features he widest seats available on A320 aircraft as well as enhancements to seatback entertainment screens.

The phase one rollout came last year. Both remodeled cabins have 162 seats, up from 150. To fit more seats, the space between rows has been reduced from 34 to 32 inches. The cabins feature high-definition television and seats equipped with power outlets and USB ports.

 

Japan plans to use cruise ship hotels at Tokyo Games
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Authorities are going full-steam ahead with plans to roll out “hotel ships” that will be stationed in Tokyo Bay to alleviate the expected shortage of accommodations during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Progress has been made in selecting the large cruise ships to be used and establishing necessary laws. However, determining business qualifications and developing port facilities remain issues.

 

‘Poppy Apocalypse’: A California City Swarmed By Selfie Stick-Toting Tourists
npr

As the barren California desert sprang to life, they descended. With their selfie sticks, their smartphones and their gee-whiz-look-at-all-the-flowers smiles, they seemed blissfully unconcerned that they were causing something close to a panic at the highest levels of local government.

Roads backed up for miles. Parking spaces were gone. Wait times for the city’s shuttle service were measured in hours. To help cope with the surge of traffic, the city of Lake Elsinore brought in all available staff, asked county agencies for help, reached out to the California Highway Patrol. On Facebook, the city pleaded with visitors to stay away: “Our City is not made for Disneyland size crowds.”

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