‘Eat Pray Love’ author christens Avalon Envision
Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert on Sunday christened the Avalon Envision, Avalon Waterways’ latest Suite Ship.
Gilbert, who wrote the memoir “Eat Pray Love” about traveling the world alone after a divorce, cut a rope tethered to a bottle of Hungarian sparkling wine, smashing it against the ship’s hull during a traditional naming ceremony on a sunny afternoon. The ship then made an evening cruise to see the lit-up landmarks of Budapest as the Envision prepared for a short maiden voyage Monday on the Danube with a group of travel professionals.
For all the griping and grousing you may hear about flying these days, a new report says the quality of airline service in the U.S. soared to a record high in 2018.
The annual Airline Quality Rating, which measures airline service in four areas, shows carriers improved their overall performance compared to 2017.
“It is the best year we ever had,” said Dean Headley, professor emeritus at Wichita State University. “Three out of the four things that we track got better this year, so I would have to say it is doing well.”
United Airlines announced 31 new and returning international summer routes Tuesday.
The carrier revealed brand new service between New York/Newark and Prague, as well as the only nonstop service between the United States and Naples, Italy. The expanded international schedule connects 54 countries to hubs in the United States.
JetBlue plans to launch multiple daily flights from Boston and New York Kennedy to London beginning in 2021.
Wednesday’s announcement came nearly three years after JetBlue first said publicly that it was considering an initiation of European service.
“The fares being charged today by airlines on these routes, specifically on the premium end, are enough to make you blush,” JetBlue president Joanna Geraghty said in a prepared statement.