Travel News: June 10, 2019

Crystal Cruise Ship

Sargassum Superbloom Is Stinking Up Florida Beaches
Travel Pulse

Great swaths of Sargassum algae, originating from Atlantic waters off South America, are washing up onto Florida coastlines and into basins and canals. More than just an inconvenience, they’ve also become cause for concern on a grander scale.

Usually considered a vital habitat for marine species, providing both food and protection, the massive amounts of it currently washing up on Atlantic beaches—from the Florida Keys to Cape Canaveral, and in even greater quantities in the Caribbean and Mexico—can actually be harmful to ocean life, besides being a nuisance for residents and beachgoers.


Crystal Eliminates Plastic Straws Across Its Entire Fleet

As of June 8, 2019, all plastic straws will be eliminated across the entire Crystal fleet. The company announced the initiative as the latest part of its Crystal Cares program, which comprises a broad spectrum of environmental efforts and sustainable practices. Paper straws will be available throughout the dining venues aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity as well as aboard the company’s yacht, Crystal Esprit, and the Crystal River Cruises fleet. New ships will never carry plastic straws. The move coincides with the annual observance of World Oceans Day, also on June 8, designed to increase awareness of the need to preserve and protect the oceans.


Airlines May Have a Tougher Road to Reducing Plastics Than Hotels

Many travel companies are now working to reduce their plastic waste, but is this a taller order for some sectors than others?

Airlines face challenges here that hotels simply don’t, according to Christian de Boer, managing director of Jaya House River Park, a 36-room luxury boutique hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “For hotels, I think we might have a leg up on this one,” said de Boer.


NASA Wants to Let Space Tourists Onto the Space Station — for $59 Million
Live Science

Attention, people with $59 million just lying around: NASA is opening the International Space Station (ISS) to adventurous tourists, and those interested don’t need to hold their breath — space tourism could happen as soon as 2020.

The space tourists, who must be from the United States, will embark on a fleet of commercial vehicles owned by the U.S. government, Jeff DeWit, NASA’s chief financial officer, said at a news briefing today (June 7). DeWit estimated that one seat on the space flight, operated by SpaceX and Boeing, will cost $58 million — but that’s not including the cost of actually staying at the space station. Tourists then have the option to stay up to 30 days on the ISS. But every one of those 30 nights costs upward of $35,000, DeWit said, and he joked that “it won’t come with any Hilton or Marriott points.”

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