Travel News: October 18, 2019

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Amtrak Preparing for Influx of Thanksgiving Travelers
Travel Pulse

Amtrak will add extra trains and capacity on several routes across the country to accommodate the impending travel surge this Thanksgiving.

On Friday, the railroad service said that it’s prepared to operate every available passenger railcar in its fleet to meet demand.

Amtrak plans to add extra trains to increase the amount of available seating on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and will add extra cars to existing trains along the Midwest and West Coast routes.


Cox & Kings’ U.S. business suspends operations
Travel Weekly

Cox & Kings, The Americas has suspended operations and is unable to pay its suppliers for trips that have already been booked, according to a confidential email obtained by Travel Weekly.

Although the tour operator said it is in talks with an investor interested in taking over the company, travelers who have already booked trips have just two options: cancel and apply for a refund or pay the local suppliers directly then apply for a refund of any deposits and duplicate monies already paid.


Hotel opening on the grounds of Versailles

Visitors to France’s magnificent Château de Versailles won’t have far to go to spend the night in regal style come spring 2020.

That’s when the first hotel on palace grounds, Le Grand Contrôle, is set to open, transforming historic buildings not far from the iconic Hall of Mirrors into luxury accommodation complete with a gourmet restaurant and an indoor pool.

The property’s plans were spurred by a 2015 call for proposals to transform three 17th- and 18th-century buildings adjoining the château into a luxury hotel.


Princess Cruises Takes Delivery of Its Newest Cruise Ship, Sky Princess
Cruise Critic

Princess Cruises has taken delivery of its fourth Royal-class ship, Sky Princess, at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Trieste, Italy. The vessel is the 17th ship Fincantieri has built for Princess, but it is the first to be custom built with the line’s MedallionClass technology integrated into its infrastructure.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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