August 14, 2018

All of the travel companies and places phasing out single-use plastic

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By BRIDGET HALLINAN From Condr Nast Traveler American Airlines, Carnival Cruises, and more. It’s no secret that the world has a plastic problem: Globally, almost 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually—half of which is single-use—and more than eight million tons of that plastic are dumped into the ocean, according to the Plastic Oceans […]

Newlywed husband is killed and wife injured after he collided into her on a zipline during honeymoon adventure in Honduras

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  By CHRIS PLEASANCE From Daily Mail UK Egael Tishman, 24, an Israeli, has been killed in a zipline accident in Honduras Shif Fanken, 27, his wife, has been taken to hospital in a serious condition Crash happened after Shif was sent down the zipline but got stuck halfway Egael was then sent down the […]

This nightmare cruise sounds like a regular night at Union Pool

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By Madeleine Aggele From The Cut Cruise ships are, at best, floating megatoilets stuffed to the brim with greasy buffet food. At worst, they are the set of a reality-TV show. According to the Daily Mail, a Royal Caribbean cruise in the Mediterranean descended into a “drug-fueled orgy” during the filming of Channel 4’s upcoming […]

Royal Caribbean joins IKEA, says it will eventually eliminate plastic straws

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By Maria LaMagna From Market Watch Consumers and lawmakers are calling for the reduction in the use of plastic. When faced with paper or plastic, more businesses and their customers are saying, “Paper.” The cruise line Royal Caribbean RCL, -0.88%  announced Friday it will stop using plastic straws by the end of 2018. Guests who […]

Royal Caribbean shuts down tours/activities startup

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By Jamie Biesiada From Travel Weekly Tours/activities seller GoBe, a business that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.launched in 2017, has stopped accepting new bookings. According to a message on its website, GoBe will honor all existing bookings. “The GoBe team is grateful to the thousands of customers who used our tours and activities to enhance their […]

Royal Caribbean still considering longer-stay options at CocoCay

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By: Matt Hochberg From Royal Caribbean Blog In a press conference with members of the media aboard Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley spoke about some options the cruise line is considering with regard to allowing guests to stay longer at its private destination of CocoCay. Adam Coulter of Cruise Critic reported […]

US: Make-A-Wish gives Hingham teen a Caribbean adventure

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By Audrey Cooney The Patriot Ledger From Wicked Local.com HINGHAM — When Tony Achille was diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 15, his and his family’s lives were suddenly centered around hospital visits, test and treatments. “You start to become numb,” said his mother, Kelly Achille. As she related, her son’s treatments took […]

The world’s biggest cruise line uses this psychological trick to make you spend more money

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By Mark Matousek From Business Insider Royal Caribbean allows customers to purchase more goods and services to use on the cruise while they book it — a strategy designed to increase its revenue. It makes those onboard expenses seem smaller at the time of purchase and changes the way customers think about their spending habits […]

Enormous ships like Symphony Of The Seas reflect growing cruise industry

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By Michael Goldstein , CONTRIBUTOR From Forbes Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. There is an arms race building cruise ships, where bigger is apparently much better. Whether built from the keel up to be the world’s largest, like the new Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas, or literally cut in half and […]

Royal Caribbean’s largest luxury liner to set sail in April

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Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, will set sail on its first cruise in April. The floating city begins her inaugural sailing season from Barcelona with seven-night itineraries to discover the history and delights of the Mediterranean and its port cities, until the end of October. In early November, […]