Trip News: December 20, 2017

Viking Cruises New York City

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Italian shipyard Fincantieri said Viking Ocean Cruises has exercised options to build two more 930-passenger ships for delivery in 2022 and 2023.

They would be the ninth and tenth in a line of nearly identical ships, the first of which was delivered in 2015.


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Hilton has made its long-awaited debut in Playa del Carmen.

The hotel company announced The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences will join the Curio Collection by Hilton, marking the independent collection’s first property in Mexico.

Highlights at the 93-room hotel include a 50-meter rooftop infinity pool, four dining outlets, a 24-hour fitness center and more than 900 square feet of meeting and event space.


Chicago Tribune

The nation’s air-travel system struggled to get back on schedule and re-book stranded passengers Monday after a fire and blackout at the world’s busiest airport forced the cancellation of over 1,500 flights days before the start of the Christmas rush.

Tripers sat on the floor, slumped in chairs or stood in long lines at ticket counters a day after the underground blaze knocked out electricity and crippled Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for about 11 hours.

A spokesman for Delta, by far the biggest airline at the airport, said most of its delayed passengers were booked on other flights scheduled to leave Monday. Spokesman Michael Thomas said the airline should be “largely if not completely” back to normal by Tuesday, well before the huge travel weekend ahead of Christmas Day.



Cathay Pacific Airways will add Washington Dulles International airport to its network in 2018, confirming reports that the US capital would be its next new destination.

The Oneworld Alliance carrier will offer four-times weekly service to Dulles from its Hong Kong base with an Airbus A350-1000 from 16 September 2018, it says today. The route was first reported by the South China Morning Post earlier in December.


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