Los Angeles Times
The bays and inlets of Alaska’s Inside Passage have traditionally drawn small cruise ships, which find it easier to maneuver into tight passages and shallow waters. But things are changing, Two mega-ships have been scheduled to begin cruising the popular route, with the first arriving next summer.
The new Norwegian Cruise Line ship Bliss carries 4,000 passengers and will start making port calls in June. In 2019, the 5,000-passenger Ovation of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International ship that debuted in 2016, will begin visiting too.
Most Alaskan cruise ships carry less than half as many passengers as the two newcomers, which weigh in among the 10 largest cruise ships in the world. Each carries an additional 1,200 to 1,500 crew members.
2017 was the safest year in history for commercial airlines, according to industry research.
There were no passenger jets crashes anywhere in the world, separate reports by Dutch consultancy To70 and The Aviation Safety Network found.
This was despite more flights being made than ever before.
But To70 warned that despite high safety levels on passenger planes, the “extraordinarily” low accident rate must be seen as “good fortune”.
Ireland has seen an influx of tourism developments recently, with multiple hotel openings and event announcements making headlines. Most recently Tourism Ireland released a new ad campaign to coincide with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which premiered December 15.
The campaign focused on filming locations along the Wild Atlantic Way, including Skellig Michael, an island off Ireland’s southwest coast. Audiences caught a glimpse of this location at the end of the last film, The Force Awakens, when it stood in for Ach-To, Luke Skywalker’s hide-out.
Tourism Ireland reports that The Last Jedi saw the cast return to Skellig Michael, as well as locations across Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, including Cork, Kerry, Clare and Donegal. As part of the celebration, the destination marketing organization released its “first tourism campaign in space” – a billboard perched above the earth advertising “Earth’s Wild Atlantic Way.”