Trip News: May 25, 2018

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Trip Pulse

Summer 2018 will be Delta’s biggest to date when it comes to trans-Atlantic flight offerings.

Starting Memorial Day weekend, some 11 routes – both new and old favorites – are slated to begin connecting the U.S. and nine countries in Europe.

Portugal, one of the hottest destinations for U.S. travelers, will be the biggest beneficiary of the airline’s expanded flight offerings this summer. Delta said in a statement it will increase capacity to the country by more than 200 percent compared to 2017.

 


Trip Weekly

While London and Paris are still the most popular destinations in Europe for American travelers this summer, Reykjavik soared from 17th to third, according to Allianz Global Assistance.

To determine the ranking, Allianz analyzed travel that went through its partners’ online booking processes, generating five- to eight-day itineraries for roundtrip flights from May 28 to Sept. 3 originating at U.S. airports.

Since 2015, London has been top destination, followed by Paris. Reykjavik was 28th in 2015, 16th in 2016 and 17th in 2017, and third this year.

 


Cruise Critic

Expanding on its cruise itineraries in Cuba, Royal Caribbean has added seven- and eight-night sailings onboard Empress of the Seas that will call on Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in addition to Havana.

The longer, more Cuba-immersive cruises will depart from Miami in 2019. The ship already offers short, four- and five-night Cuba itineraries that call or overnight in Havana. Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas also will join Empress of the Seas this fall, sailing short cruises to Havana.

 


Trip Weekly

Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle.

The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a $100 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure’s top viewing level with floor-to-ceiling glass.

Seattle and King County benefited from $7.4 billion of spending by a record 40 million visitors last year, a number that has grown annually since the 2008 recession, according to Visit Seattle, a nonprofit advocacy group for the tourism industry.

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