Trip News: May 29, 2018

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American Airlines is making it very clear: Insects, goats and hedgehogs cannot be brought on planes as emotional support animals.

The airline revised its guidelines on Monday for comfort animals on flights.

Those who want to bring such an animal on board now have to file paperwork 48 hours before a flight, and there are new restrictions on which types of animals are permitted.



Business is booming this year with executives from luxury suppliers reporting double-digit growth as well as a positive outlook for 2019.

The executives—representing the luxury hotel, ocean and river cruises, tour operator, and airline segments—shared their insights on business and other issues during a panel discussion held in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the opening of Valerie Wilson Trip’s new headquarters office at 605 Third Ave. in New York City.


Cruise Critic

Crystal River Cruises christened one of its newest vessels, the 106-passenger Crystal Debussy, in a ceremony May 28 in Amsterdam.

Broadway actor Rachel York, who will be appearing in the upcoming musical “Head Over Heels,” served as the godmother. She is a participant in the line’s Crystal on Broadway program, which brings performers onboard select sailings for performances and presentations.

The ceremony was live-streamed on Facebook, giving Crystal fans everywhere a chance to hear York sing a gorgeous rendition of Defying Gravity, from the musical Wicked.


Digital Trends

Just weeks after Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity spaceplane completed its first powered test flight, Virgin boss Richard Branson says he’s getting ready to don his astronaut garb for its first commercial suborbital space trip.

Branson said in an upcoming BBC interview that Virgin Galactic’s debut mission was “months away, not years away, so it’s close,” adding that there are “exciting times ahead.”

The billionaire entrepreneur founded space tourism company Virgin Galactic in 2004, and is racing against rivals — Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin among them — to become the first to offer a service for moneyed folks in search of a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. And Branson is determined to be on board when the VSS Unity heads skyward on its debut outing for tourists.


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