Silversea Cruises is in the late stages of planning one of the most ambitious expedition itineraries ever attempted: simultaneous multiweek cruises in both the Canadian and Russian arctics.
The feat, to offer so-called Northwest Passage and Northeast Passage cruises in the 2020 summer season, would be unprecedented, according to Mark Conroy, managing director of the Americas for Silversea.
After taking a series of hits last year, including a difficult hurricane season, confusing messaging about the accessibility of travel to Cuba by Americans, and a strongly worded travel warning from the U.S. Department of State, Cuba reported that travel by Americans has declined.
Things already seemed gloomy last spring, when Spirit announced it would pull out of Cuba altogether, just four months after beginning service there. At the time, Spirit joined Frontier in canceling service to Cuba, while three other airlines announced cutbacks to their Cuba service.
Los Angeles Times
Smart hotel operators try to draw a wide variety of guests, including well-heeled executives and families with snack-loving kids.
The InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, reached out to both types this week with announcements of a new upscale hotel brand and a giveaway of chocolate milk and cookies at its family-oriented hotel chain.
The company said it plans to create a brand called Voco and would open more than 200 of the luxury hotels “in attractive urban and leisure locations over the next 10 years.”
California transportation officials have targeted July for reopening an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide.
The road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco was projected to open in mid-September but the California Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it will open to all travelers by the end of July.