Trip News : July 31, 2018

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USA Today

Construction has begun on another new ship for Celebrity Cruises.

French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique on Monday held a steel cutting ceremony at its shipyard in St. Nazaire, France to officially mark the beginning of work on Celebrity Apex.

Scheduled to debut in 2020, the 2,900-passenger vessel will be the second ship in Celebrity’s groundbreaking new Edge Class series.



From Wednesday new laws will reduce the amount of time tourists and non-locals can stay on the Chilean territory of Easter Island, from 90 to 30 days.

Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific Ocean in around the 12th century.

Despite its isolated location some 3,500 kilometers (2,000 miles) from the coast of Chile, the island is a popular tourist destination, not least due to its remarkable collection of around 900 tall human figures with distinctive features and standing up to 10 meters (32 feet) tall.

However, it is those very tourists, alongside mainland migrants, who have become a threat to the island’s well-being. Chile, which annexed the territory in 1888, has decided to act.


Trip Pulse

A computer outage Sunday for American Airlines resulted in a temporary nationwide ground stoppage for the carrier’s flights.

An American spokesperson told the problem began due to a loss of connectivity with one of the airline’s data centers. After a short time, the carrier’s tech team found the problem and normal services resumed after 40 minutes.


Trip Weekly

Citing weak demand, some airlines have begun reducing service from the U.S. to Mexico’s beach destinations.

In United’s earnings call this month, chief commercial officer Andrew Nocella said flights to Mexico were seeing “pretty severe demand weakness due to increased supply and travel warnings” from the U.S. State Department.

Delta president Glen Hauenstein called out Mexico’s beach locales specifically in that carrier’s recent earnings call.

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