American Airlines drops meal service on short flights
First- and business-class passengers on most American Airlines flights under two hours and 45 minutes will now be offered snacks instead of meals. Earlier this year, US Airways did the same. Premium passengers on short-business travel flights will continue to receive full meals.
New TSA Rules May Put Deices, Data at Risk
Recently the Department of Homeland Security has announced new rules for mobile phones and laptops. Travelers on direct flights to the US from certain unspecified overseas airports must be able to power up devices when they go through airport security. Otherwise, devices that cannot be powered up will not be allowed on the plane.
Passenger Security Fees to Jump
Travelers purchasing plane tickets on or after July 21 will notice higher passenger security fees. The fees, which fund the Transportation Security Administration and other budget items, will rise to $5.60 per one-way trip. Previously, the fee was $2.50 per leg of a flight itinerary, capped at $5 per one-way trip.
MSC offers tours of Mediterranean wine producers
MSC Cruises will begin its On the Wine Route Mediterranean sailings this fall, which visit wine-producing regions in France, Italy, Spain and Tunisia. The three itineraries aboard the MSC Splendida will include beverage packages, tours of wine producers, wine tastings and a gala dinner that includes a bottle of sparkling wine per guest.
Crystal Cruises to offer Alaskan itineraries in 2016
Crystal Cruises will once again operate sailings in Alaska aboard the 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity. The line will offer four seven-day sailings between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska, starting June 2016, followed by three 10-day trips.
Royal Caribbean Plans Fourth Oasis-class Ship
Royal Caribbean International plans to launch a fourth Oasis-class vessel in spring 2018. The new ship will include modifications from the first two of the line's Oasis-class vessels, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.