Travel Roundup 6.23.17

Travel News
  1. Cuba Travel Crisis

After Obama lifted the Cuba travel ban in 2014, Trump has reversed it. It’ll take some time, but this means that US citizens won’t be able to visit Cuba as freely as we’ve been able to the last couple years. You can still go there but only through a people-to-people exchange (licensed tour group) and it’s expected airlines will reduce their routes to Cuba.

Cuba car

 

  1. Floating Luxury Hotel

Ritz-Carlton just announced plans for three luxury yachts, translating the same service you can expect at their hotels to the sea. The yachts will be smaller than other cruise ships, with a maximum capacity of 298 passengers. You can expect great amenities and rather than big entertainment, they’ll have smaller, intimate acts. As for ports, they plan to stay longer in each destination, sometimes with ships leaving late at night or the next morning. The first yacht will debut late 2019.

Ritz-Carlton
Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
Cruise room
Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
  1. Machu Picchu Mucho Rules

Starting July 1st, Peru will be requiring tourists to purchase tickets for 1 of 2 time windows and entering the site with official tour guides. This is to preserve the space and will keep visitors on specific paths.

Machu Picchu

  1. Baby Gets Free Travel FOR LIFE

A baby born midair was gifted a lifetime of free travel by the airline. The baby was born midflight in Saudi Arabia on Jet Airways. This is not the first time a baby has been born on a plane but usually they just give money or miles, not a whole LIFETIME.

Airplane

  1. Wyndham and Caesar’s Have Teamed Up

Wyndham Hotels and Caesar’s Palace have teamed up which means you can redeem Wyndham points for stays in Vegas. It’s not just Caesar’s – all their properties including Bally’s, Flamingo and Planet Hollywood are included. You’ll also be able to get your status matched between the two chains.

Las Vegas Caesar's Palace

 

Travel Deal of the Week: Not a deal this week, but a recommendation to go to Cuba ASAP (as in next week). Sounds like the new ban won’t take effect for roughly 90 days.

 

Hilton Honors Members save 20% on July 4th through Labor Day. Hurry, enroll & save by Friday!

 

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