U.S. cruise ship visits Cuba
The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and docked in Havana on Monday, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. Carnival Cruise Line's gleaming white 704-passenger Adonia became the first U.S. cruise ship in Havana since travel limits were restored after President Jimmy Carter left office in 1980. U.S. cruises to Cuba only became possible again after President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro declared detente in 2014. The Adonia's arrival is the first step toward a future in which thousands of ships a year could cross the Florida Straits.
Lost bags hit all-time low
When you check a bag before boarding an American Airlines flight, the location of your luggage can be checked through a smartphone app. Delta Air Lines recently invested $50 million to use radio-wave scanners to keep track of bags. Such advancements are the main reason the airline industry has reported an all-time low rate of lost or mishandled luggage, according to a new study by SITA. The report said the worldwide rate of lost luggage dropped 10.5 percent in 2015, to 6.53 bags per 1,000 passengers. In the United States, the rate of lost luggage dropped 10 percent in 2015 to 3.24 bags per 1,000 passengers, SITA said.
Los Angeles Times
Take the day off for Chicago's Ferris Fest
During Ferris Fest (May 20-22), travelers can re-create some of the famous Chicago scenes from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" with a series of "Ferris"-themed events and hotel packages. A portion of the proceeds will go to two national anti-bullying organizations, in a nod to the films of director John Hughes, which shared a backdrop of high school issues.
Hughes family members along with some of the cast will attend two screenings ($25) at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, Ill. Other events include an '80s dance party with cast meet-and-greets ($50) in Hughes' hometown, Northbrook, Ill., including a chance to be photographed with a replica of the Ferrari Spyder from the film. Two days of filming location bus tours (from $175) cap the event.
Hotels in Chicago are also rallying around the film's 30th anniversary. The Virgin Hotel will have a replica of the Bueller bedroom (admission $10). The Hotel Lincoln's "Save Ferris" package (from $350) comes with tickets to the Cubs, the Art Institute of Chicago, Willis Tower and Skydeck. The Palmer House's "Bueller's Chicago" package (from $258) includes movie-inspired amenities, among them a reservation at the hotel's Lockwood Restaurant for dinner under the name Abe Froman — the "sausage king of Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune."
New York Times
'Summer Freedom' in the British Virgin Islands
Are you in the mood for an island holiday? Check out the Summer Freedom program offered in the British Virgin Islands. Comprising more than 60 palm-fringed islands, the British Virgin Islands are home to a wide range of hotels, resorts, villas and sailing vessels, many of which offer deals, discounts and kids-stay-free options. From the luxurious, family-friendly digs on Richard Branson's Necker Island to more modest inns on white sandy beaches, you'll want to pack your flip-flops and plan on indulging in some well-priced lobster, roti, water sports and sun-drenched fun. Contact: bvitourism.com/summer.
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