By Sharon Pearson
All New Mariner of the Seas!
Royal Caribbean returned the 3,114-passenger ship "Mariner of the Seas" (the largest vessel ever deployed in the "short cruise" market) back into service after a $120 million drydock session. It will now operate three-day weekend and four-day weekday sailings from Miami to Nassau (Bahamas) with a stop at Royal Caribbean's private island CocoCay private island . Upgrades include the line's first Tiki-themed bar, a Japanese eatery, a SkyPad bungee trampoline attraction, two new water slides, an escape room attraction, a laser tag game, a new Starbucks, and other amenities. Click here to learn more!
Stricter TSA Rules
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says that it will introduce stricter rules on powder-like substances on inbound international flights starting June 30. Passengers with more than 12 ounces of powders boarding a flight (e.g., cosmetics, ground coffee, spices) will undergo additional screening and may be prohibited from boarding with the substances if they cannot be verified as safe. (They may go in checked bags.) Similar rules already apply to U.S. domestic flights.
Resort & Hotel Updates
Marriott International says it will ban plastic straws and stirrers at all of its properties over the next year, offering decomposable alternatives on request. Also, Uniworld says it will eliminate the use of plastics such as straws and single-use water bottles by 2022.
Canada's first Club Med Village (set to open in late 2020) now has a name: Club Med Quebec Charlevoix. It will be the first-ever four-season Club Med Village.
Take an extra bank card and credit card with you. Disasters happen. It’s always good to have a backup in case you get robbed or lose a card. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere new without access to your funds.
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Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.