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Cruise Lines Cancel Sailings To And From U.S. Ports PDF Print E-mail


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Celebrity have halted all cruises to and from U.S. ports for 30 days. Viking and Princess and Disney announced similar suspensions last week.

For more info, individual cancellations and refunds, contact the cruise line website and/or your travel agent.

 
Vegas Resort Fees Racket Adds More To Room Costs PDF Print E-mail


Along with all the reduced customers, scared away by the coronavirus, Sin City decided to find another way to rob you. Resort fees at Bally’s, Flamingo, The LINQ Hotel and Harrah’s Las Vegas have been increased from $35 to $37 per night.

With resort tax, that extra nightly charge tops $41.95. It means that all the ads touting rooms at $99.99 will actually set you back at least $141.94 per night. And with coronavirus causing many of the famed Vegas buffets to close, you’ll need to search the Strip for any of the bargain buffets still open.
www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2020/03/05/las-vegas-hotel-resort-fees-going-up-harrahs-caesars-properties

 
Coronavirus Chow Crisis: Vegas Buffets To Shut Down! PDF Print E-mail


As fears of the worldwide epidemic spread, one of Sin City's most popular traditions is being eliminated along the Strip: some of the most popular all-you-can-eat buffets. On March 15, MGM Resorts International will temporarily close the buffets in its hotels.

Until further notice, the posh buffets will be no more at the company's seven Strip hotels: ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur. Sorry, visiting Vegas foodies. You’ll have to survive with just a single serving until the panic eases and the buffets again reopen. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2020/03/10/nevada-coronavirus-concerns-las-vegas-strip-resort-casino-buffets-close

 
USA Today: Why Do Airports Offer Chapels For Prayers? PDF Print E-mail


The story gives the 90-year history of how it began with Catholic requests for airline employees to have a place to pray and rest. Since then, all major airports offer multi-sectarian chapels for all to attend.

So, in this era of sudden impact by coronavirus panic, if you’re scheduled to fly, make time to spend some quiet moments in your airport’s chapel to contemplate. Pray that you don’t catch the dreaded disease during your journey!

 
United Airlines Hike Checked Baggage Charges By $5 PDF Print E-mail


The first checked bag is now $35 each way, the second, $45. You can skip the increase by prepaying in advance. The fees are $30 and $40 if paid at any time before online check-in.The increase takes effect for travel beginning March 6.

The increase covers the U.S. on short flights to the Caribbean and Latin America. No-frills airlines including Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant already charge varying prices for checked (and carry-on) bags, depending when you purchase them and when you fly. Solution: Fly without the big bulky bags. Get all your gear into a carry-on plus wear a jacket with many large pockets.

 
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