The staterooms on the upscale, 980-passenger Crystal Serenity cruise ship rival "those fancy first-class suites on Singapore Airlines or Etihad flights" and are reminiscent of rooms at London's Dorchester or Buenos Aires' Park Hyatt, Sarah Nicholson writes. The recently remodeled ship offers all-inclusive food and beverages and has a healthy menu of excursions.
US airlines are leveraging the strong dollar and new aircraft to add more international flights to their schedules. Collectively, US carriers will offer two million more seats to and from Europe between May and July than they did in the same period last year.
Booking data show students and youth have some favorite destinations this summer, STA Travel reports. The 10 most popular for 2019 include some common cities -- such as London, Paris, Rome, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco -- as well as Dublin, Madrid, and Berlin.
An "otherworldly" journey awaits in the 250,000-square-mile Rub' al Khali, the world's largest contiguous sand desert in the Middle East. The five-star Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort -- about two hours from Abu Dhabi -- "is a secluded escape that resembles an old Arabian fortress fit for a king," Evie Carrick writes, where visitors can "sandboard" down the nearly 1,000-foot-high sand dunes or explore via 4x4 or camel.
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., last week introduced the Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act, a bipartisan bill designed to ease airport security screening for wounded veterans who use a wheelchair, prosthetic or assistive device to aid mobility. The bill would also let eligible veterans enroll for free in the Transportation Security Administration's Precheck program.
Boston Logan International Airport has opened an expanded Great Hall in Terminal B. The new space includes a consolidated Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, Automated Screening Lanes, a pet relief area and updated waiting areas with new seating and work spaces.
Jonathan Kinney, who formerly represented District 22 in the Maine House of Representatives, writes in opposition to proposed increases to the passenger facility charge, citing current AIP grants throughout the state and negative ramifications to Mainers if increased.
US Transportation Secretary announced a $65 million investment in Chicago's O'Hare Airport with part of it going to fund new runways. "These construction of runways will help Chicago maintain its status as one of the busiest in the world," Bailey Edwards of the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, Calif., will add a second nonstop American Airlines flight to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport beginning in January. The airport began its first nonstop American flight to DFW in March.
Chase and Southwest Airlines are launching their latest co-branded credit card: the Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Card. Cardholders will receive generous rewards for travel, advertising and communications services purchases, plus seat upgrades, inflight WiFi and credits for trusted traveler programs.