A Sobering Norwegian Cruise Line Travel Alert

From a February 12, 2019 Norwegian Cruise Line travel alert:

Any guest that holds a Chinese, Hong Kong, or Macau passport, will be unable to board any of our ships, regardless of residency. (Except U.S. Alien Residents holding an Alien Resident Card (ARC), also known as a “Green Card” traveling on itineraries that sail from a US port and end in a US port.)

Any crew members joining our ships that hold a Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passport will not be allowed to board our ships. In addition, any crew members who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau within 30 days will not be allowed to board our ships. 

Guests who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 30 days of their voyage embarkation, regardless of nationality, will not be allowed to board any of our vessels. The standard incubation period recognized by the WHO and U.S. CDC for this virus is 14 days. Guests who are denied boarding will be issued a refund when they provide proof of travel.

Norwegian Cruise Line serves 2.4 million passengers a year.

Not a great time to book a cruise.


The cruise industry will take a hit from coronavirus. How bad will it be? – The Washington Post

“Alex Sharpe, president and chief executive of Signature Travel Network, a cooperative of travel agencies that includes more than 7,000 advisers, said in a statement that demand for cruises overall was down 10 to 15 percent year-over-year so far in February.”

Source: The cruise industry will take a hit from coronavirus. How bad will it be? – The Washington Post


Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling During the Coronavirus Outbreak | Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure offers a good summary of the impact of the Coronavirus on travel:

  • More than 60,000 people have been infected and over 1,300 people have died around the world.
  • The first symptoms of Coronavirus feel a lot like the flu. 
  • Protect yourself from catching Coronavirus by washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Avoid close contact with people you see coughing or sneezing.
  • Wuhan is quarantined.
  • Macau has completely shut down for two weeks and none of its famous casinos will be open.
  • United, American and Delta have all suspended their service to China, citing low demand. The longest of these cancellations is with Delta, who have suspended mainland China service until April 30.

This is a helpful video from the World Health Organization:


How to Beat Jet Lag – View from the Wing

View from the Wing offers tips for combatting jet lag:

Adjust to the local time of your destination as soon as possible, generally as soon as you board your flight. That means eating on your new local time, and sleeping on your new local time.

Stay up until bedtime at your destination the day you arrive. If you go to sleep at noon, you’re going to be off for days. You need to force yourself to power through.

I regularly stay up until bedtime at my destination when I arrive even if I have to force myself to stay awake. Typically, I walk and drink coffee. It helps a lot.


American Airlines to Add Seattle to India Service

AirlineGeeks reports that American Airlines will have new nonstop service between Seattle and Bangalore, India in October. American will become the first airline to offer nonstop flights between Bangalore and the United States. American Airlines has not flown to India since 2012.

The service will connect the city that is home to Amazon and Microsoft with the city sometimes called the “Silicon Valley of India.”


United Expanding in Denver

AirlineGeeks reports that United plans to expand the number of flights from its Colorado hub from its present 500 flights per day to as many as 700 by 2025. Over the past five years, United has added more than 100 flights from Denver. United also plans to add 1,000 jobs in its Denver hub in coming years.

AirlineGeeks is my favorite source of aviation news.


New York to London in Under 5-Hours

CNN reports that a British AIrways Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from New York to London in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom.

This was the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h), and arriving at Heathrow almost two hours ahead of schedule.

This reminds me of the days of the Concorde, which took about 3.5 hours.


New York to Sue USG Over Global Entry Freeze

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision immediately affects roughly 50,000 state residents who have applications pending for Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, which expedites United States Customs and Border Protection screening for international air travelers when they enter the United States. Another 175,000 New Yorkers whose memberships expire this year are also at risk.

The New York Times

Five Star Hotel Rooms with a View, 2019

Deutsche Bank researched prices for five star hotel rooms in 54 cities world wide, which it defined as a Hyatt Regency with a view. Where Hyatt Regency did not have a property in a prominent location, Park Hyatt Hotels were used. In some cities, the bank ended up using other brands of hotels.

The results are interesting. New York City is in 22nd place at $415. Boston was in 46th place at $239. In last place was Kuala Lumpur at $164.

RankCity2019 USD
4Buenos Aires714
Source: Deutsche Bank


Biggest Airlines – A Decade of Change

It is interesting to see the airlines that have grown and declined over the last decade. Measured by scheduled seats, OAG reports that American Airlines is the largest airline in the world beating out Delta, which held the top spot in 2010. Even so, Delta’s scheduled seats grew by 20% from 2010 to 2019.

Other items of interest:

  • There are four US carriers in the top ten: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN) and United (UA). US Airways and Continental have been merged and are no longer flying.
  • China holds three spots on the top ten list: China Southern Airlines (CZ), China Eastern Airlines (MU) and Air China (CA).
  • The largest non-US carrier is Ryanair (FR), based in Ireland. Ryanair is now number 5 on the list having risen from number 7 in 2010.
  • Turkish Airways (TK) is now the tenth largest airline and easyJet (U2) based in the UK is number eight.
  • Lufthansa (LH), one of my favorite airlines, is no longer on the list.
Source: OAG