Week in travel: Viking officially bans kids from cruises

Week in travel: Viking officially bans kids from cruises

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United will pay for the biggest workaholic to have a trip to Tahiti, while Disneyland opens a Star Wars-themed taverna, and Delta has a record number of passengers

No more kids welcome on the deck. That is the clear message one of the world’s major cruises providers, Viking, has sent to the world.  

Viking will no longer accept kids on cruises — NAN728 / Shutterstock viking bans kids from cruisesViking will no longer accept children under the age of 18 on cruises – NAN728 / Shutterstock

On bookings made after 1 August, the agency has raised the minimum age of travellers from two to 18 years old.

“Due to the nature of our cruise and travel itineraries, the carrier does not maintain facilities or services on our ships for individuals under the age of 18 years,” the agency says in their terms and conditions.

“For all cruise/cruise tours booked after 1 August 2018 (regardless of departure year), you must be 18 years old on or before the day you are scheduled to embark on the cruise tour. Cruises through 2019 may still have passengers under 18 as the cruises were booked prior to 1 August 2018.”

The cruise provider argues that they have always focused on providing trips to travellers who are older than 50 and more interested in history, culture and exploration.

“It’s what we’re known for. Previously, we had allowed a degree of flexibility in the minimum age for travel, but increasingly our guests have told us how much they appreciate an environment where they can travel without children” Viking senior vice president of marketing Richard Marnell said.

Disneyland to sell alcohol for the first time – in a Star Wars themed taverna

For the first time after 60 years of providing fun to families, Disneyland will serve alcoholic drinks to the general public in California. And the company couldn’t choose a more fitting spot to do so than the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, that will feature Oga’s Cantina and is planned to open next year.

The bar, which should offer a fun time for adult visitors, will be named after a new face in the Star Wars universe, Oga who is described as “an intriguing alien proprietor.”

“Visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business, and maybe even encounter a friend… or a foe. Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check,” said  Scott Trowbridge, Walt Disney Imagineering’s portfolio creative executive.  

“But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell.”

“You never know when a stormtrooper or a familiar face will show up,” Trowbridge added.

While you’re there, take care with the smugglers – remember that Han shot first.

LATAM lands in Portugal for the first time, launching São Paulo-Lisbon route

For the first time in the history of its operation, LATAM Airlines have connected South America with Portugal.

Lisbon is the eighth European destinations LATAM flies to — Shutterstock viking bans kids from cruisesLisbon is the eighth European destinations added to LATAM’s roster — Shutterstock

On Tuesday, the carrier landed in Lisbon – launching their new non-stop service between São Paulo, Brazil, and the Portuguese capital. The service will be operated five times a week and is the carrier’s eighth connection to Europe overall.

Passengers will fly on Boeing 767 aircraft with 191 seats in economy and 30 in premium business.

“Portugal offers a mix between the contemporary and traditional that enchants and surprises even those who are already familiar with the country,” said Jerome Cadier, chief executive, LATAM Airlines Brazil.

“Marking LATAM’s eighth destination in Europe, our arrival in Lisbon once again demonstrates our commitment to offering unrivalled connectivity between South America and the world.”

Delta flew a record number of customers this summer

Saying this summer was a busy one would be a significant understatement. No matter how you slice the data – number of customers carried, flights flown, destinations served, irregular operation days handled – Delta airlines made and broke records made during the all-important period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Delta experienced a record summer season — Shutterstock viking bans kids from cruisesDelta experienced a record summer season with more than 650,000 passengers flown — Shutterstock

Between 24 May and 3 September, Delta flew nearly 60 million customers, including on the airline’s new record customer enplanement day on 26 July when nearly 662,000 flyers took to the skies. Nine of Delta’s top 10 busiest days by customers carried occured this summer, and the airline flew on average 80 more peak-day departures versus the same period last year.

“It’s nothing short of remarkable what Delta employees have done this summer to take care of Delta’s customers and each other while running a safe and reliable operation,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer.

“No matter the challenge – whether that’s record customers, several severe irregular operations and everything in between – Delta employees have again proven that no one better connects the world.”

United Airlines to reward the most hardworking US citizen with a trip to Tahiti

In a culture that praises hard work taking time off can be a challenge. That is why United Airlines have decided to offer a vacation to the biggest workaholic in the whole of the United States.

The most hard working U.S citizen has a chance to get fee vacation in Tahiti — Shutterstock viking bans kids from cruisesThe most hard working US citizen has a chance to win a free vacation to Tahiti — Shutterstock

For the occasion of celebrating the launch of a new non-stop service between San Francisco and Papeete in Tahiti, which will take place in October, the carrier has launched a contest to find the most hardworking person and to send them to the golden beaches of the islands.

“Americans are working harder than ever and not taking time off to rest and recharge. Each year, more than 700 million vacation days go unused in the US. That’s why we want to give the hardest working person the ultimate United vacation in Tahiti,” the carrier says on the official application website.

The carrier wants US citizens to describe in 300 words why they think they are the right people to deserve such treat. The winner will be informed about their well deserved time off on 11 October.

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