Norwegian Cruise Line cancels one sailing, suspends another

Norwegian Cruise Line canceled one sailing and cut anther one short due to the rising number of omicron cases sweeping the globe. NCL said it had canceled the Norwegian Getaway’s next sailing, a nine-day Caribbean cruise scheduled to depart today. […]

Mexico says cruise ships with coronavirus cases can dock

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Tuesday it will allow cruise ships carrying people infected with the coronavirus to dock. The announcement came after two Mexican ports refused to allow passengers ashore because their ships had coronavirus cases. […]

Omicron slows bookings, but tour operators are liking 2022 overall

Omicron ruined just about everything this holiday season, from thousands of flights canceled globally at Christmas to downsizing New Year’s Eve plans (not to mention the fluctuation of travel restrictions and tighter testing windows). And the variant looks like it […]

Marriott is establishing a research and development lab

Marriott International has launched the Marriott Design Lab to accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies and products. The lab is billed as a research and development division for all aspects of the hotel industry from construction to in-room […]

Marriott inks deal for first W hotel in Macau

Marriott International has announced plans to bring the W brand to Macau. W Macau — Studio City, a development in partnership with Melco Resorts & Entertainment, is scheduled to open in December 2022.  Located on the Cotai Strip, the W […]

U.S. settles with Airbnb over alleged Cuba violations

Airbnb has agreed to pay a fine to settle alleged violations of U.S. government sanctions on Cuba, the Treasury Department announced Jan. 3.  The company has agreed to pay $91,172, according to a statement from the Office of Foreign Assets […]

Omicron is here, but agents say travelers are hardened

The emergence of the omicron variant has thrown yet more hurdles at pandemic-weary travel advisors. Still, they report that travelers’ spirits have not been considerably dampened despite cruise port closures and holiday flight cancellations. If anything, the surge of the […]

Omicron causes decline in Royal Caribbean bookings

The omicron variant of Covid-19 has impacted Royal Caribbean Group with a spike in cases onboard, a decline in bookings and service disruptions, the company said.  But, cases have been mild and the dip in bookings is smaller than the […]