Quantum of the Seas

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Venezuela finds scapegoat in World Cup – As President Nicolas Maduro’s administration continues its standoff with airlines in not allowing them to expatriate funds held within the country, many airlines have all but ceased operations in the country; the Venezuelan president claims that the airlines’ relocation to Brazil is simply due to the World Cup’s increased demand. (Skift)
  • Philippines looking for single-visa scheme for ASEAN citizens – The country is hoping for the creation of a single-visa scheme across the 10 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). (Inquirer)
  • Berkshire-Hathaway enters travel insurance – Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, an arm of the conglomerate’s insurance division, has unveiled AirCare, designed for travelers and persons in travel-related industries. (MW)
  • New RC Quantum to debut in epic style – The latest cruise ship from Royal Caribbean, the Quantum of the Seas, announces its debut with an epic, 53-day journey from the US to China in 2015; from New York City in May of next year, the ship will cross the Atlantic and Mediterranean, stopping at almost 2 dozen ports along the way. (TT)
  • France orders wrong-sized trains, too wide – The French have spent 15 billion euros ($20.5 billion) on a system-wide upgrade of trains to accommodate increased ridership; the trains are too wide for some stations, embarrassingly, but the SNCF will renovate the stations instead of replacing the new TER trains. (CNN)

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