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SEARCH TO BE SUSPENDED

May never know what happened to Malaysia Airlines MH370
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22 JUL 2016: The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be suspended once the current search area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured, the ministers of the three countries conducting the operation announced Friday, possibly ending all hopes of solving aviation's greatest mystery. MORE

EXPLOSION AT PORT

Crewmembers still missing
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22 JUL 2016: Aqua Expeditions’ Aqua Amazon sustained an onboard explosion, as it was refueling/restocking in Iquitos, resulting in the ship sinking.  No passengers were on board at the time, but many of the 20 crewmembers were injured.  Two people died and four others are still unaccounted for. MORE

TRUSTED TRAVELLERS

Keeping criminals, spies out of trusted traveller programs
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22 JUL 2016:  It seems pretty obvious - smuggling drugs, hate propaganda or people across the border could get you a lifetime ban from a trusted traveller programme like Nexus under planned new rules. The Canada Border Services Agency has launched a month-long consultation on proposals that clearly spell out what will bar people from joining a programme - or get them kicked out. MORE

AMAZON RIVER ROBBERY

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22 JUL 2016: Passengers on Delfin Amazon Cruise’s Amazon Discovery were awoken early last Thursday morning when a group of eight armed men arrived by two speedboats and boarded the ship. The assailants left within a half hour with cash, electronics and other goods but not before beating the captain with a hand pistol. MORE

PILOTS ARRESTED IN GLASGOW

Clarifications from Air Transat
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22 JUL 2016:  Air Transat has issued a statement regarding the July 18 arrest of two of their pilots in Glasgow.  The issue, the company says, is a complex one, and the matter is the subject of judicial proceedings in Scotland. Both pilots, who are personally facing charges, have received an administrative suspension for the duration of the carrier’s internal investigation. MORE

GOING GOING

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22 JUL 2016: The first flight for airline ticket reseller NewLeaf is scheduled for July 25 yet the start-up company has just announced an opportunity for passenger to bid for unsold seats in an online auction. MORE

UNESCO ISSUES AN ULTIMATUM

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22 JUL 2016:  The United Nations wants Italy to ban cruise ships. In 2012 UNESCO urged the Italian government to “restrict access of large cruise ships to culturally and ecologically important areas, particularly Venice and its Lagoon which are visited by some 300 large cruise ships a year.” The Italian government did not comply. And then the Costa Concordia disaster happened. MORE

AIR CANADA TRIES CROWD FUNDING

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22 JUL 2016: Air Canada has launched a programme where people can fulfill their travel goals with funds raised by strangers. It’s a crowd-funding platform that the airline says is meant to help make peoples’ dreams a reality. MORE

NOT QUITE THE EXPECTED VIEW

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22 JUL 2016: A honeymooning couple on Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam said they paid $600 extra for a cabin with a window.  When they got on board they found maintenance workers on the other side of the window repairing a lifeboat, and they were told that the work would be continued for the duration of the cruise. MORE

TASTES OF THE WORLD'S CUISINES

Regent Seven Seas Explorer
By WALLACE IMMEN
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22 Jul 2016: Ever dreamed of having your own staff of chefs? Give them your choices of ingredients to match your whim at the moment and let them create a dish to your taste. MORE
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SEARCH TO BE SUSPENDED

May never know what happened to Malaysia Airlines MH370
article image
22 JUL 2016: The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be suspended once the current search area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured, the ministers of the three countries conducting the operation announced Friday, possibly ending all hopes of solving aviation's greatest mystery. MORE

EXPLOSION AT PORT

Crewmembers still missing
article image
22 JUL 2016: Aqua Expeditions’ Aqua Amazon sustained an onboard explosion, as it was refueling/restocking in Iquitos, resulting in the ship sinking.  No passengers were on board at the time, but many of the 20 crewmembers were injured.  Two people died and four others are still unaccounted for. MORE

TRUSTED TRAVELLERS

Keeping criminals, spies out of trusted traveller programs
article image
22 JUL 2016:  It seems pretty obvious - smuggling drugs, hate propaganda or people across the border could get you a lifetime ban from a trusted traveller programme like Nexus under planned new rules. The Canada Border Services Agency has launched a month-long consultation on proposals that clearly spell out what will bar people from joining a programme - or get them kicked out. MORE

AMAZON RIVER ROBBERY

article image
22 JUL 2016: Passengers on Delfin Amazon Cruise’s Amazon Discovery were awoken early last Thursday morning when a group of eight armed men arrived by two speedboats and boarded the ship. The assailants left within a half hour with cash, electronics and other goods but not before beating the captain with a hand pistol. MORE

PILOTS ARRESTED IN GLASGOW

Clarifications from Air Transat
article image
22 JUL 2016:  Air Transat has issued a statement regarding the July 18 arrest of two of their pilots in Glasgow.  The issue, the company says, is a complex one, and the matter is the subject of judicial proceedings in Scotland. Both pilots, who are personally facing charges, have received an administrative suspension for the duration of the carrier’s internal investigation. MORE

GOING GOING

article image
22 JUL 2016: The first flight for airline ticket reseller NewLeaf is scheduled for July 25 yet the start-up company has just announced an opportunity for passenger to bid for unsold seats in an online auction. MORE

UNESCO ISSUES AN ULTIMATUM

article image
22 JUL 2016:  The United Nations wants Italy to ban cruise ships. In 2012 UNESCO urged the Italian government to “restrict access of large cruise ships to culturally and ecologically important areas, particularly Venice and its Lagoon which are visited by some 300 large cruise ships a year.” The Italian government did not comply. And then the Costa Concordia disaster happened. MORE

AIR CANADA TRIES CROWD FUNDING

article image
22 JUL 2016: Air Canada has launched a programme where people can fulfill their travel goals with funds raised by strangers. It’s a crowd-funding platform that the airline says is meant to help make peoples’ dreams a reality. MORE

NOT QUITE THE EXPECTED VIEW

article image
22 JUL 2016: A honeymooning couple on Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam said they paid $600 extra for a cabin with a window.  When they got on board they found maintenance workers on the other side of the window repairing a lifeboat, and they were told that the work would be continued for the duration of the cruise. MORE

TASTES OF THE WORLD'S CUISINES

Regent Seven Seas Explorer
By WALLACE IMMEN
article image
22 Jul 2016: Ever dreamed of having your own staff of chefs? Give them your choices of ingredients to match your whim at the moment and let them create a dish to your taste. MORE
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