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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

eBoarding Pass for travel from Mexico

Delta Air Lines announced the eBoarding Pass service is now available for all passengers traveling from Mexico City. The option can replace the traditional paper boarding pass by sending a barcode to customers’ mobile devices when checking in online. Mexico is one of three countries offering the eBoarding Pass service to Delta´s customers in Latin America, along with Chile and Puerto Rico.

Once passengers complete the check-in process online, the eBoarding Pass will be available for them to send or view. If they do not need to check-in any luggage, they may proceed directly to the security point. Passengers with checked bags should go to the baggage drop locations at the airport and present their eBoarding Pass along with a valid government issued photo ID.

The eBoarding Pass can be used on most mobile devices with Internet access either via check-in online or through the Fly Delta app for iPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphones. It can also be sent to an email address or mobile phone number in the format of an e-mail or text message from Passengers should have the barcode image fully visible on the mobile device screen when approaching the security checkpoint or boarding gate for scanning.

Airline News

Istanbul plans world’s biggest airport

The new six-runway hub in Istanbul will be constructed on 77 million square meters of land near Istanbul, and will have a capacity of 150 million passengers a year – 60 million more than Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, currently the busiest in the world.

The airport will be built in four stages with the first stage to be completed in 2017. Currently Istanbul has two airports, Ataturk and Sabiha. Several other grand construction projects are planned for the city, including a high-speed train to Ankara, a third bridge over the Bosphorus, and a redesign of Taksim Square.

International News

Scotland tops CNN’s travel destinations

Scotland has now found itself at the top of CNN’s “Top Travel Destinations for 2013.” The CNN article highlights the huge array of outdoor events and activities taking place in Scotland as part of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

DreamWorks to open theme parks in three Russian cities

St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg will open new theme parks in 2015 that will be designed, built and managed by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and the Regions Group of Companies. The new parks will be Europe’s largest year-round indoor entertainment zones, and each will be part of a larger entertainment development featuring a mixed-use movie and concert hall, 4D movie theater, three-star 400-room hotel, and a retail center with 11,000 parking spaces.

Cruise News

Passengers file lawsuits against Carnival

Carnival Cruise Line is facing a number of lawsuits filed by passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph, which lost power in the Gulf of Mexico and was towed into Mobile, Alabama. on February 14. Miami-based maritime law firm Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman is seeking class-action status for its law suit, filed in the US District Court in Miami on behalf of passengers who were on the ship, alleging that the conditions onboard endangered their health.

The suit also contends that Carnival Triumph should have headed for Progreso, Mexico, because it was closer and would have eased conditions faster. Carnival has said the ship drifted away from Progreso, and that plan was further complicated by the fact that 900 of the 3,000 passengers did not have US passports.

But not everyone believes filing lawsuits is the best strategy for passengers in this case. One of the cruise industry’s most strident critics, attorney Jim Walker of Miami, said that in order to have a legitimate case for compensation, a cruise passenger has to suffer a personal injury. “…taking cold showers, smelling toilets that can’t be flushed, eating Spam sandwiches in the dark or other similar ‘cruise from hell’ stories are not compensable.”

Carnival has already agreed to refund passengers’ fares and travel expenses, wiped out shipboard accounts, offered a free cruise and paid them $500 each.

RCI increases tips added to guest accounts

Royal Caribbean International is increasing its gratuities guidelines for sailings starting March 1. Royal Caribbean also will automatically add the recommended gratuities to passenger accounts if they haven’t prepaid tips before boarding. Guests can modify their gratuities at any time during the sailing. The new recommended daily gratuities for dining and housekeeping staff will be $12 per guest per day; suite gratuities are $14.25 per guest per day.

Deal of the Week

European Voyages

2-for-1 cruise fares, free airfare, and bonus savings of up to $3,000 per stateroom are being offered by Oceania Cruises. The offer expires March 31, 2013. Sample cruises: Treasures & Monuments, 12 days Istanbul to Rome, May 25 and August 16, from $3,999 per guest; Isles & Fjords, 12 days London to London, July 29 and August 15, from $5,199 per guest. Many other specials including Summer Music Festival at Sea, August 15 – sail along the fjords of Norway and the lush green coast of Ireland.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes in tour and cruise travel for everyone. You can attend her free “Travel Tuesdays” seminar on March 12 from 2 to 3 pm in the Sala Quetzal of the Biblioteca to learn more about the 2013 private small group tours from San Miguel: Luxury Turkey with a Private Gulet Cruise, a 14-day tour July 8-21; and Celebrate Ireland at The Gathering, an 18-day tour September 21 to October 8. Contact Judy at

Sources: Delta Air Lines, Travel Pulse, Oceania Cruises


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