By Judy Newell
Rosewood Celebrates Day of the Dead
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende is inviting travelers to celebrate México’s annual Day of the Dead with new experiences for hotel guests.
“Día de los Muertos” is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors the lives of loved ones who have passed away. During San Miguel’s festival, the streets are filled with bright orange and fuchsia marigolds, transforming the town into a multicolored canvas filled with parades, dances, plays, and cultural offerings.
In honor of the celebration, Rosewood is providing its guests with a starting point to prepare for and experience México’s take–on Halloween celebrations. Starting November 1, the hotel will offer the following bookable experiences:
•Día de los Muertos makeup sessions for two, to get into traditional skull character. Prices begin at US$115.
•Tickets to the pre-parade cocktail party at the hotel before participating in the Catrina Parade through the city. Prices begin at US$70.
•Catrina Gala Dinner on the Rosewood Lawn, where guests can experience the traditional food and beverage of the holiday and judge the Catrina costume contest. Prices begin at US$175.
The First US Airport to Be Fully Solar Powered
The airport of the future is here, and it’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has become the first airport in the country to generate all the power it needs through a solar farm completed in August.
The airport’s 12–acre, 2.64–megawatt solar installation, consisting of 10,000 panels, was made possible by US Federal Aviation Administration grants aimed at helping airports improve their air quality and reduce emissions.
While the airport is the first in the US to achieve this goal, it’s not the first in the world. That title goes to India’s Cochin International Airport in the southern state of Kerala. It became the world’s first airport to be powered entirely by solar energy this past fall, thanks to its 12–megawatt solar plant, which has more than 46,000 solar panels.
The trend is taking off. A solar energy system made up of 15,000 solar panels was recently installed at Dubai International Airport. Earlier this year, the Hawaii Department of Transportation completed the installation of 2,980 additional solar panels atop Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
The largest airport–based solar farm, a 183–acre farm at Indianapolis International Airport, houses 87,478 solar panels and provides 22.2 megawatts of renewable energy for the region’s electric grid.
Denver International Airport has an impressive facility as well: a 56–acre, 10–megawatt solar farm with 42,614 solar panels.
Chattanooga airport’s renewable energy achievement is part of a much larger journey for the city, which was once one of the more polluted cities in the nation. Chattanooga is now working toward becoming one of the cleanest and greenest US cities.
Seabourn Announces Set Sail Event
Seabourn has launched its Set Sail Event, offering traveler’s savings, benefits, and an array of amenities. The Set Sail Event will run through November 20, 2019, for select voyages departing in 2019 and 2020.
The event offers may include the following and vary by voyage:
•Veranda for Ocean View Suite upgrade
•Up to US$500 shipboard credit per suite
•Up to US$1,000 air credit per person
•300–minute Internet Package per person
•Up to 15 percent savings on select Combination Cruises
•Penthouse or Premium Suite bookings will receive US$1,000 shipboard credit per suite and an unlimited Internet package per suite
Seabourn’s Set Sail Event applies to select worldwide itineraries. Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability.
Delta Ends Ban on Emotional Support Animals
To comply with new federal guidance, Delta Air Lines is discontinuing a ban on emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours. However, the airline is not changing its ban on pit bulls as service animals—even though the US Department of Transportation issued guidance saying such a ban on a breed is not allowed.
Delta put in place the ban on pit bulls as service or support animals in 2018 after two employees were bitten by a passenger’s emotional support dog.
The DOT said it “views a limitation based exclusively on breed of the service animal to not be allowed under its service animal regulation,” and that airlines should not automatically prohibit service animals or emotional support animals on flights lasting eight or more hours. It said airlines had 30 days to comply.
Delta said that effective immediately, it is lifting its ban on emotional support animals on flights over eight hours, less than a year after instituting the policy.
Words of the Wise and Well-traveled
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. —E.M. Forster
Deal of the Week
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Optional land package: Discover Zurich, 3 days/2 nights, US$1,199 per guest.
2–night stay at the Savoy Hotel Baur and Ville; Breakfast daily; Half-day Zurich city tour; Transfers between the ship, hotel & airport.
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•Farm-to-table dining featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed Michelin-inspired cuisine
•Unlimited fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits, and beers
•Unmatched complimentary and optional Crystal Destination Discoveries experiences in each port
•Twice as many staff per guest as the industry average, and all staff are Crystal employees
•All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside included.
Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom-designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email email@example.com. Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net.
Sources: Travel Agent Central, Afar, Miami Herald, Crystal River Cruises