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Canada extends cruise ship ban; Alaska tourism will take a hit

(CNN) — People who have been hoping to cruise the northern waters of North America this summer will have to place their travel dreams in dry dock for now. Because of the worsening Covid-19 pandemic, Canada has extended its cruise ship ban until February 2022. That affects popular voyage destinations in Canada, including the St. […]

New Orleans closing bars for Mardi Gras

(CNN) — In a citywide crackdown, New Orleans announced on Friday that it will be ordering the closure of all indoor and outdoor bars and banning to-go drinks starting next Friday through Mardi Gras day on February 16. During a news conference, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell called the large crowds seen on Bourbon Street […]

China debuts bullet train that can operate in extremely cold temperatures

(CNN) — China has unveiled a new high-speed bullet train designed for extremely cold climates. The CR400AF-G train, which can operate at speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour (217 mph) in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit), is part of the Fuxing series of high-speed electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains […]

Harbin Snow and Ice Festival: Still open but events canceled due to Covid outbreaks

(CNN) — The 37th annual Harbin Snow and Ice Festival is continuing on as planned, although with modifications due to new outbreaks of coronavirus nearby. The winter festival, which is a huge event in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin in Heilongjiang province, has drawn travelers from around China and the world every December and […]

Thailand bans food, drink, newspapers and magazines on domestic flights

(CNN) — In an effort to stem the tide of the coronavirus, Thailand has banned food, drink and any printed materials other than safety information cards on board domestic flights. The airlines will have to follow the regulations or could face possible penalty from their regulator, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. This is the second […]

UK travel ban: These countries impose new restrictions

Editor’s Note — This list was current as of 9.30 a.m. ET on December 22. (CNN) — Countries around the world are imposing bans and restrictions on travel from the United Kingdom to stem the transmission of a coronavirus variant that health authorities say can spread faster than others. The new variant discovered in the […]

Russian airline designates plane seats for passengers who refuse to wear masks

(CNN) — Russian airline Aeroflot has announced it will designate specific seats on board its planes for passengers who refuse to wear masks. “It is critically important for us to ensure the safety of all passengers,” Yulia Spivakova, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in a statement. Aeroflot, which is Russia’s largest airline and national […]

New Zealand travel bubble with Australia agreed … but there’s still no start date

(CNN) — New Zealand has agreed in principle to establish a much-anticipated travel bubble with neighboring Australia — although there’s still no firm date on when the corridor would start. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on December 14 that a travel bubble can be expected in the first quarter of next year, meaning […]

Singapore’s Royal Caribbean cruise turns back after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

(CNN) — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship has returned to port in Singapore after a passenger tested positive for Covid-19. The Quantum of the Seas ship was hosting a three-night, four-day “cruise to nowhere” itinerary around Singapore and departed from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre on December 7. The cruise was part of a much-vaunted […]