New attraction opening at Legoland
Legoland’s new attraction, The World of Chima, will open July 3 at the Winter Haven park and recruit guests into a very wet battle among animal warriors. The centerpiece will be a water ride with water cannons, The Quest for CHI. The new “land” will also include Speedorz Arena, where players will build and race Lego Speedorz; Cragger’s Swamp, a water play area; a new 4D movie; character meet-and-greets; and of course a retail store.
Two lines to call at Honduran port
With veteran cruisers looking for new Caribbean destinations, a new port at Trujillo, Honduras, has signed contracts with two cruises lines to dock there beginning in late 2014. Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud, the first to sign, will call at the Banana Coast Cruise Port, on Dec. 17, 2014. Holland America’s Ryandam will be the first major ship to stop there, on Nov. 19, 2014, and has scheduled 11 port calls there in 2014 and 2015. The port’s developer, Grande Trujillo Authoridad, says the passenger-reception and shopping center were completed in February. Later, a two-berth, post-Panamax pier is to be built. The port’s theme is “Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea.”
Baggage, change fees adding up
U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year – the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.
Passengers shouldn’t expect a break anytime soon. Those fees – along with extra charges for boarding early or picking prime seats – have helped return the industry to profitability.
Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second and then various extra amounts for overweight or oversized bags.
• JetBlue Airways has announced plans to offer twice-a-day nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The airline will begin flying into Haiti’s capital as early as December — just in time for Christmas and pre-carnival celebrations — pending Haitian and U.S. government approval.
• American Airlines has begun offering connecting service to South Korea via Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
• Seaborne Airlines announced Monday that they will launch two new routes from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the French West Indies Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique beginning June 1. The flights will operate four days per week.
Smoky Mountain road reopens
The National Park Service expects visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to rebound, now that U.S. 441 has been restored on the North Carolina side. April visits were down 14.6 percent, compared with 2012. The highway had been closed for 90 days due to a landslide.