Norwegian orders new ship for 2017
Norwegian Cruise Line, which debuted its Norwegian Breakaway in New York less than three months ago, has ordered another new vessel, bringing to four the number of Breakaway-class ships that have been delivered or are on order. The new ship, a larger variation that the company calls Breakaway Plus, will be built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and is to be delivered in spring 2017.
The first Breakaway ship, a 4,000-passenger ship, sails Bahamas and Caribbean cruises year-round out of New York. The next, the Norwegian Getaway, is due to be delivered in January and will home port in Miami.
The two Breakaway Plus ships, which together will cost about $1.83 billion, will be 4,200-passenger ships, to be delivered in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2017. Neither their names nor their home ports have been announced.
The news came just days after Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced that it had contracted with the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy to build its first new ship in 10 years. The 54,000-ton Seven Seas Explorer, to be delivered in summer 2016, will accommodate 738 guests and will be the line’s largest ship.
Hotel thieves a well-read bunch
Most likely everyone who has stayed at a hotel has, at some point, walked out with a few bars of soap or miniature bottles of shampoo.
But 35 percent of global travelers say they make off with more-valuable hotel amenities, such as towels, lamps, robes and bedding, according to a recent survey by the hotel booking site Hotels.com.
The survey found that travelers from some countries pilfer more than others.
Danish travelers are the least likely to pocket hotel property; Colombian travelers came in at the bottom of the honesty ranking, according to the survey of 8,600 travelers from 28 countries and cities.
When asked about taking from hotels, 88 percent of Danish travelers said they never take hotel property, according to the survey. But when they do, the most common items taken by the Danes are magazines and books. Meanwhile, only 43 percent of Colombians say they have never taken from a hotel, and when they do filch, they go after magazines and books.
The U.S. and China came in near the bottom of the honesty ranking. with 66 percent of American and Chinese travelers saying they had never taken from a hotel. Sticky-fingered Americans typically take linens and towels. Chinese usually take furnishings, the survey said.
‘Evil Dead’ to live for Halloween
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios will feature the unrelenting evil of the cult film Evil Dead in a series of haunted mazes, the theme park announced Tuesday. The horror begins when the reading of a passage from an ancient book releases “an unearthly force of darkness,” and visitors must escape from violently-possessed victims who wreak brutal carnage in the mazes, Universal said. Halloween Horror Nights will run on select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2.