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Theme parks

Grand hall for Disney princesses opens this week

Princess Fairytale Hall, an elaborately regal space for meet-and-greets with the Disney princesses, will open Wednesday at Magic Kingdom, one of the last pieces of the Fantasyland expansion to be completed. The hall sits adjacent to Cinderella Castle in the space formerly occupied by Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

Fans will choose whether to meet Cinderella or Rapunzel, each of whom will be joined by another princess. Fast Passes will be available.

Completion of Fairytale Hall leaves only one unfinished attraction in New Fantasyland: the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, expected to open in the first half of 2014.


Rosewood parts with Caneel Bay

Caneel Bay Resort on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands will no longer be managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Rosewood had managed the 166-room resort since 1993.

CBI Acquisitions, which has owned the resort since 2003, will continue as owners and will operate it as an independent hotel when it reopens under the Caneel Bay Resort name on Nov. 1. Caneel Bay closed for the low season on Aug. 26.

In November, the resort will open ZoZo’s Ristorante, a conversion of the former Sugar Mill restaurant that sits atop the ruins of an 18th century sugar mill.

Cruise lines

More limits on onboard smoking

Cruise lines continue to add more smoke-free areas on their ships.

Royal Caribbean International will ban smoking on balconies across the fleet, effective Jan. 1. Passengers were already not allowed to smoke in their staterooms.

Most of the remaining designated smoking areas will be outdoors. While smoking was previously allowed in some bars, after the changes go into effect the only indoor areas permitting smoking will be parts of the casino and in the Connoisseur Club. For cruises sailing in Asia, there will be one dedicated indoor venue where smoking is allowed.

European line MSC Cruises also announced changes for the MSC Divina, which will sail from PortMiami starting in November. Smoking will only be allowed in the Cigar Lounge and designated parts of some outdoor decks.


Tahoe landmark closes for redo

A Lake Tahoe resort once owned by Frank Sinatra and frequented by his Rat Pack buddies is about to undergo a major makeover. The Cal Neva hotel-casino that straddles the California-Nevada line will close for more than a year beginning Monday to allow for the multimillion-dollar project.

The 219-room, 10-story hotel and 6,000-square-foot casino will be upgraded in an effort to revive the struggling property.


New Service

Low-cost Belgian carrier Jetairfly has announced it will launch nonstop service between Miami International and Brussels on April 4. The new service will mark Jetairfly’s first U.S. route and Florida’s only nonstop connection to Brussels. Jetairfly will operate the new service on Mondays and Fridays.

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