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Bahamas

Resorts World touting seaplane service

Resorts World Bimini already has a cruise ferry shuttling potential guests from Miami. Now the Genting-managed property is pitching seaplane service.

A package, good through the end of the year, includes roundtrip seaplane fare for visitors who book at least two nights in a studio villa at the resort in the Bahamas. Prices start at $389 per person.

Flights, operated by Tropic Ocean Airways, will leave Miami’s Watson Island daily and arrive about 25 minutes later by the resort in Bimini. Passengers need a passport to travel.

Information about the “Fly Free Island Package” is available at 888-930-8688.

Vermont

Resort opens adaptive ski and sports center

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports has opened its new headquarters. The operations at the Pico Mountain resort in Killington will make it easier for people in wheelchairs and others with special needs to ski, kayak, bike and do other outdoor activities.

The nonprofit founded in 1987 moved its offices to Pico in 1999. It plans year-round outings and has 500 volunteers to help out.

Donations and grants helped fund the $1.3 million headquarters.

Puerto Rico

Old San Juan pier to be expanded

Puerto Rico’s governor has announced that the pier in historic Old San Juan will be expanded to accommodate cruise ships capable of carrying more than 6,000 passengers. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said that the $8.7 million project will extend the pier by 182 feet and build a new baggage inspection office.

The longer pier will be able to accommodate large cruise ships including the Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, which is to visit Puerto Rico for the first time in December 2014 and make nine more visits through 2015.

Garcia said cruise-ship visits have generated more than $150 million so far this year, and visits by mega cruise ships are expected to generate an additional $300 million in the next decade.

Airlines

New service

• JetBlue Airways said it will begin operating two new non-stop Caribbean routes out of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International beginning May 1, offering daily service to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The new routes are in addition to the already announced daily nonstop to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, also starting May 1.

• Seaborne Airlines will launch twice-weekly flights between San Juan and La Romana, Dominican Republic, on Dec. 12. The flights move to a daily schedule on March 15. Seaborne also said it will begin daily service to St. Kitts starting on Jan. 15.

Theme parks

Aquatica Orlando names new slide

Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld’s water park, announced Tuesday that its new drop water slide, to open next year, will be called Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. The slide will be named after a gecko from the South Pacific.

The slide will be the tallest, steepest and only multi-slide ride of its kind in Orlando, according to the announcement. The park said previously that the slide would be more than 100 feet tall; it did not release any new details last week.

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