Sun Country has begun flying from Miami to Havana, but a round-trip ticket costs $472. For a less-than-one-hour flight. You won’t find the flights listed on Sun Country’s own web site, but tickets can be bought on CheapAir.com.
Ferry companies are vying to begin providing service from several Florida cities. Round-trip is expected to cost $300.
Remember, in all of Cuba, there are only 60,000 hotel rooms. That’s about how many rooms there are in the 25 largest hotels on the Strip in Las Vegas. You’ll want to make lodging arrangements before you travel. And remember, you can’t just hop on a plane—Americans must fill out a form attesting that you’re on a cultural or educational or other specific kind of trip.
Travel packages are selling for almost $5,000 per couple for a Florida departure. I’m sure that price will decrease as competition and more flights and hotels come along. For now, though, Cuba is an expensive proposition. Here are links to some travel agencies that can help you put together a package trip.
In fact, it’s amazing Walt Disney didn’t lose his shirt on the deal.
The Disney marketing machine is a slick operation today. But 60 years ago, with the opening of Walt Disney’s dream called Disneyland, things didn’t go smoothly.
About 28,000 people showed up for opening day, and half of them carried counterfeit tickets. Opening day was toasty—101 degrees—but due to some union difficulties, there were no drinks for sale. Plus, only a few rides were open, and those that were suffered frequent breakdowns.
And due to the heat, the asphalt that had just been poured hours before the gates opened stuck to visitors’ shoes.
Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan were there for the opening. And so was ABC-TV which, of course, Disney eventually came to own.
Today, guests wear Disney’s new, electronic bracelets to charge things, and there are six Disney resorts: Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. But Walt was lucky he didn’t lose the $17 million he borrowed to turn 160 acres of orange groves into the first Disneyland.
When you rent a car, many companies ask if you’d like to pay in advance for a full tank of gas or if you’ll return with a full tank. It’s almost always less expensive to fill the tank before returning your rental.
But now it’s more important than ever to keep your receipt for that gas purchase.
Rental car companies, including Hertz and Avis, have installed new equipment that can, more than ever before, precisely measure how much gas is in your tank when you drive off their lot and when you return. And since some companies charge customers as much as $9 a gallon for gas, it behooves you to not only fill up that tank, but have a receipt in hand to prove where and when you filled up.
Hertz’s CEO says his company loses $50 million in fuel because while the needle may read full, that’s not as precise as Hertz’s new electronic fuel metering equipment. In fact, the system can remotely read your location, tire pressure, fuel level, and even shut down your engine no matter where you are at any given time.
Do avoid a debate and extra charges by holding on to your gas receipts.
A new, $48 million terminal will open next year at JFK dedicated entirely to animals. It’ll be called The Ark, but it’ll be a lot more luxurious than the one that Noah built. It’ll have 70, climate-controlled horse stalls complete with soft floors that will be gentle on horses’ hooves.
Dogs will enjoy a 20,000-square-foot play area run by a professional pet boarding service. Perks include bone-shaped splash pools, massage therapy, and other doggie spa services including “pawdicures.”
An architect of The Arc told Crain’s New York Business that The Ark will be the place for folks who love their pets like they love their kids. And isn’t that just about everybody?
Zoo animals and livestock can also be accommodated. And not all pets will be in transit. Passengers can check their pets in for care while they jet off on a trip. The Port Authority that runs JFK expects about 70,000 animals to visit The Arc each year, and it replaces a kennel that’s been around since the ‘50s and can’t hold a candle to The Arc.
In yesterday’s “Travel Minute,” I discussed some of the uber-stupid and dangerous selfies some travelers post to achieve that Holy Grail of “going viral.” Jesse Fox is an assistant communications professor at Ohio State University who studies the impulsive behavior of selfie-takers who post on social networks.
Increasingly, some tourist destinations are frustrated by selfies that star people doing stupid or even lewd things while they’re visiting. I asked Professor Fox why people feel the need to post such things, and her two-word answer was: “They’re narcissists.”
They want people to notice them.
They’re more important than the Eiffel Tower they might be hanging off of or the resort where they post pictures of themselves throwing up drunk.
As a researcher, how do you know they’re narcissists, I asked Ms. Fox. Easy she said—“They tell me.”
Well, of course, that’s what a narcissist would do, right?
As you travel this world, spend more time noticing it rather than feeling the need to tell everyone where you are. It neither compliments the place nor flatters you. You might like this New York Times article on the havoc some selfie-taking tourists are causing.