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Taking the Kids: Planning ahead for next year

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Where to? That summer reunion cruise with the entire family to Alaska has been canceled. You can’t head to Italy or France as planned either. Theme parks are reopening but the idea of having to wear a mask and social distance may be enough to put a visit off till next year. You may not like the idea of communal bathrooms at the beach or ...Read more

Coronavirus fears spook Queen Mary into canceling Dark Harbor haunt

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LOS ANGELES -- Come Halloween, the Queen Mary transforms into a haunted spectacle full of monsters and frightened folks. This year, the old boat will be a real ghost town.

The ship's Dark Harbor 2020 season has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a post on the annual attraction's Facebook page announced.

"With the uncertainty that ...Read more

Coronavirus ruined our family vacation this year. We turned to an RV for a new adventure

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Heading north on the Maricopa Highway toward Wheeler Gorge Campground in Southern California, I was finally comfortable behind the wheel of the 25-foot-long RV.

I'd gotten accustomed to the rental's hulking mass, adjusted to its vague steering and learned to ignore the clanging cutlery and cooking implements, which registered their noisy ...Read more

Disney: Splash Mountain joining Magic Kingdom's makeovers

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Walt Disney World's theme parks haven't reopened from the coronavirus shutdown yet, but there's a fresh development at Magic Kingdom. Imagineers will revamp the Splash Mountain ride, changing its theme from "Song of the South" to "The Princess and the Frog," it was announced last week.

In the win-win-win category for Disney, it...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Stephen Kramer Glickman

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Comedian and actor Stephen Kramer Glickman has quite the eclectic career. He’s known for having played Gustavo on Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush.” He released his first stand-up comedy album “Voices in My Head” earlier this year. And Glickman also is the host of “The Night Time Show” Due ...Read more

Delta to require health acknowledgment by customers at check-in

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ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines will soon require customers to answer questions about whether they've experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or been in contact with someone who has, as part of the check-in process.

Starting in mid-July, the Atlanta-based airline said, passengers will be required to fill out a health acknowledgment form. Passengers also ...Read more

Delta extends block on middle seats, flight capacity limitations

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As some airlines in the United States announced they would once again book their flights to capacity. Delta Air Lines revealed it would continue to block middle seats and limit passenger numbers in every cabin through Sept. 30.

Delta is capping seating at 50% in First Class and domestic Delta One; 60% in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+ and Delta ...Read more

Around the World: Seeking a Shakespeare Summer 2020

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For many theatre lovers, summer is the season for celebrating Shakespeare at one or more of the hundreds of festivals that stage the Bard’s work in theaters around the globe.

Most of those festivals are shut down this year due to concerns about the pandemic, and plans to travel to and attend them have been dashed – leaving...Read more

Taking the Kids: How to make the most of pandemic summer

Travel / Taking The Kids /

What a roller coaster! No, not the newest theme park ride, though theme parks are starting to reopen with reduced capacity and stringent health care rules. (Yes, you will have to wear masks; More in an upcoming column.)

We’re talking about summer vacation planning. The good news: If you can work remotely with kids’ camps and summer school ...Read more

Around the World: When resuming travel, know before you go

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If you’re eager to get back on the road, you’ve probably been tracking travel industry news, ads and offerings, and noticing that they’ve picked up significantly of late.

Destinations near and far, urban and rural, mainstream and off the beaten path have kept travel devotees enthralled during the pandemic with videos and virtual tours ...Read more

Prince's Paisley Park will reopen on July 1 with new health protocols

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MINNEAPOLIS -- At Paisley Park, privacy-loving Prince usually kept socially distant from people. When his studios-turned-museum reopens for tours on July 1 in Chanhassen, people will have to keep socially distant from one another.

New COVID-19 pandemic protocols will be in place:

1. All tickets must be purchased in advance at ...Read more

Yosemite, after partial reopening, cancels campground reservations through July

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FRESNO, Calif. -- Less than two weeks after Yosemite National Park partially reopened to the public, officials are slowing the process down some after seeing a spike in coronavirus cases in California.

Parts of the park, including two campgrounds -- Upper Pines (at 50% capacity) and Wawona Horse Camp -- were reopened earlier this month after ...Read more

Around the World: Is It Time to Resume Your Travel Planning?

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Like most avid travelers, you’re probably not really satisfied with the pleasures of virtual travel. Internet explorations of various destinations -- and watching movies that take you on adventures around the globe -- are terrific pastimes, but for those who are inclined to pick up and go, these pandemic-inspired diversions are no ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with John McCutcheon

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After seeing what was happening worldwide as a result of coronavirus, folk musician John McCutcheon got a jump start on sheltering in place. When he returned home from his tour of Australia in March, he self-isolated for three weeks in his cabin in Georgia so he wouldn't pass anything on to his wife and mother-in-law. He put that time to good ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Easy and rewarding day trips from Paris

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Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are some of my favorite day trips from Paris—a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

Paris can be intense, so for a break from its urban hustle and bustle I like to dip ...Read more

Summer air travel: Masks, a new boarding routine and bagged snacks

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CHICAGO -- After months of hunkering down at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers are slowly returning to the skies -- some eagerly, some cautiously -- and all curious to see how their first flight in months will be different.

On a recent morning at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 1, used primarily by hometown carrier United ...Read more

Taking the Kids: As Orlando reopens

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No Instagram worthy hugs with your favorite characters. No princess makeovers, nighttime “spectaculars” or parades.

Just to enter, you’ll need an advance reservation, temperature screening and a mask.

Welcome to the New Normal as Orlando begins to open in this Pandemic Summer.


The ...Read more

Florida Keys makes mask wearing mandatory

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The Florida Keys, which reopened to visitors on June 1, is making it mandatory for everyone in the destination to wear masks.

The Monroe County Commission decreed that facial coverings must "be worn by all residents and visitors while in business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead."

It is not mandated, ...Read more

One of Santa Barbara's oldest streets is suddenly so popular it's scary

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- If you haven't seen State Street in Santa Barbara lately, brace yourself. It's gone car-less. The empty lanes are filled with young and old people eating, drinking or wandering on foot, on cycles, on scooters. Expect a big, happy crowd on a Saturday night.

And maybe mask up.

"It's so wonderful, isn't it?" said Ruth ...Read more

All of California's national parks are open. Kind of. We can explain

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All of California's 11 national parks and recreation areas are now at least partly open.

The portions still closed, however, include such iconic spots as Alcatraz and Muir Woods in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging Californians to postpone leisure travel until the pandemic eases.

The parks' phased-in steps ...Read more