Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ brand-new, billion-dollar cruise ship

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Behold the Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ brand-new, billion-dollar baby, Yes, that’s what it costs to build a cruise ship these days, often even more.

Thirty million people are expected to go on cruises in 2019, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. That’s in spite of well-publicized outbreaks of disease at sea, freak accidents, even tragedies – like the toddler who fell to her death earlier this month.

The number of cruise ship passengers is up more than 12 million from a decade ago. ‘We’re still just scratching the surface,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity’s parent company. He knows a growth industry when he sees one.

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The price tag for the new Celebrity Edge cruise ship, operated by Celebrity Cruises: $1 billion. CBS NEWS

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Cruise passenger claims cabin flooded with sewage-smelling ‘waste water’ during ‘nightmare’ voyage

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A cruise passenger claims his recent family vacation was ruined after his family’s cabin began flooding with “waste water” that smelled like sewage.

Kass Stone, from London, tells Fox News he had been seeking a refund from TUI Cruises since May, but hadn’t even heard from the company until he shared footage of the ordeal on social media, showing the water bubbling up from the shower stall.

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#marella #tui Our cabin flooded with waste water, no alternative accomdation offered in spite of persistent stench, wet carpet and overall unhygienic conditions, especially for two young children. The cruise was ruined and Tui/Marella have not responded to our complaint over a month later. Is this how you treat customers? #marellacelebration #bbcwatchdog #nightmarecruise #cruisefromhell #sewagecruise

Posted by Kass Stone on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Atlanta hotel closes during investigation into reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease

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(CNN)Three guests who stayed at a prominent downtown Atlanta hotel have become sick with Legionnaires’ disease, prompting an investigation of the hotel on Monday, officials said.

“Based on epidemiological evidence we have an outbreak among people who stayed at the [Sheraton Atlanta] during the same time period,” said Nancy Nydam, director of communications at Georgia Department of Public Health, on Tuesday.
 

Most Miserable Weather Record Ever? Miami Just Tied Its Warmest Night of All Time


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  • Miami’s low temperature Sunday morning did not dip below the mid-80s.
  • The low was 84 degrees at Miami International Airport, tying the city’s all-time warmest low temperature.
  • For reference, 84 degrees is the average high in New York City in mid-July.

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New York hotel guests claim $300+ room was nothing like online photos with dirty bedding, mold


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Linda Farmer bought tickets around Christmas to see Hugh Jackman in June at New York’s Madison Square Garden and booked a hotel nearby. Farmer had no idea that six months later, she’d be laying on what she said was a disgusting blanket in a dirty room.

“We go to the city a lot and stay overnight, but I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Farmer of Tannersville, Pennsylvania, told USA TODAY about her experience staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Midtown Manhattan on Friday. She and her fellow travelers said they discovered mold in not one, but two, hotel rooms and that their group wasn’t alone in complaining to hotel employees. 

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The room had a dirty bathroom floor and shower. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurie Farmer)
The next room wasn’t any better than the first. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurie Farmer)
They arrived Friday late afternoon only to discover a room that looked nothing like pictures Linda Farmer had seen online, she said. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurie Farmer)

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A good hotel offers entrée to new experiences while providing some of the comforts of home; a great hotel does all that while also fulfilling some kind of fantasy. To satisfy most typical travelers, that largely involves offering them the temporary illusion of being filthy rich, with servants at their beck and call in vast and luxurious quarters.

For true geeks, however, the fantasy can be a little bit — or a whole lot — different. Luckily, like every other major industry out there, the hotel sector has taken note of the spending power wielded by nerds and their families. That’s led to a boom in rooms aimed at satisfying the geek desire to be totally surrounded with tasteful thematic decorations and tchotchkes that transport them to their favorite fictional worlds, from the moment they wake up all the way through the time they place their heads on their officially licensed pillowcases.

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Video: 7.1M earthquake shuts down Disneyland rides


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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KGTV) — Guests were forced from the fastest ship in the galaxy at Disneyland Friday, after a massive earthquake struck Southern California.

The magnitude 7.1 quake hit the Ridgecrest area about 160 miles east of the theme park just before 8:20 p.m.

Video from Disneyland after the earthquake showed guests being evacuated from the park’s Millennium Falcon ride in “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Guests in other areas of the park also reported rides temporarily closed for employees to conduct safety inspections.

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Alaska hit with record high temperatures and wildfires


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Three cities in Alaska experienced record high temperatures on July 4th as several agencies warned Friday of high fire risk in the Upper Yukon and south central Alaska. According to CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, the Division of Forestry reported over 100 active fires burning throughout the state of Alaska.

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Spooky! Historic Austin-area ‘most haunted hotel’ to offer overnight stays


It’s been deemed “the most haunted hotel in Texas” and been featured on everything from “Ghost Adventures” to “PBS Strange Town.”

Soon, in addition to touring the historic Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, located about an hour from Austin, you will be able to spend the night, too.

The property, which was built in 1840, has a long history in Seguin. It was initially a two-room log cabin and was transformed into a hotel in the 1850s. In 1874, it was home to serial killer Wilhelm Faust, according to the hotel website. It had fallen into disrepair and was included in the “2012 Most Endangered Places in Texas” list before owners Erin and Jim Ghedi purchased the property with a goal of restoring it and eventually turning it into a museum.

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