Failures at Austrian ski resort ‘helped speed up spread’ of Covid-19 in Europe | Austria

An independent commission has found that Austrian national and local authorities made “momentous miscalculations” by first hesitating and then rushing to evacuate an Alpine ski resort that has been described as the “ground zero” of the coronavirus first wave in Europe.

Ischgl, a town of 1,600 inhabitants in the Tirolean Paznaun valley and one of Europe’s premium skiing destinations, has been in the spotlight since the middle of March, after thousands of tourists, including at least 180 Britons, caught the virus there during the spring holidays and carried it back to their home countries.

After interviewing 53 decision-makers about their handling of the outbreak, an expert commission appointed by the Tirolean regional government on Monday for the first time officially identified individual failings that helped speed up the spread of the virus across the continent.

The commission, chaired by the former vice-president of the Austrian supreme court, said in its

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Last month, I had to book a last-minute round-trip ticket to Prague for a family matter. Despite the country being closed to Americans due to coronavirus, I was able to enter with my Czech passport as I’m a dual citizen. Current travel restrictions mean fewer airlines are offering U.S. to Europe flights right now, so fares can be all over the place. Some days fares are super cheap while others are extremely expensive.

Unfortunately, the latter was true in my case. I was searching for flights four days before departure. Flights with one-stop were pricing at $6,400 round-trip in business class, which was way outside of my price range.

This is similar to how last-minute flights to Europe

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Princess cruises sail from Europe

SINGAPORE, 12 October 2020 – Princess Cruises’ 2021 programme
will now see three Royal-class ships based in Europe, including the newest
addition to the line’s fleet – Enchanted Princess, sailing on a series of
voyages to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, British Isles and Canada &
New England.

Sky Princess and Regal Princess will be based in
Southampton, UK, whilst Enchanted Princess will sail out of Rome. Guests can
enjoy an enhanced Medallion-class service and new experiences onboard the three
ships.

The newly completed Enchanted Princess was delivered on 30
September from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy and is due to
officially join the Princess fleet later this year. With the arrival of this
145,000-ton, 3,660-guest ship, Enchanted Princess expands the Princess Cruises
global fleet of MedallionClass vessels.

Enchanted Princess will spend May to September sailing
roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia) on a series of brand new seven-and 14-night
voyages calling

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Flights To Europe Now Start From $79 One Way, But Should You Book?

At the start of the pandemic, flight prices soared as people tried to return home from trips abroad before borders were closed. Now that travel restrictions have eased in many places, incredible bargains are appearing as airlines desperately scrabble to get their hands on cash funds.

Airlines are in a dire situation between border closures, travel requirements such as PCR COVID tests, and people’s fearfulness of traveling. Most are fighting a losing battle to stay solvent. German airline Lufthansa recently announced that it had processed requests for $3.6 billion (€3.2 billion) of refunds. Obviously, with that cash flow level out of the business and empty flights, companies are desperate to get cash back by stimulating bookings. If you lower the price enough, many people will book on speculation for next year.

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Carnival cruise brands Costa, AIDA return to seas in Europe

While would-be cruise passengers in the U.S. remain on dry land amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some European cruise lines have been able to return to the seas.

Carnival Corporation said on Thursday that one of its European cruise brands has resumed limited operations and another is set to soon.

In Italy, the Costa Deliziosa and Costa Diadema have already carried guests on successful voyages after its coronavirus shutdown, and the German cruise line AIDA is set to return to sailing next week, according to Carnival.

CRUISE LINE ASSOCIATION SAYS ALL PASSENGERS, CREW WILL NEED COVID-19 TESTS BEFORE BOARDING

Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp., said in a written statement that the company has “come full circle from initiating a suspension in the early days of the pandemic, to transitioning the fleet into a pause status, right sizing our organization and, now, embarking on the phased resumption of

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Unwell Mary Kom to Skip as Olympic-Bound Boxers Travel to Europe For Training Next Week

In all, a 28-member contingent will travel, including 10 men and six women boxers along with the support staff. The exposure has been sanctioned by the government at an estimated cost of Rs 1.31 crore.

Six of the nine Olympic-bound (five men and four women in total) are travelling for the assignment.

They are — Amit Panghal (52kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).

Vikas Krishan (69kg), who is training in the USA and Manish Kaushik (63kg), recuperating from an injury, along with Mary Kom, are the ones missing from the Tokyo-bound list travelling for this assignment.

The teams will be training at Assisi, Italy for a period of 52 days from October 15 to December 5.

Thirteen boxers from the contingent will also participate in the ‘Alexis Vastine’ International Tournament to be held in Nantes, France from October 28

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Author and World Traveler Illustrates Exploration of Europe and the Challenges he Faced in New Book

Brian Walsh draws from his experience while country-hopping and the struggles he endured in ‘A Day in the Woods’

“A Day in the Woods” By Brian Walsh
“A Day in the Woods” By Brian Walsh
“A Day in the Woods” By Brian Walsh

TRABUCO CANYON, Cali., Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Brian Walsh always wanted to explore the world. In his newly released book, “A Day in the Woods,” he gives readers a glimpse into his European getaway. In 1976 Walsh left home for the first time to take on a new country he has never been to before. Without much planning, the author realizes he is not fully prepared for this trip as he thought he would be.

Throughout the book, Walsh pens the harsh reality he faced throughout his travels from country to country in Western Europe. He experienced hardships of poverty and rejection that made him reflect on if he had the determination to

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Azamara Will Set Sail Again for the 2021 Europe Season with New Greek Country-Intensive Voyages

MIAMI, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Destination-focused cruise brand – Azamara – has announced the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe season and return to service on March 20, 2021 for Azamara Quest’s originally scheduled 12-night Spain Country-IntensiveSM voyage, Azamara Journey’sApril 9, 2021 voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona, and Azamara Pursuit’s new series of Greek Country-Intensive Voyages starting on May 9, 2021. The brand’s itineraries are all designed for more in-depth exploration to truly connect to the country’s authentic heart of local life and culture. The boutique cruise line has chosen to adjust its sailings as a result of individual country restrictions, as well as guest survey results indicating that Azamara guests will feel more comfortable waiting to cruise until 2021. Compensation options can be viewed here.

“After very careful consideration, we have made the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe

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CDC extends no-sail order for cruise lines, questions efforts in Europe

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The Disney Dream leaves on a cruise from Port Canaveral in March, just prior to the suspension of cruises because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially extended its “no-sail order” for U.S.-based cruise ships through Oct. 31.

The CDC said it is not confident that changes the cruise industry has implemented in Europe to curb the spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships that have resumed sailing there are working adequately. It said it is still too risky to allow resumption of cruise voyages from U.S. ports.

“Recent passenger voyages in foreign countries continue to have outbreaks, despite cruise ship operators having extensive health and safety protocols to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 on board, and spread to communities where passengers disembark,” the CDC said in a statement. “When health and safety protocols were apparently observed, resuming

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Sea Cloud Cancels Caribbean Season, Plans Three Ships in Europe Next Spring

Sea Cloud Cruises has cancelled its entire winter sailing program in the Caribbean and two related transatlantic crossings. The line had previously halted all sailings through year’s end. The sailing line plans to restart cruising with three tall ships—including the new Sea Cloud Spiritin Europe and the Canary Islands, starting in spring 2021.

“In view of the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic, this necessary step is the only way to give our guests and all our sales partners the peace of mind when planning for future travel,” said Daniel Schafer, Sea Cloud’s managing director, in a press release.

In the Caribbean

In a press statement, Sea Cloud Cruises said that the past months have shown that immigration regulations can change bilaterally at very short notice due to changes in the infection rates. It also said that almost all the islands in the Caribbean still do

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