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Bellagio Renovation, Viking & Vaccinations, and Strikes Across Europe

In Travel News for April 5th, 2023 we talk about planned strikes across Europe, Viking’s vaccination policy, and a massive renovation in the Bellagio.

Luxury Redefined: Bellagio Hotel's $110 Million Spa Tower Makeover | Inside Look

The iconic Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada is set to undergo a $110 million renovation of its Spa Tower's 819 guest rooms and 104 suites, expected to be completed by October. The first batch of redesigned rooms will be available for stays beginning in July. Inspired by Italy's Lake Como region, the luxurious upgrades will feature custom furnishings, sophisticated design elements, and color palettes reflecting the area's natural beauty. The Spa Tower's suite offerings will range from 850-square-foot Salon Suites to lavish 2,500-square-foot Executive Hospitality Suites. The renovation follows the recent makeover of over 2,500 guest rooms in the resort's main tower, further cementing Bellagio's reputation as a premier luxury destination.

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Cruise Line Vaccination Policies: Viking Stands Firm While Others Reevaluate

Viking Cruises has chosen to maintain its vaccination policy, requiring all guests to be vaccinated before sailing on their river, ocean, and expedition ships. The decision stems from the majority of Viking's guests preferring a vaccinated ship environment. In contrast, other cruise lines such as Windstar Cruise Line, Cunard Line, and Lindblad Expeditions plan to eliminate or reevaluate their vaccination policies. Windstar, for example, will no longer require guest vaccinations from June 1, after upgrading its HVAC systems with advanced air filtration technology. Travelers planning a cruise vacation should stay informed about each cruise line's COVID-19 policies and safety measures to make informed decisions about their preferred cruising experience.

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Europe's Travel Alert: Airport & Transport Strikes During Peak Season

Europe is currently experiencing a series of labor strikes that could disrupt travel plans during the Easter holiday period. In Spain, Swissport workers have planned walkouts at 17 major airports every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from February 27 to April 13. Italy's railway and aviation sectors also face potential disruptions due to nationwide strikes on April 11 and April 14. In France, air traffic control employees have planned a walkout on April 7, while in Portugal, ground services at Lisbon and Porto airports could be affected by a strike on April 6. Travelers should stay informed about the latest strike updates, maintain flexible travel plans, and monitor information from airlines, railway companies, and local authorities to navigate potential disruptions.

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