The USS Arizona Memorial, one of Hawaii’s top tourist attractions, has closed for at least a week after a Navy ship struck and damaged the memorial’s landing dock.
The popular attraction is expected to remain closed until at least June 4, according to the National Park Service website.
Almost 1,200 sailors and Marines aboard the Arizona died as the ship quickly sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. About 1.8 million people visit the memorial each year.
The USHS Mercy, A U.S. Navy hospital ship, collided with the dock about 7:45 a.m. Hawaii time, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The ship was at Pearl Harbor for a training exercise. The Arizona’s floating dock was shoved about 10 feet toward the memorial, the newspaper said.
The ramp and handrails connecting the dock to the memorial were “mangled,” the Navy Times reported, and the park service noted that “it is not safe for visitors to disembark at the USS Arizona Memorial.”
While repairs are made, the Navy...Read more
Guests at two Waikiki resorts can now stay in posh new surroundings thanks to recently multimillion-dollar renovations.
The Royal Hawaiian, a Honolulu landmark for nearly 90 years thanks in great part to its pink color, has taken luxury to a new level with a makeover of the Mailani Tower. The tower has its own concierge team and also features a dedicated check-in.
Breakfast is served in a lounge for use only by Mailani Tower guests. Barista-made coffees and fruit juice mimosas accompany a menu that changes daily.
About a mile away, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the 380 rooms and suites in the 17-story Diamond Head Tower have had a $21-million refurbishment designed to incorporate a Hawaiian “sense of place” in the rooms.
Accommodations now sport a cream/mocha/sand palette and use island-inspired...Read more
The wedding ring inscriptions say it all: 5B and 5C. Those are the seats that Serbian actress Vjera Mujovic and German doctor Stefan Preis took on a Turkish Airlines flight to Mongolia a year ago.
This would be the meet-cute, if this were a Hollywood movie script. But it isn't -- it's a true-to-life travel story.
The two met on the plane, just happened to be seated together and a year later said "I do" May 6 on a Turkish Airlines commercial flight -- booked in the same seats -- from Belgrade to Istanbul. (Watch the wedding and their love story below.)
Friends and family were on board to witness the Wedding in the Clouds, as it was called. The airline provided food, violins, rose petals and a wedding cake.
"New destination wedding location: a plane! This couple even met on a plane," Yahoo Travel tweeted.
Of course Vjera and Stefan aren't the only two people who fell in love on a plane (though they may be among the few to get married on one).
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Love 'em or hate 'em, Spirit Airlines will be jumping into the L.A.-to-the-Bay Area market this fall. The no-frills (or pay-as-you-go frills) airline will start new service in November.
Spirit hopes to compete with Southwest, JetBlue, Virgin America and other carriers by operating two daily flights -- one in the morning, one in the evening -- between Los Angeles (LAX) and Oakland (OAK).
The airline calls it the "Bay to Basin" corridor.
Bare Fare and Frill Control pricing have been a mainstay of Spirit's "crazy low fares." Fees for items such as more than one small carry-on bag, seat assignments and printing out a boarding pass allow passengers to "only pay for the options they choose," in Spirit-speak.
"Your Bare Fare doesn't include refreshments -- even water -- because it costs money to stock 'em and gas to carry 'em. We have snacks and drinks for sale if you need a little somethin,'" the airline's website says in explaining its pricing.
The new service brings to 13 the number of Spirit...Read more