Diversity in travel writing: 15 travel books written by people of colour

Conde Nast Traveller: Browse the travel-writing section of your local bookshop and there are intrepid accounts of adventures and encounters in all manner of places – from polar ice caps to Middle America, the Hindu Kush to the Australian outback. But with a few notable exceptions, the experiences will more than likely be seen through white eyes. Here, Noo Saro-Wiwa, the author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria, picks some of her favourite travel titles from people of colour.

Ministry of Tourism, cruise sector preparing tour operators as they reopen

Nassau Guardian: The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) and the cruise sector are set to prepare tour operators – who are allowed to reopen their businesses today – to run their operations amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The MOTA noted in a press statement that a webinar, which will be held tomorrow, will apprise tour operators of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) updates; local industry updates; small business matters and how to go about digital marketing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

PortMiami proposes MSC Cruises’ mega terminal provide joint facilities for Disney

Seatrade Cruise News: PortMiami is proposing to give MSC Cruises more time to get financing for its planned $300m, two-berth terminal and have that project include joint facilities for Disney Cruise Line. MSC Cruises could potentially have its financing period extended to Feb. 15, 2021, by Miami-Dade County, while the ground lease for the facility would amend the port’s turnover date to not before April 15, 2021, and not later than May 15, 2021. Moreover, the amended ground lease would require the project to contain facilities for Disney Cruise Line, including pier work for Berth 10.

Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

Associated Press: Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. Activists warn that without stronger attempts to hold political, pharmaceutical and health leaders accountable, vaccines will be hoarded by rich countries in an unseemly race to inoculate their populations first.

How to fix the Covid-19 dumpster fire in the U.S.

STAT News: There’s no point in sugar-coating this. The U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic is a raging dumpster fire. Where a number of countries in Asia and Europe have managed to dampen spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the point where they can consider returning to a semblance of normalcy — friends from Paris just emailed me pictures from their Sicilian vacation — many international borders remain closed to Americans.

Carnival cruise lines looks to raise another US$1B in debt

BNN Bloomberg: Cruise ship operator Carnival Corp. is back in the debt markets this week, adding around US$1 billion to the nearly US$7 billion it’s borrowed since the coronavirus pandemic devastated the international tourism trade. The world’s largest cruise group is selling bonds to international investors in both euros and U.S. dollars, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public yet.

Cruise lines say loyalty will lead them back

Travel Weekly: During Carnival Corp.’s business update last week, a Wall Street analyst asked whether the brands that were particularly tarnished by media coverage in the early days of the pandemic, such as Princess Cruises, were suffering more in terms of bookings. The answer was no. CEO Arnold Donald said that not only was Princess not doing worse than other Carnival Corp. brands but was “trending with all the other brands in the industry.”

Costa Cruises considering staggered relaunch with select nationalities, ships

Cruise Critic: Costa Cruises may be considering a staggered resumption of cruising as early as mid-August, according to an article published over the weekend on Crew Center, an online resource for crewmembers working on cruise ships. The article, which a Costa representative tells Cruise Critic represents an early draft of Costa’s planned re-entry into service, outlines a five-phase approach that lasts until 2021. The draft could still see significant changes.