Thousands of passengers who booked a “Cuban Fusion” cruise with the cruise line Marella are discovering they will now spend less than a day on the island. Marella, the cruise operation of TUI, originally promised 31 hours in the Cuban capital, Havana – arriving early in the morning of day four of the week-long cruise, leaving at lunchtime the following day. The total time in Havana is now 22 hours, with no other cruise ports on the island visited.
As light-hunting season begins, the Royal Astronomical Society’s Ian Ridpath explains everything you need to know about the Northern Lights. “Put simply, the Northern Lights are an electrical phenomenon in the earth’s upper atmosphere that produces ghostly glowing shapes that move and flow,” says Ridpath. The lights – the latin name, aurora borealis, meaning ‘Northern dawn’ because their appearance low on the horizon gives the impression of a false daybreak – can appear as shifting arcs, vertical rays, or long curtains that ripple like drapery blowing in a breeze.
Thomas Cook has cut its full-year profits forecast by one-eighth “following unprecedented months of hot weather”. Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of Thomas Cook, said: “Summer 2018 has seen a return to popularity of destinations such as Turkey and Tunisia. Mr Fankhauser summed up the firm’s recent trading performance as “clearly disappointing”, but said Thomas Cook is making “good strategic progress”.
The Ryanair plane had just arrived at Manchester from Malaga when one of the passengers noticed an unusual attitude to handling the baggage – including her luggage – being unloaded from the Boeing 737. At the ground end of the conveyor, a baggage handler was throwing passengers’ bags onto the cart, showing precious little tender, loving care. To make things worse, the tarpaulin on the far side of the baggage cart was adrift, so some of the bags fell off and dropped onto the apron.
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Sin City just got a little more sinful after Cannabition, the world’s first interactive museum celebrating all things cannabis, opened in Las Vegas, Nevada on 20 September. Exhibiting the world’s largest bong (24ft tall and fully operational) and cuddly fake marijuana buds, the attraction is aimed squarely at destigmatising marijuana use, according to museum founder J.J. Walker. Each room tells a different story about the cannabis plant, allowing visitors to witness cultivation and harvest before sliding into a giant pool of nugs and landing in the Ritual Room.
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