Travel Briefs

A full polymerase chain reaction (PCR) lab was installed on Viking Cruises’ Viking Star, permitting the ship to conduct daily COVID-19 tests of all of its passengers and crew. It is the first full-scale PCR testing facility to be built on board a cruise ship. The test administered by this lab is a noninvasive saliva test.

The Viking Star, one of Viking’s oceangoing vessels, can hold 930 passengers and 602 crew.


The Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, on the Daiba waterfront, welcomed its first cruise ship on Sept. 10. The terminal was scheduled to begin operation on July 14, in time for the Tokyo Olympics; however, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed both events, with the Olympics in Japan now scheduled to take place in 2021.

Located about 12 miles south of the older terminal and outside of the Rainbow Bridge, the terminal’s dock, at more than 1,400 feet in length, can accommodate the world...


At Bole International Airport (ADD), serving Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a terminal expansion completed by Ethiopian Airlines ( in September has made Bole the second-largest airport in Africa, after O.R. Tambo International in South Africa.

The expanded terminal, finished during the COVID-19 pandemic, contains features to help protect the health of passengers, with 30 self-check-in kiosks, eight e-gates at Immigration, and social-distancing-spaced seats in the...


The Palm Fountain, on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was named the world’s largest fountain by Guinness World Records when it began operating on Oct. 23.

Located at The Pointe complex of shops and restaurants on the Palm Jumeirah artificial island, the fountain is nearly 79,000 square feet in area and features water jets that spout up to 350 feet into the air.


On Dec. 5, 2020, in Switzerland, the Eiger Express aerial gondola began service, taking passengers from the Grindelwald terminal, at the foot of the Jungfrau, 1,800 meters away to the Eiger Glacier Station, in 15 minutes.

Visitors can combine the tram with the train to the Jungfraujoch observatory, more than 11,000 feet above sea level, completing the entire one-way trip in only 45 minutes, 43 minutes faster than previously.

A round-trip ticket for the Eiger Express costs CHF64...


From within viewing rooms 26 feet under the Indian Ocean, visitors can observe more than 300 aquatic species during a tour of the Underwater Observatory at Busselton Jetty (Busselton Beachfront; phone +61 08 9754 0900,, on the southwestern coast of Western Australia.

Each tour begins with a 1.7-kilometer train ride down the length of the jetty, from where a guide will lead visitors and identify species of fish, mammals and invertebrates that pass by. Lasting...


The first-ever commercial passenger flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which was also the first flight to Israel from any of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) countries, occurred on Oct. 19 with an Emirates flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi.

The UAE signed an accord with Israel on Sept. 15 recognizing it as a country. Citizens of the two countries, along with Bahrain, which recognized Israel in an agreement also ratified on Sept. 15, now...


Delta Air Lines has added an interactive world map to its Fly Delta smartphone app, free on Apple and Android. The map gives up-to-date information on entry requirements in regard to COVID-19 for each country in the world.

The information includes what you need to take with you before boarding your flight and what procedures you can expect once you reach your destination. This can include COVID-19 testing, quarantining and more.