Travel Briefs

The city of Rome banned souvenir booths and food carts at historic sites, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. The ban went into effect on Jan. 1. Some vendors were given the option of permanent locations away from the monuments where they had been set up.

In 2020, the annual Bachfest in Leipzig, Germany, will be held June 11-21. During the festival, works from Johann Sebastian Bach’s children and grandchildren, many of whom grew up to become composers like their progenitor, will be performed, as this year’s theme is “We Are Family.” Citywide, more than 150 events are scheduled, with choirs, recitals, orchestras, etc.

Information and downloadable programs can be found at www.bach-leipzig.de/en/bachfest. Tickets...

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In order to help meet the needs of people with autism and other sensory sensitivities, Carnival Cruise Line (800/764-7419, www.carnival.com) worked with the nonprofit organization KultureCity (www.kulturecity.org), which advocates for people with sensory disabilities, and became the first cruise line to be certified by the group as “sensory inclusive.”

The certification process included training for the ships’ entire staffs on how to meet the sensory needs of adults...

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Viking Cruises (Los Angeles, CA; 855/338-4546, www.vikingcruises.com) has changed its name to simply “Viking,” introducing the corresponding website www.viking.com. Its divisions Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises maintain their names, and a new division has been added, Viking Expeditions, with cruises by specially designed ships to begin in 2022.

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Including narwhal, sperm, humpback and blue whales, life-sized replicas of 23 whale species that frequent Iceland’s coast are displayed at Whales of Iceland (Fiskislóð 23-25, Reykjavik, Iceland; phone +354 571 0077, www.whalesoficeland.is). In June 2019, a room with a 75-foot-long fin whale replica was added.

Visitors will find interactive exhibits and video footage of whales in the wild, and a multilingual audio guide app, “Whales of Iceland,” can be downloaded to a...

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At the foot of Montjuïc, on the coast of Barcelona, Spain, visitors can find the Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera (Carretera de Miramar, 38, Sants-Montjuïc, Barcelona), a public garden specializing in cactuses and other succulents from around the world. Around 800 species grow in the garden’s 7.8 acres, which overlook the Mediterranean.

The park is open daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., April 1-Oct. 31, and 10-7, Nov. 1-March 31. Entry is free.

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Visitors to Red Bay National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada’s Labrador province, can book hour-long tours with a park ranger to the 16th-century Basque whaling outpost there.

“If These Bones Could Talk” takes visitors along the beach through the skeletal remains of the harvested whales. A second tour, “Digging Through Time,” goes by boat to Saddle Island to the former whale-oil-processing area and other archaeological sites.

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The Greenland GPS app, available for free for Apple and Android, contains maps and trail guides for the 160-kilometer Arctic Circle Trail (between Kangerlussuaq airport and the town of Sisimiut on the west coast, with lakes, fjords and 300- to 1,000-meter-high mountains) and for trails in the South Greenland Trails area (between the airport at Narsarsuaq and the town of Narsaq, ranging from flat fields to 1,700-meter peaks and featuring Viking ruins).

A phone’s GPS will update...

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