Travel Briefs

As of July 20, visitors to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, can legally purchase alcohol for personal consumption at any Maritime & Mercantile International, or MMI (www.mmidubai.com), outlet in the emirate. MMI is a subsidiary of Emirates Group. Prior to this allowance, some hotels and restaurants that catered to tourists had licenses to sell alcohol, but it had to be consumed on the premises.

To purchase alcohol, a visitor must present his passport and sign a form acknowledging he...

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The city of Aalborg, in northern Denmark, is now allowing only one cruise ship to dock at a time at the country’s only inland cruise port, despite its being able to accommodate multiple ships of 800 feet in length at once. The number of cruise passengers visiting Aalborg had risen from 1,000 in 2014 to 40,000 in 2018.

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Egypt’s Bent Pyramid, built for the pharaoh Sneferu around 2600 BC, opened to visitors on July 13. It is the oldest pyramid in the Dahshur necropolis, which is near the pyramids at Giza. Its unusual bent shape is the result of builders having to change the angle of the pyramid to compensate for the unstable ground on which it was being constructed.

Also opened is a neighboring, 60-foot-tall pyramid that may have been built for Sneferu’s wife.

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Richard Branson’s new cruise line, Virgin Voyages (Plantation, FL; 954/361-9500, www.virginvoyages.com), will commence sailings April 1, 2020, with its first ship, The Scarlet Lady. Cabins can now be booked.

Offering 4- and 5-night Caribbean cruises, all leaving from Miami, The Scarlet Lady can hold 2,770 passengers. The ship will be adults only, with no one under 18 on board. There will be 20 bars and restaurants, and food and drink will be included in the fare.

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Morocco’s national airline, Royal Air Maroc, will join the oneworld airline alliance in mid-2020. Some current oneworld member airlines include American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways. Passengers who are frequent-flyer-program members of a oneworld-member airline earn benefits such as miles and have access to airline lounges when ticketed to fly on any oneworld airline.

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Covering some major cities in Canada, Latin America and Europe, the CityMotion app allows users to see real-time updates for nearby public transportation options, along with maps and estimated walking times to stops. Also included are station maps to help users find the correct platform for trains or metros. The app is available for free on Android and Apple.

Containing more than 10,000 items related to boating, including scale models, navigation equipment and maps and charts as well as works of fine art, Musée Mer Marine, or Museum of the Sea & the Navy (89 rue des Etrangers, Bordeaux; phone +33 5 57 19 77 73, www.mmmbordeaux.com/en), opened in the former port of Bordeaux, France, on June 21, 2019.

Exhibits have info posted in English. Open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri. and 10:30-7 Sat. & Sun. Entry, €14 (near $16).

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In the city of Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island, a peanut butter factory opened Pic’s Peanut Butter World (49 Saxton Road; phone +64 3 544 8402, www.picspeanutbutter.com) on Feb. 23.

On a free 40-minute tour, offered at 10 and 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., visitors can make their own peanut butter, get samples (including tastes of almond and cashew butters) and buy products found only at the factory. A spot on the tour should be booked in advance.

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