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Changes at Denver International Airport Checkpoints

Denver International Airport (DEN) is making a few big adjustments at numerous of its safety checkpoint lanes this week, with the aim of creating traveling thru the airport less difficult.

You can examine all of the information about DEN’s TSA Checkpoint shuffle here, but one new feature that stuck our attention is the Travel-Lite Lane that TSA might be providing on the North Security Checkpoint. This explicit lane is set apart for ravelers with simplest one object, consisting of a backpack, briefcase, or handbag. A incredible idea for the ones who have checked their suitcases and/or are journeying light.

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Places We’d Go: John Soane’s Museum in London

Throughout the pandemic, Viking Cruises’ Viking.TV has been offering lectures and in the back of-the-scenes visits to excellent places everywhere in the global. We’re huge fanatics of Museum Mondays and this week’s offering is a documentary about restoring considered one of our favorite places in London, Sir John Soane’s Museum, to its authentic state.

Take a glance.

Why We Spit on Viking Cruises

What’s the nice part of taking a cruise round Iceland proper now?

The food? The views? The waterfalls? Take your select.

We’re fully vaccinated. But had been we involved about visiting overseas while the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t yet formally over?

You guess.

Still, while Viking Cruises sent an invitation for a cruise around Iceland on the Viking Sky on one of the voyages in the “Welcome Back” series, we said sure.

Just getting to go somewhere became an attraction of direction. And there at the moment are many researched-during-the pandemic places on our pass-there-quickly listing.

But Iceland went to the top of the listing while we took a take a look at the cruise itinerary and pondered all the waterfalls, fjords, and elf-anointed landscapes we’d get to go to.

Viking’s Health and Safety application and COVID-19 prevention and mitigation plans, as defined, had been an enchantment too.

Before the cruise, passengers needed to offer proof of vaccination and fill out more than one health surveys. (I become a piece overdue at the uptake with that and were given a phone name gently reminding me to get with this system.)

And further to sporting masks on board and whilst out on excursions, we needed to comply with daily temperature assessments, to put on touch-tracing gadgets, and to take daily non-invasive PCR checks as soon as on board.

We have been confident that team individuals could be sporting the touch tracing gadgets and be tested day by day too.

That PCR trying out includes spitting into a tube left in our staterooms every night time.

And to be sincere, filling the tube to the specified line isn’t that clean. And it is genuinely now not ‘cruise amusing’ to be reminded via a body of workers member to attend to this venture before leaving the cabin every day.

But it's far important.

What happens to all that spit?

All the tubes get introduced each day to the onboard lab Viking has created on the deliver. (Each Viking ocean ship has one now.) And the team in that lab uses notably sensitive device to test and examine all those PCR checks every day.

As we discovered some days into this cruise, this protocol works very well.

Although anyone on board is vaccinated, the lab determined a suspected effective case of COVID_19 on board.

That completely vaccinated and asymptomatic guest become fast re-examined and remoted in a dedicated section of the ship. The touch tracing device became activated.

We have any other degree of protection on board that has been shielding passengers from COVID-19: A pair of UV sanitizing robots, named R2 and D2. While passengers sleep, those green machines are despatched into public areas inclusive of the fitness room and the atrium to UV-away any viruses that can be hanging about.

Still, the Icelandic government are making the Viking Sky bypass a few scheduled port visits. But because the onboard protocol is so substantial and efficient, there's no want for the rest of the passengers on board to restrict activities as we head again to Reykjavik.

There isn't any shortage of alcohol, sushi, or reality-stuffed lectures. And there are not any other instances of COVID-19 found. (Yes, we keep spitting).

So we are all first-rate. It is, in the end, a cruise ship filled with outstanding amenities and incredibly enthusiastic personnel. There isn't any need to experience sorry for this merry band of cruisers.

[Update: the bars are now open. And Viking’s Chief Health Officer has arrived in Iceland to meet with officials and ensure the cruise line’s protocols are in sync with the country’s health officials and the Coast Guard. ]

As is their manner, the team at Viking Cruises is maintaining all and sundry very informed of what is happening – or not – and imparting beneficiant partial refunds (50% ) to customers, a lot of whom are already speaking approximately their destiny cruises.

And as I circulate about the deliver I hear disappointment, of direction, however slightly a grumble.

And this is why we are glad to spit on Viking Cruises.

Museum Monday highlights from Viking.TV

Courtesy Kon-Tiki Museum

We’re setting off for Iceland in a few weeks to sign up for Viking for considered one of their Welcome Back cruises. So we have been poking across the organisation’s internet site.

One astounding useful resource there for the general public is Viking.TV. It became created in reaction to the pandemic and this channel is chock full of videos approximately art, culture, records, food, tune, structure, and locations around the world.

Our favourite characteristic is Museum Monday. Stop in and also you’ll see that there at the moment are extra than 60 motion pictures about museums and collections. consisting of a few great behind the scene excursions.

You’ll discover your very own favorites, but right here are a number of the movies that captured our interest and our imagination this week. We started with a go to to the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, domestic to Thor Heyerdahl’s authentic Kon-Tiki raft and the papyrus boat Ra II.

We also went down a rabbit hollow at London’s British Museum getting to know approximately how prepared the museum for lockdown and toured the gathering of the Alaskan gadgets on the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, England.

Astronauts have that isolation live/work element down

Last week turned into World Space Week and Viking TV (a deadly disease venture of Viking Cruises) presented a complete week of area-themed content material.

I tuned in for the “When Space is Home” panel discussion with journalist Lynn Sherr and four former astronauts.

On the listing of topics: animals in space, new bathrooms in area, and meals in space.

And suggestions the astronauts would possibly have for us approximately handling isolation.

A highlighted passage from my notes includes this advice: “Spend more time deciding on your interactions and cause them to matter extra.”

The panelists you’ll pay attention from inside the video underneath consist of:

Dr. Anna Fisher – In 1984, she was the first mom in space.

 Colonel Jack Fischer – During a 2017 project, Fischer logged 136 days in area with spacewalks.

Dr. Richard Linnehan – The first veterinarian in space.

Barbara Morgan – She pioneered the “Teacher in Space” program and flew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2007.

Travel Tidbits – Out of the Inbox version

Enter these sweepstakes

Baseball is again. (Sort of). And Alaska Airlines has a amusing promo walking with the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants.

Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants lovers – or every body – can enter to win one million miles as part of Alaska’s Million-Mile Home Run Sweepstakes. Register along with your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan wide variety, or join up to get one unfastened.

As an advantage, each week of the season Alaska Airlines may even pick out one winner to receive air tour and tickets to 2021 Spring Training.

We also located an easy to go into sweepstakes from Bojangles. Prizes include $2,500 in cash, a $500 lodge present card, a $500 gasoline card, a $500 condominium car gift card, and $500 to spend at Bojangles.

Giant Robots at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Ten-foot-tall robots, a whole family of them, at the moment are ‘dwelling’ within the Phoenix Airport Museum’s Terminal four Gallery at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

The robots are part of an set up titled “Electro-Symbio Phonics for Phoenix,” by means of Nam June Paik.

What you’ll see: a mother, father, and baby robotic in an athletic pose with fingers raised almost touching the ceiling. Their heads, appendages, and torsos encompass 63 televisions blitzing with rapid-paced videos of sports highlights, popular subculture, and wasteland imagery.

Ready to reconsider cruising?

Do you think you – and the world – might be prepared to include cruising once more in a 12 months or so? Then you may need to go all-in on Viking’s new 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise. The journey will ultimate 136 days, with visits to 27 international locations and 56 ports.

The ship sets sail in Fort Lauderdale on December 24, 2021. After traveling ports of name in Central America, transiting through the Panama Canal, and going up the West Coast of North America, the ship will move the Pacific Ocean and visit Hawaii. From there it’s off to New Zealand and Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean earlier than ending in London.

Too lengthy a experience for you? There’s a shorter, 119-day crusing. The 2022 Viking World Horizons which departs from Los Angeles on January 10, 2022, and visits 22 countries and 49 ports before ending in London.

Prices (which include plenty of extras, inclusive of enterprise class airfare and transfers to and from the ship) begin at $forty nine,995 per individual for the 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise and $forty five,995 for the 2022 World Cruise Horizons (based totally on double occupancy).