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One week after Sandy devastated the east coast and forced multiple airports to close, we’re seeing hundreds more flights being cancelled again. Due to another coastal storm threatening to hit, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines have each cancelled hundreds of flights from Washington to New York. This new winter storm has been labeled, “Nor’easter”, and is expected to effect much of the east coast, with majority of flights being cancelled to and from New York. All three airlines combined cancelled over 1,000 flights thus far. United Airlines, (which is the busiest carrier for Hawaii), Delta and American are all waiving change fees for passengers who are affected by the new storm.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise line, which services sea trips to Hawaii, is now allowing passengers to bring their own wine onboard. This is a major change (and luxury) to guests, as the ban on outside alcohol has been a long-standing rule for the cruise line. The new rule allows two 750-ml bottles per cabin and can be consumed in the cabin without any corkage fees. However, if you wish to enjoy your bottle outside of your cabin, say at a restaurant or at the pool cocktail bar, a $25 corkage fee will ensue. Also, if you try to sneak on additional bottles beyond your 2 per cabin limit, ship personnel will confiscate it and return it only upon final exit of the ship. Royal Caribbean spokesperson comments on the reason behind the decision, that “vacationers may have a particular bottle of wine or champagne that they would like bring on board to commemorate a special day or event while on their cruise.” Just make sure to follow their rules!
Ala Moana’s Nordstrom will get an addition to its structure, with a 23-story, ultra-luxurious condominium tower tacked on top. The project is called ONE Ala Moana, and is being developed by HHMK Development LLC. 206 units will be built, with a variety of one, two, or three bedrooms per condo. The individual sizes will vary between 760 square feet to 4,100 square feet, and the average price will be about $1.6 million. The penthouse units will go for over $9 million a pop. Bert Kobayashi Sr. of Kobayashi Group and member of HHMK Development LLC states, “We are seeing extensive interest among potential purchasers and anticipate rapid sales because of the unique location, high-quality design and finishes and the fact that buyers could be living in their new homes within the next 24 months”. He continues, “The early interest is from individual buyers and the high-end Realtor community, both in and outside Hawaii, who know our reputation and dedication to exceptional quality and stand-out developments.”
Alaska Airlines is adding seasonal flights to their routes, linking Anchorage, Alaska and West Coast cities to Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. The new routes will provide seasonal service between Portland, Oregon and Kauai, Bellingham, Washington and Maui, and Anchorage, Alaska and Kona. Alaska Airlines vice president, Joe Sprague states, “We’re pleased to offer three new nonstop flights to Hawaii, giving our customers even more opportunities to visit the sunny Islands this winter”. These flights will run from now until mid-April.
Despite the additional flights for the season with domestic flights, Hawaii Tourism Authority’s vice president David Uchiyama says that domestic seasonal flights are behind what the Asia market offers. “Japan alone, he said, averages 60 to 70 charter flights in addition to scheduled service during the course of the year, with most running during the summer months”. -Stephanie Silverstein, Pacific Business News.