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TRO Travelgram: Feb 15



Friday, February 15
A spotted history of Belize 
Jaguars lurk near a luxurious forest retreat. Brilliant birds fill the sky above. But which species will Ben Ross add to his Life List? ...The Independent

36 Hours in Melbourne, Australia
Home to street art, buzzing cafes and a cool bar scene, Australia’s second city is charged with creative energy... New York Times

Tours and Activities
12 Places Every Chocolate Lover Should Visit
Tour a chocolate factory, make your own confections or even enjoy a sweet spa treatment in one of these 12 destinations for chocolate lovers...

Yosemite: Teens study nature in national park's backcountry
Students with a passion for nature and science have a chance to perform hands-on research this summer at Yosemite National Park during two-week trips organized by NatureBridge. Trips visit the park's backcountry to teach students backpacking and wilderness survival skills as well as how to perform field research while they are in the wild... LA Times

Compensation for Passengers on Fire-Altered Carnival Triumph Cruise, Next Sailings
Carnival Cruise Lines is offering compensation to passengers on the fire-disabled Carnival Triumph as well as those booked on now-canceled sailings through April 13...

Why has the cruise ship rescue taken five days?
It was Sunday morning that a fire broke out in the engine room on the Carnival Triumph, leaving the ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. Why did it take five days to rescue the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board?... CNN

Carnival passenger relates days of 'emotional breakdown'
On Thursday, four days after awakening at 4 the screech of an alarm and the acrid smell of smoke on board the Carnival Triumph, Jayme Lamm saw the shoreline and breathed a sigh of relief... USA Today

Airlines pad flight schedules to boost on-time records
After decades of suffering through countless delayed flights, airline passengers are facing a new twist: Record numbers of airplanes are arriving early. But that's not as good as it sounds... USA Today

Airbus scraps lithium-ion batteries for its A350 jets
Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing's 787... USA Today

Will airline cultures clash or commingle?
What kind of new American Airlines will fliers see? The airline that will be created by the merger announced Thursday between American Airlines and US Airways will in some ways very much resemble the American of old... USA Today

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