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The Death of Business Travel? Princess Cruise Lines Sued Over Coronavirus Casualty

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Is business travel on its last legs?

Plus, Princess Cruise Lines was sued by someone whose family member died after purportedly being infected by coronavirus on a ship. But their supporting claims seem a little murky.

Those were some of the day’s travel posts I thought you, too, may find interesting.

RIP, Business Travel?

Gary Leff at VFTW hypothesizes that business travel — at least as we know it — will be a thing of the past.

This is something Rene recently discussed here.

Call me old-fashioned but I think face-to-face meetings are necessary for some jobs — especially sales-oriented opportunities.

Gary brings up some interesting points — as do a few commenters. Check out the post and read the responses.

Princess Cruises Sued

A woman and her daughter sued Princess Cruises over the death of a family member who sailed last month. Their claim? The family member died because he contracted coronavirus onboard the ship.

According to TMZ, the woman says “[her family] would not have boarded if they knew about the outbreak [on the ship], and would have immediately taken the first flight home.”

I’m very sorry they lost a family member. But I will point out that their cruise departed March 8 — more than a month after coronavirus cases were reported on ships.  

In happier cruise news —

Carnival Reports 2021 Looks ‘Strong’

Carnival Cruise Line’s CEO told Fox News that bookings for next year look pretty darn good right now.

I guarantee René is not of those bookings.

A New Use for That Treadmill

People making virtual travel videos at home is all the rage these days.

Renes Points reader Texas Yankee sent me this video of someone turning his treadmill into a moving walkway and luggage carousel.

United Airlines Backgrounds Available for Your Next Zoom Call

If you’re on a bunch of Zoom calls and want to change your background to something travel or aviation-oriented, United Airlines has some fun options for you. (H/T: Travel + Leisure)

— Chris

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6 Comments

  1. These blogs are flat out stupid. Bloggers know only one thing. How to max out FF bonuses and maybe get your account closed and how to book first class trips using miles. RIP business travel ? Come on. What kind of garbage is this ? This is garbage reporting on all levels. Time will heal business travel.

    • @Ryan: So why do you read “these blogs” if you feel that way?

      Lots of people —- even your fellow trolls, haters, etc — use miles to book first class tickets.

      Trust me.

      If you’re that bent out of shape about it, complain to the airlines and credit cards. They’re the ones who instituted these programs in the first place.

      Finally, overusing “garbage” is subpar trolling. At best.

  2. Barry Graham Reply

    I haven’t read Gary’s blog yet. I will. I don’t need to read it to know that I agree with you that face to face meetings are necessary. I also agree that business travel will be different. I am looking forward to reading it when I get a chance.

    • Barry Graham Reply

      I decided to read it right away. His headline is misleading (Business Travel will not Return). I agree that it won’t be the same. But he is not saying it’s won’t return. He is saying it will be different. I agree with him. Companies are always looking for ways to reduce costs. They will say it’s because of COVID-19 but that won’t be the main reason. The main reason will be that they wanted to reduce travel anyway and this gave them a great way to do it very quickly. As you say, face to face meetings will always be necessary and companies that try to ignore that will find out the hard way how true that is.

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