St. Maarten will lift all Covid-related travel restrictions on
Nov. 1, ending its protocols for unvaccinated travelers.
Currently, unvaccinated visitors to St. Maarten must produce a negative Covid test and all arriving passengers need to fill out the country's Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) form.
St. Maarten has been one of the few Caribbean islands to continue with Covid restrictions on unvaccinated travelers. Most have removed their Covid travel protocols, although a few have kept them, notably Turks and Caicos, which has maintained its ban on unvaccinated travelers.
Outside of the Caribbean, Bermuda still requires a negative Covid test for arrivals as well as mandatory testing on Day 4 for unvaccinated visitors.
Anguilla removed its Covid requirements on Oct. 1, and the Bahamas has removed its testing rules.
St. Maarten's lifting of Covid travel restrictions impacts smaller islands Saba and Statia, as most of their visitors pass through St. Maarten and as such have been required to fill out EHAS.
Health officials will continue to monitor passengers entering the country, and travelers who are experiencing flu-like symptoms may be required to test.
Train travel is having a moment when it comes to travelers who are interested in longer trips and bucket-list vacations as well as for those who are looking for new ways to see the world. And traveling by rail is also picking up steam when it comes to river cruising.
Cruise and rail combinations are growing in popularity, with many river cruise lines looking for a way to expand their itineraries by including a classic mode of travel. Some do it with pre- or post-cruise extensions, while others are incorporating rail into the river itinerary itself.
The 12- and 14-day Milan, Venice and the Swiss Alps itinerary is among Uniworld's first cruise and rail trips to launch in its partnership with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains.
The itinerary includes four nights traversing Western Europe aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express before ending in Venice, where guests board the S.S. La Venezia to sail the Venetian Lagoon for seven nights.
Guests get the best of both worlds with this itinerary: You get the active and adventurous aspects of a land tour -- constantly on the go, moving from city to town to village and back again -- and you get the more laid-back, do-as-much-as-you-want features of a river cruise.
After undergoing a refurbishment that began in January, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park will reopen Nov. 13.
When Blizzard Beach reopens, younger guests will find new touches from the Frozen franchise at Tike's Peak. Statuettes of Olaf and the Snowgies will be in the wading pool, as will Anna and Elsa's igloo castle.
Through Dec. 31, Blizzard Beach will also be home to special holiday offerings, including treats, "snowfall" and festive inner tubes. Santa, dressed for the tropics, will also be present for meet-and-greets.
New Frozen-themed items will be on the menu, as will some special food items themed to the Walt Disney World Resort's ongoing 50th anniversary, including the Earidescent Ice Dream Cone and Walt's Chili Nachos. New alcoholic beverages await adults, including the Orange Slope Dole Whip Swirl, the Red Slope Bloody Mary and the Melt-A-Way Margarita.
Blizzard Beach's water is heated throughout the park.
Disney's other water park, Typhoon Lagoon, will close for refurbishment on the same day Blizzard Beach reopens.
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