JAMAICA will suspend its four weekly flights between
Boston and Jamaica Sept. 9. The service began in February 2001.
Passengers who have been ticketed for travel from Sept. 9 onward
will be accommodated on Delta and US Airways. According to Tom
Hill, Air Jamaicas chief revenue officer, the suspension of service
is part of the ongoing restructuring effort to improve the airlines
financial viability. The Boston route now is very costly to
operate, and these costs are set to increase even further in the
coming months, he said. Since the airlines restructuring began
nearly seven months ago, several routes to/from Jamaica have been
cut, including St. Lucia, Antigua, Manchester (U.K.) and Houston.
In-flight amenities also have been trimmed, and fees added for
in-flight alcoholic beverages. Air Jamaica also announced that it
would close its Atlanta sales office July 31, although it will
continue to offer daily nonstop service from Atlanta to Jamaica.
The office opened in April 1988. Air Jamaica now serves 10 U.S.
cities, seven Caribbean destinations as well as Toronto and
RESORTS has broken ground on its $65 million, 180-suite
Mediterranean Village addition to Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village
& Spa on Dickinson Bay, Antigua, scheduled to open in November
2006. The Mediterranean Village is on six acres of land adjacent to
the existing resort. Facilities will include a 15,000-square-foot
pool with a swim-up bar, whirlpool and cabanas, 9,000 square feet
of meeting and banquet space, an Italian restaurant, a Cricketers
Pub serving local and imported ales, retail space, personalized
butler service and separate check-in areas. The suites will range
from 11 one-bedroom villa units with private pools to 21
one-bedroom penthouse suites, 14 executive suites and 134 junior
suites. The 193-room Sandals Antigua resort recently added private
plunge pools to its 10 garden suites. For details, visit www.sandals.com.
Delta Air Lines low-fare air service, launched weekly nonstop
service between New York (JFK) and Aruba July 23. Songs Caribbean
routes from JFK include nonstop daily service to San Juan and
Nassau. For details, visit www.song.com.
" The Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace
Casino in the Bahamas will introduce daily live poker play
Sept. 1, according to Baha Mar Development Corp, the hotel group
that recently took over ownership and management of the Wyndham,
along with the Radisson Cable Beach Resort & Golf Club and
Nassau Beach Hotel. Games will include Texas Hold'em and Seven-Card
Stud. The 35,000-square-foot Crystal Palace Casino is undergoing a
$6.75 million renovation, set for completion in October. For
information, visit www.cablebeachresorts.com.
Cay, a private island resort in Exuma, Bahamas, offers
agents a one-time bonus of $10,000 that can be applied to the
clients stay or used by the agency. Booking deadline is Dec. 15 for
four nights or more. Musha accepts reservations from only one party
for up to 24 guests at a time. The island rental fee per day is
$24,750. For parties or eight or less, there is no additional
charge. From parties from nine to 24, there is an additional daily
charge from $1,150 per person. For details, visit www.mushacay.com.