Your West Valley News: Travel


  • Carnival Corp. launching 3 TV shows about vacations, travel

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carnival Corp. is launching three TV programs about travel, vacations and cruising that will air on ABC, NBC and The CW networks beginning Oct. 1.The three half-hour series will air on Saturday mornings, the company said Monday. Each show will have its own real-life narrative exploring seaside destinations, in-port adventures or the vacation experiences of real travelers.Carnival Corp. owns more than 100 ships across 10 different cruise line brands, including Holland America, Princess, Fathom and Cunard in addition to Carnival Cruise Line. The shows will feature ships from all of Carnival Corp.'s cruise brands over the course of various episodes.Carnival does not consider the programs infomercials, and there won't be explicit pitches for viewers to book cruises as the programs' stories unfold. But the shows will break for regular ads, including ads for Carnival brands, and channels airing the shows plan to sell ads for other products during the half-hour.The shows are:—"Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin," airing on ABC affiliate channels. The show will follow Corwin, the host, on adventurous excursions in various ports, including wildlife-watching, kayaking, zip-lining, diving, rappelling and mountain-climbing.—"The Voyager with Josh Garcia," airing on NBC stations. The show will follow Garcia, the host, as he meets locals in seaside destinations to explore history, culture, food and other stories.—"Vacation Creation," airing on The CW network. The show will be hosted by "In Living Color" star Tommy Davidson and YouTube celebrity Andrea Feczko as they create personalized dream vacations for individuals, couples and families who've weathered hardships or are in need of hope or quality time together.Carnival Corp.'s CEO Arnold Donald said in a statement that the shows are designed to reach a broad consumer audience and will illustrate "how much fun people have traveling the world by ocean," while helping to "dispel outdated myths about cruising."Surveys have shown that people who take a cruise often become repeat cruisers, but the majority of Americans have never set foot on a cruise ship. Getting those non-cruisers to consider a cruise vacation is a huge challenge for the cruise industry. While millions of people cruise safely each year around the world, isolated incidents on ships tend to garner outsize attention, whether they're outbreaks of the norovirus or headlines about ships that become temporarily disabled at sea."Ocean Treks" and "The Voyager" are scheduled to air at 9 a.m. local time and "Vacation Creation" at 10:30 a.m. local time. Exact times in specific markets are subject to change.The individuals and families featured on "Vacation Creation" are regular people, not actors or celebrities, who responded to a call to be considered for the show. Their trips are provided free other than paying taxes required by law.Carnival partnered with Litton Entertainment, a company that specializes in Saturday-morning content, to develop and produce the programs. Litton syndicates the content to the networks.

  • Truckers warn speed caps will cause crashes, jam highways

    DETROIT (AP) — Truckers are warning that a government plan to electronically limit the speed of tractor-trailers will lead to highway traffic jams and possibly an increase in deadly run-ins with cars.More than 150 people, most identifying themselves as independent truckers, have filed comments recently with the government about the proposed rule, unveiled last month by two federal agencies. There were only a few comments in favor.The government has proposed requiring electronic speed limiters on all trucks and buses over 26,000 pounds (11,794 kilograms) manufactured after the regulation goes into effect. Speeds could be limited to 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour (96.56, 104.6, or 109.43 kilometers per hour) when the rule is finalized after a comment period that ends Nov. 7.Regulators and others favoring speed limiters say the rule is supported by simple physics: If trucks travel slower, the impact of a crash will be less severe and fewer people will be injured or killed. But truckers say the government is actually creating conditions for more collisions by focusing on the severity of the crash while ignoring the dynamic of trucks and cars traveling at different speeds.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analyzed data from 2004 through 2013 and found that on average 1,044 people died per years in crashes involving heavy trucks on roads with speed limits of at least 55 mph (88.51 kph).The agency also found that if trucks speeds were limited to 60 mph, 162 to 498 lives per year would be saved because the impact of a crash would be less severe. At 65 mph, up to 214 lives would be saved, and as many as 96 would be saved with a 68 mph limit.

  • Texting and driving law emerges on state horizon

    Texting and driving is not a problem in the Sun Cities area, based on information from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, but sweeping changes could be on the way with the new legislative sessions to ensure people keep their eyes on the road instead of their phones.Lt. Christopher Dowell of MCSO District 3 Patrol Division, which covers the Northwest Valley, said deputies have not seen any texting and driving accidents with seniors in this area. The department does not have a database that can provide certain stats on this type of incident.“The database that houses our citations has to be handsearched for violation types at this time, which would be a daunting task,” Lt. Dowell said. “And to further add to the task if someone received a citation for texting and driving they would be cited under the reckless driving statute, which would mean every reckless driving report would have to be read in order to determine whether or not it was texting related.”One incident that has brought up the call for texting and driving laws was a crash on April 2. A woman was searching for her phone while driving along Highway 69 in Prescott Valley when her vehicle ran into a man on a motorcycle.The man, Thomas R. Hall, 74, later died from injuries sustained in the crash. The woman, 46, was originally charged with a felony but police dropped it.Mr. Hall was not wearing a helmet when he was driving. A witness report states seeing a head accessory, but it was later found to be a brown hat.

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