News from around the globe.
The dated Pickwick Arms Hotel in midtown Manhattan has been reinvented as the sleek Pod Hotel. Rates for a single with a shared bath start at $89 a night. Queen rooms with private baths start at $159. All have LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi (pickwickarms.com)
Norwegian Coastal Voyage has announced new itineraries for the Fram. Starting in May, the ship will cruise between Reykjavík, Iceland, and Greenland (coastalvoyage.com)
Also in May, Air Greenland will offer nonstop service to the U.S. for the first time. Flights connect Kangerlussuaq and Baltimore
The Walt Disney Company donated its impressive 525-piece collection of African art to the Smithsonian in 2005. Eighty of the sculptures, masks, and carvings--many of which have never been exhibited before--will be on display at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 15 to Sept. 7, 2008 (africa.si.edu, free)
Famous since 1747 for its animal figurines and hand-painted tableware, Munich-based Nymphenburg Porcelain has opened a shop in Chicago's River West neighborhood. It's the company's first American outpost (nymphenburgusa.com)
Good news for jetlagged visitors to Oahu: There's now a 24-hour restaurant inside the Prince Kuhio Waikiki Hotel. The menu at Mac 24-7 ("Mac" stands for modern American cooking) includes everything from pancakes to grilled salmon (mac247waikiki.com)
Fans of a certain 1970s Swedish supergroup will be thrilled to know that an ABBA museum is slated to open in Stockholm in 2008.
Avis car renters in 10 major U.S. cities can be supplied with a portable device that creates an instant Wi-Fi hotspot in the car, hotel, or almost anywhere else, for $11 per day.
Low-fare carrier Oasis is launching service from its Hong Kong hub to Oakland, Calif., in June.
Customers booking air/hotel packages through Orbitz can sign up for the free TLC Alert service that automatically warns hotels of late arrivals due to flight delays.
To lower weight (and save money), JetBlue eliminated one flight attendant per flight and removed a row of seats on planes--which also increased legroom
Homewood Suites is rolling out a program that lets guests who check in online look at room photos and floor plans before choosing the exact room for their stay
Sidestep has a new tool for researching cruise ships, comparing prices, and booking all major cruise lines
L'Avion, the newest all-business-class airline, flies between Newark airport and Orly in Paris, with promotional round trips starting at $999
British Airways' "new simpler baggage policy" means pieces over 50 pounds are no longer accepted, even with payment of an excess-weight fee; also, coach passengers who want to check a third bag are charged $233 at the airport
The old $50 pass covering a year's entrance to national parks has been replaced by a new $80 parks pass that also includes forest-service and federal recreation areas.