Hurricane Joaquin Cancels Bahamas Travel

Hurricane Joaquin reached category three status yesterday evening and now threatens the Bahamas. Airlines are working to cancel and reschedule flights, and travelers should check with their airlines, cruiselines, and hotels to assess options. The storm is expected to intensify and carry on its travel north, putting the Mid-Atlantic coast on alert for the weekend. (NOAA)

French travel guide company Routard is publishing a special guidebook specifically for refugees to find assistance in France. Rather than images of exotic sites and recommendations for cheap hotels, the book consists exclusively of illustrations without the text, reports Ofra Edelman. (Haaretz)

Carnival#39; s new social impact cruise brand Fathom has released the excursion information on its first seven-day Cuba itineraries, to Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Activities emphasizing cultural exchange include ending up in booksellers in a local marketplace, touring Trinidad with an expert on local restoration, helping to lead elementary school lessons and after-school activities, visiting an urban organic farm in Havana, and touring the fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for Ernest Hemingway#39; s book The Old Man and the Sea, amongst others. The inaugural voyage departs Miami in-may 2016. (Carnival Fathom and Condà Nast Traveler)

Yosemite, CA ranks as the most expensive destination for fall foliage travel this year, according to a study published by Hipmunk. com. Average roundtrip airfare, accommodations, and car rental for a couple over a weekend could total $2, 000, whereas the absolute most affordable destination, in South Carolina, manages a total under $900. (Hipmunk)

Norwegian Air continues to add to their US routes, now announcing non-stop flights between Boston and Cork, Ireland, beginning in May 2016. This route, to function as the only transatlantic flight for Cork, can give travelers an alternate to Aer Lingus and the usual US flight destinations of Dublin and Shannon airports. The low-cost airline plans four to five flights per week on Boeing 737-800s, and plans to expand this service to New York in 2017. (Boston Herald)

Amtrak has announced a new baggage fee: $20 per bag over the already generous limit of two checked bags per traveler. (The Hill)