Coming & Going: Delta changes BWI concourses and more travel news

December 9, 2011

What’s new at BWI, Alaska adds a ship, and more

On the move at BWI

Starting next week, passengers departing from BWI Marshall will have an easier time finding their Delta flight. Just remember “D,” as in Concourse D, Delta, Delightful.

The carrier, a former inhabitant of Concourse C, has relocated its gates to the fourth letter of the alphabet and its ticketing and baggage check-in to the lobby near Concourse D. Baggage from Delta flights will ride carousel No. 14, on the lower level.

While on the topic of expansion: Southwest is adding seasonal nonstop service from Baltimore to Tucson, from Feb. 12 to April 9.

Alaska’s plus-one

Make room on the glacier: Norwegian Cruise Line is expanding its presence in Alaska.

The company announced last week that it will add a third ship to its Alaska fleet. The 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun will offer seven-night voyages between Vancouver, B.C., and Whittier, Alaska, beginning in late May 2013­­. The other vessels, the Norwegian Jewel and the Norwegian Pearl, depart from Seattle.

The added ship counters the cruise line’s 2009 removal of a vessel from Alaskan waters, in part because of a controversial tax on cruisers. Legislators later reduced the “head tax” by 25 percent, from $46 to $34.50.

State Rep. Bob Herron, chairman of the House Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, estimates that the ship will bring 40,000 more visitors to Alaskan shores.

N.Y. eatery under cover

Dining in the pitch dark — a standard experience for the visually impaired — has arrived on the East Coast.

Dans Le Noir, which introduces diners to the sensory-heightened experience of eating sans light, has expanded from its original setting in Paris to Barcelona, London, St. Petersburg in Russia and now New York.

At the restaurant, housed in an old coffee shop three blocks from Times Square, guests place their order in the illuminated bar. An escort then shows them to their seat, one of 72 in a dining room as black as a moonless night in the deep woods.

Info: 212-575-1671, newyork.danslenoir.com.

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