Archive December 2015

7 Vines That Perfectly Capture the Struggles of Air Travel

Air travel may be a modern marvel of technology, but that doesn’t mean it’s always glamorous. Between high prices and perpetually shrinking-leg room, flying is stressful—but thankfully the comedians of vine are here to poke a little fun at the experience. Here are the funniest and most relatable six-second video clips about the frustrations of airports, airplanes, and air travel in...

P&O Cruises Adds Nine New “Food Heroes” Sailings For 2016

(11:20 a.m. EST) — P&O Cruises has added nine new “Food Heroes” sailings to its 2016 programme, bringing the total number of culinary-themed cruises to 24. The extra itineraries, announced today, will provide passengers with more opportunities to sail with Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, wine expert Olly Smith, TV chef James Martin, master patissier Eric Lanlard and cheese specialist Charlie Turnbull. In particular, Britannia’s Iberian coast cruise departing on September 17 will host all five on the one sailing. Food Heroes cruises feature cookery...

Lindblad Signs Contracts for Two New Vessels

(1:40 p.m. EST) — Lindblad Expeditions signed contracts for two new 100-passenger coastal vessels, the line’s first-ever newbuilds, that will enable it to expand its program in the Americas. Scheduled to be launched in the second quarters of 2017 and 2018 respectively, the ships will have 50 cabins, 22 with balconies. Eight rooms can be configured into four adjoining cabins for families. All public spaces will be designed for maximum outdoor viewing with easy, quick access to decks for announcements from the bridge of wildlife sightings. The sun deck will feature an outdoor...

Silver Muse Keel-Laying Ceremony Takes Place in Italy

(1:05 p.m. EST) — Silversea Cruises’ new flagship is officially under construction at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, following today’s traditional keel-laying ceremony. In new take on the longstanding maritime tradition, the line welded eight lucky coins — instead of the usual one — into the keel of the 596-passenger, all-suite ship that is set to debut in April 2017. A company spokesman explained that each coin represented the seven continents that Silversea ships sail to, along with a specially designed Silver Muse coin. The addition of Silver Muse will bring...

Hurtigruten Heads to the Amazon and Expands Explorer Programme

(9:40 a.m. EST) — Hurtigruten — best-known for its Norwegian coastal voyages — is heading for tropical waters with its first ever inland sailing along the Amazon. The 16-night Brazilian rainforest cruise is part of a major expansion of the line’s 2017/18 programme that will also take in the world’s largest fjord complex in Greenland and the national parks of Newfoundland. The Norwegian-owned line has added a total of 23 new expedition voyages to its forthcoming programme, offering more than 200 ports of call in 18 countries. The Amazon sailing on the...

How Group Travel is Paving the Way for 2016 Travel Trends

In perhaps a somewhat underrated way, group travel is at the forefront in trip planning. The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) recently released data from its annual travel trend and forecast report. Nine out of every 10 members are predicting growth next year, and over 50 percent are predicting that 2016 will be a “boom year,” meaning projected growth is over 10 percent. Baby boomers account for more than half of tour operators’ customers, with ages 35 to 50 contributing to a quarter of customers. Millennials have yet to have a significant impact on group...

Cunard to Replace Todd English Restaurant on Queen Mary with Verandah Grill

(2:46 p.m. EST) — Cunard today will replace the current Todd English dining restaurant with the Verandah Restaurant as part of the ship’s multi-million pound refit next year. Already popular on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, the venue will mean that all three Cunard vessels offer the same fine dining experience. The announcement comes just days after the line confirmed that Kings Court — the self-service buffet — will undergo a complete refurbishment. Set within light, airy rooms and featuring a French menu and seasonal produce, the Verandah Grill will be...

How to get Scammed on Holiday (and how not to)

When a reader asked me if I had ever been scammed on holiday, I didn’t know quite where to start in my response. I wanted to start with an obvious choice like “of course”, or divulge into my best scammy story I could remember from years of adventures. But then I realised why they were asking, because they were fearful of getting scammed on holiday themselves. The truth is that most of us have been scammed on holiday, whether we know about it or not. Holiday scams are inevitable in some countries and in most cases you won’t even know its happening to you. But this should not deter...

The Airline with the Best Food

DietDetective.com conducted a survey that provides calorie information of inflight menu items and snacks from 12 major airlines to come up with a “Health Rating” and “Best Bets” in terms of healthy options. Each airline received a star rating, with five being the highest. RELATED: Healthy Plane Snacks Under 250 Calories If you’re a frequent flyer and conscious of what you eat, the ratings are extremely helpful because they include advice on which meal and snack options are the best. The average number of calories per food item for 2015 on airlines is 400, and...

Suspected Bogus Doctor Worked on Cruise Ships for Five Years

(UPDATED 4:05 p.m. EST) — A fake doctor treated passengers on cruise ships for five years, according to allegations. The 40-year-old man was arrested in Berlin last Friday (December 4) as he was about to join a ship operated by the Aida cruise line. A spokesman for Aida, which is part of the Carnival group and caters to the German-speaking market, said that after becoming suspicious the line immediately suspended him and contacted the police. Various media reports state that the man, who is a trained nurse but has no qualifications as a medical physician, had worked for the company...

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