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Aeroflot Launches Regular Flights to London Gatwick

Aeroflot Launches Regular Flights to London Gatwick

Aeroflot launches regular flights between Moscow Sheremetyevo and London Gatwick, the airline’s second destination in the UK.

Flights to and from Gatwick give passengers additional options for getting into and out of London and the south-east of England.

Russia’s flag carrier this winter also adds additional service from Moscow to Heathrow, bringing the total number of flights per week to and from the airport to 25.

Flights will be operated daily on comfortable modern Airbus A320 aircraft on the following schedule:

SVO - LGW SU 2588 1320 1430 DAILY A320
LGW - SVO SU 2589 1610 2245

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The River Cruise Dress Code

The River Cruise Dress Code

If you are packing for an upcoming river cruise and struggling to determine the clothes which will make the suitcase cut, and which should be left in the bedroom cupboard, worry no more. Here, we have compiled everything you need to know about dressing for a river cruise, and even sought the help of two of our favourite cruise bloggers to offer their advice on how to dress to impress (and for comfort) during a wonderful journey atop the beautiful rivers of Europe.


Emerald Waterways operates a smart-casual dress code for evening meals and entertainment. A choice of open-neck shirts with slacks or dresses are appropriate for the elegant surroundings on-board the Emerald Waterways ships. These should be paired with smart shoes. Guests are welcome to wear jackets and ties but these are not compulsory.

Daywear on-board the Emerald Waterways ships is casual, but not too casual. This is, perhaps, best explained by actress and contributing editor of Cruise International magazine, Julie Peasgood: “The good news about dress codes on river cruises is that there generally isn’t one. ‘Formal’ certainly isn’t the name of the game on any river cruise - and many people find the more relaxed dress code a welcome relief. Smart casual is usually all that’s required, both in the day and the evening – the emphasis is definitely on feeling comfortable.


“You can, however, don your finery at the welcome dinner on-board, or at the Captain’s reception if you wish to. It’s always special to bring out your bling if that’s your style, but on river cruises that’s going to be cocktail frocks rather than full-length gowns. Swimwear isn’t ever encouraged in the dining room by the way, with sleeveless vests and restaurants never a comfortable pairing.”


With city visits and cultural excursions at the heart of the Emerald Waterways experience, we want our guests to make the very most of these opportunities, and that includes dressing for the occasion. Whilst exploring enchanting cities and regions of outstanding beauty, comfort is key so picking the right clothing is important.

A comfortable pair of walking shoes is an absolute must, whether you’re undertaking an EmeraldACTIVE hike or enjoying a relaxing tour around the canals of Amsterdam. Appropriate clothing for the destinations visited is recommended, and our on-board team can keep you updated with the weather expected for upcoming port calls. Waterproofs are highly recommended, so a potential downpour does not spoil any excursion or city visit.

Our good friend, Telegraph contributor and cruise writer extraordinaire, Jane Archer, echoes these sentiments: “By day, the important thing is to be comfortable. High heels are a bad idea for walking ashore as cobbled streets are ubiquitous in Europe’s towns and cities. Summers get hot so be prepared with shorts, light dresses and t-shirts, conversely autumn and winter are chilly so a warm coat, hat and gloves are a must.”

Additionally, our river cruise itineraries visit some of the most wonderful shopping destinations on the continent. Explore the delightful Mariahilfer Straße in Vienna, taking in the exciting boutiques hidden by the bigger department stores, or the famous Váci Street in Budapest, home to designer flagships galore.



Ocean cruise lines often follow the maxim that ‘bigger is better’, from the size of the vessels to the eye-watering buffet options available throughout the day. And this continues through to the dress codes, with many lines imposing strict rules about what their guests should and should not wear. Particularly on Captain’s Dinner and other formal nights, tuxedos and cocktail dresses are often the order of the day. Admittedly, some ocean cruisers are ditching the dress code altogether in a bid to bring more families on board, with shorts and vests becoming a regular sight at the dinner table.

River cruise dress codes tend to be placed comfortably in the middle of these two extremes, with the smart-casual suggestion pairing sophistication with comfort.

Source: Emerald Waterways

Cruise Critic Names Emerald Waterways “Best River Line for Value” for Second Year in a Row

Cruise Critic Names Emerald Waterways “Best River Line for Value” for Second Year in a Row

Boston, MA, October 2016 – The Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards are chosen by the publication’s international team of editors, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each category. Emerald Waterways has received an award from Cruise Critic every year since the line launched—in 2014, Emerald won the “Best New River Ships” designation for their innovative Emerald Star and Emerald Sky Star-Ships.

Emerald’s win in this category is reflective of the generous list of inclusions received by guests, such as complimentary shore excursions in every port, free transfers, prepaid gratuities and complimentary beverages (including wine and beer at lunch and dinner) offered at a competitive price point. Other innovations Emerald Waterways was lauded for include an indoor pool, which transforms into a movie theater at night, and floor-to-ceiling windows in most cabins that drop down halfway with the push of a button to create an interior balcony.

“We take great pride in offering travelers a river cruise experience that is both upscale and economical,” said Glen Moroney, founder and managing director of the Scenic Group, the parent company for Emerald Waterways. “We’re so pleased that our efforts to raise the standards on European river ships has been recognized by an important industry leader like Cruise Critic.”

Emerald Waterways will be adding three new ships to their fleet in 2017, bringing the total to seven. New itineraries include a sailing along the incredible Douro river in Portugal aboard the new purpose-built Emerald Radiance, carrying only 112 guests. The Emerald Destiny, set to launch in April, 2017, will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube with its four sister ships, Emerald Star, Sun, Sky and Dawn. Also joining the fleet in Spring 2017 will be the purpose-built Emerald Liberté. The Emerald Liberté will host just 138 guests, and its April launch will mark the first time Emerald Waterways will sail its own ship on the Saône & Rhône rivers.

Travelers who are interested in experiencing Emerald Waterways’ affordable luxury can now get free airfare on a 2017 European river cruise of 15 days or longer. Guests booking sailings between 8-14 days will receive airfare for just $495 from select cities. All guests booking this special air offer will pay a reduced deposit of $250 (from $500). In addition, solo travelers will get half off single supplements when booking a Panorama Balcony Suite on the Vista Deck on departures sailing March through July. These offers are good on bookings made by October 31.

Source: Emerald Waterways News

News Release: Holland America Line Wins Alyeska Award from the Alaska Tourism Industry Association for the Company’s New Denali Square Complex

News Release: Holland America Line Wins Alyeska Award from the Alaska Tourism Industry Association for the Company’s New Denali Square Complex

Innovative Denali Square opened this summer and showcases Alaskan culture

Seattle, Wash., Nov. 7, 2016 — Holland America Line was presented with an Alyeska Award by the Alaska Tourism Industry Association for the cruise line’s new Denali Square complex in the heart of McKinley Chalet Resort. Bill Fletcher, Holland America Line’s director of Alaska sales, marketing and planning, accepted the award at ATIA’s annual banquet in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Alyeska Award is presented to a business or organization for its outstanding leadership, professional excellence and group contribution to the Alaska travel industry.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Alaska Tourism Industry Association for our contribution to Alaska’s tourism, and I congratulate our entire team for bringing Denali Square to life this summer,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Holland America Line is celebrating 70 years of Alaska exploration in 2017, and Denali National Park is at the core of our Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. Denali Square allows us to showcase Alaskan culture on many levels and greatly enhances the Denali experience for our guests.”

Over the past three years Holland America Line has been refining the guest experience at the 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort, and last year an enhanced property layout and freshly remodeled guest rooms were unveiled.

Alaska-based companies heading up the McKinley Chalet Resort’s enhancement project included general contractor Dawson Construction and Stantec, which provided engineering services. Additional firms involved are lead and landscape architect The Portico Group, restaurant architect Heliotrope Architects, structural engineering company Michael Leonard Associates and project manager Costigan Integrated, all of Seattle, Washington.

About Denali Square
Denali Square is at the heart of McKinley Chalet Resort, which provides accommodations for guests on Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys that combine an Alaska cruise with an overland tour to Denali National Park and beyond. Denali Square is centrally located between the main part of the property, containing the reception hall, dining facilities and guest rooms, and the riverfront guest rooms that provide stunning views of the Nenana River.

Denali Square serves as a new gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment. The largest building in the complex is Karstens, the grand 7,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant showcasing views of the neighboring mountains for dining guests. An inviting deck with fire pits and outdoor seating also allows guests to immerse themselves in this special venue as they drink and dine.

At the center of Denali Square is an amphitheater with a covered performance stage and bench seating for guests to enjoy a variety of local shows, ranger talks and demonstrations. Those wanting to quench their thirst or listen to live music can visit Gold Nugget Saloon, home to the Music of Denali Dinner Theater that becomes a bar and music venue after the show.

Denali Square also features cozy fire pits to gather around on cool Alaska evenings and make s’mores, outdoor seating for guests who wish to enjoy the scenery, retail shops offering local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists display and discuss their works. Walking paths in and around Denali Square show off the property’s mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting nestled just across the Nenana River from Denali National Park.

Source: Holland America Line Inc.

Scenic wins ‘Best River Cruise Line’ in inaugural Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

Scenic wins ‘Best River Cruise Line’ in inaugural Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

 Scenic wins ‘Best River Cruise Line’ in inaugural Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards.

Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has named Scenic winner of ‘Best River Cruise Line’ in the inaugural Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards.

The awards, which are aimed exclusively for Australian cruisers, name the best cruise lines of the year in more than 15 categories and are featured on Cruise Critic’s dedicated Australian site.

Scenic was recognised for its impressive attention to detail in all areas, especially service, dining and cabin comforts.

The generous inclusions and the addition of butlers for everyone were acknowledged as welcome steps in a more luxurious direction. Plus it is consistently rated highly by passengers.

“Australians love to cruise and we’re seeing cruise lines send some of their best ships to our region, reflecting the increase in popularity,” explains Louise Goldsbury, Cruise Critic’s Australia Editor.

“With more selection than ever before, we launched our Australian Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards to highlight the top cruise lines and help travellers narrow down their options to plan their next cruise.”

Commenting on the win, Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing, said: “We are delighted to have won such a hotly contested award in the inaugural Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards. The editors are widely regarded as cruising experts so we really value their opinion, as do our guests.

We are really proud of our river cruise product and after a very busy 2016 launching four new ships, we will continue to deliver a 5-star luxury travel experience in Europe and South East Asia.”

This is Scenic’s fourth award win in the past 12 months after picking up Cruise Passenger Magazine’s ‘Best Luxury River Cruise Line’ award in their annual Reader’s Choice Awards in December; ‘Best Luxury Tour Operator’ for the second year running in Luxury Travel Magazine’s prestigious 2016 Gold List Awards; and being named one of Australia’s ‘Most Trusted Cruise Operators’ in Reader’s Digest 2016 Trusted Brands Survey, an independent annual survey which recognises the products and services most valued by Australian consumers.

Source: Scenic News