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Aeroflot expands range of passenger services with more upgrades and seat-selection options

Aeroflot expands range of passenger services with more upgrades and seat-selection options

Aeroflot has expanded its range of extra services for passengers with the introduction of paid-for advance seat selection for travelers on Promo and Budget fares. Previously, passengers holding these ticket types were not able to choose a seat before check-in. In addition, passengers can pay an additional fee to upgrade to Business Class from Economy or Comfort Class. 

Passengers holding Economy or Comfort Class tickets will be able to upgrade to Business Class for an extra fee. Upgrades can be purchased during check-in at the airport at least 1.5 hours before the flight, via the Online Check-In page of Aeroflot’s website or through Aeroflot’s 24-hour Contact Centre, starting 72 hours before the flight and at least 2 hours before take-off time. 

Upgrades are subject to seat availability in Business Class by the end of check-in. Passengers will receive a new boarding pass before boarding the plane. If no upgrades are available, passengers will get a full refund. More information can be found on the Aeroflot website.

The new advance seat selection service gives passengers with Budget and Promo tickets the opportunity to book the seat they want in advance for an extra fee before check-in. Seats can be reserved when buying a ticket, with the cost depending on the duration of the flight and the location of the selected seat. The service is currently available on Aeroflot flights between Moscow and Magnitogorsk, Saratov and Belgorod. The service is available through the Check the Reservation section of Aeroflot’s website, or via the Сontact Center, sales and representative offices and authorized agents. Aeroflot intends to introduce this service on many more flights in the near future.

Advance seat reservation is an optional service that passengers can choose to take advantage of. Those who do not need this option will still be able to choose a seat for free during check-in. Seat selection after check-in begins remains free for all Aeroflot passengers.

For passengers on Premium and Optimum fares, elite members of the Aeroflot Bonus program, as well as Sky Team loyalty programs, seat selection is still free of charge before check-in.

The introduction of these services is part of Aeroflot's initiatives to improve the level of service for passengers.


Holland America Line Takes Delivery of Nieuw Statendam from Fincantieri Shipyard

Holland America Line Takes Delivery of Nieuw Statendam from Fincantieri Shipyard

Seattle, Wash., Nov. 29, 2018 — Holland America Line took delivery of Nieuw Statendam today, Nov. 29, 2018, officially making it the 15th ship in the fleet. A hand-over ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera, Italy, shipyard, and Nieuw Statendam will set sail for Venice tomorrow en route to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for its Premiere Voyage with guests departing Dec. 5.

The delivery was attended by Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president; Carnival Corporation’s Micky Arison, chairman of the board, and Arnold Donald, president and CEO; and Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK. Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, and several other executives from both companies also attended.  

“Today the Holland America Line family celebrates the addition of Nieuw Statendam to our fleet, and it’s a proud moment for everyone involved,” said Ashford. “Thank you to our partners at Fincantieri and our own team members who worked diligently to deliver the ship looking more stunning than we imagined. Nieuw Statendam represents our continued evolution of adding exciting new experiences while maintaining the hallmarks that have made Holland America Line a leader in premium cruising.”

Following its transatlantic crossing from Civitavecchia, Nieuw Statendam will spend a full season in the Caribbean sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Nieuw Statendam’s official naming ceremony will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Feb. 2.

The ship will head to its summer homeport of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in May and sail a series of northern Europe, Baltic and Iceland cruises before making its way to the Mediterranean in September for cruises out of Civitavecchia.

The 99,902-ton vessel accommodates 2,666 guests and is the ultimate expression of the Holland America Line brand. The ship features purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1,377 guest accommodations.

While much of the ship’s design will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten. The ship will feature grand, light-filled spaces, visual drama and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.

In addition to the stunning Dining Room, guests will delight in specialty restaurants that include newly designed Rudi’s Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie; pan-Asian Tamarind, with a new al fresco dining area where guests can enjoy the gentle ocean breeze; Nami Sushi, a new sushi experience within Tamarind; the award-winning Pinnacle Grill; Canaletto, with family-style Italian dining; and the new Club Orange restaurant exclusively for guests in the Club Orange program.

Additional culinary venues include Grand Dutch Cafe featuring traditional Dutch coffee and treats and European beer; Dive-In, serving up gourmet burgers and fries poolside; New York Deli & Pizza, offering made-to-order sandwiches and pies; and Lido Market, with themed serving stations that revolutionize the buffet experience.

Onboard entertainment features the innovative Music Walk offering a variety of authentic live musical experiences and genres unlike any other at sea. These include the debut of the new Rolling Stone Rock Room with classic rock hits; Lincoln Center Stage, with chamber music; Billboard Onboard, with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage and expanded seating on Nieuw Statendam, even more guests will enjoy spectacular performances with panoramic visuals and sound effects.

Source: Hollan American Line

Year End Sale with Jet Airways GLOBAL SALE !

Year End Sale with Jet Airways GLOBAL SALE !

(Fare starting from)
Singapore Pune Economy MYR 1,033
Business MYR 6,410
Mumbai Economy MYR 850
Business MYR 6,045
Delhi Economy MYR 878
Business MYR 3,955
Amsterdam Economy MYR 2,678
Business MYR 10,438
London Economy MYR 2,188
Business MYR 12,302
Manchester Economy MYR 2,678
Business MYR 11,961

Terms & Conditions: 

  • Fares are applicable on return journeys in Economy or Business from Singapore operated by Jet Airways.
  • Fare are excluding taxes.
  • Sales validity : From 5 Dec until 11 Dec 2018.
  • Travel validity: As per the fare policy
  • Free Baggage Allowance up to 30 kgs for Economy Class and 40 kgs for Business Class (terms and condition apply).
  • Child/infant discount, date change, flight change, refund charges, weekend surcharge, blackout period, travel restriction and/or flight restriction will be applicable as mentioned in the fare rule.
  • Jet Airways reserves the right at any time, without prior notice to add, alter, modify, change or vary all or any of these terms and conditions or to replace wholly or in part, the above offer by another offer, whether similar to above offer or not, or to withdraw it altogether.

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Two Awards for Macao at World Gourmet Top Awards 2018

Two Awards for Macao at World Gourmet Top Awards 2018

Macao recently was granted two prestigious awards at the World Top Gourmet Awards 2018 on 29th November, 2018. Organised by World Gourmet Federation (WGF), the awards are a tribute to best-in-industry and best-in-class achievements by food and beverage retailers.

The awards cover all cuisine genres and promote efforts in making Asia as one of the world’s top food destination. Macao was selected as the first ever recipient for Gourmet City of the Year Award. Gourmet City of the Year Award aims to recognize and reward the best destination for gastronomy experience and for the excellent work in promoting its city or country’s cultural identity, while promoting sustainable development and expanding its international cooperation.

Top Outstanding Young Chef Award was received by Macanese chef, Sandra Niza Barros. With a family history steeped in gastronomy and professional background in bakery and pastry, Chef
Sandra is the owner of Café SAB 8 in Macao which offers Contemporary Macanese Cuisine. Chef Sandra has delighted us with her culinary skills at Malaysian gourmet event TasteMIGF earlier this year, in collaboration with Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).

Since Macao was designated at UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2017, MGTO’s marketing efforts are riveted on fostering the development of Macao’s gastronomy. A 4-year master plan in currently in place to achieve the objectives set forth by UCCN as a Creative City of Gastronomy. This is primarily to cooperate with other cities in the field of Gastronomy as well as cross-cut with other fields, for example Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

Next year, Macao will celebrate its 20th year of being established as China’s Special Administrative Region. Expect more exciting events and festivals to celebrate this historic moment!

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Group photo of Macao awarded Gourmet City of the Year 2018: (From left to right) Peggy Chong (Organising Chairlady of World Gourmet), Cherry Lee (Macao Government Tourism Office Representative in Malaysia), Puan Sri Datin Seri (Dr.) Susan Cheah (Sunway Group EXCO member & World Gourmet Patron) & Frederick Yap (President of IBF HQ).

MGTO: MGM Cotai ‘Embroiders’ Aesthetic of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage

MGTO: MGM Cotai ‘Embroiders’ Aesthetic of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage

The phenomenal Chinese drama Story of Yanxi Palace borrows lustre from a series of intangible cultural heritage crafts such as Chinese traditional embroidery, Kunqu Opera, Kesi (silk), Ronghua (crafted velvet flowers) and so forth, which MGM is now displaying for public appreciation.

Thus, MGM Cotai has launched the 'Explore the Beauty of Chinese Embroidery' programme, featuring a series of events such as art tours, costume exhibition and art symposium (the symposium ended in November) until 31st December, bringing magnificent art and cultural experiences to residents and visitors.

Silk and metal-thread carpets have consistently served as essential decorations in the Forbidden City in Beijing since the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Today, only 300 Chinese imperial carpets are known to exist in public and private collections around the world, of which 28 are currently displayed in MGM Cotai.

'Art Tour of the Imperial Carpets' allows guests to appreciate the exquisite craftsmanship and learn about the historic symbolism behind such precious collections as well as the artistry showcased by the Story of Yanxi Palace drama series, glimpsing the lifestyle of the ancient Chinese Imperials.

During the art tour period, MGM has also specially launched Qianlong Emperor's favorite imperial dim sums, pairing them with a selection of Chinese tea in the Imperial Court in MGM Macau and Chun in MGM Cotai.

In addition, the intricate costumes and accessories of the Story of Yanxi Palace - a selection of Kunqu Opera costumes - will be exhibited for the very first time in Macao, proclaiming the delicacy of Chinese traditional embroidery art to exhibition-goers in the 'Ancient Costume Exhibition'.

'Art Tour of the Imperial Carpets' will be held from now to 31st December, with four tours on Mondays to Thursdays (12:00 noon, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm) and six tours on Fridays to Sundays (10:30am, 12:00 noon, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm and 6:00pm), each lasting approximately 45 minutes, available in three languages (Mandarin, Cantonese and English), with free admission.

The 'Ancient Costume Exhibition' will be held from now to 9th December, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays, and from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, with admission to the exhibition MOP50 (Free admission for children aged 2 and under). All the aforementioned events will be held in MGM Cotai's Emerald Lobby.

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