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Cunard hosts world premiere of “The Greatest Showman” on board flagship Queen Mary 2

Cunard hosts world premiere of “The Greatest Showman” on board flagship Queen Mary 2

Cunard hosts world premiere of "The Greatest Showman"

Luxury cruise line Cunard and 20th Century Fox Film partnered to host the world premiere of “The Greatest Showman” on the greatest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, while the ship was docked in New York today. This was the first time a Hollywood movie premiere took place on a passenger ship.

“The Greatest Showman” cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, Director Michael Gracey and Oscar®- and Tony®-winning musical duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul walked the red carpet on board Cunard’s flagship ocean liner just before the film was shown in the ship’s Illuminations theater. Family and friends gathered in the Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea, to sip Moet as Captain Philpott, Master of Queen Mary 2, toasted the evening. Circus acts and fireworks delighted the crowd and the night was nothing less than spectacular.

Debuting in theaters on December 20, “The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. “The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award® nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.

During his life, P.T. Barnum sailed multiple times on various Cunard ships to cross the Atlantic between New York and England. Scenes from the movie were shot in the original U.S. headquarters of Cunard, a magnificent Italian Renaissance-style landmark building located at 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. In addition, many scenes were shot in Brooklyn, Queen Mary 2’s U.S. homeport.

Cruise industry executives including Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald, Carnival UK CEO Stein Kruse, Carnival UK President Josh Weinstein, Cunard Senior Vice President Simon Palethorpe and Cunard Senior Vice President Josh Leibowitz were on hand at the premiere to mingle with event guests such as 20th Century Fox Film’s Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and other Hollywood insiders.

“The world premiere event of ‘The Greatest Showman’ on Queen Mary 2 tonight epitomizes the glamour and excitement that defines Cunard,” said Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard North America. “We are thrilled to host the first major motion picture premiere on a Cunard ship and would welcome the opportunity to partner with 20th Century Fox again on future endeavors.”

“The Greatest Showman’s” Emmy Award®-winning costume designer Ellen Mirojnick remained on board to sail on the Transatlantic Crossing to England immediately following the premiere, offering talks on her career and showcasing her designs from the movie while mingling with guests.

Source : eTurboNews

Enjoy Special Deal from Kuala Lumpur to Lijiang

Enjoy Special Deal from Kuala Lumpur to Lijiang

Effective 12 December 2017, Lucky Air  introduce new service KUL - LJG vice versa using A320 aircraft with 3 times weekly.

To celebrate Lucky Air new routes, we are offering lowest FIT special deal for our first 6 flights from MYR695* all in which available in your GDS.

For GV10 fare is also available from MYR 721* all in by request.

*Terms & conditions apply
*Valid to travel on 17 Dec 17, 14 Dec 17, 16 Dec 17, 19 Dec 17, 21 Dec 17, & 23 Dec 17

Kuala Lumpur - Lijiang flights schedule :-

Route Flight No Estimate Departure Estimate Arrival Frequency Fleet
KUL- LJG 8L 840 1530 1930 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday A320
LJG – KUL 8L 839 1015 1425 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday A320

With this network expansion, Lucky Air are proud to announce a daily flight from Kuala Lumpur into Yunnan province.

Kuala Lumpur - Kunming flights schedule :-

Route Flight No Estimate Departure Estimate Arrival Frequency Fleet
KUL - KMG 8L 832 1335 1715 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday A320
KMG - KUL 8L 831 0855 1235 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday A320

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Growing trend among Asean tourists to use Rail Europe

Growing trend among Asean tourists to use Rail Europe

The Germany Intercity Express connects all major German cities. — RailEurope

DENPASAR: There is a growing trend among Asean tourists to use Rail Europe to tour France and its neighbouring countries, with Thais and Indonesians topping the list.

Rail Europe, South East Asia area representative Juliana Gan said the company had been making about €15 million (RM73.6 million) in sales yearly from Asean tourists, with the figure expecting to grow with the increasing number of tourists from Asean, especially Thailand and Indonesia.

Rail Europe, with major train stations located in the heart of the cities in France had been a convenient mode of transport for tourists to travel from one destination to another, and recorded five million travellers per year, she said.

She said this to Bernama on the sideline of the three-day Douce France or Sweet France 2017 programme organised by Atout France, French Tourism Development Agency at Club Med Bali here recently.

The Douce France launched last year, was to showcase French attractions to Asean travel agents and media.

This year, Atout France brought along representatives from Club Med which is well known for its mountain resorts in France, Air France-KLM Group, Rail Europe, designer outlet La Vallee Village, and cabaret and burlesque show Lido de Paris.

Others were department store Printemps, cosmetics and pharmacy stores Group Monge, McArthurGlen designer outlet, Evian Tourisme and Congres, destination management company MGTC and also the Monaco Tourism and Convention Bureau.

According to Atout France Asean regional director Morad Tayebi, the growing number of repeat visitors to the country since late last year had been overwhelming.

"For this year, France recorded 88 million visitors and is on the right track to fulfill its target of 100 million visitors a year by 2020," he told Asean media in a briefing about the programme.

He said visitor arrival to France decreased by 2.2% in 2016 to 82.6 million from 84.5 million in 2015, with the biggest drop of 3.8% comprising tourists from Europe; on the other hand, the number of visitors from outside Europe recorded a 3.8% increase.

The decrease of visitors to France in 2016 was attributed to the waves of terrorist attacks, strikes over labour reforms, and floods.

However, the number increased following aggressive campaigns carried out by the French government, particularly Atout France last year.

Tayebi said tourism had been an essential industry in France, contributing to 7.4% of France's gross domestic product, with the number of visitors higher than the country's population of 66.8 million.
"Nevertheless, we have not been resting on our laurels and are looking at new products and promoting our provinces to maintain the positive note," he said.

To this end, he said France would among others, be hosting various international games such as the 2018 Ryder Cup Golf Tournament in Sept, Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the 2024 Olympics.

Meanwhile, Atout France, Asean marketing and event coordinator Winnalia Lim said the agency was also looking at new products to draw more Malaysian and Singaporean tourists.

France recorded a decline by 20% of Malaysian visitors last year to 120,000, from 150,000 in 2015.

Despite the dwindling number, Malaysian and Singaporean tourists were still the biggest spenders among Asean since France is a shopping paradise, she told Bernama.

She said France was also anticipating more visitors from Asean following its move on Nov 1 to approve issuance of visas within 48 hours. — Bernama

Source : The Sun Daily

Philippine Airlines: Extended Ultimate Seat Sales!

Philippine Airlines: Extended Ultimate Seat Sales!

Go on your next great escape with our Ultimate Seat Sale!

We kicks off October with a huge seat sale on international flights. Book low fares from Asia-Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Middle East, North America & London to Manila, for 2018 travel.

Kuala Lumpur to Manila As low as MYR544
Kuala Lumpur to Haneda As low as MYR1,109
Kuala Lumpur to Narita As low as MYR1,027
Kuala Lumpur to Osaka As low as MYR1,042
Kuala Lumpur to Taipei As low as MYR919
Kuala Lumpur to Toronto As low as MYR3,412
Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu As low as MYR2,897
Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles As low as MYR2,897
Kuala Lumpur to San Francisco As low as MYR2,897
Kuala Lumpur to Guam As low as MYR1,758
Kuala Lumpur to Auckland As low as MYR3,134
Kuala Lumpur to Sydney As low as MYR2,818
Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne As low as MYR2,765
Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane As low as MYR2,822
Kuala Lumpur to Darwin As low as MYR2,627
Kuala Lumpur to Manila As low as MYR1,664

Selling Period: November 6 to 26, 2017
Travel Period: January 16 to September 30, 2018

  1. Non-rebookable on the same fare. Upgrade to the next available higher fare allowed plus change fee.
    • USA, Canada: MYR1060
    • Guam: MYR650
    • Japan: MYR380
    • Other Regional Routes: MYR220
  2. Tickets are Non-refundable
  3. Seats are subject to availability.
  4. No child discount. Infant fare for infant without a seat under 2 years old is 20% of adult fare.
  5. Surcharges: CANADA NAVCAN CAD30
  6. Weekend Surcharge (Thursday – Saturday departure)
Destination Economy Business
Japan / Auckland / Australia MYR64 MYR150
GUAM and other Regional Routes MYR43 MYR130
  1. Black Out dates
Destination Outbound Inbound
GUAM 24 May – 17 Jun 18 / 24 Jun – 15 Jul 18 06 Jul – 15 Aug 18
LOS ANGELES / SAN FRANCISCO / HONOLULU 20 May – 08 Jul 18 12 Jul – 22 Aug 18
NEW YORK 10 Jun – 15 Jul 18 20 Jul – 02 Sep 18
TORONTO 10 Jun – 10 Aug 18 20 Jul – 02 Sep 18
  1. Mileage accrual: 50% mileage accrual for Economy and 125% or Business Class.

Book now until November 26, 2017 and enjoy up to 70% off on our fares from these points to the Philippines and beyond!


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Best cruise lines for couples, families, luxury and smaller budgets

Best cruise lines for couples, families, luxury and smaller budgets

The Grill by Thomas Keller, Seabourn cruise. — PRNewsFoto/Seabourn via AFP

NEW YORK, Nov 15 — Shopping for a romantic, cruise getaway so you can literally sail into the sunset? According to a new report, the best ocean liner for couples is Seabourn Cruise Line.

US News and World Report has released their 2018 Best Cruise Lines Rankings, in the aim of helping consumers pick the right cruise brand for their budget, preferred region and demographic.

In the category “Best for Couples,” for instance, Seabourn was given the top spot for offering a more intimate experience: Unlike behemoth ships, Seabourn offers no more than 300 cabins and services like couples massages.

Romance is also in the sea salt-tinged air thanks to “The Grill by Thomas Keller,” a fine dining restaurant imagined by the Michelin-starred chef behind some of America's most elite restaurant like The French Laundry and Per Se.

For the report, 165 ships in 17 cruise lines were rated across categories like ship quality, reputation, health assessments from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, price class, and itinerary.

Seabourn Cruise — PRNewsFoto/Seabourn via AFP

Seabourn was also ranked second in the category of Best Luxury Cruise Line.

When it comes to value for money, the best cruise brand is Royal Caribbean, while Disney Cruise Line — a perennial favourite — is tops for families and itineraries in the Caribbean.

It's the latest cruise ranking to surface from the industry.

Last week Porthole Cruise Magazine named Windstar Cruises the most romantic cruise line in the 19th Annual Readers' Choice Awards; the Norwegian Escape the best large ship; and Carnival Cruises Line the best value for money.

Here are the big winners from US News and World Report:

For the Money

Royal Caribbean International

Celebrity Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line

For Luxury

Crystal Cruises

Seabourn Cruise Line

Viking Ocean Cruises

For Families

Disney Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean International

Carnival Cruise Lines

For Couples

Seabourn Cruise Line

Viking Ocean Cruises

Crystal Cruises

In the Mediterranean

Viking Ocean Cruises

Seabourn Cruise Line

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

In the Caribbean

Disney Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean International

Celebrity Cruises — AFP-Relaxnews

Source : Malay Mail Online