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Scenic Cruises : From Whiskey to Wine

Scenic Cruises : From Whiskey to Wine

TRULY ALL-INCLUSIVE DISCOVERY

At Scenic, when we say your journey is truly all-inclusive, we mean it. And no more so than when it comes to the beverages on board Scenic Eclipse.

Whatever your tipple, you can enjoy the perfect drink to accompany any occasion, in any destination. An expertly mixed cocktail, a top-shelf spirit, a speciality tea or coffee, pure relaxation awaits across our spacious bars and lounges. And it’s all included.
 
The open-plan Scenic Bar & Lounge features 110 of the finest whiskies; a premium selection of single malts and special blends from around the world, all beautifully displayed in front of our translucent quartz crystal wall.

You can sip France’s premier bubbles at Lumiere’s Champagne bar. And throughout the whole yacht you can enjoy a journey of discovery through our expertly curated wine list.

FOR THE LOVE OF
WHISKEY

Whiskey has a fabulous and intriguing history with popular varieties now coming from beyond its original home of Scotland and Ireland. And on board Scenic Eclipse, you can enjoy up to 110 whiskies from around the world. Learn more about the spirit – and the choice available on Scenic Eclipse – in our latest blog.

WILD SCOTLAND &
THE HEBRIDEANS

11 Days | Bergen > Dublin

Traverse the craggy and spectacular coastlines of the North Isles, Inner and Outer Hebrides, as well as enjoying a visit to an Orkney distillery in Kirkwall along the way. Take a voyage to the home of the cherished spirit.

WINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

As the ultimate cruise experience in luxury and discovery, Scenic Eclipse commissioned the services of Master of Wine, Keith Isaac, to create a wine list representing the finest wines from around the world and designed to reflect the regions through which we travel.

 

WONDERS OF IBERIA & WESTERN EUROPE

12 Days | Barcelona > Amsterdam

Explore Spain, Portugal and France on a discovery of history, culture, food and drink. Taste the sherry in Spain’s sherry capital Jerez, and visit the port wine cellars of Porto.

Travel + Leisure Readers Name Seabourn “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” In Annual World’s Best Awards

Travel + Leisure Readers Name Seabourn “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” In Annual World’s Best Awards

Seabourn, the ultra-luxury cruise line, has been voted #1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” for 2020 by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards.

“We constantly strive to provide the best travel experience to exceed our guests’ expectations, and we thank the readers of Travel + Leisure for their confidence in what we do,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn. “This distinction speaks volumes about our team, both on board and shoreside, and their dedication and commitment to always deliver the personalized and intuitive service that has always made Seabourn the best over the years.”

Leibowitz added that receiving Travel + Leisure’s “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” World’s Best Award is a testament to Seabourn’s carefully crafted itineraries, immersive experiences, and exceptional service that continue to attract discerning travelers year after year, all on midsize ships with limited capacity of 458 to 600 people per ship.

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites that are all oceanfront; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel at home. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways. The line is also the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage.

Guests of Seabourn experience extraordinary offerings and programs, including partnerships with leading entertainers, dining, personal health and wellbeing, and engaging speakers. 

Such programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; ‘Seabourn Conversations’ with special guest speaker including knowledgeable historians, naturalists, marine biologists, destination experts and more; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50’s and 60’s. Exclusive to Seabourn, The Grill is a unique culinary concept for Chef Keller, focusing on updated versions of iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a range of other favorites like premium steaks, whole roasted chicken, and Lobster Thermidor, presented à la carte.

Source: www.seabourn.com

United Airlines Resuming Service Between San Francisco and Shanghai

United Airlines Resuming Service Between San Francisco and Shanghai

United Airlines announced today it will resume service to China with twice-weekly flights between San Francisco and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport via Seoul's Incheon International Airport beginning July 8, 2020. United will operate service with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from San Francisco to Shanghai on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Customers traveling from Shanghai will return to San Francisco on Thursdays and Sundays.

"United's service to mainland China has been a point of pride for our employees and customers for more than 30 years," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network and Alliances. "Resuming service to Shanghai from the United States is a significant step in rebuilding our international network."

Flight

Depart

Day

Time

Arrive

Time

UA 857

San Francisco

Weds., Sat.

11:00 a.m.

Shanghai

5:45 p.m.+1 day

UA 858

Shanghai

Thurs., Sun.

9:40 p.m.

San Francisco

8:55 p.m.

Prior to suspending service to Shanghai in February due to COVID-19, United was the largest U.S. carrier serving China and operated five daily flights between Shanghai and its hubs in San FranciscoLos AngelesChicago and New York/Newark and has served Shanghai for more than 30 years. In July, across the Pacific, United will also reinstate service between Chicago and Tokyo with the addition of new service to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Additionally, United will resume service to Seoul; restart service to Hong Kong and will fly to Singapore via a stop at Hong Kong.

Committed to Ensuring a Safe Journey

United is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of every customer's journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness through its United CleanPlus program. United has teamed up with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to redefine cleaning and health and safety procedures from check-in to landing and has implemented more than a dozen new policies, protocols and innovations designed with the safety of customers and employees in mind, including:

  • Requiring all travelers – including crew members – to wear face coverings and temporarily revoking travel privileges for customers who do not follow these requirements.
  • Using state-of-the-art high-efficiency (HEPA) filters on all United mainline aircraft to circulate air and remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles
  • Using electrostatic spraying on all aircraft before departure for enhanced cabin sanitization
  • Adding a step to the check-in process, based on a recommendation from the Cleveland Clinic, requiring customers to acknowledge they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and agree to follow our policies including wearing a mask on board
  • Offering customers a touchless baggage check-in experience at more than 200 airports across the United States; United is the first and only U.S. airline to make this technology available

For more details on all the ways United is helping keep customers safe during their journey, please visit united.com/cleanplus.

Source: hub.united.com

MGTO: Guangdong-HK-Macao entry curbs can only be lifted after COVID-19 vaccine or medicine

MGTO: Guangdong-HK-Macao entry curbs can only be lifted after COVID-19 vaccine or medicine

Addressing Wednesday’s press conference about Macao’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Alvis Lo Iek Long, a clinical director of the public Conde S. Januário Hospital Centre, admitted that border entry curbs among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao can only be completely lifted after a COVID-19 vaccine or specific medicine to treat the disease has been successfully developed.

Lo pointed out that the development of the COVID-19 pandemic is “full of uncertainties”, and many new cases are constantly confirmed in many countries every day. Lo said that based on the current situation, the COVID-19 pandemic can only be brought under control after a COVID-19 vaccine or medicine has been successfully developed.

Lo pointed out that after a vaccine has been developed, it would have to undergo animal testing, after which it would have to go through clinical trials on humans in three phases. Lo said that Zhong Nanshan, the nation’s renowned respiratory disease expert, told Macao health officials during his working visit to the city earlier this week that five COVID-19 vaccines that are under development in the mainland are currently undergoing the second phase of clinical trials.

Lo pointed out that Macao has not confirmed any new local COVID-19 cases for over 90 days, which is “a very long time”, showing that the local government’s fight against COVID-19 has been successful. Lo said that therefore the Macao government has been constantly discussing with its Guangdong, Zhuhai and Hong Kong counterparts the possible “conditional” relaxation of the current restrictions on cross-border movement of people between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in a “limited” way.

Lo said that travel within Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao could only completely return to normal – before the COVID-19 epidemic emerged early this year – after a COVID-19 vaccine or medicine has been developed. “The restoration of completely free movement of people [around the three regions], like before, will only depend on whether a scientific breakthrough, namely a [COVID-19] vaccine or medicine, is achieved, in which case all travellers can cross the borders [among the three regions] without the need to present a nucleic acid test [NAT] certificate,” Lo said, admitting that it would still take “a period of time” before this situation could be realised.

Since 25 March, all those – both Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents – arriving in Hong Kong from Macao or Taiwan must go into 14-day mandatory quarantine. The Hong Kong government had already imposed the same quarantine measure for those arriving from the mainland on 8 February.

Also since 25 March, Macao residents as well as the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan residents who have been to Hong Kong or Taiwan within the 14 days prior to their entry into Macao must undergo 14 days of quarantine and medical observation at one of the government’s “quarantine hotels” upon their arrival here.

All travellers arriving in Guangdong from overseas as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan have had to undergo 14 days of “concentrated” quarantine there since 27 March.

Lo pointed out that border entry curbs between Macao and Zhuhai have been gradually relaxed since the implementation of the Guangdong government’s quarantine measure, such as quarantine waivers granted by the Zhuhai government to certain groups of Macao-Zhuhai cross-border commuters, and the special measure to allow Macao residents who need to cross the Macao-Zhuhai border for official purposes, business activities or other special reasons to apply for exemption from the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Source: macaunews.mo

Holland American Line: Virtual Voyage Log: Seven-Day ‘Inside Passage’ Alaska Cruise

Holland American Line: Virtual Voyage Log: Seven-Day ‘Inside Passage’ Alaska Cruise

Thank you to all of our cruisers and Mariners who joined us for our Virtual Voyage to Alaska from June 22 – 28 on social media! The seven-day “Inside Passage” cruise aboard Koningsdam was a blast, and we hope everyone had a great time. At the end of each cruise on board, we like to give our guests a Voyage Log showing how far we cruised and some fun culinary facts. Here’s the Virtual Voyage Log for this cruise, and some bonus fun from the week!

 

1. Vancouver, B.C.
2. Inside Passage
3. Juneau, Alaska: 790 miles / 17.4 knots
4. Skagway, Alaska: 100 miles / 13.3 knots
5. Glacier Bay: 116 miles / 12.2 knots
6. Inside Passage
7. Vancouver, B.C.: 571 miles / 16.6 knots

TOTAL: 1,906 miles
AVERAGE SPEED: 16.8 knots

CRUISE STATS:
Officers & Crew: 1,036
Nationalities: 45

On every cruise, it’s interesting to see how much food is consumed. From eggs to potatoes to seafood, here’s a glimpse into what was consumed on our Virtual Voyage!

AVERAGE WEEKLY CONSUMPTION:
Eggs: 25,010
Meat: 5,300 pounds
Poultry: 5.200 pounds
Fish: 1,875 pounds
Seafood: 2,575 pounds
Rice for crew: 3,500 pounds
Potatoes: 5,100 pounds
Fresh Vegetables: 5,100 pounds
Melon: 9,300 pounds
Dairy: 5,500 pounds
Butter/Margarine: 1,675 pounds
Flour: 3,150 pounds
Sugar: 950 pounds
Ice Cream: 300 gallons

One of the most popular activities during the week was a grilled cheese cooking demonstration with Beecher’s Cheese. Holland America Line ships carry this delicious cheese from Seattle and guests can find it on board in our on-deck sailaway appetizers. Now you can make your own amazing grilled cheese at home. Tip from Beecher’s: Do NOT use butter!

Another popular activity was Alaska BINGO! Check off your squares and let us know how you did! Four corners, straight line or maybe a coverall!

We hope everyone had a fantastic cruise, and we look forward to setting sail on our next Virtual Voyage. 

Source: www.hollandamerica.com