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Explore More Of Europe In 2019 With Seabourn’s Combination Cruises And Exclusive Savings

Explore More Of Europe In 2019 With Seabourn’s Combination Cruises And Exclusive Savings

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is giving travelers an enticing option to travel the Mediterranean, Baltic and more this year with a lineup of Europe Combination Cruises. Running longer and delivering more fascinating destinations, the offerings combine multiple Seabourn sailings back-to-back, rewarding travelers with a more immersive experience, more in-depth itineraries, ease in moving from place to place, and more savings of up to 15% off of regular cruise fares.

With Seabourn’s combination cruises, travelers have the ability to discover more European destinations than ever before, skipping airport security lines and congested highways, while traveling from place to place in true ultra-luxury. Imagine exploring the beauty of the British Isles, and then heading off for the coasts of Norway and Sweden and three days in St. Petersburg. Or cruising from Ireland to northern France with stops in Bristol (Bath), Cherbourg (Normandy) and Rouen (Paris) before gliding over the Atlantic to experience the splendors of Spain, Portugal, and the French Rivera.

“With such a wealth of cruises navigating around Europe this year, we’re encouraging first-time and returning guests alike to take full advantage with our combination cruises and enjoy the savings and the opportunity to explore more of our extraordinary worlds together with us,” notes Chris Austin, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Sales for Seabourn. “With combined itineraries and all the luxuries of a Seabourn cruise, our voyages are ideal for anyone seeking to take a longer holiday and get the most out of their time visiting beautiful destinations dotting Northern Europe, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean.”

Seabourn is offering a variety of Europe combination cruises lasting from 14 to 28 days in 2019, including a selection of voyages on Seabourn Ovation such as:

  • 21-Day Northern Gems & Baltic – Depart Copenhagen, Denmark bound for ports of call in Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, and three days in St. Petersburg, Russia along the way. That last stop includes a UNESCO Partner Tour within the historic center of the city and a boat ride right by Yusupov Palace, Stroganov Palace, and Michael’s Castle. Guests will even touch down in Helsinki, Finland before winding up the trip in Stockholm, Sweden. Scheduled August 3-24, 2019.
  • 28-Day British Isles & Western Europe – Breathtaking and deep, this nearly month-long Europe Combination Cruise will travel the length of the British Isles with ports of call in Ireland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland and highlights including Dublin, Holyhead, Liverpool, Belfast, Oban, Greenock (Glasgow), and Bristol (Bath). Then it will be onto destinations in northern France and Spain before departing in Lisbon, Portugal. Scheduled September 14-October 12, 2019.
  • 18-Day Moroccan Magic & Spanish Isles – Enjoy the golden season along the coasts of Spain and Morocco followed by the relaxed ambiance of the Balearics and the Rivieras, with departure from Lisbon and ports of call including Tangier, Motril (Granada), Portofino, Monte Carlo, Toulon, Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca, Portoferraio (Elba), Livorno (Florence/Pisa), and Monte Carlo again for departure. Scheduled October 12-30, 2019.
  • 14-Day Gems of the Riviera & Mediterranean Isles – Spend a golden autumn fortnight exploring the picturesque treasures of the Mediterranean from the Cote d’Azur and Rome to the Aegean Isles. The two-week journey departs Monte Carlo to take in La Joliette (Marseille), St. Tropez, Naples (Pompeii), Velletta (in Malta), Syracuse and more before winding its way to the Aegean for Nafplion, Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos, and finally Piraeus (Athens), Greece. Scheduled October 30-November 13, 2019.

Whatever the combination cruise configuration, the 2019 season in Europe will be the ultimate getaway for travelers, with four ultra-luxury vessels – Seabourn OvationSeabourn EncoreSeabourn Quest and Seabourn Odyssey – visiting more than 200 different destinations on cruises of seven to 45 days, including the Aegean and the Greek Isles in the east; the grand cities and picturesque yacht harbors of the Western Mediterranean; the Scottish Highlands, the Baltic and Norway’s North Cape; as well as Norwegian fjords, Iceland and Greenland combined on adventurous summer cruises. As always, Seabourn guests will enjoy hand-picked selections of fascinating destinations, from marquee ports to lesser-known treasures, while the line makes the most of its partnership with UNESCO World Heritage to enrich each journey with exclusive and exciting highlights on ship and shore alike.

Guests who sail on Seabourn will continue to find a number of innovative offerings and programs, including partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality, exceptional service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn. These programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; 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.

For more details on Seabourn’s Combination Cruises for 2019 or the award-winning Seabourn fleet, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

Source: www.seabourn.com

Aeroflot named China’s Favourite International Airline for the third consecutive year

Aeroflot named China’s Favourite International Airline for the third consecutive year

Aeroflot has been once again recognized as the Favorite International Airline in China. The prestigious award was given to Aeroflot for the third consecutive year at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2019. The award ceremony was held today in Shanghai, the economic capital of China. 

The awards are supported by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) inflight magazine and leading sector publication Flyer Tea. Winners are selected by the jury and by votes from frequent flyers and travellers.

The prestigious awards recognise outstanding participants in China’s dynamically developing tourism market. Previous winners include leading global airlines, including carriers that hold Skytrax 5-Star Airline status.

Aeroflot retained the title of Favourite International Airline at the competitive Flyer Awards due to its key competitive advantages: high service quality and flexible fare policy.

“The recognition of Aeroflot as the Favourite International Airline in China is confirmation of the effectiveness of our strategic efforts in China,” Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said. "We offer our customers a wide route network and one of the youngest fleets in the world. Millions of Chinese passengers choose our airline for affordable ticket prices, convenient transit via our hub airport Sheremetyevo and high-quality service. Further development of service on Europe-Asia transit routes – one of the most competitive aviation markets globally – is one of Aeroflot’s key goals, along with the active expansion of the domestic route network.”

Aeroflot’s convenient routes encompass four key locations in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Aeroflot continuously adds new services oriented at the Chinese market. Earlier Aeroflot signed a partnership agreement with Alipay, China’s most popular payment system.

Aeroflot’s official website has a Chinese-language interface. Passengers receive menus in Chinese, and the in-flight entertainment system is available in Chinese. Onboard announcements are made in Chinese and the menu offers a special Asian set.

Aeroflot consistently enjoys wide recognition and popularity among consumers in the Chinese market. In January, Aeroflot was named Best China – Europe Transit Airline at the 2019 Stars Awards in China.

Source: Aeroflot news

 
 
South African Airways expands nonstop flights between Washington DC and Accra, Ghana due to growing demand

South African Airways expands nonstop flights between Washington DC and Accra, Ghana due to growing demand

 

As of this week, South African Airways (SAA) has increased its frequencies on nonstop flights between Washington, D.C.-Dulles International Airport and Accra’s Kotoka International Airport to five days weekly. SAA offers the only nonstop flight between Washington D.C. and Ghana and offers travellers convenient connections to and from over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada through its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines via Washington, D.C.-Dulles.
 
“SAA is delighted to add an additional flight between Washington Dulles and Accra as we continue to see increased demand for our nonstop service between the U.S. and Ghana,” said Todd Neuman, SAA’s executive vice president for North America. “Since 2015, SAA has exclusively offered nonstop flights between the two capital cities and provided customers with our award winning African hospitality. This fifth weekly flight offers an additional opportunity for North American travellers to experience the many wonders of Ghana including its vibrant cities, and its rich culture.”
 
South African Airways’ flights to Accra now operate five days a week with continuing service to Johannesburg, South Africa, operating on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  SAA’s increase of flights on the route will also serve to support the partnership with Africa World Airlines by offering seamless connections between Accra and additional destinations in West Africa including; Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia and Freetown, Sierra Leone.  In addition, SAA will continue to operate flights between Washington D.C. and Dakar, Senegal and onwards to Johannesburg, two days per week. 
 
SAA’s flights between Washington DC and Accra will be operated with both the Airbus A330-300 and the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The A330-300 features 46 full-flat 180° beds with direct aisle access at every seat in Premium Business Class and 203 seats in Economy Class in a spacious and comfortable cabin. The A330-200 offers 36 full-flat beds in Premium Business Class and 186 seats in Economy Class.  Customers travelling in both Premium Business Class and Economy Class will enjoy an extensive menu of on-demand audio and visual entertainment options, in-seat power ports, freshly prepared meals and complimentary bar service featuring award-winning South African wines. 
The new flight schedule is as follows (all times are local):

 

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

Flight No.

Johannesburg

Accra

6.30pm

10.35pm

MON,TUES,WED,FRI,SUN

SA209

Accra

Washington

11.35pm

6.25am +1

MON,TUES,WED,FRI,SUN

SA209

Washington

Accra

5.40pm

8.10am +1

MON,TUES,WED,THURS,SAT

SA10

Accra

Johannesburg

9:10am+1

4:55pm+1

MON, TUES,WED,THURS,SAT

SA10

 

Source: www.flysaa.com

United Airlines Preparing New Nonstop Seasonal Service Between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa

United Airlines Preparing New Nonstop Seasonal Service Between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa

United Airlines today applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin new service between New York/Newark Liberty International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. United plans to operate nonstop three-times weekly flights to Cape Town starting in December 2019.

"We are always looking at ways to expand our industry-leading international route network to offer our customers more convenient options. We're thrilled to announce the addition of Africa to our global route offering," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network. "This new flight will provide customers with the only nonstop service between the United States and Cape Town."

United's nonstop service between New York/Newark and Cape Town will decrease the current travel time from New York to Cape Town by more than four hours and provide customers from more than 80 U.S. cities with easy one-stop access to Cape Town. If approved, United's service between New York/Newark and Cape Town will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring 48 seats in United Polaris business class, 88 seats in United Economy Plus and 116 seats in United Economy.

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Aircraft

New York/Newark

Cape Town

8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. +1

Boeing 787-9

Cape Town

New York/Newark

8:50 p.m.

5:45 a.m. +1

Boeing 787-9

In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers' best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today's announcement, United recently announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry and made DIRECTV free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seat back monitors on more than 30,000 seats.

Source: www.united.com

McArthurGlen: Microtrends | Logo Overload

McArthurGlen: Microtrends | Logo Overload

At London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week, there was a sea of logos both on and off the runway. It’s not enough to merely wear a brand any more. You need to shout about wearing it. The fashion insiders have spoken – perhaps it’s a reaction to years and years of the minimalism trend. Maybe it’s the power of social media and our favourite influencers. Or is it the desire to belong in a particular fashion tribe? Whatever the reason, logos are having a major resurgence. Maximalist excess is here. Dive into this 1990’s-style insignia and don’t be afraid to go bold with branding. 

Accessories
Get started with logo accessories. Invest in an iconic bag – we’re looking at you, Dior saddle bag. Or experiment with statement logo belts; the styles from Fendi are instantly recognisable and will break up a monochrome look or add further punch to colour block ensembles. 

Motif T-Shirts
Motif T-shirts are the perfect way to get logo-heavy with your daywear. Gucci’s infamous design uplifts jeans and trainers kind of day. Channel a relaxed and youthful vibe with sportswear logos such as Champion and Fila, which are now bona fide fashion staples. 

Head-To-Toe
Finally, if you’re not one to shy away from the hottest trends then an all-over logo look is for you. At the Fashion Weeks, we spotted men in head-to-toe Burberry check. Meanwhile, Gigi and Bella Hadid have been rocking modern tailoring with all-over Fendi insignia. Elsewhere, Balenciaga looks are having a moment with the emblem adorning hoodies, tees, footwear and scarves.  

It’s time to label your look.

Source: www.mcarthurglen.com