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Thalys, the fastest way to travel between France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Thalys, the fastest way to travel between France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Route

Best Travel Time

Frequency Daily Roundtrip

Paris <>Antwerp

2h01 -
Paris <> Brussels 1 h22m

24

Paris <> Cologne

3h14m 5
Paris <> Amsterdam 3h17m

11

Paris <> Rotterdam

2h37m

11

Paris <> Dusseldorf

3h39m

4

Brussels <> Amsterdam

1h50m

14

Brussels <> Bordeaux

4h07m(summer)

-

Brussels<> Cologne

1h47m

5

Brussels <> Dortmund

3h08m

-

Brussels <> Dusseldorf

2h12m

4

Brussels <> Essen HBF

2h38m

4

Brussels <> Marne La Vallee

1h33m

-

Marne La Vallee <> Amsterdam

3h41m

-

Routes and Travel Time

Thalys is a high-speed train service conveniently linking the European cities of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Cologne (Germany), Paris (France) and 15 other major leisure and business capitals.

On Board Services - There are 3 classes of service: Premium Fares, 1st class and 2nd Class

  • All trains are Non-Smoking
  • Refurbished interior and spacious seating
  • Reclining seats with comfortable headrest and footrest
  • Individual reading lights
  • Spacious luggage storage, at eye-sight
  • Ambient lighting, softer and natural

Premium Class

  • Access to the Thalys Lounge & More in Paris Nord, access to the Thalys Lounge in Brussels Midi, and access to the Store & More in Dusseldorf Hbf and Cologne Hbf. Important: Lounge access is NOT available for travellers holding a Eurail pass, booking a passholder fare.
  • At-seat meal service included on international journeys longer than 50 minutes.
  • Complimentary newspapers and magazines.
  • Taxi reservation services for Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
  • Plus all the amenities already included in First class.

1st class

  • Access to the Thalys Lounge & More in Paris Nord, access to the Thalys Lounge in Brussels Midi, and access to the Store & More in Dusseldorf Hbf and Cologne Hbf. Important: Lounge access is NOT available for travellers holding a Eurail pass, booking a passholder fare.
  • At-seat meal service included on international journeys longer than 50 minutes.
  • Complimentary newspapers and magazines.
  • Taxi reservation services for Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
  • Plus all the amenities already included in First class.

2nd Class

  • 256 Comfortable seats.
  • Width:55 cm, legroom:73,4 cm, space between seats:91,4 cm, space between face to face seats:101,8 cm.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi connection.
  • Access to the bar-buffet car, a bar service is available in coaches 4/14/24 and offers a variety of food and refreshments: breakfast formula, meals, warm and cold dishes, sandwiches, dessert, warm and cold beverages. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted for a minimum purchase of 1€.
  • Tickets for public transportation networks in the Netherlands, Germany, Brussels and Paris can be purchased at the bar-buffet.

 

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Give Your Family the World on a Holland America Line Cruise

Give Your Family the World on a Holland America Line Cruise

Family-focused activities, shore excursions, dining and staterooms make a cruise an ideal vacation. Select summer Alaska and Europe cruises up to half off and guests in the same stateroom sail free when booked by July 15.

Cruising has long been known as one of the best vacation values there is for families, extended multi-generational family groups and friends traveling together with their families. You can still enjoy a cruise this summer with Holland America Line’s “Who’s in Your Crew?” promotion featuring fares that are up to 50 percent off select Alaska and Europe cruise fares. Plus, third and fourth children or adults in the same stateroom sail free.

Aboard Holland America Line ships there are a wide variety of activities for all ages.

On board, there are a wide variety of activities for all ages. Younger travelers can join kids their own age on a treasure hunt with Club HAL while adults get a crash course on European architecture at an EXC Talks presentation. Later, the entire family can come together to share the day’s highlights over freshly made pasta at Canaletto. In port, Holland America Line has crafted family-friendly Shore EXCursions like whale-watching or a trip to Legoland, and at the end of each day guests can unwind in spacious, comfortable accommodations that fit a family perfectly.

“If you want to experience new cultures with family, bring history to life for your children or just have a fun-in-the-sun vacation, then we’re the cruise line for you,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We believe that family travel should be about spending quality time together while enjoying a variety of activities for every interest. Holland America Line truly has something for everyone, both on board and ashore.”

Family-Focused Experiences

A variety of entertainment options, daily activities and dining venues let everyone in the family enjoy their ideal day. At Club HAL, Holland America Line offers supervised, age-appropriate games, sports and activities on board for kids and tweens, while teens can enjoy an exclusive venue and special events. Elsewhere, the whole family can learn to make tasty treats at a live cooking show or explore the natural world with BBC Earth Experiences.

On Alaska cruises, Holland America Line offers a Junior Ranger Program in Glacier Bay. Kids can interact with national park rangers and earn their Junior Ranger Badge during this fun and educational day at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

At Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas, Waterworks features a mini waterslide, water nozzles and climbable sea creatures that make up an aquatic playground for younger kids. Families can join a tour for horseback riding, a stingray interaction, bike riding, glass-bottom boat or jet ski. The island also features cabanas, villas and a grand cabana for rent that are ideal for private family retreats. And the idyllic powder white-sand beach and clear turquoise water that is perfect for swimming will make for an unforgettable day for all.

Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas, features new mini waterslide, water nozzles and climbable sea creatures in an aquatic playground for younger kids.

Family-Friendly Shore EXCursions

Holland America Line’s award-winning tours offer families new ways to discover destinations together. Guests will find a range of shoreside experiences to suit the interests and activity levels of everyone in the family. Swim with sting rays in Mexico or the Caribbean, spend a day at the original Legoland in Northern Europe, join a whale-watching quest or dogsledding adventure in Alaska and more. Many of the Shore EXCursions also offer reduced pricing for kids.

Some top family tours include:

  • Family Fun: Time-Travel Through Rome
    From Civitavecchia, an engaging actor and guide brings the city of Rome to life, illuminating the complex history of Ancient Rome and how its empire expanded at breakneck speed. Younger travelers can take part in an interactive theatrical performance and play games to learn about the secret history of Rome’s iconic monuments.
  • Discover Alaska’s Whales in Juneau
    With a small group of guests, board a heated research vessel for an up-close viewing of humpback whales. The guide will discuss the biology, habitat and behavior of these majestic giants. Whale sightings are guaranteed, and it’s also likely that guests will see seals, porpoises and other marine animals.
  • Family Fun: Monkey Jungle & Dominican Flavors
    From Amber Cove enter a tropical jungle and listen to the sounds of nature while keeping a look out for the cute little squirrel monkeys that abound in this natural environment. Guests can offer a plate of fruit to the monkeys and get up close with these loveable, fun little creatures.
  • A Day at Legoland in Aarhus
    The world-famous Legoland amusement park will have everyone in the family feeling like a kid again. The park in Denmark is made entirely of Legos, with millions of colorful bricks snapped together in a perfect blend of imaginative fun, clever design and attention to detail.
  • Lulu Lobster Boat Ride
    This entertaining and educational two-hour cruise in Bar Harbor on the Lulu -- a Downeast Maine-style lobster boat -- offers delightful views of Acadia National Park. The captain hauls lobster traps to show what a commercial lobsterman does to catch the lobsters, how the traps work, and how they are baited. Seal-watching is included, and bald eagles are often seen.

Families can discover cruise destinations through varied tours while Club HAL aboard ship offers supervised, age-appropriate games and activities.

Dining for Everyone
Enjoy a variety of flavors as varied as the destinations Holland America Line visits with onboard dining experiences designed by the line’s dedicated Culinary Council of world-renowned chefs. Half portions of menu items and a special kids’ menu with favorites like pizza, mac and cheese and fresh fruit are available at any of the dining venues. Plus, kids 12 years old and under eat for half price at the specialty restaurants or free when ordering from the kids’ menu.

Flexible Stateroom and Suite Options
Holland America Line’s staterooms and suites come in an array of sizes and configurations to fit each family. Family-friendly options include sofa beds, Murphy beds and connecting rooms. Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam also feature dedicated ocean-view family staterooms with beds for five guests, extra closet space and two bathrooms — one with a bathtub, shower, sink and toilet and one with a shower and sink.

Family-Friendly Fares and Offers
When more than two adults are planning to share a stateroom, Holland America Line’s reduced fares for kids or extra adult guests offer an exceptional value.

Fares vary by departure date and stateroom category purchased, and during select promotions they may be free. (Whether cruise fares are reduced or free for these additional guests, the cost of taxes, fees and port expenses per person still applies.)

Through July 15, 2019, the Who’s in Your Crew? promotion extends up to 50 percent off select summer 2019 Alaska and Europe cruise fares. And third and fourth children or adults in the same stateroom sail free. More than 200 cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, British Isles and Norway can be booked with the special offer.

Seabourn Unveils Extraordinary Suites On New Ultra-Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ships

Seabourn Unveils Extraordinary Suites On New Ultra-Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ships

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is giving travelers yet another look at more stunningly designed guest suites on its two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022, respectively. The Veranda, Panorama Veranda, and Penthouse suite categories are masterfully designed spaces by Adam D. Tihany, that will provide beautiful, relaxing accommodations on Seabourn Venture and her soon-to-be-named sister ship.

The entire all-suite collection on the two ships is defined by comfortable, thoughtfully crafted bespoke furniture, enticing tactile materials and unique details that capture timeless luxury travel in a contemporary and engaging environment designed to elevate every aspect of the Seabourn expedition experience.

“All of our spacious suites provide the expedition traveler with equal parts of adventure together with the best in luxury accommodation and service,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Seabourn’s suites are created to invite guests to linger longer as we take them to diverse and remote locales around the world.”

Elegant design elements such as parchment texture inspired wall panels and curvilinear arches reflect bygone maritime craftsmanship. Custom bedside panels recall luxury travel from another era yet are decidedly current with toggle switches, an analog clock and a fold away reading lamp, perfect for curling up with a custom Seabourn blanket. Guests are drawn into the space with organic shapes, materials like wood and stone, and intricately textured fabrics. Spacious bathrooms with separate shower and bathtub feature luxurious fittings. The ship’s art collection, curated to reflect that of a seasoned explorer, will extend beyond public areas into the ship’s all ocean front with private veranda suites as well.

Each suite will also have a built-in heated jacket wardrobe, where guests can grab a warm coat before heading out on a cool morning or hang their wet outdoor parkas and other gear to dry quickly once they return from adventures off the ship.

Specific details on each of the suite categories revealed include:

Veranda Suite: The most plentiful suite category found on Seabourn ships, the veranda suite has all the luxuries for guests to make this their home away from home. Veranda suites include a separate seating area with a coffee/dining table for two, which is ideal for in-suite dining at any time of day. A queen-sized or two twin beds, spacious walk-in closet with ample room for a traveler’s wardrobe, and sliding glass door leading to a private furnished veranda round out the accommodations.

Total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 78 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.)*

Veranda Spa Suite: These two suites, located on Deck 7, feature the same amenities as the Veranda Suite and include additional in-suite spa amenities and spa concierge service available in conjunction with Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, including a selection of blossoming teas and fresh juices, perfect for guests who enjoy healthy doses of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 78 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.)

Veranda Suite

Panorama Veranda Suite: A new for Seabourn suite category featuring a semi-circular living area with comfortable seating and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows providing guests a spectacular perspective of the world outside including sweeping views from their suite. A queen-sized bed or twin beds are also oriented to face the windows, allowing guests to enjoy views of beautiful scenery and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

The bathroom features a separate shower and large soaking tub placed next to a window, providing relaxing views to the private furnished veranda and scenic outdoor landscapes.

Total space: 417 sq. ft. (39 sq. m.) including veranda of 85 sq. ft. (8 sq. m.)

Panorama Veranda Suite

Penthouse Suite: Each of the Penthouse Suites, located on Deck 8, affords a sophisticated environment that includes a living area with dining table for two to enjoy in-suite dining at any time of day, high-definition TV, large windows that bring in plenty of natural light, a sliding glass door to the private furnished veranda, and makeup vanity. A separate bedroom that can be closed off from the rest of the suite has its own high-definition TV and is adjacent to a marble-lined bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. Penthouse Suites also come with a convenient Nespresso® machine with a variety of coffee choices.

otal space: 529 (49 sq. m.) including veranda of 96. (9 sq. m.)

Penthouse Suite

Penthouse Spa Suite: The Penthouse Spa suite, located on Deck 7, is the accommodation of choice for the traveler who would like to stay near the onboard spa & wellness facilities. This suite features the same amenities as the Penthouse Suite along with added in-suite spa amenities in conjunction with Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil for the guest with wellness in mind, including a selection of blossoming teas and fresh juices.

Total space: 637 sq. ft. (59 sq. m.) including veranda of 205 sq. ft. (19 sq. m.)

*Some veranda sizes vary.

Guests with disabilities will also find accessible suites available in both the Penthouse and Veranda categories.

The suites feature several pieces from the custom furniture collection created for the expedition ships by Tihany’s product design arm and developed by a leading European furniture manufacturer. The collection is highlighted by crafted details such as wood frames, exposed rivet details and bronze inlays.

For this latest project with Seabourn, Tihany will develop the design vision for public areas and all categories of luxurious guest suites, as well as a bespoke furniture collection. Additional renderings of these spaces can be found in the link here.

All suites on Seabourn Venture and her sister ship will include:

  • A personal suite stewardess to ensure everything in your suite is always as you wish
  • Private, ocean-front furnished verandas
  • Twin or queen-sized bed with a luxurious custom-built mattress, fine cotton linens, fluffy all-season duvet and a choice of firm or soft pillows
  • Ample storage and walk-in closets with plush terry robes, slippers and a personal safe
  • An in-suite bar with a selection of beverages and requested complimentary wines or spirits
  • Interactive entertainment with broadcast TV and hundreds of movie and music choices
  • A bath with a full tub, separate shower and luxury products featuring an exclusive signature scent created for Seabourn by Molton Brown, London
  • Complimentary PressReader® app bringing favorite newspapers and magazines to your phone or tablet
  • Unique to Seabourn Venture, Swarovski® binoculars for guests to use during the voyage, widely regarded as some of the world’s best by expedition travelers, naturalists, and wildlife spotters. 

More details about public spaces and suites on the new expedition ships will continue to be revealed in the coming months. Itineraries for the first season of travel aboard Seabourn Venture are now open for booking on Seabourn’s website.

Seabourn continues to represent the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; 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 right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, more than 170 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

Source: www.seabourn.com

Aeroflot retains leadership in Europe at the World Travel Awards 2019

Aeroflot retains leadership in Europe at the World Travel Awards 2019

For the second year in a row Aeroflot has won three categories at the World Travel Awards Europe: Europe’s Leading Airline Brand, Europe’s Leading Airline – Business Class and Europe’s Leading Airline to Asia.

Known unofficially as the Oscars of the tourism industry, the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony took place on 8 June in Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago, known as the Pearl of the Atlantic.

The World Travel Awards honour leading representatives of the travel, hospitality and civil aviation industries.

Throughout the year, prizes are awarded on a regional, national and global level. Winners are determined via online voting, with hundreds of thousands of professionals and millions of travellers taking part. The main criteria for evaluation are product quality and level of service. 

The World Travel Awards for Europe’s Leading Airline Brand and Europe’s Leading Airline – Business Class once again confirm the position of Russia’s flag carrier as a leading global airline in terms of quality of service and the degree of comfort afforded by its business class.

 Recognition as Europe’s Leading Airline to Asia is confirmation of Aeroflot’s long-term leadership in the highly competitive Europe-Asia transit market.

Further development of services in this market is a key priority and one of the main growth drivers for Aeroflot, Russia’s leading airline.

Aeroflot’s leading positions in a number of the world’s regions are confirmed by various international accolades and ratings, including awards received this year. Aeroflot was named the world's strongest airline brand for the third year in a row by Brand Finance, the leading independent brand valuation consultancy.

APEX awarded Aeroflot for Best Seat Comfort in Europe.

In Asia, Aeroflot was named Best China-Europe Transit Airline at the Stars Awards held in Shanghai in January 2019. On top of that, this year Aeroflot was recognised as China’s Favourite International Airline for the third consecutive year.

Source: www.hollandamerica.com

New EZpay Allows Holland America Line Guests to Make Monthly Interest-Free Cruise Payments

New EZpay Allows Holland America Line Guests to Make Monthly Interest-Free Cruise Payments

Holland America Line’s new EZpay makes it a breeze to budget for a dream cruise vacation and pay it off over time. EZpay spreads out the cruise balance into equal, interest-free monthly payments leading up to final payment. The plan gives guests the flexibility to pay for their cruise at their own pace, with the ability to opt out at any time without penalty.

Nearly all of Holland America Line’s worldwide itineraries are eligible for EZpay, as long as they are not within the final payment deadline. Following the payment of a cruise deposit, EZpay charges a supplied credit card once a month to pay for the cruise balance in full by the final payment deadline, and there are no additional fees.

Guests can choose the date of the monthly charge and a confirmation is sent following each payment. Extra funds also can be added to a payment, with the remaining balance recalculated into equal amounts.

To sign up for EZpay, guests can request it when booking a cruise with a travel advisor or a Holland America Line representative. EZpay may be requested at any time leading up to final payment.

Source: www.hollandamerica.com