Emirates celebrates 100th A380 with special offers

Emirates celebrates’ its 100th A380 with the launch of special fares to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America, allowing travellers to enjoy real value for money especially during the holiday season. For a limited time, these special fares can be booked from 12 to 21 September 2017, for travel between 4 October 2017 and 27 March 2018.*

All-inclusive Business Class fares from Hong Kong start at HKD20,370 to Europe; HKD4,080 to Asia; HKD24,250 to the Middle East; HKD26,780 to Africa; and HKD38,920 to South America. Economy Class fares start at HKD3,280 to Europe; HKD970 to Asia; HKD3,280 to the Middle East; HKD4,170 to Africa; and HKD10,630 to South America.

 

Region Travel Period Economy Class from

(HKD)

Business Class from

(HKD)

Europe 4 Oct 2017 – 27 Mar 2018 3,280 20,370
M.E & GCC 3,280 24,250
Africa 4,170 26,780
S. America 10,630 38,920
Asia 5 Oct 2017 – 27 Mar 2018 970 4,080

*Blackout period apply. Other terms and conditions apply. Fares exclude applicable surcharges and taxes.

Emirates currently operates A380 flights to 48 destinations, almost a third of its global network. Since 2008, Emirates has flown over 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet.

On the Emirates A380, First and Business Class passengers can socialise in the luxurious onboard lounge, featuring a fully-stocked bar and a selection of canapés on the upper deck of the aircraft. First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped Private Suites and enjoy exclusive use of on-board shower spas to refresh and rejuvenate during their flight experience. Business Class passengers can relax in seats that convert to flat beds up to 87 inches (two metres) long, whilst those travelling in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches. Guests can also enjoy up to 20MB free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends during flights.

From Hong Kong, Emirates operates four daily flights to Dubai, which includes 21 weekly flights on Emirates’ state-of-the-art A380 aircraft, altogether connecting customers seamlessly to over 150 destinations worldwide.

Emirates will begin double daily A380 services to Madrid (Spain) on 1 September 2017, Moscow (Russia) on 1 October 2017, and Birmingham (UK) on 29 October 2017, allowing passengers travelling between Hong Kong and these cities even more options and flexibility.

To book or for more information about special offers, please visit www.emirates.com/hk.

DREAM CRUISES UNVEILS ASIA’S FIRST ALL-INCLUSIVE LUXURY CRUISE CONCEPT FOR DREAM PALACE SUITES

New first-class experience lavishes guests with a unique array of privileges and services

 2-Night Summer Weekend Getaway – 25% Off Special Offer, lead-in price of Palace Suite: HKD 5,599 per person

Save up to 30% off 5-Night Cruise to Okinawa, lead-in price of Palace Suite: HKD 8,259 per person

Dream Cruises today unveiled a new luxury experience for guests of its prestigious Dream Palace Suite and Garden Penthouses on board Genting Dream and its soon-to-arrive twin sister ship World Dream.  Designed for guests who prefer the finer things in life, this unique concept sets a new benchmark in Asia’s luxury cruise industry with an unparalleled range of first-class privileges and personalized services both on-board and in-room, as well as on land.

Dream Palace is a class of its own, an elegantly regal “ship-within-a-ship” enclave with 142 suites and private VIP facilities including its own swimming pool, spa, gym and dining venues. The luxurious essence of Dream Palace is embodied by the meticulous personalized services of its renowned team of Dream Butlers, chosen for their genuine personalities, language skills and renowned for their gracious service and unparalleled expertise.

Guests can enjoy the new Dream Palace experience on Genting Dream from 1 September and on World Dream when it arrives in Asia in November.  This begins with complimentary select fine wines, premium spirits, and unlimited soft drinks from the premium beverage package, which can be enjoyed at all bars and lounges throughout the ship. Guests can then savour complimentary dining in the exclusive Dream Palace restaurants as well as up to five specialty restaurants with each night featuring choice of a unique specialty restaurant experience. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper are also all part of Dream Palace restaurants’ inclusive offering. Other complimentary services include soft drinks and bottled water in-room, standard Wi-Fi package and VIP city transfer shuttle services exclusively for Dream Palace guests.

Beyond these complimentary benefits, Dream Palace guests will also enjoy an exclusive al fresco seafood barbeque dinner hosted on the Dream Palace private pool deck area during the last sea day of all five-night cruises.  In addition, Dream Palace guests will have first priority at booking at the recently- launched Vintage Room private food and wine chef’s table that showcases Dream Cruises’ preferred relationship with Penfolds wine makers and their extended vineyards globally.

Vintage Room winemakers’ dinners have been long regarded as one of the most memorable and enriching culinary experiences on board Crystal Cruises, even intriguing the savviest of connoisseurs. To entice the palates of guests during their cruise vacation, Dream Cruises’ newly introduced Vintage Room dinners feature curated selections of global wine, and intimate feasts go beyond simple wine pairing dinners, bringing new friends together and old friends closer over a shared inquisitiveness about the world’s finest vintages.

The all-inclusive Dream Palace experience continues with unparalleled opportunities for priority reservations for enrichment and entertainment as well as shore excursions; daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service, a menu of dreamy pillow options for a perfect night’s sleep, designated priority check-in lounge and fast-track service for security clearance at the embarkation port whisking suite guests on board.

Dream Palace has truly become even more regal with these benefits:

  • Complimentary set menu meals in all Dream Palace outlets
  • Complimentary set meal credit in five specialty restaurants – each night will feature choice of a unique specialty restaurant experience
  • Complimentary premium beverage package to be enjoyed in all bars and lounges
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water in room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the cruise
  • Complimentary city shuttle transfers, exclusive for Dream Palace guests
  • Complimentary al fresco seafood barbeque dinner hosted on the Dream Palace private pool deck area during the last sea day of all five night cruises, exclusive for Dream Palace guests
  • Priority at booking at the Vintage Room private food and wine chef’s table

 

Lufthansa upgrades daily Hong Kong-Munich service with its brand new A350 from September 2017

Lufthansa brings its latest long-haul aircraft A350-900 to Hong KongNew Economy Class cabin and enhanced Business class now available for bookingStarting the Munich Hub expansion strategy in Hong Kong with upscale A350 and A380 service

Starting 13 September 2017, Hong Kong’s leading European Airline Lufthansa, will operate its daily flight between Hong Kong and Munich with the most modern long-haul aircraft in the world, the Airbus A350-900. In addition to increased capacity, this innovative new aircraft raises the benchmark on efficiency and travel comfort, reaffirming Lufthansa’s commitment to Hong Kong and Southern China customers. Hong Kong becomes the first destination in Greater China and the fourth worldwide to receive Lufthansa’s A350-900.

Upgraded business class, new economy class and digital innovations

The aircraft represents Lufthansa’s best on-board product, assuring passengers the highest level of comfort, with a wider cabin, bigger windows, larger TV screens in all travel classes and much more. The Lufthansa A350-900 is configured to seat 293 passengers: 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class.

The improved Lufthansa Business Class offers a self-service area where refreshments are available anytime. Passengers of the Economy Class can enjoy a new color design and relax in the ergonomically shaped seats with adjustable headrest.

The digital features offered by the Airbus A350-900 on board entertainment system are likewise leading edge. Passengers can make a selection from the onboard program and prepare their personalized playlist from home, using the “Lufthansa Companion App”. Furthermore the FlyNet Wifi on board the A350 with improved broadband internet service is available in all classes. Lufthansa is also the first airline worldwide to present innovative LED mood lighting designed to fit the human day and night-time biorhythms. Together with the A350’s especially quiet engines this will help travelers to take a break during the flight.

The Lufthansa A350-900 is the world’s most modern and environmental friendly long-haul aircraft. In comparison with similar types of aircraft it consumes 25 percent less fuel, producing 25 percent fewer emissions. Its noise footprint is up to 50 percent smaller than that of comparable aircraft types.

 

 

The Best Way to Discover the Epicurean Highlights of the Mediterranean

What better way to discover the highlights of the Mediterranean this than on one of Oceania Cruises’ specialist Culinary Discovery Tours, designed to allow guests to sample the best of Mediterranean cuisine all curated by the cruise line famous for The Finest Cuisine at Sea ™.

Oceania Cruises offers no fewer than 20 distinctly designed Culinary Discovery Tours around the Baltics, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Tours are available on Oceania Cruises’ elegantly appointed Marina and Riviera which accommodate a maximum of 1,250 guests, affording access to boutique ports and seaside villages that larger ships cannot call on. Among the highlights of the Mediterranean sailings are explorations of the colorful culinary scenes of Slovenia, Greece and Italy.

While in Europe, guests can uncover one of the region’s current culinary hotspots – Slovenia. This educational tour starts at Piran Bay, located at the southernmost point of the Slovenian Sea, and brings guests to the Fonda Fish Farm. Here, the Fonda family will explain their time honored philosophy and techniques of free-swimming farmed fish. Dr. Fonda takes guests on a tour of the fish fields and offers a tasting of Fonda branzino and a local wine. The Slovenian food journey continues with two local artisans specializing in craft olive oil and salt. For lunch the Chef and Sommelier of famous local restaurant Hisa Torka will present an elegant menu of authentic Slovenian cuisine paired with local wines.

Guests may choose to navigate the island of Corfu and set out on a culinary shopping adventure combined with snippets of Greek history and heritage. Oceania’s chefs will provide guests with a complete shopping list and market bag to collect ingredients that will be used in an on-board cooking class. Combining history and food, guests will start their shopping at Corfu’s spectacular Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After sampling and collecting local seafood, produce, olive oil, kumquat liquor, and authentic yogurt, guests will return to the ship’s state of the art Culinary Centre for an in-depth two hour cooking class on traditional Greek cuisine. Emphasis will also be placed on recipes that guests will be able to replicate at home.

In Sicily, epicurean enthusiasts will also be able to share the Sicilians well known passion for their local fare. Along with a Chef from Oceania Cruises’ Culinary Center, guests will visit an ancient open fish and produce market in Catania. The market is full of action with fish mongers hard at work and stalls lined with aged cheeses and cured meat. After the market, the group will observe a Sicilian pastry master at work. Then for lunch, guests will be treated to an up close and personal experience as Chef Turi the owner of the renowned Nero d’ Avola restaurant introduces the group to the various “slow food” ingredients on the menu.

From markets to vineyards, each Culinary Discovery Tour offers a unique cultural experience paired with elegant on board accommodation and unrivaled dining options, both on board and offshore. Guests can find a selection of Culinary Discover Tours offered throughout the year. Recommend sailings include:

October 16 2017: 12-day voyage from Barcelona to Athens
November 6 2017: 8-day voyage from Venice to Rome
May 17 2018: 8-day voyage from Rome to Venice
May 25 2018: 12-day voyage Venice to Barcelona

To learn more about Oceania Cruises or to order a brochure, visit OceaniaCruises.com, call 800-616 -7096 for Singapore / 800-961-271 for Hong Kong / +612 9224 6098 for rest of Asia, or contact your preferred travel agent.

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Lufthansa upgrades daily Hong Kong-Munich service with its brand new A350

Lufthansa upgrades daily Hong Kong-Munich service with its brand new A350 from September 2017

 

  • Lufthansa brings its latest long-haul aircraft A350-900 to Hong Kong
  • New Economy Class cabin and enhanced Business class now available for booking
  • Starting the Munich Hub expansion strategy in Hong Kong with upscale A350 and A380 service

Starting 13 September 2017, Hong Kong’s leading European Airline Lufthansa, will operate its daily flight between Hong Kong and Munich with the most modern long-haul aircraft in the world, the Airbus A350-900. In addition to increased capacity, this innovative new aircraft raises the benchmark on efficiency and travel comfort, reaffirming Lufthansa’s commitment to Hong Kong and Southern China customers. Hong Kong becomes the first destination in Greater China and the fourth worldwide to receive Lufthansa’s A350-900.

Upgraded business class, new economy class and digital innovations

The aircraft represents Lufthansa’s best on-board product, assuring passengers the highest level of comfort, with a wider cabin, bigger windows, larger TV screens in all travel classes and much more. The Lufthansa A350-900 is configured to seat 293 passengers: 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class.

The improved Lufthansa Business Class offers a self-service area where refreshments are available anytime. Passengers of the Economy Class can enjoy a new color design and relax in the ergonomically shaped seats with adjustable headrest.

“The A350-900 is a fabulous aircraft that plays out its strengths especially on long haul flights. Our customers will enjoy more comfortable cabin pressure, higher humidity and arrive more refreshed after the non-stop flight at our 5-star hub in Munich” says Malte Haut, General Manager Sales Hong Kong, South China and Macao, Lufthansa Group Airlines.

The digital features offered by the Airbus A350-900 on board entertainment system are likewise leading edge. Passengers can make a selection from the onboard program and prepare their personalized playlist from home, using the “Lufthansa Companion App”. Furthermore the FlyNet Wifi on board the A350 with improved broadband internet service is available in all classes. Lufthansa is also the first airline worldwide to present innovative LED mood lighting designed to fit the human day and night-time biorhythms. Together with the A350’s especially quiet engines this will help travelers to take a break during the flight.

The Lufthansa A350-900 is the world’s most modern and environmental friendly long-haul aircraft. In comparison with similar types of aircraft it consumes 25 percent less fuel, producing 25 percent fewer emissions. Its noise footprint is up to 50 percent smaller than that of comparable aircraft types.

Starting the Munich Hub expansion strategy in Hong Kong

“Hong Kong plays a crucial role in our Asia-Pacific growth strategy and also acts as an important hub for serving passengers not only from the Greater Bay Area and Taiwan but also for transfer passengers from New Zealand and Australia. We therefore have been introducing the most advanced products and services to this market. Operating the A350-900 between Hong Kong and Munich is another milestone of Lufthansa Group in Hong Kong”, explained Veli Polat, Senior Director Sales Greater China Lufthansa Group Airlines.

Following the launch of the A350 this autumn, Lufthansa will introduce its flagship the A380 on the Hong Kong – Munich route for the first time in the summer schedule 2018. A total of five A380 aircrafts will be transferred to Munich as part of a strategy to strengthen the southern German hub. As a first step three new European destinations were announced for October 2017 to further enhance Munich’s broad European network.

The jointly managed Lufthansa Terminal in Munich was rated again the best European airport with 5 stars in 2017. Hong Kong travelers to Munich can enjoy seamless and fast connection offering a connecting time of only 30 minutes within one terminal and 45 minutes between terminals.

Lufthansa Group has a strong presence in Hong Kong with its three distinctive airline brands, namely Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines. The Group currently offers 26 weekly flights from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna and also connects passengers with its vast network beyond.

lufthansagroup.com

 

 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 2020 World Cruise Aboard Seven Seas Mariner

Spanning approximately 33,870 nautical miles across 11 seas in three oceans, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new 2020 world cruise will deliver infinite, unforgettable opportunities for luxury travelers seeking to experience the world for the first time – or again. The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner will host Regent’s new 2020 Navigate the World cruise, a captivating 131-night itinerary, departing January 24, 2020, round trip from San Francisco, to idyllic islands of the South Pacific and ancient cultures of subcontinental India and around the Arabian Peninsula, and then plying the halcyon Mediterranean in springtime and cruising the Caribbean and Central America in early summer.

Seven Seas Mariner’s guests will touch on 30 countries on six continents as they circumnavigate the globe, visiting 36 UNESCO World Heritage sites among a total of 66 ports, 13 in which are overnight stays. The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers up to 330 free, unlimited shore excursions for guests to fully explore each exciting port, and kick off their grand adventure at the exclusive, pre-cruise Gala Dinner Event in San Francisco, as well as revel in three additional authentic shore side events as they sail the world.

“Regent Seven Seas Cruises is renowned for our world cruises and sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner in 2020 will be simplyspectacular,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The beautiful Seven Seas Navigator, our most intimate ship, is scheduled to sail Regent’s 2018 and 2019 world cruises. The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner takes over in2020 and offers another unforgettable opportunity to travel the world, ensconced in Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ trademark of The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience. Throughout, guests will enjoy highly personalized service from every member of our exceptional staff and crew.”

To provide convenience for travelers on the U.S. East Coast, Regent Seven Seas Cruises also offers the option to embark the 2020 World Cruise, departing January 6, 2020, round trip from Miami. World cruise guests sailing round trip from Miami also will enjoy a complimentary one-night, pre-cruise luxury hotel stay on January 5, 2020 in addition to all the world cruise privileges of guests embarking in San Francisco.
Both round trip San Francisco and Miami 131-night World Cruises aboard Seven Seas Mariner will be open for bookings on July 20, 2017. To preview the 2020 Navigate the World e-brochure, please visit http://www.rssc.com/ebrochures/2020_WorldCruise/.

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Navigate the World with Exclusive Bespoke Amenities
Guest begin their world cruise at the 1909 landmark Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco with an exquisite dinner that features globally inspired Californian cuisine and lively entertainment as they mingle with fellow world cruise guests. Together, all world cruise guests also will join in exclusive shore side events in New Zealand, Singapore and Tuscany. These events include authentic cultural events, such as a Lord of the Rings-themed dinner event in the Auckland War Museum; or a private evening in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay for an extravagant dinner and lively cultural show in Flower Field Hall. Finally, guests will take in an unforgettable private April afternoon and evening in Il Borro Villa and Village, a meticulously preserved 13th century Tuscan estate, where they can tour the estate’s superb wine cellar and view its classic fine art collection before enjoying a sumptuous local, farm-to-table dinner over a Renaissance-themed performance in the Villa’s amphitheater.

In addition to the exclusive world-cruise shore side events, Navigate the World 2020 guests also enjoy additional amenities, unlimited laundry (including dry cleaning and pressing), door-to-door luggage service, comprehensive Visa package, and on board medical service. These exclusive world cruise amenities are in addition to Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Most Inclusive Luxury Experience, which comprises highly personalized service from every member of the exceptional staff and crew, all-suite accommodations, and free unlimited shore excursions, WiFi, unlimited beverages, including fine wines and premium spirits, and open bars and lounges plus daily in-suite minibar replenishment, specialty restaurants, prepaid gratuities, and ground transfers between airport and ship.

Overland Programs for a Deeper Experience
Along the way, 2020 World Cruises guests also can choose among optional Overland Programs to explore colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks found farther inland. Overland Program guests disembark the ship for up to three nights in small, private groups with knowledgeable guides on fascinating experiences, such as a three-night Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia program from Bali, Indonesia; a three-night Taj Mahal: The Eternal Experience program from Cochin, India; or a one-night Egypt’s Renowned Relics: Luxor and the Pyramids. There is a supplemental charge for Overland Programs, details for which will become available after the general opening for bookings.

For its part, Seven Seas Mariner will re-emerge in April 2018 from drydock after an extensive bow-to-stern refurbishment and conclude Regent Seven Seas Cruises current $125 million fleetwide refurbishment program. The ship, with a capacity for 700 guests, will be elevated to the level of elegance found throughout the Regent fleet of ships, all reflecting the standard set by Seven Seas Explorer, recognized as the most luxurious ship ever built since launched on July 13, 2016.

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Emirates Announces Double Daily A380 Service to Moscow

Emirates today announced that both daily flights between Dubai and Moscow will now be operated by the airline’s iconic A380. Commencing October 1, 2017, the double daily Airbus A380 service will significantly boost seat capacity to and from Russia in order to meet customer demand. It will also allow multiple A380 to A380 connections to a wide range of leisure and business destinations such as Mauritius, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Sao Paolo.

Since Emirates started flying from its Dubai hub to Moscow in 2003, the airline has carried over 4 million passengers on the route. This aircraft upgauge sees an increase of over 1,000 seats per week and clearly demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to the Russian market and further supporting tourism and trade links between the Middle East and countries connected by the vast Emirates worldwide route network and Russia.

Flights EK131/132 and EK133/134 will be operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft in a three-class configuration with 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 427 comfortable seats in Economy Class. In all cabins passengers will enjoy access to Wi-Fi and over 2,500 channels of films, music and games, more than 60 in Russian, through ice Digital Widescreen, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system.

First and Business Class passengers on the Emirates A380 can spend time during their flight socialising in the popular Onboard Lounge on the upper deck of the aircraft, while tasting fine selection of wines and spirits and gourmet delicacies. First Class passengers have exclusive access to the on-board Emirates Shower Spa.

Premium customers are also offered complimentary Chauffeur Drive services to and from Moscow Domodedovo airport and Dubai International Airport, access to Emirates exclusive lounges across select airports around the world and priority check-in.

Emirates has also made amends to its winter schedule to and from St Petersburg, giving passengers even easier connections to many Emirates destinations including Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka with just a short stop in Dubai. From October 29, 2017 until March 24, 2018 EK176 will depart from Pulkovo International Airport at 23:55hrs and land at Dubai International Airport the next day at 07:05hrs. From Dubai EK175 flight will depart at 15:30hrs and land in Saint Petersburg at 20:45hrs.

The new times will enable clients travelling to Dubai an additional day in the city, arriving from Saint Petersburg early in the morning instead of late evening.

All flight times are local.

Singapore Airlines Launches Highflyer Programme for Corporates

Singapore Airlines has launched an all-new Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to get more mileage out of flights on company business. The new corporate travel programme is designed to reward both corporates and employees when they fly with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.

Corporates will earn HighFlyer points while employees continue to earn KrisFlyer miles each time an employee flies with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir, making it a more rewarding way to travel for business. With no minimum annual travel spend required, corporates earn five HighFlyer points for every S$1 spend on tickets booked through Singapore Airlines’ corporate booking platform or an appointed travel agent.

Businesses have the flexibility of choosing how and when to utilise HighFlyer points earned, with the option to offset future ticket purchases partially or in full for flights on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir to more than 100 destinations across 30 countries.

Through a self-service web portal, corporates can check HighFlyer points balance, utilise HighFlyer points, manage travellers and bookings, and download e-statements.

Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mr Campbell Wilson, said, “We are pleased to launch the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. We are always looking for more ways to delight our customers and make their journey with us more rewarding. The Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme highlights Singapore Airlines’ commitment to constantly enhance the benefits for our corporate clients and business travellers.”

Corporates that reach a stipulated annual spend will have the choice of transferring to the Singapore Airlines Corporate Travel Programme, a corporate programme for large businesses to enjoy corporate fares and additional benefits.

For more information about the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme, please visit: singaporeair.com/highflyer * * *

SILVERSEA REVEALS INSPIRING ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON 2017 VOYAGES

Opera and ballet admirers, food and wine connoisseurs, bridge players, wellness enthusiasts and lifelong learners will appreciate indulging their passions with Silversea’s exciting onboard enrichment program in 2017.

 

Following below is a snapshot of enrichment opportunities:

Ballet Cruises with Acclaimed Russian Ballet Soloists

Daria Khokhlova and Artemy Belyakov, ballet performers of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, one of the world’s most renowned ballet companies, are returning to Silversea for exclusive engagements aboard Silver Spirit’s August 25 and September 03 Mediterranean voyages. The dance stars, whose wonderful performances have captivated Silver Spirit audiences in recent years, will again appear on stage in the ship’s elegant Show Lounge for two performances during each sailing

Ballet Cruise with L’Opéra de Paris Star

Solo performer Jean-Sébastien Colau of L’Opéra de Paris, one of the world’s greatest companies, will treat audiences to his artistry when he and a partner take to the stage aboard Silver Whisper’s October 23 sailing from Montreal to New York.

Opera Cruises in Partnership with Accademia Teatro alla Scala

Based in Milan, Italy, Accademia Teatro alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Academy) is one of the world’s foremost performing arts academies. Its internationally renowned performers and instructors offer the highest level of artistic education for aspiring and gifted singers, dancers, and musicians from every corner of the world. Soloists from its Academy of Lyric Opera and a piano accompanist will perform a selection of opera’s most beautiful librettos for the enjoyment of Silversea guests aboard two Mediterranean cruises: a September 21 sailing from Athens to Venice; plus one aboard Silver Muse on July 15, sailing Athens to Rome

Culinary Arts & Wine Voyages

A collection of specialty voyages highlight the culinary arts with guest chefs and vintners:

–An October 07 “Tastes of the Mediterranean” cruise aboard Silver Spirit, hosted by guest chefs Umberto Menghi and Michael Jacob, will feature culinary demonstrations, market visits, gala dinners and culinary-focused shore excursions.

Silver Shadow’s October 08 “Relais & Châteaux® Gourmet Cruise” will welcome Relais & Châteaux guest chef Dominique Bouchet, owner of the eponymous restaurant同名餐厅 in Tokyo.  Bouchet will host gala dinners and cooking demonstrations presented in addition to a L’École de Chefs cooking school program hosted by David Bilsland, Silversea corporate chef.

Silver Spirit’s October 23 “Wine Cruise” is presented in partnership with Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, an association of top Italian winemakers, and the Professional Association of Italian Sommeliers (ASPI). The wine enrichment program will spotlight a collection of some of Italy’s finest vintages as top sommeliers Gennaro Buono and Giuseppe Vaccarini guide and educate guests in the art of winemaking.

Silver Explorer’s October 25 “Culinary Expedition Voyage” in South America, will showcase Peruvian and Chilean guest chefs and regional specialties. Guests will have a chance to prepare their own seafood dishes.

Wellness Expedition Voyages

Silver Discoverer offers wellness-themed programming on a quartet of expedition voyages to Micronesia, Melanesia and Australia, including departures on October 4, 18 and 25, and one on November 09. Guests enjoy a comprehensive — and complimentary — program that includes: stretching; yoga and Pilates classes; daily lectures and cooking demonstrations; gym sessions led by personal trainers using Technogym fitness equipment; and choice of one complimentary spa massage treatment.

Bridge Cruise

Silversea has created a special experience for bridge enthusiasts. On Silver Wind’s November 10 Barcelona-to-Barbados sailing, guests can compete to win prizes in the second Silversea bridge tournament. On this special voyage, featuring American Contract Bridge League life masters Gerald Fox and Steve Smolen, guests can earn ACBL master points, attend seminars, and meet other bridge players from around the world.

Silver Perspectives®

For guests seeking to enrich their minds and enjoy a richer travel experience, the Silver Perspectives enrichment program welcomes destination experts and distinguished guest speakers on board for fascinating lectures and stimulating conversation. Invited speakers include authors, journalists, naturalists, diplomats, professors and other specialists whose topics range from politics and the environment to tribal customs and ancient history.

For additional details about each voyage and enrichment opportunities, visit silversea.com

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com

ETIHAD AIRWAYS INTRODUCES NEW CHANGES TO GROUND AND INFLIGHT SERVICES

Etihad Airways is introducing a series of changes designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer feedback.

The airline is to amend its chauffeur policy following a review of usage by premium guests across all major markets. The complimentary chauffeur service will be retained at Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub and replaced with a paid option at specially negotiated rates in all other cities. The changes will be implemented from 3 July 2017.

As part of the initiative to improve the value proposition for travellers, the airline will also extend the paid airport transfer option to all guests across all cabins and allow Etihad Guest members to accrue miles on their chauffeur bookings.

Guests travelling in The Residence onboard the flagship Airbus A380 fleet will continue to receive complimentary chauffeur services at all A380 destinations – Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Sydney and New York.

First and Business Class tickets issued prior to 3 July 2017 will not be affected by these changes and will receive complimentary chauffeur service across destinations where the service is currently offered.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial for Etihad Airways, said: “Etihad Airways is constantly looking at ways to improve its value proposition for guests, focusing on the service elements that are most important to them. This change is being put in place as the airline looks to evolve its product proposition while continuing to match individual customer requirements. Following a review, the chauffeur services we offer will be amended globally, with the exception of Abu Dhabi, where there are a high number of users of the service.

“Many customers prefer to make their own ground transportation arrangements. The decision by Etihad Airways to change its offering has been taken to provide increased choice and to ensure fares remain as low and as competitive as possible, while retaining best-in-class service for all guests, in all cabins.”

Etihad Airways will also offer Economy Class guests paid access to its growing portfolio of dedicated lounges around the world, including its Premium Lounges in Abu Dhabi, London, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, Washington D.C., New York JFK, Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Al Bulooki continued: “On the ground, premium class guests can enjoy free access to Etihad Airways’ collection of outstanding lounges. By offering paid access to Economy Class guests, these signature lounges can now be enjoyed by all who desire to experience our award-winning facilities.”

Guests travelling on Etihad Airways Business Class tickets can now also pay and upgrade to the airline’s luxurious flagship First Class Lounge & Spa when flying from, or transiting through Abu Dhabi.

Inflight, Etihad Airways has introduced an innovative new ‘Neighbour-Free Seat’ option in Economy Class. The service provides guests with the option to enhance their flying experience by ‘bidding’ for up to three empty seats next to their original seat – subject to availability and cabin configuration.

This gives guests the opportunity for increased space, comfort and privacy, at a price that is affordable. Guests can bid at the time of booking online. Successful bids will be confirmed 30 hours prior to departure.

More information on the new chauffeur service changes, neighbour free seats and lounge access policy is available at etihad.com.