Pearl Seas Cruises’ Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages For Cuba Sailings

Pearl Seas Cruises is pleased to offer complimentary pre-cruise packages for new bookings on Fall 2018 Cuba sailings from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The complimentary package includes a one-night premium hotel stay in Ft. Lauderdale and transportation to the ship. Currently, the Line also has savings of up to $3,000 off per stateroom on select Fall 2018 sailings and is waiving port charges and fees. The 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyages are scheduled November through December 2018, with additional sailings in 2019. All cruises are round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale and recent Spring testimonials have been resoundingly positive.

Pearl Seas Cruises is one of the only lines that circumnavigates Cuba and offers 2 days to enjoy historic Havana. The 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyage stops in Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Casilda, El Cobre, and Santiago de Cuba. Pearl Mist guests experience an all-inclusive cruise with onboard lecturers and experts, guided shore excursions, excellent cuisine, cocktails every evening, and beer and wine served with lunch and dinner.

Pearl Mist’s 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyage follows a “people-to-people” cultural exchange program during which guests engage directly with the warm Cuban people at each port. Pearl Mist passengers have the opportunity to meet local musicians, historians, and artists; experience Havana in a classic American car; enjoy a pottery demonstration in Trinidad; and take a guided excursion in Cojimar, the fishing village that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel The Old Man and the Sea.

About Pearl Seas Cruises:

Pearl Seas Cruises provides an intimate cruising experience and highly personalized service on its 210-passenger ship, Pearl Mist. The Line offers unique itineraries to the Canadian Maritimes, St. Lawrence Seaway, The Great Lakes, New England, and Cuba. To learn more about Pearl Seas, visit www.pearlseascruises.com or call 800-983-7462.

Air New Zealand launches emoji travel tips

Air New Zealand has developed an interactive online experience allowing people to explore the best New Zealand has to offer using emojis.

Users will be asked to comment on Air New Zealand #EmojiJourney Facebook or Twitter posts with a combination of emojis which would best describe their perfect New Zealand getaway. This will then automatically generate a link to a personalised map of New Zealand for them, with emojis highlighting points likely to be of interest.

Clicking on each of the emojis on the personalised map will provide more information about destinations and activities on offer – such as food and beverage hot spots, shopping, art and culture, adventure pursuits and things to do in the outdoors.

Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi Williams says people, particularly millennials and Generation Z, love to use emojis in their day to day life and the #EmojiJourney is designed to inspire travel to and within New Zealand using social media.

Twitter’s Managing Director for ANZ Suzy Nicoletti says, “Emojis have become almost ubiquitous on Twitter as everyone from politicians, to sports stars, to brands are using these expressive images to communicate.  When you can convey emotion faster and in less characters than words, it’s no wonder they are so popular.

Air New Zealand’s #EmojiJourney experience can be found on the airline’s social channels.

Victory Cruise Lines Victory Cruise Lines Launches World’s First All-Inclusive Cruise and Land Experience in Mexico

The ‘Grand Mayan Experience’ is the first cruise itinerary to visit all three states of the Yucatan PeninsulaFor the discerning travel-experience collector, Victory Cruise Lines has created a nine-night all-inclusive cruise between Miami and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula that features three of the country’s most celebrated Mayan archeological sites as well as the cultural and historical highlights of the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche.

During the inaugural season — January to May 2019 — the package has an all-inclusive three-day two-night pre or post cruise stay at Campeche, Mexico, creating an 11-night all-inclusive cruise and land experience for the cost of the cruise alone. Guests who book a winter 2019 cruise by May 31, 2018 receive a $1,000 per person discount for a total savings of $2,000 per cabin.

The inaugural Grand Mayan Experience cruise departs The Port of Miami Jan. 4, 2019 on the newly remodeled, 202-passenger Victory II, the sister ship of the popular Victory I.

During the first season, Victory Cruise Lines will operate The Grand Mayan Experience cruises to the Yucatan Peninsula from January through early May 2019. The second season begins in November 2019 and ends in May 2020.

Exclusive features of the cruise include a private sunrise experience at Chichen Itza, an exclusive light and sound show at Campeche and a rare visit to a traditional Mayan healing ceremony.

The Quintana Roo portion of the cruise includes a full-day exploration from the quaint town of Puerto Morelos in the heart of the Riviera Maya — a favorite of U.S visitors. In addition to visiting the Tulum archeological site, one of two evenings in Puerto Morelos will feature the stunning “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular” a journey through Mexico ́s history from the pre-Conquistador era.  For information visit http://rivieramaya.com/en/mayanworld-2/

After Puerto Morelos, guests travel inland to the state of Yucatan, visiting Chichen Itza and the “Magic Towns” of Valladolid and Izamal. Near Chichen Itza, guests will see one of the best of 6,000 cenotes — beautiful rock formations that have formed water pools with underground rivers of amazing natural beauty.

After touring Valladolid, guests will overnight at one of the most unique hotels in Mexico. The Mayaland Hotel was built to create the feeling one is staying in a traditional Mayan village. The hotel is located within the archeological zone of Chichen Itza, the most famous Mayan site on the Yucatan Peninsula, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Following a gourmet dinner at the hotel, Victory guests will experience the Chichen Itza Sound & Light Show, considered the best of its kind in the Americas. The next morning begins with an exclusive visit to Chichen Itza before it opens to the general public for a “Sunrise with the Mayans Experience.”

The itinerary continues with a stroll through Izamal, a colonial town built over Mayan ruins that was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1993. In preparation for the pope’s visit the entire city was painted Vatican yellow and has maintained that color ever since. It is now widely known as “The Yellow City.”

The Victory II enters the Yucatan State at the port of Progreso where guests will spend two days exploring Merida, a colonial masterpiece founded in 1542. In addition to exploring the cultural center of Yucatan, guests will visit one of the last working Haciendas in the region, Sotuta de Peon and Mayapan, a lost Mayan city and one of the best archeological sites in Mexico, before participating in an ancient Mayan cleansing ceremony.

“Victory cruise guests are known for their cultural curiosity, so we were pleased to work closely with the line to develop this authentic exploration of Mayan history,” said Saul Ancona Salazar, Minister of Tourism for the State of Yucatan. For more information visit http://www.yucatan.travel

Next is the state of Campeche, where guests will be welcomed into the colonial wonderland of the Walled City of Campeche. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Campeche is an enclave of perfectly restored pastel buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, fortified ramparts and well-preserved mansions. Either before or after the nine-night cruise on Victory II, guests will stay at the Hotel Plaza Campeche within the walled city for three days and two nights. The stayover provides an all-inclusive immersion into Mexican history and culture, including an exclusive folkloric ballet show for Victory guests at the beautiful Toro Theatre.

“Campeche is the perfect beginning or end of your Grand Mayan Experience,” said Campeche Secretary of Tourism Jorge Manos Esparragosa. “Not only for the incredible fortified colonial city, but the gastronomy, culture and the warmth of its people. This makes of Campeche a unique and perfect sample of the real Mexico. Campeche is your home. Welcome to Campeche.” For more information visit: http://www.campeche.travel/en/

Victory Cruise Lines’ Grand Maya Experience is a unique cruise and land vacation that includes all shore excursions, hotel stays, food and beverages during all land portions including Chichen Itza and Campeche. Like all Victory cruises, the nine-night cruise portion of the journey includes five-star cuisine and service, and unlimited house wines and spirits. The added all-inclusive three-day, two-night stay in Campeche creates an 11-night vacation for the price of a nine-night cruise with special inaugural season rates that make it the best travel value of winter 2019.

Check out our newest ship, Victory II, and the newest cruise vacation in the western Caribbean, the Grand Mayan Experience.

Silversea’s Silver Spirit Docks in Dubai Ahead of Ambitious Lengthening Project in Italy

Silver Spirit will enter dry dock at the industry-leading Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo on March 5, where she will remain until May 1. She will undergo large-scale refurbishment works, which will include the insertion of a prebuilt 15-metre-long (49-feet-long) segment into the ship’s midsection, making her the first luxury ship to be lengthened in this manner. With the aim of augmenting the onboard experience for Silversea guests, the project will dramatically enhance each of the ship’s public spaces with beautiful interior design, taking inspiration from the cruise line’s flagship vessel, Silver Muse, which was delivered by Fincantieri in April last year.

“Based on the wonderful feedback from guests sailing aboard our beautiful Silver Muse, we believe the comprehensive makeover we have planned for Silver Spirit will enrich the onboard experience and be equally appreciated by guests. They will see many of Silver Muse’s innovations and elevated comforts embodied by our reimagined Silver Spirit,” says Christian Sauleau, executive vice president of fleet operations for Silversea.

Enjoyed by the ship’s guests and characterising Silversea’s superior cruising experiences, Silver Spirit’s atmospheric sense of intimacy will not be compromised by the planned enhancements. While some areas will grow in size, evoking the feel of spaciousness and enhancing comfort, special measures have been made to retain the ship’s bijou feel. Silversea’s trademark level of service will also continue: the improved Silver Spirit will enjoy an impressive crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.48.

Following a lengthy phase of research, the turn-key transformation of Silver Spirit will amplify everything that matters most to Silversea’s guests: dining options will increase in variation and advance in quality; additional suites will enrich the onboard accommodation; stylish décor enhancements will be made to existing suites and the ship’s public areas; the pool deck area will be enlarged and reimagined; the addition of a new health and fitness centre will improve wellness facilities; and various other amenities, such as the casino, will undergo tasteful transformations.

Following the enormous success of the distinct gastronomic concepts offered aboard Silver Muse, the dining options on Silver Spirit will be fundamentally reimagined to increase choice and improve guests’ experiences: delivering gastronomic authenticity from across the world, Atlantide, Indochine, Spaccanapoli, and Silver Note will be installed to complement the existing Seishin, La Dame, The Grill, and La Terrazza – each of which will undergo refurbishment. Inspired by guest feedback, menus will be altered and refined across the ship’s prevailing restaurants.

Silver Muse, Lobby, Reception, Dolce Vita

Elsewhere, new public spaces will elevate the overall comfort of the ship. A new addition to Silver Spirit, the Arts Café – an innovative, modern, multi-faceted area – will stimulate guests’ senses on the eighth deck. Offering a relaxed setting for readers and tea/coffee lovers, the Arts Café will display exhibitions and performances. Inspired by Silversea’s Italian heritage, Dolce Vita will occupy pride of place on Silver Spirit. It will be an elegant venue in which sophisticated travellers will gather, interact, and make lifelong friends. Cool cocktails will provide the perfect accompaniments to the smooth sound of live piano. Guests also stand to benefit from the installation of the Zagara spa – a blissful sanctuary that proved to be extremely popular on Silver Muse – and a fitness centre that will boast state-of-the-art facilities.

The lengthening project will create 34 new luxury suites, as well as a Balsorano suite – the pinnacle of onboard accommodation, which will be adorned with decorative items that are of personal value to Silversea’s chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres. The best existing suites on Silver Spirit’s will grow in their appeal, with the addition of handmade Savoir® mattresses, horse hair toppers, and new HD screens for guests’ comfort.

On May 6, Silver Spirit will commence her service with a seven-day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona, calling at Porto-Vecchio, Corsica; Livorno; Portofino; Cannes; and Marseilles. Fares start from €3,800 per person with special savings for those bookings made before March 31.

View the full itinerary: https://www.silversea.com/destinations/mediterranean-cruise/civitavecchia-to-barcelona-5811.html

Find out more information about the facilities on the lengthened and improved Silver Spirit: https://www.silversea.com/ships/silver-spirit.html

Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Emirates today announced that it is to launch a new daily route from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) on 8 June, 2018. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the first Middle Eastern airline to operate out of the popular North East London airport.

The daily route will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300ER offering customers 6 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft is fitted with its game changing, fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Outbound, flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 09:30hrs, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10hrs. On its return, flight EK34 will depart London Stansted at 21:10hrs and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 the following day.

Opening the London Stansted gateway was a strategic decision by Emirates to serve the thriving business community in London’s north east and the wider 7.5 million population that fall within its catchment area. Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai are the most popular business destinations from the East of England, which Emirates serves daily through its Dubai hub.

More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations have established operations in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, with Airbus, Astra Zeneca and GSK amongst the multi-national companies based there. Such businesses have helped establish the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor as one of the top five global knowledge regions, alongside world-leading San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston.

With the introduction of the London Stansted daily service, there will be 10 Emirates flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is one of the capital’s major airport serving London, as well as the wider regions of England’s South East and the Midlands. The airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train takes only 47 minutes and passengers arrive in the heart of the City of London, from where they can then connect to regional trains and the London Underground

The new gateway will be the seventh UK airport that Emirates operates out of in the UK; other locations include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow. From Hong Kong, passengers can easily connect to different locations in the UK via Dubai, and enjoy the open-jaw ticket policy to return from different Emirates’ points in the most convenient way.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates said: The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area. We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.”

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

Stansted airport will also be vital for Emirates’ SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and the world’s largest international cargo airline, due to its large cargo handling capabilities. The carrier connects cargo customers to over 154 cities across 84 countries in six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year.

British Airways Invests in Substantial New Catering in World Traveller Economy Class

British Airways to invest multi-million pound in its World Traveller economy class catering, provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

 British Airways is today announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller economy class catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

Options now include:

  • Pretzels with the welcome drink
  • Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water
  • Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight
  • Regional meal options served according to destination
  • Magnum ice-creams
  • Tuck box with chocolates and crisps
  • Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights
  • Graze movie-snack box on longer* flights
  • Complimentary drinks from the bar

Previously customers travelling in the cabin were served a complimentary snack, a three-course-meal or a light meal, depending on the time and length of their flight as well as a complimentary bar service of hot and cold drinks.

The new catering arrives from January 17 and the menus that will change every six months.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Our customers tell us that when they’re taking a long-haul flight, great food and beverages make a real difference to them. It’s a huge driver of customer satisfaction so we want to make sure we deliver a great experience. With this multi-million pound investment we’ve focused on introducing more quantity and quality to the catering, delivery tasty meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

The airline’s customers will be welcomed with pretzels and a drink. Once they are settled in, they will be served a four-course meal, such as a starter of couscous salad, followed by a main course of chicken casserole with an ale sauce, colcannon mash and seasonal vegetables, or a vegetarian tomato, farfalle and vegetable dish. Dessert will be a Pots & Co salted caramel and chocolate mousse, followed by biscuits and cheese. The meal will be accompanied by a bread roll and a bottle of Highland Spring water.

On the shorter daylight long-haul flights to destinations such as New York and Dubai, fliers will also receive a sandwich such as egg and cress with a chocolate or Nutri-Grain bar. Those on longer daylight flights to destinations such as Cape Town and Hong Kong will receive a hot meal, such as a pizza wrap or a regional option, with a pot of pasta, a chocolate brownie and a drink as well as a smokehouse BBQ crunch Graze movie-snack box. A hot English breakfast will also be served on these longer flights that operate overnight.

Customers on daylight flights from London will be offered a range of Magnum ice-creams, while those on night flights will be offered a tuck-box with options such as Dairy Milk Buttons, Twix, Kit-Kats and Mini Cheddars, which will also be available in the galley for them to help themselves to.

The airline is also serving regional main meal options around its network, such as chicken in spicy cheng du sauce on flights to and from to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, Kathirikai Milagu Seeragam and Chana Dal on flights to and from Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and Achari Veg and Dal Palak on flights to and from Bangalore and Delhi. On flights to the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,) customers can enjoy chicken in spicy Arabic sauce.

Regional breakfasts will also be served including Chicken Congee for Far Eastern routes and an Indian option featuring: Idli Shanna, Sambhar, Upma and Dosa.

The popular meal options for customers with special dietary requirements will continue to be available to book on ba.com/managemybooking more than 24 hours ahead of their flight departing.

Travellers looking for a special treat can also pre-order meals on flights from Heathrow up to 24-hours before their flight. Options include a Gourmet Dining meal for £18.00 (approx. HK$192), Taste of Britain and Taste of the Far East for £16.00 (approx. HK$170) and a Great British Breakfast, a Healthy Choice meal or a Vegetarian Kitchen option all for £15.00 (approx. HK$160).

British Airways is investing £4.5 billion (approx. HK$47.8 billion) for customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is also investing £600 million (approx. HK$6.37 billion) specifically in Club World business class, including outstanding catering and luxurious White Company bedding – plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. This year British Airways will start services to six new routes including Nashville and The Seychelles.

THE ULTIMATE CUBAN ADVENTURE

Join Silver Cloud on a journey of indefinable magic, departing Nassau, Bahamas on 3 October 2018 for a spectacular 12 day expedition to Colon, Panama, taking in the incredible sites of Cuba, Colombia and Jamaica. Fares start at AU$7,830 per person in a Vista Suite, based on double occupancy and includes Early Booking Bonus savings if paying in full before 28 December 2017.

Guests will discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Cuba and Colombia, sample local Cuban and Caribbean food and drink, relax on sandy white beaches and admire a dazzling array of tropical fish and colourful coral on this expedition beyond the beaches.

A particular highlight of this voyage is a two day stopover in La Habana, the largest city in Cuba, where a guided tour will take in the sights of Metropolitan and Modern Havana, Revolution Square and the Historical Centre of Old Havana. Guests will experience the luxurious and spectacular Havana Tropicana Show before being driven to the ‘Cigar Factory’ in vintage American cars to learn about the history of cigars and discover how Cuban cigars are hand-rolled.

On-board and ashore, between 20 and 22 Expedition Team members conduct immersive destination experiences, aided by an on-board fleet of 16 Zodiacs and 10 kayaks – all of which are complimentary. The enchanting island of Punta Frances provides the opportunity to join an on-board Marine Biologist for a snorkel tour to discover damselfish, jacks, surgeonfish, trumpet fish, parrot fish, triggerfish and turtles, whilst a Zodiac tour will transport guests to one of the 365 uninhabited islets and islands of Guna Yala.

A number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites will also be encountered on this voyage including: the city of Trinidad, complete with cobble-stoned streets, tiled roofs, ornamental grilles and inner patios dating to colonial times; Morro Castle, a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay; and Cartegena de Indias, one of the most important ports of Spanish South America.

Silver Cloud is positioned as the premier luxury expedition vessel and almost all of her all-suite accommodations feature generous private verandas along with luxury touches that include a choice of European bath amenities, butler service for all guests, sumptuous Pratesi bedding and a nine-option pillow menu.

Emirates Launches “Hello 2018” Global Offers

Enabling globalistas to explore the infinite possibilities in travel, Emirates today launches its “Hello 2018” global sale to invite travellers to ask “Where Next?” in the New Year, offering exciting, yet affordable, options to explore a world that is beyond imagination.

With Economy Class, starting from HKD 990, and Business Class, starting from HKD 3,680, a typical Emirates “Hello New Year” experience starts with special fares – valid from now, until 10 January 2018, for travel between 12 January 2018 and 30 November 2018 (black-out dates apply).

Fond of food and wine? Paris or Barcelona make a great start with the cities’ numerous Michelin-starred restaurants; Dubai and Morocco provide authentic Arabic cuisines, creating a surprise for every tongue. Addicted to cinema and TV? Croatia can satisfy the “Game of Thrones” aficionado, while Rome never fails to be special for those with a “Roman Holiday” heart. Never tire of beach and sea? Cape Town and Fort Lauderdale have that easy access to the deep blue. Longing for adventure? Cairo and Dar Es Salaam send a warm welcome and a challenge to find our secrets.

Emirates operates four daily flights from Hong Kong to Dubai, including three daily flights with Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft and one daily flight with Emirates’ Boeing 777-300 aircraft, altogether connecting customers to over 150 destinations worldwide. Today, Emirates flies the world’s biggest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering passengers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.

Committed to continually pushing the boundaries on enhancing the comfort and travel experience for passengers, Emirates formally deployed its upgraded on-board lounge on its flagship A380 aircraft in August 2017, then launched completely refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft last November, including its highly anticipated new First Class private suites. With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features, inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites on Boeing 777 aircraft offer up to 40 square feet of personal space each, with spacious, fully-enclosed private suites, laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration, taking luxury and privacy to the next level.

Apart from these new upgrades, this featured fare also allows passengers to experience Emirates’ award-winning service from its international cabin crew, gourmet cuisine and its renowned in-flight entertainment system, ice, which offers a vast selection of over 2,500 channels across all cabins. In addition, Wi-Fi service is available on most Emirates aircraft.

With Emirates Skywards, the frequent flyer programme of Emirates airline, members can earn and redeem miles for an extensive range of rewards. Redemption options include hotel accommodation, excursions and exclusive shopping, as well as flights and upgrades. Emirates Skywards Cash+Miles program also allows flight redemption using a combination of cash and Skywards Miles. Members in all four tiers – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – can start redeeming flights with as little as 2,000 Miles.

For further information, please visit www.emirates.com/hk, local travel agents or Emirates local sales office.

Gourmet Specialist Oceania Cruises Returns to Asia for 2018 Season in January

Starting from January 2018, Oceania Cruises, the cruise line dedicated to epicurean enthusiasts and which is known for serving The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM, is offering a season of voyages dedicated to exploring the culinary highlights of the Asian region. Oceania Cruises’ acclaimed Nautica and Insignia will be calling on more than 50 ports in the region starting next month.

With Oceania Cruises, guests can expect elegant accommodations, exceptional personalized service, as well as expertly crafted excursions to provide an immersive cultural, historic, and above all culinary experience of the local destinations.

Asian Voyages
Recommended itineraries include the 15-day Eastern Escapade cruise aboard Nautica from Hong Kong to Bangkok. Guests will cruise through picturesque Ha Long Bay in Hanoi, before stopping at the beautiful coastal city Nha Trang and the historic Ho Chi Minh City. Singapore and its rich culinary culture is the next port of call before cruising through the Gulf of Thailand for a pit stop on the island of Koh Samui, finally bringing the ship to in Bangkok.

The 15-day Pagodas and Shrines cruise aboard Nautica from Singapore to Hong Kong cruises the Gulf of Thailand, stopping at the island of Koh Samui and the Thai capital, Bangkok. Sihanoukville, with its pristine beaches on the Cambodian coast is the next port of call before cruising to the vibrant Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Guests will then sail through the Hainan strait before the journey comes to an end in Hong Kong.

Intimate and Luxurious Ships

In 2014, both Nautica and Insignia underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment to create virtually new ships that are sleek and elegantly charming. The decks are resplendent with the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and the lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishing.

Both Ships offer four open-seating restaurants, world-class fitness centers and spas, lounges and bars, a casino, 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms. And with just 684 guests onboard, the 400 professionally trained staff ensures all guests receive utmost attention and care.

The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM

With legendary Master Chef Jacques Pépin as the line’s Executive Culinary Director, each restaurant offers guests extraordinary dining experiences. All dining; be it breakfast, lunch or dinner is inclusive and made a la minute. Gourmands can choose from authentic Italian dishes at Toscana, succulent seafood and USDA Prime steak at Polo Grill, and continental cuisine in the Grand Dining Room. Casual alfresco dining is available all day at Terrace Café and made-to-order American fare is served alongside healthy options including a newly introduced Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar at Waves Grill.

2018 Asian Itineraries
Nautica: 20 January 15days Singapore to Hong Kong Nautica: 4 February 15days Hong Kong to Bangkok Insignia: 15 March 20 days Singapore to Beijing Insignia: 31 March 25 days Tokyo to Singapore

To learn more about Oceania Cruises or to order a brochure, visit OceaniaCruises.com, call 800-616 – 7096 for Singapore / +852 2165 6010 for Hong Kong / +612 9224 6098 for rest of Asia, or contact your preferred travel agent.

Hong Kong Airlines to fly to the Maldives providing customers with more choices than ever

Hong Kong Airlines today announced that it would operate a three – time weekly service to the Maldives from 16 January 2018.

Located in the majestic Indian Ocean, the Maldives is comprised of a series of islands renowned for their natural beauty. As a popular holiday hotspot, the islands that make up this exotic travel destination are blessed with white sandy beac hes, and are surrounded by crystal clear water – home to a spectacular array of underwater life.

The perfect holiday begins even before passengers touch down at Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Hong Kong Airlines will operate its Airbus A330 – 300 aircraf t, which features a two – class configuration, including 32 full – flat seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class. Combined with an immersive range of inflight entertainment content, and sumptuous gourmet meals in the air, Hong Kong Airlines is lo oking to deliver an unforget table flight experience to all.

Flights will depart from Hong Kong to Malé International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Each traveller will receive a 30 – day visa on arrival.

The flight time between Hong Kong and Malé is approximately six hours. Flight sched ule from 16 January 2018 is as follows* ( All times local)

For more details and sales, please visit

www.hongkongairlines.com, or contact us via the Hong Kong Airlines

Call Centre hotline (852) 3916 3666 (Hong Kong).