Dream Cruises Announces New Collaboration with KrisFlyer

Earn KrisFlyer miles with Dream Cruises; Exclusive charter cruise on World Dream for KrisFlyer members

 Dream Cruises and KrisFlyer announced a comprehensive strategic collaboration aimed at enhancing the customer experience for KrisFlyer members with exclusive offers and activities on World Dream.

The Dream Cruises and KrisFlyer partnership, which runs from mid-September onwards, will provide the opportunity for KrisFlyer members to be able earn KrisFlyer miles on cruise packages.

For a totally unique experience, for the first time ever, KrisFlyer has also chartered World Dream on 17 November exclusively for KrisFlyer members. Members may redeem their miles to join this unique cruise experience where they can enjoy a variety of Singapore Airlines-themed activities ranging from photo ops with the iconic SIA cabin crew, savour signature SIA satay, and attend grooming workshops by SIA trainers. A multitude of leisure and recreation facilities on board World Dream will keep KrisFlyer members of all ages entertained throughout the journey – world-class shows by international performers from France, Italy, and the Ukraine will wow audiences in the Zodiac Theatre while six water slides and a zipline suspended 18 decks above the ocean will set hearts racing. KrisFlyer members can also enjoy a feast for the eyes with Asia’s one and only laser show at sea and a feast for even the most discerning of palates with over 35 F&B concepts.

During this exclusive sailing, KrisFlyer members who choose to stay in The Palace, World Dream’s luxury ship-within-a-ship concept, will also enjoy priority boarding, dedicated 24-hour butler concierge service, private spa & gym and more. In addition, they can indulge in delectable Singapore Airlines First Class meals developed by Georges Blanc, a world renowned three Michelin-starred chef and Grand Master of French cuisine, and owner of the celebrated Village Blanc.

All KrisFlyer members on board this cruise will also take home a limited-edition souvenir bag containing a variety of special amenities, and be one of the first to enjoy Dream Cruises’ signature year-end festive programmes. This year, a ‘Nordic Christmas’, will allow KrisFlyer members to revel in a White Christmas with Scandinavian charms including a Nordic Village, Santa Express and Christmas Market.

As part of the tie-up, guests will also be able to shop a curated range of exclusive airline merchandise and travel essentials from Singapore Airlines’ flagship retailer, KrisShop, on board World Dream.

Emirates offers even more reasons to visit Dubai and Expo 2020

Emirates, the Premier Partner and Official Airline of Expo 2020 Dubai has launched its latest initiative under a global campaign to promote destination Dubai to people from all walks of life this winter season.

The airline’s Early Bird Expo 2020 Dubai deal, launched this week across its global markets, will enable customers to save up to 20% on fares to Dubai when they book their flights early.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said: “Dubai truly has something for everyone and this winter, as our home city hosts Expo 2020, the excitement and range of attractions for visitors will ratchet up, including various once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

He added: “As Dubai’s home airline, Emirates is launching a series of initiatives to make it even more compelling for travellers to plan their visit and experience Dubai. Last month, we announced that we’ll give a free Expo Day Pass to every Emirates customer travelling to Dubai during the Expo period, and we introduced an innovative ‘mile a minute’ offer for our Skywards members. Today we are launching an early booking discount on flights to Dubai across all our markets. In the coming weeks, we plan to roll out offers tailored for families, a special Expo edition of our popular ‘My Emirates Pass’ product, a celebratory offer for the UAE’s 50th jubilee anniversary and more, so stay tuned.”

Whether exploring Dubai solo, as a family, or reconnecting with family and friends, there has never been a better time to visit Dubai than this winter season. Emirates’ current special promotions include:

  • Early bird discount: This special offer is valid on any return tickets booked to Dubai as the final destination for travel dates between 26 September 2021 and 31 March 2022. It is applicable to bookings made from 9 September to 26 September 2021 via Emirates.com, through Emirates call centre or retail outlets, or via a travel agent. The offer applies to Emirates Business and Economy base fares; on Saver, Flex, Flex+ fare brands.*
  • Free Emirates Expo Day Pass: Emirates customers visiting and travelling through Dubai anytime during the much-awaited Expo 2020 mega event, will be eligible to receive a free Emirates Expo Day Pass for every flight ticket booked with the airline. For more information on this promotion, please visit the dedicated offer page.
  • Earn a mile a minute in Dubai: Emirates customers can earn 1 Skywards Mile for every 1 minute spent in Dubai between 01 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. Existing and new Emirates Skywards members who sign up for the program before 31 March 2022, can avail the offer on Emirates.com, and will earn up to 5,000 Miles. The offer is applicable on all Emirates flight tickets purchased between 01 August 2021 and 31 March 2022, for travel during Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates‑marketed, flydubai‑operated flights with an Emirates (EK) flight number are also included in the offer.

As international borders reopen and travel restrictions ease, Emirates has resumed passenger services to over 120 destinations and currently operates one daily passenger flight from the Hong Kong to Dubai.

Explore Dubai

Dubai safely re-opened for international business and leisure visitors in July 2020, and it remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety.

Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai will host the world for Expo 2020 between October 2021 and March 2022. Through the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to inspire people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Its six-month program is packed with experiences to suit all ages and interests, including a rich line-up of themed weeks, entertainment, and edutainment. Art and culture fans as well as food and technology enthusiasts can explore exhibits, workshops, performances, live shows and more. Visitors can also drop by their national pavilion for a taste of home or experience the 190 other country pavilions. Architecture aficionados can look forward to soaking in the many inspiring designs throughout the Expo 2020 site, while those interested in future innovations that are making a difference in tomorrow’s world can stop by the various thematic and special pavilions.

Travelling with Emirates

Health and wellbeing: Keeping the health and wellbeing of its passengers as top priority, Emirates has introduced a comprehensive set of safety measures at every step of the customer journey. The airline has also recently introduced contactless technology and scaled up its digital verification capabilities to provide its customers even more opportunities to utilise the IATA Travel Pass this summer.

Travel assurance: Emirates continues to lead the industry with innovative products and services that address traveller needs during a dynamic time. The airline has taken its customer care initiatives further with even more generous and flexible booking policies, an extension of its multi-risk insurance cover, and helping loyal customers retain their miles and tier status.

Customers are encouraged to check the latest government travel restrictions in their country of origin and ensure they meet the travel requirements of their final destination.

Phuket’s Travel and Tourism Leaders Hail Approval of Sputnik Vaccine

Phuket’s Travel and Tourism Leaders Hail Approval of Sputnik
Vaccine as the Russian Market Prepares to Take Flight
Industry eyes a portion of the 700,000-plus direct-to-Phuket Russian arrivals over
a five-month period (November-March) as the so-called “snowbirds” plan their return

Tourism stakeholders in Phuket are heralding the landmark approval of the Sputnik vaccine by the Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that is set to unleash the Russian market on the southern Thai island.

Phuket has for years been a very popular destination with Russian travellers, peaking in 2019 with over 700,000 arrivals in a short five-month period in 2019, all arriving on direct flights from the Russian Federation. A total of 1.4 million Russians visited Phuket in 2019.

The traditional snowbird period from November to March is when temperatures drop severely in Russia and also in many parts of northern Europe, signaling travelers to take flight for the tropical chimes and clear blue skies of Phuket.

“This is great news for Phuket. It’s time to go beyond the Sandbox and build a foundation for a broader tourism initiative,” said Phuket Tourist Association President, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam. “The industry can now get back to basics and focus on the northern European winter season. This is a big opportunity for Phuket. These are our legacy markets.”

Laguna Phuket, an integrated destination in the popular Bangtao Beach area, consisting of seven hotels, a Bangkok Hospital operated PCR test-centre and acres of open spaces, gardens and lagoons, has already been a beneficiary of the Phuket Sandbox given its safe haven reputation, but this is a major step up according to its Managing Director, Ravi Chandran.

“The acceptance of the Sputnik vaccine is a game-changer for Phuket,” he said. “The outbound Russian market is the biggest one in the world outside of China and the timing is perfect with the high season starting in November this year. Phuket Sandbox has proven to be a success and this will now take these achievements to greater heights still for all hotels, tourism stakeholders and the local community on the island.”

Since July 1, over 300,000 hotel rooms have been booked up until the end of August by international visitors arriving via the Phuket Sandbox initiative a number expected to rapidly rise as the high season approaches. Scheduled and chartered Russian carriers are expected to arrive in Phuket from October 2021.
Talking about ‘ready-made’ market potential, C9 Hotelworks Managing Director, Bill Barnett said “coming into the 2021 winter wonderland, and changing marketplace, the Russians, who typically have a 11-12-night average length of stay, are a perfect fit for the Sandbox.”

Laguna Phuket, in association with Delivering Asia Communications and C9 Hotelworks, will be hosting a special one-hour online virtual event featuring representatives from government, tour operators, hotels and airlines on September 9 at 3pm to discuss the impending arrival of the Russian market to Phuket.

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Oceania Cruises New restaurants & culinary experiences

“Ember” and “Aquamar Kitchen” to Debut Aboard Vista, Oceania Cruises’ New Ship

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, revealed the restaurants and dining experiences aboard its newest ship, Vista, due to debut in early 2023.

Vista will offer a total of twelve culinary venues, which is unprecedented for a ship of its size. Of the twelve, four are brand new and exclusive to Vista.

Ember is the signature addition to Oceania Cruises’ family of restaurants. Open for lunch and dinner, Ember is the ideal place to warm your culinary soul. Featuring a menu of inventive American creations blended with time-honoured classics, this inviting dining spot will instantly charm you with its alluring ambiance and tantalising menu. Whether you are looking forward to a leisurely evening of dining or a quick dinner before catching the headline show, Ember is where you want to be. Braised Short Ribs on Polenta, Grilled Swordfish with Asparagus, Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli, and a Cobb Salad with Smoked Chicken are just a few of the delights designed to tempt the palate.

Aquamar Kitchen presents a decidedly fresh perspective on dining and the pursuit of wellness. Whether you are a dedicated flexitarian or a die-hard foodie, Aquamar Kitchen offers an abundance of indulgence with none of the guilt. Breakfast selections include cold-pressed raw juices and superfood smoothies, hearty homemade granolas and avocado toasts, organic power bowls, and savoury breakfast wraps. For lunch, dozens of tempting, healthy dishes are offered such as Slow-Roasted Organic Salmon with Quinoa Tabouleh and Lemon Tahini, Yellowfin Tacos with White Cabbage Slaw, or even a Crunchy Chicken Sandwich on a freshly baked whole grain bun.

The Grand Dining Room is the luxurious grand dame of Oceania Cruises’ culinary world. Here, guests will savour a leisurely dining experience in a truly magnificent and inspired room whose ambiance soars to equally lofty heights as the cuisine. This signature dining experience has always offered a bevy of delicious continental dishes, and now a fresh and new array of options brings even more exciting possibilities. Every day presents a realm of choices from signature Jacques Pépin classics to an incredible spectrum of global flavours and an all-new Executive Chef’s Tasting Menu. Menus change daily with an expansive choice of at least 10 appetisers, soups and salads and ten main courses, along with healthy options such as Aquamar Vitality Cuisine.

Polo Grill delights diners with the ultimate classic steakhouse experience presented with timeless reverence. Richly layered décor and an abundance of custom millwork create an imaginative rendition of tradition set against crisp white linen tablecloths while a cadre of black jacketed servers set the tone for an evening of gracious dining. Each course stands as the very definition of time-honoured favorites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are 28-day dry aged certified Black Angus USDA Prime, while succulent seafood dishes such as grilled swordfish and whole Maine lobster gratinée are also classics in their own right.

Toscana presents an evolution of Tuscan cuisine in a truly Italian setting of rich Chianina leather, hand-blown Venetian glass and Carrara marble. Evolved from generational family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy’s culinary passion. Perhaps the evening begins with the Octopus Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette or the Artichoke and Parmesan Cheese Timbale with Black Truffle Sauce, followed by classic dishes such as the Hand-Rolled Gnocchi with Pesto, a rich Risotto with Lobster Medallions and Shallots, or a Pan-Seared Sea Bass Fillet finished with Sorrento Lemon, Chardonnay and Capers.

Red Ginger radiates harmony and tranquility while evoking the boldness and subtleties of the extraordinary Pan-Asian dishes our talented chefs have created. Much like the room itself, the Thai, Korean, Japanese and Malaysian rooted specialities are a mélange of spicy and soothing, savoury and sweet to please virtually every palate. Begin with a salad of Spicy Roast Duck and Watermelon with Cashews, Mint and Thai Basil. Savour a Malaysian Beef Penang with Coconut Rice and Paratha roti. Or try Thai vegetable curry with sweet potatoes, aubergine, mushrooms and basil in green curry Sauce. In Red Ginger, the gustatory pleasures are as striking as the visual ones.

Terrace Café is the ultimate informal dining experience any time of day, whether inside the plushily adorned dining room or alfresco at one of the shaded tables on the stylish terrace. At breakfast, Terrace Café features a seemingly never-ending selection of sumptuous savoury and sweet temptations including made-to-order eggs, omelettes, pancakes and waffles. Come lunch, an expansive menu of international-inspired dishes is complemented by flavourful roasted and rotisserie meats and the magic of the pizzeria’s oven. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner in decidedly relaxed comfort as our chefs serve up an astounding array of dishes. Revel in a bounty of selections from grilled-to-order lobster tails, fish, fillets and steaks to freshly made, hand-cut sushi and sashimi. A varied menu of hot and cold specialities changes daily along with our hallmark Chef’s Market Dinners featuring locally inspired specialities from the ports of call.

Waves Grill is a casual, colourful, and perhaps a bit playful setting for dining on all-American favourites.  Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool and Terrace Café, Waves Grill offers an extensive and mouthwatering menu during lunch and late into the afternoon for that much-desired snack or meal after an adventurous day of touring ashore. Watch the chefs grill gourmet burgers, succulent seafood and sandwiches to order in the open galley, accompanying them with sides like fresh salads, coleslaw and crispy, hand-cut fries. There is always room for dessert and the selection here is too good to pass up. Try a homemade sorbet, a made-to-order hot fudge sundae or a thick, hand-dipped milkshake.

The Culinary Center ascends to a new level of gustatory immersion as our passionate Chef Instructors share their enlightening perspectives on culture and cuisine through the lens of food and wine. Here, guests may not only partake in lively hands-on instruction – they may also indulge the pleasures of the palate in the new ocean view Culinary Center Dining Room with private group dinners or one of our many exclusive and highly acclaimed food and wine pairing experiences.

Priveé is our marquee venue for bespoke, intimate culinary celebrations for a maximum of ten privileged guests. Dramatic backlit, debossed walls and a blooming flower petal ceiling from which a dramatic chandelier descends over the polished marble slab dining table set the stage for a memorable evening. Meanwhile a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass provides an exhilarating view to complement a most memorable private dinner party that can literally traverse continents.

Baristas offers the ultimate panoramas aboard Vista with its commanding 270-degree views over the sea while guests enjoy complimentary illy® espressos, cappuccinos and lattes prepared by our master baristas as well as the delicious pastries, finger sandwiches and homemade biscotti. Just steps away, the new Bakery, with its freshly baked French and Italian pastries, is certain to be an instant hit. As the delicate yet rich scents fill the air, you’ll be drawn from the adjacent coffee bar or Library for an indulgent chocolate-almond croissant or sinfully sweet bombolini while enjoying the lost art of people watching or simply gazing out at the azure blue sea.

Coming Soon

Owner’s Suite – Details on Vista’s Owner’s Suites will be revealed on 30th August, 2021.

Inaugural Season Itineraries – Vista’s inaugural season itineraries will open for viewing on 9 September, 2021, and go on sale the following week, on 15 September, 2021.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils Immersive Japan

10-night Tokyo round trip sailing is rich with iconic and hidden gems, including FREE unlimited shore excursions and FREE 3-night Land Programme 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, is inviting guests to embark on a ‘Captivating Japan’ adventure – delivering immersive destination experiences with a newly added 10-night Tokyo round trip voyage for the ultimate in luxury at sea.

‘Captivating Japan’ is now open for reservations, with embarkation scheduled on 25 April, 2023, in all-inclusive luxury with an en-suite experience like no other at sea including private balconies aboard Seven Seas Explorer®, which features extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces, and lavish gourmet restaurants.

The enticing journey is expertly crafted to showcase the most captivating locales of one of the world’s most fascinating destinations, including FREE unlimited shore excursions and the additional luxury of a FREE 3-night Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Programme in Tokyo to explore the wonders of this vibrant city

The start and end of this adventure is Yokohama(Tokyo), taking in iconic sights and experiences from the 7th-century Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, to Odaiba Observation Deck, located in the headquarters of Fuji Television, for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the amazing city, and world-famous Ginza, the premier shopping and entertainment district.

During Regent’s free pre- or post-voyage land programme, discover fascinating ‘shogun’ history and Japan’s rich tradition of art at superb museums, stroll beautiful gardens and explore Asakusa, Tokyo’s Old Town founded in the early 7th century.

A highlight is a walk down Nakamise-dori, known as the “Street of Inside Shops,” an alley lined with vendors selling traditional food, souvenirs and handmade crafts. The National Museum of Nature & Science chronicles the history of Japan, Imperial Palace Plaza takes you inside the home of Japan’s emperor and empress, and Meiji Shrine in a dense forest glade of some 120,000 trees of 365 different species in the very heart of Tokyo, is dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the father of modern Japan.

Guests will also have ample time to sample not-to-be-missed sushi haunts, tea houses and sake bars. Especially recommended is Jiro, a national treasure and renowned sushi master, and savouring fresh, delicious sushi at Tsukiji, which is the original home to the world’s largest seafood market.

For an exceptional sake experience, Hasegawa Liquor Store is a must, and for a flavour of Japanese whisky, Nikkabar, located in the basement of Nikka’s headquarters, is worth a visit. Meanwhile, authentic Japanese casual dining can be enjoyed at ‘izakaya’ bars, famed for after-work beers and grilled yakitori skewers. And for art lovers, Japanese ‘ukiyoe’ prints are highly sought-after, and can be browsed at galleries in Ginza as well as Kamakura and Zojoji, featured in the TV series Tokaido 53 Stations.

Docking at Kobe, visit breathtaking temples and shrines of Kyoto, Japan’s old imperial capital, and ancient Nara, the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, with its magnificent shrines and temples, and park famed for resident deer. After a tour of Osaka’s imposing castle, bring home exotic mementos such as silks, ceramic teapots, paper parasols, superb artworks and pottery.

The lively port of Shimizu is the gateway to magnificent Mount Fuji, and home to the Shimizu Sushi Museum and Kashi-no-Ichi seafood market. Meanwhile guests sailing South Korea on this destination-immersive voyage can explore the beautiful beaches of Busan, also known as “the summer capital”.

Japan’s southernmost major city Kagoshima is nicknamed the “Naples of the Eastern World” beneath majestic Mt Sakurajima, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The city abounds in historic sightseeing spots such as the memorial site of St. Francisco Xavier, who first introduced Christianity to Japan

The elevated Regent experience continues aboard with Unrivalled Space At Sea, highly personalised service, free unlimited shore excursions, exquisite cuisine in specialty restaurants, fine wines and spirits, entertainment, unlimited internet access, valet laundry, transfer between hotel and ship, pre-paid gratuities and pre-cruise hotel packages for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher – all included in the fare.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® is also sailing 14-night cruises from Hong Kong to Tokyo in 2023, with stopovers in Taipei, Sakishima Islands, Shanghai, Seoul, Kochi and Kyoto.

For more information, please visit RSSC.com.

Oceania Cruises Reveals its Top Future Travel Experiences

From the Norwegian Coastline Fjords to the Turquoise Waters of Bora Bora, Oceania Cruises Reveals its Top Future Travel Experiences

– Captivating sights await you on your next voyage, and for a limited time, guests can secure their preferred suite and itinerary with Reduced 50% Deposits –

 Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary and destination-focused cruise line, has handpicked a collection of its most enticing experiences for travellers eager to traverse the world once again. These immersive journeys feature destinations and ports designed to deliver the cruise of a lifetime.

From now until 31 August 2021, Oceania Cruises is giving guests the opportunity to secure their preferred suite and itinerary on any sailings through to 31 August 2023 with a reduced 50% deposit. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

From discovering New Zealand’s Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, to exploring the bustling street markets of South-East Asia, swimming in the turquoise waters of the South Pacific, or touring the awe-inspiring fjords of Norway, Oceania Cruises invites travellers to discover its exquisite future travel experiences.

Asia

For Hong Kong travellers who want to plan their next trip close to home, this magical 12-day sojourn from Hong Kong to Tokyo on board Nautica will be a perfect option.Oceania Cruises’ Eastern Endeavour sailing offers an in-depth exploration of Japan’s ancient heritage, a taste of vibrant Taipei, and the opportunity to experience the cutting-edge metropolises of China. An excursion not to be missed is to visit the breathtaking temples and shrines of Japan’s old imperial capital, Kyoto, or explore ancient Nara, the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, with its magnificent shrines and temples that predate Kyoto’s. Stroll through Nara Park, famed for its deer and impressive Kasuga Grand Shrine. Then travel on to Osaka and its famed castle. In Kobe, visit historic Himeji Castle, a huge edifice built entirely of wood and tile.

Australia & New Zealand

The Bay of Islands, at the top of New Zealand’s North Island, is a subtropical micro-region renowned for its stunning beauty and history. It is also home to the magical Kawiti Caves, where guests can experience a breathtaking light show created by thousands of tiny glow worms attached to the cavernous ceiling. This is just one of the many hidden gems  to discover as part of Oceania Cruises’ sailing, Dazzling Down Under. From crystal-clear waters, lush hinterlands and chic inner-city laneways, there is no shortage of beauty to discover from aboard the recently re-inspired small and luxurious Regatta. 

South Pacific

One of the most popular regions for Oceania Cruises guests is the South Pacific. Of particular interest to many travellers is the line’s South Pacific Seafarer 18-day voyage onboard Regatta. The journey explores islands that appear almost untouched by the outside world, featuring tranquil waters that are the brightest shade of turquoise.Amongst the highlights on this majestic voyage is the blissful island oasis of Bora Bora, a heavenly slice of French paradise in the Pacific, where guests can indulge in an optional romantic overnight escape. Relax on the terrace of your private overwater bungalow, admiring the sweeping views across the lush tropical landscape surrounded by perfect white sand beaches and shimmering emerald water. Laze away your afternoon in the serene day spa, followed by evening to remember while dining under the stars. James Michener, author of Tales of the South Pacific, once described this magical hideaway as “the most beautiful island in the world. “

Europe and the Baltics

There are nearly 1,200 fjords along Norway’s coastline, 28 restaurants in Denmark with Michelin stars, and almost 300 museums in St. Petersburg. Travellers will have 14 days to explore these treasures and many others on Oceania Cruises’ Northern Europe Explorer voyage. A trip around the Baltics would not be complete without exploring Riga in Latvia, lovingly known as the “Paris of the Baltics”, one of the most enchanting and beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. During your day excursion, explore the city’s rich history, visit some of the many museums, and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town, a UNESCO-listed destination. Astonishing natural beauty, classic and modern architecture and Nordic fortresses are just some of the other highlights that travellers will discover on the voyage onboard Marina, as she sails from the Norwegian capital Oslo and concludes in vibrant Amsterdam.

United Arab Emirates

Quench your thirst for adventure with the Shrines to Skyline 20-day exotic voyage onboard Nautica. This three-week journey includes a memorable overnight stay in intoxicating Mumbai, and an unforgettable two-night stay in unspoiled Myanmar, and concludes in the ultra-modern Dubai. Guests will be treated to an array of intriguing ports of call in Malaysia, India and the United Arab Emirates. For those looking for a hint of adventure during your time in Abu Dhabi, you cannot go past the exhilarating sand dune 4WD experience of the Al Khatim Desert. Once there, admire the tranquillity of the world’s tallest sand dunes, rising to an impressive 934 feet.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Elevates Destination Exploration with ‘Ultimate Alaska’ Offer

For a Limited Time, Guests Can Extend their Alaska Experience at No Extra Cost on Select 2022 Voyages

Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, is providing travellers the opportunity to extend their cruise with its latest offer, Ultimate Alaska, elevatingthe immersive Regent destination experience to new heights with a FREE three-night land programme.

The pre- or post-cruise land programme has been expertly crafted to showcase the most iconic and hidden gems that the Canadian city of Vancouver has to offer. Spanning four days and three nights, Vancouver Adventures is FREE on 17, seven-night itineraries cruising between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska, from May to September 2022. A 13-night sailing from San Francisco, California to Vancouver and a 12-night sailing from Vancouver to Los Angeles, California are also available as part of the offer. All cruises are on board the elegant Seven Seas Mariner®.

Ultimate Alaska also offers 50% reduced deposits and applies to new reservations made between 2 July – 31 August 2021.

FREE 3-Night Land Programme Highlights

With all voyages either arriving or departing from Vancouver, Ultimate Alaska offers guests incredible immersion of this vibrant city with a FREE 3-night land programme pre- or post- cruise, Vancouver Adventures.

This remarkable land programme includes the opportunity to discover the historical yet chic neighbourhood of Gastown, featuring the soaring Capilano Suspension Bridge where guests can literally walk above the trees, as well as allowing travellers to reconnect with nature at the city’s stunning Queen Elizabeth Park.

Additional highlights include indulgent discoveries for shoppers and foodies alike at the arty Granville Island and the harbour-front Stanley Park, where guests can hire a bike and cycle through an old-growth forest. Travellers will also ascend Grouse Mountain on the Skyride – an aerial tramway system – where they will enjoy astonishing views of the city and can visit a bear refuge.

Unrivalled Experiences in Destination and at Sea

Breathtaking Alaska is best explored from the comfort and unrivalled space of an intimate Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship, and guests can enjoy extended pre- or post- cruise exploration of Vancouver with the Ultimate Alaska offer.

In addition, Regent provides guests with access to unique, immersive experiences with FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions in every port, as well as offering even more immersive exploration with Regent Choice shore excursions, Small Group Tours and Go Local Tours.

The unrivalled Regent experience continues on board with the voyage fare including gourmet cuisine in a range of specialty restaurants and al-fresco dining venues, fine wines and spirits, entertainment, unlimited internet access, free valet laundry, pre-paid gratuities, and one-night, pre-cruise hotel packages for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and above.

The luxury cruise line has compiled a selection of voyage highlights below on the itineraries featured in the Ultimate Alaska offer. More sailings and information can be found at RSSC.com/Ultimate-Alaska.

Alaska

Often called ‘the last frontier’, Alaska is renowned for its rugged vistas, snow-capped mountain peaks, rich culture and diverse wildlife, and offers a range of unique experiences for guests looking to reconnect with nature. Itineraries available as part of Ultimate Alaska feature up to 60 FREE shore excursions, and guests looking to explore this majestic destination with Regent can enjoy a diverse range of activities – from discovering their adventurous side with high-energy activities such as sea kayaking, rainforest hiking and ocean rafting, to enjoying more relaxed pursuits including wildlife-spotting, cultural experiences, art and nature walks, gold-panning, tasting tours and more.

Regent’s itineraries visit some of Alaska’s most iconic ports including Sitka, Juneau and Skagway. Scenic cruising of the famous Hubbard Glacier and the region’s Inside Passage are voyage highlights, and will create unforgettable memories on all of Seven Seas Mariner ’s seven-night cruises available as part of the promotion. A FREE shore excursion in scenic Ketchikan sees participants undertake an enlightening walk through the rainforest on a remote island in the famous Tongass National Forest after being escorted to their destination via a Seahawk Boat, where guests might catch a glimpse of the region’s fascinating marine life including whales and harbour seals.

For a supplementary cost, adventurous travellers can enjoy additional, once-in-a-lifetime experiences as part of their Regent voyage, such as flying over the magical Mendenhall icefields from Juneau in a helicopter, where they will then go dogsledding on a snow-covered glacier. Or guests with a thirst for knowledge can partake in an intimate cruise on a scientific vessel from Icy Strait Point, where they will assist in undertaking marine life research with the scientists onboard.

Ultimate Alaska Itinerary Highlight:

Glaciers & Glories of Alaska

Seven Seas Mariner®

Vancouver to Seward

18 May, 2022 – 7 nights

With up to 58 FREE shore excursions, cruisers onboard the Glaciers & Glories of Alaska voyage will relish in the opportunity for in-depth exploration of Alaska’s breathtaking natural wonders. After enjoying a scenic cruise of the famed Inside Passage – where travellers can relax and enjoy views of both the region’s coastal mountain peaks and unique wildlife – guests will journey to some of Alaska’s must-see ports, including Ketchikan and Juneau. In Skagway, a Regent Choice shore excursion provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride over a glacier field by helicopter, land by one of the glaciers and walk along its surface.

For more information, please visit RSSC.com/Ultimate-Alaska, call Singapore 800-616-7097 / Hong Kong and Rest of Asia +852 2165 6020 or contact a professional travel advisor.

To learn more about this exciting offer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ authentic experiences and the brand’s all-inclusive offering, travellers are invited to attend a webinar taking place on Thursday 8 July 12:00pm-12:30pm HKT. Guests can join Lisa Pile, Vice President Australia and New Zealand at Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Gillian Seller, Director of Sales Australia and New Zealand at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, to explore new horizons and gain access to in-depth information about the Ultimate Alaska offer. To register, click here.

IHG Hotels & Resorts

After closure of its international borders for over a year, Phuket reopens today and will welcome vaccinated international travellers back for a long-overdue island vacation. Nothing says welcome like beautiful, lofty palm trees, cool ocean breeze, pristine white sandy beaches and iconic Thai architecture and design to satiate the summer wanderlust with IHG Hotels & Resorts.

Even though it’s a different world right now, globally guests are looking for a chance to get out and explore the world – with more than half saying they plan to rebook cancelled trips from 2020. Almost 40% said that they were most looking forward to being able to sightsee – with 23% saying that they wanted to see something new according to a recent IHG consumer survey.

Rajit Sukumaran, Managing Director, South East Asia and Korea, IHG Hotels & Resorts: “The reopening of Phuket to vaccinated travellers marks a positive step, not just for Thailand but for Asia too. We are making more meaningful progress towards global recovery, with vaccine rollouts, ease of restrictions and an acceleration in economic activity. We are confident that Thailand’s booming tourism industry will return – history has shown us this before and we know there’s pent up demand for travel when people can do so again.

As we look ahead, we’ve all had a lot of time to think about what travel means to us, what trips are most important, and how we want to reconnect with loved ones. So, whether it’s that longed-for family beach vacation, a weekend getaway with friends, your first in-person business meeting, or a special anniversary trip – our family of 16 brands is ready to welcome travellers back with confidence, as we embark on the next chapter of travel.”

All IHG Rewards members will enjoy 5,000 bonus points per stay, daily breakfast, guaranteed room upgrade, 25% off food and beverage as well as early check-in and late check-out, when they book a five-night stay by 25 July 2021 for stay from 4 July to 23 December 2021. To find out more about IHG Rewards or sign up for a complimentary membership, please visit www.ihg.com/rewards. Rediscover the island life with IHG Hotels & Resorts at its four SHA Plus certified* hotels and resorts now:

InterContinental Phuket Resort

Nestled on the powder-soft sand of Kamala Beach, InterContinental Phuket Resort resides in the most exclusive area on the stunning west coast of Phuket. Opened in late 2019, it is the latest hotel to open under the global luxury brand in Thailand. Inspired by the natural landscape of its location, the beachfront resort features a collection of 221 elegant rooms and villas with panoramic view of the Andaman Sea and is surrounded by pine forests.

Also available at the resort are four restaurants and bars, including Jaras, a modern Thai fine-dining that celebrates sustainably sourced products from the island’s fishermen and farmers. Sati Spa offers exceptional signature treatments specially designed with the guests in mind. From treatments featuring customized flower scents based on guest’s day of birth to the world’s first unique application of Khit triangle pillow to enhance the comfort and benefits of Thai massage.

Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong

Patong paints an electrifying scene – its tropical forest, neon lights and fishing boats that are festooned with bright sashes making up Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong’s neighbourhood’s story.

Drawing inspiration from Patong’s deep cultural roots and the resort town’s spectacular surroundings, its design concept infuses hues from the island’s natural environment. Patterns from Sino-Portuguese architecture and motifs from Patong’s fishing village heritage are woven throughout the hotel, as each area represents different aspects of the beach town. Not to be missed – the hotel gym pays homage to Thailand’s signature combat sport, Muay Thai, while its guestrooms blend the bright colour palettes of its local nightlife with a coastal fishing theme.

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

A firm family favourite in Phuket, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is one of the first resorts to open in Patong Beach. It offers dedicated Kids’ Pool and a Kids’ Club with an array of wholesome fun and education activities, both on land and in the water. For those travelling with young children, treat the family to a Kids’ Suite with either a ‘Pirate’ or ‘Sea World’ theme, or the interconnecting Family Suite that provides two bedrooms for additional privacy. Kids stay and eat free at all Holiday Inn hotels and resorts.

Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong

Situated in the heart of Patong, Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong is perfect for savvy travellers looking for a fuss-free stay. Just steps away from a myriad of entertainment and shopping options such as Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Mall, and a 15-minute drive to the historic Old Phuket Town. Start each morning with a free Express Start® Breakfast or Grab and Go option and stay connected with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

As part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, guests will stay assured and safe with the enhanced IHG Way Of Clean using new, science-led protocols and service measures in partnership with industry leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey – including IHG Clean Promise to give guests greater confidence and hotel teams the protection needed.

Please note: As announced by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, international travellers, who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no less than 14 days before the travel date, can now travel to Phuket under the “Phuket Sandbox’ scheme from 1 July 2021 onwards. All travellers under the scheme are required to stay in SHA-Plus certified hotels. For the latest travel guidelines to Phuket and Thailand, please visit www.tatnews.org.


*The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certificate indicates that a business not only has in place the required safety and hygiene standards for Covid-19, but that at least 70% of its employees have been fully vaccinated.

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Finnair and Juneyao Air enter into a joint business partnership

Finnair and Juneyao Air enter into a joint business partnership on the Helsinki-Shanghai route and beyond

Finnair and Shanghai-based Juneyao Air will enter to a joint business partnership on 1 July 2021, where the two carriers will cooperate commercially on flights between Helsinki and Shanghai as well points beyond in China and Europe.

Finnair and Juneyao Air started a codeshare cooperation in July 2019, when Juneyao Air launched its Shanghai-Helsinki route. The joint business further deepens the partnership, providing corporate and leisure customers with more flexible routing options, attractive fares and enhanced benefits for frequent flyer members. Finnair’s and Juneyao’s customers will benefit from more consistent customer policies for example with baggage allowances, integrated customer care and enhanced frequent flyer award point accrual across the two airlines.

Finnair customers will benefit from improved connectivity to a network of 57 destinations in China from Juneyao’s Shanghai Pudong hub, and Juneyao customers will enjoy better access to Finnair’s extensive network of 65 European destinations via its Helsinki hub. The flights are available at finnair.com.

Finnair and Juneyao Air currently operate 2 flights per week between Helsinki and Shanghai and look forward to increasing frequencies as soon as the pandemic situation allows. In 2019, Finnair and Juneyao Air both operated daily flights between Helsinki and Shanghai.

“Finnair is all about offering the best connections between Europe and Asia”, says Topi Manner, Chief Executive Officer at Finnair. “This is a true win-win partnership, which will enable Finnair and Juneyao customers to enjoy vastly improved access to our joint network. It is also testament to Finnair’s steadfast commitment to China as a strategic market. We look forward to working closely with our friends at Juneyao, to build an even stronger bridge between China and Europe through our Shanghai and Helsinki hubs.”

“We are honored to formalize this strategic partnership with Finnair to offer our customers a wider range of products and quality services, provide more flexible flight choices, and seamless travel experiences. The joint business with Finnair will allow Juneyao Air to further strengthen its market in Europe, which is an important strategy in our global expansion as it significantly increases Juneyao Air’s presence in an aviation market set to become the ‘high-value carrier’”, said Zhao Hongliang, Chief Executive Officer at Juneyao Air.

Juneyao Air launched its route from Shanghai to Helsinki in July 2019, and since then both Finnair and Juneyao have been codesharing on each other’s Helsinki-Shanghai services and on selected connecting flights from Helsinki to Europe and from Shanghai to other destinations in China. A reciprocal agreement for Finnair Plus and Juneyao Air Club frequent flyer members was also implemented in August 2019, allowing customers to earn and redeem miles and points throughout each partner’s entire network.

 About Juneyao Air 

Founded in 2006, Juneyao Air is one of the leading private-owned carriers in China and the first Connecting Partner of Star Alliance. At the end of May 2021, the airline reached near 200 destinations in Asia and Europe, with a modern fleet of 80 aircraft, comprising narrow-bodied Airbus A320s and wide-bodied Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The carrier has been awarded Skytrax Best Regional Airlines in China in 2019.