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MSC Cruises outlines offerings on MSC Orchestra Dubai to Australia voyage

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

MSC Cruises, the Geneva based cruise shipping company, has outlines its pricing package structure for MSC Orchestra's voyage from Dubai to Fremantle in the spring of 2015.

Giles Hawke, Executive Director for MSC Cruises UK, Ireland and Australia commented: “We are very excited that the official launch of the new itinerary almost coincides with the launch of our new pricing structure as it not only allows an insight into the perks of the new 'Experiences' pricing but will also give travel agents an indication to how it will work. We are proud to offer our clientele a brand new product and feel that this itinerary highlights MSC Cruises' continuing evolvement and growth."

Prices for this itinerary start from £3,129pp cruise only for an inside cabin with Bella Experience. The ship will sail from Dubai on 21 February and reach Fremantle on 26 March 2015.

Bella and Fantastica guests:
• Oriental Odyssey drink package: 4 drinks per day during meals are
Free. Choose from wine, draft beer, mineral water and soft drinks.

• Oriental Odyssey shore package: 3 all-day excursions and 2 half-day excursions of choice from Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

• 30% discount on laundry services.

Aurea guests:
• Oriental Odyssey Spa package: treatments especially designed for
Aurea guests. They include different kinds of massages, a medical
personalised consultation and various fitness activities.

• Oriental Odyssey shore package: 3 all-day excursions and 2 half-day
excursions of choice from Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

• 30% discount on laundry services.


Cuba Cruise offers 2 for 1 promotion on all new bookings before February 28th

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Cuba Cruise introduces a special 'Buy One, Get One' offer all new bookings made before February 28th, 2014. "Bring a friend, family member or spouse for free and enjoy the enchanting island of Cuba on an exclusive 7-night circumnavigation sailing. Cuba Cruise will even hold your cabin for 7 days to find your flights – no obligations!" Cuba Cruise says in its release.

"Winter is the ideal time to warm up in sunny Cuba, especially with the family," says Cuba Cruise President Dugald Wells. "We're thrilled to offer guests this special promotion, making it easier and more affordable than ever to explore this charming island."

The special promotion applies to all cabin categories and direct bookings, including reservations for children. Add a child to a booking and the second child is also free*.

For passengers travelling alone, Cuba Cruise also waived* the single supplement.

What's Included

" 7 nights accommodation in the selected cabin category

" Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks every day

" Fitness centre

" Fully supervised children's program for ages 4-12

" Daily entertainment program

" Evening entertainment and theme nights

" Your very own Cuba!

Guests can join the 7-night cruise at either Havana or Montego Bay. Cuba Cruise features Canadian imported cuisine as well as local specialties, and explores diverse ports including Santiago, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Punta Frances on the Isle of Youth. The 480-stateroom boutique cruise ship Louis Cristal allows access into Cuba's remote areas, many of which have never been accessible on a single itinerary without complicated and uncomfortable travel between locations. Cuba Cruise makes it simple, relaxing and a whole lot of fun to see all of Cuba's most magnificent offerings on one comprehensive trip.

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To make a reservation, visit [] and book online directly.

Royal Air Maroc to join oneworld

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Royal Air Maroc is to join oneworld®, adding one of Africa’s leading and fastest growing airlines to the world’s premier airline alliance.

Royal Air Maroc is expected to be implemented into oneworld in mid-2020, when it will start flying alongside some of the biggest and best brands in the airline business. Its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will join as a oneworld affiliate member at the same time.

Royal Air Maroc is today the largest unaligned carrier in Africa – with a transformational strategy well underway to develop it quickly into a truly global airline and the continent’s leader in terms of both size and quality. Its schedule today will add 34 new destinations and 21 countries to the oneworld map, taking the alliance’s network to 1,069 airports in 178 countries and territories.

It will also be the alliance’s first new full member airline signed since 2012. Fiji Airways was also linked to the alliance from December 5 as its first oneworld connect partner, the first new membership platform since the alliance was established.

oneworld CEO Rob Gurney noted: “When we unveiled our new membership platform oneworld connect in June, we said that in the future oneworld would target as full members large airlines that have a significant presence in the alliance’s prime target market, providing connections between the world’s leading business centres. Royal Air Maroc is growing into a truly global airline, with its home base Casablanca to be developed into Africa’s leading aviation gateway while also consolidating its place as Africa’s number one financial centre.”

Royal Air Maroc carried 7.3 million passengers last year on a fleet of 55 aircraft, with a network that currently connects its Casablanca base with 94 destinations in 49 countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America, including oneworld hubs Doha, London Heathrow, Madrid, Moscow Domodedovo, New York JFK and Sao Paulo.

United to offer more seats from Newark to six international cities next summer on its brand-new Boeing 787-10 aircraft

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its New York/Newark hub beginning in March 2019. United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and is also the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing's 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. United's 787-10 features 44 United Polaris business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard Economy seats. Tickets will be available for purchase on Dec. 3, for travel beginning March 30.

"United is proud to offer more seats between New York and Europe than any other carrier and our Boeing 787-10 aircraft based in New York/Newark will enable us to connect even more New York City customers to Europe and beyond," said Patrick Quayle, United's Vice President of International Network. "We are thrilled to announce six international cities that will be served with this aircraft and we look forward to offering our customers all of the comforts and services of our most advanced aircraft."

Offering more service than any other U.S. airline from New York to Germany and Israel, United currently offers daily nonstop service to Frankfurt and twice-daily nonstop service to Tel Aviv. United also operates daily service from New York/Newark to Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin and Paris.

Investing in customer-friendly advancements onboard

In addition to United's signature all aisle access Polaris business class and United Premium Plus seats, United is investing in several customer-friendly advancements onboard. The aircraft features updated lighting patterns that mimic sunrise and sunset and are designed to help customers in each cabin fall asleep and wake up more adjusted to new time zones. A brand new seatback entertainment system is also available at every seat, which includes:

– Split screen capabilities allowing customers to watch a movie and view the flight map simultaneously.
– A relax mode for customers who want to customize a selection of soothing videos and relaxing audio playlists.
– The world's most extensive suite of accessibility features on a seatback entertainment system, which accommodates any level of vision, as well as provides support for customers with hearing and mobility issues.
– Movie and television recommendations based on remaining flight time and previously watched content.

United previously announced its first 787-10 aircraft will begin operating between New York/Newark and Los Angeles and San Francisco in January 2019.

The Boeing 787-10 is 18 feet longer than the 787-9 and can carry more passengers and more cargo. The -10 aircraft can fly up to 6,430 nautical miles, while using 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. United currently operates 25 787-9 and 12 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline expects to take delivery of 14 787-10 aircraft over the next two years.

Singapore Airlines to open service to Sea-Tac Airport

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Adding more ways to reach more parts of the world, the Port of Seattle welcomes the announcement of Singapore Airlines nonstop service beginning September 2019 from Singapore Changi Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Singapore is one of Seattle’s largest unserved markets in the Southeast Asia region and Changi Airport is a global hub for the carrier, offering multiple connections to its network including India. Sea-Tac will be the fourth North American nonstop destination for Singapore Airlines adding to current service in San Francisco, New York (Newark), and Los Angeles. Singapore Airlines also operates one-stop services to JFK and Houston.

“This new link to Singapore and connections to destinations beyond will broaden the global connectivity of our region,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire. “Singapore is an increasingly important consumer of Washington State services and export products and is a global hub for tech start-ups and entrepreneurship. It is fitting that our two regions will now be connected with a nonstop flight.”

“Our new non-stop flights to Seattle are another demonstration of our commitment to expand our operations in the important US market and grow our network reach. The new services will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing customers faster and more convenient connectivity from key markets such as Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia to North America,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr. Goh Choon Phong.

The four-times-a-week service, beginning on September 3, 2019, will be on a fuel-efficient A350-900 aircraft with 253 seats (42 business, 24 premium economy, 187 economy). It will be initially operated three times per week before increasing to four times per week in October 2019.

At a little over 8,000 miles, the route will be the longest nonstop service from Sea-Tac, surpassing Seattle-Dubai by several hundred miles.

Singapore Airlines has been named the World’s Best Airline in 2018 by numerous publications, including Travel+Leisure Magazine, SkyTrax, and TripAdvisor. For more information visit Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines also has a codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines, and members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan and Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer loyalty programs can earn miles on each other’s flights.

“This new route expands our global partner network, giving Mileage Plan members more international utility as well as the ability to earn Alaska miles,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines' executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Guests traveling to Singapore and beyond can enjoy the added convenience of connecting via our largest hub in Seattle. By next September, our Global Partners will offer nonstop service to 11 international destinations from Sea-Tac.”