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Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International Announce new eDocs and Luggage Tag Program


Miami – (November 11, 2009 ) –

Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International believe that their guests’ cruise experience begins before the first suitcase is packed. Today, the cruise lines announced a new electronic cruise document, or “eDocs,” and luggage tag program designed to offer guests a dynamic, one-of-a-kind pre-cruise documentation experience and simultaneously give travel agents an opportunity to promote their own business.

A personalized, interactive, visually appealing, web-based format offers guests all the information they need prior to their cruise, including travel agency contact details, information on shore excursion choices and various onboard offerings available during the guests’ particular cruise, travel and documentation instructions, and much more. Once the booking has been finalized, eDocs will be issued as early as 49 days prior to sailing.

Royal Caribbean International Oasis of the Seas arrives in Fort Lauderdale, FLA.



World’s Largest and Most Revolutionary Cruise Ship Sails into her Home Port of Port Everglades Flanked by Ceremonial Maritime Escort

MIAMI, November 13, 2009 – Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship – the highly anticipated Oasis of the Seas – made her global debut today, arriving into her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. following a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Turku, Finland.

Hundreds of eager onlookers – ranging from Royal Caribbean top executives to local government officials, residents and media – came out to welcome Oasis of the Seas to the United States for the first time and to be among the first to catch a glimpse of the world’s most revolutionary cruise ship.

European airports report on crisis fallout, renew call for competitive relief measures



European airports report on crisis fallout, renew call for competitive relief measures

For immediate release 12 November 2009

Brussels, 12 November 2009: European airport trade body ACI EUROPE today released a fresh report on the impact of the crisis on the airport sector, entitled Renewed Call for Competitive Relief Measures.

With 82% of European airports reporting falls in traffic so far this year and more than 105 million passengers expected to be lost by the end of 2009, European airports are experiencing their worst ever trading conditions.

Falling revenues resulting from declining passenger numbers and airlines’ capacity reductions, combined with higher capital costs, have severely deteriorated financial performance across the sector. This has prompted far reaching cost cutting, including staff reductions of 20% or more at several airports, as well as €2.8 billion reduction in capital expenditure for the top 25 European airports.

Glasgow launches Christmas Wrapped Up


Glasgow launches a glittering start to Christmas

Tonight (Thursday 12th November) Glasgow’s style mile will be ‘unwrapped’ for Christmas, heralding the start of the 2009 festivities and making for a truly magical experience.

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) has joined forces with the city’s major retailers on the style mile and other key partners to ensure that the city’s shopping crown shines brighter than ever this festive season through the ‘Christmas Wrapped Up’ campaign.

Buchanan Galleries, St Enoch Centre, John Lewis, Frasers, Princes Square, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer are working with GCMB, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow City Council for Christmas 2009.

The ‘Christmas Wrapped Up’ campaign will be officially launched by Councillor Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, and Chair of the style mile Lesley Ballantyne.

Holiday like a celebrity


Holiday like a celebrity

– Stay where the Im a celebrity stars are staying in Australia…..

This weekend ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here…’ will be returning to ITV. During their time in Australia the celebrities will be staying at the exclusive Palazzo Versace Hotel on the Gold Coast for a bit of relaxation and pampering both before and after they come out of the jungle.

To holiday like a celebrity Palazzo Versace has an exclusive deal on rooms available until December 28th. Superior rooms are priced from £235 per night subject to availability and include a full buffet style and breakfast for two, valet parking, daily newspapers and access to the Salus per Aquum Health spa.

Rooms are completely kitted out in products from the Versace Home range while bathrooms come complete with Palazzo Versace bathrobes and slippers and even complimentary miniature men’s and women’s Versace fragrances.

Something special’s cooking at The Leela Palace Udaipur


Something special’s cooking at The Leela Palace Udaipur New Leela hotel to serve historic dishes from the Royal Kitchens of Rajasthan

In the Royal Kitchens of Rajasthan, food experimentation was raised to an art form, with hundreds of cooks working to consistently create unusual dishes to serve guests of the stately palaces.

Recipes were a closely guarded secret.

Many were lost forever but some survived, passed down to sons and now available to guests of new luxury hotel, The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur.

On Head Chef Karim Hassene’s royalty-inspired menu will be two dishes served with more than just a dash of regal history: Maas Ki Kadhi – a lamb delicacy with yoghurt gravy – and Murg Makai Ka Soweta – a traditional chicken chilli tomato dish.

The fine dining meals will be served in specialty Indian restaurant Sheesh Mahal, which features an outdoor rooftop dining area with a panoramic view of the heritage city.

Greek Island Cruise

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There are many stunning destinations on offer when you take a cruise of the Greek Islands, and passengers will be able to enjoy not just beautiful scenery and warm, sunny weather, but also a fascinating array of historical and cultural attractions which are on offer all across the regions, from ancient temple ruins through to world famous art galleries and museums.

Here are just a few of the top ports of call that passengers can enjoy whilst on a Greek Island Cruise

Mykonos is one of the more rugged Greek islands and has some beautiful golden beaches and windswept terrains which are very popular with visitors, and there are many excellent hotels, bars and tavernas. Mykonos really comes alive in the summer and this is very much a party island with a good cosmopolitan feel, and a diverse range of people from all ages, cultures and sexualities are made to feel very welcome here.

Winter warms up at Park Plaza Victoria



Central London hotel encourages guests to get in the festive spirit

Create your own wonderland this winter with a stay at Park Plaza Victoria London.

The four-star deluxe Central London hotel is located a short walk from one of the Capital’s top Christmas attractions – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

Frolic on the site’s 20 acres of amusements and entertainment including London’s largest ice skating rink, a giant wheel with panoramic views across the city and performances from Zippo’s Christmas Circus in a heated big-top. New attractions for 2010 include the thrilling Power Tower –a 66m drop ride – and a new rollercoaster.