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30 June 2011 - Another Luxury Train in the USA

Posted by: Alan

 America is to get another luxury train.

 
The famous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia says a 15-carriage train able to carry up to 240 passengers will begin service between the resort and Washington DC from July next year.
 
A one-way journey will take six hours.
 
The train, to be called The Greenbrier Presidential Express, will have a boardroom carriage, a saloon carriage and an open-air carriage for viewing - all with decor similar to the resort’s
 
Greenbrier chairman Jim Justice told US industry website travlpulse.com: "We want to bring back the glamour of rail travel.
 
"Everything, from the decor to the food, will make you feel as if you are already at the resort".
 
Craftsmen are currently refurbishing carriages built in the 1950s and last used by the Union Pacific and Santa Fe railroads.
 
The resort, located at White Sulphur Springs, is a national historic landmark and has been taking guests since 1778.
 
It covers 2600 hectares and features 743 guest rooms and suites, 96 guest houses, 10 lobbies, over 40 meeting rooms, a conference centre, gaming areas, boutiques and a championship golf course, among other things.
 

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29 June 2011 - Ash Cloud Creates More Trouble

Posted by: Alan

Ash cloud from the Chilean volcanic eruption is once again disrupting trans-Tasman flights.

 
The cloud has moved back over NZ’s South Island.
 
Jetstar has cancelled four Queenstown services today, according to NZ television.

And Qantas says flights between Sydney and Queenstown are being suspended for 24 hours.
 
However, Air NZ reportedly plans to operate a normal schedule of services to South Island centres.

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27 June 2011 - Why Drive Your Car into the North Sea

Posted by: Alan

Rescue workers in the northeast of England are sick of seeing tourists drive their cars into the North Sea!

Visitors trying to reach the castle-topped island of Lindisfarne are ignoring warning signs about using tidal causeway access to the island outside safe crossing times.
 
They’re getting caught by a swift incoming tide and being forced to abandon their vehicles.
 
The latest victims were an unidentified Australian couple who had to abandon their rental car on Thursday before being rescued by local members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the BBC reports.
 
It was the eighth rescue this year.
 
"It’s quite bizarre", RNLI official Ian Clayton said. "None of the locals are caught out - it’s always visitors.
 
"They seem to think it’s not their fault, but they’ve totally ignored warning signs on both sides of the road.
 
"In one recent rescue a man had a virtually brand-new BMW.
 
"You do wonder what people put on their insurance claim forms in such cases."

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24 June 2011 - Two Day Greek Strikes Loom

Posted by: Alan

Greek trade unions have called a two-day general strike for next week - a move which is expected to cause major disruption to island ferry and air services, and the tourism industry generally.

 
The strike will coincide with debate in parliament on new austerity measures being forced on the government by conditions attached to a massive financial bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
 
The strike is scheduled to take place on 28 and 29 June 2011.

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24 June 2011 - Car made of Lego Bricks

Posted by: Alan

 Workers at the Legoland theme park in California have played an elaborate prank on their boss, swapping his car for a life-size replica made of Lego blocks.

 
When park gm Peter Rochetti went to his usual parking spot to drive off to a lunch, he found his Volvo SUV had been replaced by a lookalike made up of 201,760 blocks.
 
Staff had moved his own car to another area of the carpark and used a forklift to position the replica, which is usually on display at the entrance to the park.
 
Mr Rochetti told media: "We have a very creative team here at Legoland California.
 
"I won’t be leaving my keys laying around in future".

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23 June 2011 - Biggest Single New Aircraft Order

Posted by: Alan

Airbus has just received what it says is the biggest single order for new planes in the history of aviation.

 
Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has committed to buying 180 aircraft at a list price cost of $US15.6 billion.
 
The deal includes 150 of the new A320neo jets, which are claimed to be 15% more fuel efficient than current A320s.
 
The previous biggest order was placed by a Chinese group in 2005 for a total 150 Airbus and Boeing planes.
 

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22 June 2011 - Cunards Queen Mary 2 to NZ

Posted by: Alan

 Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will make a 12-night cruise to NZ from Sydney in March 2013, the line announced overnight.

 
The ship will visit Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, the Bay of Islands and Milford Sound, with fares from $3329 - about double the average cost of similar sailings this coming summer.
 
The cruise will go on sale in Australia/NZ on 13 July - a day ahead of the global launch.
 
Cunard says the sailing has been sparked by strong bookings for the ship’s planned 2012 circumnavigation of Australia.
 
As well as the 12-night cruise, there’ll be a 19-night option including a Sydney to Fremantle sector.
 
Queen Mary 2 will be on a 106-night world voyage, which will go on sale at 10pm on 14 July this year, with pre-registration available from 4 July.
 
The same arrangement has been announced for Queen Victoria’s 2013 world voyage.
 
Discounts will be offered on bookings made by 31 December this year.
 

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21 June 2011 - New P&O Earlybird Sale

Posted by: Alan

 P&O Cruises is offering seven night sailings around the Pacific priced from $699 in an earlybird sale which launched yesterday.


There are deals on over 200 cruises varying from three nights to 13, plus there’s discounts for repeat cruise passengers, and upgrades from inside to outside cabins priced from $50pp.
 
The sale runs through until 30 September 2011.

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20 June 2011 - Cruise from New York

Posted by: Alan

 In a first for the line, Carnival Miracle will launch year-round, eight-day itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas from New York  commencing in April 2012. 

With three unique itineraries from its new homeport, Carnival Miracle will offer the following options to passengers:
 
* Eastern Caribbean departures to San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk, offered on a rotating basis April through October
 
* Bahamas sailings featuring stops at the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Nassau, offered on a rotating basis April through October
 
* Bahamas/Florida cruises with port calls to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau and Freeport, offered November through April  
 
 “New York is one of the highest-rated home ports for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising. Carnival Miracle’s new year-round eight-day departures offer consumers the best of both worlds – a choice of three attractive year-round itinerary options with the opportunity to depart from one of the world’s great cities,” said Gerry Cahill, CEO & president, Carnival Cruise Lines.
 

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17 June 2011 - DC3 Flies Thru Ash in New Zealand

Posted by: Alan

A 67-year-old DC3 aircraft was used to carry 29 stranded travellers between the NZ cities of Christchurch and Wellington yesterday as volcanic ash cloud forced cancellation of Air NZ domestic flights.

 
The plane, which is normally based at a South Island museum and used only for sightseeing and charity work, was able to operate because it flew below 10,000 feet (3048 metres) and has a conventional propellor engine.
 
Yesterday flights cost a hefty $380 a person one-way.
 
The plane will be used again today to carry the Crusaders Super 15 Rugby team to Wellington for a match tomorrow, according to reports yesterday.

 

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14 June 2011 - Volcanic Flight Disruptions

Posted by: Alan

Flight disruptions resulting from the Chilean volcanic eruptions continue today.

 
Qantas has resumed flights to and from Melbourne, but says flights to and from Adelaide have been suspended till 12.30pm today, according to a website message, and flights to and from Tasmania and NZ remain suspended.
 
However, the airline says the situation in all cases is subject to review.
 
Virgin Australia says on its website that it expects to operate normal schedules today to and from Melbourne, Tasmania and NZ.
 
There’s no mention of Adelaide.

 

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14 June 2011 - Flights to Christchurch Suspended

Posted by: Alan

Virgin Australia is suspending service to Christchurch till Friday, following yesterday’s fresh earthquakes in the South Island city.

 
A message on the airline’s website, loaded at midnight, offers booked passengers a number of options.

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14 June 2011 - 1200 Dollar Taxi Fare

Posted by: Alan

Three men beat the volcanic ash flight disruption on Sunday by paying a Melbourne cabbie $1200 to drive them to Sydney.

 
The cabbie, identified only as George, told a Melbourne radio station yesterday that he dropped his fares off in Sydney’s western suburbs late Sunday night after the 800km trip and headed back to Melbourne immediately, arriving at 8.30am yesterday.
 
He said the men had booked the trip before it was generally known that flights were going to be suspended.
 
"These guys knew it (the flight ban) was going to happen, so they took off".
 
He said he didn’t ask them how they knew.
 
George told radio listeners that the first thing he did when he arrived back in Melbourne was drink a two-litre cappuccino and eat a one-kilogram muffin.

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10 June 2011 - Travescene Antarctic Expedition

Posted by: Alan

Retail group Travelscene American Express is helping to sponsor an Antarctic expedition by two young Sydneysiders.

 
James Castrission and Justins James plan to trek 2200km to the South Pole, setting off in November.
 
The men made headlines four years ago when they kayaked across the Tasman in 62 days.
 
Known as Cas and Jonesy, the two made a keynote address at the Travelscene Amex national consultants convention last year, sparking the retail group’s gold sponsor involvement in their latest venture.
 
"Our members are selling the magic of adventure, whether it’s five-star, a family holiday, or off the beaten track, so there’s already a strong foundation for our relationship with Cas and Jonesy", says Travelscene gm Jacqui Timmins.
 
 
 

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09 June 2011 - Another new Cruise Ship for Australia

Posted by: Alan

Royal Caribbean plans a massive expansion of Australian capacity, announcing from China late yesterday that it will base a 3840-passenger third ship here in 2012-13.

 
Voyager of the Seas will arrive in Sydney in November 2012 for a five-month season, making 12 cruises of one to 18 nights.
 
The program will go on sale early next month.
 
The announcement means that Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will have five ships in Australia for the 2012-13 summer, counting Rhapsody of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas, and two ships of its Celebrity brand - Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium.
 
News of Voyager’s South Pacific deployment came at a media conference in Shanghai, where it was announced that the ship will move to Asian waters next year for a series of sailings out of Singapore in May and then from Shanghai between June and October.
 
Currently it’s deployed in the Med during the European summer and in the Caribbean in winter.
 
Royal Caribbean’s Australian md, Gavin Smith, who was in Shanghai for the announcement, said Voyager’s deployment here is testament to the strength of the local cruise market.
 
When it arrives, the line will offer more than 60 departures a year, carrying 150,000 passengers, he said.
 
Voyager will bring a number of new features to the Australian cruise market, including an ice rink and a ‘street’ lined with shops and eateries, called the ‘Royal Promenade’.
 
The ship has:
•  11 dining areas
•  13 bars and lounges
•  a 1350-seat theatre
•  an indoor pool
•  a 1400-square-metre spa and fitness centre
•  an art gallery
•  a chapel.

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08 June 2011 - Flexible Man in a Suitcase

Posted by: Alan

Police in Spain have arrested a contortionist who hid in a suitcase to steal from tourists’ luggage in a bus locker, the Daily Mail reported today.

 
The flexible thief pinched valuables, including laptop computers, from coach baggage compartments during hour-long journeys between Girona airport and Barcelona in northeast Spain.
 
He then clambered back inside his case, and was later collected at his destination by his partner in crime.
 
Holidaymakers realised their things were missing only when they arrived at their hotels and opened their bags.
 
For weeks detectives were baffled as to how so many items were being regularly stolen on the bus route.
 
Last Friday they were alerted by a suspicious member of the public to a large suitcase measuring 90cm by 50cm that had just been loaded on the bus.
 
When they opened it up the shocked officers found the 1.78m man curled up inside.
 
 
Source: Daily Mail

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07 June 2011 - Steam Train to Fly Again

Posted by: Alan

A buyer has reportedly been found for NZ’s iconic Kingston Flyer tourist train, raising hopes that it will soon be back on the rails.

 
The previous owner went into receivership in November 2009, with debts of nearly $NZ5m.
 
Since then, the engine, station and part of the historic railway linking Kingston and Fairlight near Queenstown, have lain unused.
 
Locals say a deal with a new owner is expected to be signed this week, the Southland Times reports.
 

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06 June 2011 - Pensioner Discounts in New Zealand

Posted by: Alan

Australian age pensioners holidaying in NZ are about to enjoy wide-ranging discounts on goods and services across the Tasman.

 
A reciprocal deal struck by the governments of the two countries will see Aussies getting access to the benefits of NZ’s SuperGold Card, while Kiwi pensioners visiting Australia will get similar deals via the Seniors Card.
 
The NZ benefits includes discounts on accommodation, car rental, department store purchases and so on.
 
NZ government sources say around 70,000 Australian seniors cross the Tasman each year, spending some $NZ131m.

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03 June 2011 - Skateboarding in a Tunnel

Posted by: Alan

 A Swiss tourist has been charged with various offences after riding a skateboard through a busy road tunnel in Melbourne yesterday.

 
Dominic Emmenegger, 21, reached a speed of 60kmh in the city’s Burnley Tunnel before he fell off, suffering severe grazes to his hands and legs.
 
He told the Herald Sun newspaper he had no idea he was doing anything wrong when he began his joyride down the left lane of the tunnel during the morning peak.
 
The tunnel carries for more than 150,000 vehicles a day.
 
Police charged him with conduct endangering life and conduct endangering a person.
 
When he appeared in court later in the day, a magistrate adjourned the case for two weeks to see if the visitor had mental health issues.
 
Source: Herald Sun

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02 June 2011 - Another new Cruise Ship

Posted by: Alan

 P&O Cruises in Britain has placed an order for a 3611-passenger liner - the biggest ever designed for the UK market.

 
The ship, which doesn’t yet have a name, will be built by Italy’s Fincantieri company and will enter service in March 2015.
 
Announcing the move yesterday, P&O said the ship will offer a "stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities - along with many of the brand’s classic and iconic features".
 
P&O Cruises md Carol Marlow said features will include "sophisticated wows".
 

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01 June 2011 - Maybe a New Tunnel for New Zealand

Posted by: Alan

 The NZ government is close to making a decision on a project which would cut travel times on a prime tourist route dramatically.

 
Milford Dart Company wants to drill an 11km tunnel linking the South Island’s Routeburn and Hollyford Valleys.
 
The link would cut travel time between Queenstown and Milford Sound to just two hours - less than half the present time.
 
The company told the Southland Times yesterday that a Department of Conservation decision on the project is imminent.
 
It said the tunnel would take about three years to complete
 

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