The Beautiful Rocky Mountain Tour

Holidays – are they really to unwind?  Absolutely!  Holidays are to make us release from the everyday routines!  Holidays come in different styles for everyone – sun and beach holidays, adventure, culture, or escorted tours are to name but a few.  Why not try this adventure for your next holiday?

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Travelling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience. The all daylight rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel as it follows the historic rail routes constructed over 125 years ago, uniting the country from coast to coast. The entire train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure guests enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery, which includes glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and ferocious rivers. On all four Rocky Mountaineer rail routes, travellers experience exemplary guest service, for which the company is renowned.

 12 day tours from Vancouver to Calgary, Alberta and 9 day tours from Calgary to Vancouver. Come and experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains!  They are right here in our backyard!  Spectacular!

Black is Beautiful: A winning Combination

Air New Zealand has revealed the world’s largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted completely black. The new livery highlights the airline’s long-time sponsorship of the country’s recently crowned World Champion All Blacks rugby team.

All Blacks team players Kieran Read and Andy Ellis ceremonially led the one-of-a-kind Boeing 777-300ER aircraft out of Boeing’s paint hangar facility in Seattle last Friday night.
“It’s a sensational looking aircraft and will really turn heads at airports around the world,” said No. 8 loose forward Kieran Read.
“I reckon they should paint all their planes like this!”
All Blacks halfback Andy Ellis said “I always feel a huge amount of pride when I pull on the All Blacks jersey with the silver fern to represent my country on the rugby field and to see that replicated similarly on something this big is just awesome.”
According to Boeing, painting the aircraft took just over a week, two days longer than it normally takes to paint a 777 aircraft. 185 gallons (700 litres) of chrome-free primer and paint was used and involved a total of 14 painters working in shifts 24 hours a day.
“It was, without a doubt, one of the most challenging paint jobs we’ve ever done, but the paint team was up for the challenge and the results are absolutely outstanding.” said Jeff Klemann, Boeing vice president Everett Delivery Center. Contrary to popular belief, the black paint won’t cause the aircraft to heat up a great deal. In fact, the more than 330 individual TV screens inside the aircraft create more additional heat than the all black paint job.
By mid next year Air New Zealand will have six aircraft featuring the all black livery including two Airbus A320s and three Beech 1900D turbo-props.

 

Source:  David Tait

Carnval Inspiration launches year-round cruises from Long Beach

The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration has launched year-round short cruises from Long Beach, Calif. Carnival is offering a new choice on this popular itinerary which encompasses three-day cruises departing Fridays to Ensenada and four-day cruises departing Mondays to Ensenada and Catalina Island. Previously, this itinerary was operated by the Carnival Paradise, which has been redeployed to Tampa.

The 70,000-ton Inspiration underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment as part of the line’s “Evolutions of Fun” enhancement program and includes such innovations as a WaterWorks aqua park (with water slide, racing slides and a water spray area), a Serenity adults-only retreat and a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area. Carnival Inspiration also has a nine-hole miniature golf course, a 1,080-square-metre spa, a jogging track, and spacious facilities and supervised programming for children in three age groups.

Source:  Travel Press Weekly

Muppets to Debut on the Disney Fantasy

 

Guests on board the Disney Fantasy will be able to take part in a new interactive adventure game involving the Muppets.  The newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line is filled with “Enchanted Art” and technology designed to bring the guest into the story.  “The Case of the Stolen Show” leads guests around the ship in search of clues to solve a mystery.  In this adventure, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal are planning a big stage show, but they discover that their props are missing.  Guests will use a map and special game card to check out pieces of the Enchanted Art to find clues and uncover the whereabouts of the missing props.  Guests will even find a Muppets message board and a Muppet-sized stateroom door on board, containing clues to help solve the crime before curtain time for the big show.  This game, designed for ages nine and up, is self-paced and can be played over and over, as events and endings will change each time.

CELEBRITY CRUISES UNVEILS ITS FIRST EVER TWO-BEDROOM SUITE

New Celebrity Reflection to offer five Signatures Suites of 441-square-feet with floor to ceiling windows

Set to sail in the fall of 2012, Celebrity Cruises fifth member of the Solstice class, Celebrity Reflection, will offer a two-bedroom suite for the first time. Located in a private area of the ship’s 14th deck, Celebrity Reflection’s five Signature Suites each offer a 441-square-foot stateroom area and 118-square foot veranda, with floor-to-ceiling windows and veranda doors, all designed to maximize the views of the sea. Celebrity’s Signature Suites each can accommodate up to four guests, and will offer the 24/7 butler service.
The entire area – including the new Reflection Suite – features cardkey access exclusively for guests booked in the elite group of suites, such that a family or group of up to 26 guests traveling together can enjoy a private, six-suite modern luxury vacation experience.

5 star Fiji on sale – 10 days

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji is Denarau Island’s newest 5 star luxury beachfront Resort. Offering a myriad of resort facilities nestled around lagoon swimming pools and lush tropical gardens combined with warm genuine Fijian hospitality makes Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island is the perfect choice for pure relaxation, a family getaway or your next event. Your vacation,starting from just $1899 includes:
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji is Denarau Island’s newest 5 star luxury beachfront Resort

*Round Trip Air Pacific airfare Air Pacific – Vancouver/Nadi/Vancouver,

*Meet and Greet upon arrival & all transfers *10 nts Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island– includes 1 FREE night, FREE buffet breakfast daily

Prices are a per person based on double occupancy for travel to 31 Mar 2012 in economy class on Air Pacific. Not valid for travel 15 Dec 11 – 15 Jan 12, must be booked by 31 Dec 11.

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

One of this season’s highlights is ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle’ and the three part show which takes place each day.
This park icon is covered in freshly fallen ‘snow.’ The sparkling towers and turrets are a great backdrop for photos during the day and at night, the Disney magic begins.
Twilight brings the start of ‘When you Wish’. You’ll hear the wind blowing  and hear a little child wishing for snow. The mother responds with ‘in order for your wishes to come true, you must believe.’ With that, snow flurries fill the air and the castle begins to glisten.
Later in the evening is the “Believe…in Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular.” As the child again wishes for snow, magic and icicles, the snow falls again and Sleeping Beauty Castle becomes more illuminated. The grand finale follows the “When you Believe” fireworks. As ‘White Christmas’ is performed, icicles appear on the castle as snow falls on Main Street, New Orlean’s Square, small world mall and the snow on the castle becomes a jewel like display.
Other favorite traditions are back at Disneyland  Park. There’s the 60 foot Christmas Tree located in Town Square and the streets are trimmed with garland and wreaths with special events throughout the parks. Children will love decorating cookies on  Main Street and New Orleans Square . The cast of Characters are ready for Christmas and are sure to bring holiday cheer.

Believe….In   Holiday Magic Fireworks   Spectacular        During the Holidays, Disneyland’s   spectacular Holiday Fireworks show ends with a White Christmas as snow start to fall on Main Street U.S.A, New Orleans Square and it’s a small world.