Revamped hotels, brand new tours kicking off and extra flight routes. There's always something happening in the world of travel. From new cruise departures setting sail from Adelaide to more flights than ever before jetting off to the USA, get the latest right here before you decide on your next holiday.
Air New Zealand has announced new direct flights to Manila, commencing in December. As the only non-stop service between New Zealand and the Philippines, the flights will potentially save travellers more than two hours of travel time each way. The new flights are expected to operate three times a week using Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The addition of Manila brings Air New Zealand’s international destinations to 32.
Qantas is increasing flights to Texas, adding an extra daily service to Dallas. Currently serviced by Airbus 380 aircraft, the new addition will mean the Sydney-Dallas non-stop service will operate daily. The airline will also be boosting its Sydney-San Francisco flights to daily service over the busy December-January period. During the Christmas holidays, the daily Sydney-Los Angeles service will also be upgraded to an Airbus A380 every day.
Princess Cruises have set their sights on South Australia, with the unveiling of their very first cruise from Adelaide in the 2017-18 season. The Golden Princess will depart from Adelaide’s shores as part of a 17-night cruise to New Zealand, making stops in Melbourne, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga and Auckland. Princess Cruises will also be making maiden visits to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln as part of select cruise itineraries to and from Melbourne.
APT has released two new itineraries for 2017, offering travellers the chance to pay their respects at the battlefields of the Western Front in northern France. Designed to commemorate the centenary of the WWI battles, travellers will visit significant sites including Vimy Ridge and Fromelles. The 20-day Western Front ANZAC Dawn Service tour combines a seven-night Rhone river cruise with a seven-night Seine river cruise, in addition to a five-night land journey through France and Belgium. The second itinerary, the 22-day Battlefields of France, includes an in-depth six-night land journey through Northern France, one night in Belgium and a 14-night Europe river cruise.
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Qatar Airways is now offering Australia’s very first Airbus A350 commercial service with new Doha-Adelaide flights. The impressive aircraft boasts 36 spacious business class fully-flat seats, each with a 17-inch personal screen and 247 economy seats. The cabin also features a stylish walk-up bar for business class guests. The daily flight will arrive from Doha at 4.25pm and depart at 9.30pm. The new service is expected to increase tourism and also provide a direct freight route for South Australian produce.
Virgin Australia has debuted their new business class experience on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, on their Sydney-Los Angeles route. The aircraft boasts 37 new business class seats, each one offering direct-aisle access, a wide fully-flat bed and a generous18-inch screen with over 300 hours of entertainment. Business class guests will also enjoy an elegantly designed business class bar with additional lounge seating. The new business class evolution will be progressively rolled out across Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 fleet this year.
Situated just minutes from Port Villa town, The Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu has reopened its doors after a major revitalisation. Boasting exclusive lagoon frontage, family-style accommodation and romantic overwater villas, the resort is a peaceful haven for sun seekers. Kids are also welcome with a special stay and eat free deal for those under 12 years old. The resort was closed for 15 months after Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Royal Caribbean International will be expanding their Caribbean itineraries from the New York area in 2017, with two ships to call Cape Liberty home. Rhapsody of the Seas will be joining Anthem of the Seas, sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. Sister ship to Australia’s Ovation of the Seas, Anthem also boasts ground-breaking technology and innovative features as expected from Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships. Rhapsody of the Seas will sail the Bahamas, while Anthem of the Seas will head to Bermuda in the summer and the Caribbean year round.
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