Category: Speciality Travel

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Mega Crown International Cruise Lines, LLP have surprised the cruise industry with the launch of the first of a new fleet of Extreme-Ultra-Mega cruise ships. Much to the amazement of others, their new ship, called Brobdingnagian,  has been  built in secret over the past six years at the Yatzmar Shipyards hidden deep within Kyrgyzstan. The […]

SkiHaus

SkiHaus

Ever wished you could have your own house on a mountain?   Well, with the SkiHaus from Horden Cherry Lee Architects, you can do just that.   This lightweight, all-aluminium structure weighs only 315kg and can be lifted into position by helicopter. Despite its relatively compact size, it can sleep 4 people (in bunk beds). […]

Qatar Airways notches up another award

Qatar Airways notches up another award

Qatar Airways has picked up yet another award: the Inflight Service Consistency Excellence Award  from Skytrax, the world’s leading air transport research organisation. Qatar Airways is growing at great speed and is one of only four airlines in the world ranked Five Star for service and excellence. The airline’s cabin crew have been voted the […]

Prada Beauty and Ritz-Carlton partnership

Prada Beauty and Ritz-Carlton partnership

Prada Beauty, a leader in scientifically advanced skin care, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a name synonymous with luxury and award-winning service, have joined forces to create a unique spa experience. Beginning  last month,  Prada Beauty treatments  are featured exclusively in all full-service Ritz-Carlton Spas in North America. Prada Beauty’s Special Care products are the […]

Bellagio birthday bash

Bellagio birthday bash

Robbie Williams allegedly splashed out £50,000 on a lavish birthday bash  at Las Vegas’s Bellagio  last week.  The British pop star  flew friends to the gambling capital of the world for a lavish celebration. He’ll be looking forward to the summer, too… the football (read soccer, if you’re from the US) mad Williams has organised […]

Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner

Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner

Yesterday, I mentioned Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas website, and today I’ve stumbled upon another great site of their’s. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner, put together by IQ Interactive, presents you with a wallet-like interface from which you can “pull out” individual items (eg. a postcard from Alaska) or “unzip” a compartment to access […]

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Carnival Freedom, will debut the line’s first-ever itinerary to the Greek Isles and Turkey as well as spectacular Mediterranean voyages. The luxury 110,000-ton vessel will commence its first season in March 2007 with a series of seven 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises. Carnival Freedom will also sail a total […]

Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas website

Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas website

Royal Caribbean have come up with a truly great website for their 3,600-passenger Freedom of the Seas vessel. It gives you a fascinating insight, with sections devoted to The Centrum, The Rockwall, Presidential Family Suite, The Flowrider, H2O Zone, and much, much more. The ship will be the world’s largest cruise vessel when it makes […]

What's next for Steve Fossett?

What’s next for Steve Fossett?

Having broken the record for the world’s longest non-stop flight in aviation history last week, what’s next for Steve Fossett? He already has a host of achievements, not only in flying aircraft, but also in hot air ballooning and sailing, so I guess it won’t stop here.   When asked what he wanted to do […]

Spa du Sureau, Oakhurst CA

Spa du Sureau, Oakhurst CA

The new Spa du Sureau in Oakhurst  opened  a  few months ago  at Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst. The spa is equipped with a Hydrostorm shower system (only the third of its kind in the US), as well as all the kinds of facilities you might expect.  Elderberries are very much in favour here – […]

Four Seasons Silicon Valley Hotel

Four Seasons Silicon Valley Hotel

The Four Seasons Silicon Valley Hotel began welcoming its first guests this month.   Located in up and coming East Palo Alto, it is located approximately 5 minutes from Stanford University and close to a number of Silicon Valley  technology companies such as Sun Microsystems, making it a likely choice for many business travellers. This […]

Aeroscraft: a flying luxury hotel

Aeroscraft: a flying luxury hotel

This might seem a pipe-dream at the moment, but imagine an aircraft that’s two football fields long. A kind of flying Queen Mary 2, if you like, where you can leisurely roam around as you fly to some far-flung destination. This perhaps far-fetched notion is the brainchild of Igor Pasternak, whose privately-funded California firm, Worldwide […]

New 148-foot expedition boat from Timmerman Yachts

New 148-foot expedition boat from Timmerman Yachts

Timmerman Yachts has unveiled its plans to build a new luxury 148-yacht capable of navigating the seas of the Arctic and Antarctic. This ocean-going  vessel is the flag carrier of the Timmerman collection. Its range allows it not only to cross the Atlantic Ocean but also to sail around the world with only five refueling […]

Norwegian Cruise Line leads the way in on-board dining

It used to be the case on cruise ships that strangers were thrown together randomly at dinner times in a huge dining room and were expected to make do with one another’s company. This has now changed – markedly. Not only is there flexibility in dining times, but the variety of quality of dining is […]

NEC Versa E3100 laptop

NEC Versa E3100 laptop

The new  NEC Versa E3100 is a very sleek laptop. In fact, it’s apparently the lightest 14″ widescreen unit in its class. It comes with a variety of specifications: your choice of Pentium M processor, 256MB RAM standard (upgradeable to 2GB), and a 40, 60 or 80 GB hard drive. Some models also include an […]

Hello! magazine's pick of the pistes

Hello! magazine’s pick of the pistes

With the Winter Olmypics now underway, Hello! magazine gives us their pick of the pistes. Chamnoix, Val d’Isère and the French resort of Tignes all get a special mention. Tignes has slopes galore for beginners, as well as more challenging runs for advanced boarders. They recommend you stay at the cosy converted farmhouse Chalet Trafalgar […]