CRUISE – PRIDE OF AMERICA

Pride of America will once again offer thoroughly immersive itineraries and deeply authentic experiences that support business and tourism in Hawai’i, while providing travellers with everything they seek from a vacation in paradise. NCL CEO Harry Sommer PRIDE OF AMERICA’S HAWAII RETURN NORWEGIAN Cruise Line has taken another step in its post-pandemic recovery with PrideContinue reading “CRUISE – PRIDE OF AMERICA”

NEWS – VIRTUOSO’S BEST

Virtuoso is the leading global network of agencies speciaising in luxury and experiential travel, with moer than 20,000 advisors. We partner with over 1,800 of the world’s best companies such as hotels, cruise lines, tour operators and more. Virtuoso website VIRTUOSO CROWNS ITS VERY BEST VIRTUOSO – the global network of agencies specialising in luxuryContinue reading “NEWS – VIRTUOSO’S BEST”

NEWS – HILTON’S HAUL

2019 is turning out to be a very big year for the luxury brands in the Hilton stable, setting a new record after a century in the hospitality business HILTON’S BIG HOTEL HAUL HILTON has announced the company will open more luxury hotels in 2019 than during any other year in the iconic hospitality brand’sContinue reading “NEWS – HILTON’S HAUL”

CRUISE – NORWEGIAN JOY

A $70 million renovation transforms Norwegian Joy before she embarks on new adventures and new itineraries carrying passengers from Seattle to the scenic sightseeing spots around Alaska NORWEGIAN’S NEW JOY IT’S not rare for a cruise ship, particularly a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, to receive a $70 million renovation, boats that have been bobbing onContinue reading “CRUISE – NORWEGIAN JOY”

HOTEL – THE MARK

A favourite New York hotel has a quirky new mealtime option with The Mark now offering on-the-go guests the chance to pick up a packed lunch. THE Mark, the Big Apple property described as “New York’s most boldly lavish hotel”, has a new lunch offering for guests with Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten now packing aContinue reading “HOTEL – THE MARK”

Grand Canyon FAQ …

→ Destination experts share helpful hints on visiting America’s iconic Grand Canyon … THE Grand Canyon snakes 450km through the heart of America but ask a traveller to point out this great natural wonder on a map and most are mystified about its actual location. The big attraction of Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park –Continue reading “Grand Canyon FAQ …”

DC gets some Moxy …

CONSERVATIVE Washington DC just got a big dose of cool with the opening of the brand-spanking new Moxy property. The Moxy DC occupies an historic building on K Street that dates back to the 1870s and celebrates industrial style — the media release announcing the opening says it’s “where style meets function” — with polished concreteContinue reading “DC gets some Moxy …”

Portland adds Porter …

→ The heart of Portland is home to The Porter, and the address wears the Curio Collection by Hilton name … DOWNTOWN Portland is the place to find Oregon’s newest place to stay with The Porter the 50th address to open under the innovative Curio Collection by Hilton brand which celebrates “one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts”. “Inspired byContinue reading “Portland adds Porter …”

New York’s best boutique hotels …

WHEN it comes to New York accommodation there’s something to satisfy every travel whim – from budget boltholes to international icons – but it’s the new breed of boutique beauties that most excite savvy travellers. Escape the Big Apple tourist trail and book a hotel in one of the city’s five lively boroughs, where you’llContinue reading “New York’s best boutique hotels …”

NYC hotels with cool rooftop pools …

PICTURE this. You’ve spent a sweltering summer’s day exploring the Big Apple, soaking up the buzz in this biggest of big cities, and now it’s time to retreat to your New York accommodation to refresh and recharge for a night gallivanting about the city that never sleeps. Forget about lowering your core temperature with aContinue reading “NYC hotels with cool rooftop pools …”

Record LA travel stats …

LOS Angeles set a new record for visitors in 2016 with 47.3 million travellers stopping in the California city during the past year. That number is 1.7 million visitors more than 2015 – an increase of 3.8 per cent from the previous 12 months – with the new tourism records set for overall domestic andContinue reading “Record LA travel stats …”

Go-to Vancouver travel guide …

VANCOUVER has long been a hot spot for Australian travellers using the cosmopolitan west-coast settlement as a launching place to explore the vast maple-leaf land sprawling to the north and east. But there’s so much to British Columbia’s biggest city, an energetic metropolis made up of dynamic neighbourhoods each boasting a unique personality, it’s worthContinue reading “Go-to Vancouver travel guide …”

Norwegian sets sail for Alaska bliss …

NORWEGIAN Cruise Lines is taking the next step in Alaskan cruising by unveiling plans for a new ship designed with just that remote corner of the planet in mind. The Norwegian Bliss, a vessel capable of carrying 4000 guests, will be “the first cruise ship custom built to explore America’s icy north with features andContinue reading “Norwegian sets sail for Alaska bliss …”

How to La La Land …

LOS Angeles is the first port of call for most Aussies jumping the Pacific to North America – flights zoom off to locations around the US, Canada and Central America from LAX – but there are plenty of reasons for travellers to stay put. Beaches, for one. The southern Californian city, America’s second largest byContinue reading “How to La La Land …”

To market for LA eats…

MY first Los Angeles meal is dinner at the over-hyped restaurant of an overexposed reality star and not only are we packed in like sardines but it’s so dark we need iPhones to illuminate the menu and so noisy we have to shout. Breakfast the next day is at a glitzy hotel, where suspicious attendantsContinue reading “To market for LA eats…”

New tracks in 2016 …

AUSSIE travellers are always enthusiastic about going off the beaten track but a lack of transport, absence of accommodation, or scant supply of tours often make it hard to plan a holiday. However, new air routes, hotels, ferry services and guided tours mean some quiet corners of the planet – as far-flung as the ArcticContinue reading “New tracks in 2016 …”

Aussie dining in La La Land…

FINDING somewhere to eat in LA can be an intimidating prospect, especially for first-time visitors. A tip is to rely on the hotel concierge — they can make recommendations and reservations — while a second option is simply sticking to the green and gold with a gaggle of Aussies chefs and restaurateurs making their markContinue reading “Aussie dining in La La Land…”

Where to wander …

THERE are more ways than ever to explore a holiday destination – trams, horse-drawn carts, Segways, vintage cars, bicycles – but there are some streets that should be seen on foot so pack your walking shoes and prepare to pound the pavement. Budapest Budapest’s Andrassy Ut stretches 2.5km from Heroes Square to Erzsebet Square withContinue reading “Where to wander …”

Seeing Southern California …

FOR most Aussies travellers visiting Los Angeles, the obvious sightseeing options involve following the tourist trail to West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or Disney’s Anaheim. But the City of Angels serves as a gateway to southern California where there are loads of other places to see. 1.  Santa Barbara rests at the heart ofContinue reading “Seeing Southern California …”

NYC winter magic …

THERE’S something magical about New York City when a fresh layer of snow covers the ground, Central Park’s trees are bare, skaters glide around Bryant Park’s ice rink, beat police rug up against the chill, and steam rises from vents in the Fifth Avenue footpath. December, January, February and March mark the Big Apple’s quietContinue reading “NYC winter magic …”

Lands of the midnight sun …

THE northern lights get all the glory but the midnight sun is an Arctic Circle wonder that makes it worth venturing to the planet’s far north when the climate is agreeable. “Much is written about seeing the northern lights but lazing under the midnight sun is equally cathartic,’’ says travel photographer David Evans, who willContinue reading “Lands of the midnight sun …”

Hotels fit for royalty …

THE Empire Hotel in Brunei isn’t the only hotel boasting a link to royalty – the destination’s most luxurious place to stay is funded by a senior member of the country’s ruling royal family – with inns from the African jungle to the Arctic Circle offering an experience good enough for the most important ofContinue reading “Hotels fit for royalty …”

Hotels with history …

THERE’S a trend in Melbourne – well, a mini trend, at least – with the Victorian capital’s newest hotels moving into territory that once served a different purpose. The shiny new Sheraton Melbourne Hotel (below) sits on the Little Collins St site of the bygone Naval and Military Club, a 127-year-old institution that once counted SirContinue reading “Hotels with history …”

Eveleigh the place to be …

A TRIO of Australians opened Eveleigh on the Sunset Strip in California’s West Hollywood back in 2010 with the restaurant winning rave reviews from locals and visitors alike in the years since. The restaurant is now such a local icon, consistently doing it’s own thing rather than trying to set trends in a district thatContinue reading “Eveleigh the place to be …”

On a mission in SF …

THE agreeable Californian settlement of San Francisco, which has grown on the shores of the bay since the first Spaniards put down roots in 1769, occupies a land area of only 121sq km, which means it’s easy for visitors to explore. An assortment of charismatic neighbourhoods stretching from North Beach and Chinatown to Haight-Ashbury andContinue reading “On a mission in SF …”

Riding the rails …

FROM The Oriental Express to the Rocky Mountaineer, the romance of train journeys have long captured the imaginations of travellers the world over. We’ve chosen the top ten rail experiences that will bring out the explorer in you. 1. Peru’s Andean Explorer (below) takes 10 hours to rattle from Cuzco to Puno, making for aContinue reading “Riding the rails …”

Majesty of northern light …

IT’S the middle of the night and I’m gazing at a sky heavy with stars sparkling like tiny searchlights. I’ve been waiting an hour for the mystical Northern Lights to appear and I’m beginning to fear disappointment when a subtle swirl of silver appears on the horizon. The colour suddenly shoots across the black, spreadingContinue reading “Majesty of northern light …”

Busy in Bean Town …

→ Planning a visit to Bean Town? Here’s everything you need to know … BOSTON isn’t the biggest city on America’s east coast – and it’s certainly not the most famous – but the Massachusetts capital is punching above its weight thanks to a huge dose of history, world-famous university and sports teams, likeable neighbourhoods,Continue reading “Busy in Bean Town …”

On the run in New York …

WELL before dawn on November 1, 2015, a team of New York police and city officials will quietly close the Queensboro Bridge. On any other day of the year this famous span, stretching 2.27km across the East River to connect Manhattan’s urban canyons with the suburban streets in Queens, is busy with vehicles moving betweenContinue reading “On the run in New York …”

Karrat Fjord …

Where …  Karrat Fjord, on Greenland’s west coast When …  August 22, 2012 What … Baby icebergs, that have just been calved from glaciers inside the Arctic Circle, float in the still water of Karrat Fjord before making their way into the Davis Strait and eventually south to the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the official GreenlandContinue reading “Karrat Fjord …”