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Hyatt’s new adult all-inclusive in Cancun

Hyatt has opened the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun in the Hotel Zone. The property features 307 rooms and standard room amenities include hot tubs, “spa-style” bathrooms with jetted showers, and minibars.

The resort boasts six restaurants and eight bars and lounges. Dining options include Teppanyaki, Mexican, seafood, gourmet and tapas restaurants. Bars include European style coffee house, a Tequileria & Cigar Club, a martini bar and wine bar. The property also boasts meeting space, a fitness center, ocean view swimming areas, and a lounge with pool tables.

Hyatt’s new family all-inclusive brand, Ziva, opened its first resort in Los Cabos on November 2013. The property features 619 rooms, eight restaurants, six bars and lounges and meeting space.

International News

A new way to discover Scotland’s scenic highlands

The BritRail Scottish Highlands Pass is a new rail pass valid for four travel days within eight days and provides a value option for customers looking to explore Scotland’s scenic highlands. The pass is ideal for discovering the highly praised West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig, exploring Scotland’s Far North Line which runs between Inverness and Thurso, and reaching the stunning isles of Skye and Mull by ferry. In addition, pass holders can take advantage of discounts on coach and ferry services.

Kenya boosts wildlife park fees for conservation funding

The Kenya Wildlife Service increased the fees for use of its game preserves to “keep up with the increasing demands for improved infrastructure for visitors and residents as well as maintaining the ecological integrity of the wildlife habitats within Kenya.”

The new fees, which will apply to all visitors through December 31, 2014, range from US$90 for Premium Parks, which include Amboseli and Nakuru, up from US$75 previously; to US$65 for Aberdare National Park and Kihari Gate, up from US$50; and US$25 for Sanctuaries, including Nairobi Orphanage, Kisumu Impala, Nairobi Safari Walk, up from US$20 and US$15.

Cruise News

James Taylor to perform aboard Queen Mary 2

Cunard Line will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Queen Mary 2 with two concerts by folk music legend James Taylor during the ship’s August 27, 2014, transatlantic voyage. Taylor and his band will perform aboard the 2,620-passenger ship’s eight-day crossing from New York to Southampton, England.

Crystal Cruises fares increase March 1

Fares aboard Crystal Cruises will increase on more than 120 voyages covering all destinations in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the next Book Now period between March 1 and April 30. The lowest available prices for cruise-only fares will begin at US$1,215 per person. Book by February 28 for the best available rates before the increase.

Crystal guests enjoy all-inclusive amenities and services including complimentary specialty restaurants, fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, plus gratuities for housekeeping, bar, dining and Penthouse butler staff and much more.

AmaWaterways donates art to seniors

AmaWaterways donated the art collection from AmaLegro to a retirement home in Normandy, France. Fifty-three reproductions of Impressionist paintings were delivered to the Residence Saint Jean retirement home in Bosc-le-Hard, a small village located 15 kilometers north of Rouen with about 1,500 residents.

AmaLegro operates seven-night “Paris & Normandy” cruises. “We’re so happy that this artwork will be put to good use, in a place where it can be enjoyed by so many people,” said a ship operations coordinator. “Life is much too short not to be surrounded by beautiful things.”

Air News

JetBlue named best low-cost airline

New York-based JetBlue Airways has been named the Best Low-Cost Airline – The Americas by, the travel website devoted to airline safety and product rating.

JetBlue received an Airline Excellence Awards for innovation and providing affordable and safe travel options to millions of travelers across North America, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Futuristic London airport proposed for island in middle of Thames

Many visitors are used to flying over the Thames before they land in London. Within less than 10 years, they could be touching down at an island airport in the middle of the river itself.

A futuristic-looking, six-runway airport on an artificial island has been proposed at a location off the Isle of Sheppey, around 80 kilometers from the center of the city. The plan has been projected to cost £47 billion (US$76 billion) and to take seven years. With Heathrow running at 99 percent capacity, the capital needs more runways. The mid-river location is intended to avoid adding to the aviation noise pollution already bedeviling London.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes in custom-designed tours, cruises and travel for couples, singles, and groups of friends. Save time and money when Perfect Journeys does the work for you. Perfect Journey’s next small group tour is “Argentina & Chile for Wine Lovers” in October 2014.

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Sources: Travel Pulse, ACP Rail, Cunard Line, Crystal Cruises, AMA Waterways, CNN Travel, Indus Travels


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