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  • pinitbutton Hella Jongerius to Revamp KLMs World Class Business Cabins   Travel News
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Hella Jongerius, Dutch top designer and Erik Varwijk, Managing Director KLM on the famous ‘polder sofa’ in the KLM-hangar, in front of a Boeing 747-400.

Leading Dutch Designer Joins Forces with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines


With a goal to create an entirely new look and feel for its World Business Class cabins, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which merged with Air France in 2004, has hired leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. In addition to designing the fleet’s cabin interiors, Jongerius will shape the full-flat seats, combining comfort and beauty as she did with her signature “polder sofa.” Jongerius says, “The challenge is one of safeguarding individual comfort in amiable settings using innovations. In so doing, I can optimally combine traditional details and my industrial textile and color skills with high-tech functionality.” Continue reading “Hella Jongerius to Revamp KLM’s World Class Business Cabins – Travel News” »



  • pinitbutton Tourcrafters Spanish Cuisine Package   Travel Special
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An aerial view of Barcelona

Embark on a Culinary Adventure with Tourcrafters’ Tribute to Spanish Cuisine


Featuring meals rather than monuments, Tourcrafters’ seven-night Spanish Cuisine Package invites travelers to discover the culture and history of Spain through its cuisine.


Catalan and Basque chefs have long been lauded for their mastery, and it is this expertise that is the highlight of this tasty package. Along with three nights at Hotel Front Maritim in Barcelona, two nights at Hotel Husa Jardines de Albia in Bilbao and two nights at Hotel Intur Palacio San Martin in Madrid, this package features the following culinary experiences Continue reading “Tourcrafters’ Spanish Cuisine Package – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton Oceania Cruises Launches the Riviera   Travel News
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Oceania Cruises' Riviera

A New Contender Joins the Upscale Cruise Market


With this month’s maiden voyage of the Riviera, boutique cruise line Oceania Cruises increased its fleet to four luxury ships. Sailing from Venice to Athens, the ten-day “Pearls of the Aegean” introduced a new contender in the upscale cruise market. Following a gala christening ceremony in Barcelona, the 1,250-guest Riviera debuted just sixteen months after the launch of her sister ship, Marina. The new ship even has its own godmother — Cat Cora, the American chef, restaurateur and co-host of Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates.” This pairing is apt, since the Riviera has been specially designed for epicureans and features ten dining venues, including a French bistro from Jacques Pépin. Continue reading “Oceania Cruises Launches the Riviera – Travel News” »



  • pinitbutton Perillo Tours 9 Day Sicily Vacation   Travel Special
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Ancient Greeks built the Temple of Concordia in Agrigento, Sicily in the 5th century BC

Savor the Splendid Culture, Cuisine and Architecture of Sicily


Sicily boasts a melting pot of cultural influences. To showcase the country’s exotic architecture, unique cuisine and “old country” culture, Perillo Tours has crafted the eclectic Splendid Sicily Package, which includes the following experiences:

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  • pinitbutton Waldorf Astoria Brand Continues Worldwide Expansion   Travel News
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A room at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City

The Legendary Waldorf Astoria Brand Makes Plans to Travel the World


There are few hotels in the world more iconic than The Waldorf=Astoria. A Manhattan institution, it is said to be the first hotel to have offered room service, it’s the birthplace of the Waldorf salad, and Marilyn Monroe famously lived in its sumptuous digs for months. Under its parent company, Hilton, the Waldorf Astoria brand is making plans for an aggressive expansion that will bring its signature style to major cities around the globe. Continue reading “Waldorf Astoria Brand Continues Worldwide Expansion – Travel News” »



  • pinitbutton The Rubens at the Palace Harry Potter Experience   Travel Special
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The Victorian-era Leadenhall Market, one of the Harry Potter filming locations on the tour

The Rubens at the Palace Welcomes Harry Potter Fans


The Harry Potter film series may have finished in 2011, but that doesn’t mean fans need to put their wands into storage. With The Rubens at the Palace’s Harry Potter Experience, the magic continues as fellow wizards (and their families) discover many of the landmark London sites featured on the big screen.


The Harry Potter Experience begins after a hearty complimentary breakfast, when a black cab with a qualified driver picks you up at the hotel, not far from the Ministry of Magic. You’ll then enjoy an amazing three-hour guided tour of the London locations used in all eight films, including ‘Platform 9 ¾’, Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron and the Victorian Leadenhall Market. You can also check out Gringotts Wizarding Bank and follow the route of the Knight Bus before discovering that Brockdale Bridge is in one piece and that you can walk across it.

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  • pinitbutton Sir Richard Branson to Open the First Virgin Hotel in Chicago   Travel News
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Virgin Hotels logo

Virgin Brand Continues to Expand


With the opening of PUBLIC Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago and Longman & Eagle, the Windy City seems determined to prove itself as the new mecca for hot hotel openings. This reputation is cemented with the announcement that Sir Richard Branson’s first Virgin Hotel is set to begin construction this May. Taking over the 1928 Old Dearborn Bank building, the sure-to-be-hip hotel will include 250 rooms, a pool and a rooftop venue — with terrific views, we assume, given the location. Continue reading “Sir Richard Branson to Open the First Virgin Hotel in Chicago – Travel News” »



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  • pinitbutton “Dream” Big with Carnival
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Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009

Size Matters on Carnival Cruise’s Dream


by Patricia Mack


The music plays, the drinks flow and Port Canaveral, FL — The Dream’s modern and ever expanding home port — fades from view as the massive ship gets underway for a seven-day Caribbean cruise. There are lots of revelers on board and the ship, one of the largest in Carnival’s fleet, has a lively staff to entertain them with everything from the hoary “hairy chest contest” to “Cupid Shuffle” dance lessons — and that’s just in the first 30 minutes of the voyage.

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  • pinitbutton Bostons The Colonnade Hotel Overnight Romance Escape   Travel Special
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Boston's The Colonnade Hotel rooftop pool

Romance is in the Air at Boston’s Colonnade Hotel


With today’s hectic schedules and busy couples in mind, Boston’s The Colonnade Hotel has created a great opportunity to slip away and savor an intimate overnight escape for two.


When it comes to couples in need of a little time away, The Colonnade Hotel has just the thing in the form of its Overnight Romance Escape Package. Think dinner à deux, roses, Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries — all intended to help you rekindle the flame or perhaps ignite a few new sparks. Continue reading “Boston’s The Colonnade Hotel Overnight Romance Escape – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton Nobu Hotel to Open in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas   Travel News

Hollywood Meets Haute Cuisine at a Much-Anticipated Las Vegas Hotel


Nobu Matsuhisa‘s name graces many fine restaurants from coast to coast, including his flagship restaurants, Matsuhisa in Los Angeles, Nobu New York and Nobu Las Vegas. Now the Japanese chef’s name is going on a Las Vegas hotel. “The idea of a Nobu hotel has always excited me,” says Robert De Niro, an early investor in Nobu’s restaurants. Continue reading “Nobu Hotel to Open in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – Travel News” »



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