Rainbow Travel Blog 11May10

BA to be hit by 20 days of strike action.

BritishAirways 

BRITISH AIRWAYS cabin crew are to hold a further 20 days of strike action, the Unite Union announced.

According to the union the airline’s management failed to offer any new proposals to settle the dispute.

The strikes are planned on May 18-22 inclusive, May 24-28 inclusive, May 30-June 3 inclusive and June 5-9 inclusive.
The seven days notice period could be sufficient time for BA management to do the sensible thing and reopen meaningful negotiations. Unfortunately the airline management, in a statement said that it is saddened but not surprised that Unite has announced further plans for extensive disruption for potentially hundreds of thousands of customers over a busy period that includes the May half-term holidays.

The airline’s statement reads:

“This decision has no semblance of justification. Unite’s officials continue to operate in their own world, showing callous disregard for our customers and their own members in all parts of our airline. We have made a very fair offer, which meets the concerns the union raised during 14 months of negotiations and also ensures that our crew remain the best rewarded in the UK airline industry. That offer remains available. We are confident that many crew will again ignore Unite’s pointless strike call and support the efforts of the rest of the airline to keep our customers flying.”

The airline said that it plans to operate all flights to and from Gatwick over the strike periods. Flights at London City will also be unaffected. At Heathrow BA plans to operate a substantial part of its longhaul schedule and there will be a number of daily flights to every destination across its shorthaul network.

The airline also said that it is in discussions with a number of carriers about leasing in extra aircraft to support its shorthaul schedule and also obtaining thousands of seats from other airlines to help customers rebook if their original flight is cancelled. In conclusion the airline said it will give more details four or five days before the strike is due to begin when it will announce the exact details of its revised Heathrow schedule.

Carnival announces the name of its new ship.

carnival cruises

CARNIVAL Cruise lines are excited to announce that the Carnival Breeze has been selected as the name for their brand-new ship which will join the fleet in spring 2012.

The 3,690-passenger cruise ship will be constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the current builder of the Carnival Magic (debuting in Europe May 1, 2011)

As the third ship in the Dream-class, guests can expect all the amenities on the Carnival Breeze that they’ve come to love on the Carnival Dream. Features include expansive, modern facilities for children and teens, a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, and The Lanai, an outdoor promenade featuring cantilevered whirlpools that extend over the ship’s sides.

Other features will include the popular WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide, and a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza. Carnival will also offer a wide range of staterooms to match your clients’ tastes and budgets, including deluxe ocean views with two-bathrooms and some family-friendly accommodations that feature five berths.

Carnival Breeze will be the 24th vessel in Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet, which operates three- to 15-day voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England and Europe.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada have issued the following updates on travel to
Sri Lanka.beach_sri_lanka

Warning level: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Canadians should exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Sri Lanka. Although the Sri Lankan Government has recently lifted some restrictions on travel, a nationwide state of emergency is still in effect. As a result, there is a heightened security force presence, including checkpoints, and roads may be closed on short notice.

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