Monthly Archives: May 2012

3 Greek Travel Myths that might surprise you!

Consumers warned against independent trips to Greece.

Greece More Expensive Than You Think

1. Greece is still more expensive for a one-week holiday than Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France and Egypt.

2. Greece ranked as only the 10th cheapest country for a seven-day holiday, including flights.

3.  In a recent pole Greece came out more expensive than even Iceland and Japan.

A consumer watchdog is urging holidaymakers considering trips to Greece to book packages to ensure their money is protected if the country exits the eurozone this summer.

Which? is warning its readers that packages booked through  tour operators are a safer bet than booking flights and accommodation separately, said a report in the Telegraph newspaper in the U.K.

It went on to say that holidaymakers who do book independent trips should pay by credit card, so they will be guaranteed refunds if things do go wrong, and to buy travel insurance with supplier failure cover.

A senior economist last week warned that tourists visiting Greece could face fuel and food shortages if the country defaults on its debt and abandons the euro, which prompted the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises to highlight the value for money available to holidaymakers.

It is hoping that recent price reductions by hoteliers and restaurants will lure more tourists who might otherwise be put off by Greece’s financial and political instability.

However, a survey by travel search website Skyscanner today revealed that Greece is still more expensive for a one-week holiday than Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France and Egypt.

Greece ranked as only the 10th cheapest country for a seven-day holiday, including flights. When Skyscanner looked at the daily cost of living, it came in 17th place, making it more expensive than even Iceland and Japan.

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Thanks Juice FM for this photo of 1st ho

Thanks Juice FM for this photo of 1st home port cruise liner since 1972 #Liverpool today http://ow.ly/be5OG

“Liverpool famous for #Beatles now famo

“Liverpool famous for #Beatles now famous for #FredOlsen cruises http://ow.ly/bcuxi

Next time you walk across that famous #B

Next time you walk across that famous #Beatles #AbbeyRd crossing walk the opposite way, it might be financially viable http://ow.ly/bbgiG

Rainbow Travel is always looking for way

Rainbow Travel is always looking for ways to make our clients flying experience easy, thanks Frommers. http://ow.ly/bbg7Z

WESTJET LAUNCHES UNACCOMPANIED MINOR PROGRAM

Now Canada’s favourite airline offers service for children travelling alone within Canada.

Westjet Unaccompanied Minor

WestJet  has launched a new unaccompanied minor program following feedback from guests encouraging the airline to unveil a service that allows children to travel alone.
Effective immediately, children can travel without a parent or guardian. The program is required for children between the ages of eight and 11 and optional for children ages 12 to 17.
Under the unaccompanied minor program, a fee of $100 per child, per flight, will be added to the fare paid.
For this fee, the child will remain in the care of WestJetters from the time they board the aircraft until they are met by a parent or guardian on arrival. On flights with live seatback television, unaccompanied minors will receive a set of regular earbuds. On routes with buy-on-board service, children will also receive a free sandwich or other buy-on-board items.
WestJet will accept unaccompanied minors on WestJet-operated domestic flights that are non-stop or flights that do not require a change of aircraft. This service is not available on connecting flights, flights operated by codeshare or interline partners or on WestJet Vacations and WestJet Vacations group bookings.
WestJet’s guardian fare program, which allows a guardian to accompany a child on their flight, will remain available for booking and can be used for flights that do not qualify under the unaccompanied minor program.
Restrictions apply to a child’s eligibility and full details can be found at westjet.com/childrenstravelprogram.

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Congratulations #Liverpool on getting Cr

Congratulations #Liverpool on getting Cruise Port status http://ow.ly/b50OP

“Liverpool’s patience looks to have pa

“Liverpool’s patience looks to have paid off, #lLiverpool, home of #Beatles about to get cruise port status http://ow.ly/b4UIL

Found this photo of #Beatles in #Seattle

Found this photo of #Beatles in #Seattle fishing from a window in suite 272 thanks to The Edgewater Hotel, 21Aug1964 http://ow.ly/aPttc

Five things you’ll love about the new Disney Fantasy

Five things you’ll love about the new Disney Fantasy

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http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/03/disney-fantasy-ship-five-things/660347/1

I can’t help feeling a tinge of excitement which started with this article on the new Disney Fantasy, thanks to The Cruise Log by Gene Sloane.

Vancouver was home port for the Disney Magic back in 2011 for the first time to Alaska, the news was even more shocking when Disney announced that they were switching home port to Seattle. Strange enough before the Seattle 2012 season got underway Disney reversed their decision for 2013 and announced that they were reverting back to Vancouver.

I think the Vancouver itinerary is superior to what Seattle can offer, my hope is that from 2013 onwards Disney keep Vancouver as home port.

So the Vancouver Alaska 2013 season begins May 27, 2013, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

These cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Disney Cruise Line worked closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska’s natural beauty and rich history.

Rates for seven-night Alaska cruises departing from Vancouver start at around $1,015 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Seven-night Alaska:

Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

Departure dates: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2

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