Friday, 29 August 2014

Single cruise charges axed

Growing demand from solo travellers has persuaded Quark Expeditions to drop its single supplement for some cabins aboard Ocean Endeavour – a forthcoming addition to its Antarctica expedition fleet. The move means significant savings. Following a major makeover the 199 passenger ship will make 12 voyages starting late next year. The company says there will be a special on board focus on fitness, with passengers being offered the option of healthy meals, yoga and stretching classes and a massage therapy session.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tourist attractions fail disabled visitors


Britain’s top tourist attractions still have some way to go before catering fully for disabled people, according to a new survey. The charity Vitalise said just under half of the country’s 100 most visited attractions responded to its request for basic accessibility information. Of the 52 that did reply 63% said they were not completely accessible for wheelchair users, 25% had no parking places for disabled drivers or passengers, on 13% had trained staff in disability awareness and 26% hadn’t put relevant information on their web sites. Chief Executive, Chris Simmonds, commented: "The results of our survey show too many of Britain's tourist attractions are not taking accessibility seriously. That has got to improve. But, just as importantly, these venues need to work just as hard on how they communicate essential accessibility information to people with disabilities. Our own research shows two thirds of disabled people decide against visiting attractions because of a lack of clear information about how accessible it is."

Friday, 22 August 2014

Floating hotel for Royal yacht visitors

A ship will be converted into a floating hotel to be moored next to the former royal yacht Britannia, now a tourist attraction in Edinburgh's port of Leith. The MV Windsor Castle, was launched in 1963, the last ship built by the Blythswood Shipbuilding Company in Glasgow. After a conversions costing nearly £1m the hotel is scheduled to open with 25 rooms in Spring 2016.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Asia flight pass cuts fares

The SkyTeam airline group has launched a round Asia pass allowing travellers to undercut the price of booking with individual carriers. As an example it cites an itinerary starting in Guangzhou, China, and taking in Sydney, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei and Seoul, which costs €2029. Bought separately from airlines belonging to the alliance it would cost €2664. Passengers can buy passes in three mileage bands of 13,000, 17,000 and 21,00 and itineraries could include destinations as diverse as Uzbekistan and the Maldives. They can be booked through travel agents or direct with any of the 20 SkyTeam  members.