Princess reveals name of fifth Royal-Class ship

As Princess Cruises’ fleet expansion continues, the premium international cruise line revealed the name of the ship it will launch in 2020 – Enchanted Princess.

 

Enchanted Princess is scheduled to debut on June 15, 2020 sailing on a series of European voyages. Bookings for her maiden season, Summer 2020, will open on November 8, 2018.

“The name Enchanted Princess is captivating and conveys the elegance and grace of our new ship which will introduce more travellers to the pleasures and value of cruising,” said Jan Swartz president of Princess Cruises. “We are certain Enchanted Princess will exceed the expectations of our guests, ensuring they have the most memorable cruise holiday.”

Ms Swartz said Princess has the strongest pipeline of premium new ship builds in the world. The arrival of Enchanted Princess will be followed by the debut of the sixth Royal-Class vessel for Princess Cruises in 2022. The cruise line also has two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ships on order, bringing its new ship order to five ships in six years.

Construction of the 143,700-ton, 3,660-passenger Enchanted Princess will take place in the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard with the ship set to feature an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s previous Royal-Class ships.

Princess Cruises currently operates a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, sailing voyages around the globe. Enchanted Princess is a sister ship to four other Royal-Class ships in thecruise line’s fleet – Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess (joining the fleet in October 2019).

Source: Princess Cruises


Qantas Releases Video To Celebrate The Spirit Of Australia

Qantas has joined with its partners – including sports teams, Olympians and Paralympians, and leaders in the arts – in a new video celebrating the importance of diversity to national life.

The 60 second video opens with actor and Qantas Ambassador Hugh Jackman on Maroubra Beach, talking about the Australian spirit and “standing up for a fair go”.

It then moves on to feature a range of talented Australians representing groups that Qantas has worked with for many years, standing together in celebration of inclusion and diversity. They include:

  • Indigenous leader, Qantas Ambassador and former AFL player, Adam Goodes at a NAIDOC week celebration at Qantas head office.
  • Athletes from several Qantas sport partners, including Rugby Australia, Football Federation of Australia, Cricket Australia, Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committees:
    • National teams the Qantas Wallabies, and Matildas and Socceroos
    • Australia’s champion mixed Wheelchair Rugby Team taking on the Olympic Gold Medal winning Australian Women’s 7’s Rugby team
    • Members of the Australian men and women’s cricket teams playing a game of beach cricket
    • Defence Force veteran and Paralympian Curtis McGrath
    • Olympic swimmer Bronte Campbell swimming with Paralympian Ellie Cole
  • Indigenous dance company Bangarra and members of the Australian Ballet
  • Qantas Indigenous School Based Trainees and students from Australian Indigenous Education Foundation program
  • Qantas staff celebrating Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, which the airline has supported for over 25 years
  • Singer Bernard Fanning providing vocals to the song underpinning the video.

The video is part of the national carrier’s longstanding support for equality and inclusion – something it has championed through gender diversity (including encouraging more women to train for traditionally male dominated aviation roles), Indigenous reconciliation and support for LGBTI issues.

Qantas Group Executive, Vanessa Hudson, said: “We carry over 50 million people a year from all walks of life. And we have over 30,000 people working at Qantas who represent a cross section of the community. We don’t all think, look or act the same and that’s a huge asset. This video is about celebrating the strength that comes from diversity and why it’s one of the great things about the kind of place Australia is.”

The video will be screened during the Bledisloe match between Australia v New Zealand on 18 August on Fox Sports, thanks to Rugby Australia, as well as at the stadium to an audience of up to 80,000 people. It will also appear across social media channels for Qantas as well as several of the sporting bodies involved, and screen on board Qantas flights.

Comment from Rugby Australia CEO, Raelene Castle: “One of the great things about rugby is that it brings together people from all sorts of backgrounds and it shows how they can all unite. We’re proud to support Qantas in celebrating why diversity and inclusion matter.”

Comment from Australian Paralympic Committee CEO, Lynne Anderson: The Australian Paralympic Committee is passionate about diversity and inclusion. We believe in the power of sport to positively lead change in the community. We are proud of our partnership with Qantas and to stand with them as they celebrate equality.”  

Comment from Adam Goodes: “As a Qantas Ambassador since 2013 I continue to proudly stand up with Qantas and support their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in Australia and celebrating the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people this great nation.” 

Comment from Bernard Fanning: “I’ve never been involved in an ad before but think this is such a pivotal time in Australian culture for ideas that promote fairness. I think it’s really significant that such an iconic Australian company and so many prominent Australians would promote the ideas of diversity, equality and inclusion in such a public way. Standing up for the vulnerable and disadvantaged should be a fundamental part of all societies.” 

Comment from David McAllister, Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet: “Australia is such a vibrant, creative place because we celebrate difference. The Australian Ballet is pleased to stand with Qantas in support of inclusion.”

Source: Qantas


Numarine Australian Launch

Internationally acclaimed Numarine performance motor yachts are available in Australia for the first time as the company makes its debut in Sydney.

An elite class of motor yachts of a level never before seen in this country, Numarine is renowned for unrivalled expertise in creating custom built pleasure craft which are both technically superior and aesthetically stunning.

Now your chance to own one has arrived – and VIP Australia is now holding fortnightly previews of the first Numarine in the country at Sydney Superyacht Marina Rozelle. Numarine was established in 2002 by Turkish entrepreneur Ömer Malaz whose desire was to create the perfect motor yacht with unmatched performance, safety, space and comfort.

“From my own experience spending leisure time with my family on board various types of motor yachts, I always felt there was something missing, I was always wanting more and our needs were never satisfied,” Omer says.

Omer set about delivering motor yachts with ultimate levels of performance, economy and range requirements, a task which required exhaustive research and resulted in Numarine’s ground-breaking technology.

Numarine employs construction techniques adapted from the aviation and racing industries that result extreme weight saving and unrivalled strength.

Yachts are outfitted with an abundance of amenities and conveniences and clients have the ability to customise their vessels as they wish. An in-house design team works with owners to create the perfect configuration and décor to exactly suit their needs. There are no compromises.

Be it a striking and unique exterior colour scheme or full-blown re-configuration of an interior layout, Numarine’s clients can have their desires fulfilled.

Numarine is now the number one choice for discerning owners around the world who value individualism and want to stand out from the crowd.

“Something Different” Numarine!

Source: Numarine


Qantas To Deliver $3 Million In Drought Relief

Qantas, together with its customers, will donate $3 million to help provide relief to Australia’s drought affected farming communities.

The national carrier has today announced a partnership with charity Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries and mental health counsellors for farming communities struggling to survive the worst drought conditions parts of Australia have seen in decades.

The program includes an immediate $1 million cash donation by Qantas to Rural Aid, followed by a number of Qantas and Jetstar appeal initiatives to raise another $1 million with the help of customers. Qantas will then match these fundraising efforts, with the aim of providing the charity with a total donation of $3 million by the end of 2018.

Among the fundraising initiatives:

  • Two special fundraising charter flights from Sydney to Longreach and Tamworth in October. These will be operated by volunteer Qantas crew with revenue given directly to Rural Aid’s initiatives. Tickets to Longreach will be on sale from today via Qantas.com.
  • Qantas Frequent Flyers can use their Qantas Points to support farmers, with Rural Aid being added to the list of charity redemption partners on the Rewards Store.

  • Qantas will support its employees to join Rural Aid’s Farm Rescue program and volunteer their time repairing farming equipment, fixing homes and building fences on rural properties around Australia.

  • Rural Aid collection barrels will be placed in Qantas lounges and at Qantas and Jetstar gates for customers to donate, with on-board announcements to raise awareness. The airline will also host monthly “Chops for Change” pop-ups at various lounges around the country where guests will be offered gourmet lamb chops in exchange for a small donation.
  • A formal partnership with Rural Aid to provide flights for representatives to travel to regional communities.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the worsening drought had triggered the national carrier to quickly develop a support package in addition to what it already does in regional Australia. “Qantas started in the outback. Many of our staff live there and we have a lot of farming families who supply everything from beef to broccoli that we serve customers. We feel we have a duty to help these communities who are doing it so tough,” said Mr Joyce.

Qantas Domestic cabin crew member Zanthe Atkinson is one of those who will donate her time for the fundraising flights and understands first-hand the harsh reality of drought.

She and her farmer husband are handfeeding their stock to keep them alive on their farm near Tamworth, but say they are among the lucky ones as they are able to do so using her supplementary income.

“Most of the farming families have no choice but to rely solely on farm income and for a lot of them there hasn’t been any income for years. We can’t make it rain but we can at least do our bit to help get them another day closer to the drought breaking,” she said.

The drought assistance program adds to other Qantas Group initiatives designed to strengthen regional communities, drive local economic activity, stimulate tourism and support jobs.  This includes the launch of the Qantas Group Pilot Academy which is expected to drive further activity when it opens in regional Australia next year.

Source: Qantas


There is literally an island dedicated to wine, launching this summer

Back for its fourth consecutive year, Sydney’s favourite wine and food festival,Wine Island will once again give holidaymakers the opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and escape to the tropics of Wine Island.

From Friday November 2nd to Sunday November 4th, Clark Island will play host to an impressive smorgasbord of boutique Australian and international wines, island cocktails, treasure hunts, silent discos and delicious epicurean eats whilst providing postcard views across the world famous harbour.

To get everyone in the holiday spirit, a glass of bubbles will be provided on the journey over by none other than the original makers of the famous peach Bellini cocktail from Venice, Italy.That’s right, the Bellini Boats brought to you by Bellini Cipriani will be the perfect way to settle into your wine adventure.

Once you arrive on its idyllic shore, you can head on over to the popular masterclasses by the crew at Wine Selectors. They’ve got a fluid line up of entertaining classes coming your way including the music and wine matching phenomenon that is the Wine Island Silent Disco, topped off with the sweet-as Dessert Island thanks to Ashley Smith, Head Pastry Chef at 12 Micron.

Wine not your thing? (Said no one ever) 2018 will see the biggest line up of alternative bevvies – start with a visit to the Gage Roads Brewing Co. Beer Garden who will be pouring their award-winning ales from Freo,WA, pop over to the Archie Rose Gin bar where you can indulge in a curated menu of premium gin cocktails including the Island Spritz or visit the Pimms Garden bar to indulge in a refreshing Pimms Cocktail.

A short saunter up to the highest point of the island will bring you to the ‘Unwined with Cellarmasters’ chill-out zone.Vibing with all the festival feels, this is a special place to relax and soak in the island’s best views while enjoying award-winning wines.

Serving up satiable sustenance for our stranded islanders, the delicious menu is jam packed with juicy burgers, loaded fries, Mediterranean pitas, fluffy boa buns by Chur Burger Food Truck along with cheese platters and oysters galore!

So, whether you want a picnic with your friends on the hilltop, or a first-class experience aboard the island Superyacht, visitors can create their ideal itinerary from the three ticket packages; 5 Star, 7 Star and 10 Star.

Packages to paradise begin at $99 for the 5 Star experience and includes 5 wine tastings, a Wine Island tumbler, ferry transfers and a glass of Bellini Cipriani for the journey across to wine lovers paradise.

For $199, the 7 Star experience includes unlimited wine tastings, ferry transfers and a glass of Bellini Cipriani on board the ferry to the island, Wine Island tumbler and bag, exclusive access to the 7 Star Bar with premium vantage point and VIP masterclasses, and a meal voucher to choose from one of the bespoke island menus.

The 10 Star luxury Superyacht experience will transfer the top end of town to Wine Island where the yacht will form an exclusive base for the day. From $399 per head, guests will enjoy all that comes with living an indulgent life from Grant Burge’s premium wines along with delicious food from your private chef, to wine tastings on the island. Limited tickets are available.

ON SALE DATES:
All tickets to be purchased via www.wineisland.com.au
Group Bookings (10+) – Friday 3 August at 9am
Pre sale to members* – Friday 10 August at Midday
General on sale – Monday 13 August at 9am

*Become a member at www.wineisland.com.au by Thursday 9 August to receive the exclusive link to access pre-sale tickets. For more information on ticket inclusions, please refer to the Wine Island website.

Source: Wine Island