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12 • Vacations

®

Summer 2017

Vacations® •

Summer 2017 • 13

Detours

TRAVEL NEWS

By Britney Hope

From the magic of modern technology to the wonders of Iceland, India and Laos

there’s plenty to celebrate in travel this season. Here’s the latest:

CELEBRITY ON THE EDGE

From striking suites to dazzling

technology, Celebrity Cruises’

new

Celebrity Edge

aims to

redefine the cruise experience.

The 2918-guest Edge will feature

villas with plunge pools, an

action-packed rooftop garden,

and al fresco dining options.

Celebrity Edge

will make its

inaugural Caribbean voyage in

December 2018.

TOURING ASIA

Trafalgar has added India, Sri Lanka and Laos to its

intimate, 26-guest 2017 Asia program. Its all-new

itineraries -

Leisurely Rajasthan with Mumbai, Wonders

of Sri Lanka and Secrets of Cambodia

with Laos - will

delve into their destinations while featuring local customs

and meaningful charitable achievements through its

#TrafalgarCares initiative.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Between now and November 2017, UnCruise Adventures

will be leading its new eight-night adventure cruise,

Pure

Panama

:

Cultures, Coasts & Canal

. Guests onboard the

refitted

Safari Voyager

can explore jungles, bird watch

along the Chagres River and snorkel Las Perlas islands on

the seasonal sailing between Colón and Panama City.

LUXURY SAILING IN BANGLADESH

Luxury cruise line Silversea made history in Bangladesh

last season when expedition ship

Silver Discoverer

called

on Maheshkhali Island, the first cruise ship ever to do

so. The three-day stopover saw guests riding rickshaws,

searching mangrove forests for Bengal tigers, and

making small-town stops along the country’s coast.

FLY AND DRIVE IN ICELAND

Air Canada Vacations travellers can now explore Iceland

at their leisure thanks to new

Fly & Drive

packages.

Created as a complement to Air Canada Rouge’s service

to Reykjavik, ACV’s Iceland itineraries feature hallmark

glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs while offering flights,

car rentals, hotels and meals to allow for unique and

personalized traveller experiences.

AFFLUENT ASIA

Classic Vacations now features 28 hotels throughout

Cambodia, The Kingdom of Bhutan, Laos, Indonesia,

Thailand and Vietnam in 2017. Guests can kick back

in style at the brand’s preferred properties such as

Banyan Tree and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

while enjoying perks that include bulk airfare, airport

transfers and private tours.

NORWEGIAN JOINS THE CARNIVAL

A new entertainment concept on several Norwegian

Cruise Line ships has passengers racing against the clock

in “Escape the Big Top.” This complimentary, hands-on

and all-ages ‘escape room’ experience centres around an

onboard carnival act gone wrong, challenging guests to

work together, solve clues and have a ball.

DRINKS ARE ON LINDBLAD

As part of a new “inclusive pricing”

policy that began in April 2017,

Lindblad Expeditions will cover bar

tabs and gratuities for passengers

sailing on all

National Geographic

Explorer

and

National Geographic

Orion voyages

.

NEW HORIZONS

Cunard will offer the Philippines,

Japan and India in its 2019

Oceans

of Discovery

program, with visits to

109 destinations and 49 countries,

including 21 maiden calls. Cunard’s

Queen Elizabeth

will also sail to

Alaska, its first voyage there in

20 years.

FRIENDS FLY FREE

Some experiences are meant to be

shared, which is why Luxury Gold

is offering a “companion flies free”

promotion to guests who book a

Southeast Asia itinerary. Featured

journeys focus on memory-making

moments such as cooking classes in

Vietnam and temple tours in Cambodia.