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Cruise Ships Can Sail Again, With Strict Rules. Here’s What to Know.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday lifted its “no sail” order on U.S. cruise ships and set out a framework for how cruising could restart.Under the new structure, cruise companies must demonstrate adherence to stringent health and safety protocols including extensive testing, quarantine measures and social distancing. If they meet these C.D.C. standards, first on a series of crew-only test sailings, they will eventually be allowed to resume passenger excursions.The “no sail” order was originally issued on March 14 for all American cruises after it emerged that cruise ships played a major role in the initial outbreak of the coronavirus. The ships were remarkably efficient at spreading the virus: On board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan in February, each ca...

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Cruise Ships Can Get Ready to Set Sail Again, C.D.C. Says

Observers will monitor and evaluate the mock journeys to ensure adherence, he added. “If the outcome is not as desired, one has to ask: Is the plan not good enough, or is implementation not good enough?” Dr. Cetron said. “This is a virus that can be very unforgiving of a mistake."“We all recognize this virus is a formidable foe, and we’re going to be living with it for a while, and we need to adapt our systems to have maximum impact,” he added.Ships will have fewer guests than in the past, and both crew members and passengers would be required to wear masks and to maintain social distancing, Dr. Cetron said. At first, new crew members joining a ship would not only be tested before boarding, but also be quarantined for 14 days. The crew would also be quarantined for 14 days before disemb...

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Breaking Travel News interview: Murat Coskun, chief executive, Kosmetikinstitut Aurora | Focus

Having been recognised as among the best hospitality providers anywhere on earth by voters at the World Spa Awards, Breaking Travel News here chats with Murat Coskun, chief executive of Kosmetikinstitut Aurora, to discover more about the industry leading brand Breaking Travel News: Congratulations - Kosmetikinstitut Aurora has been honoured with the title of World’s Best Beauty Salon by voters at the World Spa Awards. How does it feel to have won? Murat Coskun: For us, winning the title of World’s Best Beauty Salon at the World Spa Awards is a great honour and we are more than happy about it. The award reflects all our everyday efforts to create a special environment for our customers on the basis of high-quality work and products, as well as our efforts to make a visit to the Aurora ...

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Autumn on a boat in Croatia? Definitely yes | Focus

When the days get shorter and the sun fades because of rainy clouds, it is a sign that summer is coming to an end and autumn is coming. However, autumn in your country is different then the one in Croatia. You will learn from this article why it is worth going on a boat to Croatia in the autumn. Sailors’ ParadiseAutumn is, above all, an ideal time for those who love to relax on water. A Croatia charter is a great idea to regenerate and recharge your batteries. Lovers of sea voyages will surely appreciate the local winds, which are much more frequent in autumn. This allows the sailors to sail in an interesting and exciting way. In the autumn, we can also count on more space at sea, in the marinas and near the surrounding landmarks. The crowd of tourists disappears with the tropical h...

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Golf Saudi takes top honour at World Golf Awards | News

The World Golf Awards has presented Golf Saudi a Vision Award. The awards - which brought together market leaders from more than 40 nations across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, North America and Oceania - was a celebration of the best courses and destinations across the golf tourism industry. The World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations. Voted for by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry, this accolade further solidifies Golf Saudi’s position as one of the world’s most dynamic new golf markets. Golf Saudi was awarded for their outstanding strategic contribution to the game, securing the coveted Vision Award, in light of their national endeavour and commit...

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The Langham, Venice set for 2023 debut | News

Langham Hospitality Group will open a new hotel in Venice in 2023, becoming the first from the brand in Italy. With its direct frontage on the Venetian Lagoon, the 138-key hotel is located on the island of Murano, long revered for its centuries-old tradition of glass making. The Langham, Venice will be housed in the former Casino Mocenigo which can trace its legacy to the early 1600s. The historic building is an important illustration of Venetian architecture enriched by important frescoes with classical themes dedicated to music, poetry and love. “Venice remains one of the world’s leading leisure destinations and we are delighted to have found such an exceptional site on which to develop our first hotel in Italy,” said Stefan Leser, chief executive of Langham Hospitality Group. “T...

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Aheli spa to launch at Roseate House London | News

Roseate Hotels & Resorts will welcome the Aheli spa and wellness concept to Roseate House London on November 4th Following the success of the first UK Aheli Spa which opened at Roseate Reading last year, the property is excited to be introducing the concept into the luxury boutique townhouse in leafy Westbourne Terrace. The Sanskrit derivation of ‘Aheli’ is pure, while in Hebrew, it symbolises a feeling of purity, grace and elegance. Signature treatments are designed to detox, cleanse, nourish, nurture, heal and rejuvenate. Treatments at Roseate House London include rejuvenating body scrubs and body wraps as well as tailored variations on the Indian Ayurveda massage, a detox and reduction therapy performed with Ayurvedic herbal oils beneficial for healing. The Aheli Signature tr...

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Sandals picks up on late booking trend | News

Caribbean holiday specialist Sandals has reported that over a third of its business for 2020 departures is now just late bookings, driven by the government’s travel corridors. According to data from Unique Caribbean Holidays, the UK tour operator for Sandals and Beaches Resorts, 35 per cent reservations made in an eight-week period to October 20th were within three months of the booking date. This is up from 16 per cent in the same period in 2019. Some 19 per cent of bookings made during this period in 2020 were for trips departing within just 31 days. Karl Thompson, managing director of Unique Caribbean Holidays, said: “It comes as no surprise to us that the volume of late business that we are picking up has increased dramatically this autumn. “With travel corridors in place to so...

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ICO fines Marriott £18m following Starwood data breach | News

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Marriott International £18.4 million for failing to keep millions of customers’ personal data secure. Marriott estimates that 339 million guest records worldwide were affected following a cyber-attack in 2014 on Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The attack, from an unknown source, remained undetected until September 2018, by which time the company had been acquired by Marriott. The personal data involved differed between individuals but may have included names, email addresses, phone numbers, unencrypted passport numbers, arrival/departure information, guests’ VIP status and loyalty programme membership number. The precise number of people affected is unclear as there may have been multiple records for an individual gue...

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Aida Cruises cancels sailings in November | News

Aida Cruises has announced it will pause its operations in Europe from next month, cancelling all voyages planned before November 30th. The move follows a decision from the German government to impose further restrictions on public life and travel to limit the spread of Covid-19. The cruise line said it fully supported the government decision. Under the new rules, bars and pubs across Germany will close, while restaurants will remain open for takeaways only. Shops will remain open with restrictions on space - meaning a maximum of one person per ten square metres of shop floor will be permitted.Gyms, cinemas and theatres will close, along with hotels closing to tourists. The restrictions are expected to last for four weeks. Aida restarted its cruises on a phased-in basis in mid-Octobe...

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