Our Favorite Instagrammers from Hawaii

women's day (1)

We know a lot of our clients are concerned about traveling to the Hawaiian Islands right now, but it’s business for usual in most tourist locations – Waikiki, North Shore, Maui, Kaua’i, Kailua-Kona. To prove it to you, we’ve amassed a few of our favorite Instagrammers from Hawaii. 

1. @the96815

For all things Waikiki, check out Nova’s channel @the96815, who manages to balance the glitzy, touristy side of Hawaii’s favorite beach with hidden hole-in-the-walls.

Soaking in all these rays of sunshine. #the96815 #waikiki #hawaii

A post shared by The 96815 (@the96815) on

2. @mtea

If mouth-watering, ono-kine food is more the reason you travel, look no further for inspiration than Megan Tomino. Megan of @mtea is all about curating succulent foodgasms on the table.

HBD @musubman! You win for the best bday celebration. #marchbabies

A post shared by Megan Tomino (@mtea) on

3. @ge_keoni

Keoni introduces fans to the islands with a descriptive photo paired with a story or legend that brings the landscape to life.

#🌴

A post shared by GE Keoni (@ge_keoni) on

4. @misterver

Forget the iconic sunset photo or snapshot of O’ahu’s misty mountains — @misterver takes a dive into local culture and street smarts.

Friday moves.

A post shared by misterver 🔮 (@misterver) on

5. @pineappleice

Fashionistas are sure to flock to Lindsey Higa’s account, rich in cool tropical fashion, swimsuits, jumpsuits, with a dash of flowers and flavor.

East side road trips ☁️ snap by @walktheeearth

A post shared by Lindsey Higa (@pineappleice) on

6. @chadkoga

Need a bit more water adventures for inspiration? Chad Koga’s account springs to life with dolphins, schools of fish, whales, turtles, rays and other coastal treasures.

Mauka Makai #ahonuperspective

A post shared by Chad Koga (@chadkoga) on

7. @tomkualii

Alright, we get it – you want to see some lava! Tom Kualii is drawn to Pele, so we’re sure he gets ample opportunity these days for some epic shots. For updates on the Kilauea lava flow on the Big Island, click here. 

Leave a comment

Filed under All About Hawaii, Europe, Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines

France’s Elephant Sanctuary and the World’s First Airport ER

travel news (2).jpg
Europe’s First-Ever Elephant Sanctuary To Open In France
World Animal Protection has teamed with Elephant Haven to help fund Europe’s very first elephant sanctuary in France for former circus elephants. The collaboration between the two charities came after successful lobbying by World Animal Protection to the Danish Parliament, which recently announced its commitment to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The charity mobilized more than 50,000 Danish supporters calling for the government to take action to end the cruelty inflicted on elephants used for entertainment in circuses. The tide is now turning as 14 other European countries have recently implemented similar bans, many of which come into force this year. Until now, there has been no safe place where they can retire. More than 100 elephants are still forced to entertain in circuses across Europe. The sanctuary will be a retirement home for elephants that suffered at circuses, and its first barn will be completed by the end of summer. World Animal Protection is urging any elephant owners to release traumatized animals as soon as the sanctuary is able to welcome them. Elephant Haven has plans to expand further and build another barn to house five more elephants by 2020. The safety of elephants is paramount, and cameras will be placed inside and outside the barn with permanent security on site. Once the elephants are safely housed, a platform will also be built for visitors to safely watch elephants roaming freely and behaving as they would in the wild.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Just Opened The World’s First Airport ER

CNTraveler reports medical care is about a minute from the terminals. Last Friday, the Texas airport opened what is the world’s first free-standing emergency room on an airport’s grounds, serving passengers, crew members, airport staff, as well as the general public near the airport’s south entrance. With 24/7/365 service, the 8,160-square-foot facility operated by Code 3 Emergency Partners occupies 1.5 of DFW’s staggering 17,207 acres. It’s fully equipped with a CT scanner, ultrasound machine, X-ray machine, lab, and a pharmacy. All physicians are also board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, which means they have extensive training in both disaster management and emergency medical systems. The facility also employs physicians trained in travel medicine, who have experience in infectious disease and travel-related illnesses.
Gatwick Celebrates Historic Anniversary
Gatwick has celebrated its historic 60 year anniversary since it was officially opened in its current form. Opened by Queen Elizabeth II on June 9th, 1958, Gatwick Airport became the first airport in the world to combine air, road and train travel in one close-knit single unit. The £7.8 million construction project in 1958 transformed Gatwick into a global travel hub. Taking over two-and-a-half years to complete and marking a new beginning for air travel in the UK, it became the first airport in the world to have a direct railway link, allowing passengers to enjoy a seamless journey from the moment their travels started. Increased passenger demand and the modern age of air travel, with the introduction of aircraft like the Jumbo Boeing 747-400, required three runway extensions in 1964, 1970 and 1973 – the latter enabled non-stop flights from the US West Coast to begin. With an ever-increasing number of passenger planes arriving daily, Gatwick opened its new control tower in 1984, which at the time of completion was the tallest in the UK. In the same year the Gatwick Express was launched, further cementing Gatwick’s position as an accessible and leading destination for global travel. 
 
shark-2683184_640
Cage Diving To See Sharks
Cage Diving has seen a boom in recent decades and is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry. The chance to go diving and safely see some of the world’s most spectacular and bloodthirsty predators up close in their own environment is regarded as the opportunity of a lifetime for many tourists. Great white sharks are altering their behavior, diverting them from hunting, and making them needlessly waste energy, all because of the interaction with tourists. Australia, South Africa, the US, Mexico and New Zealand are all offering cage diving. A study published in the journal Conservation Physiology reveals that great white shark (also known as white sharks) activity increases dramatically during cage diving sessions, compared to when tour operators are absent, raising questions about the behavioral changes this form of tourism may be causing in some species. The researchers tracked ten white sharks at South Australia’s Neptune Islands with devices for nine days. They found the increased movement when sharks are interacting with cage divers results in overall dynamic body acceleration 61% higher than at times when sharks are present in the area but cage divers are not. The sharks’ interactions with the cage divers are likely to cost them a lot more energy than standard white shark behaviors. The mere presence of the cage diving operators in the general vicinity of the sharks was not sufficient to elicit such behavioral changes. These only occurred when white sharks were close to the cage diving vessels. The research notes that licensed commercial white shark cage diving operators use approved and regulated attractants to entice sharks within close proximity of the cages and provide good viewing opportunities for divers. However, operators are not allowed to feed white sharks. The interaction with cage diving tourists is, therefore, not rewarded by more food. Great white sharks are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as a vulnerable species. They are protected by governments in the US, New Zealand and Australia.
 
Cruise Lines Announce Efforts to Eliminate Plastic Waste
Two major cruise companies are stepping up efforts to eliminate a modern-day scourge of the oceans: plastic. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced that its fleet will eliminate plastic straws as of 2019. That applies to all 50 ships under the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises, and Pullmantur Cruceros brands. A “straws upon request” policy has already been in place across the RCL fleet. Beginning in 2019, guests requesting a straw will receive a paper straw rather than plastic. Additionally, the ships will incorporate Forrest Stewardship Council-certified wood coffee stirrers and bamboo garnish picks. All are part of RCL’s plastic reduction strategy. “Healthy oceans are vital to the success of our company,” said Richard Fain, RCL chairman and CEO. “For over 25 years, our Save the Waves program has guided us to reduce, reuse, and recycle everything we can. Eliminating single-use plastics is another step in that program.” The company is doing a full plastics audit, with an overall plan set for completion by 2020. Implemented in 1992, RCL’s Save the Waves program has focused on sustainability practices. Those practices include state-of-the-art recycling centers on board ships. Equipped with shredders, balers, compactors, and crushers, their goal is “zero landfill.” Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has joined Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance. The announcement comes in celebration of World Oceans Day. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. Founded in 2012, the Trash Free Seas Alliance is a collaboration between leaders of industry, academia and the conservation world. Their focus is on the measurable reduction of ocean trash. ” Nothing connects people to the ocean more than time spent on the water, and with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings offering that experience to more than 2.5 million guests each year, we believe this is a tremendous opportunity to foster greater stewardship of our oceans,” said Janis Searles Jones, chief executive officer at Ocean Conservancy.
State Dept. Updates Nicaragua Travel Advisory,
Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime, civil unrest and limited healthcare availability. On April 23, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of U.S. government family members and authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. government personnel. Rallies and demonstrations are widespread and occur daily with little notice. In many instances the government responds using tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and live ammunition, leading to significant numbers of deaths and injuries. Looting, vandalism, and acts of arson often occur during unrest, including in tourist areas. The perpetrators are often government-controlled thugs in civilian clothing, sometimes using vehicles without license plates. Government authorities detain protesters, and some people have disappeared. Human rights groups have documented credible claims of torture of detainees. 

Leave a comment

Filed under Africa, Conscientious Traveler, Europe, France, UK

Photos from Africa: Continued

women's day (1)

WIT Founders Christina and John are on their annual trip to Africa this month — this time in Cape Town and Namibia — escorting clients on safari. Every day, we open our email to a brand-new photo from them! Check out these cool pics from their trip!

All captions by Christina

IMG_0865

Our client Hilary singing Ibo with accompaniment on drums!

IMG_0724

Himba ladies. We made a 4-hour trip to meet a Himba group. We took plenty of gifts of food, really fascinating – they are not dressed up for tourists, this is everyday wear.

IMG_0697

Their hair is matted into braids with mixture of Ochra and cows belly fat and at the ends they braid cows hair which is fluffed out. 
They then cover their entire body with the mixture no age wrinkles with this group

IMG_0683

This is where we are staying. Amazing scenery. Our unit is the one on the left of the walkway. Quitea. hike down and up, not sure how the knee will hold up, but only doing the hike twice daily.

IMG_0636

Had a beautiful morning out on the Wallis Bay Lagoon where seals come and go at will on the catamaran along with amazing pelicans

IMG_0618

Pelicans – so different to our brown pelicans.

 

They visited Laura of Laura’s Township Tours in Cape Town, one of our favorite tour guides. Laura organized a birthday party for a young 4-year-old.

The girl is being raised by her great-grandmother, and she has been at the school for two years. She’s the only kid whose family cannot afford to provide a cake for her birthday, plus no one knows her real birthdate.

Laura also bought Lorna a doll as a birthday gift. Lorna wouldn’t take the doll out of the box as she didn’t want to get it dirty! So at nap time, she took the whole box with her to her mattress.

Christina and the crew also took socks for all the kids, and lunch was homemade sausage rolls, juice and cake.

 

IMG_0503

Birthday Party!

IMG_0552

No cake until after nap time

IMG_0539

Dance time Laura in charge

IMG_0519

Eyeing the cakes

 

 

COMING UP: More Willamette Intl Travel ESCORTED TOURS in 2019!

Call us for Details on:

  • Tanzania – February 2019.
  • Kenya – September 2019.
  • Namibia – August 2019.

CALL 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.net

Do you get that we adore photos from Africa? Here are more links in case you do too!

On our Instagram: instagram.com/wittravel

Our Client Brian Allen’s album of Tanzania

On others’ Instagrams: 8 Awesome Africa Accounts you should be following on Instagram

AND Africa Geographic 2018’s Winners for Photographer of the Year!

Leave a comment

Filed under Africa, Namibia, South Africa

Travel News: Van Gogh’s Sunflower

travel news (1)

Kilauea Volcano continues its flow

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano continues its flow on the East side of the Big Island. Catch the latest updates at the following links: 

X-Rays Show That Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Will One Day Wilt
The Smithsonian reports a new analysis shows that half of the canvas held in Amsterdam is painted with pigments that darken with exposure to UV light. Some of Van Gogh’s most iconic floral artworks, painted in 1888 and 1889, are facing the test of time. Vincent Van Gogh painted his iconic Sunflowers in vibrant yellows and golds, bursting with a sense of life and movement that has made them universally beloved. But the artist could hardly have predicted that more than a century later, those bright lemon-yellow hues would start to wilt into a brown muddle, reports Daniel Boffrey at The Guardian. A new X-ray study confirms what researchers and art lovers have long suspected: Van Gogh’s paints are fading over time. In 2011, Sarah Zielinski at Smithsonian.com reported that chemists were looking into how the 100-year-old paint was holding up. They found that exposure to UV light, both from sunlight and the halogen lamps used to illuminate paintings in some museum galleries, led to oxidation of some paint pigments, causing them to change color. A 2016 study looked deeper into the matter to find that one of the bright yellow paints Van Gogh liked, a mix between yellow lead chromate and white lead sulfate, was particularly unstable. Under UV light, the unstable chromate changed states and the sulfates began to clump together, dulling the color. The museum has already taken some steps to protect the artwork, like installing smart LEDs last year which allow them to control the light spectrum hitting the paintings and more finely control the brightness and hours of light paintings receive. But now is definitely the time to head to Amsterdam to catch the color before it fades too much!

Three Western Women To Head Saudi Women Driving Program

Travelwirenews reports Saudi Arabia has chosen a global team of instructors from Wales, Canada and America to train women starting from June 24. The BBC has reported that this team will work as “senior assessors” to train new examiners and instructors. Around 1,500 people applied for the three jobs. Susan Newbon, Deborah Sherwood and Norma Adrianzen were the ones chosen for these positions. Newbon said teachers at the driving schools will be Saudi women who have obtained their license abroad. She added that more Saudi trainers are travelling to other countries in the region to get their driving licenses and experience in preparation for the team’s arrival. In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving, the only one of its kind in the world. The lifting of the driving ban comes in light of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s push for reform in the country which aims to restore moderate Islam to the country amid decades of conservative domination as well as boost the economy by opening up the workforce to more women. Allowing them to drive is seen as essential in boosting their numbers in the workforce.
 new-zealand-1450672_640.jpg

New Zealand Is Experiencing Overcrowding In Its Tourist Hotspots

Travelwirenews reports Tourism in New Zealand is on a crossnote. Calls for visitor limits and charges to help pay for infrastructure are not only loud in Galapagos, Barcelona or Hawaii. In New Zealand current growth is a threat to this World Heritage walk. New Zealand tourism is complaining having queues of tourists in protected parks enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Wanaka.There is a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacial environment, worth the 30 minutes wait to find a parking spot. And while New Zealand’s threatened species become ever more threatened, the de facto tourist department, aka the Conservation Department, is employing car park attendants and investing millions of Dollars building toilets and tracks for tourists who pay nothing towards their upkeep. 

The Shed At Dulwich’ Was London’s Top-Rated Restaurant – Except It Didn’t Exist

Washington Post reports the Shed at Dulwich was a unique restaurant in London and certainly the hardest to get into. And it beat out thousands of upscale restaurants in the city to earn the top ranking on the popular review site TripAdvisor for a time, drawing a flood of interest, except the restaurant did not exist. The restaurant was just a listing created this year by a freelance writer, Oobah Butler, who used his home, a shed in the Dulwich area in South London, as the inspiration for a high-concept new restaurant that he posted on TripAdvisor: “The Shed at Dulwich.” With hardly more than some fake reviews, “Best shed based experience in London!” a particularly cheeky one read, and a website, it had gamed the site’s ratings in London, a highly sought-after designation that could bring a surge of business to any restaurant, let alone one in a major global capital. The story has by now traveled around the globe and back, after Butler wrote a piece that exposed the ruse on Vice. The moral of the story: be aware of fake news on review sites!

Did you know?    The Best Passports for Travel

USA is 4th Place!
1. Japan 189 countries can be visited without a visa
2. Germany, Singapore: 188 countries without a visa
3. Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea: 187 countries
4. Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, United States: 186 countries
5. Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada: 185 countries
6. Australia, Greece: 183 countries
7. New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta: 182 countries
8. Iceland: 181 countries

Leave a comment

Filed under Europe

Photos from A Safari in Tanzania

safari tanzania zebra.jpg

 

Many of our longtime readers and subscribers of the print newsletter may know that Christine and John are in Africa right now, on their annual trip escorting clients on safari!

These photos are from our client Brian Allen, President of Windermere Realty Trust, who took a marvelous trip from Tanzania earlier this year.

WITTRAVEL organized Brian’s trip in coordination with Origins Safaris operators on the ground.

If you want to see some FANTASTIC photos of wildebeest, birds, hippos, lions – (oh my!) – check out the full album here

The photos were taken on Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 100-400 mm zoom lens for safari shots, and a smaller Sony mirrorless camera with a wide lens for landscape shots.

COMING UP: More Willamette Intl Travel ESCORTED TOURS in 2019!

Call Wittravel for Details on:

  • Tanzania – February 2019.
  • Kenya – September 2019.
  • Namibia – August 2019.

CALL 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.net

LOVE Africa photos? Check out more:

On our Instagram: instagram.com/wittravel

On others’ Instagrams: 8 Awesome Africa Accounts you should be following on Instagram

AND Africa Geographic 2018’s Winners for Photographer of the Year!

Leave a comment

Filed under Europe

What’s New in Tokyo? – Summer 2018 Edition

tokyo - japan - summer 2018

It’s summer in Tokyo (along with half of the globe), and there are new attractions popping up all over the place in this bustle-and-whirlwind of a city. Here are some exciting events to check out in Japan’s busiest streets. (Courtesy of GoTokyo.org)

UPCOMING SUMMER EVENTS IN TOKYO

Hozuki Bazaar in Senso-ji and Asagao (Morning Glory) Flower Festival in Shingen-ji

The hozuki or “Chinese Lantern” is a symbol of early summer and the morning glory a symbol of midsummer. Both plants have festivals dedicated to them: the Hozuki Bazaar around Senso-ji in Asakusa held on July 9th and 10th and the Asagao Matsuri or Morning Glory Flower Festival in Shingen-ji, around Iriya, Kishimonjin held on July 6th, 7th and 8th. These two summer markets with their long histories are excellent ways to enjoy the season.

Borderless Art – Digital Art Museum by MORI Building and teamLab

The art collective teamLab and the urban developer MORI Building are teaming up this summer to open a Digital Art Museum in Odaiba. This museum’s first permanent exhibitions will be provided by teamLab. The exhibition is aimed at bridging the boundaries and encouraging interaction between art and its audience. As digital technologies continue to provide artists with more and more freedom, art itself is becoming borderless.

TOKYO EDO WEEK 2018 – Traditional Culture Today

From July 26th through 29th, the Ueno Park Fountain Square will be transformed into old Edo for the third year in a row. Tokyo Edo Week is an event celebrating traditional Japanese culture, focusing on kimonos. In addition, visitors can enjoy various other traditional arts and crafts.

leo-rivas-30577-unsplash

Metro and Grutto Pass 2018

For those who want to visit as many museums in Tokyo as possible in a short space of time, this is a great and convenient pass to have. The “Metro and Grutto” pass 2018 comes with two 24-hour unlimited ride Tokyo Metro tickets and free or discounted admission to museums in Tokyo. Satisfy your curiosity and discover what Tokyo’s museums have to offer with this pass! (Buy at Tokyo Metro pass offices, details in the link.)

Summer Fireworks: Painting Tokyo’s Night Sky in Dazzling Colors

Since the Edo period, Tokyoites have been enthralled by the beautiful lights of fireworks in summer. One of the largest displays of fireworks in the nation takes place along the Sumida River with more than a million spectators attending on the last Saturday of July. However, Tokyo offers plenty more spots where visitors can see this unique summer treat.

yusuke-yagi-604066-unsplash

Yukata Shopping in Tokyo & Tanabata Festival

Summer in Japan runs from June to August. During this time, Tokyo’s department stores, malls and supermarkets are filled with yukatas, a casual kimono-like garment worn in summer. The latest yukata trend is always a popular topic among Tokyoites, who love to wear yukata when going out, regardless of gender or age. Are you surprised that something as traditional as yukata can be so trendy and chic even today?

redd-angelo-229863-unsplash

Bonsai in Edogawa-ku

Kunio Kobayashi has refined the art of making Bonsai for more than four decades. He is known for his unique “Aji no aru Bonsai” (good taste Bonsai) style, which favors harsh lines suggesting the influence of natural elements on the tree, such as the rain, the wind or the snow . Mr. Kobayashi runs the SHUNKAEN Bonsai Museum in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, a place that not only offers an exquisite exhibition of his acclaimed Bonsai, he also offers all sorts of unique experiences for international visitors wishing to get in touch with Japanese culture, as well as formal training in the art of Bonsai. SHUNKAEN BONSAI MUSEUM

MORE ON JAPAN — 

Japan – Asia

Springtime in Japan

Wittravel Agent Pam’s photos

20 Top Things to Do in Tokyo

10 Coolest Places to check out in 2018

Leave a comment

Filed under Japan

Travel News This Week: Kilauea Updates

travel news (1).jpg

Passengers Stuck In Shrunken Lavatories On American Airlines

The London Times reports executives face suggestions that they have gone too far in their attempt to keep hold of customers. Some passengers, in fact, were said to be struggling to extricate themselves from the loos. Flight attendants complained that the sinks were so small they could wash only one hand at a time. In the fierce fight to offer cheap flights to more of the traveling public, American Airlines has trimmed the space between rows and shrunk its lavatory cubicles to pack in more seats. Complaints that the cubicles were trapping unsuspecting travelers were first raised by Zach Honig, an editor for the website The Points Guy, who crammed into one of the airline’s new Boeing 737 MAX planes for a flight from New York to Miami.

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano: What travelers to the Big Island need to know

  1. Yes, it’s still safe and there are many things to do, from friendly manta rays to snorkeling in Kailua-Kona… Read the full list at Hawaii Magazine.

dolphin-3416519_640.jpg

Honolulu’s USS Arizona Memorial is closed indefinitely 

Built in 1962 to honor the 1,177 sailors and marines who died aboard the USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Memorial has closed until further notice. Concerns began when a transportation operator reported cracks on the exterior. The Memorial hosts 4-5,000 visitors daily. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remains open for business, where the guests can watch the documentary film and take a harbor tour of Battleship Row near the USS Arizona Memorial. Bookstores, gift shops, Pearl Harbor museums, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum are still open. 

ocean-sunset-1549556_640.jpg

NOAA’s Predictions For 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

What will the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season bring? That’s the question everyone’s asking after last year saw 17 named storms. Ten of those storms became hurricanes, including six major hurricanes, making 2017 the seventh-most active season since 1851, based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a near- or above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2018. It has determined a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of at least 35 mph) of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including one to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher). Last year, the NOAA predicted an above-normal season with a likelihood of up to 17 named storms. “With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said according to the NOAA’s prediction. “The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.”

Emerald Waterways To Offer Nile River Cruise Sailings In 2019 and 2020

Emerald Waterways will begin Nile River cruises in February 2019, offering two different itineraries. The line has two cruise tour options planned, with seven sailings in 2019 and eight in 2020. The 10-night Egypt and Nile cruise tour spends five nights on MS Hamees, a chartered 142-passenger ship owned by Movenpick, as well as four nights in Cairo. The 15-night Egypt and Nile River cruise tour adds time in Jordan, with visits to Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea. The tours encompass the major sights of Egypt, including the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor’s Valley of the Kings and temples on the west bank, Abu Simbel and Aswan. The ship, which has been newly refurbished, has a main restaurant with international and local options at meals, as well as a sun deck with a swimming pool. The ship also has its own private dock in Luxor. After many years of dormancy, Nile River sailings have been making a comeback. Viking River Cruises has invested in the region with a new ship, Viking Ra, debuting this year. Other river lines that offer cruise tours on the Nile include Uniworld, Vantage and Emerald Waterways’ sister company Scenic. Meanwhile, Emerald Waterways continues to expand. The line debuted in 2014 and quickly grew to seven ships in Europe and one ship on the Mekong. Emerald Waterways recently announced that it will be offering yacht-style cruises on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast in 2019 on the 36-passenger Adriatic Princess II.

Leave a comment

Filed under Airlines, Egypt, Europe, Hawaii