Travel News: Seabourn Encore is christened in Singapore

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Alaska Airlines Offers Free In-Flight Mobile Messaging

Alaska Airlines is adding mobile messaging to its spectrum of in-flight amenities and is dishing it out free of charge. The technology will be provided by Gogo, which operates the onboard Wi-Fi across most of Alaska’s fleet of 175 aircraft and will be free of charge. The messaging service will only be limited to technologies that can work over a Wi-Fi network such as iMessage or WhatsApp. Short Message Service (SMS) or Multimedia Message Service (MMS) messages, which operate off of a phone network, will still not work. Any passenger who pays for any variety of in-flight Internet, be it from ViaSat, Gogo or Panasonic on American, Delta or United, has access to messenger apps like iMessage and WhatsApp.

Company making American Uniforms Say They Are Safe

On Jan. 9, clothing manufacturer Twin Hill stated the uniforms it provided American Airlines Group Inc. employees were safe. It was the first time Twin Hill commented publicly about the complaints. In a letter to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), the manufacturer said it is trying to schedule a visit to American Airlines’s uniform distribution center and that it offers non-wool alternate uniforms.

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Holland America Wraps Seattle Light Rail Trains

Holland America Line wrapped three commuter trains that will run on the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle. Its certainly one way to gain attention for a cruise line. The trains, which are wrapped to resemble the Koningsdam, will be featured through April 2017, when the summer cruise season to Alaska begins from the Port of Seattle. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the University of Washington Station, with Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Honorary “Captain” Miles Lamb, an 11-year-old cancer survivor and patient of Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Norwegian Bliss To Sail From Miami Starting In Late 2018

PortMiami will be the winter home of Norwegian Bliss, following its inaugural summer in Alaska. Norwegian Bliss will sail seven-day eastern Caribbean cruises from PortMiami starting in November 2018. The ship will reposition from Seattle via several Mexican Riviera cruises and a Panama Canal sailing through the expanded locks. En route to Miami following the completion of its Alaska season, Norwegian Bliss will sail one five-day Pacific coastal cruise from Vancouver, BC, to Los Angeles on Sept. 30, with an overnight stay at Vancouver and calls at Victoria, BC, and San Francisco. After that seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise that visits Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada will be added on for an eight-day itinerary. Norwegian Bliss will depart Los Angeles Nov. 3 for a 14-day journey to Miami through the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal, with calls at Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Puerto Caldera for Puntarenas (Costa Rica) and Cartagena (Colombia). Norwegian Bliss features include a 180-degree Observation Lounge located forward on Deck 15. Spanning 20,000 square feet, the lounge will offer floor-to-ceiling windows for vistas of Alaska and the Caribbean. Accommodations include staterooms for solo travelers, family-friendly connecting rooms and 80 suites in The Haven by Norwegian, a three-deck enclave with keycard access. The Haven also offers its own observation lounge. New connecting stateroom options across categories are designed for large groups and families. The ship also offers 308 mini-suites, 1,088 balcony staterooms and 111 accommodations with large picture windows. Studio staterooms for solo travelers have virtual ocean views. The 82 studios are located near a dedicated lounge with keycard-entry. Select studios connect, to serve single friends traveling together.

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Seabourn Encore is christened in Singapore

Singer Sarah Brightman served as the godmother for Saturday night’s ceremony at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, where the 1,050 passengers from Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Sojourn were guests, along with some of the line’s top trade partners from around the world. Seabourn Sojourn had carried the Nebuchadnezzar (15 liters) of Nicolas Feuillatte thousands of miles to Singapore for the naming. Seabourn Sojourn Capt. Timothy Roberts presented it to Seabourn Encore Capt. Mark Dexter, and crew members from Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Quest added their greetings and toasts by video. Crew who’ve served on all four ships were recognized, as well as passengers who’ve sailed on all four of the current fleet’s inaugural voyages. Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry S. Iswaran highlighted the ‘significant and growing role’ that Carnival Corp. brands play in the region’s cruise business. Seabourn Encore became the second ship named at Marina Bay Cruise Centre, following Silver Discoverer in 2014.

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