Travel News: World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle found on Australian Beach

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World’s Oldest Message In A Bottle Found On Australian Beach

It’s always exciting to discover a message in a bottle, but rarely ones that are 132 years old. Found on Wedge Island in Western Australia on Jan. 21, it’s the oldest message in a bottle ever discovered. The discovery breaks the last record for the oldest message in a bottle, which was 108 years old and found in Germany in 2005. Dating back to 1886, the gin bottle was tossed from the German ship Paula in the Indian Ocean as part of an oceanographic experiment. Scientific researchers hoped the bottle would help them better understand ocean currents and hence find better shipping routes. The ship was a German sailing Barque Circa 1880. Perth resident Tonya Illman uncovered the bottle half-buried as she was walking with a friend along the soft sand dunes, thinking it might look good in her bookcase. “My son’s girlfriend was the one who discovered the note when she went to tip the sand out. The note was damp, rolled tightly and wrapped with string,” Tonya Illman said in a statement. “We took it home and dried it out, and when we opened it we saw it was a printed form, in German, with very faint German handwriting on it.” Illman and her husband Kym brought the bottle to the Western Australian Museum, who have published a report on the discovery. The Illmans even have produced s video about their find. Researchers think the bottle washed up on the beach within a year of being thrown off the ship, but was buried in the sand until a storm helped to unearth it a century later. The note, in German, asked for its finder to send the slip back to the German Naval Observatory or the nearest German consulate, with the date of its discovery and where it was found. Dutch and German researchers were able to find a record of the bottle being thrown overboard by the captain of the Paula, ending one very long experiment. The Illmans have loaned the bottle to the Museum for two years.


‘Millennial’ Cruise Line U By Uniworld To Remove Age Restrictions On All Sailings

Cruise Critic reports that the launch in April aimed at millennials, is already abandoning its original age limits and opening all of its sailings to all adult cruisers. Originally, U by Uniworld set itself up as a cruise line meant solely for travelers ages 21 to 45. An offshoot of the luxury river cruise line Uniworld, U by Uniworld stressed a youthful vibe, with activities such as rooftop excursions of Paris, silent discos, craft cocktails and other millennial-focused offerings. The line’s two 120-passenger ships, The A and The B, were revamped in modern decor, including cabins that were meant for friends bunking together, and spaces that focused on hanging out, such as communal dining tables and a lounge on the top deck. Opening the sailings to adult travelers of all ages will not change the way the cruise line operates, a spokesperson said. “Originally, U was very specific in defining its target market, but has learned that the experience is less about a number and more about attracting a new generation of adult travelers to river cruising,” said spokesperson Devyn Barker, in an email. “U by Uniworld will remain the same with sexy, stylish ships and itineraries that focus on longer stays in destination, allowing guests to connect with local people and experiences and each city’s vibrant nightlife. Removing the gated age restriction will not change the product or efforts to attract a new generation of adult travelers,” said Barker.” The ship’s itineraries on the Seine, the Rhine, the Main and the Danube have not changed from their original launch; however, the age restrictions have been removed from the company website. The change in U by Uniworld’s booking policies, however, casts doubt on whether millennials can fill an entire river cruise ship.

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Viking Cruises Orders Another Six Ships

Cruise Industry News reports Fincantieri and Viking Ocean Cruises have announced that they entered an agreement for six further ocean ships, which would lead to a total number of 16 930-guest ships for Viking by 2027. Delivery dates are 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, and subject to specific conditions, according to a statement. Fincantieri and Viking said they will develop an “advanced project based on the successful characteristics of the previous ships, updated and revisited in line with the latest technologies available on the market.”


How to Ditch Those Annoying Bags When Traveling

The NYT reports for less than the cost of a Starbucks latte, a surprising variety of businesses, delis, dry cleaners, mobile phone stores, will look after your bags so you can sightsee hands-free. You’ve got a few hours before you can check into your vacation rental or your hotel before you leave for your flight, and you want to do some sightseeing, but that means slogging along crowded sidewalks with your (undoubtedly overstuffed) luggage in tow. Increasingly, you may not only store your bags for a couple of hours at the usual places (airports, train stations, luggage storage companies), but also with a surprising variety of businesses, delis, dry cleaners, clothing boutiques, wine shops, eyebrow-shaping salons, for less than the cost of a couple of Starbucks lattes. In New York City, for example, you can stash your bags for $2 an hour per bag at Chelsea Bicycles, the Puerh Brooklyn teashop, or an Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen (which is convenient if you’re also in the mood for a burrito), among hundreds of other nontraditional storage locations. Websites and apps that help travelers find these short-term spots have likened themselves to Airbnb for luggage: Travelers go online and book a date (it can be the same day) and location (maps show you your options), then drop off their bags. Afterward, some sites allow users to rate the storage location to help fellow travelers pick and choose. (While many places require advance booking, you can usually cancel free of charge.) Each storage network has its own rules, but they all typically provide luggage security seals as well as some version of insurance against damage, theft and loss.


Why International Airlines Are Flocking Back To Taiwan

International airlines are flocking back to Taiwan after a long absence to cash in on Taiwanese tourists and trade opportunities. Taiwan News reports Despite pressure to not recognize Taiwan as a country on their websites by China, several international air carriers are restoring their services to Taiwan because of the potential for increased tourism and trade. In spite of pressure on airlines such as Delta Air Lines and Qantas by China to classify Taiwan as a part of the communist country, and the recent spat over Chinese unilateral use of the controversial M503 route, many international carriers have started to reopen old direct routes to Taiwan. In the 1990s, many international airlines services discontinued services to Taiwan due to threats from China that they would retaliate with the confiscation of landing rights if they continued to fly directly to Taiwan. At the time, Beijing claimed the sole right to negotiate landing rights for Taiwan, as it claims the country to be part of China. Some countries got around this restriction by creating subsidiaries entirely for flights to Taiwan, while not affecting the main company’s landing rights in China. Even Taiwanese airlines had to bow to Beijing, such as Chinese Airlines’ removal the Taiwanese flag from its logo in favor of a plum flower. However, in 2008, direct commercial airline flights were opened between Taiwan and China, greatly boosting air travel across the strait. In recent years, growing numbers of Taiwanese tourists have increasingly started to travel further afield beyond China, and in response, international carriers are reopening dormant routes to help boost tourism in their home countries and increase opportunities for trade. Now many airlines such as Air Canada, Air France, Air New Zealand have returned.

Passengers Vote YYZ As ‘Best Large Airport, North America’

Open Jaw reports Passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson in 2017 have voted Canada’s largest airport as ‘Best Large Airport, North America.’ The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award and the title of Best Large Airport, serving more than 40 million annual passengers, in North America is an initiative of Airports Council International (ACI), the global organization representing the world’s airports. Now in its 12th year, ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) index is described as the only global benchmarking survey that assesses pax satisfaction while at the airport on their day of travel. The survey evaluates service quality at airports against 34 performance indicators across 18 elements of the airport experience including check-in, wayfinding, security, food and beverage, airport facilities and passport control. This award is a first for Toronto Pearson and comes at a time when the airport has invested in a several improvements to enhance the customer service experience, such as working with the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) to introduce new, faster CATSA Plus security screening; redevelopment projects in Terminal 3 to improve shopping and dining options and overall ambiance; and a focus on maintaining facilities to a high standard, particularly bathrooms, with many undergoing modern makeovers. From 28 new food and retail offerings, and updating greenery, artwork and fixtures, to being the first airport in the world to introduce MagnusCards digital card decks, an innovative wayfinding tool for persons with cognitive special needs, YYZ has introduced numerous passenger-focused updates in 2017 for an improved airport experience.

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