British Airways Offers New First Class Service to the Caribbean

British Airways, a UK based airline company, has announced the launch of its new First class service on four of its popular routes from London Gatwick Airport in the UK.

The airline is offering the new luxury service for passengers travelling from London Gatwick to Barbados, Bermuda, St Lucia and Port of Spain in Trinidad.

The new service is being offered on Boeing 777-200 aircraft, and includes 60 percent wider seating, private wardrobes, personal electronic blinds, and balanced privacy options.

The airline has recently introduced a new food and drink menu for its World Traveller Plus premium economy cabins on all long distance flights from Gatwick Airport. The World Traveller Plus also offers increased personal space for passengers, with larger seats, adjustable headrests, lumbar support and leg rests.

Colm Lacy, the airline head of commercial at Gatwick, said, ‘These are significant steps forward for our premium customers at Gatwick. The introduction of the new First cabin means our customers can enjoy the very best travel experience British Airways has to offer.

Our World Traveller Plus customers are also benefiting from an upgraded food and drink service, offering them even more choice in our premium economy cabin.’

The airline is also offering holiday packages to the Caribbean, in celebration of its new First class cabin and World Traveller Plus cabin services. The holidays include seven nights’ stay at St Lucia, and Barbados, at resorts that include Cap Maison, Jade Mountain, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, and The Sandpiper, for leisure travellers from London.

MSC Cruises Offers New Amenities and Sale Fares for Travellers

MSC Cruises, a US-based cruise company, is offering new complimentary upgrades on holiday sailings aboard the luxurious, MSC Poesia.

The cruise line is offering its guests complimentary upgrades from ocean view to balcony staterooms, or from balcony standard to balcony superior staterooms, on certain five-night and seven-night cruises through the Mediterranean, as part of its ‘Holidays on Sale’. The sale fares are available untilJuly 31, 2012, for prices commencing at GBP403 per person, for double occupancy.

Holidays on Sale itineraries include a Christmas Cruise departing December 21, 2012, calling at Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico, and the Roatan Islands; a New Year’s Cruise departing December 28, 2012, calling at Antigua, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas; a Five-night Passover Cruise departing March 25, 2013, calling at the Cayman Islands and Jamaica; and an Easter Cruise departing March 30, 2013, calling at Mexico, Honduras, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica.

The company is also offering Europe Last Minute Sail fares commencing from GBP228 per person for double occupancy, to some of Europe’s most celebrated destinations, including those in Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Germany, and Russia.

The company is also offering complimentary voyages for children aged 11 years and younger, while children aged 12 to 18 years can sail with paying parents for reduced rates. Four different Kids Club programmes are on offer on cruises, each catering for a different age group.

For passengers booking a Standard Balcony Suite on certain voyages, the company is offering a number of exclusive amenities, including complimentary wines and beverages, access to an exclusive restaurant, lounge and swimming pool, and Butler and Concierge services. The cruises also provide various entertainment programmes.


British Airways Passengers Favour Caribbean as Summer Holiday Destination

British Airways, a UK-based airline company, has announced that a recent poll of its passengers has suggested that the Caribbean tops the list of favourite summer holiday destinations.

The survey of passengers showed that while Caribbean holidays are becoming ever more popular, they are closely followed by destinations that include South Africa and Florida, in the US, and other favourite vacation destinations include London and the Maldives.

Respondents to the survey also chose ‘a relaxing beach vacation’ as their favourite kind of holiday, in preference to ‘romantic city-breaks’, ‘fun-filled family getaways’, or ‘an all-action adventure trip’.

British Airways organised the survey on its Facebook page.

Claire Bentley, the airline’s holidays managing director, said, ‘The thought of relaxing on a stunning beach, in the warm and friendly Caribbean is a real draw as the summer weather continues to be a bit of a letdown. Equally, South Africa is a real dream destination with Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Garden route all top attractions, while Florida is proving as popular as ever as an all-round destination with fantastic beaches, great attractions and weather.

We’ve had a great response to our Facebook poll which just shows how important holidays are to people.’

The airline is currently serving several Caribbean destinations with extra flights from London Gatwick Airport for the summer, in keeping with the increased demand for the routes. Service to Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua, in the Caribbean, have been increased to daily, and an extra flight a week has been added to Kingston in Jamaica. The airline is also offering three extra flights to Orlando, in Florida, US, for a total of 10 flights weekly.


Caribbean Airlines Offers Service to Trinidad and Tobago from Gatwick Airport

Caribbean Airlines, an airline based in Trinidad and Tobago, has introduced a non-stop service to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, from London Gatwick Airport in the UK.

The new non-stop twice-weekly services commenced from Gatwick on June 15, 2012, from the North Terminal. With launch of its new services to the UK, Caribbean Airlines becomes the fifth international air carrier to begin offering services from Gatwick Airport in 2012

Guy Stephenson, the airport chief commercial officer, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Caribbean Airlines and its passengers to our airport today. This non-stop service will not only be welcomed by business travellers with links to the economic hub of Trinidad but also with holiday makers wanting to soak up the Caribbean sun and vibrant culture this destination offers.’

Gatwick Airport has invested around £20 million a month to offer improved services and facilities to its passengers, which include faster check-in, competent security procedures, and offering direct transportation to central London. The airport currently boasts that it serves 200 destinations in 90 countries across the world.

Caribbean Airlines chief executive officer, Robert Corbie, said, ‘We are extremely happy to announce the start-up of our service from Gatwick to Piarco International Airport as our flights will provide a vital link between London and the Caribbean. We are well positioned strategically to become the preferred airline for all customers flying between London and the Caribbean with seamless connections to South America.’

New Gatwick Service For Caribbean Airlines

Caribbean Airlines, an airline company that has its base and hub at Piarco International Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad, has commenced flights between Trinidad and Gatwick Airport in the UK.

The Gatwick service, which started on Saturday June 16, will be non-stop, twice weekly to Piarco International Airport.

Commenting on the inauguration of the new flights, Guy Stephenson, the chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Caribbean Airlines and its passengers to our airport today. This non-stop service will not only be welcomed by business travellers with links to the economic hub of Trinidad but also with holiday makers wanting to soak up the Caribbean sun and vibrant culture this destination offers.’

While Caribbean Airlines chief executive officer, Mr Robert Corbie said: ‘We are extremely happy to announce the start-up of our service from Gatwick to Piarco International Airport as our flights will provide a vital link between London and the Caribbean. We are well positioned strategically to become the preferred airline for all customers flying between London and the Caribbean with seamless connections to South America. ‘Fly Caribbean’ to experience the warmth of the islands as soon as you step on board.’

Caribbean Airlines joins other international air carriers that have chosen to commence operations out of Gatwick Airport this year, including Air Nigeria, Korean Air, Hong Kong Airways and Air China. The airport’s increased popularity with overseas operators is considered to be partly due to improvements in its facilities, on which the airport’s management has recently been investing £20m per month.

Hilton Hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America Announces New Summer Offers for Families

Hilton Hotels and resorts, a multinational hotel company, is offering family vacations in its Caribbean and Latin America properties.

The ‘Family Time package’ will remain available until September 8, 2012 at participating properties in the Caribbean and Latin America. The package includes accommodation with connecting rooms; daily family breakfast; complimentary gifts and activities for children; and in-room high-speed Internet access.

The participating hotels are Hilton Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, Brazil; Hilton Belem, Brazil; Hilton Bogota, Colombia; Hilton Cartagena, Colombia; Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport, Chile; Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Mexico; Hilton Mexico City Reforma, Mexico; Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center, Mexico; Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico; Hampton Inn by Hilton Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico; DoubleTree by Hilton Queretaro, Mexico; Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa, Costa Rica; DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific, Costa Rica; DoubleTree Cariari by Hilton San Jose, Costa Rica; Hilton Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; British Colonial Hilton Nassau, The Bahamas; Hilton Barbados Resort; and others.

The 21 participating hotels and resorts are offering special amenities for children, including a Kidz Paradise club at Hilton Barbados Resort, and a specially designed programme, Cabo Kids, from Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort.

The hotels are offering additional complimentary children’s amenities, including a gift upon arrival, cookies and milk in-room on request, one children’s movie in-room, a book rental for children, and Kid’s Club access.

Summer Savings from IHG for Travel to Caribbean and Latin America

This summer, for those travellers planning a trip to the Caribbean but have yet to make firm reservations, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is offering summer savings on vacations.

The UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group, the promoter of hotel brands that include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and others, is offering a new Latin America and Caribbean promotion for travellers.

The company is offering a Discover Latin America and Caribbean, for travellers booking a stay at a hotel in around 75 select destinations between June 1 and September 1, 2012, and completing the stay by September 15, 2012. The promotion is offering travellers complimentary breakfast and a discount of 20 percent on regular room rates at key destinations in Latin America and Caribbean.

Some of the properties participating in the promotion include the InterContinental Buenos Aires, in Argentina; Holiday Inn Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino, in Aruba; Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros, in Columbia; Crowne Plaza Lima, in Peru; Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay in Jamaica; Holiday Inn Bridgetown Barbados Resort in Barbados; Holiday Inn Express Santiago, in Chile; and many others.

The hotel properties are situated in various locations, ranging from tropical forests and islands with beaches, to contemporary skyscraper buildings in cities, and claim to offer something for every kind of travel requirement.

Members of the company’s Priority Club Rewards loyalty programme will also be able to earn rewards points for stays during the promotional period.

Riu Hotels and Resorts Announces New Hotel Properties in Caribbean, Mexico and Morocco

RIU Hotels and Resorts, a Spain-based hotel chain, has reported opening of four new hotels in Mexico and Caribbean destinations.

The all-inclusive ClubHotel RIU Ocho Rios is located along the beach of Mammee Bay in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and offers 856 guestrooms. The newly refurbished hotel is offering private check-in, luxurious junior suites, as well as suites with hydro-massage tubs and Jacuzzis, and hotel amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, concierge service for restaurant bookings; complimentary dining experiences; two swimming pools; and many leisure facilities.

The Hotel RIU Palace Bavaro is a new beachside hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which opened in December 2011. The hotel is offering 610 guestrooms; 10 restaurants and bars; two swimming pools; a Mini-club; a fitness centre and a spa; along with meeting spaces.

The new RIU Palace Tikida Agadir, offering 444 rooms, opened on March 26, 2012, located next to ClubHotel RIU Tikida Dunas, RIU Tikida Beach, and Riu Grand Palace Tikida Golf properties in Agadir, Morrocco.

The RIU Palace Peninsula beach front property opened in May 2012, in Cancun, Mexico. The hotel boasts 562 rooms, located in a main building and 48 villas; dining venues including six restaurants and seven bars; and a stunning view of the Caribbean waters.

Luis Riu, the company chief executive officer, said, ‘We hope the new Riu Palace Peninsula will give a new push to this destination which recently turned 40 years old. For us, this is another example of the importance that Mexico has in our development plans and the high quality that we seek to offer in this country.’

Serious Siesta at Caribbean Sleep School

When tourists holiday abroad, it’s usually to take time to relax; bathing under the searing glow of the sun, reclining back on cushioned sun loungers, lazily floating through inky blue waves and slowly licking the head off a dripping 99.

However, the Lasource Grenada resort in the Caribbean has just inaugurated the first overseas ‘Sleep School’, working in conjunction with leading UK insomnia specialist Dr. Guy Meadows. Renowned for being classed as the ‘ultimate head-rest’, Lasource Grenada boasts extraordinary natural beauty with three sides of the resort surrounded by the sea with the luxury guesthouses rooted in the heart of the breath-taking tropical gardens.
Secluded on the famous Pink Gin beach, the resort promises the definitive relaxation and rejuvenating programme, lacing your body and mind back in sync. For the exhausted stress-heads and drained insomniacs, LaSource is a holiday of putting you back together again at your own pace and pleasure.
Dr Meadows, founder of The Sleep School, says: “Insomniacs need to re-learn how to sleep again. Learning is most effective when delivered in a fun, relaxed and informative manner.” Guests of the hotel can attend two completely free workshops scheduled for this December and June 2012 during their stay. The Caribbean heaven is a platinum paradise for those who cannot seem to ever get any shut eye, extracting insomniacs from their textured lives and demanding responsibilities allowing them to just melt into a peaceful nest of splendour.
The all-inclusive resort offers seven lavish nights, including flights with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick Airport from £1,589 each. The heavyweight price tag is hypothesised not be a deterrent of great depths, as sleep is one of lives free luxuries that everyone should be capable of enjoying. The Sleep School is running from November 29th till December 6th, idyllic for those who need a long-overdue break before the Christmas strains and pressures kick in. A second shorter term at Sleep School is available next year from June 3rd just until June 9th.

The prospect of going back to school has never looked so attractive to so many people around the UK, desperate to fix their body clock and train themselves to drift off into the land of nod on a nightly basis.
Perhaps at the end of their five star stay, these holiday makers may learn the art of tripling the recommended 40 winks a night.

Article by Emma Boyle


Sun, Sea, and Sand: Our Favourite Caribbean Island Getaways

One of the world’s hidden cultural treasure spots, the Caribbean is a favourite amongst sun seeking holidayers. Extending from the Florida Peninsula’s western coast all the way down to the top point of South America, the Caribbean Sea is one of the world’s most ecologically varied and culturally interesting locations. From luxury resorts to developing nations, the region truly has it all.

And yet so many Britons pass over the Caribbean as a holiday spot, largely due to its inconvenient location and relative expense. With the warm Spanish summer significantly closer to home and an African island getaway available for a fraction of the cost, flying all the way to the Caribbean can seem like a waste of cash. But with the right selection of island and accommodation, it really isn’t.

For first-timers in the region, Puerto Rico is an accessible starting point. The islands is a territory of the United States, sharing the large nation’s currency and common law, making it a significantly less stressful transition than other countries in the region. Capital San Juan is an interesting collection of colonial Spanish buildings and tropical beaches, blending history and leisure perfectly for visitors.

Condado is home to the city’s most impressive beaches – an expansive stretch of sand backing onto some of Puerto Rico’s most expensive hotels. The area offers worthwhile nightlife, though superior bars and restaurants are located throughout the Old San Juan area. Hotels in the city typically begin from around £50, making it a fairly inexpensive holiday destination.

Given the Caribbean’s more remote location than nearby European beach destinations, it’s certainly not a travel centre for the plane-averse. However, given its affordable pricing and relative shortage of European tourists, it represents a more complete getaway than Britain’s nearby beach resorts and the typical string of Mediterranean holiday spots.