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Oceania Cruises Launches “Ultimate Sale” With Fares Starting at $999

In an optimistic sign for the cruise industry, Oceania Cruises launched “The Ultimate Sale” featuring major price reductions with fares starting at $999 per guest for inside staterooms and $1,399 for veranda staterooms.

The company currently has set July 1 as the target date to resume cruising after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Savings are offered on more than 400 voyages departing in 2020, 2021 and 2022 throughout Europe, Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, New England/Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Panama Canal, South America, Africa and Arabia, and even Grand Voyages that traverse the continents.

Several Specialty Cruises are included, such as voyages hosted by President and CEO Bob Binder; James Rodriguez, executive vice president of sales and marketing; Jacques Pépin, executive culinary director; and Claudine Pépin, daughter of Jacques Pépin and godmother of the Sirena.

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WTTC Launches New Campaign to Keep Wanderlust Alive

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has just announced the launch of a new campaign with the aim of inspiring travelers worldwide to share the hashtag #TogetherInTravel as a way of uniting the travel and tourism community, and stimulating discussions across social media platforms.

Such conversations, highlighted by the hashtag, would serve to show how the travel sector serves a vital function in inspiring our zest for life. The #TogetherInTravel campaign is set to go live on April 20, 2020, at 6:00 a.m. ET, along with a stirring video presentation that invites users from around the globe to unite in a single moment of solidarity by sharing the hashtag.

The campaign consists of three key elements: a highly visual and emotive video; the #TogetherInTravel hashtag to stimulate conversation across social platforms; and TogetherInTravel.com, a dedicated microsite to host the feeds of user-generated content and stories.

Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of WTTC, remarked, “Dreaming is part of our zest for life and our new campaign encourages thoughts of the brighter days ahead. Travel and Tourism is a critical sector to the global economy, accounting for one in four of all new jobs worldwide and contributing 10.3 percent to GDP.”

She continued, “The concept for the #TogetherInTravel campaign was borne out of a desire to rally everyone who is passionate about travel, to unify those who are working hard to rebuild the sector and to spread a message of solidarity that we are one global community, and one where travel brings us closer, at the right time.

“Our message is that everyone can still stay inspired with future travel ideas and bookings—and, in the meantime, be part of a virtual space for sharing, connecting and collectively inspiring.”

For more information, visit togetherintravel.com.

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Airbnb Launches Online Experiences

Airbnb has launched Online Experiences in an effort to help both hosts and guests connect, experience virtual travel and earn income during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Highlights of the new program include virtual activities for families, fun meetings for co-workers and exciting features for groups

Examples of the new Online Experiences include learning the secrets of magic, making coffee with a professional coffee taster and bartending with experts.

Airbnb has partnered with several local organizations to offer these new experiences free of charge, including SAGE—the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people—National Council on Aging (NCOA), Associazione Nazionale Alpini and Amigos de los Mayores.

“Human connection is at the core of what we do. With so many people needing to stay indoors to protect their health, we want to provide an opportunity for our hosts to connect with our global community of guests in the only way possible right now, online,” said Catherine Powell, Head of Airbnb Experiences, in a statement.

“Millions of elders aren’t able to go outside and risk their health due to the current crisis, and need activities to help them stay connected to the world around them,” added SAGE CEO Michael Adams. “Through our partnership with Airbnb, SAGE is able to give older members of LGBT communities across the country an opportunity to not only meet other people but also learn a new hobby and travel to nearly anywhere around the world, all from the safety of their home. This is what partnership and connection is all about.”

Booking is open now for dozens of virtual Airbnb Experiences available at airbnb.com/online-experiences, with more to come in the next few months.

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Crystal Launches Digital Program to Entertain Travelers at Home

Crystal has created a new virtual program to satisfy travelers’ wanderlust while they’re staying at home.

[email protected]: A Virtual Cruise Experience will host a weekly series of live streaming events, conversations on Crystal’s social media channels, stories on the Crystal Insider blog, a re-release of Crystal Storytellers, Crystal’s podcast guest lecture series and more.

“We often say that our guests are family, and we miss our Crystal Family and we know that they miss exploring the world. Just as our guests feel at home aboard our ships, we want them to be able to enjoy their favorite elements of a Crystal vacation from their own homes,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Our guests’ interests are varied and broad, and the [email protected] program speaks to that individuality. It also unites us over a common love of travel and the Crystal Experience during this challenging time.”

Details can be found each week at www.crystalcruises.com/crystalathome. The flexible programming schedule is currently slated to include the following:

—Destination of the Week will highlight select destinations visited by Crystal ships.

—Longtime Crystal guest chef, Chef Jon Ashton, will host cooking classes on Sundays via Facebook Live from the Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page. The recipes will focus on easy methods and ingredients found in most pantries. Viewers can find the weekly recipe on the Crystal Insider blog or at www.crystalcruises.com/crystalathome on the preceding Tuesday to allow time to gather ingredients. The first episode goes live on April 5 at 3 p.m. ET.

—Storyteller Monday will feature the Crystal Storytellers podcast, which Crystal launched in 2019. The first season is available to download via all major podcast platforms and features interviews with world experts, celebrities, authors and other notable people who have lectured and sailed aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

—Wellness Wednesday will feature Crystal’s certified fitness instructors offering fitness and well-being tips and home workouts on Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page.

—Thirsty Thursday on the Crystal Insider blog will feature cocktail recipes and tips from Crystal bartenders to inspire homebound happy hours.

—Friday Nights at the Galaxy will feature entertainment by Crystal’s onboard favorites, posted on Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page at 6 p.m. EST.

—Sail Away Saturday will invite Crystal guests to share images and short videos from their voyages, utilizing the hashtag #CrystalFamily.

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Insight Vacations Launches First Women’s Only Journey

WHY IT RATES: To celebrate International Women’s Day, Insight Vacations is offering a 12-day, women-only tour through India. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate

As Insight Vacations, the leader in premium guided journeys, celebrates International Women’s Day 2020, it is thrilled to launch a new women’s only journey for the first time ever – Inspirational India, A Wander Women Journey.

As the first journey in Insight’s new “Wander Women” journey program, it will take place in India in 2021 and will offer immersive learning opportunities, wellness experiences and Deliciously Authentic Dining while featuring the power of impactful tourism on women’s economic empowerment.

With this year’s International Women’s Day theme being #EachForEqual, Insight is aligning itself with a gender equal world, showcased by launching these journeys created and led by women. Just like with all Insight journeys, clients who embark on this journey will get all of the sights and the insights, up close and personal, in comfort and in style.

“On International Women’s Day, we recognize the power of impactful tourism. With 57% of our guests being women along with the rise of women’s only travel, our new journey which is designed and run by women, makes it a perfect fit for those who want to get below the surface and experience India as a culturally immersive destination as well as have opportunities to give back and empower women in the local communities while learning about their day-to-day lives,” says Ulla Hefel Böhler, Global CEO for Insight Vacations. “This journey is also a great opportunity to connect and meet with other fabulous women from around the world and provides economic empowerment to local women.”

This exclusive women’s only journey is only available on a limited departure date, so clients are encouraged to book early to secure their space. Below is a sample of the itinerary:

Inspirational India, A Wander Women Journey – 12 Days (Departing March 24, 2021)

Insight’s new 12-day women’s only journey in India starts in Delhi with a morning experience visiting Old Delhi and absorbing the vibrant culture. A choice between a “glassperience” with jewelry making where guests will make their very own piece of wearable art with glass or an ayurvedic treatment with two massage therapists is offered as Insight Choice the following day. Guests will visit Sheroes, a one-of-a- kind café in India. Unlike any other café or a general restaurant, it is solely run by acid attack survivors and promotes social integration as well as economic empowerment.

A visit to the Taj Mahal is included before embarking to Jaipur to enjoy Holi, the ancient festival of colors. On the eve of the Holi festival, visit an Indian family to join their Holika Dehan tradition, which includes a home-hosted dinner and a bonfire that’s meant to ward off evil before the festivities begin the following day when clients wear local Kurta attire and take to the streets for a colorful celebration. The following day enjoy morning yoga with a female guru.

Guests enjoy a Pink City rickshaw ride offered by Pink City Rickshaw Company, providing new aspirational employment opportunities to 200 women from low income households in Jaipur and then choose between an evening Bollywood dance class or a henna demonstration. Women will also visit the Sunder Rang arts and crafts project at Chandelao village where an average of 20 women work at the centre, producing traditional Rajasthani textiles and handicraft items for both local and export markets, creating a sustainable source of income for the artisans.

A meeting with a local astrologer reveals the secrets of the stars and after travelling to Udaipur, guests relax and rejuvenate at the Taj Aravali Resort & Spa. Clients also visit the Seva Mandir Organization, an NGO supporting natural resource development as well as health and women’s empowerment before embarking on an evening boat ride at Lake Pichola and visit Jagmandir.

For reservations, contact your district sales manager, call Insight Vacations at 1-800-582-8380 or visit www.insightvacations.com.

SOURCE: Insight Vacations press release.

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