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Travel Buzz — Fall 2009
Here’s some hot travel news, straight from the hive. Catch the buzz and read all about the latest and greatest happenings within some of travel’s most prominent companies.

European River Cruising—New Shorter Options with Avalon

While the thought of spending two or three weeks cruising along the Seine or Rhine Rivers sounds idyllic, not all of us can afford the time. NowAvalonWaterways (a member of the Globus Family of Brands) has the solution: starting in 2010, they’ll be featuring European river cruises as short as five days. The Vienna to Budapest itinerary will take you along the Danube to centuries-old Bratislava and onto Budapest—all in five days. If you can spare nine days, cruise in leisurely fashion fromAmsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, or from Paris up to Normandy. Even the shortestAvalon cruise can be combined with an itinerary from Monograms,Globus’ brand for independent travelers seeking hassle-free stays in legendary cities throughout Europe.







Celebrity Cruises Unveils New Spa Treatments aboard Celebrity Equinox

When Celebrity Equinox sets sail, the ship’s AquaSpa by Elemis, will offer new treatments. One opulent, restorative new treatment is the “24-Karat Gold Facial.” The treatment, which uses medicinal plants, rose quartz and a pure 24-karat gold leaf mask, speeds up cell renewal and results in a rebalanced, nourished and more clarified skin texture and complexion. Guests who experience the 24-Karat Gold Facial on Celebrity Equinox will also be able to enjoy a special cocktail inspired by the treatment itself.The “Golden Kiss Martini” features Golden Supreme vodka, cucumber juice, agave syrup, lemon juice and fresh mint. Celebrity Equinox will also offer a “lash and brow bar,” where guests can select from a variety of eyelash enhancements. Brow sculpting will be offered by expert aestheticians who carefully shape the eyebrows to give the face an instant lift and a polished appearance. Brow tinting, which can cover gray hairs or enhance one’s natural look, will be available in various shades. Lash tinting, ideal for guests whose eyelashes are light in color, will also be available.

Breezes Panama —The Playful Side of Paradise

Breezes Panama Resort & Spa is not just the first super-inclusive resort in Central America, it’s also the first Breezes Resort ever to grace the shoreline of the PacificOcean. Breezes pioneered the super-inclusive vacation, providing an almost endless list of amenities in one upfront price. Breezes Panama sits on a stunning stretch of sand in Santa Clara in a region known as “The Dry Arc” for its comfortably dry, year-round climate.Withmountains on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other, the resort is an adventurer’s dream. For the less adventurous, there’s a spa, five swimming pools (including a large pool with swim-up bar for adults) and separate children’s pool, and of course, an array of restaurants and bars.






Oceania Cruises to Launch First- Ever Culinary Studio at Sea

When she debuts in winter 2010, Oceania’s Cruises’ new 1,258-guest Marina will offer a state-of-the-art culinary studio with fully equipped individual work stations, each with induction cook tops a first at sea affording guests the opportunity to gain a hands-on learning experience.The curriculum designed by Bon Appetit will appeal to a wide range of tastes and all levels of aptitude and will incorporate local cultures and cuisines. The classes will shop ashore for local ingredients with the chef, who may also arrange for private tastings and access to famous shore-side kitchens.



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