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Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas gets ready for its Europe-bound sail in 2014


  • Oasis of Seas. Image courtesy Royal Caribbean official website

If you are planning to explore Europe through a cruise then is the time to get your tickets booked, as the Royal Caribbean International’s famed cruise ship Oasis of the Seas is getting ready for its Europe sail in 2014. The ship will be sailing for a short autumn season next year and bookings for the sail are open now.

The ship will depart on September 1, 2014 for its 12-night eastbound cruise from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Barcelona and will start its 13-night westbound cruise on October 14, 2014 to Port Everglades from Rotterdam. Interested passengers may also board the westbound trans-Atlantic cruise at Southampton on October 15, 2014.

Ratna Chadha, Chief Executive, TIRUN Travel Marketing, India Representative of Royal Caribbean International said, “The Oasis-class vacation experience finds its way to the bucket list of every travel enthusiast. Indian vacationers will now be able combine Europe’s rich cultures and history with the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship for a unique and ultimate holiday. Convenient access to Europe for Indian travellers will further augment the ship’s popularity in our country enabling more guests to partake in first-at-sea innovations and exceptional onboard amenities including an 82-foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, Broadway musicals, the Aquatheater high-diving performance venue, and Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants, among others. Guests will also be able to enjoy family-themed and kid-centric programmes aboard Oasis of the Seas.”  

International tourists to enjoy free Wi-Fi experience in Taiwan

International tourists visiting Taiwan will now be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi experience at the major tourist attractions on the island.

According to official sources, the government has decided to set up some 4,400 ‘iTaiwan’ Wi-Fi hotspots at major tourist spots, transportation hubs, cultural establishments, and government offices all over the island.

Travellers may apply for an ‘iTaiwan’ account on arrival at Taoyuan International Airport at the Taiwan Tourism Bureau service counter or at any visitor centre throughout the island.

IndiGo, Jet Airways to offer tickets on EMI of two months

Indigo and Jet Airways in order to further enhance the smooth flying experience with them, are  offering the option of purchasing air tickets through credit cards. The payments for which will be stretched out over Equated Monthly Instalments (EMI) of two months.   

Although, travellers get an option of buying tickets through credit cards, the downside of this option is that the ticket carries 14 per cent additional Service Tax by banks besides one per cent charged as processing fee by carriers.

“The passengers get a two-month period to pay the instalments, but have to cough up 15 per cent more on the ticket. We wanted banks to offer interest-free EMIs the same way they offered in the case of mobile phone handsets, but banks did not accept our deal,” said an industry official.

“We are trying to offer more sops to air travellers from during the monsoon, when we witness a massive drop in our business,” said an airline official.

Mumbai Eastern Freeway opens to public


  • Mumbai Eastern Freeway. Image courtesy Economic Times

People of Mumbai may heave a sigh of relief, as Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan inaugurates the almost 14 kms long Eastern Freeway, which is aimed at reducing travel time for cars between suburbs and South Mumbai.

The Freeway that has been in the making for five years features a 550 mts twin tunnel and a 9.29 kms elevated road is expected to reduce the travel time from the suburbs of Chembur in north east Mumbai to South Mumbai, to around 20 minutes from the current one hour or more

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan said, “Vehicles need not pay any toll charges for using the road, and traffic on the road is expected to be thrown open starting from Saturday.”

The road will be targeting people travelling by cars and heavy trucks and containers will not be allowed on the road. Two wheelers and three wheelers will also not be allowed on the road.

Chavan said that the project got delayed because of the non-completion of work. “Some blasting work was on in the tunnel and we could not risk throwing it open. We are also yet to complete the final phase of the project which will connect Panjrapol in Chembur with Ghatkopar, but decided to start the completed stretch now considering the balance of convenience. The final phase will be commissioned by December this year,” said Chavan.