Travel News: January 9, 2017

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An Encore performance: Soprano Sarah Brightman names new luxury ship
USA Today

Luxury cruise line Seabourn on Saturday officially welcomed its biggest ship ever during a Southeast Asia-themed christening ceremony along Singapore’s waterfront.

Lion dancers, dragon dancers and a local Singaporean drum troupe performed for more than 1,000 invited guests during the hour-long event to cheer the arrival of the 600-passenger Seabourn Encore.

Famed soprano Sarah Brightman served as godmother for the vessel, pulling a lever to send a Nebuchanezzar of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne crashing against its hull.


Airbus’ New Jet Concept Features Swappable Spas and Cafes

Air travel once merited suits and steak knives. On jets like the new Boeing 747, elegant travelers of the 1960s and 70s floated between their spacious seats lounges with seats clustered around coffee tables, full bars with stools, and comfortable couches. Oh how alien that sounds now, as passengers—at least those flying economy—desperately try to stuff themselves and their luggage into ever tighter spaces, then resign themselves to hours of sitting still.

And while the future of air travel seems poised to deliver more of the same, Airbus has a plan to inject some of that glamor and flexibility back into the sky. It has released a new concept called “Transpose,” which uses swappable plane interiors to offer travelers everything from restaurants to spas to co-working spaces while aloft.


Uzbekistan Nixes Visa-Free Plans, Dismaying Tourism Sector

Uzbekistan has performed a shock about-face on its tourist visa policy by cancelling plans to allow citizens of 27 countries to travel to the country visa-free as of April.

A document posted on the government legislation portal on January 9 stated that the visa-free regime will only come into force in 2021. Nations eligible for visa-free travel under the now-cancelled initiative had included the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Canada. Citizens of 12 countries, which included the United States, were also to be granted visa-free travel provided they were 55 years and over.


Kimpton to open second Caribbean resort in 2019
Travel Weekly

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will open a resort in Grenada in early 2019, its second property in the Caribbean following the debut of the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa on Grand Cayman last November.

The 146-key cliff-side Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort will overlook Grand Anse Beach on the southwest coast near the capital of St. George’s.

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