MSC will have new mini ships for luxury cruises

The luxury cruise ? They are those aboard small ships, with few passengers, where the service is personalized and cared for down to the smallest detail. This is not easy when there are 5 thousand people aboard a ship.

This is what MSC will do, announcing the construction of new, much smaller cruise ships than the Seaside , Seaview , Wonder and other floating cities that today sail the seas.

Ships alone 64,000 tons, when the MSC Seaside and Seaview weigh more than double and the Meraviglia almost triple.

There will be four new super-luxury cruise ships , all built by Fincantieri , which will be part of the 14 new ships arriving by 2026. The first will be ready by 2023 and every year a new one will arrive.
Extra-luxury ships will have a maximum of 500 cabins for a total of one thousand passengers. On board, few restaurants, but gourmet.The design of the ships will be innovative, with the aim of ensuring maximum comfort and maximum relaxation for those lucky few who can afford a cruise on these ships.
Also from the technological point of view they will be equipped with the latest discoveries , with a particular eye on eco-sustainability and ensuring maximum safety.

Thanks to their small size, moreover, these ships will follow different , unusual, in short, itineraries . They will be able to navigate in lower waters and penetrate between fjords and canals where cruise ships have never entered.

Already today on MSC ships there is a private area accessible to a few passengers who wish to receive a different and more exclusive treatment than all the others aboard the same ship. In fact, the Yacht Club hosts suites of various sizes, including two-story suites, equipped with every comfort. Passengers traveling in these special cabins have a dedicated restaurant, a spa just for them and can take advantage of luxury services, from check-in with no line to the personal butler available 24 hours a day. This type of service is increasingly in demand. by guests. Which is why the Italian company has decided to build cruise ships only for passengers of a certain level.

Innovation: the cruise ships of the future

The cruises are a holiday mode is more loved by the elderly, and young people looking for fun and new acquaintances. This sector is in fact constantly evolving and there have been numerous technological innovations made to ship models in recent years. The cruise ships of the future will be above all more and more comfortable and will offer an immersive 360 ​​degree experience, but let’s see what the other important features will be.

All the shipping companies are oriented in proposing more and more innovations aboard their ships and every time a new model is inaugurated, it remains open-mouthed for its size. Bigger and bigger ships, able to carry more and more passengers: this is one of the first trends of the cruises of the future. Some will also have spectacular ocean walks with suspended walkways that allow you to admire the beauty of the waters you are navigating. The cabinsmoreover, they will always be more comfortable, just like the rooms in a luxury hotel, and many already have private balconies that allow guests to observe the landscape in total tranquility. Also the internal offer will always be more elaborate and sought after: 3D Imax cinema, five-star restaurants with ethnic and starred chefs , wellness centers and theaters. Then there will be some exclusive internal thematic areas, with extra luxury cabins, bars and swimming pools only for passengers staying in that area as in the case of the Carnival Horizon.

Travel with a small budget

There are really many people who love to travel but the prices of holidays are not always enough to do so. There are various ways to travel while saving at the same time. We reveal some secrets to travel without spending too much money . As for the airlines we can say, in principle, that the scheduled ones are more expensive than the low cost ones, even if in the former the service is more accurate. So why not choose another way to travel?

The camper for example. Ideal especially for large families who like to travel more during the year. Many opportunities can also be found for renting a motorhome , whether for a few days or a month. Nowadays in Europe there are many rest areas equipped for this type of holiday, which has spread enormously over the last ten years. Another way to travel spending very little is camping , especially among the very young or couples who want to spend a romantic weekend in front of a beautiful fire.

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When instead you opt for hotel accommodation, it is always better to evaluate those that offer the all-inclusive package or full board; in this way you will have a great saving because you know that having lunch and dining out every day costs a lot. Special attention is paid to those who accept children up to 12 years free or at least 50% lower than adults.

The solution of the apartment does however save money compared to the hotel, it is enough to choose a good supermarket where to do the shopping. Here too it is better to opt for those who include water, electricity and gas in the price, perhaps even those for final cleaning. The younger ones who love to travel to the cities of Europe often choose the hostel as accommodation , where they can meet other young people and socialize; this is a really cheap and in vogue choice for those on the journey looking for an experience and not luxury, just adapt.

How to travel the world, spending as little as possible

Since there is internet to show photos and videos of incredible places, seemingly at hand, the desire to leave everything and leave has become even stronger. But then you have to deal with the budget and the bills to pay and the suitcase is immediately placed in the closet. So how do you travel the world spending as little as possible?

The first thing to do, of course, is to choose an economic destination . Instead of planning a vacation in the Norwegian fjords, you could buy a motorcycle and travel around India. Asia is an extraordinary continent, rich in culture and beauty and the most exciting thing is that these wonders are accessible to almost everyone. Countries like Nepal, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka or China allow you to spend full months spending just over $ 15 a day.

The same applies to Central America : Guatemala, Nicaragua and Salvador are among the cheapest countries in which to spend some time.

Another way to travel at low cost is to work in the places you visit . Of course, finding a temporary job is not easy but, for example, if you are a digital nomad and offer services via the internet, you can earn and travel at the same time .

And then there’s Woofing , the program that allows you to work in the countryside in exchange for food and lodging . By joining the WWOOF website and paying $ 40, you join the network that connects manpower and farmers around the world, willing to work at a farm in exchange for food and lodging. This is a way to travel to countries like Canada, Australia, the United States or Europe, where the cost of living is certainly higher .

Even the Coachsurfing is a way to travel without breaking the bank. Through this program, people make available a bed or sofa in their own home for others registered on the site. This is also a way to get in touch with the locals and experience the culture of a foreign country from within.

The Gold of Naples: all the stages not to be missed for a trip you will never forget

The most famous pizza in the world, a seafront promenade polished, the gulf as a hug and the energy of Vesuvius to fuel the liveliness of “the last people” (Beuce dixit). Timeless attractions embellished by a cultural offer from the international metropolis and the ever more decisive appeal of the hospitality of the author with addresses such as Palazzo Caracciolo in the heart of the historic center that extend up to Le Sirenuse di Positano .

Positano’s Sirenuse
“The high tourist potential of Naples and its magnificent surroundings we certainly do not find out today” – says Elisabetta Neri, founder of the company Nebe together with Fulvio Bettini, who soon became a leader in b2b promotion for travel and high profile private experiences – but it is clear that today, compared to ten years ago when I organized the Mediterranean Luxury event at the Grand Hotel Parkers , the city has made huge steps forward in all departments, an aspect that gave an important boost to operators in the tourism sector and travel agencies on measure. “Investments related to culture have increased and the enhancement of the immense artistic heritage.

Rione Sanità
The area between Naples and the Amalfi Coast boasts a concentration of Michelin stars that are difficult to match ( Palazzo Petrucci in Posillipo, the Refettorio of Conca dei Marini , Don Alfonso 1870 in Sant’Agata, La Sponda di Positano ) and the great names of local gastronomy range from Tommaso allo Scoglio in Marina del Cantone South of Marianna Vitale in Quarto passing through Locanda N’Tretella and L’Europeo di Mattozzi) are incessant following up to Cetara. And how not to be stunned by the warmth and color of the alleys, by the works inside the subway and those in the museums of ancient and contemporary art like Madre a Capodimonte . Mandatory stops like theNapoli Sotterranea and the Catacombs that contributed to the partial redevelopment of the Rione Sanità; district of the great Totò and starting point of our itinerary.

Christmas on the “mountain that was not there”: Bielmonte invites you to discover the Zegna Oasis

Alone, the scenic route to reach the Zegna Oasis is worth the trip. Not only for the breathtaking views of Monte Rosa and Alta Valsessera or for the naturalistic beauties of the territory that travels with its 26 kilometers, from Trivero to Valle Cervo . But also for its unique history (it is among the first roads built for tourism purposes) as an example precursor of environmental patronage in Italy, also recognized by the Italian Environment Fund in 2014.

We are, in fact, in a protected natural oasis in the Biella Alps , in Piedmont , about an hour and a half drive from both Turin and Milan, a mountain area of ​​about 100 square kilometers open to all with free access (friends four-legged included) in every season. In winter, with the first snowflakes, Bielmonte opens its ski area becoming a destination for sport, initiatives and fun “snow and slow”.

Since December 8th the long “white” season has started, arriving at Christmas and New Year’s events raising the curtain on a long slalom of attractions, temptations and emotions on the snow until spring when the oasis will be painted green and all the colors of spring and its famous Conca dei Rododendri: a garden in the mountains, landscape work designed by Ermenegildo Zegna and in the fifties implemented by architect Pietro Porcinai, more recently expanded by Paolo Pejrone, where nature shows every spring with an explosion of rhododendrons of different colors that have earned the title of “the most beautiful flowering in Italy”.

A territory with a unique history, the result of the work illuminated by Ermenegildo Zegna that started in the 1930s a project capable of reconciling the preservation of nature and tourism development. Speaking of snow, even the idea of ​​building a ski resort accessible from a panoramic viewpoint: create the “mountain of the Biellese”, a place that was not there and became real where to take the children to ski. And not only.

From Doha to Zurich, the top ten of the most beautiful airports in the world. With Singapore in mind that invites new year

A rooftop terrace with over 100 species of cacti, a fitness center, nature trails, a supermarket, three spas, a clinic, a business center, two cinemas with free admission, a pool, interactive art exhibits, all open 24 hours a day, plus a spectacular butterfly garden that alone is worth the long break. And if you have more than five hours available, a free visit to the city is also offered to travelers.

Where is it? At the airport. In Singapore. We are talking about the most beautiful terminal in the world: the Changi of Singapore , one of the best in the world according to Skytrax , the British company that operates in civil aviation and is a leader in the evaluation and classification of airlines and airports (more than 550 calls) .

For 2018, as every year, has drawn up a list of the best airports in the world, voted by 13.7 million international travelers, based on a large survey that takes into account the overall satisfaction of passengers. The questions concern accessibility, both in and out, convenience and convenience, in addition to the variety of restaurants, bars and shops in the various terminals.

To win the podium for Skytrax is, therefore, the Singapore-Changi airport, the main city of the Asian city-state, which can also be the landing and the right starting point for those looking for a special place to celebrate the New Year’s arrival: Singapore offers the Marina Bay countdown , a big party with music, entertainment of all kinds and a magnificent fireworks display at midnight. Set against the city’s skyline, the countdown invites all visitors to come together and toast the new year together in an engaging way.

The Marina Bay Singapore countdown offers an exciting line-up with light projections, traveling shows, DJs, food festivals, bazaars and, ça va san dire , the expected fireworks at midnight. It will be, for the first time in Singapore, a show of over an hour of Star Island : fireworks, cutting-edge technology and 3D surround sound that merge to give life to impressive performances and spectacular light shows and colors .

Holidays in igloo

It is said that the cold is combated with the cold, so why, beyond the joke, do not plan a trip to the ice in the middle of winter? But the real yet delightful offer offered in authentic igloos transformed into welcoming, extraordinary hotels and, in contrast to the extremely rigid surrounding temperatures, also very warm.

After escaping the real heat of the Christmas holidays just finished, for those who want to capture the advantages of the low season and the charm of the winter is now the best time to leave. Here from the closest France to the farthest Scandinavia five European destinations to try. Inside and out, select from to experience an “on the rocks” holiday sleeping in the ice.

Blacksheep Village Igloo, France

With views of Mont Blanc and located in one of the largest ski areas in the world, Blacksheep Village should be on every list of snow lovers. Each igloo comes complete with special duvets to keep guests warm and pampered during cold nights. Off the slopes, you can enjoy a drink by the fire and rejuvenating fondues.

Northern Lights Village, Finland

Ice suites, glass cabins and traditional chalets, this is the offer of the luxurious Northern Lights Village in Finland: a must to be for those who adore icy landscapes. Located in Saariselka, this hotel is a magical observation point to see the Northern Lights and shooting stars. Remember the video camera to capture this show.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

Refrigerate at Sorrinsniva Igloo Hotel in Norway. Made with 250 tons of ice and 7000 cubic meters of snow, this hotel is the perfect place for lovers of active holidays. Guests can also enjoy exciting snow activities such as sleigh rides with dogs or snowmobile safaris.

Igloo Are, Sweden

Families looking for a snow adventure find their paradise in Igloo Are in Sweden. Hot chocolate galore, thermal baths and shooting stars in abundance, it will be hard not to be enchanted by staying in this hotel. The hotel also houses two outdoor pools with very hot water and a large sauna.

Ice Hotel, Sweden

Location nestled and built in the frozen tundra, it is the first ice hotel built in the world and boasts 1000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow and ice mix. It is open from December to mid-April offering many opportunities to relax and enjoy the Northern Lights. Every year the hotel has different ice interiors created by various artists and designers of the world.

Among the selection of rooms available, both hot and cold, the Art Suites stand out, each individually hand-carved and maintained between -5 and -8 ° C.

Taste conquers Copenhagen among a thousand lights in festivals for a brilliant winter

Copenhagen conquers the world. Elected as the best city of the Planet 2019 by the Lonely Planet guide, the Danish capital is above all more and more a very inviting destination and opens the year with a kaleidoscope of events for all tastes. Even in the middle of winter. It begins today with the Copenhagen Light Festival that after the success of its first edition last year, until February 24 conquers not only the tourists but the inhabitants themselves with its play of light and the many events and appointments around the city .

You can discover the light installations with guided tours, by bike, on foot, by kayak or by a boat tour on the canals, but also independently thanks to a new application with interactive map. “The Danish capital of cool is unstoppable”, said Lonely Planet describing the city awarded and globally recognized as a center of reference for Scandinavian design and architecture as well as being a continuous food scene and having excellent credentials in terms of sustainability.

The confirmation is immediately tangible from the opportunities offered throughout 2019, a year that celebrates the 800th anniversary of Dannebrog , the Danish flag, the oldest in the world dating back to 1219 and this year is celebrated with emphasis on design and innovation . It is no coincidence that Queen Margrethe wanted the monogram to be redesigned as well.

A must for those who fly in the Danish capital is certainly a visit to the Tivoli Gardens that for the entire month of February (including the next party of lovers on February 14 for Valentine’s Day), join the Copenhagen Light Festival to offer a wonderful show composed from 15 light installations.

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Before or after the visit, if you are a couple, also a choice of candlelit dinners in the various restaurants of Tivoli that propose truly romantic situations. The unique and original wellness experience in the port of Copenhagen is worth a try: a tour of the canals on a steamboat relaxing in a heated wooden spa. You can also bring food and drinks on board if you prefer. And after a while ‘soaking in, a pleasant hot sauna awaits guests inside with a view of the harbor unmissable thanks to its panoramic window.

Useful tips for the first trip to India

If there is a country that fascinates us and has always inspired us, it is India . Although each of us sees different things: there are spiritual and hypertechnological india, the india of the metropolis and that of the deserts, the continuous zig-za between misery and nobility (that of the maharaja ), the yogi version and the Holi party, the festival of colors. Images that run after each other, and even if it does not seem, all belong to the same country, which some consider a real subcontinent.

But what does it mean to go to India in 2019? The country covers over 3 million 200 thousand km, that is more than 10 times the extension of Italy, so it is impossible to think of reducing it to a single journey. And above all it can not be reduced to its cliches.

As Federico Rampini wrote :

“Pasolini had no doubt that India would remain as long as he saw it: a hell, moving because it was populated by mild, resigned individuals, but without a future … Since then, only one has passed since it was enough to overturn. everything: India itself, then our prejudices about her, her weight in contemporary history, her centrality for our future … “.

Personally my India started with a trip to Delhi, when I discovered in December that one of the first Italian airlines, had opened direct flights from Milan to New Delhi and Mumbai, at promotional rates: the idea of ​​traveling without stops on me it can a lot.

The hope is that soon other companies will also allow easy connections from Italy to the country of the monsoons, so you can also visit everything else, following the itinerary recommended by Marco Peci, an expert on Indian travel.

“The first time you go to India I suggest going to the North, and visiting the monumental part of Moghul and pre-Islamic origin: from Agra, where you find Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Rajastan and then move towards Khajuraho and Varanasi, to have an overview of monumental India “.

A temple route from Taj Mahal (Agra) to the erotic temples of Khajuraho (which represent only a small part of its monumental richness), from the Chand Baori, the famous stairwell located in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur, Varanasi, the holy city bathed by the Ganges.

“For the second trip instead I would aim to the south, where the atmosphere is much more relaxed than the excited north, where India gets rid of chaos and even temples can be visited more calmly”.

What to expect. “India is a fairly difficult country for us Europeans” – continues Peci. “The impact with a country so crowded destabilizes us, and even poverty can not leave us indifferent, even if the situation has improved a lot compared to 15 years ago. The advice is not to have a travel approach in the US: here it is everything is more complicated.The mishap is just around the corner, and even taking a train can be a business.Who wants to cover long journeys has two options: either dedicating to India a long time or relying on someone “local” who he arranges the trip and the movements, of course the roads will still require long distances: to make 200 km in India you will never travel in two hours, it will take at least 4 or 5 “.