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first_img“Had a great interaction with youth from Jammu and Kashmir who are touring different parts of India as a part of Watan Ko Jaano initiative,” the Prime Minister tweeted later. “We had a discussion on various issues like infrastructure development, sports facilities, education and employment opportunities in J&K,” he added. PTI AKK AKKlast_img

When was the last time India played limited-overs cricket without Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni?

first_imgVirat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were among some top India cricketers rested for the T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka also featuring Bangladesh.After an arduous tour of South Africa, where India won nine out of their 12 matches, it was thought best to give the senior pros some rest.Kohli, who had got a break from the limited-overs leg just before the South Africa tour, performed admirably again and amassed 871 runs from three Tests, six ODIs and two T20Is. He was rested from the final T20I due to a stiff back. In the process, Kohli scored the most runs by an Indian captain on an away tour. The previous most for India was by Rahul Dravid who made 645 runs on West Indies tour in 2006. Overall, It’s the second most by any captain behind Graeme Smith’s tally of 937 against England in 2003. Kohli scored 27 in the two first two T20Is, 558 in the ODI series and 286 in the three Tests.Pandya played all 12 matches on tour while Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah were rested at different times.Dhoni played all six ODIs and three T20Is.All these players will soon feature in the Indian Premier League which will be followed by a one-off Test against Afghanistan before India embark on their tour of Ireland and England.Not surprisingly then, India decided to rest their stars – Kohli and Dhoni among them. In Kohli’s absence Rohit Sharma was named captain of the T20I team and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was named his deputy.advertisement Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team in T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka (BCCI Photo)It’s not often India have played without either of Kohli or Dhoni over the last decade.The last time India took the field in a limited-overs tour without Kohli and Dhoni was 32 months ago – back in July 2015 for an ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe.However, India did not miss their top guns against Zimbabwe – Ajinkya Rahane, who captained India in the absence of Dhoni and Kohli – oversaw a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts. The teams shared honours in the two-match T20I series with both winning one match each.Ambati Rayudu finished as the leading run-getter with 165 runs from two ODI matches while Kedar Jadhav (126) and Stuart Binny (120) also enjoyed a successful tour. Binny also finished with six wickets in the ODIs while Bhuvneshwar and Axar Patel grabbed five wickets each.Of course, neither Kohli nor Dhoni played in the final Test of the four-match series against Australia in Dharamsala in March 2017.Kohli had been rested following a shoulder injury he sustained in Ranchi while Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in December 2014.last_img read more

Celtic & Rangers nicknames explained & meaning behind them

first_imgCeltic and Rangers can lay claim to being two of the most dominant clubs in world football, having controlled the Scottish domestic scene in a duopoly for virtually their whole existence.Scotland’s two most popular clubs have gained a rivalry that few in world football can match, with their roots going deep and running strong.One of the great traditions in football, of course, is the nickname, and over the years a few have become popularised for Glasgow’s biggest sides. Here are some of the most commonly used and why they have come into being. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The BhoysCeltic’s most commonly used nickname is the Bhoys, which dates back to the foundation of the club in the late 19th century. Formed by Brother Walfrid in an attempt to improve living conditions for those in Glasgow’s East End, primarily an area where the large Irish Catholic population lived, the club took the nickname to reflect its heritage. The extra ‘h’ in Bhoys imitates the spelling system in Gaelic, which often sees the letter follow a ‘b’. The first known use of the term dates back to a postcard from the early 20th century that pictures the Celtic side of the time and is labelled ‘The Bould Bhoys’.The HoopsCeltic have not always played in their now synonymous green and white Hoops, adopting the look only in 1903 after initially playing in all white then in green and white stripes. It is unimaginable now that they would turn out in anything but their traditional shirt, with the club refusing to put numbers on the back of their players until 1994 so as not to disfigure the hoops. Indeed, one of the most popular replica tops was the 1992-93 edition, which did not feature a sponsor and, therefore, had unblemished hoops. Given the club has such a love affair with the pattern, it is little surprise that one of their popular nicknames is derived from it.Alfredo Morelos, RangersThe GersLike many of the best nicknames, Rangers’ most popular moniker comes from a simple shortening of their name. Ironically, fans often refer to the club as ‘Glasgow Rangers’, although the city in which they play has never formed part of their name officially. The Teddy BearsWhen Cockney rhyming slang became popular in the 1970s, the nickname of the Teddy Bears began to spread in popularity for Rangers. Said in a thick Glasgow accent, ‘Bears’ is pronounced ‘Berrs’ to rhyme with ‘Gers’, which is the simple explanation as to how the Ibrox club got their unusual name.The Light BluesRangers have played in blue since they were formed in 1872 and the nickname simply refers to their traditional colours.last_img read more

Barcelona vs Villarreal: Messi makes first start of season

first_imgBarcelona approach their La Liga match at Camp Nou against Villarreal on Tuesday under pressure to gain a positive result.Ernesto Valverde’s job is on the line as the Catalans sit with just seven points on the board through five matches, boasting just a couple of competitive victories this season and coming off the back of a humiliating 2-0 loss at Granada at the weekend.Villarreal actually make the trip sitting a point better off than their opponents, having scored back-to-back wins over Leganes and Valladolid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Will Barca’s crisis amplify or can this be the beginning of a turnaround for the defending Primera Division champions? Game Barcelona vs Villarreal Date Tuesday, September 24 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be shown live on Premier Sports 2 and Premier Player HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 2 Premier Player HD Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Neto Defenders Pique, Lenglet, Semedo, Junior, Todibo Midfielders Busquets, Arthur, Roberto, De Jong, Vidal, Alena Forwards Griezmann, Fati, Suarez, Messi, Dembele Lionel Messi, newly anointed as FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player, is fully fit and after two appearances from the bench will be thrust into the starting XI in his side’s hour of need.Junior Firpo is set to continue at left-back due to the absence of Jordi Alba, though he had a difficult first start for the club at the weekend.Ousmane Dembele is available off the bench but Samuel Umtiti is out.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Junior; Roberto, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann Position Villarreal squad Goalkeepers Asenjo, Fernandez Defenders Pena, Albiol, Torres, Quintilla, Funes Mori, Florin Midfielders Zambo Anguissa, Iborra, Chukwueze, Cazorla, Gomez, Ontiveros, Morientes Forwards Moreno, Toko Ekambi, Bacca Alberto Moreno misses out due to injury, while Bruno Soriano and Ramiro Guerra are also both on the sidelines.Sergio Asenjo will continue in goal, having started the season as second choice.Villarreal starting XI: Asenjo; Pena, Albiol, Torres, Quintilla; Zambo Anguissa, Iborra; Chukwueze, Cazorla, Ontiveros; MorenoBetting & Match Odds Barcelona are strong 2/7 favourites to win this match with  bet365 . Villarreal are an 8/1 outshot, while the draw is on offer at 11/2.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Ernesto Valverde Barcelona Valencia Copa del Rey 2019The stakes are high as Barcelona host Villarreal at Camp Nou on Tuesday, with defeat likely to mean a premature end to Ernesto Valverde’s stay at the Catalan club.With seven points in five matches, Barca are already said to be in crisis, particularly as they were comprehensively outplayed in last weekend’s Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund, a match in which goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen allowed them to secure a 0-0 draw.The hosts should feel fortunate that Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid – their chief rivals for the title – have also stumbled out of the blocks and they are not already facing an intimidating deficit to make up as they seek to preserve their status as Spanish champions.Valverde is under no illusions as to his current job security.“It’s nothing new,” he argued. “There’s a huge demand on all of us coaches, even more so at Barcelona. I’m in a position where results matter. It’s time to get over this pothole.”Playing away from home has proven to be particularly problematic for Barca this season, with the Catalans having scored successive 5-2 victories over Real Betis and Valencia in their only previous outings at Camp Nou this season.Indeed, Villarreal boss Javi Calleja was at pains to point out that Barcelona’s problems have very much been a case of travel sickness.“It’s true they would have wanted a better start to the season, but it’s been away from home that they have been touched,” he said. “At home, they’ve shown their potential and their quality. They’re one of the best teams in the world. We’ve started well but we know what Barcelona are.”While the Yellow Submarine may have picked up a head of steam thanks to a draw against Real Madrid followed by wins over Leganes and Valladolid, Calleja predicts a very different type of match in store for his side.“They base their game on possession, with great individuals, and that demands that we’re perfect to get a positive result,” he said.If Villarreal do manage the perfect game, it will very likely be the end for Valverde at Barca. Even early in the season, there is much on the line.last_img read more

Suarez on target as Barca see off Getafe

first_imgLuis Suarez set Barcelona on their way to a first away victory of the LaLiga season as they won 2-0 at Getafe on Saturday.Forget the often hare-brained defending from the Catalan giants, Barcelona got what they came for: three points safely accrued ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Inter.For coach Ernesto Valverde, the pressure eases just a little, and the fact they notched this victory without Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele, both sidelined with thigh injuries, is another source of encouragement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Suarez lobbed in the 41st-minute opener, and Junior Firpo tucked in Barcelona’s second from close range early in the second half for his first goal for the club. Getafe spurned first-half chances they might have gobbled up on another day and Clement Lenglet’s 84th-minute dismissal for two yellow cards came too late to give them any real advantage.Valverde fielded a front three of Carles Perez, Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. The game largely passed Griezmann by, not for the first time since his summer switch from Atletico Madrid.Getafe were unbeaten in their last eight home LaLiga matches; however, Barcelona had won on 10 of their 14 previous visits to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in LaLiga, more than any other visiting side. What a beautiful sight! #ForcaBarça #GetafeBarca pic.twitter.com/1I3olRMxOU— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 28, 2019Perez tested David Soria in the Getafe goal early on, before Suarez stabbed a shot wide following a smart throughball from Frenkie de Jong.Barcelona’s defence was then picked apart too easily, with Angel allowed space to shoot from six yards, his strike blocked by the legs of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Jaime Mata had a close-range effort deflect wide off Junior at the other, with Barcelona increasingly shambolic at the back. Inter will have taken encouragement.But Suarez pounced to give Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute when a clearance from Ter Stegen turned into a great long ball for the Uruguayan striker to chase, and he lobbed Soria in style.Soria was culpable for Barcelona’s second four minutes into the second half, as he could only push a 25-yard shot from Perez back into play, and Junior had an easy finish.Suarez and Perez almost added to the lead, while Arthur nearly fired past Soria into an empty net after the goalkeeper went walkabout, but two was enough. What does it mean? Barca punish wasteful hostsIt means what we already knew: that Barcelona will typically have too much firepower, if the opposition fail to take their own chances. There was little liquid football on show from the defending LaLiga champions, but a big boot downfield from their goalkeeper and a composed finish from their arch predator defined this game. Sometimes such rudimentary football will do. At other times, they will need to find a greater finesse.Ter Stegen makes historyIncredibly, Ter Stegen’s long kick that set up Suarez resulted in a first LaLiga assist by a Barcelona goalkeeper in the 21st century. It was an altogether un-Barcelona-like piece of playing out from the back.1 – @mterstegen1 has become the first @FCBarcelona’s keeper to provide an assist in #LaLiga 21st Century. Pioneer#GetafeBarca pic.twitter.com/Lzxz9xkCXZ— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 28, 2019No Messi, yet too messyMessi typically has little direct involvement in Barcelona’s defending, but whenever he is on the pitch the Argentinian hoists up the standards of those around him. Without him on Saturday, Barcelona lacked guile. It was nowhere more obvious than in their rocky rearguard where some laughable interplay played into Getafe’s hands. Inter are unlikely to be as sparing with their finishing as Getafe.Key Opta facts- Barcelona have won 11 LaLiga games at Coliseum Alfonso Perez more than any other side.- Junior has scored six goals in his LaLiga career, all of them against different opponents.- Barcelona have had 10 different scorers in LaLiga this season, more than any other side in the top five European Leagues. – Suarez has been involved in seven goals in his seven LaLiga games against Getafe (five goals and two assists). What’s next?A major test awaits Barcelona as they tackle Serie A high-flyers Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday. Getafe face FC Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday. read morelast_img read more

Non-league football: Clarkston 48, Columbia River 27

first_img Published: October 27, 2018, 12:23am The Columbian Share: Columbia River Chieftains Tags By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Columbia River led after the first quarter, and was ahead 15-14 with eight minutes to play in the second quarter, but visiting Clarkston took the lead for good with four minutes to play in the half at 21-15.A 75-yard TD pass increased the lead to 28-15, but River clawed by to within one possesion on a 5-yard TD run.Clarkston added a 9-yard TD run for a 35-22 lead, and then a 70-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to ice the game.Specific details from the non-league game were not reported.CLARKSTON 48, COLUMBIA RIVER 27Clarkston 7 14 14 13–48Col.River 8 7 6 6–27Scoring summary, stats were not reported. Non-league football: Clarkston 48, Columbia River 27 GO Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

An Interview with Alaskan Dream Cruises

first_imgTravel Professional NEWS® speaks with Jamey Cagle, Senior Vice President of Alaskan Dream Cruises.  First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to speak with us, we know that 2017 is showing promise as a GREAT year in the Travel Industry, can you give us some exciting things that are new with your line? The Alaska Native-owned, small-ship cruise line Alaskan Dream Cruises will offer guests a chance to combine their 2017 cruise vacations with land packages to Denali National Park and Preserve, Seward, Valdez, Anchorage and Fairbanks through a new partnership with John Hall’s Alaska. Passengers aboard Alaskan Dream Cruises’ “Alaska’s Glacier Bay and Island Adventure” itinerary spend seven nights cruising the famed Inside Passage between Sitka and Juneau on the Chichagof Dream. Now they can extend their stay in Alaska on one of two John Hall’s Alaska land itineraries: the seven-night “Denali Explorer” or the eight-night “Grand Slam Alaska.” Both the seven-night “Denali Explorer” and the eight-night “Grand Slam Alaska” travel by deluxe motor coach and the Alaska Railroad with a group of no more than 42 guests. Spending time deep within the wilderness of Denali National Park and Preserve, both trips explore Southcentral and Interior Alaska and offer a wide-array of premier excursions in Alaska’s larger cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well as in small towns like Valdez, Seward and Talkeetna. Days are filled with activities, such as flightseeing over Denali, North America’s largest peak; visiting a dog mushing kennel; and taking a private jet boat tour into Devil’s Canyon. Meals are included, as well as accommodations at award-winning properties. A John Hall’s Alaska land tour manager accompanies guests on every adventure providing educational enrichment, a local’s point-of-view and assistance in searching for Alaska’s big five: moose, caribou, bear, Dall sheep and wolves. Both land packages begin and end in Anchorage and pair perfectly as pre-cruise tours. After the tour, guests can make a connecting flight from Anchorage to either Sitka or Juneau, where Alaskan Dream Cruises adventures begin. Guests who are looking for a post-cruise tour or who are on other Alaskan Dream itineraries can speak with an Alaskan Dream Cruises reservation specialist about trip coordination. These cruise and land tour combinations are available between June 2 and Sept. 3. Prices for the land tours start at $5,270 and include a hotel night and breakfast during the transition between land and sea. Rates for the seven-night “Alaska’s Glacier Bay and Island Adventure” cruise start at $3,990. Accommodations on the ship, all meals during the cruise, scheduled shore excursions, airport transfers, use of recreational equipment and standard onboard services are included. Detailed information on these land and cruise packages can be found at www.alaskandreamcruises.com/land. Alaskan Dream Cruises is also expanding its seven-night True Alaskan Family Cruises in 2017 with an overnight stay and second day of exploration in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The extra time in Glacier Bay allows families and multi-generational groups to spend more time bonding over wildlife watching, glacier viewing and exploring on foot. They will not only disembark in Bartlett Cove near the park’s visitor center, but also in Reid Inlet, near Reid Glacier, a more remote, wilderness area that cruise travelers typically only sail past. In Bartlett Cove, the only inhabited area of the park, adults and kids alike will marvel at “Snow,” the largest humpback whale skeleton exhibit in the United States. The newly opened Huna Tribal House, the first permanent clan house in Glacier Bay in 250 years, is also nearby. The clan house is a gathering place for tribal members, but it will also be a learning place for visitors interested in Tlingit history and culture. The 74-passenger Chichagof Dream will anchor for the night in the far reaches of Glacier Bay after guests spend the first day in Bartlett Cove and enjoying the scenery and wildlife around the Marble Islands, Gloomy Knob and Margerie Glacier, known for dramatic calving that brings everyone to the deck railing. On the second day, guests will cruise past Lamplugh Glacier and back out of the bay after the stop at Reid Inlet. A National Park Service ranger and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive guide will be aboard to spend time with families and share unique perspectives on the park’s natural wonders and history as an Alaska Native ancestral home. Kids can even become a Junior Ranger. Family cruises are also staffed with a designated Youth Expedition Leader, who leads activities and educational programs specific for young cruisers. Other major highlights of the family cruises include searching for fossils in Saginaw Bay, whale watching in Frederick Sound, roasting s’mores at Orca Point Lodge and enjoying a DIB (Demaree Inflatable Boat) excursion in Tracy Arm Fjord. Families can also join the Killer Whale Club by taking a refreshingly cool dip in the ocean. There are two 2017 departures: July 9 and July 23. Cruise fares start at $4,390 for adults; children age 15 and under receive a 30 percent discount. Accommodations on the ship, all meals during the cruise, scheduled shore excursions, airport transfers, use of recreational equipment and standard onboard services are included. The family cruises are designed for multi-generational groups and families with children age seven and up, although all ages are welcome. When creating the itineraries, the Allen family, who owns Alaskan Dream Cruises and have raised generations of their family in Alaska, considered the experiences that resonated from their lives and needed to be shared with others. Their goal was to immerse families in the natural wonders and adventures of Alaska, surrounded by wildlife and indigenous cultures. What unique value proposition does your line bring to the consumer? For example, destination, culinary, onboard experience, etc.   Alaskan Dream Cruises is the only Alaska-owned and operated cruise line. We offer “True Alaska with True Alaskans” because we specialize in providing guests with our insider’s view and arranging experiences sought out by locals. Itineraries combine not-to-miss destinations, like Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and Tracy Arm Fjord, with more remote natural areas and small Native villages. Wildlife viewing, wilderness exploration and cultural experiences are prioritized, with flexible itineraries allowing ship captains to alter plans when extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities arise. On each Alaskan Dream Cruises itinerary, guests can take advantage of daily educational presentations by naturalists and cultural heritage guides who share unique perspectives on the area’s natural wonders, culture and history. On board each ship, meals are prepared to highlight local ingredients and wild Alaska seafood, and can be paired with Alaska spirits. Even the soaps and shampoos in guest cabins are Alaska-made products. There is no doubt that one of the major benefits of Small Ship Cruising is being able to go to unique destinations and go where some other lines just cannot get to! What new and exciting destinations and or areas have you been exploring? In 2016, Alaskan Dream Cruises added a “True Alaska Exploration” feature to cruise itineraries. These are unscripted days for adventures, often a hike, wildlife encounters or wilderness discovery that the Allen family, the company’s founders, experienced during their personal explorations and asked staff to share with guests. Often these opportunities are in very remote bays, where guests can kayak or explore in shallow water expedition craft (DIBs). In addition, Alaskan Dream Cruises focuses on taking guests to smaller unique towns, where they can experience Alaska’s culture. These off-the-beaten-path communities include the Tsimshian community of Metlakatla; Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world; Wrangell, the only city in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nations; and Kasaan, home of the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the U.S. Are you seeing an increase in family vacation bookings?  Alaskan Dream Cruises is offering two family cruises in 2017 and both are close to sold out already. With the demand of so many multigenerational groups traveling today, it’s not uncommon to have children on many of our regular sailings as well. Alaska is a fantastic destination for multigenerational and family vacations because there is so much to interest and entertain all ages. Do you offer enrichment themed cruises on cultural or other topics? Can you explain what makes these options unique for potential clients? Alaskan Dream Cruises has made cultural exploration a major focal point of every itinerary. Each cruise is staffed with a Cultural Heritage Guide, often an Alaska Native, who teaches guests about Alaska Native culture, including both historical and modern-day customs. Shore excursions often include cultural dance performances, historical walking tours, wood carving demonstrations and time with local residents in Alaska Native villages, like Kake and Metlakatla. Guests spend an entire day in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, cruising through the fjord to see wildlife and glaciers, including Margerie Glacier, known for dramatic calving that brings everyone to the deck railing. A National Park Service ranger and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive guide both spend the day with cruisers onboard the ship and share unique perspectives on the park’s natural wonders and history as an Alaska Native ancestral home. With Travel Professionals on the rise, will you be offering any new training or incentives for Travel Professionals to focus on your offerings? Alaskan Dream Cruises is developing an agent portal on its website and schedules training webinars for agents on a regular basis. In addition, travel professionals are encouraged to take advantage of discounted 2017 FAM rates, which are available now and up to 80 percent off. The best way to understand a product and be inspired to sell it is to experience it for oneself! What three things would you like to share with our Travel Professionals to assist in selling your line? 1. Alaskan Dream Cruises is a single-destination cruise line with seasonal operations. That makes it easy to understand the product quickly and it’s a worthwhile investment to take one of our webinars.Alaskan Dream Cruises is a small team that works together to assist travel professionals. Our staff is very approachable and committed to working with each agent to get them what they need.3. Our team is service oriented and is always happy to entertain out-of-the-box requests. Small Ship Cruising has come a long way over the years. What do you see as the next advancement in this growing marketplace? As the market grows, there’s a much broader range of small ships and we see the smallest ships advancing. Last year Alaskan Dream Cruises launched the 60-foot Misty Fjord, a blend between a commercial Alaska maritime boat and a modern expedition vessel, with only five guest cabins and a beautiful teak salon. The small size allows us to take guests into these beautiful nooks in the Alaska coastline and maneuver in secluded bays where guests can revel in Alaska’s wild landscapes and get close to the wildlife. Do you have any additional information you would like to say before we end our conversation? Alaska is a bucket-list destination that travelers dream of visiting. As cruisers become more discerning about the companies they travel with and seek to find “locally sourced” products,  Alaskan Dream Cruises stands out. We are the only Alaska-owned and operated cruise line. Our motto is “True Alaska with True Alaskans.” Our crew is local. Our guides are there to show you the insider’s view of this magnificent destination.last_img read more

Agents Booking Three Cabins on Scenic River Cruise Receive a Free Cabin…

first_imgBoston, July 2018 – Travel agents sell trips by establishing good relationships with their clients and having a solid understanding of the travel product they are promoting. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours believes that one of the best ways for agents to understand their fully-inclusive luxury travel products is to experience them for themselves. This firsthand knowledge can help elevate a travel agent’s sales pitch to a client from just describing the product to passionately promoting it. So Scenic is opening that ‘experience door’ by offering a free eight-day 2018 luxury Europe cruise for two to any travel agent who makes three 2018 Europe river cruise bookings between July 1 and August 31, 2017. The offer is restricted to one cruise per agent and is not applicable to group bookings. After making the three bookings, agents need to email the booking numbers, complete agent details and three preferred 2018 travel dates to info@scenicusa.com by September 5th. Additional details are available at www.scenicusa.com/agent-incentives. Scenic also offers a Scenic Specialist Course to augment the firsthand education of the travel agent. The Company’s insight into how best to sell travel draws upon a 30-year history of providing award-winning land tours and truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises. And because Scenic is one of the only cruise lines to offer truly all-inclusive fares, agents receive commissions on all services except hair salon services, massage treatments and port fees. Even gratuities, alcohol and shore excursions are included in the commissionable fare. The 5-star Scenic Space Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences – from private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including mini-bar re-stocked daily, to full-size private balcony staterooms – all making use of Scenic’s unique Sun Lounge technology – where the walkout open-air balcony can convert to an all-weather lounge with a push of a button, expanding the living area of the stateroom. Plus, there is a vitality pool on the Sun Deck (on several Space Ships), a guest lift between decks, wellness area and fitness center. On board cuisine offers multiple dining options, including the French tradition of dégustation at Table La Rive, fine dining at Portobellos and the more casual fare at the River Cafe. As with all Scenic river cruises, guests will never have to reach for the wallet or purse as everything (except a haircut or massage) is included: tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities that allow for a more personalized vacation, plus Scenic Enrich events which are exclusive to Scenic and its guests. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in 2018, the world’s first Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents, or from Scenic: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7987; or email: info@scenicusa.com. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.last_img read more

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Announces Plans to Build Additional Polar Vessel

first_imgNEW YORK, NY, July 18, 2018 — Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad”, the “Company”), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the building of a new polar expedition ship.  This state-of-the-art vessel, which is anticipated to be delivered in 2021, will be the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance in the first quarter of 2020. As demand for high quality and authentic expedition travel continues to accelerate, both through market expansion as well as from sustained investment in their marketing and sales infrastructure, Lindblad is committed to expanding capacity to provide a growing audience with the opportunity to explore the world’s most unique and remote locations. This will be the fourth polar vessel in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, joining the National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion, currently in operation, and the National Geographic Endurance, which is scheduled for delivery in early 2020.  The new vessel will be designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on immersing our guests in these amazing geographies. Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “We are extremely excited to announce the further expansion of our expedition fleet.  This is the next step of our long-term growth strategy to capitalize on the expanding demand for high quality adventure travel.  By marrying additional capacity with a dedicated and growing loyal customer base and fifty years of experience, we will be able to build upon our proven track record of delivering unparalleled expeditions to the world’s most remarkable destinations.”  About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through Forward Looking StatementsCertain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include the Company’s financial projections and may also generally be identified as such because the context of such statements will include words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe the Company’s financial guidance or future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (i) changes adversely affecting the business in which the Company is engaged; (ii) management of the Company’s growth and its ability to execute on its planned growth; (iii) general economic conditions; (iv) the Company’s business strategy and plans; (v) unscheduled disruptions in our business due to weather events, mechanical failures, or other events; (vi) compliance with laws and regulations; (vii) compliance with the financial and/or operating covenants in the Company’s Third amended and restated credit agreement; (viii) adverse publicity regarding the cruise industry in general; (ix) loss of business due to competition; (x) the result of future financing efforts; (xi) the inability to meet revenue and Adjusted EBITDA projections; (xii) delays and costs overruns with respect to the construction and delivery of newly constructed vessels; and (xiii) those risks described in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Stockholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More detailed information about factors that may affect the Company’s performance may be found in its filings with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov or athttp://www.expeditions.com in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.last_img read more

The TreadRight Foundation Unveils New Storytellers Video: Women’s Cooperative in Jordan

first_imgThe new video introduces The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands’ guests and audiences to the empowering Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative   BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 9, 2018 – The TreadRight Foundation – a not-for-profit supporting people, wildlife, and the planet for generations to come – has unveiled its newest video highlighting the organization’s recently added People project in Jordan; the Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative. The TreadRight led experience was hosted by TreadRight Ambassador Céline Cousteau, who was joined by a group of influential storytellers on a journey of exploration and discovery in awe-inspiring Jordan. The central goal of their trip was to gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of the Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative’s important work and future goals, as well as the struggles they might face as they look to achieve them. Unemployment for women in Jordan is at around 33% in urban areas and even higher than that in rural areas. The cooperative was founded in 1993 with the goal of making the women in the region financially independent as well as raise their standard of livingby increasing their income and preserving local heritage. Managed and run by local women, Iraq al-Amir has provided training projects on a variety of heritage handicrafts for more than 150 women from all villages of the Wadi Seer district of Jordan. The products are then also sold in the gift shop, as well as online. “The TreadRight Foundation is supporting the Iraq al-Amir Cooperative and together we’ll be working with this cooperative to upgrade the gift shop, as well as provide merchandising expertise, and allow the group to expand their food services, creating more income opportunities for the cooperative’s members,” explains Jordanian sustainable tourism consultant Muna Haddad. “We’re working together to help the cooperative to become a viable business.” “As an organization and with the support of The Travel Corporation (TTC) family of brands, we are working to make travel matter. The Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is a perfect example of the kind of initiative that can harness the power of travel and tourism and use it to make real, sustainable positive changes in people’s lives,” says Shannon Guihan, program director, The TreadRight Foundation. “It was a privilege to be so warmly welcomed at the cooperative and to hear the women’s incredible and powerful stories of lives transformed for the better through Iraq al-Amir. Now TTC has the honor of introducing our audiences to those stories through our new video and by taking guests to visit the cooperative in Jordan.” The TreadRight Foundation’s People pillar encourages the cultures, traditions, and arts of the communities TTC visits, seeking to enable these communities to experience the true benefit of travel and tourism through economic empowerment. This is achieved through support of micro-enterprises and community-based travel and tourism initiatives that build a positive future for community members and their families. TreadRight looks forward to helping TTC’s family of brands continue to make travel matter, working with influential storytellers, aligning with sustainability leaders, and partnering with meaningful projects across the planet For more details, please visit TreadRight.org. Join TreadRight’s social media community on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and follow the conversation using the hashtag #MakeTravelMatter  About The Travel CorporationThe Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful international travel group. Our philosophy is simple. To create enriching experiences for our travelers by combining an unbeatable mix of exceptional service and quality at great value. No matter what your taste, whether you are a family or a couple, a group or traveling solo – TTC offers something for everyone. Our multi-award-winning portfolio of 29 brands ranges from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences. As a worldwide travel expert with 40 sales offices and 10,000 team members serving 1.9 million travelers worldwide annually, we take our travelers to over 70 countries. Being a 4th generation, family-owned business that is financially independent, we pride ourselves on taking a long-term view, with an ethos of attention to detail in all areas of the company. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to help safeguard the planet, wildlife & people for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported over 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism through conservation, leadership and support for communities. The Foundation’s priorities are set by the Steering Committee. Past project partners include WWF, Conservation International, WildAid, The Travel Foundation and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include supporting various women’s social enterprises, the recently announced Wildlife Conservation Society’s Big Cat fund, WE.org and working with inspiring nature advocates like Céline Cousteau, Costas Christ and Terri Irwin. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org and follow us on Facebook , Instagram, and Twitterusing our hashtag #MakeTravelMatter.last_img read more