But I’m not here to talk about airline uniforms, though there would be no harm in it, and I will get back to you on that.
More importantly these behemoths of the skies are only getting us flying again.
Emirates will begin flying to and from Dublin from June 15.
Among 16 other cities to Dubai, the others being Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane.
Check Emirates’ website for conditions and prices and keep updated on Ireland’s travel rules.
All’s well that ends well
There are worse ways to spend an afternoon than aboard an Etihad airplane in Dublin Airport.
Getting the full VIP treatment and winning air miles. Only I haven’t cashed them in yet.
But I will when the Scary One lets me get travelling again… and, no it’s nothing to do with COVID.
There’s always a big welcome from our friends at Etihad and they have introduced Wellness Ambassadors to deal with your every flying need.
Continental Europe is the great treasure on our doorstep but it is caught in something of a musical time warp.
Walking the Camino I stopped off at a wayside inn where they were tapping their feet to the Falco (who?) song Rock Me Amadeus.
Which is my circuitous way of flagging up the building of river cruise ship Amadeus Cara for next year.
The new cruise ship boasts 73 spacious luxury cabins (17.5m²) and 12 AMADEUS suites (26.4m²).
Yes, you’ll be rolling down the river but you’ll also have plenty to do including:
– Modern fitness area – Hair and massage salon – Panorama Restaurant – The Panorama Bar which offers space for events and talks and where the AMADEUS musicians perform every evening – Lift between decks
The maiden voyage of AMADEUS Cara will be the 8-day Danube Rhapsody cruise from/to Passau at the end of April 2021.
For the remaining season, the cruise ship will be travelling on the Danube to the Black Sea, as well as between Amsterdam and Basel on the Rhine.
Princess Cruises is increasing by six months the Australia and New Zealand season of the 2,670-guest Sapphire Princess.
The ship will now arrive in Australiaon May 1 and sail Down Under for 12 months.
This adds a total of 47 new cruises from five major Australian cities to the season.
The ship was previously scheduled to sail in Asia from May-October.
Sapphire Princess will arrive into Perth (Fremantle) following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The full season comprises 171 port calls including:
· A10-nightCoral Coast voyage sailing from Perth (Fremantle), visiting West Australia’s coastal destinations such as Broome, Geraldton and Exmouth. DepartingMay 4, 2020.
· A17-nightNorthern Explorer between Sydney and Perth (Fremantle) visiting destinations such as Geraldton and Cairns. Departing Perth (Fremantle)on June 8, 2020
· Roundtrip voyages to Fiji from Brisbane and Sydney including a12-nightFiji cruise sailing from Sydney visiting Dravuni Island and Lautoka. DepartingJune 25, 2020
· Australia Circumnavigation voyages from Sydney, Adelaide and Perth (Fremantle) including an inaugural 28-night Round Australia cruise out of Adelaide.
Visiting Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island, Port Arthur, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Yorkeys Knob, Alotau, Darwin, Kimberley Coast (Scenic Cruising), Broome, Geraldton, Perth (Fremantle), Margaret River (Busselton) and Adelaide.
Departing from Perth (Fremantle)10 August, 2020
The new cruises are on salefrom Thursday, February 27.
Sapphire Princess will receive MedallionNet WiFifrom June 4, offering guests the fastest Wi-Fi at sea.