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Holland America Line’s popular new Club Orange premium amenities program will be available on all ships in the fleet by October 2019. Currently on nine ships, Club Orange gives guests an additional level of luxury and service with priority access, exclusive amenities and special events.

Club Orange is available to purchase for a limited number of non-suite staterooms on each sailing, and features stateroom upgrades within the category booked and a special “Captain’s Choice” onboard event. Guests in Neptune and Pinnacle suites will also receive all of the benefits of Club Orange at no additional charge (excluding the stateroom upgrade and onboard event). All Club Orange guests are privy to extra privileges — from a private dining venue to priority services and a dedicated concierge hotline.

“Club Orange is fast becoming a favorite on board with its exclusive services like priority access and private dining, so we’re pleased to expand this program fleet wide so even more guests can take advantage of the benefits,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Club Orange is an exceptional value and our guests appreciate how much the extra touches and services enhance their cruise experience. And with the newly added stateroom upgrade and special event for guests purchasing the program, the value is even greater.”

New Amenities for Club Orange

Guests who purchase Club Orange will receive an upgrade within the booked category to the best available stateroom. The upgrade will be based on availability at the time of Club Orange purchase. Also new to the program is a “Captain’s Choice” event that takes place during the cruise, also exclusively for guests who purchase Club Orange. The event could be one of several planned special experiences that may include a behind the scenes hotel department tour, exclusive pre-opening shopping access, private coffee chat with Music Walk musicians and cast members and more. 

Priority Access

Amenities that come with the exclusive Club Orange program include priority check-in and disembarkation, priority tender service and priority alternative restaurant reservations made on board. Club Orange guests also have a dedicated line at Guest Services and the shore excursion desk, as well as a dedicated concierge hotline on board for dining reservations, tour assistance, general questions and support.

Private Dining

For most of the fleet, a dedicated section of the dining room will be designated for use by Club Orange guests for breakfast and dinner. On Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, a separate Club Orange restaurant is open every day for breakfast and dinner. The venue serves the same menu featured in Pinnacle Grill for breakfast and the dining room for dinner. Menus on all ships will feature additional daily dishes exclusive to Club Orange.

Additional benefits to Club Orange members include an enhanced in-stateroom à la carte breakfast dining menu with complimentary premium selections such as steak and eggs or smoked salmon Benedict, a welcome glass of sparkling wine at dinner on embarkation day, premium bathrobe for use in stateroom (and available for purchase and monogramming), and an exclusive Club Orange tote bag.

The cost of Club Orange is $47 AUD per person per day on Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam and $33 AUD per person per day on all others ships. The first and second guest in the same stateroom are both required to purchase the program. There is no additional charge for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom. Club Orange must be purchased prior to cruise departure for the full length of the cruise and is not available for purchase on board.

Once a guest has booked their cruise, their travel advisor can add Club Orange by contacting their Mondo Travel Specialist on 0800 110 108.

Source: Francis Travel Marketing

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Luftner River Cruises have a brand new itinerary for 2020 - German Riverscapes from Passau to Trier!

This 9 day cruise combines the majesty of two great European rivers - the Rhine and the Danube. Explore the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles, and experience the tranquil Main meanders.

Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal - a stunning technological marvel - as you transit onto the beautiful Danube. Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg.

For details of dates and pricing please contact your Mondo Travel Specialist on 0800 110 108.

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Fiji Airways today announced the leasing of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Malindo Air, to cover schedules due to the extended global grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Malindo Air will operate flights on behalf of Fiji Airways between Nadi (Fiji) and Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch. The temporary lease arrangement ensures minimum disruption to guests’ travel plans.
The aircraft comes equipped with 12 Business Class seats and 150 Economy Class Seats, each with its own personal inflight entertainment system. With its two-cabin configuration similar to that of a Fiji Airways Boeing 737, guests will be pleased with the onboard facilities of the leased aircraft. The aircraft comes with its own pilots and cabin crew, with a Fiji Airways Purser or Senior Flight Attendant onboard to oversee the award-winning cabin experience Fiji Airways is regarded for.
Earlier this year Fiji Airways was awarded the coveted Skytrax 4-Star rating at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, joining a select group of elite airlines in this prestigious category. At the same Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, Fiji Airways also leapfrogged from 4th to 1st place to take up “Best Airline Staff in Australia Pacific”, signaling the airline’s continued commitment to world class service and customer experience.
The first Fiji Airways flight operated by Malindo Air will be a Nadi to Brisbane service on 16th September 2019. Malindo Air is a Malaysian airline with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The carrier currently operates a young fleet of Boeing 737-900ER, 737-800 and ATR72-600 aircraft for both domestic and international flights. It operates 800 flights weekly to over 40 destinations.

For further detail please contact your local Mondo Travel Specialist on 0800 110 108.

Source: Fiji Airways (10Sep19). 
 

submitted by -- Tony Terrill