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  • Flag day for Britannia

    Flag day for Britannia

    Passengers on P&O Cruises’ soon-to-be-launched 141,000-ton liner will be left in little doubt of the vessel’s nationality. For the new ship, named Britannia, sports a massive 308-foot (94m) version of the Union flag on its bow – so painters must...

  • British MPs query role of border guards after missing girl feared to be in Syria

    Questions have been raised over the role of border officials in preventing aspiring jihadis travelling to Syria. Intelligence agencies and the police are responsible for detaining suspected extremists at the border, while limits on the ages of...

  • Days of searching for volcano victims

    Days of searching for volcano victims

    The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 earlier last week, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on...

  • Valletta’s first look at Costa Diadema

    Valletta’s first look at Costa Diadema

    The latest Costa Cruises vessel will be calling at Malta next month ahead of its inaugural cruise. The Costa Diadema, which will be christened in Genoa on November 7, will spend the morning of November 5 berthed in Grand Harbour as part of its...

  • New class of 2014

    New class of 2014

    A new seating class took off last week as Lufthansa flight LH 9880 left Frankfurt Airport on Thursday. It was the first Boeing 747-8 fitted with 32 premium economy class seats and it flew over Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein area for two hours to...

  • Grin and beer it during the Oktoberfest crowds

    Grin and beer it during the Oktoberfest crowds

    Visiting Munich during September and early October may be tough on the liver, but Annika Breidthardt reveals there is plenty to enjoy besides the beer festival. If you dislike crowds, noise or beer, this is not the time to visit Munich. Despite...

  • Athletes run in footsteps of a hero for Spartathlon

    Athletes run in footsteps of a hero for Spartathlon

    From a daring attempt by a group of friends to one of the most iconic endurance races in the world, the 246-km Spartathlon has defied the downturn in Greek sports, drawing record numbers as ultra marathons become more popular. In a country that...

  • No time; like the present?

    No time; like the present?

    When it’s spring again, I’ll bring again… plastic tulips from Amsterdam, a watch in a snow globe from Switzerland and a miniature Eiffel Tower from Paris. Ah, the bane of travelling that is souvenir purchasing and carting them back home. Veronica...

  • Pilgrims’ place

    Pilgrims’ place

    Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Women-only carriages are possible solutions to a rise in sexual assaults on passengers, a British Transport Minister said. Earlier this week Claire Perry said she was determined to do “whatever we have to” to reverse the increase and boost...

  • A long Pyrenean weekend

    A long Pyrenean weekend

    Alannah Eames squeezes seeing the Airbus city of Toulouse, outdoor activity in the Spanish Pyrenees and exploring Andorra into just four days. When people think of impressive European mountains, it’s almost always the Alps which spring to mind as...

  • Monarch staff agree pay cut of up to 30%

    Monarch staff agree pay cut of up to 30%

    Workers at travel group Monarch have agreed to accept pay cuts and changes to working conditions to help secure its future. The British company is in talks with investment firm Greybull Capital, with moves to transform it into a European low-cost...

  • Italy is Britons’ hotspot

    Italy and Ibiza were among the top holiday spots for Britons this summer. Malta also did well, but bookings to Brazil were down due to high prices sparked by the football World Cup. Trips to Egypt also fell because of the political climate,...

  • ‘Mum-friendly’ chalets aim to update holiday camp’s image

    ‘Mum-friendly’ chalets aim to update holiday camp’s image

    British holiday company Butlins is moving ever further from its old 1950s Hi-de-Hi image by investing £16 million (€20.5 million) in new “mum-friendly” chalets. Butlins has consulted popular website Mumsnet on the design of the chalets, which are...

  • Ryanair’s ticketing deal to woo business customers

    Budget airline Ryanair widened its new offering to win over business customers earlier this week, announcing that it has agreed a deal with Spain’s Amadeus to sell seats through the technology company’s network of travel agents. Europe’s largest...

  • Paris paramours foil love lockdown

    Paris paramours foil love lockdown

    A Paris push to rid the city of the thousands of ‘love locks’ weighing down its bridges is being thwarted by tourists’ relentless romance. For years, visiting couples have hung brass padlocks on the iron grills lining the city’s bridges to...

  • Revellers cruise through Grand Harbour bash

    Revellers cruise through Grand Harbour bash

    Valletta’s view of the Three Cities was almost blocked by five cruise liners early this week, when four chartered Aida ships and the Mein Schiff 2 docked in Grand Harbour on the same day. The Aida Aura, Aida Blu, Aida Diva and Aida Vita were...

  • S. Africa rules on child travel are postponed

    S. Africa rules on child travel are postponed

    South Africa has postponed bringing in two tighter regulations on travel for children after the tourism industry raised concerns, the department of home affairs has said. The controversial rules, which will require children to carry a full birth...

  • Etihad to hold cabin crew recruitment days in Italy

    Etihad to hold cabin crew recruitment days in Italy

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is seeking individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join its cabin crew. International recruitment days will take place in 12 different cities in Italy, Germany,...

  • Ten years of lounging around

    Ten years of lounging around

    Emirates is marking the 10th anniversary of its worldwide lounge network and says after a decade, demand for the service is growing. More than 22 million customers have been served since the airline opened its first lounge outside of its Dubai...

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