I almost went on the newest Royal Caribbean monster ship on the weekend, and looking at the photos and reading some of the stories I wish I had given it a shot.
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is not likely to be everyone's cup of java, to be sure, but the little kid in me looks at a ship that has a park with 12,000 plants and trees, a zipline that has guests flying nine stories up in the air, a boardwalk and a bar that's also an elevator moving between deck and thinks, "Wouldn't THAT be fun to see?"
I know it's silly, but I keep thinking, "This thing weighs 225,000 tons; how on EARTH can it
It looks like it's a real hoot. And, yes, by the way, you actually can get OFF the boat and
do a shore excursion on a real island with real people.
EMIRATES SALE FROM T.O.
Starting at midnight tonight, Emirates Airline is reducing its prices at www.emirates.com for First and Business Class travel on all flights leaving from Toronto. Travelers who book online Nov. 24 and 25 will get a discount of up to $3,000 on First and Biz class fares on the Emirates' A380; the world's largest
The discount is $3,000 for First Class and up to $1,000 on Business on a Business Class roundtrip airfare. Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 25 for travel on or before Oct. 28, 2010.
Just in case you're wondering how you can take $3,000 OFF an airfare, I did a check of the website and a First Class ticket using one of their remarkable sky suites in the air was priced at $16,014.59 for a departure to Dubai on Jan. 8 of next year and a return to Toronto Jan. 15. So even with the discount, folks, this ain't a cheap flight.
A business ticket for the same days was priced out on the website at $7,544.59, while a lowly economy seat (how gauche) was listed at $1,830.59.
JIM'S DEALS OF THE DAY
Over 40% off Fallsview Deluxe Suite at 4* Niagara Falls Hilton
RAIL EUROPE SPEEDS THINGS UP
The folks at Rail Europe have announced new high-speed routes connecting several major European cities. The new Thalys high-speed train routes connects Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Cologne, Liège and Aachen. Amsterdam to Paris now 3 hours, 18 minutes; 51 minutes faster than before.
Book from November 13 through December 13 on www.raileurope.ca and Rail Europe will waive the 15 day advance purchase requirement.