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first_imgUnCruise Adventures has launched its 2018 schedule and brochure – highlighting a new adventure itinerary on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, the route forged by Lewis and Clark, plus a fresh line-up of itineraries and expanded selection of ships in Alaska.The 99-guest S.S. Legacy transforms into an adventure equipped ship to offer kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursion, hikes on remote trails or whitewater rafting down the Deschutes River, as well as other active adventures. New in 2018, the ship heads to Alaska from April through mid-August, then sails on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from August through November.“The Columbia and Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca, and extending our style of adventure there is a natural fit,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “We purposely build flexibility into our itineraries to make each day the best possible for our guests.”Southeast Alaska also welcomes five new itineraries, bringing a total of 10 cruise adventures in Alaska with UnCruise. Most trips also include visits to the incredible Glacier Bay National Park and Haines.Guests can also save $250 per person with UnCruise Adventures when booking the 8-day Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales small cruise journey on the S.S. Legacy ship and deposit before 15 September 2017. adventureAdventure WorldUncruiseUSAlast_img read more


first_imgQatar Airways will begin weekly flights to Thessaloniki, Greece, from 27 March 2018. The new service between Doha and Thessaloniki will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.The airline has also launched its frequent flyer programme partnership with longstanding codeshare partner, Bangkok Airways giving Qatar Airways Privilege Club members the opportunity to earn and redeem Qmiles on all flights operated by Bangkok Airways. Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus members can also earn and redeem FlyerBonus points on eligible Qatar Airways flights. Both programmes require members to provide their membership card upon reservation or check-in.Increased demand for Thailand destinations sees the airline commencing direct flights to Chiang Mai (12 December 2017) and Pattaya (28 January 2018). On an entirely different note, cementing its commitment to prevent the illegal trade and transportation of wildlife, Qatar Airways attended a meeting of the signatories to the United For Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration, hosted by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the presence of HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Rt Hon. the Lord Hague of Richmond, at Lancaster House in London last Wednesday (1 November 2017).“Qatar Airways remains faithful to our commitments to the Buckingham Palace Declaration,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “Since signing the Declaration, we have ramped up efforts on all fronts in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. This month we launched an extensive passenger awareness campaign, and our customers will start to notice our new wildlife posters appearing at our Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, and at strategically selected outposts worldwide. Passengers will find more information on-board with a new video appearing on our in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, and a feature length article included in the November issue of our in-flight magazine, Oryx.” airlinesQatar Airwayslast_img read more


first_imgOceania Cruises has unveiled its new Europe & The Americas Collection of itineraries for 2020 with voyages open for bookings on 18 October, 2018. AmericasbrochurecruiseEuropeOceania Cruises Sailing to more than 400 ports across Europe and the Americas, the brand’s six intimate and elegant ships, carrying only 684 or 1,250 guests, showcase the splendour of the Mediterranean, the diversity of Europe’s western wine country, the storied history of the Baltics, British Isles and Norway, and the majesty of Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Maritimes. As the pioneer of destination-focussed cruising, voyages spend more time in port often arriving at sunset and departing in the evenings, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the culture, history, and culinary highlights of the destinations visited. To allow even more time for travellers to explore, more than 50 of the voyages feature overnight stays.Request a brochure HERE.last_img read more


first_img2018 Cruise Critic AU Editors’ PicksawardsViking CruisesViking Orion Viking is celebrating picking up the highly-coveted Best New Luxury Ship award, for Viking Orion, in the 2018 Cruise Critic AU Editors’ Picks Awards, selected by a global panel of impartial cruise experts from Cruise Critic.The awards combine Cruise Critic editors’ impartial cruise expertise, based on first-hand experiences and industry knowledge, to ultimately help travellers select the best cruise choice for them from an increasing number of options.“The cruise industry is experiencing a real boom at the moment and cruise lines are capitalising on this popularity by investing in fantastic new ships, well-thought out refurbishments and a host of amazing, new onboard innovations and destination itineraries to keep Australian holiday makers coming back for more,” said Louise Goldsbury, Managing Editor, Cruise Critic. “What has always set us apart is that we do things differently, so it is a particular honour to be celebrated for those very differences. We do not build large ships that try to be everything to everyone. We provide an alternative – we offer adults opportunities for learning and exploration around the world, with no children, no casinos, no umbrella drinks and no nickel-and-diming. All at a better value than any competitor, luxury or otherwise,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “This year we have again been named the #1 River Cruise line and the #1 Ocean Cruise Line – and Cruise Critic’s editors and community members have recognised us more than any other travel company. I want to thank our guests and the travel industry experts who continue to appreciate ‘The Viking Difference.’”last_img read more


first_imgCreative CruisingIncentiveRoyal Caribbean Creative Cruising has launched an exclusive Travel Agent $100* gift card reward for USA bookings made in March 2019 for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. This offer is applicable to any Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises USA sailing, booked and deposited between 1 March and 31 March 2019.To assist with the incentive offer, Creative Cruising has tailor made some spectacular packages with incredible savings for their Travel Agency partners.Creative Cruising’s tailored packages on offer will incorporate Royal Caribbean’s BOGOHO with savings up to 30% for the second passenger. As well as Celebrity Cruises current in market offer of GOBETTER for free. Meaning clients can pick 2 free perks, choosing from classic beverage package, unlimited internet and on-board credit.T&Cs applylast_img read more


first_imgCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia and Tourism Northern Territory have partnered to introduce a new education option for travel agent members, focused on the untamed expanses of Australia’s Top End.The new Northern Territory course is the latest addition to the CLIA Learning Academy and incorporates spectacular imagery and video to help showcase some of the destination’s best experiences for cruise visitors. It includes details on the seven regions of the Northern Territory, what travellers can expect to see, things they can do and places they can explore. The interactive course includes a handy notes portal, which is accessible throughout and allows users to print or email notes and keep them for future reference.Tourism Northern Territory is the latest CLIA Executive Partner to help create new and engaging educational content for CLIA travel agent members, with other recent additions including courses in partnership with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Travelvax.To find out more, visit the CLIA Learning Academy. agentsaustraliaCLIA AustralasiacruiseNorthern TerritoryTop EndTourism Northern Territorytraininglast_img read more


first_img13.Nick KiefferSt. Louis RamsJake Matthews, OL, Texas A&M PickD&W ListenerTeamPlayer Picked 14.Geoffrey DenightChicago BearsAaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh 19.Luis AvechucoMiami DolphinsZack Martin, OL, Notre Dame 3.Brandon LeibsohnJacksonville JaguarsKhalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo 31.Janice McCaslinDenver BroncosWill Sutton, DE, Arizona St. Created with the HTML Table Generator 22.Dan ParisiPhiladelphia EaglesCody Latimer, WR, Indiana 21.Josh TesorieroGreen Bay PackersBrandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St. 8.Christian LongMinnesota VikingsC.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama 15.Jeff BensonPittsburgh SteelersDarqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St. 30.Sean O’ConnorSan Francisco 49ersDeone Bucannon, S, Washington St. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 11.Robert HolyaTennessee TitansAnthony Barr, LB, UCLA 20.Nick NortonArizona CardinalsRyan Shazier, LB, Ohio St. 1.Kevin McGrawHouston TexansJadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina 29.Mike SimmerNew England PatriotsStephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame 16.Jennifer LogginsDallas CowboysCalvin Pryor, S, Louisville 18.Matthew Word New York JetsOdell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5.Manny LoyaOakland RaidersMike Evans, WR, Texas A&M 7.Jeff WebTampa Bay BuccaaneersMarqise Lee, WR, USC 17.Ben WiltbankBaltimore RavensJustin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St. 0 Comments   Share   23.Robert GiffordKansas City ChiefsKyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech 4.Joshua EnsignCleveland BrownsSammy Watkins, WR, Clemson 2.Nick KiefferSt. Louis RamsJohnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M 26.Joshua EnsignCleveland BrownsBlake Bortles, QB Central Florida 27.Scott KiceyNew Orleans SaintsDee Ford, DE, Auburn 28.Shawn CooperCarolina PanthersKelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St. 6.Ryan JohnsonAtlanta FalconsGreg Robinson, OL, Auburn Once again, Doug and Wolf invited 32 “general managers” to Tilted Kilt in downtown Phoenix for their annual mock draft.And once again, there were plenty of surprises.Here’s how it all went down Friday morning… 9.Thomas DoodyBuffalo BillsTaylor Lewan, OL, Michigan 32.Jeff EnyeartSeattle SeahawksAustin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington 10.DJ UlthovenDetroit LionsHa Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama 24.Dustin HenningCincinnati BengalsJason Verrett, CB, TCU 25.Todd CovelliSan Diego ChargersLouis Nix, DT, Notre Dame The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 12.Chris GudeNew York GiantsEric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Thursday, November 20• Receivers will decide Seattle’s playoff fate (SeattlePI.com) Another week, another win for the Arizona Cardinals.The Cardinals moved to 9-1 after their 14-6 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Arizona gave one of its best defensive performances this season, surrendering only 11 first downs and holding a talented Detroit passing game to 183 yards.Arizona’s victory was compounded with a Seattle Seahawks loss on Sunday, giving the Cardinals a three game lead in the NFC West. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Seahawks need to stop wasting Russell Wilson’s great play (Bleacher Report)Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is one of the NFL’s leading rushers over the last two months and is continuing make great passing plays behind a depleted line. But with another disappointing effort from the team on Sunday, Seattle is squandering some standout efforts from their quarterback. • Seahawks insist there’s no Super Bowl jinx for Champs (USA Today)The Seahawks have fought through injuries and tough losses just to get a 6-4 record, currently leaving the team outside of the playoffs. But despite a string of bad circumstances, players aren’t blaming disappointing play on a possible jinx that has seemed to afflict reigning champs of the last decade.• Recent center signing adds knowledgeable presence to Seattle (SeattlePI.com)As the team’s Pro Bowl center of the last four years, Max Unger’s injury leaves a massive hole in Seattle’s offensive line. Enter recently-signed Lemuel Jeanpierre, who served as a backup on the offensive line for the last three seasons and brings an understanding of the team’s offense that is often missing from emergency starters.• Seahawks are not worried about Lynch’s fines (ESPN.com)For the second consecutive season, running back Marshawn Lynch drew a fine from the NFL for not giving enough time to reporters after a game. The Seahawks aren’t worried about these fines though, only focused on getting their banged-up running back to full strength. Tuesday, November 18• Carroll said RB Lynch wasn’t defiant in halftime actions (Seattle Times)Star Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn’t make it into the locker room during Sunday’s loss, although coach Pete Carroll said that it was only to keep the running back loose. Lynch’s body tightened up before the half on Sunday, due to a multitude of injuries, and stayed on the field to stretch and get ready for the rest of the game.• Seattle’s playoff hopes lie in rest of division-heavy schedule (Seahawks.com)Avoiding most of their brutal NFC West matchups early in the season likely seemed to be a blessing for Seattle. But with the Seahawks currently outside of a playoff spot, they will need to contend with their own division for five of the last six games to get back to the postseason.• Injury to Unger could make more difference than expected (The News Tribune)Seattle’s Pro Bowl center Max Unger suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday, possibly leaving him out for the next month. With the Seahawks immediately struggling to find running room in the game after his injury, Seattle may have some serious issues in the trenches for the next few games. The Seahawks dropped to 6-4 after a 24-20 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving Seattle with more losses than they had in all of last season.The Cardinals travel to Seattle this Sunday for the division rivals’ first matchup this season and despite the Seahawks’ struggles this year, they continue to be nearly unbeatable at home, going 19-2 in the regular season over the last three years.That record may be less intimidating for the Cardinals though, who won in Seattle 17-10 the last time the two teams played in 2013. Neither team managed more than 200 passing yards in that game last year and it’s easy to expect another slugfest between the physical units.As Arizona and Seattle prepare for a matchup that will go a long way in deciding the NFC West, we’ll go behind enemy lines and bring all the stories from the Seahawks: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Wednesday, November 19• What’s wrong with Russell Wilson, Seahawks’ passing game? (The Seattle Times)Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has relied more on his rushing in recent games, giving him another way to break down defenses. However, he missed multiple open receivers and failed to convert a fourth down on the 2-yard line against Kansas City. Wilson will have to be more consistent in his passing to get the Seahawks to the playoffs.• Seahawks embrace upcoming gauntlet (The Spokesman-Review)The Seahawks are currently on the outside of the playoff picture. Five of their remaining games are against division rivals, allowing Seattle more control over its own destiny. However, the combined record of their remaining opponents is 41-19. It’s a rough road ahead for Seattle to make its way back to the postseason.• Silence costs Marshawn Lynch $100K (ESPN.com)After only talking to one reporter following the Seahawks’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000 for violating the NFL’s media policy. He was also fined $50,000 during the 2013 season for the same violation, which the league will collect now. The Seahawks employed a little bit of Percy Harvin and a lot of Golden Tate to catch passes on the outside during their Super Bowl run last season. But with both players gone, and current receivers putting up very unimpressive numbers, Seattle’s season may ride on getting better production out of the position.• Sherman jokes when asked if he could play receiver on Sunday (ESPN.com)With the Seahawks’ receivers underperforming, some may think that the team would turn to their athletically gifted defensive backs to help out. So when asked if he could line up on offense for the team, cornerback Richard Sherman made light of the possibility.• LB Wagner says that if he’s wearing pads, he’s playing (Seattle Times)Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner tore a ligament in his toe against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6 and has been absent from the defense since then. But after healing up faster than team doctors expected, Wagner said “If you see me with my pads on, then I’m full go.”• Lynch returns lost wallet to a fan (Seahawks.com)Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been making headlines for some great play and a fine for being silent with the media lately, but is now earning the attention for a great deed. On his way to visit students at a local high school, Lynch found a wallet outside a gas station and went out of his way to the fans’ house to make sure the wallet made its way back to the owner. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Friday, November 21• Wilson takes blame for the disappointing passing game (The News Tribune)The Seahawks currently rank 30th in the NFL in passing offense, specifically struggling late in games to move the ball through the air. But despite numerous injuries to the offensive line and the lack of any deep-threat receivers, quarterback Russell Wilson is putting the poor play on himself.last_img read more


first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The statistics — for Palmer as well as the offense as a whole — back up the claim. The Cardinals are sixth in the NFL in total yards and second in points per game. They have shown good balance between the pass and run, and their offensive line has played well.Plenty has changed since last season; even more has changed since 2013.Speaking of the team he led into Seattle and won with two years ago, Palmer said, “We’re 10 times better than we were the last time I went there.”Sunday, in front of a national television audience, the Cardinals will get a chance to prove their QB right. Just having him on the field makes a considerable difference.“It just makes us feel even better about ourselves,” receiver John Brown said. “So we’re just ready to roll.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Of course, the Cardinals have played the Seahawks twice since that fateful afternoon in 2013 — losing 19-3 in Seattle and 35-6 in Arizona — with Palmer participating in neither affair due to a torn ACL.That fact has not been lost on Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who multiple times has alluded to the fact that while the Seahawks are good (they’ve been to each of the last two Super Bowls, winning one), the last time his team faced Seattle with Palmer, it won. Needless to say, as the Cardinals prepare for Sunday’s tilt, they are pleased to do so knowing that No. 3 will be under center.His presence, Arians said, is the difference between a win and a loss. Technically speaking, he’s not wrong.“If you have your quarterback, you have a chance,” he said, adding that his team had a chance to win in Seattle last season but did not support backup QB Drew Stanton nor tackle well. “As far as the confidence in the locker room when Carson is in there, it’s totally different.”From a statistical standpoint, the benefits of having Palmer on the field are obvious. This season he is second in the NFL in touchdown passes with 20, is fifth in passing yards with 2,386, and has a QB rating of 110.2. On pace to set some franchise records, the Cardinals have won 19 of the last 23 games he has started — a stretch that includes that victory in Seattle in which he threw four interceptions. With their stars on the field this season, the Cardinals have looked about as good as anyone in the league.Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said the Cardinals aren’t too different with Palmer than without, saying they still run the same concepts and plays.However, the two-time Pro Bowler did say Palmer looks “pretty good” thus far.“He’s completing passes. He’s taking risks,” he said. “His receivers are doing a great job of catching the football for him and making big plays, so he’s having a good year.”Indeed, it’s not just about Palmer. Fitzgerald is having a resurgent season while John Brown and Michael Floyd have emerged as dangerous weapons in the passing game, too. The Cardinals have also been very good running the football, with Chris Johnson entering Week 10 third in the league in rushing.Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said that — along with Palmer — is what leads to having so much confidence.“The biggest thing we’ve got to do is make sure we’re executing, because as you guys know when we don’t execute and we turn the ball over we don’t look very good,” he said. “But when we’re on it and we’re playing well, we look pretty good, like one of the best offenses in the league.” Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) calls out from the line of scrimmage against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Palmer said missing both games against Seattle last season was “tough.”“It’s tough to miss any, but being a team returning from a trip to the Super Bowl and all those things and all the hype that’s around the Seahawks, it was difficult,” he added. “It was a long game sitting on the couch and watching it.”The Cardinals wouldn’t use not having Palmer as an excuse at the time, because really, what good what it have done? But everyone knew then just how much his absence hurt their chances, and conversely, they know exactly how much his presence helps them.“Carson being on the field is a plus — he’s an elite quarterback, one of the best in the league without a doubt,” safety/linebacker Deone Bucannon said. “For him to be present, because we didn’t have him last year, of course it’s going to make a difference.”“It’s a blessing to finally play with our starting quarterback,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “We always have that ‘next man up’ mentality but you always have a little bit more relief when you have an opportunity to go in there with what are your star guys playing.” Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — The last time Carson Palmer dropped back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks, he lofted a beautiful throw to Michael Floyd that went for a 31-yard touchdown.The touchdown proved to be the game-winner, as the Cardinals went into Seattle and won 17-10, ending the Seahawks’ 14-game home winning streak.That game was on Dec. 23, 2013, and by the time Arizona takes the field Sunday for a key divisional matchup, 692 days will have passed. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That a healthy Palmer has led to a different vibe leading into this game should not really come as much of a surprise at all.“Going up there with our team fully healthy — I think we got a couple guys back this week too,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “It’s just confidence for us to go out there knowing hey, we’ve got all our bullets in the gun, it’s really time for us to go out and execute.”Last season, the Cardinals went into the game a little light on ammunition.“It’s great to finally be able to go play against the two-time West champs and NFC representatives over the last year,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “It’s nice to have a fully healthy group and to go up there with our full arsenal, and play against them with pretty much their full arsenal, and seeing where we stand.“If we want to win the West, it’s got to go through Seattle and it’s a great opportunity for us.”The same was true last season boasting a 9-1 record, but by that point Palmer had been lost for the season and Fitzgerald also missed the matchup in Seattle while dealing with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Arizona lost that matchup 19-3 as their offense tallied just 2014 total yards on the afternoon. The rematch in Arizona four weeks later, with Fitzgerald back on the field but no Palmer (or Stanton) was worse, with the Cardinals losing 35-6. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   <br />Report Created on <a href=”http://www.pro-football-reference.com/”>Pro-Football-Reference.com</a><br /> Top Stories center_img New England Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones warms up on the field during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. Jones was admitted to a hospital on Sunday and released the same day, the team said in a statement that did not elaborate on the nature of the medical issue. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) It came out of nowhere, but the Arizona Cardinals addressed their need for a pass rusher by acquiring Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round pick (61st overall).Jones, 26, just finished up his fourth NFL season — all with the Patriots. The 2012 first-round pick was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career in 2015, when he finished with 12.5 sacks. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In his career, Jones has amassed 36 sacks, which is tied for the 11th-most in the NFL in that span.Many have weighed in on the deal, assigning grades for each team. Pro Football Focus has done just that, and has surmised that the Cardinals walk away with the better return in the trade. PFF gave the Cardinals a ‘B’.The Cardinals likely wanted to get rid of Cooper as little more than a salary dump, as they were in the process of moving him to center to try and find a position they believed him to be viable at.The more important part of the trade, from Arizona’s point of view, is sending a second-round pick to New England in exchange for Chandler Jones. In the Patriots’ multiple fronts, Jones has been moved to several different positions, and the only one he has really struggled at was 3-4 defensive end.If the Cardinals want to employ him as a stout edge defender, he is more than capable of repaying them with significant pressure and an impressive run-defense grade. Last season, he totaled 62 defensive pressures, which is a marked improvement over anybody on the Arizona roster. Rookie Markus Golden showed well for them in his first season, and could potentially form a nice pair of edge defenders for a team that has been struggling to find pass-rush on the perimeter for some time.The website gave the Patriots a ‘C+’ mark, noting that New England had lost faith in Jones after a strange off-field incident late last season and the fact that Trey Flowers, a fourth-round pick in 2015, is waiting to take over reps at the position. On Cooper, PFF points out New England is hoping to “unearth the potential” the 2013 first-round pick showed coming out of North Carolina.last_img read more


first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 28 0 Comments   Share   Robert Nkemdiche rushes the quarterback during rookie mini-camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 6-foot-4, 296-pound Nkemdiche certainly has the look of a star and very well might turn into one, but until he proves the Cardinals right for taking a chance on him, questions about his future will persist. The Cardinals have expressed confidence that Nkemdiche will be fine off the field, believing it was a one-time mistake that will not be repeated, and the (very) early returns of his on-field demeanor are quite positive.Until he takes the field for a regular season game, though, there will be doubts as to what kind of player he will ultimately be, and that’s why in an NFL.com article with analysts picking their wild cards from the 2016 draft, David Carr chose the defensive lineman.Robert Nkemdiche is a tremendous player — when he wants to beRobert Nkemdiche is a supremely talented player, but when you watch him on tape, you don’t see full effort 100 percent of the time. He took plays off in college — and we’ve seen others do the same — but when he was getting after it, he was unblockable. I think Nkemdiche is with the right head coach in Bruce Arians, and I’ve heard positive comments coming out of rookie camp already about how Nkemdiche was giving it everything he has. But there’s always a question if he will revert to his college ways. Hopefully, that’s not the case.Nkemdiche entered college as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, and at times looked every bit that kind of player. A two-time first-team All-SEC choice, he recorded 98 tackles, seven sacks, 19 tackles for loss and five passes defensed in three seasons. For all the great things that have been said about Robert Nkemdiche, there is a reason he was still available when the Cardinals were on the clock at pick No. 29 in the 2016 NFL Draft.Chief among them, a December incident that led to him falling out of a hotel window with police then finding marijuana cigarettes in the room that was under his name.In terms of what he can do on the field, questions about his motor persisted as he was not nearly as dominant at Ole Miss as many thought he should have been.last_img read more


first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Chandler Jones, Cardinals outside linebacker The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The time and place: Sept. 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium.The view: Markus Golden has stripped Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and Cardinals teammate Chandler Jones recovers.To celebrate, he and Arizona corner Patrick Peterson do the Charleston dance.Flag.To Cardinals fans, the penalty was a 15-yard loss.“To me, it was 17,000 dollars,” Jones told Bickley and Marotta on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “I got a FedEx that said, ‘Hey, you had a team celebration or a choreographed celebration, and we’re going to charge you 17,000 dollars.’” 0 Comments   Share   Come next season, such a post-play celebration won’t be a penalty.The NFL on Tuesday announced choreographed dances, using the ball as a prop and going to ground during celebrations are now allowed.Jones is particularly excited about it.“I’m a guy that likes to show emotion and likes to do a few dances so knowing that they’re going to kind of back off of those flags, I might have something that’s brewing up,” he said.“When I found out about it, I kind of read it and I was kind of like, ‘Ah, this is just an ad, it’s not real.’ Then I actually read up on it and I’m like, ‘Yeah, this is real. So let me get into the dance room and start choreographing some dances.”Jones isn’t criticizing the big boss, Commissioner Roger Goodell, for the old, restrictive rules.While the rule change will make the game more fun for fans and players, Jones is also happy he won’t be worried so much about controlling his emotions in the middle of a game.“You’re out there and you’re thinking about, ‘Alright, am I showing too much emotion? Am I going to get a fine in the mail tomorrow?’” he said. Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img Top Stories For the anti-celebration folks, Jones offered perspective on the “act like you’ve been there before” side of the debate. Football, a violent game where a big play might come once in 25 snaps, can’t be played without a little expression.“The feeling of a sack is unparalleled, the feeling is unmatched,” Jones said. “You work so hard, you think about how many times the quarterback drops back in a game and how many times a player gets a sack.“To get back there and get a sack and then try to bottle up that energy up like, ‘Oh, OK. Let me act like I’ve been there before,’ no. I am going to dance. I am going to dance when I get back there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) recovers the fumble by New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img After watching every game involving an NFC West team, I’ve come to two conclusions that seem to contradict.1.) The Arizona Cardinals are an average football team.2.) The Arizona Cardinals are the best team in the NFC West.Sample size warning! After two games, there’s very little hard information to go by, so it’s mostly eye test. Everyone in the division has problems, but the Cardinals’ problems seem to be the easiest to fix, or, at least improve upon. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Almost every problem in the whole division can be fixed with better offensive line play. As I look through each team, it appears the Cardinals have the best chance of expecting more from their O-line. D.J. Humphries returning soon will dramatically help. More reps for Evan Boehm will only improve his communication and feel as a guard. Alex Boone actually having time to learn the offense will cement him ahead of Iupati. No one expected the weak link of the Cardinals’ season to be Jared Veldheer and Carson Palmer. If Veldheer plays better football, so will Palmer.A better Palmer is all it will take to win a very weak division. It’s not very motivating but someone has to win the NFC West, it might as well be Arizona. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img However, there are only two teams in the NFL to lose to an NFC West team: the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.If you think of something that is driving you crazy about the Cardinals, it’s worse for other teams in the division. the Cardinals’ offensive line is bad. The Seahawks’ O-line is deplorable.Carson Palmer has floated between average and sad but the highest-rated QB in the division is Jared Goff. Russell Wilson is 25, Palmer’s 29 and Brian Hoyer is 31 in the league. Arizona only scored 16 points in an overtime game, while San Francisco has scored 12 points all year! Seattle scored its first touchdown of the year in its eighth quarter of the season.Seattle is giving up 5.2 yards per attempt. That’s a terrible rush defense. If you’re a Seattle fan, you might be happy to find out the teams with the worst rush defense are the two teams from last year’s Super Bowl. It raises a red flag for me because I see a Seahawks’ defense that wants to run up and hit everything but tackle nothing.The Rams smashed the Colts in Week 1 but gave up 6.5 yards per carry to the Redskins’ Rob Kelley before the Washington running back left the game with an injury. Unfortunately, the Rams have the signature win of the whole division, and it’s against the Colts. If Jared Veldheer (left) and Carson Palmer can step up their performance, the NFC West might be there for the taking for the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) 2 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_imgSo let’s look at each professional team’s longest-tenured player:Arizona Coyotes: Shane Doan, 20 seasonsNot only did Shane Doan play a whopping 21 seasons for the Coyotes/Jets franchise (20 in the Valley), but the franchise was the only one he ever played for.Related LinksCardinals’ Bidwill believes Kingsbury helped quicken Fitzgerald’s returnCardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald back for 2019, re-signs on 1-year dealLarry Fitzgerald hits hole in one while playing golf with Barack ObamaHe was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets, who relocated to Phoenix for Doan’s second season. From then on, Doan was a staple of the Coyotes and eventually served as their captain for 13 seasons, becoming the longest-tenured captain in the NHL at the time.Doan is the Coyotes’ career leader in games, goals, assists, points, power play goals and game-winning goals and was captain for the deepest playoff run in Coyotes history in 2012.Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald, 16 seasonsFitzgerald’s impact on the Cardinals can’t be overstated, but he also happens to be an all-time great in the league as a whole. Fitzgerald ranks third all-time in NFL history in receptions, needing only 23 more to pass Tony Gonzalez and take second place. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards and sixth all-time in receiving touchdowns.In Arizona, Fitzgerald led the NFL in receptions and receiving touchdowns twice, was a first-team All-Pro and won NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. He also holds Cardinals records for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and total touchdowns. (AP Photos) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Phoenix Mercury: Diana Taurasi, 14 seasonsTaurasi has played 431 career WNBA games, all with the Mercury, spanning from 2004 to 2018. She’s the league’s all-time leader in points (8,549), second all-time in free throw percentage (86.8) and fifth in points per game (19.8).She was the MVP of the league in 2009, is a nine-time All-Star and averaged more than 20 points per game in seven of her 14 seasons so far.Phoenix Suns: Alvan Adams, 13 seasonsThe 6-foot-9 center/power forward Alvan Adams was a member of the Suns for all 13 years of his career, spanning from 1975 to 1988.Adams averaged 14.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists in playing 988 games in Phoenix. He’s the team’s all-time leader in games, minutes played, rebounds and steals; ranks second in points, field goals and field goal attempts; and is fourth in blocks.Arizona Diamondbacks: Miguel Montero, 9 seasonsCatcher Miguel Montero played 1,185 games in his career, 906 of them with the D-backs. He was a two-time All-Star and hit above .280 three times, had a .763 OPS in Arizona and approached 90 RBIs in a season on two occasions.Paul Goldschmidt, Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez all played eight seasons for the D-backs. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 3 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be coming back for his 16th season in 2019, the team announced Wednesday. But just how big of a deal is 16 seasons?Fitzgerald is the second-longest tenured athlete in Arizona sports history, measured by seasons with the Arizona team. Only Shane Doan’s 20 seasons with the Coyotes tops Fitz’s soon-to-be 16 in the desert.Interestingly, in looking at five pro teams in the Valley (D-backs, Suns, Coyotes, Cardinals, Mercury), only one of them had a franchise leader in seasons played in Arizona who did not play all of their seasons here. The other four franchise leaders spent their entire careers in the Valley. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFebruary in Norway is considered the best time and place to witness the spectacular Northern Lights and, the further north travellers venture, the greater the spectacle. That is why Cruise Express has created a new and unique cruise and rail tour which will take Australians all the way to the very top of Norway in February 2019.The new, 15-night ‘Journey to the Northern Lights’ fly, cruise and tour itinerary traces the fjord-studded coastline of Norway north above the Arctic Circle and to the most northern part of Europe, all the way to the Russian border. The tour offers Australians a rare opportunity to witness the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis as it dances across the night sky in dazzling, multi-coloured swirls.Earlybird savings of $2000 per couple are available for bookings made by 31 January 2018.The journey begins on 18 February 2019, when travellers fly from Australia to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for a two-night stay. Nestled between the a fjord and forested hills, Olso was recently announced as the European Green Capital for 2019.Guests depart Oslo by train to the renowned fjord country for overnight stays in Voss and Bergen. A tour highlight is a journey on the panoramic Flam Railway, one of the world’s steepest and most picturesque train rides. Rising over 860 metres, the track traverses a winter wonderland of snowy peaks, icy waterfalls, mighty rivers and whispering pine forests. In contrast, a breathtaking cruise through two spectacular fjords – Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord – provides the visitor with a perspective of this stunning region from sea level.The tour includes a guided walking tour along the colourful harbourfront of Bergen from where the itinerary moves to sea for a six-night voyage aboard Hurtigruten’s 691-passenger ship, ms Kong Harald. Named after the current king of Norway, the ship serves as a passenger, freight, mail and car service for isolated Norwegian towns along the coast. Magnificent fjords, mighty glaciers and snow-clad mountains are just some of the picture postcard spectacles on show during the voyage. Quaint towns like Trondheim and Alesund offer a chance to experience a different way of life high above the Arctic Circle.After rounding North Cape – the most northerly point in Europe – the voyage ends in the remote town of Kirkenes on the Russian border where guests can see reindeer, enjoy a thrilling dog sled ride and stay at the unique SnowHotel, where the rooms are carved from ice and the bedding is made from reindeer fur. The tour ends with a flight back to Oslo for a final night’s accommodation and a flight back to Australia.Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, the 15-night ‘Journey to the Northern Lights’ package is available from $7490 per person, twin-share, if booked by 31 January 2018. This represents a saving of $1000 per person.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFollowing a year-long extensive renovation and redesign, Taj Connemara in Chennai is again welcoming guests. Dating back to 1854, the hotel’s legendary history has been brought to life with fresh and modern sensibilities.“Taj Connemara is another jewel in the Taj portfolio of iconic heritage hotels,” Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), said.“We are committed to continuing our century-old legacy of restoring historical treasures across the globe for our guests. The newly renovated Taj Connemara draws on the hotel’s illustrious past while offering patrons a distinctive, modern and individualistic experience. We are happy to announce that Taj Connemara will resume its place in the cultural heart of Chennai. ”Heritage Room © Taj Connemara, ChennaiRestoration of a Design IconTaj Connemara’s refreshed design has eclectic architectural influences of Classic Colonial, Art Deco and distinctive elements from the celebrated architect, Geoffrey Bawa’s ‘Tropical Modernism’ style, coupled with a timeless refreshing interior design.The hotel’s 147 rooms and suites spread across the Tower and Heritage wings are each appointed with elegant four-poster beds, vintage prints and objets d’art. Sensitive preservation of the Art Deco façade and interiors will showcase the hotel’s original features including wooden carvings sourced from the 16th- and 17th-century temples of Mahabalipuram. Unique for a city hotel, guests will enjoy 4.5 acres of landscaped greens and enclosed atrium gardens.The Colonial Corridor © Taj Connemara, ChennaiFood & BeverageRestaurants and bars at the Taj Connemara include The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge; the city’s first licensed bar reclaims its position as the place to be seen at. Novel culinary experiences showcase nostalgic Anglo-Indian dishes and regional Madras specialties in a relaxed ambience at the all-day-diner Verandah, while the quintessentially Chennai experience Raintree continues to serve authentic Chettinad fare in an alfresco setting.Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of Tamil Nadu. Recently declared as a Creative City by UNESCO, Chennai is enjoying its place in the spotlight for its many strengths including its cuisine, architecture, culture and musical heritage. The hotel’s concierge team will curate exclusive experiences, including heritage tours retracing the city’s colonial past and opportunities to engage with the thriving performing arts scene, textile industry, the Mahabalipuram temple complex (declared a UNESCO heritage site) and the fragrant and flavourful Tamil street food.Taj’s portfolio comprises hotels across the globe including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises has unveiled a 167-day Expedition World Cruise as part of its World Cruises program in 2021 aboard the “ice-class crossover” ship, Silver Cloud.The two World Cruises will enable Silversea’s guests to travel deeper into the world’s authentic beauty on their own terms, as they cruise in superlative comfort. Both world cruises will feature a range of ports in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.“By operating two World Cruises in 2021, we are increasing the offering for our guests and pushing boundaries in the world of travel,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman.“Building on our already remarkable World Cruise offering, Silversea will become the first ever cruise line to launch an Expedition World Cruise in 2021,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea Cruises’ CEO.An exclusive pre-sale to world-cruising guests of 2019 and guests booked on the World Cruise 2020 has now opened, with sales for the two World Cruises 2021 to open to the general public in March 2019. 2021 Expedition World Cruise: The Uncharted World TourAffirming the cruise line’s market leadership in its 10th year of expedition travel, Silversea reveals the 2021 Expedition World Cruise.Described as the ‘Uncharted World Tour’, the fully inclusive 2021 Expedition World Cruise is unprecedented in regards to the scope of immersive experiences on offer: the itinerary is crafted to connect the most rewarding travel experiences around the planet.Departing from Ushuaia, Chile on 30 January 2021 and bound for Tromsø, Norway, the 167-day voyage will call at 107 of the planet’s most amazing destinations in 30 must-visit countries, including six new ports of call for Silversea (Naxos, Folegandros, Nafpaktos, Ksamil, Bejaïa, and Fort William). The two-bedroom Owner’s Suite on Silver Cloud is offered at a price just short of US$1 million for the entire World Cruise.Silver Cloud will journey between Antarctica’s highlight destinations before setting course for Chile’s Valparaiso via the Chilean Fjords. Guests will set sail for Papeete, Tahiti, via Easter Island and the fabled Pitcairn Island, before voyaging towards Lautoka, Fiji. Calls in a number of other iconic destinations in Oceania – including remote exploration stops in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea – precede guests’ arrival in Cairns, Australia, which then leads to the Kimberley Coast. Guests will subsequently unlock various destinations in Indonesia before arriving in Singapore. Next, Silver Cloud will set sail for Sumatra, Sri Lanka and Cochin, India, prior to reaching Piraeus (Athens), Lisbon and Reykjavik.Part of an emphatic conclusion, guests will then explore the highlights of Iceland, ahead of calls in the Svalbard Region and the voyage’s conclusion in Tromsø, Norway on 16 July 2021.2021 World Cruise: The Finest World Tour.Dubbed the ‘Finest World Tour’, this 54-port, 150-day, 34-country itinerary will start and finish in the USA aboard Silver Whisper from Fort Lauderdale on 7 January 2021, and will conclude in New York on 6 June.Silversea Cruises | Silver WhisperFrom Fort Lauderdale, Silver Whisper will unlock many remarkable destinations for guests in Central America. After transiting the iconic Panama Canal, guests will reach Callao (Lima), before enjoying the delights of Easter Island and various other highlights of the South Pacific Region, and subsequently arriving in Auckland, New Zealand.From New Zealand, the World Cruise will continue onto Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin, before reaching Benoa in Bali. Various stops throughout the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea precede the ship’s arrival in Tokyo. After Kagoshima, guests will travel deeper to the iconic destinations of Asia: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Yangon, Colombo, and Mumbai.Silversea’s guests will next set sail for Piraeus (Athens) and Lisbon, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the ultimate stretch of the World Cruise 2021 to New York.For more details and the list of inclusions, click here.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBritish Airways has opened its new Club lounge at New York’s JFK airport. It completes a £52 million investment, following the unveiling of a plush new space for First customers in autumn last year.As British Airways’ flagship US lounge, the space will play host to the hundreds of business and leisure customers that travel between New York and London on up to twelve Transatlantic flights a day.Spread over more than 2,000 square metres, the new Club lounge includes elegant, relaxed seating areas as well as ample work stations with power outlets to maximise time in the office. Other spots include an entertainment room with state-of-the-art entertainment and the reopened Elemis Spa offers a range of treatments.For Club customers that plan to take advantage of their flat bed and luxurious White Company bedding on board, the new lounge offers the ultimate pre-flight dining experience with a brasserie-style dining room where travellers can enjoy freshly prepared dishes from an extensive menu or a range of smaller items chosen to allow customers to ‘grab and go’.There will be a granite topped Quaich Bar with an experienced bartender on-hand at peak times to serve a full range of fine wines and cocktails such as the Broadway Copper Cup made with Copper Dog whisky, orange bitters and berries. An innovative new addition to the lounge is a BrewDog craft beer room, in partnership with the brand, a beer has been designed specifically for British Airways, named after its flight call sign – Speedbird 100. The beer is available on flights from 1 May.JFK is the third lounge to feature British Airways’ contemporary and luxurious design, following the lounge openings in Rome, Italy and Aberdeen, Scotland last year.The First lounge at JFK opened in October last year after a complete renovation.Meanwhile, British Airways’ customers will be able to access new partner lounges across Europe this summer.Eligible customers travelling from holiday hotspots Thessaloniki, Paphos, Heraklion, Dalaman, Olbia, Palermo, Rhodes and Split will be invited to use the third-party lounges where they can relax and enjoy a selection of food and beverages before take-off.Access to partner lounges are exclusively for customers travelling in Club Europe as well as Gold and Silver card holders and OneWorld, Emerald and Sapphire members travelling on British Airways.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is celebrating the third year of the Hong Kong Specialist Club and is offering two Australian travel industry consultants the chance to win a place on the Hong Kong 2019 Global Famil from 15 to 19 October 2019.For a chance to participate in this exclusive, fully-hosted, five days/four nights’ famil, travel trade professionals must register and complete the three Hong Kong Specialist Club educational modules online by Friday, 16 August 2019.“The Hong Kong Specialist Club is a great way to encourage and motivate Aussie agents to learn more about Hong Kong and become more proactive in selling the destination,” said Lisa Lee, HKTB Manager, Trade Marketing and Business Tourism for Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.“The Hong Kong 2019 Global Famil is an exciting opportunity for two lucky Aussie travel industry consultants to become Hong Kong ambassadors by experiencing Asia’s world city first-hand as well as being part of an international network of members.”“We’re thrilled that this year’s itinerary has been extended to five days/four nights so that the group can experience some of Hong Kong’s new infrastructure including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and explore Hong Kong’s Back Garden with its great outdoors and its Living Culture through the local neighbourhoods of Old Town Central, Sham Shui Po and West Kowloon,” said Lee.To complete the Hong Kong Specialist Club online educational training program and for a chance to win a place on the Hong Kong 2019 Global Famil visit specialisthk.com/au.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


first_img RelatedBritish Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!Top travel hacks: this is how to make the most of a long layoverWith a little bit of planning, a layover can be transformed from a necessary evil to a positively enjoyable part of your trip. First things first, what exactly IS a layover? It’s the time you spend at an airport in between connecting flights and can be anything from a couple…11 top tips to get through the airport quicklyGet your trip off to a flying start and whizz through the airport like a pro with a little help from our well-travelled staff and top travel bloggers. Here are their top tips on getting through the airport quickly; from speeding through security to navigating your way out at arrivals. There’s a fair amount of jargon in the airline industry and often it can leave us all a bit confused. Skyscanner has put together a list of travel-related words, phrases and acronyms to help you plan your journey.AABTA – the Association of British Travel Agents.APEX – Advance Purchase Excursion (fare). These are usually the cheapest tickets the passenger can get though they are restricted in number.Airport code – the three digit code which is unique to a specific airport. eg. LHR for Heathrow or LGW for Gatwick.BBAA – British Airports Authority. Now known as Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited.Back-to-back ticketing – when the passenger combines two return trips with opposite start and destination points but uses only a single segment from each to achieve a lower overall fare.Baggage allowance – the weight of the luggage the airline allows the traveller to check-in. Economy ticket holders are usually allowed 20kg whilst business and first class passengers able to take between 30-40kg depending on the airline. Hand luggage is fairly standard between the airlines: one piece per passenger and up to 8kg in weight though the dimensions of baggage that is allowed can vary between carriers.Base fare/rate – the basic price of ticket before taxes and other surcharges are added (these are usually a substantial amount particularly on longer flights).Blackout periods – specific days or periods of time when special rates are not available due to high demand for flights.Boarding pass – a card given to the passenger after check-in which allocates a seat number or indicates a boarding pattern. The stub of the card should be retained after going through the boarding gate to show to the flight crew once reaching the aircraft.Budget / Low-cost airlines – these are short-haul flights at bargain prices but with occasional drawbacks. Usually the flights are from secondary airports which could be miles from your ultimate destination. Food and drink is often not included in the price. Fares are usually non-flexible and can incur a hefty charge for changing travel plans. On the plus side, low-cost carriers continue to add to their already impressive list of destinations which can offer real savings for travellers.Bumped – this means that the number of seats on the flight has been oversold. Sometimes you might be lucky and get “bumped” up to business or first class but more often that not, you will simply be put on the next available flight. Try to check-in early to avoid this situationCCancellation charges – penalties that you will incur if you cancel your flights. Most fares have this clause in them so travel insurance is advisable if your plans are likely to change.Capacity-controlled fares – a certain number of seats on a flight to which a cheaper price has been allocated. This percentage changes depending on how quickly the seats are sold.Carrier – the organisation responsible for transporting passengers or goods – in terms of flights, this will be the airline.Carry-on – hand-baggage or luggage that has not been checked-in. See restrictions under Baggage allowance.Charter – an aircraft which is used by a specific group be it customers of a particular holiday company or an individual party.Check-in – the time before departure when your luggage goes onto the airline and boarding cards are issued. For long-haul this is 2 hours whilst short-haul is approximately 1 hour. Be aware that in these times of occasional heightened airport security, the check-in time can vary. To get up-to-date information it is best to confirm timings with the airline.City pair – the chosen cities for departure and arrival.Commission – the percentage of a ticket price which airlines pay their agents.Companion fare – usually part of a promotion where another ticket may be purchased at a lower rate than the original fare. Normally this is dependent on the two passengers travelling together.Contract of carriage – this is the legal contract that the passenger enters into with the airline with the terms outlined when the traveller receives the ticket.Confirmation – oral or written communication which informs the carrier that you will definitely be on a flight or flights.Construction tickets – term given to two single tickets bought to make up a return flight. See SITI, SOTO and Split ticketing. Connecting flights – a journey where the passenger must change planes to reach their final destination.Connecting point – the airport where the traveller changes planes.Consolidators – airlines often sell blocks of seats to a third party who then sell these to passengers at discounted prices. The airlines are reluctant to publicly discount tickets and so mask this process through consolidators. The tickets usually have a number of restrictions on them so check the conditions of your travel arrangements carefully before booking them.Corporate rate – this is the discounted rate that organisations and companies can negotiate with the airlines. Often the company’s country of origin will determine which airline it is – usually one of the national carriers.Coupon – this is part of the ticket that the passenger hands over at check-in and also contains the contract of carriage.DDirect flights – a flight where the passenger does not need to change planes but the aircraft may stop en-route.Discounted tickets – by shopping around you will often be able to find agents selling cheaper tickets than advertised by the airlines but usually you will subject to various restrictions. Airlines also have promotions or special offers so it pays to keep an eye on who is offering what.EETA – Estimated Time of ArrivalEST – Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 hrs)Excess baggage – checked-in luggage which exceeds the weight of the Baggage allowance. If you are only just over then you might be lucky but be warned that payments on excess weight can be very expensive.FHidden city faring – this is when a passenger organises their flights to achieve a final destination that is different from their official itinerary in order to get a lower fare. For example if there were discounted tickets between London and Hong Kong with a stop in Dubai (which is actually where you wanted to go) then you would be guilty of the practising hidden city faring if you failed to return to the plane in Dubai to complete the final segment of the journey. Airlines consider this practice illegal. GGreenwich** Mean Time (GMT) – **the international time standard (also known as UTC – Coordinated Universal Time).HHub – a major airport where an airline has many flights leaving to smaller destinations.IIATA – International Air Transport AssociationIllegal connection – flights that are booked where the time between landing and taking off on the next flight does not adhere to the legal minimum requirements.Indirect flights – this means the passenger will have to leave the plane at some stage during the journey – either so that it can refuel or possibly so that the traveller can change planes in order to complete the trip.Interline / Interlining – using multiple airlines to reach the final destination. There may be a formal relationship between the carriers to facilitate baggage transfer and ticketing or it could simply be two or more unconnected companies where the traveller is responsible for luggage and connection timings (see Multi-hop).JJoint fare – an arrangement between carriers to charge special rates when a passenger uses their respective airlines. The fares are negotiated by the airlines involved and the price is nearer to what the traveller would pay were they using just one company.LLong haul flight – a flight of considerable distance and time – often with the passengers suffering some significant jet-lag along the way.Lowest Fare Routing (LFR) – the cheapest legal flight to the travellers chosen destination.MMinimum connecting time – the smallest amount of time that is allowed to change planes at an airport. If these conditions are breached it is known as an Illegal connection.Multi-hop or Multi-leg – a journey where the passenger does not just fly between two airports to reach their final destination but where they stop en-route any number of times and perhaps spend time in each of the destinations (see Stopover). The flights do not need to be with the same airline but it is advisable to plan the journey carefully so as to avoid issues with ticket restrictions and onward connections.NNet fare or Net rate – the price of a ticket minus any third party commission or tax.Non-endorsable – a ticket which cannot be used to fly with another airline.Non-stop flight – a flight that goes directly from A to B without landing en-route.Non-transferable – a ticket which is specifically for just one passenger and cannot be used by anyone else.No-shows – the term relating to passengers or either arrive late or do not arrive at all to travel on their booked flight.OOffline connection – a journey where the passenger travels on multiple planes using multiple airlinesOpen-jaw – a ticket that allows the traveller to depart from a different airport to the one in which they landed. For example you could fly from London to Sydney but return to London from Perth. See Surface Sectors.PPackage – flights, hotels and services which are bundled together and sold at a specific price.Passenger coupon – the final portion of a ticket which acts as a receipt for the passenger’s own records.**PDT –Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -8hrs)Penalty fare – the amount the passenger has to pay in order to make a change to the travel arrangements or cancel the ticket once it has been issuedRRestricted to airport check-in – seating allocation and boarding passes which can only be assigned to the passenger at the airport.SSegment – an identifiable leg or part of a journey. Usually defined by departure and arrival destinations.Short-haul flight – one that is brief in terms of distance travelled and time in the air. eg. UK to European destinations. This is the chosen market of most of the low-cost carriers – at least for the moment.Situated In, Ticketed In (SITI) – where you buy the ticket from the country you are leaving. Situated Out, Ticketed Out (SOTO) – where the ticket is bought from your destination country.Split ticketing – when you travel using two single tickets instead of a return in order to obtain a lower fareStandby – this is if a passenger holds a ticket that does not automatically guarantee a reserved seat means instead that they are waiting for availability.Stopover – an overnight stay (or possibly longer) at a location en-route to your final destination. This is usually done to break up a very long journey eg. London to Sydney with a stopover in Hong Kong.Surface sector – the distance between departure airports using an open-jaw ticket. The customer is responsible for organising the travel between the two points of departure.TTicket issuance – purchasing tickets that have previously been reserved.WWindow of convenience – the traveller’s ideal departure or arrival time – plus or minus two hours.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more