Travel News: June 15, 2018

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Astronaut christens new Viking Cruises ship, Viking Orion, in elaborate ceremony
USA Today

River cruise giant Viking’s move into ocean cruising hit another milestone on Thursday as the company christened its fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion, along the waterfront of Livorno, Italy.

With Livorno’s historic Fortezza Vecchia fortress serving as a backdrop, the ship’s godmother, retired NASA astronaut Anna Fisher, used a Viking axe to slice a large red ribbon that triggered the smashing of a bottle against the 930-passenger vessel.


Delta to fly Minneapolis-Seoul route
Travel Weekly

Joint-venture partners Delta and Korean Air will begin a Minneapolis-Seoul route in 2019.

The airlines will use a reconfigured, three-class Delta Boeing 777-200ER featuring the carrier’s new premium economy cabin as well as the Delta One business-class suites.

Delta didn’t specify a date for the route launch, nor did it say how frequently the route would be offered.


Royal Caribbean Buys Stake in Luxury Line Silversea
Travel Weekly

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Silversea Cruises Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio on June 14 announced an agreement for RCL to acquire a stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises. Under the agreement, RCL will acquire a 66.7 percent equity stake in Silversea worth about $1 billion. RCL plans to finance the purchase through debt. The closing is expected to be completed later in the year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.


Back Down Under: W Hotels Returns To Sydney In 2020
PR Newswire

Harbouring a long-held crush, W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today announced its grand re-entry to the iconic harbour city with the highly-anticipated signing of W Sydney. Built and developed by Grocon and funded by Greaton Group, W Sydney will make waves with its debut slated for 2020. The new-build hotel will be part of ‘The Ribbon’, an electrifying development designed by the award-winning architect HASSEL that will transform Sydney’s skyline on Darling Harbour. With its game-changing Whatever/Whenever service and bold design, W Sydney will shake up the city’s social scene, turning traditional luxury on its head.

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