CRUISE WEST OFFERS TEMPTING 2009/2010 HOLIDAY VOYAGES

CRUISE WEST OFFERS TEMPTING 2009/2010 HOLIDAY VOYAGES

~Mexico, Panama & Costa Rica, Vietnam and Australia~


Cruise West (www.cruisewest.com), one of the world’s leading providers of small-ship explorations will offer four holiday itineraries in 2009 and 2010. Sailing into the firecracker lavish spectacle of Sydney’s Harbor on New Year’s Eve; bidding farewell to 2009 in the wilds of Costa Rica; savoring a traditional Nochebuena Christmas Eve feast in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes; or satisfying all the senses in Vietnam on Thanksgiving.

Exotic, culturally fascinating and stunning scenery describes the 11-night Vietnam voyage that commences in Hanoi aboard the all-suite Spirit of Oceanus on November 21, 2009, and ends in Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the Thanksgiving holiday discovering Hue, the Imperial City on the Perfume River including the Forbidden Purple City and the Imperial Citadel, followed by a traditional thanksgiving feast prepared by the onboard chef. The

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itinerary will give travelers the chance to explore Vietnam’s architecture, art, and ancient shrines in Hoi An; bustling Hanoi; the Gulf of Tonkin; the temples and picturesque fishing boats of Nha Trang; the Cham Museum and a special private performance of traditional martial arts in Qui Nhon; and UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay. Prices start at $5,649 on this last chance to explore Vietnam aboard the Oceanus before it departs on the Voyages of the Great Explorers in March 2010.

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JET AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH SERVICES TO RIYADH, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 6, 2009

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will launch service to Riyadh, the capital and largest city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from Mumbai, effective August 6, 2009.
This will be the airline’s second service to Saudi Arabia, complementing the airline’s existing daily Mumbai-Jeddah service.

The airline will launch four flights a week on the Mumbai-Riyadh sector, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays respectively, aboard a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
With the introduction of this new flight, Jet Airways will fly to 8 cities in the Gulf, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh.

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NATIONAL RESTAURANT OPENINGS AND NEWS

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The long hot days of summer are beginning to shorten and small hints of fall are starting to appear.  With autumn comes hearty fare, colorful foliage, football and, of course, restaurant openings across the nation.  The following projects are the exciting new ventures of some of the nation’s top talent as well as several tried-and-true concepts opening in new markets. 

CHARLOTTE, NC

BLT Steak (October 2009)
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
110 N College Street

BLT Steak, Chef Laurent Tourondel’s signature modern American steakhouse, will open in the first Ritz-Carlton in North Carolina, as part of the new Bank of America development in uptown Charlotte.  As Charlotte has grown steadily, the city has blossomed as a center for business and a destination for dining. BLT Steak will offer prime cuts of beef and fresh fish, as well as a wide variety of tempting side dishes and classic American desserts.  The 126-seat steakhouse is located off of the main lobby of the hotel and is accessible both through the lobby and its own separate entrance. 

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