first_imgCosta Concordiacruise Francesco Schettino, the 56-year-old captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that crashed into a reef near Giglio Island off Tuscany in 2012 killing 32 people onboard, has turned himself in to authorities at Rome’s Rebibbia Prison after losing his final appeal on Friday. The Court of Cassation, Italy’s highest criminal tribunal, upheld Schettino’s 2015 lower court multiple manslaughter convictions, and convictions for abandoning his ship, passengers and crew.Schettino’s lawyer has said that his client respects the verdict and will now serve his 16-year prison sentence. last_img read more

first_imgUniworld Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched its Ultimate 2018 Air Offer including free economy airfares with every 2018 European voyage, for sale until 30 September 2017.“Uniworld has an unparalleled reputation for being the most all-inclusive luxury river cruise line in Europe and in celebration we’re offering to include return air to Europe for our 2018 sailing season. We want to give Australians who love river cruising the opportunity to experience the Uniworld difference by making Uniworld accessible across all cabin categories and all sailing dates on every European itinerary,” said Fiona Dalton, Uniworld Australia MD. last_img read more

first_imgCrowne Plaza Melbourne has unveiled the results of a $25 million revamp, with all 402 guestrooms completely transformed, with contemporary bathrooms, standalone showers with state-of-the-art showerheads, premium bedding, designer furnishings and striking artwork a feature. Connectivity throughout the entire hotel has also been upgraded.The hotel’s City View rooms now boast spacious walk-in wardrobes with sleek workstations, while the hotel’s Luxury suites feature deep bathtubs, walk-in showers, plush bedding, new furniture and sweeping views of the Yarra River and Melbourne city skyline.Area General Manager for InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) for Melbourne and Canberra, David Mansfield, said the renovation is the first step in a new chapter for the hotel. “Few properties in Melbourne have a history as rich as Crowne Plaza Melbourne and the standard to which all of the hotel’s guestrooms have been refurbished is outstanding.” “The property is absolute riverfront and is in a premium position – close to Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, the CBD and on the doorstep to Melbourne’s tram network. With Phase 1 of the refurbishment now complete, together with the hotel owners SB&G Group, we are excited by the appeal the new rooms will have for business, long-stay and leisure travellers and we look forward to welcoming them”.Phase 2 of the hotel’s multi-million dollar refurbishment will commence in the second quarter of 2019 and will see all of the hotel’s public areas redesigned, including updates to the hotel’s conference and event facilities, a new restaurant and bar concept, and updates to the hotel pool, gymnasium and lobby. australiaCrowne PlazahotelsMelbournelast_img read more