24 Hours to US Presidential Inauguration We are there

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWashington D.C, USA, January 19, 2017 – We are in Washington DC where in just around 24 hours Donald J Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United states.Americans have flocked to the capital of the country for the ceremony to be held on the Washington Mall to thousands of citizens and guests on the scene and watching on television.  We spoke to other journalists, students and behind the scenes engineers who are in DC for the historic moment.It is expected there will be protests, there is admitted trepidation about what Mr. Trump will be like as Commander and Chief but generally, there is an excitement.   Last night, we caught some footage of Three Doors Down, Grammy Award winning rock band running a sound check as among the performers for the post swearing in concert set for the Washington Mall.Go to Magnetic Media Fanpage on Facebook to see our photos.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

PlayStation Vue review Live TV thats not just for gamers

first_img No $ Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes Fox Business No $ Destination America Base price Yes $ Yes No $ YouTube TV ($50) No No Yes No No Yes TBS Yes, in many markets Yes $ Yes Yes Yes TVs Media Streamers Yes Yes 47 No Yes Yes Yes Yes NBA TV Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Channel $ No Yes $ No DirecTV Now ($50) Yes Total number of Top 100 channels Yes Total channels: Yes Yes Yes 39 National Geographic 45 No 63 $ Yes $ 24 No No No Yes Yes Hulu with Live TV ($45) Yes No $ $ Yes No Yes 63 No DIY No No Comedy Central $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No No No No No No Yes Cooking Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Motor Trend No No Yes No Yes CW Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (keep for 9 months) No Nicktoons No No No No Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes Yes Yes Investigation Discovery CBS Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) $ Yes No No Yes No OWN Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Showtime TV Land Yes Yes Record shows for later (cloud DVR) No No No Yes Yes Yes No CNN No No No Yes History NBC Sports Network Yes Yes Yes $ Viceland $ $ Yes BET No Yes No Yes No Yes $ No Yes Big Ten Network Yes 45 Yes No Yes No No No ABC No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes BBC World News No $ No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Bravo Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No A&E No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No $ Yes $ Yes Yes No Yes 58 No Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No No No No Yes No No See All $ $ No Yes WE tv $ No Yes Yes No Tennis Channel $ PlayStation Vue Yes Yes No $ Share your voice Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes Yes Cinemax No Yes $ $ Yes $ Disney Channel $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Philo ($20) Yes $ Tags No MTV No Yes Yes No Food Network Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes No $ No No No Yes No $70/month No Yes No Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 2:44 No Newsy No No No No Yes $45/month for 60+ channels $ Yes Yes Yes Starz No No Yes (no ABC) FX Movie Channel No Yes $ No Yes Yes No $ Science Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Comments No $ $ No No No VH1 No No Animal Planet No No Yes Yes Yes Cheddar Yes Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… Yes Yes Yes $50/month for 70+ channels $ $ CBS Sports Network No Yes E! No $ No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Sony’s PlayStation Vue has a name problem. It’s a live TV streaming service that doesn’t include “TV” in the name at all. Worse, the name could imply that it only works on Sony’s PlayStation game consoles. So let’s get this out of the way up front: You don’t need a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue. It works on numerous smart TVs, media streamers and phones, just like competitors YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV.When PlayStation Vue debuted in 2016 it was the first premium live TV streaming service, with more channels than Sling TV — the only other such service at the time. Sony’s offering still has a lot going for it today, with a powerful, easy-to-use interface and one of the best cloud DVRs available,Unfortunately Vue’s latest price increase to $50 pits it directly against two very talented competitors at the same price: YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now has the advantage of including HBO, and nearly matching Vue’s channel count, while YouTube TV is my favorite overall at this price, with a superior channel mix and a better DVR than any of them.Ultimately it’s all about channels for the money, and as nice as Vue is to use, it can’t bring enough channels to compete at $50. No No Yes No CNBC Yes $ Yes No $ No No No $ Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Fubo TV ($55) PS Vue ($50) Yes Yes 62 $ Yes $ No No No No No AMC Yes Yes No Yes No PBS $ No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 62 Yes $ $ Yes No Univision No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $ Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes 38 Yes $ $50/month for 45+ channels No Freeform No No Yes Yes No 3 Paramount Network No No No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month NFL Red Zone No Yes No No No Yes No No No $ $ No No Yes $ No Yescenter_img Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes What it isPlayStation Vue is a streaming service designed to replace a cable or other live TV subscription. It has over 50 live channels to watch or record on a wide selection of connected devices. It’s available on the following platforms:PlayStation 4 and PlayStation  3 Roku Players and TVs Amazon Fire TV Apple TV (4th gen)Android TVWeb browsersiOS and Android Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and aboveGoogle Chromecast  No No Fox Sports 2 Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes Yes $ No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No Hallmark Yes Yes No $ Yes $ $ Yes HLN Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Fox Yes No (Yes with $15 DVR option) $ Yes Yes $ Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes $ NBC Yes Yes $ Yes Yes $ No No Yes Yes $ Yes No No No Golf Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes YouTube TV reading • PlayStation Vue review: Live TV that’s not just for gamers Yes Cartoon Network No Yes No $ Yes Yes No Yes Yes No $ $ No DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Sling Blue ($25) Yes No Yes No $ Yes 36 No No No $ Fox News 5 Yes Disney Junior No No No ESPN 2 Yes Yes Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Streaming service channel lineup Yes Yes No Yes Yes Step-up packages with more channels Yes Yes No $55/month for 100+ channels No $ $ No $ Boomerang $ Yes FuboTV No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes $ MTV2 No Smithsonian No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Premium services $ Hulu with Live TV No No $ No No Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month $ Yes Yes No Yes Discovery Channel Oxygen Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes $ ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels No No Yes, in many markets No No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes (keep for 28 days) No TNT $ No No ESPNEWS No $ Yes No Yes MLB Network Yes NHL Network No ESPNU CMT Yes No Yes Yes Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: Yes No Yes $ Lifetime Movie Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No Yes BBC America No Sling Orange ($25) Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No FX Yes No No Yes No No No MyNetworkTV Yes $ No Apple Sundance TV No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No $ FXX Tastemade $ No HBO $ IFC Yes Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes No C-SPAN No No 58 No Yes No Premium live TV services compared Disney XD No No Yes No Yes No HGTV $ Yes No No No Yes Yes Telemundo Yes No No Yes Yes No Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR Yes Yes Yes $ Yes $ No Yes No No Yes Yes TLC No Yes Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes $ Yes No No Yes No No NFL Network Yes Yes No No Yes $ No 47 Nat Geo Wild $ No Yes TruTV No Weather Channel $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Lifetime No Yes No $50/month for 55+ channels $ Yes MSNBC No Yes $ EPIX No No No No No SEC Network ESPN No No Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors No No $ Yes Yes AT&T Watch TV ($15) USA Network No 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes No Nick Jr. Yes Yes $ Yes Nickelodeon No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No $ Yes PlayStation Vue offers all the features you’d expect from the price, including a TV guide, multiple simultaneous streams, a cloud DVR and on-demand options. Its major weakness is that it doesn’t offer as many of the top 100 channels as any of its competitors except DirecTV Now (which has HBO). Vue and YouTube TV omit many of the same channels, including Animal Planet, Comedy Central, History and Nickelodeon, but Vue also lacks The CW, NBA TV and Sundance TV (all included on YouTube TV) in its base tier. If you want more channels you can get them on Vue, but it will cost you. The basic Access package is $50, the Core package adds sports for $55, while the Elite package at $65 and Ultra package at $85 add even more channels. The price rise of $5 across the board followed similar price rises from competitors including DirecTV Now which added HBO and went up by $10. Meanwhile, Fubo TV went up $10 but added a spate of channels, and YouTube TV also increased by $10. Ty Pendlebury/CNET One of the most intriguing new features for both the PlayStation and Apple TV is Multi View which allows users to watch up to three channels at once (four on Apple TV). You choose one main focused channel with audio and then add auxiliaries, and the interface allows you to switch between them.  What’s it like to use?Perhaps thanks to its gaming origins, the Vue interface is one of the most visually stimulating, with bright menus and large thumbnails. The service is more lively and likable than its biggest competitor YouTube, in my opinion.img-9520 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The channel guide is slightly different depending on which platform you use. It’s arranged vertically with channels across the top on the PlayStation’s interface, but in a more traditional horizontal fashion on Roku. I really liked how the guide condenses into days once you finish the current 24 hours. This allows you to skip to a specific day without having to wade through hours of programs. Smart.img-3155 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The Home screen is essentially composed of One row and one column — the first column is divided up into timeline, recently watched, and currently watching. The next column along is Trending Live TV, then My DVR, then Favorite channels, Sports and finally Featured. The interface can have its quirks, which you’ll need to learn, and this is especially true on the Apple TV. For example, you need to press play to exit a menu and watch a show rather than the usual menu button. Pressing menu continually instead just dumps you out of the program without even a warning prompt.Picture quality was generally good, though, of course it was dependent on the channel. I did notice that Discovery was very soft-looking on Fast ‘N Loud, and the Food Network was a little softer than YouTube TV. Your mileage may vary.Should you get it?PlayStation Vue may not be the most popular service, and it does lack some channels that others offer, but in day-to-day use I like it better than most. The interface is fun and the DVR works very well.Is it worth $50? Maybe. The sins it commits are the sins of omission — it lacks the channel count of its biggest competitor and its DVR isn’t as comprehensive as YouTube TV. Meanwhile, the cheaper services such as Sling Blue and AT&T Watch TV offer the best bargain. No Yes Yes Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes No Yes 18 Turner Classic Movies Yes Yes PlayStation Vue Amazon AT&T Google Hulu Sony YouTube Applelast_img read more

Bootstrap 5 to replace jQuery with vanilla JavaScript

first_imgThe upcoming major version of Bootstrap, version 5, will no longer have jQuery as a dependency and will be replaced with vanilla JavaScript. In 2017, the Bootstrap team opened a pull request with the aim to remove jQuery entirely from the Bootstrap source and it is now near completion. Under this pull request, the team has removed jQuery from 11 plugins including Util, Alert, Button, Carousel, and more. Using ‘Data’ and ‘EventHandler’ in unit tests is no longer supported. Additionally, Internet Explorer will not be compatible with this version. Despite these updates, developers will be able to use this version both with or without jQuery. Since this will be a major release, users can expect a few breaking changes. Not only just Bootstrap but many other companies have been thinking of decoupling from jQuery. For example, last year, GitHub incrementally removed jQuery from their frontend mainly because of the rapid evolution of web standards and jQuery losing its relevancy over time. This news triggered a discussion on Hacker News, and many users were happy about this development. One user commented, “I think the reason is that many of the problems jQuery was designed to solve (DOM manipulation, cross-browser compatibility issues, AJAX, cool effects) have now been implemented as standards, either in Javascript or CSS and many developers consider the 55k minified download not worth it.” Another user added, “The general argument now is that 95%+ of jQuery is now native in browsers (with arguably the remaining 5% being odd overly backward compatible quirks worth ignoring), so adding a JS dependency for them is “silly” and/or a waste of bandwidth.” Read more in detail, check out Bootstrap’s GitHub repository. Read Next jQuery File Upload plugin exploited by hackers over 8 years, reports Akamai’s SIRT researcher GitHub parts ways with JQuery, adopts Vanilla JS for its frontend Will putting limits on how much JavaScript is loaded by a website help prevent user resource abuse?last_img read more

Peregrines brand new ship is now sailing the Galapagos

first_imgTags: Galápagos, Peregrine Adventures TORONTO — Peregrine Adventures’ very first new-build expedition vessel is officially up and running with voyages sailing the Galapagos.Considered one of the most sustainable ships operating in the destination, the Grand Queen Beatriz departed on its maiden voyage from Puerto Baquerizo Morena in San Cristobal on July 1. The voyage was a combination of Peregrine’s 10-day ‘Classic Galapagos’ and six-day ‘Galapagos Encounter’, which included a hike on Bartolome, wildlife viewing at Plaza Sur and Santa Fe, and encounters with giant tortoise at San Cristobal.The custom-built vessel offers sailings as part of the company’s growing small-ship Adventure Cruising program, which according to Peregrine has grown 35% year to date.According to Filippos Venetopoulos, Peregrine’s Adventure Cruising general manager, Queen Bea, as it’s become known, was launched in response to demand from environmentally conscious travellers in the region. It boasts solar panels to assist with power generation, and was designed by a local boat builder who made use of local materials.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“While we have been cruising the Galapagos for more than 20 years, now that we have our own boat we can offer an even more authentic Peregrine experience at sea, a small group of no more than 16 guests, an immersive experience focusing on discovery and education, comfort and space, insightful and attentive guides, and the newest and most sustainable cruise experience available in the region,” he said.The 98-foot vessel features nine cabins with outward-facing windows and ensuite bathrooms, which on average are double the size of similar accommodation found on other boats in the Galapagos. The 300-tonne boat is also home to a dining room, two bars, lounge and TV area, as well as a sun deck, Jacuzzi and private balcony room on the upper deck.Grand Queen Beatriz is offering a combination of six-, 10-, 13- and 17-day Galapagos itineraries departing from Quito with the six-day ‘Galapagos Encounter Central Islands’, priced from $3,514 per person, twin share. It will also offer Peregrine’s new 13-day ‘Treasures of the Galapagos – Western & Central Islands’ itinerary.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backAll trips are accompanied by Peregrine Adventures’ local leaders and include onboard kayaks, all transfers and excursions and most meals.Peregrine Adventures is part of the Intrepid Group, and operates small group tours that are ideal for travellers aged 45 and over. Peregrine’s brand new ship is now sailing the Galapagos Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Thursday, July 26, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

Bookings open for newest resort from Fiesta Americana

first_img Share Tags: La Coleccion, Openings & Renovations Friday, October 19, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img MEXICO CITY — The latest news – and pictures – from La Coleccion Resorts by Fiesta Americana’s 13 Mexico resorts includes multi-million-dollar renovations and a brand new resort.The newest addition to La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana – Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende is set to open Nov. 1.“Boasting all the elements true to this luxury lifestyle brand,” says the company, the new Live Aqua property will offer guests 153 guestrooms, fine dining restaurants, a full-service spa and a variety of meeting and events spaces geared to incentive and group meetings, weddings and social events.The opening of Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende marks the fifth Live Aqua brand opening for Grupo Posadas in Mexico and will offer the largest guestroom property in the city of San Miguel de Allende.Reservations for Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende opened earlier this week.Live Aqua San Migudel de Allende – Roof Top PoolMeanwhile Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun is undergoing a much-anticipated renovation slated for completion by December 2019.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJGuests can already take advantage of its 371 fully-renovated premium rooms with everything from aromatherapy menu, to controlled surround music, to lighting intensity from new bedside smart consoles.Live Aqua Cancun – Updgraded Guest RoomThe property’s newly-remodelled outdoor restaurants offer traditional and fusion dishes from around the world. One of the most anticipated dining venues is Azul Restaurant, a semi-open Mayan palapa with modern décor that offers both indoor and outdoor seating.Live Aqua Cancun – Renovated RestaurantAnd in other reno news, Fiesta American Condesa Cancun All-Inclusive recently unveiled a multimillion-dollar refurbishment, which included extensive upgrades to over 500 premium rooms and suites in all three towers.The improvements include new décor, wooden furniture, new electronic lock doors with proximity key, redesigned bathrooms and new modern guestroom furniture.The Grand Ballroom got a makeover, along with five onsite dining venues. And the newly-upgraded Kid’s Club, now nearly triple the size, features new comfortable furniture, a large ball pit and all-new arcade-style table games such as air hockey and foosball. Bookings open for newest resort from Fiesta Americana Posted bylast_img read more

Michele Rauzon lands at Boignés new company 5 Continents

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — After a successful career at Alio for 18 years and then a stint at Canandes, Michèle Rauzon has been appointed National Director of Sales and Development Canada and U.S. for new company ‘5 Continents’, founded by another well-known industry veteran, David Boigné.“More than a director of business development, Michèle will be an ambassador for the concept and our services,” Boigné told Travelweek’s sister publication, ProfessionVoyages.com. Boigné is best known for his time at Exotic Tours / Boomerang Tours.“We were looking for someone who will represent us and who will inspire confidence and we are happy to announce that it will be Michèle,” he added. “She will be present at industry events and will visit travel agencies. We will also organize educotours and webinars. Her expertise is solid and reliable.”Working together with tour operators and travel agencies, 5 Continents calls itself a business partner that will bring the expertise of receptives from all over the world.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJIt is an intermediary that does not sell to direct customers and does not compete with tour operators either. All professionals seeking quality travel experiences can use their services.Rauzon told ProfessionVoyages.com that what motivates her in this project is to work alongside travel professionals and provide them with innovative services that are especially useful.“I like the unique concept developed by 5 Continents,” says Rauzon. “I think it’s logical and natural in the current context. There are many agencies that make their own groups with local receptives directly, but it’s not so simple. They can now go through us and ensure the quality of the experience at destination.”She adds: “I know the industry and its needs. At the travel agency level, my relationships have been in place for a long time. My main challenge will be to become an expert on destinations I do not know yet, but I like to learn, it does not scare me!”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionRauzon also notes that she represents two beautiful high-end villa properties on the West Coast of Barbados and she will be bringing this portfolio with her to 5 Continents. The two seaside resorts, St. Peters Bay and Port Ferdinand, are both under the UNNA Living umbrella. The luxury properties are fully compatible with the high-end incentive and group travel expertise offered by 5 Continents, say Rauzon and Boigné.Rauzon’s appointment officially takes effect Feb. 25. She can be reached at michele.rauzon@5continentsca.com. Tags: 5 Continents, New Hires, People Share Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, February 20, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Michele Rauzon lands at Boigné’s new company 5 Continentslast_img read more

These Saint Lucia hotels are offering up to 60 off summer rates

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, June 7, 2019 Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — It will be a summer to remember in Saint Lucia now that over 20 hotels have announced up to 60% off rates for the season.As part of a Summer Specials promotion from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, participating accommodations ranging from intimate inns to luxury resorts are offering reduced rates to cater to families, couples, wellness enthusiasts and more.Participating hotels include: Aupic Paradise; Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa; Bay Gardens Hotel; Bay Gardens Inn; Bay Gardens Marina Haven; Calabash Cove Resort and Spa; C’est La Vie; Coco Palm; Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa; East Winds; Fond Doux Plantation and Resort; Hotel Chocolat; Ladera; The Landings Resort and Spa; Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina; Mango Beach Inn; Serenity at Coconut Bay; Ti Kaye Resort and Spa; Tet Rouge Resort; and Villa Capri.Butler service, rooms with private plunge pools, all-inclusive options, family-focused programs, spa treatments and dining deals are just a few of the amenities being offered.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthDeals include 50% off on Bed and Breakfast rates at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa. 60% couples discount at Serenity at Coconut Bay, 45% off lodging at Hotel Chocolat, and up to 40% off four nights at Ladera.Saint Lucia boasts nearly 100 miles of coastline and pristine beaches with crystal clear waters, with activities and accommodations that suit travelers who want to be active or just enjoy relaxation Caribbean-style. While in Saint Lucia, visitors will enjoy the newly renovated facilities at tranquil Hummingbird Beach in Soufriere and the recently expanded mud baths in Sulphur Springs Park (the most Instagrammed spot in Saint Lucia).To view the full list of Summer Specials offers, go to www.StLucia.org/specials/Summer-Specials. Tags: Saint Lucia These Saint Lucia hotels are offering up to 60% off summer rateslast_img read more

Costa Cruises celebrates first steelcutting of LNGpowered Toscana

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — The first steel cut has been made on the Costa Toscana, Costa Cruises’ second ship to be powered in port and at sea by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The steel-cutting ceremony, which took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, is “another step forward” in the cruise line’s sustainable development plan,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. “LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities.”Meyer Turku Managing Partner Dr. Jan Meyer, left, and Costa Cruises President Neil PalombaCosta Toscana follows on the heels of Costa Smeralda, the company’s first ship to be powered by LNG. Smeralds is nearing completion at the same shipyard and will enter service in October. Costa Toscana is expected to be delivered in 2021.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemBoth ships are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan that includes a total of seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023. As the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, Costa Group is comprised of Costa Cruises, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises.“Once again, Costa Cruises is paving the way for the industry as a whole: in accordance with our global vision aimed at sustainable development, we were the first to invest in this technology, which is now really starting to take hold,” added Palomba. “However, a lot remains to be done in terms of the ready availability of gas bunkering infrastructure to ensure the seamless transition to LNG. Costa Toscana and her sister ship Costa Smeralda may be highly innovative products, but they will retain that inimitable Italian hospitality that has been Costa Cruises’ hallmark since the brand’s inception.”Each ship was named after iconic Italian destinations – Tuscany and the Smeralda coast. On Costa Smeralda, guests will find 11 restaurants, including one specifically for casual family dining, 19 bars, a spa area with 16 treatment rooms, an onboard waterpark with waterslides, four pools and a dedicated kids facility. It will also boast its own museum – the CoDe-Costa Design Museum – that will showcase the excellence of Italian design.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaCosta Smeralda is set to debut on Oct. 20 with a 15-day preview cruise from Hamburg to Savona. Its official naming ceremony will take place on Nov. 3 in Savona before being deployed in the Western Mediterranean through April 2021.Costa Toscana’s cruise program will be announced in the next few months. Costa Cruises celebrates first steel-cutting of LNG-powered Toscana Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Costa Cruises, steel-cutting Tuesday, July 30, 2019 last_img read more