JP CruiseandTravelMagazine 1 April 2016

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Charlie Chaplin Museum to Open:  Switzerland Tourism has announced the opening of the Charlie Chaplin Museum will take place on 17 April 2016 at the onset of the European spring, Chaplin’s World by Grévin will provide visitors the world’s first insight into the professional and personal life of the man himself.

Located in Vevey on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyard terraces along the Swiss Riviera, Manoir de Ban was the former private family residence of Charlie Chaplin for the last 25 years of his life. Today, Chaplin’s World by Grévin has transformed the run-down manor into an elegant world-class venue with reception areas, a restaurant, boutique and terrace, an all-new Hollywood style studio and an expansive interactive exhibition and park covering more than 60,000m².

Charlot © Chaplin's World.jpegDirector of Switzerland Tourism, Mark Wettstein “ says It is much more than a museum, “Charlie Chaplin specifically chose to reside in this 18th century old manor in Vevey not only because he wanted a normal life for his family away from media attention, but equally so, he was thoroughly captivated by the tranquil and pristine setting of the lake and mountainous backdrop. With the opening of this museum, his fans near and far will finally get to see, admire and remember him for his work, life and everything in between.”

From a tour of his restored manor through to exhibits and galleries featuring his work and multimedia presentations, the experiential journey will start at his very humble beginnings in London. Throughout the tour, visitors will have the chance to immerse themselves in sets from iconic films, visit an editing room and a movie theatre where a synopsis of the life and work of the filmmaker will screen. Visitors will also encounter more than 30 wax figures of the man other 20th century celebrities who played major roles in boosting his work and career. For more information, visit and

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PONANT ORDERS 4 NEW SHIPS:  Exciting news from PONANT at the global announcement made last week that the company will be undertaking the construction of four new luxury expedition ships, effectively doubling the size of the fleet to eight ships (plus the classic three masted Le Ponant yacht). PONANT already has the youngest fleet of ships in the world and this demonstrates commitment to expansion of their luxury expedition product offering.

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VIKING OFFERS 2-FOR-1 PRICES ON 2016 CRUISE PRICES:  Two people can now cruise for the price of one on four of our most popular European itineraries, on selected dates in Standard Stateroom (F). We also offer stateroom upgrades at heavily reduced rates. This amazing offer is available until sold out. The 2 for 1 deal can be combined with Viking’s Past Guest Discount, but not with any other special offers. Call: 1800 131 744

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SCENIC LAUNCHES SOUTH AMERICA PROGRAM:  Scenic has launched its South America program for 2017 which features three new tours, new Enrich experiences, Freechoice activities and dining, plus a new hotel in the Sacred Valley. Guests can now discover even more of South America with three new tours. The 19 Day Peru Discovery is a round trip from Lima which as well as taking in the Peruvian highlights of Sacred Valley, Cuzco and Lake Titicaca also visits the emerging destinations of the country’s cultural capital Trujillo and the World Heritage-listed Chan Chan ruins; the colonial city of Arequipa; and the incredible Colca Canyon – home to the rare Andean condor. The 16 Day Peru Adventure & Galapagos Cruise showcases the very best of Peru and Ecuador from the extraordinary wildlife to the ancient treasures.

The 2017 program sees the launch of a new Enrich experience in Cuba – a visit to a family run paladar restaurant to enjoy local Cuban specialities. Plus new Freechoice activities in Cuzco, including a Chinchero village tour, and a cooking class; and Bariloche where guests can choose from zip-lining, a cable car ride to the top of Cerro Campanario or a cruise across Nahuel Huapi Lake. The new 140 page The Vibrant Wonders of South America brochure is out now. For more information call Scenic on 138 128 or visit

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OVATION OF THE SEAS SHOW-STOPPING ENTERTAINMENT :  Royal Caribbean International has revealed the show-stopping entertainment line-up onboard Australia’s newest, biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ship Ovation of the Seas. Ovation of the Seas, unique technologically advanced venues and exceptionally talented performers will come together to deliver unparalleled entertainment experiences each day of a guest’s adventure.

RCI will deliver an endless landscape of one-of-a-kind entertainment in Two70, a multi-level great room that seamlessly fuses entertainment and technology. The venue affords audiences vast possibilities, with immersive experiences taking place all around the room. With the integration of Vistarama – expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that can be set into any scene, real or imagined, by combining 18 projectors to create an ambient surface over 30 metres wide and over 6 metres tall. In addition, a troupe of six, agile Roboscreens combined with highly trained live performers, music and special effects, gives guests front-row seats to stunningly visual shows that can only be seen while sailing onboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, including the spectacular Spectra’s Cabaret.

Spectra’s Cabaret is a completely original production, created by Royal Caribbean International and Moment Factory exclusively for Two70. This wildly popular show, already a fan-favourite on Anthem of the Seas, features the Maestro and his Agents of Rhythm as they invite the audience to an electric, multi-dimensional cabaret that transports them to invisible realms. Each night, the portal opens for a limited period of time and immerses guests’ imaginations into a multimedia show brimming with kaleidoscopic sounds, effervescent colours and dazzling movement. “Spectra’s Cabaret” blends live performance and experiential cinema with music from contemporary pop culture. It creates a world seen through the lens of music and technology, all while exploring the deepest recesses of the heart. Seating 1,300 guests, the magnificent Royal Theater is home to Ovation of the Seas’ two new production shows:

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Charlie Chaplin Museum

Ponant New ships under construction

Viking River Ship

Scenic-Rio de Janeiro Brazil

RCI Ovation of the Seas


About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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