John Pond Cruise and Travel Magazine • 14 Oct 2016 2016

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NEW YORK CITY WITH HOLIDAY SPIRIT   The Holiday Season in New York City is one of the most festive times of the year. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that kicks off the season in November to the Christmas Tree lighting in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square, there are countless reasons to visit New York City at the end of the year. In celebration of this year’s holiday season, NYC & Company has produced a new short video to showcase some key highlights at

What to see and do: The 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring giant helium balloons, musical performances, marching bands from across the country, and special celebrity appearances kicks off the holiday season on November 24 (

The Rockettes kick their way into the holidays as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular returns from November 11–January 2. The production will dazzle audiences with brand new dance numbers, extravagant costumes, and traditional fan favorites, (

The New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, one of the most beloved and anticipated holiday classics, from November 25-December 31 (

NY Xmas LightsDyker Heights.jpgThe New York Botanical Garden’s cherished ‘Holiday Train Show®’ celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Coney Island’s Cyclone and Wonder Wheel and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge make their debuts alongside 150 iconic building models in the display that features model trains traveling through the miniature city landscape. The show runs from November 19-January 16, (

A classic holiday tradition continues with the 13th Annual St. George Theatre Christmas Show from December 9 – December 11. Just steps from the Staten Island Ferry, this two-hour production features over 100 actors, a live orchestra and numerous holiday standards set in holiday scenes from the North Pole to the surrounding neighborhoods of Staten Island (

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, a national historic landmark, hosts annual holiday tours throughout the holiday season, featuring Louis Armstrong’s voice recording of “’Twas the Night before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas)” from December 1-30 (

Insider Journeys – small group journey travel in Asia   Australia’s leading Asia travel specialist, Insider Journeys has released its latest portfolio of Small Group Journeys, which offers travellers unparalleled comprehensive choice of experiential tours throughout the region.

image006.jpgThe new brochure highlights journeys from a portfolio of almost 1,000 departure dates in 11 countries, across nearly 100 tour itineraries.

To celebrate the launch, Insider Journeys is offering 15% off all 2017 Small Group Journey’s made and deposited before 31 October 2016.

Alastair Scott, Head of Product is proud of the new brochure and its extensive content. “The latest brochure really demonstrates the comprehensive choice available for our travellers. These insightful itineraries are based on the insider knowledge of our exceptional product team and 23 years’ experience,” says Scott.

“We give our clients opportunities for participation in local life. They’re privy to more local insights, with itineraries that provide flexibility and meaningful interactions with local people and fellow travellers that will give them stories that will last a lifetime.”

trips, include the Mekong and Beyond, Myanmar Revealed, Three Gorges Discovery and China Panorama.” 1300 362 777 or visit

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Air New Zealand inflight wifi on its jet services in 2017   Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon announced that flights between Australia and New Zealand would be the first to receive connectivity. “Air New Zealand is in the final stages of commercial negotiations with Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics with internet connectivity to be supplied by Inmarsat’s new global GX satellite constellation and integrated with Air New Zealand’s in-cabin Panasonic Avionics technology. Proving flights will begin in the second half of 2017 and world-class internet services progressively available on Tasman, Pacific Island and long haul jet fleets from the end of next year,” Mr Luxon says. Domestic New Zealand jet services are likely to offer a wifi service from 2018. “Given Air New Zealand operates some of the longest flights in the world, and in oceanic areas where there has historically been poor quality satellite service, we have patiently worked with partners until comfortable that a service which meets the high expectations of our customers is available,” he says. “Proving flights on a partner company test aircraft have now given us the confidence to introduce what we believe will be the world’s most reliable inflight connectivity. Customers will be able to use their social media channels, stay on top of emails and browse the internet.

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BRITISH AIRWAYS EARLY BIRDS TO THE UK, EUROPE AND ASIA   British Airways launches early bird special offers on flights from Australia to the UK, Europe and Asia. The offers are available for booking from now until midnight on 30 November 2016. Round trip fares to Asia start from $768* on World Traveller economy class and from $1,374* to the UK and Europe.

Asia – The special fares on flights to Singapore are valid for travel from now until 10 June 2017 on World Traveller economy class fares from $768* and from $1,818* on World Traveller Plus premium economy.

UK and Europe – The special fares on flights to the UK and Europe are valid for travel from now until 31 October 2017 on World Traveller economy class fares from $1,374* and from $3,060* on World Traveller Plus premium economy.

Nicole Backo, British Airways’ regional general manager, South West Pacific, said “For those who would like to benefit from these early bird fares, now is the right time to book. The long travel window means customers can plan their travel well into 2017. Compiled by John Pond.

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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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