After Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, P&O Cruises and Silversea, now also Regent Seven Seas has appointed its first female Captain

Serena Melani, 42 years old from the Toscany region, Italy,  has been appointed the first female captain at Regent Seven Seas as master of the refurbished Seven Seas Mariner, cruising from the Caribbean to Alaska
She joined Regent Seven Seas in 2010 and most recently served as staff captain on Seven Seas Mariner for two years.
Regent Seven Seas, based in Miami, is a luxury cruise brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises.

(Photo: Regent Seven Seas)

Biggest Hotel in the World will open in Mecca 2017

The Abraj Kudai will be the biggest hotel in the world, scheduled for opening in Mecca in 2017 and will offer the ultimate expectation of luxury to travelers and royal families in Saudi Arabia.

Referring to an article of the Guardian this extraordinary project will feature 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants and four helipads; this desert fortress-style hotel boasts 12 towers atop a 10-story podium, which contains a bus station, several food courts, a shopping mall and an exeptional ballroom. Five floors will be off limits to the most guests — they’re reserved exclusively for the Saudi royal family.

(Fotos: Dar Al-Handasah )

Royal Caribbean Cruises and Filipino Employees

As per this interview  by "News ABS-CBN"  to Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, the company is planning to hire 30,000 Filipinos in the next five years and  will set up a direct hiring center in Manila, which will speed up the recruitment process for applicants.

With Royal Caribbean Filipinos represent the largest group of sea-based employees.

No agency is needed for Filipinos who want to work in the cruise industry.

River Cruise Christmas markets in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary

Christmas MarketBasel - Cologne – Rüdesheim – Nürnberg -  Regensburg – Passau  - Vienna - Budapest

CHRISTMAS RIVER CRUISES are very special holidays  and one of the best ways to visit these seasonal markets with stops along the  Rhine and the Danube rivers to visit markets bursting with the sights, sounds and smells of the festive season.

Almost all major River Cruise Lines are looking for crew / staff  on short notice for this period of time ( end November – beginning of Jannuary )


New York developer Larry Silverstein and Wolfgang Puck have announced that the chef and restaurateur will open his first New York City concept, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, alongside the new Four Seasons Private Residences at 30 Park Place in mid-2016. The announcement marks the extension of the chef’s long-standing relationship with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the seventh CUT restaurant worldwide.

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New EU law on food information to consumers

The new low on the provision of food information to consumers changes existing legislation on food labelling including:mandatory nutrition information on processed foods;mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;highlighting allergens e.g. peanuts or milk in the list of ingredients;better legibility i.e. minimum size of text;requirements on information on allergens also cover non pre-packed foods including those sold in restaurants and cafés.


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