Falling …. with style

We here at Matouring.com like our adventure.  We’ve been to dozens of countries, hundreds of cities and have loved every minute of it.  But there are some things we just won’t do. But maybe you will – skydiving.  If your life is not thrilling enough, then perhaps this is your next big adventure.  Read more here about where to find…

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Because, because, because, because, be Oz

Let’s get straight to the point.  Most of us work hard in order to be able to squeeze just a little bit a pleasure into our lives.  So, may we present the proverbial carrot to you now… The Luxury Lodges of Australia, a collection of 19 lodges and camps located throughout Australia, represent Australia’s diverse landscapes of outback, rainforest, reef,…

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JetBlue’s cruise news ensues

Some of you may or may not be aware that JetBlue Airlines also have vacations.  (They’re affiliate friends of ours, by the way.) Well, being the ambitious company that they are, they also sell cruises.  But, the new news is that JetBlue Vacations’ Flight + Cruise packages, making JetBlue the first domestic U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to…

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Boris & Chief Kamanawanalea

This is a different kind of cold war. Russian Fort Elizabeth is a National Historic Landmark and is administered as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park just southeast of present-day Waimea on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is located at the site of the former Fort Elizabety, the last remaining Russian fort on the Hawaiian islands, built…

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Cables girdle the globe

Where would we be without connectivity?  Recent generations have come to accept that not only will the Internet work, but it will be fast and it will be cheap.  The earth is about 24,901 miles (40,075 km) in circumference with about 7.674 billion people (as of 2019.)  That’s a lot of bandwidth required. Unbeknownst to most, the world is awash…

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Moral coral

You can be a part of worldwide coral regeneration schemes – here’s how. Coral reefs are intricate ecosystems that quite literally breathe life into the world’s oceans, but they are under threat. Destruction of reefs – such as mass coral bleaching – is the result of a combination of factors including climate change and pollution. Scientists and communities are dedicated…

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The sunlight zone

Do you consider yourself as deep?  Full of meaning?  Sometimes unfathomable? Well, you have nothing on the Mariana Trench.  Most of us have heard of it, but probably know very little about it.  And is worth knowing about. The Trench sits like a crescent-shaped dent in the floor of the Pacific Ocean, extending over 1500 miles long with an average…

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Capetown races sing their songs

Cape Town is South Africa’s crown jewel and the most European city you’ll find on the continent. Founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1652, it was South Africa’s first attempt at a modern metropolis, earning it the nickname “The Mother City.” Cape Town is worth visiting year-round. That said, it looks different each season. Late December through March…

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Crowdedness

It is always a good strategy to start slowly, and then taper off.  But it’s a fat chance that we’ll ever be able to do that. Especially when we live in the electrified, accelerated world that we do.  But, the geniuses in the world are always looking to find the next big leap.  Here is a small, but poignant example.…

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I’m Antman and I will be your server tonight

Disney Cruise Line is upping the “ant-e” on immersive family dining with the debut of “Avengers: Quantum Encounter” at Worlds of Marvel restaurant aboard the Disney Wish. Premiering in summer 2022, this all-new cinematic dining adventure will assemble some of Earth’s mightiest and tiniest— Super Heroes in a larger-than-life showcase of revolutionary quantum technology and cuisine. Learn more courtesy of…

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Muster, we must

The Covid pandemic is pushing for an evolution of the muster (safety) drill procedures on cruise ships. To avoid gatherings of large passenger groups in confined spaces and maintain social distancing, the cruise lines are now reinventing the traditional process, using technology and other innovations. Get ready for:  Royal Caribbean’s Muster 2.0 Read more courtesy of CruiseIndustryNews.com  Cruisenation have what…

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Right, said Fred

We’re happy to announce that Matouring is now an affiliate of Fred Olsen cruises. One of the things we like about Fred Olsen is the playful approach they have to cruises and touring.  They’re a not the biggest name in the cruise industry, but being family-run, they can do things the way they want, and that include bringing a laid-back,…

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PAYG Airways

Now here’s a good idea . . . pay-as-you-go travel. The Indian aviation world is all set to be disrupted by Prince Air – the first subscription-based airline in the country which allows its subscribers limitless travel within its matrix. Travelers subscribing to this new model will be able to enjoy an advantaged experience, far different from the usual check-ins…

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Wake the snakes

As if Covid-19 wasn’t bad enough, bringing the world back into its original position presents all kinds a challenges to humans.  Mask, or no mask?  Moderna or Pfizer?  Eat in or take-away?  Concerts or Netflix? But here’s a conundrum that most of us probably never think of:  snakes in planes.  And, yes, it’s a thing. Qantas airlines, based in Australia,…

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Sea crews

This article is simply a big “thanks” and a pat on the back for those selfless crew members who make your cruise experiences so nice and easy. They are often far, far away from home, sometimes for long periods of time.  Every day, they encounter customers from all corners of the globe, often with unusual requests – or demands –…

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The warped self

Levi Jed Murphy smolders into the camera. It’s a powerful look: piercing blue eyes, high cheekbones, full lips and a razor-sharp jawline – all of which, he says, cost him around £30,000. Murphy is an influencer from Manchester in the UK, with a large social media following. Speaking on his approach to growing his fans, he says that, if a…

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All a’bored

Almost everyone loves a cruise.  The sea, the waves, romance.  Even if you get seasick, the allure is strong. Cruise lines are very smart and very alert to what people want on a cruise.  One constant is booze.  There would be no cruise without booze. But check out these on-board bars that take it to another level. Pull up a…

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OMG! LNG

Now, here is a good start to environmentally sound travel options – liquefied natural gas (LNG).  This technology promises a cleaner and more environmentally sustainable fuel for cruise ships – and perhaps other modes of transportation. The introduction of LNG to power cruise ships is a major development that supports Carnival Corporation’s decarbonization pathway. In the cruise industry, we have…

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Viking. More than just Norse ships and pillaging

If you’re a traveler, you’ve likely taken at least one cruise in your life.  And, chances are good that you may have boarded a Viking Cruise ship:  they are some of the best and most forward-thinking cruise lines in the world. But, Viking goes beyond by also informing and entertaining us with their ongoing Viking.tv online events. As well as…

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Do you know Value Alliance?

If you don’t travel much to the APAC (Asia Pacific) regions, you may not know that they have an airline alliance much like the rest of the world.  And you may not know their carriers.  But, here they are!  Value Alliance is the world’s first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance comprising six Asia Pacific market champions. Its members — Cebu Pacific,…

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