If you have been missing my BLOGS lately, it’s because I have been a month in the wilds of Cambodia and Vietnam, Off again soon but in the meantime here are some details on one of my favourite airlines.
Dallas-Fort Worth and Seattle-Tacoma International Airports will both be served by non-stop Emirates flights from 2nd February and 1st March 2012 respectively.
“These new services emphasise Emirates’ confidence in, and long-term commitment to, the United States,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group. “With six gateways offering convenient connectivity from points across the country, customers travelling to and from the US will find it easier than ever to access our vast global network.” “Emirates is not only the world’s largest international carrier – it serves as a gateway from the United States to an important part of the world,” said Bill Bryant, Port of Seattle Commission President. Starting 2nd February 2012, EK 221 will leave Dubai daily at 0245hrs, arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth at 0905hrs. The return sector, EK 222, leaves Dallas at 1150hrs, arriving at Dubai International Airport at 1220hrs the following day. From 1st March 2012, EK 229 will leave Dubai daily at 0950hrs and arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 1310hrs. EK 230 will depart Seattle at 1710hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1940hrs the following day.
Day 7 Mitchell Falls. What a memorable day. Although I had been on helicopters before, I was still mildly excited at the thought of flying over Mitchell Falls. Mitchell River National Park is one of the Kimberleys’ two newest parks and is teeming with wildlife. We saw several crocodiles lazing on the side of the river. Lots of bird life too, but I didn’t bring my long lens.
When we boarded the helicopter we were given headphones that enabled us to communicate with each other. I got lots of great photos as the helicopter had no doors which made me check my safety harness several times. After landing at the top of the falls we went for a short hike, though quite rocky, I managed well. Some went for a swim in one of the many rock pools. In the afternoon the Zodiac expeditions went through the mangroves of the Hunter River and its tributaries.
Orion Kimberleys Day 8 Talbot Bay. The site of the famous Horizontal Waterfalls which were created by the rapid tides on the ocean side entering gaps in the sandstone cliffs. Water cannot escape fast enough, creating the horizontal waterfall with waters shooting sideways. So exciting, the Zodiacs spinning around due to the swirling waters.
This afternoon a galley tour which I always love doing on any ship. As happens every evening before dinner, our expedition team show photos of the day’s events as well as brief us on events for the next day. Always a jam packed event. JOHN POND.
Orion Kimberleys Day 6 Vansittart Bay. Our first activity today, after a wet landing, though I rarely got wet feet, was to view the remains of a crashed American wartime DC-3. A fifteen minute walk across a salt flat saw us at the wreckage.
The American pilots ferrying two local phone operators from Perth neglected to take their navigator on board for the flight. Bet they got into trouble for that. They became lost and running low on fuel, crash landed, fortunately all on board survived.
The aluminium bodied plane was in almost pristine condition, although many of the parts had been scavenged during the war, by a near by air base.
After lunch we boarded the Zodiacs which took us to Jar Island to view the Aboriginal Gwion Gwion rock paintings also known as Bradshaw Art.
The last time I visited Hawaii I stayed at an Aston Hotel and was very impressed. They have some great rates at the moment – here are some of them. HONOLULU, HI – Aston Hotels & Resorts welcomes guests of at least 50 years of age to enjoy special added amenities such as complimentary upgrade (subject to availability), bottle of wine, Aston souvenir items
Aston Special Rates start from only US$86 a night: Lake Las Vegas, Nevada: Aston MonteLago Village Resort – $86 a night
Aston Maui Lu – US$96 a night
Oahu: Aston Waikiki Joy Hotel: US$99 a night
Lake Tahoe, California: Aston Lakeland Village – US$129 a night
Big Island: Aston Shores at Waikoloa – US$185 a night
Valid for booking and travel through 23rd Dec, 2011; blackout dates apply and subject to program availability. Not combinable with other discounts. At least one guest in the travelling party must be 50 years or older in order to qualify for added amenity. Other restrictions may apply.
About Aston Hotels & Resorts Aston Hotels & Resorts operates a diverse range of condominium resorts and hotels with accommodations from hotel rooms and condominium suites, to villas and cottages that suit any lifestyle, taste or budget. Based in Honolulu, the company manages more than 4,500 units in over 27 properties on the four major Hawaiian Islands, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Sun Valley, Idaho and Lake Las Vegas, Nev.
For more information, visit www.momentotravel.com.au or call toll free 1300 300 713.
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