Travel is SWELL Staff to Attend the World Travel Market in London

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Travel is SWELL Staff to Attend the World Travel Market in London

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The Staff at Travel is SWELL is excited about participating in the World Travel Market in London. With our participation, it is our goal to help raise awareness of Autism in Travel – one of the most undeserved markets in the travel industry. In addition, Travel is SWELL staff will meet with hundreds of vendors to include hotels, attractions, wellness travel providers and destination management companies to forge new relationships and to build new custom itineraries for Autism and Wellness travel.

The World Travel Market London is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet other industry professionals and conduct business deals.  It is the perfect venue to create personal and business opportunities in addition to learning more about new products and service offerings.

World Travel Market runs from 5 to 7 November 2018 in EXCEL Convention Center in London near the Canary Wharf. Travel is SWELL’s staff will also have the opportunity to ride the infamous Double-Decker buses or travel the city via the “Underground”, visit Big Ben, West Minister Abbey, the London Eye and many other attractions. Follow us on Face Book to learn more about Travel is SWELL’s adventures in London.

 

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Virgin Voyages to Call in Cuba

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Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady, will call on Cuba during its 2020 inaugural season.  The decision reflects the extremely high interest in Cuba as a destination.  Virgin Atlantic Airways has been serving Cuba for 13 years, and It makes logical sense to include their newest ship, the iconic Scarlet Lady in Havana’s Harbor. Havana is the perfect place for guests to go and experience a city that exudes an irresistible energy and passion.  Havana offers the chance for guests to create their own unique stories as they uncover cultural treasures, meet the locals and just soak up the atmosphere.”

Virgin Voyages will sail to Cuba from Port of Miami. Itineraries will include an overnight stay in Havana. Shore offerings will comport with the people-to-people regulations currently in place by the US government. Specific details about shore excursions will be available in 2019.  Virgin Voyages will service a new demographic of travelers to Cuba, which will greatly benefit the Cuban economy and the Cuban people. The Virgin brand is a perfect match for the incredible music, art and dance that Cuba offers.

Virgin Voyages has joined the ranks of several other high-end lines visiting Cuba. Those lines include Silversea, Seabourn, PONANT, SeaDream and Regent Seven Seas.

 

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New Adults-only Cruise Section

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Vacations for Adults is proud to introduce its new Adults-only Cruise Section. It is the first time in which cruises are featured in this site. Vacations for Adults’ Adults-only Cruises include Desire European Cruises, Temptation Caribbean Cruise, Cruises for singles and popular cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise lines and many others. The all-new Adults-only Cruise Section by Vacations for Adults.com is powered by CMTravel Cruises.com our sister site.

CMTravel Cruises.com was created to offer clients more deals, more savings, and a greater selection of sailings throughout the world. From the Caribbean’s turquoise waters to Europe’s famous Mediterranean region, CMTravel Cruises.com will help you find your dream cruise while ensuring that you’ll get the best experience for less.

Vacations for Adults.com and CMTravel Cruises.com’s dedicated staff are always available 24/7 to answer your questions and give you guidance. We’ll work with you, and within your budget, to craft an unforgettable cruise experience. Whether you contact us directly or book online, you should always expect a seamless process that gets you on the water and into the fun both quickly and easily at a very attractive price.

We invite you to peruse our new cruise section and tell us what you think.

Your Perfect Girls Getaway Is Waiting at Breathless Resorts

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Ready for a girlfriends getaway in a tropical paradise?

With stunning beaches, beautiful contemporary rooms, rejuvenating spa treatments, multiple Bali beds adorning the soft sands and the prettiest drinks you’ve ever seen, there’s no better place to indulge in some rest and relaxation with your girls than at Breathless Riviera Cancun.

Start your morning with a walk along the beach. With the sand between your toes, the sun glistening on your skin, the breeze softly blowing through your hair and the most amazing natural beauty surrounding you, it’s the perfect way to wake up each day.

Grab your girls—and your drinks—and spend the afternoon lounging by the pool. For even more relaxation, find your Bali bed and sink into a little piece of heaven on earth without a care in the world.

Once the evening hits, do your hair and your makeup and find your favorite dress and shoes—whatever it is that makes you feel beautiful. Sit back and enjoy a mouthwatering culinary experience and a glass of wine with your friends.

Breathless Resorts and Spas offer the perfect getaway for singles, couples and friends. The energy and entertainment surrounding you will make you never want to leave your tropical oasis.

Book with their HOT HOT HOT promo and take a look at their special offers page for more great deals! There’s no better time than now to jet off for that break you’ve been needing.

Learn more about Breathless Resorts…..

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How to Be Eco-Friendly While Traveling

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With the tourism industry booming, it’s important we all do our part in keeping our favorite destinations as beautiful as ever.

While many resorts around the globe have become eco-friendly, We would like to give you a few ideas on ways you can all help to preserve our beautiful planet.

That bottle of water waiting for you when you check into your room? DRINK IT. It’s pretty easy to gulp down half and then leave it on the nightstand for housekeeping to take. If this is something you do multiple times a day, combine your water bottles into one throughout the day.

While we may enjoy walking into a freshly cleaned room, cutting down on housekeeping visits helps more than you may realize. The one small thing that can greatly help—hang your towels. Reuse them. With hundreds of resorts globally, just imagine how much water and energy is used from washing alone.

Fun fact—biodegradable sunscreen is actually a thing. If you’re visiting a Caribbean destination, you know sunscreen is an absolute must. This specific sunscreen has removed the chemicals and oils that are bad for the marine life, which gives our coral reefs and animals the ability to continue to thrive.

While it may sound silly, bring your own cup. If you’re staying 4 days and nights at a resort, one plastic cup for each meal, that’s twelve cups gone to waste—and that’s not counting the numerous cocktail glasses while lounging by the pool.

So many resorts have become eco-friendly over the last few years. With so many options to choose from, you’re bound to find one that fits your every need.

Thank You.

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Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel

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There are many unique all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya in Mexico, but non stands out quite like the Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel.

The Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel, formerly the Mandarin Oriental until it changed hands to Blue Bay Resorts in 2012, is one worth considering for romantic getaways, small groups or girlfriend getaways.

The Blue Diamond is an adults-only, AAA Four Diamond and part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It features 128 stunning and spacious suites, is all-inclusive, adults-only and offers a la carte luxury food service. The resort is spread out over 36 acres of lush tropical jungle that includes a huge open cenote, enchanting river waterways, and a palm filled white sandy beach. The suites are a perfect mix of limestone, wood and luxury amenities. It is all so well done…I just want to live there!

For large groups, Blue Diamond is available for full take-over. However, it is best suited for incentive groups of 50 to 60 rooms given function space, back-up space and meeting facilities. Blue Diamond is located 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen situated between Secrets Capri and Rosewood Mayakoba and has its own secure entrance off the highway. Rates during winter months starts at $700 per room based on double occupancy, with off-season prices starting around $550 per room based in double occupancy. Please do not hesitate to call us directly at 1-888-963-8986 if you are interested in learning more about this beautiful resort. Alternatively, you can click on the following link to learn more about Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel as well.

Dining at Sandals Resorts

5-Star Dining with Sandals Resorts

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Just because you’re in the Caribbean doesn’t mean you can’t dine around the world.

Sandals Resorts is always innovating the all-inclusive experience, and they know how important food is to their guests.

You can find all you can eat style food seemingly everywhere in the Caribbean, but the 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program from Sandals is on a completely different level.

It is, after all, the number one all-inclusive dining experience.

With up to 16 inimitable restaurants per resort and as many as 21 unique culinary concepts, travelers can truly treat their taste buds to an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy a level of quality, variety and creativity that is unrivaled anywhere in the Caribbean. Plus, you can dine anytime and anywhere you want at the resort. The perks of feasting at an all-inclusive resort sure are good.

Sip on drinks with premium-brand spirits and exclusive Robert Mondavi Wines at no extra cost as well. Sandals has as many as 11 bars per resort, so you’ll never go thirsty!

Enjoy barefoot dining on the beach, on an offshore island or in an overwater bungalow.

Private fine dining in one of the world’s most romantic places is definitely a fantastic way to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary.

Do you love Italian, Asian, French, Caribbean, Indian, or British pub style food?

What about fresh seafood from a seaside restaurant?

Or perhaps you prefer a meaty steak?

Sandals has it all.

The 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program is designed to give Sandals’ guests the best food experience possible.

So, if you want pizza late night after partying on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua or Grenada, they’ll make it happen.

Another amazing feature of this dining program is that they cater to guests with food allergies and or special dietary requirements as well.

If you need gluten-free food or are lactose intolerant, the team at Sandals will work to make sure all your food is safe for eating.

It all goes back to ensuring guests are treated well throughout the duration of their stay. And treating your taste buds to unique and delightful flavors from around the world is an absolute must.

Share foods with your friends and family and create lifelong memories over meals you’re guaranteed to talk about long after you leave.

Delicious, unparalleled dining with incredible Caribbean views await travelers at Sandals Resorts. What are you waiting for? Give your taste buds a delectable vacation. Discover Sandals Resorts.

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Introducing Haven Resort, A New Adults-only Resort in Cancun

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Spanish hotel group Hipotels will introduce the first of its Haven Resorts & Spas later this October. Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport, provides easy access to a luxury stay in the Caribbean.

The adults-only beachfront resort will offer one main and four a la carte restaurants. Options include a Mexican steak house, an Asian fusion restaurant, a Mediterranean eatery and more. Three snack bars and a coffee shop are also available.

Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa will provide nine bars, two of which will be swim-up. Guests looking to relax in the water can visit the property’s giant Jacuzzi or its three pools. The resort also features 88 swim-out suites.

The luxury resort offers 333 suites. The spacious rooms provide customizable mini-bar, pillow and aromatherapy menus. Every suite includes either a terrace with a plunge pool or a whirlpool tub.

Elite guests can choose one of the 109 oceanfront Serenity Club Oceanfront Suites. Guests staying in one of these rooms receive access to the Serenity Club lounge, a private gym, butler services and other VIP benefits.  Expected to open in October, the new Cancun resort will be adults-only, all-inclusive luxury hotel in Cancun Mexico.   Learn More…..

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Royalton Helps Travelers Stay Fit on Vacation

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Royalton Luxury Resorts has expanded its All-In Luxury program to include fitness and wellness.

After finding that more and more guests placed an emphasis on health and wellness while on vacation, the resort company decided to enhance its all-inclusive experience to include a wide variety of classes taught by professional and certified instructors.

The new Royalton Fit program offers more than 500 fitness classes with nearly 120 each week at each of Royalton’s resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia.

Fitness classes are offered at every level and include popular fitness trends such as Aqua Fit, Cross Fit, TRX, cycling, yoga, Zumba and more. Guests can also take advantage of their resort setting, partaking in beach boot camps and sunrise yoga.

Royalton Fit was developed by George and Belinda Kiriakou, the resort company’s award-winning team of fitness and health experts.

George Kiriakou has more than 25 years of experience as a bodybuilder, a professional wrestler, a professional fighter, a fitness instructor and a fitness entrepreneur and now leads the sports and fitness program at Royalton Resorts.

Belinda Kiriakou is a fitness cover model and a weight loss and lifestyle coach as well as Canada’s Champion IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete. She focuses on strength training movements and yogic flows to complement higher intensity workouts that provide quicker recovery and effective muscle building.

Their most recent offering is the Boga Fit Mat classes at Royalton Riviera Cancun. The class was launched by the Kiriakous and uses a mat that floats on water, adding difficulty to yoga, Pilates and kickboxing.

Royalton’s fitness program will extend beyond the gym to its culinary offerings. The resorts are also introducing vegan options to all of its menus and dedicating a section of the buffet, Gourmet Marche, to include vegan items, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.   Learn More about Royalton Resorts.

Breathless Resorts & Spas

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Enjoy savings up to 40%, plus receive up to $200 in resort coupons

Unlimited-Luxury® awaits at Breathless Resorts & Spas: the ideal adult-only escapes in spectacular beachfront settings, for sophisticated and social singles, couples, and friends. Breathless offers the best of everything—from delectable gourmet cuisine at specialty themed restaurants, to curated cocktails at chic lounges, to excellent pool and beach wait service, 24-hour room service, and more! Live big with endless entertainment, and breathe deep with a treatment at the world-class spa or a euphoric yoga class on the pier. Experience the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation, only at Breathless Resorts & Spas.

Book now through 7/16/2018 for travel through 12/22/2018. Enjoy savings of up to 40%, and receive up to $200 USD in resort coupons for spa treatments, private dinners, and more! Call 1-888-963-8986 for more details. Learn more about Breathless Resorts…..

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Barefoot Elegance: How Couples Stands Out in Jamaica

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Despite the emergence of an array of new brands and products among all-inclusive resort properties, Couples Resorts stands out among the pack as the only brand whose very name is synonymous with the clientele it accommodates: couples seeking romantic getaways where they can create memories that will linger far beyond the vacation’s end.

In all, the brand has four Jamaican properties: two in Negril (Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away) and two in Ocho Rios (Couples Tower Isles and Couples Sans Souci). Guests enjoy 24-hour gourmet dining and unlimited premium-brand spirits and complimentary Wi-Fi, plus special activities including a sunset catamaran cruise excursion, water skiing, Hobie Cat sailing, golf, tennis, non-motorized water sports and unlimited PADI-Certified Scuba diving.

Couples Q&A

What distinguishes Couples Resorts from the other all-inclusive properties and brands?

Couples Resorts defined the all-inclusive experience in 1978 and we are constantly refining it. From our founding, our intent has been to deliver a level of barefoot elegance, amazing cuisine and almost limitless inclusions designed to delight and surprise our guests day in and day out.

Our product is so unique and occupies a niche within Jamaica’s product offerings that is very appealing—to our first-time guests, our large percentage of repeat guests and to me. We are not the largest, nor do we want to be. We offer an experience, a way of life that is truly Jamaican. We are authentic to our core. All we have to do, as a sales and marketing team, is provide the exposure. As one of the prior Jamaica Advertising campaigns stated, ‘Once you go, you know.’ Find someone that has experienced Couples first-hand and you’ll see the delight in their eyes.

Whether you are the GM, the president of a large tour operator, a travel agent who works out of the home or the front desk agent who welcomes a guest to a property, our goal is to deliver an amazing experience that is above anything ever anticipated. Everything that we do must be focused on the guest experience, which in turn produces a product that is second-to-none.

How does Couples Resorts work with travel agents?

From our founding, the success of the Couples brand has been directly tied to the success of thousands of travel agents across the globe. Travel agent partnerships are a key part of our DNA. And with one of the most attractive agent incentive programs in the industry, we are working on future initiatives that will be even more rewarding.

In your view, what are Couples Resorts strong selling points—in terms of what guests will enjoy most?

Family—which may seem like an odd reply. We pride ourselves by saying, ‘We never have guests, we have family.’ Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools. Lee Issa, our chairman, with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins, is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name.

Lee Issa, our chairman—with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins—is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name. Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools.

How would you describe the typical Couples guest in terms of demographics and vacation styles?

First and foremost, our guests are anything but typical and range across all demographics. We have many guests from many walks of life, and they all come together for ‘One Love’ of Jamaica, and its people and a resort experience that is unique and unmatched … to celebrate a marriage or renew vows—the list goes on and on.

 

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A Healthy Stay At Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas

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A stay at an all-inclusive beach resort doesn’t need to be something your body hates you for the week after. We all know the deal. All you can drink. All you can eat. Minimal exercise. Maximum tanning. But the Caribbean Tourism Organization is trying to change that in naming 2018 the “Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation”.

“For those who focus on renewing body and spirit, the options are virtually endless; from beachfront workouts and yoga retreats, to wellness resorts and spa treatments, the notion of being rejuvenated in the Caribbean is one more reason to let us pamper you in 2018,” said Hugh Riley, Caribbean Tourism Organization secretary general, during a press conference announcing the campaign.

In conjunction with this campaign, whose efforts include showcasing why the Caribbean should be travelers’ number one choice of destination for wellness and rejuvenation, Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas hosted its first ever on-site Wellness Week this pas April.

In partnership with Crunch Fitness and Dr. Rachel Goldman, a licensed psychologist specializing in health and wellness, Breezes Bahamas encouraged its guests to embrace healthy living through complimentary daily exercise classes, workshops, cooking demonstrations and more.

Led by encouraging, high energy certified Crunch Fitness instructors, classes ranged from relaxing and meditative to intense and heart pounding. In the latter category were classes that included Rainbow Meditation which encourages guests to find inner peace inspired by the chakras (energy centers) of the body and their related colors and Rise & Flow Yoga, a class incorporating sun salutes geared toward bringing energy into your day.

Sweat-inducing classes featured the popular TRX® session with ropes to push, pull, lift and lower your body through Spiderman moves for a total body suspension workout and POUND, a class that’s a fusion of movement and music where you drum along to beats with Ripstix™—weighted drumsticks designed to transform drumming into a rock star work out.

One of my favorites of the week? Silent Disco! Using silent disco headphones, you’re set to dance the night away to either ZUMBA®, Pop Dance Project or Hard Knocks (hip-hip and kickboxing fusion) while instructors lead fun workouts that get you sweating.

When guests weren’t working out, they were participating in cooking demonstrations led by Breezes Executive Chef Nigel Clarke and wellness workshops led by Dr. Rachel on topics such as mindful eating and stress reduction.

In addition to the Wellness Week, Breezes Bahamas offers a whole bunch of adventurous land and water activities available to all guests for free. Water activities include ocean paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking. For those who rather stay dry, on-site is a beachside jogging track, tennis courts, sand soccer field, rock climbing, and flying trapeze.

Of course, for those that want to simply relax, Breezes Bahamas is, after all, situated on a 1,000-foot stretch of Cable Beach. Powdery white sands and clear turquoise water makes it an ideal beach getaway destination.

Within two towers are 391 air-conditioned guestrooms including five suites, 28 Ocean Front rooms and eight Beach Front Patio rooms. Moreover, the resort features a piano bar, Blue Mahoe Spa, four restaurants and option for private beach dining, four bars, a fitness center and three freshwater pools.

A stay at Breezes Bahamas means you’re going to be entertained from sun up to sun down, and well after. Once the sun sets, the fun gets started with live entertainment including dance performances, comedy and talent shows and signing. Also on the property is the Hurricanes Nightclub, for anyone who wants to dance all night long.

For those interested in getting off the Breeze Bahamas property, the town of Nassau is easily accessible by bus. Head over to Twin Brothers for their famous daiquiris or my personal new favorite drink, sky juice—a mix of gin, coconut water and condensed milk. For food, make sure to get some authentic Bahamian specialties such as conch fritters, cracked lobster and peas n’ rice.

Itching to do some shopping? Walk over to the renowned straw market on Bay Street in downtown Nassau, a massive open-air market where you can find traditional Bahamian crafts, gifts and souvenirs. Just don’t get overwhelmed and be sure to negotiate prices!

Rates at Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas start at $296, depending on the season.

Park MGM Unveils New Experiences for Pool Season

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To kick off Las Vegas’ sizzling pool season, Park MGM has unveiled a trifecta of pool experiences that transport guests to an oasis in the South of France.

In collaboration with MGM Resorts and Sydell Group, the pools are part of Monte Carlo’s $550 million transformation into the Park MGM and features lush landscaping with refined amenities where guests can gather, socialize and connect while basking in the sun.

Soak up the Good Vibes—Lively music and vibrant blooms accentuate the pools’ laidback vibes. Inspired by the countryside’s private gardens in the South of France, lush greenery and mature trees collectively define the three pool destinations and their distinct ambiances. The South Pool provides a heated spa pool while the East Pool offers the ideal setting for socializing and the North Pool—the largest of the tree—provides plenty of space to splash around. Each pool boasts Baja shelf seating, in-water swim-up shelves, and plush chaises.

Indulge in Poolside Bites—With three bars, guests can enjoy refreshing takes on classic poolside libations and bites with fun items such as craft beer buckets and a Frosé mixed with Bacardi Dragonberry rum and ripe strawberries. The approachable menu offers delights including a Tuna Poke Bowl made with spicy tuna, pickled carrot, and English cucumbers.

Kick Back and Relax in Comfort—Those who prefer to lounge in a private sanctuary can reserve one of the 12 private cabanas to indulge in deluxe amenities including a 55” LED television, misting system and ample social seating. Guests at the cabanas also have access to a special menu and a variety of beverages including large-format bottle service.   (Courtesy of MGM Resorts)

Introducing Virgin Voyages

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Virgin Group has entered the cruise ship business. The company teamed with Bain Capital to create  Virgin Voyages, an adults-only cruise line set to launch its first ship in 2020 from Port of Miami in Florida.

Two more ships will launch, in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The ships are all as yet unnamed, but each is expected to accommodate 2860 guests in luxury. Virgin Group announced that 86 percent of cabins will feature balconies overlooking the sea. Renditions of the finished vessel show a sleek silver ship with a plumb bow adorned with a mermaid logo.

While most cruise lines cater to families, Virgin is going its own way. The new line is strictly for adults-only. No one under 18 is welcome.

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson stated that the new cruise line is committing to “creating the cleanest fleet on the sea,” and noted that it signed an agreement with wastewater management company Scanship to develop technology that could turn waste into energy. Virgin Voyages earlier partnered with Swedish company Climeon to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Basically, the ships will be built “around the needs and desires of the customer.

More information will be posted on the new line’s website, www.virgincruises.com