first_imgRoyal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International clinches Best Cruise OperatorRoyal Caribbean International clinches Best Cruise OperatorRoyal Caribbean International is named Best Cruise Operator of the TTG Travel Awards 2016 for nine years in a row, and received the award at the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony in Bangkok this evening.Royal Caribbean has been voted unanimously by readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG-BTmice China, TTGassociations and TTG Asia Luxury for the award. The TTG Travel Awards are given out annually to honour organizations in Asia Pacific’s travel industry for their strong commitment towards service excellence.The global cruise brand won the award for offering the best product, services and facilities. This is highlighted by the Quantum Class Ovation of the Seas, the newest and largest ship in Asia, which features unique first-at-sea amenities such as the North Star elevated glass capsule, skydiving simulator, the Bionic Bar with robotic bartenders and SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea with bumper cars and a circus school. The award is also recognition for Royal Caribbean for being the most professional sales and marketing team in terms of innovative ideas and servicing.Sean Treacy, Managing Director, Singapore & Southeast Asia of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. who received the award said, “It’s a great honour to receive this prestigious award for the ninth consecutive time. It shows Royal Caribbean’s growing strength as the leading cruise brand of choice in Asia with our amazing ships and revolutionary onboard experiences. We will continue to deliver to everyone “the One holiday” with “endless adventures”.“We thank all our partners for their strong confidence and support, in our journey in making the cruise industry more vibrant and our brand a top vacation choice across the region. Come 2017, we can look forward to another exciting year together with even more sailings and most of all, celebrating Royal Caribbean’s 10th anniversary in Asia!” he added.Royal Caribbean will be homeporting Ovation of the Seas in Singapore from March to April 2017 to bring more of the Quantum experience to Singapore. This is preceded by Mariner of theSeas’ fourth consecutive Singapore season starting in October with new itineraries such as the 3-Night Penang Weekend Cruise and the 4-night Phuket Cruise. Voyager of the Seas will also be returning to Singapore in May 2017. Together, these three ships’ sailings will offer the longest-ever deployment for Royal Caribbean in Southeast Asia.About Royal Caribbean InternationalRoyal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 46-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 13 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards and named the “Best Cruise Operator” for 9 consecutive years at the TTG Travel Awards as well as “Best Cruise Line” at the Travel Weekly Asia’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2015.The cruise line sails 25 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. Source = Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more

first_img Polk County reported the first confirmed sexually-transmitted case of Zika in Florida, the state health department said on Wednesday. The news comes a day after the World Health Organization said that sexual transmission of Zika is more common than previously thought. According to reports, United states is investigating more than a dozen possible such cases. (Miller, 3/9) The Boston Globe: Troubled Nursing Home’s Plan Is Rejected By State The Charlotte Observer: Veterans Get First Glimpse Of New Charlotte VA Health Care Center WBUR: Ballot Initiative Seeks To Limit Cost Ranges For Medical Care At Mass. Hospitals Two states are making inroads into revealing some of the biggest secrets of health care by publishing price information to help consumers comparison shop for doctors, dentists and prescription drugs. New Hampshire, which already had the nation’s most advanced website allowing people to compare the cost of specific medical procedures, last week added prices for 16 dental procedures and 65 prescription drugs. … California on Wednesday released an expanded version of its quality report cards on 154 large physician groups. Those cards, which already assess clinical quality and patient experiences, take a different tack than New Hampshire. (Rau, 3/10) The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: 4 New, Nonfatal Cases Of Deadly Bacterial Infection Reported In an effort to better connect people with help for opioid addiction, the state has made available a single phone number residents can call to be connected with a local substance abuse walk-in assessment center. (Levin Becker, 3/9) They’re house calls without the house. Far from the sterile confines of a doctor’s office or hospital, Brett Feldman looks for homeless people where they’re most likely to be found — in wooded encampments, under bridges, along riverbanks, at soup kitchens — and treats them for ailments ranging from diabetes to trench foot, mental illness to substance abuse. (Rubinkam, 3/10) The Houston Chronicle: Study Shows Inducing Labor At 37 To 38 Weeks May Be Safer Than Thought Kaiser Health News: N.H., Calif. Seek To Help Consumers Get Details On Health Care Prices In Massachusetts, it can cost you or your insurance company two or three times more to deliver a baby at one of the big Boston teaching hospitals than at small- or medium-size facilities outside the city. Is this a problem? Should the state try to fix it? That’s what you may have to decide when you vote in the fall. (Bebinger, 3/9) The Orlando Sentinel: Zika Update: First Sexually Transmitted Case Confirmed In Florida Orlando Health unveiled the name of its new Proton Therapy Center on Tuesday, with a gift from the Williams Family Foundation. The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy is expected to open in April and is the first in Central Florida and third in the state. (Miller, 3/8) The Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Health Unveils Name Of Its New Proton Therapy Center center_img The new Charlotte VA Health Care Center won’t open until April. But veterans and other visitors got a sneak peek Wednesday during an open house at the nearly completed building off Tyvola Road west of Interstate 77. “It’s a beautiful facility,” said Frank Gettys, 72, a Vietnam War veteran. “I’m from Gastonia, and it’s convenient for me. … It’s all brand new. There’s nothing not to like.” (Garloch, 3/10) A Wilmington nursing home’s plan to correct widespread problems discovered in the wake of a patient’s death is unacceptable, state regulators said Wednesday. (Lazar, 3/10) For decades, more and more Californians have put on weight and fallen sick with diabetes, prompting warnings that the disease was spiraling out of control. Now experts have data showing just how bleak the situation is. Researchers from UCLA determined that 55% of California adults have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetic, according to a study published Thursday. (Karlamangla, 3/10) State Highlights: Ballot Initiative Seeks To Limit The Range Of Care Costs At Mass. Hospitals; N.H., Calif. Make Progress On Health Care Transparency News outlets report on health issues in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida and Wisconsin. The Associated Press: Long A Niche, Street Medicine For Homeless Heads Mainstream The Connecticut Mirror: For Help With Opioid Addiction, CT Offers One Number To Call Los Angeles Times: Are You Pre-Diabetic? 46% Of California Adults Are, UCLA Study Finds The Charlotte Observer: Unvaccinated Children Sent Home For 21 Days After Chickenpox Outbreak In Union Co. Hospitals increasingly insist that low-risk pregnancies reach 39 weeks before doctors deliver the child, but babies born after elective induction of labor in the previous two weeks fare no worse, according to a new Houston study. (Ackerman, 3/9) Five-year-old Katie Hedrick doesn’t have chickenpox. But five other elementary students in Union County do. And because Katie hasn’t been vaccinated against the childhood illness, she is one of 15 children who have been ordered by the county health director to stay out of school, in quarantine, for 21 days. (Garloch, 3/10) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported four new cases of the bacterial strain Elizabethkingia anophelisthat is linked to more than a dozen deaths in Wisconsin. The new cases bring the total number of people infected to 48. No deaths were reported among the new cases. Indeed, the number of deaths has been revised downward from 18 to 15. (Fauber, 3/9) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more