Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 5 - page 24

Travellers on flights to, from and via the US and
UK, including stopovers through Europe, Africa
and the Middle East, should be prepared for new
security measures that require all items powered
by lithium batteries – such as mobile phones,
tablets, laptops – to be carried in hand luggage,
not in checked baggage, and all devices must be
able to be turned on at security, or passengers
risk having the device confiscated or be denied
boarding, says Flight Centre chief operating
officer Melanie Waters-Ryan.
“Keep your chargers and power adaptors on
hand to avoid the device going flat. If you can’t
prove your device functions as normal, there is a
strong chance you will not be allowed to fly, or
you may have your item confiscated and/or have
to undergo additional screening,” she says. See
Turtle season escape
As one of nature’s great annual journeys comes to an end and whales
disappear from Australia’s east coast another one is just beginning in
Queensland’s north. From now until March next year Heron Island’s
natural coral cay will be the breeding ground for giant Loggerhead and
Green Sea Turtles as they lumber to shore to lay their eggs. Enjoy a
Turtle Season Escape priced from $477 per person, twin share, for three
nights including accommodation, breakfast, snorkel trip, reef walks
and turtle talks. Available for travel from 6 October 2014 to 31 March
2015. Call 1300 233 432 or see
for details.
Conditions apply.
SAIL away
Viking River Cruises has been a winner with tourists (and plenty of
Australians among them) who choose to explore Europe in sedate luxury
and so the company decided to canvas past guests for feedback before it
launched into ocean cruising. Once again it appears to be on a winner
with the maiden season of its first cruise ship, the Viking Star, almost
sold out before it even hits the water next year.
According to Teresia Fors, managing director Viking Cruises Australia
and New Zealand, customers wanted destination-focused tour programs
with more time in port, less sea days and a small ship experience that is
good value. Viking Star is a ‘small ship’ with capacity for less than 1000
passengers, only staterooms with verandas, one pool with a retractable
dome roof for all-season swimming and another glass-backed infinity
pool cantilevered off the stern, a spa in true Scandinavian style with
sauna and snow grotto (yes snowflakes softly descend from the ceiling
through chilled air), multiple dining options and entertainment that
includes an on-board cooking school.
Most importantly, packages are all-inclusive so shore excursions and
ship-board meals are accounted for in the fare. Viking Star itineraries
in 2015 include Scandinavia and the Baltic, the Mediterranean and the
British Isles. Two sister ships are already under construction, the Viking
Sky and Viking Sea, which will debut in 2016. For more information see
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Guests at Brisbane’s new Next Hotel
are given remote access to their hotel
room with an app that can be used
for check in, check out, room service,
even to dim the lights or control the air
conditioner before they enter! Samsung
Galaxy tablets in every room are also
the new ‘city guides’ providing access
to maps, places to go, things to see and
local updates on events. They also can
be used to access cheaper international
calls. Next Hotel Brisbane, 72 Queen
Street, city, call (07) 3222 3222 or see
BNE October/November 2014
Image: Tourism and Events Queensland/Darren Jew
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