Disney's Grand Californian Completes Major Renovation

by ITR WIRE | Insider Travel Report

It seems like only yesterday that Disneyland Resort launched its California Adventure theme park, which included Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the first resort hotel to be located within a theme park. But on Dec. 6 the Grand California celebrated the completion of a major renovation, including redesigned guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, pool area and concierge-level lounge. This represents the most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening and brings a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style of the hotel.

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Ireland Looks to Promote “Last Jedi” Star War Movie Location

by James Shillinglaw | Insider Travel Report

With the imminent release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Dec. 15, Tourism Ireland is celebrating by pointing out that one of the locations used in the movie is along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. Skellig Michael, an island off Ireland’s south-west coast, serves as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out in the movie.

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Intrepid Travel Unveils New Expeditions Programs for Extreme Travelers

by James Shillinglaw | Insider Travel Report

Intrepid Travel has long been known for its experiential, eco-sensitive, adventure travel programs. For 2018-19, the company is now offering a new set of off-the-map tours with nine new itineraries as part of its annual series of Expeditions tours. Set to depart in 2018 and 2019, these experiences explore destinations like the Congo Basin’s tropical rainforests, which will be one of the newest and most adventurous trips in the company’s portfolio.

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SeaDream Yacht Club Highlights 2018 Spring Caribbean Season

by James Shillinglaw | Insider Travel Report

SeaDream Yacht Club, the two-ship small luxury line (SeaDream II pictured above) featuring yacht-like cruises, is showcasing the ports and harbors it will visit in the Caribbean in 2018 from January through April, despite the hurricanes that hit the region and affected some of SeaDream’s homeports, like St. Maarten and San Juan, as well as other key ports of call like St. Barts, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

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Silver Cloud Arrives in Antarctica for Inaugural Expedition

by James Shillinglaw | Insider Travel Report

Silversea Cruises said its newly renovated Silver Cloud, which originally made its debut in 1993 as the first ship in Silversea’s fleet, arrived in Antarctica this week on her first luxury expedition voyage. The company’s first crossover luxury expedition ship marked her maiden visit to the remote continent after a $40 million refurbishment and conversion that turned it into an ice-class polar expedition ship.

Currently sailing a 10-night Antarctic Peninsula expedition round-trip from Ushuaia, the ship provides guests with views of icebergs, snow-capped mountains, and wildlife aboard a vessel that includes the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea.

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