Shortcuts: Cunard’s new liner, a record ski season and tour operators helping Ukrainian refugees

Southampton The design studio behind some of London’s best-known hotels and restaurants, including Claridge’s, Berkeley, Wolseley and Delaunay, has unveiled plans for its first cruise ship, Cunard’s new Queen Anne . David Collins Studio is working alongside fellow Londoner Richmond International and Parisian designer Sybille de Margerie on the Queen Anne, currently under construction at the Fincantieri yard in Monfalcone, Italy. Due for an early 2024 launch and capable of carrying up to 3,000 guests, this will be Cunard’s fourth ship. The line is now part of the Carnival Group, whose 10 brands also include Holland America and Princess Cruises, but Queen Anne’s designs aim to showcase Cunard’s British heritage and 182-year history. The designers were inspired by visits to his archives at the University of Liverpool; onboard catering will include the Britannia Restaurant and the Golden Lion Pub. At the center of the ship, the Grand Lobby will have a design with art deco influences in homage to the “golden age of travel”. “We’ve added layers of architectural detail and design codes that harken back to Cunard’s history and add a touch of British whimsy and eccentricity,” says Lewis Taylor, design director at David Collins Studio.

salen Skistar, the Swedish company that operates six ski resorts in Sweden and Norway, has announced its best half-year results since its inception in 1975. In the six months to February 2022, it posted profits up 283% from to the previous year and a record number of visitors. Resorts around the world have seen pent-up demand from skiers wanting to return to the slopes after the pandemic closures, but Skistar says 9% of visitors were new customers rather than returning customers.

Poland While major travel companies, including Wizz Air and Eurostar, have offered free tickets to Ukrainian refugees, some smaller operators are also trying to act directly to help. Kevin Cabra Netherton, managing director of Leeds-based motorhome company Goat Roadtrip, is traveling to the Polish border this weekend to try to help refugees who want to travel to the UK. Goat Roadtrip’s sister company is rail operator Euroventure Travel – Cabra Netherton plans to use its resources to arrange train tickets for refugees and its campervans to take them to appropriate stations. “Having operated a travel agency during a global pandemic has taught me that nothing is impossible,” says Cabra Netherton. Meanwhile, Anika and Jon Krogh, who run Nomad Greenland, a small luxury camp in the wilderness north of Nuuk, drive minibuses themselves to transport refugees between the Polish border and Denmark.;

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