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Ecumenical Patriarch and Pope pray for peace and pandemic’s end

Αssociated Press reports from Rome that a masked Pope Francis welcomed religious leaders to a socially-distanced interfaith peace prayer Tuesday, appealing for a unified international effort to work for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, and Hindu leaders stood for a minute of silence to pray for all the victims of COVID-19 and a universally available vaccine, as the sunset on the piazza overlooking the Roman Forum. "The pandemic is reminding us that we are blood brothers and sisters," they noted in a joint appeal issued at the end of the service. Read the full report at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Pvasiliadis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Celestyal Cruises offers free travel insurance including COVID-19 coverage

To provide guests with additional peace of mind as they look towards returning to cruising,  Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, has announced that it will provide complimentary travel insurance for all new, individual bookings made from now through November 30, 2020, for March-June 2021 sailings.  The included policy is provided by Allianz Global Assistance and includes coverage of medical/hospitalization expenses, including those associated with COVID-19. Coverage includes transportation costs to the nearest hospital and travel costs to the next port of call, if required, as well as travel expenses to return home due to illness if required, and reimbursement for any unused portion of a cruise. For an additional fee, guests can opt to upgrade their policy to also include trip cancellation coverage. Celestyal’s first sailing of the 2021 season will be on March 6 on board its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi),  Israel (Ashdod), Egypt (Port Said) and Cyprus (Limassol).  Beginning on April 03, 2021 the Celestyal Experience will set sail on the seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary visiting Athens, Rhodes, Crete (Agios Nikolaos), Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Kusadasi (Ephesus). For a limited period, all-inclusive launch pricing starts at just $699 per person for an Inside Stateroom and the new Sana Wellness Junior Suites at just $1,849 per person.  Celestyal has also reduced the deposit required to just $199 per stateroom. Celestyal Cruises has also added extra departures to the special seven-night “Steps of Paul” itinerary due to popular demand, which traces the footsteps of St. Paul, the Apostle, across the Mediterranean with departures on October 16 and November 13, 2021. Additionally, it has introduced an amended seven-night “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary to maximize time ashore and to offer Thessaloniki as a new embarkation/disembarkation port which is the second largest city in Greece with a rich cultural and culinary heritage being the gateway to the land of Alexander the Great, stellar nightlife, and laid-back authenticity. The seven-night ‘Eclectic Aegean’ has departures between October 23 and November 6, 2021. “We are extremely optimistic about the future of cruising and are truly excited to introduce our guests to our newest addition to the fleet, the Celesytal Experience. We recognize that concerns surrounding the pandemic still exist, and we want to help put our guests at ease when booking with us for voyages during the first half of next year. Thus we’re proud to be one of the first in cruising to offer complimentary COVID travel insurance coverage along with very attractive all-inclusive introductory pricing to help restore their confidence in booking that dream vacation that they likely had to put on hold this past year as a result of the pandemic,” said Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer, Celestyal Cruises. The Celestyal Experience has a capacity of up to 1,800-guests in 789 staterooms, 166 of which feature balconies, sea terraces and bridge-view verandas. The Celestyal Experience which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment will offer an intimate onboard guest experience with all the warmth of traditional Greek hospitality. The ship is also well-suited for visiting smaller ports, a key differentiator for Celestyal, with destinations that remain off-limits to larger vessels. The Celestyal Experience features a range of experiences for guests of all ages including four specialty restaurants, seven bars and lounges, two pools, two Jacuzzis, a beach club, sundeck, jogging track and state-of-the art two-deck panoramic Sana Wellness Spa. Rounding out the “Celestyal Experience” will be nightly entertainment, a casino, library, meeting rooms, and onboard boutiques, all topped off with a unique, specialty wine and cheese bar that will serve as a tribute to Mediterranean wines and cheeses.   More information is available online: https://celestyal.com/us/. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Citizen Protection minister announces hiring another 800 border guards

Citizen Protection Minister Mihalis Chrisochoidis announced the hiring of an additional 800 border guards in northern Greece, in statements after his meetings with Greek Police officers at the Thessaloniki Police headquarters on Wednesday, ANA reports. "I announce to you that we are proceeding with the hiring of another 800 border guards in northern Greece, 600 of whom will be located in Evros, 100 in Rodopi and 100 in Kavala, in order to form a second line of defense, so that it is certain that Greece is protecting its borders, the areas in northern Greece that are sensitive, that it protects them and that no can illegally enter the country but only those entitled to seek asylum," he said. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Ggia Let's block ads! (Why?)

Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum win new prizes

The Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum has added three new awards to its prize collection. Earlier this year, it received two prizes at the Tourism Awards 2020: Silver Award for the Museum’s mushroom and truffle product range and Bronze Award in the Tourist Attractions category, int.ert.gr reports. The museum has now won a Gold Taste Award for 2020 for its mushroom products, from the Best Greek Food Awards (BGFA ). This prize is the result of the collection and processing of reviews during a 100-day period, from people who have tried the products, which are listed by search engines such as Google, TripAdvisor, Foursquare, AskFood, social media, etc. The former two awards came from the globe’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor. The museum opened its doors in 2014 in Kalabaka, very close to the city of Trikala, in Thessaly, and since then has attracted the interest of a big number of Greek and foreign visitors as well as international media and it features approximately 350 species of animals and 250 species of mushrooms. Animals and mushrooms are presented in dioramas, which accurately depict the natural terrain where they live and grow. The exhibits are presented in thematic sections according to the type of ecosystem to which they belong. The Truffle hunt it organizes, which is followed by a tasting session, and its high-quality mushroom products the visitors can buy at its shop, make it one of the most interesting museums in Greece. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: XeresNelro Let's block ads! (Why?)

Dutch royal family cut holidays to Greece short following uproar for ‘non essential travel’

The Dutch royal family has cut a family holiday to Greece short after they were criticized for ‘nonessential travel’, protothema.gr reports. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands had traveled to their private villa in southern Greece with their three children Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane for the trip. After their holiday was called out as being in opposition to travel advice for those who live in The Netherlands, they decided to return home. The family released the following statement on Friday: “We will abandon our vacation. We have seen people’s reactions to media reports. And they are intense, and they have affected us." RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Cyfraw Let's block ads! (Why?)

International consortium lowest bidder for Athens Metro Line 4 project

The AVAX - Ghella - Alstom consortium was declared the provisional lowest bidder of a project to build the line 4 of the Athens Metro, more specifically the Alsos Veikou-Goudi section, ANA reports. It is reminded that the AVAX - Ghella - Alstom consortium is also building the extension of Athens Metro Line 3 to Piraeus, which is expected to be completed in 2022, three stations of which were made available to the public last July. Specifically, these are the stations of Agia Varvara, Korydallos, and Nikaia. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: GianniM Let's block ads! (Why?)

Melbourne set for New Greek Museum which could compete with the planet’s best

It was announced on Friday that a new “tier one” Greek museum is in the works for Melbourne if the plans put forth by a group become a reality, according to greekreporter.com. To be located in the city’s old Land Titles Office, the new museum could cost $244 million if approved by the government and Heritage Victoria, according to a group behind the effort. however, the museum space and the projected costs to restore the abandoned structure would be funded by a large commercial tower behind the lost belonging to the Land Titles Office. Furthermore, the prospective new museum would acquire a rent-free lease for the next fifty years. It would take another $100 million to adapt the building to the needs of a Museum, but the group hopes to pursue both public and private funding to make that happen as well. Athens’ Benaki Museum, one of the world’s finest historical museums, encompassing seven different campuses, is looking to expand its presence internationally. Already displaying vast collections of ancient Greek, Byzantine, Islamic and even Chinese objects, it is seen as  a perfect fit for space, situated in a 143-year-old heritage building on Melbourne’s Queen Street. The group hopes to make a new home there for a satellite museum for the Benaki which would be in partnership with Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum.  Read the full report here. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: GordonMakryllos Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece confirms 438 Covid-19 cases and nine fatalities on Sunday

Greece confirmed 438 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, of which 32 are linked to known clusters and 28 were identified at entry points to the country, ANA reports. Greece also registered another 9 deaths on Sunday and 509 fatalities in total. Of the whole, the median age was 79 years, 96.3 pct had an underlying disorder and/or were aged 70 or more, and 193 were women. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

AP: COVID-19 case in Vatican Hotel recorded where Pope lives

Αssociated Press reports that the Vatican says someone who lives in the same Vatican hotel as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus, adding to the 11 cases of COVID-19 among the Swiss Guards who protect him. The Vatican announced Saturday that the resident of the Domus Sanctae Marthae has moved out temporarily and is in isolation, as are all the people who came into direct contact with him. The hotel serves as a residence for Vatican-based priests as well as visiting clerics and lay people. Francis chose to live there permanently following his 2013 election, shunning the Apostolic Palace, because he said he needed to be around ordinary people. The hotel has a communal dining room and chapel where Francis celebrates Mass each morning. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Nono vlf Let's block ads! (Why?)

One hundred and one recognised refugees left Greece for Germany

One hundred and one recognized refugees living in the islands of the Eastern Aegean left for Germany on Friday, on a flight from "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport in Athens, ANA reports. Their transfer is part of the agreement between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the relocation of a total of 1,553 recognized refugees following the fire in the reception and identification centre of Moria, Mytilene. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Ggia Let's block ads! (Why?)