Virgin Holidays’ 12 for 2012

19th Nov 2011
Virgin Holidays’ 12 for 2012

JANUARY One hop to Vietnam
Vietnam Airlines launches its first direct flight from Gatwick to Vietnam in Dec 2011, just in time for a Vietnamese January sunshine break. The area is becoming increasingly popular so 2012 is a great time to go to avoid the crowds.

FEBRUARY Time to have a VHip Valentines break…
Who needs diamonds when you can have chocolate? The Travel Guru’s are predicting that the ultimate Valentine’s gift this year will be a chocolate themed weekend away in Brussels from Virgin Holidays + HIP Hotels newly launched Europe programme. Stay at Hotel Amigo, near the Grand Place or Odette en Ville in the Chatelain quarter and learn all the secrets from master chocolate makers at a Planéte Chocolat demonstration. A three night trip to Brussels.

MARCH Bales Celebrate 65 years in Style
Bales are calling all 1947 babies to celebrate their 65th year with the original pioneers in travel… Bales Worldwide. The company celebrates 65 years in 2012 with a programme that brings together a collection of Bales’ favourite tours such as cruising on a Dahabiyya on the River Nile and journeying around India’s famous Golden Triangle with 25 brand new tours including a 12 day tour of ‘Essential China’ featuring the new high speed bullet train, a 9 day ‘Taj & Tigers’ tour and discovering new ways of seeing Indochina in ‘Historic Vietnam’.

APRIL Be the first to try out a brand new ship…
Building on the classic style of her sister ship, the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy™ launches in April and is the fourth cruise liner in the expanding Disney Cruise Line fleet. Featuring 14 towering decks, a ship length of 1,115 feet and a maximum width of 125 feet, the 130,000-ton vessel includes 1,250 staterooms and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 4,000 passengers. Virgin Holidays Cruises already offers exclusive cruise and stay packages combining the best of both worlds… seven nights in Orlando before joining the cruise for a seven night Caribbean cruise with prices starting from £1,499 and children can even receive a pre-departure phone call from Mickey himself! And if that’s not enough Virgin Holidays Cruises is currently offering the best deal in the market for Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new ship, Norwegian Breakaway which launches in April 2013! Customers can join the inaugural sailing from Southampton to New York on 30 April 2013.

MAY Vancouver Gets Hot
Virgin Holidays will be taking its Rockstar Service to the Rockies with the new direct Virgin Atlantic flight service launching on 24th May. There will be a launch of a whole new programme which will include tailor-made itineraries that make the most of the region’s mix of city break, fly-drive and touring options. Watch this space for more info!


JUNE Arriba! Head to Mexico and swim with whale sharks June sees the launch of the new Virgin Atlantic service to Cancun. Virgin Holidays now has a dedicated brochure for the area with over 30 properties included. The Summer months are a great time to head to the area as the whale shark season begins, giving holidaymakers the chance to swim with these amazing creatures.

JULY Gap yaaah for families - Worldwide Journeys
Virgin Holidays Worldwide Journeys has launched five new dedicated family tours to China, India, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Egypt offering families a different kind of holiday for 2012. The tours are designed with both adults and children in mind and are about experiencing the world together as a family whilst offering a great opportunity to experience exciting destinations with other like-minded families. Family touring is rising in popularity following high profile celebrities such as Emma Thompson and Jude Law taking more adventurous holidays. The tours range from 8 - 15 days in length and are built around the UK school holidays.

Pirate ships, sea monsters and mermaids will be making an appearance in a new series of Puffin storytelling events being hosted at St James’s Club, Antigua during the May/June half term and summer holidays in 2012. Top illustrators from Puffin including Adam Stower and Rachel Bright will host daily sessions in the children’s club involving storytelling, character creation, mask-making, drawing and lots of imagination. In addition a library of more than 50 Puffin classics to suit babies to teenagers will also be available in the St James’s children’s club as well as the v-room at London Gatwick. Books included range from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl as well as contemporary classics including the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.

SEPTEMBER SeaWorld VIP access
Virgin Holidays guests staying at one of the six SeaWorld Parks Collection hotels receive an exclusive Behind The Scenes Tour, enabling guests to get up-close to penguins, sharks and more whilst also discovering how SeaWorld animal experts care for rescued manatees and sea turtles. Along with the VIP tour, guests also receive a free soft toy, free breakfast snack voucher at SeaWorld and 2 for 1 dining at the energetic dining extravaganza Makahiki Luau!

OCTOBER Hotel NV Florida - exclusive
Virgin Holidays opens its first ever branded hotel in Orlando, just in time for a perfect Summer Holiday getaway. This new and exciting all-suite hotel is located on International-Drive and exclusive to Virgin Holidays customers meaning Rockstar service every step of the way. Exclusive benefits include free transport to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, free continental breakfast, nightly social events with complimentary beer and wine and late check-out until 1pm means even longer in the parks.

NOVEMBER stag and hens Vegas style, without breaking bank - TCD
Thrifty hens and stags are flocking to the party HQ of the US, Las Vegas to celebrate their last few single days with the help of Travel City Direct. A three night whirlwind trip and includes flights and accommodation.

DECEMBER HIP Hotels speed holiday booking… at your desk!
The Travel Gurus behind Virgin Holidays + HIP Hotels recognise that many of their busy customers would rather talk face-to face to source inspiration for their next holiday or weekend escape, but lack the time to actually do this. Fear not! The team of Travel Guru’s are now on hand to visit clients at their workplace at a time which is most convenient. Armed with brochures and ideas and they can even make the booking there and then which has to be the best way to lunch hour shop!

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