Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they watch a shark ceremony during their arrival at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands, September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool
Kate Middleton is really racking up those frequent flyer points.
The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, arrived in the Maldives on Thursday aboard a British Airways flight for a second honeymoon. It’s being reported that they are staying at a private resort on the northern Noonu atoll in the Maldives.
The Daily Mail reports the royal pair are staying at the five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel. The resort has 45 villas, a spa, gourmet restaurants and plenty of opportunity for water sports and diving. The property just opened in November 2013.
When I wrote a blog last year on a U.K. survey that revealed travellers “don’t trust” female pilots because they see them as more prone to stress and less skilled, I wondered who on Earth would still think in such a stereotypical way. Now we can identify at least one such person: David from seat 12E.
Female WestJet pilot Carey Smith Steacy captained a flight from Calgary to Victoria on Sunday. After landing with no issue and seeing all passengers off the plane, the crew discovered a note left behind on a napkin that stated “the cockpit of an airline is no place for a woman.”
Signing the note “David,” the passenger stated that “a woman being a mother is the most honor, not as ‘captain.’ Sorry not PC (politically correct).” He went on to list a Bible verse and say “I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight.”
Smith Steacy said David also asked flight attendants if she had enough flying hours under her belt before they even took off.
Smith Steacy, meanwhile, posted the napkin note to Facebook along with a reply that, for someone who is being discriminated against because she lacks testicles, is pretty balls to the wall.
“To David. Thank you for the note, you discreetly left me on your seat,” she wrote. ”I respectfully disagree with your opinion that the ‘cockpit,’ (we now call it the flight deck as no cocks are required), is no place for a lady. In fact, there are no places that are not for ladies anymore. I have heard many comments from people throughout my 17 year career as a pilot. Most of them positive. Your note is, without a doubt, the funniest… You were more than welcome to deplane when you heard I was a ‘fair lady’… We all, us humans, have the same rights in this great free country of ours. Now, back to my most important role, being a mother.”
WestJet is rightfully standing behind Smith Steacy, telling QMI Agency “We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills and expertise of our pilots and we are disappointed by this note.”
Fewer Canadian families will travel this March Break thanks to the declining value of the loonie, according to a new survey from BMO Insurance.
Nearly half of the 1,002 Canadians surveyed by BMO — 42% — said they would be skipping a March Break trip outside the country thanks to the loonie’s current exchange rate versus the American dollar and Euro. Of the survey respondents who said they still planned to travel, 61% said they would stay within Canada.
“Canadians should make sure that their holiday is as stress free as possible,” said BMO Insurance vice-president Julie Barker-Merz in a press release. “We can’t control things like a declining dollar or bad weather, so it’s important to get a handle on what travel worries you can control.”
The BMO Insurance survey also found that 44% of Canadians are worried about needing medical attention when on vacation, 55% are concerned about encountering poor weather on holiday and 47% feared losing something of value when travelling.
For more data from this survey, see the regional breakdown below:
% that are less likely to travel due to the declining value of the Canadian dollar
% of travellers that are planning to travel inside Canada
% that are worried about requiring medical attention
A woman from Glasgow, Scotland has been listed as the 87th best attraction in the city on travel review site TripAdvisor due to an error.
Mary Johnston, 60, signed up for a TripAdvisor account to post a review, but wound up listed as Glasgow’s 87th most popular attraction, beating “the best view in Glasgow” at Ruchill Park and music venue The Hydro.
“I didn’t set it up. It must be a bug in the system or it is malicious,” Johnston told The Scotsman. “I’m already a user and I went on recently to review somewhere in Amsterdam so it may have happened then.”
Some users had already begun to post reviews and five-star ratings on Johnston’s listing, with TripAdvisor urging travellers to “share their experiences” if they had “been to Mary Johnston,” before the site became aware of the listing and removed it.
“This attraction wasn’t in the guidebooks but is fun for all the family if you’re a fan of people called Mary or rotationally-challenged photos,” wrote TripAdvisor user Perrierdoumbe.
“I’ve met other Mary Johnstons around the world but never a sideways one. Mary, put the kettle on, I’m on my way round after work the night. Top banana,” wrote user Jon Pavelin.
Johnston, meanwhile, seems to be looking on the bright side, telling The Scotsman “At least it is a good picture of me.”
The “Fantasy Package” at the Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, priced at $1,099 for two, will make any traveller’s dreams of experiencing the Carnival parades in an up-close and personal way a reality. The package includes breakfast, accommodations, a spa massage and even your own colourful costume to wear to the Sao Paulo Samba parade on March 1.
Courtesy Hilton São Paulo Morumbi
A roundtrip transfer from the hotel to the Anhembi Saddledrome is also included, ensuring you can Samba the night away without worrying about how you’ll be getting back to the comfort of your Hilton suite afterward.