Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ July 27, 2012: Lunchtime with WhizFLAGSTAFF — Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt meets the media daily at lunchtime:He was pleased with yesterday’s first practice in pads saying it was “probably a little better than I expected.”He also said he’s considering holding running back Ryan Williams out of this afternoon’s practice as a precaution. “I’ve been so pleased with what he’s done. I’d like to see him tomorrow coming off of a day where he’s had rest and he feels good.” Top Stories Comments   Share   on the Red & White practice Saturday“It’ll be very similiar to what it was last year. We’ll have drives that start at different points on the field: The minus-40, the plus-40 and in the red zone. It’s going to be more of a game-type situation so we’ll make the calls on the field offensively and defensively. It’ll be ten plays and at the end of those ten plays, if you still have it on downs you can continue the drive. If not, then it’ll start over again. And if we’re in field goal range, then we’ll kick a field goal.”on which quarterback will start the Red & White practice“You know what, I haven’t even thought about that really, honestly. We got a rotation going based on different days and who goes. It could purely be just be whose day it is. Today is Kevin’s (Kolb) day so it may be John (Skelton) tomorrow or we may just split it up based on how we’re doing with the (offensive) line. What we try to do usually is get those guys equal number of reps with the first line and first receivers.”on how it will be perceived with which quarterback will get the start“People are probably going to read a lot into it but it really doesn’t mean anything at this point. We’re just trying to get an evaluation. Both of them have done well in camp so far. They’ve looked good. Tomorrow will be the first opportunity to really see them in a situation where they’re having to make the calls without us standing there. We’ll be close but not as close as it is in practice and it won’t be off of a script. It’ll be situational based so more of a game-type.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation on the addition of guard Russ Hochstein“We had a player that we released (Blake DeChristopher) so we had an open spot at the line. I think that it never hurts to have a veteran that’s been a very good player, that’s played on two championship teams. We had an opportunity to do that and I think it was a good move for us.” – / 23 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Its clear the Arizona Cardinals arent far from b

first_imgIt’s clear the Arizona Cardinals aren’t far from being a capable offensive team. While it’s certainly been ugly at times, the Cardinals have clearly advanced from the offense they trotted out for the three years since Kurt Warner’s retirement, though that’s not an overly difficult improvement to make. But while the Cardinals are close to being a significantly better offensive team, head coach Bruce Arians said the process is taking longer than it’s taken at any of his previous three stops as an NFL offensive coordinator. “It’s not normal,” Arians said. “We’ve looked at it long and hard, as a coaching staff, whether we’re asking too much. Everyone decided that we’re not. We need to do better, both as players and coaches.”Arians said the offensive miscues have been a matter of a yard here or missed assignment there, adding that the Cardinals should have converted at least four third-down conversions in Sunday’s 13-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rather than the one that they did. “Whether it’s dropped balls, poor throws, bad spacing on routes … we should have been 40 percent in that game,” Arians said. “It was putrid. That’s a good defense, but we continually harmed ourselves with mental errors, which sounds very repetitive. It’s getting repetitive.“If it was one guy, it’d be easy to fix. It seems like we have eight or nine guys playing well each play, then two guys decide to do the wrong thing.”Despite his criticism of the team’s continual mental errors, Arians said the offensive performance hasn’t been all negative. The Cardinals rank toward the top of the league in yards gained on first down, and have found themselves in good second- and third-down situations far more often than not. But Arizona has often failed to convert once it’s gotten itself in those situations — the Cardinals’ 29.2 third-down-conversion percentage is third-worst in the NFL — and the offense has often fallen victim to a poorly run route, missed blocking assignment or misread by a running back. “We need to grow faster to get where we want to go,” Arians said. “We’ve just got to keep practicing. Put guys in the position where they can be successful. We’re not that far off.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img“Whatever I’ve got to do to get to their quarterback, I’m gonna do,” the linebacker said. “And I know eventually, by the end of the game, I’m going to make sure I’m going to get a few shots on (the quarterback), and eventually I’m going to bring him down for a sack.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals selected pass rusher Markus Golden in the second round — 58th overall — of the 2015 NFL Draft.The 6-foot-2, 260-pound outside linebacker out of Missouri was named to the second-team All-SEC in 2014, when he started all 13 games, tallying 78 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes defensed. He also returned one fumble for a touchdown.Twenty of Golden’s tackles last season were for a loss, good for third-most in the SEC. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   The St. Louis native has been clocked as fast as 4.74 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and he has a vertical jump of 28.5 inches.Golden was once a backup to 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam and he played alongside eventual first-round pick Shane Ray, now of the Denver Broncos.The Cardinals originally had the 55th overall pick, which they shipped to Baltimore for the 58th and 158th spots in the draft.Arizona arguably reached for the former Tiger, as NFL.com projected him to go in the fourth or fifth round of the draft.After getting picked, Golden told reporters he expected to go in the first three rounds.“I’m just happy that … they just took a chance on me,” he said. “It’s a blessing. It’s just the biggest day of my life, and I’m just so excited. I’ve been working my whole life for this. So I don’t really care about where I went; I’m just happy I’m with the Arizona Cardinals. I’m honored to be a part of the their team.”Golden added he knew the Cardinals were interested in him and liked the way he rushes the passer.As far as his pass-rushing style, he said he’s “relentless, relentless.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer passes

first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer passes during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 20 That said, it would be nice to have something to feel good about from the offense as the Cards come home for another week of practice at University of Phoenix Stadium, even if Larry Fitzgerald wasn’t in the lineup due to a minor MCL injury. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   center_img Bruce Arians wasn’t the only one feeling sickly in San Diego. For the second straight week, the Cardinals offense looked ill.In its first five possessions on Friday at Qualcomm Stadium, Arizona managed just three first downs and both quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton threw interceptions against the Chargers in a 19-3 loss.It should be repeated that this is the preseason. Drawing significant conclusions from these games is foolish, given the fact that teams don’t gameplan, don’t show off what they will do during the regular season and the starters don’t play enough to establish any sort of rhythm. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Bruce Arians says Larry Fitzgerald has a slight mcl injury; Alex Okafor a torn biceps tendon.— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) August 20, 2016Instead, Palmer was 4 of 8 for 37 yards with the interception thrown on a wide receiver screen. Stanton continued to sail balls over the heads of his receivers, hitting Chargers safety Jahleel Addae in the numbers on his pick, and missing a wide-open Jaxon Shipley late in the first half with the Cardinals trying to get something going in their two-minute offense.“Very disappointing performance, especially offensively,” coach Bruce Arians told reporters in San Diego. “After we practice against the team all week we should play much better. Our quarterback play was not up to par, any of the three.“We have to get it together. I mean, this is two games that we have not played very well.”There really wasn’t anything to brag about on offense. Running backs David Johnson and Chris Johnson combined for 12 yards on seven carries, the top three backs managed a whopping 18 yards on 10 carries, the tight ends did not factor in the passing game and receiver Michael Floyd had one catch for two yards before departing. At least the Cards got a another big effort from receiver Jaron Brown, who had a pair of terrific catches for 40 yards. All of the other superlative belonged to the defense, where Deone Bucannon delivered a vicious yet clean hit on receiver Dontrelle Inman over the middle that knocked Inman’s helmet off.Cornerback Brandon Williams also bounced back from some early struggles to break up a couple passes to Chargers starting receiver Travis Benjamin, and the Cards defense held the Chargers out of the end zone (San Diego’s one TD came on a pick-6).“He played his tail off,” Arians said.Arians won’t spend too much time fretting over the offense’s struggles in these first two games. He’s still got a ridiculous wealth of weapons as the Cardinals approach the regular season opener against New England, but you can bet he’ll want to have something positive emerge in the team’s third game in Houston before the starters take a seat in the final game against Denver.Preseason games are meaningless, but there’s a basic level of pride at stake here and the Cards haven’t shown their coach much so far.“We will go back to work; that’s why we play preseason,” Arians said. “These don’t count other than you find out a lot about yourself.”last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Three voters — Judy Battista, Elliot Harrison and Ike Taylor — picked Tyrann Mathieu to win this coveted award.Battista: “It’s tempting to pencil in J.J. Watt again, but let’s wait to see how his recovery from surgery goes first. Mathieu’s star is ascending and if he is completely recovered from the torn ACL that prematurely ended his 2015 season, he’ll make a strong push for this award because of his versatility.”Harrison: “Had Honey Badger winning it last year until he got hurt.”Taylor: “If he can stay on the field, his versatility will carry him to this award. He can play anywhere in the secondary and can do so many things for the Cards’ defense.”But Mathieu wasn’t the only Cardinal to garner recognition for DPOY. Bucky Brooks selected cornerback Patrick Peterson.Brooks: “P2 takes his game to another level as the Cardinals’ shutdown corner. He blanks every marquee WR1 on the schedule and delivers enough splash plays to carry the Cards’ D to a top-five ranking.”Arizona was the only team to have two defensive players mentioned by the panel.Defensive Rookie of the Year Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Battista: “Arians’ teams have been this close in the last few years, but with a better pass rush and a healthy Tyrann Mathieu, this is the best chance for the coach beloved by players and fans alike to lead a Super Bowl run.”Chadiha: “Arians has won this award twice, but don’t be surprised if he adds a third honor this coming season.”Wolfe: “The man is smart and talented. And those hats. No one has rocked a jeff cap that well since Dom DeLuise.” Comments   Share   Once again, the Cardinals had two players selected, with cornerback Brandon Williams and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche earning praise.Longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt picked Williams, a third-round draft selection out of Texas A&M who could start opposite Peterson on opening night Sept. 11.Brandt: “Like 2015 winner Marcus Peters in Kansas City, Williams will have lots of chances to pick off the ball as opponents avoid the veteran across from him (All-Pro Patrick Peterson, in Williams’ case) — and I expect Williams to make good on the opportunity.”Alex Gelhar went with Nkemdiche.Gelhar: “Working in a loaded front seven that includes Chandler Jones and Calais Campbell should help Nkemdiche terrorize opposing offenses.”The Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars, who had linebacker Myles Jack and cornerback Jalen Ramsey mentioned, were the only two teams to have multiple players selected for the award.Coach of the YearAnytime the words “Coach of the Year” appear in NFL circles, Bruce Arians’ name can’t be too far away.Arians is a two-time winner of this award, as he delivered acceptance speeches in both 2012 and 2014. The 63-year-old is a popular choice among the NFL.com panel to win it a third time, as he showed up on the ballots of Battista, Jeffri Chadiha and Colleen Wolfe.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Can you believe it?The 2016 NFL season is practically upon us.In preparation for what lies ahead over the next 17 weeks plus postseason, a large panel of experts (23 people, in fact) at NFL.com made predictions on whom will win the league’s awards this year.Several Arizona Cardinals were mentioned in various categories. Here’s a quick rundown of what the folks at the website had to say.Defensive Player of the Year Top Stories last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals claimed linebacker Tanner Vallejo on Tuesday after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns.The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker appeared in 13 outings with Cleveland in 2018 and recorded 20 tackles. He forced two fumbles and on special teams added seven more tackles.As a rookie in 2017 with the Buffalo Bills, Vallejo played in 14 games, racking up four tackles.Vallejo, a Boise State product, was selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft as the 195th overall pick. Related LinksKingsbury and Cards can capitalize on Rams Super Bowl hangoverKliff doesn’t boost Cards in ESPN’s way-too-early NFL power rankingsThe ongoing saga of the Cardinals’ second cornerback spotCardinals LB Deone Bucannon stays in the moment as free agency loomsArizona will be active in upgrading at linebacker. Outside of veteran Josh Bynes, it was one of their most problematic positions in terms of consistent production last season. The Cardinals early on benched first-round picks Haason Reddick and Deone Bucannon while struggling through a 3-13 campaign under since-fired first-year head coach Steve Wilks.Bucannon and veteran Gerald Hodges are among the position group’s notable free agents this offseason.The Cardinals, due to their 2018 record, are first on the waiver wire. 9 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

Bruce Arians and James Bettcher worked together on

first_img Bruce Arians and James Bettcher worked together on the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff from 2013-17 and over the past two offseasons brought several players from the desert to join them on their new teams.After one year of retirement, Arians is returning to the sidelines to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are five players on the roster who played for him on the Cardinals.Meanwhile, Bettcher is entering his second season as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. He now has six former Cardinals on his team. Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians (AP photo), left, and former Cardinals DC and current Giants DC James Bettcher (Getty Images), right. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Linebacker Kareem MartinMartin only started 12 games but played in 45 of 48 under Bettcher with Arizona from 2015-17. He joined the Giants with Bettcher last season and started seven games, posting 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks.Running back Elijhaa PennyAfter joining the Cardinals in a reserve role in 2017, he stuck with Bettcher and joined him in New York last season.Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Pierre started seven of the final eight games under Bettcher in 2017 and recorded 20 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and forced a fumble during that span. He only started one game in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve.Cornerback Ronald ZamortLook at Zamort’s Pro Football Reference page and you’ll see a lot of bouncing back and forth between waivers and the practice squad. He first joined the Cardinals in May 2016 but stuck with the organization through 2017. He was signed to the Giants’ practice squad in October 2018. Linebacker Kevin Minter(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Like Bucannon, Minter was an important piece of Arizona’s dominant defensive units under Arians and Todd Bowles, and, later, Bettcher. He played every game from 2014-16 and was integral in the latter two years, recording a combined 166 tackles and 4.0 sacks.Offensive guard Earl WatfordEven during the Arians years, the Cardinals offensive lines were often plagued by injury. Watford was no exception. The backup played more than 10 games just once in the four years he saw any game time (15 games in 2016), but Arians liked him enough to bring him on board to Tampa.GiantsFree safety Antoine BetheaBethea produced well in his first season under Bettcher in 2017, leading the team with five interceptions and adding 57 tackles and a sack. He started all 16 games last season (under defensive coordinator Al Holcomb) and had 121 tackles.Defensive end Markus Golden(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)Assumed to be the future of the Cardinals’ line after recording 12.5 sacks in his second season as a pro, an ACL injury cost Golden all but four games in his third year, Bettcher’s final in the desert.  Golden played in 11 games last year, recording 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks as he attempted to round into shape following ACL surgery. He and Bettcher reunite as Golden continues to return to form. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here’s a look at each player the coaches brought on with connections to their Arizona pasts.BuccaneersLinebacker Deone BucannonRelated LinksCardinals have the most defensive production to replace in NFLArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?ASU receiver N’Keal Harry to meet with Arizona CardinalsBucannon established himself as an important part of Arians’ defense early in his career, playing all 32 games over his first two seasons and recording 109 tackles, 3.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a touchdown in his second year alone.But he fell off the depth chart under head coach Steve Wilks last year, playing limited time in the 13 games he appeared in. After recording only 36 tackles, by far a career-low, he returns to play under Arians, former Cardinals DC and current Bucs DC Todd Bowles and outside linebackers coach Larry Foote, who both served under Arians during their times in Arizona.Running back Andre Ellington(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Ellington was the primary running back for Arizona in 2014, a season in which he was a solid runner and proved himself as an effective pass catcher. Injuries e emergence of David Johnson changed his role, though, and he was waived in 2017 and did not play in the league last year.Quarterback Blaine GabbertHe and Arians’ time together in Arizona was limited, but he was the third-string quarterback for the majority of 2017. Injuries to quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton allowed him to play five games as the Cardinals evaluated him as a potential future quarterback. While they did not elect to re-sign him, Arians saw enough to feel comfortable with Gabbert on his Buccaneers team. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 4 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Marriott Rewards the

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMarriott Rewards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Marriott International has announced three new benefits that make it easy for members to explore the things they love and experience travel to the fullest.The new Marriott Rewards experiences marketplace gives all members, including The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members, even more access to a collection of unique, curated experiences.For an initial group of Elite members of Marriott Rewards, a new Elite concierge service will provide them with a dedicated concierge so that their travel experience is both seamless and tailored to their individual needs.Guaranteed late checkout will give Gold and Platinum Elite members of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards increased flexibility and peace of mind when they travel.“We’re evolving how we engage with, recognise, and reward our loyal guests,” said Thom Kozik, Vice President of Loyalty at Marriott International. “Loyalty is not just about our members choosing to stay with us. We want to make their travel more seamless and personalised, and we also want to deliver memorable experiences that go beyond the stay. Giving our members even more flexibility, freedom, and opportunity to enjoy what they love most about travel—and life—is one of the best ways we can show our loyalty to them.”Experiences marketplaceWith the experiences marketplace, all Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members can pursue their passions by choosing from a wide array of curated special events and opportunities for discovery. Whether it’s tickets to one of the hottest shows on Broadway; a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with your favourite sports team; or a private cooking lesson or wine tasting with a world-famous chef or sommelier, members can redeem Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards points to access a marketplace of unique experiences that allow them to explore their personal interests in the most meaningful and memorable ways. The experiences marketplace will be available globally to all members in late May.Elite concierge serviceAn initial group of Elite members of Marriott Rewards will be invited to participate in a new Elite concierge service. By developing a relationship with the member, the concierge will be able to anticipate their unique needs, ensuring the member’s preferences are recognised and their desires are met before, during, and even after their stay. The concierge will be able to reserve on-property amenities like restaurants, spa treatments and golf, as well as make arrangements for special occasions. The service will launch in late May first for US members of Marriott Rewards travelling worldwide and will continue to expand. Marriott Rewards will actively engage with this group of charter members and seek their feedback to refine the service.Guaranteed late checkoutThe guaranteed late checkout benefit will be available to Gold and Platinum Elite members of both Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards who will enjoy a more seamless travel experience when planning their trip. These members will receive a guaranteed late checkout, which could be as late as 4pm. Members can request the late checkout when making a reservation by phone, when checking in using the Marriott Mobile app, or upon arrival at the hotel. This benefit is available at all fully participating Marriott Rewards hotels with the exclusion of resorts, convention hotels and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards will continue to offer Silver Elite members the benefit of requesting late checkout on their day of departure. Guaranteed late checkout launches globally on May 16.These new benefits are the latest example of Marriott Rewards showing members that loyalty flows both ways. They follow the announcement of exclusive Member Rates which guarantee the lowest price for all members who book direct, and other recently introduced benefits including Points Sharing, Cash & Points, Points Advance, and Redemption Stay Credits.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter InterContinental Hotel

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the global roll out of Your Rate by IHG Rewards Club, an exclusive rate offered to IHG Rewards Club members when they book direct. It is part of the ongoing evolution of IHG Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with over 92 million members worldwide. IHG Rewards Club already offers industry leading benefits that include no blackout dates on Reward Nights, mobile check-in and extended checkout times.From this month, Your Rate by IHG Rewards Club will launch at IHG hotels in the Americas and Europe, and will be promoted as part of major brand campaigns in both regions. It will be rolled out across the remainder of IHG’s estate in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and China later in the year. The new member benefit will be tailored to reflect the local dynamic in individual regions and markets.IHG’s decision to launch Your Rate by IHG Rewards Club follows a successful pilot of exclusive member rates in Europe and the Americas in 2015. It is supported by extensive consumer research into what IHG Rewards Club members are looking for from a loyalty programme, namely that they belong to a special club with preferred pricing for members.Keith Barr, Chief Commercial Officer, IHG, said: “IHG is a consumer driven company and we are committed to ensuring that we provide a superior and personalised experience for our millions of guests around the world. Offering exclusive rates to our most loyal guests who know and trust IHG’s family of brands is a key part of this. The launch of Your Rate by IHG Rewards Club is another important milestone for our loyalty programme, which last year launched a new top-tier membership level, Spire Elite, alongside a series of other benefits.”Exclusive hotel rates will be available when members book direct via IHG branded websites, the IHG App or phone reservations through IHG’s global call centres. Over the coming weeks, these rates may also be booked by select travel partners on behalf of any IHG Rewards Club Member through eligible channels.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Luxury travel company Abercrombie Kent has relea

first_imgLuxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has released an exclusive cruise tour to the legendary southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia.Tailored around the impressive adventure cruise ship M/V Stella Australis, guests sail from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in the wake of pioneering navigators and indigenous natives. The region is home to some of the world’s wildest and most pristine landscapes with dazzling glaciers, penguin and seal colonies, towering snow-capped mountains, Magellanic forest and legendary Cape Horn. Complementing the cruise are land programmes at The Singular Patagonia, one of Chile’s most unique hotels, and a stay in Buenos Aires experiencing the city’s distinctive cultural and culinary attractions.The group size is limited to 24 guests with an accompanying A&K tour director throughout. International flights are included from Australia. A&K’s 15-day ‘Patagonia by Land & Sea’ journey departs 6 November 2017 and 29 January 2018.Prices from $15,495 per person twin share. Single supplement $3835.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Regent Seven Seas Cruis

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled two shore excursion innovations designed to offer luxury travellers the most bespoke experiences in destinations around the world.Dubbed Go Local Tours and Regent Choice small group tours, these elevated shore excursions are designed to show off “distinct, authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences” to guests who may have already visited a port previously.“These local experiences will be exceptional,” Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague said.Go Local ToursRegent Seven Seas Cruises guests will enjoy a more direct way to experience the culture of a destination through Go Local Tours. Now, guests can spend a day at a family-owned goat farm in the countryside of Andalusia to learn the generations-old way of making cheese, or discover the joy of fishing with the residents of Portofino, or observe skilled artists in their studios in Palma de Mallorca. Guests will experience the world through the eyes of those who live in the community and discover the best of a favourite destination.The cruise line worked for seven months to curate 122 small local experiences for guests, nearly 50 of which are included in its free Unlimited Shore Excursions. Go Local Tours are available on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages, along with 2019 voyages calling on Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Examples of Go Local Tours include:Spain: Visit the mountain village of Alfarnate, located in the province of Málaga in Andalusia. Here, a local guide escorts guests through the village shops to introduce them to the local artisans. The next stop is the nearby town of Alfarnatejo, to an ancient, restored house, where guests enjoy a glass of local wine before a host escorts guests to their own home for a traditional Spanish lunch and an introduction to Spain’s gastronomical culture.Finland: Guests will experience the unique and beautiful sights of central Helsinki. The day starts with a visit to the most popular food market, Kauppahalli, to observe and taste the variety of local fish, meat and cheeses. Next, guests take a local tram toward Kamppi Center to visit the two famous Finnish supermarkets before touring the underground Central Bus Station, which connects Helsinki with the surrounding towns. One more level under the ground, guests will take a Metro to the Hakaniemi Market Hall for a tour. Following a typical Finnish snack, the tour ends with a relaxing walk through Kaivopuisto Park, the oldest and best-known park in Helsinki.Greece: Visit the Monastery of Agia Irini, south of Heraklion and close to the traditional village of Kroussonas. The Monastery serves as a nunnery and is among the oldest in Crete. At the completion of the guided visit, the nuns will offer guests traditional hand-made sweets. In the village of Kroussonas guests will visit the traditional Cretan boot maker, Stivania, and tour the oldest bakery in the village. A host will introduce guests to traditional Cretan music accompanied by a lesson in folk dances such as the Ballos. The demonstration will also show how families prepare cheese and make Cretan cheese pies. Afterwards, guests are treated to olive oil and wine tastings, and a demonstration in Cretan weaving. A traditional Cretan lunch will be served at the end of the tour.Go Local Artwork TourRegent Choice small group toursRegent Choice small group tours are smaller versions of the cruise line’s existing popular free Unlimited Shore Excursions and Regent Choice tours. Hosting no more than 16 guests, for a subsidised, supplementary fee Regent Choice small group tours allow for more personal destination engagement with a knowledgeable guide. These excursions are curated to provide additional ways to engage luxury travellers’ interests and passions, from food and wine to art and architecture, and include access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.About 250 excursions on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages will be offered as Regent Choice small group tours.In Australia, options include the Kangaroos & Koalas Sundown Adventure. Available from Melbourne, this Regent Choice sees guests join an expert nature guide and head You Yangs National Park to see Koalas in the wild and free-ranging Eastern grey kangaroos in a natural bush setting nearby. Guests also see and learn about many other Australian animals and birds on the vast Western Plains near Melbourne, before enjoying a Sundowners’ casual meal out in the wild, including wine and bubbly, sandwiches, crackers, cheese and fruit.See www.RSSC.comLead image: Regent Seven Seas Cruises Go Local Food Market Tour in BarcelonaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more