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first_imgHelloworld Travel Unites with Australian brandHelloworld Travel Unites with Australian BrandHelloworld Travel is thrilled to have partnered with United Petroleum for a national Easter promotion which will see the Helloworld Travel brand rolled out across 330 sites nationally.As an independent Australian-owned petrol and convenience company, United is one of the fastest growing in Australia. With their strong regional and metro presence around the country, the partnership gives Helloworld Travel network members in regional and city centres the opportunity to connect with a new audience in their own backyard.John Constable, Group General Manager of Retail and Commercial at Helloworld Travel said the partnership is a good opportunity to align with a strong Australian brand to spread the Helloworld Travel message.“Our partnership with United gives us the opportunity as a brand and network to reach even further to Australian consumers. This promotion will take our brand and recognition for our agents all over Australia, and will result in seven very lucky people booking some amazing holidays with their local Helloworld Travel professional” he said.The Easter promotion will give entrants the chance to win one of seven Helloworld Travel Vouchers valued at $10,000, to spend on any destination they like at their local Helloworld Travel agency, with one winner selected in each state. To enter, stop in at your nearest United Petrol Station between 28 March and 1 May, and purchase any two selected products in store.About Helloworld Travel Limited* Helloworld Travel Limited (ASX: HLO) is a leading Australian & New Zealand travel distribution company, comprising retail travel franchise operations, destination management services (inbound), air ticket consolidation, wholesale, corporate and online operations. This includes “Helloworld Travel”, Australia’s largest network of franchised travel agents, as well as our Corporate, Associate, Affiliate and Travel Broker networks, Qantas Holidays, Go Holidays in New Zealand, AOT Inbound, ATS Pacific, QBT, Sunlover Holidays and Insider Journeys* “Helloworld Travel” is a nationwide network of independently owned and operated retail travel agencies offering Australia and New Zealand outstanding service, and the best value, tailor-made leisure and corporate travel experiences* HLO has over 2000 staff located in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the USA, South East Asia, India and UK/Europe* Helloworld Travel is the proud major sponsor of:– Volleyball Australia and the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos men’s and women’s national teamsSource = Helloworld Travellast_img read more


first_img March 6, 2012 426 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Debt Crisis Euro European Union Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Treasury Department Treasury Yields Zillow 2012-03-06 Ryan Schuette Sharecenter_img All-time highs for housing affordability persisted this week as interest rates for fixed-rate mortgages hovered near their record-breaking lows, a sign that Europe continues to ward off investors.[IMAGE]Real estate Web site “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ found only a minor shift for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which lingered between 3.70 percent and 3.75 percent before nestling at 3.69 percent Tuesday.The 15-year loan stayed near 2.95 percent, along with rates for 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) that averaged 2.65 percent, according to the Web site.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Mortgage rates rose late last week as positive U.S. economic news offset ongoing concerns about Europe’s economic situation,”” “”Erin Lantz””:http://12.129.17.108/profile/Erin-Lantz/, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, said in a statement.She said rates climbed back down to historic lows as concerns about Spain’s deficit “”renewed doubt about the long-term feasibility of the [European Union’s] fiscal pact.””The fate of Europe remains of chief concern to wary investors, who continue to leave for safe-haven U.S. Treasury debt overseas.Lenders benchmark interest rates for mortgage products against Treasury yields, which expand or contract as investors finance government debt.This week Greece will reportedly ask investors to accept write-downs by more than 50 percent, a debt swap that government officials hope will secure at least 75 percent in participation, according to “”_Bloomberg News_””:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-04/greece-debt-swap-deadline-this-week-to-show-if-europe-moving-past-crisis.html.The news service said that the debt swap would meet a critical requirement of the second bailout cleared by euro zone finance ministers last week. Lantz added that Zillow expects rates to fluctuate unless markets react sharply to news from Greece this week. Mortgage Rates Ride Rollercoaster Ahead of Greek Deadlinelast_img read more


first_img Data released by “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ shows more than a quarter of borrowers who refinanced in Q4 2012 chose to shorten their loan terms.[IMAGE]According to the GSE’s Quarterly Product Transition Report released Tuesday, 27 percent of borrowers opted to shorten their loan term when refinancing. Sixty-nine percent kept the same term as the loan that they had paid off, while 4 percent lengthened their loan term.Based on year-long data for 12 large metro areas, Freddie Mac found an average 29 percent of borrowers across these metros chose to shorten their loan terms.””Fixed mortgage rates averaged 3.36 percent for 30-year loans and 2.67 percent for 15-year product during the fourth quarter in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the lowest quarterly averages recorded in our survey,”” explained Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac. “”For borrowers motivated to refinance by low fixed-rates, they could obtain even lower rates by [COLUMN_BREAK]shortening their term. Further, a shorter-term, fully amortizing loan reduces the loan balance faster and builds home equity sooner.””In addition, borrowers who lived in lower-priced metros last year were generally more likely to shorten their term compared to borrowers in high-cost markets. For example, 43 percent of borrowers in the Dallas area shortened their term, while only 14 percent of those in San Francisco did the same.””Borrowers with smaller loan balances can shorten their loan term when refinancing with smaller dollar increases in their monthly payment than borrowers with large loan balances. That’s an important reason why a larger percent of borrowers in a low housing cost market shorten their term when compared to borrowers in very high cost markets,”” Nothaft said.The report also shows that refinancing borrowers overwhelmingly preferred fixed-rate loans last quarter, with more than 95 percent selecting a fixed-rate product. In addition, 83 percent of borrowers who had a hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) chose a fixed-rate loan in the fourth quarter–the highest share since Q2 2010–while the remaining 17 percent refinanced back into a hybrid ARM.According to the quarterly report, borrowers who refinanced under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) were more likely to take out a long-term, fixed-rate mortgage: Out of HARP borrowers who refinanced out of an ARM, more than 95 percent chose a fixed-rate loan, while more than one-third of non-HARP ARM borrowers opted for another ARM. February 12, 2013 426 Views Freddie Mac: 27% of Q4 Refinancers Shortened Loan Terms in Data, Origination, Secondary Marketcenter_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Refinance Service Providers 2013-02-12 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more


first_imgPotential Sellers Stymied by Difficult Buying Environment Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Credit Availability For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Redfin Service Providers 2014-02-05 Krista Franks Brock February 5, 2014 427 Views in Datacenter_img While homeowners are feeling more confident about the prospect of selling their homes, they do harbor concerns regarding the availability of home financing and the low inventory available for their next purchases, according to the “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ “”Real-Time Seller Survey””:http://www.redfin.com/research/reports/real-time-market-sentiment/2014/seller-survey-q1-2014.html#.UvKj4PldVe8 released Tuesday.[IMAGE]About 38 percent of home sellers say now is a good time to sell a home, according to the Redfin survey conducted in the first quarter of the year.This is up from 34 percent in the previous quarter and up significantly from 22 percent a year ago.Denver Redfin agent Paul Stone captures survey-takers’ sentiment, saying, “”Most of my home-selling clients worry the most about what will happen after they sell.””””With so much competition in the market, they fear they will have to move in with their in-laws if they can’t find their next home quickly,”” he added.In fact, the top two concerns for home sellers in the first quarter were the low inventory of homes available for their next home purchases and the financing environment, which might preclude potential buyers from being able to purchase their homes.[COLUMN_BREAK]Low inventory was also a top concern in the previous quarter, cited among 30 percent of respondents, but concern about buyer financing is up 5 percentage points from the previous quarter.””These concerns likely reflect higher prices and mortgage rates, which have harmed affordability, and stricter lending regulations that went into effect in January and could impact some buyers’ ability to get a loan,”” stated Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle.Redfin added a new category to its survey, “”competition for next home,”” which was marked as a concern among 27 percent of survey respondents.While sellers have increased their concerns regarding financing, they are substantially less concerned with the overall economy.In the fourth quarter, 39 percent of survey respondents cited “”general economic conditions”” as a concern. In the first quarter, just 26 percent reflected this concern.Mortgage rates played at least a partial role in more than half of current home sellers’ decisions to list their homes for sale, according to the Redfin survey. Fifty-two percent of sellers said mortgage rates were a factor in their decision.More sellers plan to upgrade to a larger or nicer home than to downsize or move to a different location. Forty-four percent of sellers plan to upgrade after selling their current home, whereas 29 percent plan to move to a new location, and 16 percent plan to downsize, according to Redfin.Redfin surveyed 466 homeowners in 22 metros across the country for its quarterly survey. Sharelast_img read more


first_img Share Fannie Mae Investors National Association of Realtors Second Homes 2014-06-20 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Given that nearly all the news about the homebuying market these past few years has focused on tight markets, lower-than-expected activity, and mortgages that keep circling the drain, it may seem easy to overlook a basic question—is anyone buying second homes these days?As it turns out, yes. According to a new Fannie Mae report, those with the means are taking advantage of low-interest mortgages and stagnant inventories in Florida, California, Arizona, and other vacation markets to purchase second homes.These homes, which are neither investment properties nor primary residences, have on average made up 4.76 percent of the total purchase mortgage market since 1998, and according to Fannie, that percentage has grown in recent years.The recession, of course, badly wounded second home purchases, but contrary to popular thought, the drop in purchases didn’t last long­: “Americans still aspire to buy second homes and have contributed to the growth of the market consistently since its bottom in 2009,” said Fannie Mae’s business analyst David Kopita. And according to the National Association of Realtors  (NAR) vacation-home sales jumped almost 30 percent, from roughly 553,000 in 2012 to 717,000 in 2013.According to NAR, the average second home buyer is 47 years old and part of a two-income household. Nearly two-thirds finance their purchases, though most made large down payments to help keep their mortgages even lower.NAR attributes the upswing in vacation homes to healthier equity markets that, according to the group’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, “has greatly benefited high-net worth households.”According to Fannie, many in the banking industry are taking the increased interest in vacation home purchases as a sign of better times and a budding niche, after years of strangulating new lending regulations and fears of ever writing another loan that might feasibly default. The easier breath is based in the idea that second home buyers are by nature more flush individuals who have better odds of successfully paying down loans.The hottest second home markets are exactly where they should be—Florida, California, and Arizona, where price declines were at their highest. These markets averaged roughly 43 percent drops in home prices between 2006 and 2012, making them ripe for the picking for those with the financial wherewithal to buy.Consequently, the big allure might have less to do with vacationing and more to do with investment: After taking a beating in the stock market, investors have finally realized the age-old way of building wealth lies in real estate, especially when mortgage rates are so low.center_img Fannie Spotlights Second-Home Buyers June 20, 2014 453 Views last_img read more


first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination Credit Standards Ellie Mae Origination Insights Purchase Loans Refinances 2015-01-28 Tory Barringer January 28, 2015 460 Views After sliding for four straight months, the share of purchase loan volumes ticked up in December, according to a survey released Monday.Calculating from a sampling of mortgage applications initiated on its Encompass platform, technology provider Ellie Mae estimated this week that home purchase mortgages accounted for 56 percent of lending activity last month, up from 54 percent in November.Before December, purchase mortgage share had been on the decline as falling interest rates spurred more refinancing activity.”While many observers thought rates would rise last year, lenders were instead treated to at least a little more refinancing volume,” said Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae. “The fact that lenders are closing purchase loans at higher rate is great news as we head toward the spring home buying season.”The average 30-year fixed rate in December was 4.25 percent, according to Ellie Mae, slightly down from November.As purchase volumes rose, so did the closing rate for that category: Using a sampling of applications initiated 90 days prior, the company calculated a closing rate of 67.1 percent for purchase mortgages, up from 66.5 percent in November and a record high. The closing rate for refinances stayed flat at 51.2 percent.The time it took to close a mortgage last month was up all around, averaging 42 days for both purchase mortgages and refinances.For all loan types, including conventional and government-backed mortgages, credit requirements were steady over the month, with the average FICO slipping one point to 728 and the average loan-to-value (LTV) ratio holding at 80 percent for closed loans.For denied applications, the average FICO score edged up one point to 679, while the average LTV rose 1 percentage point to 80 percent.In practice, the small changes seem to have had no real effect. According to Ellie Mae, 31 percent of closed loans in December had average FICO scores below 700, the same as a year ago.center_img Purchase Mortgage Share Gains Ground in December Sharelast_img read more


first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination June 26, 2016 539 Views In April, pending home sales hit their highest level in more than a decade. Will they continue to rise in May, or will they fall back down to earth? The industry will find out when the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases its Pending Home Sales Index for May 2016 this Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. EST.The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), which is based on contract signings, rose by 4.6 percent year-over-year in April to a figure of 116.3 and have now increased year-over-year for 20 consecutive months. April’s level was the highest for the PHSI since February 2006, before the crisis, when it was 117.4.Existing sales continued upward by 1.7 percent in April and another 1.8 percent in May up to an annual rate of 5.53 million, and the strong PHSI report plus low mortgage rates suggest a continuing steady recovery through the summer. However, the long-term weakness among first-time buyers continues to dampen all sales in 2016.”(The April PHSI) report rounds out a triple crown of April home sales reports with existing home closings, new pending contracts, and new home sales all solidly up as the spring buying season ramped up,” said Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. “Across these metrics, the pace of total home sales is up more than 10 percent over last year, putting 2016 in the pole position to earn the standing of the best year in a decade. Overall, the report is a clear indication that this spring buying season is truly the best in a decade.”Though it won’t be reflected in May’s housing reports, it will be interesting to see how last week’s Brexit vote will affect housing in the U.S. Some economists are predicting that mortgage interest rates, which are already near historic lows (3.56 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, according to Freddie Mac last week).  Greg McBride, chief financial analyst with Bankrate.com, told DS News that “Mortgage rates will tumble, possibly hitting new record lows. If you’re a borrower, don’t wait to lock in your rate, as this opportunity may not last long.” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said, “Demand for U.S. real estate could rise.”GDP—Bureau of Economic Analysis—Tuesday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. ESTThe Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its third and final estimate for first-quarter growth of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Since the recession, the first quarter has generally been brutal for the GDP, and 2016 has been no exception. The advance estimate for Q1 released in late April came in at 0.5 percent, while the second estimate for Q1 released in late May came in somewhat improved but still weak at 0.8 percent.Housing has not necessarily suffered because of the weak GDP growth in Q1, however.“Real GDP has been on a downward trend since the second quarter of 2015 (growth: 3.9 percent), a result of slower or negative growth in personal consumption spending, private investment, and exports,” said Carmel Ford of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in late May. “It is important to note that although overall private investment has dropped, residential fixed investment growth has accelerated. The residential fixed investment component of GDP grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.1 percent in the first quarter, up from 10.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. This GDP component includes the construction of new single-family and multifamily units, remodeling, and other activities related to housing.”While the sentiment for most of the year among economists and analysts was that the Fed would raise rates again in June, the forecasted June rate hike did not happen and a series of recent economic headwinds that include a weak May jobs report (only 38,000 jobs added) and the U.K.’s exit from the European Union have made it unlikely that the Fed will raise rates again for several months.This Week’s ScheduleTuesday, June 28GDP Report, Third and Final Q1 2016 Estimate, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 8:30 a.m. ESTCase-Shiller Home Price Index for April 2016, 9 a.m. ESTConsumer Confidence, the Conference Board, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, June 29Pending Home Sales Index for May 2016, National Association of Realtors, 10 a.m. EST Sharecenter_img National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales 2016-06-26 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Can Pending Home Sales Maintain Momentum?last_img read more


first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Inventory is Low, but It’s Lower for Starter Homes The underlying issue in the 2016 U.S. housing market has been tight inventory in general. But it’s actually worse for starter home and trade-up inventory.According to Trulia, the number of homes available to the average first-time homebuyer dropped 12 percent since last year, the steepest year-over-year drop since 2013. Trade-up homes dropped 13 percent. Nationally, housing inventory fell for the sixth consecutive quarter, dropping 9 percent from a year ago.Starter homes availability in 2016 also declined twofold, while the availability of trade-ups dropped fourfold. A year ago, there were nearly 333,300 homes available to first-time buyers. This year, there were 293,000, according to Trulia.First-time buyers are the ones that are impacted the most by a lack of starter homes for sale, according to analysis from the National Association of Realtors.“Having starter home options for new buyers is really important,” said Danielle Hale, managing director of housing research at NAR. “But we do find the majority of first-time buyers tend to buy existing homes, because there aren’t many new homes on the market in the starter home price range.”On top of the declining starter home inventory, buyers are paying 2 percent more to get a starter home in the first place, because the shrinking number of starter homes for sale is driving up prices, according to Trulia. Overall, first-timers spend almost 40 percent of their monthly income on the purchase of a home, Trulia reported. Trade-up and premium homes, however, remain relatively affordable, requiring 25.5 percent and 14 percent of monthly income to purchase, respectively. But all categories are up slightly from a year ago in terms of percentage of income spent.Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco remain near the top of the list of cities least favorable to first-time buyers. So do several Florida cities: West Palm Beach, Sarasota, and Miami. Tacoma, however, saw the largest decline in available starter homes, down nearly 18 percent. A year ago, Tacoma was No. 19 on the list of unfavorable cities to new buyers.Since 2012, eight of the 10 cities where starter inventory has declined the most are in California, according to Trulia. Las Vegas and Miami are the remaining two. On average, these markets have seen starter inventory drop by about 4 percent over the last four years.“A number of markets,” Trulia reported, “reflect persistent unaffordability.”center_img Housing Inventory Starter Homes 2016-12-14 Seth Welborn December 14, 2016 851 Views last_img read more


first_img Share HOUSING mortgage Movers and Shakers 2017-11-06 Nicole Casperson in Featured, Headlines, News, Servicing November 6, 2017 519 Views center_img ProVest LLC, a national process serving company, announced the purchase of J.J.L. Process Corp. Building 25-plus years’ success supporting the mortgage default servicing industry, ProVest has been expanding in the credit collections industry. By acquiring one of the largest companies in this market, ProVest has both strengthened its presence and proven its commitment to growth in this area.  “I am really excited about this union and feel that ProVest has certain managerial abilities and additional resources that can only be of benefit to our clients along with their vast expertise in service of process” JJL Owner and President Scott Levine said.In addition, ProVest CEO Jim Ward said, “We are very excited to have this successful team join our organization.  The acquisition will enhance our geographic presence and allow us to benefit from JJL’s extensive experience in the credit collection industry.”ProVest’s financial and organizational strengths will pair with the JJL business, bringing the company to the next level—as the combined nationwide operation will have 26 offices across the U.S.   ProVest Acquires New Partnerlast_img read more


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first_imgSamoaSeabreeze ResortTripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019 The adults only Seabreeze Resort in Samoa has been racking up the awards just a month into the new year, picking up five accolades in just three days.At the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, Seabreeze Resort won the Top 25 Small Hotels – South Pacific, Top 25 Hotels for Romance – South Pacific and Top 25 Hotels for Service – South Pacific categories.At The Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards 2019 Seabreeze won “Best Deluxe Accommodation” for the third consecutive year and “Standards Committee Hygiene award”.Into its third year, the annual Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards celebrate the standards of excellence demonstrated throughout the local Tourism Industry. The awards are voted by visitors, through guest surveys distributed at Faleolo Airport, Apia and in Apia town by the Samoa Tourism Authority.Co-Owner of Seabreeze Resort, Wendy Booth said, “We are extremely honoured to have won these prestigious awards across so many categories. Whilst recognition in your own country brings immense pride, we are really thrilled to receive the Travellers’ choice Awards which extend beyond Samoa to cover all the South Pacific.”“To be acknowledged at such a high level is a humbling experience and sharing our amazing location and living culture with our guests is a sheer pleasure to us all.“With our team of hand trained staff and a determination to exceed our guest’s expectations we will continue to create a utopia for couples in our untouched Island paradise.”last_img read more


first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo So, when asked by Arizona Sports 620’s Paul Calvisi about where his team’s focus will be going into a Week 4 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians didn’t talk X’s and O’s. Instead, he turned his attention to the health of his players.“The biggest thing will be to overcome the injuries and to get young players ready to play and the replacements that are now starters,” Arians said. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to lose a couple of guys probably for the season. “We’ll wait until Wednesday to see how that goes with the X-rays and everything.”Arians didn’t specify which starters could be lost for the season, but any of the three could significantly alter their respective units.Alexander, a Pro Bowler in 2012, has four tackles and a pass deflection in 2013. Acho also has four tackles and added a sack in Sunday’s loss.Johnson, a first-year starter, has 13 tackles this season.“We have to regroup. Change has not been good to us,” said Arians. “I’ve already challenged our guys to accept the change of this week, being in Florida practicing and dedicating everything they’ve got to come out of here 2-2. We can still reach our goals.” 0 Comments   Share   – / 30 As if getting trounced 31-7 on the road by the New Orleans Saints wasn’t bad enough, the Arizona Cardinals might be facing an ever tougher week ahead given the notable injuries sustained Sunday afternoon.Both special teams standout/outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (right foot) and safety Rashad Johnson (finger) left the contest in the first half. And, outside linebacker Sam Acho had to be carted back to the locker room with an ankle injury in the third quarter. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more


first_imgLISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The storyline has nearly been flattened to a platitude: The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of replacing to do on defense to repeat their dominance of yesteryear. You know the names — Daryl Washington, Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett, Tyrann Mathieu, Yeremiah Bell and now maybe John Abraham. Those are some big shoes to fill for the proverbial “next man up.”But if the unit’s Week 1 performance on Monday Night Football serves as any kind of indication, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and his revised cast of characters may just be able to pull off the replication. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img – / 61 Facing the high-octane San Diego Chargers offense, which boasted the fifth-best offense in all of football a season ago with an average yards-per-game tally of nearly 400 yards, the Cardinals’ new defensive personnel stepped up big while the old linchpins looked the part.Bowles’ defense held the Chargers to a mild 52 yards of rushing, allowing just 290 yards total — more than 100 fewer than their 2013 yards-per-game average.Now, with Mathieu’s return on the horizon and a confidence-boosting performance in the rear-view mirror, the Cardinals are giving naysayers a reason to change their minds about the team’s 2014 defensive outlook.A guest of the Burns and Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, ESPN senior NFL analyst Ron Jaworski didn’t hesitate to add his name to the list of believers in Bowles’ defense.“You’re talking (about) some quality football players who were unavailable for the game or got hurt in the game,” he began. “And this is where I tip my hat to coaching. We all know around the National Football League, that’s just the way it is. We hear every week — ‘Next man up, next man up.’ Sometimes those are just words; the next man sometimes plays terrible.” On Monday, it was newcomers Larry Foote, Deone Bucannon, Antonio Cromartie and Tommy Kelly — along with second-year players Tony Jefferson and Kevin Minter — who were next up, and the group led the team in tackles. Foote was the only Arizona defender with more than one tackle for a loss. “This is a well-designed defense,” Jaworski went on. “Todd Bowles puts players in a position to make plays. He wants a mentally-tough as well as a physically-tough defense — those are the attributes that this Cardinals defense has shown.”Last season, the Cardinals boasted the best rushing defense in the nation and they were sixth in total defense and seventh in scoring defense.“So despite all the injuries, you saw the ‘next man up’ play well and be put in a position by Todd Bowles to make plays,” he said.“Those are extraordinary numbers,” Jaws went on to talk about the Cardinals’ Monday Night Football performance. “And I know they’re numbers, but when you look at the tape and you see how they played, they played good, solid defense and that is an outstanding offensive team in San Diego.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_imgThose totals would be at a much more efficient rate. His pace of 140 targets on the season would be only his seventh highest total of the ten seasons that qualify. Some would attribute that to better quarterback play with Carson Palmer.Fitzgerald joins former Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on the list, who qualified as the “best head-coaching hire.” Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) While the Chris Johnson signing and other transactions by the Arizona Cardinals have been making the headlines, the contract restructuring of Larry Fitzgerald went under the radar.ESPN.com has changed that with its “Ten offseason moves that stand out” list and Fitzgerald made the cut.Best veteran contract resolution: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona CardinalsHigh salary-cap numbers made Fitzgerald’s contract a burden in Bruce Arians’ first couple seasons as head coach. The way Arians is featuring Fitzgerald suggests the coach has a greater appreciation for the franchise icon he inherited. Getting Fitzgerald’s contract situation settled this past offseason seemed like an important step. Fitzgerald has 55 receptions for 706 yards and seven touchdowns through eight games, putting him on pace to threaten career highs. He finished last season with 63 catches for 784 yards and two scores.The third overall pick in 2004 is making that move seem better week by week, as he is on his way to one of his best seasons ever. The former Pittsburgh star is currently on pace for his highest receiving yards total (1,412) since 2008 (1,431) and the highest receptions total (110) of his career. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   B-Train and Paige Dimakos take a look at the Rex Ryan-led Bills, Cardinals cornerback Marcus Cooper and Buffalo’s new offensive coordinator, Anthony Lynn, in this episode of Birdgang Breakdown. Top Stories The Buffalo Bills’ backs are up against the wall.How does that bode for the Arizona Cardinals?Bertrand Berry, host of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Off The Edge show and former Cardinals defensive end, doesn’t think Bruce Arians and Co. will come out flat on the road. There’s reason to believe they might considering the Bills’ urgency after an 0-2 start that came to a head with the firing of their offensive coordinator, Greg Roman.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more


first_img 6 Comments   Share   While several storylines will emerge from camp, the one everyone will be watching is the battle for the 53-man roster.Key dates to watch are Sept. 2, when clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive list prior to 1 p.m. There’s also the day after on Sept. 3 when the claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction expires at 9 a.m. and one hour later, teams may form their practice squad of 10 players. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Follow Mike Jurecki on Twitter (@mikejurecki) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here’s the fifth and final version of my 53-man roster projection:OFFENSE (25)QUARTERBACKS (3): Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine GabbertThe Cardinals will keep three quarterbacks on the active roster. Undrafted free agent quarterback Trevor Knight will handle the majority of the final preseason game.RUNNING BACKS (4): David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington, Elijhaa Penny.It looks like it will come down to Chris Johnson or Ellington for the final spot. T.J. Logan underwent wrist surgery and is likely out a total of 12 weeks. Depending on his recovery time he could return in Week 8 against the Rams in London.Undrafted free agent running back James Summers will likely get a heavy load in the final preseason game against the Broncos.RECEIVERS (7): Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams, Brittan Golden, Aaron Dobson.Jeremy Ross is fighting for a roster spot. Dobson has the ability to become a down-the-field threat because of his size and deceptive speed.Carlton Agudosi, Krishawn Hogan, Chris Hubert will likely be waived when cuts are announced and a couple could be options for the practice squad.TIGHT ENDS (3): Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas, Ifeanyi Momah INSIDE LINEBACKERS (5): Karlos Dansby, Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, Josh Bynes, Scooby Wright.It could come down to Bynes or Philip Wheeler for one spot. Wright will make the team strictly on special teams. Wheeler, Zaviar Gooden and Tre’Von Johnson are also competing for one of the inside linebacker spots.CORNERBACKS (4): Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel, Brandon Williams, Tramon WilliamsSAFETIES (5): Tyrann Mathieu, Antoine Bethea, Tyvon Branch, Budda Baker, Rudy Ford.Harlan Miller and Ford are competing the final safety spot. If Miller clears waivers he would be an option for the practice squad.SPECIALISTS (3): LS Aaron Brewer, K Phil Dawson, P Matt Wile. (The Cardinals are reportedly interested in Panthers punter Andy Lee)Matt Wile has the advantage going into the final preseason game and provides experience after being on the roster late in 2016. Arizona will continue to evaluate other punters.Players are eligible for the practice squad if they clear waivers. Teams are allowed to up to 10. Here are some likely candidates:TE Ricky Seals-JonesWR Krishawn HoganWR Carlton AgudosiS Rudy FordRB Elijhaa PennyCB Sojourn SheltonCB Gump HayesCB Ironhead GallonOT Ulrick JohnOT Givens Pricecenter_img Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watches his team during NFL football training camp, Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Momah is trending to secure a roster spot. Hakeem Valles, Gerald Christian and Ricky Seals-Jones are eligible for the practice squad. I believe the Cardinals will continue to look for another tight end after roster cutdown day.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8): D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Evan Boehm, Jared Veldheer, Cole Toner, Dorian Johnson, John WetzelCuts: Will Holden, Kaleb Johnson, Tony Bergstrom, Givens Price, Jonathan McLaughlin, Daniel Munyer. Ulrick John could be the odd man out at swing tackle.The Cardinals really like Munyer, who is a natural center with good size. Holden was a fifth-round pick.One or two could be options for the practice squad between Munyer, Holden, McLaughlin, Price, John or Johnson.DEFENSE (25)DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7): Frostee Rucker, Corey Peters, Josh Mauro, Rodney Gunter, Robert Nkemdiche, Olsen Pierre, Xavier WilliamsPasoni Tasini, David Moala, Peli Anau and Ed Stinson are all expected to be released, and the Cardinals will likely keep seven at the position. Tasini would a perfect fit for the practice squadOUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4): Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, Kareem Martin, Cap Capi (Looking at other outside linebackers)Jarvis Jones is a wild card considering all the time he’s missed. Terance Waugh and Alex Bazzie will need to show their worth in the final preseason game to garner a roster spot. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img 2 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The Jaguars had given up 31 points total in their four-game winning streak, but Arizona was undaunted. The Cardinals played well on the offensive and defensive lines. While the running game wasn’t dominant, it was productive enough to win. Blaine Gabbert committed two more fourth-quarter turnovers, but made plays when he had to — most notably, two great sideline throws to set up Phil Dawson’s game-winning 57-yard field goal.This was easily the Cardinals’ best and most satisfying win of the year, and maybe, just maybe, the foundation to build on with another division-leading team coming to Glendale next week.Dave Burns, Co-host of Burns & GamboAdmit it. When former Cardinals standout Calais Campbell picked up a Blaine Gabbert fumble and ran it in for a go-ahead touchdown, you thought, “that’s it, they’re done.” Maybe you didn’t, but I certainly did. Everything about that moment felt like not only a fitting conclusion for the game but a perfect summation of the season as well. Then something else happened.Gabbert to Jaron Brown for a 52-yard touchdown happened. Tyrann Mathieu, who had a terrific ballgame, came up with a timely pick. D.J. Foster happened, delivering a stunning sideline catch that moved the Cards closer to field goal range. And of course, Phil Dawson, who might not be on this team if it weren’t for a short week before the Seattle game, happened. His career-long, 57-yard field goal touched off an unlikely celebration. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact He also fumbled on a play that led directly to a Calais Campbell touchdown in the fourth quarter, but hey, nobody’s perfect right?Gabbert is still Arizona’s third-string quarterback, after all, though he might be moving up the depth chart. And he responded to the fumble by slinging a 52-yard touchdown strike to Jaron Brown just six plays later.Considering all the shaky QB play around the NFL this season, that means something. If you were drafting the 32 starting signal callers at this exact moment, Gabbert would probably already go ahead of 7-8 of them, wouldn’t he? Not bad, seeing as he wasn’t even active last month.Meanwhile, the defense made plays, led by a key Tyrann Mathieu interception late, plus a pair of sacks by Chandler Jones, who was disruptive all day. Arizona also limited Rookie of the Year candidate Leonard Fournette to a career-low 25 rushing yards.Of course, if you’re trying to win with defense, that typically means the special teams have to come up big as well. And that’s exactly what happened with Phil Dawson connecting on all four of his field goal attempts, including a 57-yarder with one second left.At 5-6, the Cards’ playoff outlook is still bleak, but at least they’re still fighting. And maybe I shouldn’t even go down this path but, if they had just found a way to beat the Seahawks two weeks ago, they’d actually be tied for the second wild card spot right now. Actually, nevermind. Let’s not think about that.​ The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Craig Grialou, reporterWhere to begin.The offense (Blaine Gabbert, Adrian Peterson and Ricky Seals-Jones), defense (Chandler Jones and Tyrann Mathieu) and special teams (Phil Dawson) all came to play Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium and did so against one of the better teams in the NFL.Call it a signature win: it’s just unfortunate that it’s Week 12 when the Cardinals finally performed like they expected to all year long.While everyone had a hand in the 27-24 victory, you really had to feel good for Dawson. He’s endured his fair share of criticism this season, and deservedly so, but he made good on all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner. Dawson has now made seven straight kicks, looking every bit the player the Cardinals targeted in the offseason.The question for Dawson and the rest of the roster is can they now build upon this effort in which all three phases play to expectations and avoid the tag of one-hit wonders. – / 51center_img Gabbert was good, but between the pick and the fumble certainly could have been better. I still want to see more. Chandler Jones was worth every penny on Sunday and Dawson’s Phil-Shank Redemption moment had to feel good. But the guy I’m left wondering about is Honey Badger. He finally had that​ game. The one we’ve all been waiting for and certainly the one the Cardinals paid for. How many more does he have to have for the Cardinals to pay for it again in the spring?John Gambadoro, Co-host of Burns & Gambo​There is no tanking in the NFL — at least not in Arizona. While many fans are rooting for Cardinals losses and a better draft position so they can pick their quarterback of the future, those plans were thwarted Sunday behind a hard-fought victory against a good Jacksonville team.If the Cardinals are to get one of the top three quarterbacks in the draft, it will very likely have to be done by moving up in the draft. It is and was highly unlikely that they would finish with a top-7 pick. The Cardinals had four wins with seven games left, and four of those games were at home. For a team that plays with pride, Arizona certainly wasn’t going to finish the season with only four wins. There were some good signs Sunday and not just Phil Dawson nailing a career-best, 57-yard field goal for the win. D.J. Foster made a remarkable sideline catch to set up that field goal. Ricky Seals-Jones continued to impress as the rookie had four more catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. With the Cardinals in need of a total revamp on offense — time to say goodbye to John Brown, J.J. Nelson, Troy Niklas, Jermaine Gresham and a few offensive lineman — it was good to see some young players take advantage of opportunities.Blaine Gabbert got the win but he almost gave it away twice — first the fumble that was returned for a touchdown then the interception. But Tyrann Mathieu bailed him out with a pick of his own, and the Honey Badger had a solid game as he fights to prove he belongs on the roster beyond this season. The Cardinals aren’t worrying about draft position — they are just trying to win some games. Sunday, they accomplished that goal.Luke Lapinski, Host of The Rundown with Luke LapinskiIf nothing else, the Blaine Gabbert Era has been interesting. After tossing three touchdowns in last week’s loss to the Texans, the former first round pick threw for two more scores and made some big plays with the game on the line, giving the Arizona Cardinals a last-second, 27-24 win over the visiting Jaguars. RELATED: Redemption ‘sweet’ for Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson | RecapOf course, you can get more reaction Monday starting at 6 a.m. with Doug & Wolf and continuing with The Blitz with Bertrand Berry & Mike Jurecki and Bickley & Marotta — who will both broadcast from the Cardinals practice facility in Tempe. Then, Burns & Gambo will wrap up the day’s analysis on your drive home from 2-6 p.m.Vince Marotta, Co-host of Bickley & MarottaBruce Arians entered his postgame press conference and before answering questions, issued a statement to my co-host, Dan Bickley.“Don’t bury us yet, Bick,” he said, smiling widely after a hard-fought, 27-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.The Cardinals would have been dead at 4-7 with games against the Rams and Titans looming. Now, at 5-6, the guys shoveling dirt on the team’s casket don’t have to stop altogether, but it’s probably a good time for them to take a lunch break.For the first time in 2017, and really since a Week 16 win over the Seahawks last season, Arians’ team has notched a win over a team with a pulse. And Jacksonville is so much more than that. The Jaguars came into University of Phoenix Stadium (for the first time ever, by the way) leading the AFC South with a 7-3 record and the subject of comparisons to the 1985 Chicago Bears — a Super Bowl champion with a defense that is regarded as one of the best in history. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 27-24. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) More production from youngsters, a few veterans playing up to the highs bars set for them and competent enough quarterback play.All that — not to mention a stellar defensive effort — led to the Arizona Cardinals completing their most impressive win of 2017, a 27-24 home victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars that came down to a big kick from veteran Phil Dawson.Here’s some quick reaction to the game from the staff of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station and ArizonaSports.com. 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first_imgMirroring nature’s ubiquitous Golden Ratio, Tri spirals ten unique suites around an island hill flanking Sri Lanka’s serene Lake Koggala. Living walls, green roofs, solar arrays, recycled wood and entirely local materials will unify accommodations and landscape. Creative experiences will stimulate body, mind and soul, proudly showcasing Sri Lanka’s finest ingredients, materials, services and facilities.At a glance guests can look forward to:10-suite sustainable luxury design hotel opening in mid 2015A hillside haven on Sri Lanka’s Lake Koggala, 25 minutes from Galle FortIngenious design inspired by the spirals of the ‘Fibonacci sequence’Eight suites, three with private pools, nestled into the landscape and a further two elevated on the top deck of the central water towerSpectacular 21m cantilevered pool with multiple decks and terracesExclusive access to Tri’s own Beach Club & Restaurant on Kabalana BeachTree-top Yoga Shala with treatment rooms and steam cavernLibrary, study and entertainment roomDining room/art gallery with private and communal seatingA contemporary, organic approach to Sri Lanka’s finest elements: food, materials, services, facilities and experiencesCultural and active immersions, from lake kayaking, beach trips to talks, temple visits and whale watchingGuests arrive by boat across Sri Lanka’s largest lake and unwind as they ascend the spiral hillside setting sown with accommodation suites, sequential spaces and central water tower.www.trilanka.com18 May 2015 Opening in Australian Spring 2015, Tri will be Sri Lanka’s first truly contemporary, sustainable luxury design hotel.last_img read more


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWorks on the runway at Bauerfield International Airport in Vanuatu have commenced according to schedule, with the first shipment of materials arriving at the airport.New Zealand company, Fulton Hogan, which was awarded the 56-day contract in February, has confirmed that repairs are on track to meet the completion deadline of 6 April 2016.Air Vanuatu, Fiji Airways and Aircalin are continuing all scheduled flights as normal to the airport while construction is in progress. The airlines remain satisfied, after each completing independent assessments and implementing continuous maintenance and monitoring, that the condition of the runway is safe to continue jet operations.Airlines that temporarily suspended flights last month will conduct assessments after the work is complete in April before confirming the recommencement of their flight schedules.Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) chief executive officer, Jason Rakau, said AVL has been working well with key stakeholders to ensure that works are carried out in a coordinated manner and without delay.“I can assure the public that the runway fix is top of AVL’s priorities right now and that all available resources are being made available to assist and to ensure that Fulton Hogan meets their deadline,” Mr Rakau said.“We are very happy with the great show of support so far from Air Vanuatu, Ifira Stevedoring, the Vanuatu Project Management Unit (VPMU), Vanuatu Customs and Inland Revenue, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV), the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU), and Vanuatu Terminal Services Limited (VTS), amongst other local organisations, and appreciate the assistance provided to the AVL and Fulton Hogan teams in getting things done on time.“I believe the tremendous show of support from local industry is a reflection of our nation’s strong commitment towards remedying the current situation without delay.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruise has announced a wealth of new and exotic itineraries as part of its 2017-18 Voyage Collection. Regent Seven Seas Cruises all-inclusive experience includes free unlimited shore excursions, fine wine and spirits, unlimited Wi-Fi, prepaid gratuities, ground transfers and luxury pre-cruise hotel stays.“The upcoming launch of Seven Seas Explorer and our US$125 million fleet-wide refurbishment programme will ensure our ships are the most luxurious sailing the oceans of the world,” said Jason Montague, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “If you couple our unrivalled inclusive luxury experience with the dramatic new itineraries just unveiled, our guests will find it is the perfect time to sail with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.”2017-18 Voyage CollectionThe four-ship fleet – Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager – will make more than 100 voyages during the 2017-18 season – including a rare summertime excursion through Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage. The 30-night Grand Northwest Passage journey aboard Seven Seas Navigator departs from Seward and explores rarely traversed islands, fjords, ports and passageways in Alaska, Canada and Greenland, before sailing along the St. Lawrence River to historic Quebec City and on to the final destination, Montreal.Also, 2017-18 includes additional departures from Los Angeles, increasing the number of voyages that visit the Hawaiian Islands, Mexican Riviera and traverse the Panama Canal. In fact, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Mariner will make a record eight crossings of the Panama Canal as part of this Voyage Collection. Also of note, Seven Seas Explorer will embark on its inaugural season in Northern Europe, and Seven Seas Voyager will return to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall.For 2017-18, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will call on more than 335 ports in 98 countries around the globe – including 35 ports never before visited by a Regent ship. Nearly one-third of the new ports are found on Seven Seas Navigator’s 30 night Northwest Passage voyage which departs 19 July 2017 and includes new destinations such as Homer, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Nome, Alaska; Herschel Island, Yukon; Tuktoyaktuk; Northwest Territories; Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut; Upernavik and Uummannaq, Greenland; Corner Brook, Newfoundland.2017-18 Voyage Collection highlights, by vessel, include the following:Seven Seas ExplorerIn honour of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 25th anniversary, in April 2017 Seven Seas Explorer will sail a delightful 10-night sojourn from Barcelona to Venice. Guests will enjoy a number of memorable events, such as dinners hosted by the line’s executives, a festive sail-away party, and a commemorative anniversary gift. After spending spring in the Mediterranean, Seven Seas Explorer will head north to the Baltic, meandering between iconic ports such as Copenhagen, Stockholm and Russia’s cultural centre of St. Petersburg.Seven Seas MarinerSeven Seas Mariner will spend the late spring and summer months embarking on several 7- to 11-night journeys throughout Alaska and along the coast of British Columbia. Fall will be spent observing the quaint sites of Nova Scotia and New England, before descending down the Atlantic Coast on the 14-night Autumn Foliage cruise, which travels from cool Montreal to sultry Miami – with numerous stops in between.Seven Seas NavigatorFollowing its 2017 World Cruise, Seven Seas Navigator will set sail for another once-in-a-lifetime journey across the fabled Northwest Passage. Guests looking for another Arctic experience can sail the 60-night Grand Arctic Journey. This cruise begins in Montreal and returns to New York, visiting dozens of ports throughout the North Atlantic and Europe along the way, from cosmopolitan Paris to the isolated port of Ísafjörður in northwest Iceland. On the other side of the world, Seven Seas Navigator will explore several Hawaiian Islands on the 18-night Leis &Luaus cruise, roundtrip from Los Angeles.Seven Seas VoyagerAfter spending the summer in Europe, Seven Seas Voyager sails to several exotic ports in the Middle East and Asia, such as Towering Skylines, a 12-night, late December voyage to some of the most fascinating cities in the Far East. Ports of call include Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Seoul (Incheon) and Beijing (Tianjin). In March 2018, the ship heads to Australia and New Zealand, including an 18-night Pristine Australian Peaks that will visit Auckland, Norfolk Island, Brisbane, Cairns and Bali along with several other Australian gems.As an additional Regent Seven Seas Cruises luxury inclusion, on select voyages guests can enjoy more time exploring the world’s most fascinating destinations with a free three-night, pre and post cruise land programme.  The Free Land inclusion is available on most of Seven Seas Voyager’s Asian cruises.  A couple such offering include the Temples of Angor Wat tour, a three-night adventure to discover the temples of the ancient Khmer Empire, and the Jewels of Hong Kong tour, a three-night exploration of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities.Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the only line to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port-of-call in every destination. For intrepid guests who wish to delve deeper into a region’s culinary culture, Gourmet Explorer Tours are offered on Seven Seas Explorer as part of the Regent Choice Shore Excursion packages. Gourmet Explorer Tours range from a nominal US$79 per guest up to US$799 per guest.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more