Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

The newest ship in Royal Caribbean Oasis class, Allure of the Seas, offers unforgettable experience and definitely is something you have never seen before. It is the world’s largest cruise ship ever constructed, owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. In case that you haven’t heard yet about it, in summer 2015, Allure of the Seas will sail European waters, departing round trip from Barcelona and Civitavecchia near Rome.

The outstanding Allure of the Seas spans 16 decks, encompasses 220 000 gross registered tons, carries 5400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2700 staterooms. Like its sister Oasis of the Seas, Allure includes a novel neighborhood concept, which divides the ship into seven distinct spaces that range from the foliage-filled Central Park to the Boardwalk, with its handmade wooden carousel. The ship also features a theatre with 1380 seats, an ice skating rink which offers professionally produced ice shows, 25 dining options including the first Starbucks coffee shop at sea, a boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship, an outdoor park longer than a football pitch complete with over 12000 live plants and trees, a pool and sports deck feturing a zip line, nine-hole minigolf course, jazz clubs, comedy clubs, and many, many more.

There are a lot of beautiful shows you can see such as „Chicago,“ the second Broadway production offered by Royal Caribbean and new to the outdoor Aqua Theater is „Ocean Aria“, a show about an ancient race of sea people. Allure introduced Rita’s Cantina, Mexi-Cali beach bar with menu options like taco salad, chile rellenos, shrimp ceviche tostadas and much more. Absolutely incredible beach bar!

The first Guess boutique at sea, which sells the company’s designer handbags, luxury watches, shoes, jewellery and sunglasses is also available on the Allure. The ship celebrates youthful exuberance in the form of surf simulators, rock-climbing walls and some of the best children’s facilities at sea. As you can see, there are a lot of things you can try and in which you can enjoy while you spending your time on this gorgeous ship.

Allure of the Seas has more than 20 cabin categories, including cruising’s only „inward-facing“ balconies, show-stopping rooms that feature mammoth wraparound balconies overlooking the ship’s outdoor amphitheater, accommodations with a view of the sky and either Central Park’s greenery or the Boardwalk’s machinery, two-story Loft Suites and Aqua Theater Suites.
On July 7 Royal Caribbean International launched an innovative and first-of-its-kind approach to viewing cruise ships. Royal Caribbean is using Google Maps Business View to advertise the Allure of the Seas. Thanks to that, costumers will have an interactive experience allowing for a free exploration of this ship.


London’s iconic Gherkin skyscraper is put up for sale

One of London’s most recognisable buildings, the Gherkin skyscraper, has been put up for sale with a price tag of about £650 million.

The 40-storey skyscraper, officially called 30 St Mary Axe, was designed by Lord Foster of the Foster and Partners architectural firm, and opened in the City of London in 2004. The landmark office building is expected to attract interest from around the world.

The Gherkin was bought from Swiss Re in 2006 for £600 million by London based investment bank Evans Randall and German real estate group IVG Immobilien. Administrators Deloitte have appointed estate agents Savills and deloitte Real estate to sell the building.

The 180-meter (590-foot) tower is recognised as one of the more distinctive skyscrapers in the financial district of London. The Foster and Partners firm has worked on such renowned buildings as the renovated Reichstag in Berlin, London City Hall, and Wembley Stadium. The Gherkin is covered uniformly around the outside with glass panels and is rounded off at the corners. Open shafts were built in between each floor that act as ventilation for the building and they require no energy for use. These open shafts allow available sunlight to penetrate deep into the building to cut down on light cost. It houses about 20 firms, including reinsurer Swiss Re, Standard Life and the City studios for Sky News.

“This is a prestigious appointment on what is a globally recognised landmark building, which sits in the heart of London’s business core. The Central London commercial property market has benefited from improving market conditions over the course of the last few years,” said Stephen Down, head of central London investment at Savills.


First production ICON A5 Amphibian plane unveiled

ICON Aircraft unveiled the first production A5 amphibious light sport aircraft at EAA AirVenture on July 27, an aircraft the company refers to as Engineering Serial Number 1 (ESN-1). It took the company five months to build and it did its maiden flight in Tehachapi, California, and two more will be built.

“This is one of the most significant milestones to date for ICON. It represents the culmination of years of research, design, engineering, and manufacturing dedication by an outstanding team,” said ICON Aircraft Founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins. “The A5 is no longer a prototype or concept aircraft; it’s a sophisticated, production-ready, consumer-focused aircraft. The entire ICON team is pouring its heart and soul into bringing the A5 to our customers, and it shows in the truly exceptional execution of the product. I couldn’t be prouder.”

It weighs only 1510 lb (686.4 kg) thanks to its carbon composite waterproof hull and the lightweight 100 bhp Rotax 912 iS gasoline engine. The two-seater production model can reach a top speed of 105 kts (120 mph / 194 km/h) and have a range of 300 nautical miles (345 mile/555 km).

The wings can be folded, it can be fitted with an optional retracting landing gear and a huge parachute for increased safety. This the first A5 built from the production design, with production tooling, and using production methods and components.

ICON said they will start deliver the first units to clients in May 2015 for an estimated price of $189,000, planning to build 500 of them per year. Hawkins predicted it would take at least three years to deliver the 1,000 airplanes for which they already have orders. Production will occur at the company’s new facility in Vacaville, California.


Pure luxury: Lotus motorcycles’ C-01

Designed by Daniel Simon, new lightweight C-01 superbike is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin kolles.

Concept designer, author, and producer, with professional roots as a senior designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen, Daniel Simon, has done an amazing job again. He is best known for the ‘Lightcycle’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the Universal sci-fi hit ‘Oblivion’. I can freely say that this is one of the most beautiful motorcycle nowadays.

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. He said: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.” The bike’s geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles.

The limited edition (100 only) 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike. The world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.

This stunning piece of art was inspired by the legendary Lotus 49 Formula One car of the late 1960s. “Conventional bike design avoid most styling trouble with very modular thinking, meaning each part like a gas tank, seat, tail, and fairing have their own lives, even if they come together in great harmony,“ said Simon.


BMW I8 electric car

Futuristic BMW with perfect design and brilliant performances has arrived. BMW delivers the first versions of its new i8 sports car. The original Vision EfficientDynamics concept used a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, but the i8 makes use of a gas-fired turbo three-cylinder.

There is a three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox cranking out 231hp, then an electric motor that adds a further 131hp courtesy of a 5kW lithium battery position through the spine of the car, so when they are both humming they make 362bhp.

You can also run the i8 as a pure electric. BMW claims the i8 has a pure electric range of up to 23 miles and will do 75mpg maximum on batteries alone. Three basic driving modes are available ranging from pure-electric mode through standard and Sport.

Like the i3 its carbon body sits on top of an aluminium power pod. The i8′s bodywork is crafted from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic which is underpinned by an aluminium subframe with plastic body panels that are reinforced with carbon-fibre. Inside, the i8 there is more future-tech 8.8-inch display screen for reporting road and engine speed, as well as battery and fuel levels. Standard features include leather upholstery, full LED headlights, professional navigation system, cruise control, front and rear park distance control and head-up display.

Front seat passengers are cocooned in luxury with a tasteful combination of leather and the driving position is low, as is the car’s centre of gravity which benefits its handling. There are two diminutive rear seats, with a pocket-sized boot these seats are better put to use as additional luggage space.

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Unusual and often unprecedented materials in timepieces, many drawn from the worlds of automobiles and aeronautics are typical in the production of watches when we talk about Richard Mille. The RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1 Team-Romain Grosjean is an automatic flyback chronograph and features the colours of the autonomous British racing team.

Richard Mille has introduced another new material to watchmaking – NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon with the RM 011 NTPT Carbon. NTPT carbon has quickly become very popular in nautical circles after the material was used to create the black sails of the 2007 America’s Cup winner Alinghi. The sails manufactured from this substance are highly resistant and light. The case of RM 011 Lotus F1 is in NTPT carbon, a material exclusive to Richard Mille consisting of over 600 layers of carbon fibers. Lotus F1 Team logo decal under 12 o’clock, while RM 011 R. Grosjean is indicated in gold between 7 and 8 o’clock.

The brand’s RM 011 Flyback Chronograph watch has a case made of NTPT carbon. This material which is composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers, has also been used for Formula 1 car chassis for the last two racing seasons, and in aeronautics for the fuselage of the future Solar Impulse 2 aircraft.

The 50mm x 40mm (at its widest point) x 16.15mm (at its thickest point) black NTPT carbon case and the gold pushpieces, crown and numerals represent the colors of Lotus’ historic black and gold livery. The openworked dial features hours and minutes, an oversize date display under 12 o’clock, a 60-munute countdown timer at 3 o’clock, a central chronograph hand for the tachymeter scale, a month display between 4 and 5 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The RM 011 in NTPT was created exclusively for Grosjean. But don’t worry because fans of Team Lotus will be able to purchase the equally-new RM 50-01 Tourbillon Chronograph G-Sensor Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean.


Twizzle Yacht

Twizzle was built in 2010 by the prestigious Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman with a vision to combine luxury and high performance sailing of a motor yacht. This elegant 57.5m flybridge is the yard’s first yacht completely styled, inside and out, by the talented team of Redman, Whiteley Dixon – with interior decor from Todhunter Earle Associates.

Twizzle is winner of numerous coveted industry awards including 2011 Showboats Design Awards for ‘Interior Design: Sailing Yachts’ and received a special Commendation at the World Superyacht Awards 2011 for ‘Best Sailing Yacht: 45m+’.

Justin Redman and Emily Todhunter designed stylish and comfortable accommodation abaft the engine room and crew forward. Above the engine room you can find the dining area, the main gallery which is situated on a mezzanine deck with a pilothouse on the raised deck and she also offers a panoramic sight from the spacious forward deck salon. The forward salon doubles as a theatre lounge and an informal dining room. The master suite directly leads onto a private sunken aft deck cockpit, perfect for relaxation day or night in the cool sea breeze.

Every detail of the interior is equally fascinating as its exterior, decoration was in the hands of the London-based Todhunter Earle Group, known for their interior design of residences and hotels. Twizzle offers 4 cabins accommodating a total of 11 crewmembers.

Twizzle promises extraordinary performance and carries 1,780m² of sail. Glass cockpit bridge has active glass panels and multiple screens, trackball and joystick controls with fully integrated navigation/communications data and monitoring system.

Superyacht Twizzle is fitted with a Caterpillar C32 Acert, B-rating, 970kW at 2100 rpm main engine powering her up to a speed of maximum 17 knots. Her range is 4000 nautical miles at 12 knots boat speed


Michael jackson’s neverland ranch will be put on the market

King of Pop, Michael Jackson, transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. His Neverland ranch in California will soon be put on the market.

The property is currently managed by Colony Capital firm, which took over Neverland’s estimated $23 million debt from Jackson himself in late 2007. Thomas Barrack Jr of Colony Capital said: “We’ve really just been custodians of an irreplaceable estate and are proud to say we’ve restored it to the original elegance Michael first envisioned. We are now considering putting it up for sale.”

Neverland, named by Jackson after the island in J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan, a boy who never grows up, featured a private amusement park and zoo on its grounds. Luxury property prices have been soaring recently in California and experts said Neverland could fetch up to $60 million. The 2,680-acre (1,085-hectare) property is in the Santa Ynez Valley, a region known for wineries where the 2004 film “Sideways” was set.

Jackson acquired the ranch from golf-course entrepreneur William Bone in 1988. Neverland has 22 buildings, including a mansion, guesthouses and several apartments. There’s also an amusement park with a roller coaster and Ferris wheel, a railroad, a movie theater, a deluxe French-style country home, two railroads and numerous water fountains. But with most of the amusement park rides dismantled and Jackson’s personal effects sold at auction years ago.

Officials with the Jackson estate issued a statement: “We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect the historical importance and special nature of this wonderful property. Michael’s memory lives on in the hearts of his fans worldwide.”


Toyota FV2 concept

The entire auto industry is changing rapidly and there are a lot of outstanding futuristic concepts that are still waiting for the final production. Toyota’s FV2 concept has made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. FV2 is designed to capture the spirit of Toyota’s fun-to-drive philosophy.

The FV2 – which stands for “Fun Vehicle 2″ has a “mood-based” mirrored exterior that constantly moves and shifts colours and patterns. By incorporating technology from the Toyota Heart Project, a research programme that enhances communication between humans and artificial intelligence, the FV2 has been designed to connect to the driver emotionally. “A car must appeal to our emotions. If it’s not fun, it’s not a car,” Toyota president Akio said.

This fantastic futuristic car accumulated driving history to suggest destinations and driving skill information to assist the user.

The Toytoa FV2 is operated by the driving shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back, left and right. The driver stands while in the vehicle, and shifts his weight to steer. Actually it’s like riding a horse. The FV2 comes with three wheels, and no steering wheel. And once inside, the driver operate the car without lifting a finger — relying on speech-controlled directions instead.

It’s hard to imagine something like this on the street, but it would be definitely more than fun to drive this extremely unusual car.


Honda NM4 Vultus

Honda has announced a new motorcycle – the limited edition NM4. It combines Japanese manga styling with existing Honda underpinnings.

“The NM4 Vultus exists because of a passion from deep within our company. We wanted to create something special, not just in the two-wheeled world, but truly unique in the whole world – a machine that engages a human soul like no other ” , says Mr Keita Mikura, NM4 Vultus Project Leader, Honda Motor Company.

Honda’s 2015 NM4 is powered by the NC700X’s 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine.
The bike also features a digital LCD dash with a gear position indicator, full LED lighting, plus a wide 200mm rear tire and an instrument display that can be illuminated in 25 different colors and the NM4’s mega comfortable seat is a super-low (25.6 inches). The rear pillion seat flips upright when not in use, locking to provide the rider with a secure backrest and almost fighter pilot riding position. Its angle can be adjusted through 3 positions and it slides back/forward 25mm through four settings, to fine-tune cockpit comfort.

There are also three modes of operation:
- MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons.
- Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency.
- Automatic S mode is sportier and the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, giving greater performance.

Honda has announced that it will begin selling a production version called the NM4, priced at $10,999. Only one paint option will be available – matt black.