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April 3, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

April Fool’s Day was unusually confusing this year, falling on Easter Day – but the travel industry didn’t let the Easter bunny (or even the Easter bilby) get in the way of a spate of April Fool jokes.

Virgin Australia let the world know it had started offering Virgin Australia Spin Class, “the world’s first in-flight cycling studio”.

“We’ve partnered with Virgin Active to help our guests work up a sweat in the sky on long haul flights, and even earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for every kilometre they cycle, and enjoy exclusive change room and shower facilities to refresh before returning to their seat. Gear up to try Spin Class for yourself!”


Virgin Active Cycle Head Coach, Emma Masters said: “Each Spin Class has been designed to achieve optimal in-flight heart rate and maximum calorie after-burn in the case of the Jetlag Buster and Spin & Sleep classes. For those looking to relax, the Cruise in the Clouds options provides a more laid-back workout.”

As often, today’s April Fool joke may turn into tomorrow’s reality.

Perhaps 50 Shades of Wax will become reality. It’s the latest from Madame Tussauds Sydney, which announced on Sunday it was launching something new.

“Madame Tussauds Sydney is now home to the ‘50 Shades of Wax’ room – an adult-only experience that reveals what your favourite celebrities look like without their clothes on!”

Facebook readers reacted swiftly, some taken in by the jest and calling it “gross” and “tacky” – others outing it as an April Fool gag – and one or two hoping it was true.

The new experience was said to be open after hours, available to adults only. Tickets cost AUD 69 per person.

Not to be outdone, P&O Cruises revealed the “thrill-seeking activity of a lifetime” with the launch of “Walk the Wire” – touted as the world’s first tightrope walk between two cruise ships as they glide side-by-side on the Pacific Ocean.

The safety-harness-equipped activity involves a 30-metre walk from the top deck of Pacific Aria to sister ship Pacific Eden on a cable stretched 40-metres high above the sea.

Adrenaline-loving guests can take part in the ultimate balancing act during select cruises in 2019 when the two ships are sailing alongside each other off the coast of New South Wales.

A media release stated: “P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the launch of ‘Walk the Wire’ was aimed at Cruiselings with a sense of adventure and fun, particularly those who had conquered all of the activities at P&O’s signature adventure park at sea, The Edge, which includes walk the plank, a flying fox and funnel climb.

“Our many loyal guests have told us they’re looking for unique, high-energy experiences to make their cruise memorable and to capture that perfect holiday photo moment. So, we decided to give our fun-loving guests the ultimate onboard activity across two P&O ships.”

Sound plausible?

Walk the Wire

In 2019, we have a new experience that is sure to get your adrenalin going… Walk the Wire, the world's first tightrope walk between Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. Register your interest below – more will be revealed very soon:

Posted by P&O Cruises Australia on Saturday, March 31, 2018


Meanwhile, Jetstar reported: “We can’t believe our friends in Japan are getting away with this! Karaoke has taken off on JetstarJapan domestic flights 🎵 🎶 🎤

“Don’t miss out on this classic Japanese experience, now available at 30,000 feet.”

And here’s the proof!

Proof that April Fool’s Day has reached Japan, that is.

What the world really needs is virtual reality for cats – and Zoos Victoria is here to help. As part of its Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign, in partnership with RSPCA Victoria, it has inaugurated VR for cats. Obviously, the cats need to wear headsets. Then, off they go!

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, in an Australian-first, announced it is now providing staff with the option of a water desk.

“Effective from today, the new program will see staff donning their wetsuits and working from the aquarium’s feature tanks in a bid to diversify work arrangements and increase productivity.”

Media quoted general manager of Sea Life Sydney, Richard Dilly, saying staff were delighted.

“It’s time to bid farewell to standing desks. Humans have a natural affinity to water as it provides a sense of calm and clarity — two sentiments that are vital to productivity and worker satisfaction,” he said.

Just don’t try to recharge your phone at your desk.

Written by Peter Needham

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