Princess Cruises announces 2024 Alaska Season

Princess Cruises has announced its summer 2024 Alaska cruises and cruisetours are now on sale. 

When visiting Alaska, guests choose Princess Cruises more than any other cruise line to set their sights on untamed wilderness, majestic glaciers, close-up wildlife and Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. Moreover, Princess Cruises takes more guests to Glacier Bay National Park than any other cruise line. 

The 2024 season marks the 55th anniversary for Princess Cruises sailing in Alaska and seven ships are scheduled to depart from four home ports – San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, and Anchorage (Whittier). In addition, guests can experience more of Alaska by combining the line’s signature “Voyage of the Glaciers” cruise itinerary with various land tour options, staying at exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges.

“As the leading cruise line in Alaska, we deliver unforgettable holidays and we’re also the most recommended line by travel advisors to their trusted clients,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “We’re celebrating our 55th anniversary in 2024 cruising to this must-see destination, so whether it’s your first or fifth time visiting Alaska, we are ready to help guests make inspiring memories to last a lifetime.”

Highlights of the 2024 Alaska season include:

Cruises

  • The Alaska 2024 season includes 158 departures on 14 unique itineraries with 17 destinations, including five glacier viewing experiences on seven ships.
  • The season features 86 visits to Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Three ships – Royal Princess, Sapphire Princess (departing Saturdays), and Grand Princess (departing Wednesdays) – sail the “Voyage of the Glaciers” itinerary featuring two glacier-viewing experiences on each cruise. In addition, northbound voyages include a “More Ashore” late-night stay in Juneau.
  • Two ships – Discovery Princess (newest Princess ship) and Majestic Princess – depart from Seattle on Saturdays and Sundays for seven-night “Inside Passage” cruises and include “More Ashore” late-night stays in Juneau.
  • Crown Princess departs from San Francisco on 11-night “Inside Passage” cruises and offer guests the unique opportunity of sailing under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Ruby Princess sails roundtrip from Vancouver on seven-night “Inside Passage” cruises, with many departures including sailing Glacier Bay National Park.

Cruisetours

  • For guests looking to explore more of Alaska, Princess Cruises offers a variety of cruisetours combining a seven-night “Voyage of the Glaciers” cruise with an extended three to 10 nights on land, staying at the cruise line’s exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges. All cruisetours include a visit to Alaska’s top-two attractions – Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park.
  • Cruisetours also offer the scenic opportunity to experience Princess’ “Direct-to-Wilderness” rail service, departing directly from the ship in Whittier all the way to the Denali area for more time in the wilderness.
  • Back by popular demand, the 17-night Ultimate Princess Connoisseur cruisetour, features two nights at each one of the five Princess Wilderness Lodges, on the doorsteps of legendary national parks including Kenai Fjords and Wrangell St. Elias and Denali National Park.

Award-Winning, Authentic Experiences Onboard, Ashore and On Land

Onboard and ashore, the award-winning “North to Alaska” enrichment programme brings together local personalities, culture and Alaska seafood to immerse guests in the history and traditions of the Great Land. Highlights include:

  • Puppies in the Piazza (Skagway) – guests get up close and personal with sled dog puppies.
  • “Wild for Alaska Seafood” – industry-first, location-based seafood initiative in partnership with three fisheries with a commitment to environmentally responsible practices, making them some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world. Guests can select from 30 Alaska seafood dishes with featured items every night in all main dining rooms, serving varieties of salmon, cod, halibut, Dungeness crab wild spot prawns and razor clams.
  • Exclusive Treehouse – Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge features a rustic treehouse on the property, featured on Treehouse Masters, where guests can explore and catch a glimpse of Denali.
  • Top shore excursions include flightseeing and landing on glaciers, musher’s camp and dog-sledding experience, whale watching, discovering glaciers by helicopter, fishing with the opportunity to “Cook My Catch” onboard or at the lodges and a remote wildlife and brown bear search.
  • Onboard Jr. Ranger Program for youth and Glacier Bay Park Rangers and Naturalists to offer colorful commentary to bring scenic beauty to life.

More information about Princess Cruises in Alaska can be found at www.princess.com/alaska.

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Princess Cruises Sun Princess to Feature the Brand’s Most Exciting & Contemporary Spaces

Here comes Sun Princess! Princess Cruises has revealed a first glimpse of the most contemporary and state-of-the-art designs imaged yet onboard Sun Princess – “The Love Boat” line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship ever built and scheduled to debut in early 2024. With bright designs inspired by rays of sunlight and next-level expanded spaces, guests are in for an extraordinary cruise experience including a showstopping Arena theatre and stunning three-story dining venue – a first for Princess.

“With the construction of any new ship, we have the incredible opportunity to design standout spaces with our guests’ preferences in mind,” said John Padgett. “With the new platform and size of Sun Princess, we’re uniquely able to refresh venues we know our guests love and expand upon, redesign and elevate them to the next level. We know our sun-inspired designs will exceed expectations and elevate the entire Princess experience.”

A first for Princess, the Horizons Dining Room introduces a stunning three-story dining venue. This newly envisioned space is open and flexible, featuring dining options to suit every mood. Stunning wake views and natural light highlight a decorative sculpture that stretches from deck 6 to deck 8. The three decks will each have their own personalities, offer different dining experiences and range in levels of formality.

Contemporary and versatile, the Princess Arena is an evolution and the most technologically advanced Princess Theatre design. Upon entering, guests will be drawn to a stunning visual above the central stage which can become part of the show. A radical ceiling accentuates the Arena’s in-the-round configuration with soft curved walls that allude to the movement of the tide. With moveable seats and capacity of a little more than 1,000 people, three configurations will maximise sight lines, as technological capabilities deliver a truly captivating experience.

Additional signature favourites with new designs and décor scheduled to debut onboard Sun Princess in early 2024, include:

Alfredo’s Pizzeria – This charming favourite that has been named “Best Pizza at Sea” will once again have an open kitchen design, allowing guests to watch as the chefs create pizza by hand and serve them straight out of them oven. New to the kitchen is a professional, open-mouth oven that reaches 968 degrees, allowing chefs to create truly authentic contemporary Neapolitan pizza. Guests will enjoy an authentic experience comparable to one they would receive when travelling to Italy.

Princess Casino – The largest Princess casino in both size and number of gaming positions will be in the Piazza, giving guests easy access to their favourite betting games. The spacious floorplan ensures guest comfort and entertainment, and with over 200 of the newest and most popular slots and video poker games, there is something for everyone.

Crown Grill – A favourite of Princess guests who enjoy a perfectly grilled steak, Crown Grill on Sun Princess takes this iconic space and modernises it with a classic steakhouse feel weaved with modern touches. Inviting leather booths, circular seating and modern artwork custom designed for this restaurant will welcome guests in for an unforgettable dinner experience. Plus, guests can enjoy views of their food being prepared in the largest show galley on a Princess ship.

Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria – Serving a modern, casual but elegant Italian dining experience, the newly imagined Sabatini’s unique handmade pasta courses will be prepared fresh daily. A crisp, tailored, geometric design that also will feature a pasta room for guests to marvel at the pasta-making process. The restaurant is designed with intimate bistro-style nooks and a dramatic circular main room.

Princess Live! – Combining the design elements of Princess Live! and Explorer’s Lounge, guests on Sun Princess will enjoy participatory, signature cruise activities like game shows, trivia and the daily Wake Show. Luxurious textures and materials will be featured on a mixture of comfortable loose and fixed lounge seating with full beverage service, an inviting semi-open façade, and large LED screen on stage. Guests can easily move from Princess Live! to enjoy a meal or cocktail with the close proximity to restaurants and cocktail lounges, bridging a seamless integration of entertainment and bar concepts.

The Shops of Princess – With five retail locations, plus an art gallery, The Shops of Princess get a makeover on Sun Princess and guests can expect the same great experience, just more of it. Modern, elegant boutiques connect fluidly, featuring interactive experiences. Guests can shop easily from space to space featuring Princess logo merchandise, a lifestyle boutique, a new bazaar featuring destination-specific selections, plus jewellery, watches, cosmetics fragrances and a modern art gallery.

Additional spaces with new designs, signage and décor will include Crooner’s, Wheelhouse Bar, International Cafe, Good Spirits and Gelateria.

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the largest Princess ship ever constructed, accommodating 4,300 guests, embraces Italian heritage by featuring a newly designed, brand-iconic Piazza and The Dome, a cutting-edge entertainment space inspired by the terraces of Santorini. While introducing a completely new class of ships for the cruise line, Sun Princess also remains true to the smooth clean lines and design aesthetics of the cruise line’s famous Seawitch icon and popularised in the original “Love Boat” TV series.

Sun Princess will also feature the exclusive Princess Medallion experience that will extend Princess’ leadership position in delivering exceptional and custom experiences at unmatched scale, offering guests personalised service only previously found on the industry’s smallest ships.

Part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising focus, Sun Princess will be the first Princess ship and one of 11 new vessels in the corporate fleet powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest fossil fuel.

The 2024 Sun Princess inaugural cruise season in the Mediterranean is on sale now. More information can be found at http://www.princess.com.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Celebrates Float Out of Seven Seas Grandeur

The culmination of a 30-year Heritage of PerfectionSeven Seas Grandeur floated from the building dry dock on January 26, 2023, marking a major construction milestone. Luxury travellers can see the moment the traditional good luck champagne bottle was shattered against her hull during the float out ceremony here.

“While our new ships are always highly anticipated, Seven Seas Grandeur has proven to be so popular, we had to create an additional sailing for her inaugural season,” said Andrea DeMarco, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The incredible reception for Seven Seas Grandeur is a testament not only to the strong demand for luxury cruising but also for Regent’s position as the leader in this space with every luxury included, unmatched hospitality, and unrivalled space at sea. We are excited and immensely proud to welcome guests on board Seven Seas Grandeur later this year.”

Orsinja Myshku, Senior Controller of Ancona shipyard’s Economic Administration and Control Office, served as madrina of the ceremony, cutting a ribbon following a prayer by the shipyard chaplain. The dry-dock of Seven Seas Grandeur was then flooded, officially completing the ceremony. The event was attended by Regent’s Senior Director of Sales, EMEA, Gabriella Fonzo who thanked Fincantieri for their partnership and collaboration.

Regent’s sixth ship and latest addition to The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™Seven Seas Grandeur will set sail in November 2023, cruising 18 incredible voyages in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, as well as two fascinating transatlantic crossings, all ranging from seven to 16 nights in length. The inaugural voyage collection includes a new maiden sailing – added due to strong demand – which spends seven nights discovering the Adriatic and Western Mediterranean from Venice (Trieste), Italy to Barcelona, Spain.

Now afloat at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, final-stage construction on Seven Seas Grandeur will focus on her lavish suites, elegant lounges, and exquisite restaurants that will all embody Regent’s Heritage of Perfection.

About Seven Seas Grandeur

Inspired by the past and stunningly reimagined for the future, Seven Seas Grandeur will exemplify Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Heritage of Perfection with unrivalled space, unparalleled service, exceptional cuisine, and transformative experiences for guests as soon as they step on board. With a gross tonnage of 55,500 and only 746 guests, Seven Seas Grandeur will provide among the highest space and staff to guest ratios in the industry.

Designed by the award-winning Studio DADO, her refined style, matchless elegance, and breath-taking beauty will exceed the expectations of discerning travellers. On board, guests will find restaurants Prime 7, Chartreuse, and a captivatingly reimagined design for signature restaurant Compass Rose. From the palatial, $11,000-a-night Regent Suite, to the contemporary, yet timeless, Distinctive Suites, to the beautifully appointed Spacious Suites, Seven Seas Grandeur features 15 stunning accommodation categories. Seven Seas Grandeur will also be home to a multi-million-dollar art collection, the Pièce de Résistance of which will be a custom designed masterpiece – Journey in Jewels – the first Fabergé Egg to permanently reside at sea.

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Sail Croatia Launches Zen-sational Sailing and Wellness Experience

Sail Croatia has launched its first Wellness Croatia Cruise, offering a blissful balance of exploration and exercise over one incredible week.

As if sailing around azure waters and visiting Croatia’s scenic towns wasn’t peaceful enough… when guests aren’t exploring, they will have the opportunity to enjoy yoga, sound healing and meditation classes, both onboard and in the iconic locations the ship visits.

The Wellness Croatia Cruise offers seven stunning stops around the Dalmatian coastline on its Split Return South itinerary, which includes waterfront dining in the seaside town of Makarska, visiting the medieval city of Dubrovnik and discovering the beautiful islands of Mljet and Hvar.

Departing Split on 29th April 2023, the seven-night sailing includes:

  • 1 sunrise yoga onboard
  • 1 sunrise yoga inside a 16th Century Spanjola Fortress in Hvar
  • 1 sunset yoga overlooking beautiful Split
  • 1 sound healing class
  • 1 meditation class
  • 1 guided hike through Stari Grad
  • Certified Yoga Instructor onboard

Plus seven nights’ accommodation, buffet breakfast and three course lunch daily, Tour Manager, Wi-Fi and Captain’s dinner onboard the stunning Salve Di Mare.

Salve Di Mare is one of the most luxurious vessels in the Sail Croatia fleet. This custom-built ship features a splash pool, multiple sun deck areas, and generous spaces to socialise and relax.

Regular swim stops are available during the sailing, and a number of optional excursions are on offer, including buggying in Korcula, bike riding or kayaking in Mljet and canyoning or rafting in Omis.

Sail Croatia Director, Grant Seuren, explains “We’ve seen incredible growth in our active holidays over the past few years. Cycle and Hike cruises are growing year on year and this demand from guests to support their quest for wellness, as well as luxurious relaxation, has led us to launch our first focused wellness holiday. We can’t imagine a better backdrop for sunrise yoga than the stunning Croatian coastline.”

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Type: Wellness Croatia Cruise

Ship: Salve Di Mare

Itinerary: Split Return South

Departure Date: April 29th, 2023

Duration: Seven nights

Calls at: Makarska, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Hvar, Stari Grad, Split

What’s included: Seven nights’ accommodation, Tour Manager, 3 yoga sessions, 1 sound healing class, 1 meditation class, 1 guided hike, buffet breakfast daily, three-course lunch daily, Captain’s dinner and wi-fi

Price: From £909pp (based on twin share)

For more information go to www.sail-croatia.com/specials/wellness-croatia-cruise or call 0204 525 7534.

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Cruising With Susan Calman’ On The Rhine With Nicko Cruises

Nicko Cruises will feature across two episodes of Channel 5’s ‘Cruising with Susan Calman’ being screened at 8pm on Friday 27th January and Friday 3rd February. Susan cruised the Rhine on a ‘Highlights of Germany and Holland’ itinerary, onboard nicko’s ultra-modern, stylish nickoSPIRIT, a beautiful vessel accommodating 170 passengers.

In episode one, the Scottish comedian cruises through Germany and the Netherlands, boarding in Frankfurt with the first stop the fashion capital of Germany, Dusseldorf with the programme ending in with a canal trip in Amsterdam. In episode two, the voyage takes in the historic, picturesque town Enkhuizen, where Susan buys a pair of traditional clogs; Rotterdam with its famous windmills and where Susan went cycling and there were also visits to Nijmegen and Bonn.

Onboard nickoSPIRIT footage showed off the light flooded, elegant interior and Susan admired the spacious cabins with lowerable panoramic fronts.  The inimitable Susan chatted and socialised with passengers and befriended some fellow Brits on excursions, including one to the famous Keukenhof Gardens with its 7 million spring-flowering bulb displays.

Light Blue Travel represents nicko Cruises in the UK and their MD Rupert Thomson said: “It was a great pleasure to host Susan and the crew from ‘Cruising with Susan Calman’ on nickoSPIRIT.  The programmes are a wonderful showcase for nicko cruises and the superb river cruising product the company offers on the rivers of Europe; the cruise line is already very well known in Germany and the UK market is growing rapidly, thanks to the increase in the number of international / English speaking cruises now offered.” 

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Similar to the cruise featured in ‘Cruising with Susan Calman’ is a Middle Rhine Valley cruise – 8 days Frankfurt – Strasbourg – Cochem – Frankfurt  cruise, onboard nickoSPIRIT.

19th May departure priced from £1,965 pp 

includes flights (or no-fly rail option), all meals onboard, unlimited drinks, 4 guided excursions, gratuities, port fees and taxes.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and marine charity ORCA celebrate 4,400 wildlife sightings aboard fleet

Guests aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet made more than 4,400 wildlife sightings with the help of marine wildlife charity ORCA in 2022.

It came as part of ORCA’s Cruise Conservationist programme, hosted aboard the Fred. Olsen fleet.

The most frequent wildlife spotted was the common dolphin, sighted 296 times – with the total number of individual dolphins spotted being 1,996. Other sightings included humpback whales, orca, a blue whale and even the deepest diving animal known, the elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale, which can dive to depths of nearly 3,000m.

The ORCA Cruise Conservationist programme is a unique whale and dolphin monitoring project, which uses the data collected during these cruises to identify and monitor whale and dolphin populations around the world.

James Moss, Journey Experience Co-ordinator at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Spotting native wildlife is something that makes a holiday truly special, and we have a really unique opportunity as a cruise line to be able to offer guests the chance to have this experience directly from the deck as they sail between destinations.

“It has been a real privilege to work with ORCA this year, with their team of Ocean Conservationists helping our guests not only to spot marine mammals, but to learn more about the wildlife they spot and to play a part in capturing important data too.

“We’re looking forward to another successful year working together in 2023.”

Steve Jones, Director of Fundraising & Operations at ORCA, said:

“These sightings show the absolutely phenomenal range of habitats that our Ocean Conservationists can study aboard Fred. Olsen itineraries, monitoring areas that it would be otherwise impossible to reach.

“The data we’ve collected in 2022 will help give us important insights into the lives of these whales, dolphins and porpoises, and we can understand better than ever the protections they need to safeguard them for future generations.

“A huge thank you to everyone at Fred. Olsen for welcoming our teams on board, and also to the thousands of guests who lent us their eyes during our time at sea in 2022 – I’m sure we will see many of you in 2023 and beyond!”

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be welcoming ORCA’s Cruise Conservationists on board a further 16 sailings in 2023. Highlights of these include:

Bolette’s 10-night T2307 ‘Uncrowded Iceland’ cruise, departing from Newcastle on 27th March 2023. 

Prices start from £1,299 per person.
Itinerary: Newcastle, England – Reykjavík, Iceland (overnight stay) – Cruising Eyjafjörður, Iceland – Akureyri, Iceland (overnight stay) – Seyðisfjörður, Iceland – Tórshavn, Faroe Islands – Newcastle, England
For more details: Visit Bolette‘s T2307 ‘Uncrowded Iceland’ cruise

Bolette’s seven-night T2313 ‘Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland’ cruise, departing from Newcastle on 13th May 2023.

 Prices start from £1,099 per person.
Itinerary: Newcastle, England – Cruising by Duncansby Sea Stacks, Scotland – Cruising by Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Island, Scotland – Cruising by Marwick Head, Orkney Islands, Scotland – Stornoway, Scotland (anchor port) – Loch Broom, Scotland – Portree Isle of Skye, Scotland (anchor port) –  Cruising Loch Torridon, Scotland – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland – Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland (anchor port) – Newcastle, England
For more details: Visit Bolette‘s T2313 ‘Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland’ cruise

Balmoral’s 15-night L2317 ‘Rugged and Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun’ cruise, departing from Rosyth on 19th July 2023. 

Prices start from £2,199 per person.
Itinerary: Rosyth, Edinburgh, Scotland – Åndalsnes, Norway – Cruise Nærøysundet, Norway – Cruising Torghatten, Norway – Cruising Seven Sister Mountain Range, Norway – Cruising Trollfjord, Norway – Cruise Tjeldsundet Strait, Norway – Cruising by Djevelen Tanngard, Norway – Tromsø, Norway – Honningsvåg, Norway – Cruise North Cape, Norway – Cruise by Bear Island, Norway – Pyramiden, Norway – Cruise by Nordenskiöldbreen, Norway – Cruising Tempelfjorden, Norway – Longyearbyen, Norway – Sortland, Vesterålen, Norway – Cruising by Black Glacier, Norway – Cruising Nordfjorden, Meloy, Norway – Kristiansund, Norway – Rosyth, Edinburgh, Scotland
For more details: 
Visit Balmoral‘s L2317 ‘Rugged and Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun’ cruise.

Bolette’s 15-night T2327 ‘Volcanic Islands of the Canaries, Azores and Madeira’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 14th October 2023. 

Prices start from £1,999 per person.
Itinerary: Southampton, England – Praia Da Vitoria, Portugal – Ponta Delgada, Portugal – Santa Cruz De La Palma, Spain – Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Spain – San Sebastian, Spain – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – Southampton, England
For more details: 
Visit Bolette’s T2327 ‘Volcanic Islands of the Canaries, Azores and Madeira’ cruise.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ORCA sailings, visit the Travel Agent Centre at www.fredolsencruises.com/agent, search for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – Trade Team on Facebook, or call the Trade Support Team on 01473 746164

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Cunard to offer legendary Rocky Mountaineer train tours for guests visiting Alaska this summer

Cunard is offering guests joining Queen Elizabeth in Alaska this summer the opportunity to experience the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer train through the spectacular Canadian Rockies.

Depending on their sailing date, guests will either be able to extend their Alaska voyage with a three-night post-cruise Rocky Mountaineer package or a four-night tour before embarking on Queen Elizabeth in Vancouver. Packages will be on sale from Tuesday 24 January 2023 at 9am UK time.

While the three-night tour takes guests on an eastbound journey from Vancouver to Calgary, the four-night tour goes the opposite direction and gives guests an additional day of sightseeing in Banff, where the highlight is a spectacular trip on the Banff Gondola.

Guests travelling on the legendary Rocky Mountaineer train – the only passenger rail service on this historic rail route – will experience expansive glass-dome windows and luxurious coaches. Breath-taking 180-degree panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, shimmering lakes and winding canyons are offered from all angles. Renowned for its GoldLeaf Service, Rocky Mountaineer offers an on board dining room where guests can indulge in culinary delights inspired by the region with a new 2023 menu as well as a full complimentary bar service.

Sture Myrmell, President, Carnival UK, said: “We are thrilled to be able to provide guests an opportunity to combine a luxury cruise on board Queen Elizabeth that takes in the finest views of Alaska by sea, with a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer taking in the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies by train. With the exceptional service and fine dining, Rocky Mountaineer is a wonderful addition to a Cunard voyage and we know our guests will be delighted to have an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular surroundings in style.” 

Queen Elizabeth’s summer in Alaska is set to be a season full of adventure and discovery, with an Insights Programme featuring Bear Grylls and a host of other iconic explorers. Other highlights on board include the Alaska Afternoon Tea, the elegant Ice White Ball and a new dining concept called Frontier, which offers a taste of Alaska.

To book a voyage in Alaska this summer, visit www.cunard.com. To extend your voyage with one of these Rocky Mountaineer packages, call the Contact Centre on 0344 338 8641.

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Celebrity Cruises’ Top Destination picks for 2023

The tree decorations are down, endless amounts of chocolate have been eaten and its back to work, whilst we dream of brighter and better days, including those that include travelling to bucket list locations across the globe. 

Celebrity Cruises invites travellers to embark on a trip of a lifetime in 2023, with over 45 overnight stays in 11 different cities in Europe alone, and countless opportunities to unwind and disconnect around the world. Unwind and unlock countless opportunities to disconnect around the world in jaw-dropping destinations, offered by Celebrity Cruises’ unforgettable experiences across its acclaimed fleet of luxury ships, which are destinations in themselves.

Celebrity Cruises award-winning ships are returning to Europe in 2023, with more seven-night itineraries than ever before across three Edge Series ships sailing from Amsterdam, Rome, and Barcelona.

With precious memories awaiting at new remarkable destinations, the luxury cruise line invites guests to experience the ultimate comfort of an award-winning resort-at-sea, with a 75% discount for the second guest, a saving of up to £800 per room plus an onboard spend of up to $800 per room, which guests can spend as they choose, such as on Celebrity Cruises’ wellness offering, which is on par with the top spa resorts on land, or culinary excellence across the fleet’s world-class restaurants. Together with more ways to explore new stunning destinations, guests can access this unmissable offer when making a booking until 01 March 2023 on selected sailings until 30th April 2025.

Plus, Celebrity Cruises has just announced an exclusive air offer, allowing guests to fly to Europe from £99 per person. When booking between 06 January 2023 and 01 March 2023, guests will access reduced return flights – from £99 on selected sailings between April and July 2023 and £149 on selected sailings from August through to December – on top of the existing offer of savings up to £800 on the price of the holiday.

Take advantage of this brilliant offer this summer, and sail with Celebrity in June to kickstart Celebrity Cruises’ annual Pride at Sea – the largest Pride celebration at sea – with a fleetwide party, starting on 10 June 2023 onboard Celebrity Edge, sailing to the highlights of Italy, France, and Spain. These parties will take place in tandem across the award-winning Celebrity fleet, with each ship ‘handing over the party baton’ to the next ship, to keep the festivities running across the globe.

In 2023, guests will have the last opportunity to experience Celebrity Silhouette homeporting from UK shores. With an itinerary to suit every traveller, offering 7-13 night sailings in the southern Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal, or further north across Scandinavia, from Iceland to the Norwegian Fjords, plus shorter 4-night bank holiday sailings to Amsterdam and Bruges – the opportunities are endless onboard this recently revitalised ship. Celebrity Silhouette hosts stunning reimagined spaces, from transformed luxury staterooms to award-winning dining options that will take you on a culinary adventure like no other, and a rejuvenated spa to enhance your wellness journey at sea. Immerse yourself in unparalleled new luxury experiences that will guarantee you a wonderful escape.

Enjoy some of the highlights of the Mediterranean on a cruise from Southampton, with endless experiences that will ensure a revitalising summer holiday. There is a destination for everyone, from sunny island-hopping in the Canaries between Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria for the beach lovers exploring Mediterranean culinary hotspots including Rome (Civitavecchia), Cagliari (Sardinia) and Seville (Cadiz) for the adventurous foodie or admiring the sights that iconic European cities have to offer for the culture vultures, including Lisbon, Bilbao, Paris (Le Havre) and many more wanderlust-filled locations across the continent.

Scandinavia holds majestic appeal with its dramatic landscapes and unique culture; travellers can discover the towering fjords, fascinating Viking history, and magnificent architectural wonders of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden and learn why these regions are home to some of the happiest people on Earth – guests can experience that joy themselves whilst sailing onboard UK-based ship, Celebrity Silhouette or on board Celebrity Apex sailing from Amsterdam.


For travellers chasing winter sun in 2023, the fourth ship from Celebrity Cruises’ revolutionary Edge Series, Celebrity Ascent, will debut in December 2023. The modern and sleek ship will offer consumers the same cutting-edge design, robust culinary programme, and top-of-the-line entertainment that revitalised the industry with the introduction of the first Celebrity Edge Series ship – Celebrity Edge – in 2018.

Celebrity Ascent will make its maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 03 December 2023. The maiden voyage includes stops in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, which marks the start of her Caribbean season in 2023/24.

Across the Celebrity Cruises fleet, guests will experience total relaxation in world-class accommodation, indulging in culinary excellence and entertainment, or reconnecting with mind, body, and spirit through leading wellness programming.

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Viking Announces New 2024-2025 World Cruise Itineraries

  

Viking has announced its 2024 -2025 World Cruise itineraries, including the new  Viking World Voyage I, which sails around the world in 180 days, visiting 37 countries and 85 ports, with overnight stays in 13 iconic cities. Setting sail on 19 December, 2024, from Fort Lauderdale, the itinerary will include ports of call across five continents and will completely circumnavigate the globe when it returns to the United States for its final port in New York on 17 June, 2025.  

“For 25 years, we have been committed to providing our guests with immersive and culturally enriching experiences while travelling the world in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our previous World Cruises sold out in a matter of weeks, and we continue to see strong demand from our guests for extended voyages. Our seamless World Cruises are the greatest of all adventures and allow guests to explore more of the world with us.” 

Guests sailing on Viking’s award-winning 930-guest ship, the Viking Sky®, will explore ports of call in Central America; transit the Panama Canal; journey up the West Coast of North America before crossing the Pacific Ocean and calling upon the Hawaiian islands and French Polynesia; traverse New Zealand and Australia; and sail through Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe before crossing the Atlantic and concluding in New York. A shorter 163-day portion of the sailing, Viking World Voyage II, departs from Los Angeles on 5 January, 2025 and visits 29 countries and 78 ports before ending in New York. Guests may also choose the 138-day Viking World Cruise itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale to London or the 121-day voyage, Viking World Journeys which departs from Los Angeles and visits 23 countries before ending in London.       

2024-2025 World Cruise Itinerary Highlights:  

Viking’s newest World Cruise itineraries visit dozens of the world’s most iconic cities, alongside lesser-known destinations, in one continuous itinerary. Overnight stays in 13 ports, such as Sydney, Haifa, Singapore and Istanbul, and double overnights in Auckland, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, Yangon, Mumbai and Bergen, allow guests to delve deeper. While on board, Viking offers cultural enrichment through onboard lectures and entertainment – such as the Viking Resident Historian® programme, which provides guests with a high-level historical and cultural education specific to their journey. Guests will immerse themselves in the world’s rich cultures during included excursions that provide unmatched insight into daily life, as well as Privileged Access® visits to cultural institutions. Highlights of the new 2024-2025 Viking World Cruise itineraries include: 

  • Auckland, New Zealand: Cultural Capital of New Zealand – Set between the harbours of Waitematā and Manukau, guests will experience three days in New Zealand’s cosmopolitan city of Auckland, known for its award-winning wines, tree-lined parks and love of boating.     
  • Singapore, Singapore: A Melting Pot of Cultures – Witness the remarkable cultural diversity of Singapore during an overnight stay. Take a tour of the city’s eclectic neighbourhoods, from Little India to Arab Street, visit the futuristic horticultural park showcasing more than one million plants, or enjoy a Night Safari at the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park.  
  • Mumbai, India: A City of Old and New – While in port in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai for three days, guests have more time ashore to learn about the life and legacy of activist Mahatma Gandhi, enjoy the Hanging Gardens, one of the prized few parks found in the city, and explore the diversity of its neighbourhoods, from the picturesque narrow streets of Old Mumbai to the colourful markets in the city’s centre. 
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Where East Meets West – Guests will enjoy ample time to experience this historic city during an overnight stay. Straddled across two continents and the Bosporus Strait, Istanbul offers a wealth of religious sites to explore such as the spectacular Blue Mosque or the legendary Hagia Sophia, and boasts delicious fusion cuisine, combining fresh Mediterranean fare with spices from the Far East and Asia. 
  • London (Greenwich), England: The Royal Borough – Guests will enjoy exploring the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London on the Thames River, allowing easy access to the regal capital’s iconic sights, including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral. 
  • New York City, New York: The City That Never Sleeps – The epic Viking World Voyage I and Viking World Voyage II journeys conclude in New York City, where guests can take in the exhilarating streets of Lower Manhattan’s financial district to the intimate warrens of Greenwich Village. The city features something for all guests with culture, cuisine and architectural beauty.  

The Viking Sky 

Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can host 930 guests. Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet includes the Viking Star®, Viking Sea®, Viking Sky®, Viking Orion®, Viking Jupiter®, Viking Venus®, Viking Mars® and Viking Neptune®. The Viking Saturn® will join the fleet in 2023. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” Viking’s ocean fleet features modern Scandinavian design with elegant touches, intimate spaces and attention to detail. Highlights include: 

  • All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from 270 sq. ft. Veranda Staterooms, all with private verandas, sweeping views of the destination and premium amenities that include king-size beds with luxury linens, generously proportioned closets, large interactive flat-screen LCD TVs with movies-on-demand, free Wi-Fi and award-winning bathrooms with large showers, premium Freyja® bath products and heated floors. 
  • Explorer Suites: The ships feature 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 sq. ft. With expansive views from wraparound private verandas, as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board, Explorer Suites offer the ultimate sanctuary for World Cruise guests. 
  • Two Pool Choices: In addition to the Main Pool with a retractable roof permitting any-season swimming, the ships feature a first-of-its-kind glass-backed Infinity Pool cantilevered off the stern, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination. 
  • The Spa: In keeping with Viking’s Nordic heritage, The Spa on board is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind—from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a Snow Grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air.  
  • Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s: Share a cocktail with friends. Linger over a Norwegian breakfast and a nautical history book. The Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s gourmet deli are thoughtful spaces located at the bow of the ship and designed to represent the Scandinavian spirit for complete relaxation and for marvelling at sweeping views through double-height windows. 
  • The Wintergarden: Guests looking for serenity will find it in the Wintergarden. In this elegant space under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, guests can indulge in afternoon tea service. 
  • Dining Choices: Viking’s ships offer eight dining options, all with no additional charge or fee—from fine dining in The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and a variety of culinary options, and the World Café, which features international fare and regional specialties including a sushi and seafood cold bar—to intimate alternative dining experiences at The Chef’s Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and Manfredi’s, which features freshly prepared pastas and Italian favourites. The Pool Grill specialises in gourmet burgers, while afternoon tea and scones are available in the Wintergarden. Mamsen’s serves Norwegian deli-style fare, and complimentary 24-hour room service allows all guests to enjoy many signature dishes in the comfort of their stateroom. Furthermore, with multiple choices for outdoor seating during meals, Viking’s ocean ships offer the most al fresco dining at sea. Additionally, The Kitchen Table specialises in regional dishes from market to table. 
  • Cultural Enrichment: Viking experiences from ship to shore are designed for unparalleled access and cultural enrichment. Viking Resident Historians deliver high-level historical and cultural education specific to the journey, offering invaluable insight into the rich history of the destination. Guest Lecturers who are experts in their fields shed light on the destination’s art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more. Destination Performances represent the most iconic cultural performing arts of the region—whether it be Italian opera or Portuguese fado. Resident Classical Musicians—pianists, guitarists, violinists and flautists—perform classical compositions throughout the ships. And Culinary Classes in The Kitchen Table, Viking’s onboard cooking school, focus on regional cuisine. 
  • Nordic Inspiration: Even the smallest details take their inspiration from the exploratory spirit of the original Vikings, reflecting deeply held Nordic traditions. Light wood grains, touches of slate and teak, Swedish limestone and fragrant juniper appear throughout the public spaces and Spa. The Clinker-built design of the Viking Bar mirrors the construction style of the original Viking Longships. A Viking Heritage Centre provides history and context from the Viking Age. And characters from Norse Mythology are subtly incorporated into the design, providing curious guests with inspiration to further explore Viking’s Nordic heritage. 
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Holland America Line’s 2024 Europe Season Introduces New Itineraries and Homeports, Longer Cruises and More Northern Capitals

For Holland America Line’s 2024 Europe season, the cruise line is adding several new itineraries that combine regions, increasing the number of voyages of 14 days or longer and enhancing Northern Europe with new departure ports. From April to November dozens of unique itineraries — ranging from seven to 35 days — will be offered ontwo of the line’s Pinnacle Class ships, Nieuw StatendamandRotterdam, along withOosterdamand Zuiderdam.

The four Holland America Line ships will cover the entire region on voyages designed for cultural immersion. Nine overnight ports and 33 late-night departure cities provide more time ashore while the ships explore the Baltic, British Isles, Canary Islands, French and Spanish rivieras, Israel, Mediterranean and Northern Europe, including Iceland, Greenland and Norway.

“Holland America Line’s 2024 European season is the biggest refresh we’ve done in the region in a long time, and we’re excited to feature new itineraries, more voyages that are 14 and 21 days, different departure cities and unique country combinations,” said Beth Bodensteiner, chief commercial officer of Holland America Line. “We’re also returning to the Canary Islands and Bermuda, and, of course, we’re back in the Med visiting everywhere from Spain to Turkey. Holland America Line’s 2024 season is the most diverse we’ve ever offered that truly has an itinerary for everyone.”

As a limited-time early booking bonus, cruisers who book with “Have It All” also receive crew appreciation, and upgrades to the beverage and Wi-Fi packages.

Highlights of Holland America Line’s 2024 Europe cruising season include:

11 DEPARTURE CITIES INCLUDING ROTTERDAM: Amsterdam, Ijmuiden and Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Boston, Massachusetts; Civitavecchia (Rome) and Trieste (Venice), Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

9 OVERNIGHT PORTS: Barcelona; Civitavecchia and Marghera (Venice), Italy; Haifa, Israel; Istanbul, Turkey; Reykjavik; Piraeus (Athens) and Rhodes, Greece; and Valletta, Malta.

33 EVENING DEPATURE CITIES (between 10 p.m. and midnight): Alesund, Norway; Ashdod (Jerusalem) and Haifa, Israel;Dublin, Ireland; Dubrovnik, Korcula and Split, Croatia; Kusadasi, Turkey; Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands;  Cannes, Le Havre and Marseille, France; Liverpool, England; Civitavecchia (Rome), Marghera (Venice), Messina and Portofino Italy; Nanortalik (Ilivileq) and Paamiut (Frederikshåb), Greenland; Corfu, Mykonos, Náfplion, Rhodes and Santorini, Greece; Port Said (Cairo), Egypt; Tallinn, Estonia; Lerwick and Stornoway, Scotland; Halifax and St. John’s, Canada; Warnemünde (Berlin), Germany; Barcelona and  Valletta.

NORTHERN EUROPE

·       Rotterdam returns to Northern Europe in 2024 with a season offering several new itineraries. The ship returns to its namesake city with sailings roundtrip from Rotterdam:

o   New seven-day cruises to Norway, Sweden and Denmark

o   New seven- or 14-day itineraries to Norway and Scotland

o   New 14-day cruises to England, Scotland, Ireland and Belgium

o   New 14-day itinerary to Norway, Scotland and Iceland

o   Seven-day Norwegian Fjords

o   14-day cruises to the Norwegian Fjords and North Cape

o   14-day Baltic to Norway, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Sweden

·       Nieuw Statendamoffers Northern Europe cruises to the Baltic, British Isles, Norway up to the North Cape, and the Northern Isles of Scotland and Iceland. The itineraries range from seven to 14 days and sail roundtrip from Copenhagen, roundtrip from Rotterdam or between Copenhagen and Rotterdam.

o   New in 2024 are seven-day cruises between Copenhagen and Reykjavik with calls in Norway or Scotland and Iceland.

o   A new 11-day cruise from Copenhagen to Reykjavik includes visits to Norway, Iceland and Greenland, while the 10-day return from Reykjavik to Copenhagen explores Iceland, Scotland and Norway.

o   An “Ultimate Viking Explorer” 21-day journey roundtrip from Copenhagen heads to 13 ports in Norway, Scotland, Iceland and Greenland, retracing the route that the Vikings once made across the region.

·       In May, Zuiderdam sails a 14-day Northern Europe cruise that explores Norway, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, followed by a 21-day “Ultimate Viking Explorer” journey around Iceland, Greenland and Scotland, both roundtrip from Ijmuiden. The two itineraries can be combined to form a 35-day sojourn that includes 10 countries, 23 ports and is in a prime locale for the Summer Solstice.

·       Zuiderdam sails from Ijmuiden to Boston in June on a 21-day “Viking Passage” cruise that includes exploration of Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada. This departure can be combined with Zuiderdam’s “Ultimate Viking Explorer” to form a 42-day Collectors’ Voyage with 21 unique ports and 26 total calls.

CANARY ISLANDS

·       Nieuw Statendam returns to the Canary Islands on a 14-day cruise departing April 21 roundtrip from Rotterdam, also including Madeira, Gibraltar and Spain.

MEDITERRANEAN

·       Oosterdam will sail the entire 2024 Europe season in the Mediterranean on flexible cruises conveniently roundtrip from Athens, or between Barcelona, Trieste, Civitavecchia and Piraeus. The itineraries range from seven- to 14-days and cover the eastern and western Mediterranean, including Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, France and Spain.

·       Nieuw Statendamsails 14-day cruises between Civitavecchia and Piraeus, and roundtrip from Piraeus. The itineraries head to the eastern Med, including Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. Nieuw Statendam also explores the Holy Land on a 14-day cruise in October that includes an overnight at Haifa.

TRANSATLANTIC

·       The popular “Voyage of the Vikings” returns in 2024 aboard Zuiderdam. Departing July 20, the 35-day adventure sails roundtrip from Boston and calls at ports in Maine, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Norway. The itinerary also is offered in 17- and 18-day segments from Boston to Rotterdam or from Rotterdam to Boston.

·       New for 2024, Bermuda is back on two transatlantic itineraries from Fort Lauderdale: Nieuw Statendam crosses in April with visits to Bermuda, France, Guernsey and Belgium en route to Rotterdam, while Zuiderdam visits Bermuda, Ireland, England, France and Belgium on a May crossing to Ijmuiden.

·       In April, Rotterdam and Oosterdamcross the Atlantic Ocean, departing Fort Lauderdale for Rotterdam and Barcelona respectively.

·       In October and November Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and Oosterdammake their way back to Fort Lauderdale via Civitavecchia, Rotterdam and Barcelona, respectively.

COLLECTORS’ VOYAGES

Many of the cruises can be extended into Collectors’ Voyages, which offer the ultimate European exploration. By combining two seven-day itineraries, a seven- and 14-day cruises or longer non-repeating voyages, these artfully crafted journeys up to 42 days combine back-to-back sailings, enabling guests to visit more ports and spend extra time discovering centuries of art, history and culture.

‘HAVE IT ALL’ EARLY BOOKING BONUS

When a new cruise season opens and guests book with the “Have It All” premium package, for a limited time they’ll receive extra perks and upgrades to the existing Have It All package. Have It All will upgrade to an Elite Beverage Package and Premium Wi-Fi Package, as well as include prepaid crew appreciation as a bonus, in addition to continuing to feature specialty dining and shore excursions

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