Boost Your Cruise Fund With These Instant Saving Ideas

Ask any cruise-enthusiast (especially me) and they’ll tell you that cruising is the best way to see the world. You get to see the very best destinations, have everything you’ll ever need onboard your ship and get to enjoy a travel experience like no other. Once you’ve hit the open ocean, you’ll never want to see the world any other way. That’s exactly what happened to me many moons ago and after 9 months on terra firma (the longest amount of time I’ve spent on land in 10 years) I am MORE than ready to get back out into the world.

When it comes to funding your voyage, you could consider using your savings or cashing in your junior ISA (I had bonds as a child and cashed some of mine in for my first cruise) for the trip of a lifetime – click the link for more information on junior ISAs. You could even pay for your holiday well in advance via instalments, so you can spread the cost of your trip. 

However, if you’re thinking of going on a cruise, then keeping on top of your finances will ensure you have the best possible experience. Of course, that doesn’t always mean having the best cabin or the best view, it just means that you’ll get to fully immerse yourself on your voyage and not have to worry about your financial situation and any other unexpected treats you might want to spoil yourself with! In short, having a little extra spending money will go a long way. 

Here we’ll explore how you can boost your cruise fund with these instant saving ideas.

Sell, sell, sell! 

All those old smartphones, DVDs, books and CDs, furniture, old clothes and knick-knacks… if you don’t want them, someone else might! Gather together the items you no longer want or use and sell them online. You have numerous online selling platforms to choose from, so your items are bound to be spotted by eager buyers looking for a bargain. Sure, you might not make a fortune, but your profits could cover the cost of a day of treatments at the onboard spa! Or an additional shore excursion. I paid for my first cruise by selling various bits and pieces that I no longer needed, including some gold jewellery. Even now, I never dismiss things, if I think I can use them or sell them and put the money towards something else, that’s exactly what I do. 

See a penny pick it up

If your planned voyage doesn’t embark for several months in the future, then this tip could certainly boost your cruise fund. All those pennies and low-value coins we see lying around, whether it’s change in the car, coins in the depths of your handbag or notes down the back of the couch, whatever you find don’t dismiss it, put them all in a jar and you’ll be amazed at the amount you save. I put 5p pieces in a jar regularly and managed to save £100 last year, which I used on my Grand Voyage sailing.

Eat-in!

Maybe you don’t like cooking or perhaps you’re just a creature of habit, but if you have plans to eat out this week or in the foreseeable future – cancel them! Eating in and staying home will save you a small fortune and that money could be better spent on your cruise of a lifetime!

And finally, cancel those subscriptions

From gym memberships to online subscriptions, streaming services, monthly treat boxes – whatever you’re subscribed to, chances are you’re not making the most of it. So, why not cancel and save the money towards your cruise instead? Start by going through your accounts and see where your money is going each month – you might surprise yourself! This is one that I need to practice more of, as I’m a complete sucker for fried chicken and Indian food and when I try to recreate it myself, it’s just never the same!

Here’s to saving now so we can ALL splash out (literally) on our cruises in 2021 and beyond and wave goodbye to what has been an awful year for many industries, including travel. 

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P&O Cruises Extends Pause In Operations Into April 2021

P&O Cruises has extended the pause in operations into April 2021 in response to the current uncertainty around European ports of call.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “With hopeful news headlines clearly we do not want to extend our pause in operations any further than absolutely necessary, but given the ever changing guidance around international travel and the varying regulations in many European ports of call we felt it prudent to cancel these additional dates.

“In addition, as the final payments are due for these cruises very soon we felt it was the right thing to do for our guests.

“We are so sorry to disappoint those who were due to travel but really hope they will re-book for later in the year or for our new programme of 2022 holidays which went on sale earlier this month with strong demand, showing great confidence in cruising in the future.”

All guests with bookings on a cancelled cruise will be notified and will automatically receive an enhanced 125% Future Cruise Credit or alternatively a 100% refund by filling out a web form.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Teases 2022 Programme With Early Launch Of Scenic Canada And Remote Spitsbergen Sailings

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has teased further details of its 2022 programme, with two brand new cruises available to book today: ‘Canada in the Fall’ and ‘Rugged and Remote Spitsbergen’. Guests booking early will also enjoy up to £250 per person to spend on board, completely free.

In June 2022, Balmoral will set sail on a 15-night voyage of discovery to some of the most rugged and remote landscapes of Spitsbergen, in the Norwegian Archipelago of Svalbard, including a crossing of the Arctic Circle to experience the eerie Midnight Sun.

An exceptional 19-night voyage to Canada is the second of the new cruises, with this exciting itinerary made possible by the impressive sailing speeds of Fred. Olsen’s new ship Borealis.

The ports have been specifically designed to offer guests exceptional opportunities ashore, taking in seven ports across three Canadian provinces, and ample opportunity to witness the wonderful autumnal beauty with national parks, forests and trails all within reach.

Those who book before 31st December will enjoy up to £200 per person to spend on board for the Spitsbergen cruise, and up to £250 per person for Canada.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“These cruises are set to deliver some exceptional sights and experiences, both from on board and ashore. 

Canada is renowned for being one of the best places to showcase the beauty of autumn in all its glory, and these ports have been specially selected to allow our guests to witness this true wonder for themselves.

“From Sydney, guests can follow the Cabot Trail and take in the Cape Breton Highlands, explore the Forillon National Park in Gaspé, and, in Quebec, immerse themselves in the autumnal colours from Jacques-Cartier National Park.

“In Spitsbergen, Balmoral will really come into her own, with her smaller size allowing us to offer unspoilt views of many natural wonders, from sailing alongside glaciers and down narrow fjords, to the destinations themselves.

“I know our guests will be just as excited about this sneak peek into our 2022 programme as we are, with an on board spending offer which will enable them to get the most out of their holiday both on and off the ship.”

Details of the two new cruises are as follows:

Balmoral’s 15-night L2217 ‘Rugged and Remote Spitsbergen’ cruise, departing from Newcastle on 22nd June 2022. Prices start from £2,499 per person, with up to £200 per person in free on board spending money.

Ports of call: Newcastle, England – Olden, Norway – Cruising Nordfjord and Innvikfjord – Måloy, Norway – Cruising Nærøysundet – Cruising by Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountain range – Crossing the Arctic Circle –Cruising Trollfjord and Devil’s Jaw – Honningsvåg, Norway – Cruising by North Cape and The Horn – Pyramiden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard – Cruising Nordenskiöldbreen, Tempelfjorden and Tuna Glacier – Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard – Tromsø, Norway – Cruising by Black Glacier (Svartisen) – Cruising Nordfjord (Meløy) – Åndalsnes, Norway – Cruising Romsdalfjorden and Isfjord – Newcastle, England

Borealis’ 19-night S2226 ‘Canada in the Fall’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 28th September 2022. Prices start from £2,999 per person, with up to £250 per person in free on board spending money.

Ports of call: Liverpool, England – Cobh, Ireland – St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada – Gaspé, Quebec, Canada – Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada – Québec City, Quebec, Canada – Port Saguenay, Canada – Cruising Saguenay River – Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Liverpool, England

These itineraries follow on from two other 2022 cruises teased by Fred. Olsen earlier in the year: the 28-night ‘Black Sea Discovery with the Mediterranean’ sailing, also in September, and the 101-night World Cruise aboard Borealis setting sail in January of that year.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will release its entire 2022/23 programme for its new-look fleet in March.

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P&O Cruises Iona To Feature 30 Bars And Restaurants, Menus By Marco Pierre White And Destination-Inspired Dishes

P&O Cruises new ship Iona will feature 30 bars and restaurants, new menus by Marco Pierre White; destination-inspired dishes and the “best burger at sea”.

Iona is also set to be home to new restaurants created exclusively for the ship including The Keel and Cow gastropub; Ripples gelateria and The Glass House serving a tapas menu designed by Spanish chef José Pizarro.

The Chef’s Table is also new and developed for Iona’s gala celebration nights by Marco Pierre White and Eric Lanlard. The menu features wine recommendations by Olly Smith who has also curated a wine selection for The Glass House.  

Guests at The Chef’s Table will be able to order gazpacho soup, incorporating P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin distilled on board; fillet of turbot with a viennoise crust; New England lobster mornay and classic beef Wellington. Biscuit glace, comprising of a hazelnut parfait, raspberry coulis and almond tuile, and dark and milk chocolate Tonka bean tear drop are just two of the desserts available.

Menus inspired by Spain and Norway, the countries Iona will visit, also feature on the new ship. P&O Cruises is collaborating with Spanish chef José Pizarro and Norwegian chef Kjartan Skjelde as well as Norwegian cook Marte Marie Forsberg to create dishes for Iona.

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José is bringing his talents to Iona with a tapas menu for The Glass House as well as creating street style dishes for Taste 360. Kjartan has created a bespoke six-course tasting menu exclusively for Epicurean while Taste 360 and Iona’s freedom dining restaurants will feature Norwegian dishes by Marte Marie.

Also new for Iona is P&O Cruises partnership with Snowflake Luxury Gelato to create Ripples gelateria which will offer gelato cakes; sundaes; customisable sticks; ice cream cookies and a gelato afternoon tea.  

Other highlights on board include:

·        The Limelight Club
A three-course meal and entertainment provided by some of Britain’s best-loved performers. Dishes will include –
–        H. Forman & Son Mojito cured salmon with cucumber jelly, lemon aioli, pickled cucumber and nori crisps
–        Pavé of line-caught sea bass with a pancetta, broad bean, shallot and pea fricassée, lemon and herb gnocchi and white wine parmesan cream
–        Dark and white chocolate mascarpone bomba, raspberries and amarula ice cream.

·        Anderson’s Bar and Library
P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin will be created in the world’s first gin distillery at sea.

·        Epicurean
Fine dining with exquisite dishes inspired by British and Norwegian ingredients to reflect Iona’s itineraries

Norwegian tasting menu at Epicurean
Regional Nordic flavours feature in the six-course tasting menu created by award-winning chef Kjartan Skjelde. Dishes will include –
–        Fillet of lightly smoked mountain trout with horseradish cream, pickled cucumber and puffed rye
–        Fillet of Jæren coastal lamb, potato cream mayonnaise, white onions, baby carrots,  hispi cabbage, jus gras, butter emulsion and chive oil
–        White chocolate espuma and cloudberry sorbet with meringue, caramelised white chocolate and cloudberries.

Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea at Epicurean
The ultimate indulgence: master pâtissier Eric Lanlard gives his take on afternoon tea. This features savoury porcini and pancetta éclairs, pistachio petit choux with red berries, marble swirls red velvet cake pops and orange blossom and bee pollen scones.

Contemporary bars and restaurants:

·        The Glass House
Restaurant offering light bites, lunch and evening meals and a tapas menu designed by José Pizarro with wines selected by Olly Smith.

·        The Keel and Cow
Gastropub serving dry-aged steaks, British classics and The Prime Minister burger. This P&O Cruises signature burger “the best burger at sea” features an 8oz dry aged prime beef patty, Isle of Wight blue cheese, dry cured bacon, beefsteak tomatoes,  pancetta jam, onion marmalade, roasted garlic mayonnaise and pickled gherkins in a saltedbun.

Casual dining:

·        Vistas Café Bar
Café serving Eric Lanlard’s pâtisserie and sweet treats with Costa coffee and teapigs™ tea.

·        The Quays – Fusion; Hook, Line & Vinegar, Boardwalk Diner
A sociable piazza offering Asian food at Fusion, fish and chips at Hook, Line & Vinegar and American style classics including hot dogs and burgers at Boardwalk Diner.

·        The Olive Grove
Mediterranean restaurant with a menu featuring antipasti, paella, tagines and sharing platters.

·        The Beach House
Designed with families in mind and serving hearty grills and seafood inspired by Latin America and the Caribbean.

·        Taste 360
Burgers, hot dogs, oven-baked pizza and José Pizarro’s menu of authentic street food.

·        Ripples
Gelateria, in partnership with Snowflake Luxury Gelato, serving gelato cakes, sundaes, customisable sticks, ice cream cookies and a gelato afternoon tea. 

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P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin To Be Produced In World’s First Gin Distillery At Sea On Iona

Salcombe Gin photographed by Alun Callender for P&O Cruises commissioned by Sunday

P&O Cruises sea-inspired Marabelle Gin is to be produced on board new ship Iona, home to the world’s first gin distillery at sea, in partnership with Salcombe Distilling Co.

The unique recipe has been inspired by the terroir of the Scottish island which is Iona’s namesake with heather among the 18 botanicals used to create the gin. To this citrus and green apple has been added, for freshness, alongside blackberry, rose petals, mint and finally sea kelp, to create a richness with a subtle hint of the sea.

The world’s first gin distillery at sea will be found within Anderson’s Bar and Library on board Iona which will be serving expertly crafted Marabelle Gin cocktails. The gin will be produced in Iona’s gin still ‘Columba’ named after the sixth century founder of the abbey on the island of Iona. Then it will be bottled and labelled on board with bottles available for guests to purchase and enjoy at home.

Following its launch on Iona, Salcombe Distilling Co. will distil P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin in its 450-litre copper still ‘Provident’ in Salcombe to be served across the entire P&O Cruises fleet.
Salcombe Distilling Co. will also bring its gin masterclass expertise to Iona to create two unique experiences for P&O Cruises. In one, a gin expert will reveal the secrets to distilling a smooth and well-balanced gin, complete with a tutored tasting masterclass. The second class is a smaller more intimate experience where guests create their own recipe gin, under the tutelage of the gin expert, from a selection of gin botanical distillates created by Salcombe Distilling Co. These specially created gins will be bottled for guests to take home.

P&O Cruises also plans to work with Salcombe Distilling Co. to develop exclusive gins inspired by the destinations visited.

P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said:“The world’s first gin distillery at sea will be one of the stand-out star attractions on our new ship. Marabelle means star of the sea so this is a perfectly apt name for our unique-recipe gin created on board Iona, a ship set to make sea the star.”

Salcombe Distilling Co. co-founder, Angus Lugsdin, said: This exciting partnership unites two British brands with a love of ocean adventures in a beautifully crafted gin. Iona and the sea have been the inspiration for every element of Marabelle Gin from the name and the design of the bottle label, with the star formations in the night sky overhead, to the flora native to the island of Iona, juniper and heather, used in the recipe.

“The bottle label is the shape of a gin pennant flag, a symbol of hospitality flown by sailors for years. When hoisted it invites people to come aboard for a G&T, so it’s the perfect icon to symbolise our gin brand and partnership.”

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Celebrity Cruises Announces New, Wonder-filled Sailings For 2021/2022

Celebrity Cruises announces its updated 2021-2022 winter sailings programme for the Caribbean, Europe and South America. The new offerings, informed by market research and valuable feedback from guests and travel partners, are highlighted by an expanded Caribbean presence with new seven-night and overnight itineraries; new Spain and Portugal itineraries in Europe; and an exciting new home port and new shorter itineraries in South America.  

The new sailings further complement Celebrity’s award-winning itineraries, curated to feature the world’s most beautiful places and create memories that last long after each destination has sailed out of view. 

And, because holidays should be effortless from the start, Wi-Fi, drinks and tips are now ‘Always IncludedSM’ on every Celebrity cruise, simplifying the luxury holiday experience. 

The Caribbean 

Eight of Celebrity’s award-winning ships will sail the sun-drenched tropics, including its newest Edge Series ships, Celebrity Edge and brand-new sister ship Celebrity Apex – known for being destinations in their own right. Altogether, these Celebrity ships offer a variety of exciting itineraries, from shorter escapes that are perfect for romantic getaways to more immersive sailings that allow extra time to unwind in paradise and enjoy Celebrity’s luxurious ships. 

  • Celebrity Edge will offer a full winter season of seven-night Caribbean itineraries to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
  • Celebrity Silhouette, which recently enjoyed a multi-million dollar upgrade as part of the fleet’s transformative Celebrity Revolution will sail new Southern Caribbean itineraries featuring overnights in Aruba and Curaçao. 
  • Another “revolutionised” ship, Celebrity Summit, will replace Celebrity Infinity to sail four- and five-night itineraries from Miami plus two new Mexico holiday sailings in December, 2021.
                                                                             

Europe

Celebrity Infinity will offer new ways to experience the beauty of Europe next Autumn, by extending its season into October and November:

  • The award-winning Celebrity Infinity sails the Mediterranean from the home port of Lisbon, Portugal and adds a new 10-night “Best of Spain and Portugal” and two new seven-night Iberian Peninsula sailings visiting such beautiful coastal destinations as Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Alicante and Malaga in Spain; and Porto, Portugal. She then embarks on her new 12-night transatlantic from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, visiting ports of call in Spain and the Canary Islands.

South America

Beginning in December 2021 until March 2022, Celebrity Infinity will explore the exciting continent of South America from the towering Fjords of Chile to the tropical beaches and rain forests of Brazil to the tip of Antarctica. With a new homeport, Valparaiso, Chile, known as “Little San Francisco” for its rich theatre, music and street art scene, the all-new schedule features:

  • Four new nine- to 12-night itineraries calling on ports throughout the stunning landscapes of Argentina and Patagonia, or the exciting cityscapes found in Argentina and Brazil.
  • One new 14-night sailing to the ever-popular, bucket-list destination of Antarctica, for a total of three sailings to a part of the world revered by history’s greatest explorers. 

Celebrity Cruises is applying the recommendations of its Healthy Sail Panel of public health and scientific experts to ensure a safer and healthier cruise holiday on all of its sailings. 

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Emerald Yacht Cruises unveils 2022 itineraries for Emerald Azzurra

Emerald Yacht Cruises has today rolled out its complete portfolio of ocean itineraries onboard its first custom built 100 guest ocean-going super yacht – Emerald Azzurra.

To celebrate the announcement, Emerald Yacht Cruises is offering guests a ‘Super Earlybird’ limited time offer with savings of up to 30 per cent on selected cabins and itineraries, plus a complimentary deposit protection plan and the reassurance of a flexible booking policy.

The inaugural sailing of new super yacht Emerald Azzurra will be the eight-day Best of the Red Sea itinerary, starting from £3,625 per person for an Oceanview Stateroom, or take advantage of the Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Suite from £3,837 per person (departing 28 January 2022). The eight-day round-trip sails from Jordan’s stunning coastal city, Aqaba, and includes insightful visits to Nuweibah, Hurghada, Safaga and Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, then travelling to Eilat in Israel, before heading back to ancient Aqaba. Highlights include the chance to discover the history of St. Catherine’s Monastery, an Eastern Orthodox monastery located on the Sinai Peninsula, a glass-bottom boat trip in the natural Naama bay in Sharm el-Sheikh, and the opportunity to add on a guided visit and eco-experience of Kibbutz Lotan and Neot Smadar which offer beautiful landscapes in Israel’s Eliat*.

The eight-day Greek Island and Turkish Coastline cruise, starting from £3,835 per person for an Oceanview Stateroom, or take advantage of Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Suite from £4,791 per person (departing 7 May 2022). Sail the azure waters of the southeastern Aegean Sea, stopping off to explore a number of the stunning Greek, Dodecanese and surrounding islands. From Rhodes, Amorgos and Mykonos, to Bodrum and Kuşadasi in Turkey. Guests can hike to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monastery of St. John and cave of the apocalypse in the Aegean island of Patmos, and join a sightseeing bike tour of Kusadasi on Turkey’s western coast. Also, through its DiscoverMORE* optional excursions, guests can add on a farmers market visit followed by a cooking class to learn how to make Bodrum’s delicious local delicacies in Turkey, or a guided scuba diving experience in the crystal clear waters whilst in Rhodes.

Over the past 10 years, the small ship cruising sector on both oceans and rivers has seen steady growth among travellers looking for smaller, more intimate settings, personalised service and experiential tours. The new itineraries are an ideal choice for guests looking for that small ship experience, with Emerald Azzurra carrying just 100 guests in 50 deluxe suites and staterooms on sailings in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Red Seas, showcasing smaller ports that are not over touristed. Emerald Azzurra’s innovative design will feature nearly double the dining space per guest as the competition in this category, and 88 per cent of suites and staterooms will have balconies or terraces.

Every sailing with Emerald Yacht Cruises provides guests with access to its EmeraldDISCOVERY programme, which offers guests itineraries and excursions with the chance to delve deeper into each destination. For example, its extra-special included EmeraldPLUS excursions take guests to the heart of local culture, including an exclusive concert in a local church in Croatia, to a Mussel cooking demonstration and tasting in a local restaurant in Albania, to having the chance to meet open-minded locals in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prices include return flights, transfers, the cruises as stated, all tipping and gratuities, all on board meals and selected drinks**, included excursions and experiences with knowledgeable local guides.

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Silversea Cruises Takes Delivery Of Silver Moon

Silversea Cruises today took delivery of new ship Silver Moon—the ninth vessel in the leading ultra-luxury cruise line’s fleet.  

During an intimate celebration held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, executives from Silversea Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Group, and Fincantieri expressed gratitude to all involved: delivering live speeches via video feed, Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, and Jason Liberty, Executive Vice President and CFO of the Royal Caribbean Group, each commended the more than 1,000 craftspeople who contributed to the build. Present in Ancona, Luigi Matarazzo—Fincantieri’s General Manager Merchant Ships Division—and Roberto Martinoli—Silversea’s President and CEO—addressed attendees, before Martinoli penned his signature to officially take delivery of the ship.  

Giovanni Stecconi, the Director of Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, subsequently presented Captain Alessandro Zanello, Silver Moon’s Master—who was also at the helm for the delivery Silver Moon’s sister ship, Silver Muse, in 2017—with a commemorative ampoule that contained seawater from the launch. Concluding Silver Moon’s delivery, those present raised a glass of champagne, while respecting physical distancing protocol, to welcome the ship to Silversea’s fleet. 

“I congratulate all those involved in the build of Silver Moon; it is a proud moment for everybody at Silversea Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Group, and Fincantieri,” says Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group. “This beautiful shiprepresents the resilience of the global cruise industry and it is encouraging to see such innovation and progress in this challenging period. I have long said that Silversea Cruises is the jewel in the crown of the Royal Caribbean Group and I am today reminded of the cruise line’s quality. Silver Moon represents the pinnacle of luxury travel; I look forward to welcoming our guests aboard in the near future.” 

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Silver Moon to the Silversea fleet. The epitome of 21st-century luxury travel, she possesses a number of innovations that will build on the success of her sister ship Silver Muse, such as our pioneering new S.A.L.T. culinary programme, which we are eager for our guests to experience,” says Martinoli. “Every exquisite detail of Silver Moon is an expression of our successful collaboration with one of the world’s premier shipbuilders. It is apt that Silver Moon was built here in Italy, a cradle of luxury and a country celebrated for its rich culinary heritage. I thank Fincantieri’s leadership team and the more than 1,000 talented craftspeople who overcame the unprecedented challenges of 2020 to make this delivery possible. I also thank Royal Caribbean Group for their invaluable support; Silver Moon is a testament to the success of our collaboration.” 

Silver Moon is the third of Silversea’s ultra-luxury cruise ships to result from our longstanding, successful collaboration, and we at Fincantieri take great pride in handing over a ship that embodies the highest standards of style, comfort, and whispered luxury,” says Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “We are honoured to have partnered with Silversea in launching their highly successful Muse-class ships, and we are confident that Silver Moon will strengthen the line’s legacy of pushing boundaries in luxury cruise travel.” 

S.A.L.T. Programme: Immersive Culinary Enrichment

Debuting aboard Silver Moon is the innovative new culinary enrichment programme S.A.L.T., an acronym of Sea and Land Taste, which will enable guests to travel deeper through a range of destination-focused gastronomic experiences—both on-board and ashore.  

As part of the S.A.L.T. programme, three new venues will unlock immersive culinary experiences for guests on Silver Moon, forming a hub of culinary discovery on Deck 4:  

  • Among the largest of eight restaurants aboard Silver Moon, S.A.L.T. Kitchen is the first large-scale regional restaurant aboard a luxury cruise ship, offering a menu that changes with the destination and a regionally inspired wine list;
  • S.A.L.T. Lab is a test kitchen that enables guests to learn about local ingredients and artisanal techniques, through insightful workshops, tastings, and demonstrations;
  • and S.A.L.T. Bar allows guests to sample the most authentic flavours of the destination, through a large selection of regional wines, spirits, and other drinks.  

Enhanced Public Spaces

At 40,700 gross tons and with a maximum capacity of just 596 guests, Silver Moon takes influence from the successful design of her sister ship, Silver Muse, and maintains the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are hallmarks of the Silversea experience. At the same time, a number of public spaces have been reimagined for the enjoyment of guests, including the following sample:  

  • Serving fine French cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, Silversea’s signature restaurant, La Dame, has been redesigned and enlarged to accommodate 56 guests, with the option to dine outdoors. Bespoke Lalique crystal panels have been incorporated into the restaurant’s design to enrich the space’s aesthetic.
  • Guests’ favourite Atlantide restaurant has been enlarged and enriched to accommodate up to 220 guests.
  • Minimalist yet sophisticated, the enhanced design of Kaiseki takes inspiration from the best sushi restaurants in the world. Here, guests will witness expert sushi chefs in action, as they prepare fresh sushi, sashimi and other Asian-inspired dishes that are inspired by the seasons.
  • The popular Dolce Vita lounge has a new layout with the bar repositioned to the centre of the venue. Dolce Vita will welcome guests as both a sophisticated bar during the daytime and as an enchanting piano bar by night.
  • The Connoisseur’s Corner now features a new Wintergarden area, creating a sheltered and inviting area outdoors. In the Connoisseur’s Corner, guests will enjoy a selection of cigars and premium liquors in a sophisticated atmosphere.  

The Suite Life

Enriched with elegant décor, premium materials, and luxurious amenities, Silver Moon’s 298 spacious suites benefit from one of the highest space-to-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodation, offering superlative comfort to guests—a characteristic feature of the Silversea experience. And, with bespoke, handcrafted luxury beds by Savoir enriching the ship’s top 10 suites—four Owner’s Suites, four Grand Suites, and two Royal Suites—guests in these accommodations will experience a distinctive level of comfort even as they sleep. Guests in every suite will enjoy the dedicated service of a butler, as well as an in-suite bar, stocked with preferred beverages; in-suite dining, available 24 hours per day; and various other luxurious amenities. 

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces New 2022/2023 Voyage Collection

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has revealed its brand new 2022-2023 Voyage Collection featuring exotic and iconic destinations, allowing guests to explore the world while enjoying an unrivalled experience with every luxury included.

The thoughtfully curated Voyage Collection consists of 148 sailings from April 2022 to the end of April 2023 across Africa and Arabia, Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and New England, the Caribbean and Panama Canal, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and South America, as well as transoceanic crossings and five Grand Voyages.

Sailings range from seven nights up to the recently announced 143-night 2023 World Cruise. The Voyage Collection boasts 17 maiden ports of call for the line and 105 overnight visits.

Highlights include Seven Seas Splendor’s summer season in Scandinavia and the Baltics; Seven Seas Explorer in the Mediterranean discovering Turkey and Black Sea ports; Seven Seas Voyager’s tour of Africa and her winter season in South America which includes a sailing to Antarctica; Seven Seas Mariner’s Alaskan summer and 2023 World Cruise; and Seven Seas Navigator’s Grand Arctic Adventure and Caribbean cruises which feature two voyages from Bridgetown, Barbados. More detailed information about the ships’ individual deployments can be found below.

Opportunities for truly immersive and unforgettable luxury travel experiences abound with access to over 350 UNESCO World Heritage Sites across thousands of FREE unlimited shore excursions in the Voyage Collection. In addition, 36 sailings in Africa, Arabia, Australia, Asia and South America offer FREE pre- or post-land tour programmes which, varying from two to three nights, give travellers more time to experience the regions’ sights, history, culture and flavours.

“Launching a new Voyage Collection is always exciting, however knowing our guests’ strong desire to get back on the oceans, as illustrated by our record breaking 2023 World Cruise launch, makes this one feel extra special,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Our guests are passionate about travel and exploring the world and I’m delighted that we can offer them such an exotic and expansive choice of global destinations, all to be discovered while sailing on board The World’s Most Luxurious Feet.”

The unrivalled Regent experience continues onboard their five elegant and spacious ships with highly personalised service, exquisite dining, premium beverages, WiFi, valet laundry and more, all complimentary.

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MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica Sets Sail On 10-Night Cruise Holidays In The Mediterranean

MSC Magnifica departed Genoa, Italy yesterday and became the second MSC Cruises ship to welcome guests back on board since Europe’s leading cruise line restarted operations in August.

The ship has commenced a stunning 10-night voyage of relaxation and discovery in the West and East Mediterranean Sea with planned calls at the port of Livorno for visits to Florence and Pisa, Messina in Sicily, Piraeus for Athens, Katakolon for Olympia, Valletta in Malta,  and Civitavecchia for Rome, before returning to Genoa. MSC Magnifica will operatesixenriched, long Mediterranean cruises before the end of the year, including a special 8-night Christmas voyage that will depart Genoa on 18 December.

This is the second ship to implement MSC Cruises’ comprehensive health and safety protocol, that has been endorsed by external medical experts and formally approved by the relevant national and regional authorities. The comprehensive safety-first measures designed to protect the wellbeing of guests, crew and communities visited were first implemented in August when MSC Grandiosa became the world’s first major cruise vessel to return to service and the Company’s flagship has now completed nine 7-night voyages and positively demonstrated the protocol’s effectiveness. The measures include protected “social bubble” ashore visits for guests to allow them to also enjoy destinations at each port of call.

The MSC Cruises health and safety protocol includes universal health screening of everyone – guests and crew – which includes tests for COVID-19 before they can board a ship; elevated sanitation and cleaning measures throughout the vessel; managed social distancing; wearing of face masks in public areas and technology to aid track and trace on board. In this initial phase, the ship’s capacity has also been reduced to 70 per cent to ensure social distancing can be guaranteed on board.

Discover the East and West Mediterranean this Autumn

Guests on board MSC Magnifica’s Mediterranean cruises can safely visit a range of fascinating destinations with MSC Cruises’ rich shore excursions programme. Some of the attractions include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a city tour of the historic Sicilian city of Messina, an open top bus trip around Malta, a visit to the 8th Century BC original venue of the Olympic Games in Greece, a tour of ancient Athens and the world-famous Acropolis, a walking tour in the Eternal City of Rome and a coach outing of the northern Italian city of Genoa. The shore excursions will see the same standards of health and safety practiced ashore as on board to not only protect the guests and crew but also the communities in the ports of call.       

With convenient embarkation in the four Italian ports during the 10-night cruise – Genoa, Livorno, Messina and Civitavecchia, this itinerary is easily accessible for guests residing in the Schengen countries who are currently able to book the cruise in this initial phase of operations.

MSC Magnifica is one of MSC Cruises’ popular mid-size ships and offers masterful design, relaxed refinement, a high ratio of balcony cabins, large dining areas with four restaurants and 11 bars, a swimming pool with a sliding roof magrodome, a spectacular theatre, full-scale casino, panoramic nightclub and a 4D cinema.

MSC Grandiosa’s currently offers 7-night cruises with embarkation in the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo together with calls at Valletta. Guests can book on MSC Magnifica this Autumn and Winter with prices starting from £649 for 7-night’s  and can benefit from a premium drinks package included and flexible booking conditions.

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