Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines unveils new hand-crafted programme of cruising for 2023/24

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled its full programme of cruising for 2023/24, with more than 100 hand-crafted sailings and the introduction of new Journey Navigators across its fleet of smaller ships.

The new programme includes opportunities to witness Norway’s famous Langfoss Waterfall in the spring, when the water is at its heaviest, explore the remote islands of the Azores, and visit Lapland in the summer months.

Durations range from two to 93-nights, with regional departures from Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth, Southampton, Dover, London Tilbury and Belfast. In addition, the programme features the return of a fly-cruise programme, with Braemar to be based in the Caribbean for the winter months.

The new brochure also unveils Fred. Olsen’s new Journey Navigators – Nature Scouts, Culture Curators, Maritime Guides and Entertainment Hosts – plus new signature experiences to celebrate the Joy of the Journey on each cruise.

Guests who book onto one of Fred. Olsen’s new 2023/24 sailings can enjoy up to £250 per person to spend on board, or up to £500 when booking a suite.

Plus, those who book a 2023 cruise but are also looking to get away this year can take advantage of 10% off any new booking for 2022.

Highlights of Fred. Olsen’s 2023/24 programme of cruising include:

Bolette’s 14-night T2318 ‘Summertime in Lapland and Scandinavia’ cruise, departing from Newcastle on 1st July 2023. Prices start from £2,099 per person.

Itinerary: Newcastle, England – Turku, Finland – Cruising Turku Archipelago, Finland – Oulu, Finland – Kemi, Finland – Holmsund, Sweden – Sundsvall, Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden (overnight stay) – Cruising Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden – Aarhus, Denmark – Newcastle, England

For more details: Visit T2318 ‘Summertime in Lapland and Scandinavia’  

Bolette’s 15-night T2327 ‘Volcanic Islands of the Canaries, Azores and Madeira’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 14th October 2023. Prices start from £2,099 per person.

Itinerary: Southampton, England – Praia da Vitoria, Portugal – Ponta Delgada, Portugal (overnight stay) – Santa Cruz, La Palma – Santa Cruz, Tenerife – San Sebastian, La Gomera – Funchal, Madeira – Southampton, England

For more details: Visit T2327 ‘Volcanic Islands of the Canaries, Azores and Madeira’  

Borealis’ 10-night S2322 ‘Touring Southern Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 22nd October 2023. Prices start from £1,399 per person.

Itinerary: Liverpool, England – Lisbon, Portugal – Cruising Mouth of River Tagus, Portugal – Gibraltar, Gibraltar – Málaga, Spain – Cádiz, Spain – La Coruña, Spain – Cruising by Tower of Hercules Lighthouse, Spain – Liverpool, England

For more details: Visit S2322 ‘Touring Southern Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar’  

Braemar’s 14-night M2401 ‘Latin America Civilisations’ fly-cruise (flights from London Gatwick/Manchester), departing from Havana, Cuba on 2nd January 2024. Prices start from £2,699 per person.

Itinerary: Havana, Cuba (overnight stay) – Progreso, Yucatán, Mexico – Cozumel, Mexico – Colon, Panama – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – Santa Marta, Colombia – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba – Havana, Cuba (overnight stay)

For more details: Visit M2401 ‘Latin America Civilisations’  

Balmoral’s seven-night L2411 ‘Mighty Waterfalls and Norwegian Fjords’ cruise, departing from Newcastle on 26th April 2024. Prices start from £1,099 per person.

Itinerary: Newcastle, England – Cruising Lysefjord, Norway – Cruising Hardangerfjord, Norway – Eidfjord, Norway – Cruising Maurangerfjord and Furebergfossen, Norway – CruisingÅkrafjord and Langfoss Waterfall, Norway – Bergen, Norway – Cruising Nordfjord, Norway – Olden, Norway – Cruising by Hornelen, Norway – Åndalsnes, Norway – Cruising Romsdalfjorden and Isfjorden, Norway – Newcastle, England

For more details: Visit L2411 ‘Mighty Waterfalls and Norwegian Fjords’  

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New 2023 and 2024 sailings with Cunard

Cunard has unveiled over 110 international voyages, sailing on its iconic fleet between 23 October 2023 and 14 May 2024, including the maiden voyages on new ship Queen Anne.

Across the new itineraries, the four-ship fleet comprising of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Anne, will call at 126 unique ports in 51 countries, with voyages ranging from two-night city breaks to a 108-night world voyage.

Queen Anne is scheduled to call at more than 32 ports across the world during her maiden season, all sailing out of Southampton. Following her maiden voyage to the enchanting city of Lisbon, the newest Queen will embark on a collection of enticing sailings in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Northern Europe as well as an Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing.

In 2024, Queen Victoria will embark on a 107-night World Voyage, departing Southampton on a full circumnavigation.  The ship will sail westbound to North America, including a transit of the Panama Canal, onwards to Australia, Asia, and returning to Europe via South Africa, visiting 32 unique destinations across her new voyages.

Queen Mary 2, the world’s only ocean liner, will begin her season with an Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing from New York, before setting off from Southampton on a 108-night World Voyage.  The liner will sail to the Mediterranean, Asia via the Suez Canal, Australia and returning to Europe via South Africa. 

Following a fly-cruise season in Barcelona, Queen Elizabeth will relocate to Singapore before starting her Australian residency with a 6-night voyage from Fremantle. She’ll then embark on a series of short break and roundtrip voyages from Melbourne and Sydney, including a Christmas and New Year voyage to New Zealand, a 10-night exploration of Queensland, and a new 14-night voyage calling in the South Pacific.

“Announcing every new programme for Cunard is always exciting, but this year is even more so, as guests will be able to choose itineraries across four magnificent ships in the fleet for the first time since 1999,” said Sture Myrmell, President, Carnival UK. “In the newly announced programme, each ship offers a unique experience with distinct itineraries.  With Queen Anne based out of Southampton, Queen Elizabeth out of Australia and Japan, and Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 both sailing world voyages, one with a full circumnavigation and one exploring the finest destinations across the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia and Africa. Our new voyages bring opportunities to explore all corners of the world in luxurious surroundings while enjoying our White Star Service as well as all the other special touches that make a trip with Cunard so special.”

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Welcome to The World 2023 & 2024 New Voyages – Key Itineraries

Maiden Voyage (H403)

Guests can join an illustrious guest list on board Queen Anne’s maiden voyage to Lisbon as we celebrate a new chapter of Cunard history. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton on 4 January 2024, this 7-night voyage will offer an overnight port call in which to savour Lisbon’s UNESCO-listed Belém Tower, the exquisite palaces of Sintra, and the wonderfully atmospheric nightlife of the Barrio Alto. On her return to Southampton, our newest Queen will be joined by her sister ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, marking the first time these three Queens will come together – a fitting end to a voyage filled with celebratory moments. Inside staterooms from £1,299 per person.

Eastern Caribbean (H405)

Guests can relax and take pleasure in all that the newest ship has to offer on this 35-night Caribbean adventure that takes in the tropical islands of Barbados and St Lucia amongst others. Queen Anne departs Southampton 27 January 2024. Inside staterooms from £5,299 per person.

Western Mediterranean (H408)

This 16-night voyage comprises a mix of days at sea and time in port, offering the chance to discover the delights on board Cunard’s new ship as well as the fascinating histories of Lisbon, Cadiz and Rome. Queen Anne departs Southampton 29 March 2024. Inside staterooms from £2,299 per person.

Full World Voyage (V404D)

This stunning 107-night World Voyage offers the perfect opportunity to see the four corners of the world. Destinations including San Francisco and Fiji plus overnights in Hong Kong and South Africa. Queen Victoria departs Southampton 11 January 2024. Inside staterooms from £12,499 per person.

Southampton to Sydney (M403B)

Blissful days at sea on board provide a relaxing balance between time ashore in Portugal, South Africa and Australia on this 47-night sailing that includes three overnight port calls. Queen Mary 2 departs Southampton 11 January 2024. Inside staterooms from £5,699 per person.

Queensland (Q405)

The wondrous white sands of the Whitsunday Islands and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Barrier Reef are among the natural highlights of this 10-night voyage. Queen Elizabeth departs Sydney 22 January 2024. Inside staterooms from £1,399 per person.

Southern Islands (Q417)

The 10-night round trip voyage sailing from Tokyo will transports guests from neon-lit streets to historic shrines, stately castles and natural habitats, abundant with beauty. Queen Elizabeth departs Tokyo 14 May 2024. Inside staterooms from £1,399 per person.

From the bustle of vibrant cities, beauty of tropical shores to the wonder of historic treasures, the inspiring new itineraries from Cunard bring an ocean of opportunities to explore all corners of the world.

The 2023 and 2024 new voyages sailing on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth are available to book from 24 May 2022 and Queen Anne’s maiden sailings are available to book from 17 May 2022.

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Norwegian Prima Introduces New Spa And Fitness Offerings

Norwegian Cruise Line has shared details surrounding its elevated spa and fitness offerings for its highly-anticipated Norwegian Prima Class vessels – Norwegian Prima and Viva.

The first two of six ships within this cutting-edge class will feature the cruise industry’s first charcoal sauna at sea as well as a two-story cascading indoor spa waterfall. The Cruise Line has also incorporated several guest favourites including thermal experiences and hot-stone loungers.

Award-winning architecture firm Rockwell Group masterfully designed the perfect environment for tranquillity and rejuvenation in Norwegian Prima and Viva’s spa and fitness venues. 

Awaken the Senses at the All New Mandara Spa

Industry’s First Charcoal Sauna at Sea

As part of the ongoing only-found-on-NCL’s Prima Class holiday experiences such as the world’s first three-level racetrack at sea and dry drop slides, the Brand will unveil the industry’s first charcoal sauna.

Derived from Japanese and Korean wellness practices, the charcoal sauna uses a radiant heat system with an outer charcoal layer to reach temperatures between 30-50 degrees Celsius. Guests can recline into relaxation as the sauna helps boost circulation and metabolism while also removing toxins from the body. The sauna also effectively treats muscle stiffness and tension, including relief from backache, headache, and arthritis, by promoting the deep release of connective tissue and muscles.

Thermal Experiences

The charcoal sauna is just one of eight thermal spa offerings available at the elevated Mandara Spa. Guests can also indulge in a series of blissful experiences such as a salt and steam room, as well as a gambit of Brand-first spa experiences including an Ice Room, Experiential Showers, a Flotation Salt Pool, and Infrared Sauna.

·       The Ice Room: After unwinding in the sauna or steam bath, guests can cool off in the refreshing Ice Room. The cold air helps to increase blood circulation, invigorate the respiratory tract, and strengthen the immune system. 

·       The Experiential Showers: Multiple water jets and lighting effects help invigorate the body, lower body temperature, and stimulate blood circulation.

·       Floatation Salt Pool: This treatment allows guests to fully relax all their muscles while floating in warm water. An experience similar to experiencing zero gravity due to the buoyancy of the saltwater. The Floatation Salt Pool is beneficial for easing mental anxiety and muscle tension. 

·       Infrared Sauna: Unlike traditional saunas that use conventional heat to warm the air, infrared saunas utilise infrared lamps to directly warm the body — and at lower temperatures than traditional saunas. This promotes relaxation, better sleep, sore muscle and joint relief, improved blood circulation, and detoxification.

New Services

NCL is also introducing several new services at the spa, including two new beds from the Gharieni Group, the Gharieni Welnamis and the Gharieni Wellmassage5D. The Welnamis bed utilises Binaural Acoustic & Dynamic Stimulation, a computer-controlled acoustic and vibrational therapy that trains the brain to relax and benefit from deep relaxation techniques. Meanwhile, the award-winning Wellmassage5d bed provides a whole-body wellness massage experience utilising eight specially pre-programmed positions and the Brand’s “Signature Treatment” technique.  

Other new service menu items include:

·       Ocean Spa Wave Massage: This unique treatment lets guests relax on a water-filled cushion. The cushion features a therapeutic warm wrap of nutrient-rich sea plants and marine algae releasing stress and tension from the body. The treatment also includes a deep cleansing seaweed mask, aromatherapy essential oils, and scalp and foot massages.

·       Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap: This wrap contains a warming blend of pine and rosemary essential oils to help guests ease the pains of rheumatism, arthritis, muscular spasms, and fatigue. 

·       Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap: Excellent for guests seeking to improve the appearance of cellulite and reduce fluid retention. This treatment contains a detoxifying blend of juniper and lemon essential oils, which decongest and stimulate the body.

·       Zero Gravity Wellness Massage: High-tech meets high touch in this next-generation 75-minute wellness treatment. Producing a zero-gravity effect, the body is suspended on an advanced treatment table that maneuver a series of sophisticated massage techniques to the user. Eight table positions enable effective and precise reach of every muscle group, including intensive work on the back and main muscles, resulting in release of tension and improved body mechanics.

The spa will also feature a relaxation area featuring 22 hot stone loungers. Guests can also arrange to stay in one of the 28 exclusive spa balcony staterooms on board Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, providing travellers with premium access to the elevated Mandara Spa and its suite of thermal spa experiences.

First-of-its-Kind Design

At the spa, guests can visit either the Vitality or Salt Floatation Pool where they can immerse themselves in the tranquil sounds of the two-story cascading indoor spa waterfall. This space also features an impressive marble spiral staircase. Additional design highlights include the relaxation area in the spa, and the Pulse Fitness Centre. Both spaces are front facing on the ship, allowing guests to enjoy sweeping 270-degree views of the ocean. This is also the first time that NCL’s fitness centre will be located at the front of the ship.

The gym will also include the all-new Performance Recovery room, an interactive, engaging wellness experience utilising a selection of Hyperice products in workshops, group fitness classes, and services to maximise user benefits.

Returning Favourites

Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva will also feature enhanced guest-favourite spa and fitness amenities, including the Vitaly Pool, steam sauna, and Finnish sauna. The spa will offer a wide range of services in its 20 treatment rooms, including massage, acupuncture, manicures and pedicures, facials and more. In the Pulse Fitness Centre, guests will have free access to the state-of-the-art fitness equipment they have come to expect from NCL. Yoga and spin classes will also be available.

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Virgin Voyages Reveals the Name of Fleet’s Fourth Ship

WHAT: First came Scarlet Lady, a name chosen to honor one of Virgin Atlantic’s flagship aircrafts. Next were Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady, two sister ships with names that celebrate women’s strong, fierce, and independent spirits. These beautiful vessels are helmed by two beautiful and diverse mermaids to match. 

With all three ships in the water by the end of this summer, Virgin Voyages is delighted to welcome our fourth Lady Ship to the fleet: Brilliant Lady. 

WHY: Like Brilliant Lady’s predecessors, Virgin Voyages was extremely thoughtful when selecting a name that would boldly stand alongside her sister ships. We sought out a name that exemplifies our brand’s values and ethos, the truest representation of our mission to “Create an Epic Sea Change For All.” As our goal has always been to create a bright and radiant experience for our Sailors — much like the sparkling seas Brilliant Lady will sail on — it was only appropriate that our fourth ship name reflect that.

Brilliance — which means both radiance along with exceptional talent and intelligence — was purposefully chosen for the duality of its meaning. On every sailing, Virgin Voyages’ ultimate goal is to leave our Sailors with a glowing review and having enjoyed one of the best vacations of their lives.

In naming the ship Brilliant Lady, we also aimed to highlight the powerful intelligence of women across the globe. Brilliant Lady represents the smart, thoughtful, boundary-pushing minds of women around the world — unafraid of owning their intelligence, aware of their importance, and confidently in touch with their own sense of self worth.

WHERE/WHEN: Brilliant Lady’s mermaid, destinations and itineraries will be announced soon, but until then, Sailors can set sail the Virgin way aboard Scarlet Lady from Miami (available now) on Valiant Lady starting May 15 from Barcelona, and on Resilient Lady starting August 14 from Athens. 

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines unveils first new-look fleet reunion with Fleet in Funchal celebration for 2023

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has today unveiled the first reunion of its new-look fleet, with all four of its smaller ships to come together in Funchal, Madeira, in November 2023.

It will be the third fleet reunion to be held by the cruise line, and will see the four ships, Bolette, Borealis, Balmoral and Braemar, set sail on four separate cruises, hand-crafted specially to allow them to come together at the garden island of Madeira for the Fleet in Funchal celebration.

The occasion will be marked with a quayside fiesta, and the cruise line plans offer guests the chance to explore the rest of the fleet while they are in port.

Guests looking to join the celebration can enjoy £200 per person to spend on board, or £400 when booking a suite.

Fred. Olsen’s Fleet in Funchal sailings are as follows:

Bolette’s 15-night T2328 ‘Spain & Portugal with Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 29th October 2023. Prices start from £2,099 per person.

Itinerary: Southampton, England – La Coruna, Spain – Cruising by Tower of Hercules – Cádiz, Spain – Tarragona, Spain – Valencia, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Málaga, Spain – Funchal, Madeira – Southampton, England

Balmoral’s 15-night L2324 ‘The Canary Islands with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 30th October 2023. Prices start from £2,099 per person.

Itinerary: Southampton, England – Cádiz, Spain – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria – Santa Cruz, Tenerife – San Sebastian, La Gomera – Santa Cruz, La Palma – Funchal, Madeira – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, England

Braemar’s 15-night M2327 ‘Discovering Cultural Morocco with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Dover on 30th October 2023. Prices start from £2,099 per person.

Itinerary: Dover, England – Gibraltar – Cádiz, Spain – Tangier, Morocco – Casablanca, Morocco – Agadir, Morocco – Funchal, Madeira – Leixões, Matosinhos, Portugal – Dover, England

Borealis’ 14-night S2323 ‘The Azores with The Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 1st November 2023. Prices start from £1,999 per person.

Itinerary: Liverpool, England – Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Azores – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores (overnight stay) – Funchal, Madeira – Lisbon, Portugal – Leixões, Matosinhos, Portugal – Liverpool, England

For more information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Fleet in Funchal sailings, visit fredolsencruises.com/four-freds-in-funchal 

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Msc Cruises Opens Sales For 2024 World Cruise With A Brand-New Itinerary

MSC Cruises has today opened sales for the MSC World Cruise 2024 with a stunning, brand-new itinerary from the cruise line aboard MSC Poesia, set to depart 05 January 2024.

Around the world voyages from MSC Cruises have consistently sold out since the line introduced its first World Cruise in 2019, and the latest round-the-world itinerary follows a stunning new route that includes 52 amazing destinations in 31 different countries.

Embarking the ship for a spectacular 121-day voyage in the ports of Civitavecchia/Rome, Genoa, Marseille or Barcelona (on 4, 5, 6 or 7 January 2024 respectively), guests head off for their first destinations, then for almost four months, will be led on an itinerary of unforgettable experiences around the world.

The cruises begins off with some of the main highlights in the Mediterranean Sea including stops in France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, an overnight in Haifa, Israel and day visit to Cairo via Port Said/Alexandria, Egypt. Guests will then transition through the world-famous Suez Canal to the stunning Red Sea where sights of the ancient world await in Luxor and Petra.

After an overnight stay in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the ship heads south to the crystal waters of African jewels of Zanzibar, the Seychelles and Mauritius before heading to mainland Africa for a tour of South Africa – Durban, Port Elizabeth, and an overnight stay to see everything Cape Town is famed for, including the striking Table Mountain.

Next, the ship crosses the South Atlantic Ocean to South America for something truly special – exploration of the Brazilian Amazon. Sailing up the mighty Amazon River as far as Manaus, guests will find themselves in the heart of the world-famous Amazon rainforest. In Brazil guests will also be treated to calls at Salvador de Bahia and Belém, as well as an overnight stop in Rio de Janeiro, with plenty of time to soak up the sun on Copacabana beach and the famous nightlife.

Next up, experience the brightest pearls of the Caribbean: Saint Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas, including MSC Cruises’ private island, Ocean Cay, en-route to North America.

Here, overnights in Miami, Florida and New York City await, before continuing north to Nova Scotia and Quebec in Canada. On the way back home, the stunning destinations continue with some of Northern Europe’s finest cities plus Greenland and Iceland.

2024 World Cruise Highlights:

Some of the highlights of this incredible voyage around the world include:

  • Luxor, Egypt: Travelling back in time to discover marvels of the ancient world, guests will discover Karnak, monuments, temples and tombs, including the impressive sight of Karnak, one of the largest ancient religious sites known anywhere in the world.
  • Petra, Jordan: Guests will not want to miss a chance to experienceJordan’s most valuable treasure with a fascinating ancient city and world-famous for its wonderful colour of rock from which many of the city’s structures were carved.
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania: White sands, turquoise watersand a rich cultural backdropare only some of Zanzibar’s exquisite features, all to offer a quintessential tropical island paradise experience. Guest may also opt for a visit of the Stone Town, the heart and soul of this African jewel, and for those looking for an adventure, they can head to the Jozani-Chwaka National Park to enjoy the the wild vegetation and meet its famous Zanzibar red colobus monkeys, an endangered species found only here.
  • Port Victoria, Seychelles: Arriving to the tranquil paradise of Seychelles, guests will discover Port Victoria, the small but vibrant capital of this country composed of 115 islands dotting the Indian Ocean. Located on Mahé, one of the archipelago’s largest and most important islands, Victoria offers an insight into Creole culture, all through bustling markets, tranquil botanical gardens and beautiful colonial buildings before discovering the island’s beauty –  lush forest, tea plantations and stunning beach like Mahe Beach.
  • La Possession, Reunion: Rarely visited by cruise ship,theexclusive destination offers unique sights, including Circus of Salazie the remains of a majestic volcanic caldera. Instead of geysers of lava, extinguished centuries ago, guests will find an explosion of life, where marvels of nature live side by side with small towns scattered throughout a lush forest. For a chance to still discover active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise offers two volcano craters, the Dolomieu and the Bory, which filled with lava in 2007.
  • Cape Town, South Africa:  The city offers the best of South Africa’s natural and cosmopolitan attractions, from the world-renowned wine producing regions, to the exquisite natural beauty of Table Mountain National Park with panoramic views over the mountains, city and both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. A pleasant and relaxing day might involve browsing the shops and restaurants at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or relaxing on Camps Bay’s beach.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Between an azure sea and forest-clad mountains, the city’s streets and buildings have been moulded around the foothills of the mountain range that provides its backdrop, while out in the Guanabara bay there are many rocky islands fringed with white sand. It is also the perfect opportunity to explore the Brazilian Amazon with pristine rainforest and eclectic wildlife.
  • Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: The city has an electric feel from the moment guests arrive – in the great cultural and historical centre of Brazil, Afro-Brazilian heritage is strongest and this is where capoeira, candomblé and samba de roda were created. Guests can expect a vibrant beach life, modern skyscrapers and plenty of favelas, without missing the traditional heart of Salvador.
  • Belém, Brazil: The eastern gateway to the Amazon region stands as a destination in its own right. Guests will be delighted by this rewarding city enriched with streets and parks shaded by mango trees, the pastel facades of once-decadent mansions now fading in the tropical sun.
  • Manaus, Brazil: The Amazon’s largest city is a memorable destination right in the middle of the jungle as guests have the perfect opportunity to explore the Brazilian Amazon. Manaus is best enjoyed as the starting point to the incredible Amazon adventure, right in the heart of the pristine rainforest and eclectic wildlife.
  • Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, The Bahamas: The flourishing marine reserve and MSC Cruises’ private island destination, once a former industrial sand extraction site, now offers uninterrupted ocean views, crystal clear waters and soft sandy beaches. The Ocean Cay MSC shore excursions will allow visitors to explore, discover, relax and enjoy nature’s beauty at it’s very best, all through snorkel safaris, kayak tours and paddle boarding.
  • New York, United States: The vibrant city is undoubtedly the place to visit, whether guests wish to wander through the patchwork of neighbourhoods in Manhattan, hidden gardens next to postmodern skyscrapers,orhead to the iconic Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. From Broadway shows to world-class museums, the bustling theatre and art scene in New York City can not to be missed,
  • Nova Scotia, Canada: Offering colourful harbour fronts, sandy beaches and impressive historical landmarks, scenic wilderness hiking trails, Nova Scotia is a great destination for any kind of traveller. Located in the province of Nova Scotia, the city of Halifax offers everything from history, the sea, and music.
  • Quebec, Canada: There is no place like Quebec – guests will have the opportunity to soak up the lively French-Canadian Culture, whilst walking along the fortified walls of Old Québec, known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Québec. Stunning scenery can be discovered through the Montmorency waterfalls or Jacques-Cartier National Park.
  • Reykjavik, Iceland: Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital, is a small but exciting port city rich with Viking museums, shops, and a lively atmosphere. This destination boasts a range of nearby attractions including a geothermal blue lagoon, stunning waterfalls, and blissful lakes.

Benefits when booking:

15 shore excursions and a Dine & Drink package are included in each booking, as well as 30% off all laundry. Additional excursions and packages can be booked both in advance and during the cruise.

MSC Voyagers Club members will benefit from a 5+5% discount if they book by 4 May 2022, plus triple membership points that will be added to the account straight away, meaning members can enjoy all the added privileges right away.

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Norwegian Cruise Line announces cruise industry’s first NFT collection

 Norwegian Cruise Line has announced it will sail into the Metaverse with the launch of the cruise industry’s first collection of NFTs, adding to the Brand’s legacy of pioneering firsts.

NCL will open for auction and sale a collection of six NFTs to celebrate the launch of the Company’s cutting-edge Norwegian Prima Class at 2pm on Wednesday, 13th April, 2022, at on NCL’s soon to launch online NFT marketplace. The NFT art pieces were created by Manuel Di Rita, widely known as “Peeta,” the Italian artist who designed the hull art on the record-breaking Norwegian Prima and her sister vessel Norwegian Viva. 

The first of the six art pieces will be auctioned at the starting rate of USD$2,500, with the remaining NFTs sold for prices beginning at USD$250. The winner of the auction will also be awarded a balcony stateroom on one of Norwegian Prima’s U.S. inaugural voyages, setting sail from NCL’s beautiful new PortMiami terminal located in Miami, the Cruise Capital of the World.

The first piece in the NFT collection resembles the captivating hull art on Norwegian Prima and provides the buyer an opportunity to own a piece of the beautiful Norwegian Prima for years to come. The additional five NFT pieces showcase some of the innovative 3-D designs often depicted in Peeta’s works and will be featured aboard Norwegian Prima including the ship’s three-level Penrose Atrium.

All proceeds from the NFT auction and sales will be donated to Teach For America. Teach For America finds, develops, and supports a network of leaders who expand opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate.

Launching August 2022, Norwegian Prima’s Christening voyage will depart from Reykjavík, Iceland and will feature a performance from newly announced godmother, global popstar Katy Perry. Norwegian Prima will offer voyages to Northern Europe from Amsterdam; and Copenhagen, Denmark beginning 3rd September; and Caribbean itineraries from Galveston, Texas, Miami and Orlando, Fla. Beginning 27th October

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Celebrity Cruises takes delivery of transformational Celebrity Beyond

Today Celebrity Cruises’ President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo honoured the thousands of engineers, architects, designers, contractors, shipyard employees and Celebrity Cruises teams as the brand took delivery of Celebrity Beyond, the third and most luxurious ship in the fleet’s new-luxury Edge Series®, and a true game changer for the travel industry. The moment was particularly special as it marked the shipyard’s first physical delivery ceremony since the pandemic.

Designed to give guests endless opportunities to disconnect from the world — while simultaneously reconnecting with the world that surrounds them — Celebrity Beyond goes further than imagined possible for a cruise ship, creating a new world of wonder and approachable luxury.  With forward-thinking design by the world’s leading architects and interior designers, culinary excellence from Michelin-starred chefs, world renowned wellbeing partners, exquisite art, luxury brand retailers and Celebrity’s uniquely intuitive service, Celebrity Beyond shatters every preconceived notion of the cruising experience. A floating boutique hotel, Celebrity Beyond exemplifies new-luxury travel and its future at sea.  

As part of the historic moment, Lutoff-Perlo was joined by Royal Caribbean Group’s President and CEO, Jason Liberty, and the ship’s captain, Kate McCue, as they officially took ownership from the shipyard and completed the traditional changing of the flags, hosting a celebratory ceremony onboard Celebrity Beyond while docked in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The momentous occasion was celebrated alongside other Celebrity Cruises executives, shipyard officials including General Manager Laurent Castaing, and Beyond’s 1,400 crew members from over 60 different countries. 

Celebrity Beyond’s maiden voyage will depart on 27th April, 2022, from Southampton, for a 10-night Western European cruise visiting Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain.

She will then offer a variety of Mediterranean journeys including nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries and 10-night Greek Isles itineraries through early October, when she then heads to the Caribbean. Voyages are on sale now. 

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines unveils ‘Magical Music of The Beatles’ world cruise from Liverpool in 2024


Fred. Olsen has today unveiled a brand new world cruise for 2024 celebrating the magical music of The Beatles – including a specially-commissioned yellow submarine to offer tours to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Fred. Olsen’s Journey Planners have come together to hand-craft an itinerary that follows – as closely as possible – in the footsteps of The Beatles when they embarked on their 1964 World Tour, with a call into Copenhagen to mark 60 years since the opening night in the city.

More than just day trippers, our guests will find ‘newspaper taxis’ waiting ashore to take them on tours to many of the venues played by The Beatles during the famous tour. In addition, in Australia guests will be able to purchase a ticket to ride aboard Fred. Olsen’s new submarine – of course, painted yellow and aptly named SS Penny Lane – to witness the Great Barrier Reef.

On board, guests will find their very own Cavern Club where they can dance the night away to their favourite Beatles songs, and also a special ‘hill’ out on deck – built from Norwegian wood from our homeland – where guests can sit and enjoy scenic sailings and sunsets.

The cruise is a celebration of Fred. Olsen’s long-standing links to Liverpool, with new ship Borealis homeporting from the city for another year in 2022. The ship will berth almost opposite the statue of the ‘Fab Four’ at The Beatles Pier Head.

Details of the new world cruise are as follows:

Borealis’ 118-night S24BT ‘Magical Music of the Beatles’ world cruise, departing from Liverpool on 30th May 2024. Prices start from £17,999 per person.

Itinerary: Liverpool, England – Bournemouth, England – Brighton, England – Scarborough, England – Copenhagen, Denmark – Stockholm, Sweden – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Transit Suez Canal – Hong Kong, China – Aukland, New Zealand – Wellington, New Zealand – Christchurch, New Zealand –Dunedin, New Zealand – Cruising Great Barrier Reef – Sydney, Australia – Melbourne, Australia – Adelaide, Australia – Seattle, USA – Vancouver, Canada – San Francisco, USA – Los Angeles, USA – Cruising Panama Canal – New Orleans – USA – Jacksonville, USA – Baltimore, USA – Philadelphia, USA – New York, USA – Boston, USA – Montreal, Canada – Liverpool, England

This sailing has been unveiled ahead of the launch of Fred. Olsen’s 2023/24 schedule, which is set to be released by the small-ship operator at the end of April 2022.

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Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express plans first emission free ship by 2030

Hurtigruten announces its most ambitious sustainability initiative to date; creating solutions for zero emission passenger ships, using the Norwegian coast as the ideal case.

Since the start in 1893, Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express has carried local passengers, goods, and tourists between 34 ports – in what is known as the most beautiful voyage in world.

The company is currently upgrading its existing fleet through what is one of the biggest upgrade programs in European shipping, that will see CO2-emissions cut by 25% and NOx by 80%. The company aims to be a leader in sustainable travel, and Hurtigruten Norway CEO Hedda Felin makes it clear that the goal is zero emissions. 

“We have built our last fossil fueled ship for the Norwegian Coastal Express. When we sail the coastal route for the next 100 years, it will be emission-free, making the world’s most beautiful voyage even more spectacular,” said Hedda Felin.

The Norwegian coast as an ideal location

The Norwegian Coastal Express’ route from Bergen to Kirkenes is an ideal starting point for the development of zero emission passenger ships.

“We as a group have ships sailing all over the world, and we see that the Norwegian coast is an ideal location for this kind of game changing project, where we can benefit from the innovative Norwegian expertise in green shipping,” added Skjeldam.

Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express holds a unique position along the coast as it stops at 34 ports, which means there’s strong opportunities to use future infrastructure for green energy, and several ports plan to expand shore power connectivity. Norway’s strong research and maritime industry and political willingness to support green shipping are positive factors that make the Norwegian coast a perfect fit for this type of initiative.

Research institute SINTEF on board

The Norwegian research instituteSINTEF is on board from the start. SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organizations, which holds the world’s leading professional environments within green maritime technology and energy systems.

“With this project, Hurtigruten Norway and SINTEF can show the world that green and sustainable passenger ships can be achieved in the near future. Cutting emissions in the maritime sector is by no means an easy feat, and we need ambitious companies like Hurtigruten Norway to take initiatives like this,” said SINTEF President Alexandra Bech Gjørv.

The project includes all aspects of a new ship build program, from design, propulsion, energy and fuel to hotel operations and digital solutions. The goal is that the new ships will be emission-free to both air and sea, and sustainable from a circular economy perspective.As a partner, SINTEF will provide analysis, research and development.

“The first phase of the project has already been kicked-off and consists of a feasibility study, looking at technological and operational solutions for zero emission Hurtigruten Coastal Express ships on the Norwegian coast,” said SINTEF Ocean Market Director Trond Johnsen.

In the next phase, leading maritime industry partners will be invited to participate in taking the project further towards development and qualification of innovative green ship designs and technologies.

“Zero-emission fuels and power systems is an obvious focus area for the project. However, the availability, production cost and energy density of such fuels will require massive cuts in energy usage as well, making energy-efficiency the probable main challenge,” said Johnsen. 

“We are proud to partner with SINTEF Ocean to pioneer the new solutions needed. In order to transform high ambitions into actual results, coupling our knowledge of the coast with SINTEF’s expertise is a key factor,” said Hurtigruten Norway CEO Hedda Felin.

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