Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Guests Fund And Name New RNLI Relief Lifeboat

Today, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines celebrated its long-standing relationship with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) charity, with the official Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the fifth RNLI lifeboat – B-913 Pride of Fred. Olsen – to be funded by generous guests across the Fred. Olsen fleet,

The Ceremony and Dedication of B-913 Pride of Fred. Olsen took place at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Head Office, Fred. Olsen House, in Ipswich, Suffolk, and is the first time that the RNLI has named one of its lifeboats at the premises of a corporate partner.

The event was attended by a variety of VIP guests from Fred. Olsen and the RNLI, including: the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jane Riley; Terry Hunt, Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk; Rear Admiral Roger Lockwood, Chair of the RNLI Scottish Council; crew members from Harwich, Clacton and Aldeburgh Lifeboat Stations; and senior executives from the two organisations.

The Service of Dedication was conducted by Reverend Andrew Dotchin, Honorary Chaplain of The Mission to Seafarers – a crew welfare charity that Fred. Olsen also supports – and Vicar of Felixstowe Town and Rural Dean of The Colneys, assisted by Reverend Jutta Brück, Priest-in-Charge at St Thomas, Ipswich.

The name Pride of Fred. Olsen was chosen for the new lifeboat by Fred. Olsen guests, Margaret Whittington, Peter Ruck and Joan Hutchings, in a competition held across the Fred. Olsen fleet at the end of 2018. Margaret, Peter and Joan were proud to be ‘Guests of Honour’ at the Ceremony and officially name the lifeboat.

Ipswich Hospital Community Choir made a guest appearance at the event, performing their specially-commissioned song in honour of Pride of Fred. Olsen, ‘Take Pride’, composed by choir leader, Alex Howell.

Pride of Fred. Olsen – a new Atlantic 85 Rigid Inflatable Boat (‘RIB’), capable of up to 35 Knots – was built at the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat production facility on the Isle of Wight. Carrying four crew members, it will be based in Poole, Dorset, as part of the RNLI’s relief fleet around the UK and Ireland.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, we are all extremely proud of our long and successful relationship with the RNLI, and we have been ‘saving lives at sea together’ for over 50 years, since 1968.

“We derive our livelihoods from the sea, so to be able to support a charity that provides such a vital service in our working environment means a lot to us.

“As we gift Pride of Fred. Olsen to the RNLI, we pay tribute to the tremendous generosity and enthusiasm of our guests towards the RNLI and all that their brave crews do to keep us safe at sea.”

Catherine Kaye, RNLI Corporate Partnerships Manager, said:

“We’re so grateful for the continued support of Fred. Olsen and their guests. As a charity, the RNLI relies on the generosity of its supporters.

“Relief lifeboats such as the Pride of Fred. Olsen are vital for us to ensure that we have the right assets at stations when a lifeboat goes away for maintenance. This new lifeboat will help us to continue to save lives at sea and will help us ensure that our lifesavers have the equipment they need to help those in difficulty, as they have done since 1824.”

Throughout 2018, Fred. Olsen’s guests raised £170,000 towards the new lifeboat across its fleet of four ocean ships – BalmoralBraemarBoudicca and Black Watch – and river cruise vessel, Brabant, which coincided with the commemoration of Fred. Olsen’s 170th anniversary in shipping.

2018 also saw Fred. Olsen and the RNLI celebrate 50 years of a successful and mutually-beneficial partnership together.

During its long-running links with the RNLI, Fred. Olsen guests have funded a total of five lifeboats –the fourth being Spirit of Fred. Olsen, based at Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands since 2012 – along with three mobile training units, three seminar rooms at The Lifeboat College in Poole, and the development and funding of three lifeboat-launching trolleys, as well as crew member training and crew equipment.

In May 2010, Fred. Olsen was presented with an RNLI ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Royal Patron H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its ongoing commitment, as the charity’s longest-standing corporate partner.

The RNLI is the charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

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Princess Cruises Announces Expansion Of Medallion-Activated Ships

Princess Cruises has announced that three more of its ships – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – are to be fully Princess Medallion-activated, meaning a total of five ships in the fleet will feature the award-winning technology.

The Medallion will be available on the 3,080-guest Crown Princess in July as she sails the British Isles from Southampton and will be followed by the 3,560-guest Royal Princess in April as she departs for her maiden Alaska season.

The 3,660-guest Sky Princess, which joins the fleet in October, will be Medallion-ready when she embarks on her maiden season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean. This means all Princess’ Caribbean-based ships will have full Medallion services from this Autumn.

The Medallion is the same size as a 10p piece, is fully-automated and has no visible technology such as an on-off switch or charging function. Its features include:

  • A streamlined embarkation and disembarkation process, giving quicker and easier access to the ship
  • Keyless stateroom access
  • Enhanced interaction with crew members and other guests, e.g. staff can see guest’s individual food and beverage preferences and offer a more personalised service
  • On demand beverage delivery, whereby guests will be able to order drinks and have them delivered directly throughout the ship and to their stateroom
  • OceanCompass, which provides interactive directions throughout the ship and allows guests to easily locate friends, family and their children
  • Easy payment for merchandise, drinks, shore excursions and other onboard services
  • Access for guests to their real-time itinerary via portals throughout the ship, along with events and activities taking place during their cruise
  • Interactive games that can be played on portals across the vessel and the top deck ‘Movies Under The Stars’ screen, including trivia challenges and a ship-wide digital scavenger hunt
  • A selection of casino games including poker, bingo and roulette available via guests’ smart devices and select portals

The three newly-announced ships will join the 3,140-guest Caribbean Princess and 3,560-guest Regal Princess, which are already Medallion-enabled.

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “Having recently travelled on Caribbean Princess I can say first-hand that guests are finding their holidays enhanced with Princess Medallion as a new and memorable experience. This will include everyone who sails with us to the Caribbean this autumn and winter.

“Starting in April, we will continue the expansion to a total of five Princess Medallion ships expected this year, as we continue on our path to fleet-wide activation. We look forward to bringing the experience to new groups for the first time, such as those sailing to destinations in Alaska and Mexico.”

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Saga Announces Names For Suites On Spirit Of Discovery

 

Attention all Shipping at 00.00hrs July 5, 2019: The iconic names broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s British Isles Shipping Forecast will ring out on Saga’s new ship Spirit of Discovery with eight suites named after the areas Bailey, Fair Isle, FitzRoy, Hebrides, Humber, Lundy, Thames and Trafalgar.

A nod to Saga Cruises’ heritage also sees the ship’s four top suites honour inspiring names including company founder Sidney de Haan OBE. Mr de Hann (1919-2002) built the company from a small hotel in Folkestone in 1951 to become the best-known UK company for the over-50s.

Saga’s chief operating officer Nigel Blanks said ‘naming the suites with an original, British maritime theme was one goal but we also wanted to recognise our heritage and the important names in Saga Cruises’ own history’.

He said: “The Shipping Forecast’s areas are heard four times a day on the radio – but on Spirit of Discovery they will be ever present!

“Saga Rose and Saga Ruby were Saga Cruises’ first two ships and are still fondly remembered by our guests so The Rose Suite and The Ruby Suite have been named in their honour.

“The Sidney de Haan Suite and The Joseph Meyer Suite salute our founder and the new relationship we have developed with the Meyer Werft shipyard, in Papenburg, where Spirit of Discovery is being built. We are working with Bernard Meyer, who is the seventh-generation owner at the family-run shipyard which started in 1873 when Joseph Meyer built the company’s first iron ship.”

Blanks added: “Our suites will enjoy a butler service and will be among the finest afloat – each with its own character and personality, sumptuous furnishings, fabrics and fittings as well as bespoke artwork. At 730sq ft The Sidney de Haan Suite and The Joseph Meyer Suite feature separate living rooms plus bathrooms to impress with twin sinks, a shower and a separate bathtub.”

Spirit of Discovery

Saga’s first purpose-built cruise ship Spirit of Discovery is the one of two new passenger ships being constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany.

Spirit of Discovery will be named in Dover on July 5, 2019 while the second ship, Spirit of Adventure, is planned to enter service in 2020. Both ships will host 999 guests and 530 crew members. Spirit of Discovery will be a 58,250 gross tons vessel measuring 774.3ft in length and a maximum beam of 102.4ft.

Spirit of Discovery’s Forward suites:

The Sidney De Haan Suite | The Joseph Meyer Suite | The Rose Suite | The Ruby Suite

Spirit of Discovery’s Aft Suites:

The Bailey Suite | The Fair Isle Suite | The FitzRoy Suite | The Hebrides Suite | The Humber Suite | The Lundy Suite | The Thames Suite | The Trafalgar Suite

 

 

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How To Choose The Right Marella Cruise Ship

Those of you constantly planning your next bout of wanderlust are increasingly choosing to see the world via the seas, thanks to the opportunity to visit multiple destinations on one voyage. It’s true, cruising is fast becoming a favourite holiday option with travellers of all ages. Marella Cruises is not only aware of this, it is ready to step up and offer a variety of different ships, catering to the desires of holidaymakers from all walks of life.

Forget what you know about cruises

Once the preferred holiday style of older generations, seemingly exclusively, cruising has come a long way in a short time, with younger crowds and families reportedly choosing to get on board. You might ask why – the simple answer is that large cruise lines such as Marella have sought to personalise the experience as much as possible. With on-board activities and food offerings now reflecting the interests of vastly different crowds, not to mention an ever-increasing selection of once-in-a-lifetime destinations to see, holidaymakers are enjoying a whole new world of travel.

Take a look at the fleet below and see which ship is most geared towards you and your needs.

For the foodies

Eleven decks play host to seven restaurants, serving up a huge range of cuisines. You won’t have to worry about feeling too crowded, either, as the Discovery is one of the largest ships in the fleet. From top-class roasts to tapas and gourmet specialties, there’s nothing that your taste buds won’t want to sample – and kids are well catered for, too.

A range of chic bars offer adult-only evening entertainment and when you feel as though you might have overindulged (just a tad) there are plenty of sporting facilities to take advantage of, such as a jogging track and mini-golf course.

Cruising without the kids

Not everybody takes the kids on holiday with them and for those of you that want a more refined and peaceful experience, the Explorer 2 could be the ideal ship. Launching in 2019, she is a state-of-the-art vessel designed to impress, with a host of upmarket dining options, amazing bars and indulgent Champneys spa facilities to die for.

Eight restaurants and 10 bars make for unending gastronomic possibilities and thanks to the all-inclusive nature of the ship, you won’t have to pay a penny extra for anything. The entertainment is second to none as well.

Mediterranean magic

If you’re more guided by where you want to go as opposed to how you get there and you have a hankering to see more of the Med, the Discovery 2 is the perfect choice. A colossal ship, she almost exclusively visits destinations across the Mediterranean, while offering luxury, fun and relaxation.

While the sights of the countries on your itinerary will be at the top of your must-see list, there is plenty to do on board as well. ‘Movies by Moonlight’ is particularly popular with couples who fancy snuggling under a blanket and the stars to watch a film.

Glitz and glamour

If you’re looking for a little more indulgence and opulence, the Celebration is worth considering. Famous for her two-storey spa, luxury dining rooms and beautifully finished cabins, the Celebration is a smaller member of the fleet, but packs a big punch in terms of really looking after the passengers on board.

To add a little extra glitz, there is an on-board casino, Broadway Show Lounge and the chance to participate in dance classes.

One for families

The Marella Dream prides herself on being all about your leisure time, which is why she has a huge number of activities for passengers of all ages to try.

While adults will enjoy the casino, shops, art gallery and spa facilities, kids are particularly well taken care of on the Dream, with their own swimming pool and a stage school. The Kids’ Club also allows parents to enjoy a little quiet time, while the little ones are supervised, safe and given an outlet for their energy.

The great all-rounder

They say you can’t please all the people all the time, but the Explorer begs to differ. By offering a wide range of entertainment, dining options and kid-friendly activities, holidaymakers of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy their time at sea.

With both sports and family decks ready to be enjoyed, as well as a cinema and more restaurants than you’ll believe, nobody will have time to get bored on the Explorer.

When it comes to booking a cruise, it’s all about prioritising what you want to get out of the experience. Are you looking for amazing food? Perhaps perpetual pampering is more your thing? Whatever your driving force, there will be a perfect ship for you.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Orders Third Explorer-Class Ship

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced an order with Italy’s Fincantieri S.p.A. to build another stunning cruise ship that will continue to set the standard for defining elegance at sea.

With delivery scheduled in late 2023, the new vessel will be a sister ship to the award-winning Seven Seas Explorer , the most luxurious ship ever built, and Seven Seas Splendor, the ship that perfects luxury.

Accommodating up to 750 guests, the intimate and spacious new ship will be Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ sixth-all-suite vessel. Details about her itineraries, suites, restaurants, amenities and onboard experiences will be revealed leading up to her 2023 debut. Voyages for the ship’s inaugural season will go on sale in 2021.

“Since debuting in 2016, Seven Seas Explorer has solidified her reputation as the most luxurious ship ever built based on the continuous awards and guest accolades she earns,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “When Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season went on sale in April 2018 we set a new single-day booking record for our 26-year-old company, demonstrating the anticipation for her 2020 arrival. Each new ship is progressively more successful. Our growth is a reflection of the amazing people who work across our fleet, our valued shoreside employees, our loyal guests and their trusted travel advisors.”

The contract price for the vessel is approximately €475 million. The Company has obtained export credit financing with favourable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of the ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which also owns Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises.

Fincantieri is currently building Seven Seas Splendor at its Ancona, Italy shipyard, with relentless focus on perfecting every detail during construction so the ship’s inspired design truly dazzles guests as a work of art.

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My Jumbled Love Of Cruise

Before I started writing this, I had a rough idea of what I was going to say, but then as usual my mind shot away from me and I’m now almost certain that what you’re about to read is going to be a jumbled yet beautiful mess that is all about my love of cruise.

I think it’s fair to say that my life revolves around cruise, I eat, sleep and breathe it, and I am in constant awe of the massive community it has created. It’s so much more than just a holiday choice, for many people it’s also a lifestyle. There are dozens of forums, groups and pages spread across social media that are dedicated to this amazing industry, some of them are even dedicated to specific cruise lines and ships. You don’t get that kind of camaraderie from a land-based holiday, that’s for sure.

We look at our ships as part of us and we never forget the first! As cruisers, we have so much more to talk about than JUST the holiday experience because the ship herself is also very much the main attraction. The ship brings us all together, but at times, like in any situation, the ship can also be what divides us on opinions. This then leads to healthy discussion and a social scattering of pros and cons from both passionate sides. It’s great fun. I prefer a smaller, more traditional cruise ship, but I have friends that would much rather spend their time on something with upwards of 4000 passengers. Either way, we all just want to be on a ship, so even when we disagree, to an extent, we still agree!

There’s something almost addictive about waking up to a new view every morning. I sit in my office every day and when I look out the window, for as far as my eyes can see, there’s a huge RV, a few trees and several other houses. It’s not quite the same as going out onto the deck and spotting a pod of dolphins playing in the water. I know I was born to wander because I can’t sit still, and I thrive on an ever-changing scenery. The same view from my window every day is only tolerable because I can dive into magical lands and amazing cruise ships via my laptop – a blessing that comes with working in the cruise industry full-time. If I hadn’t discovered cruising back in 2007, I have no idea what I’d be doing right now.

The smell of the deck as the wood warms beneath the sun, to the pink and undisturbed sunsets, there’s nothing I dislike about being on a ship. OK, I don’t like disembarkation day but let’s not go there.

I’ll not keep you here for much longer, I really could go on about this for weeks, but I just wanted to drop a little ‘cruise love note’ while we enjoy going around the world via the #CLIAworldcruise on social media. I’ve been on more than 55 cruises and sailed to some of the most impressive destinations on the planet. I wake up every day feeling so incredibly fortunate to have the opportunities that I do, and I will never tire of it.

#LiveYourBestCruiseLife 

What do you love most about cruising? Tell me your stories, leave comments below or let me know via Twitter or Facebook.

 

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Princess Cruises Confirms 2020 Japan Cruise Programme

Princess Cruises has announced its full 2020 Japan programme is now on sale and available to book.

Throughout the year the 2,670-guest Diamond Princess will sail roundtrip from Tokyo and Kobe on over 50 departures to more than 50 destinations in 11 countries.

The voyages range from 5 – 28 days and offer guests the opportunity to participate in activities and events including Japan’s most famous summer festivals; renowned spring flower and fall foliage sites; and celebrate the festive period in further afield destinations such as Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Diamond Princess is tailored for Japan cruising and gives guests the chance to enjoy local experiences onboard such as relaxing in a traditional ‘onsen’ bath and dining in a sushi restaurant.

Princess Cruises Japan Sailings Include:

  • An 8-day Japan Explorer with Kumano Fireworks cruise roundtrip from Tokyo, calling at Wakayama, Kumano, Kochi, Kanmon Straits (scenic cruising), Busan, Nagasaki, Gunkanjima (scenic cruising) and Kagoshima. Departs August 15, 2020.
  • A 9-day Japan Explorer Spring Flowers cruise roundtrip from Tokyo, calling at Gamagori, Osaka, Kochi, Hiroshima, Busan and Sasebo. Departs April 2, 2020.
  • A 14-day Borneo & Japan Cruise from Singapore to Tokyo, calling at Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Okinawa, Osaka (for Kyoto) and Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji). Departs December 30, 2020.

All cruises currently have a low £50pp deposit.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “Guests sailing Japan with Princess Cruises will get to experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer, both onboard and ashore.

“The variety of cruises on offer gives our guests the opportunity to tailor-make their own holiday. Shorter 7-day voyages allow a cruise to be combined with a land holiday, while longer cruises of 14 – 28 days are popular with those who are keen to explore.”

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Cunard Announces New Steakhouse Dining Concept At The Verandah

Cunard has announced its new dining concept, ‘Steakhouse at The Verandah,’ which has become a permanent feature at the alternative dining restaurant on board the line’s three Queens—Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

Taking influence from both sides of the Atlantic, Cunard’s team of chefs have curated a menu showcasing prime USDA gran finished New York strip steak, Main lobster and Alaskan king crab, alongside dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass-fed, dry aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. Offerings from farther afield such as renowned Waygu beef from Australia are also featured on the menu.

In addition to the new menu, a new selection of craft cocktails will be available at The Verandah bar, reflecting contemporary mixology trends from some of the world’s most dynamic cities. The wine selection has also been specifically chosen to focus on ‘steak heroes’ and features classis peppery Syrahs alongside more contemporary juicy Malbecs and rich Chardonnays.

Steakhouse at The Verandah will be open for lunch and dinner for a $25.00 USD per person cost for lunch and a $39.00 USD per person cost for dinner, with some menu offerings requiring a further supplement. Dinner reservations are pre-bookable on Cunard’s Voyage Personaliser or once on board, and lunch reservations are available once on board.

Steakhouse at The Verandah is open on sea days for lunch from 12pm until 1:30pm and for dinner from 6:30pm until 9pm.

 

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Oceania Cruises Announces TWO Next Generation Allura-Class Ships

Oceania Cruises has today announced an order for two new Allura-class ships from Fincantieri S.p.A. The ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2025.

“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all the elements our guests treasure – a warm, intimate, residential style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites, and of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises.

The two 67,000 gross ton Allura-Class ships will each accommodate approximately 1,200 guests. This new class of mid-size cruise vessels will retain all the warmth, popular design elements and signature amenities of the line’s award-winning Marina and Riviera while affording guests an additional level of comfort, convenience and many new luxury amenities.

“We are excited to expand the Oceania Cruises fleet with our new Allura-Class ships to meet the strong demand for upscale culinary- and destination-focused cruise vacations around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This new class of ships will further elevate the already best-in-class guest experience at Oceania Cruises and meaningfully strengthen demand from both new and loyal returning guests, which will ultimately drive further returns for shareholders.”

“This new successful project for Oceania Cruises is yet another demonstration of our ability to capitalise on product innovation and diversification to meet the needs of every type of customer, a capability that distinguishes us in the world” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “The order we are announcing today, indeed, reiterates not only our first place in the luxury sector, but at the same time it further strengthens an unprecedented leadership in the cruise sector, with a backlog of 55 vessels to be built for most of the brands operating on this market and deliveries extending all the way to 2027”.

The contract price for each of the two vessels is approximately €575 million per ship.  The Company has obtained export credit financing with favourable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals.

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Best Cruise Lines For Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own is a wonderful way to experience the treasures of our world, but for those thinking about it for the first time it can also be quite daunting. My blog today is going to get rid of all your worries and start you off on a truly unforgettable journey of adventure and self-discovery, as I introduce you to some of the best cruise lines for solo travellers.

Some of the best cruise lines for solo travellers

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a great choice for solo travellers, not only do they have a high percentage of solo guests, their ships are also small enough to allow you to see the same faces on an almost daily basis. This is something you don’t often get on larger vessels, which can make it difficult to build friendships. They also have a huge variety of solo cabins across the entire fleet, so all you really need to do is decide where you want to go. I’ve sailed with Fred. Olsen many times and can highly recommend.

P&O Cruises

An easy option for those cruising solo that want to have the choice between a smaller ship or a larger ship, and those that want a wide variety of no-fly and fly-cruise options. Wherever you want to go, it’s likely that P&O Cruises will be able to take you there. I’ve sailed solo with the line on a few different itineraries and I’ve enjoyed every moment. With P&O, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like, both onboard and ashore.

Crystal Cruises

If ultra-luxury is your calling, then consider Crystal Cruises for your next solo cruise adventure. Crystal’s luxurious vessels are big enough to offer everything you would expect from a luxury cruise, but small enough to retain that intimate charm that allows you to meet and socialise with like-minded people. I spent several days on my own aboard Crystal Symphony and I relished in every moment of it. A superb experience with a wide variety of people from all over the world.

Cunard Line

From solo coffee mornings to perfectly assigned table choices in the main dining room, Cunard’s three queen’s offer a warm and comfortable welcome to every guest. I sailed 2 solo transatlantic voyages aboard Queen Mary 2 and I wasn’t on my own for long. I met some fantastic people, some of whom I have even met up with on other sailings since. Cunard really does hold on to that age of classic cruising and it’s an experience that every cruiser should have at least once.

Voyages to Antiquity

If you want to immerse yourself in the rich and deep history of the destinations you visit, then Voyages to Antiquity is the one for you. More than 30% of their guests are solo travellers, so you can be sure that regardless of the itinerary you choose, you are certainly going to be travelling with like-minded people. They offer single mingle dinners and tours in almost every port are included, so there’s no need to worry about going ashore on your own or missing out, you’ll not miss a thing with Voyages to Antiquity.

Saga Cruises

Saga has a high percentage of repeat guests, especially solo ones, and having experienced a Saga cruise on more than one occasion, it’s really not difficult to see why. In my opinion, Saga is one of the best cruise lines out there for any traveller over the age of 50. Many sailings are now all-inclusive, so no need to worry about a huge cabin bill and the shore excursion offerings offer something for all levels of ability.

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara is ideal for those who want pure destination immersion and some slices of luxury. Three stunning ships to choose from, many accommodation options and some incredible dining options. Azamara offer a huge variety of itineraries and some of the longest port calls within the industry. You’ll have ample time to explore ashore and still enjoy all the onboard features and facilities.

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