Disney Cruise Line Announces 2024 New Destinations And More!

Disney Cruise Line announced today the inaugural dates and select itineraries for its new island destination in The Bahamas, headlining a season full of new and guest-favourite itineraries around the world in summer 2024. Along with the first sailings to Lighthouse Point, families will be able to choose magical holidays to bucket-list destinations that include the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean.

“We are delighted to take families to new places during the summer 2024 season, including our newest island destination at Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas,” said Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Cruise Line. “We’re also thrilled to return to Europe with new ports of call and offer exciting adventures to Alaska and the Caribbean. All of these Disney Cruise Line sailings provide the unique experiences that our guests have come to expect from Disney, from world-class dining and dazzling entertainment to character encounters and legendary guest service.”

Bookings open to the public 30th March 2023. For more details, visit the Summer 2024 itineraries page of disneycruise.com.

First Sailings to Lighthouse Point In June 2024, Disney Cruise Line will debut its newest Bahamian destination on the island of Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point. Guests sailing aboard the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will discover a vibrant beach retreat designed with families in mind, infused with the colour and energy of Bahamian artistry, and developed with a commitment to conservation at its core.A seven-night inaugural sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, Florida, on 8th June will allow guests to be among the first to make a splash in the crystal-clear waters of this new destination at Lighthouse Point. This ultimate Disney Cruise Line island destination itinerary will feature two stops at Lighthouse Point and one day at Castaway Cay. On 6th June, a three-night preview cruise on the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale will offer a sneak peek of Lighthouse Point with limited access to some areas.-more-Following the inaugural voyage, Lighthouse Point will be a featured port of call on select three-, four- and five-night sailings to The Bahamas and Caribbean on the Disney Magic out of Fort Lauderdale. These itineraries will vary stops between Lighthouse Point and Castaway Cay, with five special departures including both Disney Cruise Line island destinations.

New European Destinations Dreams will come to life for Disney Cruise Line guests in summer 2024 as the Disney Dream returns to premier European destinations in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, British Isles and popular locales in the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland. Including a selection of 3, 4 and 5-night round-trip sailings from Southampton visiting destinations in Spain, Belgium and France. These sailings will be in UK summer school holidays.European sailings will feature a number of new ports of call, including Valencia, Spain; Haugesund, Norway; and Hamburg, Germany, along with three Mediterranean destinations that will return for the first time since 2014: Catania, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Valletta, Malta.Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) will range from five to 11 nights, while northern Europe and British Isles sailings will offer itineraries anywhere from three nights to one 12-night voyage that includes the Norwegian fjords, three days in Iceland and an overnight stay in Reykjavik. 

Adventures in Alaska Cruises to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada, will return on the Disney Wonder from May through September 2024, offering more chances for families to experience the natural splendour and adventure of “The Last Frontier” with five-, seven- and nine-night sailings. Majestic wildlife and stunning scenery in iconic places like Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and glacier viewing along the Stikine Icecap will blend with Disney’s world-class entertainment, dining and guest service to create a family-friendly holiday that celebrates the spirit of Alaska both on land and on board.

Tropical Escapes to The Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral The Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish will travel to sun-kissed islands throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean in summer 2024. All sailings on these Port Canaveral-based ships will feature a visit to Castaway Cay, a picturesque private island oasis in The Bahamas that offers something for everyone in the family, from fun and relaxation to adventurous water activities.The Disney Wish will feature three- and four-night Bahamian holidays, while the Disney Fantasy will sail to popular ports in the eastern and western Caribbean on seven-night cruises. One five-night Disney Fantasy voyage in July will take families to Nassau with two stops in Castaway Cay, while a special 10-night southern Caribbean sailing will give families another opportunity to visit Lighthouse Point with additional visits to the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

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Cunard To Return To South America For The First Time In Five Years

Cunard has announced its return to South America in 2025, marking the first time since 2020 the luxury cruise brand will offer voyages to the continent.

The warm shores of Brazil, Chile, Ecuador – and more – await those seeking the adventure of a lifetime when Queen Victoria sails west from Southampton, for 78 nights, in January 2025.

Cunard has a rich history of transatlantic crossings and worldwide voyages, and its eagerly anticipated return to South America represents a significant milestone for the iconic brand.

Its roundtrip South American Discovery voyage will offer guests the opportunity to explore some of the continent’s most iconic destinations, from the vibrant cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro to the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Patagonia and the Chilean fjords. The sailing will also include stops in the charming Peruvian city of Callao, and Brazil’s historic coastal city of Salvador.

A selection of Cunard’s unforgettable shore experiences will allow travellers to explore some of the continent’s natural wonders and thrill-seeking attractions.

Whether it be venturing into Brazil’s Tijuca Rain Forest, learning to surf in Buzios, trekking to Chile’s beautiful Petrohue Falls and Emerald Lake, seeing the sights of Buenos Aires in a helicopter, visiting the Magellanic penguin colony at Punta Tombo, or kicking back on a wine tasting tour in the Chilean city of San Antonio – there is a little moment of magic for everyone.

Guests sailing on the 78-night South America voyage will also enjoy additional benefits, including a World Voyage cocktail party, a shoreside Gala event, a unique commemorative gift, the services of a World Voyage concierge, the use of a private lounge, and a fare inclusive of hotel and dining service charge.

Tom Mahoney, Director of UK Sales at Cunard, said: “We look forward to working with our trade partners as we return to South America for the first time in five years. Not only will guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the continent’s unique combination of history, culture, and natural beauty, but they will also experience 78 nights of our iconic White Star service and unrivalled onboard entertainment programme.

“We are also incredibly excited to work with partners that specialise in tailormade packages. In fact, over two-thirds of guests that we recently surveyed told us their holiday decision making is becoming more experience-led. With departures from Port Everglades in Florida, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and San Antonio in Chile, there are incredible opportunities to match Cunard’s sailings with unforgettable land-based experiences.”

Cunard’s South American Discovery, Southampton roundtrip, 78 nights (V503B), starting from £13,499 based on two sharing a Britannia Balcony stateroom.

For more information about Cunard, or to book a voyage, visit www.cunard.com

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces New 154-Night 2026 World Cruise

Beckoning to curious and adventurous travellers, Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, has unveiled its longest World Cruise to date, sailing January 10, 2026, on board the elegant Seven Seas Mariner®.

Regent’s 2026 World Cruise – The Sense of Adventure – is a round trip journey embarking from Miami, Florida where guests will cruise three oceans over 154 nights, discovering incredible destinations in the Americas, South Pacific, Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Sailing 39,722 nautical miles, guests will explore 77 ports of call in 41 countries across six continents. The cruise visits three new ports of call to Regent – Lifou Island, Maré of the Loyalty Islands in the New Caledonia archipelago, and the wild and rugged Waingapu (Sumba), Indonesia.

Renowned for unrivalled immersion in some of the world’s most remarkable destinations, Regent has curated unforgettable experiences on land with 431 included shore excursions and 16 in-port overnight stays for extended exploration in fascinating locales including Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Darwin, Australia; and Walvis Bay, Namibia. Additionally, three shoreside excursions – A Taste of History at the Battleship Missouri in Honolulu, Hawaii; Across the Archipelago Dinner at Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali, Indonesia; and Passport to Portuguese Flavour at Convento do Beato in Lisbon – offer even deeper cultural exploration.

The itinerary also provides access to 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Monastery of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve from Praslin, Seychelles; Robben Island from Cape Town, South Africa; and the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, Australia.

Before boarding Seven Seas Mariner, guests will kick-off their round the world adventure with a one-night pre-cruise stay in a luxury hotel in vibrant Miami, Florida, and an exclusive pre-cruise gala event.

Regent’s exclusive World Cruises are complete with a range of bespoke amenities including business-class air, door-to-door luggage service, unlimited valet laundry including dry cleaning and pressing, phone time per suite, a commemorative gift, and more. Allowing guests to travel with complete peace of mind, additional amenities include onboard medical services and a comprehensive visa package. Personalised service, exquisite cuisine in elegant restaurants, premium beverages in sophisticated bars and lounges, and incredible entertainment complete the unrivalled experience that Regent is famous for.

Fares for the 154-night voyage start from £79,219 per guest for a luxurious Deluxe Veranda Suite and £215,339 per guest for the indulgent and lavish Master Suite.

The 2026 World Cruise opens for reservations on March 22, 2023, but guests can pre-register from March 13 by calling 023 8068 2280, or by visiting RSSC.com/2026-World-Cruise where more information and an enticing 2026 World Cruise video can be found.

2026 World Cruise by Numbers:

  • 39,722 nautical miles
  • 431 included shore excursions
  • 77 ports of call
  • 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 41 countries
  • 16 overnight stays
  • 15 seas, straits, gulfs, bays, and channels cruised
  • 6 continents
  • 3 oceans
  • 3 new ports of call visited

Three NEW Shoreside Experiences, exclusively for 2026 World Cruise guests:

A Taste of History at the Battleship Missouri

January 31, 2026 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Tour the historic Battleship Missouri on an exclusive shoreside experience where guests will see, feel, and learn about the monumental events “Mighty Mo” endured, from the official surrender of Japan in World War II until today. While aboard, guests may savour the culture of these vibrant islands with traditional fare that includes unique tropical dishes enhanced over the years by various and flavourful influences.

Across the Archipelago Dinner at Garuda Wisnu Kencana

March 23, 2026 – Bali, Indonesia

Bali is known for its natural beauty and Garuda Wisnu Kencana does not disappoint. Experience the magic of this breath-taking park at an unforgettable World Cruise dining event in Lotus Pond. Surrounded by rock walls adorned by lush foliage, guests will experience a sensory journey across the archipelago through live performances alongside an array of culinary delights sampling the incredible cultures that coincide in this stunning destination.

Passport to Portuguese Flavour at Convento do Beato

June 1, 2026 – Lisbon, Portugal

Feel the rhythms and taste the beauty of Portugal on this exclusive shoreside event. Guests will move through five different regions of Portugal via their distinctive flavour palates on a culinary journey sampling everything from regional wines to main dishes, local cheeses to produce, and delectable desserts. And for the perfect pairing in this beautiful venue, guests will enjoy the sights and sounds of a live Fado performance throughout the evening.

Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner is the world’s first all-suite, all balcony luxury cruise ship and exudes a sleek, spacious, and contemporary interior décor featuring Italian marble, crystal chandeliers and modern artwork. The ship’s 459 crew members provide highly personalised service to her 696 guests.

Four beautifully designed restaurants feature exquisite fine dining, including classic steakhouse, modern French cuisine, authentic Italian dishes, and a uniquely customisable menu in Compass Rose. A convivial atmosphere permeates Seven Seas Mariner’s public spaces, including throughout four chic bars and lounges, perfect for unwinding after an exhilarating day of exploring.

The ship’s elegantly appointed suites feature Elite Slumber Beds, framed by plush, padded leather headboards, and sitting areas furnished with comfortable sofas, accent tables and artwork. All suites feature private balconies and oversized, marble-accented bathrooms with L’Occitane® or Guerlain amenities.

For more information, please visit RSSC.com , call 023 8068 2280 or contact your travel agent.

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Princess Cruises Celebrates Float Out For Sun Princess – The lines Next-Generation Ship

Princess Cruises celebrates a momentous construction milestone with the float out of the cruise line’s bespoke, next-generation ship – Sun Princess – at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Following the Italian shipyard’s tradition, the float out is marked by a special ceremony where a “Madrina” is named to offer blessings and best wishes for the vessel, celebrating the flow of water into the ship’s building dock. Princess Cruises Hotel General Manager Simona Stumberger was selected to serve in this special role as an ambassador for Princess, because she epitomises professionalism and always delivers service with a smile.

A native of Slovenia where Stumberger studied hospitality management, she began her career at sea in the bar department and further diversified her hotel experience by working in guest services, and hand in hand with the hotel and food and beverage divisions. Stumberger has been with Princess Cruises for nearly five years.

“Simona is the ideal candidate to serve as Madrina of our newest ship, Sun Princess, because she embodies all the best qualities that our company has to offer – an unwavering commitment to service, hospitality and friendliness,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “Sun Princess will usher in an exciting new era for our company and the industry, and we can’t think of a better person to serve in this important role.”

The float out completes the first comprehensive phase of construction for Sun Princess which now transitions to focus on building the ship’s interiors. 

Princess also announced that it has appointed Gennaro Arma as captain, leading Sun Princess shipbuilding operations, readiness and delivery, and overseeing the ship’s final stages of construction, working closely with brand’s naval architects, engineers and shipbuilding experts, as well as the shipyard management team.

The 175,500-ton, 4,300-guest Sun Princess will offer an array of exciting new dining, entertainment and activity offerings, as well as luxurious staterooms and suites across a broad spectrum of categories. The ship will be highlighted by amazing, never-before-seen spaces such as The Dome, a transformational entertainment venue inspired by the terraces of Santorini, the next-level, brand-iconic Piazza, and three-story Horizons Dining Room that are sure to have everyone talking.

In addition, Sun Princess has been designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Sun Princess sustainability features include:

Fuel and Energy Management

  • Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as the primary fuel and the first ship in the Princess fleet to be powered by LNG. This cleaner burning fuel will significantly reduce air emissions and marine gas-oil to minimize the cruise line’s environmental footprint. With a capacity of 4,000m3 sufficient for almost 9 days sailing at service speed. The secondary fuel is marine gas-oil so no heavy or intermediate fuel oil will be carried on board.
  • Two shore power connections, also known as “cold ironing,” on both the port and starboard side of the vessel to enable the ship to turn off the engines and connect to local electric power to run all onboard services during day-long calls in various ports. Sun Princess is outfitted with custom-built electrical connection cabinets that automatically connect the ship’s electrical network to the local electrical network ashore, reducing air emissions in the ports that support shore power. 
  • Another first for Princess to supply sustainable power and better maneuverability to save fuel, Sun Princess will be outfitted with two Azipod propulsions for forward and backward movements and the four largest Controllable Pitch Propellers, known as bow thrusters, on the market for sideways navigation.

Waste Management

  • All Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) installed for waste. MAGS is the world’s most compact, efficient and environmentally safe technology to convert a variety of combustible materials into thermal energy – energy that can be used in other systems onboard.
  • Food waste management designed with distributed and centralized bio-digesters and dehydrators as a clean alternative to recycle food waste and reduce use of landfills.

Inaugural 2024 Sun Princess cruises to the Mediterranean and Europe are currently on sale. More ship information and images can be found at www.princess.com/sunprincess.

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Brand-new 82-night ‘Discovering Asia with the Holi Festival’ Grand Voyage with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has today unveiled a brand new 82-night Grand Voyage, offering the chance to discover the culture-rich lands of Asia on a journey timed specially to coincide with the Holi Festival.

The sailing, aboard Fred. Olsen’s smaller-sized Balmoral, features calls into Myanmar and Cambodia, known for their ancient civilisations and rich histories, where guests can explore the temples of Angkor Wat from Siem Reap, the largest religious monument in the world, and Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan.

Wildlife lovers will have the chance to spot endemic species in Borneo, home to proboscis monkeys, or visit Sri Lanka’s Udawalawa Elephant Park, while those with a passion for wartime history can discover the Củ Chi tunnels, an extensive network of underground tunnels, in a call into Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.

An undoubted highlight will be time spent in India, where Chennai will act as the gateway to the ancient monuments and temples of Mahabalipuram, created by the Pallava dynasty, while time in Mumbai will allow those joining the cruise to experience the annual Hindu Holi Festival or immerse themselves in the local way of life by assisting busy dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city.

What is more, in addition to the host of experiences on-board and ashore, guests who book to join this Grand Voyage can enjoy up to £500 per person to spend aboard Balmoral, plus free door-to-door transfers within 250 UK mainland miles to the port.

Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Planning and Destination Experience at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“This Grand Voyage has been curated especially with guests enthusiastic about cultural travel in mind. Those joining us aboard Balmoral can discover more about many fascinating ancient civilisations, with chances to visit many impressive religious buildings, monuments and places of worship.

“Those looking to seek out native wildlife will have the opportunity to seek encounters with endemic and migratory species, such as birds, monkeys and dramatic displays of illuminated fireflies, with Borneo a particular highlight.

“Of course, a real pinnacle will be our call into Mumbai, timed specially to coincide with the traditional Hindu festival of Holi, where guests can experience the bonfires of Holika Dahan followed by the joyous throwing of Gulal.”                                         

Full details of the new Grand Voyage are as follows:

Balmoral’s 82-night L2502 ‘Discovering Asia with the Holi Festival’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 18th January 2025. Prices start from £8,999 per person. Enjoy up to £500 per person to spend on board, or free door-to-door transfers within 250 UK mainland miles to the port.

Itinerary: Southampton, England – Gibraltar, Gibraltar – Cruising Grand Harbour, Valletta – Valletta, Malta – Alexandria, Egypt (overnight stay) – Cruising Suez Canal – Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – Safaga, Egypt – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Hambantota, Sri Lanka – Port Klang (for Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia – Kota Kinabalu, Borneo – Muara, Brunei Darussalam – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Singapore, Singapore – Yangon, Myanmar (overnight stay) – Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India – Kochi, Kerala, India – Mumbai, India (overnight stay) – Muscat, Oman – Salalah, Oman – Aqaba, Jordan – Cruising Suez Canal – Asdod, Israel – Haifa, Israel – Heraklion, Crete – Catania, Sicily, Italy – Cartagena, Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – Cruising by Cristo Rei and Abril 25 Bridge – Cruising by Belém Tower & Discovery Monument, Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, England

For more details: fredolsencruises.com/cruise/discovering-asia-l2502

The Grand Voyage follows the early release of Fred. Olsen’s 106-night T2502 ‘A Voyage of Exploration Around the World’ cruise last week, and comes ahead of the launch of the cruise line’s entire 2024/25 programme in mid-March.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new Grand Voyage, visit fredolsencruises.com/cruise/discovering-asia-l2502. Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.

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Cunard’s Alaska 2024 And Winter 2025 Voyages On Sale Soon!

Embark on an extraordinary adventure next year thanks to luxury cruise line Cunard’s new programme, which features Queen Elizabeth’s highly anticipated Alaska 2024 season, Queen Anne’s maiden world voyage and a South American adventure aboard Queen Victoria sailing in early 2025.

Voyages will be available to book from 1pm GMT on 15 March exclusively for Cunard World Club Members. General sale begins at 1pm on 16 March. The programme includes over 130 voyages to 159 destinations across Cunard’s four Queens, including 30 maiden calls for Queen Anne and five fleet maiden calls for Queen Elizabeth.

All four Queens

Embark on an extraordinary 38-night adventure in June 2024, starting with a trip around the Mediterranean on board Queen Victoria, then embarking on Queen Anne for a voyage from Rome to Southampton before travelling across the Atlantic on Queen Mary 2 and then flying to Vancouver to meet Queen Elizabeth for the final leg in Alaska.

Queen Elizabeth

Departing from Vancouver on a series of nine and 11-night roundtrip voyages between May and September 2024, Queen Elizabeth invites guests to immerse themselves in a world of skyscraper-tall glaciers and mirror-like waters. Captivating itineraries offer a mixture of scenic cruising with iconic ports of call, including Ketchikan and Sitka, where guests can discover the vibrant cultures and local traditions of Alaska. Eight voyages will visit the jewel in Alaska’s crown, the Glacier Bay National Park, whilst four voyages will visit another stunning highlight, the Hubbard Glacier.

From early October, Queen Elizabeth will sail a mixture of short and long voyages in Australian waters before heading to Japan, where highlights include a nine-night Golden Week voyage and a 19-night Grand Voyage to Nagasaki, Yokohama – the gateway to neon-lit Tokyo, and Osaka.

Queen Anne

Cunard’s latest programme will also include a number of firsts for its newest ship Queen Anne. In January 2025, she’ll embark on her maiden Transatlantic Crossing, going westbound from Southampton to New York, before heading off on her first-ever World Voyage. Guests can experience the trip of a lifetime, spending 111 nights on board, visiting more than 30 ports in five continents. Nine overnight calls are also included, in ports such as San Francisco, Honolulu and Singapore, offering guests further opportunities to explore these destinations.

Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria

Between January and May 2025, the fleet’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will combine her unique Transatlantic crossings with visits to multiple sun-kissed destinations across Europe and the Americas, while Queen Victoria embarks on an incredible 78-night South American adventure from Southampton to the warm shores of Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils ‘Epicurean Perfection

Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveiled its new immersive culinary programme – Epicurean Perfection – inspiring culinary exploration and experiences with a myriad of opportunities for guests to satiate their inner gourmand and savour their journey onboard The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™.

To launch Epicurean Perfection, Regent has unveiled 11 new Epicurean Spotlight Voyages that will set sail in 2023, 2024, and in 2025. All 11 unique cruises will offer discerning travellers incomparable experiences with some of the world’s most talented and successful culinary figures.

Epicurean Perfection goes beyond the culinary offerings traditionally found at sea, providing guests the opportunity to taste the world around them through Unrivalled Cuisine, Epicurean Explorations and Epicurean Enrichment. The new concept, which has been perfected by Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ seasoned culinary teams, features exquisite cuisine in up to five speciality restaurants, immersive shoreside excursions, private fine wine and spirit tasting sessions, enriching hands-on cooking classes as part of its state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Kitchen, plus enlightening demonstrations, talks, presentations and more.

In addition, guests may discover more about the personal experiences and influences from around the globe that have inspired Regent’s culinary teams in the cruise line’s captivating video series Heritage Stories.

Luxury travellers can learn more about Regent’s pursuit for Epicurean Perfection at RSSC.com/experience/epicurean-perfection.

New Epicurean Spotlight Voyages

The first of several culinary initiatives to be launched this year, includes a collection of 11 immersive Epicurean Spotlight Voyages featuring world-class chefs and masterful vintners specially curated for select voyages onboard Seven Seas Grandeur™, Seven Seas Splendor® and Seven Seas Explorer®, Seven Seas Mariner®, and Seven Seas Voyager®.

Epicurean Spotlight with Chef Mark Bittman and Executive Culinary Director Wolfgang Maier

Seven Seas Explorer® – June 21, 2023

Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia

Join journalist, food writer and author Mark Bittman and Regent’s Executive Chef Wolfgang Maier on a culinary journey through the wilds of Alaska. This remarkable opportunity among epic wilderness not only offers the chance to discover local cuisine and traditions through specially hosted tours and cooking demonstrations with Mark, but also insight from Chef Wolfgang into how the onboard culinary team procures local ingredients to enhance the epicurean offerings on board.

Epicurean Spotlight with Chef Alain Roux & Chef Michael Nizzero

Seven Seas Mariner® – August 14, 2023

Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice (Fusina)

Following the footsteps of his late father Michel, Chef Alain Roux continues to elevate his family cooking dynasty by leading The Waterside Inn restaurant, holder of three Michelin stars for 38 years, the longest of any restaurant in the world outside France. Chef Roux will demonstrate his passion and expertise onboard through cooking demonstrations and special dishes showcasing his culinary mastery. He will be joined by Chef Michael Nizzero, Chef Instructor at The Waterside Inn, who will share insights into the daily operations of running a Michelin Star restaurant and the skills necessary for delivering culinary perfection.

Epicurean Spotlight with Chef Vincent

Seven Seas Explorer® August 30, 2023

Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia

Decorated chef and James Beard winner Vincent Guerithault takes his expertise in French cooking to Alaska as he joins Seven Seas Explorer from Seward to Vancouver. Enjoy the surrounding landscape and wildlife that abounds in Alaska and Canada as Chef Vincent shares secrets and recipes from his award-winning restaurant Vincent on Camelback – located in Phoenix, Arizona – through exciting presentations, cooking demonstrations and more.

Epicurean Spotlight on Wine with Doug Frost, Master Sommelier

Seven Seas Splendor® October 8, 2023

Barcelona (Tarragona) to Venice (Fusina)

This Epicurean Spotlight cruise provides guests with the rare opportunity to learn from a true expert in wine. Doug Frost is one of four individuals in the world to simultaneously hold the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, making him an authentic connoisseur of the wines of the world. Guests will have the pleasure of savouring the tasting notes of the Mediterranean, including wine tastings in Tuscany, Aix-en-Provence, Koper and more. Doug will host several events on board and ashore including a tasting class, informative presentations, and escorted tours.

Epicurean Spotlight with Chef Fearing

Seven Seas Splendor® October 30, 2023

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)

Take a culinary journey through Greece and Turkey with the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Chef Dean Fearing. Located in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Dallas, Texas, Chef Fearing’s namesake restaurant boasts many accolades – including the title of “#1 in Hotel Dining” in the United States by the prestigious Zagat Survey. The Chef will bring his distinctive “taste of Texas” flair and techniques to Seven Seas Splendor as he hosts cooking demonstrations, presentations and more. Additionally, he will escort some shoreside tours to discover local flavours and traditions.

Epicurean Spotlight on Wine with Honig Wineries

Seven Seas Splendor® November 6, 2023

Athens (Piraeus) to Rome (Civitavecchia)

What better way to experience the viticulture of Greece, Italy and Spain than with renowned wine makers. Join Stephanie and Michael Honig on this Epicurean Spotlight as they discover local flavours and vintages while sharing their personal knowledge and insights into their successful winery, Honig Vineyard, located in Rutherford, California. As a family owned and operated winery, they are committed to preserving and improving their environment. Stephanie and Michael will be hosting several events during the cruise, including cocktail parties, wine tastings and more.

Epicurean Spotlight on Wine with Caldwell Vineyard

Seven Seas Voyager® March 9, 2024

Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro

Innovative New World winemaker Joe Caldwell explores the terroir and viticulture of South America on this Epicurean Spotlight voyage with Caldwell Vineyard. Over the last 40 years, John has built Napa Valley-based Caldwell Vineyard into what is arguably one of the greatest and most unique wine estates on earth, with 28 different, clone-specific grape varieties. Join John as he shares his secrets to making great wine through special tastings, delicious pairings and onboard presentations. Shoreside, John will accompany tours that reveal the local flavours and traditions of food and wine in Uruguay and Brazil.

Epicurean Spotlight on Wine with CAST Wines

Seven Seas Splendor® April 14, 2024

Barcelona to Rome (Civitavecchia)

Sonoma winemakers and proprietors Jack and Ann Seifrick of CAST Wines bring their dual passions for wine and travel on this special Epicurean Spotlight on Wine voyage. From an ancient estate winery in Alicante, Spain to an award-winning and magical vineyard in Tuscany, Italy, join the winemakers as they discover exceptional wineries throughout Spain, France and Italy. On board, they will share their winemaking secrets and innovative sustainable practices through exciting presentations, tastings and more.

Epicurean Spotlight on Wine with Sbragia Family Vineyards

Seven Seas Voyager® May 8, 2024

Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)

Ed and Adam Sbragia share their family secrets of making wine in Sonoma County, California using their family’s Old-World traditions from Tuscany. Join them to experience the ultimate pairing of wine with ancient history.

Epicurean Spotlight with Chef Tommaso and Celebrity John O’Hurley

Seven Seas Grandeur™ August 14, 2024

Athens (Piraeus), Greece to Barcelona, Spain

Entertainment and culinary creativity collide in this France-intensive, 10-night voyage round trip from Athens (Piraeus), Greece to Barcelona, Spain. Known for award-winning, fine Italian restaurants, Los Angeles-based Chef Tommaso Barletta hosts this Spotlight Voyage with his friend and famous actor and comedian John O’Hurley. Together, Chef Tommaso and Mr. O’Hurley will host a variety of activities ranging from engaging cooking demonstrations to escorted tours, plus a special performance of John’s one-man show, A Man With Standards. From the galley to the stage, this Spotlight voyage is sure to be a fun and fascinating adventure.

Epicurean Spotlight with ZAP: Zinfandel Advocates and Producers

Seven Seas Explorer® March 31, 2025

Tokyo to Tokyo

California based Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) is a members-only organisation dedicated to preserving and celebrating all things Zinfandel. The club consists of winemakers, preservationists and enthusiasts who all share a passion for Zinfandel and wish to safeguard the heritage of the old vines throughout California. Join Zinfandel winemakers as they host special tastings and educational master classes on this much sought-after grape, all the while enjoying the rich traditions and flavours of Japan, South Korea, and China.

Introducing Epicurean Perfection

With a commitment to providing guests an unrivalled experience with every luxury included alongside intuitive personalised service, immersive destinations and excursions, and expansive luxurious space, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new Epicurean Perfection programming – consisting of Unrivalled Cuisine, Epicurean Explorations and Epicurean Enrichment – is an integral part of the luxury line’s all-inclusive indulgence that guests enjoy onboard and ashore.

Unrivalled Cuisine

Regent’s onboard culinary experiences go well beyond the inclusion of most speciality restaurants on any luxury or premium cruise brand. Special tastings, deck-top regional barbecues and enriching cooking classes are just a few of the ingredients that come together to create culinary experiences that are discernibly unrivalled.

Signature restaurants include Compass Rose, Regent’s largest speciality restaurant featuring exquisite selections and the ability for guests to customise their meal; Chartreuse, offering classic French fare with a modern twist; Prime 7, an intimate and elegant steakhouse exuding class and glamour while elevating classic American fare; Pacific Rim, a dramatic speciality restaurant boasting a diverse array of delightfully prepared Pan-Asian dishes; La Veranda, offering stunning ocean views while enjoying elegant breakfast and lunch buffets in the chic indoor dining room or al fresco on the shaded, open-air deck; and Sette Mari at La Veranda, featuring a delicious dinner menu of authentic Italian specialities and fine wines.

Epicurean Explorations

When it comes to cultural immersion, there may be no better way than with Epicurean Explorations. Across every region, Regent’s shoreside culinary experiences invite travelling gourmands to explore historic markets, sample famed beverages, witness traditional cooking methods and taste local specialities.

Epicurean Explorer Tours: Step ashore to taste and discover the beauty of an ancient market, world-class restaurants and more, before returning to the ship to incorporate new learnings in the Culinary Arts Kitchen.

Wine & Spirits Tours: Experience the most delectable beverages produced in the destination, from famed vineyards in Bordeaux to a distillery in Ireland.

Food & Wine Tours: Led by knowledgeable culinary professionals and in partnership with Food & Wine Trails, these curated tours include various delectable food and wine experiences.

Local Flavours Tours: Dine in the spots beloved by discerning locals for a culinary experience that is both authentic and unique.

Epicurean Land Programs: These unique Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs invite guests to savour time ashore by taking an immersive exploration of a particular destination, centred around its unique, amazing flavours and culinary heritage.

Epicurean Enrichment

Glean wisdom from masters in the culinary arts. Guests can sharpen their skills in a hands-on cooking class hosted in the Culinary Arts Kitchen. Engage in the beauty of a foreign culture and be immersed in a particular culinary love on an Epicurean Spotlight Voyage. The sundry of enriching opportunities aboard The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™ are sure to satisfy anyone’s inner gourmand.

Epicurean Spotlight Voyages: These Spotlight Voyages specially curated and are crafted around particular culinary interests and special guests like masterful vintners and chefs.

Culinary Arts Kitchen Experience: Expanding on the success of Regent’s world-class Culinary Arts Kitchen – a professional-grade culinary teaching facility aboard Seven Seas Grandeur, Seven Seas Splendor, and Seven Seas Explorer – the Culinary Arts Kitchen Experiences offer hands-on classes, special demonstrations, tours and more.

Epicurean Engagements: Part of the luxury cruise line’s enriching Speaker Series, these enlightening talks and presentations offer insights from a variety of culinary experts.

Epicurean Tastings: Guests may expand their palate and explore new wines, spirits and more with the masterful guidance of the ship’s sommeliers, mixologists, and chefs.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Unveils Brand-New 106-Night ‘Voyage Of Exploration Around The World’ Cruise

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced a brand-new World Cruise for 2025, inspired by journeys taken by famous historical explorers.

Departing from Southampton on 6th January 2025, flagship Bolette will follow a similar route to the first world circumnavigation by explorers Magellan and Elcano in 1519.

The cruise, which will take guests to destinations including Brazil, Argentina, French Polynesia, Mauritius and South Africa, will also cruise the south coast of Australia as British navigator Matthew Flinders did in 1801, and will call into places visited by the likes of Captain James Cook and Alexander Selkirk – the Scottish Sailor who was the inspiration for the Robinson Crusoe novel.

During the first half of this epic voyage, there will be chances to enjoy the traditional and cultural artforms of South America, with opportunities to learn more about the Samba beats in Rio de Janeiro or learn the techniques of the Tango in Argentina. From here, guests can enjoy scenic cruising to admire the snow-capped peaks and rugged landscapes of the Chilean fjords, and take a tour to see the iconic Iguazu Falls.

Throughout the cruise there will be chances to gain cultural insight into many societies and civilisations and encounter a variety of native wildlife including Magellanic Penguins in South America, Koalas and Kangaroos in Australia or the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa.

This cruise will be unveiled exclusively to members of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Oceans club on 1st March, and will go on general sale on Friday, 3rd of March.

All guests will enjoy up to £600 per person to spend on board plus free door-to-door transfers covering up to 250 mainland miles from the port, with the option to join and return to Liverpool departing on 4th  January for an additional £400 per person for Interior and Ocean View cabins or £500 for Terrace Cabins and Suites.  

Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Planning and Destination Experience at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

 “We have a real passion for curating creative and innovative itineraries, and this Grand Voyages really tells a story – retelling the tales of some of history’s greatest adventurers.

“There are some incredible highlights, from seeing the mysterious Moai statues on Easter Island or exploring the tropical islands of the South Pacific with their volcanic landscapes, turquoise lagoons, coral reefs and pearl trade.

“There’s chances to delve into the origins of music and dance in the birthplace of some of the greatest art forms in the world, or visit St Helena, the isolated British island that was once a crucial shipping port and the place where Napoleon was exiled.

“In each destination there is something not to be missed, and we can’t wait to share all of these experiences with our guests.”

Bolette’s 106-night T2505 ‘A Voyage of Exploration Around the World’ cruise. Departing from Southampton on 6th January 2025. Prices start from £11,499 per person. Enjoy free door to door transfers of up to 250 UK Mainland miles and up to £600pp on board spend.

An option to depart from and return to Liverpool is also available, sailing on 4th January 2025 for an additional £400 per person for Interior and Ocean View cabins or £500 per person for Terrace Cabin and Suites.

Itinerary: Southampton, England – Funchal, Madeira – Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Montevideo, Uruguay – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Cruising Magellan Strait – Punta Arenas, Chile – Cruising by Cape Deseado – Cruising Chilean Fjords – Castro, Chile – Valparaiso, Chile – Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile – Cruising by Alejandro Selkirk Island – Hanga Roa (Easter Island), Chile – Cruising by Pitcairn Island – Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia – Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia – Rarotonga, Cook Islands – Crossing the International Date Line – Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Sydney, Australia  – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – Melbourne, Australia – Albany, Australia – Fremantle (Perth), Australia – Port Louis, Mauritius – Port Réunion, Réunion Island – Gqeberha, South Africa – Cape Town, South Africa – Walvis Bay, Namibia – Jamestown, St Helena – Cruising by Ascension Island – Dakar, Senegal – Arrecife, Lanzarote – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, England

For more details: Visit Bolette‘s T2505 ‘A Voyage of Exploration Around the World’ cruise

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new World Cruise, visit fredolsencruises.com/cruise/around-the-world-t2502. Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.

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Learn to sail in The Lofoten Islands and Arctic Circle this summer with Rubicon 3

Learn to sail in The Lofoten Islands and Arctic Circle this summer with Rubicon 3
Learn to sail in The Lofoten Islands and Arctic Circle this summer with Rubicon 3

Setting off on a sailing expedition is the perfect way to get away from it all and do something for yourself. Combining this with the chance to learn a new skill in the company of like-minded people and in one of the world’s most spectacular locations and you have all the elements for a truly memorable and individual adventure.

So good news then from adventure sailing experts Rubicon 3 who have expanded their choice of departures to Norway, Iceland, Svalbard, and the Arctic Circle for this summer.

Sailing in these high latitudes aboard one of their fleet of 60ft clipper expedition yachts on specific dates in June, July, and August 2023, this is adventure sailing at its most iconic.

On each voyage there is a real emphasis both on training along coasts with towering mountains, vast fjords, waterfalls and in the far north even ice bergs. In these regions you will see whales, reindeer, eagles, puffins, and might even spot polar bears. This is the land of the midnight sun and Aurora Borealis with summer sailing in a temperate climate and fairly benign sailing conditions.

Participants come together as a maximum ‘crew’ of nine people with many joining as solos in an incredibly social environment. No previous sailing experience is necessary on most trips and under the expert guidance of a skipper and mate, they learn a full range of skills from navigating, helming and sail trimming, right through to how to pick the perfect anchorage. It’s an exciting, hands on environment that attracts people from all over the world.

A 12-day sailing holiday starts from £2,299pp* exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands and Arctic Norway. Day sailing in its sheltered waters and finding new anchorage points every day in this UNESCO World Heritage listed archipelago of islands. There is time to head ashore to explore and discover, catching fresh fish for on shore BBQs and hiking up the hills for stunning panoramas.

*Cost includes accommodation and food on board the yacht, foul weather and safety equipment on board, use of RIB and kayak, plus expert sailing instruction throughout.  It excludes travel to and from the start of the holiday.

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P&O Cruises Announces Performer And Hosts For Arvia’s Naming Ceremony

Chart-topper Olly Murs will lead the line-up of performers at the beach-side naming ceremony of P&O Cruises newest ship Arvia in Barbados later this month.

The award-winning singer will treat guests watching the live broadcast to his best-loved hits as he performs from Heywood’s Beach on Thursday March 16, 2023.

Hosting the ceremony, which will be conducted both on board Arvia and from the beach, will be two of the UK’s most famous broadcasters and DJs, Sara Cox and Trevor Nelson.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “For our guests watching Arvia’s naming ceremony from home and from Barbados this is a real treat. Olly, Sara and Trevor really do make a star-studded line up which showcases the contemporary entertainment for which P&O Cruises is known.”

Trevor Nelson will take centre stage in Arvia’s Skydome for assembled guests and will introduce the famous bottle smash moment with Arvia’s yet-to-be-revealed godmother while Sara Cox will host the guests on one of Barbados’ most stunning beaches.

Ludlow continued “It is not often that in the depths of UK winter you can be transported to a spectacular white sand, palm-fringed beach in the Caribbean and watch a live performance from one of Britain’s best-loved stars. It really will be a moment to remember.”

Both Trevor and Sara will be sailing on Arvia’s March 11 departure and will host late night DJ sets on board.

To watch the live broadcast with Olly, Sara and Trevor use the following link on Thursday March 16, 2023, at 19:00 (UK time) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI4N7fv4J_Q 

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