Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering guests the chance to enhance and extend their luxury holiday by up to 6 nights, in a range of exotic destinations across Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand and South America, with FREE Extended Explorations. In total, there are 13 complimentary pre- and post-cruise land programmes that can bookend 22 voyages sailing between October 2021 and March 2022 on board Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Voyager.
The expertly curated land programmes, which range between 2 and 3 nights in length, showcase destination “must-sees” while revealing local hidden treasures in iconic locales including Hong Kong, China; Singapore; and Sydney, Australia. For example, guests could enhance a 10-night cruise on board Seven Seas Voyager sailing February 19, 2022 by enjoying a free 3-night pre-cruise Authentic Buenos Aires land programme, as well as a free 3-night post-cruise A Passion for Rio land programme, creating a truly immersive, 16-night luxury travel experience.
Other exciting land programmes include the brand-new Sacred & Scenic Tokyo tour which visits the most significant Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Tokyo on a celebration of Japan’s spiritual heritage; and a Winelands and Wildlife tour from Cape Town, South Africa which promises remarkable adventures combining wine tasting and big game viewing.
FREE Extended Explorations also offers Reduced 10% Deposits and is applicable to bookings made between March 1 and 31, 2021.
Yesterday marked the official merge of Emerald Waterways and Emerald Yacht Cruises, coming together to form the single global brand Emerald Cruises, with the launch of its brand new website (www.emeraldcruises.co.uk).
In preparation for the anticipated return of cruising, the cruise line is geared up for growth as it moves in to ocean cruising with its first 5-star luxury superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, setting sail in January 2022.
This year will also see Emerald Cruises introduce its ninth Star-Ship to the fleet when Emerald Luna takes to Europe’s waterways.
David Winterton, global director of brand & marketing, Emerald Cruises commented:
“We are excited to announce the move to our new single brand, Emerald Cruises, at the same time as launching new websites around the world. We believe moving to a single brand is perfect to support our long term growth ambitions as a leading small ship cruise company. In recent weeks, our portfolio of river and yacht cruises have seen a surge in popularity and we can’t wait to return to the water with our new and loyal guests, as soon as it is safe to do so”.
The Emerald Cruises portfolio includes award-winning river cruises operating across Europe and Southeast Asia, a chartered river ship in Russia, as well as yacht cruising hosting guests on the Adriatic Sea, the Red Sea and along the Mediterranean coastline on board superyacht, Emerald Azzurra.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has today unveiled a brand new programme of cruising for 2022/23 as the line gears up for a return to sailing, with 126 new voyages taking in 82 countries, with NEW regional departures from Belfast and London Tilbury.
The programme includes closer to home excursions around the British Isles and shorter, five-night breaks, with departures from eight UK ports – London Tilbury, Belfast, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh (Rosyth) – with a number of ex-UK sailings and fly-cruise options for those looking to venture further afield.
The Fred. Olsen fleet will sail into a number of maiden ports in 2022/23, including Hakata and Nagoya in Japan; Crotone, Gallipoli and Monopoli in Italy; Lyngdal in Norway and Louisbourg in Canada, to name a few.
There will also be another opportunity to relive history when Braemar returns to the narrow Corinth Canal in Greece in spring 2023.
The programme has been released to Oceans members today ahead of general on sale on Monday. Those booking onto a new cruise can choose between a free all inclusive drinks package or money to spend on board.
Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Planning and Destination Experience at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“We are always incredibly proud to unveil our new cruise programmes, but this year it feels particularly exciting as it is the first time we will do so with our new look fleet.
“Every year we craft our new itineraries from scratch to ensure that we continue to offer our guests exceptional experiences in the destinations they visit with us. This has felt even more important this year, with the past 12 months having left us all dreaming of our next adventures and really considering what we all want from our holidays.
“A big part of 2022 will be making the most of our beautiful British Isles, with scenic cruising just as rewarding as the wonderful ports of call.
“For those looking to set sail on a shorter cruise, there are plenty on offer, each with the opportunity to experience time ashore, entertainment-packed sea days and scenic cruising aplenty.
“Our ships really come into their own in the Norwegian fjords, and of course we are continuing to celebrate that. Aboard our smaller-sized fleet, guests will be able sail size-restricted waters, away from the well-sailed route, right into the heart of the fjordland. Plus, the northerly departure ports of Newcastle and Rosyth in Edinburgh are ideally placed to showcase them at their best in just five nights.
“But the shorter escapes are not just bound to Norway, with sailings to Belgium, France, Denmark and Spain available in six nights or less, with many of these sailings made possible by the impressive sailing speeds of our new ships, Bolette and Borealis.
“We also have some exceptional sailings further afield for those ready to explore the world again, taking in the autumnal beauty of Canada, rugged explorations of Spitsbergen, and even the chance to follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg with an 80-day around the world adventure.”
Highlights of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 2022/23 programme include:
Borealis’ eight-night S2215 ‘Scenic Isles of Scotland’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 9th June and Belfast on 10th June 2022. Prices start from £1,299 per person.
Ports of call: Liverpool, England – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Rothesay, Isle of Bute – Cruising by Mull of Kintyre – Cruising by Duart Castle – Cruising Sound of Mull – Cruising by Fingals Cave – Cruising by Dutchman’s Cap – Cruising by The Small Isles – Portree, Isle of Skye – Invergordon, Scotland – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands – Liverpool, England (for Liverpool debarkation) – Belfast, Northern Ireland (for Belfast debarkation)
Fred. Olsen has teased sailings from its 2022/23 programme over the past few weeks, including Balmoral’s 15-night ‘Rugged and Remote Spitsbergen’ cruise in June 2022; a 19-night ‘Canada in the Fall’ cruise aboard Borealis in September and a 27-night ‘Discovering the Adriatic’ cruise aboard Braemar in October.
And last week, Fred. Olsen unveiled an ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ cruise aboard Borealis in February 2023, following in the footsteps of fictional explorer Phileas Fogg.
For added reassurance, Fred. Olsen has evolved its Plain Sailing Guarantee, giving flexibility to transfer any deposits paid to another cruise at any time before the final payment is made.
Celebrity Cruises set sail with the first ever all-female bridge and onboard leadership team and made history. Now, on International Women’s Day 2021, one year after their glass ceiling-shattering achievement, the women behind this maritime first are reuniting to reflect on the historic sailing, discuss the challenging year that followed, share their stories of joy and heartbreak and why it’s more important than ever to #choosetochallenge.
In a sign of the times, the team will gather virtually, coming together from homes across the globe and even directly from onboard Celebrity Edge stationed in the Bahamas. Powerful voices contributing to this unique, industry-leading conversation include Captain Kate McCue, the first American female cruise ship captain, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the first female President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises, and Chief Officer Rachel Arnold, from Bristol, UK.
They will be joined by; 2nd Officer Elizabeth Marami (Kenya); Chief Security Officer Mor “Mia” Segev (Israel); Hotel Director Niina Huataniemi; Assistant Hotel Director Milana Dortangs; Guest Relations Director Julie Sherrington (UK); and Cruise Director Sue Denning (UK).
“Making history with these women was quite extraordinary for our industry and an honour for me. It was a dream come true for all of us,” said Celebrity Cruises’ President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
“Our mantra has been to use this time away from the water to come back stronger than ever and reuniting these incredible trailblazers is a sign of that. Together, we will continue to sail beyond conventional thinking and wisdom into a new world of opportunity.”
Around the world, only 2% of mariners are women. Celebrity Cruises catalysed the maritime industry, leading it into a more diverse future and growing the number of women on their bridge teams from 3% to 28%, ultimately, making 2020’s historic WOMANned sailing onboard the award-winning Celebrity Edge possible. Now, as the company prepares to return to service this year, it is looking again to set new standards across the seven seas.
Join the conversation with these incredible leaders on International Women’s Day by tuning into Celebrity Cruises’ Facebook Watch Party at 5pm (GMT) on Monday 8th March, 2021: https://www.facebook.com/UKcelebritycruises . During the airing of the conversation, Captain Kate will take over Celebrity Cruises’ channels to take specific questions from the public and offer additional commentary.
P&O Cruises will offer a series of short break and week-long UK cruises as “the ultimate escape” staycation this summer. The cruises will go on sale later in March.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Following recent Government announcements and as the vaccine programme is rolled out across the globe we can all begin to feel a sense of reassurance and hope that this current lockdown period in the UK will come to an end. Life can, we hope, slowly return to some semblance of our previous normality as hospitality opens up and summer holidays can be booked with confidence.
“Whilst holidays here in the UK will be the first to become a reality we will, of course, gradually see the return of international travel but first we want guests to be able to enjoy a proper summer holiday at sea with the best in relaxation, entertainment and dining choice.
“These sailings will leave from our home port in Southampton and sail around UK coastal waters enjoying the summer sunshine. More details of dates, prices and the experience on board will be announced later this month, but they will, of course, all have flexibility so guests can book with confidence.
“We hope that the UK “ultimate escape” staycation option will have wide appeal and we will do our utmost to make it a very special time. There really will be something for everyone and the opportunity to spend precious and much-longed for time with family and friends.
“In order to offer these UK breaks it does mean that unfortunately we need to cancel some of our current published programme of holidays this summer. Cruises on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura have been cancelled until the end of August and on Britannia and Iona until the end of September.
“We remain in very close contact with the UK Government and associated bodies as we monitor the latest situation and guidance on travel. From the moment we see travel restrictions lifting we will begin the significant logistical task to re-start our operations. It will take some time for the first ship to return to service, followed by the phased return of the remaining fleet. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back on board with the protection of effective protocols to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all crew and guests.
“I really am so sorry for the disappointment these cancellations will cause but hope that the new UK cruises will enable everyone to enjoy a wonderful holiday this summer.”
All guests whose cruises have been cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of what they paid. This 125% Future Cruise Credit can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021, on any cruise on sale at the time of booking.
Noflycruises.co.uk (noflycruises.co.uk), the port guide and cruise planning platform, has released an infographic showing sailings in 2022 from UK ports, cutting out the need for air travel.
The website, which launched during the first UK lock-down in 2020, features expert port tips, real visitor photography and destination guides written by experienced cruise managers. It is designed to assist prospective guests and travel agents in planning and researching cruises that avoid flights. Agents are welcome to download guides and provide their clients with detailed port descriptions, all accessible on an easy-to-use directory and map.
The new infographic has been launched to highlight the large number of sailings available and the main cruise lines offering them, as well as the most popular ports. It is built to be shared and the page features a code to allow sharing on blogs, web pages and social media.
No Fly Cruises Editor Danielle Fear said: “You don’t see so many cruise infographics currently, but they are a great way of getting interesting information across in a fast and effective way and they are also perfect to share. The website has seen a huge increase in traffic, as we edge towards the easing of travel restrictions, and the popularity of no-fly cruising from UK ports looks set to grow significantly over the coming years, something that is being reflected in scheduling. These infographics will also set a bench-mark that we can compare year on year.”
The website has over 70 port guides and over 20 well-known expert insider reports. It also uses amateur photography to give a more accurate reflection of the places we report on and the average user time on the site is over 13 minutes per visit.
A major construction milestone in the future of British cruising has been marked as P&O Cruises cuts the first piece of steel for new ship Arvia.
The 184,700-tonne sister ship to Iona is being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The company’s second LNG-powered Excel class ship will join the P&O Cruises fleet in December 2022 and holidays on Arvia go on sale next month.
In a speech at the virtual ceremony P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “The steel cutting marks an extraordinary milestone for the future of P&O Cruises.
“It is a future which will include two of the most environmentally innovative ships in the world today.
“Iona is poised to join our fleet this summer as we return to service and is eagerly anticipated by our employees, crew and certainly by our guests who cannot wait to sail on her during her maiden season from Southampton.
“Whilst Arvia may have a different look and feel to Iona, being built to sail in the sun, the inherent DNA is the same. It is one which exemplifies design excellence, forward-thinking power generation and future-focused experiences. The hardware, technology and interior arrangement of spaces leaves nothing lacking. Every sheet of metal, every control panel, every cabin, light fitting and chair has been designed and debated to ensure that it provides a pinnacle holiday for our guests and the foremost working and living experience for our crew.
“Over the next two years we will see this DNA evolve into our vision as our new ship takes shape and Arvia will join the fleet in December 2022.
“I would like to thank the entire team at Meyer Werft for their partnership and dedication as we begin the build of another spectacular ship.”
The name Arvia, meaning “from the seashore”, was unveiled earlier this month through a video reveal outlining the letters in different locations, all relating to the beach and seashore.
MSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales for MSC Magnifica’s third full EX-UK season in Summer 2022. Homeporting in Southampton with a brand new terminal following a recently announced partnership with ABP Southampton, it has never been easier to reach some of Britain’s favourite European destinations and all without leaving behind any of the home comforts thanks to the return of MSC Cruises ‘Best of British’ enhancements on-board.
The 21 sailings departing from Southampton beginning in April and ending in October will see cruises ranging from 2 to 14 nights with a variety of exciting itineraries visiting classic British favourites including the Canary Islands & Madeira, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic Capitals. Many of the 21 sailings will begin on a Saturday ensuring guests can make the most of their holiday and have an even more seamless travel experience.
Antonio Paradiso MD MSC Cruises UK & Ireland commented, “Throughout this difficult period we have been delighted at the continued on-going feedback from agents and guests, who are eager to sail with MSC Cruises from Southampton to new destinations. We are committed to providing UK holidaymakers with the holidays they want, and travel agents with cruises they want to sell. We hope that MSC Magnifica’s third full summer season in Southampton and her brand-new itineraries created specifically with British holidaymakers in mind, demonstrates to both our guests and the trade our continued commitment to growing the UK market.
He added “The UK market is a priority for MSC Cruises and we have shown our commitment consistently over the last few years. Firstly, with our first ever full EX-UK season in 2018, then with the naming of MSC Bellissima in Southampton in 2019, followed by a second much anticipated full EX-UK season coming up this 2021 Summer season so, we are anticipating another great response to having MSC Magnifica based back in the UK next summer.”
Highlights include three itineraries to the Baltic capitals, a 12-night cruise departing in late May, and two 14-night cruises departing in July and September. Offering slightly different itineraries with added highlights on the 14-night itinerary including two overnight stays in the Swedish Capital Stockholm, and a visit to Denmark’s Skagen. The sailings include an overnight onboard stay in St Petersburg and a visit to Norway’s capital, Oslo for that perfect Instagram snap.
Developed with families in mind following guest and travel agent feedback are two spectacular 14-night Western Mediterranean cruises in July and August. These no-fly cruises begin with two sea days to give guests a chance to settle in and enjoy the ships facilities. Then the action-packed itineraries allow guests to explore seven different ports in nine days including an overnight stay in the fabulous city of Palma de Mallorca and a visit to the exclusive Monte Carlo for that added touch of glamour.
MSC Magnifica will offer four different stunning Norwegian Fjord itineraries departing throughout Summer 2022, all of which have been designed to showcase the very best of the region’s world-renowned natural landscapes. Explore much loved ports including Flamm and Stavanger, famous for their medieval history as well as recently added destinations for MSC Cruises such as Bergen, where guests can discover the Hanseatic quarter- a UNESCO World Heritage site- and Nordfjordeid, the home of Norway’s largest Viking ship,the Myklebustskipet.
In addition to new itineraries MSC Magnifica will be back with all the ‘Best of British’ enhancements that were initially showcased on MSC Magnifica in 2018, including favourite’s such as pie & mash, back bacon and sausages available in the buffet and kettles in cabins with Yorkshire Tea, which is back by popular demand.
To ensure passengers have total peace of mind when booking that much needed escape, MSC Cruises’ Stress Free Cruising programme offers guests flexible booking conditions, allowing them to change their sailing up to 15 days prior to departure, while also being guaranteed the highest level of health and safety thanks to our rigorous and industry leading onboard protocol.
ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE –
14 NIGHTS PERFECT FOR FAMILIES
MSC Cruises is offering a 14-night cruise to some of the Mediterranean’s most adored destinations and it’s just right for that next family break. Departing on 23rd July this no-fly cruise kicks off with two days at sea to give guests the opportunity to relax and explore the ships modern facilities. The two week sailing offers guests an action packed itinerary visiting seven different ports, stopping first in Cadiz, Malaga and Alicante, followed by a late departure from the chic island of Palma de Mallorca, a visit to the exclusive Monte Carlo and stops in the punchy cities of Lisbon and Barcelona.
Prices starting from £4,136 for a family of 4 on a cruise only basis, all food, drink and service charges included in the price. Departing 23rd July 2022 from Southampton onboard MSC Magnifica.
Join a 12-night sailing right from your doorstep and rediscover some of the Mediterranean’s most beloved destinations. Setting sail from Southampton on Sunday 01 May 2022, the itinerary explores the heart of the Canaries, first stopping in the charismatic cities of Lisbon and Funchal, followed by the beloved Canary Islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote with a final stop in the picturesque coastal city of Vigo before returning to Southampton.
Prices start from £1,139 per person based on two people sharing a cabin on a cruise only basis, all food, drink and service charges included in the price. Departing 01 May 2022 from Southampton onboard MSC Magnifica.
Norway Your Way
With so many picturesque ports to explore in Norway join a seven-night sailing to the Norweigan Fjords to see the beloved classics as well as some new ports of call for MSC Cruises. Departing on 20th May 2022 explore the popular ports of Flamm, Bergen and Stavanger and Nordfjordeid where the views are some of the most breathtaking in Europe. With 4 ports in seven days, this action packed break will drop you right back to Southampton for ultimate easy travelling.
Prices start from £749 per person based on two people sharing a cabin on a cruise only basis, all food, drink and service charges included in the price. Departing 20 May 2022 from Southampton onboard MSC Magnifica.
Silversea Cruises’ new ship Silver Dawn touched water for the first time today during her float-out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy. The fitting out phase will now begin — during which Fincantieri’s skilled craftspeople will bring the ship’s elegant interiors to life. Silver Dawn will become the 10th ship in the leading ultra-luxury cruise line’s fleet. With the delivery of both Silver Origin and Silver Moon in 2020, and with the delivery of Silver Dawn scheduled for November 2021, Silversea Cruises—and the global cruise industry in general—continues to demonstrate great resilience.
“We proudly celebrate this major milestone in the build of our beautiful new Silver Dawn,” says Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises. “Our long-term collaboration with Fincantieri continues to push boundaries in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, while the ongoing support and expertise of the Royal Caribbean Group has been invaluable to the ship’s build. While Silver Dawn takes influence from our beloved ships Silver Muse and Silver Moon, our guests will benefit from many pioneering enhancements aboard the tenth ship in our fleet. We look forward to revealing these in the coming months.”
The third ship in the Muse-class series, and part of a long-term plan to grow and enhance the cruise line’s already luxurious fleet, Silver Dawn will be a sistership to Silversea’s Silver Muse, built in the Fincantieri shipyard of Sestri Ponente (Genoa) in April 2017, and Silver Moon, which was delivered in Ancona in October 2020.
Accommodating just 596 guests in 298 ocean-view suites – 96% of which will have a private veranda – and with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.45, Silver Dawn will maintain the small-ship intimacy and spacious accommodation which are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. She will offer guests many exciting enhancements when compared to Silver Muse and Silver Moon, which will be unveiled in due course. Providing superlative comfort and an enhanced onboard experience, she will unlock authentic travel experiences for Silversea’s discerning guests in the world’s most spectacular destinations.