Celebrity Cruises Takes Delivery Of Celebrity Edge

Following more than four years of planning and 23 months of construction at the skilled hands of thousands of engineers, architects, artisans, designers, contractors, shipyard employees, and the new-build and Celebrity Cruises teams, today the modern luxury cruise line officially took delivery of Celebrity Edge, representing a truly historic occasion for Celebrity Cruises and the cruise industry.

As part of the monumental moment, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo hosted a ceremony on board Celebrity Edge, while docked in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The Celebrity Cruises executive team was also in attendance along with shipyard officials, including general manager Laurent Castaing, and 1,377 crew members from 72 different countries.

Following the Celebrity Edge cheque-signing and delivery ceremony, attendees made their way across the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard for the ceremonial keel laying ofCelebrity Apex, where a 762-ton block was lifted in the air and a lucky coin was placed on the dock before the block was lowered into position.

On 6 November 2018, Celebrity Edge will begin her transatlantic voyage to her home port at T25 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her inaugural season will be spent sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries, with her Maiden Western Caribbean voyage departing on 9 December 2018, and her Maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage departing on 16 December 2018. Then, in spring of 2019, Celebrity Edge crosses the Atlantic again to offer guests stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of seven to 11-night sailings visiting iconic cities, including Barcelona and Rome.

Bookings for Celebrity Edge are now open. Celebrity Edge will be joined by her sister ship, Celebrity Apex, in 2020, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.

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The Inaugural ROL Cruise Survey: My Take

ROL recently published a post on their website about a cruise survey they had been working on. They asked over 500 cruise enthusiasts 9 cruise related questions and the results are very interesting.

Usually, I’m not a big fan of surveys, but I really did enjoy reading this post and seeing what is hot and what is clearly not. ROL did ask me for my comment on several of the findings, but I’m going to go over each question and share my views and what I would have chosen.

What is your dream cruise destination?

The Caribbean came out top for this and as I mentioned in my quote, I’m not surprised. I adore the Caribbean, but I was shocked to see that the Indian Ocean came in last. I’ve never been, but it looks incredible. I suppose it really is each to their own.

Who would you rather cruise with?

With family and with a partner both ranked top for the results from this survey. As I don’t have children and am single, I’d go with the friend or solo option. I always enjoy cruising solo, because you meet so many fun and interesting people. Sometimes though, some trips are better with friends and it is always nice to have someone to share experiences with.

On port days do you prefer excursions, exploring on your own, or staying on board?

Of course, excursions came out on top but only very slightly. 50.4% of people prefer to take an organised excursion, but surprisingly 46.61% of people prefer to explore independently. Personally, I enjoy a bit of both. If it’s a long tour, I’ll often book something through the cruise line. If the ship is in the same port for longer than 1 day, I’ll likely book something with a local guide that leads on into the evening. I always want to get the most out of every place that I visit.

How far would you be willing to travel for a cruise?

38.05% of people said any port around the world, which did surprise me, however, 37.25% of people said they would prefer any UK port. They are my kind of people. I don’t like to fly, so I tend to sail ex-UK cruises only. If I can get to a port in another country without flying there then I will make the effort. I’ve sailed several times from Amsterdam because I can get the ferry to Ijmuiden from where I live.

If you were planning on booking a cruise, which of these would be most important to you?

The choices were: price, itinerary, reputation of the cruise line, ship amenities, possibility of controlling spending, departure port, profile of cruisers and the amount of time in port.

The price came out on top at 37.47%. I’m not surprised by this, we all want to find the holiday bargains. I also wasn’t surprised that itinerary choice came out second. I tend to spend more time these days looking at itineraries than I do the cruise line or ship, with a small exception, but I was hugely surprised to see that for just 1.2% of people, the actual time spent in port was a factor in their cruise booking. The more time you have in port, the more time you have to explore, so if itinerary is a big part of your decision, I think the time you get to spend in those destinations should also factor in, big time.

Which of these statements best describes the goal of your next holiday?

“Visiting destinations I’ve been to and want to return to” – 16.14%

“Visiting destinations I’ve never been to but want to visit” – 81.08%

“Visiting destinations I’ve never heard of” – 2.79%

If I had been asked this, I would be completely greedy because where possible, I want to try and get all 3 from each cruise experience. There are places I have visited that I simply cannot wait to visit again, destinations I am desperate to go and see for myself, and there are always wild card ports that we’ve never heard of that sometimes turn out to be the most exciting.

What type of cruise appeals to you the most?

The choices were: ocean cruise, world cruise, river cruise, expedition cruise and mini-cruise.

My two favourites came out on top, ocean cruise followed closely by the world cruise. For me, any cruise is good so long as I am on a ship. Having recently completed a world cruise with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, I can say from first-hand experience that if you have the opportunity to embark on one, don’t even give it a second though, pack your bags and go. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever been fortunate enough to do from beginning to end and I have memories that will last me a lifetime.

Have you found love on a cruise holiday?

This is the sweetest question of all, but 75.1% of those asked said no. Which I can understand, but I’ve been on several sailings where I’ve seen love blossom between passengers. I’ve also met many people that have met their other half on an earlier cruise.

Have you ever gained weight on a cruise holiday?

I don’t think I need to give you the statistics for the top answer to this one, but 16.73% of people said they had lost weight. I know, some will find that totally absurd, but I tend to lose weight when I cruise. I eat far better on a ship than I do at home, so it really isn’t difficult for me to lose weight when I cruise. I also tend to not overindulge on the sweet treats, although I do slip up occasionally. I also find now if I am visiting destinations that are incredibly hot and humid, my appetite is massively subdued, and I’d rather have something cool, quick and light, such as tuna with a little past.

So, that’s my input on every question, but I’d love to know what your answers would be to some of these questions? Don’t forget, you can comment below and if you’d like to see the entire survey in full, visit the ROL website.

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P&O Cruises Recruits Global Experts For Britain’s Biggest Interior Design Challenge

P&O Cruises has begun Britain’s biggest interior design challenge, to furnish and decorate Iona, its newest ship to be launched in spring 2020. The ship, which itself is a visual spectacle will also be Britain’s biggest art gallery at sea with more than 4,600 works of art being commissioned for display.

Iona will benefit from the expertise of the world’s leading engineers, architects and designers; brought together for the first time to create a ship that will truly make the sea the star with its vast glass walls giving panoramic views. Each expert is delivering exciting new innovations to enhance the guest experience on Britain’s newest flagship.

In a just released short film these seven luminaries shed light on their contribution to Iona, taking viewers deep into the collaborative process. From the design and build of the stunning glass SkyDome that is Iona’s crowning glory, to collecting millions of pounds worth of art to complement Iona’s naturally lit social spaces – each expert will help bring Iona to life, as the ship is under construction in Germany.

Those eager to know more about Iona can gain a valuable insight from those who are creating this stunning new ship. They’ll discover more about Iona’s wide decks and outside spaces and its light filled atrium framed by three storey high glass walls.

Among those contributing are:

P&O Cruises director of hotel design and projects, Alison Clixby: Heading up the team of experts and design process, Alison explains the inspiration and ideas behind Iona’s interiors and the challenges that come with furnishing a ship of such size.

Art curator, Tom Tempest-Radford: Tom, who also curated the collection on P&O Cruises Britannia, is currently sourcing the biggest collection of art for the largest ship ever created for the British market. The multi-million pound art collection is being curated by Tom to complement and enhance Iona’s interior designs and to give the feel of relaxed luxury. Much of the art takes its inspiration from the sea, the wonder of nature and the sense of being outdoors.

Richmond International director, Terry McGillicuddy: The company which is responsible for the overall interior design of Britannia is the expert behind the innovative Conservatory Mini-suites. Iona will have 95 of these suites when she launches in 2020 and each one will deliver a new experience for P&O Cruises guests, offering unparalleled views and a relaxing natural environment. The conservatory-style room gives an extension to the cabin, with greater flexibility and a distinct space for relaxation and socializing, whilst enjoying the connection to the sea and landscape.

Jestico + Whiles director, James Dilley: This is the first project in the cruise ship industry for the company which helped create W Hotel (London), Aqua Shard (restaurant in the Shard) and The Yas Hotel (Abu Dhabi). Amongst many of the other key public areas, Jestico + Whiles is responsible for the Grand Atrium which will be at the heart of Iona, a lively and ever-changing focal point that encapsulates the exciting spirit of the ship. With triple height bay windows with panoramic views to the sea, the Grand Atrium unites three decks, served by an extraordinary spiralling silver and stone staircase, offering an exciting journey to a choice of “destinations.”

Meyer Werft shipyard managing director, Tim Meyer: Tim explains the intricacies of building Iona, the biggest ship for the British market at over 180,000 gross tons. Iona features P&O Cruises “green cruising” design. It is one of the first generation of cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, which will significantly reduce emissions.

Partner Ship Design senior project manager, Franz-Josef Wolf: PSD is responsible for creating the multiple-use elements of SkyDome, which will offer a unique space whatever the weather. By day SkyDome will be the perfect place for relaxation and informal dining. By night it will come alive with spectacular aerial performances, immersive shows and deck parties.

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Hurtigruten Orders New Hybrid Powered Expedition Vessel

Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, continues to push the boundaries on green travel with their announcement today on the construction of their third hybrid powered expedition cruise ship.

The new ship’s design, construction, engineering and advanced technology will be based on Hurtigruten’s two next-generation ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, currently under construction at the Norwegian yard. The new hybrid powered expedition ship, accommodating 530 guests, will be custom built for some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, with specially designed, ice-strengthened hull.

The new Hurtigruten hybrid powered expedition ship is expected to be delivered in Q2 2021.

Among the innovative green features on the new ship, are substantially larger battery packs to make expedition voyages even more sustainable.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018, Hurtigruten is the world’s largest expedition cruise operator.

With a growing fleet of 17 custom built expedition ships, Hurtigruten explores unique destinations from pole to pole, including Antarctica, South America, Norway, Svalbard, Greenland, Northwest Passage and other Arctic destinations.

The Hurtigruten Kleven agreement is subject to certain contingencies, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

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Princess Cruises Announces Biggest Season Ever Sailing Across The UK And Europe

Princess Cruises has announced that 2020 will be its biggest European season ever, with available capacity up by 15% on 2019.

For the first time ever Princess Cruises will have three ships sailing a full season from Southampton.

Meanwhile the line’s newest ship, Enchanted Princess, will hold its naming ceremony in Southampton in late June. Enchanted Princess will be the first Princess Cruises vessel to be named in the UK since Royal Princess in 2013, further demonstrating the line’s commitment to the local market.

The 3,080-guest Crown Princess will sail for over 150 days from Southampton, covering May to November. In addition the 2,200-guest Island Princess will spend June to October sailing from Southampton to northern Europe while the 3,560-guest Regal Princess will head round Britain from May to September.

Crown Princess will set sail for the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and northern Europe including a series of new voyages:

·        An eight-day Norwegian Fjords voyage to Bergen, Aalesund, Olden/Nordfjord, Hellesylt Geiranger and Stavanger
·        A 13-day summer holiday cruise in August to Barcelona, Marseille, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Sardinia and Ceuta in Spanish Morocco
·        A 17-day Mediterranean voyage to Lisbon, Santorini (Greece), Mykonos (Greece), Kusadasi (Turkey), Katakolon (Greece) and Cartagena (Spain)
·        A four-day sailing to Rotterdam and the Channel Islands

Prior to Crown Princess’ UK season the ship will sail a shorter series of fly-Mediterranean cruises in April and May.

Island Princess will also be based in Southampton and similarly will take in a range of new sailings including:

·        A 12-day Northern Capitals cruise to cities including Hamburg (for Berlin), Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam, Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge) and Paris (Le Havre)
·        A 14-day Scandinavia & Russia Collection cruise to Bornholm (Denmark), Stockholm, Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg, Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Visby (Sweden), Helsingborg (Sweden) and Copenhagen. The calls to Stockholm and St Petersburg are both overnight visits
·        Two 12-day Northern Lights cruises to the Norwegian destinations of Aalesund, Tromso, Alta (overnight) and Stavanger
·        16 or 32-day cruises to New York via northern Europe, either on a one-way or roundtrip basis

Enchanted Princess’ naming ceremony will be at the end of June 2020 before the ship heads to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Regal Princess will sail the British Isles from May to September, travelling to destinations including Liverpool, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh. This marks the first time the ship has spent a season based in the UK. 

Meanwhile the 3,660-guest Sky Princess, which launches next year, will spend its first spring and summer season sailing Scandinavia and Russia roundtrip from Copenhagen. From April to September, the ship will take in the likes of Stockholm, Oslo, Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin (Warnemunde) and an overnight stay in St Petersburg.

As such, three of Princess Cruises’ newest ships – Enchanted, Sky and Regal – will all be based in Europe in 2020.

The announcements form part of Princess Cruises’ 2020 programme, which includes sailings across Europe as well as Asia, the Caribbean, Alaska and Canada & New England. The UK-based ships, Crown Princess and Island Princess, will go on sale on Thursday November 8, 2018 at 9AM with the rest of Europe, Caribbean and Canada & New England sailings available from 5PM the same day. Alaska and Japan voyages are on sale on Thursday November 15, 2018 at 5PM.

For all 2020 cruises, Princess’ Elite guests are able to book 48 hours before the stated times.

All cruises are available for a reduced deposit of £50 per person.

Further afield, highlights include: 

·        65 Japan voyages setting sail from either Tokyo or Kobe on the 2,670-guest Diamond Princess
·        28 summer Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale with seven, 14 and 21-night options
·        63 Australia sailings on four ships departing from Freemantle, Auckland, Brisbane or Sydney
·        Over 130 Alaska sailings across eight ships, with departures from Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Whittier and Vancouver
·        16 Canada & New England sailings on Sky Princess or Caribbean Princess, which depart from Fort Lauderdale, New York or Quebec

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “Europe remains the most popular holiday destination for our UK guests so we’re delighted to offer more choice than ever before in 2020. The fact Southampton will see the launch of Enchanted Princess and that we have two of our newest ships, Sky Princess and Regal Princess, sailing in Europe, is a testament to the ever-growing popularity of Princess Cruises in the UK.

“If you’re already looking ahead to your 2020 holiday, now is a great time to book with deposits of just £50 per person available until April 31, 2019.”

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My Cruise Love Note – #ChooseCruise

What you’re about to read is a jumbled mess of my enthusiasm for cruise. I did have an idea of what I wanted to write before I started, but then my fingers took command and I was left with this. As it is ALL about cruise, hopefully that will save the blog!

Cruise is my life, I adore it and 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 really don’t get this level of passion or interest when it comes to groups for land-based holidays. Tell me, when was the last time you were in a new destination and you heard someone say, “the fishes on the carpet lead me in the right direction” or “I enjoyed my breakfast in the Suez Canal this morning” while talking about a holiday they’ve had on land? It doesn’t, and in many cases, physically can’t happen. Cruising is so unique. We look at our ships as part of us and they are what bring us together. We have so much more to talk about than JUST the holiday experience because the ship herself affords us many luxuries that can only be found at sea.

There’s something almost addictive about waking up to a new view every morning. I sit in my office and look out of the window, as usual I can see 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 was clearly 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 genuinely have no idea what I’d be doing right now.

I love everything about the cruise experience, from the smells to the sunsets. There’s nothing I dislike. OK, I don’t like disembarkation day, but that’s still an experience that my brain seems to block out. I barely remember any of them. I guess it’s a protection mechanism. 😉

I really could go on about this for weeks, but I’ve done what I came here to do (kind of) and that was to drop a short “cruise love note” before the #ChooseCruise month comes to an end – a month that has shown everyone how amazing cruising is! I’ve been on more than 55 cruises and sailed to some of the finest destinations on the planet. I wake up every day feeling so incredibly fortunate to have the opportunities that I do. I am living proof that if you work hard for something you’re passionate about, you will reap the rewards and live your best life!

Check out my latest project where everyone that loves cruise is welcome: Cruise Climber.

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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Cruise Ship Godmothers

Audrey Hepburn christens the original Star Princess in 1989 – image credit: Princess Cruises

The role of cruise ship Godmother has traditionally been served by one individual, usually a woman, but there have been a few exceptions over the years. In 2009, Oasis of the Seas was christened by 7 Godmothers, including Gloria Estefan and Jane Seymore, and in 2015, male rapper Pitbull became Godfather to Norwegian Escape. It’s a huge honour to be asked to christen a ship and we’ve seen many famous faces over the years filling that role, but there are also a few you may not be familiar with.

Here are 10 celebrities that you (maybe) didn’t know were cruise ship Godmothers.

Dame Julie Andrews – Crystal Serenity

Dame Julie Andrews christened Crystal Cruises ‘Crystal Serenity’ in Southampton, in 2003. The Hollywood legend wore a pink skirt and jacket and she oozed Hollywood glamour as she watched the bottle of champagne break against the ships hull. She returned to the ship in 2005 as a celebrity guest for Serenity’s 101-night world cruise.

Whoopi Goldberg – Serenade of the Seas

Originally, Whoopi Goldberg was Godmother to Viking Serenade, but the ship left the fleet in 2002. When Serenade of the Seas entered service, her Godmother-status was resumed. In true Whoopi style, she asked at the ships christening if being Godmother now meant she had to put it through college. Serenade of the Seas was the first Royal Caribbean ship to sail an inaugural season from New York City.

Audrey Hepburn – Star Princess (1989)

Dressed to impress in a nautical-style outfit, complete with elegant white hat, Audrey Hepburn named Star Princess in Fort Lauderdale, in 1989. Following the ceremony, Audrey sailed on Star Princesses maiden voyage to the Caribbean.

Angela Lansbury – Crystal Symphony

In 1995 Angela Lansbury christened the luxury cruise ship ‘Crystal Symphony’ in New York before she began her 25-day maiden voyage from the Big Apple to Los Angeles. More than 600 people turned up for the event.

Princess Diana – Royal Princess (1984)

Diana, Princess of Wales named Royal Princess in Southampton back in November 1984. The ship then went on to become P&O Cruises ‘Artemis’ before joining Phoenix Reisen in 2011 and being renamed ‘Artania’.

Joanna Lumley – Viking Odin & Sea Princess

The wonderful Joanna Lumley named Viking River Cruises’ ‘Viking Odin’ during a ceremony in Amsterdam, in 2012, but that wasn’t her first Godmother role. In 2005, she christened Princess Cruises’ ‘Sea Princess’ during a star-studded ceremony in Southampton.

Dame Helen Mirren – Ventura

Dame Helen Mirren named Ventura in Southampton, in 2008. It was a 007 themed event and there were numerous celebrities in attendance. Dame Helen admitted that until Ventura, she’d never set foot on a cruise ship.

Dame Judi Dench – Carnival Legend

A true British Icon and one of our most-loved actresses, Dame Judi Dench had the honour of christening Carnival Legend during a ceremony in Harwich, in 2002. Most naming ceremonies go without a hitch, but not this one! It took 3 attempts to smash the bottle and when it finally did break, it left Dame Judi covered in champagne.

Margaret Thatcher – Regal Princess (1991)

Even I didn’t know this, but the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher became Godmother to Princess Cruises’ ‘Regal Princess’ on August 8, 1991, in New York. The ship has been sailing for P&O Cruises Australia as ‘Pacific Dawn’ since 2007.

Kim Cattrall – Norwegian Dawn

Cattrall named Norwegian Dawn during a ceremony in Manhattan, in 2002. It was a huge event with appearances from the cast of ‘Rent’ and musical numbers from the Harlem Boys’ Choir.

Do you have any others to add? Leave a comment below.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Offers FREE Onboard Spending Credit On Selection Of Longer Voyages

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering up to £200 per person in free onboard spending credit on a selection of longer voyages, with durations ranging from 22 to 70 nights, for bookings made by 19th November 2018 inclusive.

The offer is available on five tempting itineraries setting sail in 2019/20, with destinations including the Adriatic and Dalmatian Coast; India and Arabia and Indian Ocean Islands.

Highlights of cruises featuring the free onboard spending credit offer include:

Black Watch’s 28-night ‘Discovering the Adriatic & Dalmatian Coast’ adults only cruise, ex Liverpool, UK on 13th April 2019. £150 per person free onboard spending credit.

Ports of call: Liverpool, UK – Cádiz, Spain – Palma, Mallorca, Spain – Kerkira, Corfu, Greece – Kotor, Montenegro – Hvar, Croatia – Venice, Italy – Koper, Slovenia – Zadar, Croatia – Split, Croatia (overnight stay) – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Valletta, Malta – Mahon, Menorca, Spain – Malaga, Spain – Oporto (from Leixões), Portugal – Liverpool, UK

For full details: Visit W1907 ‘Discovering the Adriatic & Dalmatian Coast’ 

Boudicca’s 30-night ‘African Wildlife & Indian Ocean Islands’ fly-cruise, ex Cape Town, South Africa (flights from London Heathrow/Manchester/Scotland) on 30th October 2019. £200 per person free onboard spending credit.

Ports of call: Cape Town, South Africa (overnight stay) – Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Richards Bay, South Africa – Mamoudzou, Mayotte, Comoros – Hell-Ville, Nosy Be, Madagascar – Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles (two-night stay) – Praslin Island, Seychelles – Malé, Maldives – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India (overnight stay) – Phuket, Thailand (overnight stay)

For full details: Visit D192627 ‘African Wildlife & Indian Ocean Islands’  

In addition, an increased on board spending credit of up to £350 per person is available on the following sailing:

Balmoral’s 70-night ‘South American Exploration’ adults only cruise, ex Southampton, UK on 6th January 2020.

Ports of call: Southampton, UK – Lisbon, Portugal – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – Mindelo, Cape Verde – Salvador, Brazil – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (overnight stay) – Ilhabela, Brazil – Montevideo, Uruguay – Buenos Aires, Argentina (overnight stay) – Punta del Este, Uruguay – West Point Island, Falkland Islands – Port Stanley, Falkland Islands – Punta Arenas, Chile – Puerto Chacabuco, Chile – Valparaíso, Chile – Arica, Chile – Paracas, Peru – Callao, Peru (overnight stay) – Puerto Limón, Costa Rica – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – Willemstad, Curaçao – Kralendijk, Bonaire – Bridgetown, Barbados – St John’s, Antigua – Basseterre, St Kitts – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores – La Coruña, Spain – Southampton, UK

For full details: Visit https://www.fredolsencruises.com/cruise/south-american-exploration-l2001

Guests can also choose to upgrade to Fred. Olsen’s ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package for just £15 per person, per night on its ocean cruises.

Fred. Olsen is renowned for its innovative itineraries, and is proud to have been crowned ‘Best for Itineraries’ by Cruise Critic experts in the prestigious ‘UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2017’ – for a record three years in a row.


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MSC Cruises To Enter Ultra-Luxury Market With Four New Ships

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri today announce the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships for a total value in excess of EUR 2 billion.

The ships, the first of which will be delivered in Spring 2023, will have a gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 GT and will feature 500 cabins. The remaining three ships will come into service one per year over the following three years.

The ships will feature, amongst other, the best and latest environmental technology and other cutting-edge maritime solutions at sea. They will also showcase highly-innovative design as well as introduce ground-breaking options for guest comfort and relaxation.

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Carnival Victory To Be Transformed And Renamed Carnival Radiance

Carnival Victory will undergo a bow-to-stern refurbishment in 2020 that will add a wide variety of popular branded food, beverage and entertainment innovations, as she transforms into Carnival Radiance.  A surprise new dining option will also make its debut on Carnival Radiance.

The renovation will complete a $200 million enhancement programme and the ship will be renamed Carnival Radiance following a 38-day dry dock which will take place in Cadiz, Spain, from March 18 to April 26, 2020.

Itineraries for the newly renamed Carnival Radiance will be announced and go on sale in mid-November.

Today’s announcement follows previously announced plans to transform Carnival Triumph into Carnival Sunrise next year, part of the company’s eight-year, $2 billion fleetwide modernisation program – the largest in cruising.

Carnival Radiance’s wide-ranging enhancements will include exciting new culinary, bar and entertainment enhancements detailed below:

Enticing F&B Innovations

  • Cucina del Capitano: offering delicious Italian favourites and new Carnival classics served family-style in an engaging atmosphere reminiscent of a cosy Italian home.
  • JavaBlue Café: this expanded version of the line’s popular coffee bars will offer lattes, cappuccinos and other caffeinated favourites, as well as “spiked” coffees made with liqueurs, and decadent confections.
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse: a classic American steakhouse offering mouth-watering steaks, gourmet appetisers, entrees and desserts, with impeccable service and understated ambiance.
  • Bonsai Sushi: a full-service Asian restaurant offering a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and other delicacies from the Far East.
  • The Chef’s Table: a new multi-course dining experience hosted in a special glass-enclosed venue in the forward dining room.
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse: an open-air eatery featuring “real deal” BBQ favourites created by Food Network start and long-time partner Guy Fieri.
  • Lido Marketplace: a casual poolside eatery boasting favourites like Seafood Shack offering lobster rolls and other New England-inspired fare; Pizzeria del Capitano serving hand-tossed artisanal-style pies free of charge 24/7, and an expanded Swirls venue with complimentary ice cream and frozen yogurt.

More Than Just Bars and Lounges

  • RedFrog Pub: featuring the Caribbean’s best rums and beers – including Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red – enjoyed in a distinct British-West-Indies-meets-Key-West atmosphere.
  • Piano Bar 88: a new twist on Carnival’s popular piano bar concept that amps up the excitement with themed nights, engaging new décor and spontaneous sing-along fun.
  • Limelight Lounge: home to the Punchliner Comedy Club featuring a hilarious line-up of comics which later transforms into a sizzling night club where guests can dance the night away.
  • New Multi-Purpose Liquid Lounge: an expansive theatre that’s home to captivating daytime and night time entertainment, including the line’s high-tech Playlist Productions revues and audience participation favourite Hasbro, The Game Show.

Spectacular Open Deck Attractions

  • SportSquare: a suspended ropes course offering heart-racing views to the sea 150 feet below, basketball court, jogging track, ping pong, foosball, pool tables, and a nine-hole miniature golf course highlight this open-area recreation complex.
  • WaterWorks: featuring a 203-foot-long AquaTunnel slide and Carnival’s signature 212-foot-long Twister slide along with a 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and kiddie area.
  • Serenity Adult Only Retreat: an adults-only oasis offering plush chaise lounges, whirlpools and oversized umbrellas, enhanced by dramatic sea views.

Wait, There’s More!

  • Cloud 9 Spa: designed as the ultimate refuge for rest and relaxation, the health and wellness centre will offer an elaborate thermal suite, private treatment rooms, and the latest cardio and weight-training equipment.
  • The Warehouse: promising fun for all ages with a variety of the latest video and arcade games.
  • Expanded Retail Spaces: a mall-style shopping experience featuring reimagined retail outlets with an expanded assortment of jewellery, watches, fragrances, along with the line’s own branded spaces including The Carnival Store.

These new spaces will complement a wide variety of existing food and beverage outlets, including Guy’s Burger Joint offering hand-crafted burgers and fries, The Deli serving piled-high sandwiches and traditional sides, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, BlueIguana Cantina offering authentic Mexican tacos and burritos, an expanded Cherry on Top sweets shop, and the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar.  The ship’s staterooms were also recently renovated with a new tropical colour palette and new accommodation choices, including luxurious Captain’s Suites with floor to ceiling windows.



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