P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin To Be Produced In World’s First Gin Distillery At Sea On Iona

Salcombe Gin photographed by Alun Callender for P&O Cruises commissioned by Sunday

P&O Cruises sea-inspired Marabelle Gin is to be produced on board new ship Iona, home to the world’s first gin distillery at sea, in partnership with Salcombe Distilling Co.

The unique recipe has been inspired by the terroir of the Scottish island which is Iona’s namesake with heather among the 18 botanicals used to create the gin. To this citrus and green apple has been added, for freshness, alongside blackberry, rose petals, mint and finally sea kelp, to create a richness with a subtle hint of the sea.

The world’s first gin distillery at sea will be found within Anderson’s Bar and Library on board Iona which will be serving expertly crafted Marabelle Gin cocktails. The gin will be produced in Iona’s gin still ‘Columba’ named after the sixth century founder of the abbey on the island of Iona. Then it will be bottled and labelled on board with bottles available for guests to purchase and enjoy at home.

Following its launch on Iona, Salcombe Distilling Co. will distil P&O Cruises Marabelle Gin in its 450-litre copper still ‘Provident’ in Salcombe to be served across the entire P&O Cruises fleet.
Salcombe Distilling Co. will also bring its gin masterclass expertise to Iona to create two unique experiences for P&O Cruises. In one, a gin expert will reveal the secrets to distilling a smooth and well-balanced gin, complete with a tutored tasting masterclass. The second class is a smaller more intimate experience where guests create their own recipe gin, under the tutelage of the gin expert, from a selection of gin botanical distillates created by Salcombe Distilling Co. These specially created gins will be bottled for guests to take home.

P&O Cruises also plans to work with Salcombe Distilling Co. to develop exclusive gins inspired by the destinations visited.

P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said:“The world’s first gin distillery at sea will be one of the stand-out star attractions on our new ship. Marabelle means star of the sea so this is a perfectly apt name for our unique-recipe gin created on board Iona, a ship set to make sea the star.”

Salcombe Distilling Co. co-founder, Angus Lugsdin, said: This exciting partnership unites two British brands with a love of ocean adventures in a beautifully crafted gin. Iona and the sea have been the inspiration for every element of Marabelle Gin from the name and the design of the bottle label, with the star formations in the night sky overhead, to the flora native to the island of Iona, juniper and heather, used in the recipe.

“The bottle label is the shape of a gin pennant flag, a symbol of hospitality flown by sailors for years. When hoisted it invites people to come aboard for a G&T, so it’s the perfect icon to symbolise our gin brand and partnership.”

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Celebrity Cruises Announces New, Wonder-filled Sailings For 2021/2022

Celebrity Cruises announces its updated 2021-2022 winter sailings programme for the Caribbean, Europe and South America. The new offerings, informed by market research and valuable feedback from guests and travel partners, are highlighted by an expanded Caribbean presence with new seven-night and overnight itineraries; new Spain and Portugal itineraries in Europe; and an exciting new home port and new shorter itineraries in South America.  

The new sailings further complement Celebrity’s award-winning itineraries, curated to feature the world’s most beautiful places and create memories that last long after each destination has sailed out of view. 

And, because holidays should be effortless from the start, Wi-Fi, drinks and tips are now ‘Always IncludedSM’ on every Celebrity cruise, simplifying the luxury holiday experience. 

The Caribbean 

Eight of Celebrity’s award-winning ships will sail the sun-drenched tropics, including its newest Edge Series ships, Celebrity Edge and brand-new sister ship Celebrity Apex – known for being destinations in their own right. Altogether, these Celebrity ships offer a variety of exciting itineraries, from shorter escapes that are perfect for romantic getaways to more immersive sailings that allow extra time to unwind in paradise and enjoy Celebrity’s luxurious ships. 

  • Celebrity Edge will offer a full winter season of seven-night Caribbean itineraries to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
  • Celebrity Silhouette, which recently enjoyed a multi-million dollar upgrade as part of the fleet’s transformative Celebrity Revolution will sail new Southern Caribbean itineraries featuring overnights in Aruba and Curaçao. 
  • Another “revolutionised” ship, Celebrity Summit, will replace Celebrity Infinity to sail four- and five-night itineraries from Miami plus two new Mexico holiday sailings in December, 2021.
                                                                             

Europe

Celebrity Infinity will offer new ways to experience the beauty of Europe next Autumn, by extending its season into October and November:

  • The award-winning Celebrity Infinity sails the Mediterranean from the home port of Lisbon, Portugal and adds a new 10-night “Best of Spain and Portugal” and two new seven-night Iberian Peninsula sailings visiting such beautiful coastal destinations as Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Alicante and Malaga in Spain; and Porto, Portugal. She then embarks on her new 12-night transatlantic from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, visiting ports of call in Spain and the Canary Islands.

South America

Beginning in December 2021 until March 2022, Celebrity Infinity will explore the exciting continent of South America from the towering Fjords of Chile to the tropical beaches and rain forests of Brazil to the tip of Antarctica. With a new homeport, Valparaiso, Chile, known as “Little San Francisco” for its rich theatre, music and street art scene, the all-new schedule features:

  • Four new nine- to 12-night itineraries calling on ports throughout the stunning landscapes of Argentina and Patagonia, or the exciting cityscapes found in Argentina and Brazil.
  • One new 14-night sailing to the ever-popular, bucket-list destination of Antarctica, for a total of three sailings to a part of the world revered by history’s greatest explorers. 

Celebrity Cruises is applying the recommendations of its Healthy Sail Panel of public health and scientific experts to ensure a safer and healthier cruise holiday on all of its sailings. 

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Emerald Yacht Cruises unveils 2022 itineraries for Emerald Azzurra

Emerald Yacht Cruises has today rolled out its complete portfolio of ocean itineraries onboard its first custom built 100 guest ocean-going super yacht – Emerald Azzurra.

To celebrate the announcement, Emerald Yacht Cruises is offering guests a ‘Super Earlybird’ limited time offer with savings of up to 30 per cent on selected cabins and itineraries, plus a complimentary deposit protection plan and the reassurance of a flexible booking policy.

The inaugural sailing of new super yacht Emerald Azzurra will be the eight-day Best of the Red Sea itinerary, starting from £3,625 per person for an Oceanview Stateroom, or take advantage of the Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Suite from £3,837 per person (departing 28 January 2022). The eight-day round-trip sails from Jordan’s stunning coastal city, Aqaba, and includes insightful visits to Nuweibah, Hurghada, Safaga and Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, then travelling to Eilat in Israel, before heading back to ancient Aqaba. Highlights include the chance to discover the history of St. Catherine’s Monastery, an Eastern Orthodox monastery located on the Sinai Peninsula, a glass-bottom boat trip in the natural Naama bay in Sharm el-Sheikh, and the opportunity to add on a guided visit and eco-experience of Kibbutz Lotan and Neot Smadar which offer beautiful landscapes in Israel’s Eliat*.

The eight-day Greek Island and Turkish Coastline cruise, starting from £3,835 per person for an Oceanview Stateroom, or take advantage of Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Suite from £4,791 per person (departing 7 May 2022). Sail the azure waters of the southeastern Aegean Sea, stopping off to explore a number of the stunning Greek, Dodecanese and surrounding islands. From Rhodes, Amorgos and Mykonos, to Bodrum and Kuşadasi in Turkey. Guests can hike to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monastery of St. John and cave of the apocalypse in the Aegean island of Patmos, and join a sightseeing bike tour of Kusadasi on Turkey’s western coast. Also, through its DiscoverMORE* optional excursions, guests can add on a farmers market visit followed by a cooking class to learn how to make Bodrum’s delicious local delicacies in Turkey, or a guided scuba diving experience in the crystal clear waters whilst in Rhodes.

Over the past 10 years, the small ship cruising sector on both oceans and rivers has seen steady growth among travellers looking for smaller, more intimate settings, personalised service and experiential tours. The new itineraries are an ideal choice for guests looking for that small ship experience, with Emerald Azzurra carrying just 100 guests in 50 deluxe suites and staterooms on sailings in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Red Seas, showcasing smaller ports that are not over touristed. Emerald Azzurra’s innovative design will feature nearly double the dining space per guest as the competition in this category, and 88 per cent of suites and staterooms will have balconies or terraces.

Every sailing with Emerald Yacht Cruises provides guests with access to its EmeraldDISCOVERY programme, which offers guests itineraries and excursions with the chance to delve deeper into each destination. For example, its extra-special included EmeraldPLUS excursions take guests to the heart of local culture, including an exclusive concert in a local church in Croatia, to a Mussel cooking demonstration and tasting in a local restaurant in Albania, to having the chance to meet open-minded locals in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prices include return flights, transfers, the cruises as stated, all tipping and gratuities, all on board meals and selected drinks**, included excursions and experiences with knowledgeable local guides.

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Silversea Cruises Takes Delivery Of Silver Moon

Silversea Cruises today took delivery of new ship Silver Moon—the ninth vessel in the leading ultra-luxury cruise line’s fleet.  

During an intimate celebration held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, executives from Silversea Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Group, and Fincantieri expressed gratitude to all involved: delivering live speeches via video feed, Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, and Jason Liberty, Executive Vice President and CFO of the Royal Caribbean Group, each commended the more than 1,000 craftspeople who contributed to the build. Present in Ancona, Luigi Matarazzo—Fincantieri’s General Manager Merchant Ships Division—and Roberto Martinoli—Silversea’s President and CEO—addressed attendees, before Martinoli penned his signature to officially take delivery of the ship.  

Giovanni Stecconi, the Director of Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, subsequently presented Captain Alessandro Zanello, Silver Moon’s Master—who was also at the helm for the delivery Silver Moon’s sister ship, Silver Muse, in 2017—with a commemorative ampoule that contained seawater from the launch. Concluding Silver Moon’s delivery, those present raised a glass of champagne, while respecting physical distancing protocol, to welcome the ship to Silversea’s fleet. 

“I congratulate all those involved in the build of Silver Moon; it is a proud moment for everybody at Silversea Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Group, and Fincantieri,” says Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group. “This beautiful shiprepresents the resilience of the global cruise industry and it is encouraging to see such innovation and progress in this challenging period. I have long said that Silversea Cruises is the jewel in the crown of the Royal Caribbean Group and I am today reminded of the cruise line’s quality. Silver Moon represents the pinnacle of luxury travel; I look forward to welcoming our guests aboard in the near future.” 

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Silver Moon to the Silversea fleet. The epitome of 21st-century luxury travel, she possesses a number of innovations that will build on the success of her sister ship Silver Muse, such as our pioneering new S.A.L.T. culinary programme, which we are eager for our guests to experience,” says Martinoli. “Every exquisite detail of Silver Moon is an expression of our successful collaboration with one of the world’s premier shipbuilders. It is apt that Silver Moon was built here in Italy, a cradle of luxury and a country celebrated for its rich culinary heritage. I thank Fincantieri’s leadership team and the more than 1,000 talented craftspeople who overcame the unprecedented challenges of 2020 to make this delivery possible. I also thank Royal Caribbean Group for their invaluable support; Silver Moon is a testament to the success of our collaboration.” 

Silver Moon is the third of Silversea’s ultra-luxury cruise ships to result from our longstanding, successful collaboration, and we at Fincantieri take great pride in handing over a ship that embodies the highest standards of style, comfort, and whispered luxury,” says Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “We are honoured to have partnered with Silversea in launching their highly successful Muse-class ships, and we are confident that Silver Moon will strengthen the line’s legacy of pushing boundaries in luxury cruise travel.” 

S.A.L.T. Programme: Immersive Culinary Enrichment

Debuting aboard Silver Moon is the innovative new culinary enrichment programme S.A.L.T., an acronym of Sea and Land Taste, which will enable guests to travel deeper through a range of destination-focused gastronomic experiences—both on-board and ashore.  

As part of the S.A.L.T. programme, three new venues will unlock immersive culinary experiences for guests on Silver Moon, forming a hub of culinary discovery on Deck 4:  

  • Among the largest of eight restaurants aboard Silver Moon, S.A.L.T. Kitchen is the first large-scale regional restaurant aboard a luxury cruise ship, offering a menu that changes with the destination and a regionally inspired wine list;
  • S.A.L.T. Lab is a test kitchen that enables guests to learn about local ingredients and artisanal techniques, through insightful workshops, tastings, and demonstrations;
  • and S.A.L.T. Bar allows guests to sample the most authentic flavours of the destination, through a large selection of regional wines, spirits, and other drinks.  

Enhanced Public Spaces

At 40,700 gross tons and with a maximum capacity of just 596 guests, Silver Moon takes influence from the successful design of her sister ship, Silver Muse, and maintains the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are hallmarks of the Silversea experience. At the same time, a number of public spaces have been reimagined for the enjoyment of guests, including the following sample:  

  • Serving fine French cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, Silversea’s signature restaurant, La Dame, has been redesigned and enlarged to accommodate 56 guests, with the option to dine outdoors. Bespoke Lalique crystal panels have been incorporated into the restaurant’s design to enrich the space’s aesthetic.
  • Guests’ favourite Atlantide restaurant has been enlarged and enriched to accommodate up to 220 guests.
  • Minimalist yet sophisticated, the enhanced design of Kaiseki takes inspiration from the best sushi restaurants in the world. Here, guests will witness expert sushi chefs in action, as they prepare fresh sushi, sashimi and other Asian-inspired dishes that are inspired by the seasons.
  • The popular Dolce Vita lounge has a new layout with the bar repositioned to the centre of the venue. Dolce Vita will welcome guests as both a sophisticated bar during the daytime and as an enchanting piano bar by night.
  • The Connoisseur’s Corner now features a new Wintergarden area, creating a sheltered and inviting area outdoors. In the Connoisseur’s Corner, guests will enjoy a selection of cigars and premium liquors in a sophisticated atmosphere.  

The Suite Life

Enriched with elegant décor, premium materials, and luxurious amenities, Silver Moon’s 298 spacious suites benefit from one of the highest space-to-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodation, offering superlative comfort to guests—a characteristic feature of the Silversea experience. And, with bespoke, handcrafted luxury beds by Savoir enriching the ship’s top 10 suites—four Owner’s Suites, four Grand Suites, and two Royal Suites—guests in these accommodations will experience a distinctive level of comfort even as they sleep. Guests in every suite will enjoy the dedicated service of a butler, as well as an in-suite bar, stocked with preferred beverages; in-suite dining, available 24 hours per day; and various other luxurious amenities. 

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces New 2022/2023 Voyage Collection

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has revealed its brand new 2022-2023 Voyage Collection featuring exotic and iconic destinations, allowing guests to explore the world while enjoying an unrivalled experience with every luxury included.

The thoughtfully curated Voyage Collection consists of 148 sailings from April 2022 to the end of April 2023 across Africa and Arabia, Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and New England, the Caribbean and Panama Canal, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and South America, as well as transoceanic crossings and five Grand Voyages.

Sailings range from seven nights up to the recently announced 143-night 2023 World Cruise. The Voyage Collection boasts 17 maiden ports of call for the line and 105 overnight visits.

Highlights include Seven Seas Splendor’s summer season in Scandinavia and the Baltics; Seven Seas Explorer in the Mediterranean discovering Turkey and Black Sea ports; Seven Seas Voyager’s tour of Africa and her winter season in South America which includes a sailing to Antarctica; Seven Seas Mariner’s Alaskan summer and 2023 World Cruise; and Seven Seas Navigator’s Grand Arctic Adventure and Caribbean cruises which feature two voyages from Bridgetown, Barbados. More detailed information about the ships’ individual deployments can be found below.

Opportunities for truly immersive and unforgettable luxury travel experiences abound with access to over 350 UNESCO World Heritage Sites across thousands of FREE unlimited shore excursions in the Voyage Collection. In addition, 36 sailings in Africa, Arabia, Australia, Asia and South America offer FREE pre- or post-land tour programmes which, varying from two to three nights, give travellers more time to experience the regions’ sights, history, culture and flavours.

“Launching a new Voyage Collection is always exciting, however knowing our guests’ strong desire to get back on the oceans, as illustrated by our record breaking 2023 World Cruise launch, makes this one feel extra special,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Our guests are passionate about travel and exploring the world and I’m delighted that we can offer them such an exotic and expansive choice of global destinations, all to be discovered while sailing on board The World’s Most Luxurious Feet.”

The unrivalled Regent experience continues onboard their five elegant and spacious ships with highly personalised service, exquisite dining, premium beverages, WiFi, valet laundry and more, all complimentary.

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MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica Sets Sail On 10-Night Cruise Holidays In The Mediterranean

MSC Magnifica departed Genoa, Italy yesterday and became the second MSC Cruises ship to welcome guests back on board since Europe’s leading cruise line restarted operations in August.

The ship has commenced a stunning 10-night voyage of relaxation and discovery in the West and East Mediterranean Sea with planned calls at the port of Livorno for visits to Florence and Pisa, Messina in Sicily, Piraeus for Athens, Katakolon for Olympia, Valletta in Malta,  and Civitavecchia for Rome, before returning to Genoa. MSC Magnifica will operatesixenriched, long Mediterranean cruises before the end of the year, including a special 8-night Christmas voyage that will depart Genoa on 18 December.

This is the second ship to implement MSC Cruises’ comprehensive health and safety protocol, that has been endorsed by external medical experts and formally approved by the relevant national and regional authorities. The comprehensive safety-first measures designed to protect the wellbeing of guests, crew and communities visited were first implemented in August when MSC Grandiosa became the world’s first major cruise vessel to return to service and the Company’s flagship has now completed nine 7-night voyages and positively demonstrated the protocol’s effectiveness. The measures include protected “social bubble” ashore visits for guests to allow them to also enjoy destinations at each port of call.

The MSC Cruises health and safety protocol includes universal health screening of everyone – guests and crew – which includes tests for COVID-19 before they can board a ship; elevated sanitation and cleaning measures throughout the vessel; managed social distancing; wearing of face masks in public areas and technology to aid track and trace on board. In this initial phase, the ship’s capacity has also been reduced to 70 per cent to ensure social distancing can be guaranteed on board.

Discover the East and West Mediterranean this Autumn

Guests on board MSC Magnifica’s Mediterranean cruises can safely visit a range of fascinating destinations with MSC Cruises’ rich shore excursions programme. Some of the attractions include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a city tour of the historic Sicilian city of Messina, an open top bus trip around Malta, a visit to the 8th Century BC original venue of the Olympic Games in Greece, a tour of ancient Athens and the world-famous Acropolis, a walking tour in the Eternal City of Rome and a coach outing of the northern Italian city of Genoa. The shore excursions will see the same standards of health and safety practiced ashore as on board to not only protect the guests and crew but also the communities in the ports of call.       

With convenient embarkation in the four Italian ports during the 10-night cruise – Genoa, Livorno, Messina and Civitavecchia, this itinerary is easily accessible for guests residing in the Schengen countries who are currently able to book the cruise in this initial phase of operations.

MSC Magnifica is one of MSC Cruises’ popular mid-size ships and offers masterful design, relaxed refinement, a high ratio of balcony cabins, large dining areas with four restaurants and 11 bars, a swimming pool with a sliding roof magrodome, a spectacular theatre, full-scale casino, panoramic nightclub and a 4D cinema.

MSC Grandiosa’s currently offers 7-night cruises with embarkation in the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo together with calls at Valletta. Guests can book on MSC Magnifica this Autumn and Winter with prices starting from £649 for 7-night’s  and can benefit from a premium drinks package included and flexible booking conditions.

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P&O Cruises Welcomes IONA To The Fleet

P&O Cruises officially welcomes new ship Iona to its fleet – a “positive signal for the future”

At an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany on Friday, 

P&O Cruises took ownership of Iona, the latest addition to its fleet and the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.

At 185,000 tonnes, 345m in length with 17 guest decks and setting new ground for guest experience, Iona is the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, who was present at the event in Papenburg and signed the Protocol for Delivery and Acceptance said: 

“Iona’s delivery is a very positive signal for the future of cruising.  She is now officially part of the P&O Cruises fleet and we are focused on readying her to welcome guests during her new maiden season to Northern Europe, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands from our home port of Southampton.

“Already eagerly anticipated by our guests, crew and the communities we visit, events this year have increased the sense of anticipation even more. 

“Whilst our operations are currently paused until early 2021 Iona will not be sailing for the moment but we look forward to our guests experiencing this game-changing ship as we will continue to offer unparalleled holidays at sea whilst also upholding the latest approved travel protocols.”

Iona will also herald a new era in cruise holidays with many first of their kind features including the unique two-deck SkyDome. Its glass dome roof and spacious layout flooded with natural light offers relaxing and unrivalled views of the surrounding sky and sea. SkyDome is a tranquil pool environment by day with dining and entertainment by night, including stunning specially commissioned aerial entertainment shows under the stars.

Guests can also craft individual gins at the first ever gin distillery at sea or unwind in the Oasis spa featuring a range of destination-themed treatments.

Iona will have eight speciality restaurants including yet to be unveiled concepts, as well as 13 entertainment venues, four swimming pools including a spectacular infinity pool at the aft of the ship and 16 whirlpools. 

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Saga Welcomes Spirit of Adventure To The Fleet

The latest addition to Saga’s ocean cruise fleet, Spirit of Adventure, was handed over today in Emden, Germany, by shipbuilder Meyer Werft.

Spirit of Adventure is Saga’s second purpose-built boutique cruise ship, joining Spirit of Discovery which became part of the Saga Cruise fleet with much fanfare in July 2019. Spirit of Adventure has 554 all balcony cabins and can accommodate 999 passengers with a tonnage of 58,250 GT. She will soon set sail for the UK with her inaugural cruise now scheduled to leave on the 5th February 2021 for the Canary Islands.

Nigel Blanks, Managing Director of Saga Cruises, said:

“This is a really exciting day for us as Spirit of Adventure officially becomes part of the Saga Cruises family. Over the past 18 months, we have been focused on creating a British boutique cruising experience for our guests that is not available elsewhere on the market and Spirit of Adventure is an important milestone in this plan. While she shares some similarities with her sister ship, Spirit of Discovery, Spirit of Adventure is unique in her own right with distinctive design features and characteristics.

“Though the inaugural cruise will take place a little later than we had originally planned due to the ongoing restrictions on travel, we cannot wait to welcome guests onboard and see all she has to offer. Having recently visited the ship in Germany, I can assure you, she is worth the wait!”

The health and wellbeing of guests and crew is Saga’s number one priority and over the past few months, the team has worked to put in place detailed new procedures for a return to cruising in a COVID world. These include reduced capacity, pre-departure testing both at home and before boarding, increased medical staff and facilities and enhancements to our state-of-the-art air conditioning, which already provides 100% fresh air throughout our ships.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Unveils New World Cruise Aboard Borealis In 2022 – Departure From Liverpool Or Southampton

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has today unveiled a brand new World Cruise aboard its new ship Borealis, with the opportunity to set sail from either Liverpool or Southampton in January 2022.  

Borealis’ S2202 ‘Around the World’ sailing, which will include transits of both the Suez and Panama Canals, visits to America, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and a three-day stay in Sydney, will depart from Southampton for a 100-night cruise on 6th January 2022.

Guests will also have the opportunity to join in Liverpool on 4th January 2022 for a 104-night sailing.  

In addition, those who book by 31st October 2020 will receive up to £600 per person to spend on board, as well as the cost of tips covered, with sailings starting from £9,999 for Southampton departures and £10,449 for Liverpool.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:  

“It has been such an exciting experience planning the first World Cruise aboard our new ship, Borealis. This really is going to be the trip of a lifetime, with so many fantastic opportunities and experiences on offer. 

“Three days in Hawaii will allow ample time to experience the volcanic vistas and to learn more about the historic site of Pearl Harbour. Sail the scenic fjords of New Zealand; witness the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; explore the Lost City of Petra in Jordan and admire the spectacular skylines of the bustling cities of Singapore and Dubai. 

“This is an itinerary packed with opportunity and is made possible by the faster speeds of Borealis, which allows us to offer 37 ports of call with fewer sea days in between. 

“Plus, with up to £600 per person in on board spending available for those who book soon, guests will be able experience all that Borealis has on offer – from her many bars and restaurants to her tranquil spa area – while they are not exploring ashore.” 

The World Cruise itinerary will also be split into shorter fly-cruise sailings, ranging from 17 to 84 nights. 

The unveiling of the World Cruise follows on from the launch of itineraries aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ two new ships, Bolette and Borealis, earlier this month.  

The two ships have now officially joined the fleet in Rosyth, Scotland, and will embark on their maiden sailings in spring 2021.  

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Scenic Rolls Out 2022 All-Inclusive River Cruising Programme Ahead Of Schedule

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Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has opened bookings for its 2022 European river cruising programme providing guests with the ultimate flexibility for their holiday plans.

On sale today, the early release of the 2022 programme provides guests with more access to their preferred river cruise itinerary, sailing dates and choice of spacious suite. All future bookings are covered by the luxury cruise line’s Deposit Protection Plan, providing guests with flexibility and assurance that their booking is safe.

Every Scenic river cruise and tour is truly all-inclusive, with prices including return flights, transfers, spacious suites and accommodation, a personal onboard butler, exceptional wining and dining experiences and all gratuities.

Highlights of the 2022 programme include:

  • A behind the scenes tour of Artstetten Castle (Austria) to hear family tales directly from one of the current owners, while taking a look inside the family Crypt on the eight-day Gems of the Danube itinerary. Price starts from £2,370 per person, based on the 18 April 2022 departure on the Scenic Crystal Space-Ship travelling from Nuremberg to Budapest via Austria.
  • History buffs seeking to learn more about the history of the World War, will have the chance to witness the poignant WWI memorials in the Belgian towns of Ypres and Passchendaele as Part of the Romantic Rhine & Moselle river cruise. Guests can learn insight into the strategies deployed to defend against the ascending German troops, as well as sharing how these devastated towns were rebuilt in the aftermath. A visit to the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial near Maastricht provides insight into the WWII American soldiers who fought here followed by a visit to the Eben Emael Fortress which was built to protect from German invasion. Prices start from £3,920 per person.
  • The 15-day Jewels of Europe voyage allows guests to journey outside of Amsterdam to the village of Schermerhorn for authentic windmills and idyllic views of the Dutch countryside. Here they can enjoy an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Price starts from £3,820 per person based on the 7 November 2022 departure on the Scenic Opal Space-Ship travelling from Amsterdam to Budapest.
  • Guests joining the 16-day Danube Delta Discovery itinerary can join a local family for a hearty home-cooked meal in Osijek, Croatia, as well as a traditional Banica making class with a local to share stories on life in Bulgaria. Price starts from £4,170 per person based on the 19 March 2022 departure travelling from Vienna to Bucharest.

Guests can cruise with complete confidence in 2022 with Scenic. Its Health & Safety Steering Committee oversees all health and safety policies ensuring all guests wellbeing and safety is taken care of to the highest standard. With no more than 163 travellers onboard, there’s plenty of space to enjoy the facilities including wellness suite.

Available to book now, guests looking to plan ahead will be rewarded with generous discounts. For all 2022 European departures booked by 30 September 2020, guests will receive £1,200 savings per couple, plus complimentary door-to-door chauffeur driven transfers, Scenic’s Deposit Payment Protection cover, as well as an additional £125 saving per person if paid in full before 31 October 2021. If you can’t wait until 2022, the savings also apply to departures for next year (2021) with the early payment discount increasing to £200 per person when paid in full before 31 October 2020.

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