Saturday, 31 May 2014

Princess Cruises launches new 3,560-guest ship


                            

The newest ship to join the Princess Cruises fleet, Regal Princess, arrived in Venice recently to welcome guests on its maiden voyage.

Regal Princess is sister ship to Royal Princess, which was launched last year by HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge. The new ship, the 18th in the Princess Cruises fleet, has:

· Capacity for 3,560 guests
· 1,780 staterooms
· 17 decks
· 1,346 crew
· 16 bars and restaurants including three dining rooms
· A luxury spa and fitness centre

The ship also includes several signature Princess Cruises’ features including SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway that extends 28 feet over the edge of the ship, and Princess Live, a television studio with on board programming throughout the day.


For more information on Regal Princess or to book visit www.princess.com/holiday, contact your local travel agent or call 0843 374 2402.



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Take Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘Far East Explorer’ ‘Grand Voyage’ in 2015 for the ultimate cruise of a lifetime


 For 2015 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ is offering guests the chance to experience some of the world’s most incredible destinations on board Balmoral’s 119-night ‘Far East Explorer’ (L1501). Departing from Southampton on 4th January 2015, this cruise, which is Fred. Olsen’s longest-ever sailing, is the ultimate experience of a lifetime. Stepping foot in 51 destinations, in 24 countries, experiencing three different continents, sailing through three oceans and 10 seas, whilst passing through 13 time zones, this cruise is packed full of iconic, exotic and overwhelmingly impressive places.

Whether celebrating a momentous birthday, anniversary or even a retirement this cruise, which is aboard Fred. Olsen’s flagship Balmoral, is an amazing exploration of the ‘Far East’ and a great-value, comfortable and relaxing way to ‘tick-off’ a vast number of those ‘bucket-list’ destinations.

Prices for this unique ‘Far East Explorer’ cruise start from just £9,999 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin, ‘Inside’ cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues. 

                               www.fredolsencruises.com  0800 0355 242 


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Friday, 30 May 2014

FIRST EDITION OF RIVER CRUISING GUIDE



BERLITZ AUTHOR TURNS FROM OCEAN CRUISING TO RIVER CRUISING

Douglas Ward, the Berlitz author renowned for setting the internationally recognised rating system for ocean-going cruise ships worldwide, has turned his attention to river cruising. June 2014 sees the publication of the first edition of the frank and forthright Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe (£14.99). Almost every river cruise company promises ‘luxury’, but what does ‘luxury’ really mean?

With around one million people each year choosing to cruise on riverships, the guide will be invaluable for both river cruise novices and converts, as well as for those in the travel industry. Ward concentrates on the cruises that can be purchased through specialist travel agents and tour operators, and on seven key rivers in Europe: the Danube, Rhein, Elbe, Rhone, Seine, Po and Douro, with a rundown of the best sights along those waterways.

 Douglas Ward travels up to 200 days each year aboard the world’s ocean-going cruise ships and riverships. He is best known for Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships, the best-selling annual guide to ocean cruising, which in September 2014 celebrates its 30th year of publication.  The first edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe (published June 2014, 256 pages, £14.99) is available from all good bookshops. 


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Azamara Club Cruises annual voyages programme for 2016.


Azamara Club Cruises today announced the cruise line’s annual voyages programme for 2016. Azamara’s twin boutique ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will take travellers on new adventures with 44 new maiden calls in Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Europe and the West Indies. 

Delivering more authentic experiences with longer stays and more overnights in ports for night touring, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest remain in port when most other ships have departed for the day. The ships will stay past 8pm during more than 175 port visits and overnight on more than 100 port visits. Azamara will take guests to some of the world's most intriguing destinations in Australia and New Zealand, the Far East and Southeast Asia, the Arabian Gulf, and the West Indies, with a total of 204 ports of call in 70 countries. 

For more information please call 0844 493 4016 or visit www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk.

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Saga extends cruise options


This summer, Saga Travel, the holidays and cruise specialist for the over-50s, will be able to offer its customers cruises provided by other operators in addition to their own highly popular Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II. 
The portfolio of selected cruises from a number of different partners shows that Saga recognises the importance of providing a variety of different cruising experiences that will appeal to a greater number of today’s over-50s.  With more to be announced, Saga’s first cruise partners include Azamara Club Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises.  Booking any of these cruises through Saga will provide people with the added extras that Saga cruisers have come to expect - such as door-to-door car service, a cruise escort and any necessary visas, along with included travel insurance.  Overall, by combining their extensive travel experience, the partnerships will be able to offer some wonderful cruise or cruise and stay holiday options. 


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June late deals from just £549pp from Virgin


Seven night Norwegian Fjords Cruise on MS Ryndam from £549pp
Virgin Holidays Cruises offers seven nights Norwegian Fjords cruise aboard MS Ryndam sailing from Dover, calling at Olso (Norway), Scenic Cruising Olso Fjord, Kristiansand (Norway), Stavanger (Norway), Ulvik (Norway), Scenic Cruising Hardangerfjord and Dover. Prices are per person based on two adults travelling and sharing an inside cabin on a full-board basis. Based on departure date 07 June 2014. Offer is subject to availability and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change.

14 night Italian Mediterranean Cruise on Independence of the Seas from £819pp
Virgin Holidays Cruises offers a 14 night Italian Mediterranean cruise aboard Independence of the Seas sailing from Southampton, calling at Vigo (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Gibraltar (UK), Ibiza (Spain), Valencia (Spain), Palma (Majorca), Barcelona (Spain) and Cadiz (Spain).Price is per person based on two adults travelling, sharing an inside cabin on a full-board basis. Offer is subject to availability and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Based on departures 28 June 2014.

14-night Orlando Stay & Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Getaway from £1,299pp – includes free $100 onboard spend per cabin
Virgin Holidays Cruises offers seven nights’ room only at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando before joining Norwegian Getaway for seven nights from Miami (Florida), Phillipsburg (St. Maarten), St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), Nassau (Bahamas). Price is per person based on two adults travelling, sharing an inside cabin on a full-board basis with Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick and car hire. Offer is subject to availability and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Based on departures 02 July 2014.

http://www.virginholidayscruises.co.uk/cruise-deals/, call 0844 488 3084 

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Cunard calls in to Liverpool tomorrow!

When Queen Victoria arrives in Liverpool on Friday tomorrow she will be celebrating history as well as making a little bit of history herself. Queen Victoria is in Liverpool to mark the departure, exactly 100 years earlier on 30 May 1914, of Aquitania one of the most famous and beloved ships in Cunard history. Queen Victoria will remain overnight thus making the first overnight call in Cunard’s ‘spiritual’ home of Liverpool by a Cunard passenger ship since Franconia in January 1968 – almost 50 years ago!

The Liverpool call takes place during Queen Victoria’s 13-night 'Around the British Isles' cruise which departs Southampton on 23 May. The cruise will also call at Edinburgh (from New Haven – a maiden call), Invergordon, Kirkwall (maiden call), Glasgow (from Greenock), Dublin, Cobh (Ireland) and St Peter Port (Guernsey) before arriving back in Southampton on 5 June

Activities planned to celebrate this unique call include local opera singer Danielle Thomas performing both during the afternoon on 30 May and for Queen Victoria’s 31 May departure, and also for a Civic Reception and Dinner on board before late-evening fireworks will cap another day of Mersey maritime history.

Aquitania – a Cunard legend that became known as the 'Ship Beautiful' – is considered one of the most beautiful liners ever built and certainly the most beautiful four-funnelled liner ever constructed. She became one of the longest-serving Cunarders in history (36 years service), sailed more miles than any other (three million) and was the only major liner to serve in both World Wars. In fact Churchill credited her and the two Cunard Queens (Mary and Elizabeth) with shortening the Second World War by a year! Her length of Cunard service and miles sailed were both only surpassed by QE2.

Queen Victoria will have called at Greenock on the Clyde the previous day and this also has a close connection with Aquitania as she was built at the famous John Brown Shipyard on the Clyde.

Latest deals from MSC Cruises


 

Mediterranean: Beat the January blues and head to the Western Mediterranean for 7 nights of sunshine aboard MSC Splendida. Explore Genoa, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Italy; La Goulette, Tunisia; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France, paying a Bella price for a Fantastica Experience (i.e. priority dining, free room service and breakfast in cabin). Prices are from only £499 per person including return flights from London, based on a January 4, 2015 departure.


Canaries: Wing your way to the Canaries this November with an amazing deal on board MSC Armonia. Book between 16 and 26 May 2014 to take advantage of prices from only £649 per person including return flights and not only will you receive a free upgrade from an inside to an outside cabin, but also a free drinks package. Explore Morocco and the Canary Islands when you visit Santa de Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Casablanca, Morocco; Agadir, Morocco; Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Based on April 4, 2015 departure.

Ocean Voyage: Make sure you have your sea legs to escape it all on this 17-night cruise from Southampton to Buenos Aires on board MSC Magnifica, departing 11 November, 2014. From just £35 per person per night (including a return flight from Buenos Aires to London) you can visit Lisbon, Portugal; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Recife, Brazil; Salvador, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before arriving into Buenos Aires on November 28.

And remember, with all MSC Cruises, kids under the age of 18 sail free.


For more information see www.msccruises.co.uk or call 0844 561 1955.



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CROISIEUROPE INTRODUCES FREE WI-FI FOR ALL GUESTS


Known for offering excellent value for money,  CroisiEurope, is upping the ante with the introduction of free Wi-Fi for all guests. This new offering is available on all CroisiEurope ships throughout the fleet. While Wi-Fi is available in the reception area and lounge bar on most ships, on the newest ships - such as the Ms Gerard Schmitter, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, the MS Lafayette and the fleet of four hotel barges - Wi-Fi is available throughout.

CroisiEurope is also equipping every ship in the fleet (apart from those ships on the Mekong) with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests’ use.

In addition to free Wi-Fi, CroisiEurope’s fantastic value all-inclusive pricing includes accommodation in an outside cabin with all onboard meals, complimentary beer and wine at lunch and dinner as well as open bar throughout the voyage (not including Champagne, special wines or fine brandies), onboard entertainment and port taxes.

For reservations and further information call CroisiEurope on 020 8328 1281 or visit www.croisieurope.co.uk


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SILVERSEA MODIFIES BLACK SEA VOYAGES


Choice of Complimentary Full-Day Silversea Experience in Bucharest or $200 Onboard Credit Offered on Three New Sailings
Taking into account the unsettled situation in Ukraine, Silversea Cruises has taken the decision to modify the itineraries for four Black Sea voyages that were originally scheduled to call in Yalta, Sevastopol, or Odessa this year.
Silver Spirit's 21st July seven-day sailing will remain entirely a Black Sea itinerary with Trabzon replacing Odessa, while three new nine-day voyages will focus on destinations in Greece and Turkey, and also retain the original Black Sea ports of Constanza and Nessebur.
ADDED PERK: SILVERSEA EXPERIENCE IN BUCHAREST
The new nine-day voyages, Silver Cloud's 13th October sailing and Silver Spirit's voyages of 20th August and 29th September, have been enhanced with an added perk. Departing from Constanza, guests may enjoy a complimentary full-day Silversea Experience in Bucharest, renowned as the "Paris of the East" for its tree-lined avenues, elegant architecture, and vibrant atmosphere. Highlights include a scenic drive through Romania's countryside, a delicious Romanian-style lunch, and an enriching exploration of the capital city's Palace of Parliament, Patriarchal Hill, open-air Village Museum, and Revolution Square. Alternatively, guests may opt for a $200 per guest onboard credit.
Following are details of the modified itineraries:
VOYAGE 5422: Silver Spirit, 21st – 28th July, Istanbul to Istanbul, with calls in Sochi, Trabzon, Sinop, Constanza, and Nessebur. Silver Privilege fares start at £2,350.
VOYAGE 5426: Silver Spirit, 20th – 29th August, Istanbul to Istanbul, with calls in Kavala, Thessaloniki, Volos (gateway to the famous rock towers and monasteries of Meteora), Athens (Piraeus), Izmir, Constanza, and Nessebur, plus passage through the historic Dardanelles and Bosphorus. Added perk: choice of complimentary Silversea Experience in Bucharest or $200 per guest onboard credit. Silver Privilege fares start at £3,550.
VOYAGE 5431: Silver Spirit, 29th September – 8th October, Istanbul to Istanbul, with calls in Myrina (Limnos), Thessaloniki, Skiathos, Athens (Piraeus), Izmir, Constanza, and Nessebur, plus passage through the historic Dardanelles and Bosphorus. Added perk: choice of complimentary Silversea Experience in Bucharest or $200 per guest onboard credit. Silver Privilege fares start at £3,550.
VOYAGE 1431: Silver Cloud, 13th – 22nd October, Istanbul to Istanbul, with calls in Kavala, Thessaloniki, Volos (gateway to the famous rock towers and monasteries of Meteora), Athens (Piraeus), Izmir, Constanza, and Nessebur, plus passage through the historic Dardanelles and Bosphorus. Added perk: choice of complimentary Silversea Experience in Bucharest or $200 per guest onboard credit. Silver Privilege fares start at £3,050.
 
http://www.silversea.com 

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Emerald Waterways launches its second ‘Star-Ship

Emerald Waterways, Europe’s newest river cruise company, has launched its second ship of the 2014 season. Emerald Star is a sister ship to Emerald Sky – which was launched in April with British style icon Twiggy as Godmother – and on 24th May, Star will embark on
its inaugural sailing.
Introducing the next generation of river cruising With more amenities and state-of-the-art features than any other river cruise line, these innovative ‘Star-Ships’ are making heads
turn by setting a new standard in river ship design. 
Emerald Star carries 182 guests in 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two specifically built for solo occupancy. Items unique to
these ships and the industry include an on-board heated pool with a retractable roof, which transforms into a cinema in the evening,
and two restaurants: Reflections, the main dining room, and The Terrace, which serves light breakfast and lunch al fresco. 

Take a look for yourself; the brand new 360° virtual ship tours can be viewed at www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk/our-ships/360-tour. Full details on the ships and itineraries can be found online at  www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk.

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MSC Cruises launches flash sale for MSC Magnifica sailings







 What could be better than two days in beautiful Amsterdam this autumn? How about grabbing a bargain AND doing it in style courtesy of MSC Cruises latest flash sale promotion?

Luxurious MSC Magnifica is offering four seven-night Northern Europe sailings during September and October – each including a two-day stop in the picturesque Dutch city. And for just ten days, prices start at just £599 per person, including a free upgrade to a balcony cabin.

The MSC Cruises flash sale, valid on bookings made between May 30-June 9, applies to selected Northern Europe itineraries aboard MSC Magnifica (September 17, 24 and October 1, 8 departures).

As well as offering market-leading rates, MSC Cruises is offering complimentary car parking at Southampton worth an additional £63.

MSC Magnifica’s Northern Europe sailing departs Southampton and calls at Zeebrugge, Belgium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands (includes overnight stay); Hamburg, Germany; Le Havre, France; and Southampton. Flash Sale prices lead in at £599 per person for a balcony cabin (a discount of £150 per person) and free car parking, based on October 1 departure.

As with all MSC cruises, kids sail free when sharing with two full-paying adults.


For more information see www.msccruises.co.uk or call 0844 561 1955.

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Tauck’s new cruise is the 21-day “Cruising Down Under” itinerary in Australia and New Zealand, which combines a 12-night cruise aboard the 264-passenger, 466-foot motor yacht L’Austral with five-star hotel stays and guided sightseeing in Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne and Auckland.  The itinerary begins with a three-night stay in Sydney at the Four Seasons Hotel before guests fly to Cairns for two nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, the Marina.  Guests then fly to Melbourne where they’ll spend one night at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins before embarking L’Austral.  The subsequent 12-day cruise highlights Hobart, Tasmania before crossing the Tasman Sea to New Zealand for explorations of Fiordland National Park, Nelson, Picton, Marlborough Sounds, Wellington, Tauranga, Rotorua and Auckland, where guests will conclude their journey with a two-night stay at the Hilton Auckland.

Special Tauck experiences abound throughout the journey, including Tauck-exclusive shore excursions, and insider’s tours of the Sydney Opera House and Auckland Museum, a rainforest gondola ride in Cairns, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and the enriching insights provided by a Tauck-exclusive lecturer onboard L ‘Austral throughout the cruise.  Prices for the all-inclusive cruise are from $13,690 per person, double occupancy, plus air, and departures beginning in Sydney are scheduled for January 4 and 28, 2015 (the later date has already sold out).  A third departure is scheduled for January 20, 2015, beginning in Auckland.

1 800 468 2825, or go to www.tauck.com.


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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

If you want a cruise – Go Now



This is the message from traditional EX-UK cruise holiday specialists Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV)

Marco Polo – 2 June a 70th D-Day Anniversary cruise for 6 nights from London – Tilbury now from£ £499pp includes cruising off the Normandy Beaches on D-Day.

Discovery – 8 June an Iceland & Northern Isles cruise for 10 nights from Liverpool starting at £699pp. Visits four different ports in Iceland including the capital Reykjavik, plus the Faroes and Outer Hebrides.

Marco Polo – 19 July a Treasures of the British Isles cruise from London – Tilbury for 10 nights starts from £759pp. Includes Scotland, Scottish Islands, Dublin, Isles of Scilly, Guernsey and a bonus call into Honfleur in Normandy.

Reduced fares can also be found from Newcastle and other ports. 
Check online for all the new offers and deals. Watch more information about these and other departures at www.cruiseandmaritime.tv    www.cruiseandmaritime.com   0844 414 6185


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George Takei will join Queen Mary 2

 

Cunard Line is delighted to announce that actor and social media superstar George Takei will join Queen Mary 2 on her 28 July Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton.  Passengers and fans on board the 8-night voyage will be treated to two presentations in the Royal Court Theatre, followed by a Q&A session with the dynamic star and personality.

With a career spanning five decades, Takei is most well known internationally for his founding role in the original Star Trek television and film series, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise. These days, he bridges multiple generations of fans as one of the most influential personalities on Facebook with more than6.9 million “Likes” to date.
 0843 374 0000, or visit www.cunard.co.uk.

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Classic yacht racing in St. Tropez + a week on a Clipper




Tall ship specialist Star Clippers is offering the opportunity to follow the action and mingle with the crews of the Voiles de St Tropez this September, one of the world’s most glamorous classic yacht regattas, from the comfort of their own stunning square rigger, the 170-passenger Star Flyer.

Les Voiles de St Tropez is one of the principal events in the classic yachting race calendar, bringing together magnificent racing boats with world-class crews from all over the world. The regatta runs this year from September 27 to October 5 and Star Flyer will be in the bay of St Tropez on October 2 and 3, perfectly situated for guests to view the racing and admire the yachts from the heart of the action.

Star Clippers’ Voiles de St Tropez sailing departs Monte Carlo on September 27, calling at some of the Mediterranean’s finest yachting harbours: L’Ile Rousse and Bastia in Corsica; Portoferraio in Elba; Rapallo (for Portofino) in Italy; and St Tropez for the racing (pictured left). From £1,470 per person, including full board on the ship and port taxes. Flights are extra.

To book, call 0808 231 4798 or visit www.starclippers.co.uk.

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£1350 saving off D-Day anniversary river cruise, now £999


To mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 5th June luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways is offering a reduced cruise price of £999pp for a 7 night sailing from Paris, along the River Seine, was £2349pp, saving £1350pp.

The Paris & Normandy cruise will feature a special included tour, ‘D-Day Remembered’, from Caudebec-en-Caux, visiting the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, followed by the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. Guests have free time for lunch before visiting the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s WWII museum, with a final stop at Arromanches.  

Other ports of call on this cruise include Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years, the pretty harbour of Honfleur, Conflans, Les Andelys and historic Rouen.


AmaWaterways’ 7 night Paris & Normandy cruise costs from £999pp, including seven nights’ full board, free flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, daily guided tour

freephone 0808 256 8422,  www.amawaterways.co.uk

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Cruise the famous Göta Kanal. Spend five nights aboard the MS Diana


Gordon Bain

Experience the local Midsummer holiday while cruising the famous Göta Kanal.
Spend five nights aboard the MS Diana sailing along the scenic waterway that connects Gothenburg and Stockholm, cruising between two seas, along three canals, across eight glorious lakes and through 66 locks.
- The Great Swedish Cruise (6 days), Stockholm - Gothenburg, 22nd June
- The Great Swedish Cruise (6 days), Gothenburg - Stockholm, 29th June

Alternatively

, there are other possible dates for a shorter Göta Kanal trip:
- The Classic Canal Cruise (4 days), Stockholm - Gothenburg 30th June (www.simplysweden.co.uk/gk_classic)  
- The Classic Canal Cruise (4 days), Gothenburg - Stockholm, 17th June
Spend three nights aboard the world’s oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation, the M/S Juno, which was listed in 2004 and is now a floating museum. Built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874, today this historic ship takes passengers along the Göta Kanal that connects Gothenburg and Stockholm. Cruise between two seas, along three canals, across eight glorious lakes and through 66 locks.

EXPLORE PORTUGAL’S MAJESTIC DOURO WITH VIKING


Venture to Portugal this year and journey along the beautiful Douro River on board one of Viking Cruises two new bespoke Longships; the Viking Hemming and Viking Torgil.

The latest additions to the Viking fleet voyage along the majestic Douro opening up historic sites, gastronomic delights and unique vistas. Each of the 10 days provides a wealth of opportunities to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, discover medieval cities and towns, indulge in the best Portuguese wines at Quinta do Seixo, take part in cooking classes and learn to make bread with a Contessa, before arriving and taking in the sights and glorious architecture of Lisbon.

Prices start from £2,495 for ten days, which includes flights, eight guided tours and meals. 

Viking Cruises 020 8780 7995 or visit the company at www.vikingcruises.co.uk.


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AMA Waterways Saving £200




5th December 2014 – new Myanmar cruise & stay, saving £200pp
Experience one of the world’s newest emerging tourist destinations, Myanmar, on a 10 night luxury cruise on board the brand new luxury river cruiser, AmaPura, visiting sacred sites, small villages, markets, temples, pagodas and Buddhist monasteries, with three nights’ hotel accommodation in Yangon. AmaWaterways’ Golden Treasures of Myanmar launches in November 2014 and on 5th December a 13 night land-cruise currently has a saving of £200pp, bringing the price down to £4599pp including return flights, transfers, 3 nights’ hotel accommodation, daily excursions, all meals, house wine, local beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner.  

 Contact AmaWaterways on 0808 256 8422, www.amawaterways.co.uk

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

ARCHERS HOLIDAYS LAUNCHES FIRST RIVER CRUISE BROCHURE FOR 201


Archers Holidays  has launched its first ever dedicated European river cruise brochure for 2015 to meet the recent increased demand for river cruise holidays.  

Archers Holidays is the first UK operator to feature a brand new cruise ship concept, the ‘MS Loire Princesse’; a purpose-built paddle wheel ship with spacious en-suite guest cabins for the Loire River. The 8 day ‘Chateaux of the Loire Cruise’ (priced from £1199pp*) offers the chance to experience the heart of the Loire Valley with its spectacular gardens and famous chateaux.
Also new are a selection of superior river barge holidays on French canals and waterways, aboard custom built ‘hotel ‘barges’ offering an authentic experience combined with a high level of comfort and service.  The choice of regions includes Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne and Provence. The 7 day ‘Wonders & Wines of Burgundy’ (£1899pp*) features wine tasting at Satenay, the historical town of Chalon-sur-Saone, the natural sites of Cirque du Bout du Monde and the Mont de Sene, Saint-Jean-de-Losne as well as the Grand Crus Wine Route.
Archers Holidays www.archersdirect.co.uk or on 0800 668 1892. 
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Costa Cruises news includes Costa neoCollection expansion




Costa Cruises news includes Costa neoCollection expansion, with Costa neoClassica joining Costa neoRomantica and Costa neoRiviera to offer the new type of slow cruise designed to make the most of every minute at a leisurely pace. From December 2014, after a major refit, Costa Classica (53,000 gross tonnage and 654 cabins) will be relaunched as Costa neoClassica and offer new cruises to unique destinations, such as the Indian Ocean in the winter season and Istanbul and the finest Greek islands in the summer.

With Costa neoClassica’s introduction, the Costa neoCollection’s will cover around 18 itineraries in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, UAE and Oman, Indian Ocean and Africa from December 2014 to November 2015.




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