Thursday, 31 July 2014

Silversea expedition passengers prevented from entering remote Russian port

Silver Discoverer, seen earlier this year in Australia's Kimberley region

Boutique expedition ship Silver Discoverer, carrying about 85 passengers, has been refused entry to a remote port in the Russian Far East.

The ship docked in the former military port of Provideniya during a 12-night cruise from Seward, Alaska, to Nome.

Passengers and crew had all obtained the necessary visas and were cleared by immigration, according to Silversea, but authorities from the autonomous Chukotka region ordered everyone to remain on board.

It is not known whether the action was the result of growing east-west tension after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. A report in the Siberian Times, however, said the local officials were following instructions from Moscow.

The ship made a number of successful Russian port calls during the previous voyage, documented on Silversea’s expedition blogs.


Discoverer, which joined the Silversea fleet earlier this year,  replaced the Russian visit with alternative ports in Alaska. It is expected that the forthcoming 14-night cruise from Nome, departing today, will also be affected.

Royal Caribbean International’s new all-inclusive offer


Holiday makers looking to get away from it all can experience all the value added benefits of an all-inclusive holiday with Royal Caribbean International’s new limited time only promotion.
Guests who book a holiday between 1 August and 30 September 2014 on applicable sailings will enjoy free select drinks packages (including beer, wine and soft drinks), soda packages for kids and free gratuities all included in the price of their cruise.
A cruise with Royal Caribbean offers guests over 25 activities in one place coupled with over 30 bars and restaurants and ground-breaking entertainment. Where else can you experience a FlowRider surf simulator, sky-diving simulator, water park, ice skating rink, and theatre shows, while visiting a number of exotic destinations?  
The all-inclusive offer is live from 1 August 2014 and will be added to five ships in 2014 and eight ships for Europe in 2015. Guests can try this offer on:
  • A seven-night all inclusive Western Caribbean cruise-only on Freedom of the Seas, priced from £799 per person. Based on 9 November 2014 departure
  • A 14-night all inclusive Spain and Mediterranean cruise-only on new ship Anthem of the Seas, priced from £1,649 per person. Based on 4 July 2015 departure
  • A seven-night all inclusive Western Mediterranean fly/cruise on Allure of the Seas, priced from £1,029 per person. Based on 4 October 2015 departure
The all-inclusive offer is in addition to meals, entertainment onboard and all relevant cruise taxes/fees that are included in cruise price.
Applicable sailings include Adventure of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas departing from the Caribbean between October 2014 and December 2015; Anthem of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas departing from the UK between April and November 2015; and Allure of the Seas Rhapsody of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Vision of the Seas departing from Europe between April and October 2015.

For more information or to book call 0844 493 2061 or visit www.royalcaribbean.co.uk


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See the sights of the Caribbean with an onboard offer from Celebrity Cruises


Experience some winter sun while exploring lively Puerto Rico and St. Maarten with Celebrity Cruises this December, as well as choosing from two out of three great offers – a complimentary drinks package, $300 onboard spending money or free gratuities. Join Celebrity Reflection on a 10-night Eastern Caribbean fly/cruise from £1,569 per person (based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom).

Price includes return flights from Heathrow, one night pre-cruise accommodation, your choice of offers, a nine-night cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and calling at San Juan (Puerto Rico), Basseterre (St Kitts) and Philipsburg (St. Maarten) before returning to Fort Lauderdale (Florida) for the flight home, meals and entertainment onboard the ship and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.

Price based on December 5, 2014 departure.

For more information or to book call 0845 456 0523 or visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk

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Mundy Adventures exclusive evening with Lindblad-National Geographic




Adventure and expedition specialist Mundy Adventures is organising an exclusive evening with Lindblad-National Geographic in London on Tuesday September 2.

Established by Lars-Eric Lindblad, it was the first company to take travellers where only scientists had gone before. He believed that those who witnessed the beauty of truly remote destinations would be a potent force for the preservation of the places they visited and he is now considered by some to be the father of ecotourism. Since 1979 his son, Sven-Olof Lindblad, has expanded his legacy providing transformative travel experiences to the world’s most remarkable places.

At the event, guests will hear from Jacinta McEvoy, Vice President of Global Sales, who will give an overview of the company’s history and the pioneering travel that they have created. She will talk about the activities that Lindblad-National Geographic have created, such as kayaking in the Arctic and Antarctica, and also give details of the undersea specialist and remotely-operated underwater vehicles (ROV) that accompany expeditions around the globe.

Guests will also learn about the National Geographic Photographers who accompany every expedition onboard National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Explorer and the Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor aboard every trip, as well as the many other activities available. There will be a Q&A session, wine and canapés.

With a worldwide expedition programme featuring once in a life time trips to the Galapagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Australia, Borneo & Indonesia, the Amazon and many more, the evening is guaranteed to inspire and excite.

The Lindblad-National Geographic evening takes place at Mundy Adventures, 50-51 Wells Street, London W1T 3PP (closest tube station Oxford Circus). Places are limited but anyone interested should call Mundy Adventures on 020 7399 7630 to book their complimentary ticket.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu to sail with Crystal Cruises



World-renowned peace and human rights crusader Archbishop Desmond Tutu will bring an especially intimate perspective of South Africa – and the world – aboard Crystal Cruises’ March 13, 2015 voyage through Tutu’s African homeland. The 1984 Nobel Laureate was considered his country’s “voice of conscience” throughout its struggle against apartheid, and is still one of world’s leading voices for freedom and justice. Via a complimentary presentation and interactive Q & A session, the Archbishop will share personal insights about South Africa’s history and topics such as “Bridging the Chasm between Black and White”, as well as speak to universal themes that can inspire all, such as the search for spiritual values in today’s world and the power of unity and goodness in business. The World Cruise segment sails from Perth to Cape Town, where Tutu is Archbishop Emeritus.

Tutu is just one of 50 stimulating speakers planned for Crystal’s 25th Anniversary “Silver Celebration” World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity. The 108-night voyage comprises six 16- to 21-night segments sailing between Miami, Lima, Auckland, Perth, Cape Town and Rio.   

This 21-night segment visits several South African cities central to Archbishop Tutu’s legacy, including Durban, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay (maiden call) and Cape Town (overnight). Other calls include Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius; St-Denis, Réunion, France; Ambodifotatra and Taolanaro, Madagascar (both maiden calls); Maputo, Mozambique; and the embarkation port of Perth, Australia.  Until the 29th August “Book Now” deadline, all-inclusive fly/cruise fares start from £8,348 per person. 

For further information and reservations please call Crystal Cruises on 020 7399 7601 or visit www.crystalcruises.co.uk

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Princess Cruises adds a third Royal-class ship to its fleet



Princess Cruises is to add a third Royal-class vessel to its fleet. The 143,000 ton ship will be built by Fincantieri and is expected to be delivered in 2017. 

The as-yet unnamed vessel, which will be built at an all-in cost of approximately €600 million, will carry 3,560 passengers, and feature the successful design platform introduced by sister ships Royal Princess in 2013 and Regal Princess which entered service this May.

 
The new ship will include the signature elements that have become synonymous with the Princess Cruises guest experience such as a central atrium hub with multiple dining, entertainment and retail venues; the adults-only Sanctuary; Movies Under the Stars cinema experience, and 80 per cent of all staterooms with balconies.  The ship will also include some brand-new innovations to enhance the guest experience even further.

“We are incredibly excited to add this fabulous new ship to our already formidable fleet,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.  “Royal Princess and Regal Princess have been exceptionally successful for us and have received numerous accolades from guests, travel agents and media, so adding another sister ship will enable us to continue to expand our innovative vacation experiences.  We’re very pleased that this new ship order is an indication of the confidence that our parent Carnival Corporation has in the future of the Princess brand.” 

She added that this is the only new order parent company Carnival Corporation anticipates for 2017.  Specific features and amenities for the ship, along with deployment details, will be revealed in the coming months.

P&O's Britannia, launching next March, is built on the same hull design but will have significantly different interiors.

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Early booker or last-minute bargain hunter? Survey reveals UK cruise-buying habits


Cruise Critic revealed that 27% of cruisers are last minute planners, booking within weeks of their cruise, while 33% book a few months out. Over a third of respondents (40%) like to be more organised and make reservations at least a year (or more) in advance, according to a recent poll.

Whether you’re planning for next year, looking for a last minute summer deal, or a winter break, Cruise Critic gives tips on how to catch the perfect deal:

- For first-sailing announcements, book in advance

For those who are able to plan a year (or more) ahead, which accounts for 33% of cruisers polled in Cruise Critic’s survey, savings can be found as and when the cruise first goes on sale. Cruise lines tend to offer a number of added-value promotions, which includes anything from drink packages to gratuity or airfare – all added costs that cruisers will usually end up paying anyway, and could save hundreds of pounds.

- Book anytime for off-season savings – but be flexible!

Destinations have high and low seasons – with cruise fares following suit. By booking a cruise during a destination’s low season, cruisers may have the option to visit their destination of choice at a much lower cost - and without the crowds. Examples include Alaska in May and September, the Caribbean in late spring or winter (holiday weeks, excluded) or the Mediterranean in the autumn.

Repositioning cruises also offer money-saving opportunities. From September to November numerous ships cross from Britain to the US to follow the sun, while during the Spring many ships travel back to Britain via the Azores and the Iberian Peninsula after spending winter months in the Caribbean and South America.  These one-way voyages are often sold at a discount, as they’re not part of regular sailing schedules.

Ideal for: All types of planner – but only if you’re flexible

- Look for industry-wide sales in late September and January - March

Two of the biggest industry-wide cruise sales are held in late September and January - March. The cruise industry’s national cruise week will be held September 27th – October 5th, 2014 in the UK, with cruise lines and agents offering a wide range of promotions. “Wave Season,” beginning in January, is an annual period of three months where cruise lines offer special promotions during one of the more popular times for cruise shopping to begin.

Ideal for: All types of planner

Book a few months or weeks out for last minute deals  

For those who like to be spontaneous, good bargains can be found on a sailings leaving within 90 days. This is the deadline for those who book in advance to cancel without penalties so cabins often open up at the last minute.  However, don’t forget to factor in last minute airfare, which may cancel out any savings, plus you may have the limited selection of cabin locations and dinner seatings. But, if you're flexible and can sail from a UK cruise port, it's a great way to save. 

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Get into the heart of Southeast Asia in February 2015



For diversity, culture and atmosphere, Asia's dynamic cities are hard to beat.
Join Voyages to Antiquity on "Indonesian isles & Asia's great cities" - a 21-day cruise-tour which combines the natural wonders of the Java Sea with three of the most vibrant Asian cities, and finishes with an included 2-night hotel stay in Bangkok.

Indonesian isles & Asia’s great cities’ departs February 1, 2015; fares from £3,495*pp

(single supplement is just £250†)

~ Overnight in Singapore: city of contrasts
Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Delve into Chinatown where soothsayers consult cards to predict the future and the scent of exotic soups blends with the sight of arcane medicinal treatments. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore and stroll in the city's National Orchid Gardens. Round off your visit off with sweeping panoramas from the top of Mt Faber.

~ Berth in the heart of Ho Chi Minh
Sail along the Saigon River for an overnight in the centre of this city, a potpourri of pagodas, modern towers and old buildings influenced by its French colonial past. Get acquainted with the city's incredible mix – from the cathedral of Notre Dame and the Central Post Office, designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel, to the lively world of Ben Thanh main market, where you'll find everything from coffee beans to bowls of pho - the local noodle soup.

~ Phnom Penh: charming city of culture Long considered one of the loveliest cities in Indochina, Cambodia's capital is imbued with the feel of Old Asia. See the Silver Pagoda and unrivalled cache of Khmer cultural treasures and discover the majestic Royal Palace, with its Throne Hall where kings and queens once paraded on elephants. Or find out more about Cambodia's more recent, tragic past: the Killing Fields of Cheung Ek.


*Price is based on double occupancy of a category M cabin and includes cabin savings. †Low single supplement is subject to cabin availability. Our Special Offers and discounts are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, and may be withdrawn at any time. 

Call 0845 437 9737 to book today or visit www.voyagestoantiquity.com

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The Sea of Cortez with Mundy Adventure Cruises

Discover the raw beauty and incredible wildlife of the Sea of Cortez on an island-hopping adventure cruise from expedition cruise and travel specialist, Mundy Adventures.

The Sea of Cortez, which lies just south of California, was described by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium” and boasts an astonishing array of wildlife including dolphins, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales, grey whales, dolphins, mantas, sea lions, sea turtles, oarfish, boobies, frigate birds and lizards. On this seven-night cruise round trip from San Jose del Cabo, guests will kayak in glassy coves; hike along cactus-clad rims and desert scrub; snorkel alongside playful sea lions and colourful coral; and view gray and humpback whales.

The cruise takes place on the 64-guest Safari Voyager which features 33 spacious en-suite staterooms with wide panoramic windows; a comfortable lounge boasting a 270 degree view; an elegant dining room where guests can enjoy delicious meals made from locally-sourced fresh ingredients reflecting the flavours of the destination; library; fitness equipment; and yoga classes.

Starting in San Jose del Cabo, the cruise will visit Bahia Agua Verde, Baja California Sur, Ensenada Grande, Gordo Banks, Isla San Francisco, Isla Santa Catalina and Los Islotes before finishing back in San Jose del Cabo.

There are 13 departures between January and March 2015 with prices from £3,635 per person including return flights from London to San Jose del Cabo (via Los Angeles), overnight stay in Los Angeles, overseas transfers, two nights at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort and seven nights onboard the Safari Voyager including all meals, premium spirits, wines and beer onboard, port taxes, kayaking and small boat exploration, onboard expert Expedition Leaders and Guides.

For reservations and further information call Mundy Adventures on 020 7399 7630 or visit  www.mundyadventures.co.uk



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Viking Cruises sponsor Heroes at Highclere


This Sunday, 3rd August, Viking Cruises will be sponsoring the Heroes at Highclere main stage. The event is a special family day out commemorating the start of WW1 in August 1914, held at the stunning Highclere Castle, best known as home to the hit show Downtown Abbey.

Hosted by The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, this one-day special event sees the castle turned back to the original First World War hospital, equipped with a vintage 1914 operating theatre. The event will begin with a church service led by Archbishop Lord Carey, accompanied by the Military Wives Choir on the main ‘Viking Cruises’ sponsored stage. It will also welcome musical acts including X Factor’s Alexandra Burke and Elizabeth McGovern (also known as Lady Cora, the head of the Crawley family in Downtown abbey) performing with her band ‘Sadie and the hot heads’.

Viking will be helping Heroes at Highclere to support and raise money for Oxfam, The Royal British Legion, ABF, The Soldiers Charity, Combat Stress, charities supporting veterans as well as other smaller charities.  With thrilling aerial displays from the Red Devils, vintage fairground rides, tethered hot air balloon flights and more, there is plenty of fun to be had by all the family whilst raising money for these fantastic causes.

For further details and to book tickets please go to www.highclerecastle.co.uk

For additional information on Viking’s River and Ocean offering, contact Viking Cruises 020 8780 7995 or visit the company at www.vikingcruises.co.uk

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Seabourn offers PressReader’s innovative digital newspaper and magazine service



Seabourn guests can now read same-day publications on their mobile devices

 Seabourn is enhancing the travel experience for guests with the launch of PressReader Offline, a customisable digital newspaper and magazine service, on its award-winning, Odyssey-class ships – Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest. Through this breakthrough technology, Seabourn is offering guests complimentary, full editions of their favorite global newspapers and magazines from a selection of more than 2,500, available to download on personal iOS or Android mobile devices while in port or at sea. 

The PressReader app supplies newspapers and magazines in their entirety, including all printed sections. Seabourn ships will download the requested content daily, and store it on the ships’ local network, so guests can access their choice without going online. Guests may download the app in advance or whilst  onboard. In addition, each ship will make available a small supply of tablets with PressReader already downloaded for use by guests who do not carry personal mobile devices.


For more information or to book call 0843 373 2000 or visit www.seabourn.co.uk  

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Fred. Olsen's Black Watch starts new cruise season from Rosyth


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 804-guest ship Black Watch is to start her new cruise season from Rosyth, serving Edinburgh, with a ten-night sailing to the Norwegian fjords tomorrow (July 31).

In all, Fred. Olsen has four sailings from Rosyth in its 2014/15 cruise season, to a variety of worldwide itineraries, including a 13-night Baltic voyage to Scandinavia and St. Petersburg' in August, and an 11-night 'France, Spain and Guernsey' cruise in September.

Black Watch's 2014 cruise season from Rosyth will sit in between the ship's seven calls at the Port of Tyne in Newcastle in July, September and October.

Fred. Olsen's five cruises from Rosyth next year will be on Black Watch's sister ship, the 880-passenger Boudicca. Destinations will include a seven-night Land of the Vikings cruise to Norway on June 1,  2015, and an intriguing 16-night Poison, Murder and Mystery Cruise on July 10, which will be linking the 'Poison Gardens' in Alnwick Castle, Northumberland and Guimar, Tenerife

Fred. Olsen will also be offering two sailings from Greenock (Glasgow) in September 2014, to the Norwegian fjords and 'Portugal & the Azores'.

For further information visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com. Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm), or see an ABTA travel agent.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sail on Saga Sapphire to Gallipoli on ANZAC Day

Gallipoli Remembered

On April 25, 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed in Anzac Cove, Turkey.  For eight months it was the base for army troops during the Battle of Gallipoli where thousands of lives were lost on both sides.
A century later, on April 25, 2015, Saga Sapphire will be anchored off the cove and a commemorative service on board will mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

There will also be visits to the Gallipoli battlefield and the Greek island of Lemnos, near the entrance of the Dardanelles, which acted as the muster point for the landings. The World War One theme continues with musical acts ‘to entertain the troops’, from tea dances to singers evoking the wartime era, plus fundraising activities for the Royal British Legion. Passengers will also be invited to join the ship’s War Literature Club.

The 31-night all-inclusive cruise departs from Southampton on April 5, 2015 visiting El Ferrol, Cartagena and Palma, Spain; Tunis, Tunisia; Piraeus, Syros, Thessaloniki and Lemnos, Greece; Canakkale, Istanbul, Anzac Cove, Turkey; Iraklion, Crete; Valletta, Malta and Gibraltar.

Price from £4528, includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, all meals, all drinks (house-branded spirits), entertainment, 24-hour room service, travel insurance and cancellation cover.

For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit saga.co.uk/cruises

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Some enchanted cruises: Paul Gauguin 2015 South Pacific brochure



Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, debuts its 2015 Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji & the South Pacific brochure.

The 68-page brochure showcases a variety of dream cruises in exotic destinations aboard  the Gauguin; theycan be viewed online at www.pgcruises.com/e-brochure. Itineraries, cruise schedules, maps, highlights and fares are detailed. Fleet distinctions, dining venues, entertainment options, special occasions, activities, shore excursions, pre- and post-cruise hotel programmes, the air/sea programme, deck plans and general information are also highlighted. 

The Gauguin’s 2015 sailings feature its most popular voyages and showcase a host of exquisite islands with white-sand beaches, aqua lagoons, mist-laden mountains and warm Polynesian culture. Itineraries include: seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands; 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus; 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands; 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands; and 12- and 13-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands.

New for 2015 is a 10-night Roundtrip Fiji voyage that visits Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji; lle des Pins, New Caledonia; Noumea, New Caledonia; IIe de Lifou, New Caledonia; Tanna Island, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji; and Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji, departing October 31, 2015, with cruise fares from £3,893 per person, including airfare from Los Angeles. 

Fly/cruise fares for The Gauguin’s 2015 programme start from £3,874 per person for a seven-night Society Islands cruise round trip from Papeete. Price includes return scheduled flights and seven nights accommodation in an ocean view stateroom with all meals, soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages and gratuities.

Paul Gauguin Cruises is currently offering savings of 50 per cent off standard all-inclusive cruise fares on all 2015 voyages, plus included airfare from Los Angeles on itineraries on The Gauguin. Past guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises enjoy additional savings of 5% off final cruise fares as a member of the Paul Gauguin Society.

To order the  brochure or for more information, please contact Paul Gauguin Cruises on 020 7399 7691 or visit www.pgcruises.com

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Top river cruise from AmaWaterways


SAVE £660pp
15th September 2014, 7 night Legendary Danube cruise, saving £660pp + free flights
Save £660pp off a week long luxury river cruise along the Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest, visiting Linz, Passau, Melk, Vienna and Budapest, watching the world pass by from panoramic windows and taking part in daily complimentary tours and excursions. The price of £1859pp (was £2519) includes free return flights from London, transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinner on board AmaDolce with free flowing wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner, daily excursions and tours, free wi-fi, complimentary use of on board bicycles. Contact AmaWaterways on 0808 256 8422, www.amawaterways.co.uk

SAVE £420pp
19th September, 9 nights Mekong land-cruise holiday, saving £420pp
Save £420pp off a 9 night exotic holiday combining two nights in Siem Reap with a 7 night sailing from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, on board AmaLotus, meandering along the Mekong and taking in floating markets, temples, historic cities and exotic towns and villages. AmaWaterways’ `Riches of the Mekong’ departs on 19th September 2014 and is on offer for £2199pp (was £2619), including return flights from London, transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinner, house wine with lunch and dinner, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during the cruise, daily excursions and tours, saving £420pp. Contact AmaWaterways on 0808 256 8422, www.amawaterways.co.uk

SAVE £380pp
20th October, Enchanting Rhine, free flights and £480pp saving
Departing on 20th October 2014 AmaWaterways is offering a 7 night Rhine cruise from Basel to Amsterdam on board the award winning luxury river cruiser AmaDolce, for £1749pp, saving £480pp (was £2229), including free return flights from London, transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinner on board with free flowing wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner, daily excursions and tours, free wi-fi, complimentary use of on board bicycles.   Contact AmaWaterways on 0808 256 8422, www.amawaterways.co.uk

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Seabourn visits some of the remotest islands in the Caribbean



Some of the remotest islands in the Caribbean are on the schedule for luxury cruise line Seabourn this winter.  With a maximum capacity of just 208 guests, Seabourn Spirit is able to visit unique areas of the Caribbean that many other ships are unable to reach, including lesser-known towns on the islands of St. Barts, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands – anchoring alongside private yachts in many of the smaller bays.

Join Seabourn Spirit  on a 14-day Exotic Caribbean in-depth fly/cruise from £3,803 per person (based on two people sharing a suite). Price includes flights from London, transfers, one-night pre-cruise accommodation and a 14-night cruise departing from Philipsburg (St.Maarten) and calling at Great Harbour (Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands), Gustavia (St. Barts, France), Basseterre (St. Kitts), Terre-de-Haut (Guadeloupe), Castries (St. Lucia), Mayreau (Grenadines), Bridgetown (Barbados), Bequia (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Roseau (Dominica), Deshaies (Guadeloupe), St. John’s (Antigua), Road Bay (Anguilla) and Prickly Pear Island (British Virgin Islands) before arriving into Philipsburg (St. Maarten) for the flight home. (Price is based on November 28, 2014 UK departure).

For more information or to book call 0843 373 2000 or visit www.seabourn.co.uk  

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Latest deals from MSC Cruises





CANARIES FLASH SALE: For a limited period, guests choosing a seven-night fly-cruise to the Canary Islands will now receive £100 FREE on board credit. The offer applies to all Canaries sailings aboard MSC Armonia this winter and applies to all cabin types. The ship offers two alternative sailings from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, taking in either the Canary Islands and Madeira or the Canary Islands and Morocco. Prices start at just £599 per person, including return flights to Gran Canaria from Heathrow or Manchester and transfers. Offer is valid on bookings made between August 1 and August 11 2014.

Last cabins: Grab your last chance to sail on MSC Magnifica before the ship leaves its Southampton home for the last time this autumn.  Seven-night northern Europe cruises, featuring a day and night in Amsterdam, lead in at just £519 per person. The sailing calls at Zeebrugge, Belgium; Amsterdam, the Netherlands (full day and overnight stay); Hamburg, Germany, Le Havre, France and Southampton. Price based on an October 8 departure.

Go west: Cruisers in search of a longer break can warm up their winter with an 11-night sailing on MSC Sinfonia. Departing from Genoa, the cruise heads west towards the Canaries calling at Malaga, Spain; Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; Tangier, Morocco; Barcelona, Spain and Genoa. Prices start at £749 per person including return flights to Genoa, based on November 16 departure.

All prices are based on two adults sharing a cabin.


For more information see www.msccruises.co.uk or call 020 3426 3010


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