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Saga Cruises Expands Fleet With Second New Build Ship

22 September 2017

Saga Cruises is extending its fleet of new build ships with a second new cruise ship. Spirit of Adventure is expected to be delivered in Summer 2020, joining her sister ship Spirit of Discovery which sails in July 2019. Spirit of Adventure will be similar in external design to Spirit of Discovery, carrying less than 1,000 passengers, balconies for all cabins, and retaining the intimacy and personal touches Saga are renowned for. Lance Batchelor, chief executive officer, Saga plc said: “Our first new ship, Spirit of Discovery, will be in service in June 2019 and with pre-sales being very strong, this confidence in demand has supported our decision to expand the new build fleet and purchase our second new ship, to be delivered in August 2020.” Robin Shaw, chief executive, Saga Cruises, said: “Our loyal customers have played a key...
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Crystal River Cruises Welcomes Crystal Mahler To The Fleet

21 September 2017
Crystal Mahler, Crystal River Cruises

The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, Crystal River Cruises, officially welcomed Crystal Mahler to its award-winning fleet in Germany during a handover ceremony held at MV WERFTEN Shipyard. Crystal Mahler is the second “Rhine Class” river ship to be received by the cruise line and was christened by godmother Lauren Barfield with the traditional German blessing and champagne bottle breaking. “Welcoming this stunning new ship to Crystal’s celebrated fleet is incredibly gratifying, as we continue to expand the celebrated Crystal Experience to a broader audience of discerning world travellers,” says Wolber. “Like her sister ships, Crystal Mahler surpasses all previously established standards of luxury in the river cruising industry, with Crystal’s signature service and attention to detail that our guests have long expected from the ‘World’s Best.'” Crystal Mahler joins Crystal Mozart and sister ship Crystal Bach, which embarked...
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St. Kitts Provides Aid To Caribbean Neighbours

20 September 2017

St. Kitts has partnered up with Carnival Cruise Line to help assist with humanitarian relief and delivery of supplies to St. Maarten which was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line delivered supplies to St. Kitts during a call from the Carnival Fascination, which docked at Port Zante on Saturday. Among the supplies from St. Kitts to St. Maarten were food, drinks, medical supplies and other essential items including blankets, batteries and ice. St. Kitts’ own relief efforts for neighbouring islands began the previous weekend, with water from the St. Kitts Bottling Company being shipped on a vessel to Saba. From Thursday, September 21, a donation box will be placed at Port Zante for cruise passengers arriving here and for local citizens alike to further aid in relief efforts. “While we are thankful to be relatively unscathed by...
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Crystal Esprit Returns to Europe for Summer 2018 and 2019

18 September 2017

Crystal Esprit is set to make a return to Europe in 2018, and again in 2019, rather than remaining in the Caribbean year-round as previously arranged. The intimate yacht experience will welcome passengers for 2018 summer cruises, alternating weeklong sailings between Venice and Dubrovnik, with most of destinations being Croatian ports of call. Also on Crystal Esprit list of destinations are Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia. In 2019 Crystal Esprit will switch to the Western Mediterranean, offering six, seven and eight night itineraries. The focus of these sailings will be smaller ports including destinations in France, Italy, Monaco and Spain. This will then be followed by a spell of Greek Isles voyages. “Following the great success of Crystal Esprit’s 2016 and 2017 seasons in Europe, we are seeing tremendous enthusiasm and demand from guests to return to the region during the...
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Carnival Corporation to Boost Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts By $10m

15 September 2017
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The Caribbean islands and parts of Florida battered by Hurrican Irma will get a $10 million boost from the cruise giant Carnival Corporation. An immediate donation of $2.5 million is being made by the family foundation of Carnival chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine to Direct Relief, Unicef and the United Way of Miami-Dade County to support urgent relief needs in the wake of Hurricane Irma. This relief aid follows on from the foundation providing a minimum of $2 million for Harricane Harvey recovery across the US Gulf Coast region. Carnival Foundation and the charitable fund of the Miami Heat basketball are each pledging to raise a combined $5 million in funding for relief and recovery efforts. Arison and his wife will match that commitment up to a total of $5 million from their family foundation, including the organisation’s...
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Dubai To Add Second State-Of-The-Art Cruise Terminal

15 September 2017
Dunai Harbour

It has now been confirmed that Dubai is looking to extend its cruise offerings with the addition of a second state-of-the-art cruise terminal. Meraas, an investment firm involved in the project has revealed its plans to build the second terminal in addition to the one already revealed earlier this year. “Dubai Harbour will be the first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously which when completed will accommodate 1,200,000 passengers annually,” Meraas said, in a prepared statement. The announcement was made during Cityscape Global 2017, where visitors have been able to see the upcoming destination for the first time through a model at the Meraas stand. His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at Meraas, said: “Dubai Harbour connects some of Dubai’s most vibrant neighbourhoods and reflects a culture of innovation envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al...
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Caribbean Tourism Organization Announces Launch Of Hurricane Relief Fund

14 September 2017

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has activated its CTO Relief Fund. The fund is being run through GoFundMe and has been activated to help raise money for families and countries to help them rebuild after damage from hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Irma. Irma impacted numerous member countries and the CTO has now announced that all money raised through the Relief Fund will be sent directly to member destinations that have been affected by the catastrophic storm, which hit some countries with winds up to 185 mph. ‘The damage caused by the force of Hurricane Irma is an important example of why we must do whatever is possible to provide financial relief to those who need it most. It’s through this fund that the CTO channels monetary assistance to our impacted member states,’...
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Bolsover Cruise Club Voted As The Best Cruise Agency In The Cruise International Awards 2017

13 September 2017

The seventh annual Cruise International Awards 2017 took place yesterday at The Ritz in London. Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International, said: “The past year has been fantastic for the cruise industry and thousands and thousands of consumers voted in this year’s Cruise Awards. “All the finalists have done amazingly well and should feel justifiably proud of their achievements.” This year’s Cruise Awards featured three new categories – Best UK Port, Best Online Travel Agent and Best Escorted & Specialist Tour Operator – alongside others across the 26 categories, which include Best River Cruise Line, Best New Ship and Best for First-Time Cruisers. Wine expert and broadcaster Oz Clarke presented the event which was attended by leading figures from the cruise industry. Bolsover Cruise Club are extremely proud to announce that we are officially the winners of the Best Cruise Agency. Bolsover Cruise...
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Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas Commences Final Southeast Asian Season

13 September 2017
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Mariner of the Seas returned to Singapore on September 10 for her longest-ever and final season here until April 2018. Mariner of the Seas will offer 36 Southeast Asian sailings of 3 to 9 nights from Singapore compared to her 41 sailings here last year. Her itineraries include: » 3-night cruise to Penang/Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) » 4-nights to Penang/Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Phuket » 5-nights to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket » 7-nights to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang, Langkawi and Phuket (overnight) and 7-night cruise to Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Bangkok (overnight). After these sailings, Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas will then head to Miami, Florida in April 2018, after having homeported year-round in Asia out of Singapore and China since 2013. Returning to Southeast Asia will be Ovation of the...
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Florida Homeports Reopen

12 September 2017
Allure of the Seas

All Florida homeports that closed last week ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival are expected to reopen today, with a handful of ships due to return. The U.S Coast Guard, which is in the process of surveying all damage, has deemed PortMiami and Port Tampa Bay safe to reopen. Assessments are still underway for other ports including that of Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and Port Canaveral (Orlando). Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises all have ships scheduled to embark/disembark passengers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale today. While Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa don’t have ships scheduled to return until Wednesday. In a statement, Carnival said: “Although the ports remain closed, port assessments in South Florida have already begun and we are optimistic the ports will reopen in time for us to operate the cruises [as scheduled].”...
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