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Set Sail On Fred. Olsen’s World War One Centenary Cruise

21 November 2017
Fred.Olsen Braemar at sea

Fred. Olsen are offering guests the chance to visit France and Belgium on a very special seven night sailing specifically timed to commemorate the centenary of World War One ending. Sailing from Southampton on 8 November 2018, on a 7-night sailing, Braemar will take guests on an emotive itinerary that will give you opportunities to pay your respects to the fallen at infamous battlefields, fascinating museums and iconic memorials. Dunkirk Sailing from Southampton along the English Channel, Braemar will first call into Dunkirk – one of the most famous port towns in France and Europe. During your time in Dunkirk make the most of this pretty commune by visiting several museums offering an in-depth look into French wartime history, participate in a Dynamo tour to key historical locations or opt to follow a guide on a ‘Walking Tour’ along the shooting locations...
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Silversea’s Silver Cloud Sets Sail After $40m Refurbishment

20 November 2017
Silver Cloud Observation Deck

Silversea’s ultra-luxury Silver Cloud set sail this week from Buenos Aires on her first-ever expedition voyage, fresh from a $40 million refurbishment as part of her conversion to an ice-class expedition ship. “We are proud to celebrate this momentous occasion when the ship that launched Silversea on a path to redefine luxury travel now embarks on a new path to redefine expedition cruising,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO. Over the course of 16 days, Silver Cloud will explore Antarctica where her guest will enjoy her  signature comforts from spacious all-suite accommodations with butler service to open bars and five dining options offering sumptuous cuisine, including the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea. The transformed Silver Cloud accommodates 254 guests (only 200 in polar waters). Her redesigned public spaces include the new Tor’s Observation Lounge, to a heated, resort-style pool...
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Celebrity Cruises Reveals New Ship For Galapagos Islands

16 November 2017
Celebrity Flora stern view, Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises has revealed plans for a new ship that is to be designed and built specifically with the Galapagos Islands in mind. The 100- passenger Celebrity Flora ship will be one of the most eco-friendly and environmentally safe ships sailing the planet. Celebrity Flora was designed with every state-of-the-art option and latest technology in mind from a Dynamic Positioning System that enables the ship to stay on station without the use of anchors to help protect the seas to solar panels that supplement electricity to help reduce emissions. Every space on board Celebrity Flora, including the all-suites accommodations, will feature Celebrity Cruises’ innovative outward-facing concept, so the destination is always the centre of attention at every turn. The ship will complement the destination and merge seamlessly with the surroundings by using natural materials inspired by the islands, for a...
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Regent Cruises Names New Ship Seven Seas Splendor

16 November 2017
Sevean Seas Splendor

Jason Montague, President & CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises has revealed the name of the next new luxury cruise ship Seven Seas Splendor, set to debut in early 2020. Regent Cruises reached out to the public to help the cruise line come up with ideas to name their new ship and received more than 14,000 submissions. “The naming of a ship is an important milestone in maritime tradition and it is my pleasure to announce that the name of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new ship to launch in 2020 is Seven Seas Splendor,” said Jason Montague, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The extraordinary demand for Seven Seas Explorer has reinforced our decision to expand our fleet and Seven Seas Splendor will offer guests a fifth option that will provide unforgettable experiences in the world’s...
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Azamara Pursuit To Be Christened In Southampton

15 November 2017
Azamara Pursuit, Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises’ new ship Azamara Pursuit will be christened in Southampton. It will be the first time Azamara Club Cruises has christened a ship, as Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest both went straight into service after refit when purchased. The search for Azamara Pursuit’s godmother is also underway. The decision to christen Azamara Pursuit in the UK comes after the ship received double the demand of bookings from the UK market, than its sister ships achieve. The brand put the success down to the “speedy response of the trade” and to a surge of interest from fans of P&O Cruises’ Adonia (the current name of the ship before it’s handed over to Azamara Club Cruises). Azamara chief operating office Carol Cabezas said there would be “strong representation from UK agents and media” at the christening and two-night celebratory cruise....
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Marella Cruises Announces Partnership with Champneys Health Spa

13 November 2017
Marella Cruises, ship at sea

Marella Cruises announced a new on board partnership with the UK’s biggest health spa, Champneys. Stephen Purdew, Champneys co-owner said: “We are thrilled to be working with Marella Cruises from next year, offering the very best Champneys spa experience onboard Marella Explorer. We’re confident that our state-of-the-art spa will bring even more enjoyment to guests’ holidays and can’t wait to hear about their experiences.” From May 2018, guests on board Marella Explorer, Marella’s newest ship, will be able to relax in the new on board spa, which will offer facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, acupuncture alongside a salon, wellness centre and relaxation room. This collaboration is first for both brands. Distribution and cruise director at TUI UK & Ireland, parent company of Marella Cruises, Helen Caron, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Champneys onboard our fantastic new addition...
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Three Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ships to Undergo Multi-Million Pound Refits

10 November 2017
Fred Olsen Balmoral Cruising

Three of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ships will undergo multi-million pound refits in preparation for the start of the 2018/19 cruise season. Braemar and Balmoral will be refurbished before Christmas with the Boudicca to be upgraded in March 2018. Black Watch, benefitted from extensive improvement work at the end of last year. Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are very proud of our smaller, classic cruise ships and we recognise the importance of investing in ongoing upgrades to ensure that our guests can continue to enjoy them at their best. The refreshed Black Watch has been very well received by both new and existing guests so we are delighted that the rest of the fleet will also benefit.” The scheduled upgrades include enhancements to existing public areas, including new facilities such as a new restaurants...
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Large Cruise Ships to be Restricted From Venice

09 November 2017
Gondola on Canal Grande with Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background, Venice, Italy

It has been decided that large cruise will no longer be able to enter Venice’s Grand Canal. Cruise ships of 100,000 tonnes or more will have to will be required to dock in Marghera at an industrial port about 15 minutes from downtown Venice, under new rules which follows a temporary limit imposed three years ago. The decision comes after Venetians and environmentalists have long voiced their concerns over cruise ships sailing close to the fragile city. Ships of more than 96,000 tonnes were banned from the Giudecca canal in 2013, but the legislation was overturned at the end of 2015. “We want it to be clear to Unesco [the United Nations cultural agency] and the whole world that we have a solution,” Brugnaro said after the meeting of the governmental committee charged with saving Venice. “This takes into account...
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Ovation of the Seas to Offer Alaska Sailings in 2019

08 November 2017
Ovation of the Seas, Sydney, Australia, Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is sailing to more destinations than ever before in 2019/2020 with four new ports of call in Europe and the first-ever Quantum Class ship, Ovation of the Seas, to visit the Alaskan Frontier. The new deployment plans will be combined with the newly transformed ships designed to offer unmatched short Caribbean sailings, with Royal Caribbean offering more adventures than ever for guests of all ages. Alaska in 2019 Ovation of the Seas will transition from Sydney, Australia to her new summer homeport in Seattle, Washington for her debut Alaskan summer season in 2019. Ovation at Seas will sail 7-night itineraries to destinations from Juneau to Victoria, British Columbia, showcasing Alaska’s beauty from native wildlife and awe-inspiring glaciers. Ovation of the Seas will join Radiance of the Seas in Alaska, which sails 7- night itineraries between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver,...
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St. Maarten Bounces Back After Hurricane Irma

07 November 2017
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, cityscape at the Great Salt Pond.

The Caribbean island of St. Maarten was one of the places hardest hit by Hurricane Irma and the island is proving its spirit which has been summed up by the hashtag #sxmstrong. Many people turned to social media to share their support after Hurricane Irma using the hashtag #sxmstrong, and since then the popularity has grown. The slogan reinforces the determination of the government of St. Maarten and its people during their recovery and rebuilding process. More than 80% of St. Maarten’s utilities are back, 70% of Philipsburg’s Front Street is restored, and its beaches are in the process of being cleaned and sanitised according to port officials. Up to 80% of St. Maarten’s water-based tours are also ready, along with 55% to 60% of the land-based tours, with another 15% to 20% expected to be back up over the...
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