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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reveals Details of Seven Seas Mariner Refit

13 February 2018
Regent Seven Seas Mariner, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises have confirmed details for the upcoming bow-to-stern refurbishment of Seven Seas Mariner, the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship. Seven Seas Mariner will undergo a 20-day dry dock in April 2018 at Chantier Naval de Marseille, before re-emerging with new culinary experiences, elegant new suite designs, and completely renewed modern guest spaces. “We are delighted to relaunch the refurbished Seven Seas Mariner for what will be an unforgettable 2018 Alaska season,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Seven Seas Mariner will have been elevated to the highest standards of elegance, and guests will enjoy the highly personalised service delivered by every member of Seven Seas Mariner’s exceptional staff and crew. Once Seven Seas Mariner completes her refurbishment, Regent’s fleet will definitively be the most luxurious at sea.” Seven Seas...
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‘Steer The Ship’ On A Fred. Olsen Baltic Cruise

12 February 2018
Braemar, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Passengers sailing on-board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar this Spring will get the chance to ‘steer the ship’, on a 14-night ‘You Choose Your Cruise’. Braemar will depart from Southampton on 29 May 2018, sailing the Baltic, where Fred. Olsen’s adult guests can ‘chart the ship’s course’ and choose between two ports of call as the ships sails – keeping each destination a mystery! Guests can decide between vibrant capital cities or opt to visit little-known gems across The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Estonia. Each guest will be given a vote, and once counted the result is delivered to the Captain, who announces the winning choice. An overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia and a sailing of the Kiel Canal, which is inaccessible to larger ships due to size restrictions, has been confirmed in advance. Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing...
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Same-sex Weddings At Sea Axed after Bermuda Law Repealed

09 February 2018
Same sex marraige, man waving a small rainbow flag

It has been announced that P&O Cruises and Cunard will likely be forced to axe same-sex marriage ceremonies at sea after Bermuda repealed the law allowing them. Last year, a Supreme Court ruled authorised gay marriage in Bermuda, which also applied to cruise ships registered there. However, on February 7, 2018, the archipelago’s governor approved a bill that reverses it. As P&O Cruises and Cunard ships are registered in Bermuda, captains will no longer be able to conduct on-board services. A spokesperson for P&O Cruises and Cunard said: “On May 5, 2017, a Supreme Court decision was made in Bermuda legalising same-sex marriages. We were delighted by this decision as we have wanted to offer same-sex ceremonies for many years. “Although we are awaiting further information from Bermuda, it is unfortunately, likely to be the case that Bermudian law will...
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Royal Caribbean Confirms Quantum-class Ship For Southampton

08 February 2018
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas, RCI, Quantum Class ship

Royal Caribbean’s president and chief executive has confirmed to TTG that the cruise line will have a Quantum-class ship sailing out of Southampton in 2020. Michael Bayley suggested that the cruise ship would likely be either Anthem of the Seas or Quantum of the Seas, as Ovation of the Seas will be redeployed from China to Alaska in 2019. Ovation of the Seas will be replaced in China by the new Quantum Ultra-class ship Spectrum of the Seas, which launches in the spring of 2019. “A week after the Brexit vote our projected revenue from the UK dropped by $50 million on conversion. But now it is back, and it’s improved substantially – the exchange rate is a 15% change from what it was.” “We’re delighted the pound is doing so well. It’s great news, and when the rate is at...
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P&O Cruises and Cunard Pledge To Ban Plastics By 2022

06 February 2018
P&O Cruises Azura

P&O Cruises and Cunard have pledged ban all single-use plastic such as straws, water bottles and food packaging by 2022. The operator’s ships already have strict rules in place for recycling of the plastic, however, Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein admitted more could be done and said: “We are in discussions with our suppliers to try to influence the removal of single-use plastic in products such as straws, water bottles and food packaging wherever possible, as well as reviewing our wider sourcing strategy of the most environmentally friendly products across the board. “Programmes such as Blue Planet have shone a light on the impact plastic can have on our seas and it is our responsibility, as an ocean-going cruise line, to take action now, however many hurdles we have to face along the way. “The ocean is a fundamental part...
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Royal Caribbean Announces New ‘Skypad’ For Independence of the Seas

06 February 2018
Royal Caribbean Skypad, RCI, Independence of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has announced that Independence of the Seas will feature a virtual reality trampoline experience inside a vast dome after her multimillion pound refurbishment in April. The experience, to be named the Skypad, will debut on the UK-based ship, but the line’s president and chief executive Michael Bayley confirmed to TTG it would also be added to a number of other ships in the fleet. “We’re very excited about Skypad,” Bayley said. “It’s pretty amazing, we’re combining trampolines and virtual reality experience”. Compromising of four trampolines, with customers fitted with VR headsets and placed in a bungee harness, the Skypad will be located on the ship’s top deck. The VR headsets will then “transport them to another time and planet to bounce over moon craters or compete in intergalactic games”, Royal Caribbean said. Bayley added that there would be no charge...
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Norwegian Cruise Line Reveals Name of Next Ship

01 February 2018
Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL

Andy Stuart, NCL’s president and chief executive,  announced that the new ship will be named Norwegian Encore at Meyer Werft Laser Centre in Papenburg, Germany, where construction on the ship began with a traditional steel-cutting ceremony. Norwegian Encore is due to be delivered in October 2019, and will sail weekly Caribbean cruises from Miami starting in November 2019. Encore will be the fourth a final addition to NCL’s Breakaway Plus-class alongside Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss – set to debut in April. Stuart said: “Norwegian Encore will be the ultimate Breakaway Plus Class vessel and we are thrilled to celebrate the start of construction for this incredible new ship. “Over 50 years ago the Norwegian brand began creating unforgettable vacation moments with the first inter-island cruise in the Caribbean from Miami. We continue building on our legacy of innovation with this...
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Channel 5 Confirms ‘Cruising With Jane McDonald’ Will Be Back For A Third Series

31 January 2018
Jane McDonald, Cruising with Jane McDonald, Princess Cruises

Channel 5 has confirmed that the hugely popular TV series ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ will be back for a third series starting from 9 February 2018. The first episode of series 3 will feature Jane on Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess as she discovers California. Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ has been an outstanding success story and we’re delighted to be featuring in the first episode of the new series. It was a pleasure hosting Jane and we hope that the Channel 5 audience enjoys seeing the unique experiences California has on offer from the decks of Ruby Princess.” Jane’s journey on Ruby Princess takes in some of the USA’s most recognisable landmarks, from LA’s iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Starting out in Los Angeles, Jane strolls along Hollywood’s...
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Mark Webber To Join Silversea Guests During Monaco Grand Prix Weekend

29 January 2018
Mark Webber to Join Silversea guests

The Australian Formula One racing star Mark Webber will give a talk and take part in a Q&A session with Silversea guests during the Monaco Grand Prix race weekend this summer. Mark Webber will meet Silver Muse passengers in Monte Carlo as part of a two-day land package. He’ll be on hand to sign autographs and take photographs with Silversea guests, who will watch the famous street circuit race with hospitality from the balcony of the Club F1 Monaco Dance Academy. Peter Shanks, Silversea managing director UK and Ireland, said: “There is nothing quite like the thrill and atmosphere of Monaco during the weekend of the Grand Prix, and our Silversea guests will have the added bonus of this incredible opportunity to hear Mark’s personal story, creating cherished memories for a lifetime.”

Bolsover Cruise Club Receives Top Award For P&O Cruises For A 31st Consecutive Year

26 January 2018
UK Cruises Awards 2018, Boslover Cruise Club wins 'Outstanding Contribution Award

We’re thrilled to announce that we have been voted the UK’s top agent for a 31st consecutive year by P&O Cruises, receiving the coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at a star-studded ceremony held at The Royal Exchange, London, on Thursday 25 January 2018. As one of the most prestigious events on the cruise calendar, The UK Cruise Awards brings the industry’s biggest names together to recognise the most successful agents of the previous year. A Venetian theme set the scene and guests were dressed to impress for an evening of awards, dinner and dancing, during which we were announced as winners of the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for P&O Cruises. Bolsover Cruise Club’s Sales Manager, Helen Moore, took to the stage to collect the shining new addition to our awards cabinet; our 31st P&O Cruises Top Agent award in as many years.