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Happy hump day, readers! Today, you can dream of cruising Alaska or tropical Pacific islands (then obviously cry because you currently aren’t). Sorry.

Crystal Cruises’ 2019 World Cruise Excursions set to satisfy appetites for flavour & adventure

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Thrills for outdoor enthusiasts, curious foodies, aspiring nature photographers, history buffs and fitness fanatics are all featured for Crystal Cruises’ 2019 World Cruise. The 85-day “Grand Continental Odysseys” voyage aboard Crystal Serenity embarks from Los Angeles on January 13, 2019, on a journey through the island paradises of Hawaii, Fiji and the South Pacific; wild coasts of Australia and New Zealand; untamed savannah and mountains of Africa; and historically profound sites of the Mediterranean.

In all, more than 300 Crystal Adventures ashore – 24 of them brand new – are set to connect travellers with the heart of each destination, with an array of options to suit almost any style.

With abundant choices at their fingertips, Crystal Cruises’ World Cruise guests can tailor their shoreside discoveries to their own interests and preferences, or venture far outside of their comfort zones during new pursuits. Private cars and drivers are also available in nearly every port for fully customised exploration.

 

Christmas cruising with MSC Cruises- BONUS onboard credit

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Enjoy an affordable family holiday with an MSC Cruise in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Arabian Peninsula and enjoy Christmas with bonus onboard credit!

An MSC Cruise offers great value and over the Christmas and New year period you will enjoy a seasonally decorated ship, Christmas and New Year parties and Christmas themed activities for both adults and children. Santa will also arrive to deliver gifts for the children.

With the Mediterranean being less crowded during this time of year, this is a great time to explore must-see locations. Join MSC Cruises onboard MSC Sinfonia for a 10-night West Mediterranean cruise departing Genoa December 17, 2018. Visit Marseille in France, Barcelona, Valencia and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, Unesco World Heritage Malta and in Italy you will explore Messina, historical Rome, where you will spend Christmas day, as well as the Renaissance city of Florence, before returning to Genoa. Priced from $1,749 per person, twin share you will receive a bonus $500 onboard credit per cabin!

Imagine spending Christmas day in magical Havana, Cuba. Book a seven-night cruise onboard MSC Opera departing Havana on December 18, 2018 and you could be exploring Havana’s historical quarter, walk through the time-honoured streets of the city’s glorious original core, crossing Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Cathedral en route to the 18th-century colonial Palacio de la Artesanía. Priced from $1,199 per person, twin share and you will receive a bonus $500 onboard credit per cabin!

Amazing Arctic Expeditions with Scenic Eclipse

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From the unexplored White Sea to the majestic fjords of Norway, the Arctic Islands of Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland, to the epic Northwest Passage, a cruise to the Arctic is a rare opportunity to escape into the immensity of this vast wilderness. An ocean cruise with Scenic Eclipse to the remote Arctic regions and the Norwegian Fjords will open your eyes to a new world of wonder that will create memories of a lifetime.

Scenic Eclipse offers a number of itineraries that allow guests to discover the mysteries and magic of Greenland. Be among the privileged few to visit the world’s largest island whose frozen coastline has witnessed the birth of some of nature’s most breathtaking creations in the form of massive ice calving’s.

Across the Northwest Passage, the 21-day cruise from Copenhagen – Nome, departures August 2020. Traversing from Kangerlussuaq in Greenland to Nome in Alaska, you’ll encounter wild and remote fjords, glaciers, harbours and uninhabited islands that dot the archipelago of Canada’s High Arctic. Marvel at the pristine landscapes that are worlds away from modern civilisation.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces second Immersive Cuban Voyage after first sells out

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To meet luxury travellers’ growing interest in exploring Cuba beyond Havana, last month Regent Seven Seas Cruises introduced a March 12-22, 2019 voyage to the Caribbean country that represents one of the most comprehensive Cuban itineraries in luxury cruising. With visits to four Cuban ports of call, three of which are overnight stays in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos, plus a maiden call to Isla de la Juventud, this new voyage aboard Seven Seas Voyager quickly sold out.

Now, Regent Seven Seas Cruises introduces its second immersive Cuban voyage. The new Oct. 22 – Nov. 1, 2019 Cuban Exploration sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner includes a full day and evening in Havana, and overnight stays in Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.

Immersive experiences include not only museums and historical sites, but ways to connect with local arts and culture through exclusive shoreside activities to understand and engage with Cuba and its people. The voyages feature guest lecturers on board with deep knowledge of Cuba’s history, society and modern-day politics to help guests connect the country’s past and present.

Holy Chip! P&O Cruises and 400 Gradi launch Naples’ staple – the Pizza Viennese topped with hot chips

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Ever considered having chips on your pizza? P&O Cruises’ flagship Pacific Explorer has put Pizza Viennese (or ‘the chip pizza’) on its menu at the traditional Neapolitan pizzeria 400 Gradi by award-winning Melbourne chef Johnny Di Francesco.

The speciality pizza is a firm favourite with children and big kids at heart because of the thick cut fries which top the wood-fired pizza along with fior di latte (mozzarella) and Italian sausage.

Surprisingly, Pizza Viennese is actually a traditional Neapolitan classic which has crowned the menus of Italian restaurants for more than 30 years. Now Pacific Explorer’s highly sought after restaurant 400 Gradi will offer the delicacy alongside some of its other popular dishes including Di Francesco’s award-winning margherita pizza.

Following the success of 400 Gradi on Pacific Explorer, P&O recently revealed that its new Grand Class ship, Pacific Adventure, will also feature an exciting new 400 Gradi eatery when she joins the fleet in late 2020.

Need a break? It’s not too late with MSC Cruises

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Have you been working hard all year? Book a 2018 cruise with MSC Cruises and reward yourself with 50 per cent off the second passenger and Cirque du Soleil dinner and show.

Imagine sailing the Mediterranean over seven nights on MSC Meraviglia. Departing Genoa, Italy December 1 or 8, 2018 you could be exploring the Colosseum in Rome, discovering Byzantine mosaics in Palermo before heading to World Heritage Valletta in Malta, enjoy shopping in Barcelona, Spain and historic Marseille in France before returning to Genoa, Italy.

Book by October 31, to receive 50 per cent off the second passenger! Priced from $1,136 per cabin, twin share. Book a balcony or suite from $2,023 per cabin, twin share and MSC Cruises will include Cirque du Soleil at sea dinner and show!

Choose from Viaggio or Sonor shows. Sonor will take guests on an auditory adventure, a world of unique sensations and astonishing sounds, whilst Viaggio will immerse guests in a poetic adventure into the world of colour, following a painter’s journey into his imagination.

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