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Big fat cruise wrap

Cruising through your week? Can’t wait to set sail towards the weekend? Wish we would stop making terrible puns? Well, keep wishing because this wrap is in ship shape!

European Waterways Enhances France Itineraries with Falconry Displays and Fine Wine Tastings

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European Waterways continues to invest in unique experiential excursions for their guests, adding new experiences for 2019 that include a ‘Birds of Prey’ demonstration and private wine tastings at prestigious wineries including Domaine Laroche in Burgundy, France.

The new excursions reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to providing guests with unique and memorable experiences that immerse them in the history, traditions and cuisine of the cruise regions.

Last-minute promotions of 20 per cent off on charters and cabins on select departures in April and May 2019 are still available on La Belle Epoque, one of the hotel barges offering this new excursion, when booked by February 18, 2019. Charters are available starting at €39,920, a saving of €9,980 off the regular price of €49,900. Cabin prices start as low as €3,592 per person, based on double occupancy, a saving of €898 off the regular price of €4,490.

More info here.

Carnival reveals design for ground-breaking green and gold waterpark on Carnival Splendor

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Carnival Cruise Line revealed the much-anticipated design for Carnival Splendor’s new WaterWorks, including two thrilling waterslides and a SplashZone to be added as part of her extensive dry dock in November, in anticipation of her arrival into her new homeport of Sydney in December this year.

Building on Carnival’s reputation for jaw-dropping waterslides, Carnival Splendor, set to become the newest and largest ship home-ported in Australia, will feature an adrenalinepacked green and gold WaterWorks packed with two slides that tower 50 metres above the waterline.

If the walk up to the start of the slide isn’t enough of a draw for daredevils, the green thrillslide measures at almost 40-metres-long and will begin with an impressive 11.3 metre freefall drop as the capsule floor opens, followed by a slingshot curve, twisting and sliding guests into a giant swirling bowl.

A perennial Carnival favourite, the yellow Twister Waterslide™ on Carnival Splendor takes riders through 104 metres of twists and turns before they return to solid ground. Carnival Splendor’s WaterWorks will also include MiniRacer slides, splash toys and The Power Drencher tipping bucket, so the whole family can get in on the fun.

More info here.

It’s bottoms up with Evergreen this summer

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Evergreen Cruises & Tours invites you on an 8 Day Flavours of Burgundy and Provence cruise sailing through the heart of Europe’s famous wine-producing region, hosted by some the world’s top wine experts, and featuring a line-up of wine tastings, masterclasses and guided vineyard visits.

The eight-day river cruise departing 27 July 2019, starts from $3,945 per person and includes seven nights on board the Emerald Liberté river cruise ship, all tipping and gratuities, food and drink onboard, six different shore excursion and exclusive events and experiences. Price is based on 27 July 2019 departure.

Within the included excursions guests will have the opportunity to join a walking tour of Viviers (France) and visit ‘the wine-makers’ hospital’, Hospices de Beaune in the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards. Guests will be joined by British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, American wine expert and talk show host, Robin Stark, Canadian wine expert, DJ Kearney and Australian Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker.

More info here.

Aussie Bell Boy Uniforms Hit the Gangway in Melbourne as Cunard Reveals Plans for its Biggest Ever Season Down Under

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Luxury cruise line Cunard has launched its record 54-day season Down Under by unveiling a dramatic wardrobe makeover for its famous bell boys in collaboration with iconic Australian brand, R.M.Williams.

Debuting onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth in Melbourne today, R.M.Williams’ fresh take on the cruise line’s classic red and black bell boy uniforms is one of a series of exciting partnerships with Australian companies designed to celebrate a two-month season in local waters for the stylish 2081-guest ship.

Presenting the uniforms, Cunard President Simon Palethorpe also revealed the cruise line’s plans to base Queen Elizabeth in Australian waters for an unprecedented 118 days over the 2020-21 summer, with Melbourne once again set to feature as a key homeport in the ship’s program.

It will be the third consecutive summer deployment Down Under for the popular Queen Elizabeth, further building on its current 54-day season of cruises from Melbourne and Sydney and its scheduled 101-day season over the 2019-20 summer.

Save almost $8500 per couple on Irish Adventure

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Explore the rugged seascapes and rolling hills of Ireland on a new fly, stay and cruise package from Adventure Canada and Cruise Traveller that takes guests on a circumnavigation of the Emerald Isle.

The 12-night ‘Shamrock Express’ package includes an 11-night cruise circumnavigating Ireland aboard Adventure Canada’s 198-passenger, eco-friendly vessel, the Ocean Endeavour, and a free night’s accommodation in Dublin, pre-cruise. The discounted package also includes free flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth and free transfers, with total savings of $8490 per couple. Guests need to book through Cruise Traveller before April 15, 2019.

More info here.

Stay ship shape with Evergreen Cruises & Tours

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Evergreen Cruises and Tours is upping its on-board fitness and games programs with the introduction of Activity Managers across its fleet of European Emerald Waterways Star-Ships.

The Activity Managers will join all seven Star-Ships cruising the waterways of Europe in April 2019. Responsible for enhancing EmeraldACTIVE on-shore excursions, the Activity Mangers will coordinate activities such as guided cycle tours, hiking and canoeing experiences, and a range of daily on-board classes.

New for the 2019 season is a selection of fitness activities such as yoga and Pilates sessions, aqua aerobics in the heated indoor pools, and “walk-a-mile” on the Sun Deck, while evenings will feature activities such as karaoke nights, card tournaments and gameshow style quizzes.

More info here.

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