Every time we write a cruise wrap we get Enya’s Sail Away stuck in our head. Apologies for it now being stuck in your head too.
See the world in 2018 with Uniworld’s picture-perfect savings
For a limited time, guests can save up to $2,800 per couple on select 2018 Uniworld cruises through Europe, Asia, Egypt and India.
With Uniworld’s Picture-Perfect Savings offer, travellers can cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest on Uniworld’s European Jewels itinerary to indulge in majestic art, architecture, music and history on an all-encompassing journey of a lifetime. The 10-day Gems of Northern Italy itinerary is perfect for lovers of art and architecture as guests aboard the River Countess journey from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice on an odyssey through Northern Italy.
Travellers can also choose from cruises in France, China, India, Egypt, Vietnam and stay in lavishly appointed river view staterooms and suites onboard Uniworld’s ships with handcrafted Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100 per cent Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options.
Dream Cruises offers 60 per cent off Winter Cruise Escapes (AND take two friends free!)
Dream Cruises is offering 60 per cent off Balcony Cabins , Deluxe Balconies and all-inclusive Palace Suites on selected two, three and five night itineraries onboard Genting Dream departing from Singapore.
Escape the chill this winter with outstanding value on cruises to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. Grab your friends….or take the kids and take advantage of unbeatable savings. Your dream escape awaits!
Travel Industry stunned at Scenic FREE flight offer
Scenic, recognised as the innovator and leader in European River Cruising, has once again brought exceptional value to new and existing guests with its FREE flights for all to Europe offer, in an unprecedented initiative to make selling its product even easier.
To align with the release of its 2019 Europe River Cruising brochure, Scenic has announced an offer to reward guests that book early, to secure free flights to Europe ALL year, on ALL cruises (of 11 days or longer), in ALL suites, on ALL rivers in uncompromising ALL-inclusive luxury.
These exceptional 2019 offers will be very popular and available for a limited time only. Some dates and cruises selling fast, so make sure your clients don’t miss out.
Azamara Club Cruises unveils 2020 itineraries
Azamara Club Cruises has announced its 2020 itineraries, including newly added destinations such as South Africa, French Polynesia and Hawaii. With a total of 92 individual cruises across the three ships, Azamara will offer 41 maiden ports, 303 late night stays, 170 overnight stays and 40 country-intensive voyages, where guests can explore numerous ports within one country and stay late or overnight in most cities.
Azamara’s itineraries emphasize spending more time in port, enabling travellers to explore beyond the initial layers of a city and fully immerse themselves in the destination. In addition, Azamara will also unveil new Land and Sea packages hosted by Micato Safaris, a luxury safari outfitter that will further enhance the brand’s immersive land products.Azamara call to South Africa and ports around Africa for the first time.
Each voyage will offer a variety of immersive land programs that take travellers to the heart of Zulu culture, South Africa’s most famous wine region, and beyond. In addition to the extensions by Micato Safaris, Azamara continues to expand its extensive Destination Immersion programing (guests can step on land as an insider, and travel deeper, beyond the initial layers of a city across Africa by adding a diverse selection of shore excursions.
The 2020 itineraries will also feature an 18-night maiden voyage to French Polynesia and Hawaii, visiting some of the most unique Hawaiian Islands (Maui, Oahu and Hilo).
Voyage of the Week: Crystal Serenity explores the Italian Riviera
Sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Marseille, enjoy the reverie of cruising along the Italian Riviera on Crystal Serenity with a visit to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre, and channel the jet-set glamour of St-Tropez’s legendary reputation.
Book by 30 June, 2018 and choose Crystal Clear Choices savings of either US$400 off the cruise fare or US$600 Shipboard Credit. Fares from US$3,881pp, subject to availability.
Crystal’s all-inclusive amenities include select fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages, and a complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa’s sea-going restaurants (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee).
Guests are welcome to enjoy Crystal’s 24-hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access, enrichment workshop series featuring lectures by renowned authors, ambassadors, celebrities and destination experts, and fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates.
Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas arrives in Southampton following her multi-million dollar makeover
Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas has arrived in Southampton, fresh from a multi-million dollar revitalisation.
Known as ‘the ultimate family ship’, Independence of the Seas has an array of stunning new features to delight kids and adults alike. For the first time ever, guests can hop into the Sky Pad, an out-of-this-world new virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, and splash away their days at interactive aqua park, Splashaway Bay, which is bigger and better than ever before.
The reimagined ship also include a host of other features:
- The Perfect Storm, a duo of racing waterslides called Cyclone and Typhoon.
- Glow-in-the-dark intergalactic laser tag, where friends and family can team up to play “Battle for Planet Z.”
- The Observatorium, a new escape room experience where competitors can put their minds to the test, working together to find hidden clues and solve a series of high tech riddles to unravel a mystery.
- Breathtakingly beautiful new lounges and Panoramic Oceanview staterooms. With wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling views, guests can soak up the feeling of standing on the bridge of the ship and watching the sunset over the coastline, all from the privacy of their own stateroom.
- Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, enables sports fans to enjoy all the biggest live sporting events over ice-cold beers, wings, sliders and more.
- Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, the exotic Asian-inspired dining experience gives guests the chance to enjoy fresh sushi and experience skilled chefs cooking tableside on teppanyaki grills.
- Fish & Ships, a poolside eatery where guests can grab quintessentially British seaside treats.
- Sugar Beach candy and ice-cream shop, a sweet-tooth’s haven of candy-packed walls and ice-cream toppings.
Celebrity Cruises unveils The Spa on Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Cruises has unveiled today The Spa on Celebrity Edge, a 2000 square metre sprawling space dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation at sea. Created in collaboration with world-renowned designer Kelly Hoppen, The Spa is inspired by the soothing elements of nature and Celebrity Edge’s mantra of bringing the destination closer to guests.
Featuring more than 124 treatments, 31 therapists and signature offerings such as the Ocean Spa Wave Massage, Hot Mineral Body Boost, Poultice-Powered Muscle Release, Zero Gravity Wellness Massage, The Spa is the ultimate in pampering at sea.
Celebrity Edge will spend her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries before transporting guests to the stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019.
MSC Cruises sizzling summer sale: save up to 30 per cent on 2018 departures
Cruise the Mediterranean, Northern Europe or Caribbean in 2018 and save up to 30 per cent on the cruise fare. From only $804 per person you could be sailing the Mediterranean over seven nights aboard MSC Fantasia. Departing Genoa, you’ll visit Cannes, the Balearic Islands, Barcelona, Napolean’s birthplace of Ajaccio, the historic city of Rome and the World Heritage listed Cinque Terre. With departure dates from July to October 2018, you are sure to find a date to suit!
In Northern Europe you can experience the Baltic Capitals over seven nights aboard MSC Preziosa. Priced from $1,259 per person with departures in July and August on offer. Perhaps you have always wanted to sail the Norwegian Fjords to the tip of the Arctic Circle? Departing July 5, 2018 or August 9, 2018 you can book a 14-night MSC Meraviglia cruise from only $2,789 per person.
In the Caribbean, you’ll save on a selection of 2018 departures. From $799 per person sail onboard MSC Seaside for a seven night East Caribbean cruise visiting St Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. While MSC Armonia will take you from Havana, Cuba to Honduras, Belize and Mexico from only $799 per person.
DON’T DELAY- this sale will end June 30, 2018.
Voyage of the Week: Crystal Symphony celebrates Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights on sailing to New Orleans
Departing Fort Lauderdale on 2 December, 2018, and arriving in New Orleans on 15 December, Crystal Symphony‘s Experiences of Discovery Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights Theme Cruise is a multi-layered experience with enriching lectures into the world of jazz and live musical performances by some of the genre’s best artists.
A perfectly timed break just before Christmas, the cruise will offer optional adventures ashore including diving the world’s third largest barrier reef, a hike through the gorgeous Dunn’s River Falls and snorkelling with stingrays. Then top off your adventures listening to legendary blues and jazz in New Orleans. Enjoy an exhilarating mix of Caribbean cruising and cabaret nights on Crystal Symphony‘s Island Rhythms & Big Easy Jazz sailing.
Book by 30 June and choose Crystal Clear Choices savings of either US$400 off the cruise fare or US$600 Shipboard Credit per person. Fares available from US$5,428 per person.
Silversea Cruises announces exclusive last minute savings on two expedition voyages
Silversea Cruises announces exclusive last minute savings on two expedition voyages in Western Australia and Indonesia aboard Silver Discoverer. Departing in either August or September this year, guests have the option of a 12 day voyage from Broome to Bali or a 14 day voyage from Bali to Phuket. Guests booking by 31 May will receive a range a range of special savings, and those booking by 15 July 2018 will receive US$1,000 on board credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade.
The two fascinating voyages invite guests to unlock deeper experiences through a range of fascinating on shore excursions led by a team of experts and lecturers. The intimate, 116-guest Silver Discoverer provides guests with the ultimate viewing platform with an abundance of deck space and ocean view suites. The ship’s design enables her to navigate closer to the shore and with 12 Zodiacs on board, intrepid travellers can get up close and personal with the local flora and fauna.
- V9820: Departing Broome, Western Australia on 28 August 2018, guests will enjoy a 12-day voyage to Benoa, Bali. Highlights of the voyage include: the Kimberley’s natural pools, breathtaking waterfalls and mangroves; the world heritage listed Bungle Bungle mountain range; Mount Kelimutu; and a range of wildlife including Komodo dragons and tropical fish.
- V9821: Guests will depart Benoa, Bali on 09 September 2018 on a 14 day voyage to Phuket. Highlights of the voyage include: Mount Bromo in Probolingo; the Ujung Kulon Peninsula; Anak Krakatoa; a snorkelling safari in Batu Island, a new destination for Silversea; a Saman performance in Banda Aceh; and UNESCO World Heritage site Gunung Leuser National Park.