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Double incentive for agents in “Expedition Month”
Silversea Cruises is offering agents a bonus 5 per cent commission on all new bookings made between 1 – 30 June 2019 on its range of expedition voyages in 2020. In addition, any agents making new bookings on Silversea’s 2020 expedition sailings will also enter the draw to win one of four all-inclusive Silversea cruises for two people. Sailing in complete luxury, the four lucky winners will have the opportunity to discover South America, Antarctica, the Arctic, or the Caribbean and Central America on board Silver Wind, Silver Explorer or Silver Cloud.
*Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. For more information contact your BDM or call Silversea’s reservations department on +61 2 9255 0600.
Silversea celebrates 25th anniversary
Silversea Cruises passes a milestone in 2019: 25 years as the industry’s leading ultra-luxury cruise line, hosting half a million guests on approximately 4,100 voyages since 1994. Silversea’s ships have completed an accumulated total of over 47,800 cruise days, while the cruise line’s guests have travelled deeper, with a combined total of more than 9.4 million cruise days.
Silversea guests get an exclusive view of Monaco Grand Prix 2019
Held at the prestigious Princess Grace Dance Academy, Silversea’s guests enjoyed a bespoke two-day experience for the Monaco Grand Prix 2019. On 25 and 26 May, attending guests witnessed the action unfold with a prime view.
The exclusive event – which was offered as an optional shore experience to guests aboard Silver Shadow – included a Mediterranean lunch and a range of remarkable enrichments, showcasing the Principality of Monaco at its very best.
Scenic launches Canada, Alaska and USA 2020 – “go beyond the extraordinary”
Scenic has released its 2020 Canada, Alaska and USA brochure following a review of its product offering that has seen the development of smaller group touring options, more immersive experiences and the reinvigoration of its signature collection.
To mark the release of the new program Scenic is offering a range of real value offers, available until 30 September 2019 including:
- Partner Flights Included – when booking selected tours to Canada, Alaska and the USA, included economy flights
- Fly Premium Economy from $2,595 per person – when booking any Eastern Canada or Western Canada and Alaska journey of 22 days or longer
- Fly Business Class from $5,995 per person when booking any Eastern Canada or Western Canada & Alaska journey of 22 days or longer
- Book now and pay in full by 30 September to secure an additional discount of $600 per couple for all tours of 19 days or longer or discount of $300 per couple for tours of 9 to 18 days.
For more information or for bookings, click here or call 138 128.
Robert Morgenstern confirmed to join international speakers at Cruise360
The cruise industry’s key annual forum Cruise360 Australasia will embrace the worldwide revolution underway in shore excursions, with Holland America Group operations chief Robert Morgenstern confirmed to join international speakers at the August event.
Held on Friday August 30 at Hyatt Regency Sydney, CLIA’s 2019 Cruise360 Australasia conference will offer a full-day line-up of expert speakers and panel sessions, as well as a trade show for cruise industry exhibitors. It will be preceded by a dedicated Executive Partner Product and Destination Showcase as well as a ship inspection aboard Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess on August 29.
Tickets for this year’s Cruise360 Australasia conference are now on sale with early booking rates available exclusively for CLIA members for a limited time. For details and bookings, click here.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises updates
Extension on 2020 Mediterranean voyages
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) has combined select Mediterranean cruises to create several extended voyages during 2020; offering outstanding savings on journeys which feature few repeat ports, more overnight stays and free unlimited shore excursions in each destination.
RSSC’s extended voyages will visit sought-after destinations ranging from Monte Carlo and Venice to Istanbul, Jerusalem, the Greek Isles, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and beyond.
For more information, click here.
Suite Sale offers exceptional value on more than 25 itineraries
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced it will be launching a Suite Sale which includes more than 25 sailings departing in 2019.
For a limited time only, those looking to book their dream getaway can enjoy up to 55 per cent off sailings to the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Asia, Alaska, and the South Pacific.
For further information, as well as terms and conditions for RSSC’s Suite Sale, click here.
The Globus family of brands sets sail towards sustainability and announces support for The Ocean Cleanup
On World Environment Day, the Globus family of brands announced plans to increase sustainability efforts and reduce waste while contributing to The Ocean Cleanup: a non-profit organisation focused on ridding the world’s oceans of plastics.
As part of its increased sustainability efforts, the Globus family of brands – comprised of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways – is asking travellers to choose e-documents over printed travel itineraries, prior to their holidays.
When they choose the eco-friendly option – eliminating paper and plastic use and waste – the Globus family will donate funds to The Ocean Cleanup to aid in their unprecedented efforts to clean-up the world’s oceans.
Special offer on Coral Expeditions Passage to the Solomons voyage
Save 25 per cent off bookings for two or more cabins on Coral Expeditions’ 11-night Passage to the Solomons voyage departing 16 October and 27 October 2019.
Coral Expeditions are also offering free scuba diving on these two departures at selected diving sites. Led by a qualified dive instructor, guests will be provided with a comprehensive range of dive equipment.
To redeem these offers, bookings must be made by 1 October 2019.
Onboard Coral Discoverer, the Passage to the Solomons voyage uncovers the pristine wildlife, fascinating cultures, and remote coral atolls and beaches of the idyllic Melanesia region. Travellers will visit the islands of Vanuatu, Papua New Guine, and the Solomon Islands uncovering hidden lagoons to explore vibrant coral gardens at Egum Atoll and Njari Reef and walking along volcanic calderas with the ship’s highly skilled expedition team.
Pricing starts from $9,990 twin share per person.
For bookings and further information on this offer, click here or phone 1800 079 545 and quote promo code IOSP25% and IOSPDIV.
Norwegian Cruise Line extends Take 5 Free promotion
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, has extended its latest promotion that offers up to $US3,000* in overall additional value for guests. Travellers who book a Balcony stateroom or above will enjoy all five of NCL’s iconic “Free at Sea” offers – in addition to receiving US$200 onboard credit when they book their next Hawaii cruise holiday, or a US$100 onboard credit for a range of other popular destinations.
The offer is available across Norwegian’s 16-strong fleet, and offers guests a free beverage package, free shore excursion credit, free specialty dining package, free Wi-Fi package and access to Norwegian’s ‘friends and family sail at a reduced rate’ initiative on select departures.
The Take 5 Free offer is available on new bookings fleetwide, including incredible Europe itineraries to the Mediterranean and the Baltic, with select 2019 departures still available.
For additional information and terms and conditions for this offer, click here.
Oceania Cruises unveils a remastered Riviera
Oceania Cruises has revealed enhancements that were recently completed during the Riviera’s dry-dock in Marseille, France as part of the brand’s OceaniaNEXT program.
Similar enhancements will be carried out on Riviera’s sister-ship Marina in May 2020.
The most dramatic change is the all-new coffee bar area in addition to the new lounge with sweeping sea views on Deck 14. The new Bar Istas lounge is the perfect place to relax in quietude or enjoy lively conversation over a bespoke illy coffee creation. There is even a brand-new gleaming silver Victoria Arduino espresso machine – the reputed “Rolls Royce of Coffee”.
For more information click here, contact your travel agent or call Oceania Cruises on 1300 355 200 (AU), 0800 625 691 (NZ).
Evergreen Cruises & Tours Russia and Dalmatia 2020 selling fast
Cruising the waterways of Russia and the Dalmatian coast are proving to be popular choices for Australian travellers in 2020.
Magnificent architecture, fascinating history and diverse culture are the key calling cards of Russia as a destination. Travelling with Evergreen Cruises & Tours is truly a journey of discovery uncovering a wealth of authentic local experiences and hidden wonders as history and folklore play out along the banks of the Volga – Russia’s proud waterway.
For bookings or more information, click here or call 1300 383 747.
Aurora Expeditions announces expansion of fleet
Aurora Expeditions has today announced it has entered into an agreement with shipbuilder Sunstone to build a second X-Bow expedition ship, for delivery in spring 2021.
Sister ship to the soon-to-be-launched Greg Mortimer, the second purpose-built expedition vessel will be similar in design and feature the industry-transforming X-Bow technology; an inverted bow concept that allows for gentler sea crossings, reduced emissions and improved comfort.
For more information, contact your preferred wholesaler or Aurora Expeditions: 1800 637 688, +61 (0)2 9252 1033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrity Equinox is Celebrity Cruises’ first solstice class ship to be transformed by the Celebrity Revolution
On Saturday, the permanent resident of the Caribbean embarked on its first sailing since being modernised.
On the transformed Celebrity Equinox, Caribbean cruisers will enjoy enhancements that include:
- The addition of The Retreat for suite guests, including The Retreat Sundeck, an exclusive sun-soaked hideaway, and The Retreat Lounge (formerly Michael’s Club)
- The awe-inspiring Qsine (formerly Silk Harvest) will feature both the brand-exclusive Le Petit ChefTM and Friends and the original Le Petit ChefTM, two amazing dining experiences developed in partnership with TableMationTM and SkullmappingTM that bring the tabletop to life using innovative 4k technology
- A completely reimagined Passport Bar, perfect for mixing and mingling before and after dinner
- An exciting new creation, Craft Social (formerly Gastrobar), a casual spot featuring more than 40 craft beers, wine and cocktails on tap, mouthwatering comfort food favourites, flat-screen TVs, and inviting leather seating, and more.