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Princess Cruises partner with Good Food and Wine Show

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Princess Cruises announced today its exciting new partnership with the Good Food & Wine Show.

In celebration of the partnership, Princess Cruises’ luxury cruise liner, Sea Princess, welcomed aboard this morning renowned Chefs Manu Feildel, Alastair Mcleod and Colin Fassnidge to experience some of the award-winning culinary offerings available onboard.

Taking place in Melbourne on 1 – 3 June, Sydney on 22 – 24 June, Perth on 24 – 26 August and Brisbane 26 – 28 October, Good Food & Wine Show will see celebrated chefs take the stage in the Princess Cruises Theatre, presented by ILVE. In the Princess Cruises Theatre the chefs will be partnered with someone they love to cook with, showcasing their joint passion for food and world-class culinary skills to thousands of attendees around Australia.

MSC Cruises’ partnership with Unicef surpasses the eight million euro contribution mark

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MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise company and leading cruise line in Europe and South America, has announced today that to date it has raised more than eight million euro for UNICEF thanks to the generous contributions of its guests. The funds raised are used to provide malnourished children with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) such as Plumpy’ Nut and to date more than 6.5 million sachets of RUTF have been delivered to children in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia and Malawi.

MSC Cruises and UNICEF have worked in partnership since 2009 and together established in 2013 a global initiative to assist malnourished children in developing countries and those affected by crises. The initiative encourages MSC Cruises’ guests across the fleet to make a contribution to UNICEF.

Between 2013 and 2017, thanks to these generous contributions over 20,500 children have been treated in Somalia, over 15,700 in South Sudan, over 9,400 Ethiopia and, most recently, over 35,000 in Malawi. Facing multiple challenges such as food shortages, flooding, stagnant economies and prolonged droughts, the need of food aid in these countries remains crucial, especially for the lives of children. Through this long-standing partnership, MSC Cruises and UNICEF seek to fight hunger together and have helped to feed nearly 81,150 children and their families since 2013.

Silversea unveils new 2019/2020 itineraries

The ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea Cruises, today announces its classic fleet’s 2019/2020 itineraries, which comprise 89 voyages to Australasia, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and more —all available for travellers to reserve from today.

Building on Silversea’s previously announced expedition itineraries for the same period, the new itineraries bring the total number of visited destinations to approximately 900 for 2019/2020.

Carefully curated to expand the cruise line’s geographical footprint and unlock new experiences in the world’s most spectacular destinations, the new 2019/2020 itineraries include a full four month programme in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific between November 2019 and March 2020, a circumnavigation of South America, and increased capacity in Asia, among other highlights. Ten inaugural calls will be made in such fascinating places as the picturesque city of Timaru in New Zealand, with its lovely botanical gardens and bluestone buildings, Fiji’s volcanic Dravuni Island and the lushly forested Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands.

Norwegian Bliss makes her U.S. Debut in New York City

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Norwegian Cruise Line debuted the highly-anticipated Norwegian Bliss, the sixteenth ship of the young and modern fleet, in New York City on Thursday, May 3. Amidst a sea of excitement and celebration, her arrival into the U.S. marks the beginning of a month-long inaugural celebration with her next stops in Miami, Los Angeles and lastly Seattle, where she will officially be christened on May 30.

Norwegian Bliss kicked off her two-day inaugural preview in New York City with brand partners, key media and industry representatives on Friday, May 4, with Norwegian Bliss’ Godfather Elvis Duran being among the guests. Throughout the day, guests were able to explore the ship, sample the cruise line’s newest culinary innovations, and experience all the amenities, including the longest go-kart race track at sea, the newly designed water slides, and an open-air laser tag arena. Additionally, Elvis Duran brought on indie-pop band, AJR, to give a special performance on board Norwegian Bliss. Later in the day, president and chief executive officer, Andy Stuart, presented Elvis Duran with a six-foot long model of Norwegian Bliss.

On the evening of May 4, following the Norwegian Cruise Line original musical theatre show – ¡HAVANA! – Grammy-award winning singer, Albita, performed an exclusive show for guests in the Bliss Theater. One deck below, guests were kicking up their boots and enjoying country tunes by Camille Rae and her band at Q, the new Texas Smokehouse Barbecue restaurant on Norwegian Bliss.

Buy one get one free deluxe Croatian Cruise

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Secure your clients a bargain with an unprecedented fantastic last minute “Buy One Get One Free” offer from Croatian specialist, Cruise Croatia, on a selection of deluxe seven night coastal small ship cruises during July and August, but be quick- it’s only available for sale until May 15 (unless sold out earlier).

The eight-day cruises are a roundtrip from Split aboard deluxe vessels including the MS Fantazija MS Avangard or MS Admiral- all recently refurbished or newly built. Ships feature air conditioned cabins, a spa deck with Jacuzzi and sun lounges, modern bar and restaurant facilities and a swimming platform.

Cruises visit the most popular ports of Split, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, Bol and the Pelješac peninsula.

Prices now start from $830 per person twin share. This includes seven nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast and lunch, a Captains dinner, afternoon tea and coffee and a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik.

SeaLink launches new “Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour” for Murray Princess Guests

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SeaLink Travel Group has launched an exciting new “Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour” in Adelaide’s famous wine region. The tour will be available to guests holidaying aboard the PS Murray Princess and is complimentary for all passengers on the seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife cruise and will be offered as an optional extra on the three-night Discovery and four-night Outback Heritage cruises.

The Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour features commentary by a SeaLink expert driver and explores the famous Barossa, Australia’s richest and best-known wine making region.

Departing from Mannum, the tour stops at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre for morning tea and wine tasting, before visiting Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Here, learn about Maggie and her story, as well as the history behind the Farm. Enjoy a short cooking demonstration and taste a range of her produce, including new products that are in development.

Lunch is a two-course gourmet feast at Lambert Estate. Take in the magnificent views from the deck of the vineyard while feasting on a shared platter incorporating fresh seasonal regional produce.


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