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Cruise Wrap: Carnival’s fleet changes, Silversea unveils art collection + MORE

Travel Weekly is tickled pink to present you with this week’s Cruise Wrap, and that’s not only because it was the last thing standing between us and lunch.

Carnival updates fleet movements following resumption of some cruises

Carnival C0rporation has resumed limited guest operations, beginning 6 September, with Costa Cruises’ successful voyage visiting five destinations in Italy.

The line has revealed plans to continue the limited resumption of its guest cruise operations with additional Costa ships over September and October, as well as with AIDA Cruises’ during fall 2020.

The initial cruises will continue to take place with adjusted passenger capacity and enhanced health protocols developed with government and health authorities, and guidance from a roster of medical and scientific experts.

Since the pause in guest operations, Carnival has accelerated the removal of ships in fiscal 2020 which were previously expected to be sold over the ensuing years.

The company now expects to dispose of 18 ships, eight of which have already left the fleet. In total, the 18 ships represent approximately 12 per cent of pre-pause capacity and only three per cent of operating income in 2019.

Additionally, only two of the four ships originally scheduled for delivery in 2020, following the start of the pause, to be delivered prior to the end of fiscal 2020.

Carnival currently expects only five of the nine ships originally scheduled for delivery in fiscal 2020 and 2021 to be delivered prior to the end of fiscal year 2021.

The line has also filed a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission so it can offer and sell shares of its common stock.

The company plans to use the net proceeds from sales of shares under the offering for general corporate purposes.

The timing of any sales will depend on a variety of factors. Goldman Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities, BofA Securities and 12 other financial institutions are acting as sales agents or for the offering.

Silversea releases details of Silver Origin‘s 195 piece art collection

When the all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin begins year-round voyages in the Galapagos archipelago later this year, a regionally-inspired collection of 195 art pieces will enrich guests’ travels, comprising 122 framed artworks, 69 sculptures, and four installations.

The art collection will combine contemporary and historical pieces to communicate the rich history of travel in the Galapagos Archipelago, as well as the region’s scientific significance and its distinctive natural beauty. In some instances, the art pieces will provide context to the legendary second voyage of Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle; in others, they will inspire deeper thoughts on the islands’ unique wildlife; while other pieces might explore the theme of botany, for example.

Oceania launches one-stop-shop for trade partners

Oceania Cruises has launched a new online tool called Oceania Trade Connect.

Delivering a one-stop-shop for trade partners, the online resource integrates the cruise line’s portfolio of trade support initiatives with all the tools, insights and information needed to learn about, promote and sell Oceania Cruises successfully – and be rewarded for it.

To find out more about Oceania Trade Connect, from Oceania Trade Rewards to the cruise line’s Online Training Platform, ongoing Webinar Series and the Oceania Trade Insider Facebook Group, partners are invited to view this short explanatory video, presented by Jason Worth.

Oceania Trade Connect can be accessed via a unique landing page, which houses all of the ecosystem resources in one convenient location, allowing travel partners to conveniently bookmark the landing page.

Seabourn announces 2022 world cruise 

Seabourn is offering a journey around the globe with its “2022 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons,” a 145-day voyage on Seabourn Sojourn, visiting 72 destinations and ports in 28 countries on five continents.

Seabourn Sojourn will depart Los Angeles on 11 January 2022, and travel westbound, visiting Hawaii, the islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, a number of destinations in Asia, Arabia, Africa, before ending in Athens, Greece, on 6 June 2022.

Among the notable highlights is Seabourn’s return to Egypt since 2014, with an overnight visit scheduled for Safaga (Luxor), as well as a stop at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Seabourn and Molton Brown, London’s fragrance experts, are bringing back the popular Seabourn Signature Scents for a limited time in September.

Typically only available on board the line’s five ships, the entire collection will again be available for purchase on Molton Brown’s website and at select stores in the UK and US until the end of September.

Ponant releases 10 new webinars

Ponant has released a series of bite-size 10-minute webinars specifically designed to provide a comprehensive background on the line, including a focus on key destinations, fleet, expeditions and commitment to sustainability.

Over 1,000 travel agents and consumers from Australia and New Zealand joined Ponant on Tuesday 1 September for its first live online event to find out more about the ‘Kimberley’s Big 5’.This was the first in a series of online events aimed at providing insider information about fascinating places and experiences

Craig Farrell, national business development manager at Ponant, hosted the event, keeping things rolling along as two of the line’s top expedition and destination experts Mick Fogg and Sandrine Erwin-Rose shared perspectives on just what makes Australia’s own backyard so unique and compelling.

If you missed the live event, you can learn about the Kimberley’s ‘Big 5’ by watching the replay.

Meanwhile, while navigating towards Russia, the Line’s ship Le Boréal crossed Latitude 85° North on the night of 8 September. She became the northernmost ship in the world.

Azamara announces new explorations for 2022 and 2023 

Azamara has announced the remainder of itineraries for 2022 as well as 2023 (Q1), featuring over 80 new itineraries, and more than 170 overnights and 300 late-night stays.

As the brand furthers its commitment to more in-depth exploration by connecting guests to a country’s local life and culture, Azamara will offer more Country-Intensive Voyages between 2022 and 2023 than ever before, allowing guests to experience iconic destinations as well as hidden gems, all within a single country.

With over 275 ports of call in more than 70 countries, 26 of the ports will be offered in Greece, with two maiden ports: Syros, and Tinos. Azamara will also add on returning guest favourites including, Greece Country-Intensives, voyages to the Black Sea and Egypt-Israel intensive voyages.

Further south, Azamara will continue another guest favourite, South Africa Intensive voyages.

Viking’s additional 2022 Europe departures

In response to strong demand for 2022 sailing dates, Viking has announced the release of more than 150 new departures across its European river cruise program from March to November 2022, and all are currently on sale as part of the ‘Explore the Viking Way’ suite of offers.

The sale features generous flight credits and incredible savings of up to $5,000 per couple on Viking’s most popular and iconic river, ocean and expedition cruises.

Though only announced in July, Viking’s brand-new 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise – spanning 136 days, 27 countries and 56 ports – is proving popular for travellers, with the majority of staterooms almost completely sold out.

Setting sail on 24 December 2021 from Fort Lauderdale on board Viking’s award-winning 930-guest Viking Star, the voyage includes 11 overnight stays as well as three brand-new ports of call for the cruise line: Phillip Island in Victoria, Eden in NSW and Yangon in Myanmar.

MSC updates Magnifica‘s itinerary

MSC Cruises has announced that its second ship to return MSC Magnifica will have an even longer itinerary when she returns to sea and a new re-start date of 19 October 2020 with a series of seven cruises including an eight-night Christmas cruise departing on 18 December 2020 from Genoa, Italy.

Simultaneously, the Company also extended MSC Grandiosa’s current sailings through year-end, including the ship’s Christmas cruise to depart Genoa, Italy on 20 December 2020.

MSC Grandiosa is offering seven-night cruises with embarkation in the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo, plus calling at Valletta, Malta.

Following the completion of her updated itinerary, MSC Magnifica – one of MSC Cruises’ most popular ships – is due to perform MSC Cruises’ trademark World Cruise in 2021, for the second consecutive year.

The MSC Cruises flagship resumed sailing in August following the approval of national and local authorities in Italy, Greece and Malta of the company’s new health and safety operating protocol which is designed to protect guests, crew and communities that the ship calls.

As a result of the ship’s schedule change, MSC Magnifica’s four proposed seven-night cruises from Bari, Italy between 26 September to 24 October have been cancelled.

Technology at the helm of Royal Caribbean Group’s healthy return to sailing

In recent years, Royal Caribbean Group has shifted its focus on implementing digital innovations to create a more seamless holiday – this will now pave the way for safer, healthier cruises.

The mobile app is at the forefront, with its features being integrated with the health and safety practices including, but not limited to:

  • Muster 2.0 new electronic safety briefing (eliminating crowding).
  • Features enabling physical distancing (ordering/making reservations through the app and navigating around the ship from your hand-held device) and minimise touchpoints (digitally opening doors/turning off lights and electronics).
  • Staggering arrival times to reduce unnecessary crowding scenarios.

The group is building on these features for a more healthy sailing as we return to service, continuing to drive innovations for years to come.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises innovative cocktail menu guests can recreate at home

Regent Seven Seas is giving travellers the chance to enjoy the flavours of the Regent experience at home, by revealing a collection of six cocktail recipes. 

Developed by the cruise line’s beverage team, the cocktails will transport guests from their homes to the ship’s lavish Meridian Lounge, until Regent Seven Seas Cruises can personally serve cocktails on board once more.

Try recreating one of these delicious Regent Seven Seas Cruises cocktails at home with the recipes below:

SPLENDOR

45ml Crown Royal Whisky

25ml Fresh Lemon Juice

25ml Ginger Puree

15ml Honey Syrup

3-5 Drops of Citrus Bitters 

EXPLORER

60ml Aperol

30ml Apple Pucker

1 Tsp Pomegranate Syrup

30ml Sweet & Sour Mix

4-5 Mint Leaves

MARINER

45ml Sempé Armagnac

30ml Grand Marnier

30ml Chambord

1 Tsp Blueberry Puree

15ml Sweet & Sour Mix  

NAVIGATOR

60ml Tanqueray

15ml St. Germain

45ml Sweet & Sour Mix    

VOYAGER

60ml Absolut Raspberry Vodka

30ml Peach Schnapps Liqueur

15ml Fresh Lemon Juice

15ml Raspberry Puree 

REGENT SEVEN SEAS

60ml Absolut Raspberry Vodka

30ml Apricot Brandy Liqueur

30ml Sweet & Sour Mix

5-6 Fresh Red Grapes

Five Holland America Line ships set to explore Europe from Greenland to Greece in 2021

From Greenland to Greece and Iceland to Israel, five Holland America Line ships are set to explore Europe in 2021.

The brand’s collection of vessels crossing the pond includes Rotterdam, which is slated to debut at the height of the summer Europe season.

Joining the fleet’s new flagship will be Nieuw Statendam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam, putting two Pinnacle Class ships in the region. Zaandam heads to Europe on the popular “Voyage of the Vikings” itinerary in July.

Norwegian’s new Peace of Mind policy 

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is providing travellers who are dreaming of a return to cruise with new thrilling journeys, safeguarded by absolute Peace of Mind.

In addition to curating a collection of brand new, itineraries for sailing through to 2023, NCL is reaffirming its position as an industry leader through the introduction of a raft of enhanced health and safety measures, ensuring that cruising with NCL continues to be one of the safest and most exciting ways to explore the world.

Scenic unveils Aussie journeys

Scenic has unveiled its 2021/22 Endless Wonders of Australia brochure collection.

Featuring two new regional brochures and 12 small group itineraries spanning the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Norfolk Island.

These brochures provide Australians with a comprehensive guide to plan their holiday closer to home next year.

Proudly Australian founded, next year will mark Scenic’s 35-year anniversary of creating unforgettable, handcrafted journeys for their guests.

With the 2021/2022 program being curated by the Scenic’s highly experienced local expert, Liz Crowley.

Make Christmas unforgettable in 2021 on one of four Christmas themed cruises through America’s South

The American Queen Steamboat Company and Australian small ship cruise specialist, Cruise Traveller, are offering Australians boutique cruise packages on four Christmas-themed river cruises aboard an authentic steamboat paddle-wheeler.

The four, eight-night, Christmas-themed cruise packages on the Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi rivers are:

  • Country Christmas – departing on 5 December 2021 from Memphis and ending in Nashville (Clarksville) aboard the American Duchess.
  • Country Christmas – departing on 12 December 2021 from Nashville and ending in Memphis aboard the American Duchess.
  • Creole Christmas – two cruises departing on 19 December 2021 from Memphis and ending in New Orleans aboard the American Queen or American Duchess.

To help guests celebrate the 2021 festive season, AQSC and Cruise Traveller are offering travellers savings up to $1800 per couple if booked by September 30, 2020. Guests can also receive a bonus $100 cruise credit per booking by downloading the new American Queen Steamboat Company’s (AQSC) 2021 online brochure via Cruise Traveller’s website.

Celebrate the 2021 festive season with A-ROSA and save

German river cruise line A-ROSA has crafted three distinct four-Night Christmas Market itineraries on the rivers Rhine and Danube, utilising its in-depth local knowledge to take guests deep into the heartland of Germany and Austria’s magical Christmas tradition.

Savings of up to 20 per cent apply to over 25 departures between November and December 2021 and itineraries include highlights such as one of the oldest and largest German Christmas Markets in Frankfurt and two days in Vienna to embrace the Austrian capital’s imperial festive splendour.

First glance at sailings for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ second new ship

Sailings for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ second new ship Borealis have gone on sale with the inaugural programme featuring a number of brand new itineraries setting sail from Liverpool in 2021.

Borealis’ first cruise will be a six-night ‘Scottish Lochs & Isles’ sailing, departing from Liverpool on 23 April 2021. This will be followed by a five-night ‘Irish Capitals & Scottish Scenery’ cruise, before the ship ventures further afield to the Mediterranean, Norway, Iceland and more. 

The ship will sail almost exclusively from Liverpool across the 2021 and 2022 programme, and will be taking on existing itineraries for Black Watch, which was retired from the fleet in August, as well as five brand new itineraries.

Floating luxury villa launches in Tahiti

ELYT Charter Tahiti just took the concept of overwater bungalows to the next level with the release of their concept floating villa/houseboat/catamaran.

The charter company has released new images of their soon-to-launch ultimate luxury houseboat; a four-bedroom floating presidential suite with a 360-degree rooftop lounge that will give guests the opportunity to take in the stunningly beautiful nature of The Islands of Tahiti.

The villa runs on solar power and the absence of a diesel engine makes it silent, and also helps to keep coral and other marine life calm and comfortable. It has its own water treatment facility to reuse water and only has a thermal generator for emergencies. It was also designed and built in a local shipyard, which ensure that the carbon footprint is next to nil.

Costa Cruises’ new itineraries for winter 2020-2021

After announcing restart of its cruise operations starting this month with Costa Deliziosa and Costa Diadema, the Italian company has redesigned its itineraries from October 2020 to March 2021 with the gradual return of an increasing number of ships, offering enhanced safety as a result of new health procedures.

Costa cruises in winter season 2020-2021 will be open to European citizens residing in the countries included in the decree of the Italian government, while limitation to Italians only is confirmed in September for the first three departures of Costa Deliziosa and the first departure of Costa Diadema.

Details and opening of sales of the new winter itineraries will soon be available on the company’s website and from travel agencies. Costa is working with the national governments and the local authorities to offer a safe and positive experience for all its guests through the effective implementation of the Costa Safety Protocol in all destinations.

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