Cruise Wrap: RCL heads to Eden, Viking’s points promo, Silversea single supplement savings + MORE!

Wish you were cruising through the Caribbean rather than slugging it out with the rest of us? Feel free to live vicariously through the images in this cruise wrap.

Silversea launches new solo promo

Silversea has introduced zero single supplement fares on a curated selection of nine voyages, providing solo travellers with more of a reason to give themselves the gift of travel.

Valid on new bookings made from now until 28 February 2020, guests travelling solo will incur no fare supplement on a selection of voyages departing in 2020 and 2021. In addition, Silversea is offering solo travellers the opportunity to travel deeper into many other destinations around the world with a wide range of fares with single supplements of just 10 per cent and 25 per cent.

Discover the Scenic difference at Getaway Travel Showcase events

Scenic is showcasing its range of all-inclusive luxury river and ocean cruises, plus handcrafted escorted journeys with a program of informative consumer Getaway Travel Showcase sessions.

To be held around Australia in key metro and regional centres in March to May, the Getaway Travel Showcase will provide insights into Scenic’s extensive range of products, itineraries, enriching experiences and all-inclusive offerings across its entire portfolio.

Held in partnership with local travel agents, Scenic’s team of experts will be presenting exciting travel destinations, special offers and will be available to answer questions.

The Showcase sessions are free and due to popular demand seats are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Attendees will enjoy special bonus travel offers that will be available for bookings made at each event (guests with existing bookings will also be eligible for the offers, if applicable).

MSC Cruises to offer first season from Athens and return to Turkey for summer 2021 

MSC Cruises will offer its first-ever season from Athens’ port of Piraeus in summer 2021 and make a welcome return to Turkey with embarkation in Istanbul plus calls for the first time at Kusadasi in two new Eastern Mediterranean itineraries that are now on sale.

MSC Fantasia’s Istanbul visit is for a 12-hour duration, allowing for plenty of time to visit in the city where Europe meets Asia.

Royal Caribbean announces maiden voyage to Eden + signs agreement with Antigua for first Royal Beach Club

Voyager of the Seas will be making her maiden call into Port of Eden, Twofold Bay, News South Wales on Tuesday 18 February.

The recently amplified Voyager of the Seas will arrive at Eden at 10:00AM, bringing 3600 excited guests to help enhance the region’s economic recovery, following the devasting impact of the recent bushfires.

Voyager of the Seas departed Sydney on Wednesday 5 February, sailing to Noumea (New Caledonia), Lautoka, (Fiji) and Tauranga (New Zealand), before making her maiden call into Port of Eden on Tuesday morning. She will depart Eden at 17:00PM before arriving in Sydney on Wednesday 19 February.

Meanwhile, the cruise line and the government of Antigua and Barbuda, along with the assistance of the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda, have signed an agreement for the company’s first Royal Beach Club.

The agreement marks the start of the planning and development for the Royal Beach Club scheduled to break ground later this year.

Created exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, the Royal Beach Club at Antigua will sit along more than a half-mile of pristine beachfront and combine the island’s striking beaches with the cruise line’s signature service and amenities.

Earn triple rewards points with Viking 

Agents can earn triple Rewards by Viking points on top of their usual commission when booking clients on a selection of popular river and ocean itineraries during Viking’s Explorer Sale, including the 12-day Pharaohs and Pyramids Egypt river cruise-tour and the 15-day Into the Midnight Sun ocean cruise between London and Bergen.

Viking’s brand new Explorer Sale catalogue for agents showcases just a glimpse of the incredible range of brand-name products that agents can redeem with their triple Rewards by Viking points, as well as the number of points they will earn for each stateroom category booked on applicable itineraries, from 6,000 points for a Veranda Stateroom to 22,000 points for an Owners Suite on an ocean cruise.

The Rewards by Viking online store’s range includes electronics, sporting goods, beauty products, watches as well as baby & kids products. It’s constantly being updated with brand new items like the all-new 6-inch Kindle (6,000 points) and the 50s style vintage SMEG stand mixer in pastel pink (26,400 points). Plus: Keep an eye out for popular items which are ‘on sale’, meaning less points are needed to redeem them.

To see the full selection of itineraries applicable for triple points promotion, check out the Explorer Sale: Rewards by Viking catalogue.

Viking Explorer Sale ends 31 March 2020.

Virgin Voyages introduces The Band

Virgin Voyages, the new lifestyle and travel brand delivering irresistible vacations, today revealed The Band – a sleek wearable technology made from recycled ocean plastic that will unlock voyage adventures for future Sailors upon the debut of Scarlet Lady on April 1, 2020.

As part of planning for a Voyage, Sailors will receive The Band via mail prior to stepping on board their own adventure. Activating with just the tap of the wrist, The Band is a hands, wallet and worry-free way for Sailors to:

– Access their cabins, serving as a room key
– Board the ship with ease
– Pinpoint location for delivery of Shake for Champagne
– Make onboard purchases and pay for the drinks tab
– Game at the casino
– VIP pass for Suite Sailors to enter Richard’s Rooftop

Small Ship cruising from Croatia to the Kimberley with APT

APT has launched its 2021 small ship cruising program with three separate brochures!

Featuring APT’s own fleet of expedition ships complete with zodiacs, as well as luxurious cruise ships for a more relaxed journey, the coastlines of the world have never been more appealing.

Expedition Cruising – Small Ships 2021 brochure

Turn the pages of the latest APT Smalls Ships 2021 Expedition Cruising brochure and find destinations as diverse as Papua New Guinea and the Arctic Circle to the Baltics and the British Isles. Excitingly, APT has new ports of call on the Canary Islands, coastal France, the Iberian Peninsula, and Iceland.

Luxury Cruising – Croatia including Montenegro brochure

Thanks to the brand-new MV Lady Eleganza, APT’s luxurious 2021 Small Ship itineraries bring you Croatia and now Montenegro in depth. Custom-made to navigate the Adriatic Coast, the MV Lady Eleganza accesses hidden ports and island archipelagos from Dubrovnik to Rovinj and beyond.

Kimberley Cruising – featuring the Coral Coast 2021 brochure  
New for 2021, enjoy next-level luxury aboard the brand-new Le Bellot expedition ship, exploring Western Australia’s rugged Kimberley Coast. You’ll be whisked away in style, aboard your own five-star floating hotel, complete with pool and underwater lounge.

Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream returns to Australia

Dream Cruises held a special celebration for the inaugural arrival of Explorer Dream in Melbourne at Station Pier. The visit was part of the ship’s 7-night cruise itinerary that departed from Sydney on 9 February 2020.

Dream Cruises last night held a special celebration for the inaugural arrival of Explorer Dream in Melbourne at Station Pier. The visit was part of the ship’s 7-night cruise itinerary that departed from Sydney on 9 February 2020.

CMV previews European itineraries for 2021

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is excited to preview several Northern European voyages on board the newest addition to the fleet, Amy Johnson.

Previously sailing as Pacific Dawn under P&O, Amy Johnson will offer immersive itineraries in 2021 to well-loved and beautiful destinations such as Canada, Greenland, Iceland and other Arctic destinations.

Due to increased demand for Arctic cruises, Amy Johnson will visit the picturesque landscapes of Canada, Greenland and Northern Europe on a number of voyages in her inaugural season.


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