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Cruise Wrap: Silversea launches book, Hurtigruten ship named in ice + MORE!

SURPRISE! It’s a Cruise Wrap from your pals at Travel Weekly! It’s a surprise because we thought it was Friday and almost forgot to put this wrap together.

Silversea Cruises launch Lefebvre family book + holds first Travel Agent Advisory Board meeting

In the year of Silversea’s 25th anniversary, the cruise line has launched the Lefebvre family book—Sailing through History: A Family Dynasty—which chronicles Silversea’s distinguished heritage, as part of the illustrious history of its founding family. Unveiled at a dedicated event aboard Silver Wind in New York on 6 November, the book is now available for guests to enjoy aboard each of Silversea’s ships.

Meanwhile, the cruise line held its first Travel Agent Advisory Board meeting last week at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. The meeting provided an opportunity for Silversea to share some key company insights, discuss new ideas and take on valuable feedback from select travel agent partners.

Crystal Expedition Cruises unveils 2022 deployment for Crystal Endeavor

With a focus on true expeditions to the world’s farthest corners, Crystal Expedition Cruises announces a preview of the complete deployment for the Polar Class-6 expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor. Crystal Endeavor’s 2022 collection of all-inclusive itineraries will be available for booking on 14 November.

The German-built, 200-guest luxury vessel will offer 28 voyages of nine to 19 nights, with nearly two-thirds of these classified as “Remote Expedition” sailings that will visit the High Arctic and Antarctica, Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, the Falkland Islands, and Chilean fjords and glaciers. These designated voyages focus on the rugged and remote adventures of the destinations, with Zodiac landings, invigorating hikes, volcano explorations, wildlife observation and other bold pursuits.

The remaining itineraries comprise concentrations on “Cultural Discovery” – distinguished by an emphasis on connecting to the traditions and history of the region and its people – and “Destination Exploration” – highlighting the natural wonders and beauty of the destination. The itineraries explore the heart of Western Europe, the British Isles, Africa’s Ivory Coast, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. All will feature expert guidance and insight into the destinations from Crystal Endeavor’s team of expedition leaders.

Named in ice – with ice: Battery hybrid-powered cruise ship is the first vessel named in Antarctica

Hurtigruten’s hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen has once again made history – as the first ship ever named in Antarctica.

With crew and guests from more than 20 countries taking part in the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship’s maiden Antarctica voyage, MS Roald Amundsen was officially named in spectacular surroundings in Chiriguano Bay, Brabant Island, Antarctica on Thursday 7 November at 10 am local time.

Replacing the traditional bottle of champagne with a chunk of ice, godmother and polar pioneer Karin Strand revived a ritual invented by polar hero Roald Amundsen himself.

Carnival Cruise Line announces record-breaking 2021-2022

Carnival Cruise Line today launched its largest round of sailings ever in Australia; featuring 115 sailings from July 2021 to June 2022. With two ships dedicated year-round from Australia, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor will boast a variety of unique itineraries including Carnival’s first-ever scenic cruising in the Kimberley and maiden calls to the tropical islands of Papua New Guinea and the pristine sands of Dravuni Island in Fiji.

Carnival’s latest program release will see a 31 per cent increase in cruises compared to the year prior, with 115 sailings departing from Brisbane and Sydney, resulting in 270 port calls and 338 days at sea.

Easter magic on ecruising’s RAIL & SAIL: Eastern & Oriental Express, Sri Lanka and India Journey

Next April, don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to travel to some of Asia and the Middle East’s most intriguing destinations including Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India and Dubai, taking in a 3-night train trip aboard the iconic Eastern & Oriental Express, followed by a 15-night cruise onboard the spectacular Azamara Journey, not to mention stays at three of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

This epic itinerary from one of Australia’s leading cruise travel specialists commences in Bangkok on 5 April 2020 with 2 nights relaxing in the sublime comfort of COMO Metropolitan Bangkok, a stunning contemporary urban escape, home to award-winning Thai restaurant, nahm, located right in heart of the city. Spend the next 48 hours exploring the Thai capital’s sensational shopping and buzzing nightlife scene at your leisure before embarking the Eastern & Oriental Express on 7 April for a 3-night journey to Singapore.

Uniworld and U are offering their best savings of the year for 2020 river cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and U River Cruises are celebrating parent company The Travel Corporation’s 100th anniversary in 2020 by offering travellers the best savings on 2020 cruises. For new bookings between November 5th and January 3rd, guests will save up to 30 per cent off select sailings across most itineraries and room categories.

SeaLink Travel Group launches Brilliant Travels

SeaLink Travel Group has launched a new online platform, Brilliant Travels, to promote the diverse destinations and iconic and unique experiences they connect people to across Australia.

The new platform allows travellers to explore Australia based on the experience type they are interested in or the destination they have always dreamt of visiting.

Discover 43 world treasures in one unique cruise

MSC Cruises has revealed the itinerary for the MSC World Cruise 2022 as sales open exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members, with wider sales opening on December 9th, 2019.

MSC Poesia will set sail from four embarkation ports in Europe in January 2022, calling at more than 43 exciting ports of call, 9 overnights across 24 countries and 5 continents. Following a westerly route via Cape Horn and Suez, guests will be able to circumnavigate the globe.

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