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Up to 30% savings on upcoming Ponant sailings

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

PONANT, the leader in luxury polar expeditions, is offering additional savings on select sailings to Central and South America in 2019 and to the Mediterranean in 2020. With additional incentives for early bookings, travelers can save up to 30% on fares throughout the regions.

Beginning with the 2019 sailings, PONANT will have four ships in Central and South American waters, calling at ports in Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala and more. Guests will discover exceptional natural and cultural wonders, including pre-Columbian monuments and colonial cities. Many, such as ancient Palenque and Uxmal in Mexico, and Chile's historic port of Valparaiso, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Over 30 itineraries are still showing availability during 2019, many of which offering additional savings through a PONANT bonus offer. The 14-day Chilean Fjords & Patagonia sailing on Le Boreal, for example, sails from Ushuaia in Argentina to Valparaiso in Chile from 4 March 2019 to 17 March 2019 and is available with a savings of up to 25%. The itinerary offers contrasting landscapes and still-unspoiled lands.

Looking ahead to 2020, availability throughout the Mediterranean includes sailings to Croatia, Athens, Istanbul, Venice, and more. Sailings such as July 2020’s Treasures of the Aegean Sea begins at $3,250 per stateroom with an additional 30 % PONANT bonus offer available. Later in the season, cabins are also still available on the October 11th Canary Islands and Cape Verde sailing, beginning at $5,380 before a 25% PONANT bonus.

Norwegian Cruise Line rings in 2019 with limited-time take all six offer

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced an unparalleled, value-added initiative just in time for the new year, allowing guests to enjoy all six “Free at Sea” options at no cost.

On the heels of its recent offer for 2019 Norwegian Joy cruises, the company launched “Norwegian’s New Year – Big Savings” promotion available on many of the innovative ships across its fleet. All guests who book a balcony stateroom or higher category stateroom will receive a beverage package, shore excursion credits, a specialty dining package, and an internet package – all for free. They can also take advantage of the free and reduced airfare initiative as well as Norwegian’s Friends and Family Sail Free option, which allows the third and fourth guests in a stateroom to sail complimentary.

“In celebration of an incredible year for our brand, including the unprecedented and incredibly successful debut of Norwegian Bliss, we are so pleased to offer our guests all six Free at Sea options across many of the ships in our fleet,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We’re ready to cruise into the new year providing guests the best vacation possible, allowing them to create unforgettable experiences with friends, family and loved ones.”

Norwegian’s New Year – Big Savings initiative, which equals up to $4,000 in savings, is available through Jan. 2, 2018.

Fred. Olsen to increase number of sailings from Liverpool, Newcastle in 2019-20

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is offering a record number of departures out of Liverpool and Newcastle in 2019-20. Black Watch will operate 22 ex‑Liverpool sailings between April 2019 and March 2020, up from 18 this year. Prices for the five-night Scottish Lochs & Islands cruise on May 24 next year lead in at £649. The lead-in price for the 16-night Mediterranean & French Riviera cruise, departing October 12, 2019, on Black Watch, is £1,999.

From Newcastle, the number of Balmoral sailings between April 2019 and March 2020 will increase from 15 to 16. Prices for a Cruising German Waterways sailing on Balmoral, departing on April 21, 2019, from Newcastle, lead in at £899.

Fred Olsen is also offering a ‘three cruises for the price of two’ deal on selected sailings. Agents booking one selected cruise departing between October and December 2018, plus any two cruises in 2018, 2019 or 2020 before May 31, will receive the lowest-priced sailing for free.

Clare Ward, the line’s director of product and customer service, said: “The appealing combination of choice and value offered by Fred Olsen has already seen many first-time cruisers and repeat customers from the Newcastle and Liverpool areas make the decision to sail from their local port.”

CMV to offer 78 night Grand Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage from Bristol in 2020

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), the destinational UK based cruise line, said its 22,080 gross ton Marco Polo would sail from Bristol on a 78 night Grand Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage on 6 January 2020.

“Escape the winter and head south in search of African adventures on this truly epic voyage visiting Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Sail across the Indian Ocean calling at tropical island paradises including Mauritius, the Seychelles, Maldives and Sri Lanka,” the company said in a statement.

“By contrast, India will ignite your senses with its ancient traditions, artistic heritage and astonishing architecture. Then, discover famous historical sites in Egypt and Jordan before transiting the Suez Canal to the Holy Land and the Mediterranean homeward bound,” CMV said.

Fares will start at £11,999, with second adult in the same cabin free, the company said.

Celestyal Cruises launches 20% commission special for travel agents

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Celestyal Cruises is celebrating the launch of its newest itineraries with a 20% commission special on 7-day all-inclusive cruise bookings. The company is pleased to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to its North American travel agent partners rewarding them with commission across the majority of components, including the cruise fare (which includes, standard unrestricted drinks package and select shore excursions), additional pre-sold shore excursions, and pre-sold premium drinks upgrade package. This special 20% commission offer is applicable on new bookings made between now and June 30th, 2018 for any 7 day all-inclusive cruise departing in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

In the ongoing effort to continue introducing new destinations and to reach its goal of presenting year-round cruising in the Aegean, Celestyal Cruises recently introduced three new 7-day all-inclusive itineraries: the new Idyllic with sailings commencing in April 2018, and starting in 2019 the new Eclectic and Three Continents cruise programs.

All of these exclusive new itineraries, like all of the line’s cruises, feature the Celestyal Inclusive Experience – the industry’s best all-inclusive program including meals on board, drinks, entertainment, gratuities, port charges, and the best excursions – all in one price! The line’s generous drinks package offers passengers included top shelf spirits, wines, cocktails and beers, specialty coffees, bottled water, as well as juices and sodas. This is just one of the many reasons Celestyal Cruises has been recognized as one of the industry’s best-value and best-service cruise lines.

Beginning on April 30, 2018, Celestyal Crystal will perform the highly-anticipated new 7-day Idyllic – departing from Athens’ port of Piraeus and featuring overnight stays in the marquee ports of Mykonos and Santorini, ideal opportunities for experiencing these postcard perfect Greek Isles as well as their world-renowned nightlife and unparalleled sunsets. Along the way travelers will discover the off-the-beaten path island of Milos, a volcanic island acclaimed for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean; Crete, where the Minoan Palace of Knossos awaits adventurers; and Turkey's Kusadasi, where cruisers are sure to be awe-struck on an in-depth shore excursion to explore Ancient Ephesus.

Celestyal Cruises is re-affirming its commitment to supporting tourism in Turkey, and is thrilled to unveil its Eclectic itinerary that will re-introduce the port of Istanbul to its cruise programs. With weekly sailings from October 21st through November 25th of 2019, this itinerary will sail round-trip from Athens’ port of Piraeus and include an overnight in exotic Istanbul, considered a high-demand, bucket list destination for many North American travelers. The itinerary also introduces two new destinations: Greece’s Volos, perfect port for taking in Meteora’s hanging monasteries, and Turkey’s Canakkale, gateway to Troy and site where the WWI Gallipoli Campaign took place. Travelers on this itinerary will additionally have the opportunity to visit Crete and Santorini, and will also experience the lively vibes of Mykonos with an overnight stay.

The new Three Continents sailings will commence in December of 2019 with five sailings from the 2nd through the 30th that will also mark the introduction of Christmas and New Year’s cruises in the Aegean for Celestyal Cruises. This itinerary is an enchanting voyage visiting intriguing destinations on the three Continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Beginning and concluding in Athens, passengers will explore cities and villages in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, the Greek Islands, and Turkey. From Greece's capital, the voyage heads to Alexandria and Port Said in Egypt – land of Pharaohs and Pyramids. The journey continues in Israel, with inspired excursions to sites of biblical and historical importance. Next, and a new destination Celestyal Cruises is introducing as part of this itinerary, is Cyprus' Limassol where travelers can visit the area's mountain villages and tour Paphos. The Greek Island of Rhodes and Turkey's Kusadasi round out this fascinating itinerary before sailing back to Athens, mythical home to the Greek gods and goddesses of centuries gone by.