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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in special offer to celebrate HM The Queen’s birthday

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is helping guests to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s official 90th birthday this coming weekend with two great-value ‘Best of British’ deals, to be booked from 10th to 13th June 2016 inclusive. As a special commemorative offer, Fred. Olsen will also be giving guests £90 per room free onboard spending credit on bookings made on both of these cruises during this exclusive period.

Balmoral’s 10-night L1613 ‘Britain’s Historic Sites & Scenic Delights’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 18th June 2016

Prices start from just £590 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Interior Room. Ocean View Room = £640 per person / Superior Ocean View Room = £690 per person.

Solo offers are also available, with a twin-for-sole-occupancy supplement of 50%: Single Interior Room = £690 / Single Ocean View Room = £790

Discover a selection of Britain's most fascinating historic sites and stunning scenic delights on board this summer sight-seeing cruise around the beautiful British Isles aboard ‘Balmoral’. From Falmouth – a quintessential seaside town on England's sunny south coast – take a short journey to scale nearby St Michael’s Mount and admire the stunning views from the medieval castle that sits proudly at the top of the hill; or head into Cornwall’s beautiful countryside and visit the incredible indoor rainforest at the world-famous Eden Project. Sail across the Irish Sea to the charming city of Dublin and wander the delightful streets in search of many famous sights including the historic castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, then visit the wonderful Welsh island of Anglesey – an area of outstanding natural beauty. In Scotland, a short journey from Rosyth takes you to the charming Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where the world-famous castle awaits within the historic Old Town. Explore the grounds and uncover the rich history of this beautiful fortress; see the oldest crown jewels in Britain; and experience the noise of the firing of the One O'Clock Gun.

Ports of call: Newcastle, England – Dover, England – St. Peter Port, Guernsey, England – Falmouth, England – Dublin, Ireland – Anglesey (from Holyhead), Wales – Cruising Fingal’s Cave – Invergordon, Scotland (for Loch Ness) – Edinburgh (from Rosyth), Scotland – Newcastle, England

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Braemar’s 11-night M1620 ‘The Great British Cruise’, ex Southampton on 8th August 2016

Prices start from just £990 per person, based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Interior Room (‘I’ Grade). Ocean View Room available from £1,290 per person (‘F’ Grade).

This ‘Great British Cruise’ is a fantastic celebration of the best of the beautiful British Isles. Falmouth is framed by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a call to this quintessential Cornish seaside town offers you the chance to wander through the world’s largest indoor rainforest at the nearby Eden Project and get closer to nature on a trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. An overnight stay in Cardiff allows you plenty of time to explore the city and discover the abundance of sights and attractions the Welsh capital has to offer, including the impressive Wales Millennium Centre – one of the world’s most iconic arts and culture venues – and the grade-one-listed structures and landscapes of Bute Park. Spend a day in the lively city of Liverpool, the former European Capital of Culture and home of arguably the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll band, The Beatles. Sample ‘Britain’s best fish and chips’ in Lerwick – the capital of the Shetland Islands – before heading to Edinburgh’s world-renowned Military Tattoo on a tour from Leith to experience the fantastic celebration of music, theatre and dance – all performed to the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle – in the beautiful Scottish capital.

And, guests will be joined by a very special 'star baker' on board this very British cruise…


No ‘Great British Cruise’ would be complete without a ‘Great British Baker’, so Fred. Olsen is delighted that Nancy Birtwhistle – winner of the BBC’s hit series, ‘Great British Bake Off’, in 2014 – will be joining this cruise in Cardiff, before disembarking in Leith. Whilst on board, Nancy will take part in a ‘Question & Answer’ interview with the Cruise Director to discuss her time on the show and what she is doing now; and Nancy will hold an unmissable baking demonstration to show off her culinary skills and share her extensive knowledge of baking.


Ports of call: Southampton, England – Falmouth, England – Cardiff, Wales – Barrow-in-Furness (for Lake District), England – Liverpool, England – Lerwick, Shetland Islands – Edinburgh (from Leith), Scotland (overnight stay) – Southampton, England

Fathom offers exclusive inaugural season fares to the Dominican Republic

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation’s 10th and newest brand, continues to celebrate its inaugural season with special fares to the Dominican Republic. Guests who book social impact cruises to the Dominican Republic aboard Fathom through November 16, 2016 can book fares starting at $499 (inside cabin), $599 (outside cabin), $699 (balcony cabin) and $2,499 (suite).

Fathom is also welcoming third and fourth passengers with a special rate of 50 percent off double occupancy fares. Families and friends can unite to make a real difference in the world, while in the company of other travelers who share the commitment to creating a meaningful transformation. Together, guests can provide unique impact to projects that focus on improving environmental, educational and economic conditions for the aspirational and hard-working people of the Dominican Republic.

“We want to provide unique ways for our guests to give, learn, grow in spirit, and help build a sense of community that reaches out to the wider world,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. “Our maiden voyage is behind us, but there is still so much all of us can accomplish together. It is an exciting time for us all, and we look forward to bringing people with a passion for travel and a desire to make a difference in this world to the Dominican Republic so we may keep up the significant impact we have already accomplished.”

Fathom’s inaugural special fares to the Dominican Republic are available for all stateroom categories. For more information or to book, guests can call 1-855-932-8466 or their travel professionals and reference code “FB1.” This offer is also available for online bookings on It is not combinable with other promotions. Gratuities are not included. Taxes, fees and port expenses are also not included, and are currently $208 per person, and are subject to change.

Inaugural season prices for the seven-day trips to the Dominican Republic start at $499 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Separately, Fathom also offers seven-day itineraries to Cuba starting at $1,899 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, lunch during scheduled on-the-ground activities, onboard immersion experiences and certain on-the-ground cultural immersion activities. Prices vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $600 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Regent Seven Seas to offer free Business Class travel

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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The most inclusive luxury experience found on Regent Seven Seas Cruises is expanding with the addition of free, intercontinental roundtrip Business Class air for all guests. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the first cruise line to offer free Business Class air to guests, complementing other inclusive elements such as free unlimited shore excursions, fine wine and spirits, unlimited internet access, prepaid gratuities, ground transfers and luxury pre-cruise hotel stays.

This unprecedented luxury inclusion is available on all European, Asian and South American voyages where a guest would need to travel on an intercontinental flight in order to board, or return home from as Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ ship. The free Business Class air is available from 26 U.S. and Canadian gateway cities and offered to all guests, no matter what category of suite booked.

The announcement coincides with a wealth of new and exotic itineraries released by Regent Seven Seas Cruises today as part of its 2017-18 Voyage Collection.

“The upcoming launch of Seven Seas Explorer and our $125 million fleet-wide refurbishment program will ensure our ships are the most luxurious sailing the oceans of the world, and with this new inclusion of Business Class air we are furthering our position as the most inclusive luxury experience available,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “If you couple our unrivaled inclusive luxury experience with the dramatic new itineraries just unveiled, our guests will find it is the perfect time to sail with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.”

2017-18 Voyage Collection

The four-ship fleet – Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager – will make more than 100 voyages during the 2017-18 season – including a rare summertime excursion through Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage. The 30-night Grand Northwest Passage journey aboard Seven Seas Navigator departs from Seward and explores rarely traversed islands, fjords, ports and passageways in Alaska, Canada and Greenland, before sailing along the St. Lawrence River to historic Quebec City and on to the final destination, Montreal.

Also, 2017-18 includes additional departures from Los Angeles, increasing the number of voyages that visit the Hawaiian Islands, Mexican Riviera and traverse the Panama Canal. In fact, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Mariner will make a record eight crossings of the Panama Canal as part of this Voyage Collection. Also of note, Seven Seas Explorer will embark on its inaugural season in Northern Europe, and Seven Seas Voyager will return to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall.

For 2017-18, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will call on more than 335 ports in 98 countries around the globe – including 35 ports never before visited by a Regent ship. Nearly one-third of the new ports are found on Seven Seas Navigator’s 30 night Northwest Passage voyage which departs July 19, 2017 and includes new destinations such as Homer, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Nome, Alaska; Herschel Island, Yukon; Tuktoyaktuk; Northwest Territories; Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut; Upernavik and Uummannaq, Greenland; Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Crystal Cruises to offer New Orleans departures in autumn

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Three new itineraries this November and December will offer luxury travellers a break from the chill of the season to enjoy an island-hopping retreat through the Caribbean.

The voyages, each 14 nights in length aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, set out on varied island routes that either begin or end with an overnight stay in what is affectionately known as the northern-most Caribbean city, New Orleans. Calls to island destinations in French, Dutch, British and Mexican territories, along with the colourful French influences famous in New Orleans, add a thoroughly international flair to the cruises, while the sun, sand and rhythm of the region remains constant.

“There’s something about travelling to destinations that are entirely different than one’s usual surroundings – from the climate to the cuisine – that creates a true sense of holiday,” says Crystal president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “Many of our guests live in areas that can feel cold as early as October, and these itineraries are the perfect luxury escape to rejuvenate oneself and enjoy some tropical refreshment.”

MSC Cruises gives up to £500 per cabin on board credit in UK promotion

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The MSC £xtra promotion – which starts on March 23 – combines superb low prices with the benefits of up to £500 onboard credit per cabin and the option of a cabin upgrade.

Holidaymakers can get more for their money on sailings from July 1, 2016 until April 2017, including autumn ex-UK sailings from Southampton, cruises in the Caribbean and sailings in the Emirates meaning there’s plenty of choice for guests planning their next big adventure. The offer is valid on both fly-cruise and cruise-only holidays.

New managing director UK & Ireland Antonio Paradiso said: ”By giving guests money to spend during their MSC cruise, we are giving them access to the huge range of activities available on board. MSC Cruises offer something for everyone on board so we are confident that this offer will tempt in new guests and win us more fans.”

Onboard credit available is £100 per cabin for an inside; £150 for an outside; £200 for a balcony and £500 for a suite, including Yacht Club. Options for spending this credit include luxurious spa treatments, exciting excursions, a meal in one of the speciality restaurants and a shopping spree in the duty free shops on board.

As well as onboard credit, guests also have the option to upgrade their Experience from just £30 per person (from Bella to Fantastica) and their cabin from just £80 per person (from inside to outside).

Of course the ‘Allegrissimo’ drinks package is available as an add on for just £20 per person per night (children £9 per night). The ‘Allegrissimo’ package includes unlimited drinks, featuring a wide range of big-name brands from the bar list; cocktails; a dedicated selection of wines by the glass; draught beer; soft drinks; milkshakes; smoothies and fruit juices. It also includes hot drinks such as MSC Cruises’ acclaimed Italian coffee selection and its award-winning gelato in a cone or cup. All items are available in all bars and restaurants, including speciality restaurants.

MSC Cruises is the undisputed leader in the Mediterranean, with seven ships in the region for summer 2016. MSC Preziosa, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia and MSC Armonia will operate seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean, with MSC Magnifica, MSC Orchestra and MSC Sinfonia operating seven-night cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Alternative summer 2016 options include the Norwegian Fjords or Baltic capitals aboard MSC Opera and MSC Musica; Caribbean sailings aboard MSC Divina; and Northern Europe sailings from Southampton on MSC Splendida.

For winter 2016/2017, the MSC £xtra offer applies to a varied selection of winter-sun destinations. This includes three Caribbean options (sailings from Miami, Bridgetown, Barbados and Havana, Cuba); the Emirates and the Mediterranean.

 Summer 2016 example prices:

MSC Preziosa: Seven-night Western Med fly-cruise from Genoa, Italy, departing October 16, 2016, calling at Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valletta, Malta; Valencia, Spain; Marseille, France and Genoa. Fly-cruise from £649pp, including flights from London or Manchester, overseas transfers and £100 per cabin onboard credit. Cruise-only price £449pp also including £100 per cabin onboard credit [Civitavecchia and Marseille embarkation also available].

MSC Magnifica: Seven-night Eastern Med fly-cruise from Venice, Italy, departing October 8, 2016, calling at Bari, Italy; Katakolon, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Piraeus, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice. Fly-cruise from £699pp, including flights from London, overseas transfers and £100 per cabin onboard credit. Cruise-only price £499pp, including £100 per cabin onboard credit.

MSC Musica: Seven-night Baltic Capitals fly-cruise from Kiel, Germany, departing September 3, 2016, calling at Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; St Petersburg, Russia; and Kiel. Fly-cruise from £949pp, including flights from London, overseas transfers and £100 onboard credit per cabin. Cruise-only price £649pp including £100 per cabin onboard credit

MSC Divina: 7-night Western Caribbean fly-cruise from Miami, US, departing July 30, 2016, calling at Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, St Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Miami, US; All-inclusive fly-cruise price from £1,049pp, including flights from London, overseas transfers and £100 per cabin onboard credit. Cruise-only £349ppwith £100 per cabin onboard credit.

MSC Splendida: Seven-night Continental Coast cruise from Southampton departing September 7, 2016, calling at Zeebrugge, Belgium; Amsterdam, Netherlands (overnight); Hamburg, Germany; Le Havre, France and Southampton. Cruise-only from £499pp including car parking for the duration of the cruise and £100 per cabin onboard credit.

Winter 2016/17 example prices:

MSC Magnifica: 11-night Western Med fly-cruise from Genoa, Italy, departing December 17, 2016, calling at Barcelona, Spain; Casablanca; Morocco; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Funchal, Madeira; Malaga, Spain; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy and Genoa. Fly-cruise from £649pp, including flights from London, overseas transfers and £100 per cabin onboard credit. Cruise-only price £449pp including £100 per cabin onboard credit [Civitavecchia embarkation also available].

MSC Fantasia: Seven-night Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman fly-cruise from Abu Dhabi, UAE, departing January 8, 2017, calling at Muscat, Oman; Khasab, Oman; Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Dubai, UAE (overnight stay) and Abu Dhabi. All-inclusive fly-cruise from £849pp, including flights from London, Manchester or Dublin, overseas transfers and £100 per cabin onboard credit. Cruise only £349pp [Dubai embarkation also available] including £100 per cabin onboard credit.

MSC Opera: Seven-night Cuba and Caribbean fly-cruise from Havana, Cuba, departing January 28, 2017. Guests stay two nights on-board in Havana before sailing to Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and Havana. Fly-cruise from £1,149pp, including flights from London, overseas transfers and £100 per cabin onboard credit. Cruise-only price from £399pp including £100 per cabin onboard credit

MSC Poesia: 14-night Southern Caribbean fly-cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados, departing January 24, 2017, calling at Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; St George, Grenada; Roseau, Dominica; Fort de France, Martinique; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Philipsburg, St Maarten; Road Town, BVI; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis; St John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; Fort de France, Martinique; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Castries, St Lucia and Bridgetown. All-inclusive fly-cruise from £1,049pp including flights from London, overseas transfers and £100 per cabin onboard credit.

 All prices are all based on two sharing