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Crystal Cruises to offer New Orleans departures in autumn

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

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.”

Regent Seven Seas to offer free Business Class travel

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

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.

Viking River Cruises offers reduced single rates

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Viking River Cruises has announced that for a limited time it will offer a special reduced Single Traveler supplement starting at 25 percent on top-selling river cruises, along with reduced airfare starting at $195.

The new promotion is the first of its kind for Viking, providing a unique value for solo travelers to experience three of the company’s most popular itineraries: Danube Waltz, Tulips & Windmills, and Rhine Getaway.

“We have always been proud to offer our guests the widest variety of stateroom categories and sailing options of any river cruise line,” said Richard Marnell, Viking’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “This new promotion offers even more choices for our guests to explore in comfort onboard our award-winning Viking Longships, sailing with other travel companions or just by themselves.”

Offer Details

Viking’s new offer for single travelers applies to new bookings from U.S. residents made before February 29, 2016. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date, and include transfers. Guests may select from three European river itineraries on Viking Longships:


  • Danube Waltz(8 days; Budapest – Passau) – Explore Europe’s most enchanting countries along the Danube, visiting Budapest, Vienna, the Wachau Valley, Passau, Melk and Salzburg.
  • Tulips & Windmills(10 days; Amsterdam – Antwerp – Amsterdam) – Witness the splendor of Holland’s tulips in spring, and visit beautifully preserved medieval cities in Belgium.
  • Rhine Getaway(8 days; Amsterdam – Basel) –See Holland’s famous windmills, Germany’s romantic castles,multicultural Strasbourg and the Black Forest

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

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

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

Crystal Cruises in Wave Season promotion

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Options abound for travelers as the cruise industry enters “Wave Season,” the most common time for cruise bookings due to the diverse selection of value added offers. 2015 was a groundbreaking year for The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, as Crystal unveiled plans for the most significant brand expansion in luxury travel history. Now, the line is kicking off 2016 with the newly introduced “Crystal Exclusive Journeys,” incentivizing discerning travelers to combine their Crystal experiences on the line’s award-winning ocean ships, the newly christened luxury yacht and the five upcoming river yachts.

For the first time, luxury travelers can combine two Crystal travel experiences for additional savings. Guests can book voyages on Crystal’s river yachts by the February 29 “Book Now” deadline – set for embarkation in 2016 and 2017 – and enjoy extra savings on sailings aboard the two ocean ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and Crystal’s luxury yacht Crystal Esprit. For instance, guests booking the October 3, 2017 seven-day river cruise round-trip from Bordeaux through France’s wine country aboard Crystal Ravel, can continue their journey aboard Crystal Symphony’s 11-day, October 10 sailing round-trip from Lisbon with 15% savings. Likewise, guests who book the 14-day, July 2, 2017 cruise along the Rhine River from Frankfurt to Amsterdam aboard Crystal Bach will also save 20% on Crystal Esprit’s weeklong July 16 sailing from Athens to Dubrovnik.

“The expansion of the Crystal brand over the next few years translates directly to the expansion of travelers’ options, and these extended ‘journeys’ offer the perfect opportunity to explore more of the world without sacrificing a bit of luxury, or having to choose just one Crystal vacation!” says Crystal president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “Returning guests will relish the chance to extend their vacations with us, while new guests will be able to enjoy a more comprehensive sampling of the renowned Crystal experience.”

In addition to the Exclusive Journeys, the all-inclusive line is offering added value and compelling savings on some of the most coveted vacation experiences in the luxury travel industry, with cruise fares for its ocean vessels, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, starting at just $1,845 per guest for bookings made by the February 29 “Book Now” deadline. For select 2016 voyages in Hawaii, Panama Canal, Pacific Coast, Alaska, Antarctica, Asia, South America, Mediterranean, British Isles, Baltic/North Cape, Caribbean, and New England/Canada luxury travelers can enjoy savings in all categories of accommodations and as much as $5,435 per person.

In addition to the “Book Now” incentive fares, Crystal offers a host of opportunities for travelers to realize exceptional value on select voyages around the world including complimentary third berths and perks for large groups and those traveling with kids through the Crystal Memories special offer; reduced single supplements for solo cruisers, including Crystal Yacht Cruises, low fares for abbreviated Crystal Getaways; additional savings on Explorer Combination Cruises; and even a 2.5% incentive for those who pay in full six months in advance.