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P&O Cruises offers extra on board spending money on 200 plus cruises

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

P&O Cruises is offering extra on board spending money on over 200 cruises across the fleet when booked in May or June 2015 - perfect for enjoying more “this is the life” moments. Choose from a fly-Med break this summer, a Caribbean holiday this winter, or join part of a round world cruise for an exotic escape next year.

There are some experiences money can’t buy, and others where a bit of extra money comes in handy. With the extra on board spending money, passengers can choose whichever of ‘life’s little luxuries’ will make for an unforgettable experience – whether it be a bottle of bubbly from Olly Smith’s Glass House, fine Indian dining in Atul Kochhar’s Sindhu restaurant, a luxurious hot stone massage in the spa or a kayaking and snorkelling trip in the Caribbean.

The offer is available on Select Price bookings departing 20 May 2015 to 12 April 2016 on outside cabins upwards. Options include:

Mediterranean: A seven night fly-Med cruise on Oceana departing August 26, 2015 (E518B) starts from £1,349 per person for an outside cabin including flights and transfers, now with £540 per cabin to spend onboard.

Strictly Come Dancing: A 14 night Baltic cruise with BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing on Azura departing June 20, 2015 (A515) starts from £1,399 per person for an outside cabin, now with £480 per cabin to spend onboard.

Food Hero: A 14 night Western Med cruise with Marco Pierre White on Azura departing July 11, 2015 (A517) starts from £1,479 per person for an outside cabin, now with £480 per cabin to spend onboard.

Caribbean: A 14 night Caribbean fly-cruise on Azura departing December 11, 2015 (A530) starts from £1,499 per person for an outside cabin including flights and transfers, now with £650 per cabin to spend onboard.

Exotic cruise: A 16 night exotic fly cruise to USA, Pacific Islands & New Zealand on Aurora departing January 25, 2016 (RBC) starts from £3,149 per person for an outside cabin including flights and transfers, now with £520 per cabin to spend onboard.

Princess Cruises offers cruise deals to celebrate the Mother's Day

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Princess Cruises is celebrating Mother’s Day with deals on cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada & New England, Panama Canal, Hawaii and the California Coast offering mom a cruise vacation she will never forget.  
In addition to special fares, guests will receive up to $200 in free onboard spending money depending on the length of their cruise. Guests who book cruise vacations for three to six days in length will receive $50 onboard credit per stateroom, $100 for voyages seven to 10 days, $150 for voyages 11 to 14 days and $200 for cruises 15 days or longer – the perfect way to treat mom to relaxation time in the Lotus Spa or a chance to reconnect with family at dinner in one of the line’s specialty restaurants.
Examples of Mother’s Day Sale cruise deals include:  

– Caribbean cruise — 7 days from $599 interior; $849 balcony
– California Coastal cruise — 7 to 10 days from $599 interior; $899 balcony
– Mexico cruise — 10 days from $949 interior; $1,499 balcony
– Canada & New England cruise — 10 days from $1,299 interior; $2,299 balcony
– Hawaii cruise — 15 days from $1,399 interior; $2,099 balcony

For cruises booked during the Mother’s Day sale, the whole family can join the fun with cruise fares for the third- and fourth-berth guests in a stateroom starting at only $149.
All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The “Mother’s Day Sale” runs from 12:01 a.m. PDT on April 30 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 14, 2015 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launches Norway 2016-17 brochure

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the destinational UK based cruise line, says it has launched a brochure, entitled ‘The Best Fjords of Norway, which showcases 20 Norwegian sailings on offer in its 2016-17 cruise programme.

"From a ‘Five-Night Fjords’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 21st May 2016, to an eight-night ‘Norwegian Fjords & the Orkney Isles’ sailing ex Greenock (Glasgow) on 15th July 2016, there is no better way to take in one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena than a scenic fjords cruise on Fred.’s smaller ships – from just £100 per person, per night," the company said in a statement.

Nathan Philpot, Sales & Marketing Director, said: “At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, we recognise that the reason that guests book a fjords cruise is to actually see the fjords, so the scenic cruising element is just as important – if not more important – than the port calls themselves. We don’t just take our guests from port to port, we devote much more time to showcasing the winding fjords, sheer mountainsides and thundering waterfalls, including intercoastal passageways that can only be cruised by smaller-sized ships. We deviate away from the direct route in order to reach the very best of the fjordland – much of which has its own story to tell – and your camera will be just as busy on sea days as it is ashore!”

Examples of the cruises available in Fred. Olsen’s ‘The Best Fjords of Norway’ brochure include:

- Braemar’s nine-night M1607 ‘Norwegian Cities & Fjords’ cruise, ex Dover on 1st April 2016. Prices start from £899 per person.

Experience beautiful cities and some of the best fjords in Norway on this unique sailing. Guests will cruise first to Stavanger, which is a former ‘Capital of Culture’, where they can explore the Old Town, Gamle Stavanger, or even take a helicopter ride over the city and the impressive Lysefjord.

After cruising Karmsund, Braemar will arrive in Flåm, where guests can take the magnificent funicular railway, a 20km-long spiralling sensation weaving through tunnels, over bridges and past waterfalls and towering mountains.

Next, Braemar will cruise along the imposing Nærøyfjord, which has been rated joint top in National Geographic’s list of natural heritage sites worldwide. At 17 kilometres long and just 250 metres wide at its narrowest point – meaning that it is only accessible to smaller ships – this passage through the fjord is one of the most dramatic in Europe.

Guests will then spend a day in Norway’s ‘Second City’, Bergen. Take a trip on the funicular railway to Mount Fløyen, for panoramic views of the landscape.

Braemar will then spend a full day scenic cruising. Guests can find a space on the wrap-around deck and enjoy the views as the ship passes Hidrasund and Strandsfjord, Flekkefjord and Stolsfjord, Fedafjord and Listafjord and Rosfjord.

Braemar will then continue towards Norway’s fascinating capital, Oslo. There are many highlights to discover, including the wonderful medieval Akershus Castle, the unusual Vigeland Sculpture Park, the fabulous Viking Ship Museum and the National Gallery, home to Edvard Munch’s The Scream.

One of the recommended tours in Oslo is ‘Fred. Olsen History in Norway’, which tells the story of the Olsen family’s proud heritage. The Fred. Olsen Company originated in the small village of Hvitsten in 1848, when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company. Now into the fifth generation of the family, guests will be able to visit the Olsen homestead and learn how the community has been influenced by their ancestors.

Braemar’s final call is to Arendal, the inspiration for the fictional ‘Arendelle’ kingdom in Disney’s hit animation film Frozen. With its reputation steadily growing, Arendal boasts many local pubs and restaurants, as well as numerous intriguing monuments, such as the Town Hall and the Ibsenhuset Museum, which contains treasured belongings of playwright Henrik Ibsen.

- Balmoral’s five-night L1610 ‘Norwegian Festival & Fjords’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 26th May 2016. Prices start from £599 per person.

It is the location of the departure port that makes a cruise of this short duration possible, perfectly reflecting Fred. Olsen’s regional strategy. Sail straight to the heart of Norway in a fraction of the time it would take to sail there from a Southern UK departure port and find yourself amongst stunning landscapes, just a short while after departure.

First, guests will visit Lysefjord – one of the ‘Pearls of Norway’ – featuring ‘Preikestolen’ (‘Pulpit Rock’) and ‘Kjerag’ (‘The Mountain Bolt’). Both of these cruise highlights are only accessible by ships up to 50-metres in height, because of the bridge at the entrance.

Next, guests can explore the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, in the fine city of Bergen. Balmoral’s visit also coincides with the fantastic ‘International Festival’ – an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, opera and the arts.

Guests will then arrive in stunning Eidfjord, a picturesque town surrounded by the mighty Hardangerfjord, which has been voted as a top 10 fjord experience by Norwegians. For those feeling adventurous, head out onto the glass-like waters on a kayak, and get up close to the mountainsides and waterfalls.

Next, Balmoral will cruise to Maurangerfjord, where guests will pass the stunning Fureberg Waterfall. After a day of cruising the Hidrasund and Strandsfjord – a narrow passage between the island of Hidra and the mainland – the ship cruises the Southern fjord of Stolsfjorden and the size-restricted Flekkefjorden, where guests will be surrounded by rolling green landscapes.

All prices listed are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Inside cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes. Guests can also choose to upgrade to Fred. Olsen’s ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package for just £10 per person, per night*.

In addition, guests who book by 31st May 2015 inclusive can make the most of Fred. Olsen’s ‘Three cruises for the price of two’ campaign**, which includes all sailings of less than 35 nights’ duration departing from 6th October 2015, as well as those featured in the new 2016/17 cruise programme. By booking by 31st May 2015, guests can also benefit from all gratuities paid for by Fred. Olsen.***

Royal Caribbean declares tax-free holiday for U.S. vacationers

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

This tax season, take a vacation from paying taxes for a cruise vacation. For five days only, from April 11 through 15, 2015, vacationers who book a new Royal Caribbean International sailing will have their cruise booking taxes, port charges and fees paid by the cruise line.

With Royal Caribbean’s Tax-Free Holiday, U.S. residents can save up to $200 per guest when they make a new booking on a six-night or longer Bahamas, Caribbean and roundtrip-Europe itinerary. The offer applies to sailings that depart on April 15, 2015, through March 31, 2016, but does not include Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. For more information, please visit starting Saturday, April 11.

Savings on Windstar Cruises

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Windstar Cruises is offering guests the chance to save big during the week of March 31 - April 7, 2015. Save up to 76% on featured voyages in the Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Tahiti, with fares starting at $1,599 per person.

Discover hidden coves and explore must-see legendary landmarks in private yacht style. With exclusive private events and access to small ports, Windstar brings the cultural and culinary delights of the world closer to you.

In every voyage in 2015, all guests will experience one of Windstar's new Private Events, a spectacular onshore event created exclusively for Windstar. These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in depth local experience on each cruise. Examples include Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus, a once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining under the stars at the Celsus Library; and Bora Bora, Dinner on Your Private Motu, a traditional Tahitian feast complete with fire dancers.

Offer expires April 7, 2015.