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Compagnie du Ponant publishes 2015-16 South America programme

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Compagnie du Ponant, the only French-flagged, luxury expedition cruise line reveals new South America programme for 2015 – 16. From the wild open spaces of Patagonia to the tropical forests of Panama, the well-crafted itineraries take passengers at the heart of each destination to meet with the locals and explore the most emblematic and off-the-beaten-track sites.

With a 30% discount on the brochure fare for early bookers* and Open Bar on all cruises, sales are now open for ten departures between October 2015 and March 2016 on board LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and brand new (launching in April 2015) LE LYRIAL.

Compagnie du Ponant is also launching new “Green Expeditions” involving regular Zodiac® outings on the Amazon and Orinoco, in the Darien National Park, the San Blas Archipelago in Panama, as well as Ecuador, the Chilean fjords and Cape Horn.

Example itineraries include:

Acapulco – Fuerte Amador (12 days / 11 nights) on board Le BORÉAL, departing 2 October 2015. From €2,490 per person

Rio de Janeiro – Dakar (18 days / 17 nights) on board L’AUSTRAL, departing 7 March 2016. From €3,570 per person

Recife – Bridgetown (18 days / 17 nights) on board LE LYRIAL, departing 16 March 2016. From €3,860 per person

Price on all cruises includes the following:

·         English speaking lecturer

·         All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)

·         Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner

·         Tea, filter coffee, water, a selection of cruise wines white, red and rosé offered during meals; afternoon tea

·         Evening entertainment and events

·         Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa

·         Room service 24h (special selection)

·         Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite

·         Park entry fees into protected area

·         “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)

*for a limited period and depending on availability

Norwegian Cruise Line UK invites guests to bring their friends and family for free

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

- Free cruise for extra guests sharing with two full fare paying guests 

Offer available on selected cruises from September 2014 through to April 2015 

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the launch of its ‘Bring your Friends and Family for Free’ promotion in the UK. The campaign will begin on Wednesday 6 August and continue for 20 days until Tuesday 26 August 2014.

Those booking during this time will benefit from a free cruise for extra 3rd to 8th guests, children or adults, sharing a suite or stateroom with two full paying passengers. The offer is available on selected cruises departing from September 2014 through to April 2015 on four of Norwegian’s most popular ships including the three newest members of the fleet: Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

The offer is applicable for selected cruises on the following ships and sail date ranges:

  • Norwegian Breakaway 7 September 2014 to 19 April 2015*
  • Norwegian Epic 28 September 2014 to 19 April 2015*
  • Norwegian Getaway 30 August 2014 to 18 April 2015*
  • Norwegian Jade 1 November 2014 to 8 April 2015*

Among the sailings included in the promotion is Norwegian Epic’s seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. Sailing from/to Miami, families have the opportunity to escape the winter chill with this winter-sun cruise. Travelling: Miami, Florida - Ocho Rios, Jamaica - George Town, Grand Cayman - Cozumel, Mexico - Miami, Florida. Priced from £299 per person^.

Also part of the offer is Norwegian Jade’s 11-night Western Mediterranean cruise sailing from/to Civitavecchia (Rome).Travelling: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Toulon, France - Barcelona, Spain - Valencia, Spain - Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy - Palermo, Sicily, Italy - Naples, Italy - Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Priced from £449 per person^.

The Western Mediterranean cruise can be combined with Norwegian Jade’s 10-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise for a 21-night Ultimate Mediterranean cruise. Travelling: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Katakolon (Olympia), Greece - Piraeus (Athens), Greece – Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey (overnight) - Naples, Italy - Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Toulon, France - Barcelona, Spain - Valencia, Spain - Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy - Palermo, Sicily, Italy - Naples, Italy - Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Priced from £789 per person^.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a wide array of activities and facilities including world-class entertainment such as Blue Man Group and up to 29 dining choices on board, making it the perfect choice for families and groups of friends alike. And with a great selection of accommodation from triple inside staterooms up to 3 -bedroom Garden Villas guests are able to cruise in comfort.

Francis Riley, Vice President & General Manager International, Norwegian Cruise Line said, “This promotion is a fantastic opportunity for families and their friends to plan a cruise for the upcoming winter period. The promotion offers a great chance to make fantastic savings whilst encouraging larger groups and families to cruise with Norwegian, taking advantage of the Freestyle Cruising facilities on board our ships.”

Azamara announces "Buy One, Get One Half Off" fares for 2015-2016 voyages

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Latest offers

Azamara Club Cruises took to its social media channels and the popular cruise forum, Cruise Critic, to ask community members what travel bonus they would appreciate most when booking a voyage.  Using results from that survey, Azamara Club Cruises announces today its “Buy One, Get One Half Off” fare.  Now, up-market travelers booking 2015 and 2016 voyages can receive up to 50 percent off their second guest’s fare for most sailings*.

During the survey period held the week of June 2, Azamara Club Cruises’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram fans were invited to weigh in on “what promotion they would like to see next.” Participants were given four choices, “double stateroom upgrade,” “onboard spending credit,” “free shore excursion,” or “50 percent off second guest cruise fare.”  The offering of 50 percent off was the overwhelming favorite. Cruise Critic also posted the question to its fans prompting the same response from participants.  

Available for all stateroom categories booked starting August 4 through September 30, travelers can choose from almost 100 voyages visiting ports of call in South America, the Mediterranean, Northern and Western Europe, Asia and Australia.

“We put our guests at the heart and soul of all we do and spend a tremendous amount of time building a community with them, both while on our ships and after they have returned home. We believe this is why we have such a high percentage of repeat guests. We want to know what they want; we listen and then develop or change programs, policies and special offers that deliver on their wishes. This promotion is just one example,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.  “We anticipate this offering to be a significant value to our guests. As we don’t repeat itineraries in a calendar year, we have seen a growing trend of travelers booking consecutive voyages and expect this offering to entice even more guests to take advantage of back to back sailings.”

Azamara Club Cruises, just named one of the top two large ship cruise lines by Travel + Leisure readers in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best Awards” survey recently enhanced its Azamara Insider AccessSM and Nights and Cool PlacesSM and Land Discoveries® programs. Azamara's ships stay in ports late or for multiple days which affords guests a substantial destination immersive experience. Voyagers can use the new fare savings to take advantage of the behind the scenes style shore excursions that are not usually experienced by most travelers that embark on a cruise vacation.

Celebrity Cruises offers complimentary extras for UK passengers on certain 2015-16 cruises booked in Aug-Sep

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Indulge with a complimentary private chauffeur, free cocktails and room upgrades – Celebrity Cruisesis offering even more luxury on 2015 and 2016 sailings with a range of additional extras to make for an extra-special holiday. 

Book a Celebrity Cruises holiday between 1 August and 30 September on selected worldwide sailings and receive a free upgrade to a room with a private balcony to soak up the spectacular views and flights from just £49, including transfers. Guests sailing out of Southampton will also receive a complimentary classic drinks package worth up to $1,400 to enjoy sipping holiday cocktails and free car parking at the port or a complimentary private chauffeur driven journey to the ship when booking a suite. 

With offers available on sailings of seven nights or more to Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand guests can delve into a world of cultures in complete luxury. Applicable sailings include: 

Spoilt rotten in Scandinavia and Russia
Unearth the gems of northern Europe and stay overnight in St. Petersburg and Copenhagen from just £1,449 per person on 14 June 2015 (based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom). Price includes free parking at Southampton, a free classic drinks package worth $1,300, an upgrade to a balcony stateroom and a 13-night cruise onboard Celebrity Eclipse. In addition, guests booking a suite will receive a complimentary private chauffeur driven car to the port. The cruise departs from Southampton (England) and calls at Copenhagen (Denmark) for an overnight stay, Stockholm (Sweden), Tallinn (Muuga, Estonia), St. Petersburg (Russia) for an overnight stay and Berlin (Warnemunde, Germany) before returning to Southampton.

Savour South East Asia
Head to the Far East and soak up the sights and sounds of Thailand and Vietnam from a private balcony, from just £2,279 per person on 8 November 2015 (based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom). Price includes reduced air fare, transfers, an upgrade to a balcony stateroom and a 14-night cruise onboard Celebrity Millennium. The cruise departs from Hong Kong (China) after an overnight stay and calls at Hanoi (Halong Bay,Vietnam) for an overnight stay, Hue/Danang (Chan May, Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh (Phu My, Vietnam) and Bangkok (Laemchabang, Thailand) for an overnight stay before arriving into Singapore for a final overnight stay and the flight home.

Kick back in the Caribbean
Island hop through the Caribbean Sea to idyllic destinations including St. Thomas and St. Maarten and relax on a private balcony to soak up the sun, from just £1,329 per person (based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom) on 14 November 2015. Price includes reduced air fare, transfers, an upgrade to a balcony stateroom and a seven-night cruise onboard Celebrity Reflection. The cruise departs from Miami (Florida) and calls at San Juan (Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) and Philipsburg (St. Maarten) before returning to Miami for the flight home.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages in “buy one, get one free” UK-Australia offer

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Latest offers

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has launched an offer “buy one, get one free;’ for Astor’s 5 Novembervoyage from London Tilbury to Fremantle in Australia via Cape Town. The voyage takes 38 nights and fares start from £5,089.

“Relive the bygone days of sea travel on this classic Southbound Voyage to Australia via the Cape of Good Hope. Visiting the British outposts of Ascenscion Island and St. Helena, South Africa, Reunion and Mauritius.Your first call is Le Havre offering an optional tour to Paris or to the Normandy countryside and the Portugese capital of Lisbon will delight you with its rich maritime heritage.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands where you can explore the vibrant streets and surrounds of Santa Cruz and Porto Grande, on São Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands, is dominated by the mighty Monte Verde. Begin to recharge your batteries as you cross the equator enjoying wonderful days at sea on board Astor. The next two stops are George Town in the Ascension Island which is famous for sport fishing and Jamestown on the isolated island of St. Helena. Journey into the regions unique legacy as the island where Napoleon was exiled by the British and died.

Cape Town is a picturesque city with the majestic Table Mountain visible from almost any vantage point. A trip to the summit by cable car offers breath taking views. Beautiful Mossel Bay is on the famous Garden Route and Durban has a string of white sand beaches known as the ‘Golden Mile’. Next stop is Reunion, a beautiful island belonging to France with a coastline of beaches and resort towns. Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Port Louis, on the stunning island of Mauritius, is a melting pot of varied cultures with historic colonial architecture and heritage. During your final sea days, enjoy the ships fine facilities and company of new found friends before sailing into Fremantle Harbour for the chance to spend Christmas in Australia.