TUI Cruises, the German premium market operator, says it will operate cruises in the Adriatic Sea in the summer of 2013 to follow a trend that whereby Croatia has become a favourite travel destination
“Not only the options on board focus on the latest trends, but also the selection of routes reveals that TUI Cruises is always fully up to date,“ said Richard Vogel, CEO of the Hamburg based company. "At the moment Croatia is the shooting star with German holidaymakers. The Mein Schiff 2 will be sailing on 19 May 2013 on the one-week Adriatic route including Croatia for the first time. There is a choice of 11 departure dates for the exclusive route with calls at the ports of Dubrovnik, the medieval Kotor, Bari and Corfu. The seven-day cruise “Adriatic Sea including Croatia“ from 19 to 26 May 2013 on the Mein Schiff 2 from/to Valletta including Premium All-Inclusive board costs in an inside cabin occupied by two persons from 998 euros per person. Early bookers who book by 15.08.2012 can save up to 100 euros per person."
Anyone wanting to extend their cruise can combine routes to form a cruise of 14 nights on board the well-being ship, for instance the Western Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea including Croatia, the North and South Caribbean, the Canaries and the flower island of Madeira, or the Canaries with Agadir.
"TUI Cruises also has suitable arrangements for combining the well-being atmosphere of a Mein Schiff cruise with the passion for discovering a city. The Mediterranean with Turkey cruise including a night in the modern metropolis of Istanbul is ideal for satisfying several holiday needs. The ten-day cruise ”Mediterranean with Turkey“ from 7 to 17 April 2013 on the Mein Schiff 2 from/to Antalya including Premium All-Inclusive board costs in an inside cabin occupied by two persons from 1,148 euros per person. Early bookers who book by 15.08.2012 can save up to 150 euros per person," the company said in a statement.
Voyages of Discovery, which is part of the All Leisure group, says it will offer their guests the unique opportunity to be part of the 2012 London Thames flotilla to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Taking place on the 3 June 2012, the 20,636 gross ton Discovery will dock in Greenwich to allow guests to board one of two chartered riverboats that will join the official flotilla down the Thames. "Sailing alongside thousands of other boats, the vessels will grace the river against the backdrop of the capital’s most iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. Passengers can enjoy perks including a picnic lunch, a glass of champagne to toast the momentous occasion, commemorative goody bags and afternoon tea on-board," the company said ina statement.
This unique opportunity is one of many shore excursions offered on the Voyages of Discovery 11-day cruise, Heritage of the British Isles. Departing from Portsmouth (UK) and calling at the Isles of Scilly (UK), Douglas (Isle of Man), Belfast (Northern Island), Oban (Scotland), Port of Tyne (UK), Greenwich (UK) – overnight- and the final port of Dover (UK). Prices start from £2,219 per person (based on two people) sharing an outside cabin, based on a 26 May departure. The Jubilee Pageant excursion costs from £199 per person.
World leading wine connoisseur Oz Clarke is joining forces with Celebrity Cruises and Vinopolis, the wine destination in the heart of London's Borough Market, to host travel experiences taking in renowned vineyards throughout France, Spain and Portugal during their grape harvest. The 12-night immersive holiday - designed to wow the palettes of food and wine fans - take advantage of the first-class restaurants and wine programmes onboard Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Constellation whilst travelling between Europe's top wine producing regions, the cruise line said in a statement.
Whilst onboard guests will have the chance to get up close and personal to some of Europe's best vintages, enjoy exclusive Vinopolis wine masterclasses with Oz Clarke and learn about the range of wine styles and grape varieties in the regions visited. The new partnership between Celebrity Cruises, Vinopolis and Oz Clarke is part of a new programme of 'Immersive Europe Wine Cruises' on offer this autumn. Guests will enjoy onboard activities such as champagne brunches, Bordeaux samplings, lessons in how to pair wine and food, as well as a range of dedicated shore excursions visiting renowned chateaux and vineyards with the opportunity to experience grape harvesting first hand. Co-hosted by leading wine expert Oz Clarke and Vinopolis' resident expert Tom Forrest, the Vinopolis Europe Immersive Wine Cruise departs Southampton (UK) on 13 October 2012 and will call at Paris (Le Havre, France), Bordeaux (Le Verdon, France) Bilbao (Spain), Vigo (Spain) and Porto (Portugal) during the 2012 harvest season. Oz Clarke comments: "I can't wait to take my passion for wine to the high seas. Not only am I looking forward to learning more about the impressive wine selections, bars and restaurants from Celebrity Cruises, I'm also keen to talk to fine food and wine fans, share my knowledge and bring to life some of the Vinopolis experience whilst having a great time onboard the ship. The chance to sail between some of Europe's best known wine regions, relaxing with a glass in hand, is just too good to turn down." Bespoke shore excursions include visits to many of Europe's top wine producing vineyards such as the Rioja Wine Tour and the Margaux Wine Tour, which takes guests to Bordeaux's prestigious wine-growing region which produces the most delicate of the wines of Bordeaux. The French Wine Overland shore excursion takes guests on a three-day (two-night) journey through some of France's most renowned wine regions - from Paris for Loire Valley, through to Charente, Bordeax and Le Verdon, the next port of call, where guests will re-join the ship. As well as tours and tastings at various vineyards along the way, the tour also includes lunch at the Eiffel Tower. Following the exclusive Oz Clarke hosted sailing on 13 October, Celebrity Cruises will continue to offer further immersive wine cruises to popular vineyard destinations. Wine-themed sailings depart from Southampton on 7 and 19 September; 1, 13 and 25 October; and 6 and 18 November 2012. Dan Hanrahan, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises, explains: "The food and wine enjoyed by guests of Celebrity Cruises consistently wins praise and awards, and the new partnership with Vinopolis elevates the expertise on offer. We have recently invested in world-renowned new sommelier training for our onboard restaurant and bar staff and increased the range of wines available. Adding Vinopolis and Oz Clarke to this mix means we have a truly enviable combination that I will certainly be raising a glass to." Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Constellation has recently had a modern luxury makeover and hosts a range of new bars including Cellar Masters wine bar, inspired by the vineyards of Napa Valley, California, and a "cool" ice-topped Martini Bar as well as fine dining venues the Tuscan Grille steakhouse; the vibrant creperie, Bistro on Five; and the Café al Bacio and Gelateria. Guests can relax in the onboard spa or solarium or head to the iLounge internet café to use, learn about or buy a range of Apple products. The Celebrity Cruises and Vinopolis partnership will see a food and wine themed event held at Vinopolis in London in spring 2012 to provide a taster of the exclusive partnership. Vinopolis is a unique venue dedicated to fine food and fine wine set amongst the backdrop of soaring railway arches, making it the ideal setting for exploring the intricacies of food and wine in an exceptional environment. For further information visit www.vinopolis.com<http://www.vinopolis.com> Celebrity Cruises' Vinopolis wine immersion cruise on 13 October 2012 will be available to book from 1 March 2012.
Celebrity Cruises is underlining its commitment to the UK with the introduction of a second ship, Celebrity Infinity, to the market for summer 2013,the company said in a statement.
Recently refurbished Celebrity Infinity will offer a range of 10, 11 and 12-night Norwegian Fjords, British Isles and European wine harvest cruises itineraries out of Harwich next year – the first time the port has been used by the cruise line for a full season’s sailings.
The UK deployment of Celebrity Infinity was announced by Dan Hanrahan, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises, on a visit to London. In addition, Hanrahan confirmed that Celebrity Eclipse will continue to offer its popular programme out of Southampton in 2013 – its fourth consecutive summer season at the port.
“UK holidaymakers are incredibly supportive of Celebrity Cruises and this is demonstrated by Celebrity Eclipse achieving the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all our ships” says Hanrahan. “Our decision to base Celebrity Infinity in Harwich affirms our belief in the strength of the UK business and is in direct response to increased demand for more Celebrity Cruises holiday experiences.”
Introduced in 2001,Celebrity Infinity has recently undergone a significant refurbishment as part of a $140-million, four-ship enhancement programme which is introducing the most popular and innovative features of its newest ‘Solstice-class’ vessels across the fleet. This includes new spa inspired AquaClass accommodation paired with the exclusive healthy-eating specialty restaurant Blu, an ice-topped Martini bar, an Italian coffee shop and gelateria Café al Bacio and the award-winning Qsine; the novel restaurant first introduced to Celebrity Eclipse to much acclaim.
Full details of Celebrity Cruises’ 2013 summer deployment will be announced in early March, and the new Celebrity Infinity cruises from the UK will go on sale in mid-March this year. Celebrity Infinity is scheduled to arrive in the UK in May 2013 with the season of cruises on offer from Harwich extending until late October 2013.
The move follows a decision by the company to operate a series of cruises this autumn by Celebrity Constellation from Southampton instead of a series of Eastern Mediterranean cruises that had been planned for the ship earlier.
Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has announced new lower fares on select voyages sailing March to November 2012, including a few expedition voyages.
The new fares are available on dozens of sailings spanning the globe from Africa, Asia and the Americas to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. And sweetening the deal are Onboard Spending Credits from $500 to $1,000 per suite available on these same voyages (with the exception of expedition cruises). The credits may be applied toward a host of onboard purchases, including shore excursions, spa treatments, specialty restaurants, Internet packages, personal fitness training, and more.
Renowned for its luxurious small ships, personalized service and exotic destinations, Silversea is regularly lauded by travel magazines and guidebooks from around the world. Just last month the company was honored with two major awards: "Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships" by the travel agent readers of Luxury Travel Advisor in the U.S., and "Best Luxury Cruise Company" by the travel agent readers of Travel Weekly in the U.K.
"With these new lower fares, we're offering travelers an irresistible opportunity to experience a luxury cruise vacation this year," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "We're combining an award-winning cruise experience with exceptional savings and generous Onboard Spending Credits, making this the perfect time to reserve a Silversea cruise."