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CARNIVAL INTRODUCING ONLINE PRE-SALE WI-FI PACKAGES ON CARNIVAL.COM
FLEETWIDE ROLLOUT EXPECTED BY MID-SUMMER
Carnival Cruise Line is now offering guests an opportunity to pre-purchase Wi-Fi packages on carnival.com prior to their cruise. The pre-purchase option is currently available on two ships – Carnival Vista and Carnival Fascination – with fleetwide rollout expected by mid-summer.
With this convenient new option, fully booked guests can select from Carnival’s popular social, value and premium Wi-Fi packages through the “manage my booking” tab on carnival.com. Guests must purchase an Internet package that covers the entire duration of their cruise when purchasing online. Daily packages are available for purchase once on board.
Wi-Fi is the latest amenity available through Carnival’s online pre-purchase system, which also includes steakhouse and Chef’s Table reservations, spa treatments, shore excursions and beverage packages prior to departure on carnival.com.
Carnival’s social package is unique in the cruise industry and provides unlimited access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other popular sites. The value plan includes unlimited access to the Web for checking email, sports scores, weather updates and a wide range of other applications, while the premium package provides the fastest available connection speed and allows access to some streaming video services.
Guests booked on Carnival Vista and Carnival Fascination may log into Manage My Cruise to pre-purchase these packages.
Princess Cruises to name next ship ‘Sky Princess’
Princess Cruises announced today its fourth Royal-class ship will be named Sky Princess. Sky Princess is scheduled to launch in October 2019 on a series of Mediterranean voyages and will be a sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess.
The 3,660-passenger vessel will include a number of the signature elements that feature on Royal-class ships. These include:
· A three-deck central Piazza-style atrium
· Multiple dining, entertainment and retail venues
· A top-deck outdoor “Movie Under the Stars” theatre
· 80 percent of all staterooms with balconies
· The adults-only Sanctuary
· Camp Discovery youth and teen centres
· Dining venues including the Salty Dog Grill, Alfredo’s Pizzeria, Vines Wine Bar, Chef’s Table Lumiere and World Fresh
Sky Princess will also include various new innovations with details to be revealed shortly.
Sky Princess’ Mediterranean voyages feature 10 departures on eight itineraries, sailing from Barcelona, Rome or Athens.
The first is a seven-day Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise from Athens to Barcelona on October 20, 2019. The voyage can be combined with the following seven-day Barcelona to Rome cruise to form a 14-day Western Mediterranean & Adriatic Medley.
The season will end in November 2019 with a 14-day Spanish Passage from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, USA, which can be combined with the previous seven-day Mediterranean cruises to form extended 21-day or 28-day Grand Adventure sailings.
Sky Princess’ Mediterranean voyages are available to book from December 14, 2017. Princess guests holding Elite status will have the opportunity to secure their booking a day earlier on December 13, 2017.
Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president, said: “Sky Princess continues a Princess Cruises legacy and honours one of our previous ships. When Princess merged with Sitmar Cruises in 1988, Sky Princess joined our fleet and sailed with us for 12 years. Now more than 30 years later, a new Sky Princess will join the fleet featuring our modern design platform and contemporary innovations, offered to exceed our guests’ expectations.”
For more information or to book visit www.princess.com/holiday, call 0344 338 8672 or speak to your local travel agent.
A fifth Royal-class vessel is similarly under construction and will launch in 2020.
Celebrity Cruises announces three new sailings from Southampton in 2019
For the first time, the modern luxury cruise line will sail from the UK to the Mediterranean in the school summer holidays
Families will be able to take to the seas with Celebrity Cruises (www.celebritycruises.co.uk, 0800 441 4054) and sail from Southampton in the UK to must-see Mediterranean destinations including Florence, Provence and Barcelona during the school holidays in summer 2019. Following exceptional demand for cruises on board Celebrity Silhouette, which will be newly based out of Southampton from 2018, the modern luxury cruise line has added three new itineraries to its 2019 season.
Ideal for families seeking a summer holiday full of fun and lifelong memories, the 14-night Western Mediterranean cruise departs Southampton on 28 July 2019. Celebrity Silhouette will sail around the Iberian Peninsula en route to the warm waters of Southern Europe. Head to Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon to sample, arguably, the best custard tarts in the world, travel back millennia to the time of gladiators and legions in the ancient heart of Rome, and come face to face with Barbary Macaques on the rock of Gibraltar. The 14-day holiday for a family of four starts from £8,516 (based on two adults and two children sharing an Oceanview stateroom).
Celebrity Silhouette will be calling Southampton home from this April and includes fun features for all the family:
Sit back and relax on the ship’s freshly mown grass lawn with views overlooking the ocean.
While away the hours in The Lawn Club’s exclusive cabanas, The Alcoves, serviced by a dedicated Alcove Attendant for whenever they need a top up or extra bite.
Guests take charge of the menu and become their party’s “Grill Master” at the Lawn Club Grill. Alongside a Celebrity Cruises chef, guests prepare a menu of the choicest cuts of beef, poultry, seafood and vegetables paired with homemade spices, glazes and rubs over custom-built grills for their table.
The CelebrityLife grilling and pizza making classes in the Lawn Club Grill are perfect for families.
The Anturus Explorer Academy on Celebrity Silhouette is one element of Celebrity Cruises’ re-launched Camp at Sea programme that provides children and teenagers with opportunities to uncover the world around them through a series of specially tailored activities. Free for budding adventurers, scientists and explorers on-board, the Anturus Explorer Academy is the ultimate mix of education and entertainment with fantastic science experiences, live demonstrations and fun challenges.
In total, three new itineraries have been added to Celebrity Silhouette’s 2019 Southampton season:
The 12-night Iceland & Fjords, departing 7 May 2019, starting from £1,979 per person in an Oceanview stateroom, calling at the Channel Islands (UK), Cork (Ireland), Dublin (Ireland), Akureyri (Iceland), Reykjavik (Iceland), and Lerwick (UK) before returning to Southampton.
The 14-night Scandinavia & Russia cruise, departing 30 June 2019, starting from £2,379 per person in an Oceanview stateroom, calling at Bruges (Zeebrugge, Belgium), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Nynashamn, Sweden), Visby (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia), and Berlin (Warnemunde, Germany) before returning to Southampton.
The 14-night Western Mediterranean cruise departs Southampton on 28 July 2019, starting from £2,479 per person in an Oceanview stateroom calling at Vigo (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Rome (Civitavecchia, Italy), Florence/Pisa (Livorno, Italy), Provence (Marseille, France), Barcelona (Spain), and Gibraltar (UK), before returning to Southampton.
In addition to luxury guest accommodations, Celebrity Silhouette boasts designer boutiques, extensive bars and restaurants, Celebrity Cruises boasts the largest and rarest collection of wine at and sea and host of exclusive restaurants on-board all overseen by a Michelin-starred executive chef.
Celebrity Cruises continues to grow and expand its fleet with a new class of ship currently under construction. The first of those ships – Celebrity Edge – will enter service in December 2018.
For more information or to book, call 0800 441 4054, visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk or talk to your travel agent.
Princess Cruises completes enhancements to private Caribbean island
Princess Cruises has given a makeover to its Caribbean island, Princess Cays. The 40-acre retreat, set in the Bahamas, is used exclusively by Princess guests.
The enhancements include:
• Refitted beach bungalows
• Construction of a new water sports rental area, which provides snorkelling, swimming and diving equipment
• Extensive landscaping of all areas
• Wifi connectivity ashore, making Princess Cays one of the first private islands to offer internet access
• A new marina, which will give guests more time ashore
In addition, three new shore excursions are now available:
• A clear-floor kayak ride through the island’s lagoon, which offers guests an ocean view of local marine life
• A bicycle ride to local notable sites including a market, the lagoon and remnants of the island's 19th century salt industry
• A hosted ‘stingray beach encounter’, which allows guests to feed, touch and hold live stingrays
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe, said: "By making these subtle changes we’re continuing to develop Princess Cays as the premium Caribbean hideaway. Its powder white sand and crystal clear seas make it the ultimate place to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself.”
Princess Cays is situated at the southern end of the island of Eleuthera. It includes a mile and a half of shoreline; picnic and bar facilities; a lookout tower; and a shopping marketplace. For families there is a supervised children’s play area, complete with replica galleon and sand playground.
A beachside barbecue and bar is provided on every visit, with ships calling an average of seven to eight hours.
Princess Cruises is offering a 14-night Circle Caribbean sailing, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on Caribbean Princess, from £1953 per person. Departing Sunday, October 28, ports of call include Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad, Curacao and Aruba.
For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, call 0344 338 8663 or speak to your local travel agent.
P&O Cruises fleet offers more choice as Aurora becomes exclusively for adults
Following extensive research and guest feedback, P&O Cruises has announced that Aurora will return from its March 2019 refit as an adult-only ship.
From April 8, 2019, Aurora will join Arcadia and Oriana as a ship exclusively for adults, offering a relaxed way of life, stylish surroundings and a variety of bars and lounges for socialising.
P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “All our ships have the signature elements of dining, service and great destinations. However, P&O Cruises is all about choice, whether our guests want the fantastic range of activities and children’s clubs on our family-friendly ships or prefer the peace and serenity of our adult-only ships. With Aurora becoming a ship exclusively for adults, we are offering our guests even more choice which means they can choose the holiday experience that is absolutely the right one for them.”
For more information or to book call P&O Cruises on 03453 555 111, visit www.pocruises.co.uk or visit your local travel agent.
CARNIVAL PANORAMA TO FEATURE FIRST SKY ZONE INDOOR TRAMPOLINE PARK & CHALLENGE ZONE AT SEA
When Carnival Panorama debuts in December 2019, it will introduce the first-ever indoor trampoline park and challenge zone at sea, in partnership with industry leader, Sky Zone. Located on Decks 7 and 8, the expansive two-deck-high facility encompasses more than 3,000 square feet, providing high-flying fun for guests of all ages across a 12-lane trampoline court. Adjacent to the trampoline court will be a challenge zone equipped with a climbing wall, balance/jousting beam, Sky Ladder climbing apparatus and Tug of War.
Sky Zone will serve as the venue for a variety of activities that appeal to both the young and young at heart, including gravity-defying dodgeball games and above-the-rim basketball experiences where guests can become slam-dunk stars.
Other activities include night-time blacklight glow parties as well as toddler time sessions where young cruisers and their families can play with oversized soft blocks and participate in the bouncy fun. There will be various fitness activities planned for all levels from beginning to advanced to get the whole family moving. Additional details on Carnival Panorama’s Sky Zone will be announced in the near future.
Sky Zone is the originator in creating innovative ways to play with over 200 parks across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Columbia.
Sky Zone is one of many family-friendly amenities that will be featured on Carnival Panorama when it debuts in Long Beach next year, becoming the first new Carnival ship to be homeported on the West Coast in 20 years.
The 133,500-ton ship will also feature a massive WaterWorks aqua park, extra-roomy Family Harbor staterooms, a suspended ropes course, the SkyRide aerial attraction and Seuss at Sea, an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Carnival Panorama is set to debut on 11th December 2019, with a three-day inaugural cruise followed by the launch of a year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera service on 14th December.
To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit www.carnival.com.
For reservations, call 0808 234 0680. Carnival can also be found on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES ANNOUNCES 2020 VOYAGES IN TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA & THE SOUTH PACIFIC PLUS A RETURN TO FIJI AND BALI
Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, has announced details of its 2020 voyages, which feature popular favourites along with an exotic 16-night Fiji to Bali itinerary, and 12- and 13-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands sailings.
The 16-night Fiji to Bali voyage departs 11th April 2020, from Lautoka, Fiji, and after a sea day visits Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; At Sea; Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; At Sea; Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; At Sea; Thursday Island, Australia; At Sea (two days); Dili, Timor-Leste; At Sea; Komodo Island, Indonesia; and Benoa, Bali, Indonesia.
In 2020, the Paul Gauguin will also be showcasing its more sought-after itineraries: the seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands; the seven-night Society Islands & Tahiti Iti; the ten-night Society Islands & Tuamotus; the 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands; and the 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands.
The Paul Gauguin returns to the tropical wonderland of Fiji on two voyages that also feature Tonga, the Cook Islands, and the Society Islands. Blessed with blue skies, high mountains, lush vegetation, ivory beaches and shimmering azure waters, Fiji is the very picture of paradise. The 13-night voyage departs Papeete, Tahiti, on 28thMarch 2020 and visits: Moorea, Society Islands; Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands; Bora Bora, Society Islands (overnight); At Sea; Aitutaki, Cook Islands; At Sea (two days); Vava’u, Tonga; At Sea; Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji; Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji; Beqa Island, Fiji; and Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji. The 12-night reverse itinerary departs 6th June 2020, and calls at the same ports apart from Beqa Island, Fiji.
Designed specifically to sail the pristine lagoons of these islands, the Paul Gauguin provides an up-close, authentic experience of the South Seas and offers an elegant yet casual ambiance with luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, trademark Polynesian hospitality and extraordinary all-inclusive value. Guests also receive complimentary access to Paul Gauguin Cruises’ two exclusive retreats. Off the coast of Taha’a lies the islet of Motu Mahana where guests can enjoy a day of watersports, Polynesian activities, a sumptuous barbecue feast and cocktails from full and floating bars. In Bora Bora, guests can relax on a private, white-sand beach and enjoy refreshments, a game of volleyball and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters.
• 2020 cruise only fares start from £4,137 per person based on the 4th and 11th January sailings. All voyages include round trip airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete. For reservations call Paul Gauguin Cruises on 020 7399 7691 or visit www.pgcruises.com
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall became Godmother to Saga’s new boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, in Dover, Kent on 5th July. It’s the first cruise ship to be named at the Port of Dover for over a decade.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined over 500 guests in true British style, at what is thought to be the first ever garden party on a quayside. Grass grown in Yorkshire adorned the harbour, surrounded by traditional bunting and table settings, stunning foliage, florals, trees and parasols.
HRH was given a tour of the ‘contemporary classic’ Spirit of Discovery which has been designed and built to be a British ‘boutique’ hotel on the sea. Whilst on board she met Jools Holland OBE in ‘The Club by Jools’, as well as Captain Julian Burgess and crew on the Bridge and entertainers in the Playhouse, the ship’s theatre. She also viewed some of the 400 plus pieces of original art commissioned by British based artists and artisans. These include a striking glass work created by sculptor Peter Layton, and inspired by the Royal Gardens at Highgrove.
Following the tour of Spirit of Discovery, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall cut a specially made cake, a two-metre long replica of Spirit of Discovery, designed and made by Mark Tilling, award winning chocolatier and winner of Bake Off Crème de la Crème. During the official naming ceremony, HRH and guests were entertained by The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood and the Morriston Orpheus Choir. The ship was blessed by The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall formally named Spirit of Discovery with a jeroboam of the specially-blended Hush Heath English sparkling wine, before an eco-confetti cannon fired across the proceedings.
HRH is the patron of the charity The Silver Line, which provides a 24-hour telephone service for older people who are feeling lonely or isolated, and is Saga’s first national charity partner. During her speech she said of The Silver Line, “Since its launch in 2013, it has received over 2 million calls - and the support of Saga will ensure that its vital work can continue.”
Robin Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Saga Travel, said, “This is an immensely proud moment for Saga. We started this journey to build something special some three and a half years ago, and today, we are honoured to be joined by our Godmother, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. We firmly believe that Spirit of Discovery creates a new British quality standard in the cruising market and we can’t wait to welcome guests on board.”
The occasion celebrated the start of a significant new era for Saga Cruises, the only remaining British registered, independent, cruise company, whose headquarters are in Folkestone and Best Small Cruise Company winner at the British Travel Awards 2019. Saga’s Spirit of Discovery is their first commissioned ship, and is the only ship built and delivered exclusively for the British market this year. She has been registered in the UK and will proudly display London as her port of registry on her stern. Her sister ship, Spirit of Adventure, will also fly the Red Ensign when she launches in 2020. Moreover, Spirit of Discovery is the first ship to be docked, and named, at Dover Western Docks following the £250m redevelopment of the area.
Video credit: Saga Cruises