Carnival Luminosa

Carnival Luminosa joins the Carnival Cruise

Carnival Luminosa

Carnival Luminosa joins the Carnival Cruise

September 09, 2022 –

Transitioning from sister line Costa, Carnival Luminosa has officially joined the Carnival Cruise Line fleet as the newest Fun Ship which will debut from Brisbane, Australia, on 6 November 2022.

Carnival Luminosa

“Carnival Luminosa is such an added benefit to our Fun Ship family with her unique itineraries and onboard specialties,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Combining favourites from our fleet and our wonderful crew with some of Luminosa’s own fun features, this ship will surely feel like home to our guests in no time.”

In Palermo, Italy, Costa captain Nicolantonio Palombella handed over the ship to Carnival captain Adriano Binacchi, with additional leadership team members from both lines in attendance. Arriving to Australia in just two months, Carnival Luminosa will sail a variety of seasonal itineraries from Brisbane from 6 November 2022 to 13 April 2023, offering something for everyone, before repositioning for seasonal service from Seattle to Alaska next May, including some exotic, first-time-for-Carnival destinations.

Carnival Luminosa is a sister ship to the four other Spirit-class ships and will accommodate up to 2,826 guests and 1,050 Carnival crew members. Carnival Luminosa will be home to many of the activities and experiences from other Carnival ships that guests have come to know and love as well as some new spaces.
Featuring guest favourites from entertainment, youth, and spa, to casino, bars and dining, offerings will include Playlist Productions, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Limelight Lounge, Piano Bar 88, Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Chef’s Table, Bonsai Sushi Express, Seaday Brunch, Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, and Cloud 9 Spa, among others.

Source 

More about Booking with professionals

Latest cruise posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

MSC World Europa

MSC World Europa to be christened in Doha ceremony

MSC World Europa

MSC World Europa to be christened in Doha ceremony

September 08, 2022 –

MSC Cruises will christen its new ship MSC World Europa in Doha on 13 November ahead of the vessel’s maiden season in the Middle East.
The 6,774-passenger ship, the first of MSC’s World class series, will inaugurate the Qatari capital’s Grand Cruise Terminal – capable of handling up to 28,000 passengers a day.

MSC World Europa

The ceremony will held in partnership with Qatar Airways as part of Qatar’s Vision 2030 plan to triple its number of international tourists by the start of the next decade.

World Europa will then sail its maiden voyage on 20 December, offering seven-night cruises to Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

From March 2023, the vessel will move to the Mediterranean operating seven-night cruises to Genoa, Naples and Messina, as well as Malta’s capital Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille.

Meanwhile, MSC Opera will also offer seven-night itineraries in the Gulf to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas – as well as Muscat and Khasab in Oman.
Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chair of MSC Cruises, said: “MSC World Europa represents the future of cruising, a totally new platform that will provide our guests with an unforgettable cruise not experienced anywhere before, so it is fitting that this monumental event will take place in one of the seven new Urban Wonders of the World and inaugurate the city’s magnificent new Grand Cruise Terminal.

“Qatar will continue to play an important role in our strategy to expand our presence in the broader Gulf region as we see greater demand from our guests to visit this culturally rich and yet not fully discovered part of the world. I would like to thank Qatar Airways for its collaborative partnership and strong support in making this event happen.”
Vago said it was “only fitting” World Europa’s “state-of-the-art environmental technologies” were able to be showcased at the new cruise terminal, adding the ship would become the “most environmentally high-performing” vessel to sail the Middle East when it launches.

Akbar Al Baker, chair of Qatar Tourism and chief executive Qatar Airways Group called the naming of World Europa would “another landmark event” as Qatar looked to grow the “important tourism sector” of cruise.

“As Qatar places great importance on sustainability, it is fitting that we host this ceremony for such an environmentally-focused cruise ship. In addition, the opening of the new Grand Cruise Terminal is a state-of-the-art facility that firmly puts Qatar on the map for cruise ships and positions Doha as one of the most modern ports in the world,” he said.

Source 

More about Booking with professionals

Latest cruise posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Has New Loyalty Program

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Has New Loyalty Program

September 01, 2022 –

Virgin Voyages has plans to launch its loyalty program: The Sailing Club. The line has also unveiled a perks program for the remainder of 2022. Guests who avail of these perks can achieve elite status when the loyalty program launches in 2023.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages’ Sailing Club is introducing two perks, exclusively available to loyal qualifying “Sailors,” or guests in 2022. The first perk includes “Deep Blue Extras,” a collection of luxuries that elevate qualifying guests to enjoy VIP treatment. These include one free “Shake for Champagne,” anytime boarding and premium Wi-Fi (when available), exclusive cocktail parties and laundry services. Deep Blue Extras are available for all qualifying guests from September through December 2022.

Virgin Voyages is also introducing “Red Hot Booking Bonus Months.” Valid until November 15, 2022 any new qualifying booking made during these select months (excludes bookings made with existing voyage credits), will allow all qualifying guests to be treated to on-board spending perks and chances to win prizes such as a trip to Ulusaba, Richard Branson’s private game reserve in South Africa, and “Virgin Points” through Virgin Red, the line’s rewards club.
In addition, guests who avail of this perk will earn an extra $200 in “Sailor Loot” (on-board spending credit), which can be combined with all other promotions, offering rewards to loyal guests.

Virgin Voyages will reward past guests with “Tokens” to track all qualifying spend to ensure “Sailors” are positioned for benefits in 2023. All of the money spent with Virgin Voyages since inception will be counted and tallied as Tokens. And as an exclusive perk for all loyal guests, every dollar spent during these “Red Hot Booking Bonus Months”–up to four Tokens per dollar for Sea-Blazers, and three Tokens per dollar for Sea-Rovers–will contribute to an individual’s future status. As the program is unveiled in 2023, these Tokens will fast-track “Sailors” to the highest tiers possible, unlocking even more perks next year.

The 2022 perks will be available to all loyal qualifying “Sailors” defined as Sea-Blazers and Sea-Rovers. Sea-Blazers are those who sailed with Virgin in 2021. Additional perks include a $125 “Bar Tab Bonus” for life. Guests who have sailed with Virgin twice in 2022 are dubbed Sea-Rovers. Perks include a $100 Bar Tab Bonus for two years (valid until 2024). Match & Sea More Sailors, or guests who are enrolled in other cruise and select airline travel rewards programs, will also be granted Sea-Rover status, which includes the $100 Bar Tab Bonus for two years (valid through 2024).

As the final component of the 2022 program, Virgin Voyages is inviting “Sailors” for suggestions on what perks they would like to be offered; how Virgin Voyages can elevate its loyalty program; and what the company can do to make its “Sailing Club” experience stand out.

Source 

More about Booking with professionals

Latest cruise posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean unveils line-up of holidays on Spectrum of the Seas for 2023-2024

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean unveils line-up of holidays on Spectrum of the Seas for 2023-2024

August 30, 2022 –

Vacationers can set their sights on more ways to explore Asia and make lifelong holiday memories. Royal Caribbean International has released its line-up of holidays on Spectrum of the Seas for 2023-2024, and longer cruises are making a comeback.

Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas

A mix of new 5- to 12-night cruises will whisk adventurers to far-flung destinations in Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, joining the cruise line’s popular short getaways to Malaysia and Thailand. Next season’s year-round adventures on Asia’s largest and most innovative ship are now open to book.

On a mix of longer cruises that are 5-, 7-, 9- and 12-night itineraries, holidaymakers of all ages are in for memorable adventures and must-see destinations like Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Manila, Philippines. Royal Caribbean’s crowd favourite 3- and 4-night getaways, first introduced in July, round out the cruise line’s next year-round season. Spectrum will head back to the colourful Penang, Malaysia, and the stunning beach resort of Phuket in Thailand – the perfect fuss-free escapes with little to no planning required for vacationers.

“During Royal Caribbean’s first year-round season in Singapore, we’ve continued to see travellers return for more. Being able to visit international shores again has only increased that demand. People want to cruise with us, and now they can set their sights on new adventures for next year. Today’s holidaymakers seek unique experiences and a fuss-free vacation – they want to have a fun holiday without having to worry about confusing travel requirements and restrictions – and Spectrum of the Seas delivers exactly that. The combination of Asian-themed experiences and signature favourites on board with the opportunities to explore Asia’s energetic cities, traditional architecture and exotic landscapes makes for the perfect way to embark on the revenge travel vacationers are seeking today,” said Angie Stephen, vice president and managing director, Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean International.

The upcoming cruises include two 12-night sailings, which mean guests can visit as many as seven destinations across three countries, all in one holiday. These sailings can also be enjoyed back to back, visiting a new destination almost every day for the entire 24-night adventure. Included are 10 destinations unique to this experience, such as Hong Kong; Tokyo, Osaka and Mount Fuji, Japan; and Nha Trang and Hue/Danang, Vietnam.

From many renowned sprawling cities to secret valleys, Asia is packed to the brim with rich cultures and natural beauty. Holidaymakers can embark on off-the-grid exploration on their own or a variety of shore excursions that range from exploring sacred landmarks, such as the 19th-century Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, to marvelling at the majesty of Mount Fuji.

Latest cruise posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Carnival Luminosa will debut in November 2022

Carnival Luminosa

Carnival Luminosa

August 25, 2022 – CARNIVAL LUMINOSA OPENS FOR SALE AS THE NEWEST FUN SHIP PREPARES TO JOIN THE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE FLEET

Now Accepting Reservations for Australia and Alaska Sailings from Nov. 6, 2022 through April 2024

Carnival Cruise Line announced today that reservations are open for the inaugural season of its newest ship Carnival Luminosa which will debut from Brisbane, Australia Nov. 6, 2022 before repositioning for seasonal service from Seattle to Alaska next May.

>When Carnival Luminosa arrives to Australia in just three short months, it will be the latest Carnival ship to be adorned with the stunning new livery that was introduced on Mardi Gras in 2021 and has been added to half the Carnival fleet, with the red, white and blue hues long associated with Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Luminosa

The ship will also boast a vintage funnel design reminiscent of the funnels on Carnival’s original ships like Mardi Gras, Carnivale and Festivale.

“We couldn’t be prouder to welcome Carnival Luminosa to our fleet and to start our highly anticipated sailings from Brisbane followed by unique bucket-list itineraries in Alaska,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “To truly make Luminosa feel part of the Carnival Cruise Line family, we are adding our beautiful new livery to her hull, of course, and are keeping her throwback funnel design that once adorned some of our most iconic earlier vessels.

We’ll be adding some Carnival features in the upcoming dry dock and adapting some existing features to align with Carnival’s casual style, but ultimately, our crew will make everyone feel right at home as soon as they join the ship.”

Carnival Luminosa will be home to many of the activities and experiences from other Carnival ships that guests have come to know and love as well as some new spaces.

Featuring guest favorites from entertainment, youth, and spa, to casino, bars and dining, offerings will include Playlist Productions, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Limelight Lounge, Piano Bar 88, Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Chef’s Table, Bonsai Sushi Express, Seaday Brunch, Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, and Cloud 9 Spa, among others.

For more information on Carnival Luminosa’s onboard offerings, visit here.

Itineraries for Inaugural Season

As she opens for booking, Carnival Luminosa will sail a variety of seasonal itineraries from Brisbane from Nov. 6, 2022 to April 13, 2023, offering something for everyone; including, three- and four-day cruises to popular Australian ports for a brief holiday; six- and seven-day Great Barrier Reef and South Pacific sailings; longer eight- to 11-day voyages to top destinations like Noumea and Lifou Isle in New Caledonia, Port Vila and Mystery Island in Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and New Zealand;

as well as a Carnival Journeys transpacific voyage as Luminosa repositions to Seattle, stopping in Tahiti, Polynesia, among other stunning sites.

From Seattle, Carnival Luminosa will sail a four-month Alaska schedule with 17 seven-day sailings as well as six- and eight-day sailings to port favorites such as Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, and the scenic cruising of Tracy Arm Fjord. Completing its season in Alaska, Carnival Luminosa will operate another transpacific voyage back to Brisbane, stopping in exotic, first-time-for-Carnival destinations, including Kushiro, Aomori, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, as well as Puerto Princesa, Philippines and Bitung, Indonesia.

Full details on Carnival Luminosa’s itineraries can be found here. Among the many exciting and fun-filled itineraries to choose from:

  • 7-day Alaska sailing from Seattle (7/20/2023) – Juneau, Alaska; Haines, Alaska; Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska; and Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • 11-day Carnival Journeys Papua New Guinea sailing from Brisbane (11/19/2023) – Conflict Islands; Alotau, Papua New Guinea; Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; and Kiriwina Island.
  • 22-day Carnival Journeys Transpacific sailing to Seattle from Brisbane (4/13/2023) – Noumea, New Caledonia; Suva, Fiji Islands; Papeete (Tahiti), Polynesia; Moorea (Tahiti), Polynesia; and Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 30-day Carnival Journeys Transpacific sailing to Brisbane from Seattle (9/14/2023) – Ketchikan, Alaska; Icy Strait Point, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier, Alaska; Kushiro, Japan; Aomori, Japan; Tokyo, Japan; Hiroshima, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Puerto Princesa, Philippines; and Bitung, Indonesia.

Additional Information and Reservations

Carnival Luminosa is a sister ship to the four other Spirit-class ships that are already popular among Carnival guests. More details are to be revealed about Carnival Luminosa’s dry dock and the reimagination of the ship as it continues to change over from Costa to Carnival ahead of its November service start up.

For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a cruise vacation on Carnival Luminosa now, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit www.carnival.com, or contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.

Latest cruise posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

The Viking Saigon

The Viking Saigon begins inaugural season in southeast Asia

The Viking Saigon

The Viking Saigon begins inaugural season in southeast Asia

August 10, 2022 –

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises unveils 2024-2025 voyage collection

Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises unveils 2024-2025 voyage collection

August 04, 2022 –

Silversea Cruises has unveiled its new 2024-2025 voyage collection, comprising 341 new sailings that will unlock 695 destinations in 120 countries between March 2024 and May 2025 – bringing the total number of destinations in Silversea’s portfolio to over 900. The expansive offering is the largest in the cruise line’s history, with more options for guests thanks to a 56% increase in capacity by 2024 when compared to 2020. Eleven of Silversea’s ultra-luxury ships will embark upon the new sailings, with additional voyages aboard Silver Endeavour℠to be announced soon. The 2024/2025 voyage collection includes the inaugural season of Silver Ray, which will strengthen Silversea’s commitment to sustainability when she debuts in summer 2024 as the cruise line’s second Nova-class ship. Encompassing all corners of the world, the 2024-2025 itinerary collection includes an unprecedented variety of tailor-made experiences, immersive itineraries, and 25 maiden calls to inspire travellers’ wanderlust.

Silversea Cruises

Unveiling the new voyage collection, Silversea held an exclusive virtual premiere for selected guests and travel advisors on July 28, which incorporated a high-end fashion show. The cruise line challenged six celebrated designers to express the world’s beauty through fashion, with each taking inspiration from the cultures, colours, and tastes of one region represented in the collection. Entitled ‘Colour the World,’ the innovative production was hosted by Fernando Barroso de Oliveira, Silversea’s President’s Ambassador to the Venetian Society, who presided over a catwalk-inspired journey through select destinations of the new collection. The event also featured a Q&A session with Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Barbara Muckermann, Chief Commercial Officer, and Conrad Combrink, SVP Expeditions, Destination and Itinerary Management, who shared their insight with curious guests and travel advisors.

“Our new voyage collection for summer 2024 and winter 2024/2025 reflects our guests’ desire for new and unique experiences in the most iconic and remote destinations around the world,” said Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Silversea Cruises. “Our new collection features 11 ships in our fleet – including Silver Ray,the second ship in our Nova class – with an increase in capacity of 56% by 2024 when compared to 2020; this will enable our guests to enjoy unprecedented choice in terms of ships and voyage options. Not only will these 341 new sailings immerse travellers deep into each destination, enabling even the most experienced travellers to discover lesser-visited destinations or venture off-season to rediscover the world from a new perspective, but they will also further expand Silversea’s global reach. We also look forward to revealing new itineraries for Silver Endeavour, the most luxurious ship in expedition cruising, which will further diversify our industry-leading polar offering.”

“In an industry first, we decided to reveal our new 2024/2025 itinerary collection with an exclusive fashion show,” said Barbara Muckermann, Chief Commercial Officer, Silversea Cruises. “Not unlike haute couture, in which designers create exceptional collections that excite and inspire, we chose to colour the world this year, unveiling our new itineraries by pairing featured regions with the unique interpretations of six celebrated designers to showcase the world’s rich cultures, colours, and tastes. There are parallels between travel and fashion: both encourage a deep respect for diversity, an appreciation for different cultures, and an element of self-enrichment. I am proud of the powerful message that we have conveyed, and I hope our guests find inspiration for the experiences that await.”

“Silversea has increased its industry-leading range of experiences with the launch of its largest itinerary collection to date for 2024/2025,” said Conrad Combrink, SVP Expeditions, Destination and Itinerary Management, Silversea Cruises. “With 341 itineraries unlocking both Polar Regions, the South Pacific, Africa and the Indian Ocean, the Galapagos, and so much more, Silversea has once again demonstrated its destination leadership, immersing curious travellers into the world in a way that only we can.”

The new 2024/2025 voyage collection includes the following highlights:

The inaugural season of Silver Ray
The sister ship to Silversea’s pioneering Silver Nova℠, Silver Ray will strengthen the cruise line’s commitment to sustainability, incorporating a trio of power sources that include a fuel cell system, battery technology and dual fuel engines that will use liquefied natural gas as the main fuel. She will begin her inaugural season in May 2024 in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. From the Atlantic Isles to the Greek Isles, a series of summer and autumn voyages, ranging from seven to 12 days, will feature a variety of options for travellers seeking to discover the region’s cultural treasures, picturesque harbours, and storied cities. In December 2024, Silver Ray will cross the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale to unlock the Caribbean and Central America for guests. Finally, a circumnavigation of South America, an Amazon River cruise, and a return to Fort Lauderdale will set the stage for a transatlantic crossing back to Europe, departing in April 2025.
Six ships undertaking 19 voyages to Africa and the Indian Ocean, including all-new expeditions

An unprecedented six ships will explore more than 60 destinations in 23 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean, with expedition options aboard Silver Cloud® and Silver Wind® complemented by voyages aboard Silver Dawn℠, Silver Muse®, Silver Whisper®, and Silver Spirit®. New expedition itineraries in South Africa will spotlight unique wildlife with game drives and water activities. A brand-new 18-day Silver Cloud voyage in April 2024 will explore East Africa’s Indian Ocean islands, offering the chance to discover the fascinating coastal fishing culture of Madagascar’s semi-nomadic Vezo people, marvel at the rich biodiversity of Madagascar’s Kirindy Forest Reserve, and explore the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani – a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tanzania. As well, six oceangoing voyages of 16 to 17 days will transit the Suez Canal. Two of these in November 2024, aboard Silver Spirit and Silver Whisper, will offer access to the Nabataean ruins of Hegra in northwest Saudi Arabia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

13 voyages to 59 destinations in the South Pacific Islands, including Hawaii and French Polynesia
In the pristine waters of the South Pacific, countless islands of great natural beauty are home to authentic cultures. Aboard expedition ship Silver Cloud and the oceangoing Silver Shadow and Silver Moon, guests will discover the remote region’s lagoons, coral reefs, forests and waterfalls; visit local communities and learn about their customs; and admire the flora and fauna. Included among the 13 sailings are new programmes spotlighting the islands of Hawaii and French Polynesia, including hidden gems like Fakarava. As well, Silver Cloud’s expedition voyages will explore the cultures and secluded shores of Melanesia, Micronesia and Easter Island.

31 voyages to 19 countries in Northern Europe, including circumnavigations of Iceland
One expedition ship, Silver Wind, and three ocean-going ships, Silver Spirit, Silver Dawn and Silver Ray, will journey to the authentic beauty of 105 destinations in Northern Europe, from the most iconic cities of the Baltic Sea to the pristine fjords of Norway and the idyllic landscapes of the British Isles. More sailings will be devoted to the Norwegian fjords – a total of nine. Silver Dawn will offer guests the chance to experience coastal Norway amid the colourful foliage of autumn and, perhaps, witness the Northern Lights, while the North Cape will take center stage on a mid-June 2024 voyage. Silver Spirit will circumnavigate Iceland to reveal its stunning scenery, geothermal wonders, and Viking history on three voyages during summer 2024. And a collection of Atlantic Coast voyages will include a September 2024 sailing aboard Silver Spirit that will spend 14 days exploring the region’s picturesque towns, historic sites and harvesting traditions.

67 voyages aboard five ships in the Mediterranean during an extended season
Charming seaside villages, ancient archaeological treasures, and world-renowned cuisine will be the focus of an extended season in the Mediterranean, spanning from March to December 2024. Ocean-going ships Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit, Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, and Silver Ray will call in 111 destinations in 20 countries. There are several iconic itineraries scheduled in the Greek Isles and Turkey, six voyages to the Holy Land, and, in September 2024, a brand-new voyage to the Balearic Islands aboard Silver Whisper – marking a return to Ibiza. Guests travelling aboard Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit in May will have the opportunity to experience the Monaco Grand Prix 2024 in style, with exclusive events. Silversea’s innovative culinary programme, S.A.L.T.® (Sea and Land Taste), will enrich the Mediterranean experience aboard select ships, as will the Otium® wellness programme aboard Silver Moon, Silver Dawn and Silver Ray.

Expanded variety in Alaska on 31 voyages designed to offer more time in ports
Silver Muse and Silver Nova will offer an expanded variety of options in Alaska, with 31 sailings devoted to exploring the region’s incredible natural beauty and wildlife. A series of seven-day itineraries will showcase classic frontier towns, like Ketchikan and Sitka, as well as Valdez-gateway to the magnificent Columbia Glacier, the second largest tidewater glacier in North America. Several new extended voyages of 10 and 11 days feature longer stays in Juneau to discover one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States, as well as the iconic Mendenhall Glacier and the Mendenhall Ice Caves. Also highlighting the new Alaska programme are Silver Muse’s 14-day combination voyages, which link back-to-back cruises of seven days to create one unforgettable journey.

Brand new summer voyages in Canada and New England, featuring longer itineraries
Quaint villages, historic lighthouses, and blazing autumn foliage are among the many treasures to be discovered on a cruise to Canada and New England. Silversea’s new full-summer programme offers longer, 12-day itineraries – designed to spotlight the region’s summer festivals, rich colonial and maritime history, windswept coastlines, and the scenic mountain peaks of Acadia National Park. These itineraries aboard Silver Shadow include overnight calls in Québec or Boston, as well as an exploration of the rugged, natural beauty of the rarely visited Îles de la Madeleine Archipelago or a visit to Saint John, New Brunswick, with its spectacular Reversing Falls. During autumn, a series of shorter, 10-day voyages will focus on the area’s most iconic cities, such as Halifax and Boston, while offering the chance to witness the colourful autumn foliage.

8 expeditions to the Arctic and Greenland, with a 24-day crossing of the Northwest Passage
Home to long summer nights and housing some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife, the Arctic is Mother Nature’s playground. In the summer of 2024, Silver Wind will explore the Arctic and Greenland on eight expedition voyages. Among the highlights are a collection of nine-day cruises that will journey to the glaciers and frozen tundra of Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago, a haven for polar bears. Longer 12-day expeditions will also feature Iceland, the land of fire and ice. In-depth expeditions to Greenland and Arctic Canada offer the chance to experience authentic Inuit culture and spot an abundance of wildlife, from walruses, polar bears and bowhead whales, to orcas, narwhals, and beluga whales. Other highlights include a 24-day crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage aboard Silver Wind and a new 18-day expedition spotlighting wild Alaska.

21 departures for Antarctica, with the opportunity to cruise Cape Horn from Puerto Williams
Few adventures stir the imagination as much as an expedition to the White Continent and the remote islands of the Southern Ocean, from the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Both Silver Cloud and Silver Wind will unlock the region’s natural treasures on 21 expedition cruises, featuring an industry-high ratio of onboard expedition experts, complemented by an industry-high ratio of Zodiacs-ensuring guests are immersed into the destinations. Convenient six-day Antarctica Bridge options enable guests to skip the Drake Passage and fly in business-class comfort straight to Antarctica to start their cruise. Antarctic Peninsula voyages of 10 and 12 days offer the chance to cruise the iconic Cape Horn from the preferable gateway of Puerto Williams. Longer voyages calling in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands abound in opportunities to witness orcas, sea lions, seals and five different kinds of penguins.

25 departures for Australia and New Zealand, with regional debuts of Silver Nova and Silver Cloud
With 25 voyages scheduled aboard expedition ship Silver Cloud and the ocean-going Silver Muse and Silver Nova-including inaugural seasons for Silver Nova in Australia and Silver Cloud in The Kimberley region – 2024 promises Silversea’s largest-ever programme in Australia and New Zealand. To mark her first season down under, Silver Nova will offer a set of seven longer and more diverse itineraries, exploring the coast of Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia and Micronesia, while shorter voyages that will focus on Australia and New Zealand highlight Silver Muse’s schedule. The Kimberley’s thundering waterfalls, sun-scorched gorges and 40,000 years of Aboriginal history are all on tap for Silver Cloud’s debut in the remote coastal region, offering guests unforgettable experiences.

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Silversea welcomes Silver Endeavour

Princess Cruises 2023-24 Americas cruise season to feature 47 itineraries

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises 2023-24 Americas cruise season to feature 47 itineraries

August 01, 2022 – 

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Silversea welcomes Silver Endeavour

Silversea welcomes Silver Endeavour to its fleet

Silversea welcomes Silver Endeavour

Silversea welcomes Silver Endeavour to its fleet

July 19, 2022 – 

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line returns to New York City

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line returns to New York City

june 17, 2022 – 

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Seabourn Cruise

Seabourn Cruise returns full fleet to service

Seabourn Cruise

Seabourn Cruise returns full fleet to service

june 9, 2022 – 

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises resumes full services

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises resumes full services

june 8, 2022 – 

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Azamara cruise

Azamara cruise – entire fleet returns to service

Azamara cruise

Azamara cruise – entire fleet returns to service

May 30, 2022 – 

Azamara cruise, the upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences, is excited to announce that its entire fleet of four ships has officially returned to the high seas. The full fleet is welcoming guests onboard with country intensive itineraries, immersive land programs, and more overnights in each port, allowing travelers to fully immerse themselves in each destination.

Azamara cruise

“I am beyond thankful to our hard-working team and dedicated crew members for all the incredible work and effort that has brought us to this exciting moment,” says Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara. “Thanks to them,  our four-ship fleet are all sailing for the first time ever, allowing us even more opportunities to immerse our guests in the smaller ports and hidden gem destinations of the world.”

As its fleet returns to service, Azamara cruise continues to reinforce its commitment to Destination Immersion® experiences – the independent cruise line will visit 362 unique ports around the world, with 392 overnight stays, 862 late nights, and over 3,000 shore excursions, nearly 1,000 of which have been created since the pandemic began. Onboard restaurants, including Discoveries and Windows Café, have redesigned each menu to feature World Cuisine Selection dishes, highlighting a variety of countries visited by Azamara ships. Guests sailing on Azamara Onward can experience the new and exclusive specialty venue, Atlas Bar, offering innovative artisanal cocktails including the Grand Bazaar, London Fog Martini, and the Tuscany Delight.

Azamara’s newest ship, Azamara Onward, celebrated its launch with an exciting naming ceremony and traditional christening in Monte Carlo on May 2. Following the ceremony, Azamara cruise Onward embarked on an 11-Night Maiden Voyage throughout the Mediterranean, departing from Monte Carlo and concluding with an overnight stay in Ravenna, Italy. Azamara Onward is currently in the midst of a 7-Night Greece Intensive Voyage. Azamara Journey returns to service today embarking on a 10-Night Greece Intensive Voyage, while Azamara Pursuit sets sail today for a 5-Night Grand Prix Weekend Voyage, and Azamara Quest embarks on a 9-Night Spring Med & Grand Prix Voyage.

Azamara’s four ships will sail Europe this summer, before heading to Asia, Australia, South America, and more global destinations.

Source

Book your travel 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Continue reading

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates full relaunch of fleet

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates full relaunch of fleet

May 10, 2022 – 

Source

Book your travel to USA

 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Star Cruises fleet

Carnival Cruise celebrates the restart of entire fleet

Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruise celebrates the restart of entire fleet

May 04, 2022 – 

Source

Book your travel to USA

 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Star Cruises fleet

Star Cruises fleet headed to scrapyard

Star Cruises fleet

Star Cruises fleet headed to scrapyard

May 03, 2022 –

A trio of Star Cruises ships are said to be getting scrapped in the near future, according to industry sources. The SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini and the Star Pisces have appeared last week on scrap reports as heading to the beach to the be recycled.

Star Cruises fleet

The three ships are currently located in Malaysia and should be heading toward Alang soon. Clarksons, which is reportedly overseeing the liquidation of the Star Cruises fleet, did not reply for a request for comment or to confirm the deal.

Of the trio, the SuperStar Gemini can trace its roots back to 1992 when it launched as the Dreamward for Norwegian Cruise Line. She was lengthened in 1998 at Lloyd Werft in Germany. She joined the Star fleet in 2012 after being in lay up in Greece following her Norwegian Cruise Line career.

The SuperStar Aquarius launched as Norwegian’s Windward in 1993. She was also lengthened in 1998, then coming the Norwegian Wind. She moved under the Star Cruises brand in 2007 as Norwegian was owned by Star (Genting at the time).

The Star Pisces was best known in Hong Kong serving the short cruise-to-nowhere market. She was originally built as the Kalypso for Baltic Sea ferry service. She became a Star Cruises vessel in 1994. launching service from Singapore.

Source

Book your travel to Malaysia

 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Costa Venezia departs from Istanbul with new cruises

Costa Venezia

Costa Venezia departs from Istanbul with new cruises.

May 2, 2022 – The itineraries, which include “flight + cruise” from Istanbul, are an absolute novelty in the world of organized holidays, the result of the collaboration between Costa Cruises, the Turkish National Tourist Board, Turkish Airlines and Galataport.

 Costa Venezia’s new cruises to Turkey and Greece will make their debut from Istanbul on May 1. This is an absolute novelty in the current panorama of organized holidays, which marks the collaboration between Costa Cruises, Turkish Airlines, the Turkish National Tourist Board and Galataport Istanbul.

The proposed formula is the “flight+cruise” package, available from all the main European countries, with scheduled Turkish Airlines flights, which will make it possible to reach Istanbul easily, and then embark on board of Costa Venezia from the new Galataport cruise terminal, equipped with all the comforts and services for the next generation of ships.

“Our restart program ahead of summer is strengthened by a truly unique offer. The main new feature of Costa Venezia cruises is the possibility of visiting the best of Turkey in a single holiday, starting from Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We believe Turkey has great potential for cruises, and we are trying to be the first to develop it. Istanbul can be reached from the main European countries in just a few hours’ flight time, it has good air connections and modern ports, as well as a mild climate that makes it possible to operate all year round, and above all it offers an incredible variety of experiences and attractions” – said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises.

Costa Venezia’s program in Turkey includes three different itineraries, all with embarkation and disembarkation in Istanbul, designed to include longer calls in the ports to enjoy the destinations with plenty of time, among cities rich in history, splendid archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage sites and crystal clear seas.

In spring, summer and autumn, from 1 May to 13 November 2022, Costa Venezia will offer two one-week itineraries dedicated to Turkey and Greece, interchanging with each other, which can be combined into a single 15-day “super tour”, with 8 calls in port longer than 10 hours.

Costa Venezia

The first itinerary is ideal for those who want to explore the best of Turkey and Greece in one holiday. It includes a two-day, one-night call in Istanbul, the beautiful Turkish destinations of Izmir and Bodrum, the island of Mykonos and Athens in Greece.

The second itinerary allows to explore some of Greece’s out-of-the-ordinary locations and the best of Turkey. It includes two two-day, one-night calls in Istanbul and Kusadasi, Turkey, before heading off to explore Rhodes and Heraklion, Greece.  

In winter 2022-23, Costa Venezia will be offering a third 12-day itinerary to Turkey, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus, visiting Istanbul (with a two-day, one-night call), Bodrum, Limassol, Haifa (also with a two-day, one-night call), Alexandria and Kusadasi. From spring 2023, the two itineraries in Turkey and Greece will resume.

The range of excursions available has been redesigned to explore hidden and little-visited places, and to enjoy the most authentic traditions, flavors and colors. Thanks to these offers it is possible, for example, to attend a private concert in a Roman amphitheater in Ephesus; to experience Istanbul by night; to take a cruise on the Bosphorus, between the two continents; to sleep in the typical houses dug out of the rock in the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia; to relax in the natural pools of Pamukkale; to snorkel among the sunken remains of the city of Mindo, together with an archaeologist. And again, to take a walk through the vineyards of Kusadasi with a wine expert; to go horseback riding through the pine forests and sand of Pamucak beach; to explore the coast of the Bodrum peninsula on a private caique; to discover the secrets of the Acropolis in Athens or relax in the sun on the beautiful beaches of Mykonos, Rhodes and Crete.

Costa Venezia, built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, is a 135,000-ton ship with 2,116 guest cabins. With 13 different restaurants and 8 bars, the gastronomic offer is among the widest in the fleet. On board it is possible to taste food dishes and menus specifically created for Costa by three world-renowned chefs, Bruno Barbieri, Hélène Darroze and Ángel León, that will allow to explore every destination through food. There are many different wide outdoor spaces to fully enjoy the sailing experience. Families with children will find many activities on board, such as a water park and an adventure park, and couples will find a private spa, swimming pools and plenty of space for intimate moments.

More about Booking with professionals

Latest cruise posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Alaskan cruise season

Norwegian Bliss launches Alaskan cruise season

Alaskan cruise season

Norwegian Bliss launches Alaskan cruise season

April 26, 2022 –

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has kicked off its 2022 Alaskan cruise season with Norwegian Bliss from Port of Seattle. This is the first ship to visit Alaska this season, as well as the first of five the group’s vessels to cruise the Last Frontier through October 2022.

Alaskan cruise season

The vessel will provide travellers with immersive experiences through Southeast Alaska, visiting natural wonders including the passage through the 25-million-acre World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park. NCL was granted access to this natural wonder due to the company’s environmental commitments focused on air emissions, waste and wildlife protection. Other once-in-a-lifetime sites guests may visit include the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, which lies nearly 12 miles outside Juneau, Alaska and the Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan, Alaska, a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snowcapped mountains and waterfalls.

NCL has a long history of cruising from Seattle to Alaska, having pioneered the route in 2001. The company is deeply committed to the region working with destination partners in Seattle and Alaska to drive immersive and responsible tourism. In conjunction with Port of Seattle, NCL Holdings, NCL’s parent company, invested $30 million to upgrade Pier 66, the renowned site where Norwegian Bliss was christened in 2018. The dual investment expanded the check-in area by 300 percent to more than 150,000 square feet. It also expanded two new passenger boarding bridges to provide a more comfortable and efficient embarkation process.

Harry Sommer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line said: “We have nearly three decades of history cruising Alaska, pioneering voyages to the Last Frontier from Seattle more than 22 years ago and christened the largest cruise ship in Seattle in 2018 with the debut of Norwegian Bliss. We could not be any prouder to return to our ‘second home’ and jumpstart the 2022 Alaska season with one of our most innovative ships and provide unforgettable guest experiences with some of the world’s most bucket list destinations.” Alaskan cruise season

Driving economic support in Alaska, the company partnered with and invested in Ward Cove Dock Group, transforming land, formerly designated as a superfund cleanup, or contaminated land, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), into a sustainable, environmentally friendly and entertaining site for the community and cruise visitors.

Norwegian Cruise Line won ‘World’s Leading Cruise Line’ at World Travel Awards 2021

Through a partnership with the Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation, The company was able to complete a second cruise pier at Icy Strait Point, as well as expand the destination’s Wilderness Landing. Enhancements featured upgraded retail, and restaurants, as well as shore excursion offerings, including the world’s largest ZipRider zip line, and experiences highlighting the culture of the native Huna Tlingit people.

In 2021, as part of NCL’s Great Cruise Comeback to celebrate the restart of its operations, the brand restarted its U.S. voyages from Seattle to Alaska making its first call to Icy Strait Point and also officially welcoming the opening of the new Wilderness Landing pier and the first of two gondola systems to be completed as part of the joint investment between NCLH and Huna Totem.

Source

Book your travel to Alaska

 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Holland America Lines Noordam returns to service in Fort Lauderdale

Holland America Lines Noordam

Holland America Lines Noordam returns to service.

April 26, 2022 –Ship is the eighth in the fleet to restart since industry-wide pause in March 2020

 After more than two years since the industrywide pause began due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holland America Lines Noordam returned to service Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship embarked guests for a 21-day Panama Canal transit to Vancouver, Canada, that will position it in Alaska through September.

To commemorate the occasion, Holland America Lines Noordam held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the terminal to open embarkation, attended by the ship’s captain and senior officers, with flag-waving fanfare from team members lined up to greet guests as they boarded the ship.

More about Booking with professionals

Latest cruise posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

Havila Voyages

Havila Voyages confirms May start date for second ship

Havila Voyages

Havila Voyages confirms May start date for second ship

April 25, 2022 –

The ship, which was due to start operating on 7 April, is being built at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey, where it is currently unable to carry out sea trials due to challenges with an electric motor.

The CEO of Havila Kystruten, Bent Martini commented: “I apologise to those passengers who have been looking forward to exploring the Norwegian coast on Havila Castor. We very much look forward to welcoming them on board in future and are contacting them to discuss an alternative voyage.”

Havila Voyages

Martini goes on to confirm that Havila’s first ship, Capella, has been well received and that both Havila Capella and Havila Castor are now almost fully booked throughout the summer season.

“We have had alot of feedback from satisfied guests who are enjoying the good food and large cabins and appreciate the ship’s large windows showcasing the regions she sails through. They are also giving us positive comments about the high standard of service and comfortable accommodation onboard.”

Delays for Havila Polaris and Havila Pollux

Martini continues “We assume that Havila Polaris will start operating in the third quarter and Havila Pollux in the fourth quarter of this year. At this stage we are unable to confirm the exact dates but are doing everything we can to ensure we can put these ships into operation as quickly as possible, for the benefit of all who will travel and work on board.”

A new agreement has been made with the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, responsible for Havila’s coastal contract, who have confirmed they are not demanding replacement ships are put in place during these delays.

Source

Book your travel to norwegian

 

Latest hotel posts

blank

blank

blank

Travel Talks Platform

More about our Facebook Group

Click if you want to join

Travel platform to expand your travel knowledge, follow the latest destination news and participate in daily questions, like “Travel Trivia”, “Where in the World” and “Amazing Travel Facts”.

blank


Private Facebook group
for the travel industry

Travel Talks Platform Group


5.8k members

Travel Talks Platform for the travel industry

Follow the travel news – Traveltalksplatform is the number 1 news site to stay updated on amazing travel facts, the latest news, events, incentive ideas, MICE news, job opportunities and shows.

Specially composed for the travel industry, you will find the latest travel facts at your fingertips.

Submit



Subscribe

Stay updated about the latest travel news worldwide

blank

The latest airline news, hotel news, cruise news and MICE news in your inbox:
Stay updated about
the latest travel news worldwide

 

 

Copyright © 2021 e-motions international

disclaimer:

We assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this site. The information contained in this site is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.