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Cruise Critic’s UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2017 Winners Revealed

14 December 2017

The winners of the ninth annual Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks awards have been announced and it was great news for MSC Cruises, who scooped the accolade of ‘Best for Families’, along with the ‘Best New Ship’ award for MSC Meraviglia. The largest and newest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet was recognised for its combination of celebrity chef partnerships, new alternative dining options, Cirque du Soleil performances and expanded kids club and MSC Yacht Club offerings. Other winners in the ocean cruising categories included Royal Caribbean for ‘Best Entertainment’ for a fourth year running, Hurtigruten, who scooped the ‘Best for Adventure’ award, and Marella Cruises, recognised as ‘Best Value for Money’. Fred Olsen was celebrated for ‘Best Itineraries’ and ‘Best for Solo Travellers’, with Celebrity Cruises also picking up two awards: ‘Best Cabins’ and ‘Best for Romance’. In the...
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Bolsover Cruise Club Shortlisted as Best Travel Agent in Britain

13 December 2017

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted as one of the best travel agencies in the British Isles. Bolsover Cruise Club are named as one of the five best-rated agencies in the Top Online Agency category as part of a power-list of the nation’s best agents by industry bible the Travel Trade Gazette. More than 900 travel agencies put themselves forward for consideration for TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies 2018 – in association with Kuoni – from which a shortlist of just 95 finalists across 19 categories has been devised. On April 26, 2018, the 50 agencies that have ultimately earned a place in the Top 50 list for 2018 will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Vox Centre in Birmingham. TTG editor Pippa Jacks said: “Now in its third year, our Top 50 Travel Agencies initiative sees...
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New Cunard ship described as ‘phenomenal’

12 December 2017

Cunard’s new build is ‘a phenomenal ship’ according to Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK. Speaking about what Cunard fans can expect from the fourth Cunard vessel, president and CEO of Carnival UK, Arnold Donald told Seatrade Cruise News. ‘Adding a fourth ship to Cunard builds on the tremendous legacy of this global brand. It will retain the feel of the Cunard experience. For those who want that classic cruise experience, they imagine the black tie and the high tea. This resonates with people around the world. It’s classic cruising with all the modern touches, like going to an older hotel, but it’s a modern experience. Yet it feels classic like the time when royalty and celebrities sailed.’ Donald went on to confirm that the new ship will not be an ocean liner like Queen Mary...
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Hurtigruten Expands Arctic Offering in 2019

08 December 2017

Hurtigruten has announced an expanded Arctic deployment for 2019, including new departures from Tromsø to Russia and the first transit of the Northwest Passage ever made by a hybrid ship. “While others sail through the Northwest Passage with older ships and heavy oil, we will use the Roald Amundsen, the world’s greenest vessel. We will be the first in the world to conquer the Northwest Passage with battery packs and hybrid propulsion. Both us and our guests are committed to preserving the areas we explore,” said CEO Daniel Skjeldam of the new ship’s exciting sailing. Hurtigruten’s 2019 itineraries will see five ships offering expedition cruising in Svalbard, plus new expeditions calling at Murmansk and Frans Josef Land. The Arctic regions of Russia are some of the least visited places in the world. A 15-day expedition departure on the Spitsbergen will...
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MSC Cruises takes delivery of MSC Seaside

04 December 2017
MSC Seaside

MSC Cruises has taken delivery of its new flagship MSC Seaside at the Fincantieri shipyard. It is the second new MSC ship to come into service in 2017 and will homeport in Miami for Caribbean itineraries. MSC Seaside weighs 169,380 tonnes and can take 5,179 passengers. At the ceremony, in Italy, MSC Cruises and Fincantieri also signed firm orders for the €1.8 billion construction of two Seaside EVO ships. MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “MSC Seaside coming into service marks another key milestone in the history and future of our company, but she also embodies a pivotal moment for the industry. In fact, she is the first ship of the fifth new prototype that we bring into service and introduces a wholly-innovative product that sets a new standard for the industry to follow. “The Seaside Class of ships...
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New Ship From Princess Cruises To Be Named Sky Princess

01 December 2017
Sky Princess, Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced that it will name its next ship Sky Princess. Launching in October 2019, the 3,660 capacity-ship will be a sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess. Sky Princess will include the same signature elements as other Royal-class ships including a three-deck atrium, outdoor cinema, adults-only Sanctuary and a range of restaurants, entertainment venues and shops. Sky Princess will sail a range of Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona, Rome or Athens, before sailing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on a 14-day cruise. Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ 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...
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Princess Cruises to Feature in the Next Series of ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’

30 November 2017
Princess Cruises, Cruising with Jane McDonald

It has been confirmed by Princess Cruises that they will be featured in the third series of the popular Channel 5 TV show, Cruising with Jane McDonald. The popular TV will be back on our screens in early 2018. Channel 5 confirmed the third series in October but would not reveal which ships or destinations would feature. UK vice president Tony Roberts revealed Jane McDonald had recently completed filming an episode on an unnamed Princess ship in an unnamed part of the world. Roberts said: “We are enormously proud to have had Jane sailing with us and to have our ship showcased in the next series. “I know she had a wonderful time, but I’m not allowed to say what ship she was on – nor where she cruised!” Princess Cruises is the latest cruise line to feature in the...
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Celebrity Eclipse Will Join Celebrity Solstice in Alaska During 2019

29 November 2017
Aerial Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse will join Celebrity Solstice in Alaska during 2019, along with the freshly updated Celebrity Millennium. Celebrity Cruises’ 2019 Alaska programme feature 13 destinations and more than 40 extended port stays. ‘With Celebrity Millennium emerging fresh from the ‘Celebrity Revolution’, the largest investment the brand has ever made to modernise our fleet—longer port visits and one-of-kind cruise-tour experiences, our 2019 Alaska season is shaping up to be the most impressive yet,’ Celebrity president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said. Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Eclipse will take over the round-trip Vancouver, BC, cruises to Hubbard Glacier that’ll be operated by Celebrity Infinity in 2018. Seven-night cruises on board Celebrity Eclipse will visit the Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau, as well as Hubbard Glacier. Celebrity Eclipse’s Pacific coastal cruises of seven to nine nights will sail round-trip from Los Angeles to Vancouver...
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UK Cruise Passengers To Hit 2 Million By 2020

28 November 2017
White buildings on Santorini Island in Greece

According to leading cruise experts, the number of UK cruise passengers will hit or surpass the 2 million mark by 2020. “We are getting very close to that 2 million figure,” said CEO of Carnival UK, David Dingle, at a roundtable event to discuss the UK cruise sector. “We hit 1.9 million passengers in 2016, so I definitely think we will hit 2 million by 2020.” Despite the devastation caused by the hurricanes earlier this year, 2017 was described as a ‘perfect year’ for the industry in terms of performance by the three leading cruise companies, and 2018 is set to surpass it. Dingle, who is also deputy chairman of CLIA, added: “I genuinely feel we have broken through the ‘glass ceiling’ at long last. I think we are at the stage where cruising is being recognised as a mainstream...
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Princess Cruises Reveals ‘Encounters With Discovery’ Guest Speaker Line-Up For 2018

24 November 2017
Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises

Following rave reviews during its first season in 2016, Princess’ Encounters With Discovery speaker series is back. Princess Cruises has released its 2018 line up of on board speakers from actors, musicians, athletes to Princess Diana’s former butler. “Our UK speaker programme was very well-received by guests last year so we’re pleased to announce its return,” said Tony Roberts, Princess’ UK and Europe vice president, in a statement. “We’ll be welcoming back favourites from last time … as well as introducing some popular new faces.” In total, the line-up currently features 11 individuals, who will appear on select Sapphire Princess sailings next year. Each speaker will give a free 45-minute talk, followed by a question-and-answer session. Guests on board will also have opportunities to attend complimentary meet-and-greets, as well as book signings. The 2018 line up includes: » Linda Gray...
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