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Celebrate the ‘Four Freds in Funchal’ in Spring 2020

22 February 2018
Fred. Olsen, Balmoral funnel, Fred Olsen cruise ship

Following on from the success of Fred Olsen’s ‘Four Ships in Bergen’ event in Summer 2015, and their exciting ‘Captains in Cádiz’ celebration on the horizon on 10 September 2018, Fred. Olsen has also announced that its fleet of four ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – will be reuniting once again, this time in Funchal, Madeira on Saturday 4 April 2020. The event will be packed full of lively celebrations and festivities, on four specially-themed cruise itineraries, which are on sale today. Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “In July 2015, we brought our four ships together for the very first time in Bergen, Norway, and it was one of the most celebrated events that we have held at Fred. Olsen since our inception in 1848. To mark our milestone 170th anniversary in 2018,...
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P&O Cruises’ Aurora To Become Adult Only

21 February 2018
P&O Cruises Aurora, adult only cruise ship

P&O Cruises has announced that Aurora will join Arcadia and Oriana and cater exclusively for adults only. The 1,874-passenger Aurora will return from her March 2019 refit as an adult-only ship and will join Arcadia and Oriana as ships exclusively for adults at a later date of April 8, 2019. 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.” P&O Cruises also announced earlier in...
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‘The Cruise’ Returns For Alaska Series

20 February 2018
‘The Cruise’ Returns For Alaska Series

Popular ITV documentary ‘The Cruise’ will be back on our TV screens on Thursday March 1 at 8.30pm. The latest series of ‘The Cruise: Voyage To Alaska’ will follow crew and guests on Princess Cruises’ 3,100-guest Star Princess as the ship tours Alaska with three weekly episodes. As Star Princess sails across Alaska viewers will be able to experience the stunning local landscapes as well as glaciers, dolphins, seals, whales and dog sled puppies. The ship will call at some of the region’s most popular destinations including Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Several new crew members will appear including Captain Tuvo, who takes the helm as well as acting as an unofficial tour guide by announcing points of interests to guests from the Bridge as the ship sails its course. A familiar face, Timothy from the shore excursions desk, will also feature....
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Princess Cruises Completes Enhancements To Princess Cays

20 February 2018
Princess Cays, Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises’ private Caribbean island, Princess Cays, has been given a makeover. The 40-acre retreat, set in the Bahamas, is used exclusively by Princess guests. 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.” The islands enhancements include: » Refitted beach bungalows » 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...
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MS Roald Amundsen Touches Water For the First Time

19 February 2018
Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen touched water for the first time during a ceremony at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway on Saturday. The successful launch marks an important milestone in the construction of the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition ship, that will be fitted with large battery packs for reduced emissions. MS Roald Amundsen is the first of one of Hurtigruten’s two groundbreaking hybrid ships, custom built with green technology to explore some of the most spectacular waters of our Planet. Specially constructed for voyages in polar waters bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way. Her interior design will be full of Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies and aft suites will...
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reveals Details of Seven Seas Mariner Refit

13 February 2018
Regent Seven Seas Mariner, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises have confirmed details for the upcoming bow-to-stern refurbishment of Seven Seas Mariner, the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship. Seven Seas Mariner will undergo a 20-day dry dock in April 2018 at Chantier Naval de Marseille, before re-emerging with new culinary experiences, elegant new suite designs, and completely renewed modern guest spaces. “We are delighted to relaunch the refurbished Seven Seas Mariner for what will be an unforgettable 2018 Alaska season,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Seven Seas Mariner will have been elevated to the highest standards of elegance, and guests will enjoy the highly personalised service delivered by every member of Seven Seas Mariner’s exceptional staff and crew. Once Seven Seas Mariner completes her refurbishment, Regent’s fleet will definitively be the most luxurious at sea.” Seven Seas...
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‘Steer The Ship’ On A Fred. Olsen Baltic Cruise

12 February 2018
Braemar, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Passengers sailing on-board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar this Spring will get the chance to ‘steer the ship’, on a 14-night ‘You Choose Your Cruise’. Braemar will depart from Southampton on 29 May 2018, sailing the Baltic, where Fred. Olsen’s adult guests can ‘chart the ship’s course’ and choose between two ports of call as the ships sails – keeping each destination a mystery! Guests can decide between vibrant capital cities or opt to visit little-known gems across The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Estonia. Each guest will be given a vote, and once counted the result is delivered to the Captain, who announces the winning choice. An overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia and a sailing of the Kiel Canal, which is inaccessible to larger ships due to size restrictions, has been confirmed in advance. Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing...
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Same-sex Weddings At Sea Axed after Bermuda Law Repealed

09 February 2018
Same sex marraige, man waving a small rainbow flag

It has been announced that P&O Cruises and Cunard will likely be forced to axe same-sex marriage ceremonies at sea after Bermuda repealed the law allowing them. Last year, a Supreme Court ruled authorised gay marriage in Bermuda, which also applied to cruise ships registered there. However, on February 7, 2018, the archipelago’s governor approved a bill that reverses it. As P&O Cruises and Cunard ships are registered in Bermuda, captains will no longer be able to conduct on-board services. A spokesperson for P&O Cruises and Cunard said: “On May 5, 2017, a Supreme Court decision was made in Bermuda legalising same-sex marriages. We were delighted by this decision as we have wanted to offer same-sex ceremonies for many years. “Although we are awaiting further information from Bermuda, it is unfortunately, likely to be the case that Bermudian law will...
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Royal Caribbean Confirms Quantum-class Ship For Southampton

08 February 2018
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas, RCI, Quantum Class ship

Royal Caribbean’s president and chief executive has confirmed to TTG that the cruise line will have a Quantum-class ship sailing out of Southampton in 2020. Michael Bayley suggested that the cruise ship would likely be either Anthem of the Seas or Quantum of the Seas, as Ovation of the Seas will be redeployed from China to Alaska in 2019. Ovation of the Seas will be replaced in China by the new Quantum Ultra-class ship Spectrum of the Seas, which launches in the spring of 2019. “A week after the Brexit vote our projected revenue from the UK dropped by $50 million on conversion. But now it is back, and it’s improved substantially – the exchange rate is a 15% change from what it was.” “We’re delighted the pound is doing so well. It’s great news, and when the rate is at...
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P&O Cruises and Cunard Pledge To Ban Plastics By 2022

06 February 2018
P&O Cruises Azura

P&O Cruises and Cunard have pledged ban all single-use plastic such as straws, water bottles and food packaging by 2022. The operator’s ships already have strict rules in place for recycling of the plastic, however, Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein admitted more could be done and said: “We are in discussions with our suppliers to try to influence the removal of single-use plastic in products such as straws, water bottles and food packaging wherever possible, as well as reviewing our wider sourcing strategy of the most environmentally friendly products across the board. “Programmes such as Blue Planet have shone a light on the impact plastic can have on our seas and it is our responsibility, as an ocean-going cruise line, to take action now, however many hurdles we have to face along the way. “The ocean is a fundamental part...
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