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Bergen Puts Caps on Daily Cruise Visits

16 October 2017
View on Bergen and harbor from the mountain Floyen top. Norway

Norway’s busiest cruise port, Bergen, has announced that it will cap the number of cruise calls limiting the number of cruise calls per day to four ships and/or 9,000 passengers. Bergen is expecting to total 325 calls and approximately 510,000 passengers before the end of 2017 according to Cruise Norway, compared to 490,546 passengers last year. ‘Tourism is both important and welcome in Bergen, but on a few days every summer the city and its attractions can be crowded. The city’s popularity, its attractive location and steady growth of visitors has in recent years led to discussions as to how many visitors the city can comfortably accommodate per day,’ noted Bratland. The cap on daily visits to Bergen will come into effect immediately for new bookings, whilst honoring existing bookings, says Sandra Diana Bratland, the new cruise development manager at...
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Royal Caribbean Reveals New Features on Symphony of the Seas

12 October 2017
Symphony of the Seas animated GIF

As the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the Seas  is set to redefine family and adventure travel in 2018. Symphony of the Seas will set sail in April 2018 starting its summer season in the Mediterranean before making Miami, Florida her year-round home from 24 November 2018. Award winning and acclaimed features only found on Royal Caribbean will be on board, along with distinct new experiences for guests of all ages. New dining concepts and family activities, and the most dynamic suite in family travel will join the line-up of Royal Caribbean exclusives including the Ultimate Abyss, Bionic Bar and AquaTheatre. “We’re excited to introduce Symphony of the Seas, our boldest composition yet, offering the best of Royal Caribbean with some new surprises for our guests to create a holiday that adventurers of all ages can...
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Celebrity Cruises to Offer Same Sex Marriages at Sea

11 October 2017
Same sex marraige, man waving a small rainbow flag

Celebrity Cruises will be the world’s first cruise line to legally conduct gay weddings at sea, offering same sex marriage on all its ships, effective immediately. This move from Celebrity Cruises follows Princess Cruises, Cunard and P&O Cruises, who all recently confirmed that their Bermuda-registered ships will offer same-sex weddings from next year. Celebrity Cruises, however, is technically ready to start the service globally from today. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the line’s president and CEO, made the surprise announcement at an event in Australia, where the population is currently voting in a national government survey to determine whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. On her first visit to Sydney, Lutoff-Perlo said the vote in Malta, where Celebrity Cruises ships are flagged, was almost unanimous. Celebrity Cruises captains will conduct the ceremonies and the cruise line will also be a major...
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Silversea Launches Its Couture Collection

11 October 2017
Silversea Couture Collection, Silversea Cruises

Beginning in 2018, Silversea will launch a new Couture Collection of pre- and post-cruise tours ranging from private helicopter service in Mongolia to vintage rail in India and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. ‘Our guests are seasoned luxury travellers looking to discover the least accessible corners of our planet, where nature can still astound with its untouched beauty,’ Silversea executive chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said. Silversea surveyed its North American travellers about their dream destinations and most-desired cultural experiences to determine the tour details of their Couture Collection. Silversea has custom-crafted all elements down to the smallest details and all tours are limited to small groups. The pre-and post-cruise tours also include most meals, beverages, exclusive culinary events and luxury accommodations at renowned boutique hotels, lodges and private tents. Each Silversea adventure is also fully escorted. Highlights of...
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All Celebrity Cruise Ships to Undergo Refurbishment From 2019

09 October 2017
Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Revolution

Celebrity Cruises has announced plans of fleetwide modernisation in all cabins and suites, with a new sun deck and revamped lounge, as well as a new café on four of the ships in the fleet. The renovations are expected to begin in 2019 as part of the $400 million ‘Celebrity Revolution’, starting off with Celebrity Edge. ‘This is the largest investment the brand has ever made, and it’s for all guests,’ Celebrity president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said. The Celebrity Cruises fleet will also be getting some features of new build Celebrity Edge, coming in 2018. Staterooms will be reconfigured to optimise storage and efficiency along with new cashmere mattresses and bedding collections to be introduced. Suite guests will get a new Retreat Sun Deck, and the refreshed Retreat Lounge will be a place for suite guests to go for...
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Viking Ocean Changes Name of New Ship

06 October 2017
Viking Ocean Cruises at sea

Viking Ocean Cruises has changed the name of its fifth cruise ship that is due to be delivered June 2018. Formerly known as Viking Spirit, Viking Orion will be the fifth ship launched by the cruise line. The 930-passenger Viking Orion will follow Viking Sun, which kicks off its maiden cruise this month, joining sister ships Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. A sixth Viking Ocean ship, still unnamed, is expected to debut 2019. Anna Lee Fisher, NASA astronaut and the first mother in space, has also been named as Viking Cruises new ship godmother. Like her sisters in the fleet, Viking Orion will focus on destination immersion, with more time in port and itineraries that include overnights. The layout and design of Viking Orion will be similar, while features will include complimentary perks such as Wi-Fi, and beer...
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A Third Series of ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ is Confirmed

05 October 2017
Cruising with Jane McDonald

A third series of the hugely popular cruising show ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ has been confirmed by Channel 5. An average of 1.7 million viewers tuned in per each episode in September when the second series aired, making it the highest watched TV show on Channel 5 on Friday nights. During the second series of Cruising with Jane McDonald, Jane went on four different ships: Viking Sky, MSC Meraviglia, Avalon Poetry II and Celestyal Crystal, visiting the Baltic, the Med, the Rhine River and Cuba. Commenting on her Cuba cruise, she said: “Cuba was like being in the film La La Land. Everywhere we went people were singing and there were bands on every street corner. I was serenaded with guitars. Cubans are the happiest people I’ve ever met, and it was really enlightening to be with folk who love...
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Tortola Cruise Port Set To Re-open

04 October 2017
Beautiful view of Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Tortola, the capital and largest island in the British Virgin Islands, is set to partially re-open on November 1 following the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The island’s tourist board has confirmed that many hotels will remain closed but updates will be shared after more extensive assessments have been made in the coming weeks. Communications and works minister Mark Vanterpool said: “Through the BVI Ports Authority, we are on a fast track towards the restoration of Tortola Pier Park’s cruise and shopping facility with a targeted date of reopening at least 50% of retail and food and beverage stores by 1 November 2017.” Nearby Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas re-opened last Thursday and BVI ferry companies have resumed operations between the islands allowing islanders, residents and work permit holders to return to the country. Several yacht...
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All-new Alaska Itineraries from Cunard

03 October 2017
Glacier Bay in Mountains, Alaska, United States

For the first time in more than 20 years, Cunard will be setting sailing on a series of Alaska cruises in May and June 2019 as part of its Oceans of Discovery programme. Although the cruise line has visited Alaska before, this will be the first time any of Cunard’s current ships have called in Alaska. Queen Elizabeth As the youngest Queen at sea, Queen Elizabeth will be sailing the all-new Alaska itineraries. Here grace and Art Deco design have won her many accolades and in November 2018 Queen Elizabeth will benefit from a refit liek her sister ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Standing on the open deck the Garden Lounge – a large conservatory, based on the famous hothouses of Kew Gardens –you’ll you’ll appreciate the vastness of the landscapes in these icy northern reaches, where the...
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Royal Caribbean Announces New Independence of the Seas Features

02 October 2017
Royal Caribbean Splashaway Bay

Royal Caribbean announced additional new features on board Independence of the Seas when she sets sail in summer 2018 following a multi-million-pound makeover. This news follows the announcement that revealed exciting new features including an escape room, a trampoline zone and a laser tag arena, are confirmed as part of her makeover plans. Independence of the Seas will boast lots of new and exciting activities like the interactive aqua park Splashaway Bay, which will be bigger and better than before and feature waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and the child-favourite drench bucket. The speciality dining options on board will be extended with Izumi, the exotic Asian-inspired dining experience, giving guests the chance to enjoy fresh sushi and experience skilled hibachi chefs cooking tableside on Teppanyaki grills. New lounges and Panoramic Ocean View staterooms will add an extra bit of extraordinary...
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