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The Wave Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

11 January 2018
Wave Awards 2018 Finalist, Bolsover Cruise Club

The Wave Awards is the UK cruise industry’s premier awards, recognising, rewarding and celebrating innovation and excellence within the cruise sector. The Wave Awards cover all aspects of the cruise holiday industry from a consumer and trade perspective. Since July the public have been voting in their droves for their favourite cruise lines, cruise agents, cruise bloggers and cruise destinations in the Passenger Favourites section of the awards, and this year’s hotly anticipated finalists have been revealed! We’re proud to announce that we’re officially one of the top 3 finalists in the ‘Favourite Cruise Agent’ category as voted by passengers. Thank you to all who voted for us and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a win. And on that note, we’re pleased to say that the judges have also shortlisted listed us as nominees in the following awards for: »...
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Celebrity Edge To Debut Earlier Than Planned

10 January 2018
Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Edge Villa

Celebrity Cruises has announced that it plans to take delivery of Celebrity Edge nearly a month earlier than originally planned. Celebrity Edge is expected to be completed ahead of schedule and will enter service with four new preview cruises. Celebrity Cruises’ president and chief executive Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “Thanks to the amazing work of the STX France shipyard team, the industry-changing Celebrity Edge is now scheduled to arrive much earlier than anticipated, which gave us the opportunity to offer not one, but two maiden voyages. “Both of these maiden voyages, plus the taste of luxury preview sailings, will have all of the festivities one would expect from the launch of such a revolutionary new ship, and now even more guests will have the chance to experience these one-of-a-kind inaugural sailings.” Homeporting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Celebrity Edge will make her first...
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Azamara Pursuit To Sail Maiden Voyage From Southampton

08 January 2018
Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Club Cruises has announced that Azamara Pursuit will now sail its maiden voyage from Southampton to the Norwegian Fjords. The ship, formerly P&O Cruises’ Adonia, will undergo an extensive refurbishment at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, with work due to be completed by the end of July. The period in wet dock will see the ship emerge looking “almost identical” to its sister ships Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey. Following the refit, Azamara Pursuit will head to Southampton, from where it will depart on 1 August 2018. The maiden voyage will sail to eight Norwegian destinations, including Kristiansand, Flam and Haugesund, with overnight stays in Oslo and Bergen. A highlight of the voyage will be a ‘sisters meet’ in Haugesund, with Pursuit and Journey docking nose-to-nose in the port. News of an amended maiden voyage itinerary means...
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Viking Ocean Cruises Names Sixth Ocean Ship

08 January 2018
Viking Ocean Cruises, Torstein Hagen

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced the name of its sixth cruise ship, launching in February 2019. The 930-guest sister ship named Viking Jupiter will sail Viking’s most popular itineraries in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as two new itineraries in South America and South America & the Chilean Fjords. Torstein Hagen, the cruise line’s chairman and founder, announced the ship’s name at Port Los Angeles, where Viking Sun became the first ship in the fleet to visit the U.S. West Coast as part of a 141-day world cruise from Miami to London. Viking Sun will continue to sail for 120 days, visiting destinations in the South Pacific, Australia and Asia – and will be officially christened in Shanghai on March 8, 2018. When Viking Sun arrives in London on May 5, she will have visited five continents, 35 countries and 64...
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Princess Cruises’ The Cruise To Return To Our Screens Next Week

02 January 2018
Filming Mykonos, The Cruise

The popular documentary, The Cruise, will return to ITV and our screens at 8.30pm on Thursday, January 11. Set on board the 3,600 passenger Royal Princess, the six-part documentary will follow crew and guests as they cruise around the Mediterranean. Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “This documentary is such a great platform for the cruise industry to showcase what a fantastic experience a holiday at sea is.  As well as highlighting stunning destinations and on board events, it also gives viewers a sneak peek behind the scenes to show the hard work of the 1,400 strong crew. “Two more series are due to air later this year with visits to Alaska and the Caribbean.  These three series really do show some of the fantastic destinations holiday makers can visit with Princess Cruises.” Will you be...
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MSC Cruises Christens MSC Seaside

28 December 2017
MSC Seaside

MSC Cruises christened its latest cruise ship MSC Seaside during an all-star ceremony in Miami. MSC Seaside is the second cruise ship from the cruise line to be launched in the past six months. Italian screen legend Sophia Loren, godmother to each ship in MSC’s cruise fleet, accepted the mantle once again for Seaside, MSC’s fourteenth ship and second to be launched in the past six months. Singing stars Ricky Martin and Andrea Bocelli were also amongst a host of special guests, Miami port and tourism authority figures and travel industry partners at the ceremony in PortMiami. Piefrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman, said Seaside had been designed to “spearhead the next phase” of the line’s growth in North America which he told attendees signified “a cornerstone of our global strategy”. “[Seaside] will be one of three MSC Cruises ships...
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Celebrity Cruises Lays Keel For Celebrity Flora

18 December 2017
Celebrity Cruises Flora

Celebrity Cruises celebrated the ceremonial keel laying of Celebrity Flora, that is destined to for year-round cruises around the Galapagos Islands. The ceremony took place at the shipyard in Tolkamer, the Netherlands. As a part of the keel laying, a 49.2-ton block was lifted in the air and a lucky coin was placed in the dock before the block was lowered into position. Celebrity Flora will make its debut on May 26, 2019, and will sail from Baltra year-round. The cruise ship will alternate between seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries. On board there will be an outdoor Ocean Grill, serving fresh local ingredients and seafood; an upper-deck observatory with cosy seating and a library; The Vista open-air lounge with cocoon-style chairs, private cabanas and a hot tub; a marina stocked with Zodiacs and more. Celebrity Flora will also be designed...
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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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