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P&O Cruises and Cunard To Offer Same Sex Marriages At Sea

01 August 2017
Wedding accessories: shoes and bouquet of the bride

P&O Cruises and Cunard will conduct same sex weddings at sea, with the first ceremony to be held on P&O Cruises Azura in the Caribbean in January 2018. The announcement comes after the recent Supreme Court ruling enabling same sex marriages in Bermuda. All of P&O Cruises’ ships (except Britannia) and Cunard’s ships are registered in Bermuda. P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, says: “I am delighted that following this much anticipated change in the legalities we are now the first British cruise line to be able to arrange same sex weddings on board. Weddings at sea are very romantic and getting married by the Captain in the middle of the ocean is an unforgettable experience.” Cunard has also welcomed its first booking by a same-sex couple with Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President, adding: “This is very welcome news...
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Silversea Launches Expedition Leadership Training Academy

24 July 2017
Silver Cloud

Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has established a new leadership training academy aimed at recruiting and developing high-quality talent to join its expedition teams. Applicants of Silversea’s expedition leadership training academy will be invited to train for approximately 6 weeks aboard the newly refurbished Silver Cloud when the ship joins the expedition fleet in mid-November for her first season in Antarctica. Silversea’s expedition teams feature on every expedition voyage and include some of the world’s most knowledgeable and experienced specialists in the areas of wildlife, biology, anthropology, geology, history and more. The expedition teams on board give lectures, run workshops, lead Zodiac® trips and guide nature walks, activities all designed to ensure an enriching experience for guests. “Our new leadership training academy underscores our commitment to exploring the world with the absolute best team of hand-picked experts to guide and...
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MSC Cruises Announces MSC MasterChef At Sea

21 July 2017
MSC MasterChef at Sea

MSC Cruises enhances its entertainment experiences with new MasterChef partnership. Collaborating with MasterChef producers, Endemol Shine Group, MSC MasterChef At Sea will roll out across the fleet from summer 2017, demonstrating MSC Cruises’ continued commitment to immersive entertainment and their passion for food. Mirroring the hugely popular TV show, MSC MasterChef at Sea will give guests the opportunity to put their culinary flair and skills to test in the form of a cooking competition as they compete against other guests. Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises commented: “One of the key distinguishing features of an MSC Cruises holiday is the wide range of entertainment options available throughout the day and night to meet the needs of guests of all ages. This latest addition to the onboard entertainment has been created in partnership with MasterChef, one of the world’s most well-known...
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 2020 World Cruise

20 July 2017
Seven Seas Mariner

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new 2020 world cruise will span approximately 33,870 nautical miles across 11 seas in three oceans. Setting sail in 2020, this world cruise will deliver unforgettable experiences for luxury travellers. The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner will host Regent’s new 2020 Navigate the World cruise. Sailing roundtrip from San Francisco, on a 131-night itinerary, departing 24 January 2020, Seven Seas Mariner will cruise to the idyllic islands of the South Pacific and the ancient cultures of subcontinental India and the Arabian Peninsula, before exploring the Mediterranean in springtime and Caribbean and Central American destinations in early summer. “Regent Seven Seas Cruises is renowned for our world cruises and sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner in 2020 will be simply spectacular,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The beautiful Seven Seas Navigator, our...
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DNCE Are To Return To Royal Caribbean For Total Eclipse Cruise

14 July 2017
DNCE on board Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

The multi-platinum selling band DNCE will be on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas for a live musical performance to celebrate to the Great American Eclipse, a natural phenomenon 99 years in the making. On 21 August 2017 DNCE will headline Royal Caribbean’s bucket-list-worthy solar eclipse viewing party with a surprise guest for an out-of-this-world performance aboard the exclusive 7-night Total Eclipse Cruise. The 7-night Total Eclipse Cruise will set sail on Aug. 20, 2017 from Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida, and visit Caribbean destinations in the Eastern Caribbean, including Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Nassau, The Bahamas. Oasis of the Seas will position itself along the eclipse’s path of totality where the moon completely masks the sun for a few minutes of total darkness, giving adventure-seekers the perfect vantage point of the century. Building up to...
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Saga Pearl II Set To Retire in 2019

11 July 2017
Saga Pearl

After 202 sailings, Saga Pearl II is set to retire in style from the Saga Cruises’ fleet with a 54-night farewell celebration cruise across Africa, departing on February 16, 2019. Saga Pearl II is being replaced by Saga’s brand new small ship Spirit of Discovery, designed exclusively for the British market, carrying no more than 1000 guests and to launch in summer 2019. The South African Farewell Adventure sailing features calls including South Africa and Namibia, Mozambique and the remote island of St Helena and includes: » Wildlife adventures include two-night overland tour to Kruger National Park » Special celebration during overnight mooring in Cape Town » A call the remote island of St Helena » Cruising the Cape of Good Hope Sailing from Portsmouth and venturing into West Africa, Saga Pearl II calls in Banjul, Gambia, where guests can...
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P&O Cruises Opens Competition To Name New Ship

10 July 2017

P&O Cruises has unveiled a competition to name its newest ship due to launch in 2020. The cruise line is inviting agents, guests and the general public to submit suggestions and the winning name will be announced next year. The winning name will be emblazoned on the side of the ship, with the winner themselves given two VIP places at the ship’s naming ceremony in spring 2020. P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, said: “This new ship will be the first new launch for P&O Cruises in five years and will play a pivotal role in redefining the brand and broadening our appeal. “It is therefore incredibly important that we have a name that reflects the ship’s heritage as well as highlighting the array of new cruising experiences it will offer – something memorable and dignified that reflects its...
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Watch Phillip Schofield’s Video Diary on Princess Cruises

04 July 2017
Princess Cruises Atrium

Watch Princess Cruises’ brand ambassador, TV personality Phillip Schofield, telling his story of cruising for the first time. Princess Cruises have released a three-minute video charting Phillip Schofield’s cruise on board Royal Princess as it sailed across the Mediterranean earlier this year. A new 30-second video will be featured each week, giving further insight into different aspects of Schofield’s cruise. As a self-confessed wine enthusiast, his first video post will be wine blending in ‘Vines’, one of Royal Princess’ on board bars. Future video posts include Schofield touring the ship, visiting the galley, enjoying a balcony breakfast and meeting the Captain. Phillip Schofield said: “We had the most fantastic time on Royal Princess and I can’t wait for everyone to see everything we got up to. For anyone considering a cruise holiday I can’t recommend it enough. In the first...
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Princess Cruises Expands Ocean Medallion Class Ships

28 June 2017
Princess Cruises Ocean Medallion Bracelet

Three more Princess Cruises ships will join the Medallion Class fleet – Crown Princess, Golden Princess and Ruby Princess. Crown Princess and Golden Princess will be Ocean Medallion ready in November 2018, with Ruby Princess to follow in January 2019. Four other ships in the Princess Cruises fleet have previously been scheduled to feature the new technology: Regal Princess on November 13, 2017; Royal Princess on January 19, 2018; Caribbean Princess on March 18, 2018; and Island Princess on May 16, 2018. Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “By the beginning of 2019, seven Princess ships will be in the Ocean Medallion Class fleet and we’re looking forward to others being equipped with the Ocean Medallion in the future. Over the next few years, more and more of our guests will be able to experience...
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Viking Ocean Cruises Christens Third Ocean Ship In Norway

26 June 2017
Main Pool Viking

Viking Sky was officially christened during a public celebration in Tromsø, Norway on 22 June 2017. Tromsø is a popular destination for viewing the northern lights – and a key port of call on Viking’s popular Into The Midnight Sun itinerary, which sails between Bergen and London, allowing guests to explore the northernmost reaches of Scandinavia. “This is a special time of year in Norway – these are the days of the midnight sun and the perfect backdrop for a celebration. All of our ships proudly carry the Norwegian flag, and it is an especially proud day to officially welcome our new ship in Tromsø, the arctic capital of the world,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Vikings were explorers, and our ships are built with their spirit of exploration in mind. We design every aspect of our ships...
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