JEWEL ADDS SPARKLE TO LOCAL FLEET
Norwegian Jewel is due to arrive in Sydney today to begin its inaugural season sailing in local waters, as Norwegian Cruise Line expands its presence in the booming local market with its first long-stay ship.
Norwegian Jewel’s first trip is a fiveday Taste of Tassie return voyage. The ship can carry up to 2376 guests and includes 15 bars and lounges, 16 dining options from teppanyaki to a Brazilian steak house, two pools and six hot tubs, a separate children’s pool, spa, gym and sports complex.
Guests can choose from a Free at Sea offer, including a beverage package, dining package, Wi-Fi package, shore excursion credits or extra guests sailing at reduced rates depending on the stateroom category booked, on voyages such as a 13-day South Pacific trip departing on January 5, 2019, priced from $2489 a person twin share.
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Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has hosted a “Ship Tease”, revealing key details about the new adults-only Virgin Voyages venture.
Three ships are on order and the first, which will accommodate 2700 passengers (or “sailors”, to use the company’s term), will be launched in 2020. While many cruise lines market themselves to families – with water slides, rides and kids’ activities a key part of the on-board offering – Virgin is taking a different tack, pitching its ship as “adult by design”. It follows the lead of another relative newcomer to ocean cruising, Viking, which has already launched two adults-only ships and has plans for more.
Virgin says the decision to ban children was based on feedback from travellers who are “looking for a more elevated and premium experience, with a few Virgin style surprises”.
The ship will feature distinct livery, a sleek grey hull with smoked glass and distinctive touches of red, and a mermaid design adorning the bow.
The as-yet unnamed first ship will be launched in Miami and sail Caribbean itineraries. The company is accepting refundable deposits for access to a pre-sale before general sales open.
DREAMING OF ASIA
Save up to 50 per cent on a sevennight Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand cruise package if booked by November 30, 2017.
The cruise on Genting Dream sails round-trip from Singapore with calls at Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang and Phuket.
The deal includes return airfares to Singapore, two-night pre-cruise accommodation, a five-night cruise on Genting Dream, main meals and entertainment on-board and transfers in Singapore.
Priced from $1929 a person twin
share including discount for a March 25, 2018, departure.
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A 25-night rail-sail package departing Australia on May 16, 2018, includes a return trip to Scotland on a train pulled in part by the famous Flying Scotsman locomotive.
The itinerary begins with a twonight stay at the Waldorf Hilton in London followed by a daylong rail journey north to Edinburgh for three nights at the Balmoral Hotel.
Guests return to London by rail for four nights then are transferred to Southampton for a 14-night round trip cruise on Celebrity Silhouette calling at Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, Warnemunde near Berlin and overnight visits to St Petersburg and Copenhagen. The package including return flights and transfers is from $9499 a person, twin-share, in an Inside Stateroom; bookings made in an Oceanview Stateroom from $10,099 a person, twin-share, will receive a complimentary upgrade to a Verandah Stateroom.
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PURSUIT OF UPGRADE
Get a double upgrade to a Verandah Stateroom when booking an interior room on Azamara Club Cruises packages in 2018 if booked by November 30, 2017, including on their newest ship, Azamara Pursuit, being launched next year.
Ecruising.travel has a 12-night cruise holiday package including an eight-night cruise on board the new vessel around the Mediterranean.
Departing Australia on October 20, 2018, spend two nights pre-cruise at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens before the cruise departs for Crete and onwards to visit Malta, Sicily, and four ports in Italy before finishing in Rome.
All Azamara cruise itineraries are designed so all port visits are a minimum of 12 hours and up to 78 hours to ensure guests have adequate time onshore to experience local cultures and history.
The package is priced from $7099 a person twin share including return airfares and transfers.
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OPERA BUFFS REJOICE
Be entertained by opera sensations, mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and tenor Alfie Boe, on a 19-night double cruise package in Europe in May next year. The package includes return airfares, two nights in London then a seven-night cruise on Celebrity
Silhouette sailing from Southampton return, calling at Cherbourg, Vigo and Bilbao while being entertained by the opera stars.
Then take private transfers and train across the Channel for two nights’ accommodation in Paris before joining a seven-night Rhone River cruise through the heart of France aboard Riviera Travel’s MS
Swiss Carona sailing from Lyon to Avignon, with a night’s post-cruise hotel stay in Avignon.
The package is available from $9695 a person twin share.