GREAT CRUISE ESCAPES
LOOK AHEAD: SeaDream Yacht Club has announced a selection of sailings, from seven to 11 days, aboard its twin 112-passenger cruisers SeaDream I and SeaDream II around the Mediterranean between April and October, 2018. Fares begin at $US3504 ($4686) a person twin-share including wine with meals, open bars, watersports, use of mountain bikes for shore expeditions, gratuities, port charges and taxes. Ports of departure including Civitavecchia (Rome), Piraeus (Athens,) Barcelona, Nice, Monte Carlo, Lisbon, Dubrovnik, Malaga, and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. More: seadream.com.
ALL ABOUT YOU: Princess Cruises will be the first Carnival Corporation brand to feature Ocean Medallion, a wearable device for passengers that is powered by an interactive technology platform; the system will debut on Regal Princess from November and Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess in early 2018. The Ocean Medallion can be worn as a pendant, on a wristband as a clip or in a pocket, and embraces functions such as cabin door access, navigation around the ship, room and deck-service orders, information on ports of call and a booking facility for, say, the onboard spa or specialty restaurants. Check YouTube for a detailed demonstration. More: princess.com.
STAY AND SPRAY: Celebrity Cruises is adding more overnight stays at 41 ports on its 2018 sailings and expanding itineraries in the Arabian Peninsula, India, Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean. There are also two-night port stays in seven destinations to allow passengers more in-depth time ashore and to attend key events, including the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Celebrity Eclipse’s South
SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I, left, and SeaDream II