Thursday, July 23, 2009

P&O Release New Magazine Type Brochure for 2010 Cruises

29 June 2009 -P&O Cruises releases new magazine style brochure for 2010

In addition to a new superliner for the British market, free child places
and two round Britain cruises, P&O Cruises has added eight cruises to its
‘new magazine style’ 2010 first edition brochure.

The brochure which features a total of 156 cruise holidays between March
2010 and March 2011, visiting 210 destinations is on sale now.

P&O Cruises, managing director Nigel Esdale said, “The new P&O Cruises 2010
brochure has merged the boundaries between brochure and magazine to give
our passengers an inspirational insight into the ships and destinations
included in a P&O Cruises holiday - which you could not find in a
traditional style brochure. The new brochure will complement our website
which gives passengers much more factual information about destinations and
cruising with P&O Cruises.

The new brochure features travel articles on destinations visited in the
programme along with an insight into life on board the ships in the fleet.

“As market leaders we are offering the widest choice of departures from
Southampton during the summer season, with six ships sailing we have a
cruise to suit everyone from first-timers to the more experienced cruiser.
Passengers sailing from Southampton can start their holiday within 30
minutes of arrival at the terminal to stepping foot on board the ship of
their choice.

Highlights of the programme include:
Cruise holidays on Azura – the newest superliner addition to the
Two round Britain cruises
Six new ports of call
a Ventura 28-night Caribbean fly cruise
Expanded Caribbean and Panama Canal season with six ships sailing to
these destinations and three ships offering a fly cruise programme
Increase in Canada and New England voyages with two September
sailings and the inaugural visit for Arcadia
Enhanced value for money– Early Bird savings, and free adult and
child places throughout the season
Choice of holiday experience – ships catering for everyone from
newcomers, families, empty-nesters, baby-boomers and experienced
Lead in prices from £569 for a seven night cruise* or just £72 per
person per day for a 14 night cruise**
Exclusive flights from 13 regional airports

Early Bird savings of up to £625 per person are available, subject to

“Our Early Bird offers mean our passenger can stretch their holiday pounds
a little further with savings off cruise fares and on board spend offers.
Plus booking early will give passengers more chance of getting their first
choice cruise and cabin.

“Travelling to Europe is currently seen as an expensive holiday option due
to the weak Sterling against the Euro, but P&O Cruises passengers do not
need to miss out.

“Cruise holidays have always offered excellent value for money but with the
current exchange rate relationships cruises are now one of the most cost
effective ways to visit Europe as all on board spend is paid for in

“Real savings can be made by families as all the little extras which turn
out to be not so little, in hotels and resorts, like supervised children's
clubs, night nursery and children's entertainment are all included in the
cost of a cruise.”

The brochure includes cruises on board Azura, the newest P&O Cruises ship,
which will join the fleet in April 2010. Azura’s maiden season will
feature cruises to the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Norwegian Fjords, the
Canary Islands and the Caribbean.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cunard Announces 2011 World Cruises

June 22, 2009 - Cunard Line is proud to announce the latest chapter in its storied history: the 2011 World Voyages. In January 2011, the youngest luxury fleet at sea will see two of its regal ocean liners embark on global odysseys that together will visit 57 ports of call across 34 countries including a maiden World Voyage for the new Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Mary 2 travelling the globe via the intriguing east-west route of passage.

Each itinerary will offer a unique adventure – featuring overnights in Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai on Queen Elizabeth, and Cape Town, Sydney and Hong Kong on Queen Mary 2 - combined with the line’s hallmarks of gourmet fine dining, impeccable White Star Service™ and a wide variety of elegant stateroom accommodation including the renowned and award-winning Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites.

Queen Elizabeth Maiden World Voyage

For her maiden World Voyage, Queen Elizabeth will offer a complete circumnavigation of the globe from her home port of Southampton, crossing the Atlantic en route to New York. Especially compelling for US and Canadian guests is the option of embarking on their World Voyage experience from New York, Fort Lauderdale or – after the ship transits the Panama Canal - Los Angeles.

From the west coast, Queen Elizabeth will continue her westward journey to the ever-popular city of Sydney (where she will stay overnight) via the South Pacific and New Zealand before heading to the exotic ports of Asia including Singapore, Bali, Vietnam and Thailand as well as another overnight stay in Hong Kong. Then the ship sails on to Malaysia and India before calling on Dubai (also an overnight stay), followed by a visit to Oman before transiting the Suez Canal and taking in some of the sites of Egypt, Greece, Italy and Portugal en-route back to Southampton. Here North American guests can rendezvous with the Queen Mary 2 and take in a legendary Transatlantic crossing to complete their 103-day circumnavigation of the globe. Full World Voyage fares start from $19,995 per person.

Segment voyages capture the essence of the World Voyage and aboard Queen Elizabeth range from 12 to 25-days, including New York to Los Angeles (16 days), Los Angeles to Sydney (23 days), Sydney to Singapore (25 days), Singapore to Dubai (12 days) and Dubai to Southampton (19 days). Guests can enjoy great value by combining two or more consecutive segments to create adventurous Liner Voyages. Segment fares start from $2,545 per person.

Queen Mary 2 World Voyage

Queen Mary 2 will begin her fourth World Voyage in New York and her second passage sailing on an east-west route around the globe. After a call in Fort Lauderdale, the ship will head to the Caribbean and South America, calling on Barbados, Brazil and Uruguay before arriving for an overnight stay in the magnificent city of Cape Town in South Africa, the ship’s second visit to this exceptionally beautiful metropolis. From there she will sail to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean before an exploration of Australia that culminates with an overnight stay in Sydney. The ship continues on to New Zealand and Guam before sampling some highlights of China and Japan en-route to an overnight stay in Hong Kong, followed by visits to Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and India en-route to Dubai. From here, Queen Mary 2 will call in Egypt before making a transit of the Suez Canal that will take her to European calls in Italy, Monaco, Spain and the United Kingdom, her last call before ending her 103-day odyssey in New York. Full World Voyage fares start from $19,995 per person.

Segment voyages aboard Queen Mary 2 range from 15 to 25-days and include New York to Cape Town (23 days), Cape Town to Sydney (17 days), Sydney to Hong Kong (25 days), Hong Kong to Dubai (15 days) and Dubai to New York (23 days). Consecutive segments can be combined to experience adventurous Liner Voyages. Segment fares start from $3,245 per person.

Cunard is also pleased to offer guests the chance to enjoy the World Voyage experience using a combination of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2. Embarking in New York, guests will be able to complete the first half of their World Voyage on Queen Elizabeth before transferring ships in Sydney and sailing back to New York on Queen Mary 2.

“Cunard’s World Voyages have been a highlight of our programmes since we introduced this travel adventure in 1922 and our two global journeys offer surprising value that is truly beyond expectation,” said Carol Marlow, president and managing director of Cunard Line.

Cunard Royal Rendenzvous

Exactly three years to the day after Cunard welcomed its trio of Queens in New York, this rare event is poised to take place again on January 13, 2011 when Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth call on New York for another spectacular Cunard Royal Rendezvous. Be among the few to experience this history-making day as you depart New York Harbour on one of the most famous ocean liners in the world.

Enhanced Benefits Programme

In addition to receiving a bonus 10% discount off Early Booking Fares (EBF), Full World Voyage and Liner Voyage guests will receive an onboard credit of up to $2,000 per stateroom when they book by February 28, 2010. In addition, Full World Voyage guests will receive complimentary Hotel and Dining Charges. New for 2011, guests in Inside and Outside category staterooms will receive an onboard credit of up to $1,000 per stateroom if they book by the same date. Cunard World Club members will receive an extra 5% savings off Bonus Early Booking Fares.

Additionally, all Full World Voyage Queens Grill and Princess Grill guests will be given a $400 shipboard credit per person to use towards shore excursions of their choice. All Liner Voyage Grill guests will be given a $200 shipboard credit to be applied the same.

Further, an invitation will be extended to all Full World Voyage guests to join Carol Marlow ashore at one of the ports of call during their time onboard for the traditional World Voyage Dinner, an evening of world-class dining and entertainment.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Celebrity Equinox to Offer New Spa and Amenities

July 1, 2009 – When Celebrity Cruises’ newest Solstice-class ship, the 2,850-guest Celebrity Equinox, sets sail for the first time this summer, her sleek exterior and critically acclaimed interior design won’t be the only features raising eyebrows among cruise and travel enthusiasts. Playing off the success of the launch of her sister ship, Celebrity Solstice, the newest vessel in Celebrity’s fleet will also offer AquaClass staterooms designed to offer a soothing, spa-focused ambiance, as well as several indulgent new offerings in the onboard spa.

Celebrity’s AquaClass veranda staterooms, introduced as a Solstice-class exclusive feature last year, are located in close proximity to the ships’ two-story spa, known as “AquaSpa by Elemis.” AquaClass is the only stateroom category in Celebrity’s fleet that offers no third and fourth guest berthing, making the area quieter and more exclusive for guests wishing to relax in an utterly serene environment.
Guests in Celebrity’s AquaClass enjoy a host of spa-inspired amenities and perks. These include unlimited access to the AquaSpa’s Persian Garden aromatherapy steam room, featuring heated ceramic loungers, and the Relaxation Room, which offers stunning vistas from comfortable loungers and a peaceful ambiance. AquaClass guests also enjoy unlimited, complimentary access to the ship’s exclusive, “clean-cuisine” and Mediterranean-influenced specialty restaurant, Blu. The dinner menu features savory appetizers along the lines of roasted beet salad with goat cheese; Mediterranean chopped salad with pita chips and pomegranate vinaigrette; and entrees including blackened ahi tuna, pan-seared filet mignon, and herb-crusted rack of lamb; Blu is also open for breakfast, exclusively for AquaClass and suite guests.
AquaClass guests enjoy in-stateroom amenities that include a pillow menu featuring Swedish Isotonic, body and hypo-allergenic pillows; carafes of unsweetened iced tea; soothing, calming lavender oil in a reed diffuser; and a five-jet shower by Hansgrohe, designed to invigorate and relax. AquaClass guests on Celebrity Solstice have been enjoying the convenience of accessing free, exclusive, on-demand video programming that introduces them to wellness-themed activities such as meditation, yoga, etc., in the comfort of their stateroom.
AquaClass will comprise 130 of the ship’s 1,426 staterooms. A full 85 percent of all staterooms on Celebrity Equinox will have verandas, and all staterooms will be equipped with flat-screen TVs, smarter storage and closet space, spacious bathrooms, and plush European bedding. The ship will offer wireless Internet access throughout.
All guests on Celebrity Equinox are welcome to treat themselves to indulge in the ship’s AquaSpa by Elemis, which will offer its standard line-up of revitalizing, restorative experiences for individuals and couples. Renowned for its exotic therapies focused on beauty and wellness, Celebrity’s AquaSpa – offering full service on all ships except the 92-guest mega-yacht, Celebrity Xpedition, which offers limited options – will offer new treatments on Celebrity Equinox, including an opulent, restorative new treatment: “24-Karat Gold Facial.
The treatment, which uses an alchemy of expert touch, medicinal plants, Rose Quartz and a pure 24-karat gold leaf mask, speeds up cell renewal and results in a rebalanced, nourished, brighter and more clarified skin texture and complexion. The new ship will offer "red carpet make-up" application after every facial in its line-up, featuring a natural touch of Colorscience mineral powder and lip gloss to keep skin and lips glowing.
Guests who experience the 24-Karat Gold Facial on Celebrity Equinox will also be able to enjoy a special cocktail inspired by the treatment itself. The “Golden Kiss Martini” will feature Golden Supreme vodka, cucumber juice, agave syrup and lemon juice, muddled with fresh mint.
Celebrity Equinox will also offer a “lash and brow bar,” where guests can add glamour to their look by selecting from a variety of eyelash enhancements, offered in three styles: Natural Lashes, Evening Eyes or Ultra Glam, which features a sparkling touch of glitter. Brow sculpting will be offered by expert aestheticians who carefully shape and define the eyebrows to give the face an instant lift and a polished appearance. Brow tinting, which can cover gray hairs or enhance one’s natural look, will be available in various shades. Lash tinting, ideal for guests whose eyelashes are light in color, will also be available.Celebrity Equinox’s AquaSpa will offer a full slate of massages, wraps, couples treatments, rituals and facials. The ship also offers men’s barber services, including traditional barber shaves.
Celebrity also presents a comprehensive slate of “medi-spa” offerings onboard. As the first cruise line to offer onboard acupuncture, Celebrity will continue to offer this popular treatment on Celebrity Equinox, in a space located within the AquaSpa. Celebrity Equinox will also offer BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, which soften fine lines and wrinkles to result in a more youthful appearance; Restylane and Perlane treatments, Elemis Oxydermy facials and teeth whitening.

A full-service fitness center, located in the AquaSpa area of the ship, will offer guests the option to exercise on state-of-the-art equipment at their own pace or participate in group fitness classes. An outdoor walking/jogging track gives guests the opportunity to take in the sea air while staying healthy. Celebrity also offers guests the option to purchase personal training services onboard.
The 122,000-gross-registered-tons Celebrity Equinox is scheduled to enter service July 31 from Southampton, England, on an eight-night cruise through the majestic Norwegian Fjords, followed by a series of romantic Mediterranean sailings from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, beginning August 8.Like Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox will present guests with brand-defining, industry-first features, including a half-acre Lawn Club with real, growing grass; a glassblowing show and studio developed and presented in collaboration with The Corning Museum of Glass; 10 unrivaled dining venues, and widely varied entertainment, including shows with breathtaking aerial acts.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Celebrity Equinox Godmother Raises $85 Million For Breast Cancer Research

June 25, 2009 – Celebrity Cruises today announced that Nina Barough, CBE (Commander of the British Empire), founder of the UK-based charity, “Walk the Walk,” will serve as Godmother of Celebrity Equinox, the second in Celebrity’s lauded Solstice Class fleet.

Barough will officially name the ship in Southampton, England, during the formal naming ceremony July 29, culminating in a large bottle of champagne custom-made by The Corning Museum of Glass crashing against the hull of the 2,850-guest ship.
Celebrity selected Barough in recognition of her fervent devotion to raising awareness of breast cancer and her tremendous success in raising funds for the cause – $85-million to-date – through Walk the Walk’s “SunWalks” and “MoonWalks.” The four annual marathon walks in London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Newcastle attract thousands of women typically clad in decorated bras – the signature apparel for most participants. A fair number of men also participate in the walks.
“Nina is an outstanding leader, business person, and fundraiser, but what is perhaps most impressive, and certainly most inspiring, is her tireless devotion to breast cancer causes,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman of Celebrity Cruises and Chairman and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We are honored to have as Godmother of Celebrity Equinox someone whose work has benefited so many battling breast cancer, and whose personal triumph over the disease has inspired and encouraged thousands of women, men and families in the UK and beyond,” said Celebrity Cruises President & CEO Dan Hanrahan.A breast cancer survivor herself, Barough’s numerous other life achievements include receiving a CBE for her contributions to health care through the British “New Year Honours” in December 2006. More recently, she was recognized at the “Pride of Britain Awards” (September 2008), where she was named “Fundraiser of the Year.” And in October 2008, Barough was honored once again; this time, with the “Woman of the Year – Outstanding Achievement Award” in recognition of her willpower, spirit and courage.
“I am extremely excited to serve as this fantastic ship’s Godmother, and look forward to presiding over such a meaningful and celebratory ceremony,” said Barough. “I feel blessed to be given this opportunity to raise the profile of our charity through my association with Celebrity Cruises, and very honored to name a vessel as gorgeous as Celebrity Equinox.”
Celebrity Equinox enters service July 31 from Southampton on an eight-night Norwegian Fjords cruise, then returns to Southampton to embark on the ship’s official maiden voyage departing August 8 for the Mediterranean. The ship will present a series of Mediterranean sailings from Rome (Civitavecchia) through the fall and will offer Caribbean sailings from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., beginning this winter.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dining Options Onboard the MSC Splendida Sure to Please Anyone

(June 29, 2009) – When MSC Splendida launches on July 12 in Barcelona, the new flagship in the MSC Cruises’ fleet will offer guests the chance to experience a vast selection of food and spirits in its 18 bars and lounges, four restaurants, and two buffets.

Traditional fare includes provincial food and fine wines in L’Enoteca wine bar and spicy Mexican specialties in the Santa Fe restaurant. Villa Verde offers superb Italian delicacies with a panoramic view. The Bora Bora buffet extends the spectrum with its own special pizzeria for an exquisitely tasty but light alternative, while La Reggia serves sumptuously varied Italian dining on two floors.

The highly trained chefs on MSC Splendida offer a combined recipe collection of 2,000 different selections during a typical seven-night cruise, allowing guests to choose from 14 menus daily. Food is available onboard 24-hours-a-day.

L’Olivo, MSC Splendida’s specialty Mediterranean restaurant, is named after the olive tree which has contributed so much to the rich and diverse cultures nurtured by the ocean. It delivers the essence of these cultures from their aromas, history, and sensibilities to tastes. L’Olivo offers select authentic delicacies from 14 different Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey, each prepared to the highest standards using only the finest ingredients from their traditional areas of production.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announce 2010 Irineraries

June 25, 2009 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) today announced the line’s full 2010 cruise program on its three luxury all-suite ships: the 700-guest Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner, and the 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator.

More Inclusive than Ever: 2-for-1 Fares, Free Air and Free Unlimited Shore Excursions Making its product even more enticing than ever before, RSSC now offers 2-for-1 fares, free roundtrip airfare and free unlimited shore excursions on all 2010 departures.

By adding these valuable amenities to a product that already includes all soft drinks, fine wines, premium spirits, onboard gratuities and governmental fees and taxes, Regent now offers the most inclusive cruise product ever offered by a luxury line. “This is a truly exciting announcement for us,” said Mark Conroy, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “We are basically offering our discerning world travelers the opportunity to purchase almost every element of their cruise vacation upfront to ensure a hassle-free, relaxed vacation at sea and ashore that they can enjoy in the luxury and style of a Regent experience,” he added.

Limited Time Offer:

Additional Savings up to $1,000 per person Additional savings of up to $1000 per person are available for those booking and depositing a 2010 Regent cruise by September 30, 2009.

Global Deployment in 2010 Varying in length from 7-night cruises in favorite cruise areas such as Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean to an around-the-world Grand Voyage of 119 nights, the 2010 RSSC programs continue to offer a truly diverse collection of luxury cruise options, living up to its brand promise of Luxury Goes Exploring® .

A total of 92 cruise departures encompass every major cruise area of the world: Asia; Antarctica; Australia/New Zealand; the South Pacific; India; Arabia; East, South and West Africa; North and South America; Northern Europe; the Mediterranean; Mexico, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean; and Alaska.

Highlights of the 2010 program include:

Four Grand Voyages Continuing the tradition of offering extended voyages in the winter and fall, RSSC will offer the following Grand Voyages in 2010: Seven Seas Voyager will offer a 119-night World Cruise (RSSC’s 10th such voyage) departing San Diego on January 14, following an exclusive performance for full World Cruise guests by America’s favorite TV comic Jay Leno and rock ‘n roll icons The Beach Boys. The voyage can be purchased in its four-month entirety, or in five shorter segments from 14 to 35 nights. The World Cruise is a global circumnavigation, crossing the Pacific Ocean to Australia via French Polynesia and various South Pacific islands; continuing to Singapore via Indonesia; on to Hong Kong via Brunei, the Philippines and mainland China; sailing West via Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives, Seychelles and East and South Africa; and finally returning home to Fort Lauderdale via various stops in West Africa (maiden calls for RSSC), and then transatlantic to the Caribbean and Turks & Caicos islands. Seven Seas Mariner will operate a 65-night Circle South America cruise roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, departing January 10.

The Grand Voyage can be purchased as a 2-month odyssey or in three shorter segments from 14 to 30 nights. The voyage starts with a two-week Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Lima, Peru, followed by a month-long cruise through the Chilean fjords and around Cape Horn (with a special first-time visit to Antarctica by an all-suite Regent ship) to the Falkland Islands, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro; ending with a three-week cruise home via the Amazon River (up to Manaus) and North through the Caribbean to Fort Lauderdale. A Grand Asia Pacific cruise of 96 nights will be offered on Seven Seas Navigator departing Anchorage, Alaska on September 15. The voyage can be purchased in its three-month entirety, or in five shorter segments from 15 to 22 nights.

The voyage starts with a northern transpacific crossing from Alaska to Beijing, via Japan; a three-week journey to Thailand via Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam; another three-week voyage to Sydney via Singapore, Indonesia and the North and East coasts of Australia; a two-week journey from Australia and Tasmania to the South and North islands of New Zealand; ending with a three-week transpacific crossing to San Francisco via Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii.

Finally, a 75-night Discovery Collection voyage on Seven Seas Mariner departing Istanbul on October 21. The voyage can be purchased in its entirety or in four shorter segments of 14 to 25 nights. The voyage starts from Turkey, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Holy Land, through the Suez Canal and Red Sea to the Arabian Gulf and the United Arab Emirate of Dubai; continuing with an Indian Ocean odyssey via India, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion and South Africa; followed by a two-week southern transatlantic crossing from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro via Namibia and St. Helena; ending with a Christmas and New Year’s cruise through Brazil and the Caribbean to Fort Lauderdale.
Shorter Programs and Traditional Favorites

In addition to the Grand Voyages, RSSC will continue to offer more standard cruise programs in traditional cruise areas: Following the World Cruise, Seven Seas Voyager makes a northern transatlantic crossing to Southampton, England via the northeastern US and Canadian seaboard and Reykjavik, Iceland.

This is followed by a series of 7 to 14-night cruises to the Baltic and Russia in the summer months, punctuated by a 15-night cruise through the Norwegian fjords to the Arctic Circle.

For the fall, Seven Seas Voyager moves south to the Mediterranean for five 10 to 14-night cruises before sailing transatlantic to Fort Lauderdale for four Caribbean cruises from South Florida.

After the Circle South America Grand Voyage, Seven Seas Mariner sails eastbound transatlantic for a full season of Mediterranean cruises of 7 to 12 nights in length featuring the highlights of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, with voyages beginning or ending in Monte Carlo, Rome, Athens, Venice or Istanbul.

Seven Seas Navigator operates a series of 7 to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America during the winter months, followed by a full season of 7-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage during the summer.

A Refurbished Fleet of Ultra-Luxury, Medium-Sized Ships

Following a major refurbishment program involving a total investment of around $70 million, the three-ship ultra-luxury fleet of Regent Seven Seas is at the forefront of luxury cruising.

Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner emerged in early 2009 from extensive refurbishment, and Seven Seas Navigator will receive a transformational makeover during a 22-night dry-docking in January 2010.

In addition to offering the largest lead-in suites at sea (minimum size 301 square feet), RSSC offers the highest percentage of private balconies of any cruise line, including the world’s only all-suite, all-balcony ships.

All of Regent’s award-winning suite accommodations feature walk-in closets and marble-appointed bathrooms. Combined with the highly professional, friendly service, the exclusive enrichment and entertainment programs, stellar cuisine with up to four dining venues, and the all-inclusive product, RSSC offers the luxury cruise traveler a relaxing vacation that is second to none.

Expanded Butler Service Enhancing yet another level of luxury to the fleet, starting in 2010

Butler service will be expanded to include guests accommodated in suite category C and above (currently B and above). This change will add 85 Butler suites for a new total of 290 fleet-wide (113 on Seven Seas Voyager, 92 on Seven Seas Mariner, and 85 on Seven Seas Navigator), representing over 30% of the total suites available.

Friday, July 17, 2009

CruiseWest Releases Revised 2010 Itineraries

June 25, 2009 -Drawing on its 63 years of tour/cruise experience in Alaska, Cruise West, is introducing a new seven-night Alaska’s Inside Passage itinerary that highlights more wilderness and Zodiac experiences and authentic ports of call. Four-night departures will be offered on Glacier Bay Highlights and Glaciers of Prince William Sound voyages, and the popular 10-night Gold Rush Inside Passage returns with a new port of call. The deployment changes reflect the Spirit of ’98 staying on the Columbia River and the Spirit of Oceanus venturing on a new epic world voyage in 2010.

“Our redeployment is in response to demand and current market conditions, while maintaining the integrity and heritage of our core Alaska products,” said President and CEO Dietmar Wertanzl. “In addition, the new Inside Passage itinerary really reflects our core values as a company, which is to get off the beaten path and explore! The best attributes of both our Whales & Wilderness and classic Alaska’s Inside Passage itineraries were combined for the new streamlined itinerary. The included ports of call and waterways are a natural for our small vessels and this itinerary also offers further exploration by small craft excursions.”

The deployment modifications include 25 departures of the new seven-night Alaska’s Inside Passage cruise roundtrip from Juneau, which includes a winning combination of authentic ports, an included shore excursion in every port and awe-inspiring wilderness cruising. Guests spend one full day exploring both historical Sitka where a choice of additional shore excursions awaits, and World Heritage Site Glacier Bay National Park.

The company enhances the itinerary with Wrangell, a hidden jewel that offers a plethora of high action optional excursions including bear viewing from the Anan Bear Observatory and taking a jet boat up the Stikine River. The lovely fishing village of Petersburg features a performance by the Leikarring Dancers, beautiful walks, and the charm of the local people and their rich Norwegian heritage. Always a favorite is scenic cruising in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, considered the most prolific whale watching waters in Alaska.

Also featured are two additional days spent searching for sea and wildlife, including opportunities to explore around Lake Eva, Red Bluff or Security Bay by Zodiac inflatable craft, and a full day at Icy Strait and the Inian Islands. The action takes place on the 138-guest Spirit of Yorktown and 102-guest Spirit of Endeavour. Prices start at $4,399, per person double occupancy.

Further, the 84-guest Spirit of Discovery will operate 24 departures of the four-night Glacier Bay Highlights itinerary, roundtrip from Juneau. This cruise offers two nights in Glacier Bay National Park, with a stop at Bartlett Cove for a special presentation and an opportunity to take a nature walk, and a full day of adventures at Haines and Skagway. Prices start at $1,599 per person, double occupancy. Pre and post night hotel packages are available to build in time for "Cruise West crafted" excursions to enhance your experience.

The 78-guest Spirit of Columbia will operate 19 departures of the four-night Glaciers of Prince William Sound itinerary, roundtrip from Anchorage. One fifth of the state’s tide water glaciers are located in Prince William Sound and this is nature cruising at its finest. The glaciers and scenery are sure to stun even the most seasoned traveler. The small fishing village of Cordova, known for its prized Copper River salmon and inaccessible by highway, is a featured port stop offering adventure activities including kayaking, hiking and river rafting. Prices start at $1,199 per person, double occupancy.

Cruise West’s popular 10-day Gold Rush Inside Passage itinerary has been revised to include Misty Fiords and the authentic Tsimshian community, Metlakatla. Ten departures will cruise between Seattle and Juneau at the beginning and end of the season on all four ships. Port calls include traditional favorites and many jewels: San Juan Islands; scenic sea and wildlife cruising in the Strait of Georgia, Frederick Sound, Tracy Arm and Sergius Narrows; the Norwegian fishing village of Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway and Glacier Bay National Park. This cruise offers exceptional value with prices starting at $3,599 per person, double occupancy.

Cruise West is the only cruise line that provides a land tour extension featuring a 3-night stay at the six million acre Denali National Park and Preserve, included in all standard land tours. Guests have more time to explore the park and enjoy included exclusive lectures by naturalists from the Denali Education Center and Alaska Geographic. For guests seeking an even more in-depth and active Denali adventure before their cruise, the company offers a more exclusive and intimate experience at two interior park lodges: Kantishna Roadhouse or North Face Lodge.

As always, Cruise West includes a shore excursion in every port and offers numerous optional excursions to further personalize the guest experience. For maximum value, book and pay in full by August 14, 2009, and save up to $700 per person.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oceania Cruises New Marina to Have Renoun Canyon Ranch SPAClub

June 26, 2009 - The world famous Canyon Ranch®, leading operator of destination health resorts, will design and operate the spa, beauty salon, wellness and fitness facilities on board Marina, which is set to debut in late 2010, announced Bob Binder, President of Oceania Cruises.
"We are delighted with our new partnership with Canyon Ranch as their unique approach to lifestyle perfectly complements the Oceania Cruises brand," stated Binder.

According to Binder, the facility will be a Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, from the Canyon Ranch at Sea division. Canyon Ranch SpaClub aboard Marina will feature a visually stunning state-of-the-art spa, wellness and fitness facility, plus a luxurious full-service beauty salon. SpaClub will offer the most desirable spa amenities available: there will be 16 massage, body and skin-care treatment rooms, a gym and weight room with more than 50 pieces of cardio and weight training equipment, a juice bar, men's and women's locker rooms, thalassotherapy pool, two whirlpools and Thermal Suite.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub will debut fleet-wide on Marina's sister ships Regatta, Insignia and Nautica by September 1st of this year. "We wanted to bring this world-renowned experience to the guests on our existing ships as soon as possible as it presented us with the perfect opportunity to enhance our acclaimed product and further the evolution of our brand," added Binder.

Oceania Cruises will also feature a full range of culinary offerings from Canyon Ranch's incomparable Spa Cuisine which is both nutritious and created with the highest gourmet standards. This array of healthy cuisine will be available at breakfast, lunch and dinner in both the Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café. Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine will debut aboard Regatta, Insignia and Nautica in April and May, 2010 and aboard Marina in late 2010.
"Canyon Ranch shares our passion for fine cuisine and our Executive Chefs will be working with their culinary team to create a unique and diverse array of healthy, gourmet meals," added Binder.

More Than a Spa, a Lifestyle

Canyon Ranch certified fitness instructors will conduct daily group and private fitness, yoga and tai chi classes for guests. In addition, on select voyages Canyon Ranch healthy living experts will offer on-board presentations and workshops addressing lifestyle change, healthy living, stress management and a variety of other topics.

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub beauty salon will offer complete beauty services for women and men. The extensive Salon menu will feature hair design and nail care treatments, including luxurious spa manicures and pedicures, makeup consultations and makeovers.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub aboard Marina will incorporate unique water features throughout, emphasizing the healing and therapeutic benefits of water and heat. A thalassotherapy pool will feature airbed recliner lounges, neck fountains, deluge waterfall, air tub and body massage jet benches. The pool area also will have a whirlpool.

Adjacent to the pool will be an extensive co-ed Thermal Suite featuring an herbal sauna, Finnish sauna, reflexology basins and an aromatic steam room. Also on board will be the exotic Rasul Ceremony, a Canyon Ranch SpaClub signature treatment. This medicinal mud and steam treatment, which takes place in an ornately tiled steam chamber, is derived from an ancient cleansing ritual.

SpaClub's array of rejuvenating spa treatments also will include massages and therapeutic bodywork, mud, aromatherapy, ayuvedic and seaweed treatments, facials and masks, conditioning body scrubs and therapeutic body cocoons.

"Canyon Ranch is thrilled to be expanding its 'at Sea' division aboard Oceania Cruises' Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Marina," stated Chief Operating Officer Peter Smith. "We share Oceania Cruises' passion for unparalleled service and look forward to bringing our highly acclaimed amenities to our mutual guests in a state-of-the-art facility."

A Ship for Food Lovers

Oceania Cruises' new Marina has been purposefully designed for epicureans with 10 dining venues, including six open-seating, gourmet restaurants. Public spaces awash in rich woods, marble and granite, fine wool carpets and lustrous leather retain the intimacy and signature design elements of the line's three sister ships while affording an increased level of space, comfort, convenience and luxury amenities. Accommodations are comprised of 629 state-rooms and suites, 96 percent of which have private verandas. Facilities include an array of elegant bars and lounges, Canyon Ranch SpaClub, outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs.

About Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch pioneered the evolution of wellness lifestyle and has been an industry leader for nearly 30 years. Operating the world's most celebrated collection of life-enhancement properties, Canyon Ranch has destination health resorts in Tucson, Ariz. and Lenox, Mass., and SpaClubs (spa, wellness and fitness facilities designed to give guests a taste of the more intensive resort experiences) at The Venetian/The Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas, Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla., and onboard cruise ships. In addition, the company recently opened Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, the nation's first luxury wellness hotel and residential community. Canyon Ranch has been named the "Healthiest Spa in America" by Health magazine as well as the "Best Spa for Food" by Gourmet magazine.

About Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises® is the world's only upper-premium cruise line and offers an unrivaled combination of the finest cuisine at sea, elegant accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. Award-winning itineraries visit more than 180 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Americas aboard three luxurious, 684-guest ships: Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. The 1,258-guest Marina joins the fleet in winter 2010.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SeaDream Cruise Offering Discounts - It's Yachting and Not Cruising

June 26, 2009 - SeaDream Yacht Club is offering exceptional value on published rates for selected Caribbean sailings in October, November and December this year, including year-end holiday voyages.

The ultra-luxury operator of the twin mega yacht cruisers, SeaDream I and II, is offering these savings on selected seven- to nine-day sailings. Also included are two transatlantic voyages---Europe to the Caribbean---with 49 percent savings.

Caribbean sailings are San Juan-San Juan, St, Thomas-San Juan, St. Maarten-St. Maarten and St. Maarten-San Juan. The transatlantic voyages are Lisbon-San Juan and Seville-San Juan.
SeaDream fares include all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, open bar with selected premium brands, plus use of “water toys” from the vessel’s Marina and gratuities.

Bob Lepisto, President of SeaDream, reiterates “It’s Yachting not cruising. That’s our mantra. And by the way, have you noticed that as other lines get bigger, SeaDream becomes more special and exclusive? It’s an incredibly good value.”

Limited space is available, is capacity controlled and these offers may be withdrawn at any time. Certain restrictions apply. Contact: SeaDream Yacht Club 1 800 707-4911

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Special Summer Discounts Aboard NCL America's Pride of America

June 29, 2009 – Travelers can declare their vacation independence this summer with a Freestyle Cruising experience aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, the only U.S.-flagged ship to offer seven-day Hawai’i inter-island cruises to all four main islands. With more than 100 hours of port time, guests have the opportunity to explore active volcanoes, lush canyons and endless beaches.

Pride of America sails seven-day Hawai’i inter-Island cruises year-round, departing every Saturday round-trip from Honolulu with overnight stops in Kahului, Maui and Nãwiliwili, Kaua’i; and a day in Kona, Hawai’i. Cruises are from $829 per person, based on double occupancy.
Brad Huffines of Huntsville , Alabama , who recently sailed on Pride of America with his wife and three-year old son, remarked on what a wonderful experience they had.

“Our cruise was incredible. It was easily the friendliest and most responsive cruise line staff I have ever experienced. This is a cruise everyone should put on the top of their travel to do lists,” said Huffines. “I recommend Pride of America to any and everyone as it easily matched the best cruse experience we have ever had. Perfect ship, perfect staff and perfect ports of call.”
Pride of America features the innovative attributes of Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising with a star spangled line up of eight culinary options, dynamic public rooms such as the Hollywood Theater, the expansive Rascal’s Kids Center and the luxurious Santa Fe Spa & Fitness Center . The heart of the ship, the Capitol Atrium, is inspired by the Capitol Building and White House and features a decorative stone floor, impressive water feature and a stunning backlit glass dome.

The cornerstone of Freestyle Cruising is Norwegian’s Freestyle Dining program, especially convenient for families with small children who like to eat early or even families with older children who can appreciate the flexibility of open seating and variety of restaurants. In addition, Pride of America offers seven lounges and bars including the Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge – the ship’s nightclub, the Napa Wine Bar, Pink’s Champagne & Cigar Bar, John Adams Coffee Bar, Gold Rush Pub and the outdoor pool bars – Ocean Drive Bar, Key West Bar & Grill and the Waikiki Bar.

Pride of America offers an extensive choice of cabins highlighted by an expansive Grand Suite, a broad range of family accommodations with more than 250 staterooms that interconnect, more than 660 balcony staterooms, as well as Family Suites, accommodating up to eight people.
The ship features the latest in relaxation and fitness facilities with the Santa Fe Spa and Fitness Center . The spa is a tranquil area making use of natural elements such as stone and wood and offers an exotic menu of spa and beauty treatments combining the best of East and West. The spa also features invigorating saunas and a steam room and a relaxation area.
The fitness center boasts state-of-the-art exercise equipment and cardiovascular machines, each with their own flat screen TV, an aerobics room offering high/low impact aerobics, yoga, power walking and spinning classes.

The Sports Deck includes a basketball and volleyball court. The large South Beach sunning and swimming area is inspired by Miami’s Art Deco district and features some novel distractions including a gyroscope and bungee trampoline, and activities capturing the energy and fun of Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road .

The ship is particularly family-friendly and features the Rascal’s Kids Center and Kid’s Pool, a supervised facility for children designed around a theme of native animals of America .
Norwegian’s Kid's Crew program in Hawai`i features a plethora of supervised activities for youths aged 2-17. While parents take advantage of Norwegian’s on-board amenities such as spa facilities, casinos, or a cozy dinner, the children are enjoying games, parties, scavenger hunts, pajama parties and much more.
To help travelers sample the colorful culture and see the dramatic scenery in each port of call, Norwegian offers an extensive Shore Excursion program including more than 125 tours and activities. In O’ahu on the famous Waikiki Beach , guests can “hang loose” and watch surfers vie for the perfect wave in the shadow of the majestic Diamond Head . On “the Magic Isle” also known as Maui , guests can discover whale-filled seas, relax on heavenly beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters or play golf on world-class greens. The spirit and energy of creation surround Hawai’i 's Big Island – Hilo where guests can have the opportunity to see flowing, red lava and even walk on cooled lava on the Kilauea Lava Viewing Adventure. The island of discovery known as Kaua’i has a lush, rural feel and a laid-back lifestyle. On Kaua’i, guests should not miss the Tubing the Ditch Expedition which offers guests an exclusive experience on private lands tubing historic waterways along the tropical flumes and ditches of the old Lihue Plantation, which were engineered and hand dug in 1912. The cruise also features a sail by Kaua’i’s rugged and breathtaking Na Pali Coast.

For more information or to book a sailing on Pride of America, call a travel professional, go to or contact Norwegian at 866-234-7350.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Crystal Cruise Helps You Perfect Your Style

June 29, 2009 – Veteran wardrobe stylists and designers will host a complimentary “Style Desk” aboard Crystal Cruises’ new “Sun, Sea and Euro-Style” sailing this fall. Crystal’s Experiences of Discovery program promises an experience to remember as fashion experts offer one-on-one consultations, answer fashion dilemmas and help travelers enhance their own personal sense of style. Setting the stage for the ultra-luxury line’s new Fashion & Style cruise is Crystal Serenity’s 12-day Mediterranean itinerary from Venice to Barcelona on October 20.

Stylist/costume designer Anna Wycoff and designer Gayle Davis will also provide an insider’s look at the fashion world, with a strong emphasis on European style. The team will present a colorful look at the evolution of European fashion and cinema costuming, culminating in a fanciful afternoon tea themed with a 1950’s vintage fashion show.

Fashionable highlights of the voyage include:

* Fashion & Style Desk – Stylists offer personal consultations to perfect your look.* Personal Style – Embracing Authenticity as a Virtue – From Bardot to Bogart: A discussion of signature styles.

* European Cinema Costuming – Learn how costumes enhance a film's story, and examine iconic characters from films like La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday set in the ship’s destinations.

* A European Fashion Evolution – Explore the 1950’s to 60’s, when a radical ready-to-wear European revolution replaced manicured couture. * Fashion Show Tea – “Riviera Rendezvous,” a vintage fashion show created exclusively for Crystal guests. Anna Wyckoff is a Los Angeles-based costume designer and personal wardrobe stylist who has styled runway shows on both coasts. Gayle Davis is the co-owner of the M Stevens dancewear company who also custom designs and styles under her own label.

“The Mediterranean provides a chic backdrop to an insightful look at memorable European fashion,” says Christopher Escamilla, Crystal’s entertainment coordinator. “Always open and accessible, with infectious enthusiasm, Anna and Gayle are fashion cheerleaders for men and women.”

The 12-day cruise visits Venice, Dubrovnik, Catania, Civitavecchia/Rome, Livorno/Florence, Monte Carlo and Barcelona. With Celebration Savings of up to $1,500 per person, fares start at $4,515, per person, double occupancy, plus $1,000 All Inclusive – As You Wish onboard spending credits.For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the line’s website at

Sunday, July 12, 2009

MSC Cruises' MSC Splendida Offers Green Technologies

(June 29, 2009) – Reflecting the high personal standards and love of the sea of its owners, MSC Cruises has incorporated the latest and best systems for protecting the environment into the new MSC Splendida, which will be christened by godmother Sophia Loren on July 12. Like her sister ship MSC Fantasia, the MSC Splendida effectively utilizes “green” technology to ensure that she preserves the beauty of the sea and the air wherever she travels.

The many environmentally friendly features onboard include:
  • A five-stage Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) plant that processes all wastewater produced onboard. Although the effluent produced by this system is so pure that it could be discharged into the ocean without harming the ecosystem, it is stored onboard for later transfer to land-based waste systems in port.

  • Innovative Stateroom Monitoring System technology in the staterooms and public areas provides nearly a 25 percent reduction in onboard energy use. For example, this system is able to detect an opened stateroom window or balcony doors, adjusting the room temperature setting in the climate control system accordingly.

  • Special high-efficiency incinerators handle disposal of paper and cardboard waste onboard, while compacting machines and grinders sort and prepare aluminium and glass which is later recycled in port.

These environmental safeguards of MSC Splendida match those used on her sister ship, MSC Fantasia, which earned the distinction of being the first passenger ship to receive the prestigious ‘6 Golden Pearls’ award from Bureau Veritas in recognition as one of the greenest ships in the world.

MSC Splendida is currently awaiting certification for this classification, which also includes meeting the highest standards for food quality and safety.

MSC Cruises cares about the environment and continues to take steps towards its improvement. The company was one of the first to sign the Venice Blue Flag agreement to reduce emissions in the Venice Lagoon through the use of ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel in its engines. For this year's World Environment Day, on June 5, , on June 5, MSC Cruises offered free onboard screenings of the Home by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, produced by Denis Carot, Luc Besson and François-Henri Pinault.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hurtigruten Offers Discounts and Provides Bikes

June 2009 – Whether the attraction is the perpetual summer light of Norway’s Midnight Sun, energizing the spirit and providing hours-long sunsets, or heaven's stunning fall/winter light show known as the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, guests may have a tough time choosing as Hurtigruten offers substantial savings packages that are equally enticing.

The company's "Two-For-One" sale, allowing companions to share a cabin for the price of one fare, or its newest bundled savings offer - the "Norwegian Coastal Value Package," which combines air, land and cruise into one discounted parcel, have been extended to cover bookings made by August 31. The six-, seven- and 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage sailings on one of Hurtigruten’s modern fleet of ships provide abundant opportunities to take in the many attractions lining the country’s 1,250-mile west coast including the verdant fjords, charming fishing villages, and cities such as Art Nouveau Alesund and lively Tromso and Trondheim.

The “Norwegian Coastal Value Package,” a one-stop all-inclusive promotion available on peak season bookings through September, includes roundtrip air, hotel and transfers. The select six-, seven- and 12-day itineraries become nine-and 14-day cruise-tours with the addition of one night in Oslo and Bergen or one in either city. Prices range from $2,359 to $4,129 if booked by August 31. Air fare add-ons for the two promotions from North American gateways are priced from $100 to $360. Air fuel surcharges, air and cruise taxes and ticketing are included.
Hurtigruten's "Two-For-One" applies on most sailings between Sept. and Dec. and is as simple as its name suggests - companions sharing a cabin and booking by August 31 each pay 50% of the normal per person fare. Cabin prices on the six-day southbound voyage are $680 to $1,110, per person, double with the discount; on the seven-day northbound voyage the reduced rates are $865 to $1,410; and the 12-day roundtrip comes in at $1,235 to $2,015. Gov. fees and cruise taxes are included.

Rental bicycles are now onboard each Hurtigruten ship so guests can strike out a bit further afield when they head for shore -- exploring the nooks and crannies of each port visited. The ships’ 34 ports feature a fascinating array of sites, with many offering bragging rights upon return home: in Bergen, travelers can visit the Akvariet Aquarium, boasting the largest collection of saltwater fish in the world; and at the Bryggen Museum, explore the remains of five wooden houses dating back to the 11th century, as well as well as the world’s largest collection of rune stones, inscribed by the Vikings. In Hammerfest, guests can visit the world’s northernmost Catholic community; and in Vardo, the world’s northernmost fort. In Longyearbyen, the ships call at the world's most northern town; and in Tromso, Norway’s seventh largest city, the world’s most northernmost mosque, brewery, university, botanical garden and planetarium.
Shore excursions proffer up options as well including visits to Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage site, with a stop at Ornesvingen, boasting stunning views of the fjord, mountains and the “Seven Sisters” waterfall. A sailing adventure transports travelers through Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen, where sea eagles spread their wings overhead. From Bodo, guests can embark on an excursion to Saltstraumen, where in sturdy rafts, they witness the world’s most powerful tidal currents and a range of mountains dating back more than 250 million years. At the Lofotr Museum, guests will learn about Viking history, experiencing a recreated Chieftain’s house where a feast, mirroring dishes from the Viking Ages, will be served.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in exploration cruising, sailing to some of the world's most remote destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen, combining once-in-a-lifetime trips with learning as experts in the fields of geology, environmental sciences, wildlife, botany and more travel with the guests to inform and educate. For more information about the cruises, pre- and post-cruise explorations and optional excursions, brochures and reservations can be obtained from Hurtigruten Inc., (800) 323-7436 or (212) 319-1300; fax (212) 319-1390; for brochures (800) 582-0835, 24 hours a day;

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cunard and P&O Set Record fro 2011 World Cruise Bookings

July 3, 2009 Bookings opened for the P&O Cruises and Cunard 2011 world voyages this weekwith a record breaking start.

On Wednesday 1 July, 2,044 people booked voyages from the two programs, 47% more than on the same day last year for 2010 world voyages, when a total of 1,385 bookings were made.
P&O Cruises is offering its largest ever world voyage programme in 2011, with four ships offering itineraries.
For Cunard, the brand new ocean linerQueen Elizabeth is sailing on her maiden world cruise, with Queen Mary 2undertaking her fourth Grand Voyage.
P&O Cruises managing director, Nigel Esdale, said: “We hope that thefigures for both companies are indicative of shoots of growth for thetravel industry as a whole, and show the resilience of the cruise sector. The appetite to take that ‘once in a lifetime’ voyage is far from in decline, and for many experienced cruisers a world voyage is becoming a regular winter holiday experience.

The success of this launch day suggeststhat cruising is more immune to the current economic climate and that holidays are still a priority.“P&O Cruises is the world voyage expert and has used this wealth ofexperience to create this, the largest and most varied programme for 2011.

With four ships sailing roundtrip from Southampton visiting a total of 89 ports in 46 countries we are able to offer more choice, more destinationsand more holiday options than ever before.”Cunard president and managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “We are delighted to see this great response to the Cunard world voyage program. We were the first to offer a world cruise back in 1922, and guests still seek out that civilised and authentic Cunard experience.

Queen Elizabeth,whose keel was laid in Italy this week, will take her maiden word voyage in2011”.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Carnival Offers West Coast Cruise Starting at $43 Per Day

(June 25, 2009) – With Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships returning to Mexico earlier this month, the line is currently offering some exceptionally attractive rates on its shorter itineraries departing from Long Beach and San Diego.

Early Saver rates starting from only $169 per person are available on three- and four-day mid-week voyages aboard the Carnival Elation from San Diego, as well as four-day voyages on the Carnival Paradise from Long Beach. Early Saver rates are available up to three months prior to sailing date for cruises of five days or less and up to five months prior to sailing date for longer length voyages.
The special fares include all stateroom types, including suites, and come with a rate protection feature if rates later drop below what the consumer originally paid.
Attractive rates are also available on Carnival Elation’s new four-day weekend and five-day cruises that begin next month featuring extended visits to the beautiful Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas. Unique to this program is the five-day itinerary departing Saturdays that features two full days in Cabo San Lucas.

“Consumers today are seeking strong vacation value and Carnival’s West Coast shorter cruises provide a great vacation at a very affordable price,” said Lynn Torrent, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services. “For as little as $43 per day, no other land-based vacation comes close to the value of a Carnival cruise. Plus, with a wide selection of three- to five-day cruises from two convenient homeports, there’s an attractive option for every vacation budget,” she added. Carnival’s West Coast shorter cruise options include:

• Three- and four-day Baja cruises aboard the Carnival Paradise year-round from Long Beach, providing a fun getaway at an excellent value. Three-day cruises departing Fridays call at Ensenada, while four-day voyages departing Mondays visit Ensenada and Catalina Island. Early Saver rates start at $219 per person for three-day cruises and $169 per person for four-day cruises.
• Three-, four- and five-day Baja or Cabo sailings on the Carnival Elation year-round from San Diego. Three-day cruises departing Fridays visit Ensenada. Four-day cruises departing Mondays call at Ensenada and Catalina Island, while four-day weekend cruises depart Thursdays and feature Cabo San Lucas. Five-day cruises departing Saturdays offer two full days in Cabo San Lucas, while five-day cruises departing Mondays stop at Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada. Early Saver rates start at $169 per person for three-day and four-day mid-week cruises; $259 per person for four-day weekend cruises; and $299 per person for five-day cruises.

Signature ‘Fun Ship’ Facilities and Features The 70,000-ton Carnival Paradise and Carnival Elation, both of which have undergone multi-million-dollar renovations, offer a variety of facilities and features – a 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, lavish production shows presented in elaborate multi-level theaters, three swimming pools, conference centers, a jogging track, and spacious accommodations. All staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.Dining options include two main dining rooms, an expansive poolside eatery with 24-hour pizza and ice cream, sushi bars, patisseries and complimentary 24-hour stateroom service.

Both of these ships offer the choice of traditional early or late assigned dining or Your Time dining which allows guests to dine at any time between 5:45 pm and 9:30 pm.

Each ship also features Carnival’s award-winning children’s programs – Camp Carnival for ages 2-11, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds and Club O2 for ages 15-17, with expansive facilities and dedicated counselors for each group.

An Internet café, ship wide Wi-Fi access and cell phone service are available, as well.

Rates are based on double occupancy, reflect category 4 (interior) accommodations for select fall sailings and are subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Carnival Dream Completes Sea Trials

July 2, 2009 -The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, Carnival Cruise Lines’ largest ship, is shown here conducting sea trials in the Adriatic Sea in preparation for its Sept. 21 debut from Europe.
Currently under construction by the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, near Trieste, the 3,646-passenger vessel had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested the Carnival Dream’s sophisticated navigation and mechanical systems. Following sea trials, Carnival Dream returned to Monfalcone, where it will undergo final interior outfitting.

Carnival Dream will usher in an exciting new era of “Fun Ship” cruising and offer a host of innovations, including Ocean Plaza, an indoor/outdoor café and entertainment venue, cantilevered whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides, and a variety of accommodation categories, including cove balconies that are closer to the water line and five-berth, two-bathroom staterooms that will be ideal for families.

Carnival Dream is scheduled to enter service in Europe Sept. 21 operating a series of Mediterranean cruises before repositioning to New York for eight-day cruises Nov. 15 and 23. The ship will operate a special nine-day cruise from Port Canaveral Dec. 3 then launch year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from that port Dec. 12.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Luxury Seabourn Odyssey Delivered

June 24, 2009 (Miami) – The Yachts of Seabourn embarks today upon an expansive future as Seabourn Odyssey launches from Venice as the first ultra-luxury vessel to debut in six years.

The 32,000-ton vessel built by T. Mariotti of Genoa, Italy, accommodates 450 guests in 225 luxury suites, ninety percent with verandas, offering one of the highest space-per-guest ratios in the industry with highly personalized service.

Odyssey features the largest spa on any luxury yacht, four restaurants and a host of luxury amenities. Guests of the maiden voyage will also share the unprecedented honor of acting as godparents.

Odyssey is the first of three new vessels Seabourn is building, a 216% increase in capacity for the line, with Seabourn Sojourn launching in June 2010 and a third new-build in 2011.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Seabourn Odyssey to our distinguished fleet of yachts,” said Pamela Conover, President and CEO of The Yachts of Seabourn. “The launch of Odyssey allows us to serve more travelers but still offer the intimate and exclusive experience which has made us a leader in the luxury cruising market.

”Enticements are everywhere aboard Odyssey. The Spa at Seabourn is the largest spa on any luxury vessel at 11,400 square feet and is the only cruise vessel to offer SkinCeuticals, the award-winning skincare line, products and treatments at sea. Passengers can enjoy a hydropool, Kinesis wall, two herbal steam rooms as well as two Spa Villas complete with a whirlpool big enough for two, a private balcony for sunbathing, a double daybed and a full living room.

Passengers on Odyssey will savor five-star, all-inclusive dining in four restaurants from the fine-dining Restaurant with menus crafted by Charlie Palmer to the casual, open-air Patio Grill or choose course-by-course dining from the comfort of their suite.

With an intimate yacht-like atmosphere, passengers can choose from other highlights including 11 decks harboring two outdoor swimming pools, six outdoor whirlpools, water sports from the unique marina, and a private diamond showroom. The Retreat features a contoured nine-hole mini golf course, a giant chess board, shuffleboard and stargazing in the evening.

Additional amenities include Seabourn-branded netbooks and iPods for loan as well as complimentary pool-side massages and signature ‘Caviar in the Surf’ service.

The Grand Wintergarden Suite, the largest of any Seabourn suite, offers 1,182 square feet of indoor space plus two verandas. The two bedroom, two bathroom suite features a glass-enclosed solarium with tub and daybed, as well as a whirlpool, dining for six, two bars and three flat-screen televisions.

All guests on Odyssey receive exceptional personalized service with nearly one staff member per guest and top-of-the-line amenities including the new Molton Brown Therapies skincare line, available for the first time at sea.

A new feature of Odyssey, Seabourn Square, is an innovative “concierge lounge” with a library, upscale shops, outdoor terrace and coffee bar, as well as concierges in a relaxed, club-like atmosphere.

Odyssey will spend her maiden year exploring the Mediterranean throughout the summer and early fall, then sailing the Caribbean before embarking on Seabourn’s first world cruise, a 108-day voyage departing January 5, 2010, visiting 42 ports in 26 countries on six continents from Ft. Lauderdale to Athens.

Monday, July 6, 2009

P&O New Ship Azura is Floated Out.

June 26, 2009 - The newest superliner for P&O Cruises, Azura, touched water for the first
time today in the traditional “floating out” ceremony, prior to her launch
next April.

The 115,000-ton ship is taking shape at Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard
near Trieste and today saw the float out of Azura in a special two part

Amanda Dowds, wife of Azura’s Captain, Keith Dowds acted as “madrina” or
“godmother” for a symbolic ceremony in which a newly-minted two pound coin
and a new euro are welded at the foot of the ship’s mast for good luck.

Azura was blessed by a priest as a bottle of Italian Prosecco smashed
against the hull. The valves of the giant dry dock at the Monfalcone
shipyard then opened allowing the ship to meet the water for the first

P&O Cruises, managing director, Nigel Esdale, said: “The float out ceremony
is a significant event in the build of a new ship. Azura is designed with
traditional cruise values of service and quality combined with the
flexibility and choice that today’s contemporary customer expects and the
high level of early bookings proves this demand.

“For Azura we’ve gone ‘back to the future’. We’re looking at how
travelling at sea really should be; sophisticated, relaxing, indulgent and
exciting, whilst we are also looking forward at the same time. Firsts for
P&O Cruises will include an open-air cinema-at-sea, an open air spa terrace
and single staterooms.”

Azura will feature an Indian fine dining restaurant, Sindhu, the creation
of celebrated Michelin starred Chef Atul Kochhar who attended today’s
ceremony. Sindhu means meeting point, amalgamation or fusion, and the menu
will offer a fusion of fine British and Indian cuisine with dishes such as
pan-fried lobster tail in coconut milk and tamarind sauce.

TV wine expert Olly Smith has also been enlisted to help create a new wine
bar and restaurant concept – The Glass House. A must for wine lovers, The
Glass House menu will feature different wines recommended with each course,
all served by the glass and expertly matched by Olly, who was also present
in Italy.

The Saturday Kitchen star will act as consultant in the creation of the
drinks menus for Azura’s other bars and restaurants and will travel
regularly throughout the year to host light hearted tasting sessions in his
own irreverent style.

Azura will be named in Southampton in April 2010 and depart on her maiden
voyage on 12 April 2010. A 16-night Mediterranean holiday departing 5
September 2010, calling in Malaga, Katakolon, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice,
Korcula and Gibraltar starts from £1,685* per person.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Crystal Offers 3 Days of Discounts!

July 2, 2009 – For three days only – July 8, 9 and 10 – Crystal Cruises is offering 25% additional savings off of its low special savings fares on five varied itineraries this fall and winter.

New savings – from $885 to $2,000 per person – apply to all deluxe outside and verandah category staterooms on its September 26 Mediterranean cruise, a November itinerary from New York to Bermuda and the Caribbean, a November 12 Transatlantic voyage, a December 5 South American and the Amazon journey and a December 10 Panama Canal transit. Crystal’s popular “All Inclusive – As You Wish” program provides an additional $500-1,000 per person of shipboard spending credits. A Crystal Family Memories program offers a host of perks for a family or friends group of six, and a free berth for a group of 10.

The 25% savings is available:
* September 26 – Venice to Athens, 12 days aboard Crystal Serenity Save $1,362-$1,890 Plus $1,000 “All Inclusive – As You Wish” spending credit Plus Crystal Family Memories program – free berth for only 10 full-fare guests

* November 10 – New York to Miami, 12 days aboard Crystal Symphony Save $1,046-$1,516 Plus $500 “All Inclusive – As You Wish” spending credit Plus Crystal Family Memories program – free berth for only 10 full-fare guests

* November 12 – Lisbon to Miami, 12 days aboard Crystal Serenity Save $885-$1,239 Plus $500 “All Inclusive – As You Wish” spending credit Plus Crystal Family Memories program – free berth for only 10 full-fare guests

* December 5 – Manaus to Buenos Aires, 15 days aboard Crystal Symphony Save $1,350-$2,085 Plus $1000 “All Inclusive – As You Wish” spending credit Plus Crystal Family Memories program – free berth for only 10 full-fare guests

* December 10 – Caldera to Miami, 11 days aboard Crystal Serenity Save $944-$1,277 Plus $500 “All Inclusive – As You Wish” spending credit Plus Crystal Family Memories program – free berth for only 10 full-fare guests

“Discerning luxury travelers appreciate great value,” says Bill Smith, Crystal’s senior vice president, sales & marketing. “These savings offer compelling reasons to sail with the World’s Best.”

New cruise fares for the voyages start at just $2,655. Fares, credits and savings are per person, based on double occupancy.

Oasis Of The Seas to Offer 24 Dining Experiences

June 24, 2009 – Launching in December 2009, Oasis of the Seas will set the stage for Royal Caribbean International’s culinary innovations. The world’s most revolutionary cruise ship will offer guests more variety and flexibility than ever before, thanks to 24 distinct dining experiences, ranging from an exclusive signature restaurant, to neighborhood-specific themed venues and new twists on the global brand’s traditions.

“Oasis of the Seas showcases the evolution of Royal Caribbean dining,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Both the new concepts and the established Royal Caribbean offerings found throughout the neighborhoods are designed to meet contemporary dining standards, cater to individual preferences and schedules and foster epicurean curiosity. With so many options, guests could choose a new place to dine for every meal.”

Fleetwide, Royal Caribbean strives to deliver the best dining experience possible by continuously developing innovative programs and upholding the highest culinary standards. As guests expectations continue to rise, the global cruise line introduces new elements of variety and flexibility, such as My Time Dining and My Family Time Dining. In addition, Royal Caribbean trains and certifies all culinary chefs through the American Culinary Federation’s accredited education program and implements U.S. training standards of safe alcohol service.
From breakfast to late night snacks, guest’s onboard Oasis of the Seas can find an extensive variety of food and beverage offerings, available at no extra charge, that will satisfy any craving, providing more options for breakfast, lunch and dinner than Royal Caribbean guests have ever had before. For additional convenience, dinner reservations can be made in advance through new features on Royal starting July 7, 2009. Let the culinary festival begin with the following highlights of the food and beverage offerings onboard Oasis of the Seas:

Central Park

· 150 Central Park – The most exclusive dining venue on Oasis of the Seas, 150 Central Park will provide an intimate dining experience that will combine leading-edge cuisine with modern design, creating a trendy upscale ambiance. Signature features will include a tasting menu with customized wine pairings. Open for dinner; $35 cover charge.
§ Giovanni’s Table – This Tuscan countryside influenced trattoria will be a more-accessible, casual Italian restaurant featuring both indoor and al fresco seating. Giovanni’s Table will offer rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including toasted herbal breads, pizzas, salads, pastas, Italian sandwiches, braised meat dishes and stews, all served family-style. Open for lunch and dinner; $10 lunch and $15 dinner cover charge.
· Park Café – A casual dining choice providing a high level of variety and flexibility, Park Café will be an indoor/outdoor gourmet market with walk-up counters. From freshly prepared salads and made-to-order sandwiches, to paninis, crepes and hearty soups, guests will order directly from the chefs behind food stations. European pastries, sublime chocolates and decadent fudge will round out the offerings. Open for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and late night treats.
· Vintages – Always a popular hot spot for Royal Caribbean guests on Voyager- and Freedom-class ships, the Vintages wine bar will evolve into a larger space on Oasis of the Seas. Great for a pre-dinner rendezvous, Vintages will provide a selection of cheeses and a broad tapas menu to accompany a robust selection of fine wines, from a tropical white Riesling to a mocha-inflected Merlot. Open for lunch and dinner; á la carte pricing.
· Chops Grille – Continuing the tradition, Royal Caribbean’s popular signature steakhouse will offer premium cut, quality meats. Guests can choose to enjoy the upscale, contemporary setting indoors with views of Central Park or al fresco. Open for dinner; $25 cover charge.


Seafood Shack – The indoor/outdoor casual family restaurant will bring the surf style of beach side amusement parks to the Boardwalk, serving a variety of seafood, as well an extensive beverage menu of non-alcoholic cocktails and over-sized desserts. Open for lunch and dinner; $7.95 lunch and $9.95 dinner cover charge.
Boardwalk Bar – The main bar in the Boardwalk will offer on-the-go snacks and a variety of pre-packaged sandwiches, fruit and salads. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Donut Shop – Guests can stop into the classically styled shop for a casual snack any time of day. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ice Cream Parlor – The 1950’s styled ice cream venue will display classic sundaes and a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings to choose from and then mixed-to-order on a frozen slab. Open throughout the day; á la carte pricing.
Johnny Rockets – Extending the signature “eat-ertainment” hours, a diner breakfast menu will be introduced. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; $3.95 breakfast and $4.95 lunch and dinner cover charge.

The Royal Promenade

· Mondo Cafe – This new addition to the Royal Promenade will feature coffee, sandwiches and pastries native to countries such as Italy, Spain and Cuba. Steps from Boleros and open around the clock, it is sure to be popular after an evening on the dance floor. Open for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and late night treats.
· Sorrento’s Pizzeria – The New York style pizzeria will feature a more extensive menu with made-to-order pizza pies and slices, in addition to the ready-made selections introduced with the Freedom-class ships. Open for lunch, dinner and late night snacks.
· Café Promenade – Located on the opposite end of the Royal Promenade from the Mondo Cafe, the popular café will continue serving Seattle’s Best Coffee, fruit shakes, pastries and sandwiches throughout the day and night. Open 24 hours; á la carte pricing.

The Pool and Sports Zone

· Solarium Bistro – Located in the Solariumthe contemporary bistro will offer health-conscious dining for breakfast and lunch in a casual setting. In the evenings, Solarium Bistro will transform into a romantic and intimate dining setting for specialty healthy-fare dinner and dancing under the stars. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; dinner has a $20 cover charge.
· The Wipe Out Café – The casual self-service buffet will offer a variety of options from pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and fresh salads to quick snacks and desserts, for young cruisers on-the-go. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center

· The Vitality Café – Located at the entrance of the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, the Vitality Café will feature healthy snacks, sandwiches, wraps and fruit, in addition to refreshing juices and smoothies from the Vitality spa menu for the calorie conscious guest. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

New Twists on Fleet Fixtures

· Opus Dining Room – The three-level main dining room will revive the grandeur of the 1920s and feature French art deco design. Catering to guests’ varying preferences, the newly introduced My Time Dining and My Family Time Dining, as well as the traditional main and late seating options will be offered. My Time Dining provides guests with the option to enjoy the dining room ambiance with Royal Caribbean’s renowned Gold Anchor Service whenever they wish during dining hours. Guests choosing My Time Dining will not have a pre-assigned table, but will be seated in the ships main dining room and will order from the same traditional dinner menu. My Time Dining guests can make daily reservations for specific seating times or choose to walk in.
My Family Time Dining accommodates parents and children by offering an expedited 40-minute dining service for young cruisers, ages 3-11. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

· Windjammer Marketplace – Offering the utmost flexibility for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this next generation of the brand staple will feature multiple islands, each serving a variety casual buffet fare.
· Izumi – The new Asian cuisine restaurant will feature a sushi bar and hot rock cooking, as well as other Asian fare in a more formal setting. Open for lunch and dinner; á la carte pricing.
· In-Stateroom Service – Guests wanting to enjoy a meal in the comfort of their staterooms will be able to choose from the complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as well as the recently introduced Dine in Delights menu, which offers name-brand culinary options ranging from the Original Johnny Rockets hamburger to Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookies. Open 24 hours; á la carte pricing for Dine In Delights and $3.95 service charge for in-room deliveries between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Keel Laid For Cunard's New Queen Elizabeth

2 July 2009 – Today a ceremony to mark the keel laying of Cunard Line’s new Queen Elizabeth was held at the Monfalcone shipyard of Fincantieri near Trieste, Italy. The second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Elizabeth’s keel is the third Cunard has lain in the space of seven years. When she enters service in October 2010, she will join Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria as not only the most famous ocean liners in the world but also the youngest fleet in passenger travel.

The keel laying involves the placement in the dry dock of the first section of the ship’s hull. This section is made up of six pre-manufactured blocks, weighs 364 tons and is fitted with 104 tons of pipes, cables, insulation and other equipment.

The ceremony followed an intensive period of design and development. Fifty-three sections will be used in the construction of Queen Elizabeth and she will take to the water for the first time at her float out in December.

“We are delighted to be back here among our friends at Fincantieri so soon after we took delivery of Queen Victoria in 2007—the first Cunarder to be built in Italy—and I am sure that Queen Elizabeth will be just as popular and successful as her two sister ships,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. “We at Cunard are always impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone at Fincantieri, and we look forward to the next year-and-a half of working closely with them on this ship, which will be nurtured by their skill and vision and built into a vessel equal in stature to the other great Cunard liners,” she added.

Paolo Capobianco, director of Fincantieri Shipyard, said, “Our company is the heir to the Italian shipbuilding industry and the world leader in cruise ship construction and believes, as Cunard does, in the possibility and the need of actively matching tradition and innovation. Building a new liner for Cunard is a special achievement for Fincantieri and takes us right to our roots, fostering both our determination to build once again a passenger ship of high technological content and unmistakable style, reflecting the best of the industry and tailored to the needs and requirements of the ship owner.”

Queen Elizabeth will feature the unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria and their predecessors, together with all the modern day luxuries Cunard’s guests have come to expect and some exciting features that will give the vessel her own style and personality.

Named after the first Queen Elizabeth, one of Cunard’s greatest ships, the new Queen Elizabeth will reflect her predecessor in interior grandeur, décor and style, but with a modern twist. From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at an experience that differentiates a Cunard liner from a modern-day cruise ship. This will be most evident in the ship’s adherence to liner traditions, with elegant double and triple height public rooms on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers and cool marbles. Art Deco features will pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth and will allow the new ship to reflect a more civilized era of travel.

Furthermore, in addition to the extensive Cunard entertainment programme on board, Queen Elizabeth will offer some unique strands inspired by the era of the first Queen Elizabeth, such as country house parties at sea, evening piano sing-a-longs and period dancing, from traditional ballroom to the jitterbug and the jive, all within the setting of this 21st century ship.

As successor to Queen Elizabeth 2, the ship will also reflect this great liner through artworks and memorabilia and its very own “Yacht Club.”

Queen Elizabeth will also pay homage to the links that Cunard has enjoyed with royalty and the maritime world over the years with photography, memorabilia and exhibits.

Queen Elizabeth will depart on her Maiden Voyage on 12 October 2010—a voyage which sold out in a record-breaking 29 minutes 14 seconds in April 2009. This 13-night celebration will leave from Cunard’s home port of Southampton and will call at Vigo (for Santiago de Compostela), Lisbon, Seville (Cadiz), Gran Canaria (Las Palmas), Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, an overnight call), La Palma (Santa Cruz de La Palma) and Madeira (Funchal).

Her Maiden Season will run from October 2010 to January 2011 and include voyages to the Western and Central Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Fares start from just $1,195 per person for the five-night 26 November 2010 Gallic Debut voyage with ports of call at Amsterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre; while the 13-night Iberian Discovery voyage departing 1 December 2010 features fares from $2,395 per person, with ports of call at Vigo, Lisbon, Seville, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira.

The world’s newest ocean liner will depart Southampton on 5 January 2011 on her 103-night epic Maiden World Voyage, which has just been released for sale. This will see her make 35 maiden calls, including Cunard’s first call ever at Port Denarau (Fiji). In total, Queen Elizabeth will call at 38 ports in 24 countries as she makes her way west around the globe, with maiden transits of both the Panama and Suez Canals and calls at Los Angeles, Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Lisbon. Queen Elizabeth will be in great company as her sisters will be present on several occasions during the voyage: she will sail in tandem to New York with Queen Victoria before all three Queens will meet for a Cunard Royal Rendezvous in New York on 13 January 2011; and then she meets with Queen Mary 2 in Sydney and Civitavecchia and Queen Victoria again in Aruba. Full World Voyage fares aboard Queen Elizabeth start from $19,995; Queen Elizabeth’s Segment World Voyage fares start from $2,545. Fares are based per person, double occupancy.