Sunday, January 31, 2010

Voyages of Discovery Offer Discount

(Jan. 27, 2010) -- Destination specialist Voyages of Discovery announces exceptional savings on its Summer 2010 cruisetour program – book an inside cabin and sail in an oceanview cabin!

For a limited time, guests who book an inside category (N or M) will be upgraded to an oceanview category (K or J respectively). Along with $199 to $399 low-cost air add-ons from 25 select Voyages of Discovery gateways, this offer will sell out quickly. Special rates for single travelers are also available.

Mark Flager, vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services said, “We’ve restructured the pricing for select summer and fall 2010 program to ensure that their much-deserved holiday is even more affordable.”

This offer is valid for seven selected sailings starting with the July 26, 2010 Fjords, Faroes, Fire and Ice 11-night Harwich (London) to Reykjavik itinerary. This cruisetour includes a two-night pre-cruise London hotel stay before visiting Flåm, Ålesund, Tórshavn, Akureyri and an overnight in Reykjavik prior to disembarking on August 6. The inside category N fare starts at $3,493 per person for a category K oceanview cabin.

The Iceland & Greenland 17-night itinerary begins with an overnight on board in Reykjavik on August 6. The 650-passenger ship mv Discovery sails for Ilulissat (120 miles north of the Arctic Circle), Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Greenland; with a stop in Kirkwall before arriving in Harwich on August 20. A two-night post-cruise hotel stay in London is included. The inside category M fare starts at $5,082 per person for a category J oceanview cabin.

Combine Fjords, Faroes, Fire & Ice with Iceland & Greenland for a 25-night In the Wake of the Vikings Grand Voyage. Inside category M fare starts at $7,176 per person for a category J oceanview cabin. This reflects a savings of up to $3,374 per person.

In addition to great savings, all Voyages of Discovery itineraries feature an extensive enrichment program. Top historians, diplomats, scientists and naturalists provide background and insight into the history, culture, flora and fauna of the destinations visited.

A Taste of France the 13-night roundtrip Harwich (London) cruise takes in St. Peter Port, La Rochelle, overnight stays in Bordeaux and Rouen (Paris) with St Malo (Mont San Michel) in between before returning to Harwich. The itinerary begins with a two-night pre-cruise London hotel stay. Inside category N fare starts at $3,847 per person for an oceanview category K cabin.

Flying from North America on August 27, guests will begin a two-night pre-cruise London hotel stay before boarding Discovery in Harwich and then departing for Bergen, Ålesund, Hellesyft, Geiranger and Flåm. Disembark in Harwich. Inside category M fare is $3,279 for an oceanview category J cabin.

The mv Discovery repositions to the Mediterranean on September 3, 2010, on a 20-night Grand Iberia & Italy sailing. Included is the two-night pre-cruise London hotel stay before visiting Lisbon, Gibraltar, Almeria, Nice (overnight), Santa Margherita, Livorno for Florence/Pisa, Civitavecchia for Rome, Sorrento (overnight), Palermo (overnight), Catania and disembark in Valletta. Inside category N fare is $4,574 for a category K cabin.

The Late Summer Sale is first come, first served and may be withdrawn at any time. Guests book an inside category N or M and are upgraded to an ocenview category K or J respectively.

All Summer 2010 cruise itineraries and pricing are available online at; the full brochure is available today and can be ordered online. A pdf of the Summer brochure is also available on line.

For reservations contact your travel professional or Voyages of Discovery at 866-623-2689 or visit us at

Voyages of Discovery is a trading division of UK-based All Leisure Group, which also operates Swan Hellenic, Hebridean Island Cruises and tour operator Discover Egypt.



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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Queen Victoria Makes Maiden Call at San Francisco

January 27, 2010 –Expedition of the Americas segment, a part of her current world voyage, Cunard Line's Queen Victoria made her inaugural visit to San Francisco today. Welcoming her to this historic maritime port was the honorable Mayor Gavin Newsom, along with travel agents, media and local dignitaries – including the British Consul-General of San Francisco, Julian Evans. In addition, by official order of proclamation, Mayor Newsom declared today as “Cunard Queen Victoria Day” in San Francisco.
"The City is proud to welcome Queen Victoria to San Francisco’s waterfront as we so warmly welcomed her sister ship, Queen Mary 2, in 2007. Her arrival creates work for our longshoremen and women and business for our hotels, restaurants and shops," said Mayor Newsom. "As part of our commitment to create jobs and economic vitality, the City is working diligently to renovate San Francisco's Pier 27 into an international cruise terminal. We invite Cunard and all the lines to return often to this world-renowned cruise destination,” added Mayor Newsom.

“We are once again delighted by the warm welcome we received today, and it is with great pride that we now add San Francisco to the list of more than 150 different ports visited since Queen Victoria began service two years ago,” said Captain Paul Wright, Master, Queen Victoria. “Our maiden call today marks Queen Victoria’s third maiden call on this world voyage and our only U.S. maiden call of the eight in total on this around-the-world-journey,” he added.
Also welcoming Queen Victoria to the City by the Bay was the CEO and President of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joe D’Alessandro; President of the San Francisco Port Commission, Rodney Fong; and the President and CEO of Nautilus International Holding Corporate (parent company of Metro Cruise Services), James Callahan.

Queen Victoria continues her third World Voyage upon departing San Francisco this evening at approximately 6:00pm, crossing the Pacific en route to her next port of call: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.



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