Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
The ever increasing price of oil has forced Royal Caribbean Cruises to increase the fuel supplement for all bookings made on or after the 1st May 2008.
An additional $8 (£4 approximately) per person, per day, will be applied for first and second passengers in a stateroom.
They have however restricted this to a maximum of $112 (£55 approximately) per person, per cruise.
The charge will be restricted to $3 (£1.50 approximately) a day, with a limit of $42 (£20 approximately) for any additional passengers sharing a state room.
This additional charge will apply to the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises brands.
To avoid this charge book with CruiseDirect before the 1st May 2008
Friday, 18 April 2008
Four grand voyages will be available from Holland America Line in 2009, with sailings ranging between 50 to 117 days.
Rotterdam’s Grand World Voyage will begin a 117-day journey on the 19th January from Los Angeles and the Grand South America Voyage leaves on the 2nd January for 68 days sailing.
50-days sailing aboard the Prinsendam for the Grand Mediterranean Voyage which will leave on the 11th March from Fort Lauderdale has also been announced.
If a 67-day Grand Australia and New Zealand cruise is for you then its available departing from Seattle on the 26th September.
To take advantage of the early booking offers bookings with cruisedirect must be made by 20th May.
Discounts depend upon which cruise and cabin category is chosen and may include "onboard credit", "pre-paid gratuities", or an excursion of some kind, or a bottle of Champagne.
CruiseDirect is reporting that cruises companies are reducing 2009 cruise prices by up to 30% for off peak sailings,iIn an attempt to lure price conscious cruisers to book early.
P&O Cruises will launch their 2009 Preview brochure on 21 April, unlike last year when each ship’s program was launched on a different day, will this year release stock in blocks of departures, over a six day period.
Nigel Esdale, Managing Director of P&O Cruises, said that the line had experimented this year, by cutting prices for departures which are traditionally slow to sell and this pricing policy would be extended. For some cruises the daily cost has been reduced to £70 instead of the usual £100.
Sharon Munro, Managing Director of Barrhead Travel says, ‘These are great deals as while cruise lines are cutting prices to lure the early booker, the prices at peak times have actually risen by 2-3% because there is a lull in cruising capacity in 2009. Ex
Friday, 11 April 2008
MSC Cruises will feature two new ships in an expanded program sailing from
12-Day cruises will be available on the MSC Lirica which will fulfill all of the northern European sailing from the
Starting at only £700, from CruiseDirect and Barrhead Travel the prices for the
MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, 2 new ships are also introduced for next year, as well as the MSC Poesia which has only recently been launched.
MSC Splendida, the sister ship of the MSC Fantasia sails out of Barcelona on 7 June calling at Genoa, Civitavecchia / Rome, Messina / Taormina, La Goulette / Tunis, Genoa and Marseilles. This will be its inaugural cruise.
It has been announced that the Queen will visit the QE 2 for the final time, in
A spokesman for Cunard have said that the full details will be announced very soon.
QE2, was launched by the Queen at the Clydebank shipyard in
This will be the third time that the Queen has been on-board the QE2having previously visited in 1969, immediately prior its maiden voyage, and again in 1990 for the 150th anniversary of the Cunard Line.
In November the vessel will head off to
“Her Majesty has taken a close interest in the ship over the last 40 years, and I am certain this will be a memorable occasion for all involved”
Monday, 7 April 2008
The superliner “Ventura” sailed into its home port, Southampton for the first time on Sunday, April 6th, arriving on time in a snowstorm, P&O’s £300 million ship arrived on schedule from the Italian ship yard where she was built.
She will be formally named by Dame Helen Mirren at a ceremony in
The huge 3,000-plus passenger vessel will then be showcased to the travel trade and consumers over a 10 day proving period.
The “Ventura” will also set sail on April 14th for a two-night party cruise, with an invited passenger list, prior to the naming. The Passenger Shipping Association 50th anniversary dinner will be held on board on April 14 as part of the celebrations.
The “Ventura’s” maiden cruise will leave
Country and port of registry:
Height (from keel):
Height (from waterline):
3,080 regular operating capacity
Total – 1,546
Ventura passenger facilities:
- 11 places to eat
- 10 places to drink
- Five places to shop
- Three places to dance
- Six places to enjoy live music
- Two-tier theatre
- Five pools
- Six whirlpool spas
- Five children’s/teenager’s areas
- Two show lounges
- Sports court
- Hi-tech gym
- Extensive spa
- Lifestyle suite
- Photo gallery
- Art gallery
- Library / book shop
Friday, 4 April 2008
As the world’s biggest Cruise Companies invest more than a billion pounds in this year alone they hope to get rid of the “quoits and cribbage” image that has restricted their market for so long. Sleek, Modern ships with ultra modern and luxurious facilities sailing to the most exciting destinations on Earth are attracting more and more under 45’s each year.
Giant ships such as Royal Caribbean’s “Independence of the Seas” weighing in at 160,000 tonnes will carry 3,600 passengers, serve 100,000 meals in a week and is equal to the length of 5 jumbo jets. The “Independence of the Seas”, which will dock for the first time in Southampton later this month, boast such facilities as an Ice Rink, Climbing Wall, Surf Machine and a decent size shopping mall. The “Carnival Splendor” will launch in July, at a cost of a mere £295 million , in Dover whilst NCL who boast a ship with a full scale bowling alley, will position 2 of it’s impressive fleet, The “Norwegian Jade” and the “Norwegian Jewel”, in the UK for this summer.
P&O’s “Ventura” which docked in Southampton last week, cost over £300 Million and is already attracting 1/3 of it’s passengers from the under 45’s market although it won’t be just this age group that will be trying out it’s giant Scalextric track.
A fabulous addition to the Cunard fleet is the “Queen
The “Carnival Splendor” will launch in July, at a cost of a mere £295 million , in Dover whilst NCL who boast a ship with a full scale bowling alley, will position 2 of it’s impressive fleet, The “Norwegian Jade” and the “Norwegian Jewel”, in the UK for this summer.
Many travel experts forecast the rise in capacity will force prices down as the competition to attract custom heats up, but the Cruise companies are gambling that the increase in demand will continue to soar as forecasters predict 2,000,000 passengers within 4 years.
The attractions are many, Freestyle cruising has removed the formal, some would say regimented, fixed meal times and replaced them with a choice of restaurants and an open all hours relaxed approach, much more in keeping with the style generally preferred by today’s traveller. Traditional cruising is still readily available and favoured by many but the Growth in the British market is most definitely in less formal cruising.
Already under construction are the next generation of super ships, Royal Caribbean planning to launch two £600 million, 220,000 tonne giants each carrying 5,600 passengers which further demonstrate their confidence in a market that is growing in popularity and offering better value than ever before. Cruise specialists such as Barrhead Travel and CruiseDirect offer discounts and expert, unbiased advice, using the personal experience of their consultants to assist potential cruisers find the holiday that will suit them.