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MSC Cruises is once again offering sweet savings of up to 60 percent on balcony suites on select Europe 2010 sailings of MSC Lirica, MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia. “Suite Deal” rates start at $1,299 per person and must be booked by January 31, 2010. The offer is available on select 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries of MSC Lirica and MSC Sinfonia and on select 7-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings of MSC Armonia. Guests will also receive a $100…
Many folks know that I love small ships. And one I have always been fascinated by is the Aranui. For years the Aranui has been making 13-night round-trip voyages from Papeete, Tahiti, to the Marquesas and Tuamou Islands. Its primary function is as a cargo ship carrying essential items to those who live on those remote islands. However, the Aranui has always carried passengers as well and if you are one of those who likes the offbeat…
As part of Cunard’s partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival, the iconic ocean liner company will be pleased to welcome acclaimed filmmakers Griffin Dunne and Gary Winick on the 11 November Transatlantic Crossing from Southampton to New York aboard Queen Mary 2.
This year, Cunard was recognized as the Official Cruise Line of the Tribeca Film Festival, of which both film industry insiders have been active participants for a number of years. With this upcoming sailing, they join a distinguished list of luminaries and tastemakers that have sailed a legendary voyage with Cunard.
During the Crossing, Dunne and Winick will participate in Cunard Insights, the line’s award-wining onboard enrichment programme, and will screen one of each of their films: Dunne will discuss “Practical Magic,” starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock; Winick will screen his feature film, “13 Going on 30,” starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo.
In addition, they will engage in a panel conversation with the ship’s entertainment director where they will share stories about their multi-faceted careers and the many roles they play in the entertainment industry – from director and producer to writer and actor. All programmes will be held in Queen Mary 2’s spectacular 450-seat, stadium-style theatre, Illuminations, which is also the only planetarium at sea.
“Cunard has a long history of hosting those on and behind the silver screen, and we are pleased to welcome these fêted filmmakers aboard Queen Mary 2 as part of this tradition,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We seek to entertain and educate our guests with our Insights programme, so to hear both gentlemen share stories from their longstanding and varied film careers will no doubt be a treat for our guests.”
2010 might be the year to visit Europe with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises limited-time Free Air offer. Travelers fly for free from New York to Europe, with all airline fuel surcharges, and government taxes and fees included. Uniworld’s Free Air offer is available on a variety of 2010 Europe River Cruises including: Grand European Discovery (Basel to Vienna), Eastern Europe Explorer (Vienna to Bucharest), Grand European Explorer (Basel to Bucharest), Paris and the Heart of Europe (Paris…
This question came in today from Tonya Clark:
“I’m looking for advice on how to get the best deal on cruises when you don’t have a cruisemate to share occupancy, paying double doesn’t seem right. Any suggestions?”
For years, cruising’s odious single supplements have been a problem for single cruisers but I suspect things are a bit better right now with many cruise lines practically giving their cabins away. Here are some strategies to consider:
1. Look for cruise lines that offer single cabins. In the US-Caribbean market, these are almost non-existent but in Europe there are still some lines that have single occupancy cabins.
2. Search for “no single supplement” special deals. I am seeing more and more of these offers. Hook up with a good travel agent and let he or she know that you are serious about cruising if they can find a good deal for you. But be sure to be loyal and book through that person and refer them to others. A good travel agent is a treasure.
Voyages of Discovery announces exceptional savings for its Africa & the Red Sea, March 27, 2010 21-night cruise – guests can take advantage of a $4,156 per person rate along with $495 to $795 air add-ons from Voyages of Discovery gateways.
The Africa & Red Sea 21-night itinerary on the 650-passenger mv Discovery begins with a three-night Kenyan safari before boarding the ship in Mombasa, Kenya. Guests fly into Nairobi for one-night and transfer to Amboseli National Park for an afternoon game drive and overnight. The following day guests transfer to Tsavo National Park for another afternoon game drive and overnight. The third day they are transferred to Mombasa for an overnight on board the ship.
mv Discovery sails from Mombasa to the breathtaking beaches of Praslin and Mahe (overnight) in the Seychelles. Aden, and Hodeidah, Yemen; and Safaga (Luxor) (overnight), Egypt round out the restful and exciting itinerary. From Safaga guests fly to London for a two-night hotel stay before returning to North America. Visit www.voyagesofdiscovery.com website to view a short video of this specific itinerary.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises– one of my favorites- has adopted a new dress code policy. Please read on to find out about the revisions and what to expect onboard: As a result of guest feedback convincingly in favor of a less formal policy, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has established a revised dress code. Effective with the 2009/2010 New Year’s cruises, guests are respectfully requested to adhere to the following guidelines: Daytime Dress Code (until 6 p.m.)…
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August 30-September 4. Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa, sailing from Helsinki to Gdynia, Poland.
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For the 2010 – 2011 season a new expedition cruise ship will be in operation, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cruceros Australis, a company that sails in one of the planet’s most virgin territories; Chilean-Argentine Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
Stella Australis is the name of this new vessel that is being added to Cruceros Australis’ fleet, which currently runs the ships Mare Australis and Via Australis.
The new ship will have a capacity of 210 passengers distributed in 100 cabins of 161 sq. ft. each. She will be 292 ft. long and her beam will be 47.8 ft.