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New ships ahead for Holland America and Carnival

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 26 - 2012

Carnival Corporation today announced it has reached an agreement for the construction of two new cruise ships – a 99,000-ton ship for its Holland America Line brand and a 135,000-ton vessel for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand.

A memorandum of agreement has been signed with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of a 2,660-passenger ship for Holland America Line scheduled for delivery in fall 2015 and a 4,000-passenger ship for Carnival Cruise Lines scheduled for delivery in winter 2016.  The total cost for the two vessels combined, which includes the U.S. dollar denominated contract price and all owner’s costs, will be approximately $195,000 per lower berth. The memorandum of agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including execution of shipbuilding contracts and financing.

The Holland America ship, which will be a new class of vessel for the line, will enter service five years after the last Holland America ship, the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, delivered in 2010. The Carnival Cruise Lines vessel, also a new class of ship, will be launched four years after the introduction of Carnival Breeze, which debuted in spring 2012.  The timing of capacity additions for these brands is similar to the five year span between upcoming new ship introductions for both Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises (UK), as previously announced.

“Today’s order continues the company’s strategy of introducing two to three ships per year across the corporation’s 10 brands. We have strategically timed the introduction of these new ships to allow ample time for those brands to further grow their passenger base and absorb the new capacity while minimizing revenue yield dilution in the remainder of their existing fleets,” said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Including the newbuilds announced today, Carnival Corporation & plc currently has nine new ships scheduled for delivery – two for 2013, two for 2014, three for 2015 and two for 2016. Arison also noted that the addition of new tonnage is expected, to some extent, to replace existing capacity reductions from possible sales of older ships.

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Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has announced Silver Galapagos as the name for its second small-sized expedition ship, which is currently sailing as the Galapagos Explorer II.   The new name signals the company’s intent to maintain a consistent level of elegance throughout its fleet, and will take effect after the all-suite, 100-guest vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013. In a related move, the hull of the Galapagos Explorer II has already been painted the same dark blue as Silver Explorer, the company’s other expedition ship.

Silver Galapagos will be the only luxury expedition ship offering socially and environmentally responsible ecotourism to the Galápagos archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This important distinction enables Silversea to broaden its portfolio of expedition cruises tailored to tap into the rising interest in green tourism.

Silversea has also revealed that it will start selling its 2013 Galápagos program in mid-November of this year, offering two exciting new 7-day itineraries that will begin operating in late September 2013 as follows:

  • Sailing Saturday to Saturday roundtrip from Baltra Island, Silver Galapagos will trace a path across the western, southern and eastern islands, including  Santiago, Bartolomé, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal, and Santa Cruz.
  • Sailing Saturday to Saturday roundtrip from Baltra Island, this itinerary encompasses the northeast, central and southeast islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristóbal, Española, and Plazas Sur.

The 2013 Galápagos schedule offers adventurous travelers the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), Silversea’s guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colorful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin’s famous finches.

The program also offers opportunities to swim and snorkel in tranquil clear waters, witness unique highland ecosystems, hike through lush mangrove forests and across volcanic fields, explore natural lava tunnels, watch for wild flamingos (in season), read cave inscriptions from the 1800s, and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

In true Silversea Expeditions style, the guests of Silver Galapagos will enjoy full-scale exploring from an enclave of luxury at sea that includes spacious, ocean-view accommodations, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and all gratuities.

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Princess Cruises offers amazing ‘Escape Completely Sale’ for one week

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 19 - 2012

Princess Cruises is celebrating National Cruise Vacation Week with an Escape Completely Sale offering cruise deals throughout the week of October 22-29. More than 200 cruise departures are on sale, and passengers can enjoy a free balcony upgrade as well as 50 percent off their cruise deposit.

Featured destinations include Caribbean cruises as well as cruises to Alaska, Europe, Hawaii and the Panama Canal. Cruise departures run from January to July, 2013. More information about the sale details and pricing can be found at www.princess.com/sale.

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $784 balcony (was $1,184); $584 interior (was $784)
  • Alaska cruise – 7 days: $1,344 balcony (was $1,544); $894 interior (was $944)
  • Greek Isles cruise – 12 days: $2,479 balcony (was $3,029); $1,779 interior (was $2,129)
  • Hawaiian Island cruise – 14 days: $1,694 balcony (was $2,690); $1,094 interior (was $1,790)
  • Panama Canal cruise – 14 days: $1,896 balcony (was $2,996); $1,296 interior (was $2,246)

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy and now include government fees and taxes. The Escape Completely Sale runs from 12:01 a.m. PDT on October 22 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 29, 2012 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at http://www.princess.com.

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Cunard offers week long sale to amazing destinations

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 18 - 2012

If the Norwegian Fjords or the ancient ruins of Seville call to your sense of adventure, then The Cunard Sale may offer the perfect opportunity to book your luxury cruise vacation.

Starting 22 October, this week-long sale will offer a Reduced Deposit, On Board Credit of up to $300 per stateroom, and Complimentary Balcony Upgrades on 30 select voyages, including Cunard’s signature Transatlantic Crossings aboard flagship Queen Mary 2.

The Cunard Sale voyages aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth include:

  • Iberian Highlights, 19 April 2013 – 12 days aboard Queen Elizabeth; Balcony fares from $2,599
  • St. Petersburg & Baltic Explorer, 1 May 2013 – 14 days aboard Queen Elizabeth; Balcony fares from $3,599
  • Transatlantic Crossing (Westbound), 26 April 2013 – 7 days aboard Queen Mary 2; Balcony fares from $1,345
  • Fjords & Waterfalls, 19 May 2013 – 7 days aboard Queen Elizabeth; Balcony fares from $1,799
  • Mediterranean Delights, 7 July 2013 – 13 days aboard Queen Victoria; Balcony fares from $3,499

All fares and promotions are per person, based on double occupancy.  The Cunard Sale runs through 29 October.

Guests sailing a luxury cruise vacation aboard Cunard Line delight in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination.  By day, guests enjoy voluminous libraries, world class spas, white-gloved afternoon tea service and engaging award-winning Cunard Insights guest enrichment programmes; and by night are entertained by Royal Nights themed balls, West End-style productions and Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails.

For more information about Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, or to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to www.cunard.com.

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Norwegian orders more ships

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 17 - 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it will order a new ship for delivery in October 2015 that, at 163,000 gross tons and about 4,200 passengers, will be the line’s largest to date.

The ship will be built by Germany’s Meyer Werft  and is expected to cost around 700 million euros or $920 million U.S., Norwegian said. The line also has an option for a second ship, for delivery in spring 2017. The new vessel will be larger than the 4,000-passenger Norwegian’s Breakaway-class ships currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Its biggest ship, the Norwegian Epic, is 155,873 gross tons and accommodates 4,100 passengers.

Norwegian is calling the project “Breakaway Plus,” and it said the new ship will incorporate many of the design elements and innovations of the Breakaway and Getaway.  Norwegian Breakaway will enter service in April 2013 and Norwegian Getaway will enter service in February 2014.

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For two weeks only, Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is offering incredible savings on select 2013 voyages in Tahiti, French Polynesia & the South Pacific when booked between October 15 and 27, 2012. Guests will benefit from exceptional savings of $800 to $4,300 per person off previously advertised rates while enjoying the highest standards of luxury, quality, and service in one of the most exquisite destinations in the world.

SALE: Book select sailings on the 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands, the 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands, or the 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands and save $800 to $4,300 per person in addition to 50% off standard cruise fare and included airfare from Los Angeles.

Tahiti & the Society Islands

7-night voyages: March 2, 9, 2013
Now from only $3,695 per person (was $4,495 per person)

7-night voyage: May 4, 2013
Now from only $3,795 per person (was $4,595 per person)

Cook Islands & Society Islands

11-night voyage: January 12, 2013
Now from only $4,245 per person (was $5,195 per person)

11-night voyage: March 16, 2013
Now from only $4,395 per person (was $5,395 per person)

Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

14-night voyage: February 2, 2013
Now from only $4,995 per person  (was $6,245 per person)

For reservations, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com.

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