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Silversea rolls out $499 air offer for Silver Discoverer expedition cruises

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

Luxury expedition cruise operator Silversea is introducing a $499 roundtrip economy air add-on from more than 50 gateways in the U.S. and Canada. The special air offer is available on six Silver Discoverer voyages sailing in October, November and December to Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Silver DiscovererAboard the small-sized, all-suite Silver Discoverer, guests will be able to explore some of the world’s most remote and remarkable regions, while enjoying an enriching onboard program of destination lectures, photo presentations, and daily recaps. Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore will be led by experts in their field — marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists. Guests will also enjoy such Silversea hallmarks as the pampering attention of a butler, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, complimentary wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and free Wi-Fi.

“These new $499 air add-ons offer extraordinary value for travelers looking to book passage to dream destinations located in some of the most remote corners of Asia Pacific,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas.

Following are the Silver Discoverer expedition cruises featuring the air add-on offer:

Australia (Great Barrier Reef) & Indonesia

Voyage 9622: Cairns to Balikpapan, 14 Days, Oct. 4 – 18

This cultural and wildlife journey offers the chance to witness amazing Aboriginal rock art, explore the tribal heritage of Tana Toraja during an overnight land tour, and dive or snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 colorful corals, and hundreds of species of marine birds.

 Indonesia

Voyage 9623: Balikpapan to Singapore, 11 Days, Oct. 18 – 29

Highlights include Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas as a guest lecturer. Famous for her work with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in their natural habitat, she will lead a private tour to Camp Leakey and the Orangutan Care Center, where guests can experience close-up encounters with these amazing animals.

Indonesia & Myanmar

Voyage 9624: Singapore to Phuket, 11 Days, Nov. 10 – 21

This voyage to Sumatra and the Mergui Archipelago will cruise the Andaman Sea, entering a part of the world that has rarely been explored. Sea gypsies, a people who live off, and on, the sea, may be spotted. Other high points include visiting a hilltop Buddhist monastery and viewing orangutans on a forest walk.

Andaman Islands & Myanmar

Voyage 9625: Phuket to Phuket, 11 Days, Nov. 21 – Dec. 2

From the dense forests of Mount Harriet National Park to the pristine beaches of Henry Lawrence Island, the Andaman Islands are a paradise for nature lovers, perfectly complemented by the rich cultural heritage to be discovered in Yangon, where one can witness such impressive sights as the giant reclining Buddha.

Myanmar, Andaman Islands & Sri Lanka

Voyage 9626: Phuket to Maldives, 15 Days, Dec. 2 – 17

This intriguing itinerary weaves together the enchanting parks, temples, and pagodas of Myanmar, the natural wonders of the Andaman Islands, and the historical and wildlife treasures of Sri Lanka, which include a wildlife sanctuary featuring one of the highest densities of leopards in the world.

Maldives, Seychelles (Aldabra) & Africa

Voyage 9627: Maldives to Dar es Salaam, 17 Days, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3
A high point of this itinerary is a rare visit to the remote coral atoll of Aldabra. Virtually untouched by humans and teeming with marine life, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s largest atolls, and a pristine home to thousands of giant tortoises.

The $499 air add-on offer is valid on new cruise bookings for the featured sailings made on or after April 21, 2016. It is a capacity-controlled program, airline and routing are at the discretion of Silversea, and the program may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice.

For more information on Silver Discoverer expedition voyages, visit Silversea.com/ships/silver-discoverer

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Bon Voyage! Live updates from Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

Follow ExpertCruiser on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as we sail on April 27 around the Mediterranean onboard Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam. Get the scoop on HAL’s new Pinnacle Class vessel.  Stay tuned!!!

Koningsdam Aerial Venice

Koningsdam Aerial Venice

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Seabourn welcomes UNESCO World Heritage Experts on board through 2016

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

As part of its continuing partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is welcoming its next group of prominent speakers as a part of its multi-faceted Seabourn Conversations enrichment and special guest entertainment program. Conversation topics will include culture, heritage, history, and the importance of sustainable tourism in preserving World Heritage Sites across the globe.

UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. Among those sharing their insights on board Seabourn vessels over the 2016 spring and summer cruise seasons will be a number of UNESCO advisors and consultants.

“UNESCO’s vital role in encouraging cultural understanding and preservation always makes for fascinating conversation on Seabourn, and the seasons ahead will continue the tradition,” said John Delaney, senior vice president, global marketing and sales for Seabourn. “The significance of educational experiences continues to grow and inspire, and we’re always excited to welcome those who lend their expertise to UNESCO to engage our guests about such important topics as sustainable tourism, culture and heritage.”

Speakers scheduled to take part in upcoming Seabourn Conversations include:

  • Dr. Catherine Hickson, (Seabourn Odyssey, May 28 & June 4), a renowned Canadian geologist who has campaigned for the inclusion of volcanic locations as part of the emerging UNESCO GeoPark system. A global consultant for geological projects, Dr. Hickson stresses the relationships between geology and human history.
  • Alessandra Borchi, (Seabourn Odyssey, May 30, and Seabourn Quest, November 4), the 2013 lead UNESCO advisor in Afghanistan, a global monitoring agent for UNESCO World Heritage threatened sites, and currently offering her expertise to the Executive Office for Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO.
  • Dr. Ege Yildirim, (Seabourn Odyssey, June 25), an urban planner specializing in heritage conservation who has worked at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage, as secretary of the Turkish Conservation and Restoration Specialists Association, and has served on national delegations of the UAE and Turkey for the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. A prolific author and renowned artist, Dr. Yildirim’s attention to the symbolic aesthetics of heritage is central to her work with UNESCO.
  • Ray Bondin, (Seabourn Sojourn, July 14), manager of the EU and International Programmes Office at Heritage Malta, who is involved in research, improvements and conservation of UNESCO sites on Malta and is Honorary Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Malta to UNESCO. His work in Gozo, Sicily, and mainland Italy are foundational to the region’s heritage preservation.
  • Peter Stott, (Seabourn Quest, September 11), an industrial historian, archeologist and architect, as well as an expert on the architecture of Quebec City World Heritage Site and author of the history of the U.S. National Park Service. Based in Boston, Dr. Stott imagines the importance of inclusion of North American heritage sites of the future.

To view the full list of scheduled UNESCO guest speakers, click here.

Seabourn’s ships circle the globe throughout the year and include more than 150 designated World Heritage Sites in its itineraries. Through its partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. The line has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive and enhanced content developed in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts. Fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites include a small donation to UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund.

Seabourn’s intimate, award-winning ships offer key elements that set Seabourn apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas; superb dining in a choice of venues; open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner; award-winning personalized service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. All-inclusive fares offer tremendous value for one of the world’s finest travel experiences.

For reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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Fathom gets approval to carry Cuban-born passengers

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

Carnival announced it will sail as planned from the U.S. to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, for the company’s week-long voyages to Cuba. Carnival Corporation worked closely with Cuba to allow its cruise ships to operate in a similar manner as current air charter operations to Cuba, starting with its historic inaugural voyage on May 1, 2016.

Last week, in anticipation of this positive outcome, Carnival Corporation announced its new Fathom brand was accepting bookings to Cuba from all travelers, including individuals born in Cuba. Fathom’s 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship will begin sailing to Cuba every other week, marking the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has been able to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, as well as the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals will be able to sail to and from Cuba.

“We made history in March, and we are a part of making history again today,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “More importantly, we are contributing to a positive future. This is a positive outcome and we are extremely pleased. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen.”

“We have already seen tremendous interest in the incredible Cuba journey we have put together, and we are ecstatic that this historic opportunity is open to everyone who wants to travel to Cuba,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation.

Russell added: “Our guests will visit three beautiful and unique destinations on the island all in one week, with the convenience of only having to unpack once while we sail on the Fathom Adonia, our premium small ship with its excellent and diverse dining, service and accommodations. We are looking forward to treating Fathom travelers to an unforgettable experience.”

Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand and its voyages to three ports of call in Cuba

fathomDuring each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval.

As part of this historic sailing in this inaugural year, travelers will enjoy an exciting Cuban experience and will sail aboard the Adonia, where they can choose to partake in onboard experiences, including Cuban- and Caribbean-inspired food and films, music and dancing, and much more.

Special onboard programming will include a wide variety of activities covering an array of interests, ranging from an orientation of Cuba’s history, customs and culture, to geographic-inspired entertainment, to casual and fun personal enrichment activities, along with conversational Spanish lessons.

Seven-day itineraries on Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand depart from PortMiami on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The ship will arrive at its first destination,Havana, the following morning (Monday) at 11 a.m. ET. The Adonia returns to its homeport, PortMiami, at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard experiences and several on-the ground activities. Prices will vary by season.

To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may contact their travel professional or call 1-855-9Fathom. Visit Fathom’s “Cruise to Cuba” page to learn more about the brand’s weeklong itineraries to Cuba.

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Holland America Line’s tradition will continue when Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands christens Holland America Line’s new Pinnacle-class ship, ms Koningsdam, in a ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 20, 2016, on board the ship. The 2,650-guest ship is the first in a new class of vessel for the line.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Members of the Dutch Royal Family have launched 11 Holland America Line ships. Most recently, then-Princess Máxima christened ms Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010 and then-Queen Beatrix served as ms Eurodam’s godmother in 2008. Statendam III in 1929 was launched by Prince Hendrik and Nieuw Amsterdam II in 1937 by Queen Wilhelmina. Then-Princess Beatrix named Statendam IV in 1957 and Prinses Margriet in 1960. Rotterdam V was launched in 1958 by Queen Juliana. Princess Margriet dedicated Prinsendam in 1972, Nieuw Amsterdam II in 1983, ms Rotterdam VI in 1997 and ms Oosterdam in 2003.

“We are incredibly honored that Her Majesty Queen Máxima will carry on the tradition of Dutch Royalty christening Holland America Line ships, which began 87 years ago,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We chose Rotterdam as the location for the official ceremony because of the deep historic connection between Holland America Line, the city and the people of the Netherlands. May 20 will be a very special day in our company’s 143-year history as we officially dedicate ms Koningsdam.”

The official ceremony will take place in Rotterdam onboard the ship during a special 13-day Christening Cruise departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, May 9. Following that voyage Koningsdam will spend the summer sailing from the port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland.

Following its Europe season, Koningsdam will sail to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for winter and spring Caribbean cruises.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

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MSC Cruises introduces new internet packages

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 25 - 2016

MSC Cruises – the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa – announced next-generation connectivity across its entire fleet and new internet packages designed to accommodate the various needs of today’s vacationers. The enhancements will provide MSC Cruises guests with fast, reliable access to the web and simple, easy to use packages.

Working with Marlink – a pioneer of business critical communication solutions for customers operating in remote environments – MSC Cruises will provide dynamic bandwidth to its 12 existing ships, as well as its next-generation ships currently under construction, including MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. No matter where in the world MSC Cruises’ guests are sailing – MSC Cruises’ ships sail to more than 180 ports across five continents – they will receive continuous high-bandwidth global access.

“We are constantly seeking new ways to innovate and enhance guest experience aboard what is already the most modern fleet at sea,” said Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises CEO. “We know that staying connected while on vacation is increasingly more important to our guests, hence we are rolling out state-of-the-art technology to allow them to stay connected, whether they are looking to share experiences and memorable moments, stay in touch with friends and family, stay on top of work emails or simply catch up with daily news.”

MSC Cruises’ new offering allows guests to select from three different affordable internet packages based on their specific web and social media needs. All packages can be purchased either on a “per day” or “per cruise” basis, allowing guests maximum flexibility when selecting their internet needs.

Option 1: The Social Package is aimed at guests that are interested in connecting to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, in order to post pictures and chat with friends while on vacation. Guests selecting this package will have 24/7 access to social networks on one device. Pricing is $4.50 per day or $16.50 for a 7-night cruise.

 Option 2: the Surfer Package is designed for moderate internet users who want to access social media platforms, be updated on what’s hot, surf the web for news or sports scores and catch up on emails during their cruise. Guests selecting this package will have access to internet on up to two devices. Pricing is $11 per day or $33 for a 7-night cruise.

Option 3: the Streamer Package has been created for users who are interested in full internet access either for work or fun and want to be connected without any limitations at the fastest speed. This package gives guests full internet and social media access, including audio and video streaming, with access for up to four devices. Pricing is $22 per day or $66 for a 7-night cruise.

Internet packages can be booked prior to sailing or once on board. In addition, it will be easy for guests to upgrade or recharge their package while managing the consumption of each device.

The new services are now live on board MSC Divina in the Caribbean and MSC Preziosa, currently deployed in the Western Mediterranean, and will roll-out across the entire fleet over the coming months.

By offering one of the most advanced guest connectivity services available at sea, MSC Cruises continues to position itself as an innovative and forward-thinking cruise line. With several hundred Mbit/s (megabits per second) available in the Marlink Sealink cloud, MSC Cruises will deliver a whole new web and social media accessibility experience for guests that are hungrier than ever for cost-effective, reliable internet access while enjoying their vacations at sea.  For more details visit https://www.msccruises.co.uk/en-gb/About-MSC/News/Internet_WiFi_Packages.aspx

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