Cunard Line is pleased to announce its “Mediterranean 3 For You” Sale offering Free Upgrades^ plus up to $300 On Board Credit# per stateroom and $150 Reduced Deposit.^^

WHEN: This offer is going on now through Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

WHAT: Passengers making new bookings on a selection of 57 voyages can soak up the timeless elegance and grandeur of Cunard by sailing along the Mediterranean on board the majestic Queen Victoria.

Selected voyages include a series of seven-day cruises departing from Rome, Venice, Athens, Trieste or Istanbul, and taking in the pearls of the Adriatic Sea, the romance and mystique of Italy, the Greek Isles and more.

Passengers can also embark on luxurious and relaxing 14-day cruises, each with at least one overnight call in Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul or Venice.

For the full Mediterranean immersion, adventurers can sign up for a 21-day cruise that begins in Rome, Venice, Athens, Trieste or Istanbul and sets sail to the Greek Isles, the Turkish Coast, the Adriatic Sea or the Black Sea, along with several other remarkable locales.

Enjoy your upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony, Balcony to Princess Grill or Princess Grill to Queens Grill on any of the select Mediterranean voyages – and upgrade your entire holiday!

Sample voyage options include the following:

 

NOTES:
^New Bookings only. Free Balcony Upgrade offer is based on reserving a Balcony stateroom category BF for the same fare as an Oceanview stateroom category FC. Princess Grill upgrade offer is based on reserving a Princess Grill stateroom category P2 for the same fare as a Balcony stateroom category BA. Queens Grill upgrade offer is based on reserving a Queens Grill stateroom category Q6 for the same fare as a Princess Grill stateroom category P1.  All upgrades are subject to availability.

#On Board Credit offer: Seven-day voyages receive $50 per stateroom ($25 per person) for Oceanview (FC) through Balcony (BF) staterooms, and $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) for Balcony (BA) staterooms through Grills Suites (P2-Q6). Fourteen-day voyages receive $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) for Oceanview (FC) through Balcony (BF) staterooms, and $200 per stateroom ($100 per person) for Balcony (BA) staterooms through Grills Suites (P2-Q6). Twenty-one-day voyages receive $150 per stateroom ($75 per person) for Oceanview (FC) through Balcony (BF) staterooms, and $300 per stateroom ($150 per person) for Balcony (BA) staterooms through Grills Suites (P2-Q6).  Offer only applies to voyages included in this promotion. A credit in the respective dollar amount will be posted to your stateroom account upon embarkation. All values quoted are per stateroom, based on double occupancy. Singles paying the single supplement will earn the equivalent of the per-stateroom On Board Credit. On Board Credit may be used on a single cruise only and expires at the end of that cruise.

^^Reduced Deposit refers to $150 per person deposit instead of the standard 25%  deposit and is required within three (3) days of reservation or sooner.  Bookings are subject to cancellation if deposit amount is not received within the specified option period.  Reduced Deposit is not combinable with other reduced deposit offers and does not apply to bookings made within final payment. Please reference promo code: RD1. This offer expires 16 December 2014.

*Fares apply to minimum lead-in categories on a space available basis at time of reservations. Fares for other categories not shown may vary. Fares are per person, do not include air travel, are cruise only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two passengers in a stateroom. These fares do not apply to singles or third/fourth berth passengers. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses ranging from $75 to $265 per person are additional and subject to change. This offer is capacity controlled, subject to change, and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars. Please refer to the applicable Cunard brochure or Cunard.com for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all reservations. Ask about our applicable air add-on-programme.

To view this offer and any restrictions applying to Free Upgrades, On Board Credit and Reduced Deposit, please click here.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard Line at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.

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Cunard launches ‘Flagship Collection’ for World Cruise passengers

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 1 - 2014

Hot on the heels of announcing its full 120- or 121-day World Cruises in 2016, Cunard Line announced details of some of the shorter worldwide cruises available and announces its new “Flagship Collection” of premium hotel stays which can be combined with these departures to make compelling cruise and stay holidays.

Shorter Worldwide Cruise Options
Segment voyages of the full World Cruises enable passengers to create shorter holiday options that take in key destinations of interest.

“While a full World Voyage remains one of life’s greatest journeys, a shorter segment of one of those voyages can offer a fascinating, concentrated insight into different cultures and destinations in just a few weeks away from home,” said David Dingle, chairman of Cunard Line.

Sydney to Singapore – Queen Mary 2
The segment aboard Queen Mary 2 from Sydney to Singapore takes the form of a 27-day voyage on the biggest ocean liner to sail the world. Queen Mary 2 departs Sydney on 11 March 2016 and calls at Brisbane, Yorkeys Knob (Cairns), Kota Kinabalu, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Halong Bay (for Hanoi), Laem Chabang (for Bangkok) and Sihanoukville (Cambodia) before arriving in Singapore on 7 April. Fares start from $4,599 per person.

Dubai to Southampton – Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth’s 23-day Dubai to Southampton voyage (17 April – 10 May 2016) calls at Salalah (Oman), Aqaba (for Petra, Jordan), Sharm El Sheikh, Suez Canal transit, Istanbul, Athens, Valletta (Malta) and Valencia before arriving back in the UK. Fares start at $4,048 per person, while balcony cabins have fares from $6,598 per person.

Cape Town to Southampton – Queen Victoria
Experience the traditional liner run from Cape Town to Southampton on Queen Victoria with her 18-day (22 April – 10 May 2016) voyage, which takes in Walvis Bay (Namibia), St Helena, Ascension Island, St Vincent (Cape Verde islands), Tenerife and Madeira before arriving back in the UK. Fares start at $3,149 per person, while balcony cabins have fares from $5,199 per person.

“Flagship Collection” Premium Hotel Stay Options
The new “Flagship Collection” offers a premium selection of pre- and post- hotel stays enhanced with special benefits, and features properties in Cape Town, Dubai, Fort Lauderdale, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore and Sydney.

Dingle stated, “Our new Flagship Collection enables our valued World Cruise passengers to enrich their Cunard experience still further by booking one of these packages. All the hotels in the collection have been carefully selected for their exceptional standards and premium service levels and include added extras such as spa treatment savings, restaurant enhancements and upgraded rooms.”

As an example, Queen Elizabeth’s 18-day Hong Kong to Dubai (30 March – 17 April 2016) segment could be extended after disembarking with a one-night stay in Dubai at the Peninsula (for $580 per person including Harbour View room, 10% off spa treatments and 10% off at all food and drink outlets) or Sofitel The Palm (the first night for $590 per person including luxury Sea View room, complimentary dinner for two in any of their seven restaurants and complimentary access to the spa). The voyage on Queen Elizabeth from Hong Kong calls at Nha Trang, Singapore (overnight), Penang, Phuket, Chennai (India), and Cochin before Dubai. Fares start at $3,148 per person, while balcony cabins have fares from $5,198 per person.

The various “Flagship Collection” options available are detailed as follows:

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

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Freestyle merging – Norwegian acquires Oceania and Regent Seven Seas

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 2 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced this morning that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc., the market leader in the upscale cruise segment and parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, in cash and stock for a total transaction consideration of $3.025 billion, including the assumption of debt.

“The acquisition of Prestige represents an extraordinary opportunity for Norwegian Cruise Line to expand our market presence by adding two established, award-winning brands in the upscale cruise segment with loyal followings,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Not only does this acquisition immediately enhance our financial performance, but it also deepens the bench of talent that we have been developing over the years.  Our complementary strengths and skillsets will pave the way for new cross-selling opportunities, cross-brand collaboration, cross-business support, as well as joint partnerships which, coupled with meaningful synergies that can be quickly implemented, will provide solid accretion to earnings per share and drive long-term shareholder value,” added Sheehan.

“We are excited to become part of the Norwegian family and start a new chapter for our company,” said Frank Del Rio, chairman and CEO of Prestige. “With Oceania and Regent, we have built iconic brands with distinctive product offerings and strong customer loyalty. The combination is very compelling and will allow us to further enhance our renowned guest experience.  We are looking forward to joining the Norwegian team and building upon the success that our three brands have already achieved.”

Prestige operates eight ships and approximately 6,500 berths under two segment-leading brands.  Oceania Cruises is the market leader in the upper-premium cruise segment with five ships offering destination-oriented cruise vacations to more than 330 ports around the globe, gourmet culinary experiences, elegant accommodations and personalized service.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the market leader in the luxury cruise segment and operates three award-winning, all-suite ships, with an additional ship on order for delivery in summer 2016. Regent offers the industry’s most inclusive luxury vacation experience visiting over 250 destinations worldwide.  Frank Del Rio will remain chief executive officer of Prestige.

“The combination of three distinct brands, each serving a different market segment, under one umbrella immediately creates an industry-leading cruise operator with an unmatched growth trajectory and a portfolio of products that allows us to appeal to guests at every stage of their life cycle,” added Sheehan.  “We are fully committed to retaining the brand propositions, guest experiences and cultures of the Norwegian, Oceania and Regent brands that have allowed each to realize such success.”

Transaction Rationale

The compelling rationale to acquire Prestige includes:

  •  The diversification of cruise market segments by adding upper premium and luxury brands;
  • The further enhancement of industry-leading financial metrics;
  • Opportunities for synergies and the sharing of best practices among brands;
  • An increase in economies of scale providing greater operational leverage;
  • The expansion of growth trajectory and global footprint; and
  • The opportunity to complement Norwegian’s new build program with the existing Regent order that provides measured, orderly capacity growth through 2019.

Transaction Details

The total transaction consideration of $3.025 billion includes the assumption of debt.  Additionally, a contingent cash consideration of up to $50 million to Prestige shareholders would be payable upon achievement of certain 2015 performance metrics.

In early July, Norwegian’s Board of Directors formed a Transaction Committee and delegated it full authority to negotiate and approve a transaction.  The Committee consisted entirely of disinterested directors.  Genting Hong Kong Limited and certain funds affiliated with TPG Capital, each of whose consent was required pursuant to Norwegian’s existing shareholders’ agreement have consented to the transaction.  The Transaction Committee, who retained its own financial and legal advisors, has unanimously approved the transaction.  The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Norwegian will finance the acquisition with existing cash, new and existing debt facilities and the issuance of approximately 20.3 million shares of its common stock.  Pursuant to the requirements of NASDAQ Rule 5635, holders of a majority of Norwegian’s common stock have consented to the issuance of such shares.

Barclays is acting as lead financial advisor to Norwegian, Deloitte Consulting, LLP is acting as diligence advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is providing legal counsel.  UBS Investment Bank is acting as financial advisor to Prestige and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is providing legal counsel.  Perella Weinberg Partners is acting as financial advisor to the Transaction Committee of the Norwegian Board of Directors and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is providing legal counsel.  J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Deutsche Bank are also serving as financial advisors to Norwegian.  Barclays, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Deutsche Bank have provided committed financing to Norwegian to support the acquisition.

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Regent to offer unlimited internet access

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 12 - 2014

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ brand of all-inclusive luxury is expanding to include unlimited internet access.  For all Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyages setting sail after January 1, 2015, guests booked in Master, Grand, Seven Seas, Horizon, Mariner, Navigator and Voyager suites will receive unlimited complimentary internet access.  The free internet access is available for the duration of the cruise and is accessible in all public spaces and suites via the ship-wide Wi-Fi system.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises for use by ExpertCruiser.com“By introducing the industry’s only unlimited complimentary internet program onboard our ships, we continue to fulfill our guest promise to deliver the most inclusive experience available, at sea or on land,” shared Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The expansion of our free internet program, coupled with widespread enhancements made to the ships during recent dry docks, strengthens the luxury proposition found on Regent Seven Seas Cruises and better prepares us for the arrival of Seven Seas Explorer, which will be the most luxurious ship ever built.”

The addition of free unlimited internet access for upper suites coincides with the completion of a multimillion-dollar upgrade to internet systems on all Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships.  The upgrades entail a doubling of available bandwidth to increase internet speed and reliability, and an expansion of the Wi-Fi system to provide connectivity throughout the entire ship, including all public spaces, outdoor decks and suites.

While top tier suites will enjoy unlimited internet access, guests booked in Penthouse and Concierge suites will continue to receive complimentary internet time based on cruise length.  For example, guests sailing on a seven-night voyage receive 200-minutes free and the amount of gratis internet time extends to 500-minutes for voyages over 16-nights.  Members of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises loyalty program, Seven Seas Society, who achieved gold status or higher will continue to receive unlimited complimentary internet access onboard, regardless of suite selection.

The expansion of the unlimited internet program adds to the most comprehensive list of included amenities in the vacation industry, including round-trip air, a pre-cruise hotel night stay, fine wine and spirits, unlimited shore excursions in every port, specialty dining, ground transfers and gratuities.

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Construction begins on Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 15 - 2014

Construction began this morning on Seven Seas Explorer at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The crisp pop of a cork being freed from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum initiated a laser, which cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the new ship. Incorporating a bottle of the world’s finest champagne to start the building process is symbolic of the high level of sophistication and design being developed for Seven Seas Explorer, which is scheduled to debut in summer 2016.

The ceremonial first piece of steel cut this morning will serve as the foundation for an opulent, one-of-a-kind owner’s suite unlike any other at sea. The suite, resplendent with exquisite stonework and luscious fabrics, will serve as a hallmark for the superior level of elegance found throughout the ship. When it debuts, Seven Seas Explorer will establish a new benchmark for style and service and perfectly complement the all-inclusive luxury experience currently enjoyed by guests sailing with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  During the ceremony, Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Gabriele Cocco, senior executive vice president of merchant ships for Fincantieri, began a countdown that culminated with Maison Krug Italy’s master sommelier, Michela Cimatoribus, releasing the cork from a magnum of Krug Grande Cuvée. As the cork soared and the champagne flowed, confetti cascaded down and the laser cut the first piece of steel for the 750-passenger ship.

“We’re one step closer to fulfilling our dream of building the most luxurious ship in the world and giving our guests another exciting option to explore inspired global destinations with our special brand of all-inclusive luxury,” noted Kamlani. “Seven Seas Explorer will surpass the current standard in luxury cruising, offering a new level of grandeur throughout the ship from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome a new partner in Regent Seven Seas Cruises and to start construction of this brilliant new ship,” commented Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “As a global leader in cruise ship construction, we’ve built some of the finest ships at sea. Building the most luxurious ship ever built is quite a challenge, but with our craftsmanship and experience building luxury ships we feel that Seven Seas Explorer will become the definition of excellence.”

At 54,000 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750 guests, Seven Seas Explorer will boast the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry and further strengthen Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ widely recognized position as the most inclusive luxury cruise line. Seven Seas Explorer will join the rest of the award-winning Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet in the summer of 2016.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises will begin taking reservations for the maiden voyage and inaugural season for Seven Seas Explorer in early 2015. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises or to receive a brochure, guests can visit www.RSSC.com, call 1-844-4REGENT (1-844-473-4368) or contact a professional travel agent.

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Ooh La La Seabourn offers Best of Riviera Food & Wine Cruise

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 9 - 2014

Seabourn is pulling out all the stops to create a rare epicurean themed cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn. Guests aboard the 11-day “Best of the Riviera Food & Wine Cruise” will visit some of Europe’s most appealing food and wine regions, enjoying daily special culinary events, “Shopping with the Chef” excursions in local markets, cooking demonstrations by celebrity guest chefs, tastings of local specialties and more. The culinary voyage will depart October 30, 2014 from Monte Carlo and sail the French and Italian Rivieras to Rome.

“Seabourn is synonymous with fine dining and superb cuisine that delights guests on every voyage,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “It only made sense to create this special epicurean cruise to showcase our culinary strengths in one of the most popular and revered food and wine regions in the world.”

Two celebrity guest chefs from the region will accompany the cruise, providing cooking demonstrations and menus for guests on board:

  • Raised in Provence and schooled in Marseille, French Chef Patrice Olivon brought the skills he learned in Southern France to Washington D. C., where he cooked at the French Embassy, the White House and at Camp David for special occasions. He is program director of Culinary Arts at the prestigious L’Academie de Cuisine and a popular instructor and presenter.
  • After training and staging in some of Italy’s best kitchens, Italian Chef Alfio Longo has traveled the world learning and practicing his craft at fine dining restaurants and in private service in New York, as well as the Dominican Republic, China and Turkey. He is currently the Executive Chef at Osteria del Circo in New York operated by Sirio Maccioni’s Le Cirque International group.

SeabournsmThe “Best of the Riviera Food & Wine Cruise” will be packed with culinary events such as expanded “Shopping with the Chef” trips in local markets in Marseille, France; Livorno and Messina, Italy; festive epicurean deck events and gala luncheons; and local specialties and regional flavors featured on menus throughout the voyage. Seabourn Sojourn’s onboard culinary staff will also be augmented by the company’s award-winning team of corporate executive chefs and wine experts. Seabourn has also created optional custom food and wine excursions at each of the Mediterranean ports of call: Marseille, St. Tropez and Ajaccio on Corsica in France; Santa Margherita Ligure, Messina (Taormina) and Sorrento in Italy and Valletta, Malta, plus an overnight stay at Livorno and two full days to explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca and the culinary delights of Tuscany.

To see additional details about the “Best of the Riviera Food & Wine Cruise,” please click here.

For more information or reservations on Seabourn’s “Best of the Riviera Food & Wine Cruise,” contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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