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Two World Cruises in 2021

Silversea Cruises Announces Two World Cruises in 2021

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(Monaco — January 30, 2019) Silversea Cruises continues to push boundaries with the announcement of two pioneering World Cruises in 2021, including the world’s first ever Expedition World Cruise. Offering distinct sets of experiences and differing ways to discover our planet, the two World Cruises will enable Silversea’s guests to travel deeper into the world’s authentic beauty on their own terms, as they cruise in superlative comfort. Today, January 30, marks the opening of an exclusive pre-sale to world-cruising guests of 2019 and guests booked on the World Cruise 2020. Sales for the two World Cruises 2021 will open to the general public in March 2019.

 

Expedition World Cruise 2021
 

2021 Expedition World Cruise. The Uncharted World Tour.

Affirming the cruise line’s market leadership in its 10th year of expedition travel, Silversea reveals the 2021 Expedition World Cruise, described as the ‘uncharted world tour.’ Fully inclusive, Silversea’s Expedition World Cruise 2021 is unprecedented with regards to the scope of immersive experiences on offer: the itinerary is crafted to connect the most rewarding travel experiences around the planet. This experience-focused expedition will appeal to those with a passion for discovery, who like to stay active on their travels, and continue to challenge their own sense of adventure. From Ushuaia to Tromsø, the 167-day voyage will call at 107 of the planet’s most amazing destinations, in 30 must-visit countries—including six new ports of call for Silversea (Naxos, Folegandros, Nafpaktos, Ksamil, Bejaïa, and Fort William). The 2-bedroom Owner’s Suite on Silver Cloud is offered at a price just short of USD 1 million for the entire World Cruise.

 

This highly experiential expedition will enable guests to engage with remote destinations through hands-on exploration; immersive shore excursions, which are included; informative lectures from Silversea’s Expedition Team; and featured lectures from many world-class experts, including, among others, the inspirational Felicity Aston MBE—a recipient of the Polar Medal and the first and only woman to cross Antarctica alone—and Tim Severin—a world-renowned explorer who has retraced the storied journeys of Saint Brendan the Navigator, Sindbad the Sailor, Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, The First Crusade, and Genghis Khan. Guests will enjoy a private dinner on London Tower Bridge’s walkway, an exclusive Viking feast in Kjarnaskogur Forest in Iceland, and a number of other bespoke events around the world. Moreover, for a segment of this innovative World Cruise, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Expedition and Destinations Experiences, Conrad Combrink, will feature as Expedition Leader, enriching the voyage for guests.

 

Departing Ushuaia on January 30, 2021, Silversea’s ultra-luxurious ice-class crossover, Silver Cloud, will journey between Antarctica’s highlight destinations, before setting course for Chile’s Valparaiso via the Chilean Fjords. Subsequently, guests will set sail for Papeete, Tahiti, via Easter Island and the fabled Pitcairn Island, before voyaging towards Lautoka, Fiji. Calls in a number of other iconic destinations in Oceania—including remote exploration stops in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea—precede guests’ arrival in Cairns, Australia, which then leads to the Kimberley Coast. Guests will subsequently unlock various destinations in Indonesia, before arriving in Singapore. Next, Silver Cloud will set sail for Sumatra, Sri Lanka and Cochin, India, prior to reaching Piraeus (Athens), Lisbon, and Reykjavik. Part of an emphatic conclusion, guests aboard Silversea’s 2021 Expedition World Cruise will then explore the highlights of Iceland, ahead of calls in the Svalbard Region and the voyage’s conclusion in Tromsø, Norway, on July 16, 2021.

What’s Included – Expedition World Cruise 2021

  • Business class air*
  • Charter flight from Santiago to Ushuaia
  • Bon Voyage reception and overnight accommodation (pre-voyage)
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to pier and private transfer post cruise from pier to airport
  • $2,000 onboard spending credit (per guest)
  • Exclusive World Cruise events
  • All excursions
  • Special commemorative expedition gear
  • Gifts
  • Laundry service
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi**
  • Medical services
  • Visa package***

 

*Available from selected gateways/countries. Non-use air credit available for other countries.
**Limited internet access in Antarctica.
***For USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia only.

 

World Cruise 2021

2021 World Cruise. The Finest World Tour.

For connoisseurs of travel who wish to get closer to the authentic beauty of the world at a relaxed pace, enjoying the opportunity to form deep connections and savour experiences over time, the 2021 World Cruise beckons. Referred to as the ‘Finest World Tour,’ this 54-port, 150-day, 34-country itinerary will begin with the departure of Silversea’s Silver Whisper from Fort Lauderdale on January 7, 2021, and will conclude in New York on June 6. On the World Cruise 2021, world-cruising guests will both embark and debark in the USA, having travelled around the planet.

 

In addition to many of the benefits that will enrich the Expedition World Cruise 2021, guests on this cultured voyage will enjoy two new Silversea initiatives: Dine Around Town, which will offer guests the chance to indulge in a ‘meal on us’ at fine restaurants in their choice of two of four cities, with bespoke menus and wine pairings; and Your Day Your Way, which will enable travellers to travel deeper on their own or with friends, accompanied by English-speaking guides and transported in private sedans or minivans. Also, as part of a rich schedule of bespoke events, guests will enjoy a traditional Venetian masquerade ball in the City of Water and a glamorous night at the races in Hong Kong.

 

Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale to begin the World Cruise 2021, before unlocking many remarkable destinations for guests in Central America. After transiting the iconic Panama Canal, guests will reach Callao (Lima), before enjoying the delights of Easter Island and various other highlights of the South Pacific Region, and subsequently arriving in Auckland, New Zealand. From New Zealand, the World Cruise will continue onto Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin, before reaching Benoa in Bali. Various stops throughout the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea precede the ship’s arrival in Tokyo. After Kagoshima, guests will travel deeper to the iconic destinations of Asia: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Yangon, Colombo, and Mumbai. Silversea’s guests will next set sail for Piraeus (Athens) and Lisbon, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the ultimate stretch of the World Cruise 2021 to New York.

 

What’s Included – World Cruise 2021

• Business class air*
• Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight accommodation (pre-voyage)
• Private transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to pier and private transfer post cruise from pier to airport
• $2,000 onboard spending credit (per guest)
• Exclusive World Cruise events
• Bespoke Silversea experiences (“Dine Around Town” and “Your Day Your Way”)
• Special commemorative gifts
• Silver Shore Baggage Valet between home and ship in Fort Lauderdale and New York (up to 2 bags, 50lbs each, per guest)
• Laundry service
• Unlimited Wi-Fi
• Medical services
• Visa package**

*Available from selected gateways/countries. Non-use air credit available for other countries.
**For USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia only.

 

“By operating two World Cruises in 2021, we are increasing the offering for our guests, pushing boundaries in the world of travel,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With a passion for sharing the authentic beauty of our planet, we are enabling our guests to discover the world on their own terms.”

 

“Building on our already remarkable World Cruise offering, Silversea will become the first ever cruise line to launch an Expedition World Cruise in 2021,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea Cruises’ CEO. “This momentous voyage is the result of 10 years of experience and industry-leading knowledge—qualities which enable us to unlock remarkable travel experiences for our guests and have contributed to our reputation as the industry leader.”

 

Aboard Silversea ships, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, and the personalised service of a butler. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi. Throughout both World Cruises in 2021, guests will also benefit from a complimentary laundry service; medical service; and an inclusive visa package for nationals of the USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia.

 

New Blog called Discover by Silversea

Silversea Launches Inspiring New Blog

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Discover: Silversea Launches Inspiring New Blog To Transport Readers Into The Authentic Beauty Of The World

(Monaco — August 09, 2018) Industry-leading Silversea Cruises proudly announces the launch of a new travel blog, Discover, to inspire curious travellers to experience the most fascinating and breathtaking places on earth. Featuring in-depth stories and striking original micro-documentaries on everything from the allure of the Atacama Desert to the peculiar dance of blue-footed boobies, Discover enables travellers to journey deeper, transporting readers into the authentic beauty of the world.

Among the new content is a selection of behind-the-scenes videos from Steve McCurry’s recent travels with Silversea. The iconic photographer has visited many magnificent destinations with the cruise line, including Svalbard, Japan, West Africa, Sicily, Papua New Guinea, the Galapagos Islands, Istanbul and the Virunga Mountains of East Africa, among others.

Also on offer are feature stories on the most captivating cultures of the world; unusual landscapes and rare geographical spectacles; remarkable wildlife and the majesty of Mother Nature; lifestyle topics; and useful travel skills, including photography tips from expert travel photographers. All content, including images and videos, is originally produced for Silversea.

Discover reflects the features that enrich Silversea voyages to over 1,000 destinations in all seven of the world’s continents. Leveraging the knowledge and experience of its industry-leading Expedition Team, Silversea will provide authoritative insight on ornithology, botany, marine biology, glaciology, and various other fascinating subjects. The cruise line’s Expedition Experts will feature as sources in the blog’s stories. Once inspired, readers will be able to discover the cruises that relate to the illustrated topics to channel their reawakened sense of wonderment.

“Discover will enable readers to escape into the authentic beauty of the world, as they learn about fascinating subjects related to travel,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With original imagery and stories from renowned travel writers, the blog’s content will transport travel enthusiasts into rare moments and unique experiences. From the peculiar dance of blue-footed boobies to a rare insight into a traditional geisha ceremony in Japan, and a number of captivating subjects in between, the articles convey Silversea’s philosophy of travelling deeper.”

Browse Discover, Silversea’s new travel blog: https://discover.silversea.com

Readers can sign-up to receive Silversea’s latest articles directly into their inbox by clicking on ‘subscribe’ in the top-right corner of Discover’s homepage.

2021 World Cruise

2021 World Cruise Visits 56 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Announces 30-Country, 117-Night Voyage For 2021 To Explore Many Corners on Earth

MIAMI (July 30, 2018) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces its 2021 World Cruise that will provide guests with access to 56 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-designated world heritage sites across the globe.

A world cruise conjures images of exploring the world’s fascinating destinations on a multi-month luxurious journey. For those who wish to explore nearly all corners of the world in one epic voyage, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2021 World Cruise sails aboard the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship, Seven Seas Mariner®, for 117 nights from Miami to Barcelona – visiting six continents, 30 countries and 61 ports across South America, French Polynesia, Australia, Asia and the Mediterranean, including 11 overnight stays.

This journey brings guests to famous cities such as Sydney and its famed Opera House and Dubai with its towering skyscrapers and bright lights. Yet, it is the lesser-traveled places that truly make this voyage a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“We thoughtfully design world cruise itineraries to bring guests to sites they desire to explore, ranging from iconic destinations to the hidden gems that can only be accommodated on a cruise of this length,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ president and chief executive officer. “Guests embark on world cruises to discover many destinations in one voyage with immersive experiences, visit museums, see historical sites, appreciate local arts and culture, and enjoy exclusive shoreside activities offering a unique way to understand our world. On this 2021 voyage, guests can visit 56 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in ports like Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jerusalem, Israel and Limassol, Cyprus, and each night return to their spacious and luxurious suite and enjoy personalized service on board. What’s more, we feature 11 overnight stays in some of the world’s premier destinations so world cruisers feel fully immersed in these ports of call.”

The voyage departs on Jan. 5, 2021. Full details can be found on the Regent Seven Seas Cruises website.

 

World Cruise Highlights

Lost Empires

Embarking From Miami, guests will journey deep into the picturesque Caribbean islands before crossing the Panama Canal to explore South America’s west coast. This leg of the voyage will include visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chan Chan — an ancient adobe city built by the predecessors of the ancient Incas — as well as Peru’s Machu Picchu, Pisco’s Nazca Lines and Easter Island’s moai statues.

Untouched Islands

Sailing through turquoise waters between French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia, guests will encounter beautiful beaches, pristine islands and majestic marine life, especially at lesser-known places like the Bay of Islands, a small and stunning district of New Zealand’s Northland region featuring 144 islands. Other highlights include exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the 74 island wonders that comprise Whitsunday, the majority of which are uninhabited national park islands, making it one of the most pristine places in the world.

Ancient Sands

Making her way from Indonesia to Oman, Seven Seas Mariner will visit Asian destinations that are unlike any other, including Fujairah. The only one of the UAE’s seven Emirates not located on the Arabian Gulf, the destination is set amongst the beautiful Hajar Mountains and surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Oman. Compare that landscape to that of Petra, home to the famed Wadi Rum desert and ruins of Petra, which is lapped by the Red Sea.

Mythical Shores

In the Mediterranean, guests will visit Limassol, where they can stroll on a beautiful chalk-like coastline on Governor’s Beach; Amalfi; and the lesser known Furore. Known for its magnificent fjord, it is a natural fortress that is hidden from the world and only lit by the sun in the afternoon, making it the perfect location for a dip after a delicious lunch.

Guests sailing this 33,500-nautical mile journey will enjoy overnight stays in Lima, Peru; Hanga Roa, Easter Island; Auckland, New Zealand; Brisbane, Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Singapore; Mumbai, India; Dubai, UAE; Luxor (Safaga), Egypt; Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel; and Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Highlights of the 56 UNESCO World Heritage Sites guests can visit include:
  • Great Barrier Reef off the shore of Cairns, Australia
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, India
  • Old City of Acre outside of Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel
  • Medieval City of Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece
  • Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain
  • Archaeological Site of Troy in Bozcaada, Turkey
  • Bahla Fort (Muscat), Oman

 

Land Experiences

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is including these three unique land experiences exclusive to world cruise guests:

Mystical Moai Experience, Hanga Roa, Easter Island — January 27, 2021

There’s no inhabited spot in the world quite so isolated as Easter Island. A mere dot off the coast of Chile in the vast Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui, as it’s called in the people’s native language, is a one-of-a-kind destination making it the perfect place to join fellow world cruisers for an unforgettable shoreside experience. Explore Rapa Nui’s pink-sand beaches, its volcanic cones and windswept grasslands, and of course, the monumental Moai statues — more than 800 of them bearing silent witness to a long-lost, complex society. Not only will you be able to see these incredible sculptures firsthand, but also participate in a recreation of a celebration called Tapati. Delight in folk music performances, body painting and an authentic dinner in this spectacular setting.

Arresting Australia, Brisbane, Australia — February 28, 2021

For more than a hundred years the Alcatraz of Queensland, Boggo Road, held hardened British convicts. Today its doors are wide open to shed light on Australia’s infamous history as a convict nation. After a welcoming cocktail reception, guests will embark on an intimate and insightful tour of the facilities, where the drama and stories of prisoners are brought to life by guides, and will also have the unique opportunity to meet and chat with a former inmate. Surrounded by towering red brick walls, the prison yard is transformed into a dinner venue, where guests will dine and mingle.

Royalty of Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Jordan — April 11, 2021

The evening’s celebration is set against the backdrop of a castle replica in Jordan’s Wadi Rum where guests will enjoy a Bedouin tradition fit for royalty. In addition to a welcome by a traditional Dabke dance that is widely performed at weddings and other joyous events, more unforgettable entertainment includes belly dancing, traditional music performed by a Bedouin folkloric band, and artists adorning hands with Henna tattoos. As guests take in the serenity of the desert, they will delight in complimentary champagne and canapés before indulging in an enticing selection of authentic dishes and classic Arabian sweets.

 

About Seven Seas Mariner

The world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship, Seven Seas Mariner completed a multi-million dollar bow-to-stern refurbishment in 2018, elevating her to a new level of elegance with new culinary experiences, sophisticated new suite designs and furnishings, and completely renewed public guest spaces. Considered one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, Seven Seas Mariner features a sleek, light, modern look and a warm and comfortable ambiance, luxurious décor and intricate design details. With only 700 guests on board, Seven Seas Mariner offers a staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6, ensuring among the highest levels of personal service at sea and an intimate, yet spacious, setting to navigate the world.

Far East and Asia

Holland America Line Offers Immersive Explorations in the Far East

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Holland America Line’s Westerdam Sets Sail for the Far East in 2018-19 for Immersive Explorations of China, Japan, Vietnam and Taiwan. Cruises from 10 to 31 days offer overnights, late departures and overland adventures

Seattle, Wash., July 17, 2018 — The mysteries of the Far East unfold for guests on Holland America Line’s Westerdam when the ship embarks on its robust 2018 -19 season in Asia. From September 2018 through April 2019, the 1,916-guest Westerdam extensively explores China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam on cruises ranging from 10 to 31 days.

Departing from Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; and Singapore, ancient temples and cultures steeped in tradition collide with soaring skyscrapers and bustling capitals. Ten different itineraries showcase the diversity of the countries while celebrating their histories that have been thousands of years in the making. Late departures and nine overnight ports allow extra time for exploration, while Hong Kong and Singapore departures provide an incredible opportunity for Holland America’s exclusive Signature Experience pre-cruise tours.

“As travelers seek more meaningful and experiential vacations, our Asia itineraries remain in high demand for their depth of cultural exploration and once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “For many, a cruise to the Far East is long-awaited and highly anticipated. To ensure we exceed their expectations, we designed Westerdam’s season to be among the most comprehensive and memorable in the industry.”

Westerdam kicks off the season with a 14-day North Pacific Crossing from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan. The ship then begins a series of voyages that explore the Far East, from Japan to Vietnam.

Westerdam’s 16-day Far East Discovery cruise between Singapore and Hong Kong calls at Sanya, China; four ports in Vietnam, including an overnight stay in Halong Bay; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Ko Samui and an overnight at Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand. A 13-day Far East Discovery option eliminates Nha Trang in Vietnam and Sanya, while a 15-day Far East Discovery eliminates the overnight stay in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

The shortest itinerary of the season, Westerdam’s 10-day East Asia roundtrip Hong Kong cruise, departs Dec. 10 and explores Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Celebrating the first cruise of 2019, a 15-day Thailand & Vietnam itinerary sails roundtrip Singapore and offers an extensive exploration of Vietnam. Guests will experience four calls in the country, including an overnight in Da Nang (Hue). The cruise also includes an overnight at Laem Chabang (Bangkok) and calls at Ko Samui and Sihanoukville.

Westerdam’s 14- or 15-day Taiwan & Japan cruise between Hong Kong and Shanghai features an overnight at Hong Kong or Shanghai, depending on embarkation port, and visits the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

A Series of 14-Day Itineraries Round out the Ship’s Asia Offerings
Cruising roundtrip from Shanghai, the China, South Korea & Japan cruise features two ports in each country, including overnight calls in Shanghai, Tianjin (Beijing) and Incheon (Seoul). The China Explorer from Hong Kong to Yokohama includes two ports in Japan and three ports in China, with overnights at Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing).

Westerdam’s Japan Explorer is a roundtrip Yokohama (Tokyo) journey with five ports in Japan, including an overnight at Kobe (Osaka); two calls in Taiwan; and a visit to Jeju (Cheju), South Korea. The final cruise of the season is a Japan & Russia itinerary roundtrip from Yokohama visiting an incredible eight ports in Japan and a northerly exploration to Vladivostok, Russia. The season concludes with a 15-day spring North Pacific Crossing between Yokohama (Tokyo) and Vancouver, encompassing ports in Japan and Alaska.

Collectors’ Voyages Up to 31 Days Offer Longer Explorations of Several Countries
Back-to-back cruises can be booked together to form a longer Collectors’ Voyage that provides a more in-depth exploration of the region. Combining up to two itineraries, the Asia Collectors’ Voyages range from 23 to 31 days.

Grand Asia Voyage Offers an 82-Day Circumnavigation of the Pacific
Travelers looking to fulfill their ultimate bucket list adventure should take note of Holland America Line’s 2018 Grand Asia & Pacific Voyage aboard Amsterdam. This 82-day cruise departing Sept. 30, 2018, circumnavigates the Pacific Ocean roundtrip from Los Angeles, Calif., and calls at 33 ports, with six overnight visits.

The 2018 Grand Asia & Pacific Voyage explores Alaska, Russia, Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, several South Pacific islands and Hawaii. Guests interested in expanding their cruise to explore more of the West Coast also have the choice of 89- and 87-day itineraries departing from Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

For travelers who prefer a shorter vacation, the 2018 Grand Asia & Pacific Voyage features 12 segments: 39 days from Vancouver to Hong Kong; 41 days from Seattle to Hong Kong;15 days from Los Angeles to Yokohama; 34 days from Los Angeles to Hong Kong; 64 days from Seattle to Sydney; 62 days from Vancouver to Sydney; 57 days from Los Angeles to Sydney; 42 days from Yokohama to Sydney; 19 days from Yokohama to Hong Kong; 23 days from Hong Kong to Sydney; 48 days from Hong Kong to Los Angeles; and 25 days from Sydney to Los Angeles.

Singapore and Hong Kong Signature Experiences Offer Exclusive Pre-Cruise Tours
Holland America Line’s culturally immersive Signature Experiences were exclusively created for the cruise line and include an evening event, two-night luxury hotel stay and transfers. Guests who book a suite on the eligible cruises receive the Signature Experiences complimentary, but space is limited and reservations are required.

In Singapore, guests can take the An Evening at the National Gallery Singapore tour with a behind-the-velvet-rope evening at the National Gallery Singapore, featuring a private tour of the museum’s impressive collection of Southeast Asian art. In a grand, glass-enclosed space, guests enjoy drinks and appetizers while watching a traditional lion dance performance. They also will see a snake charmer, henna artist, master Chinese calligrapher and palm reader work their magic.

During Hong Kong’s A Taste of Hong Kong — Dai Pai Dong Experience, guests will explore one of the world’s great cuisines the way the locals do: with traditional street food. This exclusive event features an array of delectable dishes served from food stalls, and traditions such as calligraphy, knotting, paper cutting and grasshopper weaving highlight the experience.

Explorations Central Brings Asian Culture on Board
Throughout the voyages, EXC programming brings Asia’s local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life on board. Through EXC Encounters, guests can participate in activities like transforming a piece of paper into origami art, perfecting chopstick skills, learning the etiquette of local tea ceremonies, and exploring the poses and postures of the statues of Buddha. Guests who want to learn more about the region and cultures can attend an EXC Talk by an EXC Guide or head to America’s Test Kitchen for a cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare.

The EXC Team will provide further customized guidance for the Asian calls as well as online EXC Port Guides. For guests who enjoy exploring on their own, printed EXC Port Maps present a simple view of the best each port has to offer. The in-stateroom EXC Channel will feature a selection of curated films, documentaries and TV shows exploring destinations on the ship’s itinerary.

Cunard Queen Victoria Deck

Cunard voted ‘No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ by Travel + Leisure

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Cunard Receives ‘No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards

Luxury cruise line Cunard receives the coveted award for third consecutive year

VALENCIA, Calif., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury Cruise Company Cunard has merited ‘No.1 Mega- Ship Ocean Cruise Line’ in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey- the third consecutive year that Cunard has received this accolade. Since 1995, the readers of Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, spas, airlines, cruise lines and more in its World’s Best Awards survey.

For 178 years, Cunard’s three Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – have sailed the world on epic voyages, offering effortless and unforgettable ways to experience the world, seamlessly connecting iconic destinations in the utmost style, all with impeccable attention to detail. Cunard holds a unique place in the cruise landscape, continuing a timeless legacy of great ocean liners and transatlantic travel.

“On behalf of Cunard, we are honored to receive the No.1 position by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award in the Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line Category for the third consecutive year,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “Cunard continues to innovate our award-winning guest experience including significant investments in our young fleet, enhanced White Star Service training, and extraordinarily popular event cruises that celebrate the worlds of fashion, astronomy, and genealogy. We are grateful to the readers of Travel + Leisure for recognizing Cunard with this honor.”

Since January 2018, Cunard has implemented enhancements to its legendary White Star Service which included innovative retraining for over 3,000 crew and shoreside employees. With today’s rapidly evolving society, tastes and needs in mind, Cunard has continued to commit itself to providing its guests an unprecedented level of service at sea.

Carnival Journeys Sailings

Carnival To Offer Longer Length Carnival Journeys Sailings

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Carnival Cruise Line To Offer Three Exciting Longer Length Carnival Journeys Sailings In 2019, Including 24-Day Trans-Pacific Crossing, 13-Day Panama Canal Transit And 14-Day Hawaii Cruise

Carnival Miracle to Also Operate Series of Seven-Day Mexican Riviera Cruises from Long Beach Beginning Next Year

MIAMI, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As Carnival Cruise Line continues to expand its itinerary offerings, the company today announced that it will offer three special longer length Carnival Journeys cruises in 2019.

The voyages include a unique 24-day trans-Pacific crossing aboard Carnival Splendor from Long Beach to Singapore, as well as two voyages aboard Carnival Miracle – a 13-day Panama Canal transit from Tampa to Long Beach and a 14-day Hawaii cruise round-trip from Long Beach.

The 24-day voyage is the longest single departure in Carnival Cruise Line’s history and marks the first time that the line will visit Guam, Vietnam and Malaysia on a North American departure.

In addition to visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises enjoy unique on-board activities during which they can sample local cuisine and enjoy entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on topics such as photography, cooking, arts and crafts and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day,” are also offered.

“We’re delighted to expand upon our itinerary choices with these three exciting Carnival Journeys, including an unforgettable 24-day voyage trans-Pacific transit featuring our first-ever calls to spectacular ports in the Far East,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

24-Day Transpacific Crossing on Carnival Splendor
The 3,012-passenger Carnival Splendor will operate an unprecedented 24-day trans-Pacific crossing that will depart Long Beach, Calif., on Oct. 5 and arrive in Singapore Oct. 30, 2019.

The voyage will feature extended port calls at Maui and Honolulu, Hawaii, before crossing the International Date Line, then visit Guam, and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – the first time the line has visited these destinations on a ship departing from North America. On this fantastic seagoing adventure guests can visit ancient temples and other centuries-old landmarks and attractions and immerse themselves in Far East culture.

The 24-day voyage will also offer a traditional ceremony held when mariners cross the International Date Line which essentially adds an extra day to the cruise.

13-day Panama Canal, 14-Day Hawaii Carnival Journeys Cruises
Carnival Miracle will operate a 13-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal transit that will depart Tampa Sept. 29 and arrive in Long Beach Oct. 12, 2019, positioning the vessel for a series of seven- and 14-day cruises from that port.

The 13-day cruise will include an overnight stay in Cartagena, Colombia; prior to the Panama Canal transit followed by calls at Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, all home to magnificent architecture and unforgettable shopping, dining and cultural experiences.

Carnival Miracle will operate a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise to Hawaii round-trip from Long Beach Oct. 19 to Nov. 2, 2019, featuring stops at four breathtaking destinations within the Aloha State – Maui, Honolulu, Kona and Hilo – along with a call at Ensenada, Mexico. On this cruise, guests can enjoy world-class beaches, savor local cuisine, explore the lush Hawaiian countryside and get an “up close and personal look” at colorful Polynesian culture.

The ship will also offer a series of seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach beginning Oct. 12, 2019. The week-long voyages visit Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, all home to gorgeous white-sand beaches, excellent snorkeling and a variety of water sports.

Turkey the Blue Mosque

New and Returning Itineraries with Royal Caribbean

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Two years after their last visit to Turkey, Royal Caribbean has announced they are returning. With a stop in Turkey you can take a trip through time on a visit to the House of Virgin Mary. Discover the remnants of the famed Library of Celsus and sample authentic Turkish mezes and more. All of this will be while you sail on the Jewel of the Seas.

Along with Turkey the Jewel of the Seas will be sailing the Holy Land on a 12-night cruise like no other. Your cruise will depart from Rome and allow you to discover the sights of Sicily, Jerusalem, Cyprus, Rhodes, Ephesus, Athens and Capril. This itinerary will have two departure dates – October 30, 2019 and November 11, 2019.

Once the Jewel of the Seas has finished her Holy Land sailings, cruisers will have the opportunity to see the best of the Middle East and beyond. Jewel of the Seas will spend Winter 2019-2020 departing from Dubai, United Arab Emirates with 7-night sailings and even two 16-night Suez Canal voyages.

 

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Princess Cruises 2020 World Cruise opens soon

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Princess Cruises 2020 World Cruise aboard the Pacific Princess is now available to book!  If a world cruise is on your list, don’t wait, take advantage of Special Offers just for booking early – and you will want to book early as Elite Status passengers already had their chance to book before anyone else.

 

SPECIAL OFFERS!
Book now — offers expire March 31, 2019

World Cruise Early Booking Benefits^
Guests booking the Full 111-day Pacific Princess World Cruise (FLL/FLL or LAX/LAX) or the 96-day World Cruise (LAX-FLL) by March 31, 2019 will receive a great array of perks, including:
• Onboard Credit — Full World Cruise (96 or 111 days)
— $1,000 per person booking in Balcony/ Mini-Suite/Club Class/Suite
— $500 per person booking in Interior/Oceanview
• Complimentary Gratuities for any category
• One Complimentary Mini-Bar set-up for Suites only

Princess Captain’s Circle Savings**
Past Princess guests can also get an extra savings of up to $1,000 per person**

 

42 destinations in 26 countries on five continents – all on one extraordinary voyage. Cross the Equator four times, explore 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and meet like-minded travelers on this life-changing journey.
It’s the voyage of a lifetime, featuring a circumnavigation around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and with visits to ports of calls in Asia, Australia, South America and beyond! A World Cruise with Princess® is one dazzling highlight after another, an adventure that keeps unfolding day after day. Discover why Princess has been named “Best Cruise Line Itineraries” by Recommend Magazine 12 times and why you’ll come back new.®

Roundtrip from U.S.A.
The 111-day full 2020 World Cruise offers two roundtrip options, from Los Angeles or from Ft. Lauderdale, with 42 destinations, in 26 countries on five continents, featuring an overnight in Cape Town and the opportunity to take an overland excursion to Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Maiden calls
Four maiden ports of call are highlights of the 2020 World Cruise. Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand, Praslin in the Seychelles, the Tanzanian island port of Zanzibar and the French island of Mayotte off the coast of Madagascar, as well as a maiden World Cruise call to Melbourne.

Small ship cruising
There’s a certain romance to sailing on a world cruise, and small ship cruising on Pacific Princess, hosting just 672 guests, offers a casual elegance and immersive experience unlike any other. You’ll quickly discover special camaraderie on board sailing with like-minded travelers, while enjoying the signature features and excellent service our guests have come to love.

Shorter sailings
If you don’t have the time to sail the full 2020 World Cruise, join a World Cruise for a portion of this incredible journey. Select from longer sailings like our 74-day South Pacific & Indian Ocean or a shorter 37-day South Atlantic & Panama.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The 2020 World Cruise offers access to 20 UNESCO sites, including the Sydney Opera House, Robben Island in Cape Town, Stone Town of Zanzibar, the Botanic Gardens of Singapore and many more!

Now Open for Booking – A World-First from Luxury Cruise innovator Silversea

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Silversea’s Silver Whisper will be the first cruise ship to visit all seven continents on its pioneering World Cruise 2020

(Monaco — March 8, 2018) Silversea, an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, announces the opening of general sales for its pioneering 140-day, 62-port, 32-country World Cruise in 2020. Departing Fort Lauderdale on January 6, 2020, Silver Whisper will be the first ship to visit all seven continents – including the remote, picturesque landscape of Antarctica – on a world cruise.

Unique in the richness and range of its itinerary, the World Cruise 2020 will include long stays and overnights in many of the world’s most fascinating capital cities and spectacular natural wonders – each of which has been selected for its authentic beauty. A first in the history of cruising, Silversea’s World Cruise 2020 will pass through both the Northern and Southern Fjords, enabling travel enthusiasts to witness and explore some of the world’s greatest marvels.

In total, there will be 40 new destinations from the 2018 and 2019 Silversea World Cruise itineraries, yet the most remarkable voyage stops will feature once more. A combination of destination expertise, cruising experience, and a commitment to enabling guests to travel deeper has resulted in a truly groundbreaking World Cruise itinerary for 2020. Throughout the voyage, Silversea’s Expedition team will be on hand to share their knowledge and expertise, enabling guests to experience destinations with profundity.

“It is with pride, excitement and passion that we announce the general opening of sales for our World Cruise 2020,” says Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer at Silversea. “This itinerary not only demonstrates Silversea’s destination expertise and willingness to innovate, but also our care and attention to our guests’ preferences: we have sought feedback from our most loyal World Cruisers in order to create the only seven-continent World Cruise available. In utmost luxury, guests will witness unforgettable spectacles, experience unexpected events, and can enjoy a tailor-made collection of overland programmes. Silversea invites the curious, the adventurous, and the pioneers of travel to experience the earth’s most authentic beauty, which remains out of reach for most.”

From Florida, Silver Whisper will bear southeast, passing through the Caribbean and along the northern shores of South America, stopping at a selection of captivating destinations. Rounding Cape Branco, Silver Whisper will set course for the Antarctica Peninsula, where guests will be able to enjoy guided tours on Zodiac boats. From Antarctica, the World Cruise 2020 will transport guests around Cape Horn, through the Chilean Fjords, and towards French Polynesia, where a number of enchanting islands await, including Papeete, Bora Bora, and Vanuatu. Sydney, Melbourne, and the Southern coast of Australia precede Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Mumbai, among others. Next, the World Cruise will journey between Mumbai and Rome, navigating the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, stopping at various locations of immense beauty. Following the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal, Silver Whisper will then head for Dublin, from where she will visit the Norwegian Fjords, before completing her grand finale in northern Europe. Silversea’s groundbreaking World Cruise 2020 will conclude in Amsterdam on May 25.

Defining characteristics of the World Cruise 2020 include an unprecedented selection of onboard events, a tailor-made collection of excursions, and bespoke overland programmes that are available to guests. Led by local, knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guides, the planned excursions provide insight into exotic cultures and stunning lands; the innovative overland programmes, meanwhile, can be enjoyed before, during, and after the cruise, enabling guests to travel deeper in each destination.

Hailed as ‘Legends of Cruising,’ up to 382 passengers will embark Silver Whisper for the World Cruise 2020. The ship will be the most intimate within the ultra-luxury segment to ever undertake a world cruise, making for a unique, all-inclusive cruising experience.

With the most expensive suites – the Owner’s Suites – offering ultimate comfort for $250,000 per guest, Silversea has curated the most expensive cruise experience ever. Included in the price are round-trip business air travel, $4,000 onboard spending money per suite, unlimited Wi-Fi, an expedition parka, laundry and medical services, and visa packages for guests of select nationalities, among other alluring amenities.

Find out more about the full itinerary for the World Cruise 2020: https://www.silversea.com/silversea-world-cruise-2020.html

Suites on the World Cruise 2020 are available from $62,000 (€49,000 or £55,000) per person. Guests can reserve their places aboard Silver Whisper by visiting a local travel agent.

 

 

About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between.

Oceania Cruises: Introducing Our New 2020 Around the World Voyage

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We are thrilled to share our newest 180-day Around the World journey, which explores 95 ports on four continents across 27 time zones for voyage truly unlike any other. Departing Miami on January 8, 2020, this journey aboard Insignia features our most expansive focus ever on Japan with nine intriguing ports of call, and for the first time ever on an Oceania Cruises global journey, circumnavigates South America and explores the breadth of Alaska from the Aleutian Islands to the Inside Passage. The complete itinerary is available for viewing online now and reservations open on March 7, 2018.

The World Less Traveled
Though visiting an impressive 95 destinations in 38 countries with an indulgent 17 overnight port visits, Insignia’s ambitious odyssey is much more than the sum of its celebrated ports. On this incredible journey, you’ll transit the newly-expanded Panama Canal from Miami to San Francisco while exploring picturesque ports in Central America, Mexico and Baja California and then circle South America from the cloud-kissed ruins of Machu Picchu to the samba beat of Rio de Janeiro, calling on a wide array of iconic and boutique ports throughout Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Next, Insignia makes a transatlantic journey to South Africa as you discover off-the-beaten-path ports in Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ghana, along with Africa’s magnificent wildlife. Your exploration continues along the dramatic landscapes and world-class cities throughout Asia including visits to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and China as well as numerous alluring destinations in Japan. You’ll then have the chance to explore rugged Alaska and the Aleutian Islands before this grand odyssey culminates with a Panama Canal transit, inviting you to explore the best of The Americas.

More Options for Unforgettable World Journeys
Although our 180-day voyage from Miami to San Francisco on January 8, 2020 is our centerpiece journey, we have created several flexible options. Choose from five other curated itinerary options, embarking in either Miami or San Francisco and ranging up to 200 unforgettable days.

2020 Around the World Voyage Highlights

• Continents visited: 4
• Countries visited: 38
• Time zones crossed: 27
• Islands visited: 24
• Ports visited: 95
• UNESCO World Heritage sites accessible: 67
• Overnight stays (including two-night stays): 17
• Nautical miles sailed: 44,090
• Oceans cruised: 3
• Seas cruised: 18
• Number of times equator crossed: 4
• International Date Line crossed: 1
• Largest population: Tokyo, Japan
• Smallest population: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
• New ports: 6 | Aomori, Japan; Dutch Harbor, Alaska; Hakodate, Japan; Oarai, Japan; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia and Santa Barbara, California.

Take a deeper look at this voyage now and start planning the journey of your lifetime!

 

 
C/O the Oceania blog. Original post can be found here