Cruise
Adviser

June 2021

Lap of luxury

Cruise
Adviser

June 2021

In this Issue

Promotion: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Editor’s letter

There’s never been a better time to think about luxury

News: Join the #traveldayofaction on June 23

Plus, NCL and MSC add more US sailings

News: Celebrity reveals wellness options on new ship

Plus, Viva Cruises to offer expedition cruises from 2022

Promotion: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

The British cruise line introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks ready for a summer of staycations

News: Hurtigtruten to resume Norwegian coastal voyages

Plus, Variety signs Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Promotion: Riviera
News: Clia announces in-person event

Plus, Riviera offers free Covid tests

Promotion: Celebrity Cruises

From private sundecks and freshly-prepared sushi to astrological cocktails and an acre of lawn at sea, a cruise is the best way to holiday in the UK

News: Incentives and new hires

The latest industry offers and appointments

Video: MSC Virtuosa
News: When do cruises restart?

Details of cruise line restarts, along with each line’s current regulations regarding vaccination, Covid-19 testing and the wearing of face masks

Feature: The components of luxury travel

Janine Kelso takes a look at what makes luxury travel, including profiles of the latest luxury ships and the most luxurious suites at sea

Feature: The most luxurious cruise experiences

Live the high life on board these sumptuous cruise ships with this treasure trove of unforgettable luxury experiences

How to Sell: luxury

Each issue, cruise expert Jane Archer shares her tips on selling a specific area of cruise. This time, she looks at luxury

Trade support directory

The vital contact details for all major cruise lines operating in the UK

Promotion: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Editor’s letter

Welcome to the Cruise Adviser luxury special

What is luxury? According to Amanda Norey, head of marketing and distribution at Tradewind Voyages, it is “exceptional service and dining, elegant cabins with sea views plus every element of your voyage taken care of by a well-trained and welcoming crew”. If all these elements come together, she argues, all the customer needs to do is enjoy.

We asked a number of high-end cruise lines what they consider luxury to be. Each came back with a different answer, but the same signifiers featured across the board. There are many different elements, but we believe that the four pillars of the luxury experience are: elegant interiors, exclusive experiences, exceptional service and an abundance of space.

The Scandi modernism of Viking may be totally different to the grandeur of Regent, but the results are the same: guests enjoy their surroundings, feel relaxed and taken care of. In the age of Covid-19, that’s more important than ever. Truly, what is more luxurious than the ability to unwind fully?

Data released by cruise.co.uk found that demand for extended sailings had increased by 10 per cent this year compared to 2019. It revealed that clients are bookings voyages of three weeks and over to destinations across the world, often with hotel stays and tours either side of the sailing, allowing guests to make the most of their time away. We’re seeing this trend across travel – after a year or two without, customers are planning a special, all-out holiday next year or in 2023, often taking the whole family with them.

It means there’s never been a better time to think about luxury – which is why we’ve produced this special issue. In it, we round up the most exciting new ships, best luxurious experiences and fanciest suites  – plus, Jane Archer shares her walk-through guide. We hope you enjoy reading, and good luck selling.

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News

Join the #traveldayofaction on June 23

Coalition calls on all corners of the travel industry to get involved and support the activities of the day


Trade bodies from across the travel industries are coming together for a day of action on June 23 to put pressure on the UK government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period.

#traveldayofaction will be calling on the UK government to:

  • Allow international travel to return safely and in a risk managed way by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan.
  • Bring forward a package of tailored financial support to recognise that the unlocking of international travel, and hence businesses’ ability to trade and generate income, will be much slower than first anticipated, and more gradual than for businesses in the domestic economy.

Organisers and supporters of the cross-industry day of action include Abta, Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association, BAR UK, UKinbound, the Business Travel Association, Advantage Travel Partnership, TTNG, and the other 11 Members of the Save Future Travel Coalition, with other industry organisations welcome to join.

The bodies are calling on all corners of the travel industry – every airline, airport, tour operator, travel agent, supplier and partner – to get involved and support the activities of the day.

The day of action will involve an organised lobby at the Houses of Parliament – which would see MPs meet with a large number of their constituents at Westminster on a single day. There are also plans being developed for events across other parts of the UK, targeted at the Devolved Administrations. The event is intended to generate and attract national media attention and will also seek to gain traction on social media.

The day of action will take place just ahead of when the government is expected to decide on the next steps for international travel, with an announcement scheduled for June 28. The government will be reviewing both the traffic light list and also the requirements, measures and systems in place for international travel. The day’s activities will start from 12.30pm, allowing people time to travel to London for the day.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said: “These next weeks will be critical for the travel industry. We have been working together since the start of the pandemic to make the sector’s case on what the industry needs to get through this crisis and return safely to international travel. We’re in a situation where the government is curtailing overseas travel but isn’t providing tailored support for the travel industry. The longer this goes on the more jobs, livelihoods and businesses are at risk.”

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK said: “The UK is falling behind other countries, including many of our competitors in Europe, when it comes to restarting our aviation and travel sectors. With the success of the vaccine rollout, it is vital the government takes steps to capitalise on the progress that has been made, otherwise we face doing severe long-term damage to the economy and the competitiveness of our world-leading aviation sector.

“Quite clearly the time has come for every corner of our industry – from aviation to inbound and outbound tourism and business travel – to come together if we are to have any hope of getting international travel properly up and running in time for the main summer weeks. Failure to do so would be truly catastrophic with so many tens of thousands of jobs hanging in the balance.”

Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive officer of Advantage Travel Partnership said: “We all need to be pulling together towards this one single date, so it has the greatest media and political impact. It is imperative the industry speaks with one clear voice to demand action from the government urgently on the safe recovery of travel and tourism.  Not only are we trailing behind other countries on opening up travel, we are trailing behind every other British industry which has had the benefit of conforming to the domestic road map outlined by the government. This is tantamount to woeful neglect and we as industry intend to redress the balance and get government to back us as we strive to save jobs and businesses.”

Gary Lewis, CEO of The Travel Network Group said: “We urge our members and the wider outbound travel industry to get behind the day of action on June 23. The march on Westminster is in response to the shocking, illogical announcement from the government which effectively cancelled travel for the foreseeable future and went against the expectations set in the Global Travel Taskforce report.

“Until people can travel freely, and the travel industry is able to get back on its feet, we need the government to provide direct financial sector-specific support which we have been calling for since summer 2020. Our industry employs over 221,000 people and contributes £37.1 billion to the economy but our calls for support and clarity have not been met. We hope that the government takes notice of the day of action and acts on the industry’s demands before further damage is done.”

Joss Croft, chief executive of UKinbound said: “Inbound tourism is the UK’s third largest service export industry worth £28.4 billion to the UK economy and employing nearly half a million people, but our sector is struggling to survive and is in desperate need of support. We’re calling on our members and the wider tourism community to get involved in this day of action. Every conversation and engagement with your local MP on this day will have an impact and will help put pressure on the UK government to take action to support our industry.”

More information on the day and how to get involved will be published on abta.com/traveldayofaction.

News

NCL and MSC add more US sailings

The two lines unveil more itineraries as their relaunch gathers pace


Norwegian Cruise Line has added extra US sailings to its programme as part of its relaunch plan.

The extra voyages will set sail this summer from New York; Los Angeles; Port Canaveral, Florida; and Miami.

The line also announced that its newest ship Norwegian Encore will replace Norwegian Bliss in Alaska this summer, leaving from Seattle to call at the ports of Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, while offering guests dramatic views of Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.

Norwegian will return to Miami this summer with Norwegian Gem to cruise seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean from August 15, and four-day voyages to the Bahamas from November.

Now on sale are extra itineraries from New York to Bermuda starting from September 26 on Norwegian Breakaway; a cruise from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on October 24 with Norwegian Bliss; and a sailing from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean on November 13 on board Norwegian Escape.

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“With these additional itineraries, we’re providing travellers with more opportunities to set sail from some of their favorite homeports and to some of their preferred destinations,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.

“We are very excited to sail in the US again, and to sail first with our latest beautiful ship Norwegian Encore. We’re able to reintroduce her to our guests and invite them to experience her world-class offerings, as she makes her debut in Seattle and Alaska.”

Norwegian’s Peace of Mind cancellation policy remains in effect for anyone sailing on cruises embarking until October 31, 2021, allowing guests to cancel their cruise 15 days before departure.

All crew and guests must be fully vaccinated to embark on voyages up until October 31, 2021.

Meanwhile, MSC Cruises is also to resume cruising from US ports this summer following CDC approval.

MSC Meraviglia will kick off the restart on August 2, with three and four-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas. From September 18, MSC Meraviglia will add seven-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean. MSC Divina will resume cruising from Port Canaveral on September 16, offering three, four and seven-night cruise options to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including stops at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

MSC will reveal additional itinerary details for cruises on board MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina, as well as health and safety measures and guidelines for guests. Cruises will welcome both vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests.

News

Celebrity reveals wellness options on new ship

The line’s new Edge-class vessel, Celebrity Beyond, launches in spring 2022


Celebrity Cruises has revealed the wellness options that will be onboard Celebrity Beyond, the line’s next Edge-class ship.

The new vessel, which launches in spring 2022, features new AquaClass SkySuites, an onboard wellness programme led by industry experts, a partnership with Gwyneth Paltrow’s modern lifestyle brand Goop and classes by the F45 Training.

The spa, designed by Kelly Hoppen, features eight different relaxation rooms and offers more than 120 treatments.

“Wellness is so fundamental to our philosophy that we continue to build and grow a truly special onboard experience where it is woven into every aspect of the guest journey from the stateroom to the spa,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president of Celebrity Cruises. “And, because we’re doing all of this at sea, which is incredibly therapeutic in itself, it becomes a wonderful wellness journey unlike anything in the world.”

“In true Celebrity Cruises fashion, we have chosen to work with best-in-class partners in every category to deliver a holistic programme designed to improve the wellbeing of the guest’s mind, body and spirit,” said Brian Abel, Celebrity’s Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations. “The response to our AquaClass offerings has been phenomenal and we know this new programme, designed for modern travellers, will exceed all expectations.”

AquaClass Sky Suites

The AquaClass Sky Suites, new to Celebrity Beyond, feature floor-to-ceiling ocean views, private balconies and access to special areas of the ship.

Some of the wellness amenities included in the AquaClass Sky Suite experience are:

  • Access to Blu, a restaurant that priorities healthy eating
  • Complimentary, unlimited access to the onboard SEA Thermal Suite
  • A spa concierge, preferential rates on spa packages, priority spa reservations and an onboard spa credit and fitness class credit
  • A king-sized cashmere mattress and luxurious eXhale® bedding, complemented by a pillow menu offering options for firmness and support to help ensure a wonderful night’s sleep
  • An in-room fitness menu with a selection of items, some hand-picked and provided by goop

 

Wellness and fitness

In collaboration with OneSpaWorld, Celebrity Cruises is to introduce the first-at-sea ‘Women in Wellness’ programme, bringing together some of the wellness world’s leading minds and practitioners to curate spa treatments, mind-body wellness activations, fitness classes and stateroom TV programming.

The women include:

  • Katie Brauer – Founder of The Yoga Professional and creator of new onboard Yoga Flow classes
  • Noella Gabriel – the co-founder and global president of Elemis and skin and body care expert
  • Kiki Koroshetz – Wellness director at Goop, content and activation contributor
  • Morgan Mitchell – Australian sprinter and F45 Training athlete and guide to F45 onboard
  • Kimberly Snyder – Founder of lifestyle brand Solluna and creator of onboard meditation series
  • Ruth Zukerman – Co-founder of SoulCycle® and FlyWheel Sports; guide to onboard cycling

 

The first Celebrity Beyond cruise will sail out of the UK on April 27, 2022. The 10-night Western Europe cruise will call at Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain.

News

Viva to offer expedition cruises from 2022

New ship Seaventure will operate Arctic and European itineraries from next year


Viva Cruises is to start offering expedition cruises from 2022 on board its first expedition vessel.

The 164-passenger Seaventure will operate Arctic, North and West European itineraries from April to October 2022. The cruises will depart from Bremerhaven, Dublin, Edinburgh, Tromsø and Reykjavík and all offer 10 per cent travel agent commission.

Example itineraries include ‘Coastal Magic’, a seven-night round-trip from Dublin, departing on April 16, 2022. Seaventure will take passengers along the Irish coast to Belfast, across to northern Scotland and on to Edinburgh.

One of the highlights of Seaventure’s 2022 programme is ‘Eternal Ice of the Arctic’ – a 24-day voyage round-trip from Bremerhaven in Germany, with two departures in July and August. The sailing will go to the Shetland Islands and on to Greenland. Passengers will have the chance to see glaciers and icebergs in Disko Bay as well as spot humpback whales.

All 2022 itineraries of Seaventure will include Viva Cruises’ signature Viva All-Inclusive product: snacks, full board, high-quality alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, mini-bar, beauty products from luxury cosmetic brand Rituals, wi-fi and all tips and gratuities.

Prices for 2022 Seaventure expedition cruises start from €2,205 per person for an outside cabin. An early bird discount of 10 per cent will apply to all bookings made by July 31, 2021. UK travel agents also receive a 10 per cent commission per booking. Agents can request agency contracts and special rates for groups by emailing sales@viva-cruises.com.

 

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The British Isles like you’ve never seen it before

 

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks ready for summer of immersive staycations


Setting sail again after the longest pause in the history of the cruise industry is reason enough to get excited, but to resume with not just one, but two new ships among the fleet makes for an even bigger milestone. And that’s exactly the case for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks this July.

Welcome Back

The new ships will offer a number of sailings as part of Fred Olsen’s Welcome Back programme this summer, designed to celebrate the very best of the British Isles and its spectacular scenery.

Borealis will be the first to set sail, with a three-night ‘no port’ Maiden Voyage departing Liverpool on July 5, followed by Bolette’s three-night Maiden Voyage from Dover on August 16.

Both ships will sail around the British Isles with no stops, taking in the stunning scenery of the Scilly Isles, the Scottish coast and landmarks such as Fingal’s Cave and Duart Castle. Then, later into July and August, itineraries will begin offering ports of call, to destinations such as Kirkwall and Lerwick.

Supporting marine conservation

Guests on board all ‘no port’ scenic sailings will also be joined by experts from marine wildlife charity ORCA. The charity’s team of Cruise Conservationists will spend their days out on deck, helping guests to spot, identify and record data about the marine wildlife they see, as well as holding lectures and Q&A sessions on board.

During the summer months, British waters bring opportunities to spot common Risso’s, and bottlenose dolphins, as well as harbour porpoises and minke whales, with rarer visitors including the humpback whale.

Adding those Fred Olsen touches

Bolette and Borealis bring a number of new facilities to the fleet, including grand, two-tiered restaurants and theatres, large spas, all-weather pools with retractable roofs and presentation theatres perfect for culinary demonstrations.

“We chose these ships because we knew they would fit seamlessly into the Fred Olsen fleet,” said head of sales, Geoff Ridgeon. “Each carrying less than 1,400 guests, they allow us to continue to offer the small ship experience for which we are renowned, while also allowing us to offer something new.

“Of course, we wanted to put our own stamp on them both, and the team on board have been working exceptionally hard on our refit programme since they joined the rest of the fleet in Rosyth last summer. New carpets have been laid, bathrooms have been replaced and wallpaper has been hung. We have even had part of the ship dedicated to upholstering and soft furnishings.

“We really can’t wait to welcome our guests on board so they can explore for themselves – new ships, new venues, new designs, but the same Fred Olsen experience that our guests know and love. And of course, they wouldn’t be Fred Olsen ships without our famous doodle carpets!”

Win a case of wine

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is offering agents the chance to earn a free case of wine from Virgin Wines. To qualify, all agents need to do is make three bookings by June 30 for any 2021 departures, and register the bookings via the line’s online Travel Agent Centre.

“We know how challenging it has been for agents through the pandemic,” said Geoff Ridgeon. “This is our way of saying a little thank you for recommending Fred Olsen, and for all their support over the past 15 months and beyond.”

For more details on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the new ships or the incentive with Virgin Wines, visit fredolsencruises.com/agent

News

Hurtigruten to resume Norwegian coastal voyages

The sailings restart in July after 18 months of limited operations, and demand is high


Hurtigruten will resume its famous Norwegian coastal voyages this July after more than 18 months of limited operations.

Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express will operate all seven ships on the legendary sailings between Bergen and Kirkenes.

The company has reported that booking levels are 50 per cent higher than before the pandemic, with particularly strong demand for 2022 small-ship experiences.

Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam said: “The global travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. With the safety and well-being of our guests and crew as our number one priority, we are now entering a new phase of our step-by-step return to operations.”

He added: “As vaccines are being rolled out and travel restrictions are lifted, we are seeing a huge pent-up demand and strong booking trends across all markets. When international travel resumes, we will be ready to welcome our guests on board again.”

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In operation since 1893, the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express has served as a lifeline for local communities for generations, including throughout the pandemic.

This summer, Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express will be the only company to offer voyages along the Norwegian coast, hosting local travellers, goods, mail and international tourists.

Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express CEO Hedda Felin is keen to welcome international travellers when restrictions lift.

“We were born and raised to connect the coastal communities and their people with the world,” she said.

“This summer, we will have the fjords almost to ourselves. And there is no better way to experience the Norwegian coast than with our small ships, close partners and our almost 130 years of local know-how.”

It was recently announced that the entire fleet of Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express ships are being given a large-scale green upgrade by 2023 to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 25 per cent and slash NOx emissions by 80 per cent.

“The world’s most beautiful voyage just got even better,” said Felin.

“We are laying the foundation for introducing new and even more efficient environmental solutions as they are developed.”

Comment

Variety signs up to Tourism Declares

Variety Cruises has become to the first cruise line to sign the declaration. CEO Filippos Venetopoulos explains why


In 1949, following the war, our founder Diogenis Venetopoulos – a historian turned tour guide – had a vision to share the world through his eyes, aboard small wooden boats that explored the seas. As a true pioneer in his industry, even then sustainability was at the core of his vision. He was a man that was climate-positive; a man before his time.

Variety Cruises (formerly Zeus Tours) was the first small boat company to share the history of the Greek Islands with the world. As the company and its family tradition enters its third generation of leadership, we remain committed to our promise as pioneers of sustainability, becoming the first cruise line worldwide to join Tourism Declares.

Sustainability has been a key pillar of our company for over half a century. From baby steps that included protecting cultural heritage and visiting Unesco sites, to actively engaging with research on biodegradable materials and protecting sea-life while supporting the health of our oceans, we have always been proactive. Now, given the opportunity to join an organisation that supervises, supports and connects like-minded organisations with the common goal of lowering carbon emissions was a natural collaboration for us. The time, energy and resources invested are positively outweighed by the benefits of the mission.

So, we decided to publicly join Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency not only as a follower, but as a leader within the cruise industry, paving the way with our efforts. We know that we have a long way to go and admit that our industry has contributed in the global increase of carbon emissions; this is why this action is timely and necessary.

Our room for improvement is an opportunity that we choose to grasp. We strive to grow, learn, adapt and foresee how we can remain faithful to our promise. For instance, the pandemic took us a step back in terms of our single use plastic policy in order to protect our guests and team from infection.

Now, as we learn more, we adapt to our sustainability goals and general policy, returning to ‘no single use plastic’ in a series of safe steps. We hereby commit to developing an transparent, practical and functional 12-month plan that will guide the way for lowering carbon emissions, while remaining committed to our additional sustainability initiatives, including no single use plastic and ethical food sourcing.

We hope our commitment will shed light for other operators within the travel industry and beyond to follow. We look forward to joining forces as we take the next steps in monitoring our impact on the environment, with ships running on marine diesel oil, reducing plastic waste via our single use plastic reduction plan, and further developing our beach clean-up initiatives, while adhering to the most stringent policies on waste management. All in all developing a concise plan that will lower carbon emissions and provide a platform for other climate-positive cruise lines to follow suit.

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News

Clia announces in-person event

The ‘Selling Cruise Day’ – named #TogetherAgain – returns to Southampton on November 4


Clia UK & Ireland has announced that its ‘Selling Cruise Day’ will return to Southampton on November 4, 2021. It will be the first full-day, in-person conference the trade association has held since 2019.

The event, named #TogetherAgain, will be dedicated to frontline travel agents, and is aimed at giving them insight and advice from a wide range of expert speakers and panels.

Opportunities to network with colleagues across the industry, including cruise line representatives and partner sponsors, will also be on offer.

A celebration dinner has been arranged for the evening. Venues for both events are currently being finalised.

For more information go to cruising.org

News

Riviera offers free Covid tests

The tour and cruise line will cover the costs of testing required on bookings made until June 30


Riviera Travel is offering free Covid tests for guests booking European river sailings and yacht cruises, departing in July and August 2021.

The tours and cruise company will cover the costs of all testing required under the government’s traffic light system on new bookings made from now until June 30.

Riviera is only operating holidays to green list countries and hopes more destinations will be added to the list in the next few weeks.

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The news comes as Riviera has confirmed a £200 price cut on five of its river cruises sailing a Douro, Porto and Salamanca itinerary this summer. Prices now start at £1,939 for its sailings on July 11, 18 and 25, and August 1 and 8.

Riviera will also cover the costs of a PCR test needed to enter Portugal for river cruises in July and August.

Jim Forward, Riviera Travel chief commercial officer, said: “We recognise the current government tests add to the requirements of booking a holiday, so we’re very happy to cover the associated costs. We’ve partnered with The Travel Visa Company who will provide a quick and easy way for our guests to book their required tests, and will be on hand to support throughout the process.

“We’re doing everything we can to get people travelling again and can’t wait to welcome guests on their holidays as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Guests will be contacted four to six weeks ahead of travel to confirm if their departure is going ahead.

Riviera recently added new sailings to its UK programme to meet demand.

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A unique and luxurious twist on the staycation

From private sundecks and freshly-prepared sushi to astrological cocktails and an acre of lawn at sea, a Celebrity Cruises staycation sailing is the way to holiday in the UK post lockdown


A luxury cruise around Britain’s stunning coastline on Celebrity Silhouette is the perfect way for your guests to leave all of the troubles of the last year behind, sipping a G&T while looking out to sea.

With some staycation firms reporting up to 92 per cent of available dates already booked up for the summer months, a coastal cruise offers the perfect home-away-from home escape.

One of the great benefits of a holiday with Celebrity Cruises is that everything gets taken care of: beautiful accommodation, gourmet food, West End-style entertainment, speedy wi-fi and tips are all included in the price. It means your guests don’t have to worry about a thing – no hastily booked restaurants or nabbing the last car parking spot at the beach.

Guests will have the chance to explore the Jurassic Coastline from Portland, uncover the rich history of Belfast, plus immerse themselves in the creative and cultural hub of Liverpool – essentially multiple staycations in one luxury six-to-eight night trip.

What to expect on board

Onboard the ship itself, guests can indulge in some fantastic experiences such as the exclusive open-air hideaway, The Retreat. Available to suite guests only, this luxurious space features a private sundeck and lounge designed by award-winning British designer Kelly Hoppen CBE. In The Retreat, every tiny detail is taken care of – whether that’s being handed a fresh towel en route to the pool or a glass of perfectly chilled wine being brought to the table.

The Lawn Club  – a half-acre lawn of real grass at sea – is the first of its kind and designed exclusively with relaxation and enjoyment in mind. On a sunny day, it’s perfect for taking a picnic and wiling away the afternoon at sea. If guests are feeling competitive, they might opt for a game of boules or croquet, before kicking back with some live musical entertainment just as night falls.

Augmented reality luxury restaurant, Le Petit Chef  – where augmented reality meets luxury cuisine – is a feast for the senses. An animated 3D character appears right on your guest’s plate and prepares each course for a truly interactive, artistic evening.

Guests will find locally sourced and authentically prepared sushi in Sushi on Five – with a menu crafted by expert restaurateur and sushi chef, Yoshikazu “Yoshi” Okada, featuring the complex flavours of handmade sushi rolls and nigiri featuring tuna albacore, shrimp, eel and other fresh selections; and the simplicity of yellowtail, salmon and octopus sashimi.

There are unforgettable wellness experiences in The Persian Garden spa and fitness centre, where guests can indulge in some much deserved ‘me time’ with rejuvenating treatments and restorative massages. A peaceful oasis featuring a range of refreshing aquatic experiences, from billows of aromatic steam to tropical showers and heated loungers, guests will find pure-form yoga, guided meditation and innovative breathing classes are also onboard to help melt away the stress of the last year.

After a year without the joy and spectacle of live performance, guests can finally enjoy West End-style shows, musical masterpieces and dramatic delights that shock, inspire and enchant guests in the onboard theatre, while Zodiac cocktails based on your astrological sign in Sky Observation Lounge will make it a truly special night out.

Celebrity Silhouette will set sail from Southampton on Saturday, July 3, and embark on a series of six to eight-night itineraries around Britain’s coastline. Prices start from £999pp, based on two people sharing a Balcony stateroom, with drinks, wi-fi, tips and car parking in Southampton included for bookings made before June 30.

The health and safety of guests, crew and the places that Celebrity Silhouette will visit remains the first priority for Celebrity Cruises and only residents of England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland are permitted to sail at this time. Guests aged 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all Covid-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. All crew members onboard will be vaccinated. Vaccinated guests will also require proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 to 24 hours before the time of sailing. Guests under 18 years of age will need to take an antigen test, at the terminal prior to embarkation. The PCR and antigen tests required will be at the expense of Celebrity Cruises.

To learn more about Celebrity Cruises’ luxury summer staycation cruises, access further information on health and safety protocols or find out the latest Celebrity Rewards opportunities for Celebrity Silhouette bookings, please visit Celebrity’s dedicated trade partner platform, CelebrityCentral.co.uk

Incentives and events

The latest offers from Celestyal and Celebrity

Celestyal Cruises is giving agent partners the chance to cruise for free thanks to its popular ‘Sell 3 Sail Free’ booking incentive.

Agents who book three staterooms on any 2021 departure between June 1 and 30 will receive one complimentary double occupancy stateroom for them and a guest on a 2021 three, four, or seven-night Greek Island itinerary of their choice, including an all-inclusive classic drinks, gratuities as well as two select shore excursions.

Itineraries agents can choose from include:

  • The newly launched seven-night ‘Legendary Archipelago’ round trip from Lavrion Port & Marina in Athens calling in Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Rhodes and Limassol.
  • The seven-night ‘Idyllic Aegean’ round trip from Piraeus, Athens calling in Rhodes, Agios Nikolaos, Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Patmos.
  • The three-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ round-trip from Lavrio, Athens calling in Mykonos, Patmos, Crete, Santorini and Kusadasi
  • The three-night “Iconic Discovery” round trip from Lavrio, Athens calling in Syros, Santorini and Kusadasi
  • The four-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ round trip from Lavrio, Athens calling in Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and Kusadasi
  • The four-night ‘Iconic Discovery’ round trip from Lavrio, Athens calling in Syros, Rhodes, Santorini and Kusadasi

Terms and conditions apply. For further information and reservations call 0800 411 8038 or visit celestyal.com/uk.


Celebrity Cruises is giving agents the chance to win a Celebrity Silhouette staycation every day in June. Agents just need to make a booking to be entered into the daily prize draw.

Celebrity Silhouette will begin six and eight-night sailings from Southampton this July. Guests must have received two vaccinations to board.

New hires

Jos Dewing named as Aurora UK managing director

Former Voyages to Antiquity boss to lead cruise line in the UK

Aurora Expeditions has named Jos Dewing as its first UK managing director.

Dewing, who previously led Voyages to Antiquity, has worked in the cruise industry for more than 20 years. He joins Aurora following the departure of Craig Upshall, who has moved to Doha to join the Qatar National Tourism Council.

“I’m honoured and excited to be joining Aurora Expeditions at such a pivotal time of growth as the company moves closer to delivery of its second purpose-built expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle, in October,” he said.

“I’ve had a lifelong passion for the polar regions and responsible, small-ship expedition voyaging and my core values align perfectly with those of Aurora Expeditions. I cannot wait to unlock new and exciting initiatives in the fast-moving UK market, as well as continue to build on the exceptional service already provided to our valued expeditioners and trade partners.”

Aurora CEO Monique Ponfoort added: “Jos is a natural fit for the company and will help grow the brand and further strengthen the success of its existing UK team.

“We are excited to welcome Jos into this new role on our senior leadership team, where he will bring extensive experience and knowledge that will further strengthen Aurora’s position and relationships in the market. The British market has always been important to Aurora Expeditions and, as UK travel restrictions ease, we expect the demand for small-ship and adventure-focused expeditions to remote corners of the world to grow exponentially.

“Brits and Aussies make great travel companions, with an abiding spirit for adventure and mate-ship, and we always look forward to warmly welcoming our UK cousins on board.”

Dewing added: “Aurora Expeditions sets the industry standard for polar expedition travel, and I look forward to working closely with our travel trade partners to develop and maximise sales opportunities for the important UK market, which has seen significant growth in recent years.”


Laura Wilson and Paul Frost join Fred Olsen Travel

Laura Wilson and Paul Frost have joined Fred Olsen Travel as business development manager and head of tour operations respectively.

Wilson (née Cann) was previously national sales manager for Cruise & Maritime Voyages before the company went into administration last year. Meanwhile, Frost was managing director of the now defunct Holiday Direction.

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When do cruises restart?

Details of cruise line restarts are below, along with each line’s current regulations regarding vaccination, Covid-19 testing and the wearing of face masks. This information is updated regularly; you can find all the latest cruise news here.

A-Rosa

A-Rosa River Cruises is planning to restart cruises on the Douro, Rhine and Danube  by mid-June and in France by the end of June.

Jörg Eichler, managing director of A-Rosa, said: “It is really encouraging that tourism in Europe finally looks like it can return soon. We are busy adapting and updating our current protocols in line with the latest regulations in the countries we sail through, and will announce them in the coming days. Our successful five months of sailing in 2020 clearly shows that cruising with A-Rosa can be safe and enjoyable.”

Regulations: Social distancing and one-way systems will be in place and all crew members and guests must wear a full mouth and nose cover in public areas. Guests will be sent a declaration of fitness to travel and the rules of conducts onboard. These must be signed and handed over on arrival at the ship. In addition, guests must carry out a ‘self-check’ for symptoms and not travel if any of the results are positive. More information here.

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways is planning to restart cruises from July. Details are as follows:

  • July 3AmaDouro will restart sailings through Portugal 
  • July 21AmaMagna on the Danube 
  • July 22, AmaKristina  on the Rhône and AmaLyra on the Seine 
  • July 27, AmaVida in Portugal and Spain
  • July 29, AmaDolce in Bordeaux, France 
  • July 29, AmaSiena on the Rhine 

AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder Kristin Karst said: “We are so excited to see the situation in Europe evolving in a positive direction. We are proud to announce a selection of sailings starting the first week of July in Portugal with other restart dates throughout July on select ships on all the European rivers including the most luxurious ship on the Danube, the AmaMagna, on July 21.

“On a personal note, being born in Germany, I could not be happier about the announcement that Europe will be opened this summer to safely welcome back tourists to assist with the much needed economic and social recovery.”

Regulations: There will be limits on the number of guests to facilitate social distancing and guests are required to wear face coverings when moving through public spaces. Prior to boarding, an online health and contact screening questionnaire will be required and at embarkation, guests’ temperatures will be taken with no-contact infrared thermometers. More information here.

APT Touring

APT Touring is hoping to resume tours and cruises this summer.

It says: “The UK Government’s Global Travel Taskforce will announce its recommendations on the safe return of international travel in the next few weeks, and we will then contact any impacted guests to discuss their options.” In the meantime, they are offering a 100 per cent future holiday credit (FHC) valid on any of their brands up to December 31, 2023.

Regulations: It has adopted the Cruise Lines International Association (Clia) recommendations and actioned increased health screenings and protocols for all cruises, both on board and prior to boarding, for all passengers and crew. More information here.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is hoping to restart cruises from July 1.

It says: “All 2021 travel bookings automatically come with our Peace of Mind Travel Plan – free of charge. This plan gives guests the ability to move their booking to another destination, vacation, brand or simply a different 2021 or 2022 departure date, no questions asked. For as long as the Covid-19 pandemic is still affecting, travel, all bookings for 2022 travel dates are also covered by the Peace of Mind Travel Plan, extending the ability to move travel dates to 2023.”

Regulations: Reduced ship capacity and social distancing guidelines, plus mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew at embarkation. More information here.

Azamara

Azamara is due to begin sailing from August 28 from Greece on Azamara Quest.

Regulations: The line says it’s collaborating with government health authorities and Clia to develop its boarding screening process and updated health protocols, which are not yet finalised. More information here.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is restarting cruises in North America from July 1, with some exceptions.

Carnival Mardi Gras will resume sailing from July 3.

Carnival Legend’s European itineraries have been cancelled.

Carnival Miracle’s seasonal service from San Diego has been suspended until further notice, and sailings out of San Diego to Hawaii will move to Long Beach.

Carnival Liberty sailings from Port Canaveral between September 17 and October 18 are cancelled for drydock work.

Carnival Sunshine sailings from Charleston between October 11 and November 13 are cancelled for drydock work.

Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Valor, Carnival Legend and Carnival Radiance are due to return to service in November.

Australia voyages aboard Carnival Splendor restart on June 28, Carnival Spiriton September 12.

Regulations: the line hasn’t issued any specific guidance as yet, beyond the standard CDC advisory information.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises will resume sailings on Celebrity Millennium from St Maarten from June 5.

This will be followed by Celebrity Apex resuming operations from Athens on June 19 and Celebrity Silhouette from Southampton on July 3.

Regulations: All guests and crew above the age of 18 must vaccinated against Covid-19. Those under the age of 18 must have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of embarkation. More information here.

Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises resumed operations on May 29 with Celestyal Crystal, followed by Celestyal Olympica on June 28.

Regulations: All guests will have to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of embarkation. There will be thermal screening at embarkation and daily contactless monitoring throughout the vessel. More information here.

CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope restarted operations on the Douro on June 7; the Gironde and Seine follow on June 30; the Rhine on July 2; the Rhône on July 3; the Elbe, Oder, Havel, the Baltic and the Danube on July 8; the Guadalquivir on August 19 and the Po on August 25.

It will restart French canal cruises from July 2, and ocean cruises from June 10 in Croatia and July 4 in Corsica.

Until August 31, all cruises qualify for CroisiEurope’s relaxed booking conditions, which include a full refund should the cruise be cancelled by CroisiEurope and moving a booking free of charge to any other departure in 2021 or 2022 more than 30 days prior to departure.

Regulations: Guests will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid antigen test prior to embarkation. More information here.

Crystal

Crystal will resume sailings with the majority of its ocean fleet this summer, beginning with Crystal Serenity from the Bahamas on July 3 and Crystal Endeavor from Iceland on July 17.

Crystal Esprit’s return has now been delayed until September 27.

Crystal River Cruises will resume from August 29.

Regulations: All guests will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and a mandatory test with negative results will be required prior to departure. Guests will also have their temperature checked both prior to boarding ship or venturing ashore and Crystal operates what it calls a “responsive mask policy”. More information here.

Cunard

Cunard is to resume sailing with a series of Staycation voyages from Southampton on Queen Elizabeth from July 19. Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 are due to resume operations on August 28 and November 13 respectively

It says: “With international travel not yet fully opened up, we’re delighted to offer these voyages exclusively for British guests to experience a staycation unlike any other, as they relax in Cunard luxury knowing we will take care of everything. Guests can sail along some of the most stunning coastlines anywhere in the world, as Queen Elizabeth provides a unique vantage point, or sail on one of our Sun Voyages where the destination is unscripted and is guided by studying the weather forecast and heading to where the sun shines brightest.”

Regulations: The Staycation sailings will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only. There will also be enhanced sanitation measures, appropriate social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face masks in certain areas. More information here.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line resumes sailing this summer with Disney Magic at Sea – a series of two, three and four-night cruises on Disney Magic from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury, beginning on July 15.

Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder sailings from the US will resume from July 1, with Disney Magic returning to regular service from October 10.

Regulations: Disney Magic at Sea sailings are for UK residents only. Guests aged 18 and older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Guests under 18 must provide proof of a negative PCR test result prior to embarkation. All guests, including those who have been vaccinated, are also required to undergo an antigen Covid-19 rapid test prior to boarding. Daily temperature checks and health questionnaires will be required for all guests during the cruise. Masks are required in public areas. More information here.

Emerald Cruises

The Scenic Group, including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises are hoping to restart cruises from July 1.

It says: “All guests with a booking scheduled to depart from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 (or December 31, 2023 for Scenic Eclipse), have the option to defer their booking to an alternate date or cancel without the Scenic Group fee, up to 60 days prior to departure. For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Voucher (FTV) which is valid for 24 months.”

Regulations: Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation, including a test for Covid-19. More information here.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will resume sailing from July 5, with new ship Borealis’ maiden voyage. New itineraries include a Welcome Back series of British Isles cruises, plus the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, the Balearics and the Canary Islands.

Regulations: Fred Olsen is in the process of developing a Safe Sailing Charter to include a number of measures, including rules on vaccination, testing, social distancing and the wearing of face masks. More information here.

G Adventures

G Adventures is hoping to resume operations from July 1.

It says: “Our Book with Confidence policy lets you cancel and rebook a tour closer to the time of departure, giving you added flexibility and peace of mind. Effective until June 30, 2021 you can cancel and rebook up to 30 days prior to your departure date.”

Regulations: All travellers are required to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire and encouraged to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to travel. More information here.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line will restart cruises from Greece from August 15, with four sailings from Piraeus on Eurodam on sale now.

Regulations: Holland America Line cruises from Greece will be available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. More information here.

Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten will restart its Norwegian coastal sailings on all seven of its vessels between Bergen and Kirkenes in July.

It will restart its expedition cruises with a round-Britain cruise from Dover on MS Maud from July 4.

Regulations: Guests must show a negative Covid-19 test from the previous 72 hours prior to boarding and there will be contactless temperature tests on embarkation and outside restaurants. Face masks are required in all common areas of the ship. More information here.

Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises resumes operations with a series of cruises from Southampton on Marella Explorer from June 25 and Newcastle on Marella Explorer 2 from July 10.

It says: “We’ll be as flexible as we possibly can if Covid-19 means your cruise needs to be cancelled. We’re constantly reviewing the latest travel advice around the world and will work with you to take whatever the right action is for your particular circumstances. If you can’t sail due to not being vaccinated, you can change or cancel your booking for free.”

Regulations: Anyone aged 18-years and older will be required to have had both Covid-19 jabs at least seven days before travelling. Guests of all ages must also provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before boarding. More information here.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises restarted on May 20, with a new programme of British Isles cruises on board its flagship MSC Virtuosa departing from its new terminal in Southampton.

It says: “It’s time for UK holidaymakers to get back on board and enjoy a well-deserved break from what has been a very challenging 12 months for everyone in so many ways. MSC Cruises is a family-owned company and our guests are an extension of that, so we are looking forward to welcoming them and their families back on board.”

Regulations: The cruises on MSC Virtuosa are only open to UK residents. All guests will be tested prior to embarkation, while non-vaccinated guests will also be required to show proof of negative PCR test. There will be regular onboard health screenings, plus reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and face masks will be required. More information here.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line will resume operations from Greece in August and Spain and Italy in September.

Itineraries from US and international ports restart this autumn. It has also announced its return to Seattle for the Alaska cruise season, with a start date of August 7.

  • Norwegian Joy will cruise from Miami beginning October 19 with five to 11-day Caribbean voyages.
  • Norwegian Breakaway will cruise seven-day itineraries to Bermuda from New York beginning October 24.
  • Pride of America will offer seven-day Hawaii interisland voyages from Honolulu beginning November 6.
  • Norwegian Bliss will cruise from Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages beginning November 7.
  • Norwegian Encore will offer seven-night itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean beginning November 14.
  • Norwegian Escape will cruise for the first time from Orlando (Port Canaveral), offering seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean beginning November 20,
  • Norwegian Pearl will sail from Miami offering Panama Canal, Bahamas and Caribbean cruises beginning December 23.
  • Norwegian Jewel will offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Panama City beginning January 20, 2022,
  • Norwegian Sun will offer a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before sailing a variety of 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok beginning January 28, 2022
  • Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning February 9, 2022.

It says: “We have been working diligently towards our resumption of operations, focusing on the guest experience with health and safety at the forefront. The growing availability of the Covid-19 vaccine has been a game changer. The vaccine, combined with our science-backed health and safety protocols, will help us provide our guests with what we believe will be the healthiest and safest vacation at sea.”

Regulations: For cruises up to October 31, guests will be required to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to boarding. Parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has launched its SailSAFE Health and Safety Program, which includes enhanced health screening protocols and collaboration with land-based tour operator partners to extend health and safety measures to each destination. More information here.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises will resume cruise operations from August 29, with sailings to Scandinavia and Western Europe on the 1,250-guest Marina from Copenhagen. It has also announced:

  • Riviera will resume cruises beginning with a sailing from Istanbul on October 18 and sail a series of Mediterranean voyages prior to beginning a winter 2021-2022 series of Caribbean voyages from Miami;
  • Insignia will resume sailings with the December 21 Panama Canal voyage from Miami, before the sold-out 180-day Around the World cruise from Los Angeles to New York;
  • Sirena will start sailings with the January 22, 2022 Caribbean voyage from Miami to Panama City.

“This is an exciting day for our guests and team members alike as we begin to prepare another three ships to resume sailing in Europe, the Caribbean, and the eagerly anticipated kickoff of our epic Around the World in 180 Days voyage for 2022,” said Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.  

Regulations: All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least two weeks prior to embarkation, in order to board. All guests will be required to take Covid-19 antigen tests prior to boarding and disembarkation. Face coverings are currently required for guests while indoors and when physical distancing is not possible. More information here.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises is restarting with a series of short-break and week-long UK cruises from June 27 on its ships Britannia and Iona.

It says: “Following recent Government announcements and as the vaccine programme is rolled out across the globe we can all begin to feel a sense of reassurance and hope that this current lockdown period in the UK will come to an end. Life can, we hope, slowly return to some semblance of our previous normality as hospitality opens up and summer holidays can be booked with confidence.”

Regulations: The sailings on Britannia and Iona will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only. Pre-embarkation Covid-19 tests may also be required. More information here.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises is hoping to restart from August 22.

It says: “Our guests and crew always come first, and we want to assure you that their health and well-being is our top priority. Due to the continued Covid-19 outbreaks around the world, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our cruise departures up to and including August 21, 2021. We are eager to return to sailing when we believe that the environment will support it.”

Regulations: All guests will be asked to present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test at embarkation and will undergo a health check and screening by the ship’s medical staff. More information here.

Ponant

Ponant restarts with a cruise around Iceland from June 23 and a round-trip from Venice on June 25.

Regulations: All guests must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure and a PCR test will be carried out before embarkation. Wearing a mask is mandatory when moving in all public areas. More information here.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises restarts with a series of Seacations from Southampton on board Regal Princess and Sky Princess from July 31.

It says: “These resort-style Seacations offer the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy some time off. We believe that these cruises will appeal to both our loyal guests who are eager to get back onboard our beautiful MedallionClass ships and holidaymakers looking to experience Princess for the first time.”

Regulations: The Seacation sailings will be for UK resident Covid-19vaccinated guests only. More information here.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises restarts with an 11-night round-trip cruise from Southampton on September 11 on board new ship Seven Seas Splendor.

Regulations: All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least two weeks prior to embarkation, in order to board. All guests will be required to take Covid-19 antigen tests prior to boarding and disembarkation. Face coverings are currently required for guests while indoors and when physical distancing is not possible. More information here.

Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel is hoping to resume river cruises from June 1.

Its ocean vessel, MS Seaventure, will be operating cruises in Scotland from July 12.

Regulations: All guests are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or to have presented a negative PCR test before travelling. More information here.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International restarts with a series of Ocean Getaways and British Isles Cruises on board Anthem of the Seas from July 7.

It says: “The UK is a place we hold near and dear to our heart at Royal Caribbean. We miss our UK guests and are as eager as they are to get back to cruising from Southampton,. We are delighted with the UK government’s recent announcements regarding cruising and are excited to set sail again.

Regulations: The cruises on Anthem of the Seas will only be available to UK residents over the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated.

Saga

Saga Cruises restarts with a series of ex-UK itineraries from June 27, on board Spirit of Discovery and its new ship Spirit of Adventure.

It says: “We know how much our guests want to get travelling again so we are delighted to be launching our all-inclusive, round-Britain Summer cruise itineraries taking in destinations from the Orkney Islands to the Norwegian fjords. The inaugural cruise of our brand-new boutique ship, Spirit of Adventure, will be a real highlight.”

Regulations: All guests are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid‑19 at least 14 days before boarding. The ships are operating at a reduced capacity to allow social distancing and the line has received the independent Shield+ accreditation from Lloyd’s Register. More information here.

Scenic

The Scenic Group, including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises are hoping to restart cruises from July 1.

It says: “All guests with a booking scheduled to depart from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 (or December 31, 2023 for Scenic Eclipse), have the option to defer their booking to an alternate date or cancel without the Scenic Group fee, up to 60 days prior to departure. For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Voucher (FTV) which is valid for 24 months.”

Regulations: Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation, including a test for Covid-19. More information here.

Seabourn

Seabourn is to restart cruises in the Mediterranean from July 3 with sailings on Seabourn Ovation from Greece.

It says: “The entire Seabourn family is truly excited to provide our award-winning travel experience aboard Seabourn Ovation starting again this July in the Greek Isles. We’re grateful to the people of Greece for welcoming Seabourn back to the Mediterranean this summer.”

Regulations: All guests must be vaccinated at least two weeks before boarding. Seabourn is currently finalising its other Covid-19 protocols. More information here.

Silversea

Silversea restarts from June 18 with cruises from Greece on its new flagship Silver Moon.

It says: “In recent months, we have seen the cruise industry resume responsibly in destinations around the world and we are delighted to announce these new inaugural sailings for our flagship. Vaccinations will play a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit, which we prioritise above all else. We have introduced a range of initiatives to enable our guests to travel in superlative comfort and with unwavering confidence.”

Regulations: All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated and are required to take a Covid-19 test prior to boarding. Guests will be required to wear a mask in all indoor public areas, terminals and during shore excursions. More information here.

Titan

Titan is hoping to resume tours and cruises from July 1.

It says: “We want to reassure you that the wellbeing of our customers and staff are of the utmost importance. As this is a fluid situation our team is working around-the-clock to ensure all updates are updated as quickly and as accurately as possible to ensure all travellers depart on holiday with confidence, in the knowledge that they are in safe hands with Titan.”

Uniworld

Uniworld will resume Italian cruises on June 20 and French cruises on June 27.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment and are beyond thrilled to be back on the rivers, welcoming back our loyal guests on four of our most beautiful Super Ships this summer,” says Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “Our guests are like family to us, and their safety is our main priority, which is why we’re taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure they’re comfortable when they’re ready to explore the rivers with us again.”

Regulations: All guests will need to either show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (either PCR or rapid), taken within 72 hours of the first day of their cruise. More information here.

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises restarted its ocean cruises on May 22 with a series of sailings along the south coast of England from Portsmouth on new ship Viking Venus.

It says: “We are in a position to restart operations quickly and to start sailing again in May because we have kept our ships crewed during warm lay-up throughout the past 12 months. With our new protocol enhancements in place, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage and we look forward to welcoming UK guests back on board very soon.”

Viking has also announced other Welcome Back cruises from Bermuda and Iceland and select European river cruises restarted on June 1.

Regulations: There will be frequent quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests for all guests and crew throughout the itinerary. Physical distancing will be in place and masks may be required on board. Viking has said that, until at least September 30, 2021, all Viking sailings will be available exclusively for vaccinated guests. More information here.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages restarts from August 6 with the Summer Soirée Series of cruises along the south coast from Portsmouth on Scarlet Lady.

It says: “Virgin Voyages has been looking forward to sailing, and we’re so excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK. Our team has curated such a fantastic experience for our Sailors and know this is a holiday they will love.”

Regulations: The sailings on Scarlet Lady are for UK residents only. All passengers must be over 18 and fully vaccinated.

Windstar

Windstar Cruises will return its fleet to service on the following schedule, excluding voyages to Alaska, Mexico or the United States: Star Breeze (Caribbean, from June 19), Wind Star (Mediterranean, from June 19), Wind Spirit (Tahiti, from July 15), Wind Surf (Mediterranean, from August 8), Star Legend (Northern Europe, from September 4), Star Pride (Caribbean, from November 3).

Regulations: Proof of a current Covid-19 vaccination at least 14 days is required. A free Covid-19 antigen test will be administered prior to boarding. More information here.

Feature

The components of luxury travel

Janine Kelso takes a look at what makes luxury travel, including profiles of the latest luxury ships and the most luxurious suites at sea


What makes luxury travel?

“Luxury means exclusive, unique experiences and delivering the highest quality of personalised service. APT raises the bar by combining exciting destinations, immersive sightseeing, flexibility and meticulous attention to detail.”  Paul Melinis, managing director, APT

“Exceptional service and dining, elegant cabins with sea views plus every element of your voyage taken care of by a well-trained and welcoming crew, so all you need to do is enjoy.” Amanda Norey, head of marketing and distribution, Tradewind Voyages

“Luxury means an all-inclusive cruise that provides seamless and personalised experiences, where guests can enjoy food and drink at their fingertips, West End-style entertainment, unlimited wi-fi and warm and conscientious service by crew.” Rachel Poultney, sales director, Princess Cruises

“It’s more than getting from one iconic destination to another. Onboard guests are treated to excellent service, premium cuisine, compelling scenery and social atmosphere in the custom-designed train carriages.” Steve Harris, sales director EMEA, Rocky Mountaineer

 

New luxury ships

A crop of new luxury ships are set to dazzle the high seas this year. We round-up five of the best.

Evrima
Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton is poised to debut its first-ever cruise ship Evrima in July 2021 after several shipyard delays pushed back the 2020 launch date. Inspired by private super-yachts, the long-awaited luxury ship has 149 suites with 24-hour room service and spacious ocean-facing terraces. The top-end Owner’s Suites are a cavernous 102 square metres, with whirlpool tubs on the terrace and a separate living room. There’s a spa offering relaxing treatments in ocean-view rooms and five restaurants, including a poolside grill, an Asian-fusion option and SEA specialty dining experience with a tasting menu crafted by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Sven Elverfeld.

Seabourn Venture
Sebourn

One of 2021’s most buzzworthy launches, Seabourn’s first purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture is due to depart from Greenwich in December. The ultra-luxury ship will sail on a series of 10 to 14-day Norwegian Winter voyages in search of the northern lights between December and April 2022, exploring snowcapped mountains and giant fjords. In the summer months, it will sail to the Arctic, Caribbean and South America. The 132-suite vessel will carry two custom-built submarines, 24 Zodiacs, sea kayaks, mountain bikes and e-bikes to enable guests to explore the rugged landscape in style. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences on offer will include snorkelling with whales, snowshoeing and dogsledding.

Sea Cloud Spirit
Sea Cloud

Sea Cloud Cruises’ long-awaited rigged sailing ship Sea Cloud Spirit will sail its maiden voyage from Rome on September 14, following years of delays. With a capacity for 136 passengers in 69 cabins, 25 of which have their own balconies, this is the third ship in Sea Cloud’s fleet of private yacht-style vessels. Cabins have large windows and are elegantly decked out with dark wood, while facilities include a library, spa, Finnish sauna, steam bath, fitness room and four Zodiacs. It will also achieve a first for a sailing ship with a passenger lift connecting the decks. Like its sibling ships, there’s an emphasis on fresh, organic and locally-sourced food, with a mix of laid-back and fine-dining restaurant options. Future sailings will include France, Spain, Morocco, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, and the ship’s small size means it can visit smaller ports in Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and Panama.

Silver Dawn
Silversea

Silver Dawn is the 10th ship to be added to ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea’s fleet. Following the delivery of sister ships Silver Origin and Silver Moon in 2020, Silver Dawn is due to be unveiled in November. With eight dining options, the ship will accommodate 596 guests in 298 ocean-view suites, 96 per cent of which will have a private veranda. Silversea promises to deliver a sense of small-ship intimacy, with a crew-to-guest ratio of one to 1.45. The line has revealed that the vessel will feature “pioneering enhancements” that its sibling ships do not have, but details are yet to be revealed. Upcoming sailings include epic South America and transatlantic voyages as well as shorter Mediterranean itineraries.

Viking Venus
Viking Ocean Cruises

Launched last month with a glitzy naming event with the ship’s ceremonial godmother, broadcaster Anne Diamond, Viking Venus is the latest vessel to join Viking’s ocean fleet of five small ships. With 465 all-veranda rooms to accommodate 930 guests, the luxury ship offers outdoor dining options and Scandinavian decor. Inaugural voyages began on May 22, with the first of five eight-day round-trip Welcome Back sailings in England. The schedule will eventually include sailings to Iceland and Bermuda, with more to be announced as government restrictions ease. Bookings are open to vaccinated guests only.


 

The most luxurious suites at sea

Luxury for family
Tucked away at the top of its ship, The Haven by Norwegian is home to NCL’s most luxurious and spacious accommodation. Guests staying in this opulent ‘resort’ will have exclusive access to The Haven Lounge, The Haven Restaurant and The Haven Courtyard and Sundeck, the personal service of a concierge and 24-hour butler throughout the cruise. The most impressive suite on offer is the three-bedroom Garden Villa, described as “a sanctuary of contemporary design”, the area stretches up to 622 square metres, sleeping up to eight guests, and features three full baths, a half bath, private dining area and outdoor terraces.

High-end expedition
Silversea has excelled at offering a mix of luxury and adventure. On board Silver Explorer, its ice-strengthened purpose-built luxury expedition ship, guests can enjoy the opulence of the 68 square metre Owner’s Suite while sailing to some of the world’s most incredible destinations. Butler service, dinner at the officer’s table, laundry service and wi-fi are, of course, included.

River luxury
Featuring two deluxe bedrooms with en-suite baths, living and dining areas, and suite-wide triple Panoramic Balcony-window, Crystal River Cruises’ Two-Bedroom Crystal Suite is among the most impressive on the rivers. This “enclave of excellence” totals 71 square metres in size and comes with a “European-trained butler”.

Six-star opulence
When the all-suite Seven Seas Explorer launched a few years ago, one room in particular took all the headlines. Described as “the most exclusive address at sea,” the 413 square metre Regent Suite was billed as cruise’s most expensive suite. Made up of two spacious bedrooms, plus living and dining rooms, it offers an ocean-front view from the top deck, plus guests get a private car and driver in every port, private dining in The Study and an in-suite spa. If that wasn’t enough, the room features two rare, original lithographs by Pablo Picasso and a custom Steinway Grand Baroque piano.

Yacht-style cruising
With only 62 guests on board and a staff-to-guest ratio of 1.5 to one, Crystal Cruises’ all-suite Crystal Esprit is perfect for those seeking yacht-style cruising with itineraries spanning the Mediterranean, Middle East and Seychelles. The yacht boasts a dazzling array of watersports, including jet skis, scuba equipment and even a two-person submarine! When it comes to accommodation options, the ship’s star attraction is its opulent 48 square metre Owner’s Suite which features panoramic windows, a separate living room and dining area, a bathroom with a bathtub and rain shower, interactive bedside iPads and a dedicated 24-hour butler.

Tall ship cruising
A near replica of the 1913-built France II, Tradewind Voyages’ majestic Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship. Oozing the romance of a historic tall ship, all of its 140 cabins are outside facing, but the Owner’s Suite is the most prestigious option. Accommodating up to four guests, the lavish suite has a dining area and living room with a double sofa bed for guests, a balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom with a shower and bathtub. The 53 square metre nautical-themed suite comes complete with butler service, 24-hour room service, complimentary mini-bar and laundry and daily canapés.

Ex-UK cruising
Depart the UK in style aboard Saga’s Spirit of Discovery where there are four individually-designed Forward Suites to choose from, including the 69 square metre Art Deco-inspired Sidney De Haan Suite and the 61 square metre Rose Suite which provides larger seating and dining areas along with botanical paintings by artist Sally Pond. A butler will pamper guests staying in the plush suites, each equipped with a walk-in wardrobe and whirlpool bath. Other benefits for suite-dwellers include a morning wake-up tray, pre-dinner canapés, a private afternoon tea service and in-cabin dining.

Feature

The most luxurious cruise experiences

Live the high life on board these sumptuous cruise ships with this treasure trove of unforgettable luxury experiences, from once-in-a-lifetime submarine tours to celebrity-endorsed wellness experiences. By Janine Kelso


Submarine tours with Seabourn
Channel James Bond by diving as low as 300m beneath the surface of the ocean in a stunning submarine. Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn will operate submarine excursions from its expedition ship Seabourn Venture, due to make its inaugural sailing from Greenwich in December 2021. Each of the ship’s two battery-powered subs can carry one pilot and six guests, who sit on swivel seats to soak up 360-degree views of sunken wrecks, reefs and marine wildlife. With undistorted views in virtually all directions, the plush leather-upholstered air-conditioned subs house Bluetooth stereo systems and a champagne chiller for guests to toast their marine adventure.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Celebrity Cruises
Actress and Goop wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow has joined forces with Celebrity Cruises to become a wellbeing adviser on their next Edge-class ship. The Hollywood star has designed an exclusive wellness package called Goop at Sea for Celebrity Beyond, due to make its debut from Southampton on April 27, 2022. Paltrow says that she and her team are “curating programming and fitness kits” for Celebrity’s wellness experience, but the finer details are still under wraps. Paltrow promises to “bring onboard some of my favourite practices and tools for deepening wellbeing and joy”. Sister ship to existing vessels Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex, the liner will also house a spa with a float room, crystalarium, infrared sauna, hammam, salt room, mist aroma steam room and rainfall room. The ship will also feature Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s first at-sea restaurant.

AzAmazing Evenings with Azamara
Azamara’s catchily named AzAmazing Evenings are one-of-a-kind onshore experiences that seek to immerse guests in the local culture after the sun goes down. Tailored to the destination, previous standout evenings have included moonlit gondola rides in Venice; a vineyard tour under the stars in Santorini; watching a Maori performance at Te Papa Museum in New Zealand; and a dazzling acrobatic display in Monaco. The best bit? One of these memorable excursions is included for free on all Azamara cruises except transatlantic crossings and voyages that are less than seven nights long.

Silversea’s S.A.L.T
Anyone with a passion for gastronomy will love Silversea’s immersive culinary programme S.A.L.T (Sea And Land Taste), poised to make its debut in Greece on June 18, aboard the Silver Moon. Curated by Adam Sachs, former editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, the foodie programme encompasses market trips, hands-on cooking demonstrations with local guest chefs, and food-themed shore excursions. Cruisers can tuck into an ever-changing roster of dishes at S.A.L.T Kitchen, a high-end restaurant that adapts its menus to reflect the dishes of each port on the journey – hyped by Silversea as an “industry first”. In the S.A.L.T bar, guests can sip regional drinks to enjoy an authentic taste of the destination.

Culinary Arts Kitchen with Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is also cooking up a culinary storm with 16 new two-hour cooking classes aboard Seven Seas Splendor. Courses cater to all experience levels, from beginners to seasoned chefs, and feature hands-on instruction. Tap into trends like street food and plant-based cookery, or learn how to create an unforgettable brunch. Other classes focus on preparing Mediterranean food, French classics and Cuban recipes washed down with a mojito. As well as boasting state-of-the-art workstations, the Culinary Arts Kitchen features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning ocean views. The culinary programme is part of RSSC’s enrichment series, also featuring lectures spanning a wide range of thought-provoking topics, from wildlife to architecture.

How to Sell

How to Sell: luxury

Each issue, cruise expert Jane Archer shares her tips on selling a specific area of cruise. This time, she looks at luxury


Ask six cruise clients what luxury means to them and chances are you’ll get six answers: Small ships, personal space, personal service, all-inclusive prices, destination, choice. Ask another and the answer is likely ‘all the above’. And then, just when you think you’ve got it sussed, the next will say it’s a big ship with a private bolthole, so there’s lots of dining and entertainment but also a quiet place to hang out – what cruise lines call a ship within a ship. The fact is that luxury is in the eye of the beholder and understanding each clients’ interpretation and requirements is vital to succeed in this sector. The good news is that cruise lines have raised the bar over the past few years, offering ever-more sumptuous ships, finding inspiring new destinations to explore and including more in the price, ensuring there is a cruise to suit every luxury aspiration. We look at 2022 options for clients whose luxury ideal is yacht-style ships, all-inclusive prices and big ships with a private gated residence.

Expedition-style

Who? Scenic
Where? Greece and Italy
When? May 14, 2022
How long? 10 days
How much? From £4,681pp including flights

Scenic has taken luxury yachting to new heights with the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse, a stylish all-suite, all-balcony expedition yacht with its own sub and helicopters and almost everything (sadly not the sub or helicopters!) included. This cruise is from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Piraeus (Athens) by way of lesser-known Italian and Greek islands such as Lipari, Kea and Fiskardo.

Exploration-style

Who? Ponant
Where? Western Mediterranean
When? May 4, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £2,900pp

With their sleek looks, striking interiors, intimate feel and a bar below the water line, Ponant’s new fleet of explorer ships are just the ticket for luxury lovers. This cruise, on the 184-passenger Le Jacques Cartier, takes passengers from Valletta in Malta to Nice via the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and Elba. Price includes drinks and wi-fi.

Selling Tip

Sell the luxury of having so much included that passengers never have to ask ‘how much?’

Classic small ship luxury

For many cruisers, small all-suite ships with just a few hundred passengers, and drinks and tips included are still the classic luxury template. Over the years the concept has evolved as more luxury layers have been added – all-suite, all-balcony accommodation, more dining choice, more included in the price, larger ships (think: the Crystal Cruises duo with close to 1,000 passengers) – but the basic premise of space and personal service has never changed.

 

British favourites

Who? Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Where? Caribbean
When? April 1, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £4,559pp including flights

Regent includes so much in its prices (flights, transfers, excursions, drinks, all speciality dining, tips and wi-fi – even a pre-cruise hotel for higher grade suites) that it is possible to disembark with a nil bill. This island-hopping cruise, round-trip from Barbados on the 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator, ticks off Brits’ favourites including St Vincent, Antigua, Grenada and St Lucia.

Go Dutch

Who? Silversea
Where? Caribbean
When? February 5, 2022
How long? Nine days
How much? From £4,410pp including flights

This cruise is on Silver Spirit, a 608-passenger ship boasting eight places to dine, including the swanky La Dame and Asian-style Indochine, and butlers for all. The itinerary, round-trip from Barbados, calls into the Dutch ABC islands, little Bequia, St Lucia and Grenada. Price is for a Panorama Suite and includes a pre-cruise hotel night, drinks, some speciality dining, tips and wi-fi.

French charm

Who? Seabourn
Where? Caribbean
When? March 5, 2022
How long? Seven days
How much? From £3,699pp including flights

French Guadeloupe and Martinique, the spice island of Grenada and Dominica’s lush rainforest are highlights of this cruise around the West Indies on Seabourn’s 458-passenger Seabourn Odyssey. The cruise is round-trip from Bridgetown in Barbados, with St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia rounding off the island-a-day itinerary. Price includes drinks, speciality dining, tips and wi-fi.

Selling Tip

Think beyond your cruise clients. Luxury ships easily rival the very best land-based resorts with the added advantage that the view changes every day

Ship within a ship

Big ships and luxury might not be obvious bedfellows – except for those conversant with the exclusive residences some big ship lines have created. This ship-within-a-ship concept gives luxury lovers the best of both worlds – a stylish floating hotel attended by butlers and with more-inclusive prices, but with all the restaurants, bars and entertainment you’d expect on a modern resort-style vessel just the other side of the key-card entry door.

 

Exclusive Yacht Club

Who? MSC Cruises
Where? Western Mediterranean
When? May 6, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £1,919pp

This cruise, round-trip from Barcelona, is on MSC Seaview, a big ship packed with places to eat and non-stop entertainment, and with an exclusive Yacht Club – MSC’s well-honed ship-within-a-ship – where residents enjoy peace, calm, private dining and 24-hour butler service. Price is for a YC deluxe suite and includes drinks, tips and access to the spa’s thermal suite.

Selling Tip

Think ship within a ship for clients who want an ultra-luxury cruise without sacrificing on facilities

Hideaway Haven

Who? Norwegian Cruise Line
Where? Eastern Mediterranean
When? May 21, 2022
How long? 10 days
How much? From £4,646pp

NCL offers The Haven, a private space with easy access to all the restaurants and entertainment found on Norwegian’s big ships. This cruise, round-trip from Civitavecchia (Rome) on Norwegian Escape, visits Greece, Croatia and Italy and France. Price is for a Haven Courtyard Penthouse suite and includes drinks, a speciality dining package, wi-fi and one $50 shorex credit per port.

 

Designer Retreat

Who? Celebrity Cruises
Where? Western Mediterranean
When? May 7, 2022
How long? Nine nights
How much? From £4,199pp

Luxury lovers on this cruise, from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) on new ship Celebrity Beyond, can stay in two-storey villas or outsized suites, luxuriate in The Retreat, an exclusive outdoor spot with a pool and bar created by designer Kelly Hoppen, and dine in their private restaurant. Price is for a Sky Suite and includes, drinks, tips, wi-fi and $300pp shorex and onboard credit.

Directory

Directory

Got a cruise query? Let us assist you. The Cruise Adviser directory provides you with the vital contact details for all major cruise lines operating in the UK – meaning trade sales support is never more than a phone call away

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A-Rosa River Cruises

Stephen Joyner, head of sales
07738 151711
stephen.joyner@arosa-cruises.co.uk

Amadeus River Cruises

Kirsty Reid, product & sales manager
07551 124543
kirsty.reid@fredholidays.co.uk

AmaWaterways

Jamie Loizou, managing director
033 3305 3902
jamieloizou@amawaterways.com

Ambassador Cruise Line

Lisa Jacobs, head of trade sales
lisa.jacobs@ambassadorcruiseline.com

American Cruise Lines

Kirsty Reid, product & sales manager
07551 124543
kirsty.reid@fredholidays.co.uk

American Queen Steamboat Company

Rupert Thomson, managing director
01223 568904
r.thomson@aqgsa.com

APT Touring

Jessica Shelton-Agar, national sales manager
01494 736147/07584 057341
jessica.shelton-agar@aptouring.co.uk

Aurora Expeditions

Talia Schwartzman, sales executive
+61 2 9252 1033
agents@auroraexpeditions.co.uk

Jay Turner, business development manager, UK and Europe
07841 867125
jturner@auroraexpeditions.co.uk

Australis

Frederic Guillemard, commercial director Europe
+34 93 497 0484

Avalon Waterways

Janet Parton, sales director
020 8315 4545
agencysales@avaloncruises.co.uk

Azamara Club Cruises

Lori Scanella, business support executive
01932 834379
salessupport.uk@rccl.com

B

Belmond

Lucy Clark, divisional director of sales, trains & cruises
lucy.clark@belmond.com

C

Carnival Cruise Line

Luke Smith, head of UK & international sales
020 7378 4660
carnivalsalesuk@carnival.com

Celebrity Cruises

Nicola McNeish, head of sales planning & activation
07919 540017
mcneish@celebritycruises.com

Celestyal Cruises

Jo Reid, UK and Ireland country manager
07368 207881
j.reid@celestyalcruises.uk

Coral Expeditions

Elizabeth Webb, international sales manager
salesmngr@coralexpeditions.com

Cosmos

Janet Parton, sales director
020 8315 4545
agencysales@cosmos.co.uk

CroisiEurope

John Fair, sales director
020 8328 1281
jfair@croisieurope.com

Crystal Cruises

Mick Dupont, head of UK sales
020 7399 7602
mick@cruiseportfolio.co.uk

Cruising Excursions

Kirsty Bachelor, trade sales manager
07784 357977
kirsty.bachelor@cruisingexcursions.com

Cunard Line

Cunard partnership team
0344 338 8656
cunardpartnershipteam@cunard.co.uk

D

Disney Cruise Line

Emma Martin, account executive
080 0171 2317
emma.martin@disney.com

E

Emerald Waterways

Joseph Grimley, director of trade sales
07504 484657
joseph.grimley@scenic.co.uk

European Waterways

Mark Robinson, sales and reservations manager
01753 598555
sales@europeanwaterways.com

Exotic Heritage Group

Marco Rosa, UK representative
07973 876967
marco@plateauinternational.com

F

Far Horizon

Kirsty Reid, product & sales manager
07551 124543
kirsty.reid@fredholidays.co.uk

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Geoff Ridgeon, head of sales
01473 746164
cruise.sales@fredolsen.co.uk

Fred River Cruises

Kirsty Reid, product & sales manager
07551 124543
kirsty.reid@fredholidays.co.uk

G

G Adventures

Stuart Darnley, national sales manager
07964 983842
sdarnley@gadventures.com

Great Rail Journeys

Lindsay Dixon, head of trade sales
01904 527180
lindsaydixon@greatrail.com

H

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Aishling McLoughlin, sales representative UK & Ireland
07852 488471
aishling.mcloughlin@hl-cruises.com

Hebridean Island Cruises

Lisa White, reservations manager
01756 704704
lisa.white@hebridean.co.uk

Holland America Line

Dani Scannella, business development manager
07789 923665
dani.scannella@hollandamerica.co.uk

Lucy Harris, business development manager
07773 043004
lucy.harris@hollandamerica.co.uk

Charlotte Pinkus, business development representative
07585 806471
charlotte.pinkus@hollandamerica.co.uk

Hurtigruten

Anthony Daniels, UK general manager
020 8846 2666
anthony.daniels@hurtigruten.com

I

Intrepid Travel

Joanna Reeve, tailor-made manager EMEA
0808 274 5179
joanna.reeve@intrepidtravel.com

J

Need-a-Cruise by JTA

Dave Green, managing director
0121 508 5567
dave.green@jtatravel.co.uk

K

Katarina Line

Olivera Lesinger, head of UK & overseas
+38 5 51 603 409
olivera@katarina-line.hr

L

Latin Routes

Jessica Dennison, director
020 8546 6222
info@latinroutes.co.uk

Leger Holidays

Ashley Dellow, head of retail sales
01709 385811
retail.sales@leger.co.uk

Lindblad Expeditions

Jacinta McEvoy, vice-president global sales
+1 212 261 9000
jacintam@expeditions.com

Lotus Cruises

Marco Rosa, UK representative
07973 876967
marco@plateauinternational.com

M

The Majestic Line

Louisa Grant, cruise co-ordinator
01369 707951
louisa@themajesticline.co.uk

Marella Cruises

Andrew Isherwood, commercial support team
020 3451 2762
commercial.support@tui.co.uk

Mövenpick Cruises

Marco Rosa, UK representative
07973 876967
marco@plateauinternational.com

MSC Cruises

Victoria Taylor, sales operations manager
020 7092 8182
ukinsidesales@msccruises.co.uk

N

National Geographic Expeditions

Simon Chambers, operations manager
0800 988 3369
sales@fredholidays.co.uk

Nicko Cruises

Rupert Thomson, managing director
01223 568904
rupert@lightbluetravel.co.uk

Noble Caledonia

Agency sales
020 7752 0000
agencysales@noble-caledonia.co.uk

Norwegian Cruise Line

Eamonn Ferrin, VP & managing director for UK & Ireland
023 8124 5000
eferrin@ncl.com

Oceania Cruises

Lisa Clarkson, national accounts manager
07809 351545
lcarkson@cceaniacruises.com

Agency sales
0345 5051920
agencysales@cceaniacruises.com

P

P&O Cruises

Brodie Hanley-McIntosh, trade channels manager
023 8065 5780
brodie.hanley-mcintosh@pocruises.com

Pandaw

Kirsty Reid, product & sales manager
07551 124543
kirsty.reid@fredholidays.co.uk

Paukan Cruises

Marco Rosa, UK representative
07973 876967
marco@plateauinternational.com

Paul Gaugin

Mick Dupont, head of UK sales
020 7399 7602
mick@cruiseportfolio.co.uk

Pearl Seas Cruises

Susan Shultz, director of sales
+1 203 458 5280
susan.shultz@pearlseascruises.com

Ponant

Nabil Maillard, sales manager UK and Ireland
020 7092 6663
nmaillard@ponant.com

Poseidon Expeditions

Kate Statsenko, senior sales manager
020 3369 0020
kate@poseidonexpeditions.com

Ports Direct

Karl Lapage, managing director
0843 084 3003
karl@portsdirect.co.uk

Princess Cruises

Gemma Withers, sales operations manager
023 8065 6607
gemma.withers@princesscruises.co.uk

Pullmantur Cruises

Simon Chambers, operations manager
0800 988 3369
sales@fredholidays.co.uk

Q

Quark Expeditions

Andrew Schweitzer, business development manager, UK
07857 004191
andrew.schweitzer@quarkexpeditions.com

R

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Caroline Moody, business development executive
023 8068 2283
agencysales@rssc.com

Anna Salter, business development executive
023 8068 2283
agencysales@rssc.com

Riviera Travel

Darren Mussell, agency sales assistant manager
01283 744307
agencysales@rivieratravel.co.uk

Rocky Mountaineer

Steven Harris, regional sales director
07970 519164
sharris@rockymountaineer.com

Royal Caribbean International

Trade support team
01932 834379
salessupport.uk@rccl.com

S

Saga Travel

Trade support team
tradesupport@saga.co.uk

Scenic

Joseph Grimley, director of trade sales
07504 484657
joseph.grimley@scenic.co.uk

Seabourn

Dani Scannella, business development manager
07789 923665
dani.scannella@seabourn.co.uk

Lucy Harris, business development manager
07773 043004
lucy.harris@seabourn.co.uk

Charlotte Pinkus, business development representative
07585 806471
charlotte.pinkus@seabourn.co.uk

SeaCloud

Anja Ringel, vice-president, international marketing and sales
+49 40 3095 9217
aringel@seacloud.com

SeaDream Yacht Club

Natalie Read. sales director, UK
07917 847300
nread@seadream.com

Shearings

Silversea

Sales support
020 7340 0700
salesuk@silversea.com

Star Clippers

Danielle Dudley, UK sales manager
077 6585 2116
danielle@starclippers.co.uk

Swan Hellenic

Mario Bounas, VP marketing
07929 914953
mario.bounas@swanhellenic.com

T

Tauck

UK country manager
080 0810 8020
tauckreservations@tauck.co.uk

Titan Travel

Edwina Coppock, agency sales manager
01293 450726/07834 652135
edwina.coppock@titantravel.co.uk

Touchdown | Travel Industry Services

Robbie White, head of cruise product
020 8607 3805
rwhite@touchdown.co.uk

Tradewind Voyages

Mark Schmitt, head of sales
07553 955047
mark.schmitt@tradewindvoyages.com

Rachel Healy, business development manager
07552 622970
rachel.healy@tradewindvoyages.com

Travel2

Colin Currie, head of sales
07891 257160
colin.currie@travel2.com

Travelsphere & Just You

Sarah Weetman, head of trade sales
07748 843244
sarah.weetman@travelsphere.co.uk

U

Uniworld

Angela Sloan, key account manager
0808 168 9110
angela.sloan@uniworld.com

V

Variety Cruises

Chris Lorenzo, managing director, Seafarer Cruises
020 8324 3114
info@seafarerholidays.co.uk

Victoria Cruises

Tom Antonucci, sales manager
+1 212 818 1680
tom@victoriacruises.com

Victory Cruise Lines

Rupert Thomson, managing director
01223 568904
rupert@lightbluetravel.co.uk

Virgin Voyages

Shane Riley, associate vice president international sales
07979 127099
shane.riley@virginvoyages.com

Viking Cruises

Vodohod

Mario Bounas, VP marketing
07929 914953
mario.bounas@vodohod.ru

Volga Dream

Kirsty Reid, product & sales manager
07551 124543
kirsty.reid@fredholidays.co.uk

W

Widgety

Sandra Barnes-Keywood, head of sales
023 8042 8000 (option 2)
sandra@widgety.co.uk

Windstar Cruises

Anna Perrott, business development manager UK
07593 137135
anna.perrott@windstarcruises.com