Cruise
Adviser

May 2021

Brighter future

Cruise
Adviser

May 2021

Promotion: Saga

Editor’s letter

Green shoots of recovery

The government has finally revealed its initial green list allowing the, albeit limited, resumption of international travel.

Outside the tourist hotspots of Iceland, Israel and Portugal, the list has provoked more questions than answers (although the answer to most is, ‘no, you can’t actually go there’). But it’s a start – even if the absence of regional or island-specific destinations suggests that the government hasn’t been listening to the travel industry over the past year. In fact, the irksome comments by Grant Shapps regarding travel agents being a thing of the past suggest the transport secretary doesn’t understand the travel industry full stop.

Still, any developments that allow travel to begin again are welcome. It’s hard to believe that, before the month is out, both international holidays and domestic cruises will have resumed. Among all the frustration, that alone is enough to make us smile.

In this issue, you will find all the latest news, incentives, new hires, plus our new directory of cruise line restarts, along with each line’s current regulations regarding vaccination, Covid-19 testing and the wearing of face masks.

We hope you enjoy reading – and good luck selling.

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News

CDC sets out cruise return

US departures could get back underway as soon as July with a series of trial voyages 


The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given cruise lines technical details on what they will need to do in order to resume operating, beginning with trial voyages.

The trials – with volunteer passengers – are the first step towards getting cruises once again operating out of the US, possibly as soon as July. They will run between two and seven days and must have enough passengers to meet at least 10 per cent of the ship’s capacity. Volunteers must be 18 or older and either fully vaccinated or free of medical conditions that would put them at high risk for severe Covid-19.

Self-service food and drink options will be unavailable and shore excursions must be part of a pre-booked, approved tour. Guests on board will have to socially distance and must be examined for Covid-19 symptoms before and after the trip, and at least 75 per cent must be tested at the end.

Ships must make at least one practice run before resuming regular cruises in US waters, although operators will be able to avoid the requirement if they vouch that 98 per cent of crew and 95 per cent of passengers are vaccinated.
News

Green list revealed

Transport secretary Grant Shapps says that the list of just 12 countries is “necessarily cautious” 


The government has revealed its green list countries – enabling quarantine-free travel into the UK.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said the move was “necessarily cautious – that the countries we connect with have infection rates that are low and vaccination rates that are high”.

“We want a summer in which we can reunite family and friends, travel to places we love,” he said. “We want to start looking outward again.”

He said that travel is essential to rebuilding the economy, referring to “hard-hit airports and tourism sector”.

The full list of countries on the green list is:

At the same time Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal were also added to the red list and Shapps added that, although France and Spain were not yet included in the green list, there would be a review every three weeks.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said: “Although it was good to hear the minister say he wants people to be able to travel this summer, this is a slower and more cautious approach than previously outlined by the government and will delay the industry’s recovery. We understand that public health is the government’s priority, and it was always expected that the return to international travel would be gradual, but the government must use the next review to open up travel to more destinations, using the traffic light system to manage risk.

“We also need the government to commit to supporting travel agents and tour operators through what will continue to be difficult times ahead. Travel will be one of the most restricted economic sectors coming out of the pandemic and this needs to be recognised through adequate grants to support these businesses.”

Separately, it has now been confirmed that the EU will reopen to holidaymakers from countries with low Covid infection rates such as the UK, and to anyone who has been fully vaccinated, by the start of June under a European Commission plan.

Gloria Guevera, president & CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said: “We welcome this first initial step by the UK government to begin opening the door to international travel with the announcement of the ‘traffic light’ system.

“However, airlines and the wider travel and tourism sector will be hugely disappointed that the US, which has a similar vaccination success rate, has not been included on the green list as it would have enabled the resumption of transatlantic travel, which would have thrown a vital lifeline to the sector in two of the biggest tourism markets in the world.

“The UK is the fourth biggest G20 economy in terms of international travel and tourism spend from business travel, which amounted to £7.5 billion in 2019, before the pandemic ripped through the heart of the sector. While we understand that protecting public health should be the priority, the UK is being too cautious and risks losing its hard-won competitive advantage achieved by the early vaccine rollout by being too slow to allow the significant resumption of international travel.

“We are also disappointed that UK travellers are expected to pay for expensive PCR tests, even when traveling from countries on the green list. This will make foreign holidays totally unaffordable for many families.

“We urge the UK government to work with its providers to offer more cost-effective tests for UK travellers, or accept the more affordable, yet rapid and effective, antigen tests. After suffering the biggest fall in contribution towards GDP from travel and tourism of the 10 most important global markets – by a staggering 62.5 per cent — the UK can ill-afford to be this cautious.”

The government’s traffic light system categorises countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport said that key factors in the assessment include:

  • the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
  • the rate of infection
  • the prevalence of variants of concern
  • the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing

People arriving in the UK from green list countries will need to take a pre-departure test in that country. On or before the second day after arriving in the UK, they will need to take a PCR test, which costs around £120, but will not need to quarantine on their return – unless they receive a positive test.

People arriving from amber list countries will have to quarantine for 10 days at home. They will have to take a pre-departure test, then a PCR test on days two and eight, but there will be an option for “test to release” in which they can end self-isolation early if they test negative on day five by purchasing an extra PCR test.

UKinbound CEO Joss Croft said: “Confirmation that non-essential international travel will reopen on May 17 is a positive step forward and will be celebrated across the sector, but our industry cannot afford another false dawn and a stop-start recovery. 

“The sparsity of countries on the green list and notable absence of the US and much of Europe, along with the cost of testing and the continuation of quarantine measures, present further devastating barriers to business for the inbound tourism industry, which sustains over 500,000 jobs and would normally generate £28.4 billion annually for the UK economy. 

“This is not job done, the important task of removing restrictions at our borders is not complete and it will therefore be many more months until recovery can really begin. We fully endorse a risk-based approach to reopening, but now more than ever we need government to provide targeted recovery support for inbound tourism businesses to ensure the industry can play its crucial role in the UK’s economic revival.”

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News

Princess reveals Dine My Way

It allows guests to make reservations for onboard dining rooms and speciality restaurants 


Princess Cruises has revealed Dine My Way, an enhancement to Ocean Medallion, which makes it easier for guests to tailor their dining experience. It pairs with the OceanNow on demand service.

Dine My Way allows guests to make reservations in onboard dining rooms and speciality restaurants at times they prefer and with whom they wish to dine.

“We believe guests are going to love the control and customisation Dine My Way offers,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president. “Instead of restricting dining choices during the pandemic, we’ve been able to expand the options for our guests and thanks to the unique, innovative capabilities of the OceanMedallion, reduce wait times and eliminate the need to stand in line.”

There are also features that will help people avoid busy venues if they wish. With Dine My Way, staff can optimise capacities in dining rooms and restaurants on board, manage wait times, and give guests significantly more flexibility.

When making a reservation, guests will be able to:
·        add additional friends or family members with whom they are travelling
·        select their preferred pace of dining (relaxed, quick)
·        indicate their desired seating location (near window, close to entrance) in the Ocean profile
·        share dietary preferences and allergen information
·        pick the same venue and dining time each night

Princess’ OceanNow on demand menu has been expanded to include entrées and beverage options from restaurants throughout the ship, with guests’ requests delivered directly to their location. OceanNow orders can be made using the MedallionClass app on a smart device, via the stateroom TV, or by having a crew member place the order on the guests’ behalf.

OceanNow will also include many expanded personalisation options so guests can order their favourite coffee, select steak sauce toppings and choose pizza condiments, providing more customisation than ever.

“Guests have always appreciated the convenience of OceanNow, and because the pandemic has expanded people’s use of on demand direct delivery services, we think even more guests will embrace the ability to order what they desire and have it delivered to them wherever they are on board,” notes Mario Siebaldi, Princess Cruises’ senior vice president of guest experience. “It not only prevents unnecessary queuing, more importantly it elevates the guest experience.”

News

Holland America Line to restart in August

The line has announced four sailings from Piraeus on Eurodam and bookings are open now


Holland America Line has announced that it is to restart cruises from Greece this August, with four four sailings on Eurodam from Piraeus.

“Everyone at Holland America Line has been preparing for our return to service, and we are grateful to the government of Greece for allowing us to show that we can safely operate our cruises,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “The beautiful islands of Greece have been a highlight of our Mediterranean itineraries for decades, and we are honoured to be able to restart out of Athens and give our guests a memorable vacation after all this time without cruise travel.”

The sailings will be available to 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.

Departing on August 15 and 29, the Idyllic Greek Isles itinerary features Kotor, Montenegro, plus the Greek isles of Kékira (Corfu), Thíra (Santorini) and Mykonos. Ancient Wonders departs on August 22 to explore Haifa, Israel, as well as Náfplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece. Both options can be combined to form a longer, back-to-back 14-day Collectors’ Voyage.

A seven-day Adriatic Allure itinerary departing on September 5 will sail from Piraeus to Venice, Italy, with calls at Mykonos, Katakolon (Olympia) and Crete (Chania), Greece, and Sarandë, Albania. Additional Mediterranean cruises on Eurodam will be announced in the coming weeks, including ports in Italy and Greece. The company intends for Eurodam to sail to the United States to begin its Caribbean itineraries in mid-November.

Fares for Eurodam‘s seven-day Greece cruises begin at a Have it All premium package fare of £1,949pp (based on a Veranda stateroom) that includes one shore excursion, a beverage package, speciality dining and wi-fi. Free air travel is also included from London and select regional airports, including transfers between ship and airport and late arrival protection.

“The Greek Islands have been welcoming Holland America Line ships for many years, and we are proud to work together to welcome the cruise line back this summer,” said Harry Theoharis, Greek minister of tourism. “We are sure that all visitors to Greece will once again have unique experiences in our beautiful destinations and fully enjoy the rich history, culture and gastronomy of our nation.”

For more restart dates, click here.

News

NCL renames Project Leonardo as Prima

The line has announced that Norwegian Prima – the first of six Prima class ships – will launch in the summer of 2022


Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it is renaming Project Leonardo, its next class of ships, as the Prima class.

Norwegian Prima, the first of six vessels, will launch in summer 2022, according to Cruise Critic.

With a capacity of 3,215 passengers, the Prima class ships will be smaller than the Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus class vessels. They will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, a departure from their recent newbuilds which were constructed by Meyer Werft in Germany.

Between August 17 and September 13, 2022, Norwegian Prima will make 10-day voyages from Amsterdam and Copenhagen, sailing in Northern Europe, the Norwegian fjords and Baltic region.

After that, on September 23, 2022, it will sail from Southampton on a 12-day transatlantic voyage to New York, before moving down to the Caribbean.

All sailings are on sale now.

Interview

NCL share restart plans

News

Carnival to add new colours to entire fleet

All of the line’s ships will be repainted as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year


Carnival Cruise Line has revealed that all of its ships will be painted red, white and blue as the company prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

The livery is the one that adorns Carnival’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, Carnival’s newest ship, and it will be applied to Carnival Magic and Carnival Glory when they go into drydock over the next few months.

“When we first saw the hull design for Mardi Gras, we knew it was something special and, particularly as we get ready to celebrate our 50th birthday, we’re delighted to incorporate this stunning livery as a signature exterior design element across our fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “As we look to resume sailing in the US, we’re coming back with a signature new look as well.”

The colours are designed to give a patriotic nod to Carnival’s positioning as a US-centric cruise line. In a statement the company said that the eye-catching hull design is highlighted by a stately navy blue hull inspired by officers’ uniforms”.

When it emerges from drydock, Carnival Magic will also have an expanded casino and other enhancements including to the WaterWorks aqua park and pools.

Interview

Tony Roberts and Andy Harmer

Incentives and events

The latest offers from Regent Seven Seas, Celebrity, Norwegian and more

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering guests a two-category upgrade and a reduced deposit limit as part of its latest incentive.

The upgrade is available up to a penthouse suite and is available on more than 80 Mediterranean and Northern European voyages sailing between April and November 2022. The offer runs between now and June 30.


Celebrity Cruises is giving agents the chance to win a cruise every day in May as part of its Celebrity Moments campaign.

The prize will be on Celebrity Silhouette, which will begin sailing from Southampton this July, offering six and eight-night itineraries.


Norwegian Cruise Line is offering double points on NCL Freestyle Rewards to celebrate the re-opening of travel agencies.

The double points, which are part of NCL’s trade engagement platform, are available until May 13 when selling select cruises. Agents will also get 50 bonus points for registering on the platform.

The promotion coincides with NCL announcing its highly anticipated return to service, with new itineraries sailing Europe and the Caribbean from July 25, 2021.


Windstar Cruises is running a series of in-person training roadshow this summer. The dates include Manchester (June 29), Chester (June 29), Glasgow (June 30), Edinburgh (July 1), London (July 6), Southampton (July 8), Birmingham (July 13) and Bristol (July 14).


To celebrate the launch of the American CountessAmerican Queen Steamboat Company will give every agent and their customer a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon for every Atol package booking. The sailings need to be made through Light Blue Travel before May 31.


Travel agents can earn £20 per booking with Carnival Cruise Line. See loyaltyrocksclub.com for more details.


Titan Travel is still running its High Street’s Back campaign. Until May 16, they are giving away a £200 Lifestyle Voucher each week. Every agent who confirms a new Titan booking will receive an automatic entry.


Travel technology company Inspiretec is offering Clia travel agent members the opportunity to trial its CRM product for free for three months. The no obligation deal can be taken up any time from now until May 31.

The CRM system is designed to give cruise agents a single view of their customers in one place, so they know what they are searching for and enquiring about, what they are booking and when.

New hires

Craig Upshall takes up new cruise role in Qatar

Aurora’s UK & Europe sales director leaves the expedition line for a new position as cruise manager

Craig Upshall has left Aurora Expeditions to be cruise manager for the Qatar National Tourism Council.

During his time at Aurora, Upshall witnessed the introduction of the line’s new ships, Greg Mortimer and the forthcoming Sylvia Earle. In his new role, he will be trying to entice lines to homeport or make stops in the Gulf state, which is preparing for an increase in tourism in general around the 2022 football World Cup, which is being held there.


Hannah Fisher joins Saga as new marketing director

Saga Travel has appointed Hannah Fisher as marketing director, bringing with her a wealth of experience gathered over more than 20 years in the marketing industry.

Fisher specialises in marketing strategy and digital transformation, having most recently worked for Dentsu International’s leading clients Honda, Camelot and TSB. She previously held senior marketing roles at More Than, Sky and Direct Line.

Nick Stace, CEO Saga Travel, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Hannah’s experience to the Saga Travel team. Her excellent background with strong consumer brands will provide the strategic rigour to ensure that Saga leads the pack in both retaining current customers and attracting new ones.

“This is a critical time for the travel industry and we’re experiencing tremendous customer demand for cruise holidays, which has seen the early sailings already fully booked, so Hannah is joining us at a time of huge growth and opportunity.”

Fisher said: “Saga is a fantastic heritage brand with a strong legacy and a loyal customer base. I’m looking forward to helping drive the travel marketing transformation, focusing on customers, creativity and inspiring people to travel. It’s such an exciting time to join the team and a brand that is ready to evolve.”

In addition to her new role, Fisher is an active mentor and member of Bloom UK, which aims to lift up the next generation of female leaders and in her spare time, she volunteers as an NHS first responder.


Exsus Travel expands its team of travel experts

Luxury tour operator Exsus Travel has appointed Danielle Walker as senior account manager.

Walker brings a wealth of experience, having worked in travel for over 20 years, 15 of them with leading luxury tour operators.

She said: “I have a huge passion for travel and have been lucky enough to have travelled to so many amazing destinations. I love to share my experience and knowledge, which gives me the drive to do the job that I love, working with so many fantastic agents.”

Neil Sealy, head of trade sales at Exsus Travel, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such incredible talent to our already fantastic and diverse team, with North America expert Bradley Roper recently joining and now Danielle with her worldwide knowledge and luxury experience. As we emerge from the most difficult year the travel industry has seen, I am confident these additions to the team will enhance our ability to create the most extraordinary holidays around the world.”

Promotion

Oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle special guest on Aurora Expeditions’ new ship

The new expedition vessel is named after the world-renowned conservationist and she will be on board for a special nine-day sailing to Baja California and the Sea of Cortez in 2022


Aurora Expeditions is offering a unique opportunity to meet and explore with world-renowned marine conservationist, biologist, oceanographer and explorer Dr Sylvia Earle on a forthcoming voyage to Baja California.

Dr Earle was the first female chief scientist of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998 and was named by Time magazine as its first ‘Hero of the Planet’ the same year. She will be the special guest on a nine-day sailing in and around Baja California and the Sea of Cortez between May 4 and May 12, 2022 on board her namesake, the new ship Sylvia Earle, named in honour of her long-standing ocean conservation efforts.

Dr Earle has a deep personal connection to the Sea of Cortez, a Unesco World Heritage site which was nominated as the first Hope Spot by Mission Blue, her own conservation alliance which has created a global network of 136 marine protected areas to date. Guests will enjoy fascinating once-in-a-lifetime onboard talks by Dr Earle about the significance of climate change, before joining her on immersive excursions by land and sea in the Gulf of California.

Aurora Expeditions and the new Sylvia Earle ship will support Mission Blue’s efforts with wildlife mapping, location photography and video – above and below the water – and Citizen Science’ projects run by onboard expedition leaders to support marine research.

“By travelling with Aurora Expeditions on Sylvia Earle, I feel it is an incredible opportunity for people to learn about these extraordinary marine habitats in situ, and as a result, become ambassadors for protecting them,” says Dr Earle.

“Ninety-seven percent of the Earth’s water is ocean, it is our life support system and we need to learn everything we can about it,” she adds. “I see great synergies in working closely with a company that shares my vision for the future and which is, from the top down, passionate about the marine environment.”

Aurora Expeditions is planning voyages to other key ‘Hope Spots’ including Costa Rica (Golfo Dulce); Panama (Coiba Island); Raja Ampat (Coral Triangle and Misool Private Marine Reserve; the Northwest Passage; Svalbard (Spitsbergen), and Canada (Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reef).

Travellers can join Dr Sylvia Earle on an adventurous and immersive nine-day expedition to Baja California and the Sea of Cortez in 2022 with early bird savings of up to 20 per cent. More information here.

How to Sell

How to sell

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


A cruise is one of the best holidays families can choose. Ships provide a safe environment where mum and dad can relax and enjoy their holiday while the kids have fun. And with all the activities and entertainment on modern resort-style ships, that fun is never ending. Water slides, ropes courses, surf parks, laser tag, go-karts, climbing walls, swimming pools, sports contests, arts and crafts, nursery toys. You name it, it’s out there on the big ship for children, whether they are aged three months or 17. There are plenty more selling points agents should know: prices include meals so parents are not always shelling out for food; dedicated family-friendly accommodation allows families to share; kids’ clubs are free and outdo anything offered in land-based resorts; youngsters have a wonderful opportunity to make friends from different countries on board and learn about diverse cultures ashore. We look at cruises for families setting sail in 2022 with toddlers, children and teenagers.

Value

Who? P&O Cruises
Where? Norwegian fjords
When? July 9, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £1,787

While parents on this cruise are enjoying the majestic scenery along the Norwegian coast, toddlers will be having a whale of a time in Splashers, a free play area for kids aged two to four. The cruise – a no-fly sailing round-trip from Southampton on the new 5,200-passenger ship Iona – includes calls into Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Haugesund. Price includes tips.

All-inclusive

Who? Marella Cruises
Where? Mediterranean
When? July 12, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £3,214, including flights

All Marella ships bar adults-only Marella Explorer 2 have an M Club where toddlers will have so much fun with new friends that mum and dad might just have trouble persuading them ashore. That would be a shame as this cruise, round-trip from Palma on the 1,924-passenger Marella Explorer, calls into favourite ports in Italy, France and Spain. Price includes drinks and tips.

Selling Tip

Get the kids hooked on the idea of a cruise with tales of all the activities. They’ll be useful allies when it comes to persuading mum and dad to get on board

Cruising with children

All family-friendly ships have large kids’ clubs that offer age-related supervised games and activities every day at no charge for children aged three to 12, but the newest vessels have a lot more besides to keep their young cruisers occupied, including water slides, laser tag, virtual mazes, climbing walls and dodgem cars. These activities are mostly, but not always, free. There is invariably a charge for late-night group sitting in the kids’ clubs.

* Prices below are based on two adults sharing a cabin with an eight-year-old

Go active

Who? Royal Caribbean International
Where? Western Caribbean
When? August 6, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £2,789

There is so much to do on this cruise – on the 5,518-passenger Symphony of the Seas round-trip from Miami – that kids won’t have time to be bored. If the ship’s water slides, pools, kids’ clubs, laser tag and surf park are not enough, there’s a call into Perfect Day at CocoCay, where more water slides and wave pools await. Cozumel, Roatan and Costa Maya compete the port line-up.

Go fun

Who? Carnival Cruise Line
Where? Eastern Caribbean
When? August 13, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £1,692

This cruise pairs calls into the ports of San Juan, Amber Cove and Grand Turk with three days at sea on Carnival’s new 5,282-capacity ship Mardi Gras, a floating fun palace boasting the world’s first roller coaster at sea, high-speed water slides, a ropes course, kids’ clubs, pools and family games and eateries galore. The cruise is round-trip from Port Canaveral.

Go action

Who? MSC Cruises
Where? Mediterranean
When? July 29, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £2,907

With everything from port calls in Marseille (France), Genoa, Naples, Messina (Italy) and Valletta (Malta) to non-stop fun on the high seas in the shape of kids’ clubs, a water park, zip wires, a 4D cinema and F1 racing cars (simulated ones, of course), this cruise is made for families. It’s on the 5,079-capacity MSC Seaview sailing round-trip from Barcelona. Price includes tips.

Selling Tip

With meals, kids’ clubs, most activities and entertainment included in the price, cruises are terrific value for money for families

Cruising with teens

Once they turn 13, youngsters on the big resort ships progress to the tween and teen clubs and an endless round of pool parties and selfies, as well as the many activities on offer outside the clubs, but some teens might be tempted by something more adventurous – a trip to the polar regions or Galápagos maybe. There won’t be any teen clubs – there might not even be others their age – but they will get a life experience they will never forget.

* Prices below are for two adults sharing a cabin with a 15-year-old teenager

Expedition style

Who? G Adventures
Where? Spitsbergen
When? July 23, 2022
How long? Eight days
How much? From £10,197

Adventurous teens will have a ball on this cruise exploring the west coast of Spitsbergen in the Arctic, in search of polar bears, walruses, seabirds and maybe even whales. It’s on the 134-passenger G Expedition sailing round-trip from Longyearbyen, which follows an itinerary as ice and weather allows, with trips to glaciers and ashore on inflatable Zodiacs.

Selling Tip

Whether you have promised water slides, climbing walls, go-karts or laser tag, make sure the cruise ship you sell matches expectations

Resort style

Who? Norwegian Cruise Line
Where? Western Caribbean
When? July 24, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £3,537

This cruise, on the 3,963-passenger c, promises to be a dream for teens, with clubs where they can hang-out, a ropes course, a plank where they can walk over the side of the ship and a day at of zip lining, snorkelling, kayaking and beach time at NCL’s Harvest Caye resort in Belize. The cruise is round-trip from Miami; Roatan and Mexico round off the itinerary.

Adventure style

Who? Star Clippers
Where? Mediterranean
When? August 13, 2022
How long? Seven nights
How much? From £4,906

Star Clippers’ sailing ships are just the ticket for teens with an adventurous spirit. They can climb to the crows’ nest, help set the sails and learn about navigation and knots from the captain. This cruise – round-trip from Venice on the 227-passenger Royal Clipper – sails to Croatia and Montenegro, with calls into Zadar, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Vis and Rovinj.