Spirit of Discovery is the name chosen for Saga Cruises’ first newbuild ship, arriving in 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Saga’s new cruise ship, due to debut in summer 2019, is to be called Spirit of Discovery. The name is a change of direction from the tradition of current vessels Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl 2 and Saga Cruises chief executive Robin Shaw says the name reflects a transformation in the expectations of the over-50s specialist’s customers.

“The idea of a cruise being for people to get a suntan, lie on a deckchair and eat lots of food is gone,” he said.

“Our customers have a desire to explore and engage with new experiences, whether that’s destinations, culture, food or […]

This one’s for you, Steve

I’m still bursting with pride today at being honoured for my Contribution to Cruise in the CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Media Awards. And I have been overwhelmed by the messages of congratulation – in person on the night, and still setting my Twitter and Facebook timelines zinging and pinging.

But my moment of glory was tinged with regret. There was one person missing from the gathering of cruise executives, PRs, journalists, and bloggers. Someone who played a huge part in my success.

Before I adopted the Captain Greybeard pseudonym and gave up my desk job at Mirror Group Newspapers to […]

FAB-U-LOUS, daaahlings … Craig and the Strictly dancers are back on board P&O Cruises

The stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will be sparkling bright again this summer as they cruise the Mediterranean and northern Europe with P&O.

Ringmaster Craig Revel Horwood will be in charge of the dancing circus once more for all four Strictly cruises. Professional dancers and competing passengers will be on tiptoes waiting for him to pronounce the verdict: “FAB-U-LOUS, daaaahlings!”

Last year’s winner Ore Oduba is reunited with partner Joanne Clifton on board P&O Cruises’ Ventura for a 14-night cruise to the Western Mediterranean, departing April 30. They will be joined by Giovanni Pernice, Neil and Katya Jones, AJ Pritchard, […]

Record numbers of British holidaymakers are choosing to cruise

The number of ocean cruise passengers from Britain grew to a record 1.9 million in 2016, and the worldwide figure now exceeds 25 million.

Although Germany still leads the European league table with more than two million passengers, the UK has a higher percentage of its population taking holidays at sea, at 27 people per thousand.

The statistics, compiled by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) were released in the week of the Seatrade Cruise Global convention in Fort Lauderdale.

The Mediterranean remains the most popular region for British cruisers, attracting 458,000 passengers in 2016, with Western Europe itineraries departing from UK […]

Transformation and revolution promised and delivered in the design of Celebrity Edge

 

After all the pre-launch hype, generating excitement and anticipation without actually revealing anything about what was to come, the long-awaited reveal of Celebrity Edge could have been a huge anti-climax. But it surpassed all expectations.

This next-generation cruise ship will be transformational – the word preferred by Celebrity president and CEO Lisa Litoff-Perlo and her boss, Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain. No-one argued when design ambassador Nate Berkus, who presented yesterday’s event in Miami, called it revolutionary.

The vessel, built to carry around 3,000 passengers, turns traditional shipbuilding concepts inside out, allowing for virtual balcony staterooms that simultaneously open up the connection […]

P&O Cruises passengers can learn from the expert on Olly Smith’s wine tours in Madeira

TV wine expert Olly Smith has created a pair of exclusive-access wine tour experiences at the world-renowned Blandy’s Wine Lodge in Madeira for P&O Cruises passengers calling at Funchal.

The tours will run across the entire fleet on selected 2017 cruises visiting Madeira and will offer behind-the scenes secrets on the craft of winemaking as well as tastings of the delicious varieties.

Olly, whose Glass House wine bar is a feature of several P&O ships, will lead one of the excursions. He said: “Whether you’re an absolute wine tasting beginner, or a seasoned pro, you’ll get the lowdown directly from the wine […]

Star line-up for Crown Princess UK cruises

Stars from the world of sport, politics, entertainment and royalty are in a dazzling line-up of guest speakers booked to make guest appearances on a Princess Cruises ship sailing from Southampton this spring and summer.

They will be travelling as part of the Encounters with Discovery speaker series on board the 3,114-passenger Crown Princess, which will be cruising from the UK to the Mediterranean and northern Europe between April and November.

The full line-up is:

Katie Nicholl (Royal correspondent and commentator), on a 14-night Mediterranean cruise, departs April 22
Beverley Callard (actress, Liz McDonald in Coronation Street), on a 7-night Spain & […]

Cruise ship Silver Muse passes her sea trials

Silversea Cruises’ new flagship, Silver Muse, has successfully completed her sea trials during which rigorous assessments of speed, vibration, noise, endurance, and propulsion were conducted.

The ship, in the final stages of construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa, will be formally christened in Monaco on April 19.

“The successful completion of sea trials marks yet another significant milestone in Silver Muse’s development. In just a matter of weeks we will be welcoming guests from around the world on board the newest member of the Silversea family, with our new flagship set to offer the highest expression of excellence in elegance and comfort at sea,” said Roberto Martinoli, CEO at Silversea Cruises.

Calling at 34 countries […]

Boyzlife booked to perform five shows in Limelight supper club on P&O Cruises’ Britannia

Cruise ship Britannia is to host a five-night residency for Boyzlife, the Irish supergroup formed by Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy.

The Westlife and Boyzone stars will appear in the P&O ship’s Limelight Club, an intimate supper lounge where guests have a three-course meal before the entertainment – which usually consists of conversation and song.

For Duffy, the visit will be a return to the ship on which he competed in TV’s Battlechefs last year. He said: “We are very excited to be taking our sell-out tour to sea and entertaining Britannia’s guests with music and stories from life on the […]

TV series Cruising With Jane McDonald sends Majestic Line sales soaring

Keen river cruisers will be sitting back tonight to watch Jane McDonald journey along the Danube on board the luxury vessel SS Maria Theresa.

Operators Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are keeping their fingers crossed that viewer reaction will be as popular as the singer’s Hebridean cruise on The Majestic Line’s Glen Tarsan, broadcast last week.

Jane joined the mini-cruise ship last May for a six-night voyage around Mull, and her enthusiasm for both the boat and the destination proved infectious.

Sales manager Marie McGhee said, “The effect of the broadcast has been immense.  Within the first 10 minutes of the programme our […]