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Choice of restaurants on Scenic’s first discovery yacht set to Eclipse its rivals

The more details are revealed about Scenic Eclipse – billed as “the world’s first discovery yacht" – the more it looks like being something very special indeed. Details of the 228-passenger vessel’s restaurants were announced today, and it’s clear they go way beyond what could be expected of a ship many times the size. If 24-hour room service is included, there are a total of 10 dining experiences available, promising a “truly multi-cultural culinary adventure.” From contemporary French fine dining and Champagne bar Lumière, to fillet steak cooked to perfection in the elegant Elements main restaurant, or a casual meal [...]

By | 2017-07-12T14:54:23+00:00 12 July 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Celebrity Edge passengers will find their own paradise in Eden

REVEALED: Eden is set to be a passengers’ paradise on board the new Celebrity Edge cruise ship. The venue, announced last night at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York, tries to disguise the fact it was inspired by the spectacular 270 room on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class vessels, with elements borrowed from the Celebrity Solstice-class atriums. A vast triple-deck space at the aft end of the ship, Eden is claimed to be even more exciting than the revolutionary Magic Carpet which was among the ship’s features announced in March. It will be somewhere to relax with a book, a [...]

By | 2017-06-28T07:55:51+00:00 28 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Stars on board with P&O as ITV’s Lorraine goes cruising

P&O Cruises and television go hand in hand ... following the success of And and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on board Britannia, and two series of Battlechefs, three celebrities will set sail across Europe on Oceana this week in ITV’s summer special Lorraine’s Cruise Control. Launched yesterday (Monday June 26), Lorraine’s Cruise Control sees X Factor winner Sam Bailey, comedian Helen Lederer, and Gogglebox’s Sandi Bogle boarding Oceana in Venice. On a quest to feel body confident and kick start a healthier lifestyle, the celebs are swapping their usual daily lives for a week of workouts, balanced diets and mindful [...]

By | 2017-06-27T09:26:05+00:00 27 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Solo yachtsman rescued by Cunard’s QM2 becomes a convert to cruise ships

The 73-year-old solo yachtsman rescued in the Atlantic by cruise liner Queen Mary 2 is enjoying his experience on board so much that he says: “I may be a little less snooty about cruise ships now.” Retired Royal Marine Mervyn Wheatley was taking part in the Royal Western Yacht Club's Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). His yacht, Tamarind, was one of several damaged in an “extreme” storm with 50-foot waves and winds reaching 60 knots. Mr Wheatley, from Devon, put out a distress call after his attempts to bail out the boat proved futile. A cargo ship was sent to [...]

By | 2017-06-12T23:45:02+00:00 12 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

New-look Pacific Princess is heading for Dover and a season of cruises from the UK

Pacific Princess, the smallest ship in Princess Cruises’ 17-strong fleet, is heading for the UK after completing a multi-million pound renovation. The two-week dry dock in the Grand Bahama shipyard gave the 670-passenger vessel modernised guest areas, four renovated dining venues, 178,000 square feet of new carpet and the Princess livery on her hull. All 336 staterooms now include the line's signature Princess luxury beds and linens, as well as new carpeting, headboards, draperies, lighting and USB ports. Sleeper sofas have been placed in suite staterooms, providing the option for additional berths. The ship’s atrium has been upgraded with a [...]

By | 2017-06-12T16:40:18+00:00 12 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Princess Cruises and Jane McDonald are both set to return to our TV screens in 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Television’s love affair with cruises and cruising people is blossoming – with two familiar series being readied for a return to our screens next year. Princess Cruises announced tonight [Thursday] that a third six-part series of The Cruise is being filmed on board the 3,560-passenger Royal Princess in the Mediterranean this summer. And if that wasn’t enough, a three-part series is to be shot on board 2,600-passenger Star Princess in Alaska, before the film crew returns to Royal Princess in November for a special three-parter in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald is in the middle [...]

By | 2017-05-25T17:10:12+00:00 25 May 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines prepare to take on the rivers of Europe with the good ship Brabant

There’s a new cruise line branching out from the oceans to rivers. Fred Olsen’s new European venture announced today puts them alongside people like Crystal Cruises and those – like Viking and Scenic – who are taking the journey in the opposite direction. Despite its Norwegian heritage, Fred Olsen cruises are as English as a warm country pub on a winter’s day and it is promising that cruises on board the 156-passenger Brabant, will be just as welcoming. Itineraries, from five nights to 25, will operate on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle. A total of 30 departures are scheduled [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 17 May 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Cunard’s new-look Queen Victoria is taking shape in an Italian dry dock

What happens if you invest £34 million, some large sections of steel and a very big crane into a cruise ship refurbishment? Cunard’s Queen Victoria gets a whole new set of suites and a profile that looks more like her younger sister, Queen Elizabeth. During a four-week dry dock in Palermo, Sicily, Victoria is literally being carved up to enable the addition of a new stern section containing extra cabins and an extended Lido pool deck. Britannia Club accommodation – already a popular feature of sister ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth – is being added, along with a [...]

By | 2017-05-16T15:02:12+00:00 16 May 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

AmaWaterways ready to challenge Crystal Mozart on the Danube

Crystal Mozart, the largest river cruise vessel in Europe, is about to get some serious competition. Rival luxury operator AmaWaterways is building AmaMagna, which will be the second double-width passenger ship on the Danube. AmaMagna will have 98 standard cabins, most of them larger than 300 square feet. There will be four extra-large suites and one Owner’s Suite. Additional amenities include a heated swimming pool on the sun deck, with whirlpool bath and a swim-up bar, plus a large spa area including a fitness room large enough for group classes. Passenger capacity will be 194 and the ship has several [...]

By | 2017-05-15T16:11:05+00:00 15 May 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Thomson welcomes TUI Discovery 2 to fleet

Thomson Cruises’ latest ship, TUI Discovery 2, officially joins the fleet this weekend with a low-key christening ceremony in Malaga. The vessel – formerly Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas and a near-identical sister to last year’s debutante, TUI Discovery (ex-Splendour of the Seas) – has 915 cabins of which 40 per cent have balconies. Cruise fares are all-inclusive as standard. Passengers can make use of an app to manage their onboard accounts and to book spa treatments, shore excursions, and meals in the speciality restaurants. From gourmet cuisine to laid-back street food, families and couples can get the most [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 12 May 2017|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments