Cruising Updates

Hurtigruten’s spring trips to 80° North

Hurtigruten will be the only company offering spring expedition cruises as far as 80° North to remote Svalbard when it launches cruises to the region in 2016.

Departing on 25 April and 4 May, the ‘Polar Pioneers of Svalbard’ is a new ten day itinerary departing from Tromso and exploring the remote island of Bjornoya, Spitsbergen and the North Cape (the northernmost point of mainland Europe) before heading back to Tromso – a sailing distance of 1,600 miles.

In Svalbard the first day of midnight sun is 20th April, making for an incredible experience.

While flowers are starting to blossom on the European mainland, in Spitsbergen the polar winter still reigns with sea ice  dominant in the fjords.

On land passengers will encounter snow, ice and possibly female polar bears and seals with their young.

The voyages have gone on sale as part of Hurtigruten’s Explorer programme for 2016.

Those who book from the new preview brochure can save more than 25% per person.

Prices for the Polar Pioneers of Svalbard start from £1,222 per person including the early booking offers.

The price includes the ten day voyage in an inside cabin on MS Fram, full-board basis plus landings.

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Cruise3sixty Australasia line up announced

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has revealed a line up of local and international cruise industry professionals for the second Cruise3sixty conference from 27-28 February.

CLIA’s president and Chief Executive Christine Duffy will open the event, Norwegian Cruise Line Executive Vice President Andy Stuart will make the keynote address.

A further 20 industry professionals will join a series of panel sessions and presentations covering topical issues in the industry.

Royal Caribbean Regional Vice President Gavin Smith, Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry and Silverseas Cruise Asia Pacific and Europe President Steve Odell will join Mr Stuart as part of a cruise industry leaders panel.

Other speakers include Google Australia’s head of travel Ross McDonald, Aqua Expeditions chief executive Francesco Galli Zugaro, Star Cruises vice president of sales Braydon Holland, senior vice president of international sales Windstar Cruises Dan Chapelle, vice president of international sales Holland America and Seabourn Mark Kammerer, Princess Cruises vice president of Australia Stuart Alison, vice president of Commercial Royal Caribbean Sean Tracy, senior vice president of Australia P&O Cruises Tammy Marshall and vice president Australia Carnival Cruise Lines Jennifer Vandekreeke.

The conference will be held at The Star in Sydney on 27 February 2015, the latest program can be seen at


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Earlybird deals on Aranui 5

Aranui Cruises has released earlybird fares for the first 2016 sailings of its new Aranui 5, offering savings of up to $1760 per cabin.

The new cruise freighter is due to commence sailing the waters of the South Pacific in late 2015, replacing Aranui 3 which will be retired after more than twelve years servicing the remote Tuamotu and Marquesas archipelagoes.

With capacity for 256 passengers, the modern Aranui 5 will offer a range of new accommodation options including the operator’s first single suites and new premium and deluxe cabins with balconies.

On sale until February 6, 2015, a superior deluxe balcony cabin is priced from $7148*; premium balcony suite starts from $8220* pp twin share.

The earlybird fare represents a 10% discount on the standard 2016 fares for suites, deluxe cabins and staterooms and is valid for the first three voyages of the year departing Papeete on January 16 and February 6 and 27, 2016.

*Subject to availability, conditions apply. Prices are in NZD per person twin-share. Single occupancy attracts a 50% surcharge.

For more information visit or call 03 9449 3778.

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Voyages of Discovery on sale

Voyages of Discovery has New Year fares on sale for selected departures throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Atlantic Isles, Caribbean and South America in 2015/16. Save between 15% and 30% on the cruise fare. Valid for sale till January 31, 2015.

Voyages of Discovery offers:

o    Personal service aboard contemporary Voyager with no more than 550 guests
o    All meals included – Open Seating Dining
o    All gratuities included onboard
o    Our World renowned Guest Speaker and Port Lecture Programme
o    Intensive destination focused itineraries
o    Optional Tailor-made shore excursions

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ms Koningsdam premier sailings

The maiden voyage of Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam will be a seven- day sail of the Mediterranean.

Setting sail in February 2016, the 2,650-guest ship will continue on a series of 12-day premier sailings on two alternating itineraries roundtrip from Civitavecchia through to early May 2016.

The debut cruises will explore some of the region’s most popular capitals, culturally rich cities, charming villages and beautiful beaches. Bookings for the premiere voyage and sailings open 1 December 2014.

Cruise fares on the premier sailings begin at AU$1,199 per person, double occupancy. Taxes are additional.

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Scenic Spirit launches January 2016

Scenic Tours’ new luxury ship Scenic Spirit will launch on the Mekong River in January 2016, travelling over eight days between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap.

Sleeping 68 guests, all 34 suites feature separate bedroom, living room and balcony and range in size from the 32sqm Deluxe Suite complete with Scenic sun lounge up to the 80sqm Royal Panorama Suite which features a bathroom with extra-large bathtub, rainfall shower and walk-in dressing room; bedroom; living room and outdoor forward facing deck complete with daybed, jacuzzi and al fresco dining table.

The five star Scenic Spirit has four dining venues offering a la carte to casual dining; resort style pool deck and bar; full spa with sauna and steam room; and a sun deck with open air cinema. Beverages are complimentary and all guests have butler service. As with allScenic river cruises, tips and gratuities are included, as are local guides, all Scenic FreeChoice activities plus Scenic Enrich special events.

Scenic Tours is offering some good value new early bird offers for bookings made by 30 April 2015, including free return flights to Asia including taxes.

Scenic Spirit joins the Scenic fleet of 13 luxury river cruise ships throughout Europe, Russia and South East Asia.

The new 84 page Scenic Tours 2016 Mekong River Cruise brochure is out now.

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Sail SeaDream from Gallipoli to Greek Isles

SeaDream Yacht Club has announced a nine day Istanbul to Athens cruise aboard its SeaDream I on 21 May 2015.

The cruise will visit Gallipoli, Ephesus or Kusadasi’s grand bazaar, medieval Rhodes, the Greek Islands’ Santorini, Mykonos, and motor vehicle-free Hydra, where locals and visitors alike get around on foot or by donkey.

There will also be the recently excavated Terrace Houses an the House of the Virgin Mary near Kusadasi, the Monastery of St John on Patmos Island (where he wrote the Book of Revelations), and Bodrum’s Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

SeaDream Yacht Club includes five- star cuisine and premium wines and bardrinks in its prices, together with power and sail water-sports (where locally permitted,) a 30-international course golf simulator, state of the art fitness centre, mountain bikes for shore excursions, port charges and taxes, and gratuities.

Prices start at US$6048pp twin-share. SeaDream I has a mximum of 112 guests served by 95 crew.

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Savings on Mekong River cruises

Active Asia has 2015 early bird rates for river cruises on the Jayavarman and the Jahan vessels from Saigon to Siem Reap or vv. Savings apply to the seven and four night departures in both superior and deluxe cabins. Valid for sale until 31 December 2014. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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