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Silversea unveils world cruise 2016

Silversea Cruises has released details of its World Cruise 2016, a 115-day sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, departing January 5, 2016.

This far-reaching cultural exploration will be hosted aboard the all-suite Silver Whisper, travlling across six continents, visiting 51 destinations in 31 countries, and 13 multi-day port calls along the way.

The Venetian World Odyssey 2016 follows a westward path from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific. Guests will explore Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, and Bora Bora before sailing to New Zealand and Australia. Silver Whisper will then travel to Asia, visiting Hong Kong and Singapore,  Bali and Phuket, and Myanmar. The odyssey will continue to India, Arabia, and Mediterranean hideaways before concluding with two nights in Venice.

Guests will enjoy an onboard enrichment programme featuring distinguished destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists. Local entertainment, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and regional specialties will provide further immersion in each global destination.

Guests sailing the complete World Cruise will enjoy a variety of special amenities, including a gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner, and overnight stay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami; transfers from hotel to ship and ship to airport; complimentary baggage valet service; a US$4,000 onboard spending credit (per suite); complimentary laundry service; Internet package; and commemorative gifts.

Additionally, for guests sailing the full 115 days, there will be three complimentary exclusive World Cruise events. These include a masked ball in Venice, an elegant lunch on a private island in Sydney Harbour, and a chartered jet flight to the Taj Mahal for a tour followed by lunch and a return flight to Silver Whisper. This voyage also includes three complimentary Silversea Experiences to Easter Island, Halong Bay, and the Royal Opera House of Muscat.

Fares for World Cruise 2016 start at US$56,950 per person, based on double occupancy. To view the complete itinerary, visit Silversea.com/worldcruise2016.

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Google on the high seas

The biggest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is the first cruise ship to be added to Google’s Street View programme so visitors can take a virtual tour of the ship.

The peek onto the ship via any web browser walks the visitor through key areas, taking them as close to actually being onboard. Over 20,000 images were shot over eight days and available for inspection are three cabin categories, some of the 15 pools, various play areas and the ship’s activities like FlowRider surf simulator, the ice rink, rock-wall and zip line. Take the tour here.

On board Allure of the Seas

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New West Africa journey

World Journeys has released details of a new small group escorted journey to West Africa, based around a Silversea cruise and with early booking savings of $1000 per person.

Departing November 16, 2015 the 25 day West African Discovery itinerary includes a six day exploration of Ghana with its ancient cultures, colourful markets and intricate handicrafts, before boarding Silversea’s Silver Cloud for a cruise down the west coast of Africa, from Lome and Cotonou to the remote islands of Sao Tome and Principe, and Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. The Journey ends with two nights in Cape Town and visits Robben Island and Table Mountain.

Priced from $14,825 pp share twin (based on Vista Suite), and includes airfares ex AKL/CHC, transfers and touring in air-conditioned vehicles, 4-star hotels (or ‘best available’), sightseeing in Ghana and Cape Town including entrance fees, and a 13-night Silversea cruise with all onboard meals and selected beverages, port taxes and onboard gratuities. Airline taxes of $470 per person, and any shore excursions booked, are additional costs.

An early booking saving of $1000 per person if booked and deposited by 16 June 2014 is available. Contact World Journeys on 0800 117311.

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Starwood joins CLIA

In a nod to the growing value of cruising to the hotel sector, Starwood Hotels and Resorts has signed on as an executive partner of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.

A long term member of CLIA USA, the Sydney-based Starwood branch decided to join the Australasian association after attending the inaugural regional Cruise3sixty in February.

The agreement aims to provide an accommodation solution pre and post cruise at Starwood properties and strengthen the group’s association with the cruise industry.

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Cruise New Zealand looks at AKL progression

Cruise New Zealand has identified the upgrading and 'right sizing' of Auckland's cruise infrastructure, as well as further research into cruise visitor spend, as imperative focuses for the progression of New Zealand's cruise sector.

Cruise New Zealand recently met with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Australasia to engage with key stakeholders with the objective of demystifying the cruise sector and establishing a blueprint for New Zealand's cruise future.

Given that Asia Pacific is seeing larger ships, new entrants and new builds to the region, with ships increasingly carrying in excess of 3000 passengers, Cruise New Zealand is focusing on streamlining port infrastructure and shore-side processes in Auckland, New Zealand's primary exchange port.

CLIA Australasia chairman Gavin Smith, who headed the delegation from Sydney, envisages New Zealand’s growth through positioning Auckland for more fly-cruise opportunities. 'New Zealand has largely been a successful cruise destination. However if we can make it easier for guests to cruise from Auckland, and can create new experiences, Auckland will become a better cruise hub.'

Cruise New Zealand chairman Graeme Marshall says the body is prioritising research as one of its key focuses, and says the meeting with CLIA was beneficial. 'This was a great opportunity for the cruise lines through CLIA Australasia to connect with our stakeholders on what is required to grow New Zealand as a successful cruise destination. It was heartening to hear that everyone had the same objective, to not only see New Zealand succeed further as a cruise destination, but with new exciting ideas on the table to do things more intelligently,' says Marshall.

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Mexican Riviera and Alaska cruising

Carnival Cruise Lines fun ship, Carnival Miracle will sail year-round to the Mexican Riviera departing October 4 2014 from Long Beach, CA.

The programme will encompass three different week-long itineraries, including a ports of call at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.

Alaska

Following its inaugural season in Australia, Carnival Legend will operate the line’s seasonal Alaska programme beginning in May 2015. In total, 16 week-long Alaska cruises will operate from the Port of Seattle from May 26 to September 8, 2015, departing each Tuesday.

Port calls on include the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord or sailing Glacier Bay. Carnival Legend will also operate a special one-time eight-day Glacier Bay voyage departing Vancouver May 18 and arriving in Seattle May 26, 2015.

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Hail a Huskey

For the winter 2014 sailings, Hurtigruten has an optional transfer by Huskey between Kirkenes Airport and the SnowHotel.

On arrival at Kirkenes airport, guests will be given all the suitable clothing to make the 45 minute journey by husky sledge to the hotel. The luggage will be transferred by mini-bus.

The transfers will be available to customers flying into Kirkenes for a ‘Classic Voyage South’, but who are staying overnight at the SnowHotel in Kirkenes for a night before joining the ship.

For more information email Discover the World on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (09) 623 4293.

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Carnival and confetti

Confetti was flying moments after Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry announced to her staff that two ships are being added to the P&O Cruises fleet in November 2015.

The additional tonnage will give P&O Cruises a five-ship fleet making it the largest fleet of ships home-ported in this market year round.

Emphasising Carnival Australia’s ‘House of Brands’, there will be 12 Carnival-brand ships either home-ported year round or seasonally representing 10% of Carnival Corporation’s worldwide fleet of 101 cruise ships. Announcements will follow on home-porting arrangements and itineraries for the ships joining the P&O Cruises fleet.

Confetti flies at the announcement by Ann Sherry

The additional ships, which will transfer to P&O Cruises from Holland America Line, will deliver much needed capacity in the world's fastest growing cruise market.

Having a five-ship fleet will give P&O Cruises greater flexibility in its increased offering of short-break cruises, traditional cruises to the South Pacific and cruises to new destinations such as Papua New Guinea and Asia.

The company’s ships sail from five Australian cities as well as Auckland in New Zealand.



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