Cruise news round up, June 2016


New river cruiser for Aqua Expeditions

 Aqua Expeditions is set to start construction in December, on its third vessel to sail on Peru’s Amazon River. The all-suite vessel will be designed to resemble the company’s award-winning Aqua Mekong, and will feature 20 320-square-foot suites, spa, gym, pool, and a fleet of four customised tenders for intimate daily explorations. The new boat is in response to growing consumer demand for luxury cruising experiences in the Peruvian Amazon and is due to set sail in December 2017.


Counting down to Ovation of the Seas

June marks just six months to go until “the newest, biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ship ever seen down under”, arrives in Sydney on 15 December. Valued at a whopping US$1 billion, Ovation of the Seas is Australia’s first new-build and is expected to not only redefine cruising, but expand the boundaries of what is possible to experience on a cruise holiday. Featuring modern, stylish staterooms including duplex loft suits, 18 dining venues, myriad of entertainment and activities such as surfing, skydiving, bumper cars, and the most relaxing spa and adults-only solarium at sea, offering an at-sea experience that can only be described as “supercruising”.


Adventure of the Seas to undergo revitalisation

Royal Caribbean has announced its ship Adventure of the Seas will be undergoing a multi-million dollar revitalisation that will see it debut an array of new features and facilities including new waterslides and aquapark activities, as well as a new line-up of culinary and entertainment venues, such as Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Chops Grille, and Boleros Latin Lounge. More than 100 new staterooms will also be added, along with a refresh of all existing staterooms and a brand new Suites Lounge for the luxury traveller. The revitalisation comes at a price tag of US$61 million, making it one of the cruise line’s largest investments.


APT’s new European cycling cruises

 Luxury travel operator APT has launched the ‘Cycling Series’ as part of its ‘Special Interest Cruising’ portfolio, offering cycling enthusiasts of varying levels the opportunity to experience a range of cycle routes on two of its most popular river cruises. Seven cycling experiences can be enjoyed during the 15-day Cycling Magnificent Europe cruise, including cycling around Cologne, visiting historic attractions, and pedaling the streets of Vienna, while the eight-day Bordeaux by Bicycle will offer four cycling experiences, exploring Bordeaux’s local towns, historic ruins, chateaus, and vineyards. Guests will be fitted with their own high quality touring or road bike and a team of expert cyclists will lead each ride, while those who prefer to opt out of cycling can still enjoy APT’s usual sightseeing programs.


Silversea’s Culinary Expedition Voyages

Designed for the adventurous traveller, who is also a culinary explorer at heart, Silversea’ three new Culinary Expedition Voyages for 2016 and 2017 offer an array of complimentary culinary and wine events on board and ashore. These theme-focused expedition cruises aboard the all-suite, 132-guest Silver Explorer, will offer unique culinary experiences in addition to enriching explorations of the natural, cultural, and historic landmarks visited along the way. Setting sailing 31 October 2016, ‘An Epicurean Adventure Along the Humboldt Current’ is a 14-day expedition along the west coast of South America, showcasing the natural, cultural and culinary wonders of Peru and Chile. ‘Atlantic Europe’s Epicurean Journey’ will depart Lisbon 20 May 2017 and journey north along the European Atlantic coast on an 11-day expedition to Honfleur, calling in Portugal, Spain, France, and Guernsey to explore picturesque harbours, medieval villages, and key historic sites, highlighting some of Europe’s finest cuisine along the way.


Dream Cruises introduces ‘Dream Mansion’

 Dream Mansion, is a unique ‘ship-within-a-ship’ enclave of exclusivity and style, where 142 spacious suites offer dedicated butler services as one of its unique features, together with a bespoke array of special guest experiences. Elegant, stylish and utterly indulgent, the Dream Grand Villas are the epitome of the Dream Mansion experience, offering 224 square metres and featuring original contemporary artwork, opulent living area and dining room, a whirlpool spa, sauna, private sundeck, and even a grand piano. On call 24 hours a day, Dream Butlers will meet the needs of the most discerning guests as well as arranging priority spa, dining and excursion reservations, while afternoon tea, dinner or cocktails are graciously served in guest suites, and room service can be delivered from any restaurant on board.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2018 World Cruise

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled its epic 137-night ‘Navigate the World’ voyage, which will circumnavigate the globe from 8 January 2018. Featuring an innovative itinerary of complimentary and unlimited shore excursions exploring Southern Hemisphere destinations, the journey will take place onboard the intimate, newly-refurbished, Seven Seas Navigator. Beginning an ending in Los Angeles, the sojourn will visit five continents, 28 countries and 64 ports of call, encompassing 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The mammoth journey will include the Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Durban, Cape Town, South America, the Caribbean, Central America, and much more.


Crystal Yacht Cruises’ 2017 East Africa Safari Program

With more than 10 sailings scheduled in the Seychelles in 2017 aboard luxury yacht Crystal Esprit, Crystal yacht Cruises is offering guests the opportunity to extend their vacations with an immersive post-cruise four-day safari. Offering an in-depth experience amidst the culture and wildlife of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, guests will be able to enjoy game drives that will bring them into the habitats of giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs and more, together with an expert director from acclaimed safari operator Micato Safaris. Other highlight experiences include a hot air balloon ride and a visit to Maasai Village.


Paul Gaugin Cruises’ 2017 voyages

The newly released brochure of 2017 Paul Gaugin voyages features Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and South Pacific itineraries aboard the m/s Paul Gaugin, the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific. Highlights include a 16-night Fiji to Bali voyage in April 2017, visiting Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste, as well as a third Reunion Cruise for returning guests, featuring a special 10-night Cook Islands and Society Islands itinerary with two visits to the line’s private island paradise of Motu Mahana and a number of other unique events.

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