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Monday, 23 December 2019

Cunard’s 2022 Season Down Under Offers Luxury Voyages to Explore Australia, South Pacific and Japan




Queen Elizabeth based in Australia for a record 124 days

Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced its 2021 / 2022 collection of voyages, which will allow guests to explore even more inspirational destinations on board the famous Cunard fleet.

Queen Elizabeth returns to Australia for her longest season yet, spanning 124 days from November 2021 to March 2022. Guests can experience unique itineraries including Cunard’s sought after Christmas voyage, the line’s inaugural Fiji and South Pacific round trip, and breath-taking voyages around Japan. Queen Elizabeth’s Australian season finishes with the renowned Royal Rendezvous giving people a rare opportunity to witness Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, when they meet in Sydney Harbour on March 2, 2022.

Cunard Australia’s Commercial Director, Katrina McAlpine said she was very excited to welcome Queen Elizabeth back for yet another record deployment Down Under with exciting new voyages around Australia, Fiji and the South Pacific and Japan.

The return of Queen Elizabeth, one of the world’s most famous ships, for a record 124 days is testament to Australia’s growing importance to Cunard as the line’s third largest international source market,” Ms McAlpine said.

“Queen Elizabeth is going to 11 different Australian destinations making a total of 30 calls to those ports, she is also making 27 calls across 10 New Zealand ports, injecting upwards of $34m into the Australian and New Zealand economies combined.”

Queen Elizabeth’s home port season includes multiple exciting maiden calls for the ship including Lautoka and Suva in Fiji and also features Cunard’s first call to Eden in NSW.

At the end of the Australian season in March, Queen Elizabeth will travel north to Japan via Southeast Asia. The voyage includes a variety of exotic and iconic destinations such as Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Shanghai and a maiden call to Beijing.

For more information about Cunard and the newly announced voyages, that are bookable from December 18, please visit www.cunard.com.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Luxury cruise ship, Silver Muse inaugural arrival in Hobart




Today, ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea Cruises, is celebrating the inaugural arrival of its fleet’s iconic flagship Silver Muse into Hobart, following her return to the region earlier this month. Led by Australian, Italian Captain, Alessandro Zanello, the arrival marks the first of a number of maiden calls that Silver Muse will be making during her second, extended season in the region.

Adam Armstrong, Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand, Silversea Cruises, said,

“We are continuing to increase the range of unique destinations on offer to our guests and we are thrilled to add Hobart to Silver Muse’s itineraries this season. The majority of guests travelling onboard this voyage are international visitors and I have no doubt that they will be thrilled with what is on offer as we showcase the very best of our region. We are absolutely committed to the growth of the Australia and New Zealand market, which we expect to soon become our second biggest market globally, and Silver Muse will be making a number of maiden calls this season, including in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.” 

The luxurious Silver Muse will stay in the Australia-Pacific region until the end of March and will make a total of three calls in Hobart during this time. Whilst in Hobart, Silversea’s guests can choose from a number of optional excursions, including a half-day sightseeing excursion by air and sea; an exclusive early-evening sightseeing excursion to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary; a scenic and invigorating, half-day kayaking excursion in the picturesque harbour; a relaxing, half-day golfing excursion; and a leisurely, half-day culinary excursion of the Coal Valley with tastings at a renowned oyster farm and winery.

Since her inaugural season in the region last year, a number of enhancements have been implemented to upgrade the already exceptional culinary offering on board Silver Muse. In addition to receiving chilled champagne in their suites upon embarkation, guests now have complimentary sustainable Ars Italica caviar at their fingertips 24 hours per day. Comprising between 50 and 70 labels, the largest complimentary wine list at sea has also been upgraded, as Silversea adds more variety to its industry-leading selection, including more regional options to immerse guests in the culinary culture of sailed regions.

Silver Muse offers uncompromising levels of comfort, service and quality for the world’s most discerning travellers. On board, guests experience enhanced small-ship intimacy, spacious all suite accommodations, expansive outdoor spaces and the most comprehensive choice of dining options at sea with eight venues, including specialty choices such as Kaiseki and Indochine, plus 24-hour complimentary dining options throughout the ship. The all-suite vessel carries up to 596 guests in all-inclusive luxury with butler service in all suites.

In 2020, Silver Muse will return to Hobart on 22 January and 8 March, and in 2021 she will return on 14 February. Further reinforcing the cruise line’s commitment to Tasmania, Silver Muse will sail into Burnie on 30 December 2019, and on 20 January, 12 February, 7 and 27 March, 12 November and 23 December in 2020.

For more information on Silver Muse’s voyages to Hobart, visit here.

For more information on Silver Muse’s voyages to Burnie visit here.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Norwegian Jewel returns for third local season




Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, is celebrating the return of Norwegian Jewel ‘Down Under’, with the ship entering Sydney Harbour for her third Australasian sailing season over the weekend.

Having undergone a multi-million-dollar, bow-to-stern refurbishment in late 2018, Norwegian Jewel has officially commenced her 2019/2020 local cruising season that will see her explore stunning regional ports-of-call including Milford Sound, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington, Eden, Melbourne and Brisbane, to name but a few.

Norwegian Jewel recently underwent a revitalisation as part of NCL’s Norwegian Edge® fleet refurbishment program, reaffirming the company’s commitment to elevating the standard of excellence across its fleet.

Joined in regional waters by Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Spirit; set to undergo an over US$100 million refurbishment, the company’s most extensive bow-to-stern renovation to date, Norwegian Jewel will give both local and short haul AU/NZ fly-cruise travellers even greater access to NCL’s unrivalled freedom and flexibility, world-class dining, award-winning entertainment, immersive itineraries, extensive on-board activities and wide range of accommodation options.

“Local cruisers have really embraced Norwegian Jewel, and with thanks to our valued trade partners, bookings since her first Australasian season in 2017 have exceeded all expectations - one of the key reasons she has already been confirmed for a 2020/21 local sailing season. The additional deployment of the soon-to-be refurbished Norwegian Spirit to Asia further demonstrates NCL’s long-term commitment to providing next level experiences for local cruisers, while continuing to strengthen and elevate our presence in the Asia Pacific region,” said Ben Angell, Vice President and Managing Director Norwegian Cruise Line APAC.

“The recent launch of our newest vessel, Norwegian Encore, the extensive refurbishment of Norwegian Spirit in early-2020, as well as the introduction of six new Leonardo class ships to our fleet from 2022 makes this a truly exciting time for the company both on a regional and international level,” added Mr. Angell.

Norwegian Jewel provides guests access to endless opportunities, with onboard amenities including 16 high quality dining options, ranging from Teppanyaki and sushi to French, Italian, Brazilian and pub classics, as well as a choice of 15 bars and nightclubs, boutique shopping, a library and video arcade. Outdoors, there are swimming pools, hot tubs, jogging tracks, a basketball and tennis court, as well as the Mandara Spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

With NCL renowned for award-winning entertainment, Norwegian Jewel returns with two amazing shows for guests, ‘Rock You Tonight’, packed with 70s hits from the likes of Queen, Journey and The Who, and exclusive Australian hit musical ‘Velvet’, featuring disco classics, circus acrobatics and cabaret.

During her 2019/20 season, Norwegian Jewel will embark upon scenic Australia and New Zealand voyages, including a 14-day itinerary departing Sydney on 6 December, visiting Dunedin, Marlborough (Picton) and the Bay of Islands and a 14-Day itinerary departing Sydney on 20 December where she’ll be calling on Eden, Burnie and Auckland. February 2020 sees Norwegian Jewel heading to the South Pacific for some immersive itineraries before heading across to Alaska for the 2020 North America summer season.

For more information or to book a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, please contact a travel professional; call NCL in Australia on 1300 255 200 or in New Zealand on 0800 969 283; or visit www.ncl.com

Thursday, 28 November 2019

CMV announces two additional cruise ships for 2021





British-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has announced the acquisition of two more cruise ships to join its expanding ocean fleet – increasing to eight cruise ships in 2021.

The independently owned CMV Group will take delivery of P&O Australia’s Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria in Singapore on 2 March and 2 May 2021 respectively, increasing CMV’s capacity to 9,000 berths and an increase in passenger capacity by 30% in 2021.

The duo will be officially re-named in mid-2021, following dry docking in Singapore where some minor upgrades will be completed, and the ships’ livery updated. The vessels will then embark on maiden positioning voyages via the Suez Canal to Northern Europe.

Pacific Dawn (to be renamed) at 70,285grt, with 798 passenger cabins and carrying around 1,400 passengers, will be deployed to the UK market in late May 2021, bolstering much-needed capacity and cruising year-round alongside Columbus ex-London Tilbury.



Pacific Aria (to be renamed) at 55,819grt, with 630 passenger cabins and carrying around 1,100 passengers, will be deployed to the German market under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand with a much-needed increase in capacity, cruising alongside Vasco da Gama and replacing the 580 passenger Astor. Astor is being re-named Jules Verne and will be re-deployed to the French market in May 2021.

CEO Christian Verhounig commented, “The introduction of two more ships to the global ocean fleet is the next exciting chapter of our strategic growth objectives. This will enable us to service increasing market demand for our traditional brand of cruising, generated by our expanding international network of in-house sales offices and developing source markets. We have now acquired five cruise ships in just five years and are firmly on course in carrying 200,000 passengers in 2021.”

The new ship names will be unveiled later in December 2019 under CMV’s explorer theme, providing a more traditional cruise experience that can access harder-to-reach ports.

Chris Coates, Group Commercial Director, added, “As the CMV brand continues to evolve, the growing popularity of our traditional product, classic ships and destination-focused cruise programs has encouraged us to accelerate plans to add capacity to the two top European cruise markets in the UK and Germany, which represent 85% of our business.

“These two fine cruise ships perfectly complement our existing fleet, providing trade partners and consumers alike with much needed extra capacity. For 2020, we expect close to 70% of capacity to be sold by the year end, in line with expectations. This provides an ideal platform for the early introduction of new tonnage and opportunities for 2021.”

CMV Australia’s National Sales Manager, Darren Chigwidden, said, “We’re so excited to welcome these new vessels in joining our fleet. We look forward to discussing this soon with our trade partners at the upcoming inspections and events onboard as we welcome our newest ship, Vasco da Gama. Her arrival into Australian waters for the first time with CMV on Sunday marks our growth and commitment to the Australasian market.

“This growth has not only been in domestic cruising, but also in CMV’s international voyages with our small to mid-size ship offering. Having Pacific Dawn among our fleet is a great opportunity for our travel agents – who are key to our ongoing success – as they are already familiar with the unique selling points of the ship itself.

“Combined with Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ reputation for friendly, traditional service and value for money, we believe this presents a fantastic proposition for agents and their clients to venture to new destinations aboard vessels they already know and love.”

The inaugural 2021 programs will go on sale via travel trade and CMV’s international sales offices and websites during Q1-2020, with special 2021 launch incentives planned to encourage early bookings.

www.cmvaustralia.com

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Return of Viking to Australian waters




The countdown is on to the return of Viking to Australian waters from December 2019. The line’s third year of operating in Australia and New Zealand will be heralded by the arrival of two of Viking’s fleet of award-winning small ships; Viking Orion and Viking Sun.

December 2019 marks Viking Orion’s return to her seasonal Sydney and Auckland home ports for the second year in a row, from where she will offer eight local cruises over three months. Meanwhile sister ship Viking Sun visits Australia in February 2020 for the third time, as she circumnavigates the globe on her Guinness World Record-setting Ultimate World Cruise, an extraordinary 245-day voyage which is the longest continuous passenger cruise on record.

Boasting the most high-tech planetarium at sea, Viking Orion will reach Australian waters on 15 December 2019 when she arrives in Darwin before sailing into Sydney on 27 December 2019. She will sail six 15-day Australia & New Zealand itineraries between Sydney and Auckland, bookended at each end of the season by the 17-day Komodo and the Australian Coast itinerary between Bali and Sydney.

Viking Sun will arrive in Hobart on 7 February 2020, the first of eight Australian destinations during her epic 245-day voyage, which visits six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports over eight months. When Viking Sun reaches Australian waters, she’ll mark day 160 of her Guinness World Record-setting voyage from London to London, with 10 Australian guests sailing the full itinerary.

Together, the two state-of-the-art 930-guest sister ships will call at 10 Australian ports and seven New Zealand ports, including major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington, as well as smaller destinations like Thursday Island, Cairns and the Whitsundays. Viking Sun and Viking Orion will offer guests no less than 16 overnight stays on Australian and New Zealand shores.

“Since launching our very first ocean ship in 2015, demand to sail from Australia and New Zealand has grown from strength to strength,” said Michelle Black, Viking’s Managing Director ANZ.

“One third of Viking’s fleet of six ocean ships will be based in our waters for a month, demonstrating both the importance of this region to Viking, and the incredible popularity of our destinations to Viking’s discerning guests,” she concluded.

Since Viking’s very first ocean ship sailed in 2015, the cruise line has won an incredible array of awards globally, making a name for itself and gaining loyal followers by offering ‘The Thinking Person’s Cruise’.

A voyage with Viking is destination focused, culturally enriching and carefully curated. Itineraries are developed with curious, experienced travellers in mind and once onboard, every detail is designed to enrich the travel experience, so that guests can deeply connect to the destinations they visit.

Viking’s all-new, all-veranda, ocean ships are engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports around the world, and each identical sister ship features understated elegance coupled with modern Scandinavian design.

Viking Sun will spend a month in Australian waters, departing Darwin on 23 February 2020 as she travels onwards to Asia, India and the Middle East. Meanwhile Viking Orion will depart Sydney bound for Bali on 20 March 2020, marking the close of three months based down under. Viking Orion will return to Australia for her third and longest ever local season in October 2020, when she will sail eight 15-day Australia & New Zealand itineraries. Plus Viking Orion’s fourth Australian season has just been announced, arriving December 2021.

For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 (AU) or 0800 447 913 (New Zealand) or visit vikingcruises.com.au.

Silversea Silver Muse returns to Australia for longest season




This week Silversea’s flagship vessel, Silver Muse departed Singapore for Sydney, returning to Australia and New Zealand for her longest season to date. Currently in Bali, Indonesia, she will arrive in Sydney on 5 December 2019. The luxurious Silver Muse will stay in the Australia-Pacific region until the end of March, transporting guests in complete luxury on numerous sailings between Auckland and Sydney, including maiden calls in Hobart, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.
Silver Muse’s next port of call will be her first in Australia for the season. Arriving in Darwin on 25 November she will set sail along Australia’s east coast, making ports of call at Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane, before sailing under the harbour bridge and into Sydney. Offering guests a home away from home, the luxurious Silver Muse will sail between Sydney and Auckland, transporting guests in understated Italian elegance which is apparent on board each of Silversea’s intimate vessels.

Adam Armstrong, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Silversea Cruises said,

“We are thrilled to welcome back our stunning flagship vessel, Silver Muse to Australia and New Zealand. We are continuing to increase the range of unique destinations on offer and this season Silver Muse will make maiden ports of call in the Pacific Islands, Hobart, Bluff, Timaru and Wellington. We are absolutely committed to the growth of the Australia and New Zealand market, which we expect to soon become our second-biggest market globally.”

For those guests missing out this season, Silver Muse returns to the region in 2020, offering a complete circumnavigation Australia, where guests will have the incredible opportunity to discover one of the world’s most exhilarating continents. Departing Sydney on 31 October 2020 guests will discover the delights of Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia on this once in a lifetime voyage over 50 days, including overnights in Perth, Bali, Cairns and Sydney.”

Silversea travels over 1,000 destinations worldwide, more than any other cruise line, and its itineraries feature worldwide voyages to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions, The Russian Far East, the Galapagos Islands, Australia and New Zealand and many other fascinating destinations in between.

For more information on Silversea, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com.

Friday, 15 November 2019

MSC to be carbon neutral from January 2020


                                   

- All of CO2 emissions from MSC Cruises’ fleet to be offset as of 1 January 2020 through high-grade offsets that will increasingly rely on Blue carbon credits

- The announcement comes as part of a broader vision to support UN Sustainable Development Goals and in tandem with continued investments in the accelerated development of advanced environmental technology that will allow for zero-emissions ship operations


On the occasion of the celebrations held in Hamburg, Germany for the coming into service of its most environmentally-advanced cruise ship yet – MSC Grandiosa – MSC Cruises announces its commitment to become the world’s first fully carbon neutral major global cruise line.

Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive chairman said: “Our focus on innovation since we built our first cruise ships only in 2003 ensures that we have one of the most modern fleets at sea as well as one of the highest environmentally performing. And, thanks to our long-term planning, this will allow us to already achieve a fleet-wide 29% reduction in carbon intensity (rate) by 2024 vs. 2008, well on our way to meet the 40% reduction target set for 2030.

Pierfrancesco Vago,
MSC Cruises Executive chairman
“Additionally, last week we announced that the LNG-powered fuel cells PACBOAT project will be hosted on board MSC Europa – the first of 5 LNG-powered cruise ships that are due to join our fleet. This is not only a world-first for a technology that promises to be most efficient for high-power maritime operations but also yet another concrete example of our firm commitment to partner and support the accelerated development of the next-generation technologies that will lead us and this industry to zero-emissions ship operations.”

“As we recognize that today’s even most advanced maritime environmental technology alone is insufficient to immediately reach carbon neutrality, the further commitment we make today ensures that our fleet makes no negative contribution to climate change, starting 1 January 2020. We are a company with over 300 years of maritime heritage and a historical focus on the long-term that is especially typical of family-owned businesses like ours. For us, this is another step forward in our long-standing commitment to protecting the oceans, the destinations we visit and the port communities we touch.”

MSC Cruises will offset all direct carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its fleet marine operations through a blend of carbon offset projects developed according to the highest standards by leading international entities that take immediate action on greenhouse gas emissions. All costs for the offsets as well as any other associated items will be covered directly and in full by the Company.

Mr Vago added: “We will work with leading providers in carbon offsets able to offset CO2 emissions with the highest level of integrity. Our vision is to also invest in projects that provide quantifiable community benefits, protect the environment and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

In particular, MSC Cruises aims to develop a carbon offset portfolio that incorporates projects which protect and restore Ocean and coastal habitats while also absorbing more CO2 than currently occurs. As Blue Carbon projects focused mainly on coastal habitats are currently scarce, MSC Cruises will itself support the development of what aims to become the first carbon credits to be generated from the earth’s vast ocean, constituting an important new means for protecting and enhancing marine biodiversity and to support communities that rely on the highly pressurized resources of the sea.

Mr Vago concluded: “Blue carbon offsets will be a specific area of focus of our commitment to ensure carbon neutrality with immediate effect. We will put our people and our resources to work to also support the development of the specific type of projects, and the enabling certification processes, that can generate this innovative form of offsets which directly benefit the oceans and communities that live by the sea. As more of these become available, we will steadily increase our reliance on them as an additional area of focus within our overall long-term commitment to achieving zero-emissions operations.”

MSC Cruises’ commitment to delivering zero-emissions operations also includes a specific focus on energy efficiency and other aspects of its end-to-end operations beyond emissions. In particular, since 2017 all MSC Cruises new ships come equipped with ship-to-shore power facilities, a feature that would allow cruise ships to immediately go “zero-emissions” in any port that is ready for this technology. And this will provide even greater overall benefit when the ultimate source of shore power is renewable.

Details of MSC Cruises’ carbon neutral initiative will be revealed later today at a dedicated media briefing on board MSC Grandiosa, MSC Cruises’ newest flagship and one of the most environmentally-advanced ships at sea yet. MSC Grandiosa was delivered to the Company only last week. On the same day, MSC Cruises started construction on MSC Europa, its first of five liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered cruise ships that will come into service between 2022 and 2027.

MSC Grandiosa and MSC Europa together represent significant additional progress in terms of delivering against MSC Cruises’ objective to minimize and continuously lowering its fleet environmental footprint.  

Thursday, 7 November 2019

MSC World Cruise 2022




MSC Cruises, has revealed the itinerary for the MSC World Cruise 2022 as sales opened today exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members, with wider sales opening on December 9th, 2019. Being able to travel around the world is a dream for many people but with the MSC World Cruise, this dream can become a reality. What better way to discover new cultures and new places in each corner of the world without having to unpack a suitcase! MSC Poesia will set sail from four embarkation ports in Europe in January 2022, calling at more than 43 exciting ports of call, 9 overnights across 24 countries and 5 continents. Following a westerly route via Cape Horn and Suez, guests will be able to circumnavigate the globe whilst cruising in style.


Guests will be able to embark from Civitavecchia (Rome) and Genoa in Italy, Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France. After calling at Lisbon and Funchal, Portugal, MSC Poesia will offer the chance to explore the island of Cape Verde before heading to South America. She will bring guests to dream destinations such as Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Bueno Aires (Argentina) - where they will enjoy an overnight adventure and Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. The ship then makes her way from Valparaiso (Chile) and its perfect wines from the Chile’s Casablanca Valley to Callao (Peru) where guests will get to explore Machu Picchu and the amazing Amazon jungle. The journey continues to Arica (Chile) and Hanga Roa - capital of Easter Island, without forgetting an exciting overnight at Papeete (Tahiti) before heading to Aiutaki and Rarotonga – largest island of Cook Islands but also an exciting special sailing to Bounty Bay Passage (Pitcairn islands).

Auckland and Napier – Art Deco capital of the world open the explorations of ports in New Zealand, just before guests can soak up the majestic scenery of both the Fiordland National Park and the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia) with overnight in the iconic port of Sydney (Australia). From there, the ship tours the natural wonders of Darwin (Australia) – steeped in ancient Aboriginal culture and untouched national parks. MSC Poesia then makes her way to the turquoise waters of Lifou Island in New Caledonia ; the charming Port Vila (Vanuatu) and Alotau of Papua New Guinea. On her return leg, MSC Poesia will visit the relaxing and breathtaking Lombok island (Indonesia), Singapore and Port Klang (Malaysia). Calling in Sri Lanka will offer the vibrant capital Colombo before overnighting in Mumbai (India). Salalah (Oman) and Aqaba (Jordan) for the ancient site of Petra are the calls before her transiting the Suez Canal on the way back to Europe.

With no more than four consecutive sea days, guests will also enjoy a total of nine overnight calls in ports including Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Ushuaia (Argentina), Valparaiso (Chile), Callao (Peru), Papeete (Tahiti), Sydney (Australia), Benoa (Indonesia) and Mumbai (India) allowing plenty of time to explore these stunning destinations and enjoying an evening ashore.

MSC Cruises is known for offering an incredible choice of shore excursions designed to suit all tastes, giving guests the freedom to make the most of every moment ashore. The 2022 World Cruise is no exception with 15 shore excursions included in the cost of the cruise ticket and of course other excursions, including some exciting overland tours away from the ship, can be booked both in advance or during the cruise.

Some of the shore excursion highlights include:

· In Hanga Roa, Chile, from the iconic Moai sculptures and other relics of ancient Rapa Nui life to a museum visit that will acquaint you with Easter Island’s history, experience a fascinating encounter with one of the farthest-flung spots on the planet.

· In Aqaba, Petra, get lost in the ancient city of Petra hidden for centuries in the middle of the Jordanian desert. As you emerge from the canyon and its narrow cut-through ravine, the bright daylight will reveal Petra in all its rose-hued glory.

· In Tauranga, New-Zealand, ride through the countryside where farms and forests combine to make this region one of the most beautiful in New Zealand. Experience the wondrous geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa on a guided walking tour among unique geological patterns, shapes and surreal colours that have taken thousands of years to form.



About MSC Poesia

MSC Poesia is an innovative cruise ship with an elegant style that brings traditional craftsmanship to creative designs. Step aboard and you’ll enter a refined world of comfort, from the spectacular foyer waterfall to the Zen Garden, authentic Japanese Sushi bar and opulent MSC Aurea Spa wellness center with steam room, sauna and divine Balinese massages to pamper body and mind, it’s the perfect place to unwind. Relish the gourmet cuisine inspired by your destinations and combine fun and fitness on the tennis court or in the panoramic gym. Relax in the 3 swimming pools and 4 whirlpool baths, and enjoy the giant poolside cinema screen, among many other superb facilities.

Booking Information:

During the exclusive one-month presale for MSC Voyagers Club members, loyal MSC Cruises’ guests won’t only enjoy the usual 5% club discount but can also select their perfect cabin while earning triple membership points, credited to their account at the time of booking allowing them to enjoy all the added benefits right away.

Guests who are not already an MSC Voyagers Club member but are in possession of a loyalty card from another leading travel reward programme can join the MSC Voyagers Club at a similar or higher level thanks to MSC Status Match. For more information on the MSC Voyagers Club or the MSC Status Match programme, visit msccruises.com.au or msccruises.co.nz

As part of their cruise ticket, guests booking will also benefit from:

· Complimentary Dine & Drink beverage package including house wines, draught beer and a selection of other drinks offered during lunch and dinner
· 30% discount on laundry services
· A comprehensive activity schedule with theme evenings, language classes, cultural guest speakers and much more

For guests who just cannot wait to explore the world on an MSC World Cruise can still book the last remaining cabins for the 2021 departure.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Win a Luxury Cunard Cruise valued at $5000

Explore southern Australia aboard the luxurious Cunard Queen Elizabeth. Win this 7-night cruise. No passport required. Hurry. Closes 16 October.

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Monday, 7 October 2019

Spring into savings with Star Clippers



October 2, 2019
Spring is finally here. And to celebrate, for a limited time only, Star Clippers are offering big savings and bonus perks for any Thailand, Cambodia and Borneo cruise. Save up to 30% when you book, plus alone category upgrade and up to 400 Euros (approx $AUD 650)spending credit per couple.

Solo traveler? Great. Star Clippers have a treat for you too. On any 7-night Phuket Round-Trip and Singapore to Phuket cruises, Star Clippers will waive the single supplement. With great perks on offer in some of the hottest travel destinations, the only thing left is to decide where to go.
Borneo Eastbound
Start your journey Borneo Eastbound journey in Singapore on 5th October 2019. After a day of explorations, Orchard Road shopping sprees, botanical gardens, and a Singapore Sling (or two), board your Star Clippers tall ship. Leave cosmopolitan Singapore behind for two exciting days at sea. Climb the rigging, steer the ship, or relax on the deck lounges. On 8th October, arrive in Kuching, Malaysia. This historic waterfront city is a cultural hub, with theatre, poetry reading and live music all waiting to be enjoyed.

On 11th October, arrive at former fishing village Bintulu, Malaysia. The area offers exceptional juggle trekking and picturesque walks. Climb to the top of the hill for views of the South China Sea. Visit Miri, the second-largest city in Sarawak on October 13th for wildlife, shopping and historical monuments, including the Unity Tower and San Ching Tian Temple. Head to Brunei for the day visiting Bandar Seri Begawan, the biggest water village in the world, before heading back toward Malaysian island, Palau Tiga for snorkelling and kayaking.

On 15th October, enjoy fiery sunsets, music and rich culinary delights in Kota Kinabalu - the perfect finish to your Borneo Eastbound sailing.
Borneo Eastbound | Star Clipper | 10-nights | From AUD $4,250
Ko Saumi – Ko Saumi
Embark on a round-trip adventure from Ko Samui to Ko Samui on the 11th April 2020 to explore some of the region’s most beautiful locations. Starting in the Ko Samui discover the city’s vibrant party scene and wellness culture. From there, head to Ko Pha Ngan, famous for Full Moon parties and white sand beaches. On the 13th April, hike on Ko Wua Ta Lap to one of the most spectacular views in Thailand. If hiking doesn’t appeal, kayak around the island instead.
Stop off in Koh Tao (Turtle Island) on the 14th April for swimming and coral reef explorations. Swimming with turtles never gets old. After enjoying their company on Koh Tao, head to Ko Talu for more turtle encounters. This island is a popular nesting location for turtles. On 16th April, visit Pattaya for nightlife and floating markets. Discover sixteen different beaches on Ko Samet and Buddhist temples, windsurfing and Thai massages on Ko Mak.
On 19th April, leave Thailand behind for a few days and venture to Sihanoukville and Koh Rong in Cambodia. From pristine beaches to jungle walks to fine dining, Cambodia has a lot to offer. Return to Ko Samui on 22nd April for some R&R or late night dancing on the beach.
Ko Samui – Ko Samui | Star Clipper | 11-nights | From AUD $4,730
Phuket – Singapore
Lush scenery, coconut groves and stunning beaches await in Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. On 15th February, set sail with Star Clippers from Phuket to Ko Miang – Similan Islands known for its exceptional diving opportunities. Continue the underwater adventure at Pha Nga Bay and Ko Hong. Both are known for stunning ocean swims, and Ko Hong for its large internal lagoon.
On 18th February, head for Ko Adang, part of the Butang Group of islands, for secluded island explorations. Say goodbye to Thailand and hello to Penang, Malaysia, the “Pearl of the Orient”. From Buddhist temples to squash courts, Penang has something for everyone. Needing a little more spice in your life? Head to the spice trade city of Malacca before finishing your Star Clippers journey in the metropolis of Singapore.
Phuket – Singapore | Star Clipper | 7-nights | From AUD $2,975
As one of the premier cruise lines in the world, Star Clippers offer guests exceptional service, attention to detail and specialist knowledge in their sailing destinations. Rather than a regular charter, the Star Clippers tall ships offer an exclusive setting for your sailing holiday.

For more information visit: 
https://www.starclippers.com/au

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Australia ready for bumper 2019-20 cruise season



Australia is gearing up for a packed 2019-20 cruise season, with new vessels, extended visits and more than 60 ships on offer in one of the busiest summers experienced on the southern seas.

Four CLIA cruise lines will introduce first-time arrivals this year, joining regular visitors, home-ported vessels and one new cruise brand making its debut in Australian waters.

Carnival Splendor arriving later this year to become
the newest and largest ship homeported year-round in Australia

“This summer will undoubtedly be one of the busiest and most diverse cruise seasons we’ve ever experienced in Australia,” said Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz.

“The choice in cruise lines and ships is broader than ever and the range of itineraries offered this year will ensure the economic benefits of cruise tourism are spread far around the country and throughout our region,” he said. “This will be backed by significant infrastructure improvements in regional ports like Broome, Cairns and Eden, making them more attractive to both cruise lines and passengers well into the future.”

New to Australia this year is Dream Cruises which will operate its Explorer Dream in local waters for the first time. Sailing from Sydney, the ship will offer a series of Queensland coastal itineraries before crossing the Tasman for a season of New Zealand cruises from Auckland. It will then return to Sydney for a series of Tasmania cruises before returning to Asia via Cairns and Darwin.

Princess Cruises will have its largest-ever season in Australia with the maiden visit of Ruby Princess, joining Majestic Princess which has returned for her second season. Princess will also offer its Golden Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess. During her first local season, Ruby Princess will make 18 maiden visits to Australian and New Zealand ports.

Carnival Cruise Line also welcomes a newcomer, with Carnival Splendor arriving later this year to become the newest and largest ship homeported year-round in Australia. Sailing from Sydney, Carnival Splendor will join sister ship Carnival Spirit before Spirit relocates to Brisbane in October next year.

Wind Spirit will make its Australian debut (supplied)

Windstar Cruises will bring its four-masted sailing ship Wind Spirit to Australia for the first time next year, arriving in Cairns after a crossing from New Caledonia. The ship will then sail onwards through the Torres Strait and across the Top End to Darwin before heading to Indonesia.

Royal Caribbean International will bring three ships to the region this summer, including the recently modernised Voyager of the Seas and the largest ship to operate in Australia this season, Ovation of the Seas. They will be joined by Radiance of the Seas and together will operate 61 sailings to destinations in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia.

Regent Seven Seas will have three vessels in Australian waters this summer: Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Mariner. The trio will offer itineraries to local Australian ports, New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific, with Seven Seas Mariner visiting as part of her 2020 World Cruise.

They will be joined by visiting ships from sister brands, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel and Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, both of which will sail a variety of itineraries to ports in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

The Australia-based P&O Cruises fleet – Pacific Explorer, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria – will offer an extensive season in the region, sailing from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide as part of the line’s year-round presence. Together the ships will make a total of 202 calls to Australian ports.

Other lines with a big presence in Australia this season include Holland America Line which will have three ships in local waters: Noordam, Maasdam, and Amsterdam - the latter on her world voyage. Between them, the trio will make 75 calls to ports around Australia.

Celebrity Cruises returns this year with Celebrity Solstice to offer her eighth season in local waters. The ship will visit several new destinations including Eden on NSW South Coast, Port Vila in Vanuatu and Mare in New Caledonia – a maiden call for Celebrity Cruises.

Azamara will mark its fifth local season with Azamara Journey offering a series of sailings around New Zealand, Australia and Asia. The line will introduce several new South Pacific ports of call on route to Australia, including New Plymouth and Doubtful Sound in New Zealand.

Cunard returns once more this season with Queen Elizabeth based in Australia for a record 101 days from December to March. Sister ship Queen Mary 2 will spend 18 days in local waters visiting eight ports from Darwin to Sydney and across to Fremantle as part of her 99-night world cruise.

Luxury line Seabourn also returns with several sailings aboard Seabourn Encore, which will make maiden calls to destinations including Portland in Victoria, Hobart, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. Sister ship Seabourn Sojourn will visit as part of a world cruise, visiting six local ports including Brisbane and Airlie beach for the first time.

Small-ship luxury operator Ponant will offer an extensive program aboard its 184-passenger Le Laperouse, visiting Darwin, Cairns, Sydney and Hobart. It will also sail an expedition cruise from Hobart to Dunedin in New Zealand via the Sub Antarctic Islands before heading north for a series of Kimberley voyages between Darwin and Broome.

Silversea Cruises will offer its newest ship Silver Muse, sailing between Sydney and Auckland for a number of itineraries that include the north-east coast of Australia, New Zealand and several maiden calls in the South Pacific. It will be joined by Silver Whisper next year as part of its world cruise, which continues to Singapore via ports in Australia and Asia.

Crystal Cruises will welcome its 980-passenger Crystal Serenity to Australia as part of a world cruise of 105 nights. The luxury vessel will arrive in Sydney after a visit to New Zealand and will then sail up the East Coast via destinations including Mooloolaba, Hardy Reef, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Darwin.

MSC Cruises will welcome its MSC Magnifica in March as part of a world cruise, visiting ports including Hobart and an overnight stay in Sydney before heading north for maiden calls to Cairns and Darwin.

Coral Expeditions will offer its flagship Coral Adventurer alongside Coral Discoverer and Coral Expeditions II, operating a program of itineraries to destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, The Kimberley, Tasmania, Cape York, Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

Other visitors to Australian waters this year include AIDA Cruises’ AIDAaura and AIDAvita, Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa, Hapag Lloyd’s Bremen and Europa, and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca.

Source: Cruise Lines International Association


Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Norwegian Encore now in the water




Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, has announced that its newest innovative ship, Norwegian Encore, successfully completed another major construction milestone, when she departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and sailed down the Ems River towards the North Sea.

On Monday, 30 Sept, 2019, Norwegian Encore began her conveyance to Eemshaven, Netherlands, with initial crew members on board already preparing to welcome her first guests this November. At 335 metres long, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000 and a guest capacity of 3,998, the ship will be delivered to the cruise line on 30 Oct, 2019. She will be christened by Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson in Miami on 21 Nov, 2019 and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on 24 Nov, 2019.

“Today we celebrate a huge milestone for our history-making ship,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Now is when the anticipation truly begins to build. Our partners at Meyer Werft have collaborated with us to bring the industry-leading experiences from the successful Breakaway Plus class ships to Norwegian Encore, making her truly the best in class.”

Taking the brand’s exclusive, stand-out attractions to the next level, Norwegian Encore will feature the world’s longest race track at sea at 335 metres with four high-speed curves extending up to 3.9 metres over the side of the ship; the largest outdoor laser tag arena at nearly 930 square metres with the addition of augmented reality elements; and new immersive escape room and interactive theatre experiences in the 930-square-metre Galaxy Pavilion.

In addition to featuring many of the highly rated restaurants and lounges that have made the Breakaway Plus class one of the most innovative and successful in the company’s history, Norwegian Encore will debut a new elevated Italian dining experience, Onda by Scarpetta, in collaboration with LDV Hospitality. The Tony Award®-winning musical, “Kinky Boots” will headline the world-class entertainment on board, with returning guest favourites “The Choir of Man,” “Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical” and the rocking Beatles cover band of The Cavern Club.

As part of a recent partnership with JUST Goods, Inc., Norwegian Encore will be the first ship in the Company to be plastic bottle free when she debuts. By 1 Jan, 2020 Norwegian Cruise Line will be the first major cruise line to eliminate plastic bottles across its entire fleet, a significant effort towards providing guests with more sustainable options at sea.

Launching this spring, Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning 24 Nov, 2019; Bermuda, and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning 22 Apr, 2020; and voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning 12 Dec, 2020. In the autumn of 2021, she will make her USA West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle.

For more information or to book a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, please contact a travel professional; call Norwegian in Australia on 1300 255 200 or in New Zealand on 0800 969 283; or visit www.ncl.com

Friday, 27 September 2019

MSC Grandiosa boasts latest environmental features


The incoming new ship – featuring a state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) systems - will be one of the most environmentally-sound ships at sea and an energy-efficient role model for modern cruising



MSC Cruises’ newest and most innovative ship to-date is due to enter service on 31 October and will see the line introduce two new major and important onboard environmental advances to complement a wide range of existing leading-edge environmental technologies across the company’s entire fleet: a state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and next-generation Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system.

MSC Grandiosa, which will be christened in Hamburg, Germany on 9 November, will feature an SCR system which helps reduce nitrogen oxide by 90 per cent through advanced active emissions control technology. Nitrogen oxide from the engine operations is conducted through a catalyst – a high-density device made from noble metals – and converts them into nitrogen and water, both harmless compounds.

The ship will also be fitted with a next-generation AWT system. Through very fine filtration, wastewater from MSC Grandiosa will undergo a comprehensive purification process that transforms it to near tap-water quality. The system meets the so-called ‘Baltic Standard’ and treats the wastewater to a higher standard than most waste standards available in cities around the world.

MSC Cruises’ next flagship will adhere, therefore, to the world’s strictest environmental standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which will lead to nearly zero impact in these areas. This will also allow MSC Grandiosa to be certified to operate in delicate environments such as the Baltic Sea and Alaska.

MSC Grandiosa will also be fitted with shore-to-ship power which connects cruise ships while at berth to a port’s local power grid to further reduce the ship’s air emissions while in port. This is a feature that is broadly available across MSC Cruises’ entire fleet and has come as standard across all its new builds since 2017.

These new features add to other effective environmental technologies deployed on the ship and across the Company’s fleet to minimise and continuously reduce environmental impact, including: cutting-edge hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) that remove sulphur oxide from ship emissions; advanced waste management and wastewater treatment systems; ballast water treatment systems; latest-technology systems for the prevention of oil discharges from machinery spaces and various state-of-the-art energy-efficiency improvements – from heat recovery systems to LED lighting.

Currently, MSC Grandiosa and 10 other ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet of 17 ships are equipped for cleaner emissions with hybrid EGCS’ which remove 98 per cent of sulphur dioxide from a ship’s exhausts. The line’s six other ships will be retrofitted with the technology by the end of 2021 and until then will rely on the use of low sulphur fuels to always fully comply with the strictest existing as well as new maritime regulations.

MSC Grandiosa, is the third Meraviglia class of ship to enter MSC Cruises’ fleet and the first of three Meraviglia-Plus ships. It will be MSC Cruises’ fifth new ship to enter into service in the past 30 months and is part of a plan to build 17 highly-innovative and environmentally-sound cruise ships between 2017 and 2027.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Shares Seven Firsts On Board Seven Seas Splendor™



Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC), the world's leading luxury ocean cruise line, will be launching its newest and highly anticipated ship, Seven Seas Splendor™ in February 2020, with limited suites still available for her coveted inaugural season. Lisa Pile, Vice President, General Manager at Regent Seven Seas Cruises shares Seven Seas Splendor's seven firsts for the brand, and why the remarkable ship will perfect luxury.

"With Seven Seas Splendor™, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has raised the bar for luxury ocean travel. We are excited to be delivering a ship that exhibits the highest level of elegance, from lavish marble finishes to one-of-a-kind artworks proudly displayed throughout. She is truly a masterpiece, and we can't wait for our guests to be able to experience what makes a voyage with Regent an unrivalled experience – with our all-inclusive, personalised offering being second to none," said Ms. Pile.

"We are inviting guests to join us for one of Seven Seas Splendor's 2020 itineraries to the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mediterranean, where they will be some of the first in the world to experience these seven exclusive initiatives," adds Ms. Pile.

Seven Seas Splendor's Seven Firsts:

1. Speciality Coffee with Extra Sunshine

Fleet favourite, Coffee Connection, is being expanded with a new al fresco seating area, allowing guests to savour their custom coffee creations and delectable pastries while enjoying a sun-kissed morning or afternoon with a calm ocean breeze.

"As nations that are known for being home to coffee connoisseurs, as well as lovers of the outdoors, we are sure that the new al fresco seating area at Coffee Connection is sure to be a hit with our Australian and New Zealand guests," said Ms. Pile.

2. The New Flavour of Luxury – Destination Menus

The newest Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship will elevate the cruise line's legendary cuisine with destination dishes to be served during lunch at La Veranda that bring aboard local ingredients and culinary traditions from the exotic destinations where Seven Seas Splendor™ is sailing.

"La Veranda features a variety of delectable selections to chose from morning, noon and night. With Seven Seas Splendor™ taking in a raft of unique ports as part of her itineraries, guests will have the opportunity to truly taste the flavours of the world both onboard and ashore - from Mexican delights in Cabo San Lucas to Spanish Paella in Barcelona – your tastebuds are sure to be tantalised," said Ms. Pile

3. Dine Over Sea at Sette Mari

Enjoy the authentic Mediterranean flavours of Sette Mari in stunning, over-water alcove seating. Jetting out over the ocean for an even closer connection to the sea and surrounded on three sides by inspiring, magnificent views, guests will never forget this brand-new dining experience.

"One of my personal 'must-do's for when I'll be aboard Seven Seas Splendor™ next year. The new over-water alcove seating at Sette Mari at La Veranda will see guests seated out over the water for an even closer connection to the sea, surrounded by stunning panoramic views. I'll certainly be sampling some Tuscan wine, that will be perfectly paired with new dishes such as Spice-Crusted Tuna Steak with Braised Endive, Polenta and Salmoriglio – divine," said Ms. Pile.

4. The New Most Luxurious Residence at Sea

Building on the renowned reputation of sister-ship Seven Seas Explorer's Regent Suite, Splendor's preeminent accommodation perfects elegance with a US$200,000 Hastens hand-crafted bed and a 30% larger master bath and in-suite spa, with a stunning new floor-to-ceiling ocean-view shower. There's also a Treesse minipool spa placed on the front balcony, providing incredible views from dawn to dusk.

"The Regent Suite onboard Seven Seas Splendor™ is the crown jewel in Regent's accommodation offering, with no expense spared to ensure that we are providing our guests with the most luxurious residence at sea. The Regent Suite is the largest suite to ever be built on a luxury cruise ship - boasting 412 square-metres of beauty and comfort - making the Regent Suite nearly twice as large as the average Australian home, and 20 times larger than the average cruise ship stateroom. Guests can enjoy their personal in-suite sauna and steam room, unobstructed 270-degree views over the ships bow and a 120 square-metre wraparound veranda, to name but of few of the suites features," said Ms. Pile.

5. Brand New Culinary Creations, Made by You

With 18 individual cooking stations, the Culinary Arts Kitchen on board Seven Seas Splendor™ will offer a range of 20 new culinary classes teaching professional techniques and recipes by master chef instructors. New classes vary from teaching seven methods to prepare seafood, to exploring emerging fusion cuisines from around the world.

"The Culinary Arts Kitchen is where our guests can let out their inner foodie in an environment reminiscent of the most prestigious cooking schools in the world. Due to the small class sizes, guests will enjoy personalised, hands-on instruction. Example class themes include something for all tastes and skill levels, from mastering crowd pleasing brunch recipes, to embarking on a culinary safari around the diverse countries of Africa," said Ms. Pile.

6. Explore New Tastes

Exclusive to the inaugural season of Seven Seas Splendor™ are the new Gourmet Explorer Tours, delivering one-of-a-kind epicurean adventures. Guests can choose from a variety of tours that take them to local markets to find exotic spices and allow them to sample delicious wines at breath-taking estates, or savour gourmet meals expertly prepared by locally renowned chefs.

"Our Gourmet Explorer Tours are designed to deliver bespoke epicurean adventures to our guests, with tours having been personally crafted by Regent's Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Enrichment, Kathryn Kelly. More information on specific Gourmet Explorer Tours will be announced later this year, so be sure to keep as eye out as spaces tend to book fast," said. Ms Pile

7. First Woman Captain to Launch a Brand New Cruise Ship

On 8th March, 2019 – International Women's Day – Regent Seven Seas Cruises proudly announced that Captain Serena Melani will take the helm of Seven Seas Splendor™, making her the first woman in cruise industry history to captain a new cruise ship.

"This is a first that I'm particularly proud of. Captain Serena has been with RSSC since 2010, and is definitely a trailblazer in the cruise industry – where she is admired by guests and crew alike. She has been very hands-on with the development of Seven Seas Splendor™, having spent much of this year at the shipyard in Italy where she is being built, collaborating with the engineers and designers to ensure the ship's form and function is perfect," said Ms. Pile.

Seven Seas Splendor™ will be sail through some of the most desirable destinations in the world including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and North America, with her inaugural sailing departing Barcelona on 6 February, 2020.

Please find a link to a brochure on Seven Seas Splendor here


Visit New Caledonia, Fiji, and Vanuatu aboard Silver Muse




Ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea Cruises is inviting guests to discover the tropical wonderlands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Vanuatu aboard the stunning Silver Muse when she sets sail in the region for the very first time in 2020. All-inclusive fly/cruise fares for a 14-day voyage start from just AU$8,400 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite, with cruise only fares starting from just AU$7,400 per person.

The only small-ship luxury cruise line to offer these itineraries, Silversea offers guests the opportunity to discover the jewels of the South Pacific whilst enjoying the intimate atmosphere of the all-suite Silver Muse. With comprehensive fares and highly personalised service, guests are encouraged to book now to avoid missing out on the following special offers and enrichments:

- Included Business Class Flights

Guests booking by 30 September 2019 will enjoy included roundtrip Business Class flights from select gateways in Australia and New Zealand, plus transfers between airport and ship.

- Last Minute Savings

Guests booking by 31 October 2019 will enjoy AU$1,000 on board credit per suite, plus a one category suite upgrade where available.

- Enrichment Lecturer: Joseph Snyder

Joseph Snyder was a diplomat with the U.S. State Department Foreign Service for 30 years. He served in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia and Austria, as well as in Washington where his positions included that of Director of the State Department Press Office and Spokesman. Joe will join guests on board as a destination and special interest lecturer.

- Enrichment Lecturer: Jon Fleming

Jon Fleming has sailed on over 200 cruises worldwide and his combination of personal experience and historical knowledge, plus an entertaining presentation style makes history interesting, accessible and relevant for his audience. Jon will join gests on board as a destination consultant.

- All-inclusive Fares

On board, Silversea’s all-inclusive fares include fine food from around the world, complimentary beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, and butler service for each suite.

Departing on 18 February 2020 for 14 days, guests sailing aboard Silver Muse will discover a magic realm of pristine beaches, colourful coral gardens, and cascading waterfalls as they journey through New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu. In the tropical playground of New Caledonia, Silver Muse makes ports of call in Pine Island, Lifou and Noumea whilst in the stunning archipelago of Vanuatu, Port Vila is waiting to be explored. In Fiji, guests will witness the volcanic landscapes of Dravuni Island, a new port of call for Silver Muse for 2020, along with the fascinating destinations of Lautoka and Savusavu.

For more information on this voyage visit: https://www.silversea.com/destinations/australia-new-zealand-cruise/sydney-to-sydney-6004.html#itinerary-58467

Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

MSC new summer schedules for 2020



  • The introduction of MSC Grandiosa to the fleet will offer guests the opportunity to rediscover the gems of the Mediterranean
  • Guests looking for more flexibility can book onto MSC Cruises’ butterfly cruises
  • A new itinerary for Asia is announced for MSC Bellissima

The greatest experiences are the ones you can share with others. Any MSC Cruises holiday is made unforgettable through the combination of international cuisine, world-class entertainment and award-winning* family offering - perfect for couples, friends and families alike. Now is the time to plan and book to travel in style to the world’s most beautiful locations.

The Mediterranean introducing MSC Grandiosa’s First Summer Season

Experts in Mediterranean-cruising style, MSC Cruises will deploy 10 ships in this popular cruise region. MSC Grandiosa will become the newest flagship in the Company’s fleet when she launches in November, calling at Genoa and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France. The new flagship will offer a richness of experiences, from world-class entertainment with brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, a wide choice of international dining options, original activities for families to an enhanced MSC Yacht Club. MSC Grandiosa will become the second MSC Cruises ship to feature ZOE, the world’s first virtual cruise personal assistant and new updates to the innovative MSC for Me digital innovation program.

Alongside MSC Grandiosa, three other ships will sail in the Western Mediterranean in 2020 - MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia and MSC Seaview, rediscovering the gems of the continent:
The beautiful MSC Seaview will call at Barcelona on Saturdays, followed by Ajaccio, France; Genoa, La Spezia and Civitavecchia, Italy; Cannes, France and Palma de Mallorca on Fridays.
MSC Divina will call at Genoa, Italy; Marseille, France, Barcelona, Spain followed by thrilling party-destination, Ibiza then Naples and Livorno, Italy.
MSC Fantasia, will call Genoa, Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Spain and Marseille, France

In the Eastern Mediterranean, with six ships in region, MSC Cruises are offering a cruise that suits everyone looking for a charming experience in this picturesque region:
MSC Orchestra MSC Musica, MSC Magnifica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera will all offer itineraries from Venice in the Greek Islands and the best of the Adriatic Sea: highlights include Dubrovnik, Mykonos and Santorini to name a few. During peak season, MSC Lirica will be offering itineraries including Valletta, Malta and Syracuse.

Experience Natural Beauty in the Caribbean

The sunny Caribbean is a must for cruise lovers and will feature two MSC Cruises ships throughout the summer season:
During 2020, the iconic MSC Seaside will continue her reign in the Caribbean, sailing seven-night itineraries from Miami and experiencing the rhythmic beats of Ocho Rios, the idyllic surroundings of George Town and the Mexican paradise of Cozumel.
Rounding out the Western Caribbean, guests will get the opportunity to sail in the Italian style aboard the MSC Armonia. This ship will call Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Mexico or Key West. Both ships will also call at the new private destination Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, officially opening this November. This stunning island will allow guests to discover the beautiful natural environment and soak up the spirit of The Bahamas.

Discover the Adventurous Wonders of Northern Europe

Four MSC Cruises ships will be deployed in Northern Europe for summer 2020, the perfect opportunity to visit Scandinavian and Eastern European gems, including:

Longer cruises of up to 14 nights will be offered on MSC Preziosa, sailing from Hamburg with cruises in the Baltics, Fjords and North Cape. MSC Preziosa will also offer seven-night Northern Pearls cruises from Hamburg calling at Le Havre, Southampton, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
MSC Poesia, homeported in Warnemünde will offer 11-night Baltic cruises and a mixture of seven-night cruises, visiting the Fjords in Norway and the Baltic capitals. Guests can experience a longer break with a larger range of destinations and combine two different routes by booking on one of the back-to-back butterfly cruises. MSC Poesia’s highlight will be her stunning 21-night cruise featuring Greenland and Iceland, two spots perfect for adventure-seekers and nature lovers.
MSC Meraviglia, the ship for all seasons, will return to Northern Europe, homeporting in Kiel (Germany) on Saturdays and taking you on a cultural trip round Copenhagen, Helsinki and St Petersburg as well as the Fjords including Hellesylt, Alesund and Flaam, Norway.
MSC Splendida, will join MSC Meraviglia in their homeport of Kiel, with a variety of itineraries, including a long cruise to the Emerald Isle of Ireland and the North Cape, calling at Tallinn and Stockholm offering cruises in the Fjords including Bergen, Olden, Flaam, Stavanger plus the Baltics.
MSC Poesia and MSC Splendida autumn cruises offer 12 or nine-night cruises respectively to Portugal and Morocco, or Madeira and Canary Islands.

Set sail in the charming Far East

Explore Asia in style and join MSC Belissima on one of three new itineraries for 2020 with a choice of different length cruises. In June, July and August, a six or seven-night cruise departing from Shanghai, Asia’s shopping paradise will then call at Japan’s second largest city, Yokohama and finally Osaka, none other than a perfect combination of energic cities, iconic street food markets and awe-inspiring city skylines. Meanwhile, a stunning nine-night cruise in October from Tokyo, Japan will offer guests the chance to visit Wakyama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, Japan before calling at Ganjeong, Korea and then Yokohama, Japan.

For more information on Summer 2020 visit msccruises.com.au or msccruises.co.nz