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APT has fair fares for solos

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APT has fair fares for solos

Luxury river cruise line APT and its four-star sister brand, Travel marvel, have waived single supplements on all their 2022 European river cruises.

APT’s 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise, sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest, costs from £2,648 for solo travellers (it was previously was £6,770 for solos, saving £4,122), with no single supplement, based on a November 16 departure.

The price includes door-to-door UK airport transfers, flights, accommodation aboard a luxury Concerto River ship, onboard dining, unlimited drinks, sightseeing and signature experiences.

Solo travellers looking for flexible, four-star river cruising in Europe this year can also benefit from up to 50% off plus a free upgrade to the best available cabin, as well as no single supplement.

For example, the 15-day European Gems cruise, sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest, starts from £2,290 (was £7,795 for solos, a saving of £5,505), with no single supplement, and based on a November 4 departure.

The nine-day Delightful Danube cruise, sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest, costs from just £1,375 for solo travellers (was £4745 for solo travellers, saving £3,370), with no single supplement, based on the November 24 departure.

Fred. Olsen puts solo travellers first

Solo travellers can enjoy a twin cabin with no single supplement on selected grades and sailings with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

The offer is applicable to new bookings made by August 31, 2022 inclusive, on selected September 2022 to March 2023 cruises, and based on sole occupancy of specific grades of twin and double cabins.

Sailings range from four to 19-nights, with regional departures from Liverpool, Dover, London Tilbury, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Clients can sail Balmoral’s L2227 ‘France Short Break’ cruise from £399, departing from Dover on September 23, 2022, Bolette’s 19-night T2230A ‘Islands of the Canaries and Cape Verde’ cruise from £1,999 departing from Tilbury on December 2, 2022, or Bolette’s 19-night T2230A ‘Islands of the Canaries and Cape Verde’ cruise from £1299, departing from Tilbury on December 2, 2022.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We love exploring the world and showcasing the many fantastic destinations it has to offer, and we don’t want travelling alone to be a barrier to that.

“The smaller size of our ships provide a warm, welcoming environment, and our crew will always go above and beyond to make sure our solo guests feel at home from the moment they step on board.

“Our solo offers always prove very popular, and it’s a great way for us to celebrate our first year since we resumed sailing again. Whether you’re looking to visit the world-famous Diamond District of Antwerp, witness the wonders and wildlife of Iceland or experience the culture, flavours and beauty of Portugal, I am sure there will be a cruise to tempt you either before the end of the year or into Spring 2023.”

Crystal Cruises makes new appointments

Crystal Cruises has appointed Jack Anderson as President of Crystal Cruises and Bernie Leypold as Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations.

The new additions come ahead of the extensive refurbishment of both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

Speaking of his new rle, Anderson said: “Geoffrey Kent, Co-Chairman of the A&K Travel Group, and Manfredi Lefebvre, CEO of A&K Travel Group are icons and innovators in luxury travel. With their ownership, leadership and vision for these ships and the award-winning Crystal Cruises brand, we are embarking on a new and exciting chapter. We and the entire Crystal Cruises family look forward to welcoming guests again soon.”

“It is an honor to join the new Crystal Cruises with a commitment to not only recreate, but enhance the sophisticated luxury service, cuisine, entertainment, and shore experiences in collaboration with our sister company, Abercrombie & Kent,” Bernie Leypold added.

“We welcome the return of members of our loyal and well-trained Crystal crew to our family and they will be given priority in the hiring process.”

There are extensive refurbishments planned for both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity that will elevate the customer experience. Some staterooms will be combined, creating more butler suites and reducing overall guest capacity.

Explora Journeys presents ‘Homes at Sea’ concept

Explora Journeys has unveiled the design of its Ocean Terrace Suites on its first ship, EXPLORA I, ahead of her maiden journey in May 2023.

Each ‘Home at Sea’ suite comprises a walk-in wardrobe with a seated vanity area and features a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, heated floors in the bathrooms, personal binoculars, wireless bed-side charging, a personal mini-bar replenished according to the guests’ preferences, espresso machine with bio-degradable pods, a kettle and teapot, and a complimentary personal refillable water bottle for each guest. 24-hour guest services also ensure every desire or request is provided.

Sales are now open for the Inaugural Journeys Collection for EXPLORA I from May 2023 and in its first year, the ship will visit 132 ports in 40 different countries, including two destinations, Kastellorizo, Greece and Saint Pierre, Martinique that have rarely been visited by cruise ships before. The itineraries include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the UK, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the U.S. East Coast, Caribbean, South America, and Hawaii. Sailings start from six-night journeys and culminate in an epic 44-night Northern Europe Grand Journey.

Michael Ungerer, Chief Executive Officer of Explora Journeys, said “The interiors of EXPLORA I have been designed with their enduring dedication and incredible eye for detail, along with their vision for the future, weaving a thread of their passion throughout each touchpoint. We aspire to elevate the ocean experience and luxury travel to new heights, whilst being respectful to the ocean, environment, and the destinations and cultures we discover, to ensure we leave a positive legacy for generations to come.”

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