Cruise news

by Jessica Pook

Princess Cruises adds sports-themed cruise to Enchanted Princess

The ‘Sports Stars’ cruise will take place on a seven-night Spain and France voyage departing August 5, 2022.

It will be hosted by Olympian Gail Emms MBE, who will run a series of Q&A sessions with sport names spanning rugby, cricket and the Olympics.

Guest speakers include Martin Johnson CBE, who captained England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave and Gail Emms MBE, who has a string of gold, silver and bronze medals.

All-inclusive balcony fares for the seven-night Spain and France cruise on Enchanted Princess start from £899pp. The itinerary sails roundtrip Southampton with stops in Guernsey (St. Peter Port), La Rochelle (France), Bilbao (Spain) and La Coruna (Spain). Departs August 5, 2022. Fare includes all-inclusive premium drinks, unlimited Wi-Fi and crew appreciation.

Ambassador Cruise reduces cabin fares

Ambassador Cruise Line has introduced Reduced Cabin Guarantee Fares for sailings on board their first ship, Ambience.

Agents can save up to £2,000 on existing fares, on itineraries including exploring the British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, the Nordics and Canada. There are also savings to be made on autumn and winter sun sailings to the Mediterranean, Canaries and Morocco.

Sailing from London Tilbury, the no-fly itineraries are predominantly aimed at the 50-plus traveller.

Fares include full board meals, Captain’s Welcome & Farewell cocktail party, Captain’s Gala Dinner & Baked Alaska Parade, entertainment, use of gym, pool, hot tub and spa, porterage of luggage.

Windstar cancels Asia and adds Tahiti

Small-ship cruise line, Windstar Cruises, has cancelled its scheduled cruises in Asia for autumn 2022, citing the continued uncertainty regarding ports reopening in the region.

The move will affect seven scheduled itineraries on the all-suite Star Breeze, including a crossing of the Pacific from Alaska to Japan, two Grand Japan sailings, Island Hopping through Japan, Windstar Crew Hometowns: Philippines and Indonesia, Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef, and Edge of the Outback.

Instead, Star Breeze will extend its Alaska season with an additional itinerary (Alaskan Splendors) in late August, followed by West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza down the coast of the US, a trans- ocean voyage from San Diego to Tahiti and five sailings in French Polynesia.

“As Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and South Korea are all currently still closed to cruising, Windstar joins several other cruise lines in making this decision to cancel cruises in Asia for the autumn,” says Windstar Cruises President Christopher Prelog. “We hope our guests rebook on these same fantastic itineraries for next year.”

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes back Balmoral with summer sailings

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has welcomed its third ship back into service, with the return of Balmoral.

Balmoral will split her summer sailings between Newcastle and Rosyth ahead of a programme of winter sailings from Southampton and Dover.

Sailings will include a Historic Cities and Islands of Sweden, Estonia and Latvia’ cruise, a‘Summertime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights’ cruise, and Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen’ cruise.

Balmoral will also be offering scenic sailings along the River Seine in France, made possible by her smaller size.

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Welcoming our wonderful Balmoral back into service is a big milestone for us. Having three ships sailing means we can offer departures from even more regional ports, and we are so pleased to have Balmoral returning to offer sailings from Newcastle and Rosyth again this year.”

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