by Charlotte Flach
PONANT launches themed cruises
PONANT has launched four new themed collections for 2022 and 2023.
The new themed collections are Planet, featuring explorers, scientists and the internationally renowned naturalists who accompany PONANT; Culture, exploring major museums, or enjoy live music on board and meeting the artists; Geopolitics, with expert journalists, essay writers, diplomats, and historians; and Wellbeing / Lifestyle featuring wellness, yoga, nutrition and sleep.
Culture: The Best of Croatia - Musical Cruise, Venice – Venice, June 10 to 17 2022, eight-days from £4,010pp.
Geopolitics: Ancient civilisations of the Eastern Mediterranean, Valletta – Aqaba, October 29 to November 8 2022, 11-days from £4,600pp.
Planet: The Emperor Penguins of Bellingshausen Sea, Ushuaia – Ushuaia, November 12 to 27 2022, 16-days from £19,490pp.
Princess reports biggest ever booking day
Princess Cruises has reported its biggest ever booking day in the UK after introducing a ‘£1 deposit day’. Launched on June 29, the deal allowed guests to secure a 2023 or 2024 cruise with Princess. Bookings were up by 13% compared to the line’s previous strongest booking day in 2019.
Princess saw strong demand for its 2023 roundtrip Southampton cruises on Sky Princess alongside an increase in demand for fly-Mediterranean voyages and long-haul destinations such as Alaska, the Caribbean and Australia.
Eithne Williamson, Vice President Princess Cruises UK & Europe, said: “We want to thank all of our travel agent partners for helping us achieve our best-ever booking day yesterday. It is thanks to their unwavering commitment and hard work that we were able to surpass our previous best booking day and we’re extremely grateful for their continued support.
“The demand for cruise holidays is evidently back and better than ever and we are sure agents will agree that it is fantastic to see holidaymakers once again being able to plan ahead for future holidays in destinations both close to home and further afield.”
Silversea enhances polar offering
Silversea is enhancing its all-inclusive polar offering by adding three new Antarctica Bridge voyages for the 2023-2024 season.
The fly-cruise programme provides the fastest, most direct route to Antarctica by enabling travelers to fly over the Drake Passage in business-class comfort.
Adding to Silversea’s existing Antarctica Bridge offering for 2022 and 2023, guests seeking the fast track to the White Continent may select from two new five-day expedition voyages aboard Silver Cloud, departing February 2 and 7, 2024, as well as a six-day sailing departing February 12, 2024.
"In response to exceptional demand, we have added three new fly-cruise voyages aboard Silver Cloud for 2024, enhancing our industry-leading Antarctica offering and strengthening our destination leadership,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO.
"We offer guests the luxury of choice, with the most diverse offering in ultra-luxury Antarctica cruising. Our pioneering Antarctica Bridge option is tremendously popular with time-conscious travellers who prefer to experience the White Continent without crossing the Drake Passage."
Offical Central London Experience launches
City Cruises London, The View from The Shard and Tower of London have launched the Official Central London Experience bundled ticket package. This brings together for the first time packaged access to three iconic London attractions: City Cruises Thames River Cruise, The View from The Shard and Tower of London.
This unique ticket packageis now available for purchase and will retail for £74.99 per adult and £54.99 per child, representing 10 per cent savings.
The Official Central London Central Experience includes:
Breathtaking views of London from the water during a cruise down the Thames River.
360-degree views of the city from the tallest building in London, the Shard.
Exploration of the Tower of London with an up-close look at the Crown Jewels, the Bloody Tower, and the Medieval Palace.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this exclusive offering, inviting guests aboard our Thames River Cruise to take in the best views of the city from a whole new perspective—one that simply should not be missed,” said Kyle Haughton, Managing Director, City Cruises London.
“As our tourism industry continues to bounce back and traveler confidence returns, this summer is the ideal time for visitors and locals alike to experience our city’s best attractions.”