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by Charlotte Flach

Scenic to host UK agents on board ultra-luxury discovery yacht

Scenic is taking 12 UK agents on a fam trip to Saudi Arabia, sailing on its luxury discovery yacht Scenic Eclipse later this week.

The five-day voyage in the Red Sea will also host a number of global agents and media.

Joseph Grimley, Scenic Group’s UK Director of Trade Sales, said: “We all know how hard agents have worked over the last 18 months and how challenging it has been for them.

“We’re so excited to be able to welcome our agent partners on board this week to allow them to enjoy the complete Scenic Eclipse experience.”

Scenic has recently relaunched its River Rewards & More travel agent incentive programme, where agents are rewarded with 200 points for every new booking onboard Scenic Eclipse. Agents can collect as many points as possible, and at the end of each period, redeem them against a collection of luxury rewards including vouchers, lifestyle goods, electronics and more.

Celestyal returns to cruising with stellar new itineraries

Celestyal Cruises will begin sailings again on March 15 2022 with three- and four-night cruises followed by seven-night sailings on April 30. All 2022 and 2023 sailings are currently bookable.

The cruise line has added Thessaloniki in Greece to its seven-night Idyllic Aegean Itinerary. Celestyal will also return to Milos, with the full itinerary calling at Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and Kusadasi (Turkey), while its seven-night Eclectic Itinerary includes Kavala, Thessaloniki, Santorini, Volos and Istanbul. All-inclusive pricing on both cruises starts from £759pp.

The end of 2022 will see the return of Celestyal’s seven-night Three Continents itinerary, last operated in late 2019, calling in Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Cyprus. This will be followed by two exclusive holiday sailings.

The ten-night Christmas special sailing calls in Thessaloniki, Izmir, Rhodes, Limassol and Alexandria with an overnight visit to Haifa to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Holy Land.

The eight-night New Year’s sailing features visits to Heraklion, Santorini and Kusadasi, along with an overnight stay in Istanbul to take in the New Year’s Eve fireworks, and Volos. This sailing is priced from £979pp. Both sailings can be combined for an 18-night holiday with prices from £1,739pp.

Celestyal’s Chief Commercial Officer, Leslie Peden, said: “This past summer, thanks to the dedication and hard work of Celestyal’s crew we were able to demonstrate our ability to safely return to cruising.

“We are optimistic that our destination-centric itineraries to undiscovered and exciting destinations will continue to be well received. Our confidence is supported by strong levels of interest, inquiry and bookings already for these itineraries next year and into 2023, which has been the catalyst to returning to year-round cruising.”

Seabourn launches round the world itinerary

Seabourn has launched a 2024 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons 145-day voyage aboard Seabourn Sojourn, visiting 72 destinations and ports in 28 countries on five continents, with 20 overnight stays along the way.

Departing from Los Angeles on January 11 2024, the ship will visit Hawaii, the islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and a number of destinations in Asia, Arabia, Egypt and the Holy Land, before coming to a close in Athens, Greece, on June 5 2024.

For guests who cannot sail on the entire 145-day voyage, shorter segments ranging from 22 to 89 days are also available. The 2024 World Cruise is on sale now.

Josh Leibowitz, President of Seabourn, said: “Our 2024 World Cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn promises to be an extraordinary journey across the world. Whether guests book the entire 145-day voyage or join us on one of the many available segments, guests can look forward to visiting many of the world’s most prized destinations and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse cultures.”

Discover Egypt relaunches Nile cruising

Discover Egypt has relaunched its Nile cruises following Egypt’s removal from the Government’s red list last month.

Availability includes departures on November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 onboard the MS Tulip for £1,295pp, plus limited availability for the October half term from October 25 for £1,495pp. There are two single cabins that can be booked without a single supplement.

The seven-night cruise departs from Luxor and includes return flights from Heathrow to Luxor, transfers in Egypt, full board cruise and 10 guided excursions to see some of the top ancient sites along the Nile.

These include the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, the Temple of Horus at Edfu, and the Ptolemic Temple at Kom Ombo. The cruise also stops at Aswan for the chance to visit the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island.

Discover Egypt also offers pre or post cruise stays in Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, El Gouna and Soma Bay.

Hurtigruten expands operations into Galapagos Islands

Hurtigruten has partnered with Metropolitan Touring, to launch a cruise around the archipelago for the very first time in January 2022.

Guests onboard the newly renovated 90-passenger Santa Cruz II expedition vessel will embark on seven-night journeys across the Galapagos, taking in the flora and fauna of the archipelago.

All Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises to Galapagos are carbon neutral and guests will contribute directly to the protection of the biodiverse forests in north-western Ecuador, named a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2018.

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