by Charlotte Flach
APT is offering triple rewards for agents
APT is rewarding its agent partners with the launch of its ‘Agent Summer Sail-Away' campaign.
This will include three incentives that will enable agents to earn more and to experience one of its new Travelmarvel Contemporary Class River Ships in Europe this summer.
The three programme elements are:
Exclusive ‘Summer Sail-Away' Agent Rates: APT is offering exclusive travel agent rates of just £599pp on Vega, Polaris and Capella, in Europe, or its all-new small ship Croatian sailing programme aboard the newbuild Lady Eleganza or the fully refurbished Princess Eleganza, as the ships embark on their maiden seasons.
The agent and their companion will enjoy meals and drinks on board, a range of sightseeing and special Insider Experiences. Prices apply to selected dates in May, June and July 2022, and are based on a twin share, cruise only.
‘Book & Earn’: Agents can earn up to £50 of Love2Shop vouchers for every booking made on select 2022 holidays throughout May. There is no limit to how many new bookings agents can submit.
Book Three, Sail free: Agents who book three of APT’s Balcony Sales offers on Travelmarvel’s eight-day Reflections of the Rhine & Main or 9-day Delightful Danube will earn a complimentary cabin for them and a guest aboard one of the new Travelmarvel Contemporary Class River Ships.
New expedition itineraries for Seabourn in 2023/24
Seabourn is offering new 2023-2024 expedition itineraries aboard its purpose-built, ultra-luxury ships, Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit.
These journeys will set sail to destinations in Antarctica, South America, the South Pacific, Indonesia, and more.
Between September 2023 and April 2024, Seabourn Venture will operate 11 voyages, ranging from 14 to 24 days. Seabourn Venture will sail from Japan in September 2023 to provide in-depth expedition experiences throughout the South Pacific over the course of three months.
These expeditions will highlight little-known island chains, reaching New Zealand in December 2023, where the ship will make the rare trek south to Antarctica and spend two months exploring the “White Continent.” The ship will then continue to explore New Zealand and Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef before arriving in Bali at the end of March 2024.
On the other side of the world, Seabourn Pursuit will offer 14 voyages ranging from 11 to 27 days. Beginning in late September 2023 after making the trip across the Northwest Passage, Seabourn Pursuit will continue its inaugural year sailing along the West Coast of the Americas before making its debut in Antarctica for the holiday and winter season.
In February 2024, the ship will sail from Argentina to Africa, which will include the Falkland Islands, a three-day South Georgia Experience, and a rare appearance at Tristan da Cunha & Ascension Islands before arriving in Cape Verde. Seabourn Pursuit will then make its way up the northwest coast of Africa and Europe to Greenwich (London) in April 2024.
"It is our privilege to open up the world to those who desire adventurous experiences, and we’re excited to unveil another round of expedition itineraries that reach into the more remote corners of the world,” said Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz.
MSC introduces more eco-friendly shore excursions
MSC Cruises’ summer 2022 programme of shore excursions will focus on minimising the environmental impact of land-based tours and supporting nature-positive activities.
More electric and hybrid shuttle buses will be used for guests to shuttle from ports to places of interest in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden with MSC Cruises aiming to increase the utilisation of green ground transportation in the future.
Low carbon footprint excursions will include 150 bicycle tours available in 21 countries and more sustainable shore excursions called ‘Protectours’ that MSC Cruises first introduced in 2020.
Up to 70% of Protectours will have a low environmental impact thanks to an increase in the number of walking, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking excursions ashore with many tours set to make a direct contribution to the environment by helping the protection of habitats and species.
Examples of Protectours available include: planting trees to replenish lost forests in the Greek island of Rhodes, collecting plastic waste from the beaches of the Adriatic sea, nature walking tours in the Bahamas, making eco-friendly jewellery in Helsinki, Finland, urban farming and beekeeping in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, organic rooftop farming in Copenhagen, Denmark and stone cleaning in Scotland.
Northern Europe will host 640 different excursions, the Mediterranean 550 and the Caribbean 200. Guests who book any of MSC Cruises’ summer 2022 shore excursions will benefit from a price reduction of up to 20% if booked in advance.
Marialuisa Iaccarino, Head of Shore Excursions, MSC Cruises said: “Travel and tourism has a very significant role to play in global decarbonisation and we need to demonstrate leadership by ensuring that we meet the expectation of travellers who are more aware and engaged in sustainability matters and the protection and enhancement of the natural environment.”
Explora reaches key milestone with second new ship
Explora Journeys has marked the keel laying for the second of four luxury ships, EXPLORA II, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy.
The GT 63,900 vessel will be delivered in summer 2024. The first ship, EXPLORA I is currently being built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, and is on schedule to set sail by the end of May 2023.
EXPLORA II will be fitted with 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences and feature nine restaurants, 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas, wellness facilities and refined entertainment.
All four ships in Explora Journeys’ fleet will be equipped with the latest environmental and marine technologies.
Michael Ungerer, Chief Executive Officer, Explora Journeys, said: “We are thrilled to witness this key milestone for Explora Journeys, which signals our firm commitment to launch a luxury lifestyle brand that incorporates effective sustainability planning and maximises social and economic benefits for the communities that our ships will visit and leave a positive legacy for the next generation.”
New Europe itineraries from Silversea
Silversea Cruises has put together six itineraries across Europe available this summer.
Taking in up to six countries including Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Poland and Sweden, each seven-day itinerary has been hand-picked to showcase these ports of call, with immersive highlights such as an overnight stay in Stockholm as well as overnight stays in Copenhagen.
Each cruise is onboard Silver Moon which features the all-new Sea And Land Taste (S.A.L.T.) programme. This is part of a wider programme of experiential excursion highlights available on each cruise itinerary.
The summer voyages begin: June 21 (departing Copenhagen); June 28 (departing Stockholm); July 19 (departing Copenhagen); August 8 (departing Copenhagen); August 15 (departing Stockholm) and August 22 (departing Copenhagen).
Prices start from £2,350pp for a seven-night port-to-port cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm, including all food and beverages, seven nights’ accommodation on Silver Moon, butler service and shore excursions. Price based on bookings made before May 31.
Princess launches new premium add-on package
Princess Cruises has announced Princess Premier, a new premium add-on package. The package offers unlimited Wi-Fi for up to four devices, premium/top-shelf beverages, photos, speciality dining, and crew gratuities/appreciation.
For just £60pp per day, Princess Premier also includes ‘Princess Prizes’, where guests have a chance to win a cruise for two every year for a decade and up to $100,000 in cash prizes.
Princess Premier goes on sale June 1, for voyages starting June 25 and beyond. It includes: unlimited MedallionNet Wi-Fi for up to four-devices, new Premier Beverage Package, two speciality dining meals per person , digital downloads of all photos taken by professional staff onboard, plus three prints of any size up to 8 x 10, entry into new ‘Princess Prizes’ onboard promotion and daily crew appreciations.
Every time an adult guest accesses their stateroom with their Medallion, they will have the chance to win grand prizes that include $100,000 in cash and a cruise for two every year for the next decade, along with prizes won on every voyage that range from a cruise for two in a balcony stateroom, onboard cruise credits from $25 up to $250, wine tastings, and chef’s table dinners. Guests can also win entries for an end-of-cruise drawing in which someone will win at least $5,000 every voyage.
Guests on voyages departing June 25 and beyond who previously purchased Princess Plus can upgrade to Princess Premier for an additional £20pp, per day.
“Guests have overwhelmingly embraced the convenience and value offered in Princess Plus, so we are adding Princess Premier to take our inclusivity options to the next level,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises President.