Artist’s impression of Arvia

Riviera’s Lord Byron to sail again next year Riviera Travel river ship Lord Byron is set to resume sailings in 2022 after the cancellation of its departures this year. Cruises on board the 140-passenger vessel are on sale for 15 sailings between April and October next year. An eight-day Burgundy, River Rhone and Provence itinerary costs from £1,569, including flights and transfers.

New P&O ship Arvia to sail maiden season in Caribbean

Phil Davies

P&O Cruises will deploy new mega-ship Arvia in the Caribbean for its maiden season. The sister vessel to Iona is due to

be launched in December 2022. The 5,200-passenger Arvia will

operate a season of fly-cruise holidays from its home port of Barbados and Antigua from January to March 2023. The Caribbean itineraries include

La Romana in the Dominican Republic – a maiden port of call for the line – Curacao, Martinique, St

Kitts, Saint Lucia and Sint Maarten. Arvia’s seven and 14-night

itineraries all include an overnight Arvia has been

created to be the epitome of a sunshine resort – an ideal way to enjoy the Caribbean

call in Barbados. Repositioning cruises of 22 nights, departing from or returning to Southampton with UK flights, are also available. Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises

president, said: “Arvia holidays, alongside the rest of our winter 2022 season, will be on sale very shortly. “We cannot wait to bring our newest ship to our glorious home

port of Barbados and also to Antigua, which will be a first-time turnaround port for P&O Cruises.” He added: “The Caribbean is the

optimal maiden-season destination for Arvia. Every facet of the ship, such as SkyDome, which has a retractable roof, and the Altitude Skywalk high ropes, is designed to provide exceptional views of the ocean and surrounding destinations. “From its very initial concept,

Arvia has been created to be the epitome of a sunshine resort, and an ideal way to enjoy the Caribbean.” The name Arvia derives from

Latin and means “from the seashore”.

Celebrity Apex will debut in the Med with Athens itineraries

Celebrity Cruises’ new flagship Celebrity Apex will make its debut in the eastern Mediterranean this summer with seven-night sailings from Athens. The cruises start on June 19 and

run until September, with bookings open now. Cruises outside UK waters currently remain off-limits for British customers, although the line said it hoped to welcome UK guests later in the season.

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Celebrity Apex

Greek islands and Cyprus, the other the Greek islands and Israel. Celebrity Apex will sail with all

Celebrity Apex will operate two

itineraries, with ports of call spanning Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini, in Greece; Limassol in Cyprus; and Haifa and Ashdod for Jerusalem in Israel. One itinerary will visit the

crew and guests above the age of 18 vaccinated against Covid-19, and those under the age of 18 with negative PCR test results. The new deployment came

days after Celebrity announced its Caribbean comeback with summer cruises from Sint Maarten in June.

APT trumpets no-fly cruises with Eurostar travel to Amsterdam

APT has devised two no-fly European itineraries to offer more environmentally-friendly options. The river cruise specialist said

travel by Eurostar from London to Amsterdam generated just 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions of an equivalent flight. The no-fly option is available on

the 15-day Western Front Explorer cruise, which costs from £3,495. It includes return Eurostar travel, transfers and sightseeing. No-fly departures operate on

September 29 this year and on March 23 and November 2, 2022. Eurostar travel is also available

for the new 2022 eight-day APT Travelmarvel Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets cruises from Amsterdam. They will be operated by one of APT’s Travelmarvel Contemporary ships, due to launch later this year. The itinerary costs from £1,695, with departures on December 16 and 23, 2022.

An APT Contemporary ship

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