Oceania unveils

new trade platform Oceania Cruises has launched a trade platform to help agents boost knowledge and bookings. Oceania Trade Connect offers access to OLife Choice Rewards, training programmes and will be able to connect with the Oceania Trade Insider Facebook page. There will also be help with marketing. It brings all Oceania’s resources “into one place”.

Ponant will set sail for

solar eclipse in 2021 Ponant is offering a 15-day cruise to see a total solar eclipse in Antarctica next winter. Polar-class 2 vessel Le Commandant-Charcot will sail from Ushuaia, Argentina, for the Weddell sea ice pack on November 30, 2021. The “once in a lifetime” journey includes a viewing of the total eclipse on December 4. Prices start from £13,760.

Aurora reveals 12

itineraries in 2022 Aurora Expeditions has 12 itineraries planned for its newest ship, Sylvia Earle, in 2022. Destinations include Alaska, The Northwest Passage, Baja California, Raja Ampat, West Papua and The Russian Far East. Sailings have a focus on marine education and conservation in honour of biologist Sylvia Earle.

Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Cruise Line opens up bookings for 2023 sailings

Phil Davies

Cruises departing as far out as summer 2023 have been put on sale by Norwegian Cruise Line. This is the furthest in advance NCL has ever

released its itineraries, giving passengers “the ultimate freedom of time in this uncertain environment”. Summer 2023 itineraries include Alaska, Canada,

New England, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. New itineraries include NCL’s first visit to Nessebar

in Bulgaria, Norwegian Bliss making its debut in Bermuda from New York and Norwegian Jade’s first visit to Bodrum, Turkey, and Paros, Greece. Details of sailings from Southampton have not been

disclosed despite the line agreeing a partnership with MSC Cruises and Associated British Ports to open a

fifth terminal at the UK port in 2021. Northern Europe sailings for 2023 will be run by

Norwegian Getaway from Copenhagen, while Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jade will sail five to 11-day Mediterranean cruises from ports including Piraeus for Athens and Civitavecchia for Rome. Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sun, and two of

the brand’s newest Breakaway Plus Class vessels – Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Joy – will sail in Alaska. NCL vice-president and UK and Ireland managing

director Eamonn Ferrin said: “Now is the time to break free from the hold 2020 has had on us, dream big and plan for the cruise holiday we’ve all been waiting for. “Our newest itineraries provide guests with the perfect

opportunity to book, a cruise holiday of a lifetime.”

Balmoral Fred Olsen Cruise Lines puts 2022 cruises on sale

Two new Fred Olsen Cruise Lines sailings have gone on sale for 2022 as part of a phased

introduction of the programme. Balmoral will run a 15-night

cruise from Newcastle to Spitsbergen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in June 2022, including a crossing of the Arctic Circle. Prices start from £2,499.

A 19-night voyage to Canada 18 3 DECEMBER 2020

from Liverpool in September 2022, taking in seven ports across three Canadian provinces, is made possible by the sailing speeds of new ship Borealis. Prices start from £2,999. Onboard credit of £200 on

the Spitsbergen itinerary and £250 for Canada is being offered to encourage early bookings by December 31. Product and customer

services director Clare Ward said: “These cruises will deliver some exceptional sights and experiences, both on board and ashore. “I know our guests will be just

as excited about this sneak peek into our 2022 programme as we are, with an onboard credit offer that will enable them to get the most out of their holiday on and off the ship.”

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