Portugal river vessel Douro Serenity to join German line Nicko Cruises

new-build Rotterdam Rendering of the

Holland America changes name of new ship to Rotterdam

Holland America Line has changed the name of its upcoming new-build ship to honour the brand’s 150-year history. The new ship, due for delivery

on July 30, 2021, was due to be namedRyndam, but the line has instead decided to call it Rotterdam, with the vessel set to become the flagship of the fleet. The decision follows Holland

America’s sale of its existing ship calledRotterdam to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. That vessel, one of two being bought by the UK operator, will join Fred Olsen later this year and be renamed. The new-build Rotterdam will

initially operate a seven-night maiden cruise from Trieste to Civitavecchia on August 1, followed by a 14-day sailing ending in Amsterdam. From there, it will spend a season operating sailings in northern Europe and the Baltic.

Viking Star to sail the world in 136 days

Viking has unveiled its 2021-22, 136-day Viking World Cruise, spanning 27 countries and 56 ports. The 930-passenger Viking Star will sail from Fort Lauderdale on Christmas Eve 2021, with prices from £39,990. A shorter, 119-day portion of the sailing, departing from Los Angeles in January 2022, starts from £35,990.

16 6 AUGUST 2020

River cruise ship Douro Serenity is to join German line Nicko Cruises next year and sail 36 eight-day round-trip cruises from Porto through Portugal’s Douro valley to the Spanish border. The ship was built in 2017 and can carry 126 guests in 63 cabins. Nicko is represented in the UK by river cruise specialist Light Blue Travel, which offers commission and aims to host fam trips when possible.

Crown Princess

Fred Olsen unveils 34-night sailing to US and Canada in autumn 2023

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has released details of its 2023 North American Waterways and Canadian Fall cruise. The 34-night cruise on Balmoral will sail from Southampton in September 2023 and include a maiden sailing of the Hudson River in New York. Prices start from £5,299 per person.

Princess Cruises reveals deals for ex-UK departures in 2021

Phil Davies

Princess Cruises is pushing ‘closer to home’ sailings in 2021 and has launched a British Isles sale. Deals, which went live last week, apply to 15

departures from Southampton by 3,080-passenger Crown Princess between April and October next year. The offers follow the collapse last month of Cruise

& Maritime Voyages, which had been promoting a series of round-UK cruises for 2021. Rates lead in at £649 for an eight-night sailing with

a £50 discount and £799 for 12 nights with a £200 discount. They are available to book until August 10. Deal fares include a 12-night British Isles cruise

calling at Portland, Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Invergordon, Edinburgh and Le Havre in France. It departs May 2, 2021, with prices from £799 based on two people sharing an inside stateroom. An eight-night Ireland & Scotland cruise, calling

at Portland, Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Glasgow and Holyhead, leaving Southampton on April 24, 2021, starts from £649 per person on the same basis,

15Number of Southampton sailings with deals available until August 10

with rates of £149pp for third and fourth guests. A 12-night British Isles with Cobh Overnight cruise,

calling at Guernsey, Cork (Cobh) overnight, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Invergordon, Edinburgh and Le Havre, costs from £999 based on two people sharing an

inside stateroom. It departs June 19, 2021. Crown Princess features Princess’s OceanMedallion

wearable technology, which provides guests with quicker check-in, touchless cabin entry, the ability to order drinks, food and retail items remotely while on board, and a family and friends locator. The ship also offers MedallionNet high-speed Wi-Fi. Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice-president for the UK and Europe, said: “We are thrilled to offer our guests some great-value deals for those seeking a fantastic holiday option a little closer to home.”

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38