Buy one get one half price on selected Royal sailings

Royal Caribbean is offering ‘buy one sailing, get one half price’ on selected 2018 itineraries of six nights or more. Eligible staterooms on Independence of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas must be booked before March 5. The offer includes 50% off third and fourth guests.

Oceania Cruises expands lunch menu in The Bistro

Oceania Cruises has expanded its bistro lunch service, adding more than 600 new dishes fleetwide. The Bistro offers five appetizers, four soups and salads and 11 entrées every day. It is available on Insignia and Riviera and will be extended to Regatta, Nautica, Marina and Sirena by the end of March.

Victory Cruise Lines cuts $1,000 off Mayan cruise

Victory Cruise Lines is offering a $1,000 per person discount on its Grand Mayan Experience sailings in 2019 for bookings made by May 31. Sailings start from $5,199 and will run from January to early May and restart in November until May 2020.

Royal seeks to install more Ultimate Family Suites

Harry Kemble

Royal Caribbean International has indicated it could roll out its £30,000-a-week Ultimate Family Suites on all Oasis-class ships and also install selected elements in other family cabins.

The Ultimate Family Suite on

newest ship Symphony of the Seas sleeps eight people and features a hot tub, slide, Lego wall, gaming table and 3D cinema. At 980sq ft, it is twice the size

of the ship’s two-floor Crown Loft Suite. The line said the Ultimate Family Suite was almost sold out for Symphony’s 2018 sailings. The suite will be installed on the three other existing Oasis-class

ships – Oasis, Allure and Harmony of the Seas – and on a future ship in the class, due in 2021. At least one of these ships will

see the installation of two or more Ultimate Family Suites, according to Ben Bouldin, Royal’s associate vice-president and managing director for UK and Ireland. But he added: “I don’t think we are going to have 20 because they are


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Fred Olsen’s ‘choose your cruise’ lets passengers pick ports

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has introduced a 14-day sailing that allows passengers to vote for the ports of call. Passengers will get to choose

between two ports of call each day on the You Choose Your Cruise sailing. The May 29 sailing visits

28 22 February 2018

ST PETERSBURG: Braemar will make an overnight stop in Russia

the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Estonia. The lead-in price for

Braemar’s You Choose Your Cruise Baltic sailing is £1,799. An overnight stay in St

Petersburg and a sailing of the Kiel Canal in Germany are both included and not voted for. Fred Olsen is offering £200 per person onboard credit, plus unlimited selected free drinks or free tours up to the value of £200. Book by March 2.

ULTIMATE FAMILY SUITE: Features include a slide, hot tub and 3D cinema

“We will learn what parts of that space people love and how we refine suite class”

such an expensive space. There is a section of the population that can afford them and holiday at that level. I can see us having them on all our Oasis-class ships as we go through and modernise them.” Asked if Royal would install parts of the suite in more-affordable cabins across its fleet, Bouldin

said: “Absolutely. That is how I thought we would progress.” He said Independence of the Seas

and Mariner of the Seas would have suites redesigned for families as part of their modernisation work. “We will learn over time what parts people really love,” he said. “For Royal Caribbean, suite class

has always been about providing genuinely high-quality, high-end space to couples, but they have not

been tailored to families.” Symphony of the Seas will set sail

for the first time on March 31.

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