◗ Clients booking Saga’s six-night Easter Getaway next year can get a sneak peek at the company’s new ship, Spirit of Discovery, on a tour of the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. It is Saga’s first- ever new ship and due to launch in summer 2019.

◗ Oceania Cruises is calling in to Cuba on 10 voyages from Miami on Sirena next year, calling at Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Four Caribbean cruises on Regatta in March, May and October 2018 are visiting Havana.

◗ Barbecued meats served on planks and plates of seafood are new paid-for dining options on Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess following a multi-million- dollar refit. The ship also has a new-look buffet with a pancake station.

◗ Steaks and lobster will be off the menu on Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ vegan cruise. The seven-night sailing to the Norwegian fjords departs Tilbury on September 25. The menu will be 100% vegan and guest speakers will talk about nutrition and plant- based diets.

Silver Muse Poolside grill

Line plans to exercise option on three vessels

Silversea boss to realise father’s vision of 12 ships

The boss of Silversea is planning to build three more ultra-luxury ships by 2023 to achieve his father’s vision of a fleet of 12 vessels. Speaking at the launch of Silver

Muse, Silversea’s first new ship since 2009, chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio said he would be exercising options for another three vessels and is planning the ‘Muse- ification’ of Silversea’s existing fleet. The $170 million project will bring the decor on other ships up to the standard of Silver Muse, which Lefebvre said set ‘a new benchmark’ in luxury. In a bid to make Silver Muse

more like a land-based hotel, the ship does not have a main dining

room. Instead it has eight places to eat, all but two of which are free. Options range from a

steakhouse and Japanese teppanyaki restaurant to a pool- side grill and pizzeria. The ship is the focus of a new

training programme built for UK agents that can be accessed at or via the Clia website.

UK managing director Lisa

McAuley said 1,000 agents had registered for the training since it launched in early March. A second module focuses on Silversea; future modules will cover the expedition vessels. Fam trips and ship visits for agents are being planned for 2017.

Azamara Quest in Alaska marks first for cruise line

Azamara Club Cruises is basing a ship in Alaska for the first time in 2019. Azamara Quest will sail eight and 10-day voyages either round- trip from Vancouver or one-way between Vancouver and Seward. One-way voyages include land

stays in Alaska. A few 10-night Alaska Showcase itineraries visit Seattle and stay overnight. Eight cruises take Quest from

Vancouver to Dubai via Australia and Asia between August and December 2019. Clients can

Azamara Quest

combine all eight into a 104-day voyage. Azamara’s 2019 programme also includes cruises that give passengers an in-depth view of one destination. Options include a 15-night Heart of Japan cruise and a 12-night Immersive Italy voyage. A 14-night voyage in May visits the Normandy Landing Beaches on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.


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