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Marella Cruises Asia and Far East Cruise Deals

Have you ever fancied spending your Christmas break, feeling the sand between your toes on a beach in Thailand? Or sipping a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at the famous Raffles Hotel? These are a few destinations you can visit on one of the Far East and Asia Cruises onboard Marella Discovery. Enter discount code ASIA100 at checkout. Offer ends Monday 15th April at Midnight GMT. Read on for more information on the ship and destinations. Otherwise you can go straight to the website and start browsing here.

The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, Singapore – 2010

The Ship

The ship offers plenty to do onboard, with a selection of great restaurants and bars; a casino; a giant poolside movie screen; fitness, sport and spa facilities and more. The three deck high atrium is the centrepiece of this magnificent ship, with glass elevators and floor to ceiling windows.

Image Credit: Marella Cruises – Grand Atrium, Marella Discovery

Dining and Bars

Guests can choose from seven dining options.  The main restaurant is spread over two storeys with two speciality restaurants located on the top floor.

Image: Marella Cruises – Main Dining Room, Marella Discovery

Surf & Turf Steakhouse is a meat lover’s paradise. It’s also the place to enjoy lobster tails and other meaty dishes. If you are travelling with vegetarians, there is plenty on the menu for them too.

Image: Marella Cruises – Surf and Turf, Marella Discovery

The Glass House offers deli-style light snacks and freshly-squeezed juices. In the evening, the venue becomes a casual restaurant with a tapas-style menu. You can even try your hand at cooking your own steaks on hot stones.

Image: Marella Cruises – Al Fresco Dining, Marella Discovery

The onboard Sushi Bar serves everyones favourites. Spicy tuna rolls, salmon sashimi and seabass nigiri are on the menu. They also serve Asian beers such as Tiger, Cobra and Singha.

Image: Marella Cruises – Sushi Bar – Marella Discovery

Wellbeing

There are two pools onboard. One outdoor pool with two large hot tubs, and an indoor one.

Image: Marella Cruises – The Pool Deck, Marella Discovery

Image: Marella Cruises – The all-weather pool, Marella Discovery

The Ocean Spa and Beauty Salon offer a wide range of treatments and services.

Image: Marella Cruises – Ocean Spa and Beauty Centre, Marella Discovery

Entertainment

Enjoy high energy entertainment in the 800-plus capacity Broadway Show Lounge. With 11 different shows, you can see something different every night.

Image: Marella Cruises – Broadway Lounge, Marella Discovery

Special Offer

This weekend, Marella Cruises are offering £100 Discount for Asia and Far East Cruises on Marella Discovery departing between 1st November 2019 and 30th April 2020. Simply enter the discount code ASIA100 at checkout, or let your travel agent know at time of booking. You will have to be quick though, this offer expires on Monday. Search the deals here

Destination Highlights

These culturally rich, adult only cruises are the perfect way to tick off your bucket list. Here are some of the amazing places you can visit.

Muscat, Oman

One of the world’s largest mosques, the Grand Mosque can be found in Muscat.  Pay a visit to Barkha Fish Market, where locals haggle for the catch of the day. Take one of the shore excursions to Al Thowarah hot springs and the Nakhl Fort, an enormous castle that sits on a rocky outcrop surrounded by palm trees.

Muscat, Oman.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Ornate temples and delicious Thai cuisine are the order of the day in the city of Bangkok. Head to Chinatown for an abundance of both. A huge reclining statue of Buddha is a must see at the Wat Pho Temple as well as the vibrant colours and fragrances at the flower market.

Image: Marella Cruises – Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok.

Floating Food Stalls in Bangkok

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Anchored off the west coast of Malaysia, in the Andaman Sea, this laidback town has an element of paradise.

Stunning views Langkawi’s most popular attraction is the mountain-top cable car. This is accessed at the entertainment and shopping complex, Oriental Village which has been themed like a local settlement. For those who prefer to keep to stay grounded, there is the Rice Garden Museum which gives an interesting look at the history and tools used for rice farming.

Image: Marella Cruises – Langkawi Cable Car

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

The busy streets of Colombo are a fusion of classic architecture and modern skyscrapers. The city is home to many Colonial buildings such as the Town Hall and the Old Parliament, as well as tranquil temples and gardens.

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Cochin, India

Experience the hustle and bustle of one of the largest ports in India. Visit St Francis Church, the  first European church in India and see wall-sized Hindu murals at the Dutch Palace.

For a more serene experience, take a tour to Alleppey, known as the “Venice of the East”. Take a boat ride along serene waterways lined with palm groves and paddy fields.

Image: Marella Cruises – Alleppey, near Cochin, also known as the “Venice of the East”

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is most famous for it’s picture perfect beaches, and has the most beaches out of all the Islands in Thailand. Relax on Chaweng Beach, the island’s longest belt of sand lined with coconut trees. A real tropical paradise.

The explorer types will have plenty to discover with Koh Samui’s abundance of temples. The Big Buddha Temple has its own island and is connected to Koh Samui via a causeway. For far reaching seaviews, climb the hundreds of steps where the huge, golden Buddha statue sits.

Image: Marella Cruises – Koh Samui

Image: Marella Cruises – The Big Buddha Temple, Koh Samui

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Whether it’s sightseeing, shopping or culture, you will find an abundance of it in Dubai. Visit the iconic Burj Khalifa, which stands at 828 metres tall. From the observation deck of the World’s tallest tower, the sights are breathtaking.  If it’s shopping you like then try haggling for gold at one of the traditional Souk’s, or take a trip to the Dubai Mall.

Image: Marella Cruises – Dubai Palace

Image: Marella Cruises – Dubai Skyline

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Singapore

From the colourful streets, temples and markets of Little India to the famous Raffles Hotel in the Colonial District, Singapore has a lot to offer.

Talk a walk around the Gardens by the Bay nature gardens. The incredible floral displays and supertrees are a must see.

Image: Marella Cruises – Singapore’s famous landmarks

Image: Marella Cruises – Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown, Singapore

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Terms and Conditions

USE CODE ASIA100 TO SAVE £100

£100 off per booking: Offer valid on Marella Discovery sailings from 1st November 2019 – 30th April 2020. No minimum spend applies. Use discount code ASIA100 on the booking page of our website or tell your holiday travel advisor if booking in a TUI holiday store. For bookings made via your local travel agent, save £100 off per booking using discount code ASIA100. Offer is not valid on cabin only bookings. Offer must be selected at time of booking and applies to new bookings only, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn without prior notice. The code is not combinable with any other offer. Please see www.tui.co.uk/cruise or the relevant brochure for full booking terms and conditions that apply. Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services. Our website and/or brochure will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk. Marella Cruises is a trading name of TUI UK Limited, a member of TUI Group. Registered Office: Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, LU2 9TN. Registered in England No: 2830117. ATOL No: 2524. ABTA No: V5126.

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VIP Tours at Renowned Champagne Houses

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald.

This insightful observation from the renowned American writer is behind the latest luxury VIP Champagne Cruise.

With over 40 years’ experience, European Waterways operate the largest luxury hotel barging company in Europe. The all inclusive, boutique luxury experience focuses on local culture, history, fine wine and gourmet cuisine. Guests are transported through intimate inland waterways, whilst experiencing an impeccable level of service.

Raising The Bar

Panache, the luxury 12 passenger hotel barge, already visits well known wineries and Champagne houses such as Maison Pannier. Now they have added exclusive VIP experiences at prestigious Moët & Chandon and Henriot champagne houses.

Champagne House Maison Pannier

“European Waterways’ Panache hotel barge offers some of the most diverse programmes in our fleet, with Tulip cruises through Holland in the spring, Champagne Cruises in May and June, and a beautiful route across Alsace & Lorraine through the summer and into the Autumn,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “These new VIP excursions reflect our continuing focus on providing luxurious, memorable experiences with a real difference.

More Moët

Founded in 1743, the Moët & Chandon brand is one of the best-known and most exclusive in the world.  Located on the famed Avenue de Champagne in the city of Epernay, in France’s Champagne region, the domaine features 200-year-old tunnels carved out of the area’s white chalk stone and spreading for 17 miles under the city.  They provide the perfect temperature and humidity necessary for the slowly maturing process of the famous wines.

Image By Palauenc05 of Orangerie de Moët & Chandon on Avenue de Champagne in Épernay, France

On a Panache Champagne Cruise, European Waterways’ guests enjoy a private tour of Moët & Chandon’s vast underground cellar and its much-admired, bubbly treasure. This is followed by an exclusive tasting of some of their renowned vintages, which takes place in an elegant private salon, hosted by an experienced cellar master.

The Panache Champagne Cruises also includes a visit to the domaine of Champagne Henriot. Guests can tour the vineyard and discover the fine art of grape production and selection. There is also a visit to the nearby village of Pierry for a private tour of the winery’s 18th century Château Les Aulnois. Guests will then enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot Champagnes in the Chateau’s dining room, followed by a gastronomic lunch.

A trip to La Maison Pannier is another integral part of the upgraded itinerary for Panache. Founded in 1899, it is the largest Champagne house in the valley.  Following the tour of its medieval labyrinth-like cellars, guests will be treated to a private tasting.

Double Bubble

“After these exclusive tastings, the Champagne flows freely aboard the hotel barge, too, where we don’t spare the bubbly!” said Banks. “Our guests are also treated to the finest gastronomic experiences onboard, with meals prepared by the chef using regionally-sourced ingredients, such as Champagne’s creamy, crumbly Chaource cheese.”

These six-night Champagne cruise fares have a 20 % discount on the May 26, June 16 and June 30 cruise departures this season, and includes;

  • local, private, chauffeured transfers;
  • comfortable, air-conditioned accommodation;
  • all gourmet meals;
  • fine wines – indigenous to the cruise region;
  • an open bar;
  • daily excursions and admittance fees;
  • use of barge facilities, including bicycles and hot tub.

Restrictions apply. Please visit www.europeanwaterways.com for information;

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Boudicca to Cruise from Dover 2019/2020

Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca starts 2019/20 cruise season from Dover

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines commenced its 2019/20 cruise season from Dover on 13th February 2019, with a sold out romantic four-night ‘Valentine’s in Antwerp with Amsterdam’ getaway, onboard the 880-guest Boudicca.

After this, Boudicca strategically repositions to the Port of Tyne, Newcastle to use as a vantage point for two 8-night ‘Norway Winter’ adventures.  Boudicca will then return to Dover for a 14-night ‘Landscapes of the Canary Islands’ sailing.

Boudicca will be operating a total of 24 different itineraries in its 2019/20 cruise season, from February 2019 through to March 2020.

Special Sailings

Included in the itineraries are two very special sailings.

D-Day 75th Anniversary Voyage – 2nd June 2019

A special 7 night cruise in partnership with The Royal British Legion, exclusively for D-Day veterans and their carers.

168-night Grand Voyage – 3rd October 2019

The longest, most extensive sailing ever undertaken in Fred. Olsen’s history, visiting 61 different ports, towns and cities around the world.

Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“When you cruise from Dover with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, aboard stylish, classic Boudicca, you are in for an unforgettable experience from the moment you set sail! After embarking your smaller, friendlier cruise ship, you can settle in on board, relax and watch the iconic white cliffs drift out of view, as you sail away from England’s beautiful South East coast on a memorable voyage to some of the world’s greatest destinations.

“Whichever itinerary you choose, Fred. Olsen is sure to have the ideal holiday for you, from the convenient and accessible Port of Dover.”

In 2019/20, Fred. Olsen’s Dover itineraries offer guests the opportunity to see sights such as the breathtaking Norwegian or Greenlandic fjords, picturesque waterways through stunning cities, such as Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Hamburg and Stockholm, experience cultural and scenic highlights in the Baltic, and attend the thrilling Monaco Grand Prix.

Sample Itineraries

22-night Amalfi, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera cruise

(adult-only, 18+) 

25th April 2019

Prices start from £2,499 per person.

Capri island with Vesuvius volcano

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Malaga, Spain – Mahon (Menorca), Spain – Sorrento, Italy – Naples, Italy (overnight stay) – Amalfi, Italy – Cruising Amalfi Coast & Capri – Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy – Livorno, Italy – Portofino, Italy – Genoa, Italy (overnight stay) – Cartagena, Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – Vigo, Spain – Dover, UK

For further information: See D1910 – Amalfi, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

13-night  Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

18th June 2019

Prices start from £1,899 per person.

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Cruising Reyðarfjörður – Eskifjörður, Iceland – Cruising Eyjafjörður – Akureyri (overnight stay) – Ísafjörður – Reykjavík (overnight stay) – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, UK – Dover, UK

For further information: See D1914 – Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

9-night  Scenic Fjords of Norway

28th August 2019

Prices start from £1,299 per person.

Seven Sisters waterfalls, near Geiranger village in western Norway.

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Bergen – Cruising by Strandafjellet Mountain – Hellesylt – Cruising past Seven Sisters Waterfall – Cruising Geirangerfjord – Olden – Flåm – Cruising Naeroyfjord – Stavanger – Eidfjord – Dover, UK

For further information: See D1920 – Scenic Fjords of Norway

All prices listed are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Interior Room, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.

Guests booking their holidays with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can also benefit from its ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee. This means that, once a booking is confirmed, Fred. Olsen guarantees that no surcharges or supplements will be added to the cruise price.

Bookings are underpinned by the security of ABTA and ATOL protection, as well as Fred. Olsen’s industry-leading ‘Enjoyment Promise’, giving real peace of mind.

What is more, all cruises, shore tours and purchases made on board Fred. Olsen’s ships are priced in Pounds Sterling – so that guests can explore the world without having to worry about exchange rates.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm), or see an ABTA travel agent.

To find out more about Fred. Olsen’s ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee, visit ‘Book with Confidence’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines