Princess Cruises will return to Tahiti in autumn 2020, on the 670-guest Pacific Princess.
The five 10-day Tahiti & French Polynesia departures go on sale on April 17, 2019. Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to discover the region’s unspoilt lagoons and white-sandy beaches.
Pacific Princess will sale roundtrip from Tahiti around the islands of French Polynesia. Every voyage will include overnight calls in Tahiti’s capital Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea. Additional ports of call include Huahine, Rangiroa, and Moorea.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “With its volcanic and coral islands, the French Polynesia is always a popular destination for holidaymakers seeking a once in a lifetime experience.
“With sailings on our smaller ship Pacific Princess, guests can enjoy a more intimate voyage around these remote islands, witnessing first-hand the crystal clear waters in this unspoilt paradise.”
With four Grand Adventure & Crossings itineraries also available, ranging in length from 19-35 days, Pacific Princess additionally offers longer sailings for guests to experience the Aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands or discover the treasures of South America, including Easter Island renowned its Moai, stone statues of human figures carved by the Rapa Nui.
10-night Tahiti & French Polynesia cruise on Pacific Princess departing October 5, 2020. Sailing roundtrip with an overnight in Tahiti (Papeete), ports of call include Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora (overnight) and Moorea. Prices start from £1,649 per person.
19-night Hawaii & Tahiti Grand Adventure on Pacific Princess departing September 16, 2020. Sailing from Vancouver, ports of call include Maui (Lahaina), Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hilo, Honolulu, Kona, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti (Papeete). Prices start from £2,569 per person.
Captain’s Circle loyalty club members are eligible for savings of up to £50 per person.
Price includes accommodation, all main meals and entertainment. Flights not included.For more information or to book visit princesscruises.com, call 0344 338 8663 or contact your local travel agent.
Ponant Reveal New Ship to be named Le Commandant Charcot, a tribute to Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot
Ponant, the global leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line, has revealed the name of its polar exploration vessel, Le Commandant Charcot. A world first, this hybrid electric icebreaker, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), has been named after Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot, as an homage to the man known as “the gentleman of the poles”.
Photo Credit: PONANT – Le Commandant Charcot
A tribute to the famous French polar explorer, Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot
The new vessel will bear the name of a great French explorer: Le Commandant Charcot. An explorer by vocation with a true passion for sailing, Jean-Baptiste Charcot is an emblematic figure of French polar expeditions. By naming its forthcoming polar exploration vessel after him, PONANT is paying tribute to this “gentleman of the poles”, who was respected by everyone. This choice is even more significant since this new ship will be fitted with the latest technology for minimising environmental impact, as well as a scientific laboratory for conducting operational oceanography missions and research.
Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the gentleman of the poles
Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot
1867 Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
1873 At school, he drew boats on all his exercise books.
1892 For his 25th birthday, he received a small boat as a gift from his father.
1902 He crossed the Arctic Circle and travelled to the Arctic for the first time.
1903 From 1903 to 1905 aboard LeFrançais and from 1908 to 1910 aboard LePourquoi-Pas, he reached the Antarctic regions.
1909 He located Graham Land on navigation charts, dropped anchor near Alexandra Land, and discovered the island that would bear his name.
1920 From 1920 to 1936, his scientific cruises led him from the Hebrides to the east coast of Greenland.
Sustainable development is at the core of the design of the polar exploration vessel
Powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Le Commandant Charcot will be fitted with the latest environmental protection technology:
Advanced “Cleanship” equipment exceeding the requirements imposed by current environmental regulations:
Reduction of SO2, NOₓ, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
Zero emissions in hybrid electric mode
Energy optimisation system with precise consumption measurement and optimisation of ship sailing methods
Energy recovery system
Consumption optimisation with latest-generation electric batteries that make it possible to stop the engines for 2 to 3 hours
Advanced waste-water treatment system
Photo Credit: PONANT – Le Commandant Charcot
Pre-bookings can be made from 6 September 2018
Bookings for cruises aboard Le Commandant Charcot will open on 4 April 2019, but pre-bookings may be made from 6 September 2018 to secure a stateroom and the early bird price. A chance to discover the Geographic North Pole (latitude 90 degrees North) or parts of Antarctica, such as the Ross Sea, Charcot Island and Peter Island, that were inaccessible until now… Passengers booking these itineraries will be in for veritable polar odysseys rather than cruises.
Oceania Cruises have announced a new chapter, OceaniaNEXT.
The world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, Oceania Cruises are introducing dramatic enhancements to their fleet. This ambitious brand initiative OceaniaNEXT, will elevate every facet of the Oceania Cruises guest experience to new levels.
Better Than New Ships
The first part of the project known as OceaniaNEXT, will see Oceania Cruises give Regatta-Class $100 Million Re-Inspiration which will result in four ‘better than new’ ships. Each vessel will emerge with 342 brand new designer suites and staterooms and stunning new décor in the restaurants, lounges and bars. The inspiration for the design comes from the line’s 450 ports of call across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages.
Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena will feature richly appointed and stylish new interiors that showcase the best of residential design. Furnishings from Baker and Donghia along with fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet will adorn the public spaces, with new richly-hued custom-milled carpets lining the floors.
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Insignia Grand Hall
Effortless style in an elegant atmosphere will be the defining characteristics of the Reception Hall and Upper Hall. A sparkling new Grand Staircase framed by intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents will welcome guests onboard. Overhead, a crowning grand chandelier adorned with hanging pieces of smoked and hand-painted glass, will set the space aglow.
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Insignia Grand Hall
The Grand Dining Room will feature buttery soft cream leather dining chairs accented with metallic bronze threading to catch the light from the stunning new crystal chandelier, which will be the room’s defining centrepiece.
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Insignia Grand Dining Room
Martinis becomes anew with a palette inspired by the stunning coastline of Santorini featuring hues of deep Grecian blue, sienna and chocolate browns and stately pewter. Silver-white marble and tobacco quartz will accent the bar while the trademark walnut panelling adds lustre and whispers of familiarity.
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Insignia Martini Lounge
All-New Suites and Staterooms
Wanting guests to feel at home while away from home, the luxurious brand-new staterooms and suites will be lighter, brighter and even more spacious. Stripped down to their studs, every ounce of the re-inspired accommodations will be modernised, featuring custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood finishes and designer accessories, creating a harmonious celebration of style and comfort.
“The staterooms and suites are the most dramatic of the transformation,” added Ruiz. “They now feature a very clean design with a sophisticated air. Enhanced by nuanced shades of the sea and sky, the tones are warm and soothing, incorporating silvery greys and greens alongside vivid sapphires and taupes.”
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Insignia Penthouse Suite
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Insignia Penthouse Suite
For convenience, USB ports will be incorporated in each of the staterooms, as well as a state-of-the art television system with movies on demand in multiple-languages, live stations and a programme guide, plus itinerary information and weather updates.
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Sirena Vista Suite #7004
Photo Credit: Oceania Cruises – Sirena Owners Suite Living Room #6008
Lustrous New Bathrooms
Every fixture and surface of the bathrooms will be new, with designer fixtures, perfect lighting, lavish vanities and chic glass shower enclosures. Penthouse, Vista and Owner’s Suites bathrooms become true luxury retreats, offering more space outfitted with Carrara marble, polished granite and sleek onyx.
Re-Inspiration By The Numbers
$100 Million Dollars
1,368 New Suites and Staterooms
1,400 New Marble Bathrooms
8,000 New Light Fixtures
12,000 New Sofas and Chairs
1,000+ Artisans and Craftsmen
The sun made a surprise appearance last week, which was well timed with the Six Star Cruises event at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. The stunning mansion house was the perfect place to talk about luxury cruising.
I was excited to find out more about Azamara Club Cruises, their newest ship Azamara Pursuit and their exclusive golf cruises in partnership with Perry Golf . Beth, from Six Star Cruises had told me that Richard Twynam was going to do a presentation, so I knew we were in for some great insight into the cruise line.
My friend Donna, and I were welcomed with a glass of prosecco and a lovely goodie bag. Beth gave us an insight into Six Star Cruises and told us about the amazing Concierge service they provide to their customers. She said they had one guest who was so comfortable with her agent at Six Star, that when she was on her cruise ship, she called her agent to ask directions to another part of the ship! Now THAT’S service!
“It’s the first time in maritime history that the Carnival Corporation has sold one of their ships to the Royal Caribbean Corporation. It’s never happened so it’s quite historic” – Richard Twynam
The first thing everyone wanted to know, was about their new cruise ship, Azamara Pursuit. The addition of a third ship to their fleet will increase the cruise lines’ capacity by 50%. Azamara Pursuit will introduce a total of 61 more destinations. These will include 41 late nights and 26 overnights in port, allowing guests to truly experience their destinations. Bookings are open for sailings up until 2019.
Richard Twynam told us “[we] tried to do the deal three times to buy this ship. We thought the second time it had gone that we’d never be able to get her, and then out of nowhere it popped up and we were able to close the deal very quickly.”
He continued, “For any cruise aficionados, it’s the first time in maritime history that the Carnival Corporation has sold one of their ships to the Royal Caribbean Corporation. It’s never happened so it’s quite historic. She has had a very well known life. Before she was Azamara Pursuit some may have sailed on her as Swan Hellenic Miverva II, she was also Adonia and then she became Fathom, then she went back to the Adonia and then she’s becoming Azamara Pursuit. We get hold of her in Freeport in the Bahamas in the middle of March and we will take her out of the water and the first thing we are going to do, I cant wait, is spray her hull Azamara Blue so she will look pretty, and we will then sail her across with Captain Carl Smith to Belfast.”
Maiden Voyage and Christening
Azamara Pursuit’s maiden voyage will depart from Southampton on the 1st August sailing a 13 day Norwegian intensive voyage. She will then sail to Iceland for 15 days then returning on the 28th August. Her Christening will take place in Southampton after which she sails off to Bordeaux for a wine cruise on the 30th August.
Club Continent Suite – this is the entry level suite. Since the reimagination of the fleet, they have added a large vanity area with a lit mirror and hairdryer. Forty percent of the club continent suites have bathtubs, the others have good sized rain shower.
Club Continent Suite #8066 Azamara Journey
Club World Owners and Club Ocean Suites have a huge wraparound living space and balcony. There are many added benefits included in these suites including butler service, welcome champagne and fruit basket, a bottle of the premium spirit of your choice in your suite and $200 on board credit.
Club World Owner’s Suite #8091 Azamara Journey
A new suite has been introduced to the fleet. There are only two Spa Suites on each ship. Each one has an open plan bathroom and living space, and include a hot tub with a panoramic view of the ocean. As well as the other suite benefits, guests can enjoy spa credit and their very own ‘Night Under The Stars’
Perry Golf Partnership and The Masters
For Golfers who have dreamed of playing private clubs that are closed to the public, Azamara Club Cruises have made it a reality. They are the only cruise line offering a Cruise and Masters option for 2019, and Six Star Cruises are the first partner to do this with Azamara.
The Partnership with Perry Golf means you turn up at the port on the first day of your cruise, Perry Golf will take your golf bag from you where they tranport it by land, while you go by ocean. The next time you see it will be when it’s sitting on the back of a golf buggy on the first tee. They arrange all after game drinks, groupings, handicaps (doesn’t matter if you dont have a handicap), or if you want to play on your own or as a couple, Perry Golf take care of everything.
Most of the golf cruises are made up of 50% non golfers. For these guests, Azamara can arrange spa days for or other experiences.
For more information call Six Star Cruises on 0800 107 1279.
Latest Reveal for Celebrity Edge
Event planners looking for fun corporate event ideas or an unforgettable conference experience, should look no further than The Meeting Place onboard Celebrity Edge.
The latest reveal for the long awaited new class of ship from Celebrity Cruises, is a 1,970 square foot, state of the art meeting venue. The Meeting Place will be located centrally on the ship to allow guests to experience breathtaking views like no other venue at sea or on land.
“Of course, the most advanced ship we’ve ever designed would include the most exciting venues for get-togethers, including The Meeting Place,” said Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service, Celebrity Cruises. “Imagine the spectacular conferences, trade shows, weddings, and reunions you can plan with the gorgeous Celebrity Edge as your setting and an ocean as your brilliant backdrop.”
If you want to make sure your event is a memorable one that stands out from the crowd, then Celebrity Edge is the place to be. If you are not familiar with what to expect onboard this ship watch the video below.
“When designing The Meeting Place we asked ourselves what would be more appealing; being subjected to lectures in a conference room, or socializing with colleagues in a hip lounge?’ The latter seemed obvious. Thus the flexibility and functionality of a ‘state of the art’ meeting space was designed for pleasure first,” said Scott Butler, AIA, Founding Partner, Wilson Butler Architects. “The word that defines The Meeting Place is ‘connected’. It facilitates guests getting connected to one another; to the latest technology and to the greatest new ideas. It also happens to connect to other venues on the ship that vastly expand the opportunities for groups.”
The Meeting Room Facilities
It is no surprise that Celebrity Edge uses innovative technology. From wireless microphones to a mini sound board, an electronic whiteboard and a 98-inch LED screen at one end of the room and a 75-inch LED screen at the other.
The room can be set in a variety of layouts. A separate office space is provided for the event planners and the venue has its own pantry and dynamic bar to suit all catering needs.
The venue can transforms into a comfortable lounge area for networking, relaxing and mingling.
Booking enquiries for The Meeting Room onboard Celebrity Edge can be made through your Travel Agent or directly with Celebrity Cruises.
Introducing Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Cruises have kept us waiting for 10 years to find out how they could create something more impressive than a real grass lawn on a cruise ship. So what makes Celebrity Edge a revolution in cruise ship design?
Well over the coming weeks and months, Celebrity Cruises will reveal more of what’s to be expected. But for now they have done a pretty good job of making the cruise industry sit up and pay attention.
So let’s start with the Magic Carpet. This multi purpose cantilevered platform the size of two tennis courts, extends out from the starboard side of the ship.
On port days the Magic Carpet provides an enhanced tender experience for guests. This is something Royal Caribbean President and CEO, Richard Fain has been looking to improve for a long time, rather than the traditional metal gangway. However, once the idea started to become a reality, he didn’t stop at that?
The Magic Carpet provides luxurious seating, a dining area and a cool and trendy bar. During the day, the platform is positioned on deck 5 for Al Fresco dining. Later in the day guests can board the Magic Carpet off the renamed resort deck and enjoy a sunset cocktail with live music. In the evening Deck 16 is the place to be, where guests can experience evening culinary events and enjoy Dinner on the Edge.
Croydon born architect Tom Wright who’s work includes the Most Luxurious Hotel In The World – Burj Al Arab, can be credited for the design of the Magic Carpet, as well as the Rooftop Gardens, which replace the Solstice Class Lawn Club. This groovy looking space was created for guests as an area to get away from it all. The tree sculptures incorporate a small platform for musicians and dancers to provide a unique entertainment venue. With it’s own movie screen, the Rooftop Gardens is the perfect place for Celebrity’s new dining concept Taste of Film.
No one designs cruise ships like Celebrity Cruises. The mix of sleek, contemporary luxury is what gives Celebrity it’s Modern Luxury uniqueness. To guarantee their new ship class took the experience to another level, one of my favourite female entrepreneurs, British Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, created the most luxurious areas of the ship for guests occupying a suite.
The Iconic Suites and Edge Villas have been designed to give the feel of your very own luxury home. The two 2,600 sq.ft Iconic Suites with two bedrooms and two bathrooms are located above the ship’s bridge. The panoramic windows offer breathtaking 270 degree views that will take your breath away.
The other addition to the suite class are these gorgeous six, two-storey Edge Villas. As well as stunning views, each one has it’s own private plunge pool.
Innovative and Spacious Staterooms
A new class of stateroom has been created with the introduction of the Infinite Veranda. The rooms offer 23% more footage and the bathrooms are 10% larger. The room can transform at the touch of a button. Watch the video below to see it in action.
Celebrity Edge’s inaugural sailing will be from her homeport of Fort Lauderdale on December 16, 2018. The itineraries will alternate 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.
These one of a kind suites are being snapped up quickly, with the two Iconic Suites already booked up for the Christmas 2018 cruise.
We know you can’t put a price on experience, but if you were looking to book an Iconic Suite today, you would have to wait until 3 February 2019 for the first available room. Yes they are all booked up until then. But based on 3 February 2019 sailing for a 7 Night Western Caribbean cruise here are today’s prices based on two people sharing.
Iconic Suite £16,979pp* including gratuities, wifi and drinks.
Edge Villa £8,079pp* including gratuities, wifi and drinks.
Infinite Veranda £1413pp* including drinks.
Interior Stateroom £1013pp*.
*prices subject to availability and change at any time. Prices correct at 0700 GMT on 16 March 2017
If you love the idea of an adventure or expedition cruise, but want an intimate and luxuriously elegant onboard experience, then you are going to love this.
A luxury cruise onboard these French-style Ponant ships, combines chic with casual to provide a je ne sais quoi more familiar to that of a private yacht. With one staff member for every two guests, you will find yourself being welcomed onboard by name. The personalised service continues throughout your cruise, as the staff will remember your food and drink preferences from day one.
(Image credit: PONANT)
The intimate ships are small with the largest having just 132 staterooms. Interior decor for four of the ships is contemporary with a nautical feel.
In the evenings there is entertainment which includes parties outside on the top deck. Music is provided by a DJ who plays Mediterranean club style music.
On selected sailings during the summer, children of the ages 4 and over are catered for with a small kids club, and children onboard tend to be well mannered and well behaved.
Destinations and Themed Cruises
Thanks to a reinforced hull, Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial have been awarded Ice 1C certification. This gives the ships access to polar regions that are not readily available to most cruise ships.
Due to their size, not only are these ships able to reach every corner of the globe, but they can get much closer to the most stunning scenery.
(Image credit: PONANT)
Destinations for 2017 include The Arctic, Northern Europe and The Baltic, Asia, Oceania, Mediterranean, Canada and North America. 38 destinations include visits to Unesco World Heritage Sites.
The four sister ships Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial are joined by the cruise lines flagship Le Ponant. With only 32 staterooms, this sailing ship is a truly exquisite experience.
Le Laperouse is the first of four new expedition ships for Ponant. Designed to be able to explore deeper than other vessels, the ships also feature an underwater lounge for a unique multi-sensorial experience.
(Image credit: PONANT)
In 2018 the fleet will be expanded with two of its four new explorer ships, Le Laperouse and Le Champlain with two to follow in 2019. These incredible ships will be smaller then their four predecessors and combine the sleek, contemporary design of the current fleet, with new environmentally-friendly equipment. New features also include a modular marina platform and infinity pool.
Onboard accommodation comprises 2 berth Deluxe and Prestige staterooms, 3 berth Superior staterooms, 2 berth Deluxe suites and 4 berth Prestige suites. The top suite is the Owners Suite which has the capacity for two guests.
PRESTIGE SUITE (Image credit: PONANT)
All rooms are equipped with:
PRESTIGE STATEROOM (Image credit: PONANT)
Individual Air Conditioning
King Size or Twin Beds
Shower (and Bath in Owners Suite)
French bath products
Mini Bar and 24 hr room service
Satellite TV and video on demand
Desk with stationary, Internet access wifi
Safe, Hairdryer and Bathrobes
Satellite direct line telephone
OWNERS SUITE (Image credit: PONANT)
An onboard theatre provides a venue for talks and lectures as well as shows, musical performances and film screenings. The fitness room with state of the art gym equipment, will ensure your workout regime doesn’t get disrupted whilst you are busy travelling the world.
(Image credit: PONANT)
Of course no luxury cruise ship would be complete without a spa to pamper and indulge. The well-being centres onboard Ponant ships provide an extensive range of treatments using only the best French Sothys products.
TREATMENTS IN THE WELL-BEING CENTRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOTHYS Paris . (Image credit: PONANT)
Luxury lounge areas decorated in soft nautical tones and sumptuous seating, allows you to relax during your cruise and take in the incredible views.
(Image credit: PONANT)
The ships offer two restaurants onboard. The Grill Restaurant on deck 6 has an open air dining area. The relaxed buffet restaurant serves a variety of delicious cuisine for guests looking for a faster meal service.
GRILL RESTAURANT (Image credit: PONANT)
On deck 2 is the gastronomic restaurant. Here you will experience the sophisticated elegance of traditional French service and cuisine, combining the best of the local flavours and fine wines.
GASTRONOMIC RESTAURANT (Image credit: PONANT)
An extensive complimentary room service menu is available 24 hours a day.
Ponant are members of Charge Bleue d’Amateurs de France and IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). They actively support Le Cercle Polaire and donate 10 Euros to Fablab every time a guest opts to receive electronic documents rather than paper copies.
The four sister ships use electric propulsion systems which are quiet and economical. The engines use less polluting Marine Diesel Oil which has earned them “Clean Ship” status.
(Image credit: PONANT)
In summary, Ponant’s French refinement combined with expedition and adventure cruising, makes this a firm favourite on my bucket list.
I was thrilled when my VIP invitation to the Luxury Travel Fair popped through the letterbox. This gave me the perfect excuse to take Joshua on his first train journey. The event was held at Kensington Olympia which has a dedicated station. It was easy from Weybridge with one change at Clapham Junction we were there in no time.
Joshua was fascinated by the train ride, asking questions throughout the journey.
The Luxury Travel Fair
The Luxury Travel Fair was in full swing when we arrived around 11.30. I was raring to go and meet suppliers of luxury tours and travel. Joshua was in his pushchair and during the short walk from the station to the venue, he had fallen asleep.
Celebrity Cruises branding for the Luxury Travel Fair, but no sign of the cruise line at the show.
Saint Lucia Tourist Board had a great stand and were running a competition to win a holiday. As if that wasn’t good enough, once you had entered the competition you were given a free cocktail token. It seemed rude not to indulge, and after all it is all part of my research as a luxury travel agent. I took one sip and decided I should take my time with it. It was strong!
Wandering off, rum cocktail in hand, I spotted Head of UK Sales for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Paul Beale. The stand was very busy, but Paul kindly made time to say hello to me and we had a brief chat.
Then I saw the lovely Louise Craddock, Regional Sales Manager for Oceania Cruises on their stand. She was busy chatting away to visitors who were eagerly clutching a brochures, so I didn’t stop.
The Champagne Bar, I couldn’t resist a cheeky glass of bubbles. Just as the bartender popped the cork, Joshua decided to wake up.
Prepared with the distractions of a fruit shoot and a packet of mini cheddars, I knew I had little time to enjoy my Louis Roederer.
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