The Cruise Show 2015 - Our Luxury Partners Revealed
Wednesday 16 September 2015
With just under three weeks to go until our luxury cruise show at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle on Sunday 4 October we’re giving you the low down on our fifteen luxury cruise partners who’ll be attending on the day. Ranging from bijoux river boats to grand ocean going liners– and pretty much everything in between – our partners will be on hand throughout the day to talk about what’s new and unique in the world of luxury cruising. Our own cruise experts will also be happy to advise you on which cruise might suit you best.
As well as meeting them you’ll have the chance to listen to some of them bring to life their individual cruise experiences in our ‘theatre of cruise’ as well as take part in a trend panel debate hosted by our guest speak the Telegraph Travel’s cruise correspondent Jane Archer.
So here goes….
Silversea renowned for classic voyages and adventurous expedition cruises with a fleet of intimately luxurious all-inclusive ships offering unparalleled service and comfort – think spacious suites with butler service, world class cuisine coupled with Relais & Châteaux dining options. Their fleet of eight small ships carrying from 300 to 600 customers can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city and tie up right at the pier. For those who yearn to explore the new and unknown Silversea’s three purpose-built expedition ships can transport you to the furthermost boundaries of the planet. Some itineraries now include free Wi-Fi and on-shore excursions and their ninth ship Silver Muse will be ready set sail in spring 2017.
Seabourn luxurious, yet relaxed -- elegant, yet casual -- sumptuous, yet understated. Their boutique ships carry less than 450 passengers each and visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Step aboard any one of their ships - Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest, or brand new Seabourn Encore who will enter service in December 2016 - and you'll enjoy a sophisticated and luxurious journey like no other. With Seabourn Ovation also set to launch in 2018 they will soon have the youngest and most ultra-modern fleet in the industry.
PONANT the only French cruise company with a fleet of five vessels. Namesake Le Ponant is a three-mast sailing yacht with just 32 staterooms with sister ships Le Boréal, L’Austral and Le Soléal all 132 state roomed mega-yachts. Newest ship Le Lyrial has 122 staterooms and sailed her inaugural season this year. The PONANT experience delivers chic cruising without the crowds. Contemporary interiors and a casual elegance combined with exquisite French dining including complimentary wine at lunch and dinner. Discovery is a passion at PONANT from the inlets of the Mediterranean and enchanting islands of the South Pacific to the magnificent ‘white continent’ of Antarctica.
Belmond (formerly Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises) create exceptional experiences worldwide. Their hotel and train portfolio is legendary but their cruise experiences also offer exquisite river journeys. In the Far East they specialise in Burma and operate 2 ships ‘Road To Mandalay’ and ‘Orcaella’ from which you will be able to experience the enchanting sights, scents and sounds of Myanmar from the perfect vantage point of the mighty Ayeyarwady River. ‘Afloat in France’ are their five luxury barges that sail the inland waterways of France through Burgundy, Canal du Midi, Provence and the Rhone Valley. Pass fields of blazing sunflowers, hilltop châteaux and verdant vineyards as you journey on your luxury barge, sleeping from just 6 to 12 people. Jump on and off as you meander through French countryside and berth every night in a new location.
Regent Seven Seasthe most inclusive ultra-luxury ocean cruise experience yet. Unlimited shore excursions, speciality restaurant dining, unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits and free Wi-Fi throughout are all included. Even your mini bar will be replenished every day. With an enviable staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5, their 3 mid-sized ships hold between 490 and 700 guests. 97% of the suites have private balconies and the ships four gourmet restaurants are all not to be missed. Their newest ship and most luxurious to date Seven Seas Explorer will join the fleet in 2016 and boast a Penthouse with the largest veranda at sea, along with an amazing Culinary Arts Kitchen with floor to ceiling windows which will debut with over a dozen unique classes.
Crystal Cruises a leader in luxury cruising for 25 years it is the most awarded luxury cruise line in the world. Over the next three years they will introduce a series of new ships as well as launching their own Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Crystal Esprit will embark on its maiden voyage as the first addition to the Crystal Cruises fleet later this year. An extravagantly appointed all-suite yacht, she will feature high-end finishes and modern technology, and is outfitted with some unusual features, like a two-passenger submarine, zodiacs for special excursions and a 32-foot super yacht tender for special boating adventures. Spring 2017 sees more growth with Crystal launching two European river boats featuring expertly curated itineraries, six-star service, world-class dining and enriching shore-side adventures.
Hebridean Princess- the only cruise ship to be granted a Royal Warranty by Her Majesty the Queen, offers genuinely all-inclusive cruises to the highlands and islands of Scotland as well as further afield around Southern England and Ireland. The 50 guests are assured of the highest levels of service from a hand-picked crew of 38, for whom supreme attention to detail is the norm.
Swan Hellenic perfecting the art of small ship discovery cruising for over 60 years allowing passengers to travel in comfort and style aboard their informal country house style ship Minerva. With just 350 like-minded fellow guests they take you to the must see sites of each destination. The Baltic, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean are key destinations as well as journeys around Latin America and the Caribbean. The guest speakers on each cruise are carefully selected to deliver engaging and informative talks on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to each itinerary and they have long-established affiliations and partnerships with organisations such as the National Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
Voyages of Discovery creating journeys that you’ll never forget to incredible destinations all over the world, from exotic and tropical shores to ancient and historic ports. Wherever you go, their small ship Voyager takes you to the heart of your destination and often stays in port longer so you have more time to explore. On board there’s a really relaxed atmosphere, with just 540 passengers, alongside their friendly crew for whom nothing’s too much trouble.
Holland America Linea recognized leader in cruising for over 140 years. The fleet of 15 elegant, mid-size ships offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents. Along with enticing destinations, they offer one-of-a-kind programs such as the Culinary Arts Centre cooking demonstrations and Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. New "Pinnacle class" MS Koningsdam will join the fleet in April 2016, followed by a sister ship in 2018, and both will enhance and continue the evolution of Holland America Line's premium cruise style for today's discerning traveller.
Hurtigruten an integral part of Norwegian life since 1893. Still used as a means of transport for locals, Hurtigruten also welcomes travellers who are after a different kind of cruise. Sailing daily from Bergen up through the Arctic Circle to Kirkenes and back, their fleet of modestly-sized ships are capable of getting much closer to the coastline and communities living at the 34 ports they visit. New direct charters in search of the Northern Lights from Newcastle and other regional airports have made travelling with Hurtigruten even easier. Hurtigruten also offer Polar itineraries with the purpose built MS Fram expedition vessel that sails to Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Antarctica. She will be joined in Antarctic for Winter 2016 by MS Midnatsol offering a more relaxed expedition cruise and an ‘edutainment’ programme great for families. The MS Spitzbergen will join the fleet from 1 May 2016 offering Norwegian exploration at its finest.
Azamara Club Cruises® - two ships Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey both of which are scheduled to be completely refurbished in 2016 with revamped cabins, expanded spas and new outdoor Asian eateries. Azamara itineraries feature more overnight port stays and night touring options than other cruise lines. AzAmazing Evenings are also something to watch out for. These bespoke complimentary events range from an evening of music by the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra to an equestrian ballet in Andalusia, offering an opportunity to experience local culture in a unique way.
AmaWaterways boasts the 'best fleet on Europe's rivers', as rated by the Berlitz Guide to European River Cruising and is known for its custom designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalised service. Consistently leading the way in river cruising with exceptional staff, award winning cuisine, enriching theme cruises and special onboard amenities. With cruises travelling through Europe, Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma), an AmaWaterways river cruise is not just a holiday, it's a collection of unforgettable experiences. Two new ships AmaViola and AmaStella will make their debut as part of the European fleet for the 2016 season. Both will feature state rooms with twin balconies as well as connecting cabins, offering convenience for groups and family.
eWaterways small ship specialists offering hundreds of itineraries worldwide, from both leading cruise companies and smaller niche cruise businesses, there are over 1200 vessels to choose from. Pick from authentic rice junkets in Thailand, luxury hotel barges in France, traditional coastal gulet cruises in Turkey, Greece and Croatia, or luxury yacht charters in every corner of the globe. Showcasing Katarina Lines in Croatia, Amadeus River Cruises and many more unique cruise experiences.
Cruiseco one of the world’s premier providers of cruise holidays, work with many of the leading cruise lines such as Celebrity, Silversea, Royal Caribbean and Azamara, to offer exclusive itineraries and themed cruises. Its own Authentic Asia itineraries, featuring luxury river cruises in Burma, Vietnam & Cambodia and India on its fleet of 3 new luxury river boats, offer some of the best all-inclusive Asian river cruise experiences out there. The newly launched 3 night Rock The Boat 'Rock n' Roll' themed cruise on board Celebrity Eclipse features a star studded line up of 60's rock legends, hosted by Tony Blackburn.
Join us at The Cruise Show 2015 to find out more from all of our luxury cruise partners.
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