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Ipswich in store at COES Nicola Atkinson

Ipswich in store at COES Annie Clougherty

Ipswich in store at COES Susanne Sutton

Ipswich in store at COES Sophie Davies

Felixstowe Kerrie Lake

Felixstowe Linda Fowler

Ipswich TravelQuest Mary Poole

Woodbridge TravelQuest Clare Aitchison

Felixstowe Gemma Hopkins

Felixstowe Madeleine Mayes

Felixstowe Leah Johnson

Bury St. Edmunds Mark Scrivener

Bury St. Edmunds Lindsay Cutting

Bury St. Edmunds Melanie Wells

Ipswich TravelQuest Katie Rickarby

Woodbridge TravelQuest Louise Butters

Bury St. Edmunds Stacie Harvey

Bury St. EdmundsJamie Mullard

Colchester Lisa Robinson

Colchester Claire Bradford

Colchester Laura Allan

Ipswich TravelQuest Bethany Oxford

Woodbridge TravelQuest Belinda Jessup

Colchester Melissa Bidwell

Norwich in store at JARROLD Emma Livermore

Norwich in store at JARROLD Vicky Bell

Norwich in store at JARROLD Melissa Hammond

Norwich in store at JARROLD Celia Ramos

Norwich Thorpe Travel Lorna Neale

Ipswich TravelQuest Andrea Goodyear

Woodbridge TravelQuest Hannah Jones

Norwich Thorpe Travel Donna Hardwick

Norwich Thorpe Travel Cerys Forder

Norwich Thorpe Travel Kerry Sabberton

Managing Director Steve Williams

Group Retail Manager Paul Hardwick

Retail Marketing Manager Sharon Ingle

Business Development Exec Karen Jones

Woodbridge TravelQuest Jemma White

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A warm welcome to 2019 and our new year edition of Cruising Magazine. January sees the start of another exciting year in the industry. New ships accompany new itineraries and whether they are setting sail on maiden voyages in 2019 or simply available to book this year, there are more opportunities than ever to find that dream holiday. We bring you all the insider details on newly launched ships, including time onboard Celebrity Cruises’ state-of-the-art ship, Celebrity Edge.

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We showcase the rising trend of private islands owned by a number of cruise operators in the Caribbean and what each one has to offer. We catch up with P&O insider Chris Mayhew to give us an exclusive insight into soon-to-debut P&O ship, Iona. On location in the Norwegian Fjords, Chris gives us his take on the fabulous shore excursions that will be available on the newest member of the P&O fleet upon her maiden season in 2020.

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Plus, we bring you something unrelated to cruise, but equally as special. We announce our partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. Presenting you with boundless opportunities to be surrounded by natural wonders and exotic wildlife, the world over. All of this and more, in addition to some inspiring cruise holiday ideas and inspiration for you from our cruise operator partners. As many of you know and appreciate, yet it is always worth a mention, we are both ABTA and ATOL protected, giving you financial peace of mind. As specialists in our field, we have travelled far and wide and you can benefit from the knowledge we have and the advice we give. For now, find a moment in your day, put the kettle on, sit back and relax. We hope you enjoy your latest edition of Cruising and we look forward to speaking with you.

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Seeing as it's the start of a new year, Cruising magazine has caught up with cruise industry leaders to see what we have got to look forward to in 2019. Plus we have an insight into what they love about the cruise industry.

Fay Mccormack (FM)

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Nathaniel Sherborne (NS) Director of Trade Sales P&O Cruises

Steve Williams (SW) Director of Sales MSC Cruises

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Movers and shakers

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If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for within this magazine, or if you would like a tailor-made holiday or cruise created just for you, please get in touch with your local branch of Fred. Olsen Travel or TravelQuest.

What can we expect To see from you in 2019? FM: Borneo features as a new destination for the very first time, as does a new Greek Island itinerary on board Star Flyer. There are also additional Panama Canal sailings, with new ports of call in Colombia. 2019 will also see the debut of our brand new addition to the fleet, SPV Flying Clipper, expected to make an appearance from summer onwards. Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat. NS: Lots more amazing updates on Iona, including her dining venues as well as more news on our next XL class ship! Also look out for exciting news on some new brand partnerships!

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SW: 2019 is going to be a momentous year for MSC. For the first time ever, we will be launching our newest ship MSC Bellissima in the port of Southampton. She is the largest ship ever to be named in the UK and the port, the maiden voyage will be from

Southampton to the Mediterranean on March 4th post the celebrations. In addition we will be celebrating the launch of Ocean Cay, our own private island eco resort in the Bahamas in the Caribbean. In addition, we launch MSC Grandiosa in November, which will be the largest ship that MSC has ever launched. There will be exciting new features, including two brand new exclusive Cirque de Soleil at Sea shows created exclusively for MSC. We will have a record 11 ships in the Med for 2019. We will be increasing capacity in the Caribbean sailing from Barbados, Miami and Havana in Cuba. Plus Belllissima will be heading to homeport in Dubai for winter 19/20, the newest and largest ship ever to homeport in the Arab Gulf.

What would be your favourite place to visit by cruise ship and why? FM: Our Mediterranean itineraries are still by far my most favourite. I absolutely love visiting the smaller ports Star Clippers calls into, often untouched by the larger cruise ships. Corsica is a great example of this. I also love the Dalmatian coast for its history and dramatic coastline, and exceptionally calm waters. (Well most of the time) NS: Has to be the Fjords, which Iona will be showcasing in 2020. The scenery is just breathtaking! SW: I absolutely love cruising in the Med. I love the history of the area and love visiting ports such as Venice, Kotor, Dubrovnik. Kotor is a special favourite, it has a beautiful Medieval old town nestled at the end of these beautiful Mountains oozing in charm and history. There are some super local eateries and lovely local shopping and if you're feeling energetic you can hike up the old city walls which scale the mountain.

What is the biggest misconception people have with cruising? FM: Probably that ‘one size is expected to fit all’.. which couldn’t be further from the truth. There are so many choices when it comes to cruising these days, from small

boutique style vessels taking less than 50 passengers, right up to the super ships taking close to 7,000, each cruise line offering their own unique guest experience and inclusions. NS: That it's formal and structured. At P&O Cruises, you have the freedom to enjoy your holiday however you want, as we have something for everyone SW: There are so many misconceptions still surrounding cruise - it's too expensive, it's for old people, I will get seasick. All of which are now, fortunately, incorrect (perhaps excluding the seasickness if you're really unlucky). Cruising offers one of the very best-value holidays around when you compare what is included in your price. Unlimited dining, world class entertainment, amazing kids clubs - if you compare that to a beach holiday in a similar standard hotel, a cruise will almost always come out better value. As for it being for old people, MSC caters for all ages from the very young right through the ages.

FM: What do you love most about Fred. Olsen Travel? FM: I love the genuine passion and knowledge Fred. Olsen Travel has for all things cruising. The shared vision of putting the customer at the very heart of everything they do means they offer a totally unbiased customer centric service to all their clients. This is crucial when it comes to cruising, picking a travel agent who really has the customers interests at heart is as important as picking the right cruise line. NS: Fred. Olsen Travel brings first hand, expert experience of the cruise industry. SW: Fred. Olsen Travel offers their customers a really personal service. Their agents know the products they sell and in most cases, have personally experienced many of the brands and ships that they are selling. This personal service means they can truly recommend the right brand or the right ship for you. They are located nationally, so there should always be a local advisor close to your home. Will you be looking forward to a cruise with any of these cruise lines in 2019?

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Cruise news Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces Two Guest Experience Enhancements Sunset Dinner At The Pool Grill Luxury cruises traditionally serve guests gourmet cuisine and fine wines in award-winning dining rooms on board. However, Regent Seven Seas Cruises are also creating an alternative casual dinner experience that is more relaxed after a day of immersive shore excursions. The cruise line is now serving dinner at its pool grills on all four ships every evening. Despite the casual ambience, there is nothing simple about Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Pool Grill fare, which features delectable grilled-to-order steaks, chops and burgers, fresh seafood, sandwiches, and salads, with table-service. “Every guest has a slightly different definition of luxury,” says Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague. “For some, the ability to relax and enjoy the finest cuisine in a casual setting, while watching the sunset from the pool deck of our ships and seeing the ocean waves go by, is luxurious. Our goal is to deliver a personalised experience to all our guests and serving dinner at the pool grill is one more step in delivering this customised guest experience.”

Shipboard Credit Can Now Be Used Prior To Departure Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests now have early access to use any new or existing Shipboard Credit. Beginning with voyages departing on or after 1 May 2019, guests may apply their available Shipboard Credits prior to boarding toward a variety of experiences like Regent Choice Shore Excursions, and Executive Collection Private Car Tours available fleet-wide or Culinary Arts Kitchen Classes aboard Seven Seas Splendor™ and Seven Seas Explorer®. Advance access to shipboard credit will help guests and their travel advisors more conveniently plan preferred activities prior to sailing, again leading to a more personalised experience.

Hurtigruten to power Princess reveals new cruise ships with dead fish features on latest ship Cutaways from fisheries and other organic waste will soon be used to power Hurtigruten’s fleet of green cruise ships. With a growing fleet of 17 ships, Hurtigruten is the world’s largest expedition cruise line. The company has invested heavily in green technology and such as battery solutions – and is considered the world’s greenest cruise company. The next step: Powering cruise ships with liquified biogas (LBG) – fossilfree, renewable gas produced from dead fish and other organic waste. "What other see as a problem, we see as a resource and a solution. By introducing biogas as fuel for cruise ships, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise company to power ships with fossile-free fuel," Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.

Princess Cruises has unveiled the first wave of new features onboard its newest ship, the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess. The vessel will hold its naming ceremony in Southampton in late June 2020, before heading to the Mediterranean for summer 2020. Enchanted Princess will feature two new ‘Sky Suites’ centrally located on the top deck of the ship. The 270-degree panorama staterooms will provide a private vantage point of the ship’s Movies under the Stars screen and create a large space for entertaining. The suites can accommodate up to five guests, making them ideal for families. The ship will also include: • A redesigned ‘Salty Dog Gastropub’. • A redesigned Sabatini’s speciality restaurant, Princess Cruises’ onboard Italian Trattoria • An Art Deco design for The Princess Live TV studio and café, • A ‘Wakeview’ pool on its rear decks

After celebrating the 125-year anniversary by being the first cruise line to ban single-use plastic, 2019 will mark two green milestones for Hurtigruten: Introduction of the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen. Plus the start of a large-scale green upgrade project, replacing traditional diesel propulsion with battery packs and gas engines on several Hurtigruten ships.

• A newly-designed top-deck ‘Sanctuary’, Princess Cruises’ adults only relaxation area Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: "With the launch of Enchanted Princess in Southampton and our continued commitment to enhancing the range of features onboard our growing fleet of ships, this is an exciting time for Princess Cruises as we constantly strive to appeal to passengers looking for something new and exciting, both in terms of onboard offerings and destinations." Cruising Magazine 3

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UK CRUISERS’ CHOICE

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THE WORLD IS OPEN. THE SALE IS ON. 2ND GUEST PAYS HALF PLUS FREE DRINKS PLUS 50% OFF & FREE SOFT DRINKS PACKAGE FOR ADDITIONAL GUESTS What if you could explore Europe’s best kept secrets or the sensory delights of the Arabian Gulf, India and Sri Lanka in ways that depart far from the expected? With their latest offer, there are no ‘ifs’ about it – you can! Book an eligible Ocean View stateroom or above from 15 November 2018 – 4 March 2019 on select sailings departing January 2019 through April 2020, and you’ll enjoy: • 50% off your second guest’s cruise fare* • A free Classic Drinks Package for two (worth over £750)* • Plus, 50% off the cruise fare & a free Soft Drinks Package (worth over £225pp) for additional guests in the same stateroom*

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* Terms and conditions apply: This promotion applies to new bookings of an eligible Ocean View stateroom and above on selected sailings departing between 9 December 2018 and 11 May 2020 (“Eligible Bookings”) and booked between the 15 November 2018 and 4 March 2019 (“Promotion Period”). Open to bookings made via UK travel agents or the Celebrity Cruises UK office or via celebritycruises.co.uk only. For general booking conditions including advice on ATOL/ABTA protection, full promotion terms and conditions, applicable ships and sail dates, full promotion combinability restrictions, cancellation charges & other information, please refer to the Celebrity Cruises 2019-2020 brochure, visit celebritycruises.co.uk or contact your travel agent. RCL Cruises Ltd t/a Celebrity Cruises (company number 07366612) with registered office address at Building 3, The Heights, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0NY.

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Starboards and stripes With the number of options growing, the region of North America is definitely attracting more attention from UK cruisers. The chance to see some of the most famous and iconic cities in the world alongside some breathtaking nature is one that few people can pass up and, therefore, many are flying all the way across the pond in order to board a ship. Are you planning to explore North America from the decks of a cruise vessel? If so, here are some great options to consider.

Great Lakes, Victory Cruise Lines The five lakes that lie on the border between the USA and Canada can offer a wealth of different cruising itineraries that have something for everyone. Major cities like Chicago and Detroit, must-visit attractions like Niagara Falls and even military history in the form of Mackinac Island are all waiting to be discovered and Victory Cruise Lines offers the perfect way to do it. 6 Cruising Magazine Cruising Magazine Issue 1 2019 Working file.indd 6

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New England One of the major highlights of a cruise through New England is the spectacular foliage that reveals itself around September and October every year. Warming reds, oranges, yellows and browns bathe the shore in colour, creating amazing photo opportunities and a memorable experience. Plus, this stretch of coastline on the east of North America will introduce you to palatial mansions owned by the upper classes, maritime history and some fantastic seafood.

Alaska There are many reasons to plan a cruise to the Last Frontier, not least the breathtaking wildlife that can be found everywhere you look. Eagles soar above your head, bears prowl the national parks and whales breach the

surface of the water right next to your ship. Plus, Alaska is a photographer’s dream. Glaciers, mountain ranges and rainforests all extend into the distance, creating a wild landscape that beckons the adventurer in you.

Mississippi River Cruises, American Cruise Lines With the introduction of new ships and cruise lines, Mississippi River cruises are becoming more and more popular every year. And it’s easy to see why. The chance to try Southern cuisine, learn about the American Civil War and listen to jazz music is one that shouldn’t be passed up. Most of the ships plying the Upper and Lower parts of the river are authentic paddle steamers, but American Cruise Lines has just launched a modern riverboat to provide a more contemporary option.

Hawaii Just like Alaska, Hawaii offers some breathtaking horizons to enjoy during your cruise. This time, it’s waterfalls and volcanoes that will make your jaw drop and provide adventurous hikes and thrill-seeking activities. Unlike Alaska, though, there are also beautiful beaches on which to relax as you either watch the surf roll in or ride it all the way to the shore. Finally, island life will introduce you to Polynesian culture which blends seamlessly with that of America in this Pacific paradise. If you would like to discover North America by sailing to any of the above regions, contact your cruise specialist today.

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Northern Europe cruises, by Cunard Discover the lands of Tsars and Vikings, fjords and geysers – and even our own fair isles – on an intriguingly diverse selection of cruises around the continent’s northern shores. Scandinavia is a summer favourite, especially modern and dynamic Stockholm, while another Swedish port, Visby, reveals a well-preserved fortified medieval city. Copenhagen

is home to the magical Tivoli Gardens, St Petersburg is filled with magnificent palaces and cathedrals, and Estonia’s capital Tallinn has a beautifully preserved Old Town. Cunard also makes a maiden visit to other Baltic States in 2019 – Klaipeda in Lithuania, close to the Curonian Spit. They continue to explore Norway’s long and stunning coastline, including Haugesund’s Viking heritage, the art nouveau Opera House in Kristiansund, and the natural beauty of Narvik, which sparkles in the Midnight Sun inside the Arctic Circle. In 2019, Queen Elizabeth makes a first call in the Lofoten Islands, where the Northern lights may be seen. In 2018 and 2019 Cunard also visit Iceland, with debuts in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides and Lerwick in the Shetlands.

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Bergen Highlights Bergen is one of Norway’s most important ports and gateway to the fjords. The city is home to Bryggen, the historic wharf area and UNESCO World Heritage site. The seven mountains that surround Bergen are certainly worth exploring – the Fløibanen funicular and Ulriksbanen cable car are both excellent ways to enjoy spectacular panoramas of the surrounding countryside and water.

Reykjavik highlights Iceland’s capital means ‘smoky bay,’ a nod to the steam that rises from its geothermal natural attractions. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous, where you can bask in the warm sulphurous waters. The hissing Strokkur geyser and thundering Gullfoss Waterfall are also worth visiting.

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Baltic Departing: 23th August 2019 14 nights onboard Queen Victoria From Southampton Inside stateroom from

£1,569pp

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Norwegian Fjords Departing: 25th August 2019 12 nights onboard Queen Elizabeth From Southampton Inside stateroom from

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Departing: 6th September 2019 14 nights onboard Queen Elizabeth From Southampton Inside stateroom from

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North Cape Departing: 16th November 2019 12 nights onboard Queen Victoria Inside stateroom from

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One big sale now on

Prepare for an adventure extravaganza; our one big sale is now on and there’s never been a better time to book a holiday than today. 26 worldclass ships, 249 spectacular destinations and thousands of unforgettable excursions await. So what are you waiting for? This is how to holiday.

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Symphony of The Seas℠, Royal Caribbean's® fourth Oasis class and the world’s largest cruise ship launched in 2018 and is now permanently deployed on Caribbean sailings from Miami. Offering a zip line, dual flowrider surf simulators, the Ultimate Abyss℠ slide, incredible dining concepts such as Hooked Seafood℠, entertainment such as Ice Show 1977 and the Aqua Theatre show ‘Hiro’. In addition to incredible Caribbean itineraries Symphony of the Seas℠ offers the ultimate holiday. With many other ships in the Caribbean region including three other Oasis class ships, there’s never been a better time to experience the Caribbean with Royal Caribbean®.

Following it’s revitalisation in 2018, Independence of The Seas® continues to sail from Southampton in 2019 offering incredible features such as Skypad, Laser Tag, Perfect Storm℠ Water Slides, Escape Rooms to incredible entertainment including West End show ‘Grease’. Independence of the Seas® offers many itineraries from 7 – 14 nights in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Why not also experience amazing destinations onboard Explorer of the Seas® sailing from Southampton in 2019 offering must see destinations such as Madeira, St Petersburg and Norway whilst experiencing the very best of service and entertainment at sea.

Debuting in May 2019, Perfect Day℠ at CocoCay® offers the ultimate day of action and relaxation; boasting o ver water cabanas, the tallest waterslide in North America ‘Daredevils Peak’, ‘Thrill waterpark’, dining missions and even a hot air balloon ride. ‘Up, Up and Away’; taking you 450 feet above the island. Perfect Day makes visiting the Caribbean even more appealing. Board one of their many sailings including short itineraries from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or even New York and experience your Perfect Day℠!

With Barcelona and Rome just a couple of hours away from the UK, why also not try Royal Caribbean's Oasis class fleet this summer in Europe? Whilst experiencing incredible Western Mediterranean itineraries including calls in Rome, Pisa and Palma De Mallorca settle back also enjoy the likes of show ‘Cats’, Ice Shows, incredible food, surf simulator, zip lines and much more!

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France, Spain & Portugal Departing: 24th May 2019 7 Nights onboard Explorer of the Seas From Southampton from

£849pp

Scandinavia & Russia Departing: 7th July 2019 14 Nights onboard Explorer of the Seas From Southampton from

£1,699pp

Northern European Cityscapes Departing: 18th May 2019 7 Nights onboard Independence of the Seas From Southampton from

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Mediterranean Cities Departing: 26th September 2019 12 Nights onboard Independence of the Seas From Southampton from

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*Pprices are based on 2 adults sharing a guarantee stateroom. Offers are subject to availability and prices may change

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5 Reasons to Discover the World with Fred. Olsen

Taking you ‘Closer’ Fred. Olsen Cruise lines' itinerary planning team are dedicated to taking you ‘closer’. A shining example is that almost every port in Braemar’s 2019 programme of Southampton departures will sail straight to the heart of the destination, so you can stroll to the highlights from the end of the gangway. Plus, their allnew RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) offer the chance to get ‘even closer’ to sights or experiences on or by the ocean that regular cruise line guests never see.

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Scenic Cruising with our Award Winning Itineraries year Fred. Olsen creates new, Smaller, Friendlier Ships Each exciting itineraries that inspire Their ships navigate some of the world’s most beautiful waterways, many of which are out of reach to larger vessels. Fred. Olsen guests consistently rate scenic cruising as one of the best elements of their holiday, which gives an altogether better experience than sailing out to open sea between ports.

and enchant, to include alongside those sailings most popular with past guests. They offer everything from explorations of their beautiful homelands to epic circumnavigations of the world. You don’t need to take our word for it as they have been voted UK Editors Cruise Critic ‘Best for Itineraries’ for 4 consecutive years.

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Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic Departing: 31st July 2019 14 nights onboard Braemar From Southampton from

£1,999pp

City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium Departing: 22nd August 2019 5 nights onboard Braemar From Southampton

Add ‘All Inclusive’ for Food, Glorious Food on board is sure to be one of Even Better Value Cruising Dining the highlights of a Fred. Olsen cruise You can save even more with their All Inclusive Upgrade, another service they offer to their guests to ensure they enjoy a hassle-free holiday. With excellent value for money, you can relax with that extra drink or two, and there’s no need to worry about your bar bill at the end of your holiday – it’s already covered.

holiday. Their high-quality cuisine is a real treat to look forward to, whether you’re indulging in a sumptuous five-course á la carte dinner or raiding the late-night buffet! They are confident you’ll find something to your taste during every meal.

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Indonesia Island Discovery Departing: 28th November 2019 14 nights onboard Boudicca Fly-cruise from

£2,999pp

Greek Islands & Corinth Canal Departing: 16th April 2021 25 nights onboard Braemar From Southampton from

£4,199pp

Fares are per person, based on twin occupancy of the lead-in twin room, subject to availability. Offers may be amended or withdrawn at any time without prior notice, are subject to availability & cannot be applied retrospectively. All bookings are subject to Fred. Olsen's standard terms & conditions, available on our website & on request. Some ports may be at anchor, intermediate days are at sea. FOCL reserve the right to amend itineraries for operational reasons. E&OE.

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Upper Amazon Voyage to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s northern rain forest aboard the elegant riverboat Delfin II. Slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways in a skiff in search of a variety of birds, as well as caimans, tamarins, and sloths. Skim past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees, and witness glorious sunsets on the still waters of the Amazon basin.

The Delfin II is a 120-foot riverboat with 14 luxurious guest suites, all with expansive Amazon views. Of the 14 suites, four are master suites with 180-degree panoramic windows, and four suites can be interconnected to accommodate families. All the suites

are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms. Common areas include a dining room, an observation deck, a sundeck, and an outdoor lounge. The ship’s chef serves fine cuisine made from local, sustainable products.

or a little of both. Travellers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include nature walks, visits to cultural or historic sites, and skiff excursions, with options for more physical activities such as kayaking and hiking.

What to Expect: Activity Level – Light to Moderate What’s Included Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts - from naturalists to regional specialists - who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture.

• Arrival and departure overseas transfers • Accommodation aboard the Delfin II • Meals throughout* • Activities and excursions throughout*

Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate

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National Geographic Upper Amazon Departures available throughout 2019 & 2020 from

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Flight inclusive fares are available on request. *Full details of inclusive meals, activities and excursions will be provided based on the departure date. Full terms and conditions apply.

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The magic of the Med

From the glamour of its Riviera to its olive groves, and precarious hill-top towns, the Mediterranean offers rich pickings at every turn. History, beaches, art, cafe culture and sightseeing opportunities all vie for your attention ashore and it is this generosity of spirit that sums up the region's undeniable joie de vivre. P&O Cruises have a range of itineraries, featuring cruises from Southampton and Mediterranean fly cruises.

Sail to the enchanting Mediterranean for a slice of the good Soak up the delicious warmth of the springtime sun, as well as oodles of atmosphere and culture on this Mediterranean cruise. Join Azura in Southampton and enjoy two days at sea before Seville (tours from Cádiz), a symphony of all things Andalusian. Barcelona, next, is living proof you can have it all: a stunning beach-front, Gaudi architecture, plus a vibrant shopping, drinking and dining scene. An evening call gives you longer to stroll the cobbled lanes of the Gothic quarter. Villefranche is your next port of call, spilling down the lush hillside to the sandy town beach and picturesque bay. Then, Civitavecchia opens the door to the history, architecture and effortless style of Rome. Do as the Romans do and tuck into a wood fired pizza, with a full-bodied Lazio

wine. Following ancient Cartagena, your final call before Southampton is Gibraltar, for awesome dutyfree shopping, excellent beach life and Barbary ape-watching.

Serious sun and fun on board Oceana All the ingredients for the perfect family summer holiday await on this Mediterranean cruise - UNESCO World Heritage Sites, classic destinations, and hidden gems. Fly to Valletta to join Oceana, and settle in as you sail to Napoleon’s birthplace, Ajaccio, then the centuries old fishing village, Villefranche. With tours from Livorno, the Leaning Tower is just one of many towers in Pisa (though, admittedly, most are vertical and not so good for a selfie) while, in Florence, the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio await. Then, to Rome, to follow in the footsteps of the gladiators. Back to UNESCO listed Valletta, to fully experience what’s described as 'one of the most concentrated historic areas in the

world'. Next, Athens, where the iconic Acropolis gracefully dominates every sight-line. On Crete, Chania, charms with cobbled streets and colourful town-houses. The ancient wonders of Olympia, will enthral, before a visit to the stunning island of Santorini.

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Western Mediterranean Departing: 18th May 2019 14 nights on board Azura From Southampton from

£1,399pp

Including £140pp complimentary on board spending money

Western Mediterranean Departing: 15th August 2019 14 nights on board Oceana Fly-cruise from

£2,099pp

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with suite accommodation and the influence of top designers is even more evident. For those travelling into tender ports, aside from a fabulous evening restaurant, the Magic Carpet offers a serene tender embarkation experience making the trip ashore an enjoyable and, dare we say, sophisticated experience. Celebrity Edge represents the essence of modern luxury.

The very Edge of innovation Celebrity Cruises newest addition, Celebrity Edge brings a new dimension to cruisers with well thought out additions and an attention to detail not felt on all lines. One of these additions is with Eden, a large yet intimate area that is playful yet serene. Where dining merges with non-conventional entertainment and where the venue offers guests a complete contrast between daytime and evening use. The accommodation on Celebrity Edge brings with is new innovation and a special touch. Infinite balconies combine the pleasure and convenience

of a balcony with the additional room size of not stepping outside your room. These in room areas, only so far seen on river ships, allow you to adjust from balcony to full height picture window at the press of a button. Décor in the accommodation also comes with a modern and classy feel that combines with the latest technology where the Celebrity Cruises App allows your phone to control all elements of your room from lights to TV to curtains and more whilst acting as your assistant with all the requirements you may have of your voyage. Combine these touches

Clia UK & Ireland director and senior vice-president, Andy Harmer said about Celebrity Edge:

“The one thing that we would expect from the cruise industry is that every time there is a new ship launch or new class of ship launch, we notice the innovation and creativity and the design and the technology that goes into making it an evolution of the cruise experience. Celebrity Edge does exactly that. You have those hero parts of the ship that are incredibly impressive like the Magic Carpet, like the rooftop garden and like the theatre. What’s impressive about Celebrity Edge is that you also have incredible design applied consistently across the ship with an attention to detail. The ship really flows as you move from one area to another and the way you take in the views from each different part of the ship. They have been very clever bringing the sea to the guest onboard. The views that you have of the ocean around you as well as everything else that you have make it a very special experience wherever you are.”

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Share & save 50% off second guest & free WiFi Sample renowned cuisine on an immersive tour of the Mediterranean or dive deep into the heart of Alaska’s indigenous culture. No matter where you go or who you’re with, you’ll have the opportunity to make unique connections across the globe with Share & Save. Book a select 2019 voyage by 31st March and receive 50% off the cruise fare of the second guest. Plus, we’ll provide Free Unlimited Wi-Fi for one device for the duration of your trip.*

Explore Further Sm Unparalleled Itineraries. Immersive Cultures. Authentic Service. The initial layers of a city, including its people, buildings, and shops - can be seen by anyone, with each person having a similar view.

Inspiration is found when one goes deeper - beyond the surface of a city. Explore the world within the world, while discovering more about yourself. With overnight stays and docking at smaller, less-traveled ports, Azamara Club Cruises® invites you to step ashore as an insider and Explore Further.℠

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NORTHERN CROSSING: ALASKA TO JAPAN Departing: 7th August 2019 13 nights on board Azamara Quest Seward, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Petropavlovsk, Kushiro, Hakodate, Tokyo Oceanview Stateroom from :

£3,099pp

50% off Second guest plus free wifi

SOUTH AFRICA INTENSIVE Departing: 31st January 2020 10 nights on board Azamara Quest Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Cape Town (2 nights) Oceanview from :

£4,179pp

50% off Second guest plus free wifi

Venice to venice Departing: 7th June 2019 3 nights on board Azamara Pursuit Venice, Opatija, Koper, Venice Oceanview from :

£1,099pp

50% off Second guest plus free wifi *Please note that days at sea aren't included in itineraries.

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Holland America Line Holland America Line epitomises the ultimate in worldwide premium travel experiences, onboard a fleet of 15 gracious perfectly-sized ships. Elegant lounges adorned with fine art; spacious staterooms, many with private balcony; restaurants serving gourmet cuisine and delicious snacks, state of the art leisure amenities and enrichment opportunities - all which give Holland America its reputation for offering authentic, personalised destination experiences visited in timeless elegance. Perfect for a voyage that explores some of the world’s most stunning destinations, offering long days and overnights in port, regional cuisine, entertainment, Explorations Central destination experiences and more.

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Alaska & Denali Holiday Departing: weekly from 15th May to 11th September 11 Night on board Noordam or Westerdam Including 3 nights in the wilderness of Denali National Park 7 night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, ending in Vancouver Fly Cruise from :

£2,089pp

Price based on 15th May 2019*

The Seabourn experience The Seabourn experience is unlike any other form of travel, a concept designed around an intimate boutique hotel, which happens to be at sea. This is a world of ultra-luxury, where space is generous and crowds are few; where names and wine orders are remembered, preferences noted, and wishes granted before they are spoken. Seabourn’s five intimate, all-suite ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves, each featuring a world-class spa, inviting dining venues and lounges, pools and a unique retractable marina. Enticing activities may include fascinating Seabourn Conversations with guest experts while evenings offer entertainment including “An Evening with Sir Tim Rice”

SIGNATURE SAVINGS EVENT Book by 19th February 2019 & offers may include: • Complimentary 300 minute Internet Package per person*

• Complimentary Two or Three Veranda Suite Upgrade*

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• Up to £600 Air Credit per person*

St Petersburg & The Baltic

• Up to 15% savings on Combination Cruises*

Departing: 29th June 2019*, 27th July 2019, 24th August 2019

PLUS Book Penthouse and Premium Suites and receive:

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• Up to $500USD Shipboard Credit per Suite*

• Up to US$1,000 onboard spend per suite and unlimited internet package per person On select sailings. See Terms and Conditions for details.

Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg (2 x overnights onboard), Helsinki, Copenhagen Fly Cruise from :

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Six ships in Europe in 2019… more choice than ever.

Awarded the accolade of Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for 11 consecutive years at the World Travel Awards, Norwegian Cruise Line are building on their success by bringing an unprecedented six ships to Europe in summer 2019. That means more choice of exciting itineraries, more fabulous ports to discover and a ship to suit every customer’s style. Highlights include Norwegian Getaway back cruising the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen and Norwegian Pearl sailing from Amsterdam to scenic ports in Northern Europe. Customers can cruise roundtrip from Southampton aboard Norwegian Spirit and see more of the Med than ever. With the unparalleled freedom and choices of Premium All Inclusive cruising there’s no better way for you to experience the history, culture, landmarks and flavours of Europe.

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Western Mediterranean Departing: 23rd October 2019

7 nights on board Norwegian Epic From Rome Civitavecchia, Livorno, Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Naples, Civitavecchia From:

£1178pp

Includes Flights, Bags, Transfers & premium All Inclusive

Scandinavia & Russia

Departing: 18th August 2019

9 nights on board Norwegian Getaway From Copenhagen Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Gdynia, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen

Norwegian Getaway

Getaway to the Baltic in summer 2019 Norwegian Getaway sails from Copenhagen to the best-loved cities around the Baltic Sea including Tallinn with its medieval, storybook architecture and St. Petersburg where an overnight stay allows ample time to explore and perhaps enjoy a night at the Russian ballet. With calls at Helsinki and Stockholm and the chance to visit Berlin there’s no better way to explore the Baltic. Refurbished in 2018 Norwegian Getaway is packed with innovations like The Waterfront with alfresco dining and bars, 25 dining experiences including seafood specialities and Broadway entertainment headlined by Burn the Floor.

Norwegian Epic

The Med gets Epic in summer 2019 Norwegian Epic is cruising in Premium All Inclusive style from Barcelona and Civitavecchia to the hotspots of the Western Mediterranean. You can step back in time in ancient Pompeii, explore Renaissance treasures in Tuscany and Rome and live it up in chic Cannes and Palma. On board Norwegian Epic you will experience new wave accommodation including Studios for solo travellers and luxe Suites in The Haven. Catch awardwinning Broadway entertainment, dine around the world with over 20 dining options and enjoy nonstop fun from the Aqua Park to amazing youth programmes.

Norwegian Spirit

Get into the Spirit of Northern Europe in summer 2019 Norwegian Spirit home-ports in Southampton making it a great choice for those guests who prefer not to fly. There’s a range of exciting itineraries from a circumnavigation of the British Isles to the Baltic Sea, from the Norwegian fjords and the North Cape to Iceland, offering a scenic spectacular all in the long days of summer. Extensively refurbished at the Med of 2017 Norwegian Spirit is intimate in scale but big on fun and facilities with all the freedom and choices of Premium All Inclusive cruising.

Norwegian Jade

Feel Free to take a summer sojourn in the Med. Norwegian Jade is home-porting in Civitavecchia (Rome) and sailing longer 11-day cruises to the best of the Eastern Mediterranean. Itineraries mix it up with island gems like Mykonos, Sicily, Crete and Malta and must-see historic cities such as Athens, the walled city of Dubrovnik and Naples, gateway to Pompeii. The contrasts make it a perfect summer cruise holiday aboard a fun, friendly ship that was extensively refurbished in 2017. Smart, contemporary-style staterooms and Suites are complemented by 16 delicious dining options, cool bars and lounges, great entertainment and extensive leisure facilities.

From:

£1598pp

Includes Flights, Bags, Transfers & premium All Inclusive

Norway & The Arctic Departing:14th June 2019

12 nights on board Norwegian Spirit From Southampton Southampton, Stavanger, Trondheim, Cruise Svartisen Glacier, Hammerfest, Honningsvag, Geiranger, Flam, Haugesund, Southampton From:

£1849pp

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Greek Isles & Italy

Departing: 22nd August 2019 10 nights on board Norwegian Jade From Rome Civitavecchia (Rome), Santorini Island, Piraeus (Athens), Mykonos, Chania, Valletta, Messina, Naples/ Pompeii, Livorno (Florence/ Pisa), Civitavecchia (Rome) From:

£1940pp

Includes Flights, Bags, Transfers & premium All Inclusive

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Let's go Cayrazy One of the highlights of a cruise to the Caribbean is a visit to one of the extraordinary Private Islands owned by the Cruise lines. These islands add to the experience and offer customers something different. Since 1990’s Cruise lines have been investing in private islands as an extension of the on board experience whilst offering an exclusive destination to those that travel with them.

Half Moon Cay

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Holland America Line

CocoCay is a small Bahamian Island, formally Little Stirrup Cay, located between Freeport and Nassau, it is exclusive for Royal Caribbean guests. Today, the developments and from Royal Caribbean will offer guests a perfect day of endless discoveries, adventures and experiences, from the moment you step ashore.

In 1997 Holland America Line purchased Little San Salvador, with the 2400 acre island in the Bahamas now known as Half Moon Cay. A private retreat for their Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings, Half Moon Cay has won Porthole Cruise Magazines ‘Best Private island’ award for 17 consecutive years. The island is unspoiled and uncrowded with the natural beauty of a protected preserve, rich in bird-life and home to stingrays whilst also offering miles of pristine, white sand beaches and a wide range of amenities and activities including • Snorkelling, paddle-boards, kayaks and catamarans, • Horseback riding on the beach • Private 2 storey villas and beach-side cabanas • The tropics Restaurant for a BBQ lunch • Fresh grilled lobster • Beach-side bars • Family activities including a water park • Plus, a chapel for weddings or vow renewals

Highlights include: • Oasis lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool with swim up bar

• Snorkel with sea turtles, stingrays and colourful fish in the turquoise clear waters • Relax on the pristine white sand beaches • Treat yourself to a private cabana • Enjoy lunch in the newly redesigned 8500 square foot complimentary beach buffet or enjoy a cocktail at the bars

Princess Cays Princess Cruises

• Two specially designed beaches, Chill Island for the ultimate beach escape with tropical, crystal clear water and pristine powder soft sand, cabanas and day beds or South Beach offering an action packed experience with Volleyball, beach-side basketball, zorbing and glass bottom kayaking.

Located in the Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera, near Nassau, Princess Cays resort has been exclusive to Princess Cruise’s passengers on the Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries since 1992. The island boasts incredible amenities whilst still preserving the natural paradise the island has to offer.

• The exclusive Coco Beach Club featuring the first over-water cabanas in the Bahamas.

• Over half a mile of white sand beaches, with beach loungers, hammocks or relax in a private cabana

Great Stirrup Cay

• Enjoy lunch at the complimentary barbeque,

Norwegian Cruise Lines A 250 acre island, part of the Berry Islands, located in the Bahamas and was developed as a private island experience for Norwegian Cruise Lines passengers.

Highlights include:

• Bars where you can enjoy a drink • Visit the shops and local craft market, • Water sports and activities including snorkelling, sail boating, swimming and volleyball

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sometimes before you even ask.

Worlds apart in luxury cruising Silversea is an ultra-luxury, allinclusive cruise line renowned for extraordinary worldwide voyages aboard intimate ships. Sailing to over 900 destinations spanning all seven continents, Silversea offers more destinations than any other cruise line. Butler service; fine dining; all drinks including wines, beers and spirits and onboard gratuities are always included. For the curious traveller, Silversea Expeditions offer awe-inspiring journeys to some of the world’s most exotic destinations. With Silversea cruises you enjoy free-flowing premium wines and spirits, delicious gourmet cuisine, in-suite dining, full butler service for every suite and of course all gratuities. Savour the peace of mind of knowing that there is no salient price-tag at the end of a wonderful night of entertainment. Silversea’s suites offer one of the highest spaceper-guest ratios of any luxury cruise

accommodations. All of their suites feature ocean views, and many with a private teak veranda. From toiletries and personalised stationery to a bar with your favourite wines and spirits, they offer only the finest comforts in luxury cruise accommodation. You can even enjoy dinner in-suite served by your butler, and have your choice of nine different pillow types. Around the world and around the clock, every suite comes with a dedicated butler to pamper you with personalised attention, and take care of every detail of your voyage. Breeze through embarkation and step into the warm welcome of white-gloved staff. Enjoy a flute of champagne as you are escorted to your suite. It is the quality of their service that imparts such a wonderful sense of well-being as soon as you set sail, the peace of mind that comes when you realise that all your needs are being taken care of for you —

With their global reputation for gastronomic excellence, 2019 sees their culinary offerings provides you an even deeper destination experience. Silversea have built on a new demand for quality - modernity rooted in tradition; simple meals, elaborately constructed using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. This means: using local ingredients where possible and authentic, regional recipes that reflect heritage and revamp tradition. These culinary concepts will be spread fleet wide so that your plate reflects your port. While on your luxury cruise, embark on a personal journey of wellness to complement your global adventures. Work out in the well-equipped Fitness Centre, take a class in circuit training or Pilates in the aerobics room, and let the sauna and steam rooms work their magic to soothe every muscle. Silversea offers seminars ranging from aromatherapy and nutrition to how to burn fat. A holistic approach to wellness fully integrates exercise, fitness and spa therapies with health lectures and nutritious dining to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even while away from home.

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London to Barcelona Departing: 8th September 2019 10 days on board Silver Spirit London (Greenwich, overnight), Honfleur, St Malo, At Sea, Bordeaux (overnight), At Sea, Leixoes, Lisbon (overnight), Cadiz, Malaga, At Sea, Barcelona from

£5,580pp

Including $200 shipboard credit

London to New York Departing: 26th September 2019 15 days on board Silver Whisper London (Greenwich), four days at Sea, Falmouth, Cobh, At Sea, St John's, St Pierre, Sydney, Halifax, Boston (overnight), Cape Cod, New York from

£5,580pp

Including $300 shipboard credit Terms & conditions apply - 10% early booking bonus has been included in the fare, must book and pay in full by 28th February 2019.

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British Isles Discovery & River Seine Experience Departing: 3rd April 2019 10 nights onboard Magellan from London Tilbury London Tilbury ~ Amsterdam ~ Kirkwall ~ Oban ~ Belfast ~ Cobh for Cork ~ Rouen ~ River Seine Passage ~ Honfleur ~ London Tilbury from

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The Cruise & Maritime experience From the beginning, Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) realised that many seasoned and first time British cruisers prefer a more traditional cruise experience as opposed to sailing on the vast mega resort style ships built today. Their fleet of six small to medium sized classic style ships offer a more leisurely and friendly ‘home from home’ style of cruising and maritime experience, whilst also being accessible to a much wider choice of interesting and more remote ports of call. Cruise and Maritime offer a more traditional and leisurely 'Country house' style of cruising experience aboard their classic-style cruise ships - Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, Astoria, Astor and Vasco da Gama where the emphasis is very much on providing attentive service within a friendly 'home from home’ atmosphere. Cruise and Maritime’s main aim has always been, and continues to be, to attain high levels of customer satisfaction by providing comfortable accommodation, delicious cuisine, stylish entertainment and attentive service. Striving to ensure that all

£699pp Save up to 50%

Departing: 13th April 2019 7 nights onboard Magellan from London Tilbury London Tilbury ~ Eidfjord ~ Flam ~ Cruising Geirangerfjord ~ Geiranger ~ Bergen ~ London Tilbury from guests return home with many fond memories and will want to return again and again. Since launching in 2009 they have carried thousands of passengers onboard, with over 95% of guests rating the enjoyment of their cruises as either good or excellent!

Cruise & Maritime are delighted to announce the addition of five new cruises to our 2019 programme. The new Magellan and Columbus sailings include a British Isles cruise, the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic, Southern Norway and a Canary Islands and Madeira cruise with calls in Casablanca and Cadiz, fares are available from £399pp for a 6-night cruise to the Norwegian Fjords or £999pp for the Canary Islands and Madeira cruise.

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Hidden Baltic Treasures Departing: 20th April 2019 12 nights onboard Magellan from London Tilbury London Tilbury ~ Kalundborg for Copenhagen ~ Rostock for Berlin ~ Ronne ~ Visby ~ Nynashamn for Stockholm ~ Klaipeda ~ Gdansk ~ Skagen ~ London Tilbury from

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Grand Canary Islands, Madeira, Iberian Treasures & Morocco Departing: 10th November 2019 19 nights onboard Columbus from London Tilbury London Tilbury ~ Amsterdam ~ Leixoes for Oporto ~ Lisbon ~ Funchal ~ Las Palmas ~ Santa Cruz de Tenerife ~ Arrecife ~ Agadir ~ Casablanca for Marrakech ~ Gibraltar ~ Cadiz for Seville ~ Vigo for Santiago de Compostela ~ London Tilbury from

£999pp buy one get one free

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Discover new places. Experience new cultures. Incredible offers plus £50pp low deposit Learn more about the world you don’t see every day. A cruise with Princess offers beautiful scenery, new experiences and fresh perspectives. You’ll return home with new friendships, new stories to tell and new memories to share. This is the Princess promise – that you’ll come back new. Choose from a wealth of dining options, with delicious cuisine all freshly prepared onboard. Celebrate a special occasion at the Crown Grill, serving succulent steaks and sizzling seafood. Their new partnership with renowned chef Curtis Stone brings

Stephen Schwartz. Relax in adult-only Sanctuary, soak up live entertainment in the Piazza, or take in the latest blockbuster at Movies under the Stars. Princess ships offer a range of staterooms to suit every budget. Their new Club Class mini-suite offers more space with extra benefits including priority embarkation, and complimentary wine and canapés. For the ultimate in luxury why not treat yourself to a full Suite, with

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Spain & France Departing: 25th May 2019 7 nights on board Sapphire Princess from :

£649pp

Plus £50pp Low deposit

Norwegian Fjords Departing: 10th August 2019 7 nights on board Sapphire Princess from :

£699pp

Plus £50pp Low deposit

Canary Islands you ‘Crafted by Curtis’ options in the main dining rooms, a new restaurant, Share, on selected ships and a unique Chef’s Table experience, perfect for a special dinner with family and friends.

upgraded balcony furniture and bathroom amenities, complimentary mini-bar set up and laundry, exclusive Sabatini’s breakfast and deluxe canapés or afternoon tea.

The spectacular Princess fleet offers an array of experiences. Come back in awe with Discovery at Sea, a new range of memorable experiences for all the family. Discover amazing wildlife with an Animal Planet shore excursion, or learn the secrets of the vast night sky with their stargazing experts. Enjoy fabulous new shows, like Magic To Do, created by awardwinning composer of Wicked,

Princess is the leader in destination cruising, visiting more than 380 destinations worldwide from colonial Canada, the historic Baltics or classic California to ancient explorations in the Mediterranean, South America and Asia. Or maybe you prefer to tempt your wild side with an Alaskan or Australian adventure or simply soak in the rays on the beautiful shores of the Caribbean, Hawaii and South Pacific.

Departing: 8th October 2019 11 nights on board Sapphire Princess from :

£899pp

Plus £50pp Low deposit

Mediterranean & Greek Isles Departing: 18th October 2020 17 nights on board Crown Princess from :

£1,899pp

Plus £50pp Low deposit Cruising Magazine 25

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S PA N I S H S I L HOU E T T E S

R E N A I S S A NC E & R E T R E AT S

BARCELONA TO BARCELONA 10 days | 6 June 2019 – RIVIERA

MONTE CARLO TO BARCELONA 7 days | 12 September 2019 – SIRENA

includes:

includes:

Airfare, Overseas Transfers & Internet*

Airfare, Overseas Transfers & Internet*

plus choose one:

plus choose one:

FREE 6 Shore Excursions FREE Beverage Package FREE US$600 Shipboard Credit

FREE 4 Shore Excursions FREE Beverage Package FREE US$400 Shipboard Credit

Amenities are per stateroom

Amenities are per stateroom

Seville

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* CONCIERGE

BALCONY

£3,779

£3,969

PENTHOUSE

£4,859

Portofino

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* BALCONY

£2,999

CONCIERGE

£3,229

PENTHOUSE

£3,929

I BE R I A N QU E S T

S U N & SE R E N A DE

LISBON TO MONTE CARLO 7 days | 29 September 2019 – MARINA

MIAMI TO MIAMI 10 days | 15 November 2019 – RIVIERA includes:

includes:

Airfare, Overseas Transfers & Internet*

Airfare, Overseas Transfers & Internet*

plus choose one:

plus choose one:

FREE 6 Shore Excursions FREE Beverage Package FREE US$600 Shipboard Credit

FREE 4 Shore Excursions FREE Beverage Package FREE US$400 Shipboard Credit Amenities are per stateroom

Amenities are per stateroom

FREE GRATUITIES PLUS US$150 SHIPBOARD CREDIT

Provence

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* CONCIERGE

BALCONY

£2,52 9

£2,679

PENTHOUSE

£3,299

St. Barts

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* BALCONY

£3,049

CONCIERGE

£3,269

PENTHOUSE

£3,869

O

The Finest Cuisine at Sea™ A variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants First hands-on cooking school at sea, “The Culinary Center” Destination immersion with over 450 destinations worldwide

Engaging Culinary Discovery Tours™ Exceptional personalised service Elegant casual ambiance, no jacket or tie required Intimate, luxurious ships catering to 684 or 1,250 guests

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I N DI A N O C E A N ODY S SE Y

E A S T E R N R E V E L AT IONS

CAPE TOWN TO SINGAPORE 30 days | 3 February 2020 – NAUTICA

TOKYO TO SINGAPORE 18 days | 13 April 2020 – NAUTICA

includes:

includes:

Airfare, Overseas Transfers & Internet*

Airfare, Overseas Transfers & Internet*

plus choose one:

plus choose one:

FREE 8 Shore Excursions F REE Beverage Package FREE US$800 Shipboard Credit

FREE 8 Shore Excursions FREE Beverage Package FREE US$800 Shipboard Credit

Amenities are per stateroom

Amenities are per stateroom

FREE GRATUITIES PLUS US$150 SHIPBOARD CREDIT

FREE GRATUITIES PLUS US$150 SHIPBOARD CREDIT

Maldives

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* OCEANVIEW

£8,659

BALCONY

£10,359

CONCIERGE

£10,879

Hiroshima

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* BALCONY

£8,029

CONCIERGE

£8,399

PENTHOUSE

£10,619

E U ROPE A N QU E S T

C I RC L I NG T H E BI S C AY

SOUTHAMPTON TO SOUTHAMPTON 10 days | 25 May 2020 – MARINA

SOUTHAMPTON TO SOUTHAMPTON 10 days | 7 August 2020 – MARINA

includes:

includes:

Internet*

Internet*

plus choose one:

plus choose one:

FREE 6 Shore Excursions FREE Beverage Package FREE US$600 Shipboard Credit

FREE 6 Shore Excursions FREE Beverage Package FREE US$600 Shipboard Credit

Amenities are per stateroom

Amenities are per stateroom

FREE GRATUITIES PLUS US$200 SHIPBOARD CREDIT

Bordeaux

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* BALCONY

£3,499

CONCIERGE

£3,739

Other grades available

PENTHOUSE

£4,669

Bilbao

CATEGORIES OLIFE CHOICE FARES PER GUEST FROM* BALCONY

£3,799

CONCIERGE

£4,069

PENTHOUSE

£5,119

Other grades available

ENJOY THE FINEST CUISINE AT SEA™ ABOARD OUR INTIMATE AND LUXURIOUS SHIPS.

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The world. within reach. A river cruise is one of the most relaxing ways to discover Europe – the UK’s leading river cruise provider, Riviera Travel, offers 14 superb itineraries with regional flights. Competitively priced, they include everything you’ll need for an unforgettable journey. Sail on elegant ships that are essentially five-star boutique hotels and wake each day to a new view from the comfort of a French balcony in your tastefully decorated suite. For centuries, Europe’s majestic rivers have carried travellers for many reasons – to explore, trade and sometimes, conquer. Steeped in history and culture, these aqueous arteries connect the continent’s greatest and most renowned destinations, bridging the past with the present, flowing through some of the world’s most stunning scenery. From picturesque countryside to historic landmarks, enjoy a different perspective on a variety

of destinations in style and luxury. On the delta of three major rivers – the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt – the Dutch waterways flow past traditional windmills, colourful bulbfields and the old Zuiderzee. The Seine, the main commercial waterway of Paris takes you around sweeping bends, past stunning chalk cliffs and through lush green countryside into the heart of picturesque Normandy. Flowing through the south of France, the river Rhône takes in the beautiful Provençal scenery, charming villages, and colourful fields of wild flowers. Enjoy the scenic wine regions in the south of France, from lush terraced vineyards and sun-baked hills, to dramatic rugged gorges and medieval towns.

Cruise along Europe’s most famous and cultured river, the Danube, flowing through and along 10 countries. Absorb the breathtaking views of Baroque architecture, medieval cities and sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart on the Upper Danube, while the Lower Danube takes us through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge and the Danube Delta, home to numerous species of flora and fauna. Linking Spain and Portugal, the Douro weaves through one of the most photogenic river valleys and the sun-soaked Iberian countryside, past lovely hillside villages and vineyard terraces.

Steeped in myth, the famous Rhine has captivated writers and warriors alike, flowing past fairy-tale castles, medieval towns and lush vineyards. Take in some of the most breathtaking views, such as the spectacular Rhine Gorge, the beautiful Black Forest and one of the oldest cities in Germany, famous for its Roman amphitheatre.

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Your days are spent however you like. You can relax on the sun deck or catch up with fellow travellers in the ship’s stylish bar, but there’s always something exciting to explore at each port. Shore excursions are included and accompanied by local, Englishspeaking guides, adept at bringing to life the places you visit. What’s more, every meal on board is a gastronomic affair. The menus feature Europe’s many delicious cuisines alongside international classics. Coffee and tea are available all day on the ship, while water in your cabin is replenished daily – all complimentary, of course.

As you’d expect, the service on board is impeccable, delivered ever so subtly by a charming crew who represent the best of European hospitality. With an excellent ratio of crew to passengers, you will often find that your server remembers how you prefer your eggs at breakfast, or your bartender knows just how you like your drink. Every cruise also comes with the services of an experienced tour manager or cruise director, dedicated to ensuring everything is to your satisfaction. Plus, the Riviera Travel Price Promise guarantees there are no hidden fees, no discretionary charges and no inflated prices or artificial discounts.

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The Blue Danube Departing: April to October 2019 7 nights Fly from the UK - Budapest Esztergom - Bratislava - Melk Abbey - Salzburg or Linz - Vienna - Budapest - Fly to the UK

3 night post-cruise Budapest extension available on selected departures from :

£1,299pp

Solo departures available on selected dates

Budapest to the Black Sea Departing: April to September 2019 14 nights Fly from the UK, Budapest - Kalocsa Pecs - Belgrade - Iron Gates, Cruising - Pleven - Bucharest - Danube Delta - Constanta - Rousse - Veliko Tarnovo - Belogradchik - Iron Gates, Cruising - Novi Sad - Osijek - Vukovar Budapest - Fly to the UK

£2,799pp Douro, Porto & Salamanca from :

Departing: April to November 2019 7 nights Fly from the UK - Porto - Lamego Castelo Rodrigo - Salamanca Peso de Regua - Entre-os-Rios Porto - Fly to the UK

3 night post-cruise Lisbon extension available on selected departures from :

£1,399pp

Solo departures available on selected dates

Burgundy, the River Rhône & Provence Departing: April to October 2019 7 nights Fly from the UK - Lyon Chalon-sur-Saone - Beaune Tournon sur Rhone - Vienne Arles - Avignon - Fly to the UK from :

£1,299pp

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Explore the Amalfi Coast

Chances are you’ll already be familiar with what the Amalfi Coast has to offer, even if you have never been here before. These colourful towns and villages that cling to cliff-tops close to the Bay of Naples appear in photos everywhere from travel programmes to social media. However, to see them without being filtered through a lens is to truly appreciate their beauty. Usually reached via bus from Sorrento (which isn’t strictly part of the Amalfi Coast but still well worth a visit), these eye-catching destinations are home to sloped shopping passages, fine dining restaurants and beaches nestled perfectly within rocky coves. The popular ‘Path of the Gods’ hiking route takes you through a few of the most alluring towns, providing adventurers with breathtaking views of the coastline every step of the way.

Highlights • Positano – The jewel in the Amalfi Coast’s crown. Take in the views from the road level and then descend upon the golden sands. • Grotta dello Smeraldo – Find this cave complex close to Amalfi. You’ll travel down in a lift and explore the grotto in a rowing boat. • Amalfi Cathedral – Climb to the top of the grand staircase and enter through the bronze doors to catch a glimpse of the relics of St. Andrew. • Atrani – For an insight into the Amalfi Coast without the crowds, head to this gem around the headland from Amalfi. • Gardens of Ravello – Set back from the coast, Ravello is home to beautiful villas that boast vivid gardens open to the public.

Holiday

Amalfi Coast 8 nights

Daily departures available UK, Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, Naples, UK from

£799pp

Including Seven nights' 3* accommodation including breakfast Private overseas transfers Return flights from the UK Price is based on two adults sharing a room departing London Stansted on 7th May 2019.

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Discover a World of River Cruising Fred.\ River Cruises is proud to offer a wide range of river cruise lines that will help you discover a ship and itinerary to suit you, whilst taking into account your likes, dislikes and budget. We can tailor-make cruises for European and Worldwide rivers, with pre/post cruise land extensions and regional flights. Not only that, we can organise all of those little extras that transform a great holiday into an amazing one.

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Fully bonded and protected. All prices quoted are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin/double lead in cabin unless otherwise stated. Based on the following sailings; Amadeus 03.04.19; AmaWaterways 23.08.19; Pandaw 30.11.19; American Cruise Lines 22.06.19; Far Horizon 31.03.19; Volga Dream 26.06 .19. Prices include London flights (regional flights available on request) hotels where indicated and overseas transfers. Prices are correct at time of sending and are subject to availability and/or change and can be withdrawn at any time. Available for new bookings only.

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The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience™ Welcome to Regent Seven Seas Cruises® - The MOST Inclusive Luxury Experience. This is cruising as it was meant to be where everything is included; return flights and transfers, unlimited shore excursions, all fine dining including the speciality restaurants and in-suite dining, all beverages including Champagnes, fine wines and branded spirits, unlimited Wi-Fi and even gratuities and service charges - without exception, without compromise. Seven Seas Explorer® - THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP EVER BUILT™, Seven Seas Voyager®, Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Navigator® carry 490-750 guests and are pinnacles of elegance and grace. Their ultra-luxury, all-suite, all-balcony* ships offer spectacular gourmet restaurants, suites that are amongst the most spacious at sea and an enviable staff-to-guest ratio that makes queuing and waiting a thing of the past, there really is no better way to experience luxury travel.

Regent Seven Seas' intimate ships are small enough so that you never experience a queue and large enough that you can get lost in a best-seller without interruption or distraction. In fact many of the 350 ports they visit can only be reached by their perfectly sized ships. Although everyone travels for a different reason, we can all agree that travel is a life-changing experience. Regent Seven Seas Cruises intrinsically understands the romance of the journey, which is why they are the only cruise line to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port of call. Learn a traditional dance. Walk in the footsteps of ancient emperors. Enjoy a homecooked meal thousands of miles away from your own kitchen. All of these moments are possible. With Regent Seven Seas Cruises you really can have it all. *90% balcony on Navigator

Sailing

Journey to the Aegean Departing: 24th May 2019 10 nights on board Seven Seas Voyager Barcelona to Athens (Piraeus)

£4,419pp (only 2 left) pp F grade £4,630 G grade

SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER Departing: 20th August 2019 10 nights on board Seven Seas Explorer Oslo to Stockholm

£5,636pp (only 3 left) pp G1 grade £5,832 (only 3 left)

G2 grade

Option to embark in London Tilbury

FOLKTALES & WHALE TAILS Departing: 4th September 2019 7 nights on board Seven Seas Mariner Vancouver to Seward

£4,543pp (only 5 left) pp G grade £4,679 ROYALS, CASTLES & CROWNS H grade

Departing: 18th May 2020 12 nights on board Seven Seas Explorer Southampton to Southampton from

£7,849pp

Including $300 on board credit per suite plus free parking All offers subject to availability.

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Five-Star Fjords With P&O insider, Chris Mayhew

Where to start when talking about the Norwegian fjords? I was lucky enough to be chosen as a P&O Cruises Iona Insider and was whisked off to Ålesund and the surrounding area for a few days in October. The aim was for us was to experience some of the exciting shore excursions that the ship will be offering in 2020 and to see these spectacular landscapes up close with our own eyes. From the moment we arrived, I could already tell that this part of the world is an ideal place for Iona to make her debut, especially with the focus on natural light and glass that will bring the outside in. Visits to Geiranger and Olden showed us the famed backdrops of highsided valleys filled with calm waters and we had the added

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benefit of seeing them speckled with the magnificent colours of autumn. As for the activities that we got the chance to try, I can say that anyone sailing on board Iona during her maiden season is in for a treat. Kayaking in Olden was a definite highlight and wasn’t as difficult to master as I first thought. This environment is perfect for first timers who want to give it a go as there are no currents to deal with. Another memorable experience was our trip up to the Briksdal Glacier. The path that led us there twisted through beautiful forest and past raging waterfalls, providing plenty to see in every direction. Then, as the glacier came into view, we were greeted by a glistening blue icy mass that left us all lost for words. Other activities included the Loen Skylift, one of the steepest cable cars in Europe; a roaring rib ride that left us hanging on for dear life; and a fishing excursion that involved us catching our own crayfish lunch. Having had a taster of the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, it is definitely somewhere that I would love to return to. Luckily, I will be sailing on board Iona during the summer of 2020. Will you be joining me?

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STAR CLIPPERS If you are looking for paradisiacal beaches, beautiful weather and unspoilt nature then look no further than Star Clippers. Admire the breathtaking natural landscapes before unwinding with a drink in hand from the tropical bar. Plus, keen divers will have the chance to explore beneath the waves as well as on land to discover the array of colourful marine life on offer. Expect breathtaking natural sights, such as waterfalls and volcanoes; peaceful beaches, one of which features pink sand; and exotic wildlife that fills the land, sky and sea. There is so much to discover on a Star Clippers Sailing.

Eastbound Bali

Southern Thailand

Departs UK 4th July 2019 | 8-night package 7-nights aboard Star Clipper

Departs UK 30th January 2020 | 8-night package 7-nights aboard Star Clipper

Visiting: Benoa | Gili Kondo | At Sea Komodo National Park | Pink Beach | Satonda Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan | Gili Nanggu | Benoa

Visiting: Phuket | Ko Butang | Penang | Ko Adang, Butang Group | Ko Rok Nok | Phang Nga Bay Ko Hong | Phuket

Price includes return flights from London, 1-nights pre-cruise stay at The Conrad Bali on a Bed & Breakfast basis, 7-night Full Board sailing aboard Star Clipper, private non-UK transfers and port charges

Price includes return flights from London, 1-nights pre-cruise stay at the SALA Phuket on a Bed & Breakfast basis, 7-night Full Board sailing aboard Star Clipper, private non-UK transfers and port charges

From ÂŁ2,479pp

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Lead in fare is based on 2 adults sharing a category 6 cabin, port charges, and full board cruise. Return flights from London, accommodation where stated, and non-UK transfers included. Single supplement ranges from 50% when booking a Category 6 to a Category 2 Cabins and 100% supplement for Categories 1 and above. All prices are correct at time of print, are subject to availability and/or change, and can be withdrawn at any time. Sightings of Komodo Dragons are not guaranteed. Please be aware that flights are not released and all flights are based on estimated fares and this years scheduled timings. Fares can change and will be reconfirmed once flights are released.

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Northern lights promise Hurtigruten gives you the opportunity to travel with meaning. Building on their explorer heritage dating back to 1893, they offer unique nature-based experiences on intimately-scaled expedition ships. Travelling in Norway during the winter months gives you the opportunity to see one of nature’s best light shows, the Northern Lights. The route that Hurtigruten sails in northern Norway is directly beneath the Auroral Zone and of the 34 ports we visit from Bergen

to Kirkenes, 22 are north of the Arctic Circle, putting you in pole position and giving you plenty of opportunity to see the Northern Lights. And if that wasn’t enough Hurtigruten can also offer you their Northern Lights Promise. If the Northern Lights fail to make an appearance on your 12-day Hurtigruten voyage they will give you a free 6 or 7-day classic voyage free of charge. T&Cs apply.

Sailing

Classic Round Voyage Including charter flights

January to March 2019 and October 2019 to March 2020. Voyage includes, direct international flights from a number of regional airports, full board, free wifi and coffee and choice of cabins From

£1,289pp Sailing

Venice & Gems of Northern Italy

8 days on board River Countess Venice (Overnight), Chioggia, Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara), Taglio di Po, Chioggia, Venice Islands (Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello), Venice (Overnight)

£2,499pp Now £1,749pp Timeless wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong

Classic Was

You deserve the best

Multi award-winning Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive river cruises that sail the world’s most luxury waterways onboard luxurious boutique ships. From the rivers of Europe to more exotic locales – India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Egypt – Uniworld’s journeys provide an intimate and up-close view of some of the world’s oldest civilisations. Each itinerary features elegantly appointed riverview staterooms

and suites; all gratuities onboard and onshore; unlimited premium beverages onboard, including distinctive wines and regional beers; five star farm to table meals onboard; expertly planned shore excursions; and more.

Book by 28 February 2019 and receive up to 30% off select European sailings as well as Fly free on sailings to more exotic locations such as India, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. There is no better way to experience the wonders of the World than with Uniworld – the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line.

15 days on board Mekong Navigator Ho Chi Minh City (2 nights), My Tho, Cai Be, Vinh Long, Sa Dec, Gieng Island, Hong Ngu, cruising the Mekong, Hong Ngu, cruising the Mekong, Phnom Penh, cruising the Mekong, Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap (2 Nights) Superior Suite

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Fly free or upgrade to Premium economy for £299pp, Business class from £1,799pp Cruising Magazine 35

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The Emerald Waterways experience An Emerald Waterways river cruise combines comfort and innovation on-board our state-of-the-art StarShips. Enjoy the cool river breeze on the Sun Deck, plus, unique innovations like heated indoor pool that transforms into an evening cinema. Emerald's award-winning promise of Exceptional EmeraldVALUE ensures everything you need is included in the price, from flights, transfers and onboard tips, to every chef-prepared meal and complimentary drinks served with lunch and dinner. Exclusive EmeraldPLUS excursions and EmeraldACTIVE activities introduce you to the heart of culture.

There’s never been a better way to explore Europe’s iconic rivers. Save up to £1,000 per person, plus save an extra £200 per person when you book a balcony suite.

Take the Scenic route

Scenic set the standard for river cruising on Europe’s waterways, where even the luxuries you would expect to pay for are included. Their Space-Ships boast some of the largest suites on Europe’s waters, with luxurious included amenities and a butler service for every guest. Taste authentic cuisine in one of five on board venues and make the most of complimentary drinks, all day every day, as standard. Unlock a world unavailable to the ordinary traveller as part of their Scenic Enrich program, and immerse yourself in culture on the award-winning Scenic Freechoice daily excursions.

Sailing

The Charms of Holland & Belgium Departing: 18th October 2019 8 days on board Emerald Sky UK – Amsterdam – Dordrecht - Visit to Kinderdijk Windmills – Maastricht – Arnhem – Utrecht - Amsterdam – UK Emerald stateroom From

£1,295pp

Sailing

Gems of the Danube Departing: 5th August 2019 8 days on board Scenic Pearl UK- Nuremberg – Regensburg Passau – Linz - Melk – Dürnstein – Vienna – Budapest - UK Standard Suite From

£1,795pp

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£99pp deposit on all rivers

Sailing

Romantic Rhine

Departing: April to December 2019 8 days Basel to Amsterdam

£1,545pp pp Panorama Suite from £2,346 pp Royal Suite from £3,085 Deluxe Stateroom from

Fly for free on 2019 Rhine cruises Plus Save up to £1850 per couple

Welcome to river cruising - a new way of seeing the world that gives you the exceptional service and luxury of small-ship ocean cruising with intimacy, choice and attention to detail. Waking to the widest opening windows – and the industry’s only Open-Air BalconySM – is just the beginning of the Avalon difference. Beyond the wide-open views is an even wider range of ways to seize the day. Perhaps you’d like to join a walking tour through town to an ancient castle. Maybe you’d like to learn a few local phrases along the way. Or perhaps pedalling your way through the local sites is more your speed. On an Avalon river cruise, they take care of everything. Avalon host fewer passengers so they can offer a personal, intuitive service, whether it's the wine expert who remembers

Price based on 2nd November 2019

which vintage you enjoyed yesterday, the pillows you prefer on your bed, or the way you like your steak cooked at dinner. Their spacious, elegant ships offer you the chance to explore each new horizon in sheer comfort, while expert-led excursions bring each port of call to life - the moment you step off the ship.

NEW for 2019 Avalon’s new FlexDining® gives options for dining times and venues – it’s your choice when and where to eat. You’ve always been able to select your breakfast time; late riser or early riser. Now, feel free to enter into the dining room for dinner at your leisure, as well as greater options of where to eat. Have breakfast in your stateroom, lunch on the Sky Grill, a tasting menu in the Panorama Bistro, our classic dining area with flex dining options, or even pack a picnic! Avalon Choice® offers a choice of daily included excursions – Classic, Discovery, and Active. Choose from a variety of inclusions to match your mood, pace, and interests each day, all while experiencing the sights, sounds and flavours of the destination, your way.

Active Discovery on the Rhine Departing: May to October 2019 8 days Amsterdam to Frankfurt

£2,015pp pp Panorama Suite from £2,825 pp Royal Suite from £3,564

Deluxe Stateroom from

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The Rhine & Moselle Departing: April to October 2019 13 days Amsterdam to Basel

£2,845pp pp Panorama Suite from £4,218 pp Royal Suite from £6,406 Deluxe Stateroom from

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Magnificent Europe Departing: April to October 2019 15 days Amsterdam to Budapest

£3,985pp pp Panorama Suite from £5,602 Royal Suite SOLD OUT Deluxe Stateroom from

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T&C’s - Free flights offer valid on all new Rhine cruise bookings made between 27 Dec 2018 and 28 Feb 2019, departing the UK between 1 Jan 2019 and 30 Nov 2019. Offer valid for bookings departing London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow airports, on either British Airways, KLM or EasyJet operated flights, subject to availability. Alternative airlines / flight times are available at time of booking for a supplement. Save up to £1,850 per couple on all new Avalon European river cruises bookings made between 27 Dec 2018 and 28 Feb 2019, departing the UK in 2019. Example: Active Discovery on the Rhine (southbound), departing 11 May 2019, was £2,940pp and now £2,015pp, saving £925pp. Offer based on two people sharing a stateroom; single supplements may apply. Prices shown includes saving. Offer subject to stateroom availability.

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Welcome to boutique, luxury cruising

2019 signals a new beginning for Saga Cruises, with the launch of Spirit of Discovery, their first purpose-built ship. Of course you’re familiar with the concept of boutique hotels. But next year, Saga are taking it to a new level, by applying it to cruising. That’s what you can look forward to when stepping aboard their new flagship Spirit of Discovery. All the comfort, luxury, fine cuisine and high levels of service you’d expect in a boutique hotel, except here you’ll wake up in a different destination to the one you went to sleep in. Taking to the oceans in Summer 2019, Spirit of Discovery is the only small ship being built for the British market, offering a balcony for every guest and a choice of free speciality restaurants. All backed by Saga’s famous personal service and inclusive value. Fine dining has long been an integral part of every Saga cruise, and this is continuing aboard their new ship. Guests can look forward to widest-

ever selection of restaurants at sea, led by an expert team of Executive Chefs. Plus, all speciality restaurants are completely free of charge Spirit of Adventure, sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, will take to the oceans a year later in August 2020. Sharing the same high levels of boutique luxury but with her own distinct character, she will introduce a second wave of luxury cruising to Saga’s distinctive new portfolio. Whichever ship you choose, Saga always stands out for its unbeatable value for money. Once the fare has been paid, there is very little to budget for, they really do include so much more in the price. In fact, every cruise can begin with a chauffeur service from home to the port. It’s not an added extra, but included as standard for everyone, up to 250 miles each way. On board, all meals are included, even dining in all the speciality restaurants. A choice of complimentary wines are

served at lunch and dinner, while snacks, afternoon tea and 24-hour room service are also included, so is free Wi-Fi throughout the cruise. Saga's 2020 season is All Inclusive.

Sailing

Dance to France SD10 Departing: 3rd October 2019 4 nights on board Spirit of Discovery Dover, Cherbourg, St. Malo, Le Havre (Paris), Dover

£969pp A Norwegian Canvas SU003 from

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£1,511pp

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A warm welcome to 2019 and our new year edition of Cruising Magazine. January sees the start of another exciting year in the industry. New ships accompany new itineraries and whether they are setting sail on maiden voyages in 2019 or simply available to book this year, there are more opportunities than ever to find that dream holiday. We bring you all the insider details on newly launched ships, including time onboard Celebrity Cruises’ state-of-the-art ship, Celebrity Edge.

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Sea-born in the USA - The ins and outs of cruising in North America Destination

We showcase the rising trend of private islands owned by a number of cruise operators in the Caribbean and what each one has to offer. We catch up with P&O insider Chris Mayhew to give us an exclusive insight into soon-to-debut P&O ship, Iona. On location in the Norwegian Fjords, Chris gives us his take on the fabulous shore excursions that will be available on the newest member of the P&O fleet upon her maiden season in 2020.

Upper Amazon with National Geographic

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Plus, we bring you something unrelated to cruise, but equally as special. We announce our partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. Presenting you with boundless opportunities to be surrounded by natural wonders and exotic wildlife, the world over. All of this and more, in addition to some inspiring cruise holiday ideas and inspiration for you from our cruise operator partners. As many of you know and appreciate, yet it is always worth a mention, we are both ABTA and ATOL protected, giving you financial peace of mind. As specialists in our field, we have travelled far and wide and you can benefit from the knowledge we have and the advice we give. For now, find a moment in your day, put the kettle on, sit back and relax. We hope you enjoy your latest edition of Cruising and we look forward to speaking with you.

UK General Manager Star Clippers

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Seeing as it's the start of a new year, Cruising magazine has caught up with cruise industry leaders to see what we have got to look forward to in 2019. Plus we have an insight into what they love about the cruise industry.

Fay Mccormack (FM)

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Industry insiders

Nathaniel Sherborne (NS) Director of Trade Sales P&O Cruises

Steve Williams (SW) Director of Sales MSC Cruises

A day at the Cay Explore these cruise line owned private Islands in the Bahamas Sailing

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Iona, little bit of Norway

Movers and shakers

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We catch up with industry leaders

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What can we expect To see from you in 2019? FM: Borneo features as a new destination for the very first time, as does a new Greek Island itinerary on board Star Flyer. There are also additional Panama Canal sailings, with new ports of call in Colombia. 2019 will also see the debut of our brand new addition to the fleet, SPV Flying Clipper, expected to make an appearance from summer onwards. Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat. NS: Lots more amazing updates on Iona, including her dining venues as well as more news on our next XL class ship! Also look out for exciting news on some new brand partnerships!

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SW: 2019 is going to be a momentous year for MSC. For the first time ever, we will be launching our newest ship MSC Bellissima in the port of Southampton. She is the largest ship ever to be named in the UK and the port, the maiden voyage will be from

Southampton to the Mediterranean on March 4th post the celebrations. In addition we will be celebrating the launch of Ocean Cay, our own private island eco resort in the Bahamas in the Caribbean. In addition, we launch MSC Grandiosa in November, which will be the largest ship that MSC has ever launched. There will be exciting new features, including two brand new exclusive Cirque de Soleil at Sea shows created exclusively for MSC. We will have a record 11 ships in the Med for 2019. We will be increasing capacity in the Caribbean sailing from Barbados, Miami and Havana in Cuba. Plus Belllissima will be heading to homeport in Dubai for winter 19/20, the newest and largest ship ever to homeport in the Arab Gulf.

What would be your favourite place to visit by cruise ship and why? FM: Our Mediterranean itineraries are still by far my most favourite. I absolutely love visiting the smaller ports Star Clippers calls into, often untouched by the larger cruise ships. Corsica is a great example of this. I also love the Dalmatian coast for its history and dramatic coastline, and exceptionally calm waters. (Well most of the time) NS: Has to be the Fjords, which Iona will be showcasing in 2020. The scenery is just breathtaking! SW: I absolutely love cruising in the Med. I love the history of the area and love visiting ports such as Venice, Kotor, Dubrovnik. Kotor is a special favourite, it has a beautiful Medieval old town nestled at the end of these beautiful Mountains oozing in charm and history. There are some super local eateries and lovely local shopping and if you're feeling energetic you can hike up the old city walls which scale the mountain.

What is the biggest misconception people have with cruising? FM: Probably that ‘one size is expected to fit all’.. which couldn’t be further from the truth. There are so many choices when it comes to cruising these days, from small

boutique style vessels taking less than 50 passengers, right up to the super ships taking close to 7,000, each cruise line offering their own unique guest experience and inclusions. NS: That it's formal and structured. At P&O Cruises, you have the freedom to enjoy your holiday however you want, as we have something for everyone SW: There are so many misconceptions still surrounding cruise - it's too expensive, it's for old people, I will get seasick. All of which are now, fortunately, incorrect (perhaps excluding the seasickness if you're really unlucky). Cruising offers one of the very best-value holidays around when you compare what is included in your price. Unlimited dining, world class entertainment, amazing kids clubs - if you compare that to a beach holiday in a similar standard hotel, a cruise will almost always come out better value. As for it being for old people, MSC caters for all ages from the very young right through the ages.

FM: What do you love most about Fred. Olsen Travel? FM: I love the genuine passion and knowledge Fred. Olsen Travel has for all things cruising. The shared vision of putting the customer at the very heart of everything they do means they offer a totally unbiased customer centric service to all their clients. This is crucial when it comes to cruising, picking a travel agent who really has the customers interests at heart is as important as picking the right cruise line. NS: Fred. Olsen Travel brings first hand, expert experience of the cruise industry. SW: Fred. Olsen Travel offers their customers a really personal service. Their agents know the products they sell and in most cases, have personally experienced many of the brands and ships that they are selling. This personal service means they can truly recommend the right brand or the right ship for you. They are located nationally, so there should always be a local advisor close to your home. Will you be looking forward to a cruise with any of these cruise lines in 2019?

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Ipswich in store at COES Annie Clougherty

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Ipswich in store at COES Sophie Davies

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Felixstowe Linda Fowler

Ipswich TravelQuest Mary Poole

Woodbridge TravelQuest Clare Aitchison

Felixstowe Gemma Hopkins

Felixstowe Madeleine Mayes

Felixstowe Leah Johnson

Bury St. Edmunds Mark Scrivener

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Ipswich TravelQuest Katie Rickarby

Woodbridge TravelQuest Louise Butters

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Colchester Claire Bradford

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Ipswich TravelQuest Bethany Oxford

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Colchester Melissa Bidwell

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Norwich in store at JARROLD Vicky Bell

Norwich in store at JARROLD Melissa Hammond

Norwich in store at JARROLD Celia Ramos

Norwich Thorpe Travel Lorna Neale

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Woodbridge TravelQuest Hannah Jones

Norwich Thorpe Travel Donna Hardwick

Norwich Thorpe Travel Cerys Forder

Norwich Thorpe Travel Kerry Sabberton

Managing Director Steve Williams

Group Retail Manager Paul Hardwick

Retail Marketing Manager Sharon Ingle

Business Development Exec Karen Jones

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