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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines enjoys 8.5% year-on rise at start of autumn/winter campaign

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the destination focused UK based cruise line, said it is celebrating a bumper start to its new 'Warmer Cruising' campaign, with one of its highest booking days for guest numbers ever, following the promotion’s launch on Wednesday 15th August 2018. “In the first two days of the new campaign, sales have been up 8.5% year-on-year,’ the company said in a statement.

Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Warmer Cruising’ campaign offers guests up to 40% off a selection of 42 tempting cruises between October 2018 and March 2019, on new bookings made up to 17th October 2018 inclusive. Durations vary from 107 nights to shorter breaks of five nights – the perfect ‘taster’ cruise for those taking a holiday at sea for the very first time.

Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: "In spite of the uncertain economic conditions, demand for our smaller, friendlier style of cruising is stronger than ever, with sales up 30% on the year.

“We are always proud of our richer, 'closer' itineraries on our more intimate ships, and our new 'Warmer Cruising' campaign offers 'something for everyone'. From culture to adventure, city breaks to global discoveries, we are committed to ensuring that our guests have outstanding experiences and cherished memories, wherever they choose to travel with us."

Fred. Olsen's new 'Warmer Cruising' promotion features a wide range of great-value getaways, including ‘Around the World with Sydney at New Year’, 'California, Mexico & the Panama Canal’, 'Islands of the Indian Ocean', 'Uncrowded Baltic’, 'Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth', as well as three intriguing 'Mystery Cruises'.

Sailings are from Fred. Olsen’s convenient departure ports of Southampton, Dover, Liverpool and Newcastle, as well as fly-cruises from London and Manchester airports.

Family from Hesse to name AIDAnova

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For the first time in the history of AIDA Cruises, the German contemporary market unit in Carnival Corporation & plc group, a whole family will name the newest ship AIDAnova.

Family Mirza from Hanau in Hesse was selected from hundreds of applicants by a jury.

“On August 31, 2018 Sonja (31) and Asad (33) Mirza with their children Sophia (2) and Adrian (3) will christen the newest ship of the AIDA fleet. 25,000 spectators are expected at the dazzling event at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg. The AIDA Open Air with a spectacular christening show and a live concert by star DJ David Guetta is one of the biggest events in northern Germany. And what is more: Sonja and Asad will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on the day of the christening,” AIDA Cruises said in a statement.


P&O Cruises to scrap automated tip charge from May 2019

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P&O Cruises, the UK focused contemporary market unit in Carnival Corporation & plc group, said that on cruises departing from May 2019, the daily on board discretionary Service Charge will be removed. This will apply across the P&O Cruises fleet. 

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said in a statement: “We take huge pride in giving guests a holiday experience that’s truly memorable and special.  By removing the daily discretionary Service Charge, P&O Cruises will make enjoying a cruise holiday an effortless experience, knowing that great service comes as standard.”

The company currently adds a charge of £7.00 per night to the on board expenses account of each passenger aged 12 and over they spend on board. This can be removed on request on board.

P&O Cruises currently operates seven ships. The 1995 built Oriana of 69,840 gross tons will leave the fleet next year before the entry into service of Iona, the first of two 184,000 gross ton newbuildings.

Miami-based Studio DADO lead design architects for OceaniaNEXT campaign

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Studio DADO, a Miami-based hospitality design firm, is announcing its partnership with Oceania Cruises’ OceaniaNEXT initiative, a $100 million re-inspiration of the line’s four 684-guest ships, Insignia, Sirena, Regatta and Nautica. Beginning with Insignia, the OceaniaNEXT campaign is a sweeping initiative that includes a dramatic, comprehensive redesign of staterooms and suites, as well as a luxurious renewal of public spaces.

The DADO design team led by Yohandel Ruiz, June Cuadra, and Jonathan DaCruz have used the line’s 450 ports of call as inspiration to reinvent the majority of Insignia’s public spaces, including the Reception Hall, Upper Hall, Grand Dining Room, as well as lounges and bars, including Martini’s, Toscana, Polo and Horizons.

Studio DADO is the exclusive architect of the redesign and re-inspiration of Oceania’s remaining Regatta-class ships, scheduled to be completed by 2020. As a relative newcomer to the industry, DADO is the only cruise ship design firm in Miami that is helping to create the total transformation of an entire line of luxury ships.

Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises, states, "The Studio DADO team was initially commissioned to completely redesign just the public rooms onboard the Oceania Insignia. They blew us away during our first meeting. Experiencing their energy and passion was delightful, and exactly what we needed for OceaniaNEXT. We immediately enlisted them to also design 342 staterooms and suites that were stripped down to the steel. They nailed the designs within the first shot, and in only two weeks.”

Yohandel Ruiz, founding partner of DADO, and project design lead says, “We’re really proud of the design our studio has created for Oceania Insignia. The ships are a smaller scale, giving us the opportunity to explore design in a more intimate way. Our approach started with highlighting the exquisite architectural elements found throughout the ship and using them as our backdrop to introduce a more contemporary language in the furnishings and finishes. We envisioned a residential environment for the guests with the ship being an extension of their lifestyle, filled with all the luxuries they have come to expect from Oceania. Guests will never want to leave the ship.”

Insignia will debut on December 17, 2018 followed by Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019, and Nautica in June 2020.

Iona to cruise to Norway spring and summer 2020, introduce new cabin grade

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P&O Cruises said that Iona, the first of two 180,000 gross ton newbuildings it has on order, will cruise to Norway in the spring and summer of 2020, the start of its inaugural year.

 The ship will also offer a new cabin grade, in which indoor and outdoor spaces can be easily combined.

“Iona begins her inaugural season in this incredible region. With departures throughout the spring and summer of 2020, you’ll have even more opportunities to explore one of the world’s most iconic destinations,” P&O Cruises said, referring to the cruises to Norway.

Meanwhile, the UK focused contemporary market unt of Carnival Corporation & plc said a new cabin grade called

Conservatory Mini-suite would bring the outdoors in with a personal and versatile conservatory-style room that forms an extension to the cabin.

"It offers great flexibility and creates a distinctive relaxation and socialising zone. This space, which includes stylish L-shaped seating, can be closed off or left open according to the time of day or mood."

"By day or in the evenings, the room opens out fully onto the balcony. With a direct connection to the sea, the space is cool and shaded - and perfect for chilling out in. In the evenings, it transforms into a spacious environment for private celebrations and socialising over pre-dinner drinks with friends and family. Leading directly onto the balcony, all configurations of this flexible space offer glorious seascape views," the company said.

P&O Cruises has appointed Richmond International, the London based design company, to work on Iona. The same designers were also responsible for the interiors of the 2015 built Britannia, the latest ship of the line.