(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, Wash., Jan. 31, 2023 -- A fundraising effort by cruise line passengers that took place on the high seas around six different continents culminated today with a large donation for Ukrainian relief. Holland America Line presented a check for $450,000 at the Port of San Diego to the global humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief, money raised during the premium cruise line’s On Deck for a Cause campaign.
For 10 months on every cruise in the line’s 11-ship fleet, guests could make a $25 donation to participate in a fundraising 5K walk during their sailing, in locales ranging from Alaska to Europe and the Panama Canal to Australia.
“Our guests and team members, who love to explore the world, wanted to do something to make a meaningful difference for families in a part of the world that desperately needs humanitarian aid,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “We knew our guests were generous, but their support has well exceeded our expectations, with donations totaling $450,000.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_Boston, Mass., January 31, 2023 -- Travelers who dream of spending the night on an Icelandic horse farm, getting up close to rare mountain gorillas, or visiting the fairytale landscapes of Turkey’s Cappadocia this year are in luck. Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in personalized small group and solo travel for Americans ages 50 and older, announced free airfare on select summer and fall 2023 departures of its Small Group Adventures. The offer is valid through March 3, 2023.
Travelers can take advantage of free airfare with O.A.T. on four Small Group Adventures in Northern Europe and five African Safari Adventures this summer, and eight Small Group Adventures this fall.
O.A.T. provides travelers ages 50 and older with impactful, intercultural experiences that help change people’s lives. O.A.T. fosters an intimate and accessible experience, with groups limited to 16 travelers (average of 13) by land and 25 (average of 22) by sea.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, FL - January 31, 2023 - Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson’s award-winning travel brand making waves for its exclusively adult positioning and unique approach, is embarking on a new chapter with an alternative retail partner. Guided by its brand ethos to “Create an Epic Sea Change for All,” and largely driven by Branson’s passion for sustainability, the new cruise line successfully launched its on-board retail offerings with Harding in May of 2017. After six incredible years of collaboration, bringing Sailors’ favorite brands to the high seas, Virgin Voyages and Harding have mutually agreed to part ways.
Virgin Voyages is a brand that broke boundaries in many ways, first introducing ocean-going vacations for travelers 18 and older with a luxe yet relaxed atmosphere, doing away with traditional buffets, and offering unparalleled value for money with 20+ eateries, gratuities, wifi, essential drinks and group fitness classes included in the voyage fare. In its planning phases, the company also envisioned an alternative retail strategy. Together with Harding, Virgin Voyages designed a high-end shopping experience at sea that was similar to the ones travelers would find on land.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Underscoring the strength of its business and the deep generosity of its guests, Carnival Cruise Line broke its annual fundraising record for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2022. Carnival raised more than $3.5 million for the organization this past year, surpassing its highest-ever annual amount of $2.8 million in 2018 and bringing its grand total to $26.2 million raised since the partnership began in 2010. Carnival also achieved its highest fourth quarter amount ever, with more than $1 million raised in the last three months of the year. A testament to the name of Carnival’s newest ship inaugurated in November, guests on that ship celebrated the launch of Carnival Celebration by opening their wallets to support St. Jude, giving 30% of cash collections during its maiden voyage month.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, FL, January 31, 2023 – Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, introduces Allura today, naming the second 1,200-guest Allura Class ship. Debuting in 2025, Allura is the eighth vessel for the line and will be the sister ship to Vista, which sets sail in May 2023.
Named to reflect the excitement of starting an immersive new journey, Allura will entice guests to discover some of the world’s most captivating locations, enjoying the freedom of exploration while sailing the open seas. Allura represents the eternal call of the mysterious and the unknown. The luxurious new vessel will bring travelers a world of enchantment where new adventures, familiar faces, off-the-beaten-path destinations and more await.
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(WINDSTAR CRUISES)_More and more ports, famed cities, and environmentally sensitive maritime areas are banning large and mega ships due to overtourism, limiting the number of ships or even capping the number of visitors. Why is this trend happening? In some places up to eight mega-ships bring in tens of thousands of people a day (Like this…), and many local destinations are simply overwhelmed, or the visitation experience is compromised. This is a major move by these destinations, given ships and thousands of guests and crew on a single ship mean revenue for the local economy.
Contrary to popular knowledge, there are small cruise ship cruise lines that accommodate around 350 guests, are almost yacht-like, and are nimble and unobtrusive enough to negotiate these ports and waterways, leaving a softer footprint on the beaches, national parks, and streets of these fabled destinations. One of these is U.S. based Windstar Cruises.
Seven Ports and Places Where Smaller is Better (and allowed).
Dubrovnik has capped the number of cruise ships that can visit each day and has limited the maximum number of passengers to 8,000. Windstar Cruises accesses Dubrovnik, anchoring in the heart of Old town, on its Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast itinerary aboard its largest yacht which holds just 342 passengers.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, Wash., Jan. 30, 2023 — In an early sign of a successful Wave season, Holland America Line bookings in the third week of January were the highest on record for any January week for the premium cruise line. The week ending January 20 also exceeded bookings during the same week in 2019 by more than 20%.
The rise was especially notable for summer cruises and Cruisetours to Alaska, where Holland America Line offers more cruises to Glacier Bay than any other line and is the only cruise line with owned land operations in both Denali and Yukon. For the week ending Jan. 20, Alaska bookings were 25% higher than in the strongest week in January 2019.
(PRESS RELEASE)_SEATTLE, WA, January 30, 2023– Quark Expeditions, the global leader in polar adventures, has announced a brand-new cutting-edge Greenland itinerary constructed around Ultramarine’s two twin-engine helicopters—and brought to life with local Greenlandic partners, enabling guests to enjoy the most innovative itinerary in Quark Expeditions’ 32-year history. The 11-day Greenland Explorer: Sail and Soar the Alpine Arctic will launch in 2024.
“Being able to develop this itinerary in full collaboration with local partners in Greenland ensures our guests can enjoy truly authentic experiences no one else can provide, such as Tundra to Table: Inuit Culinary Experience and Greenland Camping along the Tasermiut Fjord,” said Josh Weidman, Director of Product for Quark Expeditions. “The other gems in this new itinerary are Ultramarine’s two twin-engine helicopters, which enable our expedition team to take guests to areas in South Greenland no one else can where they’ll choose from the most robust portfolio of off-ship adventures in the Arctic. It’s our long-standing partnerships with local Greenlanders, and our dedicated expedition team—the best in the industry—that makes us the experts in Greenland adventure.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_The luxury travel company, Red Savannah, is inviting those who love sailing on an adventure to explore the Lofoten Islands in Norway by gliding across sea on the HMS Gassten.
The six night journey from Henningsvær to Nusfjord explores some of Lofoten’s best kept secrets and breathtaking backdrops. The full itinerary showcases dramatic fjords, picturesque fishing villages, wild beaches and sparkling bays – whether you’re an adventurous sailor, or just looking to unwind and sightsee, this journey has something for everyone.
The highlights of the itinerary include:
· Exploring the island of Gimsøya, riding Icelandic ponies and watching for seals and sea otters in the bay
· Kayaking on the clear waters around Skrova and Litmolla
· Fishing for lunch at Skårungen followed by a soak in a waterside hot tub
· Playing a round of golf at Lofoten Links (recommended at midnight during June and July when the Midnight Sun prevails)
· Enjoying a Viking dinner on an ancient fishing hut on the beach
· Exploring the Arctic fjord of Trollfjord, on sea and land, with an invigorating swim in a freshwater lake and a mountain hut sauna, and a delicious picnic
· Discovering the waterways of Henningsvær, a pretty fishing village with piers and inlets lined with galleries, wooden houses and fishermens’ cabins
· Visiting the photogenic fishing village of Nusfjord with its red ochre cabins and tiny harbor
(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jan. 25, 2023 – American Queen Voyages™, part of Hornblower® Group, is a sponsor of America's Test Kitchen (ATK) TV for the 2023 season. Today, American Queen Voyages Culinary Ambassador Regina Charboneau and company executives visited the iconic kitchen to announce the partnership, a first-of-its kind for the North American cruise line.
"Partnering with America's Test Kitchen is an excellent opportunity to highlight our amazing culinary program," says Cindy D'Aoust, president, American Queen Voyages. “The dining experience is such an important part of American Queen Voyages and announcing this partnership here in Boston with our Culinary Ambassador Regina Charboneau and the talented Test Kitchen team is such a delight."
Cindy D'Aoust, president; Angela Composto, vice president marketing; and Regina Charboneau, culinary ambassador visited the facility on Jan. 25 where Jack Bishop, America’s Test Kitchen chief creative officer, Jackie Ford, CEO, and Sara Domville, chief revenue officer, welcomed the team and gave them a tour of the studio. Additionally, the American Queen Voyages team joined in on a taste testing and recipe development process followed by a meeting with Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster executive editorial directors and co-hosts of ATK’s TV show to discuss future opportunities for both brands to collaborate throughout 2023 and beyond.
"We are looking forward to our partnership with American Queen Voyages and are excited to welcome Culinary Ambassador Regina Charboneau and the team," says Jack Bishop, chief creative officer, America's Test Kitchen. "This is an incredible opportunity for us to build our partnership for the benefit of travelers and viewers alike."
For more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.
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