Atlas Announces Private Jet Charter
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Nov. 30, 2020 – Designed for the curious and fun-seeking, well-traveled cruiser, Atlas Ocean Voyages announces a new innovation to Antarctic expeditions. The luxe-adventure expedition cruise brand is chartering a private wide-body jet to bring guests from the United States to Ushuaia, Argentina, where they will embark World Navigator, Atlas’ new expedition ship. Atlas’ private charter jet service shortens the travel time it takes for guests to reach and return from the Antarctic embarkation port and avoids the layovers and inconvenient scheduling, which are common with commercial routes. Guests also enjoy Atlas’ elegant and engaging service as soon as they board the private jet, all part of Atlas’ All Inclusive All the Way commitment, in which complimentary, round-trip air travel and more is always included. For more information about Atlas Ocean Voyage’s new private charter jet service for World Navigator’s Antarctic expeditions, sailing November 2021 through March 2022, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com.
“Antarctica is the ultimate bucket-list destination and Atlas Ocean Voyages is innovating the industry again by greatly reducing the transit time for North American travelers,” said Atlas’ President Alberto Aliberti. “And our guests will enjoy Atlas’ engaging and enjoyable ambience as soon as they board our private charter jet. This innovation is part of Atlas’ All Inclusive All the Way commitment, in which we take care of the details and make it more convenient and seamless for our guests to enjoy Atlas’ once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”
Guests of World Navigator’s Antarctica itineraries enjoy included, complimentary air travel from 16 major U.S. and Canada gateways. They connect at Orlando, Florida, with Atlas’ private charter wide-body jet, which brings guests directly to meet World Navigator at Ushuaia. The direct service trims off at least a day’s travel time when flying from North America to the Argentine town, also known as the “End of the World.” On board, suite guests are accommodated in business-class seating, while all guests enjoy premiums meals, attentive service and unlimited beverages.
Upon arrival at Ushuaia, guests will be escorted through immigration and transferred to World Navigator, while their checked luggage is delivered to their suites and staterooms. At the conclusion of their luxury expedition, guests will be hosted at a Patagonian Gaucho ranch for a farewell meal and experience, prior to boarding Atlas’ jet for home.
Atlas’ newly constructed, safe, clean and green, small expedition ship, World Navigator, will offer 12 departures on nine-night itineraries to the Antarctic Peninsula, starting Nov. 19, 2021. Two special, 12-night itineraries will offer guests a more extensive Antarctic expedition: the Nov. 28 departure brings guests under the umbra of a rare Antarctic Solar Eclipse and includes the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, while the Feb. 2, 2022, itinerary crosses the Antarctic Circle to initiate guests into the exclusive Order of the Red Nose.
Atlas Ocean Voyages is a luxe-adventure, expedition cruise brand designed for worldly and fun-seeking travelers to immerse in active and awe-inspiring experiences in less-visited, bucket-list destinations. At 9,300 GRTs, World Navigator fosters a refined and convivial ambience for up to 196 guests and features the most-modern hygiene and cleanliness measures incorporated into her state-of-the-art design.
Atlas’ signature All Inclusive All the Way provides guests a more seamless and worry-free experience by including emergency medical evacuation insurance for all guests, as well as complimentary round-trip air travel, polar parkas, prepaid gratuities, premium wine and spirits and international beers, coffees and smoothies, Wi-Fi, L’Occitane bath amenities, and regionally inspired gourmet dining. In every stateroom, guests enjoy binoculars to use on board, en suite coffee, tea and personalized bar service, and butler service in suites.
World Navigator is Polar Category C- and Ice Class 1B-certified and her construction is on schedule for delivery in July 2021, followed by World Traveller and World Seeker in 2022 and World Adventurer and World Discoverer in 2023.
For more information, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com and follow Atlas Ocean Voyage on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlasOceanVoyages), Twitter (www.twitter.com/atlascruises), Instagram (www.instagram.com/AtlasOceanVoyages), and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/atlascruises). Travel Advisors can call 1.844.44.ATLAS (1.844.442.8527) to book their clients on an unforgettable luxe-adventure journey.
The Making of Atlas 'At Last' Campaign
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Nov. 23, 2020 – Following the release of Atlas Ocean Voyages’ new At Last… Atlas campaign, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Ashley Támar and Atlas President Alberto Aliberti and Vice President of Sales and Trade Partnerships Brandon Townsley share their insights about the campaign’s centerpiece video. Ashley Támar shares her approach to covering one of music industry’s most iconic songs, while Alberto and Brandon expound on the meaning of At Last… Atlas for the cruise industry.
“The At Last.. Atlas campaign is delivered in a way that has not been done in the cruise industry,” said Alberto in The Making of At Last… Atlas. “The feedback to the At Last… Atlas campaign has been nothing but positive.”
For more information about Atlas Ocean Voyages and to see At Last… Atlas featuring Ashley Támar, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com.
Holland America Extends Operations Pause
(PRESS RELEASE)_Seattle, Wash., Nov. 20, 2020 — As Holland America Line continues to prepare and develop its plans to meet the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the company is extending its pause of cruise operations for all departures through March 31, 2021. The line also will cancel select longer voyages, and cruises of eight days or longer that call in the United States until Nov. 1, 2021.
Cruises impacted by this pause in operation are:
Guests and their travel agents are being notified of the cancellations and options for Future Cruise Credits and rebooking.
Carnival Cancels Additional Cruises
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Nov. 18, 2020 – As it continues to build and implement its plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Resuming Cruise Ship Operations Order issued on Oct. 30 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Carnival Cruise Line notified guests and travel agents that it has cancelled additional cruises for the first part of 2021, including:
· All embarkations from U.S. homeports from Jan. 1-31.
· Additionally, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego embarkations through Feb. 28.
· Embarkations on Carnival Legend out of Tampa through March 26.
Carnival is in the process of building a gradual, phased in approach to resume guest operations, which will focus initially on Miami and Port Canaveral, to be followed by Galveston. Consistent with CDC protocols, Carnival Horizon arrives in Miami this week, and Carnival Breeze will be the next ship back to the U.S. In total, 16 Carnival ships are currently following the CDC process for an eventual resumption of guest service in the U.S. in 2021, including Carnival Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Sensation, Sunrise, Sunshine and Vista. Mardi Gras, which is under construction in Finland, will also enter service in 2021.
With this announcement Carnival’s operations are paused in the U.S. through Jan. 31, 2021. In addition, Carnival had previously cancelled certain other itineraries on four ships (Magic, Paradise, Valor, and Victory/Radiance) that are scheduled for required dry docks in the first half of 2021, with the plan to return them to operations after maintenance work and upgrades are completed. Carnival previously cancelled operations in Australia through March 2, 2021.
“We are committed to meeting the CDC requirements and keeping our guests and business partners informed of our progress,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The entire Carnival team appreciates the great support of our guests, travel advisors and business partners, and local officials in our homeports and destinations.”
Studio DADO Selected for Riverboat
(PRESS RELEASE)_Coral Gables, FL, November 17, 2020 – Interior Design Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Firm” Studio DADO, is pleased to announce that American Cruise Lines has selected the hospitality design firm, as the sole interior architect for their newest modern riverboat, American Melody, set to debut on the Mississippi River in 2021. The design project awarded by American, the largest and fastest-growing domestic cruise line, is noteworthy for Studio DADO, as the firm’s first foray into the domestic river cruise industry.
“The magnitude of the American Melody build reaches beyond the normal anticipation we see with clients celebrating the expansion of their fleet,” remarked Studio DADO Founding Partner Jorge Mesa. “From our first insightful meeting through the entirety of the collaborative design process, our team was honored to step into the moment with American Cruise Lines and create a fresh, but still cultured atmosphere aboard its new ship. We leaned-in and considered every element from a fresh palette to the architectural structure to functional details- while still paying homage to the brand’s perfectly American origins.”
As sole interior designer, Studio DADO thoughtfully approached the design process through the lens of creating a transformative experience the moment American Melody’s guests step onboard. The ship features a notable four-story atrium and encircling main stairway which invites guests into intimate lounges on every level, each with its own unique atmosphere.
The new riverboat highlights an elegant, yet approachable color palette both inside and out, which encourages passengers to unwind and explore their new “home on the waters of the Mississippi.” The staterooms and suites average over 350 square feet, providing serene escapes in open comfortable settings. The main dining room and outdoor lounges highlight refined materials and employ elevated design elements that encourage comfort, relaxation, and the enjoyment of beautiful river views. Each interior space onboard features DADO’s refined selection of textiles, colors, and beautiful furniture which complement the ship’s overall elevated and refined aesthetic.
“Studio DADO has a remarkable ability to blend the sophisticated and the modern. Their design vision closely aligned with our mission to provide sophisticated experiences on modern ships” said Charles B. Robertson, President, and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “We have been proud to partner with them in creating the new class of modern riverboats. American Melody and its sister ships will be the biggest step forward in American Cruise Lines design history, but will still offer the same great experience that has defined us since our founding.”
This latest build marks the first time American Cruise Lines has utilized an outside interior design firm for its ships.
To enjoy a video tour of American Melody’s new interior design please visit: https://www.americancruiselines.com/usa-riverboat-cruise-ships/modern-riverboat-cruise-ship-tour
For more information on Studio DADO’s recent “Fastest Growing Firm” award, please visit: https://www.studiodado.com/blog/fastest-growing-firm/
Holland Offers Group Advantage Program
Seattle, Wash., Nov. 16, 2020 — Holland America Line’s Group Advantage Program (GAP) is one of the industry’s most robust group programs that offers enhanced value when travel advisors book groups on cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. When booking groups of five or more staterooms traveling together, travel advisors have access to GAP amenities that are valid on cruises through 2022.
Holland America Line’s GAP features more than 30 different amenities to choose from — plus GAP Packages that cater to weddings and family reunions. GAP provides benefits tailored to each group program, while other groups receive amenities based on GAP points established by the cruise destination, departure date and length.
“Holland America Line’s Group Advantage Program is one of the most extensive in the cruise industry, and, now when we all need to focus on next year and beyond, we developed our program with exciting benefits to support travel advisors to elevate and grow their group business,” said Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line’s president. “We continuously work to fine-tune the menu of amenities to feature what’s popular and what’s being ordered so that our travel partners have the best options that their clients will really appreciate.
Atlas Debuts New Marketing Campaign
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Nov. 16, 2020 – Atlas Ocean Voyages today announced a new marketing campaign, At Last… Atlas. Supporting the travel advisor community and appealing to travelers’ pent-up desire to explore the world again, At Last… Atlas will be released across social media and national consumer and trade print magazines throughout 2021. The luxe-adventure cruise brand has partnered with Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Ashley Támar to create a music video that will be the centerpiece of At Last… Atlas in the United States. With Ashley Támar providing the soulful vocals of an iconic song, the At Last… Atlas music video underscores traveler’s longing as they look forward to returning to cruising in the new year. For more information about At Last… Atlas and to view the music video, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com.
" The new At Last… Atlas campaign message promotes the simple and timely invitation to travelers to return to cruising,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “We’re lucky to have the chance to collaborate with a highly regarded and recognized Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress. Ashley Támar takes the song’s classic lyrics and instills a spirit that encourages travelers to return to the elegance and joy of cruising with Atlas. There’s a lot of pent-up demand to return to cruising and this campaign showcases Atlas’ unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences aboard World Navigator starting in July 2021.”
At Last… Atlas was created for Atlas Ocean Voyages by Coconut Grove-based full-service advertising agency MARCA. The campaign features soothing imagery of Atlas’ intimate expedition ship, World Navigator, in a remote, halcyon cove at the end of an exhilarating and inspirational day. Accompanying the imagery is Atlas’ invitation to explorers and dreamers to aspire to travel again:
At Last it’s time…
At Last it’s time to come back to something brand new.
At Last… Atlas.
“Collaborating with Atlas Ocean Voyages on the At Last… Atlas project is more than a dream come true,” said Ashley Támar. “We are pioneering and re-defining how we experience travel, culture, adventure, and entertainment. I am beyond grateful to align all of my creative gifts to deliver my interpretation of one of music industry’s most iconic songs as part of the campaign’s centerpiece video and beyond.”
NCL Launches Docuseries
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (NOV. 12, 2020) – Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel with a 53-year history of breaking boundaries, today announced a new docuseries, “EMBARK - The Series,” inviting the public to experience the Brand and enjoy a front row seat to its highly-anticipated comeback.
The docuseries kicks off with an “EMBARK NCL Spotlight Series,” two episodes showcasing the iconic Broadway and West End caliber entertainment found across the Norwegian fleet. The first episode invites viewers into London’s historic West End Garrick Theatre for a special reunion that brings “The Choir of Man” cast together for the first time in many months. The episode will include performances of guest favorites including “Save Tonight,” “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” “Hello” and “Some Nights” as well as an inside look at how the cast is managing through this historic time and how the talented performers are remaining optimistic about the future.
Highly praised for its high energy, live music and foot stomping choreography, “The Choir of Man” is an immersive pub experience featuring ordinary guys who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock. Traditionally set in a neighborhood pub, the show highlights the importance of community and human connection through a series of songs, poetry and intimate conversations.
“Now more than ever, we are all longing for connection,” said Richard Ambrose, senior vice president of entertainment and cruise programming at Norwegian Cruise Line. “Entertainment unites us, allowing us to forget our worries, even if just for a short while. We have always been advocates for the entertainment community and are committed to providing high-caliber performances for our guests. While theaters are closed and gatherings are limited, we want to support our fellow performers while connecting with our guests in a meaningful way. Through this exclusive offering, we hope to showcase human resiliency and offer hope for a better tomorrow. In the end, we are in this together and that’s why we will all persevere.”
In addition to its residency on Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Encore, “The Choir of Man” has performed across the globe in iconic venues including Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and just announced that it will return to the Sydney Opera House for the third time beginning February 2021.
Produced and directed by Nic Doodson, one of the creative minds behind “The Choir of Man,” the nearly 40-minute episode will first stream live at www.ncl.com/embark on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 9 p.m. EST, before being made available on-demand.
“’The Choir of Man’ family and I were absolutely thrilled when NCL asked us to come together to create an exclusive performance of the show that guests could enjoy from home, until they have the chance to cruise again,” said Doodson. “The world of theater has had a particularly hard year, so this opportunity to sing, dance and perform together again was an incredible feeling, not only for the guys, but for everyone involved. I hope that the positive and uplifting energy comes across in this episode and inspires those tuning in to continue to look ahead to brighter days. The cast appreciated this opportunity to reconnect on and off stage, and now more than ever are looking forward to entertaining guests again soon in our pub on land, at sea or wherever people enjoy gathering with those closest to them.”
Further details regarding “EMBARK – The Series,” will be shared in the coming weeks.
To learn more about the Company’s 17-ship fleet and worldwide itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com.
Royal's 2022 Alaska Cruises
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Nov. 10, 2020 – Royal Caribbean International is gearing up for its most adventure-packed Alaska season in summer 2022, introducing new itineraries that tout four ports of call and others that showcase twice the glaciers. With a variety of destinations and four unforgettable cruise ships to choose from, including two of the most innovative in the region – Ovation, Quantum, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas – thrill seekers can experience the breadth of Alaskan nature and culture. The diverse beauty of America’s last frontier will come to life in the culturally rich towns of Haines and Sitka, Seward’s wild natural beauty, and the majestic vistas of the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier.
Informed by guest feedback, travel advisors and local partners, the robust vacation offering will be part of a longer summer program, offering 7-night cruise vacations departing from Seattle; Seward, Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Royal Caribbean’s 2022 Alaska cruises open for bookings on Wednesday, Nov. 11; Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members are able to book today.
Quantum Class Goes Bolder & Bigger in Alaska
Ovation of the Seas – the first of the cruise line’s game-changing Quantum Class to sail the Last Frontier – will be joined by sister ship Quantum of the Seas to sail 7-night roundtrip itineraries from Seattle. The Quantum Class ships will bring guests to more scenic cities and towns along the Northwest coastline, including Victoria, British Columbia; Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska. Travelers will feel a warm welcome in picturesque towns, where native tradition and original Russian architecture are folded into daily Alaskan life, and the awe of the region’s lush landscape, wildlife-filled fjords and gigantic glaciers like the 30-mile-long Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier – best viewed from the North Star, a glass observation capsule unique to Quantum Class that rises 300 feet above sea level.
The adrenaline rush will continue with onboard activities, including a collection of indoor and outdoor pools, the FlowRider surf simulator, RipCord by iFly indoor skydiving experience, and SeaPlex, the largest and most revolutionary indoor active space at sea. When vacationers need a break, they can enjoy Two70, a cutting-edge and transformative venue that offers 270-degree views of the ocean by day and transforms into an unparalleled theater by night with the help of the cruise line’s signature Roboscreens – a troupe of six agile screens that fuse performance art and technology for immersive, live theatrical productions.
Radiance Class Dazzles with Views
A popular choice among vacationers for their ocean-facing glass elevators and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide breathtaking views, two Radiance Class ships will return to the region to round out the summer season. Radiance and Serenade of the Seas will further expand Royal Caribbean’s reach with a fresh take on 7-night itineraries anchored by visits to Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau and Seward, Alaska.
Sailing alternating, open-jaw itineraries between Vancouver and Seward, Radiance will introduce a second northbound itinerary that includes a visit to Icy Strait Point – a port owned and operated by native Alaskans – celebrated for its genuine native Tlingit hospitality, diverse landscape and active wildlife. Southbound sailings will introduce an evening call to Haines, among the Inside Passage’s most scenic towns and home to a thriving arts community. Paired with a day spent in Skagway, guests can take advantage of the long, summer daylight hours in the state’s adventure capital that is located along the continent’s longest and deepest fjord.
Sister ship Serenade, departing roundtrip from Vancouver, will similarly hero Haines with a full-day visit to the destination known for whitewater rafting and spotting the North American brown bear. Guests can also enjoy twice the ice with an itinerary that features both the Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, and the Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America.
Guests on board Serenade can extend their stay with Royal Caribbean’s signature CruiseTours, a series of 2- to 6-night pre- or post-cruise land tours led by local experts. Travelers can witness the notorious American Brown Bear hunting as part of the Katmai Bear Trek, or learn more about “The Last Great Race” and the team of sled dogs on the Family Tundra Express experience. Royal Caribbean also offers 5- to 6-night Canada CruiseTour options with visits to Banff, Calgary and more.
Atlas Announces Complimentary Excursions
(PRESS RELEASE)_FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., Nov. 9, 2020 – Catering to travelers’ pent-up passion to explore again and supporting its valued travel advisor partners’ efforts, Atlas Ocean Voyages announced today that it will include an immersive shoreside experience, complimentary at every port for all World Navigator itineraries. Launching in July 2021, World Navigator is Atlas’ first newly constructed, small, expedition ship, which will bring guests on once-in-a-lifetime, luxe-adventure journeys with a total of 107 port calls in the Holy Land, the Black, Mediterranean, and Caribbean Seas, and South America. Worldly travelers who make a new booking from now through Dec. 31, 2020, will receive complimentary shoreside experiences and enjoy more and deeper immersions into the cultures and histories found in the remote and captivating destinations where Atlas sails. For more information about Atlas Ocean Voyages’ included complimentary land immersion at every port, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com.
“Atlas Ocean Voyages is already one of the industry’s most-inclusive luxury experiences, and we are adding more value by delivering more immersive inclusions,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of the luxe-adventure cruise brand. “Experienced travelers and anyone eager to see more of the world should start at the top of their bucket list and go there on an all-inclusive, luxe-adventure Atlas expedition in 2021. With our All Inclusive All the Way commitment, we take care of the details so that guests’ return-to-travel will be a safe and unforgettable experience.”
Guests who take advantage of Atlas’ new land immersion at every port offer can enjoy enlivening and enlightening experiences that make a memorable, all-inclusive, luxury journey. Immersive experiences include a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ancient Olympia from Katakolon, Greece; visit Zippori from Haifa, Israel, and explore this village’s rich and diverse historical and archeological legacy; inspect World War II monuments and Soviet-era memorials at Novorossiysk, Russia; see St. Lucia by land and sea atop an ATV and aboard a catamaran; visit notable sites of the Falkland Island conflict of 1982, and more.
Atlas’ signature All Inclusive All the Way provides guests a more worry-free experience by including emergency medical evacuation insurance for all guests, as well as complimentary round-trip air travel, prepaid gratuities, premium wine and spirits and international beers, coffees and smoothies, Wi-Fi, L’Occitane bath amenities, and Michelin-inspired dining. In every stateroom, guests enjoy binoculars to use on board, en suite coffee, tea and personalized bar service, and butler service in suites.
Atlas Ocean Voyages is a luxury adventure, expedition cruise brand designed for worldly and fun-seeking travelers to immerse in active and awe-inspiring experiences in less-trodden, bucket-list destinations. The 9,030 gross-registered-ton World Navigator will foster a refined and convivial ambience for up to 196 guests and feature the most-modern hygiene and cleanliness measures incorporated into her design.
Following her inaugural summer 2021 season, World Navigator will sail Antarctica expeditions in Winter 2021/22. World Navigator is Polar Category C- and Ice Class 1B-certified and her construction is on schedule for delivery in July 2021, followed by World Traveller and World Seeker in 2022 and World Adventurer and World Discoverer in 2023.
For more information, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com and follow Atlas Ocean Voyage on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlasOceanVoyages), Twitter (www.twitter.com/atlascruises), Instagram (www.instagram.com/AtlasOceanVoyages), and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/atlascruises). Travel Advisors can call 1-844-44-ATLAS (1-844-442-8527) to book their clients on an unforgettable luxe-adventure journey.
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