CMV just a few more days to get a free cruise



Cruise amd Matirm Marco Polo 1

 Just a few more days left to pick up a free cruise with Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) 0844 998 3877.   CMV’s ‘Buy one get one free” early booking offer for many 2017 cruises, expires at the end of this month. 

Current 2017 fare examples: 19 April from Bristol – Avonmouth a 7 night Marco Polo cruise visiting Scotland and Ireland, 1st adult £1019, 2nd adult free. 28 May from London – Tilbury for 5 Nights on board Magellan Medieval Cities and River Seine, 1st adult from £639, 2nd adult free. 27 June from Liverpool for 11 nights on board Magellan to Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar, 1st adult from £1599, 2nd adult free.

Sales of CMV’s new fleet addition Columbus, that joins the expanding company in June next year, includes an unusual itinerary to Cuba, Central America and the West Indies. Proving popular also are the two multi-generational Columbus cruises, enabling people to take their children and grand-children. The ship was originally Arcadia, then then the popular Ocean Village before being renamed Pacific Pearl. Columbus, it was announced last week,  will operate  a 121 night World Cruise in January 2018.

CMV’s top selling three cruises for 2017 are the British Isles, the Baltic Cities & St Petersburg, and the Norwegian Fjords. The company say that TV programmes about the UK coasts and railways has created a shop window. It has served as a reminder to a countless number of people who have never visited Scotland, Ireland or more remote off shore islands.

Celebrity Cruises brings back quick, modern luxury escapes to the Caribbean


Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Cruises is reintroducing quick escapes to the Caribbean, giving holidaymakers the opportunity to visit tropical ports-of-call during shorter itineraries. Guests can choose from four and five night sailings from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, onboard Celebrity Summit to highly sought-after ports of call, including Key West, Florida, Nassau, Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico.

Four-night getaways:

The four-night sailings make for the perfect short getaway. Guests will bask in the island breeze of Nassau (Bahamas) enjoy the modern luxury features Celebrity Summit has to offer during a day at sea, and unwind in the island paradise, Key West (Florida).

Five-night mini-escapes:

The five-night sailings give guests more opportunities to experience the distinct culinary delights and world-class offerings onboard Celebrity Summit, with two days at sea, before experiencing the rich heritage of Cozumel (Mexico), and the laid back vibe of Key West (Florida).

Extended Caribbean holidays:

For holidaymakers after a slightly longer getaway, Celebrity Summit will also offer two seven-night repositioning sailings from San Juan (Puerto Rico) to Ft. Lauderdale (Florida) and a return sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to San Juan, with stops in some of the most exotic sought-after ports of call, such as the sun-soaked islands of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten.

For more information and to book a Celebrity Cruises holiday please call 0800 441 4054, visit or talk to your travel agent.


River cruising on English rivers


English Holiday Cruises

You don’t have to go abroad for a river cruise! English Holiday Cruises is a family-owned company providing unusual, relaxing and memorable cruise holidays in the Cotswolds Severn Vale aboard their 4-star Hotel Boat the Edward Elgar.

Board in Gloucester, unpack once, sit back and relax for a unique touring holiday through glorious English countryside. A variety of river cruise holidays are available for individuals and groups and the home mooring is easy to reach by train, coach or car.

The Edward Elgar offers comfortable cabin accommodation, delicious traditional English cooking and warm hospitality from the crew. With a total of only 22 passengers, the atmosphere is friendly and intimate. There is a well-stocked bar, complimentary tea and coffee, optional games and some live entertainment. The restaurant and top deck offer commanding views over the countryside and all inboard areas are climate-controlled. Enjoy England have awarded the Edward Elgar a 4-star Hotel Boat rating for the past 4 years.

AMAWaterways have over 40 wine themed river cruises.



AMAWaterways have over 40 wine themed river cruises. They are based on a number of European rivers specialising in wine production including the The Douro, Danube, Rhine, Maine , Moselle, Rhone, Seine and Garronne.
The cruises also have the option of sailing on a river and travelling between cities such as Barcelona and Paris.
Each cruise has a wine host with visits to vineyards and perhaps even chocolatiers!

Avalon Waterways UK new type of European river cruise featuring active excursions



Avalon Waterways UK has launched its 2017 brochure with a new type of European river cruise featuring active excursions and local authentic experiences.

Available on one of the most spectacular stretches of the Danube, from Linz to Budapest, the new ‘Active Discovery on the Danube’ cruises have been carefully planned so Avalon guests can experience the area like a local.  Depending on an individual’s interests, local experiences on offer are based on culture, cuisine, outdoor pursuits and even the harvest of local produce combined with the comfort and luxury of staying aboard an Avalon river cruise ship.

Those wanting to be active can join guided mountain climbing, hiking through spectacular landscape, paddling a canoe or cycling alongside the picturesque River Danube.  Guests will have the opportunity to conduct an orchestra, learn the Viennese waltz, explore an ice cave or even visit a local farm to help with the apricot harvest.  Culinary experiences include a lesson to make authentic Austrian Linzer Torte, a brewery tour to taste locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by Trappist monks, or a hike through vineyards and wine tasting at a traditional Austrian wine tavern. This new approach will tap into demand for more “authentic” experiences and to get much closer to the destination guests are visiting, where the experience is as important as the destination.

The 9 day ‘Active Discovery on the Danube’ cruise from Linz to Budapest (and reverse itinerary) is priced from £2483* per person to include a selection of activities (based on 16 October 2017 departure).  Cruise highlights include Linz, Grein, Durnstein, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, Visegard and Budapest.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a new ‘Warmer Cruising’


Fred. Olsen's 'Warmer Cruising' brochure

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a new ‘Warmer Cruising’ campaign, offering guests up to 40% off a selection of tempting cruises between October 2016 and March 2017, from the convenient regional UK departure ports of Southampton, London Tilbury, Liverpool, Dover, Harwich and Rosyth (Edinburgh). These cruises, which must be booked by 12th October 2016, are ideal Winter getaways and provide excellent savings, with prices starting from just £59 per person.

Destinations featured in Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Warmer Cruising’ campaign include the Caribbean, Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic, with cruise durations between one and four nights – the perfect ‘taster’ break for those taking to the sea for the very first time. Such as:

Black Watch’s 16-night W1618 ‘France, Portugal & the Canary Islands’ cruise, ex  Rosyth (Edinburgh) on 12th October 2016. Prices start from just £899 per person (was £1,499 per person, saving 40%).

Ports of call: Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK – Honfleur, France – Lisbon, Portugal – Arrecife, Lanzarote – Santa Cruz, Tenerife – Santa Cruz, La Palma – Funchal, Madeira – Oporto (from Leixoes,) Portugal – Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK  For further information:


Guests can also choose to upgrade to Fred. Olsen’s ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package for just £10 per person per night.   For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.

Save £800 with Emerald Waterways



Book an amazing eight-day river cruise holiday experiencing the Danube Delights  itinerary in 2017 with Emerald Waterways.

From just £1,395 per person, this fantastic cruise offers exceptional value with savings of £800 per couple, plus those that book by 31st August 2016 will receive €250 per cabin on-board spend. Departing from Nuremberg, flights from the UK are included.

Sail into a world filled with authentic architecture steeped in tradition. The Danube Delights takes you on a journey from the Nuremberg down this epic waterway, through magical lands steeped in rich history.

This diverse itinerary includes: UK – Nuremberg, Kelheim – Regensburg, Passau, Melk – Dürnstein, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Budapest – UK