Down to go under on CMV’s World cruise


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Fares are down to go under at CMV. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) cruise ship Magellan sets off on her maiden ‘Round the World’ cruise from the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury 5th January 2017 for 120 nights, with fares from a very affordable £6999pp.

For those people who may not wish to take a four month escape from the British weather, CMV has a number of shorter duration sectors. Now, you can take advantage of ‘Buy one get one free’ fares, together with a choice of a free flight or credit of up to £600 towards your own flight arrangements.

You can sail from London Tilbury on Thursday 5th January, after Christmas and New Year and select one of four different sector options.

  • Cruise to Auckland (New Zealand) via the Panama Canal for 42 nights £2485pp (based on a full fare of £4969) plus a free return flight or £600 credit towards your own arrangements.
  • Cruise to Sydney (Australia) via the Panama Canal for 49 nights for £2899pp (based on a full fare of £5799) plus a free return flight or £600 credit towards your own arrangements.
  • Cruise to Hong Kong via the Panama Canal & Australia for 76 nights £4494pp (based on a full fare of £8989) plus a free return flight or £400 credit towards your own arrangements.
  • Cruise to Singapore via the Panama Canal & Australia for 86 nights £5084pp (based on a full fare of £10169) plus a free return flight or £400 credit towards your own arrangements.

 Magellan visits include Barbados, Panama Canal, Acapulco, crossing the Equator, French Polynesia

and crossing the International Date Line to Auckland. From Sydney, those journeying onwards get to call into Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef, Bali and Borneo. Those lucky to be cruising as far as Singapore will see highlights of Vietnam.

If you decide on doing the whole voyage to all 40 amazing ports including India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Jordan and the Suez Canal then you need a modest £6999pp for the 120 nights World Cruise.


The fares quoted are based on two people sharing a twin inner cabin and include full board cuisine, afternoon teas and late night snacks, Captain’s Cocktail Parties and Deck Parties, complimentary self-service 24hrs tea & coffee, big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes, daytime activities and leisure facilities, guest speakers and arts & crafts, porterage of luggage, port to cabin and port taxes.  CMV operate an automatic tipping system on board of £4pp per night debited to the passenger’s on board account.

Ski and Cruise to the Northern Lights



How about seeing the Northern Lights on skis?! Hurtigruten’s new ‘Arctic Haute Route’ has launched as the company’s first ski touring adventure. It offers skiers and snow-boarders the chance to explore some of Norway’s secret slopes and thickest powder with experts on hand as guides, as well as witness the Northern Lights during the voyage. A guaranteed feast for the senses and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

You can join them for Norway’s most beautiful ski touring cruise – The Arctic Haute Route. You will sail on the nostalgic Hurtigruten ship MS Nordstjernen (1956), tagging along the beautiful Atlantic coastline between Bodø and the Arctic capital Tromsø – to some of the secret skiing spots of Northern Norway.

NEW: A Passage through Assam



NEW: A Passage through Assam

All aboard for 12-night Brahmaputra River cruise and tour

  • Join a safari to look for the rare one-horned rhino
  • Sail to Peacock Island in search of the Golden Langur
  • Choice of dates with upstream or downstream sailings
  • Flights depart from Birmingham, Manchester and London

The new A Passage through Assam cruise and tour features sailing on the mighty Brahmaputra River, a vast and remote region that is rich in wildlife and cultural history.

The small group tour, for up to 18 Saga guests, includes a visit to Mother Theresa’s House, watching for wildlife in Kaziranga National Park, tasting tea in an Assam plantation and seeing the Mishing tribe’s stilted houses.

Guests fly to Kolkata for a two-night stay in the Lalit Great Eastern Hotel (4Q) in the heart of Old Calcutta to view the Victoria Memorial and Indo-Gothic St Paul’s Cathedral before the call to Mother Teresa’s House to learn about her humanitarian work.

A domestic flight and a transfer to Kamakhya takes guests to MV Mahabaahu (4 Anchor) for a seven-night sailing on the river where endangered long-nosed Gangetic dolphins can often be seen.

An excursion to Peacock Island to look for the Golden Langur, an endangered monkey with a luxuriant gold coat and a masked black face, is another highlight while the next day is spent cruising through the unspoilt region and learning about village life on the Brahmaputra’s islands.

MV Mahabaahu is a comfortable, air-conditioned ship which cruises by day and berths each night in peaceful, picturesque settings. The ship has five decks, a restaurant, bar, small pool and a spa. There are yoga sessions each morning, and talks on history, culture and wildlife. Each of the 23 en-suite cabins has a picture window or guests can upgrade to a cabin with a balcony.  

A jeep safari through Kaziranga National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife reserves and home to two-thirds of the world’s population of one-horned rhino, is on the itinerary and guests can also look for elephants, buffalo, tigers, panthers and deer before a boat safari to a deserted island to watch the night sky.

The cruise continues to a Mishing Village to see the chang ghars, riverbank houses built on raised platforms. Here women weave cotton and silk – and guests can arrange to get clothes made as there is a tailor on board ship!

MV Mahabaahu sails on to Majuli Island, a watery paradise carpeted with rice fields. It is also the seat of Neo-Vaishnavite culture, an offshoot of Hinduism. In Sivasagar, the ancient city of the Ahom kings, guests see 18th-century lakeside temples and the remains of one of the great palaces.

After disembarking MV Mahabaaju the tour continues through rural Assam for lunch at a tea plantation before returning to Kolkata for an overnight stay in the Lalit Great Eastern Hotel.

Those who wish to extend the holiday can opt for a further three nights in Darjeeling or six nights on a Golden Triangle tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.


For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit

12 nights from £2,399 departing from Birmingham, Manchester or London Gatwick on January 26, February 23, March 23, April 13, October 12 and 26, November 9 and 16, 2017 (Please note January 26, February 23, March 23, November 16 follow a reverse itinerary). Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights and transfers, airport taxes, three nights in hotels, seven aboard ship, and two in flight, 27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners, porterage, Saga tour manager, tourist visa for UK citizens, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a reduction if not required. 

Celebrity Cruises singles offer,


Celebrity Eclipse interior photos Sky Bar.

Celebrity Cruises rarely have a singles offer, but they  have just put something into market:

Constellation 28 November. 12 night Arabian Coast & India. Interior stateroom with no single supplement £1114. Based on LGW or BHX flights. LHR, MAN, GLA all available at a supplement.

Constellation 10 December 2016. 10 night Arabian Coast.   Interior stateroom with no single supplement £1038.  Based on LGW flights. LHR, MAN, BHX, GLA all available at a supplement.

Constellation 2nd January 2017. 10 night Arabian Coast.  Interior stateroom with no single supplement £1065. Based on Birmingham flights.  LGW, LHR, MAN, GLA all available at a supplement.


New cruises and offers from Star Clippers


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With new cruises announced recently and some very good offers on their website Star Clippers’ fleet of three, majestic tall ships offer the chance to sail beneath thousands of feet of billowing sails, through some of the world’s most spectacular waterways, on board ships that are historically styled to replicate the 19th Century tea clippers.
A high staff to guest ratio, with a dedicated team to man the sails and haul the ropes and a smiling and friendly crew in the bars and restaurants, ensure that these days the clippers offer guests a unique and individual cruise experience.

Mediterranean summer cruise savings with Celebrity Cruises



Plan ahead for your 2017 summer getaway and enjoy savings with Celebrity Cruises’ half price cruise fare for the second guest. Guests can enjoy complimentary drinks whilst taking in the views of the Mediterranean Sea from a private balcony, as well as explore the historic cities of Rome and Barcelona.

Join Celebrity Cruises’ (; 0800 441 4054Celebrity Constellation on a 10 night Italy & Spain fly/cruise from £2,565 (based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom).

Price includes a half price cruise fare for the second guest, two complimentary classic drinks packages, return flights from London Gatwick, transfers and a 10-night cruise departing from Rome (Civitavecchia, Italy) and calling at Naples (Italy), Sicily (Catania, Italy), Valletta (Malta), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Cartagena (Spain), Valencia (Spain) and Barcelona (Spain) for an overnight stay ahead of the flight home; meals and entertainment on board the ship and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.

Price is a based on 2 May 2017 departure.

Offer valid on bookings made before 30 November 2016. For more information or to book call 0800 441 4054 or visit

Take a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ exotic fly-cruise in 2017/18 and enjoy a FREE ‘all-inclusive’ drinks upgrade


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 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests a free upgrade to its ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package on a selection of its exotic fly-cruises in 2017/18*, when booked by 31st October 2016. Guests can choose from 12 far-flung cruise holidays, to destinations including South Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean and the Amazon.  Fred. Olsen’s ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package includes selected house wines by the glass, selected beers, house spirits and soft drinks all day, every day! This fantastic package allows guests to relax with complete peace of mind that their holiday is even better value, with almost everything covered.

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.