The MV Discovery set to replace Cruise and Maritimes Ocean Countess

The owners of the 650 passenger mv Discovery have entered into a joint venture with Cruise & Maritime Voyages which the group has promised will offer passengers sharply reduced fares.

The All Leisure Group which also owns the 352 passenger Minerva and the 49 passenger Hebridean Princess wants to target the budget end of the cruise market by linking up with Cruise and Maritime jointly selling the Discovery.

Discovery will enter dry dock later this year and will undergo an extensive refurbishment before entering service under the Cruise and Maritime brand in 2013.

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Would you sail on the “new” Titanic ?

An Australian billionaire has announced plans to build an exact replica of the doomed liner.

The 21st-century version of the famous ship will be historically accurate and will make its maiden voyage from England to New York in 2016.

Clive Palmer has commissioned Chinese company CSC Jinlin Shipyard to build Titanic II – a life-sized replica of the White Star Line’s ship.

A historical research team will help to draw up the plans for the vessel, which will have the same dimensions as its predecessor, and will feature nine decks and 840 rooms.

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Please vote for us at the World Travel Awards

Once again a we have been nominated to win the award for Europes leading cruise travel agent, World’s leading cruise travel agent and World’s leading cruise online community at the World Travel awards.

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Bed news for the Sunbed hoggers……

Carnival Cruise Lines is the latest to announce it will make every effort to put the brakes on chair hoggers (derisively known as “choggers”), who claim sun lounges by the pool even though they’re not using them, in a new pilot program.

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Large ships sailing in and out of Venice could become a thing of the past

The long-running row over large cruise ships entering the Venice lagoon escalated recently with the news the Italian government is considering a law to ban them entirely.

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Cunard and P&O release their new Vantage fares with a Price Promise

On Monday 23 July 2012 P&O and Cunard will be launching their new lower “Vantage Fares” for cruises departing from April 2013.

In addition to their new pricing they are introducing a consumer “Price Promise” that will protect the Vantage Fares that you book on.

Any future booking you make with Cunard or P&O Cruises on these Vantage Fares will benefit from all of the following advantages:

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QE2 to Become Floating Hotel in Dubai

After 40 years spent sailing as a luxury liner and more than three years languishing in Dubai’s Port Rashid, Queen Elizabeth 2’s future has finally been set.

According to a statement issued this morning by Dubai Ports (DP) World and the ship’s current owners, Istithmar World, the 70,327-ton, 1,791-passenger ship will be turned into a 300-room floating hotel, and is scheduled to open in 18 months.

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P&O 175th Anniversary in Southampton

As I am sure most of you know already yesterday, the 3rd July 2012 P&O cruises held their 175th Anniversay celebrations in the port of Southampton.

All seven ships of the fleet were in Southampton for the day (then heading off own their own individual cruises) and P&O didn’t let the typical English weather interrupt the party proceedings.

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I’ve had an amazing holiday and I will be back into the office on Tuesday 19th June

I have just returned from an amazing holiday in Ibiza.

I will be back into the office tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th of June to pick up from where I left off.

Boutique Nile River Cruising on Alexander the Great with Discover Egypt

I am sure you may have read from my previous blog that I travelled to Luxor, Egypt last week to experience what Discover Egypt Nile cruises have to offer.

For more details on what I did while I was away and the Discover Egypt brand please look at my previous blog, this blog is really more of a focus on Alexander the Great, Discover Egypt’s 5* Luxury Boutique Nile cruise vessel.

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