Archive November 2015

P&O Cruises’ Britannia cruise ship to star in new TV cooking show

(11:00 a.m. GMT) — P&O Cruises’ new ship Britannia will play host to a new TV series starting next year — Battlechefs. The Watch Channel will screen the show, which features 10 celebrities with a foodie background who compete against each other onboard and in port. Long-time P&O Cruises’ chef Marco Pierre White will be the judge of the series, which airs in March. The show features celebrities “with foodie credentials” and includes Alex James from Blur, Susannah Constantine of Trinny & Susannah and Keith Duffy of Boyzone. P&O...

Celebrity Cruises Confirms Celebrity Eclipse Will Return to U.K. in 2017

(3:45 p.m. GMT) — Celebrity Cruises has confirmed Celebrity Eclipse will return to the UK in 2017, offering its seventh consecutive season of cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from Southampton. The 2,850-passenger ship will offer sailings to Scandinavia and Russia, Iceland, the Canary Islands and Azores, as well two-week Mediterranean cruises. Eclipse will also offer more overnight stays in destinations such as St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Lisbon and Funchal, Madeira. Eclipse is regularly voted the UK’s favourite ship in the UK Cruisers’...

Carnival Cruise Line Reveals New Carnival LIVE Performers

(4:40 p.m. EST) — Carnival Cruise Line on Tuesday announced its Carnival LIVE concert lineup for 2016, which includes Journey, Gladys Knight, KC & The Sunshine Band and Trace Adkins, who will play in the theaters aboard 11 ships while they’re docked in port. Passengers can attend the onboard concerts at a cost of $40 to $75 per ticket (an increase from previous ticket prices, which ranged from $20 to $40). VIP tickets are also available from $150, which covers guaranteed seating in the first four rows of the theater, photo opportunities and commemorative concert...

Seabourn Returns to Alaska Cruises in 2017

(4:25 p.m. EST) — Luxury cruise line Seabourn will be offering Alaska sailings in 2017 for the first time in 15 years. The itineraries, on 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn, will depart from Vancouver and Anchorage for 11, 12 and 14 nights. While the sailings will stop in well-trafficked Alaska ports, such as Juneau and Ketchikan, the ship will also dock in smaller Sitka; Klemtu, a small island in Alaska’s Inside Passage; and Alert Bay, a tiny Namgis First Nation community in British Columbia. The sailings will include complimentary Seabourn all-weather jackets, the Seabourn...

Quark Expeditions Antarctica Cruise Ship Sustains Damage, Sailing Canceled

(2:15 p.m. EST) – A Quark Expeditions cruise ship, Ocean Endeavour, sustained damage from ice in Antarctica, forcing the line to cancel the vessel’s next sailing. There were no passenger or crew injuries during the incident, which occurred near the South Shetland Islands at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The vessel is carrying 167 passengers from 24 countries; all of them remain safely onboard. Debarkation is taking place today in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the regularly scheduled time, the line said in a statement. While the ship master performed temporary repairs to ensure the vessel’s...

Cruise Lines and Passengers React to Paris Attacks

(5:30 p.m. EST) — Cruise travel in France’s ports and rivers returned to normal Monday, while passengers booked on future trips considered their options in a world where current events often affect or change vacation plans. P&O’s Ventura, which docked in Le Havre on Saturday, canceled all excursions into Paris over the weekend. Passengers on Viking River Cruises on the Seine were able to leave Paris as scheduled on Saturday, and other passengers were rerouted out of other French cities, such as Bordeaux. In Marseilles, museums and sites were closed for a three-day...

Are you ready to do Battlechefs? P&O Cruises launches first TV cookery programme at sea

Celebrity contenders set sail for “an energetic show that centres on challenge and good-hearted rivalry” in new UKTV reality programme Battlechefs P&O Cruises Food Hero and celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will oversee contenders in a new reality TV show filmed on board P&O Cruises newest ship, Britannia. Airing on UKTV’s entertainment channel Watch, the reality programme Battlechefs is the first travelling cookery programme at sea. Filmed over two Mediterranean cruises on board Britannia, which was christened in April by The Queen, two groups of five...

The Art of the Weekender Bag (plus a giveaway!)

Regardless of whether you’re going on a long-haul flight to an exotic location or just packing up your car and hitting the road for the weekend, you can count on a classic weekender bag to take you there. These bags are designed to be just the right size to pack your bare essentials – no more, no less. So here’s what goes into the art of travelling with a weekender bag only (plus a giveaway!) Bag: Maxwell Scott Bags; Gloves & Beanie: black.co.uk; How to Be a Parisian; Little Black Book: Paris Why the Weekender Bag? I don’t really need to plead the case...

The biggest money savers overseas: How to save every day, everywhere abroad

Saving for travel is only one part of the secret to making your overseas trip last longer. It is not only about setting savings goals and reaching them, but it is about managing that money better to let it take you further in your travels. We’ve partnered with People’s Choice Credit Union to provide you with the biggest money savers overseas: 50 ways to save every day, everywhere abroad (aka saving money while you travel, not before you travel). It all starts as soon as you walk out the door. Second to that, your best option is public transportation. Avoid taxis where possible as this...

Using Third-Party Rental Insurance? Read This First

Plenty of travelers these days are taking advantage of the collision insurance offered by third parties that is a lot less expensive than the rental companies’ CDW. Among them, InsureMyRentalCar.com offers collision/loss coverage for $7.50 per day, $17.50 per trip, or $99 per year. A rate of $7.50 a day looks a lot better than the rental companies’ charges up to $30 a day. But one renter encountered a snag. InsureMyRentalCar requires that the insurance contract include the names of anyone who will drive the car, including spouses, and the reader wanted to make sure her husband...

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