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Russian Ballet stars to take centre stage on Silversea's Silver Spirit

Daria Khokhlova and Artemy Belyakov,
Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will welcome Daria Khokhlova and Artemy Belyakov, ballet solo performers of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, for an exclusive series of performances on board Silver Spirit's 19 August Mediterranean cruise, sailing roundtrip from Istanbul. The dance stars will appear on stage in the ship's elegant Show Lounge for three performances during the nine-day voyage, which will visit destinations in Greece and Turkey.

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Celebrity Cruises names Kate McCue as the industry's first-ever American female Captain

Kate McCue
For the first time in Celebrity Cruises’ history, an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit – a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda. As Captain, she will be responsible for the safe navigation of the ship and the onboard experience of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members.

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MSC Cruises adds flexibility with revamped Group Booking policy

MSC Cruises is transforming its Group Booking policy, giving travel agents more time to market and sell cabins without a deposit.
Retailers will now be able to hold options for up to 12 weeks before making a financial commitment while payment terms have been relaxed so balances can be paid in staggered steps up to 15 days before departure.


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MSC Cruises is first line to homeport in Havana

MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned global cruise line and the market leader in the Mediterranean and South America, announced that, starting in December 2015, it will be the first mainstream cruise line to homeport in Cuba. Its 2,120-guest MSC Opera will homeport in Havana for the winter 2015-16 season to offer guests 16 Caribbean cruises.

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Metropolitan Touring launches the Santa Cruz II

The Santa Cruz II
Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador’s foremost travel company that pioneered expeditions to the Galápagos Islands back in the 1960’s, has announced the launch of its newest expedition vessel in the Galápagos Islands, the Santa Cruz II.
Scheduled to take its maiden voyage in October 2015, the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II will bring with it a chic new way to explore the wonders of the Galápagos Islands in style and comfort. The new boat will offer guests the unrivalled guiding Metropolitan Touring is famous for while ensuring the utmost care is taken to preserve the islands’ delicate ecosystem via the latest in sustainable sailing technologies.


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