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small ship cruising propels forward in popularity

Responsible Travel today announces a staggering 121% increase in bookings for small ship cruises, which it attributes to a growing trend for authentic, local experiences on holidays.
From wildlife voyages in Scotland to floating boutique hotels in the Mediterranean and Antarctic adventures further afield, the online travel company has seen a marked year-on-year increase for small ship cruise holidays in the first quarter of 2017.


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Tauck’s ms Sapphire & ms Emerald back on the water following substantial renovation

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Tauck emphasises quality over quantity as the first of four ships returns to its fleet following complete redesign
Tauck, the world’s leading escorted travel and river cruise company, welcomed ms Sapphire & ms Emerald back to its fleet. After a long renovation programme, ms Sapphire was the first of Tauck’s four 110m ships to complete its radical transformation, followed closely by the company’s ms Emerald. The ms Sapphire is to sail on Tauck’s Seine river cruises, while the ms Emerald will travel along the Rhone. The two remaining 110-metre ships, the ms Treasures and ms Esprit, will undergo the same improvements next winter and return ready for Tauck’s 2018 sailing season.


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Celebrity Cruises announces increased agent training on board ships

This summer Celebrity Cruises will be hosting seven interactive training events for agents across the UK on board Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Silhouette. Following four successful on board training events for trade partners in 2016, Celebrity Cruises has increased the number of opportunities for this year.

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MSC Cruises names Cirque du Soleil shows as part of exclusive partnership

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MSC Cruises – the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa – revealed the names and concepts for the two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed on board MSC Cruises’ new next-generation flagship, MSC Meraviglia. The long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil will set new standards in live entertainment at sea and will see the world’s leader in artistic entertainment create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia generation ships, coming into service between June 4, 2017 – with MSC Meraviglia – and autumn 2020.

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Bookings open for ms Nieuw Statendam’s Premiere Voyage and inaugural season of Caribbean cruises

Holland America Line’s new Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in December 2018
Bookings are open for the Premiere Voyage and 2018-19 inaugural Caribbean cruise season of Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam. Due for delivery on 1 December 2018, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.


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