What’s hot in the Mediterranean this Summer and where are your sales opportunities? We give you 12 bite-size reasons to promote the region this Summer.
Clients can now enjoy longer Mediterranean cruises onboard Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam. A 12-night Adriatic Dream cruise departing April 27, featuring overnight calls in Valletta and Venice, starts from £2,799pp. Westerdam will debut the new Explorations Central (or EXC) in April. The resource centre will be rolled out fleetwide by the year end.
START FROM THE TOON
For those looking to sail out of Newcastle, Fred Olsen Cruise Line is offering a 15-night Authentic Andalusia cruise from the port, departing July 1 onboard Balmoral. Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar are on the itinerary, which factors in the Alhambra Palace, Santiago de Compostela, and plenty of opportunities to munch on tapas.
CELEBRATE WITH SAGA
Saga will be celebrating 20 years of Saga cruising with a special itinerary onboard Saga Sapphire visiting its most popular ports. They include Lisbon, Malaga, Livorno and Civitavecchia, visited by Saga Rose on the inaugural Saga cruise. Corsica and the Cote D’Azur also star on this 17-night itinerary, which leads in from £2,883pp.
POP THOSE CORKS
A representative of the famed Tattinger dynasty will be onboard SeaDream II’s Tattinger voyage, departing Athens on September 23. Clovis Tattinger will offer premium tastings of his family’s champagne, alongside other guest winemakers. A transit of the Corinth Canal and an overnight in Amalfi add extra sparkle to this itinerary.
Azamara Club Cruises is off ering a three-night taster voyage departing June 9 (from £822), sailing from Nice to Portofino and Saint-Tropez – ideal for new-to-cruise, it’ll also work well for clients looking to combine a city and a cruise break. Azamara Quest will stay in both ports until 10pm, allowing time for dinner ashore.
A SHORTER CLASSIC
Voyages to Antiquity has introduced four shorter fly-cruise itineraries to appeal to time-pressed holidaymakers. Shortened versions of existing itineraries, they include the 11-day Madeira, Morocco and Seville from £1,995pp, departing May 3. Guest lecturers bring shore excursions to places such as Marrakech up a level.
TIME TO MUSE
Silversea has a brand new ship, Silver Muse, which will set sail in the Med this summer. There are four extended
overnight stays in ports including Ibiza, as part of a Barcelona to Rome itinerary, departing June 9, from £8,450pp based on a Classic Veranda Suite. 12 days might not be long enough for your customers, who are likely to fall in love with the Silversea all-suite experience.
REGENT TAKE TWO
Your most discerning customers have another chance to sail Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newest ship, dubbed the most luxurious ship ever built, when she returns to Europe for a second season. A 10-night Autumn on the Adriatic itinerary sailing from Barcelona to Venice on October 4 calls at Monte Carlo, Sorrento and Dubrovnik, from £5,149pp.
FRESH PORTS OF CALL
Stylish, sophisticated, intimate and full of history, Palma de Mallorca is a new port of call on Norwegian Epic’s summer-round-trip voyage out of Barcelona, which also features other Med staples such as Naples, Civitavecchia for Rome, Livorno and Cannes. Lead-in price is £969pp for an inside cabin, based on flights from London departing April 23. Norwegian Spirit is also redeploying to a new seasonal homeport of Civitavecchia in May.
Celebrity Cruises’ guests have the chance to become acquainted with Sete in France, a charming fishing town that also boasts eight miles of beaches. Strolling along its canals, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled across a French Venice. This port appears on Celebrity Constellation’s 10-night French Riviera fly-cruise from £1,799pp. Price includes return flights from Gatwick and a classic drinks package.
RAIL & SAIL
When clients are wary of fl ying, promote Star Clippers’ new rail and sail holidays, which combine train travel from London to Cannes, one-night pre-cruise on the French Riviera and a week onboard Royal Clipper, the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world. Prices start from £1,849pp for an eight-night break, available between May and October, inclusive of rail travel and port transfers. Port calls include Sardinia, Corsica, Elba and the Italian coastline.
IT’S ALL GREEK
Clients can discover the best-kept secrets and smaller harbours of Greece, with a new itinerary from Celestyal Cruises onboard Celestyal Nefeli. The seven-day Europhoric Aegean cruise starts in Athens and sails on to Nafplion, Souda, Mykonos, Rhodes and Cesme, ending on a high with the jaw-dropping sunsets of Santorini. The itinerary starts in April and runs throughout the summer until October, from £772pp on a full-board basis.