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New premium British cruise line aimed at over 50s to go on sale in June

Ambassador Cruise Line, Ambience

A new British cruise line focusing on “a premium-value, authentic and friendly cruise experience” will go on sale in June.

Ambassador Cruise Line, based in Purfleet, Essex, will cruise from its homeport of London Tilbury.

Starting next spring, the line will offer no-fly itineraries on the 1,400-guest Ambience, aimed primarily at the over 50s market. The ship was built in 1991 and was set to become Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) flagship under the name Amy Johnson.

Ambassador’s management team features a number of people with cruise experience, including several who were previously with CMV, led by CEO, Christian Verhounig and supported by CCO, Christopher Coates, CIO, Gary Hides and CFO, Simon Weeks.

Ambience’s maiden season will start on 6 April 2022 with an inaugural short-break cruise to Hamburg, before a mixed itinerary programme with sailings to the Norwegian fjords and the British Isles planned throughout spring.

The full year programme, operating through to May 2023, will consist of 33 sailings visiting a total of 88 different ports, featuring the Baltics and St Petersburg, Greenland, the Arctic, and Iceland, while for the winter months a range of expedition style voyages will sail to the Canaries, Cuba, the Caribbean, Cape Verde and Scandinavia.

Ambassador said that all guests and crew will need to be vaccinated prior to setting sail.

Chair of the board of directors Gordon Wilson said: “Our launch today is a demonstration of our belief in the underlying strength of the UK travel market as we emerge from the pandemic.

“Ambassador Cruise Line has been established to offer a proposition to consumers who want premium-value on classic ships. Our audience is looking for traditional values, strong environmental credentials, superlative service and no-fly cruises.

“This is an exciting first step for our rapidly expanding team and for our industry partners. Investment on this scale, and the launch of such a significant business as we emerge from the pandemic will make a valuable contribution to the tourism economy and travel industry, particularly as we look to fill at least 100 jobs from the UK.”

Prices for a seven-night European cruise departing from London Tilbury start from approximately £850pp.

Prior to its maiden voyage, Ambience will be fitted with emission reduction technologies to improve its environmental performance.

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