October 28, 2016
(2:50 p.m. EDT) -- Disney Cruise Line has expanded its popular Royal Court Royal Tea to all ships in the fleet. The event, which features visits from Disney Princesses, will roll out on three-night Disney Dream cruises starting November 4, Disney Wonder November 10 and Disney Magic December 11 (the tea was already taking place on Disney Fantasy and four-night sailings on Disney Dream). Besides the food -- tea sandwiches, pastries, cupcakes and tea -- "princesses" and "royal knights" who attend the event receive several gifts. The tea costs $279 for one adult and a child; each additional child is $210 and each adult is $69.
Australis Confirms Name and Launch Date of New-Build Exploration Cruise Ship
Chile-based cruise line Australis has confirmed its new expedition cruise vessel Ventis Australis will launch 2018. The 210-passenger ship, which is currently being built in Chile, will operate in Patagonia, exploring the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. The luxury ship will feature a sky lounge, gourmet restaurant and spacious cabins with Nobel beds and floor-to-ceiling windows. It will operate two four-night itineraries, from Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina, and back.
Uniworld Teams Up with Land Partners for Seamless Trips to Europe
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has teamed up with Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold -- two other companies within its parent company, The Travel Corporation -- to offer European itineraries that dovetail land tours with cruises. The eight itineraries include two new trips for 2017 that combine a trip to England with a France sailing on the line's new ship Joie de Vivre, as well as one that takes travelers to the Dalmatian Coast after a cruise on the Danube River. Other choices include Switzerland and the Rhine; Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine; Bohemia and the Danube; Portugal and the Douro; and Italy and the Po.
Princess Cruises Adds EasyJet to Flight Options
Princess Cruises has added low-cost carrier EasyJet to the list of airlines bookable through the line, opening up a large number of regional departure options. EasyJet flights will be available to book direct with Princess Cruises on a number of sailings to the Mediterranean next year, from Bristol, Belfast, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Luton, London Gatwick and Newcastle. Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe said, "By having EasyJet flights added to our flight options, customers can now have even greater choice when booking a fly-cruise."
Saga Cruises Offers Money Back Offer to First Time Cruisers
Saga Cruises is so confident that first-time passengers will enjoy their first cruise that the line is offering early flights home and a refund of the cruise fare, if they don't enjoy it. Anyone who decides the experience is not for them can leave either of the line's two ships at the next available port. Saga believes it won't be necessary to trigger the offer, as some 99 percent of passengers describe their cruise experience as "good" or "excellent" in reviews.
--By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor, and Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor