Costa Cruises to launch Indian Ocean cruise from Port Victoria

Up till now, most people could only gaze in longing at the giant cruise ships that call into Port Victoria during the months of November through April and dream of maybe one day winning the lottery to go on a once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruise.


Costa Cruises, in association with their regional representative ATOM Travel of Mauritius and Ocean Charters of Seychelles, have now brought luxury cruise holidays within the reach of most holiday makers.


This was announced during a reception aboard the Costa Romantica, a 600-cabin luxury cruise liner in Port Victoria on its way to the Mediterranean for the summer season.


Caroline Chen of ATOM Travel and Gerard Lafortune of Ocean Charters explained that from the start of the 2011 cruising season in November this year, they will be able to offer 14-day cruises starting and ending in Port Victoria and taking in Mauritius, Reunion, Diego Suarez, and Nossi Be in Madagascar.


Starting prices for such cruises will be around US$1,575 (£960.00 GBP) per person inclusive of all meals and all entertainment on board. The Costa Romantica like other Costa liners are modern cruise ships equipped with entertainment such as discotheques, casinos, cinemas, theatre, health center gym, and many more activities, let alone other attractions in the ports of call.


Worldwide, there has been a significant growth in cruise tourism over the last few years as prices have become more affordable, and every year, thousands of people experience cruising for the first time.


Cruises on large ocean liners have never before been offered from Seychelles at such affordable prices. This new product on the Seychelles tourism market will not only be attractive to Seychellois but also to the many expatriates who live and work in the islands, as well as residents of developments such as Eden Island.


Through this new representation of Costa Cruises in Seychelles, other customers will also be able to book and obtain the special deals on cruises in other parts of the world such as the Mediterranean and Caribbean.


The function aboard the Costa Romantica was also attended by Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure and representatives of the Seychelles Tourism Board tour operators.

Royal wedding party to be hosted at sea

More than 12,800 Brits will be travelling with P&O Cruises on April 29, meaning the largest collective wedding celebration at sea.


The six ships will be cruising as far apart as the Panama Canal to Palma, the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.


On board each ship, passengers will receive a Royal Wedding invitation in their cabin and the wedding coverage will be broadcast in all possible areas on board, including the SeaScreen giant cinema screen by the pool on Azura.*


Great British sailaway or deck parties will take place throughout the day, with decorations and flags, and evening entertainment will include a Royal Gala Ball and a specially themed quiz. Films shown will have a royal theme, such as The Queen, The King’s Speech and The Princess Diaries for younger cruisers.


P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “The Royal Wedding will have the nation gripped on April 29 and we would like people to celebrate in true P&O Cruises style. We create a sense of occasion better than anyone, and have made sure that the day will be a wonderful celebration for everyone on board.”


The P&O Cruises ships will be in the following locations on April 29:

Arcadia – transit Panama Canal headed towards Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Aurora – crossing the Atlantic from Barbados, next stop Madeira

Azura – alongside in Palma

Oceana – returning to Southampton from Gibraltar

Ventura – alongside in Southampton

Oriana – alongside in Palma

An Unforgettable Experience: Cruising On The River Seine

Boat tours along the river are offered during the day, and also during the evening. Paris is well known for its splendid lights, which captivate all visitors, but especially those romance seeking couples. Cruising in the evening is indeed an opportunity to see this wonderful “city of light”, and, if you chose to, dine in a tasteful and select setting. The dishes served are bound to leave you impressed with the world-renowned French cuisine, but be warned, there is a high price tag on such pleasures.

There are a great number of companies that offer tours on Paris’ enchanting river, the Seine. Of course, you can visit Paris “by foot”, or use all kinds of transportations to get from your hotel room to all the famous attractions, but why not choose to have a truly unique experience? You can view a considerable number of the city’s landmarks and architecture from aboard your own paris boat that is rented! The calm, relaxing flow of the river Seine will be your guide, in a trip that you are guaranteed never to forget! There are also a great number of magnificent bridges which traverse the river Seine, and among these the most notable are Pont des Arts, Pont Alexandre III and Pont Neuf (the oldest brdge, built in 1607).

Get to know the schedules of tours and boat rides and include this in your set plan so you can enjoy your day and not have to worry about not knowing where to go next. Enjoy Paris it is one of the most enchanting cities to be in. A place surely you will not regret on visiting the historical and mythical Paris Cruise. Even Children could catch up easily and manage to ride past the waves. . At the same time from monetary point of view as well. Boat hiring and boat business is not an easy business at all. Here you can make business in the extra time of your Paris visit while boating alone. For moving around Paris with them, you have to purchase a full day ticket. Within boat, you can easily enjoy the beauty of this place. Buttes Chaumont Park should be your next destination. You don’t really have to seek for long to find one. Also the hiring rates are lower than tourism companies.

Good luck to your Paris visit with glorious and gorgeous boats where you can have your wedding reception Paris.  What you call luxury and lavish lifestyle enjoyed and admired by a segment of the society alone is just made available to one and all. Guest house facilities with complete security and safety are ensured around these areas. There are so many other attractions as-well; like the napoleon’s tempest, the arch built in courtesy to all those brave soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War – definitely worth a visit while in Paris.

3 Stunning Luxury Cruises Just Out for 2011

Going on a cruise is like no other experience in the world. When you stay in a hotel, you look out your window and see the same thing every day. The amount of space you have in regards to amenities is also limited. When you’re on a cruise, the scenery is constantly changing, the sunrises and sunsets are memorable, and the amount of space for amenities is large. However, you don’t want to choose just any cruise; you want to choose the best cruises in the world. Three such examples can be found below from prime companies such as the Royal Caribbean Cruises that will always see you in shear luxury from the moment you set off to your first port.


Consider a 4-night cruise to Cork on the Independence of the Seas, which is one of Royal Caribbean’s beautiful ships. Before we even get into the details for this cruise, you should know that the online discounts for this cruise are incredible and should be taken advantage of right away. As far as the cruise goes, one of its simplest yet neatest features is 24-hour room service. This is great for anyone who wants to sit on their balcony and watch the sun set over the horizon with their loved one as they eat seafood and steak. What could be better than that? If you’re more into action, it’s available. Not only that, but it’s available in different seasons. That’s right, it’s possible to rock climb and ice skate in the same day. Where else is that possible? For relaxation, choose from a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi.

The Norwegian Fjords Interlude is a 7-night cruise offered by Princess Cruises on their majestic Grand Princess ship. One of the neatest features here is watching movies under the stars. How many people get to watch a movie while floating gently on the sea and with the moon just above? Whatever movie you watch, you’re going to remember it for the rest of your life. During the day, take advantage of the ocean-view gym. Perhaps you’d prefer a round on the golf putting course and simulator. Other amenities include a sports court and three dining rooms that are open around the clock.

The Greece & Montenegro from Venice is a 7-night cruise offered by MSC Cruises. It takes place on the grand MSC Armonia. This is the cruise to take if you enjoy being pampered and treated like royalty. However, it’s also the cruise to take if you like action. Basically, whatever you’re looking for can be found on the MSC Armonia. From pool-deck activities to a nighttime disco to complimentary breakfasts brought straight to your cabin, this is a world of pleasure. Don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity slip away.