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Around the world in 121 days
       For those in search of an eternal   as Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka;
       summer, Cruise & Maritime Voyages   and taking an excursion to the see
       Australia has launched its 2020 Grand   the Taj Mahal in India or the Lost City
       Round the World Cruise aboard CMV’s   of Petra in Jordan (additional fees
       flagship, Columbus. Encompassing 37   apply for overland tours and shore
       ports of call, the journey will cover 5   excursions).
       continents and 27 countries over 120   “This incredible voyage provides
       nights.                             the opportunity to tick off all these   discerning travellers alike; we’ve had
       As with CMV’s other World Cruises, the   must-see destinations and iconic   unprecedented interest in the new
       2020 voyage makes an iconic maritime   sights in one go,” said Dean Brazier,   Vasco da Gama from our customers
       journey affordable, but with the style   Managing Director of CMV Australia.   and agents since announcing the
       and comfort for which the brand     For solo adventurers, Columbus       acquisition in March,” said Dean
       has become known. Columbus will     offers 150 cabins with 5 different   Brazier, Managing Director of CMV
       sail from London Tilbury on 6 January   accommodation options.           Australia.
       2020 heading westbound for a tour of   Also Cruise & Maritime Voyages has   Vasco da Gama compliments CMV’s
       tropical paradise via the Caribbean,   announced epic cruises to launch   Astor, which has been in the Australian
       South America, the Panama Canal     their new ship Vasco da Gama The     market for six years. The new ship will
       and across the Pacific Ocean visiting   ship will sail from Singapore to London   offer more onboard facilities and
       Polynesian Islands, Tonga and Fiji,   and London to Sydney in 2019 before   increased passenger capacity with
       before heading to New Zealand and   launching its inaugural Australian cruise   CMV’s hallmark personalised service,
       Australia.                          season. Passengers can choose from a   while the Astor will maintain its appeal
       The contemporary mid-sized ship,    range of options along the routes of up   as a boutique and intimate cruising
       with capacity for 1,400 guests, will   to 55 nights. The ship’s exciting 44-night   experience.
       then head north where guests can    Maiden Voyage from Singapore to      Cruise & Maritime Voyages will acquire
       experience the cultural wonders of   London will include Southeast Asia, the   Pacific Eden from P&O Australia in April
       Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam    Indian subcontinent, Jordan, Egypt   2019 and the ship will be dry-docked
       and Cambodia. Columbus will then    and the iconic passage through the   in Singapore before beginning its
       visit Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia,   Suez Canal. The cruise will continue   maiden voyage on 23 April. The vessel
       Sri Lanka and India before heading   to Israel and around the best of the
       homebound via some of the most      Mediterranean, finishing with Morocco   will be refreshed while in Singapore
       fascinating places in the world – Egypt,   and Portugal before docking in   and undergo its Vasco da Gama
       Jordan and the Holy Land via the    London. Guests wanting more can stay   ‘makeover’ (named after the famous
       Suez Canal. A relaxing jaunt around   aboard and disembark in Amsterdam   Portuguese explorer and navigator).
       the Mediterranean will be the cruise’s   (Netherlands) or Bremerhaven    Vasco da Gama will be deployed and
       grand finale before returning to    (Germany). Vasco da Gama’s 53-night   dedicated to both the German and
       London on 5 May 2020, just in time for   Inaugural Southbound voyage will   Australasian cruise markets. During the
       the European summer.                depart London on 9 October 2019. The   European summer (May-October) the
       Other highlights of the Grand Round   Southbound cruise includes 16 ports   ship will operate under CMV’s German
       the World Cruise include: transiting   of call in countries such as Morocco,   brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten,
       the Panama Canal; crossing the      Barbados, Mexico and New Zealand     homeporting from both Bremerhaven
       equator and the international date   before arriving in Sydney.          and Kiel; and during the Australian
       line; an overnight stay in Tahiti; visiting   “Our special Southbound voyage   summer season (December-March) will
       emerging, unspoiled destinations such   will appeal to cruise devotees and   sail from Fremantle and Adelaide.
       Historic 106 Night Trip around the World              Seabourn Ovation Christened
       Princes Cruises’ longest and most exciting world cruise yet   Seabourn introduced its newest vessel to the world with
       departed Sydney on 5 June 2018 for a historic 106 night   a festive naming ceremony for Seabourn Ovation in the
       circumnavigation of the globe. Sea Princess will clock 32,000   beautiful baroque harbour of Valletta, Malta. A line-up
       nautical miles (enough to make1.5 trips around the Earth)   of celebratory events was orchestrated, including a live
       sailing to 40 destinations across 27 countries.       performance by the ship’s godmother, actress and singer
       “Princess’ high guest repeat rates shows that more than ever   Elaine Paige OBE.
       Australian’s are taking advantage of exploring the globe from   “The ship is another major step forward in the growth of
       their doorstep. As the destination experts we pride ourselves   Seabourn and an opportunity for us to provide guests with the
       on creating exciting itineraries that let our guests see the   finest luxury travel experience available at sea today. Like her
       world with the convenience of sailing roundtrip from their   sisters in our fleet, Seabourn Ovation is such a beautiful ship,
       local homeport. Best of all, our guests only have to unpack   and I know that guests and cruise industry observers are going
       once,” said Senior Vice President Princess Cruises Asia Pacific,   to be very impressed from the moment they step on board.”
                                                             said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.
       Stuart Allison.                                       Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the
       Of the 3000 guests who are travelling on Sea Princess’ world   Seabourn fleet over the past decade, and the second of two
       cruise this year, about 75 per cent of guests booked had   ships designed for the line by hospitality design icon Adam D.
       already enjoyed part or all of a world cruise with Princess.   Tihany.
       With roundtrip cruises on offer from Sydney, Brisbane   The ship departed on its maiden voyage 5 May for an 11-day
       and Auckland guests travelling onboard Sea Princess will   Inaugural Mediterranean Spring cruise, bound for Barcelona.
       experience a range of exciting new ports across Greenland,   Afterwards, the ship moved onto a 14-day Vintage Europe
       Newfoundland and Eastern Canada as well as overnight   heading for Ijmuiden (Amsterdam), and a 14-day Midsummer
       stays in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations   Baltic, arriving in Copenhagen in late June, before heading to
       such as New York, Barcelona and Venice.               Russia as part of a 7-day Baltic & St. Petersburg cruise.

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