In case you missed it: August

Virgin Voyages details

The six cruise vessels planned by Virgin Voyages cruise line “won’t be the absolute biggest, but they’re going to be by far and away the best cruise ships out there,” according to founder Sir Richard Branson.

The keel will be laid in the coming months for the maiden vessel, which will carry close to 2,800 passengers. Branson said the ship would be very Virgin. “I’ve never been interested in going on a cruise ship myself, so we’re trying to create the kind of cruise that myself and my friends would want to go on,” he said.

The first ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet is scheduled to arrive in Miami in 2020, and will offer a range of seven-day Caribbean itineraries.

Seabourn Encore in Aus

Seabourn has confirmed the Australasian deployment of its new Seabourn Encore, which will operate a series of voyages out of Sydney and Auckland during the 2018-19 season.

The program will see Encore sail four 16-day itineraries between Sydney and Auckland as well as two 16-day South Pacific voyages from Auckland. The company remained coy about its 2018/19 plans for Seabourn Sojourn, with speculation it may undertake a circumnavigation of Australia.

Sydney Ports currently has slots allocated for Sojourn between December 2018 and March 2019. Chris Austin, Seabourn senior vice president of global marketing and sales said, “For Seabourn, Australia is our third largest market for sourcing guests and we appreciate the work by so many travel professionals who trust their clients to us when it comes to choosing a holiday”.

Tempo’s Croatia expansion

Tempo Holidays has launched Tempo Holidays Cruise Croatia, a new venture in partnership with Katarina Line which will see the operator expand its range of cruises in the Adriatic.

Promised to “take Croatia cruising to another level”, Tempo said the offering would provide both niche and lifestyle cruise options at the best market rate with daily availability and ease of booking.

Tempo Holidays Cruise Croatia will include land and sea tailor-made options and introduce alternative cruises designed to appeal to adventure travellers and those with special interests such as yoga and naturist.

There will be the additional start points of Zadar, Porec and Opatija and all cruises will visit the islands along Croatia’s coast.

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