By Judy Newell
Norwegian cruise line restarts cruises to the Mexican Riviera
Norwegian Bliss set sail from Los Angeles on October 24, making her the seventh ship in the company’s fleet to resume operations in what the cruise line calls the “Great Cruise Comeback.”
Sailing from the Los Angeles World Cruise Center, Norwegian Bliss is operating weeklong voyages to the Mexican Riviera. The vessel is the company’s second ship on the Pacific Coast.
Built in Germany, Norwegian Bliss has a capacity for 4,200 guests. Rates for the 7-day cruise start at US$593.29 per person for an interior stateroom.
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Serengeti named Best National Park
World Travel Awards—a global initiative that recognizes and rewards excellence in travel and tourism—recently unveiled its Africa 2021 winners.
World Travel Awards recognized Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Mount Kilimanjaro among Africa’s leading destinations, making the three Tanzanian national parks claim a spot on the 2021 conservation awards list.
Tanzania won in 10 different categories that included Leading National Park, Leading Beach Destination, Leading Destination, Leading Luxury Island, Responsible Tourism Award, Leading Green Hotel, Leading Private Island Resort, Leading Safari Company, Leading Luxury Safari Lodge, and Leading Hotel Brand.
South Africa’s Cape Town was declared Africa’s Leading City Destination, and its majestic Table Mountain picked “Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction.” The fascinating South African city of Durban was voted “Africa’s Leading City Destination.”
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Royal Caribbean launches the world’s longest cruise
Royal Caribbean is launching a 274-night cruise around the world to set sail in 2023. Prices start at US$61,000 per person.
The company said the Ultimate World Cruise, set to depart from Miami, would visit more than 150 destinations in 65 countries on all seven continents. Royal Caribbean said stops would include Casablanca, the Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica, Brazil, and Beijing.
The inaugural cruise is scheduled to depart from Miami on December 10, 2023 and return on September 10, 2024.
Passengers would travel on the Serenade of the Seas, which has 13 decks and a mini-golf course, an arcade, a rock-climbing wall, a pool, a theater, and a spa. The ship can accommodate almost 2,500 passengers and more than 800 crew members.
Prices start at US$61,000 for a person in an interior stateroom, rising to US$65,000 for an ocean view stateroom and US$79,000 for a balcony stateroom. A stay in a junior suite starts at US$112,000 per person. Royal Caribbean said passengers would get a 10 percent discount if they pay in full by January 6, 2023.
The Ultimate World Cruise is split into four legs: the Americas and Antarctica, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and northern Europe. Passengers can book them individually rather than opting for the full nine-month trip.
Bookings opened on October 27. Royal Caribbean said it would announce prices for the four individual legs of the trip when bookings for them open in December 2021.
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Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for 50 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit client’s interests, physical abilities and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel. Cell phone 415 111 8765, Vonage 949-300-3682; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources: Cruise Hive, Sandals and Beaches, APTA, Hurtigruten Cruises, Insider, Crystal Cruises