Ventura in Man-Overboard Search : Called-Off

The Ventura, operated by P and O Cruises , was involved in a Man-Overboard alert in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 10th October.

The ship, together with the RNLI and local coastguard seached for several hours following reports of a missing male passenger.

The P&O ship, which can carry up to 3,200 passengers, retraced its route across the area to assist in the search.

The track of the ship showing the search area….

Ventura Search Map

The ship was scheduled to dock in Southampton at 7am but continued searching for the missing passenger until it was released by the local coastguard. Ventura finally docked at 12.30pm.

The search continued but current reports suggest the passenger has not yet been found.

A Coastguard spokeswoman said: “We have a lifeboat from Yarmouth searching along with a Coastguard helicopter and we are still broadcasting to all shipping to look out for anything in the water.”

A P and O Cruises spokesman said: “Following reports of a missing person earlier this morning, Ventura conducted a full search of the area off the coast of the Isle of Wight. As a result of this search, which has now been handed over to the Coastguard as is usual in these instances, Ventura’s scheduled arrival into Southampton this morning is delayed.”

The Ventura cruise scheduled to depart at 5pm today has been delayed until this evening.

Further news updates can be found on the P and O Cruises website.

Update: 17.00 : After 12 hours of searching for the missing passenger the Coastguard and RNLI have called off the search but have asked shipping to keep a look out. Exact details of what led up to the incident are yet to emerge. Source: BBC News.


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Bargain No-Fly Caribbean Cruise : J520 : Arcadia

J520 : 24-Night No-Fly Caribbean Cruise from Southampton

Another of of the staggering Cruise Deals to the Caribbean this autumn and winter….

On 25th November 2015 the Arcadia embarks on a 24-night round trip to the Caribbean from Southampton.

No flying so you can take as much luggage as you like. Once you arrive at Southampton you’re on holiday!

Cruise J520 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

Current prices are:

Inside: £1199pp
Outside: £1199pp
Balcony: £1499pp

Cruise Itinerary:

25 Nov Southampton
26 Nov At Sea
27 Nov At Sea
28 Nov At Sea
29 Nov Madeira – Portugal
30 Nov At Sea
01 Dec At Sea
02 Dec At Sea
03 Dec At Sea
04 Dec At Sea
05 Dec Antigua
06 Dec St. Kitts
07 Dec Dominica
08 Dec Grenada
09 Dec Barbados
10 Dec At Sea
11 Dec At Sea
12 Dec At Sea
13 Dec At Sea
14 Dec At Sea
15 Dec Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel – Azores
16 Dec At Sea
17 Dec At Sea
18 Dec At Sea
19 Dec Southampton

Cruise J520 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

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Bargain No-Fly Caribbean Cruise : R518 : Aurora

D518 : 24-Night No-Fly Caribbean Cruise from Southampton

Another of of the staggering Cruise Deals to the Caribbean this autumn and winter….

On 11th November 2015 the Aurora embarks on a 24-night round trip to the Caribbean from Southampton.

No flying so you can take as much luggage as you like. Once you arrive at Southampton you’re on holiday!

Cruise R518 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

Current prices are:

Inside: £1199pp
Outside: £1199pp
Balcony: £1599pp

Cruise Itinerary:

11 Nov Southampton
12 Nov At Sea
13 Nov At Sea
14 Nov At Sea
15 Nov Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel – Azores
16 Nov At Sea
17 Nov At Sea
18 Nov At Sea
19 Nov At Sea
20 Nov At Sea
21 Nov Antigua
22 Nov Tortola
23 Nov St. Maarten
24 Nov St. Lucia
25 Nov Barbados
26 Nov At Sea
27 Nov At Sea
28 Nov At Sea
29 Nov At Sea
30 Nov At Sea
01 Dec Madeira – Portugal
02 Dec At Sea
03 Dec At Sea
04 Dec At Sea
05 Dec Southampton

Cruise R518 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

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Bargain Transatlantic Caribbean Cruise : D522 : Adonia

D522 : 22-Night Transatlantic Caribbean Cruise from Southampton

Another of of the staggering Cruise Deals to the Caribbean this autumn and winter….

On 23rd October the charming small Adonia embarks on a 22-night trip to the Caribbean from Southampton.

Cruise D522 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

Current prices are:

Inside: £1099pp
Outside: £1099pp
Balcony: £1299pp

These prices include your return flight from Barbados!

Cruise Itinerary:

23 Oct Southampton
24 Oct At Sea
25 Oct At Sea
26 Oct At Sea
27 Oct Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel – Azores
28 Oct At Sea
29 Oct At Sea
30 Oct At Sea
31 Oct At Sea
01 Nov Hamilton, Bermuda
02 Nov At Sea
03 Nov At Sea
04 Nov Port Canaveral for Orlando
05 Nov Port Canaveral for Orlando
06 Nov Miami
07 Nov Key West – USA
08 Nov At Sea
09 Nov At Sea
10 Nov Tortola
11 Nov Antigua
12 Nov Bequia
13 Nov Barbados

Cruise D522 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

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Bargain No-Fly Caribbean Cruise : N603 : Ventura

N603 : 28-Night No-Fly Caribbean Cruise from Southampton

There’s some staggering No-fly Cruise Deals to the Caribbean this autumn and winter….

On 18th January 2016 the Ventura embarks on a 28-night round trip to the Caribbean from Southampton.

No flying so you can take as much luggage as you like. Once you arrive at Southampton you’re on holiday!

Cruise N603 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

Current prices are:

Inside: £1599pp
Outside: £2249pp
Balcony: £2599pp

Cruise Itinerary:

18 Jan Southampton
19 Jan At Sea
20 Jan At Sea
21 Jan At Sea
22 Jan Madeira – Portugal
23 Jan At Sea
24 Jan At Sea
25 Jan At Sea
26 Jan At Sea
27 Jan At Sea
28 Jan At Sea
29 Jan Barbados
30 Jan Grenada
31 Jan St. Lucia
01 Feb Martinique
02 Feb Antigua
03 Feb St. Kitts
04 Feb St. Maarten
05 Feb Tortola
06 Feb At Sea
07 Feb At Sea
08 Feb At Sea
09 Feb At Sea
11 Feb Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel – Azores
12 Feb At Sea
13 Feb At Sea
14 Feb At Sea
15 Feb Southampton

Cruise N603 – Book Online at the P&O Cruises Website

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Adonia reassigned to Fathom

Today’s P and O Cruises Announcement:

From April 2016, Adonia will be reassigned to a new brand called fathom, focusing on the growing number of people who want to work alongside local communities as part of their travel experience in areas such as education, the environment and economic development. She will be sailing out of Miami to the Dominican Republic on a weekly basis and passengers will be working on programmes that make a positive social impact on the communities they visit.

Adonia continues to be part of the P&O Cruises fleet and will be based in America. Everyone at P&O Cruises is excited and proud to be part of this assignment.

For further information on fathom, please visit the website at www.fathom…. or visit our P and O Cruises Advice Centre to read our frequently asked questions.

So that’s the end of Adonia as we know her. What a shame for those of us that had rediscovered a taste of the old P&O with Adonia.

It seems that P&O is moving in the direction of ever bigger ships.

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Thomson Cruises to Increase Fleet

The Thomson Cruises fleet is initially to be expanded with the transfer of two ships from German sister line Tui Cruises.

Mein Schiff 1 (pictured) and Mein Schiff 2, both former Celebrity vessels, will bring the Thomson Cruises fleet up to seven ships if the current fleet of older ships is also maintained.

These are the former Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Mercury which each have a capacity for almost 2,000 passengers.

No timescale has been put on the move but Tui Cruises has agreed to order two new ships for delivery in 2018 and 2019.

“In the framework of exercising our purchase option it was agreed that Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 will be moved to Thomson Cruises in the next few years in order to continue the modernisation of the UK cruise operations,” the Tui Group revealed as part of their half-year results announcement.

The annoncement followed the purchase of 1,830-passenger Splendour of the Seas from Royal Caribbean Cruises, which is to join Thomson Cruises in summer 2016 as a replacement for Island Escape, currently operating under the Island Cruises sister brand.

Splendour of the Seas is to be renamed Thomson Discovery and will be the largest in the Thomson Cruises fleet.

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Adonia’s Last Season?

Rumours are growing that Adonia is set to leave the P and O Cruises fleet as part of a move by Carnival to only operate larger ships.

P&O haven’t yet released a summer 2016 schedule for the Adonia so speculation is that she could leave their fleet at the end of the winter Caribbean season in March 2016. Oceania and Azamara seem possible buyers.

It seems that the repositioning cruise from Barbados to Southampton in March 2016 has been withdrawn from sale indicating that the ship may be staying on the east coast of the USA.

Of course, the speculation could all be wrong and the Adonia may just be operating for P&O out of a U.S. Port next summer. It all depends whether a buyer can be found soon enough.

Whatever happens in summer 2016 it seems that Adonias’ days with P&O are numbered.

An announcement from P&O is expected around the 20th May regarding next summer.

If Adonia is leaving the P and O Cruises fleet there’s sure to be a booking flurry from loyal passengers who appreciate the charms of this lovely small ship.

It may be worth booking a last-chance Adonia cruise before the rush! There’s still plenty of Summer 2015 and winter 2015/2016 cruises available with many at good discounts. That could change real soon.

Book online at the P and O Cruises website.

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Adonia set to leave P&O fleet?

On 10th April 2015 the following article was published on a leading Travel Industry website. The accuracy of the article hasn’t yet been confirmed by P and O Cruises but an announcement is expected soon.

If true it means that Summer 2015 and Winter 2015/16 will be our last chance to enjoy the lovely small Adonia and will bring an end to small-ship cruising with P and O Cruises

Adonia set to leave P&O fleet as unnamed buyer shows interest

Carnival Corp’s UK subsidiary P&O Cruises is in the process of lining up a deal to sell the 30,300-gross-ton (gt) cruiseship Adonia (built 2001), claim well-placed cruise industry insiders.

An as-yet unnamed cruise operator is rumoured to be showing a good deal of interest in the vessel, which is the smallest ship owned by Carnival along with its identical sistership, Pacific Princess (built 1999).

Both are part of a trio of 670-berth R-Class ships that P&O acquired from bankrupt Renaissance Cruises in 2002, just prior to the company itself being bought out by Carnival.

The third vessel, the 30,300-gt Ocean Princess (built 1999), was sold to NCL subsidiary Oceania Cruises in September 2014 and will re-enter service for the upscale cruise operator under the name Sirena after it is handed over in April 2016.

It is not clear yet whether Oceania is also interested in the Adonia, although the ship would make an ideal fit for the company, which will own four former Renaissance Cruises R-class ships when the Ocean Princess joins its fleet.

Other industry sources are suggesting Royal Caribbean Cruises’s subsidiary, Azamarra Cruises, could be the party intent on buying the Adonia. Azamarra operates two R-class ships in competition with Oceania and, with no newbuildings in the pipeline, acquiring more R-class ships would be the only way for it to expand.

Tellingly, while P&O has scheduled its fleet of larger cruiseships up until early 2017, its website only has cruises on the Adonia scheduled up until April 2016.

Carnival has made no secret that it intends to dump its smaller ships, which suggests that the Pacific Princess will be the next to go.

Over the past year, the cruise giant has ditched seven of its older, smaller ships rather than shuffle them across its cruise brands.

These cast-offs have been quickly snapped up by independent cruise outfits that have suffered from a lack of suitable tonnage on the secondhand markets.

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We Love the Adonia!

After over 20 years of cruising and watching cruise ships get bigger and bigger we were starting to lose interest.

The big ships really didn’t work for us. We mainly cruise to visit new destinations and these big ships mainly seem to dock in the same old year after year freight container ports. We found the big ships too overcrowded and they also attracted a new breed of cruisers who were less used to the old traditional cruising values of patience and courtesy.

So we tried the Adonia! Wow! How refeshing. A lovely Country Club feel throughout. Boarding and disembarkation was a breeze with just 700 passengers. The ship never ever felt crowded. The small Adonia Theatre Company were outstanding. Everybody was friendly and relaxed… both crew and passengers.

Our cruise tooks us to some lovely smaller ports and we docked right in the heart of the action. No shuttle buses. Fabulous. Exactly what we wanted from a cruise.

So we’re busy looking at what else we can book on the lovely Adonia from P and O Cruises .

Much of the winter Caribbean season seems to be booked up now but there’s still some great deals for summer 2015.

We’re waiting in eager anticipation to hear what P&O have planned for the Adonia in Summer 2016.

It looks like P and O Cruises have won back a customer! Thank you Adonia. :-)

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Save £75 on Thomson Cruise Holidays

Save an extra £75 on Thomson Cruises Holidays

Save £75 per booking on summer 2015 sailings departing between 1st May 2015 to 1st October 2015.

Minimum spend of £999 per booking applies.

Book online at the Thomson Holidays website and use the following code at checkout:

Thomson Cruises Discount Code: 46192

Enjoy!

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Thomson Cruises Discount Code

A new Discount Code from Thomson Cruises

Save an Extra £50 on July and August 2014 Sailings

£50 savings code on all sailing holidays departing between 1st July – 31st August 2014

Thomson Cruises Discount Code: 45254

Minimum Spend: £699 per booking

Book online at the Thomson Cruises Website and use the discount code at the checkout.

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Thomson Cruises Discount Codes

Try these new Discount Codes for Thomson Cruises!

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Applicable to 23rd March departure from Birmingham, Glasgow or Gatwick for 14 nights only

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Minimum Spend: £999 per booking

Code Valid: Now until Monday 3rd March 2014

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Save £60 per booking valid on all fly-cruise and ex-UK sailings departing between 1st May – 31st October 2014

Code: 42474

Minimum Spend: £799 per booking

Code Valid: Now until Monday 3rd March 2014

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Thomson Cruises Discount Code

Save an extra 40 Pounds off all Thomson Cruise Holidays that depart between 1st May 2014 and 31st October 2014 by using the Thomson Holidays Discount Code below when you check out ….

>>> Thomson Holidays Cruise Discount Code : 42370

Minimum spend is 799 Pounds per booking.

Terms and Conditions do apply.

You can use all these codes on holidays to ANY destination! :-)

The Pre-Cruise-Traveller team hope you have an enjoyable 2014 Summer Cruise Holiday. 😉

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Thomson Cruises Discount Code from Cruise-Traveller

New Thomson Holidays Cruises Discount Code from Cruise-Traveller ….

Save an extra 50 Pounds on Summer 2014 Thomson Cruise Holidays

The Offer: 50 Pounds saving per booking on all new long haul package holidays departing between 01 May – 31 October 2014

Thomson Holidays Cruises Discount Code: 40640

Minimum Spend: 999 Pounds

Code Valid from: Now – 23:59 Sunday 5th January 2014

Just book your Thomson Cruise online at the Thomson Holidays website.

Happy Thomson Cruise Holiday from the Cruise-Traveller Team. :-)

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