Fred. Olsen River Cruises has returned to Europe's waterways with a five-night 'Springtime Dutch Discovery' fly-cruise from Amsterdam and a further 27 fly-cruises on offer this year. 156-guest Brabant will return to the Danube, Moselle, Rhine and Main rivers, with five to 25 night itineraries and an expanded enrichment programme of expert speakers to allow guests to experience the best of each destination.
Keith Norman, River Sales Manager at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said:
“We enjoyed a successful first year with Brabant in 2018, but this year we stop being 'newcomers' and will stake our place in the river cruise market. Bookings are already up by more than 30% on the same time last year. Our guests can enjoy an expanded enrichment programme with knowledgeable speakers, experts in their fields, who join a number of sailings to enhance the holiday experience. This adds to our immersive programme of shore excursions, led by insightful guides local to various ports of call. "
Experts set to enhance the guest experience on Brabant include: cyclist and travel writer, Andrew Sykes; Hugh Ellwood, with expertise in history and architecture; wine expert Martin Ward and WW2 historian Philip Sanders. They will deliver lectures which they will then build upon by accompanying some tours and providing hands-on advice and guidance to guests.
The first Canary Islands lighthouse hotel has opened on the island of La Palma. After three years of extensive renovation, the 152-year-old lighthouse has opened its doors for guests seeking an off-grid experience.
Faro Cumplida sits on the most northerly part of La Palma offering undisturbed views of the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse which is still in nautical use, accommodates up to eight guests in the light housekeeper's house, located directly below the watchtower.
Offering a modern architectural style within a historical structure, guests can appreciate the history of the building in a modern context. Facilities include four rooms, four bathrooms, a roof terrace, an infinity pool, 36m high watchtower and Canary-Islands garden. The two suites sleep four and two people respectively and both offer their own private terrace to appreciate the spectacular surrounds.
The traditional patio with its pergola made of local Tea Wood leads to the lighthouse entrance and the 158 steps to the top of the tower. Guests can also enjoy a glass of wine or refreshment from the Sky High Mini Bar, a rewarding treat after the climb.
A HOTEL WITH HISTORY
On 28 October 1942 during World War II a German submarine sunk the British battle ship Pacific Star near La Palma. After three days, the castaways spotted the light of Faro Punta Cumplida, came onshore and managed to reach the coast of Barlovento, where locals took the 97 sailors into their homes. Today, Faro Punta Cumplida is the only lighthouse in the Canary Islands which offers accommodation and is still in nautical use.
ABOUT LA PALMA
La Isla Bonita (The Pretty Island) is the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands. It has a network of more than 1,000 kms of marked trails, making it the ideal place for hikers and nature lovers in search of an off-the-beaten-track destination.
Princess Cruises will return to Tahiti in autumn 2020 with sailings available on the 670-guest Pacific Princess. Tahiti and French Polynesia cruises allow holidaymakers the opportunity to discover the region's unspoiled lagoons and beaches on five 10-day Tahiti & French Polynesia departures.
Pacific Princess will sale round trip from Tahiti around the islands of French Polynesia. Every voyage will include overnight calls in Tahiti's capital Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea. Additional ports of call include Huahine, Rangiroa, and Moorea.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe, said: “With its volcanic and coral islands, French Polynesia is always a popular destination for holidaymakers seeking a once in a lifetime experience. With sailings on our smaller ship Pacific Princess, guests can enjoy a more intimate voyage around these remote islands.”
With four Grand Adventure & Crossings itineraries also available ranging in length from 19-35 days, Pacific Princess additionally offers longer sailings for guests to experience the Aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands or discover the treasures of South America including Easter Island renowned for its Moai, stone statues of human figures carved by the Rapa Nui.
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