Marella Cruises 2016 New Cruise Itineraries


Marella cruises 2016 + 2015 Winter Season

Marella cruises have announced the introduction of ten new destination s and itineraries for their new winter brochure. The new Marella cruises 2016 brochure includes cruises departing from November 2015 through to April 2015.

Marella are also upgrading two of their cruise ships with a refurbishment programme by McCue Crafted Fit from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. Both of the ships are to include a new Asian themed restaurant whilst the cafe on the Marella Dream also gets an upgrade. The Celebration upgrade includes an upgrade to the popular Liberties Lounge.

There are some exciting cruise options including the new round Cuba cruise on-board the Dream cruise ship. Marella have previously covered the island however they have now added new ports. As before the cruises will include Havana but now you can also visit Holguin and Santiago de Cuba. The Cuba cruise starts in Jamaica’s Montego Bay and also includes Grand Cayman

Other new Marella cruises 2016 ports of call include Trujillo in Honduras, Cape Verde, King’s Wharf in Bermuda, Bequia in St Vincent and the Grenadines. In the Canary Islands the new stops include Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera and Puerto de la Estaca in El Hierro.

For further details of any current Marella cruises please visit the official Marella cruise web site where you will find full details of all routes, prices, discounts and deck plans > click here

The new Marella cruises winter 2016 and 2015 holidays are due to go on sale sometime in December 2014. If you want you can keep up to date with developments by signing up to our free email newsletter.

New Cruise ship launches for 2013 & 2014 Cruises

cruisesThe growth in the number of Cruise holidays taken is expected to continue and an number of the larger cruise firms have already ordered new vessels.

MSC cruises new vessel is due to be launched in March or April 2013 and is the final ship in the Fantasia class. This new ship has a special adult only area and a large waterside for the children. Norwegian Cruise line has two vessels on order and both of these cruise ships can hold over 4000 passengers. The two new Norwegian Cruise line ships are the Norwegian Breakaway and the Norwegian Getaway, the first to be launched in 2013 and the second at the beginning of 2014.

Princess cruises have two ships on order one for launch in 2013 and the other for 2014. Both vessels will carry 3600 passengers and will be the largest Princess cruise ships to date.

MSC Cruises

MSC Preziosa
3502 berths
launch March- April 2013
Fantasia-class ship

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Breakaway
4,028  berths
launch April – May 2013
First of two 4,000+ passenger ships

Norwegian Getaway
4028 berths
launch January – February 2014
Second of two 4,000+ passenger ships

Princess Cruises

Royal Princess
3,600 berths
launch June – July 2013
Princess cruises largest ship to date

Regal Princess
3,600 berths
launch Spring 2014

Further details of all these ships will be released nearer to the launch date when the cruise firms will want to maximise the publicity for the launches.

Is This the End of Cruise Discounts?

MSC cruises have issued a warning to travel agents that it will end its commercial agreements with them if they refuse to stop discounting their cruises. MSC cruises have recently discontinued their online discount on their own website of 5% off. Travel agents can now earn between 10% and 14% commission which is a reduction from the previous commission rates of between 13% and 16%. The higher rates of commission to travel agents are now only available on cruises departing on the more difficult dates to sell such as winter. Most travel agents will welcome the changes as it means that the prices will remain higher and enable them to make more money.

Some travel agents have actually dropped Norwegian Cruise lines as our preferred supplier as it has also recently reduced commission paid to travel agents. Norwegian Cruise lines are offering travel agents commission rate of 10% only. This is the same rate as Royal Caribbean Cruise lines reduced their travel agents commission rate to as well.

A lot of this is to prevent travel agents from devaluing cruise holidays and follows Carnival Cruise lines commission reduction last year to just 5% for travel agents.

Many travel agents in the past were being paid high commission rates and using this to discount heavily to build business. It has even been reported that some cruise agents were working on commission levels of just £10-£20 per person. This has also resulted in some high profile cruise agents going bust leaving the cruise firms out of pocket.

It will be interesting to see if travel agents still discount however using the above information you have an idea of what margins the travel agents are working to. Using this information you may be able to negotiate some kind of discount or reduction if not on the cruise itself perhaps on airport parking, hotel accommodation or travel insurance.