Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Discovery cease operations

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British company All Leisure Holidays has ceased operations, according to a message on the company’s websites.

All Leisure operated two cruise ships, the Minerva and the Voyager, under the brand names Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery.

“Regrettably, and due to the adverse financial position of ALH, the business has ceased to trade resulting in the majority of employees being made redundant and the cancellation of all future voyages,” said a message that was posted on both the Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery websites.

Customers who have booked and/or paid for package vacations that include flights were advised to get additional information from the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority. Customers who have booked and/or paid for a vacation without flights were advised to make a claim online.

G Adventures acquires tour companies

On Dec. 30, Canadian tour operator G Adventures acquired All Leisure’s tour operations, Travelsphere and Just You.

Travelsphere is an escorted tour company and Just You is a U.K.-based solo travel specialist, which puts together vacations for independent travelers without charging a single supplement.

“We are now able to offer an even wider range of escorted tours right across the world and to suit all age ranges,” G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip said in a statement.

Royal Caribbean will add cabins to Voyager ships

Royal Caribbean will add cabins to Voyager ships

By Tom Stieghorst
Each of Royal Caribbean’s Voyager-class ships will gain about 75 additional cabins during revitalizations scheduled to begin in the next few months.

Royal Caribbean International CEO Adam Goldstein disclosed the capacity increase in a call with Wall Street analysts to discuss third-quarter earnings.

The Voyager class started in 1999 with the introduction of Voyager of the Seas. Each of the five Voyager-class ships currently have capacity for 3,114 passengers at double occupancy.

Goldstein said that when Voyager was introduced, it was never expected to sail outside the Caribbean, but the ships have led expansions into Europe and Asia. He said the five ships account for about 25% of the cruise line’s total capacity.

 

During Royal Caribbean’s third quarter financial results conference call, Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein mentioned that as part of the fleet-wide revitalization program, all Voyager class ships will receive 75 new staterooms.


Voyager class ships are the next batch of Royal Caribbean’s ships to get the upgrades that will roll out many new amenities and upgrades, first seen on the Oasis class.  These new staterooms, however, are a departure from other ship upgrades and unique to the 

 

Voyager class.

The order of upgrades is currently scheduled as follows

  • Navigator of the Seas: February 2014
  • Adventure of the Seas: April 2014
  • Voyager of the Seas: May 2014
  • Explorer of the Seas: February 2015

Mariner of the Seas received her upgrade back on May 2, 2012 and did not receive a stateroom upgrade at that time.

All Discovery Cruises upgrading ships

All Discovery Cruises upgrading ships

By Donna Tunney
All Discovery Cruises, a unit of U.K.-based All Leisure Group, revealed plans to further develop its three small-ship brands: Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises.The 550-passenger Voyager, which All Leisure Group bought in 2009, will join the Voyages of Discovery brand. Formerly the Alexander von Humboldt, the ship has received technical upgrades and more balcony cabins.

The brand already operates the 698-passenger Discovery, and that ship also is slated for a renovation during winter 2012-13, with upgrades being made to the teak decking, public areas, cabins and dining areas.

Swan Hellenic this winter will refurbish its 350-passenger Minerva. Balconies will be added to 32 cabins, providing a total of 44 staterooms with balconies, and upgrades will be made to the ship’s efficiency and environmental performance. The ship will emerge from drydock in early March.

Hebridean Island Cruises in 2012 will launch a river cruise program. The brand’s 79-passenger Royal Crown, which was renovated in 2010, will be deployed for Rhine River sailings in the spring and Danube River sailings in the fall, operating seven-day cruises.

The brand also operates the 50-guest Hebridean Princess.