Cruise and stay packages now available from Cambridge


Following the launch of new flights to Verona from Cambridge International Airport, independent cruise and travel company, Ponders Travel, is offering cruise and stay packages sailing from Venice to ports of call on the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.

Travellers across the East of England will be able to book a range of stay-cruise packages departing from Cambridge, which include a pre and/or post-voyage break in Venice and Verona, and stays on leading cruise lines including Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Compagnie du Ponant, Silversea, Star Clippers and Seabourn.

Operated by Etihad Regional’s SAAB 2000 aircraft, the new weekly flights will depart on Saturday afternoons between 17 May and 25 October 2014 and fly to Villafranca ‘Valerio Catullo’ International Airport near Verona, just over an hour’s transfer from the port of Venice.

Available packages include:

  • An 11 night ‘Mediterranean Empires’ cruise with Holland America Line aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam discovering ports in Greece and Turkey including a pre- and post-cruise overnight night stay in Venice with return flights, from £1,629 per person  
  • An 11 night cruise with Celebrity Cruises taking in many highlights of Croatia and both Adriatic and Mediterranean Italy aboard the Celebrity Silhouette, including one and two-night pre- and post-cruise city-breaks in historic Venice and Verona, with return flights, from £1,699 per person
  • Or, a four night luxury min-cruise to Croatia and Montenegro aboard the top-end French cruising yacht Le Soléal operated by Compagnie du Ponant, departing 28 June with flights to and from Verona, a one night stay in Venice and two nights in historic Verona, from £2,399 per person

Clare Dudley, managing director of Ponders Travel commented, “The cruise market is huge for us, so we are thrilled Cambridge International Airport is offering these new flights to Verona. Cruise and stay packages from nearby Venice are a particular draw for our customers in the East of England, who love to make the most of cultural Italy before joining their cruise. Now it will be even easier for our customers to enjoy these fantastic itineraries.”

David Surley, head of business & route development at Cambridge International Airport, said, “We are delighted that these new flights to Verona will bring the Adriatic and Mediterranean that much closer to our passengers in the East of England. This is a highly valued market, with cruise and stay packages becoming increasingly popular, particularly when you can depart with ease from your local airport.”

Passengers bound for Verona will travel through Cambridge International Airport’s newly refurbished terminal, featuring new facilities, including a business lounge, Costa Coffee, complimentary Wi-Fi and lounge-style ambience.  The airport is located only three miles from Cambridge city centre and offers on-airport car parking and good public transport access for travellers in the East of England.

For more information or to book, visit or call 01954 232 802 

Cambridge Airport

Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a privately owned family business, employing over 4,000 people with a turnover exceeding £1B, managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929.

Although Cambridge Airport is an important gateway for the East of England, with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors, the airport is also ideally positioned for easy access to London with just under an hour’s drive to the Canary Wharf and East London.

The airport is currently experiencing growth in the Passenger airline and Executive Jet sectors and recent new airline and tour operator services including the UK, the Channel Islands and destinations within Europe, the airport has recently undergone an upgrade in passenger facilities.

With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 and all regional jet types, it is suitable for short to medium haul passenger airline services, with 24/7 capability. It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 30nm and GPS approaches, which complement an ILS system.


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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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