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Ian Lazarus

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Hello fellow readers, welcome to my new Blog. My name is Ian and I’m relatively new to Cruise Club UK. Nevertheless, due to the friendliness and Professionalism of the company I have been made to feel part of the Cruise Club UK family from day one . With over 20 years’ experience within the travel industry I have built up a wealth of knowledge and experiences along the way, something I will be sharing with you all. I put my long successful career within the travel industry down to appreciating how people work hard all year round to pay for their holidays, by listening to the client’s (your) needs, I like to go that extra mile to make the booking process that bit more special and personal for you. Stay tuned for light-hearted information, by your friendly Admiral Lazz

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Following on from my previous blog I have some further information regarding the brand new ship with P&O due to be launched in 2020.

This brand new addition to P&O’s fleet will provide the next generation of passengers with the holiday of a lifetime. Weighing in at 180,000 tons she will have on offer more choice of cabins, more entertainment together with more places to dine.

Should you be looking for a Cruise that you can make your holiday a Spa break or a sightseeing trip or just some time to relax or indulge in some fantastic places to dine, this latest addition will have it all to offer.

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P&O have teamed up with some of the world’s interior design, hospitality and architectural experts as well as cruise ship builders and designers to be able to create that level of luxury and unrivalled experiences to offer her guests.

For your entertainment a new hub which will be known as the Dome will be one of the new ships star attraction.  Whatever the weather the Dome will feature a retractable stage and a covered pool area. By day you will be able to relax and enjoy some informal dining before it comes alive for the evening entertainment featuring aerial performances and some amazing shows.

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With pollution being one of the World’s major problems this brand new ship will be P&O’s most environmentally efficient Cruise liner. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas, as well as at sea it will also be used when in port which will significantly help protect the environment.

 

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Here’s a list to what the ship will have to offer:

Fifteen places to dine will be available with something to suit all types of appetites, this is besides the eight speciality restaurants

Four swimming pools which will include one inside pool.

Sixteen whirlpools

Eight places to enjoy fresh coffee

Four places to enjoy afternoon tea

Eight places to have breakfast

With a capacity for 5200 guests P&O will make sure that there is enough on board to keep everyone happy. With numerous venues on board P&O have announced that some will be available for adults only.

So why not sign up to our mailing list to be kept updated once the itineraries are on offer for this brand new edition to P&O’s fleet, plus many more exclusive deals on offer .

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

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  new-ship-339x369 P&O’s new ship which is to be launched in 2020 are giving the general public the chance to enter their suggestions in naming her.

The competition starts today July 10th 2017 with the winner to be announced next year.

The winner will receive two VIP places at the naming ceremony which is due to take place in spring 2020 and will at the same time be able to see their chosen name proudly emblazoned on the side of the ship.

Weighing 180,000 tons and enough room to accommodate 5,200 passengers this will be P&O’s largest ship within her fleet.

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The new ship will be the first new launch in five years since the launch of the P&O Britannia back in 2015. Paul Ludlow who is the Senior Vice President for P&O cruises says ‘’ this new ship will play a pivotal role in redefining the brand and broadening our appeal”

Mr Ludlow also mentioned why it is important to have a name that will reflect the ships heritage as well as showcasing an array of new experiences she will have on offer.

He also added “The name is an inherent part of its personality and is something that will sail with it for life.”

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With the use of LNG as its primary source of power it will be P&O’s most environmentally efficient ship reducing it exhaust emissions quite significantly

With the help of Eric Lanlard , Olly Smith, Jonathan Wilkes and P&O Azuras godmother and Strictly come dancing judge Darcey Bussell the Cruise line has made four short videos to accompany the competition and inspire the public to enter their names.

So now is your chance to be part of P&O cruises. To enter please click here

Keep checking back on our cruise news for more information by clicking here

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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For those of you who haven’t heard, here at Cruise Club UK we show our appreciation to all our customers by rewarding you with our Loyalty Bonus Points Scheme. These can be redeemed against the price of your next booking, each point is the equivalent to one pound.

For any booking made over £699.00 per person, depending on the stateroom you will receive the following points:

Inside Cabin = 25 Loyalty Bonus Points

Outside Cabin = 35 Loyalty Bonus Points

Balcony Cabin = 50 Loyalty Bonus Points

Also from time to time we run a double bonus points giving you even further discounts.

The great thing with the Loyalty Bonus Points Scheme is once you redeem your points for a chosen Cruise we top you up again with more points so you will always receive on going discounts on top of exclusive discounts that are already in place.

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Recommend a friend and receive 50 Loyalty Bonus Points

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We are a fully ABTA and ATOL registered company, giving  you have that added peace of mind knowing your holiday is fully protected from the moment you book to the day you return home from your holiday.

Besides advertising through the usual channels I.E newspapers, we pride ourselves on offering you regular TEXTS and Emails with amazing savings before they go to press giving them the upper hand in making a booking before prices go up or the sailings sell out.

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So why not visit our website  www.cruiseclubuk.com and sign up for our newsletters and receive regular updates on offers and promotions and start earning your loyalty points with

Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

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Fred. Olsen launched their world sailing, featuring the Black Watch’s 107 night World cruise which departs from Southampton in November 2018.

This impressive itinerary gives passengers a chance in a life time opportunity to bring in the New Year watching the world famous fireworks display in Sydney Harbour.  As if that’s not a spectacular event by itself, this amazing voyage gives you the chance to witness the Komodo Dragons in their natural surroundings, sailing the newly expanded Panama Canal and before visiting the Taj Mahal why not relax on the beach in Bora Bora.

Sailing back around the globe includes ports of call such as Singapore, India , the Suez Canal as well as Dubai where you can visit the World famous Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in Dubai and one place which is definitely on my bucket list is the famous James Bond Island in Thailand.

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It also promises to be an amazing experience, giving guests the chance of reaching these ports of call in comfort and style taking them to the next unmissable port of call.

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The Itinerary is as follows:-

Ports of call: Southampton, UK – Lisbon, Portugal – Funchal, Madeira – St John’s, Antigua – Roseau, Dominica – Bridgetown, Barbados – Kralendijk, Bonaire – Cartagena de Indias, Columbia – Cruising Panama Canal – Puntarenas, Costa Rica – Puerto Caldera – Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia – Rangiroa  – Papeete, Tahiti – Bora Bora, Society Islands – Crossing the International Date Line – Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Mystery Island (Inyeug), Vanuatu – Sydney, Australia (two overnight stays) – Newcastle – Brisbane (overnight stay) – Cairns – Darwin – Komodo Island, Indonesia – Singapore – Phuket, Thailand – Kochi, Kerala, India – Mormugão, Goa – Mumbai (overnight stay) – Dubai, UAE – Khasab, Oman – Muscat – Salalah – Aqaba, Jordan (overnight stay) –  Cruising Suez Canal – Kusadasi, Turkey – Cruising Strait of Messina – Naples, Italy – Gibraltar – La Coruňa, Spain –  Southampton, UK.

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As you can see from the above itinerary there is so much on offer for everybody.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your next Fred.Olsen Cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

 

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For those of you who enjoy cruising and are partial to a glass of wine, I am sure you are aware about Celebrity Cruises  teaming up with the Wine Show

Boasting 13 restaurants and one of the biggest and rarest wine collections at sea, Celebrity Cruises also employ some of the best wine specialist who are among the best in the world.  Adding to all those ingredients Celebrities partnership with the TV series The Wine Show will now take it to a different level.

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One of the wine experts on board will be Joe Fattorini.  Mr Fattorini has 25 years’ experience within the wine industry which has given him an impressive database for contacts around the world from wine producers to vineyards. Joe is not just known for presenting the Wine Show he is involved in several things, from hosting Wine dinners to conferences and he also writes for leading wine magazines.

Another wine expert on board is Amelia Singer. Amelia is also known for putting on interactive tastings, dinners and events in central London. Amelia is known as the new face within the wine industry. She picked up her wealth of knowledge over the years by working with well-known retailers and also online fine wine merchants.

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Celebrity Cruises on board wine experts have selected several shore excursions for guests to enjoy:

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In Barcelona you will have the chance to visit one of Spain’s most celebrated wine cellars belonging to the Torres great wine family who have been part of the Wine culture for over three centuries. Whilst on the tour you will be able to participate in wine tasting as well as taking in some breath-taking scenery that’s on offer.

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In Italy you can book an excursion to visit Lazio’s wine district one of Italy’s most ancient wine regions. Here you will step back in time and learn about the Pallavicini family who boast a history within the wine industry dating back to Roman times. Also what could be better than pairing your wine tasting day with my personal favorite Italian Food Bruschetta as well as Pasta tossed in real Italian Olive oil?

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Dating back to the 3rd century BC you will get the chance to visit the Chateau de Cremat which is one of the oldest vineyards in France. The area is mainly known for its Rose but at the Chateau de Cremat they also produce red and white wine which you will be able sample taking in some amazing aromas.

So there you have it. The above are just an example of some of the excursions that are on offer.

So why not give Cruise Club UK a call today to check the availability.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

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The MSC Bellissima  which translates in English to the ‘’Most Beautiful ‘’  will be offering some of the most stunning features that any Cruise ship would be proud of.

Starting with the MSC for Me technology which you can view details by clicking here you will be able to keep in contact with fellow guests as well as the crew and what’s happening on board the ship itself. This amazing technology lets you be in charge of your own plans.

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Not enough with one, the MSC Bellissima will boast a two deck promenade which features an LED dome at a staggering 80 metres long.

Along the promenade you will find plenty of places to eat and drink as well as shops. Besides speciality restaurants you definitely will not struggle in finding somewhere to eat in one of the 10 dining establishments and that is besides the 20 bars for you to pop in to for your favourite tipple.

With 2 shows designed especially for the MSC Bellissima which just happen to be the world famous and personally brilliant Cirque du Soleil who could ask for more.  The show is on twice every night six times a week in the MSC Bellissima’s custom built 1,000 sqm lounge which holds up to 450 guests

That’s not all, why not relax in the desert themed waterpark where adults and children can relax .

With an average of 10sqm per guest the poolside area boasts one of the biggest areas pro rota at sea. Known as the Atmosphere pool its beautiful lighting makes the pool area even more stunning at night time.

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For those who love sun bathing the Horizon pool area offers even more open space during the daytime. At night time this stunning outdoor area transforms into a dance area and also a place for entertainment.

The MSC Bellissima also boasts one of the best waterparks at sea which includes three twisting slides a Himalayan Bridge and pools which will keep your children and not to mention us adults entertained daily.

With a full size bowling alley on board my favourite is still the F1 Simulator.

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The Bellissima offers extraordinary features that offer the perfect experience at sea in any season, with prices starting from only £499pp be one of the first to book you place on MSC Cruises new flagship!

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

 

For those people who do not like flying but do love cruising, EX UK sailings can become repetitive

Cruise Club UK introduced Tour and Cruise in 2014 and it has grown from strength to strength.

With several pick up points across the UK your holiday begins in style by being picked up in a luxury air-conditioned coach with plenty of legroom for that added comfort.

What I personally like about the Tour and Cruise concept are the amazing places you visit and at the same time taking in some of the best breath-taking scenery on offer pre and post cruise.

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With prices starting at only £1389.00 per person which includes a seven day full board cruise on the World famous Queen Victoria plus a four night pre and three night post stay in France and Italy with bed and breakfast the amazing value speaks for itself. The cost of a city break alone for four nights would cost close to £699.00 per person plus extra for sightseeing tours.

The Queen Victoria herself is well known for her white collar service. By day you can enjoy a drink in the Winter garden which combines the elements of both indoors and outdoors where you can enjoy the sea breeze whilst winding down or why not enjoy a White glove afternoon tea in the Queens’s room and by night cocktail parties also held in the Queens room. The Queen Victoria also boasts a three tier theatre where you can enjoy a lavish hi tech show or something more light hearted.

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River cruising is becoming more and more popular. Sailing in waters the average cruise ships that are far too big to enter you can now arrive into the heart of city centres in luxury.

The Emerald Destiny is a brand new river cruise ship for 2017. With only 182 guests on board you will be offered that personal touch throughout your seven day river cruise.

Wine and beer is complimentary at lunch and dinner time on board the Emerald Destiny.

For those wanting to be that bit more adventurous why not take advantage of the complimentary bicycles and cycle along the river banks taking in some of the scenery on offer. You can also enjoy a swim in the heated pool which by night doubles up into a cinema area where you can watch a selection of classic and contemporary movies.

With hotel stays also in Germany, Brussels and France you will get to also see some fantastic places en-route.

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The best advantage on a Tour and Cruise especially for you ladies there is no weight restriction on your luggage . The coach also offers refreshments and even though there will be pit stops there is also a toilet on-board the coach as well as movie screenings.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

Don’t forget: Get up to £100 off your next cruise with Double Bonus Points

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 From now and until September this year the Southampton based Crown Princess will be sailing to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe on seven and 14 night durations.

Announcing its full entertainment programme it has launched a Last night of the proms celebration which is a first for Princess Cruises.

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Also throughout July in conjunction with the Discovery Channel they will be holding a themed activity, marking shark week.

With guest performances lined up to include Ria Jones who’s best known for her West end musicals, the Hollies Peter Howarth and Leanne Mitchell who was the former winner of the TV show the Voice.

That’s not all, pop concerts will be shown on both the big and small screens featuring Lady Gaga , Annie Lennox and good old Peter Gabriel

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Now for the best bit, the sporting events. Available to watch in your stateroom or on the top deck ‘’Movies under the Stars ‘’ cinema screen you will be able to watch Premier league and Championship football matches as well as the Ryder cup and Wimbledon tennis.

To add to all this several UK TV Channels will also be added, this is a first for a Princess Cruise ship – including ITV Sky news and Sky Sports as well as recent films.

On top of all this, special themed food and drink will be served to complement special occasions and sports events. For example a glass of Pimm’s and strawberries go very nicely whilst watching a game of tennis on the big screen.

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A first also for a Princess UK ship is her guest speaker programme.

Guests include the brilliant former snooker player John Virgo to the likes of Pete Best who is better known as the Original drummer of the Beatles, Graham Gooch OBE and Edwina Curry plus many more.

Also why not drop in on Paul Burrell or better known for being the butler of the late Princess Diana and his hilarious time on I’m a Celebrity get me out of here. After a 45 minute slot the guest speakers will be available for book signings and the odd photo or two. Some of the celebrity guests will also be judges on ‘’ The Voice of the Ocean’’ which is based on ITV’s singing competition ‘’The Voice’’.

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So besides having amazing Cruise ships and great itineraries you can go on a cruise knowing you will not have to miss another football match or a game of tennis

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

Norwegian Bliss to feature Jersey Boys Musical

Being one of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway Musicals, Norwegian Cruise Line is  proud to announce that the Norwegian Bliss  will feature the Tony award winning Broadway musical the Jersey Boys.

The Jersey Boys in 2006 won the Tony Award for best musical. The Broadway show is about the story of Frankie Valli and the 1960s rock n roll band the Four Seasons.

The on-board production will include some of their most iconic songs which will include ‘’Walk like a man’’  ‘’Oh what a night’’ and one of my personal favourites ‘’Working my way back to you’’

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That’s not all, a second musical by the award winning director and choreographer Warren Caryle produced exclusively for Norwegian Cruise Line, will feature Cuba’s culture through the art of dance and music.

On show will be some of the most colourful costumes created by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo who in 2014 won the Tony Award for best costume design.

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The entertainment on-board the Norwegian Bliss doesn’t just stop there. With a new night club called Alibi which will feature a dance floor and a variety of seating arrangements will also set the stage for the Comedy Club. With two comedy shows featuring six nights a week where one will be family friendly and the second for adults only where the end of the night will finish with a DJ and LED light effect to show off those dance moves.

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Why not travel back in time to 16 January 1919 – the eve of the Prohibition era. The new show ‘Happy Hour Prohibition’, The Musical. The musical has been wowing delighted audiences in New Orleans & New York for the last two years. Guests will receive speciality cocktails each with a modern twist. The show will be on selected evenings as a happy hour pre-dinner show and once each cruise as a late night adults only show in the Alibi Comedy and nightclub

On top of all this fabulous entertainment you can also try out The Cavern Club. Until now the Cavern Club could only be found on the Norwegian Epic. Introducing tribute bands throughout the week the Cavern Club is a replica of actual club made famous by those four lads from Liverpool ‘’The Beatles’’ .

So that’s it in a nutshell.  Besides being a brand new ship with some amazing features and itineraries the entertainment on-board just gives it that added extra touch

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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798  2564

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With more people nowadays looking to get away on their holidays to somewhere abroad without having to fly, Cruising offers you that very option.

Amongst the most recognised departure Ports in the UK being Southampton, Tilbury, Liverpool and Harwich as well as several other Ports, Cruise and Maritime are now adding Poole and Portsmouth to their portfolio.

Cruise and Maritime in 2018 will be offering what is known as an open jaw cruise, this means sailing out of one port and finishing off in another port within the UK between Portsmouth and Poole. They will also be offering a coach transfer option back from Portsmouth to Poole to pick up your car for those who have parked up in Portsmouth.

For those who want a complete stress free holiday and do not want to drive why not take advantage of Cruise and Maritimes new Pullman express coach service to Poole and Portsmouth which will offer 30 different regional pick ups

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Sailings out of Portsmouth will operate on the Astoria offering four different itineraries which will include the Norwegian Fjords, European rivers and canals and the Northern Lights in Northern Norway and not to forget the fabulous Baltic Cities and St Petersburg cruise.

Below is a list of ports Cruise and Maritime sail from:

Belfast, Bristol Avonmouth. Bristol Port, Cardiff, Dundee, Greenock, Harwich, Hull, Liverpool, Tilbury, Newcastle, Newport, Poole, Portsmouth and Rosyth.

Cruise and Maritime starting from the 12th April and valid to the 30th June are running their ‘’ Buy one get one free campaign early booking fares.’’

Cruise and Maritime also offer some very affordable competitive prices for single passengers.

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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564