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Hello Everyone, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be starting a blog, I have been in travel for a good few years now and I thoroughly enjoy it! Especially cruising, I’ve been on quite a lot of ships and enjoy every moment of it! I live for my holidays normally going on about 3 a year. I’m part of the Cruise Club UK family, as you might guess we are a close knit team here which means we are all great friends. My aim here is offer you the best quality of service & find you your dream cruise holiday from a simple Mediterranean bargain to an extravagant once in a lifetime expedition. I’ve recently been to Dubai and absolutely love the culture out there it is wonderful, Dubai is amazing, the architecture and the weather it’s all just fantastic. So please stay tuned to my blog for honest opinions, helpful travel tips & advice and all the latest cruise news & deals from me Colin! Thanks for reading bye for now!

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On board any cruise line all guests are treated to treated to breakfast, lunch, evening meal and all snacks and treats from the buffet restaurants throughout the day, most cruise ships also give guests the extra opportunity to visit one of many speciality dining restaurants (local cover charge will apply). MSC Cruise Lines does not disappoint with there offerings and have several different restaurants on each ship (some restaurants wont feature on every ship).

Firstly we have the Sports Bar (American style sports bar) serving fantastic America style finger food in a fantastic and very friendly atmosphere, they serve quick bites from burgers, fish and chips, ribs and desserts. They also serve various beers from around the world, the meals that are served from the restaurant are generally served for lunch and evening meal but will stay open longer to accommodate for sports events.

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Tex Mex and Steak house (now this would have to be my favourite) serving prime Angus beef steaks, various superb authentic Mexican favourite’s (Mexican Tapas), chilled beers from around and also firm favourite with many guests ice cold Margaritas. They also serve wines from all corners of the globe and also offer a child’s menu. This restaurant is only open for lunch and evening meal.

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We then have Eataly serving serving mouth watering dishes from Italy. Eataly prides itself on being one of the best loved and healthiest at sea, they will offer various types of Italian dishes, ranging from authentic Italian pasta dishes, pizzas, seafood, meats and cheese’s so there will be a atleast one meal on the menu that takes your fancy. All served in a relaxed ambience.

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Galaxy Disco Restaurant – its a must that you visit this brilliant restaurant where you will dine like a star, the restaurant features fifties style Dolce Vita black and violet decor, live music and unforgettable sea views. Luxury brunch – where they offer guests a fixed price All Inclusive service option combined with an a la carte menu, you will be treated to the luxury selection and excellent buffet all accompanied by a complimentary glass of champagne. Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine evenings – will feature a wide range of tasting menus, a la carte menu and Galactic style cocktails. Sushi Fusion Cuisine – a wide range of a la carte and tasting menus, japanese drinks (plum wine, sae and tea) and Galactic cocktails

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Kaito Sushi Bar – this restaurant has earned its title as ” Best sushi at Sea” acolade from the Berlitz guide. All guests can take advantage of extensive range of authentic sushi specialities, Japanese aperitifs and Japaese flavoured teas. Do you fancy sitting in the great restaurant being served from a varied extensive Japanese menu in true a la carte style.

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As seasoned cruisers or even first time cruisers choosing the correct and perfect cabin for you can be very stressful, some people like to be on a certain deck, near a certain location, in a certain position or some will take pot luck and be allocated any kind of cabin from the cruise line, this is all down to each person’s personal preference.

Here is a description of the cabins and services each one has to offer with the fantastic MSC Cruise Lines.

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Firstly we start with the Bella Experience, the Bella Experience can be found on the Inside, Outside and Balcony Cabins. The Bella Experience guarantees you a particular grade of Cabin of your choice but on a guarantee basis, this means at time of booking you will be allocated a cabin with or without a cabin number and your preferred dining time captured, the cruise line will then allocate the cabin and dining time nearer to sailing (this is where your preferred dining time may change and the cabin number which can be changed by the cruise line at anytime). The Bella Experience will still receive full board dining options onboard and room service will be chargeable and not complimentary.

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Secondly MSC Cruise Lines have the Fantastica Experience, again this can be found on the Inside, Outside and Balcony Cabins. The Fantastica Experience gives you more options than the Bella Experience. With the Fantastica Experience you can choose upfront the cabin that you require and your preference for dining will be allocated to your preference. Room service also will be complimentary.

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We then move onto the Wellness Experience which focuses on passengers who are dedicated to fitness, passengers on board will under go a medical evaluation with the on board doctors, they also have the chance of one to one check ups,  with fresh and delicious healthy foods served to them. MSC Cruise Lines will provide all Wellness passengers with a work out mat and resistance bands and will also offer passengers complimetary laundry service for all exercise clothing.

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Introducing the amazing Aurea Experience, this experience combines all the extra comforts from Fantastica and Wellness Experience with the added advantage of complimentary well being products, complimentary drinks (soft and alcoholic) unlimited use of the Thermal area and spa treatments. The Aurea Experience is for guests that like to feel relaxed and spoilt on their holiday, an experience not to be missed and should be tried by all.

Finally we have the amazing Yacht Club which houses luxury suites, private part of the ship including a lounge, pool and restaurant, 24 hour butler service and concierge reception. Every guest booked into the Yacht Club will be waited on hand and foot and even have private access to the unbelievable MSC Aurea Spa. Yacht Club Passengers also receive complimentary alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks for the duration of the cruise. On check in there will be no queues for you as you will have your very own check in area which will help you avoid standing in lengthy lines, disembark the ship first for tenders, for excursions and to leave the ship on the final day.

The information shows you the benefits of each cabin, the cabin you choose will all be down to the experience that you want to receive and of course the monetary vlaue you have spend.

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Back by popular demand TV star and cruise legend Jane McDonald will once again be taking to the high seas and will be be sailing round the Mediterranean with MSC Cruise Lines. This is the second time Jane will have sailed with MSC Cruise Lines. in season one she sailed around the Caribbean onboard MSC Divina which she fully enjoyed. Jane will be sailing on MSC’s flagship ship MSC Meraviglia on her maiden voyage taking in destinations such as Naples, Messina, Valetta, Barcelona, Marseilles and Genoa where she will be sampling the local food, taking part in a variety of activities and exploring these fascinating destinations.

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MSC Meraviglia is MSC’s largest ship to date and carries 5,714 passengers at full capacity and weighs in at 171,598 tonnes. This cruise ship is double the size of ship that Jane is used to sailing on, Jane shot to fame on the hit ITV show back in 1998. MSC Meraviglia will be based in Europe until April 2018 and then will move north to Northern Europe where she will home port out of Hamburg. On here voyage from the Mediterranean she will dock in to Southampton Port where many passengers will be able to have a glimpse of this marvellous new ship.

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The new series of cruising with Jane McDonald will air on Channel 5 on Friday 1st September and the episode that features MSC Meraviglia to air on Friday 15th September.

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Nick Jonas – Grammy nominated, multi platinum recording artist and award winning song writer will perform two concerts at sea aboard Carnival Victory and Carnival Liberty this coming fall when both ships are docked in Nassau the Bahamas. (Nick Jonas will become part of the Carnival LIVE concert series) Carnival LIVE is a concept that was designed by Carnival Cruise Lines to give guests the chance to see some of their favourite artists at sea. The concerts will be performed in the ships main show lounges where they can accommodate between 900 and 1300 passengers. With this type of capacity everyone passenger will able to get a good glimpse of their favorite artists. Both of Nick Jonas’s shows will be performed this coming November. November 17th aboard Carnival Liberty and November 18th aboard Carnival Victory.

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Nick Jonas has been quoted to say that this will be his first time performing at Sea on a cruise ship, something he is really excited about as it will be different to any venue he has performed in before.

Carnival LIVE tickets will go on general admission and start from $75.00 per person, which will be less that booking a ticket a performance on land. VIP tickets can also be bought at a very reasonable rate at $250.00 per person and will include seats in the first few rows, a commemorative concert pass a photo opportunity with Nick Jonas himself.

Nick Jonas released his first self titled debut album in November 2014 and included two double platinum number one singles.

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Holland America Cruise Lines have now introduced the Explore 4 once again by booking selected 2018 and 2019 sailings, these booking have to be made and confirmed by the 17th November 2017 and passengers will receive all 4 of these fabulous offers.

  1. Drinks package worth upto $1000.00 per stateroom
  2. Speciality Dining Experience
  3. Reduced fares for 3rd and 4th guests
  4. A 50% reduced deposit

If your in the position to book a Suite Cabin you will receive all of the above offers plus $200.00 onboard credit.

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Holland America have also announced the introduction of the lines New Chocolate Surprise – the ultimate Decadent Dessert Parade. The Chocolate Surprise will take place on the last Gala evening on every cruise. This will enable passengers to sit in the comfort of their seats whilst the chocolate surprises are being dished out, saving them the energy to walk to and from the Buffet area, this will also be available to guests in the main public areas as they can relax and sip a cocktail whilst enjoying the evenings entertainment. The parade that will last up to an hour is just another new addition that will add to Holland Americas ever growing list of culinary innovations.

The Chocolate surprise menu will comprise of bite size desserts that will be any sweet toothed persons passion, the servers will pass through the decks with silver trays handing out milk chocolate raspberry tarts, chocolate dipped marsh mallows, double chocolate cupcakes, chocolate macaroons with grand marnier, chocolate cones with lemon curd and also bittersweet chocolate and butter cream.

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The supreme court located in Bermuda has now ruled that same marriage is now legal and the following cruise lines like Cunard, P&O and Princess have now addressed the issue and will start taking bookings for 2018 sailings. The stipulation is that any ship registered from Bermuda will be able to perform the ceremony. With the exception of P&O Britannia, all P&O cruise lines ship will be able to offer the service that are registered in Bermuda. The ceremonies will be performed by the ship’s Captain or the Deputy Captain and the marriage licences will be issued in Bermuda.

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The first same sex marriage will take place onboard the P&O Azura this coming January 2018, P&O’s weddings at Sea packages start from £1200.00 and will take place in the Caribbean.

For the past 5 years Cunard Cruise Lines has offered weddings at sea package and range from $2,800 on both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and from $3,400 on Queen Mary 2.

Mean while Princess Cruise Lines has revelaed it also intends to hold same sex marriages onboard all 13 ships that they have registered in Bermuda – Princess Cruise Lines is also part of the Carnival Corportaion.

I believe now that other international cruise lines will now follow suit and offer sex sex marriages and wold wide international destinations. We are now living in 2017 where sexual orientation should not play a role in everyday life, people should be able to live freely and avoid discrimination.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines are proud to announce their enhanced Summer 2018 deployment that will take place both in the Caribbean and Alaska. These great enhancements will offer passengers the most flexible cruising experience at sea. Norwegian Cruise Lines have now added cruises to Havana, Cuba from Port Canaveral, this will be serviced by Norwegian Sun which will reposition to Port Canaveral in 2018 and offer a selection of four night sailings. Norwegian Jewel will also be heading to Alaska in Summer 2018 and will offer passengers a wide range of itineraries from 7 to 9 nights sailings from Vancouver, Seward and Seattle. Beginning June 11th 2018 Norwegian will offer guests the freedom to join from both Vancouver and Seward. Norwegian Jewel launched in 2005, carries 2376 passengers, stands 15 decks high and weighs in at 93,502 tonnes. Norwegian Cruise Lines are happy to add another ship in the Alaska to offer more passengers the chance to explore this once in a life time fascinating destination. Norwegian Bliss will also be in Alaska starting her inaugural season, she carries 4000 passengers (so she can carry more people than the Norwegian Jewel) and weighs in at 167,800 tonnes and will launch in 2018.

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Norwegian Sun will also be revamped and under go a two and half week dry dosck, she will be revamped in Victoria, British Columbia as part of the new Norwegian Edge programme. Norwegian Sun carries 1936 passengers, weighs in at 78,309 tonnes and stands 13 decks high.

If you would like any further information with regards to the above sailings please feel free to contact via phone or email.

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Celebrity Cruise Lines have won the following awards:

TTG Travel Awards : LGBT Friendly Travel company of the year 2016

Cruizie Awards 2016: Best large ship line LGBT passengers

Cruise Critic: Most Awarded Cruise Line 2017

Conde Nast Top 100 Travel Experiences 2016

Food & Travel Ocean Cruise Line of the Year 2016

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Celebrity Cruise Lines offers guests a wide variety of international destinations from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, even cruises in the Far East. With hundred’s of itineraries to choose from you will be spoilt for choice. Celebrity Cruise Lines pride themselves as a 5 star cruise lines which doesn’t discriminate again gender or race.

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Its great to see that cruise lines are changing their views and traditions to allow same sex couples to enjoy the ultimate experience of cruising. The label of gay, straight, bisexual or transgender should never have been discriminated against, these are people who will paying the same price of a holiday, experiencing the same sights and eating the same fabulous food that Celebrity Cruise Lines offer.

Selected itineraries to inspire guests include example Signature Event sailings. Guests can have the chance to celebrate the Chinese New Year as part of 14-night China, Vietnam and Thailand sailing and experience all the fun of the Rio Carnival with a 14-night South America and Carnival sailing.

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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Princess Cruise Lines are pleased to announce the return of Pacific Princess following her multi million dollar dry dock. Pacific Princess will now set sail with a revitalised atrium and pool deck, improved decor and restaurant spaces and new Club Class Mini Suites.

The new upgraded Club Class Mini Suites will have special perks for example access to a reserved dining area, priority embarkation and disembarkation and an expanded menu option.

All cabins aboard Pacific Princess have received the the lines signature Princess luxury beds and luxury new linens, feature new heah boards, carpets, draperies, new lighting and USB ports for changing appliances. Suite guests will receive new lounge chairs, new sleeper sofas and dining room sets.

All the restaurants aboard Pacific Princess will also receive a major face life starting with The Sterling Steakhouse which is formed after the legendary steak houses of Chicago, it will feature rich comfortable furniture and photos of icon movie stars – past and present. The Italian restaurant Sabitini’s will now feel more modern with new carpeting, painting and new furniture and will also feature a brand new waiting area just outside the restaurant. The Panorama Buffet restaurant has also got brand new soft furnishings and will continue the very best of alfresco dining. Finally the excellent Club restaurant main dining restaurant will feature new dark woods that will be transformed by light colour’s and pops of jewel tones.

Pacific Princess was launched in 1999, weighs in at 30,277 tonnes and carries 680 passengers, 350 crew and has 7 decks in total.

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: Colin@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2511

 

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Scenic provide luxury cruises and tours and are proud to announce their new ship Scenic Eclipse. The luxury ship will house four different styles of suites ranging from Veranda Suites, Spa Suites, Panorama Suites & Owners Penthouse Suites.

Veranda Suites 32 meters squared / 344 foot squared – Spa Suites 52 meters squared / 560 foot squared – Panorama Suites 110 maters squared / 1184 foot squared – Penthouse Suites 247 meters squared / 2660 foot squared. Each Suite on the Scenic will have a private Balcony and lounge area and will include all the luxury amenities that you would receive in a five star hotel including a private Butler for each suite, nightly turn down service, 24 hour in Suite dining. Each Suite will feature floor to ceiling glass doors that your Suite to your “window to the world” (doesnt this sound appealing)

Scenic Eclipse will become the lines world First Discovery Yacht and will launch in the Mediterranean in August 2018,  she will be 168 metres long, carry 228 passengers, house 114 Suites and carry 178 crew, Scenic Eclipse maiden season will travel to the Americas, Antartica, Europe, Arctic and the Fjords. If this type of cruise holiday suits you please see below and contact with regards to information or to simply secure your place on one of these fabulous itineraries.

Scenic River / Cruise Lines was founded in Australia in 1986 by Glen Moroney and began by operating coach tours throughout Australia before branching out to New Zealand and South Africa. Afew years later Scenic has the chance to operate hosted tours to Canada and Alaska. In 2008 Scenic launched their unique Space Ships and began sailing through Europe operating river cruises.

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: Colin@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2511