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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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Celebrity Eclipse (based out of Southampton, United Kingdom) will be Celebrity Cruise Lines first ship to feature their brand new interactive wine tasting show which will feature on the ships in cabin TV’s and will eventually be introduced to the rest of the fleet.

Celebrity Cruise Lines and UK based new wine partner “The Wine Show” (a UK based Television Programme) will market the video for $59.00 for two adults. The video lasts for 55 minutes and comes with a box of 4 half bottles of wine. The presenters of “The Wine Show” Amelia Singer & Joe Fattorini who were on Celebrity Eclipse mini cruise sailing from Southampton on the 19th May 2017 were on hand to help the passengers and offer advice on different wines.

The wines that will be featured on the interactive show come from all areas of the globe including Chile, Australia Italy & France and will come in 187 ml bottles.

Matthew Rhys & Matthew Goode are the British actors who front “The Wine Show” which has been described as “the Top Gear of the wine shows” are found trekking through Europe sampling various delicious wines.

The Wine Show presenters Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer will also be sailing on Celebrity Reflection this coming September & October, Fattorini will join Celebrity Reflection on the 11th September and Singer will join on the 9th October sailing.

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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: Colin@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

Disney Cruise Lines have recently announced that the liner will be adding some fabulous new itineraries to their schedule, the new itineraries will be scheduled for Autumn 2018 and will include first ever visits to Quebec City Canada & Bermuda. The cruise line will also be adding 3 new itineraries from the port of New York sailing to Walt Disney’s World & Disney private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, each sailing will feature a stop at Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral (each guest will receieve a one day Walt Disney Park Hopper ticket and will also include transfers from port to park and park back to port, with future sailings from Texas, Florida and California that will round out the 2018 autumn season.

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In September 2018 the cruise line will welcomes Disney Magic sailing from New York to Quebec City (Canada) and spend 2 full days in the Fantastic Quebec City.

In October 2018 the liner will be offering sailings from New York to Bermuda. The cruise will last for 5 night with a one off special sailing for 6 nights and will include three days in Bermuda giving you the chance to get and explore this stunning island.

Disney Magic will complete her first autumn transatlantic sailing from Dover to New York where she will offer 2 sailings between New York and Quebec City. She will sail from Dover on the 9th September and start her sailings to Quebec City on the 20th September 2018.

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Bookings for these fantastic cruises will be available to book from 18th May 2017, early bookings for Disney members will start from the 15th May 2017 for Platinum Castaway Cay Club members, 16th May 2017 for Gold Castaway Cay Club members and 17th May 2017 for Silver Castaway Cay Club members.

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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Oceania Cruise Lines will now offer Vegan cruising passengers a wider of choice of food options thanks to a brand new menu of plant based dishes and drinks which as of this week will be available on all of the Cruise Lines 6 ships, the cruise line are quoted to say ” we are delighted to expand our culinary offerings to please an even wider array of palates and offer our guests more diverse choices to suit today’s wellness – focused life styles”

Examples of the items on offer will be available for order in the grand Dining Room and Terrace Cafe and will include the following:

Breakfast – cream of wheat or oatmeal served withcinnamon powder, organic sugar and a choice of nuts, vegan tortilla Easpanola which will be accompanied by potatoes, onions & tofu, sides will also be available and include grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, Lyonnaise potatoes and vegan link sausage.

Lunch – Involtini packaed with tofu, spinach and capers, served with pasta & olive tapenade sauce. They also offer a Tuscan – style soup with garlic croutons, accompanied with a fantasia Italian style salad with assorted greens, garlic bread and roasted bell peppers. For the dessert lovers an Italian chocolate vegan ricoota pie with vanila and raspberry sauce will be offered.

Evening dinner – Thai red vegan curry with steamed jasmine rice, also a quinoa salad with be on offering and vegetable tartare, creamy truffle flavoured parsnip soup with chopped tarragon. For desserts a vegan strawberry sable, short bread with lashing of strawberries and passion fruit cream.

On Marina & Riviera decks raw, cold pressed vegan juices smoothies will be 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: Colin@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

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Have you ever fancied cruising in an Owners Suite which covers an enormous 1000 square feet? You can now if you set sail on the new Silver Muse! Silver muse is part of the luxurious Silver Sea brand. Names after a castle in Italy (Balsorano) the suites are named after a castle and also the full name of the cruise lines chair mans full name Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorona de Clunieres. The suites will feature books , sculptures, family photos of the family and sculptures of art. The bookshelf in the suites will house books of Mr. Lefebvres famous titles. The suites will all bestocked up with port (vintage of course) each especially selected by Mr. Lefebvres. The Silver Sea Chairman said ” I am incredibly proud to present the Balsorano Suite, a space which superbly encapsulates my family’s Italian heritage and taste, I hope that guests will, like me, find the Balsorano’s Suite a spectacular home away from home aboard Silver Muse”

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Silver Sea are owned and operated by one Italian family the Lefebres of Rome – the Italian style is fitted throughout the whole silver Sea fleet. Silver Muse will join the Silver Seas family and will be the lines 9th luxury cruise ship. Silver Sea is a luxury All Inclusive cruise line where nothing is too much hassle for the more than attentive staff on board to deal with. Silver Sea prides themselves on going that extra mile for all passengers (know wonder they have passengers who return year after year)

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@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

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As of the 07/04/17 Princess Cruise Lines have announced a brand new partnership with Chef Angelo Auriana who will unveil a brand new menu for the Sabatini’s Restaurant – the cruise lines Speciality dining experience (a cover charge will apply).

Chef Angelo Auriana is an Executive Chef and also partner at The Factory Kitchen and Officine Brera based in Los Angeles in the United States of America, the new menu will feature various new antipasti and pasta dishes. This new partnership will help and continue to grow the Italian heritage and continue will a new and fresh approach to Italian dining.

The new menu will roll out on the Caribbean Princess once she returns from having her multi million dollar dry dock refurb. It will also be available on the newly renovated Sabatini’s restaurant on Grand Princess and will then feature on all Princess Cruise Lines ships before the end of 2017.

Guests will be able to enjoy this delicious food for a small cover charge of $25.00 per person per visit which will include one of many various appetizers, slad or soup, pasta entree and a mouth watering dessert. Guests who want just a small option in food size guests take advantage of a pasta or entree course for $10.00 per person per visit.

Not only will be there be just pasta dishes on offer passengers will also be to choose from other menu examples which will consist of a Roman Seafood dish and Rolled Pork Belly Toscana. I personally have never cruised with Princess Cruise Lines before but many of my colleagues have and have loved the food, some of which have just returned from the launch of Majestic Princess, maybe I should take the plunge and book myself onto one their ships to sample.

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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: Colin@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

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Caribbean Princess which is currently in dry dock in the Bahamas until April 6th 2017 – the 3.200 guest Princess Cruise Lines ship will receive a multi million dollar refurb that will include 7 new redesigned dining venues, This will be Princess Cruises largest ever food and beverage renovation. On completion of her massive refurb she will sail over to the United Kingdom where she will sail from until the end of the summer season before sailing back over the Atlantic where she will then be based in the Caribbean.

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The new and redesigned restaurants are as follows:

The Salty Dog Grill – this restaurant will feature up market burgers, fries and hot dogs created by Chef Ernesto Uchimura – he will also be serving his own creation the Ernesto Burger – this will come at a charge of $5.00 per person but can served with a beer from $8.00 per person. The Salty Dog Grill replaces Trident Grill.

Slice which was formerly known as Pizzeria will have a new menu that includes Neapolitan Pizza, meat balls and cheese and various great offerings.

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As a new addition to the Princess Cruise Lines fleet will Coffee & Cones located on top deck will brew speciality drinks and will offer soft serve ice cream and gourmet ice cream sandwiches.

Blackbeard’s bar will now been known as the The Mix and with renovations being due to finish in Autumn.

The former Horizon Court Buffet will now be known as the World Fresh Marketplace and will have new food options in the way of a pancake station, freshlt prepared speciality sandwiches and a larfe carvery serving a varied selection of roast meats.

Also new to join Caribbean Princess will be Planks BBQ and Steamers Seafood – both of these restaurants will have a cover of $12.00 per person per visit.

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@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

 

MSC for Me” allows guests to have the technology to pre book restaurants, shore excursions and other services even before guests board the cruise ship. The new technology will be rolled out and debut on MSC Meraviglia in June 2017 and then joined by MSC Seaside in November 2017 and the continuously throughout the fleet. Just imagine deciding what you want to do, where to eat, what excursion to take a the touch of a button, its remarkable how the times have changed, I wonder what the future technology will bring to us?

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MSC for Me will have 130 functions enabling passengers the chance to use the app, a smart watch, tablet and website, plus the use of the TV in the cabins. With this brand new technology passengers will be able to access menus, locate the route back to your cabin, the smart watch can even used in the swimming pool and will also allow passengers to access their cabins and make purchases.

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Medtiterranean Shipping Company was founded in 1970 with a single ship, the line now have over 465 vessels, In 1988 MSC Cruise Lines was formed by purchasing the iconic liner Moneterey. They have gone from strength to strength and in 2003 announced a 5.5 billion euro investment programme to build the worlds most modern cruise fleet.

In 2014 the cruise line announced a 5.1 billion euro investment with the order of upto 7 new ships and the Renaissance programme to enlarge four of their older ships.

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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Nowegian Pearl has just spent the past two weeks in dry dock where the ship has seen every stateroom upgraded (all 1,197 staterooms) to give them a more fresh and modern feel as part of Norwegian Cruise Lines renovation project “The Norwegian Edge”

All staterooms received brand new decoration, new televisions, new furniture, new headboards and carpeted throughout, the line have also installed USB outlets so that passengers can charge their hand held devices. The upgrade doesnt stop there, the ship also receieved over 2,200 pieces of art work.

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The Haven Suites and Villas also received the upgrade and welcomed new carpets, new furniture, new wall paper and new finishes on the ceilings and Balconies. The Haven Courtyard was also completely refurbished offering passengers new furniture and the new addition of “Cabanas” for enhancing passenger experience. New finishes were also added to the decks, pool and hot tubs.

All restaurants and bars on board Norwegian Pearl have also been upgraded and feature new furniture, carpets, art work and decoration (Cagneys Steak House & Moderno Churrascia) . The pool deck has also been upgraded receiving a fresh lick of varnish for the flooring and refurbed whirlpools.

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O’Sheehans Bar & Grill has also welcomed new flooring, a brand new refurbed bar with new granite tops, making the bar feel more relaxed and comfortable.

Now that Norwegian Pearl has been revitalised she will be sailing from Miami offering various Caribbean and Panama sailings before heading off north to where she will start offering 7 night Alaska sailings.

I first travelled on the Norwegian Pearl many many years a go so when I get the chance I will definitely be sailing on her again.

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

 Exclusive to Celebrity Cruises – Jet Set Sail is a unique experience like no other

Where else would you get a private charter flight from Stansted?

The Jet Set Sail package includes all the following:

  • Complimentary parking at Inflite private jet Terminal at Stansted Airport
  • Access to the Celebrity Cruises® modern luxury departure lounge, and a choice of light refreshments
  • Private charter flight aboard Titan Airways B737-300 aircraft
  • Luggage allowance of 25kg
  • Two-course breakfast and beverage service on outbound flight; or a two-course lunch  and drinks on your return journey
  • Modern leather 31inch seats
  • Return transfers to and from the port
  • Priority embarkation at departure port

(*luggage allowance is 23kg for Athens flights)

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 Jet Set Sail applies to 9 Mediterranean summer sailings in 2017, onboard Celebrity Reflection or Celebrity Constellation

Why not treat yourself to this fantastic offer from Celebrity Cruises!

*Did you know if you book another cruise whilst onboard you receive upto $500 to spend on your current sailing – make sure you pay a visit whilst onboard to the future cruise sales desk

JET SET SAIL 2017 ITINERARIES:-        

Constellation              28/05/18      10 night Italy & Croatia Cruise

Constellation              07/06/18      9 night Greek Isles Cruise

Constellation              16/06/18      7 nights Greek Isles Cruise

Constellation              23/06/18      7 nights France & Italy Cruise

Constellation              30/06/18     7 night Italian Renaissance Cruise

Constellation              14/07/18      7 night Italy, France & Spain Cruise

Constellation              21/07/18      7 night Italian Renaissance Cruise

Constellation             28/07/18      7 night Greek Isles Cruise

Constellation             11/08/18      9 night Mediterranean & Adriatic Cruise

Fly in style, sail in modern luxury

 

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@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

 

 

 

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Norwegian Cruise Lines from May 2017 will now be offering passengers the chance to sail from Miami to Cuba on a 4 night sailing which departs every Monday and will be available from May 2017 through until December 2017. Since Cuba has opened up and started allowing cruise ships to dock into Cuba the demand for these itineraries has soared. Norwegian Cruise Lines had originally only planned 5 itineraries from Miami but now have added a further 25 to make the total of 30 sailings.

Norwegian Sky will be the ship that’s deployed on these sailings, Norwegian Sky is an alcohol inclusive ship (so 99%of the drinks are complimentary) the ship will have an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba and also dock into Norwegian Cruise Lines very own private island – Great Stirrup Cay.

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Cuba is an Island located in the northern Caribbean sea where the sea meets the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Cuba is the largest Island in the Caribbean and inhabits over 11 million people, Cuba is located south of the United States and Florida, west of Haiti and north of Jamaica. The local language spoken is Spanish.

Cuba enjoys a year round tropical climate rarely falling below 21 degrees and can see highs of 35 degrees, Cuba has two seasons, dry and wet. The dry season starts from December and finishes in May – between this time you can expect long days of hot sunshine and very low rainfall. The wet season lasts from May to October where rain will be more frequent but done let that put you off as once the rain has stopped the sun will be back out again for you to top up that tan.

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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: colin@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2511