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Hello cruise enthusiasts!! My name is Becky, hello and welcome to my blog ‘Sail with Saddoo’. I have worked within travel for over 11 Years and I now have solely focused on cruise holidays for 9 of those years! Im completely crazy about cruising. I Cruise regularly on my own family holidays and am a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the particulars such as kids clubs and family facilities. I also occasionally get to cruise without the family and enjoy this just as much. Cruising is a minefield and there is so much to a cruise holiday, nevermind the variety of ships and their destinations but also things like entertainment and dining make it difficult to choose what is best for you and your requirements. This is where I can help the most as the key is suiting the ship and destination to the right holidaymaker to ensure the best possible cruise experience! I hope you enjoy reading my blogs and feel free to contact me directly I would love to hear from more like minded people who are crazy about cruising 

japshutterstock_473288104Carnival have announced a brand new dining concept for there amazing new ship Carnival Horizon. The highly anticipated Carnival Horizon is due to make her maiden voyage in early 2018. Carnival Horizon will feature a brand new dining concept for Carnival cruise lines with the introduction of their first Teppanyaki at sea!! Teppanyaki is a Japanese cooking method which actually means grilling on a iron plate and includes an entertaining performance by a chef, the chef entertains and cooks the food in front of guests on a flat grill.

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The new Teppanyaki restaurant will be open for lunch on sea days and every evening for dinner. There will be an array of mouth-watering dishes on offer to guests with appetizers such as Teppanyaki Shrimp with Soy butter and Salsa vinaigrette, Pork belly yakitori with Sesame asparagus. The kind of entrees to expect are Lobster tail with yuzu cream and citrus kosho, fillet mignon with truffle salt, Garlic chips and Champagne flambé. For dessert guests can expect a chocolate bento box complete with green tea ice-cream! The menu certainly has me drooling as I am sharing this with you all. Carnival are certainly not the first cruise line to have the Teppanyaki concept on board but they certainly are doing this very well as the sound of the mouth-watering offerings are certain to impress any pallet.

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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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

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Royal Caribbean is my favourite Cruise company for my own family holidays. In a nutshell in my opinion they are the best out there for family’s with something for everyone from amazing entertainment to high standards of food and quality service you really cannot go wrong. For a limited time they are offering even more to entice you to book with them. If you book with them between the 1st and 5th of September they are offering up to 30% off onboard prices. This includes purchases of beverage packages and shore excursions also multi device surf & stream packages and much more. As we all know the extras like beverage packages can amount to a lot so this extra saving helps and also ensures no huge bill at the end of your cruise. I would definitely recommend personally the Ultimate alcoholic beverage package as I found this was the best value way to do things. I also waited until I got on-board to purchase this but only because there wasn’t an incentive to pre book it like they doing at the moment with up to 30% off the prices. For the non alcoholic option i would definitely recommend the soda package as this does not just include sodas you can also get flavoured water and alternatives to the usual sugary fizz. Also just a reminder that the deposit required to make a cruise only or fly cruise reservation is just £150 per person. So there is really nothing to stop you booking your dream cruise holiday!

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518

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So as you can see from my previous blog the sail away party out of Barcelona was amazing. We headed back to our cabin after the party and our luggage had arrived. I would definitely recommend having anything you may need for the first few hours on-board the ship packed into your hand luggage as there can be a good few hours go by before you receive your luggage into your stateroom. Some people had prohibited item messages in there stateroom meaning they had items confiscated until the end of the cruise. The main thing to be aware of is that irons are strictly prohibited as they are a health and safety risk but hair straighteners are fine. We had an inside cabin up on deck 10 which was ideal for the three of us as and literally Windjammer (buffet style restaurant) is on the deck above so ideal for breakfast in the morning. We had a large double bed and my 6 year old daughter was in the bunk above us with a rail attached so she couldn’t fall out onto us. In the cabin there was also a curtain that could be pulled across, so if we were still awake when my daughter was in bed we could pull this across and watch T.V without disturbing her. It is always nice to have an ocean view or balcony cabin as a luxury but we do not find this necessary as we hardly spent any time in the cabin itself. We had an amazing stateroom attendant called Clever or Mr Clever to my 6yr old! He was south American and could not do enough to make our stay the best it could be. Clever provided us with such useful information about the ports of call and swapped stories about his own children and family life back home as well as looking after us incredibly. We all formed a strong attachment to him including my 6yr old whom he called Princess. We formed a lot of attachments to be honest on-board the ship. We found all of the staff so helpful and happy and easy to talk to and the cruise director was amazing and clearly very good at her job!

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Freedom of the seas has everything a family could wish for from the ice skating rink to the rock climbing wall and the cinema there is just so much to do!! Especially during school holidays as they have even more events for the kids such as the DreamWorks parade that we were luckily enough to see. The parade was amazing so much going on in front of us, as well as above us as the characters danced through the promenade.

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Stay tuned for my next blog as I talk about the facilities on board what has become my favourite family cruise ship Freedom of the Seas!!

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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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518

 

 

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After the lifeboat drill everybody made their way to the pool deck 11 ready for the sail away party!! The pool area is amazing and is split into a few sections. The forward section of deck 11 has the solarium indoor area and then through the sliding doors you go through to the open deck pool area where there is a pool bar and a big movie screen as well as hot tubs (some hotter than others) and through to the other side going towards the aft of deck 11 is the H2O kids zone complete with self service ice cream station which was a favourite with my 6yr old.

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One thing to mention is due to the slippery pool area and most people wearing flip flops there were a lot of accidents with people slipping across the deck. I myself had a fall coming from the toilets to the pool area but mainly it was my pride that hurt as I flew across the deck!. There is always visible lifeguards on hand constantly watching everyone and they don’t sit down they literally stand at the pool all day with the a red buoy in hand. I found this very reassuring as my 6 year old seems to have no fear when it comes to the water. As we sailed out of Barcelona port the atmosphere was amazing the sun was shining, champagne flowing and a DJ appeared from a hole near to the movie screen. As the sail away party got under way the DreamWorks characters appeared to all the children’s delights and they danced away to the music with the reps! This was the best sail away i have ever experienced all geared towards families as this was within half term break there were many families on board.

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Please stay tuned for my next blog as we sail to Italy & France.

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518

 

 

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The highly anticipated day had come to board the Freedom of the Seas in Barcelona and to say we were excited was an understatement. We had pre-booked a private transfer to come and get us from the hotel and take us to the ship. The driver arrived promptly and we had a 20 – 25 minute journey to the ship. As we arrived at the cruise terminal at approx. 12.30pm there were lots of people as there was a few other ships as well as ours in Barcelona that day. We queued for around 20 minutes and as we are gold members once the queue entered the cruise terminal we were able to join the gold fast track line which was slightly quicker. As we had checked in prior to arrival online and printed out our sea passes,  the check in process was quick and easy and we headed through to the ship. We were greeted by the friendly staff with a glass of cava on arrival. When we walked through there was staff offering beverage package options which we were planning to take up anyway so we added them on straight away. This meant we didn’t have to queue at guest relations making the start to our cruise easy and stress free! Well done Royal! The cost of the ultimate beverage package was $441 for the 8 days which was well worthwhile as this includes most drinks such as spirits, cocktails, sodas and more. I like Cognac as my tipple and was able to have Courvoisier & Remy Martin as part of my package. I was also able to have house champagne and prosecco which are also favourites of mine! My Daughter had a soda package for the week which cost round $65 and there are self service soda machines around the ship so drinks can be had 24hours. We arrived at our cabin and our luggage hadn’t arrived yet but we decided to go in and explore.

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We had an inside cabin up on deck 10 towards the front of the ship, the ocean view cabins are just the same but the mirror above the bed would be the window. The bed arrangements for my daughter was great as she had a bunk style bed above us with a rail on it so she couldn’t fall out which she loved with little ladders to it. There was also a curtain which could be closed if she was asleep to divide the room so we didn’t disturb her. After a quick look around the cabin we headed upstairs to the deck above to explore the pool deck and grab some food at the windjammer buffet style restaurant located at the aft of the pool deck.

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The windjammer food was amazing, so much choice and everything labelled to avoid confusion. There is also a section of the windjammer called jade that has an Asian influence as well so there really is lots of variation to suit any requirement. Although this is all self service there are staff walking around taking bar drinks orders if required which I thought was a nice touch. We found the food to be of a very high standard and the staff were very helpful and friendly. On the way back to our cabin we stopped by at the adventure ocean kids club to register my daughter, the staff were very inviting and my daughter cerise wanted to play straight away but the club doesn’t operate on the 1st day due to the registration period. We headed back to the cabin to check if our luggage had been delivered and it had so we got changed into our swim suits and headed back up to deck 11 to the pool area to explore. As a 1st day tip for next time I would pack a small hand luggage bag with swim suits in and sun cream as sometimes it can take a good few hours to receive your luggage to your cabin. Stay tuned for my next blog as we sail away…..

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On arrival at the H10 Marina we were also greeted with more cava and goodies from the warm staff and my daughter recognized a lady from the previous H10 hotel. The lady explained to her that she works in both hotels and handed her a large H10 stuffed toy now named Daisy. As we checked in they offered me a H10 membership card as I had stayed in the sister hotel the previous couple of days.

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We had booked a triple room at the hotel on a bed & breakfast basis and received a very large spacious room with a huge bathroom. As we settled into our room we got a knock on the door from one of the staff who handed us some welcome chocolates to my daughters delight!!!

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We spent the rest of the day sunning ourselves at the hotels rooftop pool which was a lot bigger than the sister hotel Casanovas pool. The views were amazing from the rooftop and the pool bar staff were lovely. The pool area did not seem to get too busy and we ordered some food from the pool bar and relaxed in the sunshine with a few cocktails.

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The following morning we were greeted at the huge breakfast room by a friendly smart looking lady who showed us to a table. We had a lovely breakfast with lots of choice even a gluten free/diet station and plenty of cold and hot options including the offer of cava or orange juice! We got ready and walked to the beach which was a good 25 minutes by foot but a straight route. The beach was very clean and it wasn’t too busy so we had a lovely beach day!

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After a lovely beach day we got a taxi back to the hotel and got ready to got out for dinner. We walked out of the hotel and we must have took a wrong turn and after a few minutes walk we noticed we were outside a women’s prison! There was a lot of graffiti around so we headed another way which seemed to take us towards shops but mainly fast food type places so we googled tapas places and flagged down a taxi to take us. After a 10 minute taxi journey we arrived at a very authentic looking tapas restaurant and settled in for our dinner.

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After a lovely night we headed back to the hotel by taxi and had a nightcap in the hotel bar. The bar staff were lovely and could not do enough for us. We went to bed eagerly anticipating the next day as this would be cruise embarkation day!!! Hold tight for my next blog when we board Freedom of the Seas.

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

 

I’ve been back a week and already have the holiday blues now its all over!! Whilst the holiday is all very fresh in my mind I thought I would share my experience and everything i have learnt along the way with you. Just a reminder on what my holiday consisted of, we had 2 nights in Barcelona City followed by 2 nights Barcelona beach area and then an amazing Italy and France cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas, travelling with my husband and 6 year old daughter.

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We flew from Liverpool to Barcelona with Ryanair and on arrival we were met by our driver who took us to our 1st hotel with a transfer time of approx. 25 minutes. We arrived at  The 4 * H10 Casanova hotel at approx. 8pm and were impressed straight away.

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The hotel looked beautiful all lit up and very modern as we were expecting. We were greeted with cava or water on arrival whilst we checked in & there was a selection of sweet jars for the kids so they could help themselves (maybe not wise!! haha). After a very speedy check-in we were given our key cards to our room and took the lift up to the 3rd floor where our room was located. We had booked a superior triple room including breakfast. As we entered our room we all were very impressed.

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The superior room had a large King size bed and additional pull out sofa bed for my daughter. The room was spacious and we had perks such as slippers, modern coffee machine, electronic safe, minibar and complimentary glass bottled water. The modern frosted glass bathroom was located next to the king size bed it was quite small but consisted of shower over bath and was fine for us! As you can see my daughter enjoying pampering herself in the bathroom below!!

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We decided to go out of the hotel once we had settled in to allow my other half the chance to see the Manchester united match. As there were lots of bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity we found a bar showing the match very easily and settled in for some traditional sangria and tapas bites with the locals.

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The following morning we headed down for breakfast. We were greeted at the door by a smart suited gentleman who asked for our room number and then showed us to our table. After being served tea/coffee by a waitress we got up to explore the buffet style breakfast spread. There was a lot of choice, traditional hot breakfast along with cereals and cold meats and cheeses as well as pastries/cakes and fresh breads. There was a juice station as well as healthy drinks such as lemon/lime water and a bucket filled with ice and cava bottles for those who wanted a champagne style breakfast at no extra cost. We then explored the city a little and found that it was a nicer area to be in than the busy tourist area of Las Ramblas and although we were still cautious we didn’t feel vulnerable to the renowned pickpockets of Barcelona.

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We then Spent the rest of the day at the hotel enjoying the rooftop pool and bar as it was a beautiful sunny day in Barcelona and the views over Barcelona city were amazing! The pool itself was only small and had a sunbathing area with pool towels but although small this was perfect and never got too crowded given the size!

 

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We had such an enjoyable time at the H10 Casanova it was a perfect start to our trip. The staff were amazing and we would all definitely return to this hotel in a heartbeat! I would highly recommend this hotel for those who want to be in the city area but away from the las ramblas area. For the more upmarket guests who don’t mind paying a little extra for luxury H10 Casanova is perfect! At the end of our stay the hotel kindly arranged a taxi to take us to our next sister hotel H10 Marina Barcelona closer to Barcelona beaches. Please see my next blog as my trip continues.

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

 

 

 

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Here at Cruise Club UK we are constantly tailoring enticing offers and we have put together some cracking deals with my favourite Cruise line Royal Caribbean! I am sailing with them myself at the end of this month so please look forward to my blog on my return. In the mean time let me tell you about some exciting offers we have featured in our new mailer!

Don’t want to fly? How about sailing from the Southampton with our ex UK offers?

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Summer Spain & France

Why not step aboard Navigator of the Seas for a 6 night itinerary to France & Spain. Why not spend the day in romantic Paris from Le Havre? Why not enjoy the stunning scenery by doing a Basque coast tour when you dock in Bilbao? Or for Gijon whether you want to partake in water sport activities, absorb the culture of a typical Spanish town or gaze at the magnificent buildings it is easy to while a day away in Gijon. With prices based on a balcony special at an amazing £799 per person!!!

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Norwegian Fjords

Embark the action packed Independence of the Seas for an 8 night Norwegian Fjords cruise with scenery to die for on such an amazing ship you have the best of both worlds. Norwegian Fjords are one of the seven natural wonders of the world – pristine waters that cut through steep mountains and create a lush, fertile soil along the shore combined with an amazing ship with endless facilities and entertainment options and Broadway style shows you cant go wrong. Prices from just £859 per person & including $100 per cabin on board spending money!

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Autumn Sunshine Canaries

Looking for winter sunshine? 10 night Portugal, Canaries & Spain cruise aboard Navigator of the Seas is a fabulous cruise for those who want to get away from the British weather. Whether you want to laze on the beach or simply stay by the pool on the ship there is something for everyone. Navigator of the Seas, boasting incredible features including the Flowrider surf simulator, outdoor cinema screen and a host of amazing restaurants serving delicious cuisine from around the world. With prices starting as low as £979 per person!

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Shorter Cruises

There are 2 sailings on offer which are both aboard the Amazing Independence of the Seas. Both cruises are 5 nights in duration, one in October 2018 that visits Belgium & France and one in May Spring Bank Holiday in 2018 that visits France & Ireland. These shorter cruises tend to attract people who want to experience cruising for the first time as a taster or the more seasoned cruiser who has a few days spare and appreciates value for money. Prices start from just £489 per person.

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

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

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Here at Cruise Club UK we are constantly tailoring enticing offers and we have put together some cracking deals with my favourite Cruise line Royal Caribbean! I am sailing with them myself at the end of this month so please look forward to my blog on my return. In the mean time let me tell you about some exciting offers we have featured in our new mailer!

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Malaysia and the Far East

Our offer includes return flights overnight out to Singapore and on arrival you will then transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay at the popular 4* Park hotel Clarke Quay. This exquisite hotel is a tropical retreat by the side of Singapore River and the entertainment enclave of Clarke Quay. After your overnight stay in Singapore you will then be transfered to Singapore port for embarkation aboard the Mariner of the Seas for your 7 night Malaysia & Far East cruise. This itinerary includes an overnight on board the ship in Thailand to give you more time to explore! After your cruise we transfer you back to the airport and where you will relax in the premium lounge and enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks before flying home! With prices from as little as £1699 per person & $100 on board spend per cabin this is a fantastic deal.

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Exotic Bali & The Far East

Looking for something more exotic? why not try our exclusive offer again aboard Mariner of the Seas. We will fly you out to Bali for a 4 night 5* hotel stay at the Novotel Bali Nusa Dua! This Beautiful hotel is located in the peaceful area of Nusa Dua and features a great lagoon 1,500 m² pool surrounded by tropical gardens and has a private beach club with beautiful sunrise views. After your relaxing stay in Bali we transfer you to the airport for your onwards flight to Singapore. On Arrival we transfer you to the 1st class Grand Copthorne Waterfront located along Singapore river for a 2 night pre cruise stay. You will then board the Mariner of the Seas for a 7 night Vietnam & Thailand cruise (overnight stay on board) before flying back to the UK. With prices as low as £1999 per person this is an exotic bargain.

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

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

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Here at Cruise Club UK we are constantly tailoring enticing offers and we have put together some cracking deals with my favourite Cruise line Royal Caribbean! I am sailing with them myself at the end of this month so please look forward to my blog on my return. In the mean time let me tell you about some exciting offers we have featured in our new mailer!

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New York, New England & Canada

We are offering return flights out to New York and a 3 night pre cruise stay at the 4* Excelsior hotel enabling you to make the most of New York! The hotel offers a residential style experience in the heart of New York’s upper Westside. The hotel is located right next to Central Park and Times square can be reached in approx. 30 min walk. After your stay in New York you will be taken to Cape Liberty to board the Quantum Class Anthem of the Seas. Having been on the ship when she first launched in 2015 I hadn’t experienced anything like it before! Boasting state of the art Technology, world class dining and the best entertainment I have ever seen on any ship this really is the future but today! The 9 night itinerary on board covers New England & Canada. Prices starting from as little as £1799 per person.

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Caribbean Connoisseur

We are offering return flights out to Fort Lauderdale ready for an overnight stay at the 4* Renaissance Fort Lauderdale hotel which is located at the entrance to port everglades. After your overnight stay you will then embark on the Serenade of the Seas for your 10 night Caribbean cruise. With action packed activities, incredible dining and entertainment & acres of glass offering stunning ocean views this is a perfect ship for sailing in the Caribbean. With prices starting from just £1499 per person why not treat yourself!

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

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

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