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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 

As my own family holiday approaches I thought I would share some info with you regarding the hotels I am staying in as I have done some extensive research into them. I am embarking on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas which sails in and out of Barcelona in May and decided to extend the holiday and have a few nights in Barcelona before we cruise. I often sell a lot of Barcelona for pre and post hotels stays for my clients but have never been before personally. I decided to mix things up a little and am having 2 nights in the City and 2 nights near to the beach before joining the ship in Barcelona port. After extensive research and review reading I managed to narrow my search down and booked 2 H10 hotels.

Hotel number 1: H10 Casanova

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So ive decided on the H10 Casanova for my city hotel I have booked a superior room (sleeps 2 adults and 3rd bed for child) on a bed & breakfast basis. The hotel has a great location just a few metres from Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia and Les Rambles. The building itself is a refurbished 18th century building and has very modern furnishings. One of the massive highlights of this hotel is that it has a sky terrace bar complete with rooftop pool with breathtaking views over the city. The hotel also boasts spa and conference facilities.

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Hotel number 2: H10 Marina Barcelona

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For a hotel closer to the beaches I chose the H10 Marina Barcelona for the remaining 2 night stays in a triple room including breakfast. This hotel has a privileged location in the Villa Olímpica area and is very close to beaches. This hotel also has a skyline terrace with rooftop pool with magnificent panoramic views over the city. Other facilities include spa, restaurant and fitness and conference facilities.

I will be writing reviews on my return so stay tuned for further blogs and to see if I made the right decisions…

 

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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I thought i would share some good news with you from Royal Caribbean about an offer that started yesterday which I have never seen before. Royal Caribbean have a fantastic offer that started yesterday applicable between the dates of 28 April 2017 to 02 May 2017. If you have already booked or are indeed thinking of booking I would definitely the holiday confirmed this weekend before the offer ends so you can take advantage of this fabulous deal.  They are offering up to 30% reduction on onboard services and shore excursions. This flash sale offer is applicable to selected sailings between 15th May & 30th November 2017.

This fantastic offer would be applicable to the following…

  • Unlimited Specialty Dining package for just $24 per night
  • 30% Beverage packages
  • Up to 20% off Shore Excursions
  • Up to 30% off Spa Treatments
  • Up to 30% off VOOM Surf & Stream Internet
  • 20% off Bottomless Galley Brunch

 

I personally am travelling with Royal Caribbean on the Freedom of the Seas as a family of 3 next month and i think this is an amazing offer. Anyone who has travelled with Royal Caribbean before knows that shore excursions, beverages, spa treatments and internet packages can be so expensive and adds so much to the overall expense of your holiday. This is why I urge you to get the reduction this weekend and take full advantage of the offer as this can make a substantial difference to your overall holiday expense  when looking at the bigger picture. I will be blogging after my experience onboard freedom of the seas next month, so stay tuned for a detailed account of my own family holiday coming soon……

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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    Just announced from Carnival Cruise Lines:

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Carnival Imagination this summer will feature a series of ‘Carnival Playtime’ branded cruises, including ‘Transformers’ and ‘My Little Pony’. Available on 3 and 4 night sailings departing Long beach (Los Angeles) from July to September 17. Expect character meet and greats, including photo opportunities with Optimus Prime and BumbleBee from ‘Transformers’ and Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle from ‘My Little Pony’. Plus amusement park style games. All this for FREE!

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Carnival Horizon Update

A first for Carnival will be a Dr Seuss themed WaterWorks water park, featuring two water slides and a splash zone for kids. Highlights include:

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Water spray toys

450 Foot long Cat in the Hat slide – featuring an enclosed raft slide that twists and turns. The entrance will be through the Cat’s famous red and white hat

For those of us that are mischievous Thing 1 and Thing 2 is a 213 foot long fun slide – expect polka dots and lighting effects

042017-seuss-ww Dr Seuss’ crazy cast of characters will feature as larger than life statues

Itineraries for Carnival Horizon are on sale now, get in quick ready for her Mediterranean launch on 2nd April 2018.

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Great news for a family friendly space onboard the second Vista Class Ship from Carnival Cruise Lines

Sushi anyone? New to Carnival Conquest, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Glory, ‘Sushi at Sea’ has been added on the lido decks. Extra charges apply $$$$. This is following the success of Bonsai Sushi restaurant

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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@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518

 

Disney Cruise Lines introduced lifeguards onboard their ships in 2013. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines followed suit and by June this year (2017) all their ships will have lifeguards

Now Norwegian Cruise Lines have just announced by mid 2018 all their ships will add a lifeguard service.

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Brilliant news for parents with children or for those adults who aren’t water savvy!

Since 2015 Norwegian Cruise Lines had crew members acting as pool monitors, however they aren’t trained lifesavers. The new lifeguards will be fully trained and certified by the American Red Cross.

Family pools will be monitored during scheduled pool hours

This summer Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic will start this service onboard

Free swim vests for adults and children will also be available. These can be collected from the towel station onboard.

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For those who haven’t sailed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, their Aqua Parks are brilliant fun for all the family, especially kids! From the tropical-themed pool on Norwegian Epic to Spongebob Square Pants & Friends themed splash area. If slides are your kind of thing then you’ve hit the jackpot with Norwegian. Take a free fall and drop at the speed of 4Gs or race side by side on The Whip.

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Plus Norwegian Cruise Lines are now premium all inclusive… Feel free to enjoy a new sense of freedom at sea

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@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518

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Great news for MSC Cruisers

From June 2017 MSC Meraviglia will be the first ship in their fleet to offer flexible and My Choice dining. MSC Seaside will follow suit in December 2017, with the rest of the ships being rolled out fleetwide.

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For those who prefer the more traditional two set dining times, these will remain, allowing customers to keep the same table and servers throughout their cruise.

Flexi: a new dining style to accommodate preferences

Select a preferred dining time slot or time range for the duration of the cruise (experience depending)

Option to change dinner times before 4pm daily

Perfect for those customers who want the flexibility and choices

My Choice: Any Time dining with the most choice

Arrive any time during dinner times

Priority access with priority lane at any flexi restaurant

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Whichever dining style you choose you can be assured that a welcoming team is always on hand, making your dining experience a delightful one.

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Other dining upgrades will be bookable through the new ‘MSC for Me’. Read more about this concept from a previous blog by clicking here. From a Cirque du Soleil dinner & show to dinner at Eataly’s Chef Table (onboard MSC Meraviglia), Plus a seven course food and wine pairing with dedicated chef and sommelier for the evening.

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Book a speciality dining package in advance and save

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@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518

 

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A cruise industry first from Oceania Cruises, offering Wellness and healthy living tours inspired by Canyon Ranch Spa. Debuting in April 2017. The ground breaking tour series will initially be offered in France, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Oceania Cruises will offer wellness specials, pairing select Canyon Ranch SpaClub treatments along with the new tours. Take advantage of the savings on offer by booking from 1 April 2017.

These tours extend the wellness experience available onboard and offer a new and unique way to experience the Mediterranean, hand-picked for you to fully immerse your well-being.

Healthy living and spiritual awareness are at the heart of the Canyon Ranch philosophy. Not just renowned for its spa services but its award winning health resorts. Sample the exquisite cuisine and healing therapies on offer.

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The following tours are available:  

The Pope’s Thermal Baths | Civitavecchia, Italy – Guests will enjoy an afternoon of heavenly relaxation and restorative benefits at the Viterbo Terme dei Papi, or the Thermal Baths of the Popes in this famed papal city. Originating in Etruscan times, the exclusive baths boast a thousand-year-old therapeutic tradition advocated by the presence of renowned kings, popes and artists throughout history.

Vinyasa Yoga at Monte Carlo Bay | Monte Carlo, Monaco – Perched on a beautiful peninsula overlooking the azure waters of Mediterranean Sea, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort offers paradise views as guests enjoy a private vinyasa yoga class, a dynamic style of yoga recognised for a host of mind-body benefits.

The Greek Gods of Wellness | Corfu, Greece – Ambelonas, an artisanal organic goods company and one of Greece’s most stunning wine estates is the ideal backdrop for uncovering compelling insight on emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical wellness during a stroll around the lush vineyard and herb plantation. The experience is crowned with a tranquil meditation and yoga session followed by a wholesome plant-based lunch.

The Life of Laughter | Palamos, Spain – This enlightening tour invites guests to discover the myriad benefits of laughter, including the rush of stress-reducing endorphins released as they enjoy a joyful laughter session in an elegantly restored farmhouse-hotel in the heart of Costa Brava.

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  • An industry leading loyalty scheme called Bonus Points
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  • Full Return Flights
    1. Transfers
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Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Becky@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518

   The new sound of adventure is arriving April 2018

Introducing Symphony of the Seas with new firsts at sea guaranteed to make your cruise holiday extraordinary

Everything with regards to Symphony of the Seas has been very hush hush….. So here’s what we do know:

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 European sailings from Rome & Barcelona, 7 & 8 nights from April 2018

Example sailing:

21 April 2018, 7 nights from Barcelona:

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Provence (Marseille) France

Florence/Pisa (La Spezia0 Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy

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Back to Barcelona to disembark

Caribbean sailings from Miami, 3, 4 & 7 nights from November 2018

European sailings on sale now, with Caribbean sailings on sale from 17/03/17

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She will come with Royal Caribbean favourites: two FlowRiders, Zipline, Studio B Ice Skating Rink, Jamie’s Italian, Bionic Bar, AquaTheatre, Ultimate Abyss plus more exciting details to be announced over the coming months

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Royal Caribbean Oasis Class Ships have been growing in size since the launch of Oasis of the Seas in 2009. Allure of the Seas launched in 2010, with Harmony of the Seas just launched last year and is proving very popular

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I’m sure the soon to be latest member of the very popular Oasis Class, Symphony of the Seas will have all the fantastic facilities Harmony of the Seas does plus some exciting extras?

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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@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518

 

 

 

     Some big announcements from Carnival Cruise Lines this week:

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Carnival Cruise Lines have received approval to sail to Cuba. Carnival Paradise based in Tampa, Florida will offer overnight visits to Havana on selected sailing dates. This is a brilliant and exciting opportunity to explore this fantastic destination, with excursions to be announced at a later date.

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12, four and five day sailings will include a daytime and overnight visit to this fascinating unique jewel in the Caribbean.

When can you go?

Four day itineraries: 29 June, 13 July, 24 August, 7 & 21 September, 5 & 19 October 2017 & 3 May 2018

Five day itineraries: 14 & 28 August, 25 September & 9 October 2017

Carnival Dreams multi million pound renovation

Fresh from her renovation in Freeport, Bahamas. New area’s include:

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Guy’s Pig & Anchor Barbeque Smokehouse

Blueiguana Cantina – enjoy complimentary poolside Mexican food from burritos to tacos (it’s even open for breakfast)

Alchemy Bar – Cocktail pharmacy

Pizzeria del Capitano – free of charge 24 hours a day

Bonsai Sushi – Full service restaurant with décor inspired by the Far East

Carnival Splendor 14 day Alaska for August 2018

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Part of the Carnival Journey programme, which offers longer duration enrichment sailings. A 14 day round trip Alaskan Cruise from Long Beach, California. Unique features on board include local cuisine, entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Experience Alaska’s natural wonders with Carnival’s shore excursions, from rainforest canopy to canoeing and hiking

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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@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 2518

   CWR Logo 1    2017 see’s Regent Seven Seas celebrate their 25th Anniversary, it’s going to be a yearlong celebration with 25 anniversary voyages. Book one of the following voyages and receive upto 25% off:

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Seven Seas Mariner

  • Amazon Voyage – 17 November 2017
  • Alaskan Cruises – 13 May, 12 July and 23 August 2017
  • Fall Foliage Cruise – 27 October 2017

Seven Seas Navigator

  •  Caribbean Voyage – 13 May 2017
  • Panama Canal Sailing – 17 June 2017
  • East Coast Cruise – 7 August 2017
  • Atlantic Crossing – 17 October 2017
  • Hawaii Cruise – 11 December 2017

Seven Seas Voyager

  •  Asian Voyages – 8 April and 5 Dec 2017
  • Mediterranean Voyages – 11 June, 28 June, 8 July, 20 Aug, 19 September, 28 September and 27 October 2017

Seven Seas Explorer

  •  Mediterranean Voyages – 9 April, 26 April and 4 Oct 2017
  • Northern Europe Sailings – 3 July and 21 August 2017
  • Atlantic Crossing – 24 November 2017

Enjoy special on board moments for the silver jubilee year with exclusive activities and events that have been planned. Go behind the scenes and enjoy a brand new dining concept, where guests are invited to dine at the Compass Rose galley for a special lunch buffet, interact with the chefs onboard. Participate in special wine, whiskey & cocktail tasting seminars, plus receive a commemorative pin, designed especially for their anniversary year

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Have a celebration of your own? Why not celebrate in luxurious style and treat yourself with Regent 

looking for luxury cruise travel? Why not visit our exclusive web page, featuring news and information for your forthcoming six star cruise holiday! Never booked with Cruise Club UK or Prestige Cruise Club before? Don’t worry all new customers Receive…

  • Dedicated direct phone number to your personal Cruise Consultant (UK Based call centre & Cruise Expert)
  • Exclusive offers you can’t find anywhere else
  • An industry leading loyalty scheme called Bonus Points
  • We Include the following on the Majority Of Our Offers
  • Full Return Flights
    1. Transfers
    2. Baggage
    3. All Taxes
    4. Full ABTA, ATOL and a further Cruise Protection
  • Regular personal emails full of special deals
  • Interactive website & Blog full of latest offers, cruise news / blog and reviews.
  • All this and no extra charge! The reason we are a ‘Club’ is thanks to our loyal and regular customers.
  • Mention the word Club and it’s ‘how much is that going to cost me?’ Here at Prestige Cruise Club once you have booked with us you’re a member, the best part being its FREE we don’t charge a penny & 1st time bookers will automatically be entered into our industry leading Loyalty Scheme Bonus Points. It’s our way of saying thank you (1 point = £1) and a nice saving for you*

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Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Becky@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518

A world below the waves is waiting to be discovered and thanks to Royal Caribbean you can now explore an underwater world with a PADI Scuba diving certificate, the largest and most trusted diver training organisation in the world.

The following ships will offer a PADI Certification:

Quantum Class – Anthem of the Seas

Oasis Class – Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas

Freedom Class – Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas

Voyager Class – Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas

The PADI Open Water Diver course costs $599pp – this can be booked prior to departure via the cruise planner or once one board. Places are limited though so it is recommended that you do book in advance

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Included in the cost:

(Pre booked) PADI Open Water Diver Manual through PADI Touch on your tablet, or online with PADI eLearning. From the comfort of your home you work through the chapters and answer questions along the way. At the end of the course you take a final exam to ensure you have the knowledge needed for scuba diving

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Develop basic scuba skills in a pool, which helps you become familiar with scuba gear

Four open water dives, over two different cruise ports

Access to PADI Certified Dive Instructor

Gear rental including a dive watch

Transportation

A medical form must be completed by your doctor to confirm you are fit and able to dive

At the end of your certification course you will be able to dive upto 60 feet independently

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For those already qualified PADI divers, the dive shops on board your ship are well equipped and a selection of products are available for rent

Looking for some one on one time? Why not enjoy a private dive exclusively for you and your family/friends

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Not sure about diving? A 30 minute program is available in the shallow environment of your ships on board pool. Take the opportunity on this easy introduction on what it takes to explore underwater worlds

The PADI ReActive Program is perfect for those who haven’t dived in over two years. A quick refresher on dive safety and dive planning, before joining a PADI Dive Instructor in the onboard pool to practice and rebuild your confidence.

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Turn your cruise into a immersive adventure

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@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518