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Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Michelle and I have been working in the Travel Industry for just over 9 years. From being very young, I have always been extremely interested in Travelling the world. One of my favourite places to travel too is the Caribbean. I Love cruising the Caribbean islands and have done so 14 times with many different cruise ships. I have cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line & Norwegian Cruise Line, all in the Caribbean. My first ever cruise was with the old Ocean Village cruise ship to the Caribbean and then to the Mediterranean. Working in the Cruise Industry is most suited to me, as my favourite way to travel/holiday is by cruise. I blog about news in the industry and each trip I take so please keep checking back to see what I find on my travels.

Visit two islands with one port of call when your next cruise docks in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Being the most southern islands in the Caribbean, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago lies just 6 miles off of the North-East coast of Venezuela, South America.

Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago
Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago

They have two seasons each year: Dry Season, which is the first five months of the year, with the Wet Season being the remaining seven months of the year.

The two ports which are open to cruise ships are; Port of Spain in Trinidad and Port of Scarborough in Tobago.  Being just a twenty minute ferry ride apart, you can plan your visit to whichever of the Twin islands quite easily, due to the very frequent ferries that operate each day. The cost is also very minimal, at just £6 per adult, each way.

Having visited Tobago myself, it is a haven for beach lovers. They offer stunning, relaxing beaches with local crafts and food for sale. They have small markets close to beaches giving you the option to browse for souvenirs at your own freewill. Be sure to try the fruit here, its cheap and so fresh! Just what you need on a hot summers day in the Caribbean.

Cumana Bay, Trinidad
Cumana Bay, Trinidad

Trinidad is of course renowned for their Carnival which is one of THE most attended carnivals in the world, taking place February each year. Here you can witness the most Extravagant-barely there costumes, vibrant colours, dancing, music, food and some of the most beautiful women on the island. Known as “The Original Carnival” it is certainly something to witness if you are sailing here when it is on.

So if you are sailing into one of the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago on your next cruise, and you want to see the sister island, take a ferry and explore! Be sure to check your “All Aboard” time, you don’t want to miss the boat!

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Ultra-Luxury Six Star Cruise Line, Silversea, announce refurbishment plans for the Silver Whisper and the Silver Wind.

As a part of the “Elegant fleet-wide refurbishment” program, which was launched by the luxury cruise line back at the end of 2016, The two ships will undergo a concrete refurbishment which will be completed by December 2017. Just in time for Christmas sailings!

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The Silver Whisper is said to be scheduled for Technical refurbishments which will hopefully increase the already exceptional level of guest satisfaction on board. Public areas on board Silver Whisper are due to have a major redesign, taking some Inspiration from the newest luxury ship part of the Silversea fleet; Silver Muse, which was launched just this year. Carpet replacements and Upgrades for Panorama Lounge, La Terrazza and Observation Lounge are also on the To-Do list.

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The Silver Wind will also take inspiration from the new Silver Muse and will be upgraded in a similar format to the Silver Whisper. Reupholstering of chairs, stylish enhancements and new carpets for the casino are on the agenda. Based on the concepts of Silver Muse, the Spa and Beauty salon on board will receive a new floor upgrade.

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CEO of Silversea, Roberto Martinoli described the arrival of the Silver Muse as an “Inspirational Milestone” for the brand. The Luxury Cruise Line are hoping the makeover of the Silver Whisper and Silver Wind will be appreciated by guests on board and will also enhance the on board experience of guests sailing with them.

Want to be one of the first to walk on the new carpets?

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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,

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Italian owned Costa Cruise Line have today announced their partnership with Italian Football team Juventus.

For all of their sailings within Asia, Costa Cruise Line will be offering a Juventus Experience on board for all passengers.

Guests on board will be able to view Juventus content at anytime from the TV in their cabin. They can also learn about Juventus’ history, as there will be a fantastically decorated “Juventus Museum” corner, showcasing related Memorabilia. Of course you can pick up a souvenir, just visit the Juventus Shop on board!

They will have a fantastic mini club on board where children can play with the Juventus Official mascot, Jay. In my opinion, the highlight of the new partnership will be a Juventus trainging program, for children aged 5 to 14 years old. Aspiring footballers are encouraged to sign up regardless of the technical level, as the training will be managed and trained by coaches from Juventus and the program is copied from the Juventus Soccer school “Juventus Academy”.

The cruise line say the new partnership with the Italian Football Giant, will accentuate Costa Cruises Italian DNA and enrich the on board offerings to passengers.

Costa Neoromantica, Costa Victoria and Costa Neoclassica are the three ships kicking off the 2018 Asia Sailings.

Due to the new partnership, cabins will be getting full very quickly, so don’t miss out on your chance to be apart of this new program!

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(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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com 0808 278 0342

Thomson Cruise Line announce “Electric Sunsets” cruise for September 2018.

Plans have been revealed for a special 80’s themed music voyage on board the TUI Discovery. The Adult Only sailing, will depart from Newcastle on the 1st September 2018, passengers will visit Amsterdam and Zeebrugge (for Bruges), before disembarking in Southampton.

Former Radio 1 DY Sara Cox will headline on the Sunday, with a guest appearance from lead singer of 80’s band T’Pau; Carol Decker. Headlining on the Monday, Music lovers will enjoy sounds from Trevor Nelson.

Passengers on board can expect a Guilty Pleasure Party, Classic Eighties Movies, a silent Disco and Ministry of Sound sunset pool parties featuring top DJs Adamski and Brandon Block.

Richard Sofer, the Managing Director of Thomson Cruises said he is excited for the new “Electric Sunsets” itinerary and to take passengers back in time to the Iconic 80’s era. He isn’t the only one said to be excited, DJ Sara Cox also said “DJ’ing anywhere is amazing and on board a huge ship will be epic. The energy will be electric and the ports of call are party scenes in themselves so it promises to be a fantastic few days for everyone on board.”

The sailing is All Inclusive which means all your fabulous food and drink is included for the entire duration of the cruise, and the best part: its UNLIMITED!!! So, the only spending money you will need is for the souvenirs in Amsterdam and Bruges.

This one off sailing is due to sell out very quickly, so I would say get your cabin booked if it’s something you are interested in.  The ship has capacity for 1,830 passengers in total. DON’S MISS OUT!!!!

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Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com 0808 278 0342

 

Football Fan? Cruise Fan? Why not take a cruise and go see a world cup football match in 2018?

The FIFA world cup 2018 will take place in Russia. Across the country, many different stadiums will play host to the games, with one being the Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg. The stadium holds a massive 64,287 people for the World Cup Event. This is great news for Cruise passengers who want to see a game, as Oceania Cruise Lines and Azamara Club Cruises will both dock in St. Petersburg on the dates of the games at the Stadium, giving passengers a chance to see a FIFA world cup game. Who’s your team?

Saint Isaac Cathedral across Moyka river, St Petersburg, Russia
Saint Isaac Cathedral across Moyka river, St Petersburg, Russia

There are just Seven dates with football matches at Krestovsky Stadium, and they are:

15th June 2018 (Group B)

19th June 2018 (Group A)

22nd June 2018 (Group E)

26th June 2018 (Group D)

3rd July 2018 (Round of 16)

10th July 2018 (Semi-final)

14th July 2018 (Third Place Match)

Construction of the Arena: Krestovsky Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Construction of the Arena: Krestovsky Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia

 Azamara Club Cruises: The small-intimate Azamara Journey Cruise Ship will set sail from London Greenwich on the 17th June 2018, sailing for 12 nights to Stockholm, Sweden. This sailing will offer Three full days in St. Petersburg on the 25th, 26th and 27th June 2018. This offers passengers the chance to see the Group D match on the 26th June 2018. She will then begin another sailing for 12 nights on the 29th June 2018, from Stockholm, Sweden to Southampton, UK. This sailing will dock in St. Petersburg for Three days on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2018, offering passengers a chance to see Round of 16 match on the 3rd July 2018.

Oceania Cruise Line: The beautiful Oceania Marina cruise ship will set sail on the 12th June 2018 from Stockholm, Swede taking 10 nights to sail to Copenhagen, Denmark. This sailing will offer a stop in St. Petersburg for Three days on the 14th, 15th and 16th June 2018. Passengers on this sailing have the chance to see Group B match on the 15th June 2018.

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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Many cruise lines have been forced to cut the time their ships spend in port when visiting Canadian ports.

Along the Gulf of St. Lawrence, cruise lines have had to cut the time they spend in port by reducing their speed to 10 Knots, which is nearly half of the previous speed cap. The new procedures came into place a couple of weeks ago by the Canadian Federal government, in a plan to protect the whale population of North America.

With slower speeds, it means spending more time sailing between ports.

The decision has been made by the government in hope it will prevent the chance of collision between the whales and cruise ships.

As of now, there are five cruise lines which have confirmed itinerary changes due to the newly enforced speeds. Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines are all affected.

Silversea, Seabourn, Princess and Cunard are still reviewing the new restrictions but have not as of yet made changes or decisions.

Due to the amount of deaths caused by cruise ships, the low population reduced by 2 to 3 percent over the past 12 months.

In this area alone is 20 percent of the world population of Whales, so it is very important to make changes now before it is too late.

Asking cruise lines to join in helping make this change is a great step to take and will hopefully raise more awareness to Wildlife danger.

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines recently announced their newest addition to their fleet, Spectrum of the Seas, and is set to wow passengers as the first ULTRA Quantum Class.

With the Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and the Anthem of the Seas already wowing passengers on the High Seas, Royal Caribbean are adding another mega ship to their collection. Named as the Spectrum of the Seas, the 4,180 passenger ship will be the fourth ship to join the Quantum class of ships and will take to the water in 2019.

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Just like her sisters the Quantum of the Seas and the Ovation of the seas, she is destined for the Chinese Market. Royal Caribbean are set to delight passengers in Asia Pacific area with the amazing ship.

Facilities on board the new ship have still as of yet not been released but I am sure Royal Caribbean will raise the bar with this new Mega Ship.

With Bumper Cars, Sky Diving, Ice Skating, Zip Lines, Carousels, Flow riders, Robotic Bartenders Water Slides, Interchanging restaurants and much more on other ships in their fleet, Imagine what they have in store for this new class ship?

Bionic Bar, Quantum of the Seas
Bionic Bar, Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean are not the biggest cruise operator in the world, but they do operate the largest individual cruise line by passenger capacity and they also sail the largest cruise ships in the world. Having sailed numerous times on many of their ships, Royal Caribbean are (in my opinion) one of the best cruise lines on the market for couples and families. Something for everyone on board!

Royal Caribbean are set to announce more details about their new ship, so check back to keep up to date with the latest Ultra Quantum Class ship.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend 131 night on board a cruise ship, sailing the globe? Well, imagine just how spectacular that would be on board an Intimate Luxury ship with Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line.

The beautiful Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship will be sailing the 131 night world cruise in 2020. This will be a takeover from the current ship, Navigator which is hosting the world voyages in 2018 and 2019.

The intimate ship will dry dock in spring 2018 to get ready for her world voyage. Passengers can sail round trip from San Francisco or Miami.

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San Francisco Skyline

Visiting 66 ports in 30 countries on six continents, the 700 passenger ship will be offering some of the best ports of call in the world. In total, there will be 13 overnight port stops, with passengers have the opportunity to visit 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ports of call will include Central America, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, South Pacific and India.

Passengers who are lucky enough to experience the whole world cruise, are also entitled to many other perks which include a Lord of the Rings themes dinner in the Auckland War, and the choice of excursions from a list of over 300 complimentary tours.

One of my favourite perks for the World Cruise Passengers embarking in San Francisco is a California cuisine dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Nice!!!

As well as all the other fantastic perks offered, the full world cruise passengers can have FREE ROUND TRIP first-class airfare. On board medical care, luggage service and unlimited laundry & pressing is another benefit.

Of course, these benefits are all in addition to the standard Regent benefits for all passengers. These include complimentary speciality restaurant meals, gratuities, airport transfers, beverages and WI-FI.

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.  

If you would like assistance with your next cruise booking, or have any questions, please contact me on 0161 798 2512 or email me Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com – I am always happy to help.

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Disney Cruise Lines have announced they are building their SEVENTH cruise ship

Last year, the magical cruise line announced they would have an additional two new ships in their fleet by 2021 and 2023. With the two new ships on order, they have today announced they have up-sized their ship order from two to three new ships.

The third new ship is set to be debuting in 2022.

All three ships are designed the same with around 1,250 cabins on board. This will offer occupancy to 2,500 guests. These are slightly larger than the last two ships from Disney, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy launched back in 2011 and 2012.

The three new ship names, itineraries and designs are all still being developed and are yet to be announced by the family cruise line. It is said that each ship will have its own unique features.

The Chairman of Walt Disney said that two new ships would not be enough to hold all of the new experiences they have been planning for the ships, that is why they have another on the Horizon. The new ships are set to transform the art of cruising and take guests on adventures in a way they have never dreamed before.

Now, I don’t know about you but i am a huge Disney fan and this is very exciting news! Having travelled to the Disney parks in Florida and Los Angeles, i know exactly what this company are capable of and blowing your mind is certainly one thing they do very well.

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.  

If you would like assistance with your next cruise booking, or have any questions, please contact me on 0161 798 2512 or email me Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com – I am always happy to help.

The Independence of the Seas is undergoing a major face lift, adding some fantastic new features.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line are well known for doing things on a large scale including building the largest ship in the world, the Harmony of the Seas.

As of summer 2018, the Independence of the Seas cruise ship, one of three in the Freedom Class of ships, will offer some first-at-sea stuff on board to passengers.

With a multi-million pound makeover, she is set to blow your minds! Already home to many activities on board, including the Flow Rider, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice Skating, H20 Water zone and large cinema screen on top deck, she will be introducing exciting activities such as Laser Tag, An Escape Room, Trampoline park and a couple of water slides!

Current H20 Zone on board Independence of the Seas

Laser Tag will be fun for all guests on board. Children and Adults alike can play a game of Laser Tag to brighten up there days. Bright Colours will make this a great experience for all.

The Escape room will allow passengers to try themselves and their brains to see if they have what it takes to Escape.

Bounce anyone? It is one of my favourite activities and I am sure most of you enjoy jumping on a Trampoline. With fitness and fun combined, this is a great sport for family and friends.

Adding to the exciting H20 Zone on board for children, there are going to be two wild water slides offered for children AND ADULTS!!!

If she didn’t float your boat before (excuse the pun) she certainly will now. The Independence of the Seas has so much to offer on board for all guests. What are you waiting for? Secure your place on board now.

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.  

If you would like assistance with your next cruise booking, or have any questions, please contact me on 0161 798 2512 or email me Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com – I am always happy to help.