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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.

Celebrity Cruise line are well known for their “Modern Luxury” cruise ships and are extremely popular with passengers of all ages, including families.

Most people would think a luxury cruise line wouldn’t have much on offer for the younger passengers in the family, and that’s where they are wrong.

With lots of different activities for all on board, there is something for everyone to have a wonderful cruise holiday.

Celebrity have the latest gadgets, games and devices on board their ships for the avid-gamers in the family. They have a partnership with Xbox which enables the cruise line to offer dedicated Xbox stations and mobile consoles on board, to feature one of the largest game and entertainment experiences at sea. Whether there’s a tournament taking place or just a gaming themed night, there is something for the youngest gamer to the most savvy teens on board. (You most likely have to drag them away from their current Xbox game!!)

I am sure we all do one thing the same when we cruise, and that is to over indulge on the magnificent food offered on board. You don’t have to worry about the kids not getting enough exercise, as Celebrity have produced some brilliant organized activities on board to keep them on the move. They have their Sports Court on board which offers the chance to shoot hoops or kick some goals into the net. They can of course do this with their friends and not in an organized group – we all know how independent teenagers are, right? Celebrity’s partnership with Zumba fitness also brings some fantastic activities aboard.

If there are any budding chefs in the family, why not let them take part in one of their classes on board. Celebrity offer some fantastic opportunity’s for young passengers on board to get some great culinary experience with options such as; Cupcake Decorating Classes, Pizza Making Class, Future Chefs Hands on Classes as well as a -behind-the-scenes tour that will give them the insight to how the chefs on board work their magic providing delicious, made-from-scratch meals for the entire ship every single day and night.

One thing that I find absolutely fabulous on board is the Video Project offered to the budding movie directors on board. Young guests will be given the use of a GoPro Hero 3 high definition, wideangle video camera to get the shots required for their movie. When they arrive at the class, the on board visionaries will create a storyboard for the videos they are to make. They are taken out to get the shots required – sometimes underwater too!! With this, they learn how to film and edit their videos. This takes place in the Celebrity ILounge on board. great way to create a holiday video!! Who knows, young Jimmy may be the next Spielberg.

Young passengers more interested in relaxing, well why not hit the Zspa!! With treatments geared towards the “Z” generation, they have the choice of Fabulously Fruity or Acne Attack Facials. If you need some bonding time, try out the Mother/Daughter or Father/Son packages on board.

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

For the first time ever, Cruise & Maritime Voyages will offer sailings departing from Wales

For the first time ever, in 2017 Cruise & Maritime Voyages will be sailing from Wales. They have announced their 800 passenger-ship Marco Polo will offer a number of cruises from Cardiff.

The Stunning Cardiff Bay
The Stunning Cardiff Bay

The sailings will include the Norwegian Fjords, plus Spain, Portugal & France voyages. There will be a special summer cruise from Cardiff which will be the Gardens & River Seine.

Due to the popularity of the Cardiff sailings, the line are hoping to be sailing from wales in 2018 also.

The latest, largest of their fleet is the 1,400 passenger-ship Magellan, which will offer sailings from Newport. Sailings will include a mini-cruise to Dublin, Norwegian Fjords and also European Medieval cities.

The Norwegian Fjords
The Norwegian Fjords

For the Carry-On fans, why not sail the Magellan for their special Carry On themed cruise on the 20th May 2017.

With Cruise & Maritime offering the no-fly cruises from Cardiff, this is sure to boost the cruise sector in Wales, which means we could hopefully be seeing more cruise lines sailing from the port.

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

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Cuban Government have given approval to cruise lines to sail Cuba

I’m not sure about you but Cuba is on my bucket list of places to see, so the recent news that the Cuban government are allowing cruise lines to sail from Cuba or visit as a port of call is fantastic!!

Currently Royal Caribbean have announced that they will be deploying two cruise ships to Cuba. Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas have also had approval from the Cuban government.

The Luxury Oceania Marina 1,258 passenger ship will offer stops at Havana on select Caribbean itineraries. Many will be for more than one day.

The Grand Theatre, Old Town Havana
The Grand Theatre, Old Town Havana

Another luxury liner; Regent Seven Seas will have the Mariner 700 passenger ship offering two cruises visiting Havana in 2017.

The Norwegian Sky, a 2,004 passenger ship will offer 4 night sailings from Miami to Havana throughout May 2017. These will be overnight stays in Havana.

Excursions offered by all ships will be focusing on Cuban culture, as well as Art and History. Due to the strictness of the Cuban government, this is a must for all cruise lines excursions. US citizens have been told they are not allowed to just engage in purely tourist activities whilst on their visit to Cuba, they must engage in activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people – Very strict don’t you think?

We are hoping to receive full details for the dates and itineraries at the end of December. Check back for more information!

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

Set to be fleet wide by March 2017, Holland America Line have announced their plans to build upon their partnership with BBC Earth, by revealing new enrichment activities and “feature cruises” with the line.

The programme has been available on select ships since April 2016 and is destination-focused. For all guests interested in the places they visit, this is a great programme to be involved with.

BBC Earth will now feature a concert, based on the TV series “Frozen Planet”. Musicians perform live, as images are shown on the background screen from around the world.

They will introduce gameshows, trivia and “Inside Earth” documentary films.

Holland America Line have revealed four feature cruises which will offer passengers the change to sail with the BBC Earth experts for a behind-the-scenes look at the TV channel’s documentaries. Experts will include the shows producers and cameramen who will all host master classes and of course, Question and Answers.

The have four different ships offering four different feature cruises.

The brand new ship is the Koningsdam, which will offer a seven night eastern Caribbean sailing from fort Lauderdale. The beautiful Oosterdam will sail on 7th April from Tampa to San Diego on an 18 Night panama canal transit.

Maasdam will sail from Montreal to Boston for a seven night Canada & New England cruise.

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  Vancouver

 

Last but not least, the Volendam will sall Taiwan and Japan from Shanghai, ending in Hong Kong.

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                                         Taiwan

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

 

From time to time we all need that one-on-one time with out loved ones and what better way to do so than on board a Princess Cruise Ship.

Famous for their “Movies under the Stars” across the majority of their fleet, guests can enjoy a unique experience watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies on a 300-square foot, 69,000-watt poolside movie-theatre. Princess will make this experience unforgettable as they provide complimentary popcorn and comfortable chaise lounges. warm cookies and milk are also complimentary with a cosy warm blanket for the evening…… Bliss!!!

Movies under the Stars experience
Movies under the Stars experience

Exclusive dining can be found on all of the princess fleet. Romance is alive whether you dine in the Main Dining Room, Speciality dining rooms or on your private veranda. If you are celebrating a special occasion, or not, princess will help create an unforgettable dining experience for you. If you want some privacy, how about the ultimate private balcony dining where you can enjoy breath-taking views from your own private balcony stateroom whether its breakfast or dinner. Breakfast would include speciality pastries, fresh fruits, quiche, smoked salmon, and a half bottle of champagne. Dinner comes with a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four course meal featuring sweet lobster tail and juicy steak……. I don’t know about you by my mouth is watering!!!

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Children are also welcome on board the Princess Cruise Line and will be well looked after in the three clubs on board. They have the Pelicans Youth centre for children aged 3-7, the shockwaves youth centre for children aged 8-12 and the remix teen lounge for the older children aged 13-17. Children can take part in the special dining events designed for each children’s club, so parents can enjoy dinner for two. Passengers can all have a family holiday and still keep the romance alive on princess, there is something for everyone on board.

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They have a wedding chapel on every ship in their fleet so don’t be surprised if you see gushing brides on board your next princess cruise – after all, they are the Editors choice award for Best Cruise Line for Romance.

Offering cruises across the globe, princess will take you anywhere in style.

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

 

The results are in for the 2016 UK Editors’ Picks Awards.

I think the most surprising result has to be the best new cruise ship of 2016, announced as the TIU Discovery from Thomson Cruise Lines. Purely because the ship doesn’t have all the singing and dancing features of some of the other new additions introduced this year. Previously the Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas, the TUI Discovery is the first for a UK cruise line to offer passengers a rock climbing wall, outdoor cinema and virtual band. Specifically tailored to the UK market, she has proved to be a winner!

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TUI Discovery

 

Another UK cruise line picked up an award as the Best Cruise Line for dining, P&O Cruise Lines.

Royal Caribbean took the most awards for: Best Cruise Line for Entertainment, Best Cruise Line Suites and Best Cruise Line for Families.

Sister company to Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Lines took the award for Best Cruise Line Shore Excursions and Best Cruise Line Cabins.

Best Cruise Line Itineraries award went to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines who sail from more UK ports than any other cruise line. They offer many different types of sailings. from a five night Norwegian fjord cruise out of Newcastle, to a 107 night voyage from Southampton to Sydney. They have fly-cruises to unique places like the Amazon and Africa.

Sunset on a river in the Amazon
Sunset on a river in the Amazon

Cunard took the Best Cruise Ship Refurbishment for their “re-mastering” of the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship. Fifteen new single cabins were just one of the new features introduced to the cruise line.

If its Romance your after, then look at Princess Cruise lines as they scooped the Best Cruise Line for Romance award.

Of course, it had to be the one and only Hurtigruten line which took Best Cruise Line for Adventure. They offer trips like no other. whether it is husky sledding, quad biking, glacier calving, snorkelling in antartica or a hike to the hills of Greenland, they have something to offer for everyone.

Best Cruise Line for Nightlife award is given to Norwegian Cruise Line – which isn’t surprising as they have around 20 bars and lounges on each of their ships.

Liverpool got the Best UK Port of Call award and Southampton got the Best UK Departure Port award.

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

 

The new Europe & Americas 2018 Collection has been released from Oceania Cruise Lines, showcasing the new ports of calls they will be sailing to.

The luxury cruise line will offer a stunning collection of voyages across the Baltics & Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Canada & New England and Alaska.

Skagway, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska

They have a total of 109 itineraries on offer and 71 of them are brand new to the cruise line.

New ports of call include Acajutla, El Salvador; Calvi (Corsica), France; Galway and Glengarriff, Ireland; and Huelva, Roses and Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

As you explore the most diverse and sought–after destinations in these regions, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful life on board an Oceania Cruise.

The astounding UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher from Galway is just one of the many highlights, as well as The UNESCO–protected pilgrimage centre of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Moher cliffs, Ireland
Moher cliffs, Ireland

Now is a great time to be booking your Luxury Oceania Cruise as they are offering low deposits and on board spending money for particular sailings. Give me a call to check your next cruise.

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me on 0161 798 2512

 

Can you believe it’s that time of year again? I can’t! The festivities will be out in full force soon, including the Christmas markets.

Seen your local markets every year and getting a bit tired with them? sick and tired of the same-old high street hustle? just want to take a short break before Christmas? Then why not take a mini cruise to the Christmas markets in Europe?

There are more cruise lines offering these short breaks each year, as they become more and more popular with cruising passengers.

Imagine twinkling fairy lights, enormous glitzy Christmas trees, local products, the smell of mulled wine, cinnamon biscuits and different things to buy, that you just cant find at home.

Hamburg Christmas Markets
Hamburg Christmas Markets

 

If you love this time of year, there is no better way to get into the spirit of Christmas! With no flying, comes no luggage restrictions, which means you can take as much home with you as you like. Think of all the unique hand crafted gifts you could buy and the local delights you can bring back with you.

After a full day of getting “Christmassy” you are then back on board your beautiful cruise ship to relax and unwind. Now, that’s much better than traipsing the high streets isn’t it?

Christmas Markets in Bruges, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Dublin and Amsterdam are brilliant! P&O Cruise Lines, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and even Emerald Waterways are all offering wonderful Christmas market sailings this year.

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Amsterdam Ice Rink

Do you want to make it a very special and merry Christmas? If so, give me a call and get your Christmas market cruise arranged now before they are all full.

Want more interesting cruise news? check out my blog here!

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or 0161 798 2512

 

Norwegian Cruise Line announced their latest ship due to join their fleet as the Norwegian Joy. Not only is this a new ship, but will be the start of a new class of ship for the cruise line.

The Breakaway Plus class will be the latest class of ship in the Norwegian fleet. The Norwegian Joy will be the first in the breakaway plus class, with many new exciting features on board.

Norwegian Joy will be homeport in Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing). Itineraries are to be announced.

She will debut in Summer 2017 as the most innovative ship to date for the cruise line. The ship is created and designed exclusively for the Chinese travellers. The ship will offer the flexibility as across all of their ships.

A GO-Karting race track will be on board the ship – the first at sea!

GO-Kart Race track on board the Norwegian Joy
GO-Kart Race track on board the Norwegian Joy

 

A the moment, the cruise ship is said to be only sold to the Chinese market, but, things can change the future.

This is the only shop on the horizon for the new Breakaway plus class, but I am sure she wont be alone for too long.

She will be the largest ship in their fleet, weighing 168,800 gross tonns with capacity for 3,900 guests on board.

The Haven Pool on-board the Norwegian Joy
The Haven Pool on-board the Norwegian Joy

With $400 million to spend, the cruise line are making sure passengers have a wonderful holiday with Norwegian by refurbishing their current ships.

The other ships in their fleet have completed or are due to complete a refurbishment. Please see schedule below.

Norwegian Epic: Refurbishment was completed in October 2015

Norwegian Gem: Refurbishment was completed in November 2015

Pride of America: Refurbishment was completed in March 2016

Norwegian Sun: Refurbishment was completed in May 2016

Norwegian Dawn: Refurbishment was completed in June 2016

Norwegian Spirit: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

Norwegian Sky: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

Norwegian Pearl: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

Norwegian Jade: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

If you are looking at a Norwegian Cruise, give me a call!

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: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or 0161 798 2512.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises are currently spending $125 million on a fleet wide refurbishment.

So far, the Seven Seas Navigator has been upgraded, whilst the Seven Seas Explorer, (their newest built ship) deemed by Regent as ‘the world’s most luxurious cruise ship’ has been the inspiration and style for the upgraded public spaces onboard their fleet

Seven Seas Mariner will be refurbished in April 2017

Seven Seas Voyager will be completed by November 2016 for her sailing from Barcelona to Dubai

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The refurbishment includes:

Suites: Elite slumber beds will be added to Penthouse, Concierge and Deluxe Suites, new art work within the suites and marble top bathrooms

Restaurants: Chartreuse (modern French restaurant which debuted on Explorer ship) will replace its current French restaurant, Signatures. The main dining room will get a complete overhaul, with new leather chairs and décor and crystal chandeliers. A cook to order grill station will be added to La Veranda, plus the Pool Grill will have new seating and an infrared bbq grill

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Chartreuse
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La Veranda

 

Public Spaces: Upgrades to the Coffee Connection, Connoisseur Lounge, card room, shops, casino and Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Voyager Lounge will also get new décor reminiscent of a modern French cabaret

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  • Dedicated direct phone number and email address to your personal Cruise Concierge. (UK Based, luxury trained expert who have personally visited many of the ships we feature)
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It’s our way of saying thank you for trusting us with your dream cruise and welcoming you back again and again with extra benefits every time you sail with us.

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