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Wendy Mulholland

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Hi, I’m Wendy and I’m thrilled to have recently joined the Cruise Club UK team. After spending 15 years in the travel industry I ventured out into the world of training and development where I spent a number of years training and supporting staff in the travel industry to achieve their goals. Booking dream holidays is something I’ve always missed and I’ve wanted to return to what I do best, arranging and booking holidays for customers. Well here I am and I’m loving every single second of it, the team at Cruise Club UK have such passion about cruising and customer service is our priority. I love cruising and I’ve been very fortunate to cruise with a variety of different cruise lines to destinations such as Far East, Middle East, Alaska, Europe and Caribbean. I love the fact that you can see some many different destinations in one holiday and when you look at the cost and what’s included its usually better value than a hotel based holiday, what’s not to like? Fantastic service, food and entertainment all in one place and I’m amazed at some of the fantastic offers that are available with some of the cruise lines such as free drinks, on board credit, speciality dining and internet and they are amazing for families who have children and quite often work out better value than a family package holiday. Give me a call today on 0161 798 2570, I look forward to helping you in arranging your dream cruise. Thank you for taking the time to read all about me and I look forward to helping you soon and sharing some of my own lovely cruising experiences with you.

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Symphony of the Seas – THE NEW SOUND OF ADVENTURE IS GETTING CLOSER

The arrival of Symphony of the Seas is getting closer, she arrives in Spring 2018 with a host of new restaurants bars and entertainment venues. Get ready for the world’s largest and boldest ship ever! Arriving April 2018, Symphony of the Seas is gearing up to be a game-changer in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class with ripple effects in the cruise industry. Once onboard, venture into the Ultimate Abyss – world’s tallest slide at sea – for a thrill of a lifetime as you prepare to scale every height on the dual 43-foot rock-climbing walls. For a more adventurous experience, zip line nine decks in the air above Symphony of the Seas. Accommodations range from Royal Suite Class and Family Suites to Balcony, Oceanview and Interior Staterooms. With 20 dining options ranging from quality, hand-cut steaks at Royal Caribbean’s Chops Grille to Japanese grill specialties and a new teppanyaki menu at Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, your gourmet, globetrotting cravings will be satisfied. Here’s an insight into what she has on offer;

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HOOKED SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Royal Caribbean use the words REEL FRESH, REAL GOOD to describe Hooked seafood restaurant.  Here you can sample fresh seafood in a casual atmosphere serving classic starts and tasty soups.  Salmon, flounder, stripped sea bass are on offer along with succulent lobster and a variety of crab claws.  Choose from a selection of shucked oysters and there’s even surf and turf for the meat lovers.

If you’re angling for the freshest seafood, Hooked is the ultimate catch. For the freshest seafood and raw bar favourites, head to Hooked, it’s a real taste of the ocean.

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EL LOCO FRESH

If you love Mexican cuisine then El Loco fresh will be right up your street, Give your taste buds something to go wild over. El Loco Fresh serves up fresh Mexican fare that’s insanely delicious. From mind-blowing guacamole and tangy salsa verde to classics like beef burrito, fish tacos and chicken enchiladas — it’s a fiesta of flavours from south of the border.

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PLAYMAKERS SPORTS BAR & ARCADE

At Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, it’s always game time!

At Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, it’s all about winning.

Watch your team dominate the pitch, or make your own legendary plays at the arcade. When it’s time to refuel, you’ll find wings, popcorn shrimp, mini-burgers, fries and our Playmaker burger to keep you going, along with ice cold beer on tap.

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SUGAR BEACH CANDY & ICE CREAM STORE

Treat your taste buds to every sweet under the sun, plus a few sugary surprises. Sugar Beach is fully loaded with all your favourite sweets and confections, including homemade ice cream.

New entertainment

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HAIRSPRAY

Dust off your dance moves, because you can’t stop the beat in Hairspray.

Mix big hair, big dreams and all the right moves and you’ve got one of the biggest Broadway hits of our time — Hairspray. Winner of eight Tony Awards and a record- breaking 11 Laurence Olivier Award nominations, this feel-good favourite is returning to Royal Caribbean in a brand new, bigger-than-ever production. Break out your bobby socks, because Tracy Turnblad won’t stop until she gets her shot at dancing on The Corny Collins Show. But TV stardom is just the beginning. Hairspray is back, and you can’t stop the beat!

FLIGHT

Take off on a spectacular journey through time-chronicling aviation milestones in Flight, brought to you by Royal Caribbean and unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Your adventure begins in the distant future, as the audience boards the Lunar:Us for the launch of the world’s first aerospace cruiser on

its maiden voyage to Mars. And it ends with a stunning dramatisation of the Wright Brothers’ monumental first flight at Kitty Hawk. Buckle up for an awe-inspiring — and uplifting — first on both land and sea.

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The latest Royal Caribbean AquaTheatre spectacular, HiRO, is loaded with more high-flying feats, unexpected stunts, and extraordinary acrobatics than ever before. Brought to life by the world’s best extreme-sport athletes, HiRO pushes the limits of a theatrical production at sea with cutting edge technology, future-forward choreography and highly innovative physicality in a never-before-seen way. It’s exciting, jaw-dropping and unpredictable, with no two shows ever exactly the same. Get ready, because anything can happen!

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Timing is everything in 1977, the latest adventure starring the time-travelling hero, Tempest.

Join the time-travelling hero Tempest on a new adventure in 1977. After visiting Paris on Harmony of the Seas in 1887, his latest journey brings him to Symphony of the Seas SM — and to London, England. The nation is set to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. But Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels have been stolen by a mysterious jewel thief with special powers of their own. This will be Tempest’s greatest challenge yet, and the clock is ticking — luckily, time is always on Tempest’s side.

Join the time-travelling hero Tempest on a new adventure in 1977, as he sets out to recover Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels from a mysterious jewel thief with special powers of their own. The clock is ticking as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee approaches. Luckily, time is always on Tempest’s side.

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Teens playing laser tag. Photographed at a high ISO under blacklight to capture true look and feel of the game.

BATTLE FOR THE LAST PLANET

Go head to head in an epic laser tag clash in Battle for the Last Planet.

PUZZLE BREAK

You, your team and a runaway submarine — will you escape the latest Puzzle Break?

Time’s running out and you’re 20,000 leagues under the sea. Work with your team to escape the submarine before the clock hits zero in the latest Puzzle Break challenge

Looks like passengers are in for a real treat. 

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Norwegian Jade returns out of dry dock.

Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Jade emerged from a refit in dry dock ahead of the line’s first full summer of sailings from the UK. I recently went on board during her visit to Newcastle and was impressed by what I saw.

The 2,466-passenger vessel was revamped over a three-week period with two new restaurants, two new bars and lounges, updated design and decor in many public spaces and a refurbishment of all cabins.

The ship completes its winter season of sailings from Tampa in Florida to the Caribbean on April 30 and will then reposition across the Atlantic for its dual summer homeports of Southampton and Hamburg.

The new-look Norwegian Jade will run itineraries to the Norwegian fjords as well as Norway and the North Cape throughout the summer.

NCL Europe, Middle East and Africa managing director, Christian Boell, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Norwegian Jade back to Europe this summer with her upgraded look.

“It is our sincere goal to deliver a fantastic vacation experience across our entire fleet, and this has come in time for Jade’s arrival in Europe, where she will be sailing directly from Southampton.

“With five ships in Europe this summer, we are so excited for passengers to experience the newly renovated Jade on European waters.”

The ship now offers 24-hour free pub grub at O’Sheehan’s and complimentary poolside fare (think burgers and fries) at Pit Stop, a 1950s-style diner where classic car accents and vintage license plates serve as decor.

Both restaurants are new to the ship, which has undergone renovations as part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Edge program, which aims to make the cruise experience more uniform across all ships, regardless of size or age.

Additionally, Moderno Churrascaria was relocated and now offers sea views; more seating was added to Cagney’s Steakhouse, which now boasts a virtual fireplace; La Cucina, the ship’s Italian restaurant, was spruced up and now features a wine wall; and Japanese hibachi venue Teppanyaki received a facelift, along with Jasmine Garden and Garden Cafe.

Other changes to public spaces include upgrades to the pool areas, the Sugarcane mojito bar and the Spinnaker Lounge; new Techno Gym equipment in the fitness centre; and the addition of Bliss Ultra Lounge, a nightclub with a Miami vibe. In the atrium, a new custom-designed chandelier hangs overhead.

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All cabins on board were outfitted with new carpet, furniture, flat-screen TVs and headboards with USB charging outlets. Villas, suites and cabins in The Haven, Norwegian’s “ship within a ship” concept, have new finishes on walls and ceilings, as well as new draperies and flooring. The Haven also features four new cabanas. In all, the ship’s staterooms display more than 2,250 pieces of upgraded artwork.

For the next month, Norwegian Jade will offer its regular winter season itineraries to the Western Caribbean from Tampa. On April 30, the ship will relocate to Europe via a transatlantic voyage, spending its summer sailing to Norway from Southampton and Hamburg.

Whilst touring the ship I visited the following; –

Mandara Spa

When you want some “me” time, look no further than Mandara Spa. Relax with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 speciality treatments offered, treatments range from the classic to the luxurious. Let the pampering professionals soothe and rejuvenate you with facials, massages, acupuncture and a full menu of services.

Included dining

Grand Pacific main dining room

Morning, noon and night, this elegant dining room offers an ever-changing menu of everything from five course feasts to healthy, light entrees.

Alizar main dining room

This is an ultra-modern restaurant which has a lighter menu along with great views.

Garden café

The Garden café offers buffet style dining with on-the-spot preparation of omelettes, pastas and delicious salads.

The great outdoors

This is a spacious outdoor buffet which serves all of your favourites which are made to order.

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O’Sheehans neighbourhood bar and grill

Pop into this 24-hour eatery anytime day or night for everything from hamburgers to fast wok dishes.

The Pit stop

A 1950’s-style American diner with an outdoor grill.

Topsiders bar and grill

Grab a bite to eat on the pool deck with grilled burgers, chicken and refreshing drinks.

Jasmine Garden and Asian Restaurant

Enjoy an Asian fusion menu packed with Thai, Japanese and Chinese flavours.

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Speciality dining

Teppanyaki

Watch as expert chefs grill up authentic Japanese dishes whilst captivating you with their knife acrobatics and culinary performances.

Sushi bar

Enjoy fresh fish creations, including Nigiri, Maki, Temaki and special rolls.

Le Bistro French restaurant

A signature gourmet restaurant with nouvelle and classic dishes.

Cagney’s steakhouse

A real American steakhouse offering succulent steaks, filet mignon, prime rib, lamb, fresh seafood and grilled chicken.

Atrium café

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings or enjoy a light snack with muffins, cupcakes, scones, cookies and more.

Moderno Churrascaria

Offering succulent skewers of barbequed meats which are carved at your tableside with you controlling the portions. Plus, enjoy salads, sliced meats, traditional accompanying dishes and more at the salad bar.

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Bars

Spinnaker lounge

Offering panoramic views which make this bar a great location for meeting friends.

Sugarcane Mojito bar

Offering freshly muddled mojitos to suit your taste day or night.

Jade club casino bar

Toast your winning streak at this exciting bar.

Tankards beer and whiskey bar

Meet new friends and seal the deal at this friendly bar with an impressive array of beers and whiskeys.

Magnums champagne and wine bar

Sip your favourite champagne and wine in this upscale art deco lounge.

Atrium café and bar

For that frozen double whipped coffee treat, the Atrium café and bar offers a wide variety of speciality coffees, teas, pastries and cookies.

Mixers martini and cocktail bar

This is the place where happy hour never ends, meet new friends and have a cool Cosmopolitan.

The Pit stop

This is a 1950’s American vintage car themed outdoor bar offering snacks and cocktails.

Topsiders bar

This is a poolside bar which offers the latest cocktails.

The great outdoors bar

Enjoy a glass of wine, a beer and a full selection of cocktails at this popular outdoor meeting place.

Sake bar

The Sake bar is tucked inside the Asian restaurant, this bar offers premium sake and imported beer.

I was impressed with the Jade and like the Premium all-inclusive concept now offered by NCL on all sailings where the following is included: –

  • Wide choice of premium alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks and bottled waters
  • Unrivalled dining experiences
  • Award winning entertainment
  • Casual dining 24/7
  • Service charges and gratuities
  • Selected speciality coffees with meals
  • Junior and youth programmes
  • Fun Aqua parks. Modern sports facilities and ropes courses on certain ships

Plus, included for guests it the Haven and suites:

Speciality dining package

250 minutes’ internet package

$100 on board credit per suite

 

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Casual dining 24/7

Service charges and gratuities

Selected speciality coffees with meals

Junior and youth programmes

Fun Aqua parks. Modern sports facilities and ropes courses on certain ships

Exciting times ahead for Azamara Club Cruises

Breaking news is just in that Azamara are to expand their fleet by adding the Azamara Pursuit. Azamara who are the up-market subsidiary of Royal Caribbean cruise lines announced that they will take delivery of the Azamara Pursuit in March 2018.  The Azamara Pursuit will be the sister ship to the Azamara Journey and the Azamara Quest.

The ships décor will be updated to match the Quest and Journey giving guests the experience of a boutique hotel at Sea and will be in size comparison to the Journey and Quest which will allow visits to unique ports which can’t be accessed by larger ships.

Larry Pimentel, CEO and President of Azamara Club cruises states “We are pleased to expand our portfolio by 50%, allowing us to visit even more regions of the world through the acquisition of this sister ship,” “Our loyal guests and travel partners have asked for this expansion for a long time; we are very pleased to deliver this to them.”

Information on the itineraries and deployment of the Azamara Pursuit will be available in October.

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I recently visited Liverpool Cruise Terminal whilst visiting the Seven Seas Explorer, this was the first time I had visited the terminal having previously only visited larger ports such as Southampton. I found it easy to get to and although on a much smaller scale the Southampton check in was easy and boarding the ship was a simple process.  Here are some facts about the terminal and some info on the Liverpool Cruise Terminal which has earned a reputation as one of the most desirable cruise destinations in Europe.

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Centrally placed in the Irish Sea and so an ideal starting point for North European and Norwegian Fjord cruises; Liverpool is an efficient, friendly and convenient UK departure point. The Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a 350-metre-long floating structure situated on the River Mersey enabling large cruise ships to visit without entering the enclosed dock system or berthing mid-river and tendering passengers ashore. The terminal was officially opened on 21 September 2007 by HRH The Duke of Kent when the Queen Elizabeth 2 berthed at the terminal.

Liverpool is a city rich in maritime heritage and was the birthplace of the first passenger cruise line. Since the cruise terminal opened in 2007, the port has renewed its links with the great ocean liners of the world; Queen Mary 2, has since graced the river Mersey on numerous occasions.

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From technical planning to practical support, a team of highly qualified people deliver a professional and excellent service to every visiting cruise ship. World class hospitality has ensured Liverpool is a firm favourite with international passengers – Cruise Critic awarded us the ‘Best UK Port of Call’ three times in the last four years and in 2015 Sea trade crowned Liverpool ‘Destination of the Year’.

During the 19th Century the Port of Liverpool was the world’s busiest and wealthiest port; over 9,000,000 people emigrated from the city to North America.

The city has experienced a remarkable cultural and economic renaissance. There has been an unprecedented level of public and private sector investment that has transformed the city centre, delivering new cultural assets, shopping venues and transport infrastructure – Rough Guide stated they were in the Top 3 cities in the World to visit.

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Liverpool is an amazing paradox, it is a city bursting with energy and passion to be explored and enjoyed – not forgetting its inhabitants who are famously friendly and will welcome you with pride.

Cruise lines such as Cunard, Celebrity, Princess and Silversea sail into the city, Liverpool truly is on the global cruise map. Its popularity can be seen in the 115,000+ passengers & crew from around the world who have come ashore to explore Liverpool during 2017 and it doesn’t stop there.

The following ships are set to call at Liverpool for the remainder of the year:

Saturday 05 Aug 2017 –  Zuiderdam (Holland America)

Wednesday 09 Aug 2017 – Caribbean Princess (Princess)

Friday 11 Aug 2017 – Prinsendam (Holland America)

Monday 14 Aug 2017 – Boudicca (Fred Olsen)

Thursday 17 Aug 2017 –  Silhouette (Celebrity)

Friday 18 Aug 2017 – Symphony (Crystal)

Sunday 20 Aug 2017 – Marco Polo (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)

Thursday 24 Aug 2017 – Rotterdam (Holland America)

Monday 28 Aug 2017 – Boudicca (Fred Olsen)

Tuesday 29 Aug 2017 – Boudicca (Fred Olsen)

Friday 01 Sep 2017 – Marco Polo (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)

Tuesday 05 Sep 2017 – Magellan (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)

Wednesday 06 Sep 2017 – Boudicca (Fred Olsen)

Saturday 09 Sep 2017 –   Pacific Princess (Princess)

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 – Nautica (Oceania Cruises)

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 –    Seven Seas Explorer (Prestige)

Friday 22 Sep 2017 – Boudicca (Fred Olsen)

Friday 29 Sep 2017 – Marco Polo (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)

Saturday 30 Sep 2017 –   Boudicca (Fred Olsen)

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 – Boudicca (Fred Olsen)

Give Liverpool a try, I’m sure you will be impressed by what it has to offer, I certainly was.

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A while back I blogged about the refit of the Queen Victoria, her refit is now complete. I was eager to see what changes had taken place compared to what was originally stated, I wasn’t disappointed. During the refit of Cunard’s Queen Victoria, her service offering has been brought in line with that of the rest of the fleet and her popular aft lido sun deck has been expanded.

The new design maximises and transforms her aft deck space to create a stunning contemporary mix of sun and shade, more akin to a luxury resort roof terrace – perfect for sailing around the Mediterranean. Guests are now able to enjoy more generous seating, enhanced deck furniture, extended shaded areas, al fresco dining options and a full beverage service throughout the day and into the evening, with live entertainment.

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Contrary to speculation that Queen Victoria’s popular Chart Room was to be removed during her refit, it has simply been moved. And in the process, refined with the allure and glamour of a classic cocktail bar from the heyday of her key sailing destinations. Through charts and cartography, her elegant new menu navigates destination-specific stories, pairing a selection of classic beverages with light canapés and snacks – and the introduction of delectable Godiva chocolates. In the evening, this elegant venue serves cocktails linked to celestial charts from which ships used to navigate. Signature specials will be created for different destinations and voyages.

The Midships Lounge has also received some special attention with the introduction of a gin and fizz themed menu, including gin served from an old-fashioned spirit tap – to infuse a more distinctive character. This brings to life wines, Prosecco, Cava and Champagne alongside premium gin and spirits, all blended to create fresh and inspiring cocktails.

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The Yacht club

The Yacht Club makes its dazzling debut on board Queen Victoria, featuring expansive seating and extended serving hours. In the daytime, the Club hosts a greater range of social activities, in addition to many insightful and entertaining events. At 3.00pm, the deck transitions into pre- and post-dinner entertainment venue with superb dedicated jazz music, followed by a DJ and dance band late into the night.

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One surprising constant with Cunard is change: they continually strive to bring you an even more refined experience. That is why, during the refit of Queen Victoria, two of her popular public areas have been refreshed. The Winter Garden is a beautifully relaxed room in the heart of deck 9 close to the pool and Lido buffet. Flooded with natural light, the room’s floor to ceiling windows command some of the best views across the ship and out to sea. Perfect for watching the world go by whilst enjoying a beverage, the comfort and décor of the Winter Garden has been further refined: from the statement floor, glorious glass canopy to the elegant lounge furniture.

Following Queen Victoria’s refit, guests wishing to escape or entertain within their Cunard Grand Suite can discover a host of enhancements. These include a clever configuration of furniture to maximise comfort and convenience, together with refreshed interior design. The many other appeals of a Cunard Grand Suite include: floor to ceiling windows and doors, a separate snug room with TV, a beautifully-appointed lounge, a master bathroom with sea view, a second bathroom with guest access, a bedroom TV that folds down from the ceiling, a walk-in wardrobe with additional storage units, and a generous dual aspect balcony.

Some changes to staterooms have taken place.

Britannia Club balconies

Britannia Club accommodation and dining comes to Cunard’s Queen Victoria with the introduction of 43 spacious Britannia Club balcony staterooms in a prime midship location on decks 7 and 8.

Britannia Club restaurant.

Each Britannia Club stateroom features all the hallmarks of Cunard style and comfort, but further enhanced with premium balconies, a nine-pillow concierge menu and the freedom to dine whenever you choose in a new Britannia Club restaurant.

Was this a refit fit for a Queen? I think I would have to agree.

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In June I was fortunate enough to be able to see Regents Seven Seas Explorer whilst she was docked in Liverpool, a number of agents were invited on board to experience what she has to offer. I have cruised with many other lines but this was my first experience of a six star ship.  Compared to other cruise ships the explorer is on a much smaller scale however I realised afterwards that this doesn’t compromise on luxury.  Here are some of the things which I was lucky enough to see on the day.

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Chartreuse – A Parisian Experience at Sea

The lavish ambiance and epicurean delights found in Paris’ finest eateries will come to life aboard Seven Seas Explorer with a tantalizing new gourmet French specialty restaurant called Chartreuse. Featuring a classic French menu with a modern twist, Chartreuse will evoke memories of a chic Parisian fine dining restaurant perfected only by the finest French wines from boutique vineyards of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône and Loire Valleys and a menu that features dishes expertly prepared using both classic and modern techniques for a multiple course celebration of French gastronomy.

Using only the finest ingredients, the menu is highlighted by epicurean delights including hand-cut Charolais steak tartare in a hazelnut-Dijon emulsion topped with Perlita caviar d’Aquitaine, roasted Cévennes rack of lamb with rosemary-mint persillade and sugar snap pea sauce, and poached Brittany blue lobster tail glazed with caramelized lobster roe butter on a bed of Sologne white asparagus and Romanesco. Delectable desserts include a frozen Chartreuse parfait with almond crumble and classic savarin cake made with aged Martinique rum and topped with vanilla cream.

Pacific Rim

A dramatic new Pan-Asian specialty restaurant, Pacific Rim, will join the eclectic array of gourmet dining options aboard Seven Seas Explorer. As the third specialty restaurant, it will feature a diverse array of delightfully prepared Pan-Asian dishes, to be savoured in an elegantly appointed dining room whose design takes inspirational cues from a variety of Asian cultures, such as a Tibetan prayer wheel, lotus shaped windows, traditional Japanese rain chains and customary Chinese screens all melded harmoniously together into a singular concept ideal for the restaurant’s Pan-Asian fare.

To complement the stunning décor, Pacific Rim’s chefs created a delectable menu of Pan-Asian creations that celebrate the culinary traditions of Asia. Let our team of chefs delight you with delicious dishes such as grilled Korean barbecue lamb chops, wok-fried beans, eryngii mushroom and gochujang dressing.

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Star billing in the Compass Rose, the flagship restaurant of our fleet – apart from the gourmet cuisine and service – has to go to the stunning chandelier made from a cascade of aqua-blue glass ‘teardrops’ that brings the feel of the ocean into the venue, beautifully complement with rich woods and light marble stone and mother of pearl in light shades of blue, white, gold and silver. Compass Rose delights with an elegantly refined atmosphere and transitions from refreshing natural light during the day to a romantic ice blue lighting theme at night. This is the perfect setting for you to enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner, where the menu features an exceptional variety of Continental cuisine.

Le Veranda/Sette Mari

Inspired by the views of the Italian Riviera, the ambiance of La Veranda is one of everyday glamour. Rich blues and whites, contrasted with terrazzo floors and teak wood accents adorn the interior spaces, creating a stylish and spacious al fresco casual dining area, replete with comfortable cushioned seating and striped awnings that allow the breeze to flow through. In the evenings, La Veranda transforms into the warm and inviting Sette Mari at La Veranda, where tables are candlelit to match the star-filled skies. The menu also transforms into a tantalizing journey of alluring antipasto, perfect homemade pastas, enticing main courses and desserts hailing from all over Italy. Dining alfresco is simply divine

Prime 7

True classic in every sense, the Prime 7 restaurant aboard Seven Seas Explorer personifies luxury at every turn. Handsomely decorated with ingenious uses of glass, metal and granite, you will feel as if you have arrived at an iconic members-only club. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar before being taken to your personal banquette. And after savouring a succulent filet mignon or a mouth-watering côte de boeuf, delight in a digestif and lively conversation with fellow guests in the comfort of supple leather wing-back chairs. And, the library, located to the side of the restaurant, doubles as a private dining room for those in search of the ultimate in exclusivity.

The cafe

Visit The Café on Deck 5 mid-ship to enjoy complimentary coffee drinks prepared by our baristas, as well as delicious pastries, gourmet sandwiches and homemade cookies. Additionally, international newspapers and news magazines are made available. This venue to your destination to relax, meet other guests and enjoy coffee and snacks throughout the day.

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Onboard entertainment

The culinary arts kitchen

In a first for the Regent fleet, Seven Seas Explorer® hosts a new Culinary Arts Kitchen. With all the style and glamour of a prestigious cooking school in France, our new state-of-the art cooking stations have all the ingredients you need to expand your culinary skills from your own personal cooking stations, stainless steel sinks and a comprehensive range of cooking essentials.

Featuring more than a dozen unique classes gain hands-on training and personal instruction and learn from a wide arrange of topics including healthy cooking, fish and shellfish preparation, perfect food and wine pairings for entertaining, delectable mini-desserts, high-heat grilling and classes inspired by the destinations you’re visiting.

Meridian Lounge

A new, elegant entertainment venue hosting live musical performances and is just steps away from the entrance to our Constellation Theatre, ideal for those pre- or post-show cocktails.

Observation lounge

The Observation Lounge brings the opulence and indulgences of the Art Deco era to life, with rich mahogany wood columns, heavy leather chairs, deep blue fabrics and elegant flooring provide the Explorer Lounge with an inviting feel.

Explorer Lounge

Step into the Explorer Lounge for a glass of Champagne and you’re in a country club-style setting with rich mahogany woods that are complemented with leather chairs and blue fabrics.

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Constellation theatre

The two-tiered Constellation Theatre pays homage to the ornate show palaces of Hollywood’s golden age. Before the curtain rises, you will already be enveloped by the soft, warm glow of your table-top Murano glass lamps and your comfortable cabaret-style seats.

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Canyon ranch spa

The new Canyon Ranch SpaClub is a lavishly appointed spa devoted to relaxation and personal enrichment. Situated on deck five, it will rival the finest land-based spas and exude luxury befitting Seven Seas Explorer. Debuting at Canyon Ranch SpaClub will be a selection of ultra-luxurious treatments developed by Canyon Ranch in partnership with lifestyle and beauty experts, Red Flower, and premiering exclusively on Seven Seas Explorer before expanding across the fleet.

Let the stress and toxins be purged and washed away in one of the eight fully equipped treatment rooms. What’s more the Canyon Ranch SpaClub area boasts with a wide range state of the art spa facilities and features that will exceed your expectations.

The suites

‘Suite’ dreams are yours to have when you surround yourself with accommodation this sublime. Revel in the elegance and sophistication of custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stones and polished woods, designer accessories, eclectic lighting, and masterpiece, original artworks throughout, as well as home-from-home comforts and the finer details of having your complimentary mini-bar personalised with your favourite beverages.

In the upper-level suites, not only will you marvel at the boundless space, but you will also be transported by themed designs, from the sophisticated summer house-style of the Penthouse Suites to the Park Avenue look and feel of our upper suites together with the uber-luxury of your own personal butler. Guests sailing in any one of our Concierge Suites will enjoy a bespoke brand of hospitality that includes a host of privileges, plus a number of exclusive added-value benefits along with enhanced space including an expansive private balcony, generous sitting room and a heavenly Queen-sized Slumber Suite Bed. Our Superior, Deluxe Veranda and Veranda suites provide the perfect haven of repose amidst soothing colours, luxurious fabrics and an elegant marble and stone detailed bathroom with either a walk-in shower or a walk-in shower and tub, spacious sitting area and private balcony.

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  • All-suite accommodations with separate sitting area and expansive private balconies
  • Spacious walk-in wardrobe
  • Marble and stone detailed bathrooms with a tub and/or shower
  • Hermès & L’Occitane soaps, shampoos and lotions
  • Personalised in-suite full-liquor bar set-up and mini-bar replenished daily — all complimentary
  • Plush bathrobes and slippers
  • Welcome bottle of Champagne with our compliments
  • 24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course
  • King-size or Queen-size beds featuring our exclusive Suite Slumber Bed® dressed with luxurious European linens and duvet
  • Interactive flat-screen television with extensive media library and complimentary movies-on-demand
  • One thing that surprised me was when you compare the cost of a Regent cruise to another premium cruise line is the cost, once excursions and gratuities are added there is little difference. It was a wonderful day and I hope that I am fortunate enough to sail on one of Regents beautiful ships.

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MSC Magnifica and MSC Opera sail from amsterdam to sea and meet and greet in IJmuiden

We have some amazing offers with MSC advertised in our bumper May Mailer 2017, if you don’t know a great deal about MSC here are some interesting facts:

MSC are a family owned company with a history that spans over 30 years with an ever expanding choice of itineraries offering beautiful destinations. The MSC fleet comprises of 13 of the most modern ships at Sea with an investment plan of 9 billion euros for a further 11 ships to join the fleet.  In addition to the 4 smart ships already on sale – MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview, MSC Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima – 7 technology advanced ships will come in to service between 2020 and 2026, enabling MSC Cruises to continue creating unique and unforgettable experiences for an ever increasing number of guests.

Here’s some facts about the ships advertised in our bumper edition mailer:

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Havana, Cuba

MSC Opera – Cuba and the Caribbean

Gross tonnage – 65,591 tons

Number of passengers – 2,679

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Dubai

MSC Splendida – Dubai and the Emirates

Gross tonnage – 137,936 tons

Number of passengers – 3,223

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Bruges, Belgium

MSC Magnifica – Northern Europe from Southampton

Gross tonnage – 95,128

Number of passengers – 3,223

MSC offer a wide range of cabin types to suite every budget, here’s a run down of what’s included:

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Yacht club

Priority Check-In & Check-Out « 24hr Butler Service « 24hr Concierge & Room Service « All Inclusive Unlimited Drinks including Mini-Bar « Lavishly Fitted Luxury Suites « Free Time Dining at Dedicated Restaurant « All-Inclusive Lunches & Dinners in Yacht Club Restaurant « Entry to Exclusive Areas

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Aurea

Superior Sea-View Cabins on Upper Decks « Access to Private Solarium « All Inclusive Unlimited Drinks « Priority Boarding « Spa Package Including Welcome Cocktail & Massage of Your Choice and Free Access to the Thermal Area Throughout Your Cruise « MSC Room Diffuser

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Fantastica

Cabins on the Upper Decks « Room Service 24 Hours a Day « Premium Buffet Open 20 Hours a Day « Free Delivery of Continental Breakfast in Your Cabin « Priority Choice of Dinner Sitting « Classic Dining Style « Recreational Activities for Children « 50% Discount on Fitness Classes and Personal Trainer

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Bella

Classic Dining Style with Choice of Sitting Preference « Gourmet Buffet Open 20 Hours a Day « Swimming Pool & Scenic Gym « Broadway-Style Theatre Shows « Packed Program of Daily Activities « Turndown Service to Prepare Your Bed Each Night « Elegantly Fitted Modern Cabins

Our team are on hand to provide you with expert knowledge on all aspects of cruising with MSC.

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: Wendy@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2570

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

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Celebrity Family friendly cruising

Have you ever been put off cruising in favour of a land based family holiday due to concerns about childcare? Well fear no more as during my cruise on board the Celebrity Equinox last August  I came across the on board childcare facilities whilst having a walk around the ship and to my suprise was amazed by what it had to offer.  I left thinking that if I was to ever cruise with children I would be very happy with what was being offered.  The area is located in a quiet area with a special area designed just for teenagers.

Onboard Celebrity Cruises there’s a range of activities and venues designed for every age group. From the Fun Factory, exciting games and activities for younger kids, to X Club, the ultimate hang out for young adults, there’s something for everyone. Add in family-friendly dining options, sports courts, pool-volleyball, and Family Tour Challenges shore excursions, and you’ve got the perfect family holiday.

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Autism Friendly Ships

Celebrity Cruises has achieved Autism Friendly Cruise Line status, having completed Autism Friendly Certification with Autism on the Seas. Autism Friendly Certification has been awarded to the cruise line for their efforts to ensure their products and services are accessible for inclusion and participation by the autism and developmental disability community. Celebrity Cruises have achieved the following Autism Friendly Certifications fleet wide:

Bronze Level: all required autism friendly products and services in place

Silver Level: all Youth staff trained on autism awareness

Pagers for Children with Special Needs

If your child has a disability, special needs or allergies, there is a limited number of pagers available for your use while on board.

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Dietary Requirements

Celebrity are happy to accommodate special dietary needs and provide baby food for lunch and dinner in the main restaurant as long as the ship is notified in advance. Celebrity has also partnered with The NerdelTM Company to help educate kids about healthy food and fitness – in a fun way! Developed by a team of doctors, nutritionists, chefs and fitness experts Nerdel, the alien from the planet Zendel, is a life-sized character that entertains little ones with live performances and musical activities.

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It’s Party Time!

Celebrity offer additional services to accommodate families while the ship is in port and during the evenings for a fee of $6 per hour.

Lunch Party: Port days only from 12pm-2pm. Children dine with Youth Staff on the Lido Deck, then carry on into afternoon activities. Pre-registration is required before 11:45am.

Dinner Party: Every evening from 5pm-7pm. Children start out in the Fun Factory from 5pm-6pm, then dine with Youth Staff at 6pm on the Lido Deck, then carry on into evening activities. Pre-registration required before 5:45pm.

Slumber Party: Every evening from 10pm-1pm, children ages 3-11 can Slumber or Party depending on needs and choices. Ends promptly at 1pm.

Long gone are the days where cruising is just about adults, Some land based holidays can cost more than a cruise during the school holidays, give cruising a try, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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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: Wendy@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2570

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  “Celebrity Edge Godmother, the news is out”

The news is out about who is going to be the new Celebrity Edges Godmother.

Malala Yousafzai will be the godmother of the Celebrity Edge, a ship due in late 2018.

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Yousafzai is a 19-year-old Pakistani woman who received the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of girls’ education. She came to prominence for writing a blog about the subject as an 11-year-old living in a Taliban-occupied area of her country.

In 2012, she was severely injured and nearly died when a Taliban gunman shot her on a bus. Since then, she has become a prominent education activist. She founded the nonprofit Malala Fund and in 2013 co-authored “I am Malala,” an international bestseller.

In 2014, she was announced as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and was the youngest recipient ever at 17 years old.

As well as naming Yousafzai godmother, Celebrity announced a two-year partnership to support and promote the Malala Fund.

“Partnering with Malala Fund was a natural fit as we share the same passion and commitment to an incredible cause,” Celebrity CEO and president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said.

“Malala is an inspiration and a voice of hope,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Celebrity’s parent company. “This young woman is on a powerful mission, and we support it 100 percent.”

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The Celebrity Edge is now available to book for forthcoming voyages, being a Celebrity fan myself I am looking forward to helping my customers book their dream cruise.

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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: Wendy@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2570

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 Cunard mini cruises from Southampton

If you’ve never cruised before then what a great idea it is to sample a mini cruise from Southampton. Cunard are offering a number of cruises which give you the chance to not only sample the delights of a cruise but also incorporate a city break into the destination.

Mini cruises are available for 2, 3,4 or 5 night durations. All mini cruises and city breaks offer a memorable getaway which combines simplicity and convenience with sophistication, fine dining and excellent entertainment aboard the Cunard ships. Then there’s the thrill of waking up to find a city to explore, either independently or on one of the escorted tours offered at each port.

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Leaving and returning to Southampton means no international airline luggage restrictions, ideal for bringing home gifts from your mini cruise. Here’s some information on the itineraries which are available with Cunard for 2017 and 2018:

Southampton to Hamburg on board the Queen Victoria.

Southampton to Hamburg via Le Harve for Paris on board the Queen Victoria or the Queen Mary 2.

Southamton to Bruges on board the Queen Mary 2.

Southampton to Amsterdam and Bruges on board the Queen Victoria.

Southampton to Rotterdam on boardthe Queen Elizabeth.

Southampton to St Peter Port (Guernsey) on board the Queen Victoria.

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Also available are some short break Christmas market cruises to Bruges and Amsterdam with a lead in price as little as £399 for an inside cabin. What a great way to purchase some last minute Xmas presents whilst enjoying the luxury of a cruise and a great idea for an Xmas present.

Interested in the size of Cunards ships? Here’s some information..

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Queen Mary 2

Gross tonnage – 151,400

Passengers – 2,691

Crew – 1,292

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Queen Elizabeth

Gross tonnage – 90,901

Passengers – 2,081

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Queen Victoria

Gross tonnage – 90,000

Passengers- 1,990

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At such great lead in prices this is the perfect way to sample cruising and experience some fantastic destinations.

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: Wendy@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2570

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