Cruise Deals

If you have read my previous blog you will of hopefully decided that Alaska is next on your list of travel destinations and you will also have a better idea of when you would like to cruise

Most cruise lines offer a variety of sailings, mainly 7 night durations. Your next decision is where to begin and where to cruise. Many begin in either Seattle or Vancouver, sailing North up the Inside passage. The Inside Passage is a waterway of islands than run along the Pacific coast of North America. This is a perfect itinerary for a first time cruiser as the waters tend to be calm and sailing through offers spectacular scenery. The main ports of call are Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan

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Alternatively you can cruise further afield up to the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage, most itineraries start or end here and Vancouver. Still experiencing the Inside passage this opens up a world of glaciers and opportunities to add on a land tour to Denali National park or visit the Kenai fjords.

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There are 2 very different types of cruising here depending on what type of experience you are looking for. The larger mainstream cruise lines such as Celebrity, Holland America and Princess offer the most flexibility on itineraries and tend to have 3-4 ships here every Summer. Here you get to experience the best of both worlds. The luxury of a cruise with your food and entertainment combined with the excitement of cruising to such a destination

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Alternatively you have the very small expedition ships, these only carry a few hundred people, but means that you can experience a true Alaskan holiday getting closer to nature. Many of these have experienced guides and zodiaks, small boats that take you as close to the shoreline and wildlife as is possible. These don’t have any of the features of the larger ships but will give you a whole new perspective on your holiday

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For this weekend only Celebrity cruises have an Alaskan sale with prices starting from as low as £1699p/p for a balcony cabin in May on their Solstice flagship. These offers also include a complimentary all inclusive drinks package, so whether its a glass of wine to celebrate what you have seen, or a steaming cup of coffee to warm you up after a long day out, everything is catered for.

For more information please call myself on 0161 798 2516 or email marcia@cruiseclubuk.com

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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.  

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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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.

What is the first thing you do when you embark a cruise ship?

When I embark my cruise, the first thing I do is head straight up to the top deck by the pool and grab a cocktail. I will generally sit and stay here for an hour or so, taking in the new surroundings and people on board. In this time my husband has usually made his way to the buffet restaurant to get a head start on the “eating” week ahead. After an hour or so relaxing and checking out what the top deck has to offer, we make our way down the ship, deck-by-deck. This gives us a chance to see some of the ship before the rest of the passengers are on board.

When we are finished with having a walk around, if our cabin is ready we will go and check it out. Then we will head back up to the top deck to soak up more sun and cocktails.

I am sure most of you agree, one thing I hate to have to do when I embark is go to the muster drill. I feel as though my holiday has just got going and then It is put on hold for a very short while for the drill. Sitting there waiting for the other passengers to arrive at the drill is almost as annoying! I try to be the last one there, so I am the first out. And, lets be honest, the Drill is not the most entertaining to keep your attention.

This is why I think Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd are brilliant to have introduced an eight-minute video for their muster drill, which is designed to bring some fun to the dreaded drill on board!

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All three brands; Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line & Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will all be introducing the new video across their fleets. Azamara Club Cruises and Celebrity Cruise Line have already been showing the video on their ships, RCCL will introduce on their ships this month.

Named as “Operation: Little Bear” – The new muster video is a short film following the adventures of a secret agent who has been sent on board a cruise ship to intercept a gold teddy before it gets in to the hands of the wrong person. The agent on board has an off ship partner who supports her and helps her navigate around the ship and all of the safety procedures she will need to follow along the way.

According to the Cruise Company, the film will dramatize the do’s and don’ts of the safety on board in an entertaining way and promote the recall of safety messages.

So, lets hope the muster drill is no longer dreaded and is more welcomed by passengers.

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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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:

150 Gallon tipping drenching bucket

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

Being one of the lucky 200 UK agents to have won a place on board the inaugural sailing of the Majestic Princess, I was lucky enough to spend 4 fantastic nights on board the brand new ship.

We began our journey with a flight from Manchester to Venice. Upon arrival, the Princess coach transfers were waiting to take us to beautiful Trieste, where the stunning Majestic Princess was ready and waiting for us. The transfer time was around 2 hours. No problem for me, as I slept the whole way!!

Boarding the ship was a breeze, very organised with not much waiting time at all.

From arriving at the port to disembarking at the end of the cruise, the staff on board were better than ever. So attentive and most of all, fun to be around. From just meeting a member of staff once, they remembered my name and needs for the whole cruise.

As the ship has been built for the Chinese Market, they cater majorly for the Chinese, of course! All of the princess benefits are offered on board, and have just been enhanced to cater for the Chinese Market.

if you get a chance to go on board, do check out the Lobster and Dim Sum bar, by the pool on deck 16. Fantastic whole lobster dinner for just $22.00!!!

Entertainment on board was wonderful. The first and Second night on board we were lucky enough to have the Tenors of Rock theatre show. My favourite night!! Singing all the old classics from Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses and many more. I was in my element.

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Tenors of Rock

At the end of each day, I would finish off in the Hollywood Conservatory which is the Night club on board. By day this is a beautiful adult only solarium, with private cabanas to hire. By night, well, its part time!!

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Peacock in the Hollywood Conservatory

The shops on board are beautiful, Cartier, Rolex, bvlgari are just a few to name. It is safe to say, I looked but did not touch.

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This was my first experience on board a Princess Cruise Ship and I can definitely say I will be returning some time in the near future. What a wonderful cruise line!!

I had to try the first of its kind “sing on the sea” karaoke and it was so much fun! With a drink each and canapés, you have a private suite for up to 6 people so you can go wild on your private karaoke. all suites are sound proof so you do not need to worry about next door listening. Full bar service available. the cost is $12.50 per person, with a minimum of four guests. you get 1 hour in the suite. TRY IT OUT, its so much fun!!!

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Michael Jackson Karaoke Suite

I don’t really have a head for heights, but, I was brave and I walked the sea walk. this is a glass walkway on deck 17 looking straight down into the sea. This protrudes 30 feet out of the ship.

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Drinks aren’t the cheapest on board (like all other American cruise lines), so I will advise any passengers who like to have a good few drinks whilst away, to maybe take out the all inclusive drinks package which is offered at £42 per person, per day.

My travel buddy, Laura, has a blog here regarding the fantastic food on board the ship. The amazing Emmanuel Renaut on board is the highly acclaimed Executive Chef of three Michelin star restaurant “Flocons de Sel,” located in the French Alps village of Megève.

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Me & Celebrity Chef on board

We had an absolutely wonderful time on board and I recommend Princess Cruise Lines to all passengers looking for a wonderful cruise, on a wonderful ship, with superb service and food.

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.

One of the most popular, well known islands in the Caribbean is the beautiful exotic island of Jamaica.

Being the third largest island in the Caribbean (by land) there is plenty for cruise passengers to see and do here.

With the year-round sunshine, beautiful white sandy beaches and the laid back atmosphere, Jamaica is a place I would say everyone must visit at least once.

Whether its snorkelling, horseback riding along the beach, rafting, climbing the Dunns River falls, or just laying on a beautiful beach, you can find something for everyone on the Island.

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Dunns River Falls

There are four cruise ports in Jamaica; Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Falmouth and Port Antonio. The most popular with smaller ships being Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Just last week there were nine cruise ships docked on the same day in Jamaica in the four ports. This brought a staggering 20,000 cruise passengers on to the island in just one day. This is a record for the island. With more cruise ships scheduled over 2017-2018, hopefully they will break this record.

The last time I cruised, I docked in Falmouth, which is North on the island. As I was sailing on the Allure of the seas, which is a extremely large ship, this is the only port that is big enough for her to dock. This was then a 1 hour drive to Ocho Rios where I went rafting. AMAZING!!!!

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Horseback Riding Tour

You can check my Jamaica experience out here.

Of course language is the spoken language on the island, but you will find the majority of the locals will speak in Jamaican Patois (Patwa) with each other. The country has a lot of culture and history which I found so interesting. A tour guide once took me to Trelawny, and explained how the language was founded in Jamaica. This came back to the days of Slavery.

With many luxury hotels on the Island, you can also get day passes to try them out for the day if you wish. 

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.

 

Fred Olsen:

The new program is going to be more Maiden ports and moving towards the Fly Cruise options.

 so leaving just 5 UK departure ports available in the Program giving the cruise passenger a fuller cruise program.

Edinburgh, Southampton,Dover, Liverpool & Newcastle: 

With the 5  UK departure ports to choose from Fred Olsen want the Journey to smooth and take around 90 Minutes travel time.

Whilst they have made the decision to stay with the Ports in England its also has given them the option to take advantage of the many wonderful events that we have throughout the year. The Edinburgh Tattoo, Northern lights, and many mini cruises taking in the Fjords  travelling into the River Seine France.

 New  Global Experiences for your taking: 

 New years in Sydney Harbor, Classic Cars & Stars In Cannes:

Authentic & Andalusian: 

Californian, Mexico and panama canal: 

India & Arabia: 

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Middle East United Arab Emirates with reflection on water. Abu Dhabi.

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Sydney New Year Eve Fireworks Show at the Harbour Bridge, Australia

All off the above are now part of the wonderful options that the cruise customer can look forward too, so lets just get a feel for some of them, Sydney at New Year  ( yes please ).  Mingling with celebrity elite in Cannes, Smelling the wonderful Orange Blossom in Andalusia, Riding in the desserts of Arabia and lots more see and do.

Making the world your oyster and sailing from Southampton for a 62 Nights passing though Mexico, California, & the panama Canal, Then after all of this Going out to the Indian Region and checking the Likes of Mumbai, Goa, Colombo, Porbandar and many more.

There is always a mystery to solve with Fred Olsen 5 – 9 nights in March 2018 & November sailing cruise’s the captain has the helm and will lead the way to your magical Mystery Tour whilst enjoying a cruise and discovering a mystery along the way.  With all this to offer with the sail & fly cruise options the world is open to Explore more and more.

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: Olive@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 8246