Cruise Tips

Tipping crew members and staff has long been a tradition associated with cruising. Guests who are new to cruising can be in for a shock when they realise, just how much of an extra charge is added to their account, and guests who cruise on a regular basis can get lost with each cruise lines tipping policy

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Gratuities are at the discretion of the guest, and the cruise line advise that guests can tip an amount that is comfortable to them, under the recommended daily amount set by the cruise line. Of course, guests can decide not to tip and are advised to contact guest services, however this is not encouraged.

Adding to the confusion, are the varying amounts from one cruise line to another, usually the US lines charge the highest rates, starting at around $13.00 per person, per day. A typical family of four on a two week cruise would see around $728.00 (£560.00) added to their account, which can be very off putting

Comparing tips to UK companies such as P&O Cruises, who charge around £6.50 per person, per day, with children under the age of 12 years, not being included in the tipping policy

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Guests who enjoy premium staterooms, or suites can be subject to a higher rate of gratuities, to account for added extras and services, and in some cases, the services of a butler

There are some cruise lines that offer gratuities within the cruise fare, including Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea

It has been argued that cruise lines should absorb the cost of tips into the cruise fare overall like some premium cruise lines, such as Crystal and Seabourn and Azamara. In April 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the whole fleet will include not only gratuities, but a beverage package within the cost of the fare, with this in mind, will other cruise lines follow suit?

On average, here is what can be expected to pay on some well known cruise lines:

Carnival Cruise Line – $12.95 per person per day, up to $13.95 per person per day for suite guests

Celebrity Cruises – $13.50 per person per day up to $17.00 per person per day for suite guests

Cruise & Maritime Voyages – £5.00 per person per day, this reduces to £4.00 per person per day on sailings with a duration of more than 16 nights

Cunard – $11.50 per person per day, up to $13.50 per person per day for suite guests

Disney Cruise Line – A set $12.00 per person per day across all stateroom grades

Fred Olsen – £4.00 per person per day, chargeable for all guests over the age of 12

Holland America Line – $13.50 per person per day up to $15.00 per person per day for suite guests

MSC Cruises – Charges differ between the age of the guests, and the itinerary. For example on a Mediterranean cruise, guests aged 13 years plus would pay 9.00EUR per day, children aged 3 years to 10 years would pay 4.50EUR per day, and children under the age of 3 years, would pay nothing

Oceania Cruises – $16.00 per person per day, up to $23.00 per person per day for suite guests

Princess Cruises – $13.50 per person per day, up to $15.50 per person per day for suite guests

Royal Caribbean – $13.50 per person per day, up to $16.50 per person per day for suite guests

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Strictly Come Dancing Cruises: 

Back by popular demand by you the passenger.

From April to August 2018 • Onboard: Britannia, Azura & Ventura

The Atrium of the ship is where you will first notice with all the fabulous costumes and glitz of the ballroom dresses. Feather, sequins all the lovely bright colors dazzling in the light so

getting even closer to show and the stars costumes being displayed for you.

Spot the strictly stars enjoying there cruise just like you, chatting with passengers photos been taken, a few laughs along the way i am sure. Camilla Dallerup, Ian Waite, Arlene Phillips, & everyone’s favorite Craig Revel Horwood  ( fabulous darling ).

The theme as we know is dance so never a dull moment on your cruise from Southampton 2018. There is so much to do on board relating to the strictly cruise competition between the stars & guests alike , Tango, waltz, quick step, fox trot, and many more.  Competitions Main event after all the dancing is over the duration of your cruise will be held in the main theater where guest & strictly dancer’s  will compete with each other for the coveted prize the Glitter ball. 

Even if you are not taking part in the competition do not feel like your left out because this is not the case. Lots of daily events guide via Horizon will keep you informed all the events for the day regards to cruise and shows on board.

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This is always a firm favorite with the passengers to watch the show performed by one of the many dancing professional couples.

 

To round all of this up,  you will then see the most beautiful Rumba preformed leaving you mesmerized knowing that you have had such a great cruise.

So if your a keen dancer or want to learn some of them steps then why not book your next cruise with P&O Cruise and make sure you have the (time of your life )

Exact dancer names are to be advised but we will keep you upto date with information

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Silversea Cruises:

 

Lavish surroundings through out, accommodation spacious from ocean view to veranda suites with butler service included.

World wide destinations to all the seven continents, from the heart of a city & on pier side whilst most other larger ships have to anchor off shore.

 A renowned Culinary experience open dining through the fleet, with some specialty venues on board some of there none expedition ships.

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Silversea Opera Experience: 

One of the many different events to be enjoyed

    The Opera is coming to you live & direct whilst on one of the 5 luxurious cruise ships with Silversea. 

A new adventure inspired by their Italian Heritage, Opera lovers out there ( me included ) are going to be given a great opportunity to be wowed by the fabulous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with a great selection of  vocalists hand picked from Opera houses in Europe, Broadway & the West End.

Opera is one of those things that a lot of people have never had the chance to experience but now been given this opportunity whilst on board your 6 star cruise ship whilst taking in some of the most beautiful places in the world is just another string to add to their Bow.

Music has been Recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Composer, Arranger, Directer Richard Balcombe is renowned in the world of Music.

Silversea Cruise introduced something similar in the 2014 Musica Maestro which has been a great success.

Luna Rossa productions at the moment have the Grande Amore shows, which debut this November on cruises from New York  to the Caribbean on the Silver Whisper. Then will be introduced fleet wide fleet wide over the coming months with great success I’m sure.

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

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

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

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

15th June 2018 (Group B)

19th June 2018 (Group A)

22nd June 2018 (Group E)

26th June 2018 (Group D)

3rd July 2018 (Round of 16)

10th July 2018 (Semi-final)

14th July 2018 (Third Place Match)

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

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

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

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The last part of my Constellation blog I have broken in to 2 sections as this is an overview of the destinations I visited.

The itinerary I did covered some different ports I have wanted to see for some time in Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro so I was keen to go exploring!

Lets start with Venice

I have been to Venice before a few years ago where we had an overnight stay prior to boarding the ship. This time we stayed for 2 nights before boarding as we felt we didn’t get to cover a lot of Venice on our previous whistle stop visit.

I am so pleased we did the 2 nights as due to our outbound flight arriving around 10 am we had a full 2 days and nights to explore. By having this time before the cruise it also meant that on embarkation day we could get to the ship in the morning before the crowds on the flights arrived. We took a public water bus from our nearest stop to the port which was around 30 minutes and inexpensive, around 8 Euros each.

Anyway back to the city itself! If you haven’t been to Venice before it is such a must see place, rich with history, architecture and beautiful canal lined streets to meander around. They say you have not fully experienced Venice until you have got lost which is very easy to do!

St Marks Square and Doge’s Palace are among the most popular sights and get exceptionally busy at peak times. St Marks Square just after sunrise is apparently stunning, very quiet, serene and peaceful. I can’t say I did this myself but my husband did, as he went to watch Constellation sail in.

The best way to see Venice is to just wander around. The front desk at our hotel were very helpful in pointing out some of the best areas, not as well known to tourists, and restaurant recommendations. We walked miles over these couple of days and saw much more of Venice than previously, It really is a stunning and unique city.

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Rialto bridge
View from Rialto bridge
View from Rialto bridge
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Venice
One of the smaller canals
One of the smaller canals
Unique art work!
Unique art work!

Kotor – Montenegro

This was the port I was most excited about on the itinerary. The old town of Kotor is a UNESCO heritage site and I just had to walk up the steps ( approx. 1350 of them! ) to St John’s Castle to take in the view. What can I say about the climb… well if you have any kind of walking difficulty this is absolutely impossible as the steps are quite worn and slippy in parts making both the ascent and descent quite perilous in places. I saw people walking up in flip flops and even high heels, I have no idea how they managed this, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it!

The climb was the first thing we did after the scenic tender trip to shore, as we quite rightly thought it would be cooler in the morning. There is around a 3 Euros per person entrance fee to climb the steps and you will need plenty of water! The ascent we decided to take our time with and with having to negotiate people coming down, you come down the same way you go up, this was the best plan. We stopped around half way for a break and the view from even this point was stunning, especially of the Old Town of Kotor beneath you. After a brief ‘shall we just go back down’ I managed to persuade hubby to carry on to the top as I was not giving up that easily! When we finally made the top, with jelly legs and quite sweaty, it was well worth the effort. We explored around the ancient Castle and took in the amazing views surrounding us, taking lots of pictures of course, and it really felt like we had achieved something.

After our descent, which took around 50 minutes, we headed in to the Old Town and went for a lovely cold drink and a sit down!

The old town is beautiful and really well preserved, a lot smaller than I imagined, but I had’t realised the town was all in within the fortress walls.

We just walked around the town on our own however I think a walking tour with a guide would be great to find out more about the buildings and who once lived in them. I found myself listening to a few of the guides we came across whilst walking around!

The sail away from Kotor is spectacular! Due to the position of Kotor, the ship has to navigate narrow passages to get back to the sea and it really gives you a sense of how big the ship is. At certain points the ship must honk the horn to warn any ships/boats coming the other way. The echo around the valley is amazing! My pictures don’t really serve it justice but it really is spectacular!

Entrance to the steps of Kotor
Entrance to the steps of Kotor
First Gate on the Kotor steps
First Gate on the Kotor steps
Half way up! View to the top!
Half way up! View to the top!
View looking down, half way!
View looking down, half way!
Hooray! View from the top!
Hooray! View from the top!
Kotor in the distance on sail away
Kotor in the distance on sail away
One of the narrow passages sailing away
One of the narrow passages sailing away
Sailing through the narrow passage, how close to shore!
Sailing through the narrow passage, how close to shore!

Dubrovnik – Croatia

Having visited the old town before we decided to go to a different resort which is around 30 minutes south of Dubrovnik, called Cavtat.  What a stunning place this is! The small resort centre is around the harbour area with a lovely peninsular to walk around which circles Cavtat. There are plenty of cafes, small bars and restaurants lining the harbour front so it is perfect for watching the world go by. The sea is crystal clear and although in the town itself there are no beaches to speak of, there are plenty close by. The pace of life here was very relaxed and I could definitely see myself coming back here on a land based holiday. The resort reminded me very much of a small Greek Island resort, I can highly recommend a trip here for the day as an alternative to Dubrovnik.

Cavtat Harbour
Cavtat Harbour
Cavtat Harbour
Cavtat Harbour
Cavtat Harbour
Cavtat Harbour
Cavtat Harbour
Cavtat Harbour

Please click here to read the final part of my destinations review.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Southampton Port welcomed its first P&O passenger ship in 1840 and paved the way to become known as the Cruise Capital of the UK.

At present, an ever increasing number of ships and liners are making calls into the Port of Southampton, and figures taken from 2015 saw over 1.7 million passengers gracing the waters of Southampton

Within the Port of Southampton there are four cruise terminals with cruise lines such as P&O Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises ,MSC, and Fred Olsen offer various itineraries throughout Europe, and more faraway destinations sailing from Southampton

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Port of Southampton

Over £40 million has been invested in the four cruise terminals, and within the surrounding area, and infrastructure by the Associated British Ports

The main benefits of cruising from Southampton means that there is no checking in, and waiting at busy UK airports, no restrictions on luggage and baggage, and is very well suited for passengers who have a fear of flying

Apart from being known as the Cruise Capital of the UK, Southampton has many attractions and things to do including the SeaCity Museum, an innovative state-of-the-art museum giving an insight into Southampton and its connections with the cruise and ships industry that have made Southampton the port it is today, including information and insight into the City’s Titanic heritage

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SeaCity Museum

Before sailing into sunnier climes, Southampton is home to the Alpine Snowsports Centre. If passengers are staying in Southampton, either pre or post cruise, this is an activity for all the family. Located within the trees at the 150 – acre Outdoor Sports Centre, the Alpine Snowsports Centre provides winter sports throughout the year. The centre caters for beginners and advanced levels.

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Alpine Snowsports Centre

If passengers prefer a slower paced activity, Self – Guided Walks are popular with passengers including;

  • Southampton Old Town.  Explore England’s well-preserved, third longest stretch of medieval town walling and step back in time to find out more about Southampton’s Old Town.
  • QE2 Mile. The QE2 Mile is the pedestrian route that runs through the heart of the city from the Cenotaph down to the waterfront at Town Quay. It links the city’s parks, new cultural quarter, shopping high street, old town and the waterfront. It is the most visited part of the city and has many historical features, the Cenotaph, the Titanic memorial, Holy Rood church that was bombed in the war, and the famous Bargate stands at its centre. The QE2 mile is the economic heart of the city with more businesses along its route than anywhere else in Southampton.
  • Titanic Trail. The trail takes in many of the memorials and locations associated with Titanic.
  • Curious about…Southampton walks. Take the fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading  stories about the most interesting facts

 

Southampton can be easily reached by car, train and a short flight from various UK airports, for those who prefer not to drive, or fly, coach connections are offered from varied departure points across the UK

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Following my recent ship visit in Liverpool on board Caribbean Princess I was impressed by the ease of arrival to the cruise terminal, the warm welcome by the terminal staff and the overall ease of boarding the ship

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Caribbean Princess at Liverpool Cruise Terminal

The majority of ships departing from the UK , usually sail from Southampton, which for guests in the North of England can entail either a flight from a northern airport, therefore restricting baggage allowance, and can be a nightmare in itself, with checking in and security. Another option is the gruelling four to five hour journey by either coach, or self driving to the port and parking for the duration of the cruise holiday.

Our drive from Manchester to Liverpool was relatively smooth, and I was surprised that it had taken around an hour and half, and this included the morning traffic and the 50mph speed restrictions on the M60 Motorway

The approach in itself was pleasant, with the view of landmarks such as the Liver Building, the iconic grand building which overlooks the River Mersey and was once hailed as the tallest building in Europe when built in 1911, and today is Grade 1 listed

On arrival to the port, car parking was easily accessible in the multi story car park directly opposite the terminal, with the cruise ship in full view and took less than 5 minutes to walk to the terminal.

Situated in a central location in the Irish Sea, Liverpool Cruise Terminal has become one of the most popular cruise destinations within Europe boasting a vast richness in maritime heritage and was the departure port for the first passenger cruise line and since opening the cruise terminal in 2007, many cruise ships and ocean liners have berthed there.

Liverpool Cruise Terminal invites international cruise passengers and has become a favourite with guests over the years and has been voted ‘Best UK Port of Call’ no less than three times within the last four years by Cruise Critic, and was voted ‘Destination of the Year’ in 2015, by Seatrade

On accessing the terminal we were greeted with the Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra, a group of smiley and friendly locals playing various hits from Liverpool’s very own Beatles. The atmosphere was joyful, and for the international guests arriving into the port of Liverpool for the first time, created a fantastic first impression.

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Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra

I was surprised at the range of excursions this vibrant city had to offer cruise guests, so I have listed some top picks below, that Princess Cruises offer in, and around Liverpool.

The Beatles – A short drive to visit John Lennon’s home he lived in as a boy, and Paul McCartney’s boyhood home, with a guided tour of each home. A narrated drive through Liverpool, and stops for photos at Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. Guests can take a walk down Mathew Street, to the site of the Old Cavern Club where the Beatles performed over 300 times from February 1961 to August 1963.  A trip to The Beatles Story, located on the Albert Docks, showcases exhibits that chronicles the ‘Fab Four’ from their days spent in Hamburg, to their final break – up.

Liverpool City Highlights – A half – day narrated drive around the city of Liverpool allows guests to experience the sights and sounds of Liverpool, passing the Royal Liver Building with its towers topped by the Liver Birds, and a drive past Pier Head, the Town Hall and Chinatown. The tour continues with a visit to Christ the King Cathedral, Liverpool’s Roman Catholic basilica, and the Anglican Cathedral, boasting the title of the largest cathedral in Britain. Along the way, photo stops are taken at the Walker Art Gallery and St. George’s Hall, which is considered one of the finest neo – classical buildings in Europe.

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View of the Royal Liver Building from on board Caribbean Princess

Best of the Lake District – A full day tour, includes travel by land, train and lake. A scenic two – hour drive to Lake Windermere in the Lake District, the largest lake in England. Guests then board the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway for a steam train tour of the Leven River Valley. Free time to explore Bowness, a pretty and charming village on the shore of Lake Windermere

Conwy Castle and Town – A full day tour exploring the beautiful countryside of North Wales, with a scenic drive along the North Wales coastline to Conwy Castle. Conwy Castle is dubbed as one of the most impressive castles in Wales and boasts three fortified gates and no fewer than eight towers

Cruise Lines departing from Liverpool include, Fred Olsen and Cruise and Maritime, to name a few!

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A view of the River Mersey from the Pool Deck

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Moving on to everyone’s favourite part of a cruise….. the food!

On boarding the ship we decided a caffeine fix was in order so we headed to Cafe Bacio. As we had the Premium drinks package all the speciality coffees were included, which is fantastic as I enjoy good quality coffee, especially in a morning. The coffee did not disappoint and the cakes, pastries and cookies on offer here looked delicious but I resisted… for the time being! The pastries, cakes and cookies are all included in your cruise fare so if you just fancy grabbing a pastry and coffee in the morning before exploring your port of call  it is ideal.

Connie Cafe bacio

Once we had explored the ship and got our bearings we went up to the Ocean View cafe to grab a bite to eat for lunch. There was a great selection on offer for lunch including a lovely fresh salad bar,  handmade pannini’s and sandwiches, Stir frys, Curry’s and Pizza to name a few! Of course there was a lovely selection of tempting deserts for afterwards.

In the Ocean View cafe there is also an Ice Cream kiosk which offers Ice Cream and cookies throughout the day, all included in your cruise fare.

On the subject of the Ocean View cafe, we ate dinner in here one night as a more casual option after a busy day ashore. I have never done this before on a cruise so it was quite novel for me! I was very impressed with the dinner choice and each night there was a section which had a specific theme to it. I was spoiled for choice, I wanted to try everything. My husband had a stir fry made for him where he got to choose the meat, sauce, veg and noodles that went in to it which smelled and tasted divine! This particular evening there was sticky toffee pudding with vanilla custard as one of the desert options so I made sure I saved room for this, I have such a sweet tooth.

In the late afternoon at the Ocean View cafe they have little sandwiches available with a selection of cakes as a kind of afternoon tea. The scones here are delicious, topped with cream and jam of course! I should also mention that the Pizza area is open virtually 24 hours a day for your snacking needs!

The Spa cafe is one of my favourite places for a light bite at lunch time and I love the smoothies they make there. Again, as I had the Premium drinks package these are all included. The food here is obviously on the healthy side mostly featuring salads with a protein source such as fish or chicken  and they do a delicious yogurt and granola pot topped with fruit coulis.

If you are craving a substantial burger at lunch time, head for the Top Deck burger bar. These are made using high quality Wagyu beef and you can choose as many toppings as you like plus the usual fries of course. There is a charge of around $10 for one these burgers. The standard burgers/hotdogs and fries are available in the Ocean View cafe  if you don’t want to pay this charge.

We took out a speciality dining package when we got on board which allowed us a meal in each of the speciality restaurants on board. This does give you a saving overall if you are going to dine in each restaurant and we love the atmosphere and change of scenery from the main restaurant for a few nights when cruising.

Qsine – This is a new addition to Constellation since her refurbishment, replacing Ocean Liners. Personally I love this restaurant but I appreciate it is not to everyone’s taste. The menu is tapas style ( but very large portions in my eyes! ) and you make your selection from the menu on an I Pad. Each dish is so quirky and beautifully presented, it is a real feast for both the eyes and tummy. The desert I had this time was called a Chocolate Tombstone and it was huge! Almost the size of my shoulder to shoulder as you will see in the picture below. Very nice but I couldn’t finish it all.

'M's favourites' in Qsine
‘M’s favourites’ in Qsine
Sushi Lollipops in Qsine
Sushi Lollipops in Qsine
Chocolate tombstone dessert
Chocolate tombstone dessert
Me and my tombstone!
Me and my tombstone!

Tuscan Grille – The restaurant itself is situated up on the pool deck so the views are spectacular if you dine at sunset. The evening we visited we had the pleasure of a window table and views sailing by Capri! Stunning! The sunset this evening was beautiful.

The food here was probably the best I had on board and the service was second to none. Very attentive waiting staff, but not overbearing, and the sommelier was excellent keeping our wine glass topped up for the duration of our meal.

Whilst looking at the menu we had a fresh bread basket with olive oil infused with fresh basil which was cut and added to the oil table side. I will be trying this at home as it was something different to the usual olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

We had a lovely sharing board to start with which had a variety of Italian cheeses, meats, olives, chutney and artisan bread. This was a great starter to whet our appetite.

For our main course we both opted for steak, which was cooked to perfection, with a selection of side dishes.

As this is an Italian restaurant I thought it only fitting to have Tiramisu for desert, which was light and delicious with a slight caffeine hit, just what I needed after a large meal!

I really can’t recommend this restaurant enough. If you only do 1 speciality restaurant on board, do this one!

Sunset with Capri in the background
Sunset with Capri in the background
My arty sunset picture from outside Tuscan Grille!
My arty sunset picture from outside Tuscan Grille!

Sushi on Five – If you like Sushi this is the place for you! Normally you pay per item in this restaurant but as we had one of the dining packages we could basically have anything from the menu and as much as we wanted. Sushi is deceptively filling, I guess due to the rice! We had a veritable feast this evening and I had no complaints with any of the dishes we chose and the waiting staff here again were top notch.

Sushi selection
Sushi selection
Our starters in Sushi on 5
Our starters in Sushi on 5

Finally the main restaurant. We had opted for Celebrity Select dining ( anytime dining ) and had booked all our dining times online prior to our arrival. I am so pleased we did this as the queues were rather long at peak times ( usually between 7.30pm and 8.30pm ). In the future I will always do this and my top tip to you, if you select this dining, is to do the same. There is a separate queue if you have already made reservations so are seated within minutes.

The food and choice was great in the main restaurant. I don’t eat a great deal of meat so I opted for fish or a vegetarian option each evening. The fish was always beautifully cooked with crispy skin, when featured, and the portion sizes were just right in my eyes. I do think the cruise lines in general have cut down on portion sizes since I first started cruising, which is not an issue for me as I always disembark feeling like I am sick of the sight of food! Of course, if you are still hungry a few hours later there is always the buffet in the Ocean View cafe to go at.

I have a love of all things vegetable so would on occasion ask for extra veg on the side and this was never a problem. My husband is an avid carnivore and his stand out dish was the Jerk Chicken with rice and peas which we had in the first couple of days on board. This was a huge chicken leg marinated in Jerk spices which I have to admit smelled delicious. He assured me it tasted as good as it smelled!

We experienced fantastic meals on board Constellation, the service was excellent in all restaurants so I have no complaints. I disembarked a happy, rounder, Natalie! Post cruise diet is well underway……

Don’t forget to check back for the final installment, all about my ports of call.

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

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

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

San Francisco
San Francisco Skyline

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

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

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

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

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

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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

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