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Barcelona

Blend city living with beautiful coastline, cosmopolitan shopping, unique dining and incredible nightlife and that’s just the start

Why Barcelona in my opinion is a great place to do a pre or post cruise stay

Here at Cruise club we have a great selection of hotels that will appeal to everyone with different options on budget style and location

Personally I like to work with H10 Hotels, having fourteen hotels spread out over this vibrant city I can normal choose one of their hotels that guests would like to stay at personally my favourite hotel is the H10 M Marina which is just a short walk from the beach Whether you are a culture vulture or are simply out for a few days of leisure and relaxation, our hotels in the centre of Barcelona will make sure that you make the most of your holiday

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Dining

The most authentic thing you can do in Barcelona is take a visit to one of the markets buy a baguette and some cheese and a nice bottle of wine and go and sit in one of the beautiful parks that Barcelona has to offer

Or treat yourself to one of the tapas restaurants scattered around this great city

From Monday to Friday do what the locals do when going for lunch they order Deldia which is a fixed priced and you get three courses wine and water

If you install the Restalo app this is great for getting deals and offers in and around Barcelona

Leaving a tip is not expected in most restaurants but it all depends on you and how you rate the service you was given 5% is generally enough

Things of interest

One or Two day bus tour

Discover the spectacular sights with this one day two day hop on hop off bus tour prices start from £26.00 per person

Montserrat tour from Barcelona including lunch

Venture into the Catalan countryside to visit Montserrat and go wine tasting on this full-day tour from Barcelona.   Begin your tour in Plaça Catalunya, where you will hop aboard an air-conditioned bus to the Natural Park of the Mountain of Montserrat, just an hour away from Barcelona. A unique massif famous for its gothic shapes, beautiful views, and trails, Montserrat is said to be the most important mountain in Catalonia

Prices start at £85.00 per person

Flamenco night at Tablao cordobes

Make your own way to Tablao Cordobes, located on Barcelona’s iconic La Rambla boulevard, and take a seat at a table positioned in front of the stage. Opt for the traditional buffet option to select from an appetizing array of 33 hot and cold dishes or simply order a drink from an extensive menu during the show.

So now pick your cruise, there are so many cruises that depart from Barcelona you will be spoilt for choice please visit are our website cruiseclubukuk.com and search your next cruise

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Has anyone traveled to the beautiful island of Jamaica? Well I have and I can tell you its a great place to take in all of what the Caribbean has to offer!

I stayed in Runaway Bay on the North Coast of the Island, 30 minutes drive a long the coast, rich in natural beauty, laid back and everything that I wanted for a week of relaxation.

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Family suites:

Tailored for families:

Stateroom 1,134 sq. ft. Balcony: 212 sq. ft.

The cabin feature’s  over  2 floors with a gaming table, private 3D cinema, Hot tub,  slides, Lego wall,  air hockey table, bumper pool on the balcony and some of the best views from the ship.

Royal Caribbean will be adding the new ultimate family suites on the new announced Oasis ship as they have been so successful on the symphony of the seas.

Which begins her new summer cruise program 2018 in Med this year the family suites are sold out wow.

Family means everyone will be looked after  so from infant to adult they will be catered for in every way.

Family time is important in this day and age, so the focus is family making time for each other, and to get the best there is with the wow factor that Royal Caribbean have to offer.

 While the kids are playing and enjoying all the facilities in the cabin and also on board the ship the mum’s  & dads  can also enjoy all the ship has to offer.
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Family fun:

Adventure Ocean programme:

Zip lines:

Flow rider:

Splash-away bay:

Rock climbing:

Mini golf:

Video games:

Sports courts:

Entertainment on board: 

Casino:

Laser tag:

Disco;

High flying Aqua theater:

skating shows:

Music:

Dining: 

 Play -makers  sports bar:

El Loco  Mexican: 

Hooked sea food:

Jamie’s Italian:

Chops grille:

Sorrento;s.

SORRENTO’S

Lots much more to choose from when on board so if you just want to casually dine then of course you can, Main dining restaurant be look after all the way.

The new ships have got the Wow and are getting bigger every year.

Lets help you choose that cruise for you and the family:

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 March 2018. Gastro Seabourn cruise’s.

The Restaurant on Seabourn Encore

From May 2018, Seabourn Cruises will be setting the bar even higher with the Finest Dining, in the 5 Restaurants on board all there ships.

Offering passengers High quality Culinary food throughout the cruise over the fourth coming program.

Dine at your leisure chose when you dine & of course, whom you please to dine with.

Seabourn Dining is world class and matches anything out there.

Gelato:

The meaning of Gelato is ‘Ice Cream’ in Italian (you learn something every day)!!

This will be a wonderful feature for guests on board, with the highly talented team of experts offering a great range of superb Gelato.

This new concept for the Seabourn cruises is a 1st. the training for this new adventure was in Bologna Italy which is renowned in the area for the Gelato.

The chefs who are specially trained in the art of ice cream are some of the best in the world and Seabourn have taken this opportunity for their Cruise ships. Flavors galore from Mulberry, blood Orange, wild berry, rhubarb and many more.  This will be fleet wide as of Early 2019.

Sushi: 

The finest ingredients, high grade, fresh sushi, Hot & Cold offering Salmon Tataki, black king fish sashimi. This will be offered throughout the day. Bento boxes are a feature on the lunch menu. Also the Sake collection has some exceptional selections which are displayed on a lighted wall, giving you the effect of a work of art. This can be found on the Seabourn Encore and Ovation ships.

The Grill by Thomas Kelle: 

This is the american style dinning option renowned for the 50’s & 60’s style restaurant. Lobster Thermidor, Caesar salad, Elysian farm lamb, An extensive classic menu to choose from and all the chefs having been trained by Thomas Keller.  This is a popular option on the cruise, so reservations are advised.

The Patio: 

This is a less formal and casual venue to which you can enjoy the buffet style or you can take advantage of the full dinner options; Pasta’s, Soups, Pizza and the infamous Signature Napa burger’s & Hot dogs. There is something for every pallet.

The Colonnade on Seabourn Encore

The Colonnade. 

Here guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch or even dinner. There is indoor and outdoor seating on offer here with the open kitchen style cooking with chefs in full view. Lots of different options on offer here. Influenced by American family style dining.

So, lots of different style dining with Seabourn throughout their full cruise programme.

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Cunard South Africa cruise:

Queen Elizabeth.

Built 2010.

90400 tonnage.

2081 guest.

It comes but once in a lifetime the opportunity to Cruise and then a Safari, well look no further we have got the chance to offer you this option with the  chance to see some of the best of South Africa at the same time.

Whilst on the cruise ship with all the finery that Cunard has to offer.

Dining, Accommodation, Entertainment, relaxation, 5 star service from start to finish.

Beginning your Journey from Southampton Sailing down into Spain and Madeira before venturing down into Namibia before reaching  the port of cape town where you will  stay overnight on the ship before disembarking for your 4 star stay at the Commodore hotel in Cape town which is on the waterfront, Table Mountain will be in your sites something not to be missed( so friends tell me.)

All of this and more the chance also to go to experience the wild life of the South Africa with your own safari to the Private Aquila game reserve.

Morning Safari Day Tour:

You will be picked up early morning from hotel where you will be taken to the game reserve,  you will receive a welcome drink and buffet breakfast.

Once breakfast has finished then you will then begin the game drive through the Aquila reserve and able to catch yourself some great pictures of the wild life.

(Lions, Giraffes, zebra, Rhino and lots more). So experience not to be missed i’m sure.

 

Stellenbosch wine tasting 

 

Who does not like a chance to go and taste some good wines while on Holiday (Me ). As part of the holiday option with Cunard  and us your also given the option to visit the Vineyard sampling some of there fabulous wines on offer to you.

So whats stopping you give cruise club UK a call.

 

 

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Celebrity Cruise Lines have finally released some more information with regards to their Culinary offerings aboard their new ship Celebrity Edge. Michelin starred Executive Chef Cornelius Gallagher unveiled 29 impressive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges. Celebrity Edge will have not 1 but 4 complimentary main dining restaurants for their guests to choose from.

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Celebrity Edge – complimentary main dining restaurants.

Tuscan Restaurant – offering an authentic  inspired cuisine from Southern Italy.

Normandie Restaurant – offering high end French Cuisine and will feature wood panels from the original SS Normandie restaurant that featured onboard the Celebrity Summit.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant – offering dishes from America (United States) and will house a walk through wine display.

Cyprus Restaurant – offering various dishes from the Mediterranean.

Celebrity Edge will also offer the following speciality dining restaurants ( a cover charge will apply )

Raw on Five – this restaurant takes its inspiration from the Sea and offer guests fabulous Sea food dished.

Fine Cut Steak House – offering passengers the chance to dine Al Fresco seaside dining on a private hedge lined terrace that looks out to sea.

Blu – exclusive to the Aqua Class passengers where they can enjoy clean, innovative cuisine.

Le Grand Bistro – designed to make passengers believe that they are in a boulangerie – patisserie in the heart of Paris.

Rooftop Garden Grill – located at the top of the ship, this lively spacious area will offer passengers the chance to sample some mouth watering favourites.

 

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Cruising as a family has never been more exciting! With Splash Academy for children from 3 years up to 12 years, featuring activities such as arts and crafts, circus school, team building challenges, sports and family activities, to video games, the little people in your life are sure never to be bored! For children aged 13 years upwards to 17 years, Entourage offers a chilled area, featuring popular video games, various sports and themed events and pool parties. Staterooms are offered for families, and are slightly bigger in size, ranging from Family Inside, Family Oceanview, Family Balcony, and Family Mini Suites. Many of the Family balcony staterooms interconnect, so larger families can be together. Many of the family staterooms are located with convenience in mind, close to the pool deck, and the on board youth and teen facilities. Guppies Programme, is specifically for babies and toddlers from the age of 6 months, and under 3 years, and operates open play and hosted activities for both babies and parents, this available throughout the fleet.

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Staterooms on board Norwegian Cruise Line ships, is spacious and comfortable, with staterooms available for every budget. Solo travellers have the option of a single studio, which are located in a private keycard access complex, and have no single supplements, although these are not available throughout the fleet. If you choose a private balcony, then opt for a Mini Suite or Balcony Stateroom, featuring a comfortable seating area, storage is plentiful. Oceanview and Inside staterooms offer all the space you need, whilst not comprising on service levels. Luxury is plentiful in a Haven Suite, private and sumptuous retreats are a feature throughout the fleet, offering a generous sized suite with a welcome bottle of bubbly. Special services include butler and concierge service, special suite menus for breakfast, a cocktail party with the ships officers, and priority embarkation and disembarkation.

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Inside and Oceanview Staterooms (above)

 

 

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Balcony and Mini Suite Staterooms (above)

 

 

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Suites and Penthouses (above)

 

 

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The Haven by Norwegian

 

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Studios for solo guests. Available on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Bliss and Pride of America. Studios are designed and priced for solo travellers, which also include exclusive access to the Studio Lounge.

 

 

Norwegian Cruise Line offers freedom and flexibility throughout with offers to suit everybody!

Norwegian’s Premium All Inclusive Includes;

  • Adults can enjoy a wide variety of Premium Beverages

    Choose from an extensive range of spirits and beers, either draft or bottled, a wide selection of wines are served by the glass and tasty cocktails to alcohol-free options are available, as well as soft drinks and juices in all bars, the lounges and restaurants throughout your cruise at any time

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  • Speciality Coffee during mealtimes

    A wide  choice of Lavazza speciality coffees are served complimentary in any restaurant

 

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  • Bottled Water and Soft Drinks

    Children and adults have unlimited soft drinks, juices and water. A complimentary bottle of water is provided in each stateroom, for each guest

  • All Gratuities and Tips are included

    Gratuities and tips are also now included within the All Inclusive Package.

Norwegian’s Just Cruise – launched 1st December 2017

Norwegian’s Just Cruise fares will be made available on a selection of sailings. Staterooms will be allocated on a guarantee basis, and stateroom numbers will be allocated on final cruise documents. The benefits of this include, the best available cruise fare at the time of booking, award winning facilities and a wide selection of amazing dining options, and service charges. The option to upgrade to the Premium All Inclusive is available, which will then offer savings of more than £1200.00 per stateroom!

Norwegian Cruise Line are offering up to $500.00 per stateroom to spend as you wish on board! Just book your cruise from December 7th 2017, to 31st January 2018 for durations of 5 days or longer on the Premium All Inclusive…

If you are looking for some quality winter sun, take a look at our best selling offer! Premium All Inclusive Canary Islands cruise. Sailing aboard the popular Norwegian Spirit. Launched in 1998, and refurbished in 2011 and 2017, comparable to new ships within the cruise industry, she is a medium sized ship, with a guest capacity of 2018 guests. She boasts 15 dining options, 12 bars and lounges. Fares are leading in from £929.00 per person (based on 4th January 2018) including Return UK to Barcelona flights, Premium All Inclusive Beverage Package and tips!

 

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Cuba is definitely the ‘in’ place to visit at the moment! Since the embargo was lifted by the USA it is the destination that all the Cruise Lines are trying to get on board with ( excuse the pun! ). The latest one to announce they are making more visits to this Caribbean Island, is Carnival Cruise Lines.

The Carnival Sensation, which received a multi million dollar refurbishment just last year, will be based out of Miami in 2019 and will be operating a selection of 5 night itineraries, featuring Cuba.

During her refurbishment the ship has been enhanced with some of Carnival’s most popular on board restaurants and bars. She will now feature Guys Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina and The Alchemy Bar. A new childrens club has also been added.

Carnival Sensation

Carnival Sensation will join Carnival Paradise, which will be based out of Tampa, to offer Caribbean cruises in 2019, featuring Cuba. Both ships will also feature Cuba themed entertainment to get guests in to the latino spirit! Expect Salsa Lessons, Havana inspired deck parties and ‘Amor Cubano’ which is a popular theatre production featured on Carnival Vista.

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Guys Burger Joint

Included in the Carnival Sensation itineraries, on selected dates, will also be visits to sister cruise lines private islands in the Bahamas. Princess Cays, which belongs to sister company Princess Cruises and also Half Moon Cay, which belongs to Holland America.

 

“Our inaugural cruises to Cuba aboard Carnival Paradise from Tampa were met with exceptional guest response and we’re thrilled to expand upon the program with our first Cuba cruises from Miami featuring Havana and some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and The Bahamas,” said Carnival Cruise Line’s president, Christine Duffy. “Cuba is a sought-after destination and we’re delighted to provide our guests with even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating island.”

 

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Following on from my previous blog here is a list of the main ports of call and major towns in Iceland

Reykjavik

The capital city on the South Western coast and Iceland’s largest city. It’s a plethora of multi coloured buildings overlooked by the outsanding Hallgrimskirkja church, you can go right to the top for spectacular views of the city. Other famous landmarks are The Sun Voyager, a steel sculpture and Harpa, and the large modern concert hall most definately worth a visit.

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The Golden circle is a recommended route from here and easy to book as an excursion from your cruise, beginning in Reykjavik driving along baron roads to Geyser, onto the Golden circle and stop off at an extinct volcanic crater Kerid.

Akureyri

The second largest city in Iceland is in the North of the Island, at the bottom of the Eyjafjörður Fjord and surrounded by mountains. It is also a good base to see many of Iceland’s most beautiful natural sights including waterfalls, Lake Myvatn, volcanic areas and canyons as well as river rafting, hiking, fishing, whale watching and horse riding.

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula

This peninsula is over 90km long at the western tip of Iceland and one of the most spectacular parts of the island, in Winter it can be difficult to reach by road so a cruise is your ideal way to visit. There are golden beaches, stretches of lava fields, amazing gorges and waterfalls, lovely villages and folklore a plenty, the locals love to tell of trolls and elves. The most spectacular view however is the Snæfellsjökull glacier, a dormant volcano towering above the national park. Rumours arise that people believe it to be one of the seven chakras in the world and a meeting point for extra terrestrials

Isafjörður

The largest town in the Westfjords region of northwest Iceland, its an important trading port of the island, its one of the most important fishing towns, as seen on Jane Mcdonald’s show. Ísafjörður also holds some of the most celebrated festivals in Iceland, including the music festival Aldrei fór ég suður, Runners’ Festival, mud-soccer European Championships, and Við Djúpið a classical music festival

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Grimsey

Grímsey is a small island, 40 kilometres off the north coast in the Arctic. Tourists go to solely step over the line that is the Arctic circle. Home to only 100 people mainly fishermen, but over a million seabirds this is a nature and birdwatching paradise.

Husavik

Husavik a pretty little town in the north East of Akureryi, is known as the whale watching capital of Iceland and one of the best in the world, mainly so due to its ecosystem in Skjalfandi bay leading to masses of plankton, the main source of food for  humpback, mink and blue whales.

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Seydisfjordur

On the Eastern coast this is a small town full of culture, history and waterfalls. Lonely Planet have actually named it one of the best places to visit in Iceland, and with many old wooden buildings surrounded by snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls it is a charming little town.

So if this has whet your appetite for a visit to Iceland please contact me Marcia@cruiseclubuk.com or

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Looking forward to my trip to Iceland next month, and watching Jane McDonald’s recent cruise around Iceland it made me realise that this island has come along in leaps and bounds over the years since the renound volcanic eruption and is now one of the most popular holiday destinations for both land and cruise holidays with tourists now outnumbering locals.

This will be my 3rd visit to Iceland, each time venturing a little further afield, from my first visit to Reykjavik, to driving along the South Coast last year and this time an escorted tour to the North. It is such a vast island of extremes and is known as the land of fire and ice due to the varying landscapes.

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Iceland features greenery, black lava fields, geysers, glaciers, volcanos, wildlife, and if you’re lucky the Northern lights, it is truly tremendous country full of contrasts.

The tourist season for Iceland runs all year, all seasons offer something different. Cruise lines tend to operate their itineraries in Summer, here you get the best weather and most daylight, especially Mid Summer where you get almost 24 hours with the Midnight sun. Most itineraries sail from UK, P&O, Celebrity, Fred Olsen and Norwegian operate cruises from Southampton, with Cruise & Maritime having the biggest base from Tilbury for Northern Europe sailings. Summer provides the most colour with vivid green scenery, activities are a plenty and peak season for whale watching.

Winter does carry the most spectacular contrast, with the blue skies, black volcanic fields and white roads of snow, this island is a photographers dream, and having a glass of fizz in the hot waters of the Blue Lagoon in the snow is most certainly an experience to never forget.

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Some cruise lines operate winter cruises where you can see the dramatic changes in landscape, mainly Fred Olsen, Cruise & Maritime and P&O, plus Hurtigruten and of course Jane’s Ocean cruises, although both of these are more expedition ships, much smaller but advantages include a much more indepth itinerary, plus you have the opportunity to call at more and smaller ports than the larger mainstream cruise ships.

I would love to sail around Iceland it’s on my ever growing destination bucket list, which led me into researching all the main ports of call on an Icelandic cruise which I thought I would share with you, please see my next blog for more information

 

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