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western med 6Short duration cruises of less than seven nights, are the perfect long weekend breaks, and in the past Costa Cruises has been the leader for short duration cruises, with some itineraries ranging from three to five nights, embarking in either Barcelona or Genoa, and calling into ports such as Marseilles, Corsica and Majorca, to name a few. As these durations are becoming increasingly popular, cruise lines such as MSC, Royal Caribbean, Azamara and Oceania have a handful of four and five night duration sailings, the amount of time in port is less than longer duration sailings, however there may only be one day at sea, or none at all.

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The more popular Western Mediterranean itineraries are generally durations between seven to twelve nights, and depart from ports such as Barcelona, Rome and Marseilles, and guests can expect to visit the well known ports whilst enjoying some leisurely days at sea in between. Itineraries such as these, can include porting in the Canary Islands, Tunisia and Morocco

A perfect way to cruise the Western Mediterranean region, without the hassle of flying and checking in at airports, is to sail out directly from a UK port, such as the well known Southampton, with Harwich and Dover also being popular embarkation ports. Although this is a great option, not only for ease, but for an unlimited luggage allowance, there is of course a downfall, and this is the famous Bay of Biscay, which can either be a smooth sailing experience, or can be an extremely rocky sailing experience!

A cost effective way to cruise, is by sailing on a repositioning cruise, these cruises generally sail from the Mediterranean, over to the Caribbean, or from the Caribbean over to the Mediterranean. These itineraries can usually be found in April, May, September, October and into early November. These itineraries usually embark in Barcelona or Rome, and call into various Western Mediterranean ports, the Canary Islands and Morocco, before heading to the Caribbean

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The Western Mediterranean is considered to be one of the most diverse and unique cruising regions, spreading over two continents (Europe and Africa), this area boasts the artistic beauties of Italy, France and Spain whilst combining the Arabic culture in areas such as Morocco and Tunisia. These particular  itineraries are perfect for those interested in art and history, who also like to combine and  experience the areas most popular landmarks,  stunning beaches, cafes bars, boutique shops and traditional markets. Highlights include, the famous Las Ramblas, Barcelona, the cosmopolitan and thriving hub of this fantastic city. A visit to Capri, is a must from Sorrento or Naples

 

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Royal Square, Barcelona

The Western Mediterranean as a cruising region, offers a spectrum of culture and arts, combined with beautiful beaches and a laid back atmosphere. Itineraries offered within this region include ports of call within, Spain, Italy and France, and sometimes include stops in Lisbon for Portugal, the Canary Islands, and Casablanca and Tangier for Morocco, and Gibralter

It was once considered best to visit the Western Mediterranean region during spring and the summer months, however cruise lines such as MSC and Costa are beginning to offer all year round itineraries within this area, with Barcelona and Marseilles (France),  still being included on the itinerary, they are now sailing further southwards towards Morocco and into the Canaries.

 

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Some of the larger ships usually visit the bigger ports, including destinations, such as Barcelona, Rome and Florence. The vast majority of cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line, tend to offer itineraries either starting in these ports, or featuring them on their itineraries

Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises are based from Italy, and can offer shorter cruise itineraries at much lower prices. For a more British feel, P&O Cruises and Cunard offer a variety of sailings, whilst the luxury cruise lines such as Azamara, Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas offer itineraries to smaller ports of call such as Cannes, Capri and Portofino and often spend much longer in port.

Stay tuned for part 2 of my blog!!!

 

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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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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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(1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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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.

 

The time is here for a new brochure, and we have filled it full of fantastic deals, including our wonderful Prestige offers.

Here at Cruise Club UK we produce a new brochure every 8 to 12 weeks full of fantastic offers from all the cruise lines. If I say so myself, our new Destination 2018 brochure is our best yet. With offers from the most luxurious cruise lines at sea, you can be wowed for less!!!

With the fantastic Six Star Crystal Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruise Line and Azamara Club Cruises to choose from, there are lots of brilliant offers to be had.

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Fancy Christmas and New Year in South Africa? No problem. We have you covered with a spectacular itinerary from Crystal Cruise Line. With their outstanding smaller, more intimate ships, you will sail the most unique itineraries. The Crystal Symphony holds just 922 passengers on board.

We also have a fantastic offer for a Mauritius stay followed by a Unique itinerary from Crystal, sailing to Madagascar and the Indian Ocean, before sailing to South Africa.

How about a Bali stay and then a cruise to Australia? Azamara Club Cruises are taking their 694 passenger ship, Azamara Journey, from Bali to Sydney. We have put together a 3 night stay in Bali prior to the cruise. If you want to add a longer duration or stay in Sydney to see the sights, that’s no problem. Give us a call to see what we can do.

The sister ship of the Journey, the Azamara Quest (which is identical) will be staying closer to home from Rome to Barcelona on a 7 night sailing. They will hold a magnificent AzAmazing evening whilst in Livorno, with the Three Tenors singing Italian Opera Favourites. Yes, this is complimentary for all guests on board and must not be missed!!!

Sunbeds on board Azamara

If you want to have a luxury cruise, but don’t want to travel too far, why not try Oceania Cruise Line on their “European Serenade” which sails from Rome to Venice for 8 Nights, stopping in Greece, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia. This is on board the Riviera cruise ship, which cost a whopping $500 million (USD) to build.

Head East with Regent Seven seas on board the Seven Seas Voyager, taking in a stay in Singapore before sailing Thailand & China. Finishing in Hong Kong, why not spend a few nights there? Regent Seven Seas offer unlimited Beverages on board for all guests, as well as up to 25 Shore Excursions for each passenger.

Hong Kong by Night

If you want a copy of our wonderful Brochure, which include all of the Luxury sailings above, please contact me on 0161 798 2512 or email me Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com

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Breaking news from Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean……..

On board credit, offered as part of a promotional campaign, can now be spent before you even step on board your ship!

This is fantastic news as previously any on board credit given could only be used to make on board purchases, once on board the ship.

In my opinion this is a great benefit from Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean, I do not know of any other cruise line to offer this, and gives them a unique edge over their competitors.

A lot of guests like to use their on board credit to book shore excursions on board and I sometimes wonder if the most popular tours in St Petersburg, for example, are available once on board due to limited spaces. No worries on this count now as any excursions can be booked in advance using the credit!

The speciality dining packages are great value for money, which is another popular way to spend on board credit. By pre booking these online it means you can reserve your chosen restaurant, time and date. I have left this to do on board the ship in the past, to use my on board credit, and found the most popular times and restaurants already booked.

For those of you with Elite or Elite Plus Captains Club status, where you get discount on internet packages, you can now pre book these on your cruise planner and utilise any promotional on board credit to offset the amount.

All in all this policy change will be welcomed with open arms I am sure and leaves you free to fully enjoy your first day on board rather than having to sort out these finer details!

Below is an example of how your on board credit will show, once you are logged in to your cruise planner, to give you an idea of what to look out for.

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Note; Azamara Club Cruises are hoping to follow suit, they are just working out logistics on this and have not given any indication on time scale as of yet.

Happy pre booking everyone and bravo to Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean!

 

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Alaskan Highlights:

Azamara Quest: 

The decision to have the ship the Quest in Alaska for the 2019 cruise program Plus Special event cruise’s:

11 New sailings covering either 8-10 days Throughout the months of May – September 2019. 

The 1st Time for Azamara to be in Alaska so making a very exciting venture for not just the cruise line but also the cruise passengers as well.There will be options to do pre & post cruise excursions making sure you have the best  experience of the Alaskan scenery and wildlife.

Always giving you some extra times in port and longer to explore your surroundings.

Special event cruise 2019 program: 

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Edinburgh Tattoo

Cannes film festival

Spanish  and Monaco grand prix

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Solar Eclipse Indian ocean  

Rouen festival

All of the above are now on sale with Azamara Club Cruise’s something different for everyone to enjoy, from being a film buff, car enthusiast, astronomy

Never be lost with the wide selection above to choose. Azamara will  give you an  Aza azamazing evening as part of there program.

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Perry Golf

Not only all of the above they have also so teamed up with Perry Golf to offer 8 Golf themed cruises taking in The British Open – The masters tournament:

I believe this will appeal to both Male & female as Golf is a popular sport for everyone Young and old alike.

The new program is going to pulling away from the Turkish ports and black seas traditional Mediterranean to focus on giving the cruise customer more options in one country with the likes of:

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Japan

New Zealand

    Mexico

  Norway – Spain – France-Italy- Greece

So all this in mind for the new program for 2019 and them just have the two small & fabulous ships Quest & Journey there has never been a better time to make the changes to the program for the future cruise passengers.

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

Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises are proud to announce there brand new and largest ever Shore Excursion Programme. Azamara Club Cruises have prized themselves on being a cruise line which offer longer stays and immersive experiences, which has completely worked for them, because they offer the longer stays they no wants guests to be able have longer and even better options for shore excursions.

The new Shore Excursion Programme will be rolled out 2018 and include one country cruises to destinations featuring Spain, Greece, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Croatia, Mexico & Costa Rica. These destinations will be served by both ships Azamara Quest & Azamara Journey. Both ships carry 694 passengers and weigh in at 30,277 tonnes. Azamara Club Cruises currently offer just over 500 excursions but once they introduce there new programme this will more than double to just over 1200 excursions.

Azamara Club Cruises will also introduce cruises around Japan an Island which has proved popular with all passengers, as we all know Japan is an interesting place to visit but can work out experience to tour around, Azamara will offer an itinerary that simply sails around the Island and offer more ports and longer stays which will give guests the chance to see all sides of Japan, these itineraries will be available for 2019 sailings.

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Azamara have also unveiled there new Cruise Global – connect local initiative, which will focus on passengers being able to experience an excursion like a local. The cruise line also gives you the chance to “Meet Locals” a variety of shore excursions which will offer you the chance to meet local people in the private homes and villas of local families.

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: colin@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2511

 

 

So these days keeping in touch with your family and friends on land or out at seas on your cruise  is easier than ever now. The multitude of cruises out there all offering a different spec on the ships from: Apps, Wifi, social media, using either your own phone or the ships own Ipad, you are more than  covered.

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The difference in speeds vary from cruise line to line dependent, on the sailings locations and brand width. Royal Caribbean seem to be the leader at the moment in 2016 making the connectivity speedy and affordable at seas. There new stream is called Voom-surf and stream at sea and has been added to all ships across their fleet.

All the cruises companies offer different options on board:

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Dependent on the amount of devises you wish to use:

One device $9.99 per day

Up to 5 Cost $31.99 per day

P&O

The Leading Cruise Operator of the United Kingdom has now updated there Ships with satellites and networks bringing them in line with all the other Cruise line companies, now moving away from selling by the minute they have now gone to offering always-on- deals for the customer, its not making the internet at seas any faster but more accessible:

Amended prices:

Access to Social media per day of £12:50 a day – £87.50 on a 7 nights cruise.

Email service for £7.50 per day but will not allow services such as Gmail.

The works package

This is the option where you can stream You tube, spotify, apple music sighing into this package for £24.95per day:

£174.65 a week: may seem expensive but comparable with Royal Caribbean at the moment:

The Other cruise companies below are staying in line with each other for the 7 days package’s                                                                                                                                          

Norwegian cruises

The package cost for the Wifi £161.50

Celebrity Cruise:

The cost for a weeks package is £176.00:

 Fred Olsen:

The cost for the package is £163.00

Holland America:

The package on there cruise ships

Starting prices from $99 per day  up to 200 minutes

Up to 600 minutes $199 per day.

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I will be testing the waters soon so i can text the service onboard for myself. Don’t miss the opportunity to  keep you up to date with the family and friends and the news of the day.

Come back and check my blog next time after my Cruise On the Navigator of the seas!

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