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Celebrity Constellation

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.

Rialto bridge
Rialto bridge
View from Rialto bridge
View from Rialto bridge
Venice
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

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Split – Croatia

Again, Split I have visited before but I just loved it the first time around so was looking forward to having a wander around the old town with the ancient Diocletian Palace. The sea front reminds me very much of Cannes, with its Palm tree lined wide promenade featuring an abundance of chic bars and restaurants. The Palace area is so interesting and there is a myriad of streets and squares with again lots of restaurants and coffee shops. We sat and had a coffee in one such square which was great to people watch!

Palace walls
Palace walls
Diocletian Palace
Diocletian Palace
Diocletian Palace
Diocletian Palace
Giant monk! Outside the Palace walls
Giant monk! Outside the Palace walls
One of the many picturesque squares in Split
One of the many picturesque squares in Split
Split Promenade
Split Promenade

Zadar – Croatia

I had heard a lot about the ‘Sea Organ’ in Zadar which is located on the relatively new harbour front area. The Sea Organ is a musical piece of architectural art! There are tubes built in to huge marble steps which when the wind and sea waves hit them make a tune. It is really intriguing and very relaxing to sit in this area listening to the waves and music from the organ.

Again, in Zadar we just explored on our own rather than opting for a tour. The area was badly damaged during the second world war so a lot of the buildings in the main city area are very much brutalist architecture. The old city walls still stand and this area is very picturesque and has quite a Venetian feel, architecture wise. There are some of the very old churches and buildings still standing from before the war and I really loved this area.

I was quite surprised with the main ‘modern’ city area as the mix of old and new sits quite well in Zadar. All in all I really enjoyed my visit to this port.

One of the 'Gates' to enter the old town
One of the ‘Gates’ to enter the old town
Harbour view
Harbour view
Old church and ruins
Old church and ruins

Koper – Slovenia

I have not visited Slovenia at all so this was my first experience. I was undecided before the cruise whether or not to book an excursion to Lake Bled or Ljubljana, but in the end as we had not visited Koper before we decided to just do our usual self exploration.

Unfortunately I wish we had taken a tour as Koper was quite underwhelming. The small old town was walkable in around an hour, at the most, and there didn’t seem a huge amount to see. After walking twice around the town, incase we had missed something we had a coffee in a little cafe and made our way back to the ship by lunch time.

I would recommend taking a tour if visiting Koper to avoid any disappointment with Koper itself.

Koper Town square
Koper Town square
The main street to the square
The main street to the square

Koper

We did also visit Naples and Messina, however as we have visited these ports before we enjoyed relaxing on board the ship on these days.

This concludes my review of all things Constellation, I hope you enjoyed reading!

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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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On the 3rd June 2017 my adventure to join the Celebrity Constellation began ( extremely early in the morning! ) 

This blog is solely going to concentrate on the ship itself so stay tuned for my next blogs concentrating on the food ( very important of course ) and destinations I visited.

My cruise was the second sailing after Constellation had received her refurbishment at the end of May. I had read about the changes that were being implemented before we left the UK so I knew what to expect and was excited to see for myself.

As soon as we stepped on board I immediately felt at home, I really can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I could see straight away why people love this ship and why she gets so many repeat guests. We were greeted with a glass of chilled champagne in the atrium before we went off to explore our new home for the next 10 nights.

It was evident in all the public areas the refreshments that had been made. New carpets and upholstery really gave the ship a fresh and modern feel, I was extremely impressed!

Atrium
Atrium
Stunning chandelier!
Stunning chandelier!
Spa Pool
Spa Pool
Pool deck
Pool deck

A controversial change, from regular sailors on Constellation, was the removal of Ocean Liners restaurant and in its place is Qsine. Personally I love Qsine, the quirkiness of the way the dishes are served makes for a special night, but I appreciate it is not everyone’s cup of tea!

A new area at the back of the ship on top deck has been created, the Rooftop terrace. This was the area I was most intrigued to see! A large screen has been put up and the area has lots of comfy sofas and cabana type seats where you can just either relax in the sun with a drink or take in one of the films/sports events shown. In the evening this area, on certain nights, you can book the ‘Taste of Film’ which includes food and wine pairing matched with a film on the big screen. From what I gather this is small plates served at key points throughout the film.

Rooftop terrace
Rooftop terrace
Rooftop terrace
Rooftop terrace

On the pool deck, there is the addition on the ‘Top deck Burger Bar’. This is in place of the poolside grill which served up burgers and hot dogs throughout the day. The concept is the same, however there is now a charge for these high end burgers which are made using Wagyu beef. You are looking at around $10 per person for a burger with fries. If you don’t want to pay for one of these premium burgers, you can still pick a regular one up from the Oceanview cafe with no charge. More on the food side of things in my next blog!

The staff…. what can I say! Every single staff member I came in to contact with was happy and smiling and genuinely wanted to help with whatever was needed. Our cabin steward would often sprint from one end of corridor to help open our cabin door when my husband came back from Cafe Bacio with our morning coffees! We ate in the Oceanview cafe one evening and were surprised to be approached by the Executive chef who was asking for feedback on the food quality and choice in all the restaurants on board. I thought this was a great touch and although we had no complaints I’m sure if anyone had an issues they would have been taken on board and rectified. He was again genuinely interested in receiving any kind of feedback to make improvements where needed.

We experienced no problems with bar service in any bar we visited, even though we had a drinks package. I do know some customers travelling on other cruise lines had long waits to be served or the staff were just not interested if you had a drinks package, certainly not the case here! There was a great choice of bars and lounges, my favourite being the Martini bar. My husband thoroughly enjoyed playing with the iced bar each evening, much to amusement of the bar staff. Although we never went to a show whilst on board, they were extremely popular and from what I heard the performances and show quality was excellent each night.

Martini Bar
Martini Bar
Rendezvous Lounge
Rendezvous Lounge
Cellarmasters
Cellarmasters

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We had an Ocean view cabin located mid ship on deck 3. The cabin was ideally located and we experienced no noise from engines, which I know is a concern for some being low down on the ship. This was the first time we have not had a balcony cabin, due to them all being sold out for our sailing, so I was a little skeptical about the size and having no outside space or fresh air. I was pleasantly surprised! The cabin was large, with a great amount of storage space and a lovely big window. The bathroom was what I would class as normal size really and even though there was the dreaded shower curtain rather than the glass screen, I wasn’t fighting it in the shower it seemed to stay put! Bonus! I would definitely have no hesitation in taking an Ocean View in the future and the lack of balcony didn’t make a huge impact on the cruise, it just made us ( or should I say me! ) get ready to go out quicker.

Ocean View
Ocean View
Ocean View
Ocean View
Ocean View bathroom
Ocean View bathroom

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, I really can’t recommend the ship highly enough so if you are considering a cruise on Constellation I hope this has helped! Don’t forget to check back for my next Constellation installments……

 

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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.

 

I have been waiting with anticipation for Celebrity Cruises to release information on the refit for Constellation when she goes in to a 2 week dry dock this month.

Finally today I have my news and to say I am excited is an understatement! I am sailing on Constellation ( Connie as she is affectionately known! ) on the 3rd June which will be the second sailing after she has completed the dry dock.

So here is the news, hot off the press…..

Qsine is going to be added in replacement of the popular Ocean Liners restaurant. The area will have a complete new look and modernisation for this popular speciality restaurant. I loved the quirkiness of Qsine when I was on Celebrity Silhouette so I will definitely be booking a night here!

In place of the Mast Grill on the pool deck, a brand new venue will be added which will be a fleet first! Top Deck Burger Bar will be the place to go for gourmet burgers, from the Celebrity Signature Burger to a build your own burger this is sure to be a popular lunch option. I will let you know my thoughts on my return!

Top deck burger

I am most excited about the Rooftop terrace that will added at the back of the ship. This relaxing area will feature chic cozy furniture and a large outdoor soundscape and screen. The venue will play host to a unique evening dining experience ‘ A Taste of Film ‘ where food served will be paired with a film. Weather permitting on my cruise, I will most definitely be visiting!

Rooftop terrace
Rooftop terrace

In technology news, on board will be the RFID stateroom door locks. In normal terms this will mean that you can just tap your SeaPass card to give entry to your stateroom rather than having to insert it in to the door itself.

The shopping area will be given a make over and will feature some luxury well known brands ( this hasn’t been confirmed exactly what at the moment ) and merchandise for your shopping pleasure.

‘ The Studio ‘ will be added so if you fancy having some portrait photos taken on board to remember your cruise by this is the perfect place for you.

Finally, every Penthouse and Royal Suite will receive new bathroom enhancements such as porcelain tiled flooring, marble surfaces, new fixtures and cozy seating. Other suite on board will receive a refresh to include new artwork, furniture, bed linen, carpets and drapes.

 

I will be blogging on my return from Constellation so stay tuned for my opinion on this newly refitted, ever popular ship!

 

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Celebrity Cruise line are well known for their “Modern Luxury” cruise ships and are extremely popular with passengers of all ages, including families.

Most people would think a luxury cruise line wouldn’t have much on offer for the younger passengers in the family, and that’s where they are wrong.

With lots of different activities for all on board, there is something for everyone to have a wonderful cruise holiday.

Celebrity have the latest gadgets, games and devices on board their ships for the avid-gamers in the family. They have a partnership with Xbox which enables the cruise line to offer dedicated Xbox stations and mobile consoles on board, to feature one of the largest game and entertainment experiences at sea. Whether there’s a tournament taking place or just a gaming themed night, there is something for the youngest gamer to the most savvy teens on board. (You most likely have to drag them away from their current Xbox game!!)

I am sure we all do one thing the same when we cruise, and that is to over indulge on the magnificent food offered on board. You don’t have to worry about the kids not getting enough exercise, as Celebrity have produced some brilliant organized activities on board to keep them on the move. They have their Sports Court on board which offers the chance to shoot hoops or kick some goals into the net. They can of course do this with their friends and not in an organized group – we all know how independent teenagers are, right? Celebrity’s partnership with Zumba fitness also brings some fantastic activities aboard.

If there are any budding chefs in the family, why not let them take part in one of their classes on board. Celebrity offer some fantastic opportunity’s for young passengers on board to get some great culinary experience with options such as; Cupcake Decorating Classes, Pizza Making Class, Future Chefs Hands on Classes as well as a -behind-the-scenes tour that will give them the insight to how the chefs on board work their magic providing delicious, made-from-scratch meals for the entire ship every single day and night.

One thing that I find absolutely fabulous on board is the Video Project offered to the budding movie directors on board. Young guests will be given the use of a GoPro Hero 3 high definition, wideangle video camera to get the shots required for their movie. When they arrive at the class, the on board visionaries will create a storyboard for the videos they are to make. They are taken out to get the shots required – sometimes underwater too!! With this, they learn how to film and edit their videos. This takes place in the Celebrity ILounge on board. great way to create a holiday video!! Who knows, young Jimmy may be the next Spielberg.

Young passengers more interested in relaxing, well why not hit the Zspa!! With treatments geared towards the “Z” generation, they have the choice of Fabulously Fruity or Acne Attack Facials. If you need some bonding time, try out the Mother/Daughter or Father/Son packages on board.

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.

The results are in for the 2016 UK Editors’ Picks Awards.

I think the most surprising result has to be the best new cruise ship of 2016, announced as the TIU Discovery from Thomson Cruise Lines. Purely because the ship doesn’t have all the singing and dancing features of some of the other new additions introduced this year. Previously the Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas, the TUI Discovery is the first for a UK cruise line to offer passengers a rock climbing wall, outdoor cinema and virtual band. Specifically tailored to the UK market, she has proved to be a winner!

Thomson Cruises
TUI Discovery

 

Another UK cruise line picked up an award as the Best Cruise Line for dining, P&O Cruise Lines.

Royal Caribbean took the most awards for: Best Cruise Line for Entertainment, Best Cruise Line Suites and Best Cruise Line for Families.

Sister company to Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Lines took the award for Best Cruise Line Shore Excursions and Best Cruise Line Cabins.

Best Cruise Line Itineraries award went to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines who sail from more UK ports than any other cruise line. They offer many different types of sailings. from a five night Norwegian fjord cruise out of Newcastle, to a 107 night voyage from Southampton to Sydney. They have fly-cruises to unique places like the Amazon and Africa.

Sunset on a river in the Amazon
Sunset on a river in the Amazon

Cunard took the Best Cruise Ship Refurbishment for their “re-mastering” of the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship. Fifteen new single cabins were just one of the new features introduced to the cruise line.

If its Romance your after, then look at Princess Cruise lines as they scooped the Best Cruise Line for Romance award.

Of course, it had to be the one and only Hurtigruten line which took Best Cruise Line for Adventure. They offer trips like no other. whether it is husky sledding, quad biking, glacier calving, snorkelling in antartica or a hike to the hills of Greenland, they have something to offer for everyone.

Best Cruise Line for Nightlife award is given to Norwegian Cruise Line – which isn’t surprising as they have around 20 bars and lounges on each of their ships.

Liverpool got the Best UK Port of Call award and Southampton got the Best UK Departure Port award.

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.

 

Well, it isn’t every day in the UK we get the hot sunshine weather, but recently temperatures have been high. Don’t let this be the last of the sun you see this year!

With more cruise ships on offer now, than ever before, no matter where you want to travel, there is most likely a cruise to take you there. So why not follow the sun to a more exotic destination? If you want to stay close to home, you can take a cruise out of the UK around the Mediterranean, taking in plenty of sights and sun.

P&O Cruise Line sail year round from Southampton in the UK, Celebrity Cruise lines also offer Southampton sailings as do Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Princess Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines will also offer cruises from Southampton.

If you are looking for scorching temperatures, how about the Middle Eastern cruises from Dubai or Abu Dhabi? You have a choice of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, MSC Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruise Lines all offering a ship from here. The middle east really is a year round destination with lots of culture on offer, as well as the worlds tallest building, the worlds most expensive hotel made entirely out of pure gold along with the worlds most exclusive and expensive perfume shop. You can actually check out how I went on in Abu Dhabi on my blog here

Yas Beach
Yas Beach

Carnival Cruise Lines are the leading cruise line in North America who offer year round sailings to the Caribbean, where temperatures are hot year round. Temperatures are hot all year round, but much more comfortable than the Middle East soaring temperatures. You can sail every month of the year with carnival to the Caribbean, from various ports in the USA and even San Juan and Barbados. The Caribbean is my favourite place to cruise, just because I love it and I am very comfortable here, so for any advice please call me on 0161 798 2512. You can also read my latest Caribbean cruise blog here.

Hawaii is on my bucket list of places to go, and they have some fantastic cruises for the Hawaiian Islands. You can cruise from a number of places including Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even Honolulu! When you cruise from the states to the Hawaiian islands, the cruise will be a minimum of 14 nights due to the travel distance to get to the islands. Remember: this means a lot of sea days there and back!!!

As well as the places I have mentioned the cruise lines cover the entire globe. Whether you want Antarctica, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords, Australia, New Zealand, Far East, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and more, then there will most likely be something out there for you.

If you are thinking of chasing the sun on a cruise this year, give me a call on 0161 798 2512 and I would be happy to help. Also, if you prefer, you can email me at Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com

Bon Voyage!

A new cruise terminal in Abu Dhabi is going to make the Middle east more accessible to the cruise passenger over the next few years.

With the terminal now due to have its grand opening in December 2015 and there 1st cruise company MSC use the new terminal and sail form the port, before we know it we will be looking at lots of different cruise companies using the port!!!.

Its situated in the old port area of Zayed which is very close to the city area of Abu Dhabi.

The area is now very popular with the cruise passenger,  as they have been embarking in the port of Dubai next to Abu Dhabi.

The heritage site’s of Abu Dhabi now will be open to the cruise passenger and easier to reach as its only 10-30 mins to different spots to explore.

There are going to be lots of different options to choose from once your on the cruise with the 1st cruise MSC ship the Musica!!!.

 

Not only MSc are choosing to take advantage of the cruise port, but Celebrity have chosen to put one of there smaller ships into the port for the winter 2015-16 programme the Constellation. including either 9 nights or 15 night cruises from the middle east.  check the cruise options on our website www.cruiseclubuk.com.

 

With its big investments going on in the cruise port which will be stylish with the Arabic flare to her and the speedy transit through the area with the baggage, security & the immigration we all would like to go as smoothly as possible but nothing’s as ever so straight forward!!!!.

So keep you eye on the Mystic side of yourself and lets see if we can entice you in to a new experience from the port of Abu Dhabi.

You can give me a call if you like ask for Olive on my direct line number 0161 798 2546