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  Everybody loves a bit of MasterChef. That’s why MSC Cruises invite all food lovers to set sail and challenge yourself.

How it works:

Take the MasterChef At Sea Quiz, if you win you then take part in the cooking competition, the mystery box challenge (my favourite part of the show). The MSC panel of judges with then rate your dish on presentation, taste and the originality of your recipe.

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 What happens next?

So if you win you will be entered into the final lucky draw, which involve 2 exclusive prizes that even money can’t buy:

1st prize – a dinner at the winners house • one of the MasterChef stars will be your personal chef for the evening • MasterChef book with exclusive recipes • opportunity to enter the casting for the MasterChef hit TV show

2nd prize – be a part of the shows audience while dining in one of the restaurants featured in the show, dine with upto 3 friends • MasterChef book with exclusive recipes

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More details will be released on 1st September 2017

Do you think you have what it takes to become a champion at sea?

After dominating our tv screens for 12 years, MasterChef is worldwide. It airs in over 33 countries and is a multi-award winning show.

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Discover centuries old traditions of the people who brought us the tango and the coffee bean. Stand before Rio’s Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy the best wines and cuisine from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil and come back new.

Princess Cruises offer two fantastic Cruisetours in South America, these can be added on pre or post cruise on selected sailings from December 2018 to March 2019, sailing onboard Emerald Princess or Royal Princess.

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Choice 1

Machu Picchu Explorer, 6 nights

Tour highlights include: UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cusco & Sacsayhuman Fortress

Day 1: On arrival into Lima Airport, transfer to Lima Hotel for 1 night

Day 2: Morning flight to Cusco, spend 2 nights at Sacred Valley Hotel, sightseeing, evening at leisure

Day 3: Morning sightseeing, dinner at hotel

Day 4: Visitadome rail to Aquas Calientes, Machu Picchu sightseeing, dinner at Machu Picchu Hotel

Day 5: Witness Machu Picchu at sunrise, morning at leisure, vistadome rail, coach to Cusco, dinner at Cusco Hotel afternoon sightseeing

Day 6: Morning flight to Lima, Lima sightseeing, afternoon flight to Santiago, 1 night Santiago Hotel

Day 7: Morning Santiago sightseeing, transfer to Valparaiso and embark ship

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Choice 2

Iguazu Falls Adventure, 5 nights

Tour highlights include: Iguazu Falls, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, Tango show

Day 1: Upon arrival transfer to Rio Sheraton Hotel & Tower for 2 nights, afternoon and evening at leisure in Rio

Day 2: Full day sightseeing including bbq lunch

Day 3: Morning flight to Iguazu Falls, rainforest train, Brazilian side of the falls, 2 nights at Das Cataralas Hotel

Day 4: Guided walking tour of the Argentinian side of the falls with a boat ride

Day 5: Morning at leisure, fly Iguazu Falls to Bueno Aries, dinner and tango show, 1 night at Hotel Emperador

Day 6: Morning city tour of Bueno Aries, transfer to port and embark ship

South America is on alot of peoples bucket lists and it’s no surprise. Where else can you explore a mystical city in the clouds?

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Majestic Princess will be sailing out of Sydney from September 2018 to March 2019, giving you the chance to see epic landscapes, colourful cultures and the laid back charm this fascinating destination has to offer.

Whether it’s your first time visiting the land down under or you have been lucky enough to experience its many awe inspiring attractions, Australia remains as popular as ever within the UK market.

Most people book a few nights hotel stay before their cruise from Sydney, however did you know that Princess Cruises offer two Cruisetours? These can be added on pre or post cruise and are fantastic value with amazing experiences.

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Choice 1:

Australian Outback Adventure

Tour highlights include: Sydney, UNESCO World Heritage sites Uluru National Park (Ayres Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef, Olga’s touring

Day 1: After your flight you will be meet and transferred to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney, rest of day at leisure, evening group welcome reception

Day 2: Fly Sydney to Cairns for a 2 night stay at Pullman Cairns Hotel. Visit the rainforest village of Kuranda, skyrail cableway travelling over waterfalls and rainforest

Day 3: Full day tour of the Great Barrier Reef

Day 4: Fly Cairns to Ayers Rock for a 2 night stay at Desert Gardens Hotel. Aboriginal demonstrations, walking base tour of Ayres Rock, sunset at Ayers Rock

TOP TIP: Flies are in abundance at Ayers Rock, I recommend purchasing a fly hat to protect your face as flies have no fear and will spend their time annoying you!

Day 5: Early rise to witness the first rays of sunrise on Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the viewing area. Head out to Kata Tjuta (Olga’s) – this is one of my favourite places in Australia. The large ancient rock formations look like something out of Jurassic Park. Afternoon is spent at leisure where you can enjoy the hotels facilities or take advantage of the onsite tour desk.

Day 6: Fly Ayers Rock to Sydney and overnight at Hyatt Regency – day at leisure

Day 7: Morning tour of Sydney taking in the famous iconic sights, before boarding Majestic Princess in the afternoon

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Choice 2:

Ultimate Australia

Tour highlights include: Sydney, UNESCO World Heritage site Uluru National Park and Great Barrier Reef, Darwin jumping crocs

Day 1: After your flight you will be meet and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney for a 2 night stay, rest of day at leisure, evening group welcome reception

Day 2: Morning Sydney tour taking in the famous sights. Afternoon and evening at leisure

Day 3: Fly Sydney to Ayers Rock, 1 night stay at Sails in the Desert Hotel. Afternoon tour Aboriginal demonstrations, walking base tour of Ayres Rock, sunset at Ayers Rock

TOP TIP: Flies are in abundance at Ayers Rock, I recommend purchasing a fly hat to protect your face as flies have no fear and will spend their time annoying you!

Day 4: Morning tour with early rise to witness Uluru sunrise viewing. Fly from Ayers Rock to Darwin and spend 2 nights at Hilton Darwin Hotel, afternoon at leisure

Day 5: Full day tour of Darwin, including a journey down the Adelaide River to witness the famous jumping crocs. (I’ve done this and it’s amazing, the crocs are fed off the side of the boat and jump out of the water) A trip to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, evening at leisure

Day 6: Fly Darwin to Cairns, spend 2 nights at Shangri La Cairns Hotel. Visit the rainforest village at Kuranda, skyrail cableway traveling over waterfalls and rainforest

Day 7: Full day tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Highlights include high speed catamaran to outer reef. Snorkelling, glass bottom boat tour

Day 8: Fly Cairns to Sydney, embark Majestic Princess

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Princess Cruisetours are excellent value and give you the opportunity to experience the very best of Australia for those who are limited by time

*Please note hotels may vary

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I recently visited Caribbean Princess in Liverpool for the day (as us Travel Agents do), the Princess reps advised us that Princess Cruises are fat feeders………. They weren’t wrong. From 11am to 3pm we enjoyed coffee and pastries, pizza, homemade lemonade then a 3 course meal! Their choice of dining is off the scale and there is something for everyone no matter what allergies, diet are.

Obviously you control what you eat when you’re away and on a cruise they do say you gain 1lb a day. With so many dining options onboard Princess Cruises I wanted to highlight your choices and recommend favourite dining venues from personal experience:

Included in the cost of your cruise:

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The International Café – Located in one of the best areas, the Piazza. This place is 24 hours and serves daily soups, Paninis, salads, freshly baked cookies (a must), cakes and a variety of speciality coffees, teas and more. The perfect place to people watch, or if you’re an early riser or struggle sleeping this is the best place to be.

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Alfreso’s Pizzeria – made to order gourmet pizzas. The open kitchen means you can watch your personal pizza being created.

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Fine dining with two great dining choices on offer:

Anytime Dining – Dine anytime from 530pm to 10pm. Choose a table size for your party or join a group the next time. The choice is yours. I’d recommend to book this option at the time of booking as they only allocate so many passengers this dining choice. Perfect for those who like to plan their daily activities given you ample to freshen up ready for some fine food!

The other choice is traditional dining, set times of 630pm & 830pm, dine at the same table each evening with the same wait staff throughout your cruise, a great way to meet new people and share stories

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Daytime dining is just as good up on open deck, choose from the burger & hotdog grill, a slice or two of freshly made pizza (American style size), soft serve chocolate or vanilla ice cream or the Horizon Court buffet which offers a casual setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Speciality Restaurants with Princess vary from ship to ship, from Share by Curtis Stone to Sabatini’s Italian.

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By far the most popular and a firm favourite is the Crown Grill – serving cooked to order steaks and premium seafood. A great atmosphere and you can enjoy drinks at the bar after dining. How about Ultimate balcony dining? Perfect for a luxurious breakfast or romantic dinner at sea.

If you still have room for more how about popcorn whilst watching a hit film poolside with Movies Under the Stars.

Whichever dining venue you choose with Princess Cruises you won’t be disappointed!

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Following on from my previous blog I have some further information regarding the brand new ship with P&O due to be launched in 2020.

This brand new addition to P&O’s fleet will provide the next generation of passengers with the holiday of a lifetime. Weighing in at 180,000 tons she will have on offer more choice of cabins, more entertainment together with more places to dine.

Should you be looking for a Cruise that you can make your holiday a Spa break or a sightseeing trip or just some time to relax or indulge in some fantastic places to dine, this latest addition will have it all to offer.

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P&O have teamed up with some of the world’s interior design, hospitality and architectural experts as well as cruise ship builders and designers to be able to create that level of luxury and unrivalled experiences to offer her guests.

For your entertainment a new hub which will be known as the Dome will be one of the new ships star attraction.  Whatever the weather the Dome will feature a retractable stage and a covered pool area. By day you will be able to relax and enjoy some informal dining before it comes alive for the evening entertainment featuring aerial performances and some amazing shows.

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With pollution being one of the World’s major problems this brand new ship will be P&O’s most environmentally efficient Cruise liner. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas, as well as at sea it will also be used when in port which will significantly help protect the environment.

 

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Here’s a list to what the ship will have to offer:

Fifteen places to dine will be available with something to suit all types of appetites, this is besides the eight speciality restaurants

Four swimming pools which will include one inside pool.

Sixteen whirlpools

Eight places to enjoy fresh coffee

Four places to enjoy afternoon tea

Eight places to have breakfast

With a capacity for 5200 guests P&O will make sure that there is enough on board to keep everyone happy. With numerous venues on board P&O have announced that some will be available for adults only.

So why not sign up to our mailing list to be kept updated once the itineraries are on offer for this brand new edition to P&O’s fleet, plus many more exclusive deals on offer .

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: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Norwegian Cruise Lines are proud to announce their enhanced Summer 2018 deployment that will take place both in the Caribbean and Alaska. These great enhancements will offer passengers the most flexible cruising experience at sea. Norwegian Cruise Lines have now added cruises to Havana, Cuba from Port Canaveral, this will be serviced by Norwegian Sun which will reposition to Port Canaveral in 2018 and offer a selection of four night sailings. Norwegian Jewel will also be heading to Alaska in Summer 2018 and will offer passengers a wide range of itineraries from 7 to 9 nights sailings from Vancouver, Seward and Seattle. Beginning June 11th 2018 Norwegian will offer guests the freedom to join from both Vancouver and Seward. Norwegian Jewel launched in 2005, carries 2376 passengers, stands 15 decks high and weighs in at 93,502 tonnes. Norwegian Cruise Lines are happy to add another ship in the Alaska to offer more passengers the chance to explore this once in a life time fascinating destination. Norwegian Bliss will also be in Alaska starting her inaugural season, she carries 4000 passengers (so she can carry more people than the Norwegian Jewel) and weighs in at 167,800 tonnes and will launch in 2018.

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Norwegian Sun will also be revamped and under go a two and half week dry dosck, she will be revamped in Victoria, British Columbia as part of the new Norwegian Edge programme. Norwegian Sun carries 1936 passengers, weighs in at 78,309 tonnes and stands 13 decks high.

If you would like any further information with regards to the above sailings please feel free to contact via phone or email.

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Cruises are becoming more and more popular and as the industry grows the expectation of quirky new concepts are eagerly awaited by cruise fans. The bigger the ship the more exciting facilities they offer once onboard.

Is bigger always better?

Customers choose their cruises based on various aspects:

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Price – Cruising with a family can be expensive, with school holiday sailings always the dearest. Cruise Lines always have promotions on so booking early isn’t always going to get you the best deal. The most popular time to book is after Christmas and into January, this is when the cruise lines all offer competitive promotions. Working within the cruise industry we know and see the daily trends, for example we’re in July at the moment and most of the cruise lines have already sold their cabin capacity for 2017 sailings and put their focus on 2018 sailings, offering enticing promotions.

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Itinerary – For me this is the reason I would book a cruise. I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of worldwide destinations, so for me choosing somewhere I haven’t seen would be my first choice, followed by price and then dining options. Things you need to consider are:

Fly cruise or sail from the UK?

If you choose to sail from the UK please bear in mind that only having 7 days holiday won’t get you to the Canary Islands as these tend to be longer durations due to distance.

What is your maximum flight time?

There’s no point in looking at sailing from Singapore for example if you only want to fly for a maximum of 7 hours. These are questions our experienced sales team would ask you if you didn’t have anything specific in mind.

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Facilities – If you’re travelling with kids then a good waterpark and kidsclubs are important. That way the kids can choose to join in with other kids in the clubs or spend quality family time together doing fun family friendly activities. On the larger ships kids will be spoilt for choice, from zipwire, super slides, dodgems, minigolf, cinema, the list is endless.

Food – Who doesn’t love the simplicity of a good buffet restaurant onboard?

Choose what you want, go back for more! I recently sailed onboard the new Majestic Princess and within the buffet area they had a fresh bakery which proved very popular especially the cookies!

A lot of the larger cruise lines offer quirky dining venues, from Alice in Wonderland themed dining to celebrity/Michelin chef’s venues onboard. Most of these would incur a surcharge to dine in, but for me it’s worth the money just to experience something a little different. Plus if you’re open to sampling something different on your palate then why not!

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Cruise Line – We all have those friends who went somewhere on holiday, they hated it and you loved it. That’s because not everyone’s tastes are the same and if they were, would it not make our world dull? Most customers go off personal experience or recommendations from friends and family. A great example here is Carnival Cruise Lines, they advertise as fun ships and have a huge American following. That personally put me off straight away, however when I sailed onboard Carnival Vista last year I have to say it’s my favourite ship so far! I had preconceived ideas that this was a party young ship with pool activities all day long. How wrong was I! There was a good mix of nationalities, a great mix of speciality dining and my favourite was the lobby area of an evening with live music.

Cruising is big news and more and more people are choosing to cruise because of the multi destinations and variety of facilities. With over 40 new ships on order by 2026 you won’t be stuck for choice either.

For more information call our sales team free on: 0808 149 3197

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.  

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Disney Cruise Lines have announced they are building their SEVENTH cruise ship

Last year, the magical cruise line announced they would have an additional two new ships in their fleet by 2021 and 2023. With the two new ships on order, they have today announced they have up-sized their ship order from two to three new ships.

The third new ship is set to be debuting in 2022.

All three ships are designed the same with around 1,250 cabins on board. This will offer occupancy to 2,500 guests. These are slightly larger than the last two ships from Disney, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy launched back in 2011 and 2012.

The three new ship names, itineraries and designs are all still being developed and are yet to be announced by the family cruise line. It is said that each ship will have its own unique features.

The Chairman of Walt Disney said that two new ships would not be enough to hold all of the new experiences they have been planning for the ships, that is why they have another on the Horizon. The new ships are set to transform the art of cruising and take guests on adventures in a way they have never dreamed before.

Now, I don’t know about you but i am a huge Disney fan and this is very exciting news! Having travelled to the Disney parks in Florida and Los Angeles, i know exactly what this company are capable of and blowing your mind is certainly one thing they do very well.

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

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

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Celebrity Cruise Lines have won the following awards:

TTG Travel Awards : LGBT Friendly Travel company of the year 2016

Cruizie Awards 2016: Best large ship line LGBT passengers

Cruise Critic: Most Awarded Cruise Line 2017

Conde Nast Top 100 Travel Experiences 2016

Food & Travel Ocean Cruise Line of the Year 2016

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Celebrity Cruise Lines offers guests a wide variety of international destinations from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, even cruises in the Far East. With hundred’s of itineraries to choose from you will be spoilt for choice. Celebrity Cruise Lines pride themselves as a 5 star cruise lines which doesn’t discriminate again gender or race.

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Its great to see that cruise lines are changing their views and traditions to allow same sex couples to enjoy the ultimate experience of cruising. The label of gay, straight, bisexual or transgender should never have been discriminated against, these are people who will paying the same price of a holiday, experiencing the same sights and eating the same fabulous food that Celebrity Cruise Lines offer.

Selected itineraries to inspire guests include example Signature Event sailings. Guests can have the chance to celebrate the Chinese New Year as part of 14-night China, Vietnam and Thailand sailing and experience all the fun of the Rio Carnival with a 14-night South America and Carnival sailing.

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