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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.

The Independence of the Seas is undergoing a major face lift, adding some fantastic new features.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line are well known for doing things on a large scale including building the largest ship in the world, the Harmony of the Seas.

As of summer 2018, the Independence of the Seas cruise ship, one of three in the Freedom Class of ships, will offer some first-at-sea stuff on board to passengers.

With a multi-million pound makeover, she is set to blow your minds! Already home to many activities on board, including the Flow Rider, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice Skating, H20 Water zone and large cinema screen on top deck, she will be introducing exciting activities such as Laser Tag, An Escape Room, Trampoline park and a couple of water slides!

Current H20 Zone on board Independence of the Seas

Laser Tag will be fun for all guests on board. Children and Adults alike can play a game of Laser Tag to brighten up there days. Bright Colours will make this a great experience for all.

The Escape room will allow passengers to try themselves and their brains to see if they have what it takes to Escape.

Bounce anyone? It is one of my favourite activities and I am sure most of you enjoy jumping on a Trampoline. With fitness and fun combined, this is a great sport for family and friends.

Adding to the exciting H20 Zone on board for children, there are going to be two wild water slides offered for children AND ADULTS!!!

If she didn’t float your boat before (excuse the pun) she certainly will now. The Independence of the Seas has so much to offer on board for all guests. What are you waiting for? Secure your place on board now.

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.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company have announced they are going to offer yacht cruising from 2019.

We all know and Love the brand, The Ritz-Carlton. They are well known across the globe for their stunning hotels and unbelievable service in all of their hotels. Founded in 1983, the Ritz-Carlton have a wonderful collection of 91 hotels across the world in 30 countries. All offering a memorable stay.

Set to debut in 2019 the Ritz-Carlton Yacht collection have three ships currently on order. The first will arrive in 2019, with the other two currently set to launch in 2021 and 2022. Names are yet to be confirmed. This announcement is said to be one of the most exiting things on the Horizon for the Luxury Cruise Industry.

All three ships will have occupancy for 298 guests in 149 Balcony suites. Two of the suites will be duplex penthouse suites.

There will be no buffet venue on board, just open seating at all restaurants on board. They will offer passengers a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld who is the man behind The Ritz-Carlton three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Aqua.

Design and service will be offered to passengers at the most highest level.

Drawings of the new luxury ships show a stunning Infinity pool at the back of the ship with a helicopter pad also!! To keep in competition with the other luxury yachts currently sailing, they will have a marina platform with kayaks and a speed boat for special occasions with guests on board.

The design of the ships makes them look like a very high-end traditional private yacht.

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.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to fly to Amsterdam and sample the delights of a new promotion between Holland America and Superbreak

Superbreak are a rennouned company in the UK offering mainly hotels and theatre breaks, however this has all begun to change. They have recently expanded to offering worldwide hotels and tour packages and Amsterdam is one of their most popular breaks.

To gain an insight into what Superbreak packages have to offer a handful of travel agents were flown out for an unforgettable weekend to experience what our guests can book.

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Once we arrived in Amsterdam we met with a local tour guide who was very knowledgable in the history of the city and took a group of us on a walking tour beginning at the port walking past the train station, past the famous Dam square, the shopping district and of course the red light district, which in daylight was a bit underwhelming, until dark came and the area came to life.

Lunch was served at  Haesje Claes, a typical Dutch restaurant which was full at lunchtime. A traditional set menu was served including smoked mackeral, roast chicken and the most amazing apple and cinnamon cake for dessert.

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After lunch a wander around the flower market to see the many flowers and tulips on offer before we ventured back to our hotel, the grand Moevenpick right at the port. A beautiful hotel in an excellent location only a 10 minute walk from the central train station and situated right at the cruise terminal, we had a fantastic view of Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas from our bedroom window and watched a typical sail away

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Once the evening came we were taken on a canal river boat dinner cruise, where we sailed through the canals of Amsterdam whilst being wined and dined with a 4 course meal and unlimited wine. Again a set menu which we had pre ordered but were given a choice of either meat, fish or vegetarian. The hosts offered a fantastic service and we saw a lovely sun set whilst onboard before arriving back at the dock, where we treated ourselves to a couple of cheeky drinks before heading back to our hotel for a well deserved nights rest before our visit to Holland America’s new MS Koningsdam on Sunday morning.

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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 me to discuss your dream cruise: marcia@cruiseclubuk.com

 

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.

 

Nicknamed as the “Big Easy”, New Orleans is a Louisiana city located on the Mississippi River, close to the Gulf of Mexico.

For the first time in three years, Royal Caribbean will be docking the Vision of the Seas cruise ship here for the 2018/19 winter season, offering seven night sailings to the Bahamas and Mexico.

Prior to moving to New Orleans in December 2018, the ship will sail two 16-night Panama Canal voyages from Miami to Los Angeles, and then from Los Angeles to New Orleans. This will also be the first time in 3 years that Royal Caribbean will offer Panama Canal sailings.

Well known for its vibrant live-music and twenty-four-seven nightlife, New Orleans has lots of offer. The festival spirit will be in full swing when they sail the winter season, with the late-winter carnival renowned for its raucous costume parades and street parties. The French quarter is a great place to hang out with jazz music sounding all day and all night long. Be sure to try the cuisine whilst there, as the city is French-Founded, this has a huge influence over the food.

New Orleans Paddle Steamer (Riverboat)
New Orleans Paddle Steamer (Riverboat)

Music is a Huge part of the New Orleans culture, with a huge thanks to legend Louis Armstrong who was a native of the Big Easy, and now has a public park named after him; Louis Armstrong Park. New Orleans International Airport is named New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport.

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Louis Armstrong Statue in Louis Armstrong park

 

It could be that famous play writer Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III said it better than anyone: “America has only three cities; New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.” Even the Bright lights of Las Vegas and the Sky High buildings of New York do not compare to this unique city. New Orleans is a place like no other with a must see SkyLine for everyone visiting.

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The New Orleans, City Skyline

 

This is a place on my bucket list that I will definitely be visiting and to combine with my favourite cruise line of all time is a must for me. So, if your sailing on the Vision of the Seas from New Orleans, I may see you there.

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.

 

Celebrity cruise lines are a Premium cruise company falling between their sister companies 4* Royal Caribbean and more specialized Azamara Club cruises.

I have sailed on a number of Celebrity ships and can honestly say I have been very impressed, from the ship layout, the service, food, exciting destinations and overall standard this cruise line definitely deserves its 5* rating, they have won many awards, most recently Best premium cruise line at the Travel weekly globe awards. In fact there is only one downside to cruising Celebrity which I have been told by a number of my passengers is that once you’ve cruised with them you won’t want to cruise with another company again.

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With 10 larger ships in their fleet sailing worldwide and 3 explorer ships sailing the Galapagos and the launch of the brand new Celebrity Edge, Celebrity are constantly introducing more innovative features in their fleet. The Solstice class feature 5 ships the first Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection, these are the largest and all very similar, with features such as the lawn club, cabanas and secret hideaways. Millenium class are mid sized, featuring 4 ships Millenium, Infinity, Constellation and Summit, these are a firm favourite with regular cruises, and all have been recently refurbished to bring them up to date with the Solstice class ships.

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The biggest advantage of booking a Celebrity cruise right now is the complimentary classic all inclusive drinks package and $300 credit to spend onboard that they are offering on all sailings. In our new May brochure we have some fantastic offers and itineraries with Celebrity.

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If you want to stay local there are 2 Mediterranean sailings in October with prices starting at just £1549p/p for a balcony on the newly refurbished Constellation

For those that may already have plans in the Summer and looking for something a little different the Emirate states have had consistent growth as a Winter destination over the last few years. Constellation has sailings from Dubai visiting Abu Dhabi and Oman and sailing over to India and has been highly recommended from passengers of Cruise Club

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Or for the more adventurous traveller how about further afield? We have an amazing trip to New Zealand and Australia next February on the Solstice for 21 nights, or Thailand and Vietnam on the Millennium. I cruised from Singapore to Malaysia 2 years ago, it was a fascinating experience, it was somewhere I hadn’t thought to visit before but I’m so very glad I got the opportunity to do so as it opened my eyes to new cities and cultures

Don’t forget: Get up to £100 off your next cruise with Double Bonus Points

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: Marcia@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2516

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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!!!

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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.

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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

Don’t forget: Already a Cruise Club UK Member?… Get up to £100 off your next cruise with Double Bonus Points

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Holland America  140 Years of Experience:

    Why Not check our May Mailer offers based on the following itineraries:

 Adriatic & Western Med

Southern Caribbean

Far east

Cruise Asia and the Pacific with Holland America Line

The large fleet with the teak wrap around decks, large cabins’ Dining venues diverse in every way to suit all passengers taste’s Entertainment program to surpass anything and activities on board.

Many awards for service such as the International 5 star diamond award for the Hospitality given from the moment you step on board:

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Having experienced Holland America 1st hand  when we visited the new ship Konningsdam in 2016 Whilst in the wonderful Amsterdam.So with all  these great characteristics  what more do you need when sailing either around the Mediterranean or the Far east, America the world is your Oyster.

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The med is a popular destination for a 1st time cruiser thinking is this for me or not, but once you have stepped on board and had the 1st cocktail sat up on deck just watching the world go by, getting ready for your evening and that 1st culinary experience you can make your own if you like,  or just sit back and let the wonderful chefs work their magic.

Entertainment again on board second to none even if you just want to sit there and sip your cocktail having

your after diner chat  with your new found friends you will have lots to talk about once your cruise has visited some of them wonderful destination you only thought about.

The wow factor will always be something i get when i board the many cruise’s throughout my experience just around the corner something different a hidden gem.

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Again with the many cruise lines out there Holland America have a reward scheme called the Mariner

So build the points up and get the discounts redeemed of the cost of the next cruise and so on. So the more your cruise the more points you make.

So with are new program coming out this month with lots of different cruise options to choose maybe Holland America will be the next cruise you decided to take.

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.  

Don’t forget: Get up to £100 off your next cruise with Double Bonus Points

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Olive@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 8246

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Being one of the lucky 200 UK agents to have won a place on board the inaugural sailing of the Majestic Princess, I was lucky enough to spend 4 fantastic nights on board the brand new ship.

We began our journey with a flight from Manchester to Venice. Upon arrival, the Princess coach transfers were waiting to take us to beautiful Trieste, where the stunning Majestic Princess was ready and waiting for us. The transfer time was around 2 hours. No problem for me, as I slept the whole way!!

Boarding the ship was a breeze, very organised with not much waiting time at all.

From arriving at the port to disembarking at the end of the cruise, the staff on board were better than ever. So attentive and most of all, fun to be around. From just meeting a member of staff once, they remembered my name and needs for the whole cruise.

As the ship has been built for the Chinese Market, they cater majorly for the Chinese, of course! All of the princess benefits are offered on board, and have just been enhanced to cater for the Chinese Market.

if you get a chance to go on board, do check out the Lobster and Dim Sum bar, by the pool on deck 16. Fantastic whole lobster dinner for just $22.00!!!

Entertainment on board was wonderful. The first and Second night on board we were lucky enough to have the Tenors of Rock theatre show. My favourite night!! Singing all the old classics from Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses and many more. I was in my element.

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Tenors of Rock

At the end of each day, I would finish off in the Hollywood Conservatory which is the Night club on board. By day this is a beautiful adult only solarium, with private cabanas to hire. By night, well, its part time!!

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Peacock in the Hollywood Conservatory

The shops on board are beautiful, Cartier, Rolex, bvlgari are just a few to name. It is safe to say, I looked but did not touch.

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This was my first experience on board a Princess Cruise Ship and I can definitely say I will be returning some time in the near future. What a wonderful cruise line!!

I had to try the first of its kind “sing on the sea” karaoke and it was so much fun! With a drink each and canapés, you have a private suite for up to 6 people so you can go wild on your private karaoke. all suites are sound proof so you do not need to worry about next door listening. Full bar service available. the cost is $12.50 per person, with a minimum of four guests. you get 1 hour in the suite. TRY IT OUT, its so much fun!!!

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Michael Jackson Karaoke Suite

I don’t really have a head for heights, but, I was brave and I walked the sea walk. this is a glass walkway on deck 17 looking straight down into the sea. This protrudes 30 feet out of the ship.

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Drinks aren’t the cheapest on board (like all other American cruise lines), so I will advise any passengers who like to have a good few drinks whilst away, to maybe take out the all inclusive drinks package which is offered at £42 per person, per day.

My travel buddy, Laura, has a blog here regarding the fantastic food on board the ship. The amazing Emmanuel Renaut on board is the highly acclaimed Executive Chef of three Michelin star restaurant “Flocons de Sel,” located in the French Alps village of Megève.

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Me & Celebrity Chef on board

We had an absolutely wonderful time on board and I recommend Princess Cruise Lines to all passengers looking for a wonderful cruise, on a wonderful ship, with superb service and food.

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.