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One of the most popular, well known islands in the Caribbean is the beautiful exotic island of Jamaica.

Being the third largest island in the Caribbean (by land) there is plenty for cruise passengers to see and do here.

With the year-round sunshine, beautiful white sandy beaches and the laid back atmosphere, Jamaica is a place I would say everyone must visit at least once.

Whether its snorkelling, horseback riding along the beach, rafting, climbing the Dunns River falls, or just laying on a beautiful beach, you can find something for everyone on the Island.

Dunns River Falls
Dunns River Falls

There are four cruise ports in Jamaica; Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Falmouth and Port Antonio. The most popular with smaller ships being Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Just last week there were nine cruise ships docked on the same day in Jamaica in the four ports. This brought a staggering 20,000 cruise passengers on to the island in just one day. This is a record for the island. With more cruise ships scheduled over 2017-2018, hopefully they will break this record.

The last time I cruised, I docked in Falmouth, which is North on the island. As I was sailing on the Allure of the seas, which is a extremely large ship, this is the only port that is big enough for her to dock. This was then a 1 hour drive to Ocho Rios where I went rafting. AMAZING!!!!

Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tour

You can check my Jamaica experience out here.

Of course language is the spoken language on the island, but you will find the majority of the locals will speak in Jamaican Patois (Patwa) with each other. The country has a lot of culture and history which I found so interesting. A tour guide once took me to Trelawny, and explained how the language was founded in Jamaica. This came back to the days of Slavery.

With many luxury hotels on the Island, you can also get day passes to try them out for the day if you wish. 

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.

 

Fred Olsen:

The new program is going to be more Maiden ports and moving towards the Fly Cruise options.

 so leaving just 5 UK departure ports available in the Program giving the cruise passenger a fuller cruise program.

Edinburgh, Southampton,Dover, Liverpool & Newcastle: 

With the 5  UK departure ports to choose from Fred Olsen want the Journey to smooth and take around 90 Minutes travel time.

Whilst they have made the decision to stay with the Ports in England its also has given them the option to take advantage of the many wonderful events that we have throughout the year. The Edinburgh Tattoo, Northern lights, and many mini cruises taking in the Fjords  travelling into the River Seine France.

 New  Global Experiences for your taking: 

 New years in Sydney Harbor, Classic Cars & Stars In Cannes:

Authentic & Andalusian: 

Californian, Mexico and panama canal: 

India & Arabia: 

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Middle East United Arab Emirates with reflection on water. Abu Dhabi.

New years in Sydney Harbor

Sydney New Year Eve Fireworks Show at the Harbour Bridge, Australia

All off the above are now part of the wonderful options that the cruise customer can look forward too, so lets just get a feel for some of them, Sydney at New Year  ( yes please ).  Mingling with celebrity elite in Cannes, Smelling the wonderful Orange Blossom in Andalusia, Riding in the desserts of Arabia and lots more see and do.

Making the world your oyster and sailing from Southampton for a 62 Nights passing though Mexico, California, & the panama Canal, Then after all of this Going out to the Indian Region and checking the Likes of Mumbai, Goa, Colombo, Porbandar and many more.

There is always a mystery to solve with Fred Olsen 5 – 9 nights in March 2018 & November sailing cruise’s the captain has the helm and will lead the way to your magical Mystery Tour whilst enjoying a cruise and discovering a mystery along the way.  With all this to offer with the sail & fly cruise options the world is open to Explore more and more.

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

Known as a Family Brand, Royal Caribbean are increasing safety measures on board their ships – fleet wide!!!

Passengers on board any Royal Caribbean ship will now notice a few new crew members on board, who are hanging by the pools on top deck. These are licensed lifeguards, which are just part of the new water safety programme implemented by Royal Caribbean. With new signage and water safety instructions added along with the new crew members.

Current swimming pool signage on board Royal Caribbean
Current swimming pool signage on board Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean pride themselves on being one of, if not the best Family Cruise Brand at sea. They understand families needs and cater for all. With this in mind, the swimming pools on board a cruise ship can be an important part of a cruise holiday, which is why the cruise line want to ensure it is as safe as possible for the guests.

The new lifeguards will be trained by Florida based training company StarGuard Elite.

It is said there will be at least one lifeguard on duty at every pool on board, which also includes the Solarium. Passengers should be aware this is the only role a Lifeguard will be working whilst on board, so don’t expect them to bring you a cocktail whilst you soak up the sun.

All lifeguards will be highly visible wearing a bright red and white uniform.

Swim Vests are known as one of the best swimming aids for children, and are very safe. Royal Caribbean offer complimentary swim vest for the pool use. for all children aged between 4 and 12. Hey, that’s just one thing less to pack, or remember!!

Swim vests offered by Royal Caribbean cruise line for children
Swim vests offered by Royal Caribbean cruise line for children

It is important to remember, children under the age of 12 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian even with the presence of a lifeguard.

They will publish snippets of safety advice in their daily cruise compass which is delivered to all cabins on board. On embarkation day, children and parents at the Adventure Ocean Club will be invited to attend a 15 minute safety introduction.

As I am sure you agree, Safety first!!!

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.

Norwegian Cruise Line are “updating” and “expanding” their on board Cirque shows

After the success of the “Cirque Dreams & Dinner” Dinner show on board the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise line are going to be offering the programme on board the Norwegian Getaway which will debut in May for the ships full summer season.

The current “Cirque Dreams & Dinner” Dinner show on board the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway will be getting a new update, with lots of new exciting material. A brand new show will include a variety of acts and magic. The new show is said to be called “Cirque Dreams & Steam” which will offer a Steampunk theme.

The ships will be saying goodbye to their current Magic and Dinner show which is in the ships Illusionarium, as they will need to make way for their new show.

One of the spokespeople for Norwegian Cruise Line has said that their current Magic and Dinner show is a show with lots of talking, where as the Cirque show is a more visual show and is going to be better for the more international guest mix.

Next week the Norwegian Breakaway will welcome “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy: The Broadway Hit” and in April the Norwegian Epic will introduce “Cirque Dreams Epicurean” for their passengers.

All shows are here for the foreseeable future and all will be housed in the big-top-like Spiegel Tent! How cool!!

All shows were developed by Broadway director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg.

All shows have meals included from a completely new Menu, which has not yet been released. The fee of each show is:

Norwegian Epic: Premium seats – $39.99 / Standard seats – $29.99

Norwegian Getaway: Floor seats – $29.99 / Banquette seats – $24.99

Norwegian Breakaway: All seats – $39.99

I took a cruise on the Norwegian Getaway from Miami for 7 Nights. This was a fantastic cruise which you can read all about here.

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.

Holland America Line have endless activities on board their sailings, but that doesn’t stop there for the 5* Cruise Line. They have signed a two year brand partnership with “O, The Oprah Magazine”.

They recently announced their partnership with BBC Earth and now they have teamed up with the one and only Oprah Winfrey, America’s most loved Talk-Show Host.

This partnership will bring Oprah’s Book Club on board more than 300 sailings this year and 2018 as well as fitness classes including tai chi and meditation, Enrichment courses and demonstrations on Healthy eating, and the travel-friendly fashion of Adam Glassman, Oprah’s creative director.

During the Alaska sailing, 15th July 2017 departure from Seattle, Oprah will spend two days on board the Eurodam which will be her first trip.

They have named the sailings as “Adventure of your Life”, and have four secured as of now. These will feature special guests who are to yet to be advised.

Started in 1996 by the Queen of Talk Show herself, Oprah’s Book Club has nearly 25,000 active members who share their passion for reading. Members currently have live question and answers, videos and discussions online. You can also get involved and share your thoughts on Twitter by using the hashtag #oprahsbookclub. All books selected to be featured in Oprah Book Club are all chosen by Oprah herself.

If you have a passion for reading and cruising, this is a perfect combination for you. The amazing five star cruise line will not disappoint, that’s for sure.

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.

For the first time ever, Cruise & Maritime Voyages will offer sailings departing from Wales

For the first time ever, in 2017 Cruise & Maritime Voyages will be sailing from Wales. They have announced their 800 passenger-ship Marco Polo will offer a number of cruises from Cardiff.

The Stunning Cardiff Bay
The Stunning Cardiff Bay

The sailings will include the Norwegian Fjords, plus Spain, Portugal & France voyages. There will be a special summer cruise from Cardiff which will be the Gardens & River Seine.

Due to the popularity of the Cardiff sailings, the line are hoping to be sailing from wales in 2018 also.

The latest, largest of their fleet is the 1,400 passenger-ship Magellan, which will offer sailings from Newport. Sailings will include a mini-cruise to Dublin, Norwegian Fjords and also European Medieval cities.

The Norwegian Fjords
The Norwegian Fjords

For the Carry-On fans, why not sail the Magellan for their special Carry On themed cruise on the 20th May 2017.

With Cruise & Maritime offering the no-fly cruises from Cardiff, this is sure to boost the cruise sector in Wales, which means we could hopefully be seeing more cruise lines sailing from the port.

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.

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Cuban Government have given approval to cruise lines to sail Cuba

I’m not sure about you but Cuba is on my bucket list of places to see, so the recent news that the Cuban government are allowing cruise lines to sail from Cuba or visit as a port of call is fantastic!!

Currently Royal Caribbean have announced that they will be deploying two cruise ships to Cuba. Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas have also had approval from the Cuban government.

The Luxury Oceania Marina 1,258 passenger ship will offer stops at Havana on select Caribbean itineraries. Many will be for more than one day.

The Grand Theatre, Old Town Havana
The Grand Theatre, Old Town Havana

Another luxury liner; Regent Seven Seas will have the Mariner 700 passenger ship offering two cruises visiting Havana in 2017.

The Norwegian Sky, a 2,004 passenger ship will offer 4 night sailings from Miami to Havana throughout May 2017. These will be overnight stays in Havana.

Excursions offered by all ships will be focusing on Cuban culture, as well as Art and History. Due to the strictness of the Cuban government, this is a must for all cruise lines excursions. US citizens have been told they are not allowed to just engage in purely tourist activities whilst on their visit to Cuba, they must engage in activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people – Very strict don’t you think?

We are hoping to receive full details for the dates and itineraries at the end of December. Check back for more information!

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.

From time to time we all need that one-on-one time with out loved ones and what better way to do so than on board a Princess Cruise Ship.

Famous for their “Movies under the Stars” across the majority of their fleet, guests can enjoy a unique experience watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies on a 300-square foot, 69,000-watt poolside movie-theatre. Princess will make this experience unforgettable as they provide complimentary popcorn and comfortable chaise lounges. warm cookies and milk are also complimentary with a cosy warm blanket for the evening…… Bliss!!!

Movies under the Stars experience
Movies under the Stars experience

Exclusive dining can be found on all of the princess fleet. Romance is alive whether you dine in the Main Dining Room, Speciality dining rooms or on your private veranda. If you are celebrating a special occasion, or not, princess will help create an unforgettable dining experience for you. If you want some privacy, how about the ultimate private balcony dining where you can enjoy breath-taking views from your own private balcony stateroom whether its breakfast or dinner. Breakfast would include speciality pastries, fresh fruits, quiche, smoked salmon, and a half bottle of champagne. Dinner comes with a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four course meal featuring sweet lobster tail and juicy steak……. I don’t know about you by my mouth is watering!!!

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Children are also welcome on board the Princess Cruise Line and will be well looked after in the three clubs on board. They have the Pelicans Youth centre for children aged 3-7, the shockwaves youth centre for children aged 8-12 and the remix teen lounge for the older children aged 13-17. Children can take part in the special dining events designed for each children’s club, so parents can enjoy dinner for two. Passengers can all have a family holiday and still keep the romance alive on princess, there is something for everyone on board.

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They have a wedding chapel on every ship in their fleet so don’t be surprised if you see gushing brides on board your next princess cruise – after all, they are the Editors choice award for Best Cruise Line for Romance.

Offering cruises across the globe, princess will take you anywhere in style.

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.

 

The new Europe & Americas 2018 Collection has been released from Oceania Cruise Lines, showcasing the new ports of calls they will be sailing to.

The luxury cruise line will offer a stunning collection of voyages across the Baltics & Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Canada & New England and Alaska.

Skagway, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska

They have a total of 109 itineraries on offer and 71 of them are brand new to the cruise line.

New ports of call include Acajutla, El Salvador; Calvi (Corsica), France; Galway and Glengarriff, Ireland; and Huelva, Roses and Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

As you explore the most diverse and sought–after destinations in these regions, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful life on board an Oceania Cruise.

The astounding UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher from Galway is just one of the many highlights, as well as The UNESCO–protected pilgrimage centre of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Moher cliffs, Ireland
Moher cliffs, Ireland

Now is a great time to be booking your Luxury Oceania Cruise as they are offering low deposits and on board spending money for particular sailings. Give me a call to check your next cruise.

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 on 0161 798 2512