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Everybody loves the finer things in life but I personally like spectacular food & wine!! That is why on a P&O Cruises the food heroes cruises would be perfect for me and other like minded guests. Theses selected cruises allow guests to sail alongside some of the best renowned celebrity chefs. Guests can expect to sail with the likes of Olly Smith, Eric Lanlard, James Martin, Atul Kotchar or Marco Pierre White all dependent on which sailing it is. As you can imagine these sailings sell out quick, so be aware interest is high therefore early booking is certainly highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

So what can we expect from the celebrity chefs?

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Atul Kotchar

2 star Michelin chef Atul Kutchars onboard restaurant Sindhu blazes the trail with Indian style fine dining. His dishes are created with passion using quality ingredients and the finest spices used at sea. He utilises classic indian dishes with a Britsh twist to find the perfect balance of flavours for his dishes. Guests can join him for a exclusive hosted dinner or why not try one of his onboard master classes? perhaps even a carefully crafted shore excursion.

Ollie Smith

Ollie smith is a wine expert aswell as T.V presenter. For anyone passionate about wine you may fancy a Madeira tour. You can learn the behind the scenes secrets of wine making at the world famous Blandys vineyard where Ollie hosts the tour personally.

James Martin

Much loved presenter and Celebrity chef James Martin mainly known for his Saturday morning kitchen show will be turning up the heat on Britannia during a range of 2 hour cookery classes onboard at the cookery club.

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Marco Pierre White

3 Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White with a career dating back to the 80’s has over the years taken the restaurant scene by storm. Marcos passion for fresh ingredients of sound provenance continues with P&O. He is the mastermind behind Ocean grill restaurant on Adonia & Arcadia skilfully and carefully presented with his trademark flair. He offers popular master classes aswell as demonstrations with a hands on 2 hour cookery class in the cookery club on Britannia.

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Eric Lanyard

Master pâtissier Eric Lanlard has earned himself an international reputation for superlative baked creations for an impressive A-list clientele. British tradition takes teatime decadence to a new level in The Epicurean restaurant on board Azura, Britannia and Ventura, and in Ocean Grill on board Arcadia. Expect the unexpected with roast beef brioches, smoked salmon macaroons, exotic pop cakes and chocolate cannelloni, beautifully presented in elegant surroundings. During a Food Heroes specific cruise on Britannia, Eric will host the cookery class he developed especially in our year of celebrations to mark 180 years of P&O Cruises history. Guests can join him in The Cookery Club to create salted caramel macaroons and the pop cakes you may have enjoyed at his Afternoon Tea. This course also runs when Eric is not on board, in the safe hands of our Head of The Cookery Club.

Sound good? why not call or email me for more information regarding these amazing opportunities to sail with your favourite Celebrity chefs.

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

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Exclusive Princess Alaskan Rail Service Direct to the Wilderness

Discover 500 miles of unspoilt scenic wilderness with Princess Rail. Only Princess offer a service that takes you from the ship through the heart of Alaska in a day to their exclusive Wilderness Lodges. Click here for more information on Wilderness Lodges, which are located on the doorstep of legendary national parks.

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Rail guides: Onboard staff narrate your journey, pointing out wildlife, scenery and talking you through the history of the popular rail route.

Huge wrap around glass domed windows and openair observation platforms provide magnificent views. Enjoy a formal dining experience of Alaskan cuisine, plus table service drinks.

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The service operates from mid-May to mid-September

Combine a cruise with landtour to get the most out of your Alaskan holiday.

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Prices include transfers to/from train stations/lodges

Getting to the Alaska wilderness is just as spectacular being there when you travel via Princess Rail.

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General information on Alaskan Cruisetours:

Weather:

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Time Zone: -8 GMT also bear in mind that during the summer months the sun doesn’t set and will remain in daylight hours

Meals: these are at your own expense. A pre-paid meal package for the land part of your Alaskan Cruisetour can be pre booked, this includes a service gratuity and tax. Prices start from £170pp which includes 2 breakfast, 1 lunch and 2 dinners. More information can be found on your cruise personaliser once booked. Please see below for approx. meal prices in Alaska $$$

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What to bring:

Alaska has a variable climate, with that in mind its best to wear layers and comfortable shoes. The below table gives you an example of weather:

Alaska is a casual destination during the day and evenings. Active sportswear is the best option. Good walking shoes and a warm jacket for the evenings as temperatures drop. Also recommended items include: binoculars, insect repellent, collapsible umbrella

The best time for wildlife encounters by month:

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You don’t have to worry about luggage wither, that’s all taken care of every step of the way, Princess transport luggage from one location to the next. It’s strongly advisable that you pack an overnight bag on cruisetours as your main luggage will be transported separately from you and will not be accessible during transit. Recommended items of clothing, sleepwear, shoes and anything else you might need at your lodge, but don’t need access to during the day.

Our team of specialist sale advisors can assist you when booking an Alaskan Cruisetour with Princess Cruises – there really is nothing else like it in the World.

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Are you a fan of Princess Cruises? Are you also one of the millions of Downton Abbey fans? If so, you are in luck. Princess are bringing the period drama to their UK based ships this summer.

Both the 3,100-guest Emerald Princess and Caribbean Princess will be showcasing costumes and jewellery worn by several characters from the hit drama. These displays will be made available for guests to view on the theatre stage at least once per cruise.

As part of the exhibits there will be an exclusive ‘making of Downton Abbey’ film, which will be played and there will be afternoon tea served afterwards. Episodes of the show will also be available to watch on guests’ stateroom televisions.
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The exhibit will be on Emerald Princess from May 20 to September 5 when she sails from Southampton to both the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. Caribbean Princess’ exhibit will be available from May 18 to September 3 during her season sailing around the British Isles.

It is the latest link between the cruise line and the show after Hugh Bonneville, who played Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey, recently narrated ITV’s ‘The Cruise’, which was a six-part documentary about day to day life on-board Regal Princess, the cruise line’s newest ship.shutterstock_198334649

Personally I have never watched the show and this is not something that would interest me but I think this would certainly appeal to a lot of people, particularly the American guests as this show has been a massive hit on the other side of the pond.

The exhibit will join a host of new features on Emerald Princess. After a recent multi-million dollar refit, the ship now boasts two new restaurants – The Salty Dog Gastro-pub and SHARE by Curtis Stone. There is also an exclusive musical, ‘Magic To Do’, composed by Oscar-winning writer Stephen Schwartz.

If you are interested in booking a cruise the you can call me to discuss on 0161 798 2520 or e-mail jon@cruiseclubuk.com

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. 

Battlechefs

Based on board P&O Britannia and filmed over two Mediterranean Cruises, the concept brings together travel and food in the first reality TV cookery show at sea. Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White oversees the celebrities as they battle to become the winner

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The show aired from Monday 4th April 2016. Taking in 5 different ports of call during the week, giving each celebrity a turn to be head chef for the evening, whilst being guided and advised from Marco Pierre White

Setting: The Cookery Club Kitchen on board P&O Britannia

Sitting down for the first episode I didn’t really know what to expect. You don’t really get chance to see much of the ship, however each morning in port the celebrities are greeted by the Captain and Chef and told to create an authentic meal local to the area. Celebrities are then split into 2 teams and head off into the port (first one being Vigo). They are given tasks to meet local chefs and they talk them through what food is popular in the area, the history behind it and the cooking process and given time to taste the food

I have to say I loved this part of the programme, you get to see rural Vigo and watch the locals who have cooked family hand me down recipe for centuries. Celebrities are busy taking notes or getting their hands dirty at this stage

Back on board as the ship sets sail ready for the next day’s port of call…..

Celebrities are met by Chef Marco and as a group talk through their new found knowledge. Based on their enthusiasm a head chef is then picked

Each head chef comes up with a menu consisting of the following:

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Main

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They are then allocated a time by Chef Marco until the Captain and his VIP guests arrive ready and eager to dine

At the end of the evening the head chef is allocated points from the Captain, Chef Marco and the VIP guests – whoever has the most points at the end of the 5 day show is crowned Battlechef

With prices starting from £45 for 2 hours, I’m really eager to sail on board P&O Britannia and experience the pre bookable Cookery Club Class

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All in all it makes a perfect backdrop and I have my fingers crossed for a 2nd series

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spend your time in Miami with FREE activities

Once you have booked and paid for your Caribbean Cruise from Miami: Now comes the time to work out spending money: gratuities on board, speciality dining, drinks packages, excursions – this all adds up – So I’m here to give you details on how to get the best ‘FREE’ things to do in Miami

Free Movies:

SoundScape Cinema – every Wednesday at 8pm come rain or shine from October to May

Held at Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage, corner of 17 Street & Washington Avenue

Beach Day

Miami is packed with free beaches – the more North you go the quieter the beach

Art Deco Tours

South Miami Beach is home to the largest Art Deco District in the World, with pastel coloured buildings and stunning structures, it put Miami on the pages of magazines. Take a self guided walking tour of the area by calling in at the Art Deco Visitor Centre (1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl) for a map and advise or they do guided tours which are payable locally

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables offers a free tour of its grounds every Sunday at 130pm & 230pm. Tales from early years in the hotel focus on celebrities, such as Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers & Al Capone

Fitness

For the body beautiful Miami offers free classes:

Yoga – Every Monday/Wednesday/Saturday in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park. Sunday mornings free class can be spent taking in the views of the Bay at Mondrain, South Beach

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Try a free bootcamp 2-3 hour sessions ran by local veterans from the life guard/marine corps/navy – This programme is run by Coca – Cola Troops for Fitness (for dates/venues and times look up Coca Cola Troops for Fitness)

Biscayne National Park

A great day out for all the family, take a picnic and talk to the rangers who will offer free advice on how to spot Manatees and Dolphins. Every 2nd Sunday of the month they hold a free family fun fest, held January – May. It’s a brilliant way for kids to interact with local wildlife.

Museums

If feeding your mind is your thing then there’s a few free museums:

The MDC Museum & Galleries of Art – Located in Downtown Miami on Miami Dade College Campus. It’s one of the largest in the country dedicated to visual art

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum – Located on the University Park Campus and is considered a masterpiece of contemporary architecture

Art Walks

Nearly every week in Miami there is an art walk. Maps and schedules can be picked up from the tourist office. One of the most popular is Viernes Culturales in Little Havana, where the colourful Cuban community show off their music, art and food talents – Every Friday  

Miami always has something going on, from food & music festivals to sailing events and carnival weekends! All of which are FREE….

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.  

 

Hi my name is Julie Taylor and I have been in the travel business for over sixteen years but moved into cruises only 10 months ago

Well after a month of hard training I was allowed to finally take calls and sell these beautiful cruise ships

I knew to really be enthusiastic about selling cruises I would have to experience one for myself so when one came up on a staff auction I didn’t hesitate and got my bids in, it was perfect as well as it included my partner’s birthday

Yes I won and was set to sail on board Celebrity Constellation on the 30th September for 12 nights I was so excited but if I am honest I wasn’t getting the same response from my partner (but he is laid back, almost asleep)

The itinerary was very exciting Croatia, Greece And Turkey, we flew into Istanbul, had a night in a hotel then made our way to the ship and from the moment we stepped from the taxi I knew this was going to be special.

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The ship was so big and I remember looking up at the balcony cabins and thinking I wish I had one of those.

We were greeted by the most friendly courteous members of staff ever and shown to our cabin, we had been allocated a inside cabin mid ship and the room was lovely, even if it had no window and so much space every little detail had been thought of.

We both had a amazing time. Where can you go and wake up every day in a different destination, food was delicious all nationalities catered for the drinks were great too, more on the Martini bar later!

More details about this great cruise in my next issue

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.  

For more information or help please call me directly on 0161 798 2504