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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 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.

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.

 

Event and themed cruises seem to becoming the new thing when it comes to cruising, cruise lines are constantly introducing new ideas to keep cruising exciting and innovative

Some cruise lines feature Celebrities, food heroes or dancers, some ensure they are in ports for some of the worlds most popular celebrations and events. Cunard have introduced a selection of special event sailings for 2018 that still are inkeeping with Cunards history and traditions of a first class traditional cruise line

There will be 5 sailings throughout the year and I would encourage to book early as these do usually sell out very quickly

Queen Victoria – Voyage Du Vin 1st June

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This is a celebration of wine, calling at some of Europe’s finest wine destinations with ports such as Oporto and Lisbon in Portugal and Vigo in Spain. There will be bespoke shore excursions including a Douro river cruise , tastings at Colares winery and Cape Roca and the Galicia Trek and taste. There will be guest speakers and wine producers from over the world giving wine pairings, tastings, talks and dinners. You can even become a member of Cunard’s Wine academy

Queen Elizabeth – Photographic Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun 1st July

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This sailing is right up my street, a 12 night Norwegian fjords itinerary featuring some of the most spectacular scenery along the coast and 2 maiden port calls for Cunard, Bodo and Narvik. The Midnight sun peaks on 21st June with 24 hour daylight and the light and sunsets are truly stunning. Featuring photography experts including Sir Malcolm MacGregor and Paul Ward, you can join in with a variety or workshops and guided tours ashore to capture that perfect photo.

Queen Elizabeth – Big Band Ball 24th Aug

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This event is inspired by those iconic big bands of the 1920’s, combining their musicians from only 2 venues onboard creating a 13 piece orchestra performing classic music for your entertainment to dance the night away

Queen Mary 2 – Transatlantic Fashion Week 2nd September

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This has become an annual event whilst making your Transatlantic crossing you can enjoy hosted dinners, fashion shows, guestspeakers such as Hal Rubenstein the founding member of Instyle magazine and returning fashion experts Coin McDowell MBE and Gail Sackloff OBE. Exclusive to Cunard there will also be emerging new designers showcasing their new collections onboard, and once arriving in New York for the official NY Fashion week, you can put your knowledge to good use shopping your heart away

Queen Mary 2 – Journey of Genealogy 4th November

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A first for Cunard, Ancestry experts will be board to help trace your family tree. You will have the opportunity to learn how to start researching your ancestors even going back a 1000 years, explore the the largest online collection of family history records, and alongside Ancestry DNA you can discover how your DNA came together from different parts of the world

So if you are looking for a new adventure or something to excite your mind these sailings could be for you

For prices and information please contact me on 0161 798 2516 or marcia@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.  

 

 

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.

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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.

 

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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Carried on from my previous blog regarding P&O’s ships, P&O also do family cruising very well too, and here is the advantage of having specialised ships for different categories

Beginning with the smallest is the Aurora catering for 1874 guests, this elegant ship has a tiered stern, long bow and sleek funnel. This was my first P&O cruise and I was not disappointed in this world class ship. Her main feature is a stunning 4 deck atrium, perfect for formal evenings and featuring a dramatic 35ft scuplture.

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Aurora also sails the world during the Winter world cruise and Europe and Scandinavia in Summer season for varying lengths between 3 and 25 nights

A family favourite is the Oceana, a mid sized ship carrying 2016 passengers. For the last 2 years she has been based in the Med as a fly cruise with alternate 7 and 14 night itineraries sailing around the West and East Mediterranean, giving people the opportunity to visit ports that are just that little out of reach on a Southampton sailing. This has proved very popular with P&O passengers and was a gamble worth taking, especially as they offer direct regional charter flights from many airports in the UK.

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One of the first family ships to have a more informal atmosphere, Oceana’s redeeming features are a bustling atrium with palm trees and glass fronted lifts giving it a very airy vibe, and a secret sports court in her funnel is a constant surprise for all

Ventura is the most popular ship for families with lots of features. This was a huge step forward for P&O building a ship so big carrying 3078 people, and was launched to rival Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas.

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Ventura has everything, shes a very sociable ship where there is always something going on, whether its kids playing in The Reef, adults relaxing in the Spa, 4 pools and a sports court and a 2 deck theatre for evening shows

Azura followed 2 years later and from the popularity of her sister ship Ventura P&O went bigger and better, she is one of the largest ships in P&O’s fleet. Described as a social paradise at sea this ships is great for all ages. she blends pure sophistication with a family friendly vibe and is a favourite with my passengers. Sailing from Barbados for some Winter sunshine and Europe and the Med in Summer

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2015 saw the launch of Britannia, P&O’s new flagship, it’s moto……’Inspired by our past designed for the future’. This description perfectly describes the new innovations that P&O introduced on this new modern ship with a very different look to previous ships, even being voted best new ocean ship in 2015 and is the largest ship built exclusively for the UK market. From those first steps onboard be mesmorised by the spectacular ‘starburst’ centrepiece of her atrium, relax in the Retreat, have a cookery lesson with a host of famous chefs, watch a west end style show or The Beatles experience in the Live lounge, there is so much to do you will struggle to disembark at your chosen ports

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And now for the exciting news, 2020 sees the launch of P&O’s next ship, promised to take cruising to a whole new generation, details are kept a secret so we can only wait in anticipation for news to filter through, but they have promised to take your holiday to new heights with a host of new innovative features to make you go wow.

I for one am excited, this will surely be a best seller

For any information on any P&O cruise please contact me on marcia@cruiseclubuk.com or cal1 0161 798 2516

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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Over the last 6 months if not more I have noticed a huge demand in the popularity of a P&O cruise. Whether it’s the conveniency of skipping airports and sailing from Southampton, not having to worry about a fluctuating exchange rate as prices are all in GBP, or the security of knowing that you are sailing on a British cruise line, bookings on P&O cruises are increasing by the day

One thing I do get asked a lot from new cruises is what their ships are like, with 8 ships in their fleet each one offers something special

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For the adults amongst you let’s begin with the 3 adult only ships, something which is extremely popular with all ages who want to get away from it all without having to worry about children running around

Firstly the Arcadia a mid sized ship carrying 2094 passengers. This is a classic P&O vessel described as a combination of chic and classic cruising. She offers stylish décor with a relaxed feel so your holiday really is all about the sail and the destinations.

Unique features include exterior glass fronted lifts and an extensive onboard art collection with over 3000 pieces of art. The highly acclaimed chef Atul Kucher also has one of his restuarants Sindhu onboard for those special occasions when you feel you deserve a treat.

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Arcadia spends most of her Winters on her world cruise itinerary and Summers in Europe

Oriana has only recently been transformed into an adult only ship, a favourite with P&O passengers this seemed like the natural step and has just had a refit to improve the elegant atmosphere onboard. One of P&O’s smaller ships at 1880 passengers guests enjoy the friendliness of meeting fellow passengers and crew and seeing them on a regular basis, this is where firm friendships form.

Classic features of Oriana is by far her teak decks and tiered stern with a touch of an art deco feel, along side an open atrium with Tiffany glass ceiling and panoramic Crows nest bar.

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As a smaller sized vessel she can travel to destinations that others can’t which is why many loyal guests love this ship to always explore somewhere new.

Adonia has just been brought back into P&O’s fleet this year due to high demand, the smallest ship carrying 710 passengers she has a very intimate homely feel.

I would say these ships cater for seasoned cruisers who want to experience something new, for example you can sail down the Amazon which is a first for P&O, or sail around smaller Caribbean ports that you can’t reach on a larger ship.

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Adonia has a more traditional feel to her like old style cruising in a modern way, she has a grand staircase with wood panelling in the Atrium, but following a recent refit lighter furnishings have been used to give a brighter more modern feel.

Click here for a continuation to my next blog featuring P&O’s family friendly fleet

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.

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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!!!!

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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.

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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