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Worried about the carbon footprint of cruises? These new luxury cruises are on it, with a totally carbon-neutral cruise coming soon!

Global warming is getting worse and we’re being urged to pay more attention than ever to how our presence on earth is affecting the environment. From electric cars to plant-based diets and zero-waste lifestyles, people are going above and beyond to make sure they’re not contributing to the destruction of the environment.

Travel is one area of our lives that’s truly in the hotseat. Airplanes, cars, cruises; all use fossil fuels. The cruise industry is working hard to improve its methods and has made record strides in the past few years. Holland America, Celebrity Cruises, NCL Cruises and Royal Caribbean are some of the companies who have taken great strides to improve their green rating in the past decade. Solar panels, eliminating water bottles and eco-ballast systems to make sure nothing leaves the ship are some of the advances made, but a new company are about to totally blow them out of the water.

Adding to our amazing selection of existing eco-friendly luxury cruises, Cruise Club UK is proud to present Methane Cruises, exclusive to Cruise Club and 100% free of fossil fuel!

A Luxury Cruise with a Difference — 100% Fossil Fuel-Free

Cows are one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions, with 25% of methane emissions coming from their digestive tracts — a substance 23 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Leading on from the creation of ‘fartpacks’ by scientists in Argentina, the country with the third highest number of cattle, the creators of Methane Cruises have created something far larger: The Fart Ship.

One fartpack from a single cow is enough to power a car for 24 hours, so imagine the power from the 500-strong herd below deck on a Methane Cruise! It’s enough to not only power an ocean liner, but have back-up for the room, too. Celebrity Cruises was the first to adopt solar panels to power their lights, but Methane Cruises are harnessing this natural resource to blow you all the way to Bermuda.

No Animals Harmed in the Making of this Luxury Cruise

If you’re worrying about the cows, then put your fears to rest: these cruises are PETA approved and animal rights-friendly. Every one of the 500 cows is a dairy cow rescued from the slaughterhouse, now peacefully living out their days below deck. The walls are all well ventilated and glass lined, so they still get their fair share of sunlight, and the floor is covered in turf that’s five metres deep with rich soil. Between cruises, the cows are swapped out and peacefully left to graze in some of the many hectares Methane Cruises have purchased at some of the ports, and dedicated cattle hands have been hired to look after each herd. They know each of their cows individually by name and create strong bonds of friendship.

A cow’s natural lifespan is about 20 years, but in the dairy industry, they’re lucky if they make it to being five, due to over-milking and harsh treatment. Methane Cruises are not just a luxury cruise; they’re a retirement home for happy cows.

What if the Farts Run Out? A Luxury Cruise Solution to a Windy Problem

“What if the cows stop farting?” we hear you ask. Never fear: Methane Cruises are equipped with a ‘code flatulence’ for such an emergency. NCL Cruises and Celebrity Cruises may have their vegan options, but all Methane Cruises carry entire pantries of beans ready to convert everyone’s diet to a legume-based one at a moment’s notice. Don’t worry, though: all chefs are trained by Jamie Oliver for high-quality vegetarian cooking, so your taste buds won’t suffer.

When code flatulence is initiated, vents open in the ceilings of all the bedrooms and bathrooms and your farts become converted by a futuristic ceiling ventilation system into methane fuel. The bodily functions of up to 5,000 passengers may not be a permanent solution, but they will carry you to the nearest port in time to change out to a fresh herd of cows and continue on your journey.

Can’t wait to cruise with a clean carbon emission conscience? Look for the launch of Methane Cruises with Cruise Club UK in 2020 and make sure to pack your wellingtons for saying hello to the cows.

Unfortunately (for now at least), this is just an April Fool, but we have many other fantastic and eco-friendly luxury cruises here at Cruise Club UK. Browse our selection today and plan your next adventure.

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.

 

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Norwegian cruise lines have created a New island which will officially open in November 2017 and the 1st Ship and passengers to Experience this is the Norwegian Dawn.

She is still in the making but will be ready for next year, pathways, walkways, and the fixture and fittings to be finalized,located in the Southern area of Belize

The 1st cruisers next year will see how Eco friendly resort of its own.

1. Support for Belize:

Norwegian are not planning to class this as a private island as maybe the  (Amber cove in Dominican ) and Mahogany bay. This is not an extension of you experience as on board the ship as the staff will be local Belizean and not the ships crew. You will still pay for lunch when you are off ship as this is not part of the cruise, just as if you was anywhere else when you disembark you cruise. Norwegian are not just planning to make this a place with which they will be they believe they will allow other cruise lines to experience. Norwegian have made the decision to keep all things local,  with the building the materials staff, artist and the vendors. Whilst the construction was going ahead they had employed the local’s of around 400. The Belizean staff will also make sure the Eco system is taken care of whilst there are no ships at Harvest Caye.

Always protecting the surrounding environment and keeping the area less feeling like a Amusement park!! This makes sure that it always looks impressive and connects with the eco-system at all times.

2. Attention to Detail:

The area its self has been made to look very much like a British Colony!  Engineers that have come up with the great idea’s have been in there field for lots of years so they know what they are talking about. They have made sure they have to local restaurateurs for the passengers culinary experience whilst enjoy the surrounding’s of The new Island. Nothing has not been thought of they also want to make the embarkation and disembarkation as stress free as possible for the passengers who are looking to take  full advantage of the island: whilst enjoying the Eco system surroundings there will be little touches sun canopies, waiter service, pool area. It sounds amazing and when you enter into the Harvest Caye the gates are flanked with to Cannons making you feel you are back in a British Colony way back then.

3. Private Retreats:

Not to feel like your left out you can hire the private Cabanas for a daily rental of $475 for the 6 people so $80 for the day per person. Each have air-conditioning living area, private bathroom, outdoor showers and loungers. I would say if this is not for you then you can go for 1 in 15 poolside cabanas for $199 for the day.

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4. Nature Centre

On the new island they have made a nature reserve so you can actually walk through among’st the Boa constrictors, Toucans, Macaws !!  I would like to say if your feeling brave enough and love your nature as this also classed as a nature reserve. The Butterfly garden and Iguanas also have there own space for you to look in marvel and enjoy the Beautiful colour’s you dont have to worry about the wild life has they have a Naturalist who with 25 years experience and work in the Belize Zoo.

5. Zipline

The most noticeable thing there has to be the Zip line which offers you 2 separate runs over the Canopy at around 1.300 foot long which are split over 2 runs from the giant lighthouse through to the Harvest Island: The more Adventures can go for the rope Course if they are feeling adventure’s ( Sorry not for me i suffer from Vertigo ) so sticking with my Cabana.

6. Beach

Beach area has over 3.000 loungers to choose from choosing from the clam-shell Awnings to take in the shade but are free to the cruise passengers; one word of advise make it early of ship to get that favorite spot so you can enjoy your stay on this fantastic area.

7. Splash Zone

Kids have the option of the massive pool area on offer with the sprayers and dump bucket i am sure hours of fun had by all the family that’s if the beach is not you thing. Not only have you got the pool play area from the beach Kayaks, paddle-boards Motorized water-sport to higher. One more thing not forgetting the swim up bar for your afternoon Cocktail with maybe another burger if you have not eaten enough anyways.

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8. Bars and Restaurants:

Visitors will have 5 bars to  quench there thirst with self serve beer garden with the use of the cruise cards  with a wide selection of different Belizean Beers to sample. Selection of dining options two story eatery option overlooking the largest pool ever with a (indoor air-Conditioned )  and open-air seating area .The Land-Sharks Burger bar offering up burgers and Chips or you can choose from one of the several restaurants on offer.MI.Gallery.HarvestCay1 

9. Port :

And last but not least the Harvest Caye has its own Pier so can pull up along side and disembark no problem, the only thing it is a long walk from the pier but is all covered by a large canopy.

hope this has made you you want to choose your next cruise with Ncl:

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

Norwegian Cruise Line announced their latest ship due to join their fleet as the Norwegian Joy. Not only is this a new ship, but will be the start of a new class of ship for the cruise line.

The Breakaway Plus class will be the latest class of ship in the Norwegian fleet. The Norwegian Joy will be the first in the breakaway plus class, with many new exciting features on board.

Norwegian Joy will be homeport in Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing). Itineraries are to be announced.

She will debut in Summer 2017 as the most innovative ship to date for the cruise line. The ship is created and designed exclusively for the Chinese travellers. The ship will offer the flexibility as across all of their ships.

A GO-Karting race track will be on board the ship – the first at sea!

GO-Kart Race track on board the Norwegian Joy
GO-Kart Race track on board the Norwegian Joy

 

A the moment, the cruise ship is said to be only sold to the Chinese market, but, things can change the future.

This is the only shop on the horizon for the new Breakaway plus class, but I am sure she wont be alone for too long.

She will be the largest ship in their fleet, weighing 168,800 gross tonns with capacity for 3,900 guests on board.

The Haven Pool on-board the Norwegian Joy
The Haven Pool on-board the Norwegian Joy

With $400 million to spend, the cruise line are making sure passengers have a wonderful holiday with Norwegian by refurbishing their current ships.

The other ships in their fleet have completed or are due to complete a refurbishment. Please see schedule below.

Norwegian Epic: Refurbishment was completed in October 2015

Norwegian Gem: Refurbishment was completed in November 2015

Pride of America: Refurbishment was completed in March 2016

Norwegian Sun: Refurbishment was completed in May 2016

Norwegian Dawn: Refurbishment was completed in June 2016

Norwegian Spirit: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

Norwegian Sky: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

Norwegian Pearl: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

Norwegian Jade: Refurbishment is due for Spring 2017

If you are looking at a Norwegian Cruise, give me a call!

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 0161 798 2512.

From summer 2017 the Norwegian Jade cruise ship will be sailing from Southampton.Washington Redskins Santa Gets There Rocket Ornament, wholesale nfl jerseys from china,Men’s Atlanta Falcons Design-Your-Own Long Sleeve T-Shirt-., cheap jerseys

Voted the second best large ship by cruise critic guests, the Norwegian Jade will be undergoing a total refurbishment before sailing Northern Europe.

Being a large ship, the vessel has capacity for 2,402 passengers and will offer seven night Northern Europe cruises to Belgium, France and Holland. Guests will also have the choice of nine night Norwegian Fjords sailings, northern Norway trips and four night mini cruises to Hamburg.

The Norwegian Jade will spend a full two weeks in the Bahamas for the refurbishment before sailing to Southampton. The ship will arrive in April 2017. Once they summer season is over, she will then sail back over to the Caribbean for the winter season.

When she arrives, the Norwegian Jade is said to be better than when she was first built. This is not a ‘face lift’ for the ship, it is a totally new refit.

Norwegian Jade Pool Deck
Norwegian Jade Current Pool Deck

The cruise line will not end the European sailings there. They will also be sailing the Norwegian Getaway through the Baltics offering a stopover in St. Petersburg. The ship will be based in Copenhagen which means its quite simple to get flights from the UK direct. As well as the usual London Flights, passengers in the North will be able to get flights from Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.

If all goes well for the liner, this may become yearly sailings that they offer. They now have 14 ships in their fleet, the newest being the Norwegian Escape.

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 0161 798 2512.

 

 

 

Afternoon cruisers, recently I was having a discussion with one of my loyal customers about their cruise itinerary. The itinerary in question was 14 nights in the Caribbean and It had 4 stops at the cruise lines private island.

 

While any port of call is better than a day at work – we started talking about private islands and what they involve, the main theme = MAKING MONEY.

 

When you think about it – it’s a port of call owned by the cruise line, they don’t promote leaving the resort, and everything in the resort is charged back to your stateroom.

 

So whats the difference from staying on ship,

You get a day on the beach – without having to take taxis from the cruise port.

You get unique experiences that you cant do on the ship – swim up bars, water sports, Barbeques, Snorkeling ect ect.

 

Of course there are shops where you can induldge in a little retail therapy – these stores are run by the locals and not the cruise line (they pay rent to the cruise line to be there)

 

Some of the Private islands / resorts

 

Royal Caribbean (also used by Celebrity)

Labadee = Haiti

i have been to Labadee myself – although it was a beutiful spot – i stayed on the ship and almost had the ship to myself for the day.

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Labadee, Haiti

Coco Cay = Bahamas

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Cococay

Princess cruises

Princess Cays = Bahamas

Princess Cay
Princess Cay

Holland America

Half moon Quay = Bahamas

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Half moon cay

NCL

Great Stirrup Cay = Bahamas

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Great stirrup

MSC

Ocean Cay = Bahamas (Coming 2018)

As a designated marine reserve MSC are really playing on the wildlife and ecology of this piece of paradise.

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Ocean Cay

 

MSC (Again)

Sir Bani Yas Island

MSC are currently finalising plans for another private resort – this time in Abu Dhabi.

Opening for the winter 2016/17 Emirates voyage season on board the Fantasia

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Sir Bani Yas Island

 

Have you visited any private islands, what did you think?

 

Ta-rar for now

The capn.

  • 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 andy@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2514

 

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The Norwegian Getaway

This week, after years of waiting Rio de Janeiro, home of Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana beach, will finally become the first South American city ever to host the Summer Olympics and strangely enough the first to be held entirely during the host country’s winter season. And they will have a very special guest at the games (no I’m not talking about Pele)

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The Norwegian Getaway will be taking a 40 day break from her cruising schedule in the Caribbean to serve as a floating hotel for the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in Rio.

This type of honor is nothing new for this beautiful ship though,  she also served as the “Bud Light Hotel” in New York during the 2014 NFL Super Bowl.

The 4028 passenger ship will still continue to provide all of its regular services during the Olympics so guests will still be able to dine on board and take full advantage of the ships fantastic facilities and entertainment. The Getaway has 25 dining options including a Teppanyaki restaurant, a sushi bar, Le Bistro – their signature French restaurant and even a Brazilian steakhouse, Moderno Churrascaria.

Moderno Churrascaria on Norwegian Getaway

There is also an on board water park with Free Fall – the fastest waterslide at sea, a sports complex and fully equipped gym and spa so there will be plenty of ways for people to escape the Olympic fever that will be spreading throughout the country.

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For further information or if you are interested in booking a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line then 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. 

Thanks for reading and keep on cruising!

Following on from my previous blog about the Harmony of the Seas, some cruise news out this week got me wondering, are cruise ships are becoming too big?

Royal Caribbean this week announced that they will be selling the Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises in March next year. This is the second of their smaller ships to be sold to Thomson following Splendour of the Seas earlier this year.

Thomson Discovery, formerly Splendour of the Seas

This follows the new that Royal Caribbean have now got orders in for 2 more Oasis class ships and 2 more Quantum class ships, all to be built within the next 5 years. These 4 ships alone will hold over 18,000 people between them. So they are essentially selling their smaller ships and replacing them with much ships that carry 3 times as many people.

Add this to the fact that MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line and Costa all have ships on order that will all accommodate 4000+ passengers, Princess have 3 more ships on order that will all hold over 3500 passengers and Celebrity are also ordering 4 more ships that will all hold 2900 passengers each.

MSC Seaside will hold 5,179 passengers

Do we really need all of these ships? The cruise lines obviously think so but is bigger necessarily better? I don’t think so. Personally I think you lose some of the quality that long time cruisers are used to. Likewise I think you lose some of the intimacy of a smaller ship. And at the end of the day not everybody wants ropes courses, skydiving and water slides. Obviously this is only my opinion but I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

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

 

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Now the festive season is all a (happy) memory, the tree is down, the decorations are all back in the loft and we’re all doing well with our new year resolutions…

We all hope you had a great festive season and are enjoying 2016 so far.

You may have seen a lot of the cruise companies are starting to shout about their new promotions and its taken me a few days to asess them all and work out who’s doing what.

One that has stood out is the variety of free benifits on one of Europe’s much loved ships.

The Norwegian spirit is BACK in 2016! Everyone’s been asking for this much loved ship to sail back to Europe and NCL have listened.

With her medium size, personal spaces on board – award winning entertainment and generous staterooms – shes always been high scoring customer favorite.

Back for 2016 she’s cruising the beautiful med, the sun soaked canaries.

Cruise club have a great working relationship with NCL (as you already know) and we’ve negotiated exclusive deals on this popular ship you wont find elsewhere!

Free premium Drinks package throughout the duration of the cruise.

Free London Gatwick flights*

Free Transfers

And as finances are a little tight at the moment = a low low deposit to book of just £99per person (and we’ll even do credit cards at no fee)

The prices are great too from just £599 with all that included, you cant afford not to 🙂

We’re even cruising ourselves – In March 2017 on our first cruise club member cruise !!

Any questions, want to know more – I’ve attached our mini brochure HERE

For Reviews, videos, Itineraries, Deck plans, Cabin Guides  and more HERE

Last time we had an offer like this – We sold out the free flight within a week, and disappointing people once they had gone was not nice. don’t delay – book today 0800 163 164 

Wishing you all a happy and well cruised 2016

Andy & the cruise club team.

*Regional flights are available at a £169 per person suppliment. Free flights do not include hold luggage (£30per case Gatwick / £50per case regional flights)

Our Fantastic deals on the Norwegian Spirit & Norwegian Star at the moment include FREE premium drinks package as well as FREE Gatwick flights and transfers. What’s more if you get your booking in before 03 Jan 2016 you will receive 1 other FREE extra for booking on ocean view or above category’s.

  • Speciality dining package
  • 250 internet minutes
  • $100 on board spend per cabin

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There are various dates to choose from with different itinerary’s available for 2016 & 2017. As we have just had Christmas and are tightening our purse strings we also have a low deposit amount of £99 per guest to reserve your place.

As with everything the more demand, the higher the prices start to creep up. With some offers coming to an end there has never been a better time to book your perfect cruise holiday.

Norwegian Cruise Line has a ‘Freestyle’ concept meaning exactly as it says!! No formal nights, no set dining times and more fun and freedom for everyone. Whether your a family or a group of friends your sure to have a fantastic experience with Norwegian cruise line.

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.  Well until the 10th JAN 2016 we will double your loyalty bonus points, giving you even more money off your perfect holiday.

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518