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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines recently announced their newest addition to their fleet, Spectrum of the Seas, and is set to wow passengers as the first ULTRA Quantum Class.

With the Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and the Anthem of the Seas already wowing passengers on the High Seas, Royal Caribbean are adding another mega ship to their collection. Named as the Spectrum of the Seas, the 4,180 passenger ship will be the fourth ship to join the Quantum class of ships and will take to the water in 2019.


Just like her sisters the Quantum of the Seas and the Ovation of the seas, she is destined for the Chinese Market. Royal Caribbean are set to delight passengers in Asia Pacific area with the amazing ship.

Facilities on board the new ship have still as of yet not been released but I am sure Royal Caribbean will raise the bar with this new Mega Ship.

With Bumper Cars, Sky Diving, Ice Skating, Zip Lines, Carousels, Flow riders, Robotic Bartenders Water Slides, Interchanging restaurants and much more on other ships in their fleet, Imagine what they have in store for this new class ship?

Bionic Bar, Quantum of the Seas
Bionic Bar, Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean are not the biggest cruise operator in the world, but they do operate the largest individual cruise line by passenger capacity and they also sail the largest cruise ships in the world. Having sailed numerous times on many of their ships, Royal Caribbean are (in my opinion) one of the best cruise lines on the market for couples and families. Something for everyone on board!

Royal Caribbean are set to announce more details about their new ship, so check back to keep up to date with the latest Ultra Quantum Class ship.

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If you have read my previous blog you will be fully read up on my trip to Amsterdam, here is part 2, our second day began with opening our curtains and seeing our ship MS Koningsdam  from our window, followed by the mother of all breakfasts at our hotel, there was so much to choose from, especially if your a sucker for fresh bread like me, and the most amazing cumin flavoured cheese, so much so I even bought some to bring home, the price I paid i shall not disclose!

MS Koningsdam is Holland America’s newest ship launched in April 2016 she is their largest in their fleet to date and the first in their Pinnacle class. And what a ship she is, I’ve seen quite a few whilst working here at Cruise Club UK but wow this is by far the most impressive ship for me


Much more modern than I expected, Koningsdam has a bright open feel, what I loved most was the pale greys and creams with a splash of bright orange, pink and green flowers, beach towels and napkins giving an edge that makes her stand out from the others

Koningsdam, inkeeping with her Dutch heritage is a mix of contemporary and classic design which is significant of the Holland America line, her name also lends well to her roots “Koning,” means king in Dutch, and is a salute to King Willem-Alexander, the Netherland’s first king in over 100 years.


We began our tour in the Atrium which was light and airy, followed by the spa and pool deck, including the exclusive concierge area with private sun loungers and hydrotherapy pool. Dining plays a large part on any cruise and you wont be disappointed on this ship. The Lido restaurant has a more upmarket feel to any other buffet restaurant, instead of one large serving area they have smaller individual themed service stations for different types of food.  The main restaurant was spectacular, bright and colourful with creams and yellows, the pictures you may have seen do not do this justice at all. There are also a number of new speciality restaurants and innovations including the Culinary Arts Center, new ala carte dining such as Tamarind, Canaletto and Sel de Mer. Then there was my favourite Blend by Chateau Ste. Michelle, where you can blend your own wine whilst sampling a variety of grapes to help create your perfect wine


Artwork features heavily on the ship and with a modern feel you can discover creative new art around every corner, the Koningsdam has been decorated with a music theme and the art certainly blends well with this


Club Hal is popular for families, I was even told that their kids clubs are one of the best at sea, although I would say Holland America isn’t a cruise line that first springs to mind they are very welcoming for the younger generation

Public areas flow with the same style of openess and space, plenty sunbeds around the pool with a retractable roof for when the weather isn’t too great, a homemade ice cream section and a modern style theatre ready for your evening entertainment


All in all I was extremely impressed with this ship, my first Holland America experience, my only complaint was that we had to leave for our flight home, oh how tempted I was to become a stowaway.

Whether your a previous cruiser with Holland or similar lines, a first time cruiser or someone who likes the finer things in life I can truly recommend this ship and you will not be disappointed. She is currently sailing from Amsterdam to Northern Europe and then will move over to the Caribbean for the Winter season so if this sounds like your kind of cruise do not hesitate to contact me today 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.  





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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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


Set to be fleet wide by March 2017, Holland America Line have announced their plans to build upon their partnership with BBC Earth, by revealing new enrichment activities and “feature cruises” with the line.

The programme has been available on select ships since April 2016 and is destination-focused. For all guests interested in the places they visit, this is a great programme to be involved with.

BBC Earth will now feature a concert, based on the TV series “Frozen Planet”. Musicians perform live, as images are shown on the background screen from around the world.

They will introduce gameshows, trivia and “Inside Earth” documentary films.

Holland America Line have revealed four feature cruises which will offer passengers the change to sail with the BBC Earth experts for a behind-the-scenes look at the TV channel’s documentaries. Experts will include the shows producers and cameramen who will all host master classes and of course, Question and Answers.

The have four different ships offering four different feature cruises.

The brand new ship is the Koningsdam, which will offer a seven night eastern Caribbean sailing from fort Lauderdale. The beautiful Oosterdam will sail on 7th April from Tampa to San Diego on an 18 Night panama canal transit.

Maasdam will sail from Montreal to Boston for a seven night Canada & New England cruise.




Last but not least, the Volendam will sall Taiwan and Japan from Shanghai, ending in Hong Kong.


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.


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.

After many months of silence from Mr Branson it looks like the propellers are finally in motion at virgin cruises.

At a press conference on the 18th Of October they made some very important milestone announcements.

  • 3 brand new ships

A contract is signed with Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in 2020, 2021 & 2022

  • Homeport of the first (as yet unnamed) vessel will be Miami, Florida and they’re sailing the Caribbean to begin with.
  • They’ve changed their name.

No more Virgin cruises – It’s now “Virgin Voyages”



Branson stated that the word “cruise” is awful and he does not want it associated with their product.

  • The ships will be “Clean”.

Using re-cycling technology they’re aiming to have the cleanest “voyage” ships afloat.

  • The Line is promising unique ports and a very social experience on board.

Also a new logo, introduction video was also released.

“This is anything but just another cruise or holiday, it will be a transformational experience”

Tom McAlpin, Virgin group’s president and C.E.O


As usual Mr Branson’s appearance was unique

Virgin seem to be aligning their voyages squarely at a younger age range than the traditional “cruise” line. Separating themselves from the cruise industry could be a very bold move. Will then be shunned by the cruise community and operate as a totally different offering? Surely if virgin are chasing the younger audience then that could be a very brave but important move to make!

Very little information is available and we have at least 2 years until it goes on sale.

So what do you think, are you considering a virgin voyage?

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


Afternoon Cruisers,


In a surprise move royal Caribbean cruises have announced that they’ve announced that they’ve signed a letter of intent to build two new ships.

The news does not stop there.

The two new ships are due to be launched in 2022 & 2024 and will be an entirely new design of ship. Under the codename project Icon, these ships will be carrying around 5000 passengers so are around halfway between the Oasis class and Quantum class of ships.

And the news keeps on coming!

These ships will be a “radical –re-design and reimagining of cruise ships” this is royal Caribbean’s usual approach in recent years – but the ships will also be significantly greener.

Following Carnival corporations lead the ships will not be diesel power and will be LNG (liquid natural gas) powered ships.

LNG has many advantages over diesel power.

1 – Its Cleaner and better for the environment.

2 – LNG takes a quarter of the onboard space of Diesel

3 – Smokestacks can be located in different positions (not just the aft of the ship) as soot is non-existent the chimney can be anywhere.



Royal Caribbean will also be installing a colossal battery pack on the ships as well so they will be able to charge when the ship is in dock and use the stored power at sea – or in ports where the infrastructure does not support LNG.

To experiment and test they’re going to install a “battery bank” on an oasis class ship during the winter season and test its compatibility and practicality.

So overall Royal Caribbean’s press office is very busy right now – and as always this is just a letter of intent (it’s the official term for they’ve made an enquiry)

Tarar 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

MSC Cruise Line have four different pricing bands, for all of their cabins. Each price band is known as an experience. Here I have details on each.

The entry level experience is called the “Bella Experience”. To help me remember what is included with this, I think of this as the basic experience. This is literally the cruise only cost, any extras on board would be at a fee, such as breakfast in the cabin. Also, if the dining times are full, passengers booked on the Bella Experience may have to dine in the Buffet restaurant for their main evening meal. They are not guaranteed dinner in the Dining room with Waiter service. The terms and conditions of booking the Bella Experience are more strict than the others. Any changes made to the bookings will incur a £100 per change fee.

The next experience is called the “Fantastica Experience”. If the cruise line are not offering a free upgrade at the time of booking, this is usually just £50 per person in total to upgrade to. This will give you the extras which are payable with the Bella Experience. So, you can have room service for no charge, better cabin choices, more dining choices and flexibility with the booking conditions. You can make a name change free of charge up to 3 weeks prior to sailing.

The third experience is known as the “Aurea Experience” which is only available on the Balcony and Suite Staterooms on board. Passengers on the Aurea Experience receive all of the benefits from the Bella and Fantastica experiences plus more such as priority boarding, unlimited drinks with meals, access to a private sun deck and a brilliant spa package with unrestricted use of the Thermal Area throughout the sailing.

The most expensive and inclusive experience of them all is the MSC Yacht Club. Known in the industry as a ‘ship-within-a-ship”. This experience offers passengers private areas on board for sun bathing as well as dedicated Concierge. The exclusive Yacht Club Restaurant offers passengers flexible dining so they can dine when they like. All cabins have 24 hour butler service who is there to help with as much or as little as you need. Want to shop alone? MSC Yacht Club passengers can have out-of-hours shopping accompanied by their Butler. This means you, and only you have the shops on board to yourself, to get those great Duty Free Bargains!

Shops on board the ms Fantasia
Shops on board the ms Fantasia

MSC Yacht Club is currently only available of the four largest ships in the fleet: MSC Presziosa, MSC Spendida, MSC Fantasia and MSC Divina.

Top Deck. MSC Splendida
Top Deck. MSC Splendida
ms Splendida top deck
ms Splendida top deck

English is the first spoken language on board all sailings with MSC Cruise Line.

With another 10 ships joining their fleet by 2025, there is plenty on the horizon for MSC. Watch this space.

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

Well, it isn’t every day in the UK we get the hot sunshine weather, but recently temperatures have been high. Don’t let this be the last of the sun you see this year!

With more cruise ships on offer now, than ever before, no matter where you want to travel, there is most likely a cruise to take you there. So why not follow the sun to a more exotic destination? If you want to stay close to home, you can take a cruise out of the UK around the Mediterranean, taking in plenty of sights and sun.

P&O Cruise Line sail year round from Southampton in the UK, Celebrity Cruise lines also offer Southampton sailings as do Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Princess Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines will also offer cruises from Southampton.

If you are looking for scorching temperatures, how about the Middle Eastern cruises from Dubai or Abu Dhabi? You have a choice of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, MSC Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruise Lines all offering a ship from here. The middle east really is a year round destination with lots of culture on offer, as well as the worlds tallest building, the worlds most expensive hotel made entirely out of pure gold along with the worlds most exclusive and expensive perfume shop. You can actually check out how I went on in Abu Dhabi on my blog here

Yas Beach
Yas Beach

Carnival Cruise Lines are the leading cruise line in North America who offer year round sailings to the Caribbean, where temperatures are hot year round. Temperatures are hot all year round, but much more comfortable than the Middle East soaring temperatures. You can sail every month of the year with carnival to the Caribbean, from various ports in the USA and even San Juan and Barbados. The Caribbean is my favourite place to cruise, just because I love it and I am very comfortable here, so for any advice please call me on 0161 798 2512. You can also read my latest Caribbean cruise blog here.

Hawaii is on my bucket list of places to go, and they have some fantastic cruises for the Hawaiian Islands. You can cruise from a number of places including Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even Honolulu! When you cruise from the states to the Hawaiian islands, the cruise will be a minimum of 14 nights due to the travel distance to get to the islands. Remember: this means a lot of sea days there and back!!!

As well as the places I have mentioned the cruise lines cover the entire globe. Whether you want Antarctica, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords, Australia, New Zealand, Far East, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and more, then there will most likely be something out there for you.

If you are thinking of chasing the sun on a cruise this year, give me a call on 0161 798 2512 and I would be happy to help. Also, if you prefer, you can email me at Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com

Bon Voyage!