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Dress code on board your cruise ship:

We all want to look our best ( not all time) so when we choose a cruise holiday the dress code is really not that complicated, its a holiday but feels like your still staying in a hotel. I love to dress up in the evening especially but its not always necessary when your going for your evening meal its part of my holiday.

So here are some does & dont’s whilst on your cruise holiday

 

 

Day time:

Some people dress up all the time even if they are just sitting around the pool drinking a pina-colada, reading there book, or just watching the world go by. Whilst you are relaxing by the pool in your  swim suits remember its better than the birthday suit save this for when your in the cabin. But then again be careful as you can get caught out. Naked sunbathing is not the done thing on board  most cruise lines are american and there rules do not permit nude or topless sunbathing.

Smart casual is all ways a good choice daytime or night time dependent on the days activities. So remember we come in all shapes and sizes and no one is the same.

 

Evening wear:

Cruising is for relaxing so you may want to just laze around in the pyjamas,dressing gown, ( even again naked but in the privacy of your cabin.) I am sure your fellow traveler on the cruise would not be expecting to see you in your night wear when going to a formal night on board the cruise, but this  has been know to happen that’s going to turn a few heads. There could be a themed celebratory pajamas party option but double check, so  Always be careful when dressing for dinner as there is always that one time when things can go wrong and your in that embarrassing situation and we have all had one.

So the moral of the story is always be prepared for the unexpected.

 

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       Norwegian Encore, Breakaway class ship:

Size 167.800 gross tonnage.

4000 guests:

The new ship will be innovative, luxurious decor and design freedom and flexibility throughout the ship:

Ncl have been Cruising now for over 50 years, so think they  will know what the customers expects from them.

The new ship will pair innovative design and modern luxurious decor with an array of options, so to allow guests the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their vacation at their own unique pace and style.

From October 2019 Ncl Encore will be operational from the Port of Miami down to the Caribbean 7 – nights sailings.

On board you will wowed with over a quarter mile oceanfront walkway which has shops, restaurants, and bars.

Accommodation on board: 

Haven Suite’s 

Mini Suite:

Balcony:

ocean views

     inside & single studio:

Dining on board:

Room Service

Your never going to be fare away from your dining experience on board the cruise ship with the main dining options, Buffet dining, casual cafe;s bars & grills.

There never will be a moment where you will be stuck for choice of menu and dining venue, freestyle dining gives this option. Fine Dining too will give you the chance to be gastro.

Every cruise fare includes beautifully crafted menus in our three main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafes, grills and on-the-go choices. From fresh-baked breads, desserts and pastries to our chefs’ original dishes made with the freshest ingredients, your dining can be as fine or fun as you want.

Norwegian Breakaway & Norwegian Getaway offers up to 29 unique dining experiences – more than any other cruise line.

Entertainment: 

Again the entertainment will be second to none.

Broadway shows:

Howl to the moon:

Rock of ages:

Cirque du soleil:

You will never be stuck for something to entertain you on board with all the different option to choose from, dueling piano’s. Circus, singers, magicians and lots more.

Interactive experience:

This is the way forward with cruise lines now offering you to be more hands on once on board. Exciting times coming for all areas of the new ship watch this space.  you will be able to book your cruise on the new ship from March 2018. So this ship will have some of the most innovative  experience for the new cruise ships and in future.

Activities on board:

There is something for everyone on board, so never a dull moment. If you get of in port or stay on board there will be plenty of opportunity to join in the many option’s offered to you whilst on your amazing cruise in the Caribbean.

Aqua Park:

This is for everyone.

On deck also there will be the fastest drop slide at sea, multistory water slides with 5 plunge pools.

Casino:

Try your luck.

Bliss lounge:

Dance the night away making friends along the way.

Relaxing:

While we all want to enjoy and join in there always is a point when we have to relax so the spa and thermal suite is the place to start. There will be lots of different option for you to choose from on board, massage, reflexology, Acupuncture,  Elemis spa ritual.

So why not check Ncl out on our website by clicking here or give us a call get your next adventure booked.

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Norwegian Bliss is dubbed as a ship for sightseeing and is one of  Norwegian’s Breakaway Plus class ships. Norwegian Bliss, is sister ship to Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy, but with added extras. She will enter service in Summer 2018, and will have a guest capacity of 4,004 , she will sail between the Caribbean and Alaska. Guests are offered unparalleled 180 degree views, from the massive Observation Lounge located at the front of the ship. The largest racetrack at sea, will allow guests to go kart their way around a racetrack, reaching speeds of around 30 mph! For the daredevils amongst us, there is the free falling Ocean Loops water slide, which glides over the edge of the ship! High adrenaline activities include a laser tag, which is set within an old and abandoned space station. Of course, Norwegian Cruise Line are Premium All Inclusive. A new feature that has been added to the Bliss, is the virtual reality view interior staterooms for solo guests.

 

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On board water park

 

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Race track

 

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Observation Lounge

 

Symphony of the Seas is the newest addition to the Royal Caribbean fleet, and is anticipated to be the biggest cruise ship ever! Overtaking her sister ship, Harmony of the Seas by twenty eight staterooms, Symphony of the Seas will have a 6,870 guest capacity and will arrive in April 2018 for her maiden summer season in the Mediterranean. Symphony of the Seas will feature seven unique neighbourhoods, ranging from the well known Boardwalk, and the glitz and glam of the Royal Promenade with its designer shops, to the mini gardens with real plant life. The ten story slide, The Ultimate Abyss is a sure hit among those in search of some adrenaline packed fun, as well as the trio of water slides, The Perfect Storm…

 

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Symphony of the Seas

 

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A view of the Ultimate Abyss

 

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Central Park themed area with live plant life

 

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There are some amazing and innovative ships to be launched within the next year. Take a look at some of the most anticipated ships due to enter service in 2018…

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Carnival Horizon is the sister ship to the Carnival Vista, which was launched back in 2016, a particular favorite of mine, as I sailed on Vista in her maiden year, on my first family cruise, and I absolutely loved it!!! Carnival Horizon is the newest ship within the Carnival fleet, and will be welcomed into Europe in April 2018, where she will spend her summer cruising the Mediterranean. Identical to Vista, she will feature SkyRide, the twin track cycling attraction, that gives riders a view over the Sport-square below, this is where activities such as volleyball, football and table tennis can be found. The on board WaterWorks park, is colorful and exciting, and is themed upon the famous Dr Seuss. The on board IMAX cinema is not to be missed! Experience cinema, first hand, with the stunning effects and props, that bring the film to life! Horizon has a wide variety of restaurants, included within the cruise fare, and also a selection of speciality dining options, for a small cover charge. This ship is ideal for families, and features large and spacious rooms, to accommodate larger families.

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Carnival Horizon

MSC Seaview is the identical ship within the Seaside multi generational ships, twinned with MSC Seaside. MSC Seaview will enter service in June 2018, and will have a guest capacity of 5,179 guests. The ship is dubbed as a ‘resort ship’ and features a water park that has no fewer than five slides! A warm Italian feel will be felt throughout the ship. A seafront boardwalk will encase the ship, and will be home to many bars and restaurants, as well as shopping galore! The main pool, the Panorama Pool has breathtaking views out to sea. The atrium is spanned over two decks, and its glass walls will showcase live entertainment.

 

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MSC Seaview

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  MSC Seaview is the second of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Launching in June 2018 she will have three homeports within the Mediterranean: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona

Quick Facts:

The maximum capacity is 5,429 guests

154,000 tonnes

323 meters long

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The MSC Seaview is designed to bring guests closer to the sea, giving you more time outdoors to relax, drink and eat.

Boasting a 360 degree promenade which will run around the entire ship

Public areas have been carefully planned to make the most of the sea and sunshine

Cabin types will vary from inside to super family cabins to suites with a whirlpool bath

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The Aquapark is designed for everyone and will be multi-story, including a interactive game, complete with lights, music and a 367 foot water-slide

Full sized bowling alleys

Enjoy the ocean-views while you eat. With a dedicated ‘kids only’ buffet, a total of 9 eateries including 5 speciality restaurants

Entertainment features include:

A choice of classy bars and loungers to choose from

Comedy Club

Cioccogelateria & Coffee Bar, Gelateria & Creperie

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Her sister ship, MSC Seaside debuts in November 2017 and will homeport in Miami giving us all a great insight into how the MSC Seaview will look and feel. Keep checking back with us for upto date information on her launch and other exciting information. Until then both ships have itineraries on sale now and are proving very popular (as are all new ship launches), so if your dreaming of a Mediterranean Cruise next summer why not consider MSC Seaview

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Having just returned from my first Cruise & Maritime cruise my first words would be wow. I boarded with trepidation as I’d heard so many mixed reviews of this cruise line but from the quick and efficient check in to the glitzy atrium in my favourite colour purple my first impression certainly exceeded expectations

My cruise was sailing from Tilbury and around the Scottish Isles on Cruise & Maritime’s new flagship Columbus.

Our first stop was our cabin, and I was mightily impressed with the size even though it was only an inside. The storage space was unbelievable with so many drawers in the wardrobe area and the main cabin, the bathroom a reasonable size too my only gripe was that there was only 1 plug socket.

With the weather being so nothing like when we left Manchester our first port of call was a cheeky glass of prosecco in the swim up bar to cool off before catching a few rays in the unusual British heat.

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The food in the main restaurant was fantastic, just as good as what I’ve eaten on Royal Caribbean or Celebrity. My only disappointment at breakfast was the lack of fresh bread, it was mainly standard sliced, which I guess really was a good thing as bread is my downfall on a cruise or any holiday. Lunch was served until 3, on many occasion we got back too late for lunch but afternoon tea was served from 3.30 -4.30 with an array of cakes and sandwiches. Waiters walked round the ship with a selection of canapes about 10.30 incase you fancied a little something extra

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My highlight was being invited to the Captains dinner on the first formal evening. We were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine before being introduced to the Captain and the Hotel director, a photo opportunity later and we were taken into the private area of the Chefs table in the main restaurant for dinner. There were some amusing conversations as the Captain was Greek and hotel director Italian so you can imagine the competition

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The theatre was always full for the shows and there was plenty of entertainment onboard, the cruise was actually an Antiques Legends theme which included many a celebrity including Henry Sandon and Caroline Hawley and you could have your treasures valued

The service onboard was good, not as good as other cruises I’ve been on but nothing to complain about. Our cabin steward was eager to please and always on hand when required.

All in all this was an excellent cruise, a wonderful itinerary and a fabulous cruise, I’ve never really thought about cruising with this cruise line before, in fact it was a customer of mine that brought this to my attention by booking this same cruise and I am so thankful to her as I had a brilliant holiday and would definitely cruise with Cruise and Maritime again

Carry on reading for my guide to our ports of call

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My cruise was sailing from Tilbury and around the Scottish Isles on Cruise & Maritime’s new flagship Columbus, launched in June this year she has previously belonged to Princess cruises, Ocean Village and P&O. Following a huge refurbishment she has come to life with modern décor whilst still regaining the traditional style that Cruise and Maritime are known for and for which their loyal passengers love.

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The largest of their fleet Columbus is almost 64,000 tonnes, carries 1400 passengers and has 11 passenger decks. The cruise line has listened to what their passengers want, this ship has 64 balconies and junior suites, and 150 cabins for single occupancy which is much appreciated by passengers. Its nice that they do cater so much for solo travellers as much as couples, which is why Cruise and Maritime have such a large following. I met many people that cruise with them regularly.

With 1 main restaurant the Waterfront, Plantation buffet and 2 speciality restaurants, Fusion a mix of Asian Indian cuisine and Grill specialising in steak, plus the alfresco grill open daily for burgers, afternoon tea and the speciality coffee bars featuring cakes and pastries you can be sure never to go hungry.

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There are 7 lounges and bars onboard, Raffles is a classy affair overlooking the main atrium and is the perfect start to your evening. The Dome is the late night bar with music and dancing, the oldies can really teach the young a thing or two. My favourite bar was the Oasis bar at the aft of the ship on deck 8, the back has tiered sunbathing areas with comfy loungers spanning over 5 decks, deck 8 is also where the jacuzzi’s are located, we spent a goregous afternoon in the jacuzzi, glass of fizz whilst watching the ship sail from Invergordon

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Indoor bars included Connexions and Taverners pub, located next to each other but both with a very different feel, these featured resident singers every night which was a lovely way to spend your evening after dinner

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The spa and fitness centre I was told were both very good, neither of which I visited, one minute you are on your first day planning everything and what there is to do, the next its your last day and you realise you haven’t even seen half the ship. The atmosphere onboard is so relaxed that you think you have all the time in the world, I think this is where Cruise and Maritime have really hit the spot, they are a friendly professional cruise line that really do cater for all ages. Although the majority of passengers were older we met a few guests that were younger, some on their first cruise and they loved it. It’s taught me not to always believe what you hear, to try something different and make the most of every opportunity that opens to you.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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