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Norwegian Cruise Line

Counting down to my cruise next week I am excited to visit somewhere new, have a little bit of winter sun and try a new cruise line

After so many of our customers have recommended Norwegian cruise lines and hearing so many good reports I’m taking the plunge and giving them a try

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We have a night beforehand staying at La Concha beach resort in the Condado area, a 5* deluxe resort situated right on the beach. A perfect way to begin our holiday and situated equal distance from the airport and Old Town its the ideal combination of making the most of what San Juan has to offer.

The city appears to me in 2 halves, Old town San Juan, which is the main city center with the port, narrow cobbled streets, colourful old buildings, art and Latin life. Condado is located about a 10 minute drive from the old town, this is a beach front promenade area and strikes me as being more touristy, with an abundance of shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and casinos

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It will be interesting to see how the island has recovered from the aftermath of the recent hurricanes, from reading it seems that most of the large hotels are almost running as normal now with only a handful still remaining closed.

San Juan is the Capital city on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, it is both an initial embarking port and one of the most popular ports of call for many cruise itineraries. Visiting San Juan offers something for everyone, the long golden beaches, colourful Spanish colonial buildings and La Fortaleza, a huge fortress overlooking the blue ocean, and of course it is the home of rum and Pina coladas so a little sampling will be taking place and a visit to the Barcadi distilery

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Carry on and read my next blog to find out where I will be going on my cruise

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western med 6Short duration cruises of less than seven nights, are the perfect long weekend breaks, and in the past Costa Cruises has been the leader for short duration cruises, with some itineraries ranging from three to five nights, embarking in either Barcelona or Genoa, and calling into ports such as Marseilles, Corsica and Majorca, to name a few. As these durations are becoming increasingly popular, cruise lines such as MSC, Royal Caribbean, Azamara and Oceania have a handful of four and five night duration sailings, the amount of time in port is less than longer duration sailings, however there may only be one day at sea, or none at all.

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The more popular Western Mediterranean itineraries are generally durations between seven to twelve nights, and depart from ports such as Barcelona, Rome and Marseilles, and guests can expect to visit the well known ports whilst enjoying some leisurely days at sea in between. Itineraries such as these, can include porting in the Canary Islands, Tunisia and Morocco

A perfect way to cruise the Western Mediterranean region, without the hassle of flying and checking in at airports, is to sail out directly from a UK port, such as the well known Southampton, with Harwich and Dover also being popular embarkation ports. Although this is a great option, not only for ease, but for an unlimited luggage allowance, there is of course a downfall, and this is the famous Bay of Biscay, which can either be a smooth sailing experience, or can be an extremely rocky sailing experience!

A cost effective way to cruise, is by sailing on a repositioning cruise, these cruises generally sail from the Mediterranean, over to the Caribbean, or from the Caribbean over to the Mediterranean. These itineraries can usually be found in April, May, September, October and into early November. These itineraries usually embark in Barcelona or Rome, and call into various Western Mediterranean ports, the Canary Islands and Morocco, before heading to the Caribbean

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The Western Mediterranean is considered to be one of the most diverse and unique cruising regions, spreading over two continents (Europe and Africa), this area boasts the artistic beauties of Italy, France and Spain whilst combining the Arabic culture in areas such as Morocco and Tunisia. These particular  itineraries are perfect for those interested in art and history, who also like to combine and  experience the areas most popular landmarks,  stunning beaches, cafes bars, boutique shops and traditional markets. Highlights include, the famous Las Ramblas, Barcelona, the cosmopolitan and thriving hub of this fantastic city. A visit to Capri, is a must from Sorrento or Naples

 

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The Western Mediterranean as a cruising region, offers a spectrum of culture and arts, combined with beautiful beaches and a laid back atmosphere. Itineraries offered within this region include ports of call within, Spain, Italy and France, and sometimes include stops in Lisbon for Portugal, the Canary Islands, and Casablanca and Tangier for Morocco, and Gibralter

It was once considered best to visit the Western Mediterranean region during spring and the summer months, however cruise lines such as MSC and Costa are beginning to offer all year round itineraries within this area, with Barcelona and Marseilles (France),  still being included on the itinerary, they are now sailing further southwards towards Morocco and into the Canaries.

 

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Some of the larger ships usually visit the bigger ports, including destinations, such as Barcelona, Rome and Florence. The vast majority of cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line, tend to offer itineraries either starting in these ports, or featuring them on their itineraries

Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises are based from Italy, and can offer shorter cruise itineraries at much lower prices. For a more British feel, P&O Cruises and Cunard offer a variety of sailings, whilst the luxury cruise lines such as Azamara, Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas offer itineraries to smaller ports of call such as Cannes, Capri and Portofino and often spend much longer in port.

Stay tuned for part 2 of my blog!!!

 

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Introducing the new dining options onboard Norwegian Bliss

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Dining options on-board the Norwegian Bliss will still be offering a mix of Norwegians favourites together with new dining options. The Texas Smokehouse Q or just Q for short is just one of Norwegian Bliss’s new addition. Offering authentic Texas Barbeque food with live Country music playing every night giving that added Texan feeling. Offering an a la carte menu which will include everything from Ribs, Brisket, chicken and sausages which will all be cooked over a freshly smoked hickory using oak and pecan woods. Side orders will include natural cured ham, pickled jalapenos, fresh cheddar and breadcrumb crusted mac and cheese.

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Serving up market Mexican Cuisine will be the Los Lobos restaurant which made its debut in 2016 on the Norwegian Dawn. Offering Modern traditional favourites which will include guacamole which I believe will be made for you personally at your table, al pastor tacos plus handcrafted margaritas. Los Lobos will be a la carte offering indoor and outdoor dining on deck eight.

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Romance is in the air at Le Bistro, with the signature French restaurant situated toward the top of the ship among floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views

Other popular Norwegian Cruise line  dining options  will include Cagneys Steakhouse, Le Bistro, La Cucina, Ocean Blue, Food Republic, Jimmys Buffets Margaritaville at Sea, the Bake shop and last but not least Teppanyaki.

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If you still have room left after the above dining options why not head for Coco’s, greeted by a chocolate fountain entryway this a la carte dessert venue is located on deck six where you can enjoy a Crepe or truffle and many other treats together with a speciality tea or coffee.

O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood bar and grill which is Norwegian Lines theme bar will be place on the Norwegian Bliss which will simply be called The Local. Complimentary pub food will offered to passengers 24 hours a day.

Three decks of non-stop action – A three deck central hub which will be known as 678 Ocean Place will be a three deck central hub which many of the restaurants and bars will be located.

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There’s one word to describe the experiences awaiting you on Norwegian’s newest ship: BLISS

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The newest addition to Norwegian Cruise Line is still under construction but NCL have opened up to give the public an insight to what facilities will be available on-board this amazing vessel.

Due to make her debut in April 2018, the Norwegian Bliss stated by CEO Andy Stuart will be ‘Norwegians cruise lines most incredible ship to date’.

The Norwegian Bliss will feature several attractions that are based on the lines China based Norwegian Joy, one of the   major vocal points being the two level race car track. The track on the Norwegian Bliss will be nearly 1000 feet longer than the Norwegian Joy offering four different speed settings based on the drivers skills form Novice to advance drivers reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Not to disturb the passengers the cars completely run in silence , this will not stop the drivers getting the full racecourse experience as the sound of engines etcetera are fed through speakers situated in the drivers headrests .

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Another added feature taken from the Norwegian Joy for those passengers who like the High tech experience will be an open aired laser tag course which will be open day and night.

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Scaling the size of the ship, passengers will be able to enjoy two swimming pools and six hot tubs. Besides the pool area passengers will be able to enjoy the ships Aqua park which will feature two multi-story waterslides. Those who class themselves as frill seekers will be able to try the high speed Ocean Loops free fall slide which has two heart stooping loops, one that protrudes over the side of the ship and the second one being a see through loop that extends to the deck below. If that’s not enough you have the chance to go on the tandem Aqua Racer slide giving people the opportunity to race side by side for more than 360 feet.

Oh and of course let’s not forget about the kids who will have hours of fun with the splash pads, water cannons, tipping buckets as well as junior sized slides.

 

Norwegian Cruise Lines are known for their child friendly ships and the Norwegian Bliss will be no different. Offering a Splash Academy which will be located on deck 5 offering supervised activities for children ranging from age 3 to 12 years of age. For the teenagers 13 to 17 years of age they will have their own space located next to the ships arcade, with comfy furniture they will be able to enjoy gaming stations including Foosball, air hockey and even a dance floor with neon lighting.

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The largest Guppies playroom on the Norwegian bliss will host sensory play activities for both parents and their babies from agers 3 months to 3 years of age.

To be continued…..

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First of all you may or may not be aware that there have been some changes to Norwegian Cruise Line……

Included on EVERY cruise is now the following;

  • A wide choice of premium alcoholic beverages, including wine, beers, cocktails and spirits. Also included are soft drinks, juices, non alcoholic cocktails and non alcoholic beers. Children and teens travelling will receive unlimited juices, soft drinks and water.
  • Selected Lavazza speciality coffees will be complimentary in all restaurants during meal times.
  • One bottle of water per person will be provided daily in your stateroom.
  • Service charge and all tips relating to the all inclusive services.

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Where can you visit with Norwegian Cruise Line?

The answer to that is quite simple…. Worldwide! NCL have one of the most modern and innovative fleet of ships at sea covering virtually the globe! From the Norwegian Bliss ( Brand new for 2018! ) in Alaska to the Pride of America sailing around the Hawaiian Islands to the Norwegian Jade sailing from Southampton next summer.

In our brand new May brochure we have a selection of great worldwide offers with NCL!

If you are looking for an all inclusive Winter break look no further than the Norwegian Spirit taking in the Canary Islands from Barcelona. This cruise is always one of our best sellers!

In summer 2018 the Norwegian Jade will be based out of Southampton! She will be operating Northern European itineraries throughout the season. Great news for those who prefer to sail from the UK and avoid flying. If you would rather fly we have the Norwegian Breakway from Copenhagen on a Baltic Capitals cruise. This itinerary has an overnight in St. Petersburg to give you plenty of time to explore the Winter and Summer Palaces or even take in the Ballet.

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Winter Palace Square – St. Petersburg

If you are looking for a break later this summer, we have offers for the Norwegian Epic in the Western Mediterranean and the Norwegian Star in the Eastern Mediterranean. From lazy sunny days to sightseeing, these itineraries have everything you could need to make the most of the last part of summer.

For something a little different take a look at our Panama Canal and South America offers. The Norwegian Star has a fantastic full Panama Canal transit to give you the full experience of sailing from one end of the canal, through Gatun Lake, to the other.

If South America is on your bucket list as well as the Panama Canal, why not try The Norwegian Sun sailing from Santiago in February 2018. This itinerary not only includes Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Chile but also features a full Panama Canal transit! What a great itinerary to combine all these destinations!

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Basilica Cathedral – Lima

Remember; even if your preferred cruise does not feature in the brochure we can look at any cruise for you, just give us 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.

Don’t forget: Get up to £100 off your next cruise with Double Bonus Points on bookings from our new May brochure, for a limited period only!

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Disney Cruise Lines introduced lifeguards onboard their ships in 2013. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines followed suit and by June this year (2017) all their ships will have lifeguards

Now Norwegian Cruise Lines have just announced by mid 2018 all their ships will add a lifeguard service.

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Brilliant news for parents with children or for those adults who aren’t water savvy!

Since 2015 Norwegian Cruise Lines had crew members acting as pool monitors, however they aren’t trained lifesavers. The new lifeguards will be fully trained and certified by the American Red Cross.

Family pools will be monitored during scheduled pool hours

This summer Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic will start this service onboard

Free swim vests for adults and children will also be available. These can be collected from the towel station onboard.

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For those who haven’t sailed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, their Aqua Parks are brilliant fun for all the family, especially kids! From the tropical-themed pool on Norwegian Epic to Spongebob Square Pants & Friends themed splash area. If slides are your kind of thing then you’ve hit the jackpot with Norwegian. Take a free fall and drop at the speed of 4Gs or race side by side on The Whip.

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Plus Norwegian Cruise Lines are now premium all inclusive… Feel free to enjoy a new sense of freedom at sea

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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  Norwegian Jade

Having just had  an extensive enhancement part of the new program  Norwegian Edge: 

Two new Restaurants on board, 2 new bars and lounges, public area’s refurbished with décor design updated

She will be making her  debut in Southampton this Summer for the Norwegian Fjords with also embarkation in Hamburg & Germany

Ncl have deployed 5 ships this year for the European market making it very exciting for everyone involved.

The new renovation on board the jade means that all guest will get to enjoy all the staterooms from the inside up to the haven suites:

Guest in the Haven will now experience a more chic atmosphere in there suites & villas with a complete refurbishment of the ships courtyard. Passengers will be able to soak up the sun’s rays in style in the 4 new plush cabanas on the top decks of the ship, with the new look pool area to relax and enjoy taking in all the new art work on board  the cruise as they sail in the Norwegian Fjords from Southampton

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New Restaurants on board:

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O`Sheehan’s  bar and grill

The pit stop

These 2 new venue’s will be serving up around the pool area 1950s-style American Diner atmosphere

Moderno Churrascaria:

On deck 13 with panoramic views of the ocean, new flooring’s, wall covering upgrade furniture

Cagneys Steak House

La Cucina

Norwegian signature Italian

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 All of the above have been upgraded giving you a culinary experience of a life time and one to remember in the new looking dining options

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Life on board:

There is never going to be a dull moment on your cruise with the The Atrium always at the heart of the action on the Ncl Jade with its new look Marquee chandler, new custom-designed lounge atmosphere. Checking all your great picture’s in the photo gallery in the new innovative digital monitors. Not forgetting the pool area having been extensively refurbished with new lighting, flooring, tiling around the pool and whirlpools making it a place for you kids and adults alike to have fun and meet fellow cruises and talk about the great times your having. Not forgetting Ncl now have upgrade to a premium all-inclusive cruise line making life easier for the cruise passenger’s

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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The latest announcement in the cruising world caters for those who like a little flutter whilst on their holiday

Anyone travelling on a Norwegian, Oceania or Regent Seven Seas cruise line can now benefit from a brand new reward scheme that Norwegian Cruise Line holdings Ltd have just announced.

“Casinos at Sea” is a first within the cruising industry, a loyalty reward programme for Casino players as sea, featuring 25 ships within these 3 cruise lines. Norwegian have 15 ships in their fleet, Oceania have 6 and Regent the smallest at 4.

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You can enrol on board any of their ships, the more you play, the more you win, the more points you receive, the higher up the rewards tiers you can progress. There are collectively over 4000 games fleet wide, and passengers can have their own Casinos at Seas Player cards to provide a exciting membership club. With 5 different levels here are some of the main benefits

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Tier 1  Jade Beginners

Exciting promotional offers

Reedem points for play

Transfer points from ship to ship

 

The following tiers also receive all of the above plus

Tier 2 Pearl – From 5000 points

Stateroom discounts on NCL

Special Birthday offers

 

Tier 3 Sapphire  – From 15,000 points

Convenience free waiver

Stateroom discount (Oceania and Regent)

 

Tier 4 Ruby – From 35,000 points

Complimentary drinks whilst playing

 

Tier 5 Elite – From 100,000 points

Complimentary drinks whilst playing

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It’s easy to join all you need to do is head over to the Casino host desk and pick up your casino player card and start playing, these can be used against your favourite slot machines or table games

Use your players card whilst playing your favourite slot machines and table games. The more you play, the more you get rewarded.

Table Games – Points are based on average bet, session play or hands played and game type

Reel and Video slots – For every $5 coin-in, receive 1 point

Video Poker – For every $10 coin-in, receive 1 point

Points can then be redeemed towards slot and table game play, charges off your final bill or you can save them for your next cruise. If not redeemed on your current cruise points will show on your account for 18 months

Contact me to book your perfect cruise and start playing 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.  

Norwegian Cruise Line Go All Inclusive

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As from the 6th April 2017 any passenger booking with NCL will benefit from unlimited Inclusive drinks which will include alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and will also include a variety of premium brands.

Besides the all-inclusive drinks package the gratuities will also be included in the final price which means no hidden costs awaiting  when you disembark.

The amazing thing with NCL’s new promotion is that it doesn’t just cover the first two passengers, the 3rd and 4th passengers also receive the Premium drinks package or soft drinks and Juice package depending on their age.

The All-inclusive package will cover all bars, lounges and restaurants on-board NCL’s 14 ships, including bottled and draft beer, spirits, wine and cocktails as well as soft drinks and juices.

Children are now also offered unlimited juices, soft drinks and water.

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Included in the drinks package is selected Lavazza speciality coffees

For guests staying in the Haven Suites they will receive a Premium drinks package PLUS  they will also receive 250 minutes free Wifi and $100.00 per stateroom on board spending money.

On top of the Wifi and on board spends the Haven suite guests will get to enjoy Gourmet dining valid in the following speciality restaurants:-

Cagney’s steakhouse, Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, La Cucina, Margariaville and Moderno Churrascaria.

On a personal level and being in the travel industry for over 20 years, could this be the way forward?

If we sit down and work out how much we would need to budget for drinks, gratuities etcetera it would be far more than the price difference compared to what NCL are offering.

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With the drinks package being a Premium package I’ve highlighted some examples of the Brands on offer plus many more I’ve not listed:

Beers & Ciders :-

Grolsch, Becks , Peroni, Coors Light, Red Stripe, San Miguel and Strongbow

Gin & Vodka:-

Absolut, Beefeater, Hendricks and my all-time favourite Smirnoff

The list is endless and no extra charge for branded drinks.

So remember next time you cruise with NCL you can disembark the ship without worrying what bills are awaiting!

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: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

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