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Strictly Come Dancing Cruises: 

Back by popular demand by you the passenger.

From April to August 2018 • Onboard: Britannia, Azura & Ventura

The Atrium of the ship is where you will first notice with all the fabulous costumes and glitz of the ballroom dresses. Feather, sequins all the lovely bright colors dazzling in the light so

getting even closer to show and the stars costumes being displayed for you.

Spot the strictly stars enjoying there cruise just like you, chatting with passengers photos been taken, a few laughs along the way i am sure. Camilla Dallerup, Ian Waite, Arlene Phillips, & everyone’s favorite Craig Revel Horwood  ( fabulous darling ).

The theme as we know is dance so never a dull moment on your cruise from Southampton 2018. There is so much to do on board relating to the strictly cruise competition between the stars & guests alike , Tango, waltz, quick step, fox trot, and many more.  Competitions Main event after all the dancing is over the duration of your cruise will be held in the main theater where guest & strictly dancer’s  will compete with each other for the coveted prize the Glitter ball. 

Even if you are not taking part in the competition do not feel like your left out because this is not the case. Lots of daily events guide via Horizon will keep you informed all the events for the day regards to cruise and shows on board.

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This is always a firm favorite with the passengers to watch the show performed by one of the many dancing professional couples.

 

To round all of this up,  you will then see the most beautiful Rumba preformed leaving you mesmerized knowing that you have had such a great cruise.

So if your a keen dancer or want to learn some of them steps then why not book your next cruise with P&O Cruise and make sure you have the (time of your life )

Exact dancer names are to be advised but we will keep you upto date with information

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Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Olive@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2546

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The supreme court located in Bermuda has now ruled that same marriage is now legal and the following cruise lines like Cunard, P&O and Princess have now addressed the issue and will start taking bookings for 2018 sailings. The stipulation is that any ship registered from Bermuda will be able to perform the ceremony. With the exception of P&O Britannia, all P&O cruise lines ship will be able to offer the service that are registered in Bermuda. The ceremonies will be performed by the ship’s Captain or the Deputy Captain and the marriage licences will be issued in Bermuda.

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The first same sex marriage will take place onboard the P&O Azura this coming January 2018, P&O’s weddings at Sea packages start from £1200.00 and will take place in the Caribbean.

For the past 5 years Cunard Cruise Lines has offered weddings at sea package and range from $2,800 on both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and from $3,400 on Queen Mary 2.

Mean while Princess Cruise Lines has revelaed it also intends to hold same sex marriages onboard all 13 ships that they have registered in Bermuda – Princess Cruise Lines is also part of the Carnival Corportaion.

I believe now that other international cruise lines will now follow suit and offer sex sex marriages and wold wide international destinations. We are now living in 2017 where sexual orientation should not play a role in everyday life, people should be able to live freely and avoid discrimination.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

P&O Adonia will start sailing the Mediterranean again from the 16th June 2017 where she will embark on a full European schedule. Once the summer schedule has been completed she will then set sail for the Caribbean on her trans atlantic sailing where she will then home port out of Barbados for winter 2017 and early spring 2018.

P&O Adonia’s full list of sailings will become available today and goes on sale to the Caribbean Tier, Peninsular Club, Ligurian Tier and Baltic Tier, from the 8th December 2016 the sailings will become available to the general public.

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Because of P&O Adonia’s size she can sail into the worlds most famous ports but also offer an in sight into some of the more smaller and remote ports that larger ships just simply cant sail into, the ship will still be the same P&O Adonia that everyone loves but with afew updates to make her feel lighter and brighter on board.

P&O have updated her soft furnishings and the fabrics used on the ship have been given a more brighter look to take her into the 21st century. The cruise line have also introduced the new Olly Smith’s The Glass House – a stunning restaurant with excellent foods and wines to complement each other.

For Summer 2017 P&O Adonia will be offering sailings old and new which will feature Iberia, Western Mediterranean, Iceland, British Isles and the famous Canary Islands, the sailings will be scheduled from June to October 2017.

A new and exciting port of call be an over night stop in Bordeaux for all you wine lovers, a maiden call to Puerto Banus in Spain to catch a glimpse of all those super yachts just to name a few.

For you Caribbean lovers P&O Adonia will sail from Caribbean in the winter time and will visit various ports in the Caribbean and parts of South America.

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: Colin@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

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!

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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.

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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.

 

Can you believe it’s that time of year again? I can’t! The festivities will be out in full force soon, including the Christmas markets.

Seen your local markets every year and getting a bit tired with them? sick and tired of the same-old high street hustle? just want to take a short break before Christmas? Then why not take a mini cruise to the Christmas markets in Europe?

There are more cruise lines offering these short breaks each year, as they become more and more popular with cruising passengers.

Imagine twinkling fairy lights, enormous glitzy Christmas trees, local products, the smell of mulled wine, cinnamon biscuits and different things to buy, that you just cant find at home.

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Hamburg Christmas Markets

 

If you love this time of year, there is no better way to get into the spirit of Christmas! With no flying, comes no luggage restrictions, which means you can take as much home with you as you like. Think of all the unique hand crafted gifts you could buy and the local delights you can bring back with you.

After a full day of getting “Christmassy” you are then back on board your beautiful cruise ship to relax and unwind. Now, that’s much better than traipsing the high streets isn’t it?

Christmas Markets in Bruges, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Dublin and Amsterdam are brilliant! P&O Cruise Lines, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and even Emerald Waterways are all offering wonderful Christmas market sailings this year.

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Do you want to make it a very special and merry Christmas? If so, give me a call and get your Christmas market cruise arranged now before they are all full.

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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 or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or 0161 798 2512

 

P&O Cruise lines have announced their plans to build the largest ever ship, built for the UK Market.

After the launch of the Britannia last year, we haven’t heard much from P&O in terms of new ships being on the Horizon. They are set to build a 5,200 passenger ship which is planned for delivery for 2020.

This will be the largest ship built specifically for the UK Market.

Staying with the ‘Family-Friendly’ cruising, the ship will weigh over a whopping 180,000 tons and will of course be based out of Southampton Cruise Port.

Currently, the Britannia is the largest ship in the P&O fleet, with capacity for 3,647 passengers, weighing 141,000 tons – its safe to say she will be dwarfed by the new arrival.

Names for the new vessel are still being decided.

Senior Vice President of P&O, Paul Ludlow, has quite excitedly said that due to the size of the ship, this will give the cruise line a chance to add some features to the ship which will be new to the brand. He has stated, don’t expect dodgems, rock climbing or sky diving on board. They will be keeping to the P&O taste, evolving rather than change.

We are set to receive more information on the new ship on 26th October 2016.

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

P&O Cruises is looking to bring forward their booking cycle by six months, launching its 2018 programme earlier than ever. The launch usually goes on sale in either March or April for the following year, but according to the company senior vice president Paul Ludlow, they are going to be bringing that forward by six months to 19 September due to increased demand and customer feedback.

According to the cruise line, more customers are booking earlier and opting for ‘Select’ fares, which includes extra benefits such as priority on dining times and cabin upgrades. Past passengers will receive a 10% discount and new customers will get 5% discount on the fares if they book before 30 November.

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The 2018 programme includes 36 cruises which will be sailing in the school holidays, the most that P&O have ever done. It will also include seven new maiden calls, a new 30-day Canadian cruise on Arcadia, a new 12-night Norwegian Fjord cruise and more evening and overnight calls. The new ports of call will be Capri and Rapallo in Italy, Rovinj in Croatia, Kristiansund in Norway and Gaspé, Sept Iles and Iles de la Madeleine which are all in Canada.

They will be offering 26 evening calls which will be leaving ports no earlier than 9pm and overnights in eight different destinations – Alta in Norway, Amsterdam, Funchal in Madeira, Hamilton (Bermuda), New York, Quebec, Reykjavik in Iceland and St Petersburg in Russia.

These cruises will go on general sale on 19th September 2016 and prices start from just £599 per person. You can pre-register your interest today by e-mailing me – 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. 

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

Thanks for reading and keep on cruising!

Cruise lines now are moving towards offering customers the option to pre book a drinks package, making your cruise experience ALL INCLUSIVE. If you time it right and book when Cruise Lines have their monthly campaigns, a all inclusive drinks package could be included in the cost saving you $$$£££, prior to your sailing. At time of publish the following cruise companies offer drinks inclusive:

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruise Lines

Opting for a luxury cruise line would include most of your drinks – Azamara, Silversea, Regent, Seabourn to name but a few

I feel this is the way forward for the cruise line’s, as more and more people are choosing to cruise with there families and friends

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Each cruise line offer different options: 

Basic drinks package

Drinks at meal times only

Soda only

Full Monty

Kids drinks

Not just the adults are included, the children can choose a soda option too, which does make it easier on the parents. No more asking to refill their drinks, as they just have to go to the bars for their refills of soda…

Each company is different though and here we give you the low down:

Holland America Cruise Lines

Opt to pre purchase a beverage card, ranging from soda only at $25 per person giving you $50 to spend once on board

other options include:

$50 non alcoholic beverage card

$50 to $200 beverage card, including soda, coffee’s, spirits, wine, beer

Keep checking back with us as we sometimes include a beverage card on selected sailings!

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Drinks packages with P&O can be booked in advance or once on board, options include:

Soft drinks package – £35 per person, includes 20 refills

Costa Coffee Card – £21.50 per person, includes 10 Primo Coffees – latte, Americano, iced coffees

Wine packages ranging from 4 bottles at £88, you can mix and match wines from a dedicated list (you actually save 15% when pre purchasing)

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Packages! Brindiamo, Piu Gusto, Intenditore package’s do vary in the cost and  are unlimited in the restaurants, bars ,  and your stateroom  payable in Euro’s from 29.99pppday to 43.99pppday,  dependent on the option you preference of drinks package you choose!!!..

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The Allegrissimo unlimited drinks package for 22.00 Euro’s per day includes with a wide range of drinks and cocktails, a dedicated wine selection by the glass, draught beers, soda’s and fruits juices. They also have a wide selection of drinks package’s to choose from choose the one that suits your preference!!!

Princess

Princess have introduced a drinks package from $57pppday includes any individual beverage item in the package up to the of $10 ( retail value ) with the likes of cocktails, spirits, wine’s, beers, coffee & tea’s. This is not including wine by the bottle but can be purchased at the bars, dinning rooms and speciality restaurants at a 40% discount price. Princess again do have a wide selection of drinks package’s to suit all customer’s weather you like a nice bottle of wine or just prefer and nice cappuccino or latte

Norwegian Cruise Lines

The Ultimate drinks package for the ages 21 is $79.00 per day. This gives you a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails, wine by the glass and bottled water.

Cork and caps wine and beers are from $59.00 per day similar to the ultimate but excludes cocktails and the bottled water:

Soda package’s vary in cost from $5.50- $750 per day:

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I have worked in the travel industry for over 24 years and seen lots of changes in the buying trends as the years go by!

So would I recommend the all inclusive? I thinks the answer is yes, it makes life easier on board and hassle free, so what more can I ask for..

So lets start looking for your next holiday, why not consider a cruise for the family and give us a call and I can get you booked on your next family adventure!

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@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2546