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P&O Cruises have confirmed it will build a second 5,200-passenger ship, estimated for delivery in 2022. This leaves us excited for two new megaships in the near future.

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The second new ship and its yet to be named sister ship will be the largest cruise ships ever built for the British market; the first ship is due to launch in 2020. Both are being built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Like its sister ship, the new ship will run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuel, which will significantly reduce air emissions. The “green cruising” technology will make both new ships the most environmentally friendly in P&O Cruises’ history.

Senior Vice President Paul Ludlow states “We have a bold and ambitious vision for P&O Cruises to become Britain’s number one holiday choice and we can only do that by increasing our fleet,”

“The build for our 2020 ship begins this spring and it will offer all generations of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships.”

Until the first ship launches in 2020, P&O Cruises’ flagship — the 3,647-passenger Britannia — will hold the title for the largest ship in the fleet.

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P&O boast Choice, flexibility and the ability to create your own on board experiences on their new ships. They want you to rest and play your way.

The new ships have been designed by the worlds leading design and guest experience teams to make sure you have a wealth of dining, entertainment, socialising and relaxation to make your cruise even more enjoyable.

Choose from:

  • More than fifteen places to eat to suit all appetites and occasions
  • Eight speciality restaurants
  • More than ten places to enjoy a drink and take in sea views
  • Sixteen whirlpools
  • Four swimming pools (three outside and one inside)
  • Eight places to have breakfast
  • Four places to take afternoon tea
  • Eight places to enjoy fresh coffee
  • Plenty of entertainment venues from the theatre to venues for adults only

If you would like any further information with regards to the above sailings please feel free to contact via phone or email.

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P&O are making a change to their previous policies, P&O has imposed a new code of conduct for passengers that prohibits offensive clothing and will place restrictions on the amount of alcohol brought on board

 

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The code states that each passenger 18 or older will be allowed to bring only one bottle of wine, Champagne, beer, spirits or liquor up to one litre during initial embarkation. Additional alcohol, including any purchased ashore or in onboard duty free shops will be confiscated and held until the last night of each sailing.

 

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The new regulations also ban custom group clothing with personal photos or slogans, as well as clothing with offensive messages and fancy dress outside of designated theme nights, which may include 60’s, 70’s, Hawaii, western or black and white.

 

The policy also requires passengers 17 and older to adhere to two dress codes, these are resort wear or leisurewear for evening casual nights (this includes no light jeans, football shirts, trainers or shorts) and cocktail dresses or evening gowns for women and suits and tuxedos for men on black tie nights

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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!

Have you heard the recent announcement from P&O Cruises?

A new mega ship has been ordered

What we know:

With an expected delivery date of 2020, the new ship will be built by Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany

Bigger and better that than their flagship Britannia at 180,000 tons she won’t be the biggest ship in the world. However at 5,200 passenger capacity she will be the largest ship built purely for the UK market

Powered by an environmentally friendly energy source – LNG – liquefied natural gas

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P&O Oriana is to undergo a 3 week refurbishment in November 2016. This will include a complete makeover of cabins, bars, restaurants, entertainment areas and public areas, creating an elegant and sophisticated look for her future sailings

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The new ‘stay connected’ internet programme from P&O will replace their previous minute’s package. Staying connected could not be easier, with three 24 hour wi fi packages

The connect package – Social media £7.75

The browse package – internet browsing, social media (no video streaming) £12.50

The works package – you get all the above plus stream YouTube, apple music, video calling and email £24.95

Packages can be purchased in advance or once on board the ship

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Next year will see P&O celebrate 180 years of history

Add holiday sparkle by booking a 2017 select price sailing – giving you extra on board spend – book before 30th September 2016

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Pre register for 2018 sailings from today until 14th September 2016. General sales are available to book from 19th September 2016. Plus:

For past quests you can save upto 10% off the cost of your cruise. For new passengers a 5% discount is available. Book a select price cruise for Summer 2018 by 30th November 2016 and take advantage of the low 5% deposit

  We all love a Christmas market – mulled wine (complete with free mugs), gifts, craft’s and of course the great hog roast and German sausages

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Some of the biggest cities throughout Europe offer Christmas Markets and what better way to experience them on a cruise. Great value for money – enjoy markets during the day and back on board for sumptuous food, drinks and entertainment by night

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The Ice rink and ice sculptures are the main attraction here, surrounded by market stalls and many bars dotted around selling beers/mulled wine. Or opt to visit Brussels – the Grand palace is decorated with festive garlands and colourful lights

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This is huge – over 26 neighbourhood markets all offering something a little bit different. Christmas themed activities take place over the month of December

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Handmade Christmas decorations and gifts made by local craftsmen. Santa flies over the rooftops during the afternoon and evening

Copenhagen

Not the cheapest of destinations, however the most authentic. The famous Tivoli Gardens are transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with reindeer (expect snow)

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Best of all there is no luggage allowance limit for cruising – plenty of space to buy and pack Christmas stocking fillers you purchase

There’s no better way to get in the spirit….

Various cruise lines have some amazingly priced short break festive cruises:

Cruise & maritime – lead in price £229 based on 18th December 2016, 3 nights – Amsterdam

P&O – lead in price £269 based on 3rd December 2016, 2 nights – Western Europe

Cunard – lead in price £349 based on 9th December 2016, 3 nights – Bruges Short Break

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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: Jon@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2520

 

 

 

You have to love and hate this time of year….. For me the love part: time for the BBC’s best show Strictly Come Dancing – and the hate part: The countdown to Christmas begins!

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I’ve been an avid fan of the show since it started back in 2004 with Natasha Kaplinsky as the series 1 winner, to Caroline Flack in 2014.

Did you know that Bruno has given out the most 10’s (score) during the whole series

Expect to see Ballroom at its best, Latin American and specialty dancing. Approx 8.7 Million people turn on to watch this show

It’s no wonder that P&O have themed Cruises for 2016. Get to meet some of your favourite professional dancers. Learn about the sparkly world of ‘Strictly’ and view some of the amazing costumes. Take to the dance floor and show them your moves, or sit back and enjoy the show.

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The following cruises will be BBC Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises:

2016 Cruises

Azura 14 night, Mediterranean – 22 July 2016

Britannia 13 night, Canary Islands – 16 May 2016, 13 night, Canary Islands – 5 June 2016

Ventura 14 night, Canary Islands – 22 April 2016

I don’t know about you, but from me it’s a 7

For further information please visit our website or call our knowledgeable Sales Team

 

That’s all from me………………KEEP DANCING

 

We recently had the news that Carnival are set to take the Adonia from the P&O fleet and start a company called Fathom, a company which will offer a combination of a volunteering holiday and a cruise for a new wave of voluntourists .

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According to research there has been a growth in demand for holidays where you go and work in the places you visit communities and have a positive impact on peoples’ lives and this is pretty much what the Adonia has to look forward too. She will be sailing out of Miami and taking “ voluntourists ” to the Caribbean where guest will be given the chance to work on activities such as planting crops, providing clean water, teaching English to the islands school children and working with women’s co-operatives to make artisan chocolates. There will also be a change to the on board experience, where shows are to be replaced with briefings on the next day’s work, Spanish lessons and community building exercises.

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Now if this is what people want to do when they go on their holidays then I have no problem with that at all. In fact, I have even looked into doing a volunteering holiday myself in the past as I think it would be a good experience. What I cannot understand though, is why Carnival would take the Adonia? She is one of P&O’s most popular and most profitable ships. A lot of people prefer the smaller, more traditional and more intimate cruises and P&O will lose this when their only ‘boutique’ cruise ship leaves the fleet. Why not use one of the older Carnival, Costa or AIDA ships instead? After all Carnival own all of these brands and could quite easily have chosen a different ship.

I think a lot of P&O customers will be very disappointed with this decision that Carnival has taken as the Adonia has quite a loyal customer base.

What are your thoughts on the move? Will you miss her?

 

Something new in the Cruise industry and is receiving lots of mixed reviews since its announcement…. Voluntourism

So in short here’s my explanation:

Carnival Corp. will be using the much loved P&O Adonia ship (mainly for its size of 700 plus passengers). The ship will be rebranded as the ‘fathom’, each week it will sail from Miami to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, from April 2016.

What to expect:

Volunteer activities including teaching English and building water filtration systems. This will be taught for 2 days on board. Once in port you spend 3 days working with locals and volunteer groups, using your new found skills.

Don’t expect all the luxuries you’re used to on board, after all this isn’t about the cruising experience. Food will be sourced locally, entertainment will be mingling with your fellow passengers and discussing your new found skills!

Prices include training, taxes and port charges and all volunteer excursions

I’ve read lots of positive and negative reviews surrounding this and although I would love to give something back and experience this, I can’t help but ask… What difference will 3 days work make?

I came to the conclusion that if everyone thought like that nothing would be achieved!

 

For more details please email: laura@cruiseclubuk.com