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The Independence of the Seas is undergoing a major face lift, adding some fantastic new features.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line are well known for doing things on a large scale including building the largest ship in the world, the Harmony of the Seas.

As of summer 2018, the Independence of the Seas cruise ship, one of three in the Freedom Class of ships, will offer some first-at-sea stuff on board to passengers.

With a multi-million pound makeover, she is set to blow your minds! Already home to many activities on board, including the Flow Rider, Rock Climbing Wall, Ice Skating, H20 Water zone and large cinema screen on top deck, she will be introducing exciting activities such as Laser Tag, An Escape Room, Trampoline park and a couple of water slides!

Current H20 Zone on board Independence of the Seas

Laser Tag will be fun for all guests on board. Children and Adults alike can play a game of Laser Tag to brighten up there days. Bright Colours will make this a great experience for all.

The Escape room will allow passengers to try themselves and their brains to see if they have what it takes to Escape.

Bounce anyone? It is one of my favourite activities and I am sure most of you enjoy jumping on a Trampoline. With fitness and fun combined, this is a great sport for family and friends.

Adding to the exciting H20 Zone on board for children, there are going to be two wild water slides offered for children AND ADULTS!!!

If she didn’t float your boat before (excuse the pun) she certainly will now. The Independence of the Seas has so much to offer on board for all guests. What are you waiting for? Secure your place on board now.

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.  

If you would like assistance with your next cruise booking, or have any questions, please contact me on 0161 798 2512 or email me Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com – I am always happy to help.

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After the lifeboat drill everybody made their way to the pool deck 11 ready for the sail away party!! The pool area is amazing and is split into a few sections. The forward section of deck 11 has the solarium indoor area and then through the sliding doors you go through to the open deck pool area where there is a pool bar and a big movie screen as well as hot tubs (some hotter than others) and through to the other side going towards the aft of deck 11 is the H2O kids zone complete with self service ice cream station which was a favourite with my 6yr old.

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One thing to mention is due to the slippery pool area and most people wearing flip flops there were a lot of accidents with people slipping across the deck. I myself had a fall coming from the toilets to the pool area but mainly it was my pride that hurt as I flew across the deck!. There is always visible lifeguards on hand constantly watching everyone and they don’t sit down they literally stand at the pool all day with the a red buoy in hand. I found this very reassuring as my 6 year old seems to have no fear when it comes to the water. As we sailed out of Barcelona port the atmosphere was amazing the sun was shining, champagne flowing and a DJ appeared from a hole near to the movie screen. As the sail away party got under way the DreamWorks characters appeared to all the children’s delights and they danced away to the music with the reps! This was the best sail away i have ever experienced all geared towards families as this was within half term break there were many families on board.

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Please stay tuned for my next blog as we sail to Italy & France.

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518

 

 

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The highly anticipated day had come to board the Freedom of the Seas in Barcelona and to say we were excited was an understatement. We had pre-booked a private transfer to come and get us from the hotel and take us to the ship. The driver arrived promptly and we had a 20 – 25 minute journey to the ship. As we arrived at the cruise terminal at approx. 12.30pm there were lots of people as there was a few other ships as well as ours in Barcelona that day. We queued for around 20 minutes and as we are gold members once the queue entered the cruise terminal we were able to join the gold fast track line which was slightly quicker. As we had checked in prior to arrival online and printed out our sea passes,  the check in process was quick and easy and we headed through to the ship. We were greeted by the friendly staff with a glass of cava on arrival. When we walked through there was staff offering beverage package options which we were planning to take up anyway so we added them on straight away. This meant we didn’t have to queue at guest relations making the start to our cruise easy and stress free! Well done Royal! The cost of the ultimate beverage package was $441 for the 8 days which was well worthwhile as this includes most drinks such as spirits, cocktails, sodas and more. I like Cognac as my tipple and was able to have Courvoisier & Remy Martin as part of my package. I was also able to have house champagne and prosecco which are also favourites of mine! My Daughter had a soda package for the week which cost round $65 and there are self service soda machines around the ship so drinks can be had 24hours. We arrived at our cabin and our luggage hadn’t arrived yet but we decided to go in and explore.

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We had an inside cabin up on deck 10 towards the front of the ship, the ocean view cabins are just the same but the mirror above the bed would be the window. The bed arrangements for my daughter was great as she had a bunk style bed above us with a rail on it so she couldn’t fall out which she loved with little ladders to it. There was also a curtain which could be closed if she was asleep to divide the room so we didn’t disturb her. After a quick look around the cabin we headed upstairs to the deck above to explore the pool deck and grab some food at the windjammer buffet style restaurant located at the aft of the pool deck.

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The windjammer food was amazing, so much choice and everything labelled to avoid confusion. There is also a section of the windjammer called jade that has an Asian influence as well so there really is lots of variation to suit any requirement. Although this is all self service there are staff walking around taking bar drinks orders if required which I thought was a nice touch. We found the food to be of a very high standard and the staff were very helpful and friendly. On the way back to our cabin we stopped by at the adventure ocean kids club to register my daughter, the staff were very inviting and my daughter cerise wanted to play straight away but the club doesn’t operate on the 1st day due to the registration period. We headed back to the cabin to check if our luggage had been delivered and it had so we got changed into our swim suits and headed back up to deck 11 to the pool area to explore. As a 1st day tip for next time I would pack a small hand luggage bag with swim suits in and sun cream as sometimes it can take a good few hours to receive your luggage to your cabin. Stay tuned for my next blog as we sail away…..

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the first thing you do when you embark a cruise ship?

When I embark my cruise, the first thing I do is head straight up to the top deck by the pool and grab a cocktail. I will generally sit and stay here for an hour or so, taking in the new surroundings and people on board. In this time my husband has usually made his way to the buffet restaurant to get a head start on the “eating” week ahead. After an hour or so relaxing and checking out what the top deck has to offer, we make our way down the ship, deck-by-deck. This gives us a chance to see some of the ship before the rest of the passengers are on board.

When we are finished with having a walk around, if our cabin is ready we will go and check it out. Then we will head back up to the top deck to soak up more sun and cocktails.

I am sure most of you agree, one thing I hate to have to do when I embark is go to the muster drill. I feel as though my holiday has just got going and then It is put on hold for a very short while for the drill. Sitting there waiting for the other passengers to arrive at the drill is almost as annoying! I try to be the last one there, so I am the first out. And, lets be honest, the Drill is not the most entertaining to keep your attention.

This is why I think Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd are brilliant to have introduced an eight-minute video for their muster drill, which is designed to bring some fun to the dreaded drill on board!

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All three brands; Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line & Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will all be introducing the new video across their fleets. Azamara Club Cruises and Celebrity Cruise Line have already been showing the video on their ships, RCCL will introduce on their ships this month.

Named as “Operation: Little Bear” – The new muster video is a short film following the adventures of a secret agent who has been sent on board a cruise ship to intercept a gold teddy before it gets in to the hands of the wrong person. The agent on board has an off ship partner who supports her and helps her navigate around the ship and all of the safety procedures she will need to follow along the way.

According to the Cruise Company, the film will dramatize the do’s and don’ts of the safety on board in an entertaining way and promote the recall of safety messages.

So, lets hope the muster drill is no longer dreaded and is more welcomed by passengers.

If you would like assistance with your next cruise booking, or have any questions, please contact me on 0161 798 2512 or email me Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com – I am always happy to help.

 

Nicknamed as the “Big Easy”, New Orleans is a Louisiana city located on the Mississippi River, close to the Gulf of Mexico.

For the first time in three years, Royal Caribbean will be docking the Vision of the Seas cruise ship here for the 2018/19 winter season, offering seven night sailings to the Bahamas and Mexico.

Prior to moving to New Orleans in December 2018, the ship will sail two 16-night Panama Canal voyages from Miami to Los Angeles, and then from Los Angeles to New Orleans. This will also be the first time in 3 years that Royal Caribbean will offer Panama Canal sailings.

Well known for its vibrant live-music and twenty-four-seven nightlife, New Orleans has lots of offer. The festival spirit will be in full swing when they sail the winter season, with the late-winter carnival renowned for its raucous costume parades and street parties. The French quarter is a great place to hang out with jazz music sounding all day and all night long. Be sure to try the cuisine whilst there, as the city is French-Founded, this has a huge influence over the food.

New Orleans Paddle Steamer (Riverboat)
New Orleans Paddle Steamer (Riverboat)

Music is a Huge part of the New Orleans culture, with a huge thanks to legend Louis Armstrong who was a native of the Big Easy, and now has a public park named after him; Louis Armstrong Park. New Orleans International Airport is named New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport.

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Louis Armstrong Statue in Louis Armstrong park

 

It could be that famous play writer Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III said it better than anyone: “America has only three cities; New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.” Even the Bright lights of Las Vegas and the Sky High buildings of New York do not compare to this unique city. New Orleans is a place like no other with a must see SkyLine for everyone visiting.

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The New Orleans, City Skyline

 

This is a place on my bucket list that I will definitely be visiting and to combine with my favourite cruise line of all time is a must for me. So, if your sailing on the Vision of the Seas from New Orleans, I may see you there.

If you would like assistance with your next cruise booking, or have any questions, please contact me on 0161 798 2512 or email me Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com – I am always happy to help.

 

Here at Cruise Club UK we are constantly tailoring enticing offers and we have put together some cracking deals with my favourite Cruise line Royal Caribbean! I am sailing with them myself at the end of this month so please look forward to my blog on my return. In the mean time let me tell you about some exciting offers we have featured in our new mailer!

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Malaysia and the Far East

Our offer includes return flights overnight out to Singapore and on arrival you will then transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay at the popular 4* Park hotel Clarke Quay. This exquisite hotel is a tropical retreat by the side of Singapore River and the entertainment enclave of Clarke Quay. After your overnight stay in Singapore you will then be transfered to Singapore port for embarkation aboard the Mariner of the Seas for your 7 night Malaysia & Far East cruise. This itinerary includes an overnight on board the ship in Thailand to give you more time to explore! After your cruise we transfer you back to the airport and where you will relax in the premium lounge and enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks before flying home! With prices from as little as £1699 per person & $100 on board spend per cabin this is a fantastic deal.

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Exotic Bali & The Far East

Looking for something more exotic? why not try our exclusive offer again aboard Mariner of the Seas. We will fly you out to Bali for a 4 night 5* hotel stay at the Novotel Bali Nusa Dua! This Beautiful hotel is located in the peaceful area of Nusa Dua and features a great lagoon 1,500 m² pool surrounded by tropical gardens and has a private beach club with beautiful sunrise views. After your relaxing stay in Bali we transfer you to the airport for your onwards flight to Singapore. On Arrival we transfer you to the 1st class Grand Copthorne Waterfront located along Singapore river for a 2 night pre cruise stay. You will then board the Mariner of the Seas for a 7 night Vietnam & Thailand cruise (overnight stay on board) before flying back to the UK. With prices as low as £1999 per person this is an exotic bargain.

Don’t forget: Get up to £100 off your next cruise with Double Bonus Points

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

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Here at Cruise Club UK we are constantly tailoring enticing offers and we have put together some cracking deals with my favourite Cruise line Royal Caribbean! I am sailing with them myself at the end of this month so please look forward to my blog on my return. In the mean time let me tell you about some exciting offers we have featured in our new mailer!

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New York, New England & Canada

We are offering return flights out to New York and a 3 night pre cruise stay at the 4* Excelsior hotel enabling you to make the most of New York! The hotel offers a residential style experience in the heart of New York’s upper Westside. The hotel is located right next to Central Park and Times square can be reached in approx. 30 min walk. After your stay in New York you will be taken to Cape Liberty to board the Quantum Class Anthem of the Seas. Having been on the ship when she first launched in 2015 I hadn’t experienced anything like it before! Boasting state of the art Technology, world class dining and the best entertainment I have ever seen on any ship this really is the future but today! The 9 night itinerary on board covers New England & Canada. Prices starting from as little as £1799 per person.

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Caribbean Connoisseur

We are offering return flights out to Fort Lauderdale ready for an overnight stay at the 4* Renaissance Fort Lauderdale hotel which is located at the entrance to port everglades. After your overnight stay you will then embark on the Serenade of the Seas for your 10 night Caribbean cruise. With action packed activities, incredible dining and entertainment & acres of glass offering stunning ocean views this is a perfect ship for sailing in the Caribbean. With prices starting from just £1499 per person why not treat yourself!

Don’t forget: Get up to £100 off your next cruise with Double Bonus Points

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

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I thought i would share some good news with you from Royal Caribbean about an offer that started yesterday which I have never seen before. Royal Caribbean have a fantastic offer that started yesterday applicable between the dates of 28 April 2017 to 02 May 2017. If you have already booked or are indeed thinking of booking I would definitely the holiday confirmed this weekend before the offer ends so you can take advantage of this fabulous deal.  They are offering up to 30% reduction on onboard services and shore excursions. This flash sale offer is applicable to selected sailings between 15th May & 30th November 2017.

This fantastic offer would be applicable to the following…

  • Unlimited Specialty Dining package for just $24 per night
  • 30% Beverage packages
  • Up to 20% off Shore Excursions
  • Up to 30% off Spa Treatments
  • Up to 30% off VOOM Surf & Stream Internet
  • 20% off Bottomless Galley Brunch

 

I personally am travelling with Royal Caribbean on the Freedom of the Seas as a family of 3 next month and i think this is an amazing offer. Anyone who has travelled with Royal Caribbean before knows that shore excursions, beverages, spa treatments and internet packages can be so expensive and adds so much to the overall expense of your holiday. This is why I urge you to get the reduction this weekend and take full advantage of the offer as this can make a substantial difference to your overall holiday expense  when looking at the bigger picture. I will be blogging after my experience onboard freedom of the seas next month, so stay tuned for a detailed account of my own family holiday coming soon……

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: Becky@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2518.

   The new sound of adventure is arriving April 2018

Introducing Symphony of the Seas with new firsts at sea guaranteed to make your cruise holiday extraordinary

Everything with regards to Symphony of the Seas has been very hush hush….. So here’s what we do know:

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 European sailings from Rome & Barcelona, 7 & 8 nights from April 2018

Example sailing:

21 April 2018, 7 nights from Barcelona:

Palma de Mallorca

Provence (Marseille) France

Florence/Pisa (La Spezia0 Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy

Naples, Italy

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Back to Barcelona to disembark

Caribbean sailings from Miami, 3, 4 & 7 nights from November 2018

European sailings on sale now, with Caribbean sailings on sale from 17/03/17

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She will come with Royal Caribbean favourites: two FlowRiders, Zipline, Studio B Ice Skating Rink, Jamie’s Italian, Bionic Bar, AquaTheatre, Ultimate Abyss plus more exciting details to be announced over the coming months

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Royal Caribbean Oasis Class Ships have been growing in size since the launch of Oasis of the Seas in 2009. Allure of the Seas launched in 2010, with Harmony of the Seas just launched last year and is proving very popular

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I’m sure the soon to be latest member of the very popular Oasis Class, Symphony of the Seas will have all the fantastic facilities Harmony of the Seas does plus some exciting extras?

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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: Becky@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518

 

 

 

Known as a Family Brand, Royal Caribbean are increasing safety measures on board their ships – fleet wide!!!

Passengers on board any Royal Caribbean ship will now notice a few new crew members on board, who are hanging by the pools on top deck. These are licensed lifeguards, which are just part of the new water safety programme implemented by Royal Caribbean. With new signage and water safety instructions added along with the new crew members.

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Current swimming pool signage on board Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean pride themselves on being one of, if not the best Family Cruise Brand at sea. They understand families needs and cater for all. With this in mind, the swimming pools on board a cruise ship can be an important part of a cruise holiday, which is why the cruise line want to ensure it is as safe as possible for the guests.

The new lifeguards will be trained by Florida based training company StarGuard Elite.

It is said there will be at least one lifeguard on duty at every pool on board, which also includes the Solarium. Passengers should be aware this is the only role a Lifeguard will be working whilst on board, so don’t expect them to bring you a cocktail whilst you soak up the sun.

All lifeguards will be highly visible wearing a bright red and white uniform.

Swim Vests are known as one of the best swimming aids for children, and are very safe. Royal Caribbean offer complimentary swim vest for the pool use. for all children aged between 4 and 12. Hey, that’s just one thing less to pack, or remember!!

Swim vests offered by Royal Caribbean cruise line for children
Swim vests offered by Royal Caribbean cruise line for children

It is important to remember, children under the age of 12 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian even with the presence of a lifeguard.

They will publish snippets of safety advice in their daily cruise compass which is delivered to all cabins on board. On embarkation day, children and parents at the Adventure Ocean Club will be invited to attend a 15 minute safety introduction.

As I am sure you agree, Safety first!!!

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.