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Barcelona

Blend city living with beautiful coastline, cosmopolitan shopping, unique dining and incredible nightlife and that’s just the start

Why Barcelona in my opinion is a great place to do a pre or post cruise stay

Here at Cruise club we have a great selection of hotels that will appeal to everyone with different options on budget style and location

Personally I like to work with H10 Hotels, having fourteen hotels spread out over this vibrant city I can normal choose one of their hotels that guests would like to stay at personally my favourite hotel is the H10 M Marina which is just a short walk from the beach Whether you are a culture vulture or are simply out for a few days of leisure and relaxation, our hotels in the centre of Barcelona will make sure that you make the most of your holiday

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Dining

The most authentic thing you can do in Barcelona is take a visit to one of the markets buy a baguette and some cheese and a nice bottle of wine and go and sit in one of the beautiful parks that Barcelona has to offer

Or treat yourself to one of the tapas restaurants scattered around this great city

From Monday to Friday do what the locals do when going for lunch they order Deldia which is a fixed priced and you get three courses wine and water

If you install the Restalo app this is great for getting deals and offers in and around Barcelona

Leaving a tip is not expected in most restaurants but it all depends on you and how you rate the service you was given 5% is generally enough

Things of interest

One or Two day bus tour

Discover the spectacular sights with this one day two day hop on hop off bus tour prices start from £26.00 per person

Montserrat tour from Barcelona including lunch

Venture into the Catalan countryside to visit Montserrat and go wine tasting on this full-day tour from Barcelona.   Begin your tour in Plaça Catalunya, where you will hop aboard an air-conditioned bus to the Natural Park of the Mountain of Montserrat, just an hour away from Barcelona. A unique massif famous for its gothic shapes, beautiful views, and trails, Montserrat is said to be the most important mountain in Catalonia

Prices start at £85.00 per person

Flamenco night at Tablao cordobes

Make your own way to Tablao Cordobes, located on Barcelona’s iconic La Rambla boulevard, and take a seat at a table positioned in front of the stage. Opt for the traditional buffet option to select from an appetizing array of 33 hot and cold dishes or simply order a drink from an extensive menu during the show.

So now pick your cruise, there are so many cruises that depart from Barcelona you will be spoilt for choice please visit are our website cruiseclubukuk.com and search your next cruise

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Celebrity Cruises will be increasing their gratuity rates from January 2, 2018.

Celebrity Cruises is increasing the automatic gratuity rates by $1. For standard cabins, the amount will go up to $14.50, the new rate for Concierge Class and Aqua Class cabins will be $15.00 and suites will have an increased rate of $18.00.

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Celebrity Cruise Line has stated that any pre-existing bookings will have until January 2nd to purchase their gratuities at the old rate. Bookings from Jan 2nd and for those guests wanting to pay gratuities on the ship from that date will have to pay the new automatic rates.

The gratuities are automatically taken off the onboard SeaPass account but guests can still change the gratuities at the end of the cruise if they really want to. The gratuities are paid and shared among crew members in the housekeeping, dining room and bar departments.

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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) So that’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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Tipping crew members and staff has long been a tradition associated with cruising. Guests who are new to cruising can be in for a shock when they realise, just how much of an extra charge is added to their account, and guests who cruise on a regular basis can get lost with each cruise lines tipping policy

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Gratuities are at the discretion of the guest, and the cruise line advise that guests can tip an amount that is comfortable to them, under the recommended daily amount set by the cruise line. Of course, guests can decide not to tip and are advised to contact guest services, however this is not encouraged.

Adding to the confusion, are the varying amounts from one cruise line to another, usually the US lines charge the highest rates, starting at around $13.00 per person, per day. A typical family of four on a two week cruise would see around $728.00 (£560.00) added to their account, which can be very off putting

Comparing tips to UK companies such as P&O Cruises, who charge around £6.50 per person, per day, with children under the age of 12 years, not being included in the tipping policy

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Guests who enjoy premium staterooms, or suites can be subject to a higher rate of gratuities, to account for added extras and services, and in some cases, the services of a butler

There are some cruise lines that offer gratuities within the cruise fare, including Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea

It has been argued that cruise lines should absorb the cost of tips into the cruise fare overall like some premium cruise lines, such as Crystal and Seabourn and Azamara. In April 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the whole fleet will include not only gratuities, but a beverage package within the cost of the fare, with this in mind, will other cruise lines follow suit?

On average, here is what can be expected to pay on some well known cruise lines:

Carnival Cruise Line – $12.95 per person per day, up to $13.95 per person per day for suite guests

Celebrity Cruises – $13.50 per person per day up to $17.00 per person per day for suite guests

Cruise & Maritime Voyages – £5.00 per person per day, this reduces to £4.00 per person per day on sailings with a duration of more than 16 nights

Cunard – $11.50 per person per day, up to $13.50 per person per day for suite guests

Disney Cruise Line – A set $12.00 per person per day across all stateroom grades

Fred Olsen – £4.00 per person per day, chargeable for all guests over the age of 12

Holland America Line – $13.50 per person per day up to $15.00 per person per day for suite guests

MSC Cruises – Charges differ between the age of the guests, and the itinerary. For example on a Mediterranean cruise, guests aged 13 years plus would pay 9.00EUR per day, children aged 3 years to 10 years would pay 4.50EUR per day, and children under the age of 3 years, would pay nothing

Oceania Cruises – $16.00 per person per day, up to $23.00 per person per day for suite guests

Princess Cruises – $13.50 per person per day, up to $15.50 per person per day for suite guests

Royal Caribbean – $13.50 per person per day, up to $16.50 per person per day for suite guests

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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Afternoon cruisers

During my years I’ve heard many tales of cruising rituals, traditions and the little touches that make your cruise holiday perfect.

 

I thought I’d put some down in a blog. Maybe you have a ritual of your own that you would share with me?

Sail away with a fizz

  • One customer of mine ALWAYS has a bottle of the finest bubbles for every sail away.

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Lucky Mascot

I have seen many cruising mascots – even on my own cruises. Do you have your own / what’s the strangest you have seen?

A strong start to the day

I have seen this in person! A gentleman who had a shot of the ships finest Scotch every morning after his breakfast!

Collecting

Im guilty of this one – I like to pick up a miniature snow globe from every new place I visit.

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Ive also heard of fridge magnets, Tea Towels and thimbles and of course the souvenir cocktail glass!

 

Acquisitions

Yes I’ve also met passengers on ships who “acquire” items from each cruise – im pleased to say that it’s always been small items (a teaspoon, a towel and a mug) I’ve not had any large-scale criminal activity.

Schedule

Somebody (who will remain nameless) does like to know what ships are in port on the same days as themselves. Will keep an eye out for the arrival / departures of other ships. It’s great to watch a sail away – but sometimes it’s just as much fun to watch another ship sail away!

 

Sampling the local cuisine

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I once met a large group of cruisers – they were very well travelled and visiting Europe as a group of friends. Every day they would all go on shore and do their own thing. Meeting up at the sail away bar every afternoon. Their challenge was to select and gather some local delicacies.

They had cold meats, questionable seafood, fresh bread, bottles of wine and some items I can’t even imagine what was in them.

They would sit as a group and share their late lunch amongst them having a great time.

I didn’t know you could bring all those items onto the ship – but I liked their idea.

So over to you, do you have your own cruise rituals – I’d love to know

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: Andy@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2514

 

Tarar for now – and happy cruising.

 

The C’apn