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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend 131 night on board a cruise ship, sailing the globe? Well, imagine just how spectacular that would be on board an Intimate Luxury ship with Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line.

The beautiful Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship will be sailing the 131 night world cruise in 2020. This will be a takeover from the current ship, Navigator which is hosting the world voyages in 2018 and 2019.

The intimate ship will dry dock in spring 2018 to get ready for her world voyage. Passengers can sail round trip from San Francisco or Miami.

San Francisco
San Francisco Skyline

Visiting 66 ports in 30 countries on six continents, the 700 passenger ship will be offering some of the best ports of call in the world. In total, there will be 13 overnight port stops, with passengers have the opportunity to visit 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ports of call will include Central America, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, South Pacific and India.

Passengers who are lucky enough to experience the whole world cruise, are also entitled to many other perks which include a Lord of the Rings themes dinner in the Auckland War, and the choice of excursions from a list of over 300 complimentary tours.

One of my favourite perks for the World Cruise Passengers embarking in San Francisco is a California cuisine dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Nice!!!

As well as all the other fantastic perks offered, the full world cruise passengers can have FREE ROUND TRIP first-class airfare. On board medical care, luggage service and unlimited laundry & pressing is another benefit.

Of course, these benefits are all in addition to the standard Regent benefits for all passengers. These include complimentary speciality restaurant meals, gratuities, airport transfers, beverages and WI-FI.

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 – I am always happy to help.


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.

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Fred Olsen:

The new program is going to be more Maiden ports and moving towards the Fly Cruise options.

 so leaving just 5 UK departure ports available in the Program giving the cruise passenger a fuller cruise program.

Edinburgh, Southampton,Dover, Liverpool & Newcastle: 

With the 5  UK departure ports to choose from Fred Olsen want the Journey to smooth and take around 90 Minutes travel time.

Whilst they have made the decision to stay with the Ports in England its also has given them the option to take advantage of the many wonderful events that we have throughout the year. The Edinburgh Tattoo, Northern lights, and many mini cruises taking in the Fjords  travelling into the River Seine France.

 New  Global Experiences for your taking: 

 New years in Sydney Harbor, Classic Cars & Stars In Cannes:

Authentic & Andalusian: 

Californian, Mexico and panama canal: 

India & Arabia: 

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Middle East United Arab Emirates with reflection on water. Abu Dhabi.

New years in Sydney Harbor

Sydney New Year Eve Fireworks Show at the Harbour Bridge, Australia

All off the above are now part of the wonderful options that the cruise customer can look forward too, so lets just get a feel for some of them, Sydney at New Year  ( yes please ).  Mingling with celebrity elite in Cannes, Smelling the wonderful Orange Blossom in Andalusia, Riding in the desserts of Arabia and lots more see and do.

Making the world your oyster and sailing from Southampton for a 62 Nights passing though Mexico, California, & the panama Canal, Then after all of this Going out to the Indian Region and checking the Likes of Mumbai, Goa, Colombo, Porbandar and many more.

There is always a mystery to solve with Fred Olsen 5 – 9 nights in March 2018 & November sailing cruise’s the captain has the helm and will lead the way to your magical Mystery Tour whilst enjoying a cruise and discovering a mystery along the way.  With all this to offer with the sail & fly cruise options the world is open to Explore more and more.

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 Caribbean island of Dominica comes in at number 4 – and hey who needs an excuse to book a Caribbean cruise this winter. With cold dark nights looming and Summer a far memory away get yourself a little vitamin D. Dominica is only a small island and is fairly new to cruise itineraries, so it has kept its traditional charm and evaded too much tourism as of yet, so hurry up and visit before it loses its appeal. It’s a beautiful island with natural hot springs, tropical rainforests and diving here is some of the best in the Caribbean

I have to skip number 5 as the halfway destination is Nepal, now we can recommend cruises too many places around but not actually here, the closest would need to be India, however my cousin has been over there this Summer and was captivated by its people and customs.

Pink sandy beaches of Bermuda

So leading onto number 6 is Bermuda – Made famous for the Bermuda Triangle, most cruises sail from New York, so you can tie in with a little shopping and sightseeing in the Big Apple. The America’s cup will be held here next Summer which will put Bermuda firmly on the map. If your more into your relaxation Bermuda’s beaches with its pink sand beaches is where you’d find me soaking up the sun with a rum cocktail.

Muscat, Oman

Mongolia is number 7 so the last 3 are the final cruise destinations, beginning with Oman. Dubai and the Emirates has grown in wealth and popularity in the last few years making it a must visit destination. Oman features on most sailings, Muscat is the largest city of Oman and is a city of 2 halves surrounded by both mountains and desert, it mixes high-rise buildings, shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts or the corniche for a sunset stroll. Khashab is another port and sounds right up my street, it has frequently been called the “Norway of Arabia” because of its extensive fjord-like craggy inlets and desolate mountainscapes.

Mynamar, burma

For those venturing over to the other side of the world number 9 is Mynamar in Burma and the last place on my list. This destination is usually found on repositioning cruises from Dubai to Singapore or around India. A mainly Buddhist country formally know as Burma, it is becoming popular with the discerning traveller looking for something more than your typical sights and interests, there are thousands of temples located in Bagan, visit the floating gardens of Inle Lake, or if you cant resist a beautiful beach visit Ngapali, or for the more adventurous how about a jungle trek.

For those curious enough number 10 on the list is Ethiopia

So if any of these capture your imagination and you would like to tick off one…..or more trips on your bucket list don’t delay call me today

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I was reading an article over the weekend that Lonely Planet had released the top 10 travel destinations for 2017, and  7 of them can be tied in with a cruise. So what better than to visit the new must see places, tick them off your bucket list and have a relaxing holiday all at once, sounds like a good excuse to get booking something to me

Niagra Falls

Canada comes top of the list and the opportunities are endless, more so now you get more for your money with the Canadian Dollar. From taking in the East coast and New England in the Autumn and perhaps even take a trip to the spectacular Niagra Falls. Or stop a few nights in one of the most popular cities in the world Vancouver before sailing through the Alaskan fjords, add on a land tour through Banff and Lake Louise, treat yourself to a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train, a not to be missed journey through the Rocky Mountains with glass topped domed roofs to ensure you don’t miss a second of the magnificent scenery. If you’re like me and want to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights, you can take your cruise through to Anchorage and book a tour up to Fairbanks and Denali and spot wildlife in the national park. For those wanting a little sun you can sail to Hawaii also from Vancouver, this is a perfect opportunity to see paradise, however be warned you may never want to come home.


Number 2 is Colombia – An up and coming destination for the discerning traveller, 2017 marks a new lease of life as it is even expecting a visit from Pope Francis, the nation’s first papal visit in 30 years. This destination usually features on Panama Canal sailings with the picturesque town of Cartagena. It is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, don’t miss the Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings.

Northern Lights

Third is a special country for me and its Finland – the first place I saw the Northern lights. In recent years Baltic cruises have become far more frequent and Helsinki is a Capital city not to be missed. Easily explored on foot so no excursion required, the city features appeals to all with design, architecture, culture and shopping and large park areas, plus many natural areas such as forests, lakes, and there numerous islands dotted along the coastline. 2017 marks 100 years since they became independent so expect celebrations and events throughout the year. If like me you prefer to get out into the wilderness a cruise along the Barent sea along the coastlines of Norway, Finland and Russia is a completely different experience that’s hard to describe the pure nature that you see. One excursions involved jumping into an Ice bath in the open water, literally a piece of ice had been cut out for people to jump in. I safely watched from the comfort of the ship, brrrrr!



In true X Factor style I’ll leave you in suspense for the remaining destinations…………

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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!

Thomson Cruises
TUI Discovery


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.

Sunset on a river in the Amazon
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.  

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People often ask when is the best time to sail to a certain destination or what will the weather be like, whilst it’s impossible to guess the weather accurately cruise lines do infact reflect their itineraries over the most suitable times to visit. Some destinations can be worldwide such as the Mediterranean where as others are very time restricted such as the Baltic so here is a rough guide line for the best places to travel

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Many cruise lines will operate itineraries year round to Europe and the Mediterranean, however peak season is May to September as this is when the weather is warmest. Bargains for the Med can be found off season such as March/ April and November/ December. You tend to find the Western Mediterranean itineraries are the cheapest as the weather is changeable, where as Eastern Med and Canary Islands are a popular low season destination as the weather is typically better. P&O, Costa and MSC cruise lines offer the most variety of itineraries in low season. Also look out for short break cruises from anything between 2-5 nights, these offer a great taster for a cruise line and it’s always nice to take a little trip no matter how big or small

Norway/ Baltic


This is one of the most seasonal itineraries usually beginning from May to August, you may find the occasional sailing in September but not many. May is probably the cheapest month to visit as it is the beginning of the season, the weather can be cooler, however June the most expensive particularly for Norway as this is the height of the Midnight Sun, where the sun never sets and is one of natures biggest phenomenams. I for one have experienced it for myself and it is a truly magnificent sight. What people don’t tend to realise is the temperatures can still get very warm in Summer especially in the Baltic cities but its not stifling so this destination makes a very enjoyable experience in the Summer.



Again some cruise lines such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean sail around the Caribbean year round but the main season is November to March. Most cruise lines move their ships from Europe to the Caribbean at the beginning and end of every season, for anyone looking for a bargain these transatlantic sailings usually offer the best deals, great if you want to relax at sea as there are many sea days. The Caribbean islands can vary between Western, Eastern and Southern, plus there is also Mexico and the Panama Canal to take into consideration when looking at the America’s. Most people avoid our Summer as this can be both the rainy season and Hurricane season can last from July to October



Another seasonal destination from May to September. Its worth doing your research for a trip here as there are many different benefits over these months, depending on what is most important to you. May is still quite snowy so you get the ‘real’ Alaskan experience, June is one of the best months for viewing wildlife and also the Midnight sun, September is one of the best months for a chance of seeing the elusive Aurora Borealis. There are many cruise tours that you can add to enhance your experience from Denali National park and Fairbanks to Banf and Jasper and to really experience Canada at its best a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train is a must although not for the budget conscious



Canada is one for the Summer months with many saying the best time to visit is Auguest and September, especially if you are cruising around the East coast and New England, the colours changing in the Fall are said to be one of the most spectacular things you can see



Dubai has been one of the most upcoming cruise destinations over the last few years. It is one of our best selling Winter itineraries here at Cruise Club UK. Again these only begin November/ December time through to March as the temperatures at this time can already exceed 30 degrees, come late Spring and Summer they easily reach the high 40’s, far too hot for many tourists. Many of our passengers tag on a few days in Dubai along with their cruise around the Middle East

Far East/ Asia


Again one for the Winter months, from October through to March you tend to get many itineraries sailing around Asia including Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, these usually begin in Singapore of Hong Kong. The months of May and June itineraries usually tend to focus more on Japan and South Korea. Asia is the fastest growing market for the cruise industry at the moment with many cruise lines sending their newest ships over, including Royal Caribbean and Princess.



Australia and New Zealand itineraries along with many long haul destinations are best experienced in our Winter with most sailings from October to March

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Well, it isn’t every day in the UK we get the hot sunshine weather, but recently temperatures have been high. Don’t let this be the last of the sun you see this year!

With more cruise ships on offer now, than ever before, no matter where you want to travel, there is most likely a cruise to take you there. So why not follow the sun to a more exotic destination? If you want to stay close to home, you can take a cruise out of the UK around the Mediterranean, taking in plenty of sights and sun.

P&O Cruise Line sail year round from Southampton in the UK, Celebrity Cruise lines also offer Southampton sailings as do Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Princess Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines will also offer cruises from Southampton.

If you are looking for scorching temperatures, how about the Middle Eastern cruises from Dubai or Abu Dhabi? You have a choice of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, MSC Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruise Lines all offering a ship from here. The middle east really is a year round destination with lots of culture on offer, as well as the worlds tallest building, the worlds most expensive hotel made entirely out of pure gold along with the worlds most exclusive and expensive perfume shop. You can actually check out how I went on in Abu Dhabi on my blog here

Yas Beach
Yas Beach

Carnival Cruise Lines are the leading cruise line in North America who offer year round sailings to the Caribbean, where temperatures are hot year round. Temperatures are hot all year round, but much more comfortable than the Middle East soaring temperatures. You can sail every month of the year with carnival to the Caribbean, from various ports in the USA and even San Juan and Barbados. The Caribbean is my favourite place to cruise, just because I love it and I am very comfortable here, so for any advice please call me on 0161 798 2512. You can also read my latest Caribbean cruise blog here.

Hawaii is on my bucket list of places to go, and they have some fantastic cruises for the Hawaiian Islands. You can cruise from a number of places including Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even Honolulu! When you cruise from the states to the Hawaiian islands, the cruise will be a minimum of 14 nights due to the travel distance to get to the islands. Remember: this means a lot of sea days there and back!!!

As well as the places I have mentioned the cruise lines cover the entire globe. Whether you want Antarctica, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords, Australia, New Zealand, Far East, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and more, then there will most likely be something out there for you.

If you are thinking of chasing the sun on a cruise this year, give me a call on 0161 798 2512 and I would be happy to help. Also, if you prefer, you can email me at

Bon Voyage!

Opening in December 2015, the new Abu Dhabi cruise port is almost complete. On my trip to Abu Dhabi I had a tour of the nearly finished port, and here is what I found out…..

As we are talking about Abu Dhabi, of course they will have designer shops inside the cruise port building. So once you have checked in for you cruise, you can do some last minute shopping before you board your cruise.

Offices will also be inside the port, so it is going to be a busy place.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, the port of Abu Dhabi have set a contract in place with Etihad Airlines so that passengers disembarking for their cruise, can check in for their flight when they are at the port. This means they can get rid of their luggage here, get their boarding cards and enjoy their last day in the City, instead of sitting in the airport.

Abu Dhabi Port as of November 2015
Abu Dhabi Port as of November 2015
Abu Dhabi Port as of November 2015
Abu Dhabi Port as of November 2015
Stood at Abu Dhabi Cruise Port
Stood at Abu Dhabi Cruise Port

The port is extremely large (from docking to entrance) and Celebrity cruise lines will be offering shuttle services for their passengers, even if you are not on an excursion.

The port is located around 15 minutes from the Corniche and 30 minutes from the International Airport.

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Whether its Afternoon Tea on the 74th Floor of the Jumeirah Etihad Towers, a day sand surfing in the Desert or a ride on the worlds fastest roller coaster, Abu Dhabi has everything to offer!

Each day of my trip in Abu Dhabi was jam-packed full of fun and exciting trips. I didn’t want the days to end but my feet certainly did!

As we were being hosted by the fabulous Celebrity Cruise Line, they gave us all a taste of their wonderful Excursions that are being offered to Cruise passengers in Abu Dhabi.

Day one started with a trip to the indoor theme park; Ferrari World. This is home to the worlds fastest rollercoaster, and yes, I did go on it! From 0-240km in 4 seconds you are given goggles to wear before getting on the ride. The coaster train is of course an extra-long Formula 1 car, as the feeling you get when setting off is supposed to be the same as the F1 drivers feel when driving the cars.


Ferrari World Entrance
Ferrari World Entrance


Ferrari World
Ferrari World


Ferrari World
Ferrari World


The Worlds Fastest Rollercoaster
The Worlds Fastest Rollercoaster


Arriving back at the station in Ferrari World
On the 4th row – Arriving back at the station in Ferrari World

To be honest, I really wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would have been with Ferrari world. I suggest this be for car fans, men and children. Its something for the boys and their toys. One great thing about this place is that YAS mall is attached to the entrance to Ferrari world, which means ladies, you can shop at some of the best stores in Abu Dhabi, whilst letting the men go free in Ferrari world… BONUS!!

Universal Studios Abu Dhabi will be opening in 2018. I can’t wait for this!!!!

After our trip in Ferrari world, we were then taken to the AMAZING Yas Viceroy Hotel where we had a beautiful hosted lunch in the Italian Restaurant: Amici. This was a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food. One thing to know about the restaurants in the Yas Viceroy Hotel is that they bring in the chefs from around the world, depending on the type of cuisine on offer. So for example, the chef at Amici is Italian and was brought from Italy to provide the best of the Cuisine. It really was a beautiful lunch here and would recommend you visit! You can dine inside or outside in a very tranquil environment.

Yas Viceroy
Dessert at Amichi – Yas Viceroy

The hotel itself is stunning, very modern and being on the F1 Grand Prix track is an added bonus. Guest rooms are guaranteed either a Marina or a Track view. 499 rooms on offer, its a large hotel! #YASVICEROY

Yas Viceroy Hotel & Marina
Yas Viceroy Hotel & Marina
Room view - Yas Viceroy
Room view – Yas Viceroy
Yas Viceroy Swimming Pool
Yas Viceroy Swimming Pool
Yas Viceroy Swimming Pool
Yas Viceroy Swimming Pool
Lounge - Yas Viceroy
Lounge – Yas Viceroy

Guests at the Yas Viceroy hotel can make sure of the shuttles that go 50 times a day from the hotel to the surrounding sights, including Yas Beach. Guests also have the pass to yas beach included when they stay at the hotel. A beautiful beach offering great music and food! open 10am ’til 2am.


Yas Beach
Yas Beach
Yas Beach
Yas Beach

One of my favourite trips in Abu Dhabi, was having High Tea at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers. Located on the 74th Floor of one of the towers, the Observation deck offers afternoon tea with a view you will never forget! Cakes and hot snacks are on included when you purchase Afternoon High Tea.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Jumeirah Etihad Towers Swimming Pool
Jumeirah Etihad Towers Swimming Pool
View from Observation 300 - 74th Floor
View from Observation 300 – 74th Floor
Looking down from Observation 300 - 74th Floor
Looking down from Observation 300 – 74th Floor
High Tea Observation deck 300
High Tea Observation deck 300
High Tea Observation deck 300
High Tea Observation deck 300

Be sure to visit the Emirates Palace Hotel, the worlds most expensive hotel to be built. Everything you see that is the colour gold, IS GOLD! Fun fact: when they change light fittings in the lobby, staff and guests are known to be on their hands and knees picking up the gold that falls! Emirates Palace is also home to the worlds most expensive Christmas Tree. Decorated in Diamonds and Gold, the tree costs a cool $11 million.

You will also find the worlds first GOLD vending machine. This is where you can pick up your 24ct gold bars. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough space in my case to purchase any 🙂

Like other hotels, they have their own private beach and they also have their own camels for you to ride down the beach.

The Emirates Palace Hotel
The Emirates Palace Hotel
The Emirates Palace Lobby
The Emirates Palace Lobby
The Emirates Palace Lobby
The Emirates Palace Lobby
Gold Vending Machine - The Emirates Palace
Gold Vending Machine – The Emirates Palace

The absolutely best highlight of the trip, for me, was the Desert Safari. WOW!!! Here we drove the dunes in a jeep, sand surfed, rode camels and sat on carpets to have lunch. We had the morning until after lunch in the desert, and I wish we could have stayed longer!

The desert is only an hour from Abu Dhabi.

Fun in the Desert
Fun in the Desert
Camel ride in the Desert
Camel ride in the Desert
Camel farm in the desert
Camel farm in the desert
Lunch in the Desert
Lunch in the Desert
Camel farm in the desert
Camel farm in the desert


I am already in the process of planning my return trip to Abu Dhabi and cruising from here to see the wonderful surrounding countries. I will for sure be doing these trips AGAIN!

If you have any questions or need me to help with planning your trip, give me a call!

Thanks for reading.

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: or 0161 798 2512