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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 Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com – I am always happy to help.

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Disney Cruise Lines have announced they are building their SEVENTH cruise ship

Last year, the magical cruise line announced they would have an additional two new ships in their fleet by 2021 and 2023. With the two new ships on order, they have today announced they have up-sized their ship order from two to three new ships.

The third new ship is set to be debuting in 2022.

All three ships are designed the same with around 1,250 cabins on board. This will offer occupancy to 2,500 guests. These are slightly larger than the last two ships from Disney, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy launched back in 2011 and 2012.

The three new ship names, itineraries and designs are all still being developed and are yet to be announced by the family cruise line. It is said that each ship will have its own unique features.

The Chairman of Walt Disney said that two new ships would not be enough to hold all of the new experiences they have been planning for the ships, that is why they have another on the Horizon. The new ships are set to transform the art of cruising and take guests on adventures in a way they have never dreamed before.

Now, I don’t know about you but i am a huge Disney fan and this is very exciting news! Having travelled to the Disney parks in Florida and Los Angeles, i know exactly what this company are capable of and blowing your mind is certainly one thing they do very well.

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.

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.

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.

Louis Armstrong Statue in Louis Armstrong park
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.

New Orleans, Louisiana, Skyline
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.

 

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

P&O oriana

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.

P&O oriana dining

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.

P&O Adonia atrium

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

One of the most popular, well known islands in the Caribbean is the beautiful exotic island of Jamaica.

Being the third largest island in the Caribbean (by land) there is plenty for cruise passengers to see and do here.

With the year-round sunshine, beautiful white sandy beaches and the laid back atmosphere, Jamaica is a place I would say everyone must visit at least once.

Whether its snorkelling, horseback riding along the beach, rafting, climbing the Dunns River falls, or just laying on a beautiful beach, you can find something for everyone on the Island.

Dunns River Falls
Dunns River Falls

There are four cruise ports in Jamaica; Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Falmouth and Port Antonio. The most popular with smaller ships being Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Just last week there were nine cruise ships docked on the same day in Jamaica in the four ports. This brought a staggering 20,000 cruise passengers on to the island in just one day. This is a record for the island. With more cruise ships scheduled over 2017-2018, hopefully they will break this record.

The last time I cruised, I docked in Falmouth, which is North on the island. As I was sailing on the Allure of the seas, which is a extremely large ship, this is the only port that is big enough for her to dock. This was then a 1 hour drive to Ocho Rios where I went rafting. AMAZING!!!!

Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tour

You can check my Jamaica experience out here.

Of course language is the spoken language on the island, but you will find the majority of the locals will speak in Jamaican Patois (Patwa) with each other. The country has a lot of culture and history which I found so interesting. A tour guide once took me to Trelawny, and explained how the language was founded in Jamaica. This came back to the days of Slavery.

With many luxury hotels on the Island, you can also get day passes to try them out for the day if you wish. 

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.

 

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.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Olive@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 8246

Holland America Line have endless activities on board their sailings, but that doesn’t stop there for the 5* Cruise Line. They have signed a two year brand partnership with “O, The Oprah Magazine”.

They recently announced their partnership with BBC Earth and now they have teamed up with the one and only Oprah Winfrey, America’s most loved Talk-Show Host.

This partnership will bring Oprah’s Book Club on board more than 300 sailings this year and 2018 as well as fitness classes including tai chi and meditation, Enrichment courses and demonstrations on Healthy eating, and the travel-friendly fashion of Adam Glassman, Oprah’s creative director.

During the Alaska sailing, 15th July 2017 departure from Seattle, Oprah will spend two days on board the Eurodam which will be her first trip.

They have named the sailings as “Adventure of your Life”, and have four secured as of now. These will feature special guests who are to yet to be advised.

Started in 1996 by the Queen of Talk Show herself, Oprah’s Book Club has nearly 25,000 active members who share their passion for reading. Members currently have live question and answers, videos and discussions online. You can also get involved and share your thoughts on Twitter by using the hashtag #oprahsbookclub. All books selected to be featured in Oprah Book Club are all chosen by Oprah herself.

If you have a passion for reading and cruising, this is a perfect combination for you. The amazing five star cruise line will not disappoint, that’s for sure.

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.

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Have you heard of the membership status match with MSC Cruise Line?

There are a lot of passengers who sail with a particular cruise line purely based on their membership level. I mean, who can blame them, they have taken a long time (usually many years) in building up their loyalty points and membership level with the cruise line they fell in love with 15 years ago.

Well, things change, and cruise lines change. What may have been the best cruise line for you a few years ago, may not be the case now. With more and more ships being built, the cruising industry has never been so popular with returning and new guests.

MSC Cruise line are a wonderful 4* Italian owned cruise line who sail the globe. They offer large inside staterooms, outside, balcony and suite staterooms. If your feeling like splashing out, you could even try their MSC Yacht Club which is their exclusive “ship-within-a-ship” experience.

MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite

The Italian line offer a ‘Status Match’ programme which is applicable to all other cruise line memberships. They will match your loyalty status from the other cruise lines to their equivalent membership.

For example, I have just booked my first cruise on board the MSC Cruise Line, MSC Divina cruise ship for April 2017. My membership with Royal Caribbean is currently Emerald (with just ONE sailing away from becoming a Diamond member) – this has been matched as GOLD status with MSC, which gave me a discount off of my cruise and also an on board spend! Not too shabby! – especially as I have never sailed with them before, this is the second to highest level in their membership.

As well as my discount and on board spend, I am in for lots of other benefits when I embark my cruise. such as a fruit basket upon arrival in our cabin, exclusive on board discount, a free photograph of my choice, welcome cocktails with the captain and so on.

Unlike other cruise lines, MSC do not just award points based on the category of cabin you have booked and for how many nights the cruise is. Yes, they award points for this, but they also award points for on board spend. For example, every £150 spent on board will give you 100 points.

If you are booked or are thinking of booking an MSC cruise line and are not already a member, get your membership status match!!!!

Check back in May for my blog on the MSC Divina Caribbean cruise I will be taking. (yes I am counting the days already, the ship looks amazing!!!)

MSC Divina - Balcony Cabin
MSC Divina – Balcony Cabin

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.

Celebrity Cruise line are well known for their “Modern Luxury” cruise ships and are extremely popular with passengers of all ages, including families.

Most people would think a luxury cruise line wouldn’t have much on offer for the younger passengers in the family, and that’s where they are wrong.

With lots of different activities for all on board, there is something for everyone to have a wonderful cruise holiday.

Celebrity have the latest gadgets, games and devices on board their ships for the avid-gamers in the family. They have a partnership with Xbox which enables the cruise line to offer dedicated Xbox stations and mobile consoles on board, to feature one of the largest game and entertainment experiences at sea. Whether there’s a tournament taking place or just a gaming themed night, there is something for the youngest gamer to the most savvy teens on board. (You most likely have to drag them away from their current Xbox game!!)

I am sure we all do one thing the same when we cruise, and that is to over indulge on the magnificent food offered on board. You don’t have to worry about the kids not getting enough exercise, as Celebrity have produced some brilliant organized activities on board to keep them on the move. They have their Sports Court on board which offers the chance to shoot hoops or kick some goals into the net. They can of course do this with their friends and not in an organized group – we all know how independent teenagers are, right? Celebrity’s partnership with Zumba fitness also brings some fantastic activities aboard.

If there are any budding chefs in the family, why not let them take part in one of their classes on board. Celebrity offer some fantastic opportunity’s for young passengers on board to get some great culinary experience with options such as; Cupcake Decorating Classes, Pizza Making Class, Future Chefs Hands on Classes as well as a -behind-the-scenes tour that will give them the insight to how the chefs on board work their magic providing delicious, made-from-scratch meals for the entire ship every single day and night.

One thing that I find absolutely fabulous on board is the Video Project offered to the budding movie directors on board. Young guests will be given the use of a GoPro Hero 3 high definition, wideangle video camera to get the shots required for their movie. When they arrive at the class, the on board visionaries will create a storyboard for the videos they are to make. They are taken out to get the shots required – sometimes underwater too!! With this, they learn how to film and edit their videos. This takes place in the Celebrity ILounge on board. great way to create a holiday video!! Who knows, young Jimmy may be the next Spielberg.

Young passengers more interested in relaxing, well why not hit the Zspa!! With treatments geared towards the “Z” generation, they have the choice of Fabulously Fruity or Acne Attack Facials. If you need some bonding time, try out the Mother/Daughter or Father/Son packages on board.

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.