This Week In Cruise P&O Cruises are letting us know the best spots to watch their anniversary celebrations, while Fred. Olsen are offering a retirement celebrations pack.
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P&O Cruises are this summer celebrating their 175th anniversary. As part of the celebrations they are having the Grand Event, a day where all of their ships will meet in Southampton before departing in a procession along the Solent. The ships will then meet in the English Channel where they will salute one another, wave some flags, make some noise and head their separate ways — I reckon it will rain.
For those not lucky enough to be onboard any of the P&O fleet, the cruise line has posted a map of the best spots to watch the procession and to wave of the famous fleet. Thousands of people are expected to turn up to celebrate with the 14,000 passengers and 6,000 crew that will be departing Southampton on July 3rd.
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The cruise industry is currently doing all it can to dispel the rumours of the average age of cruisers. Disney are increasing in popularity by the day, Royal Caribbean and NCL fill their ships with cartoon characters, while P&O Cruises and Celebrity Cruises offer elegant cruises filled with wine tastings and celebrity chefs.
Fred. Olsen have brought an all together different approach to their latest campaign, the Retirement Celebration Package. Anyone cruising with Fred. Olsen who is celebrating their retirement from the working world, can now pre-book a £45 pp package that includes champagne and canapés served in the cabin, along with a greeting card and a celebration cake.
Now that I have to say, is a unique marketing ploy, and I kind of like it.
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So after a week of celebrations, what could next week possibly bring us? I hear a few of Royal Caribbean's 2013 cruises may go on sale, though they won't be offering retirees a relaxing, understated retirement cruise.
Written by Stephen Adam