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Head to CocoCay for the Perfect Day

11th June 2018

We are thrilled to bring you the news that Royal Caribbean have opened another fabulous island resort in the Caribbean; CocoCay.

 

 

The destination offers the whole package for singles, couples, and families, boasting exhilarating activities like North America’s tallest waterslide, and great spaces for relaxing in the form of over-water cabins. As soon as you step off your cruise ship and on to the island you’ll be met with a little piece of heaven, with a boardwalk across the clear sea guiding you toward idyllic palm trees peppered across white sands, the sound of birds soaring overhead, and the sight of huts, sun loungers, pools, slides, and more. Some of our favourite features of CocoCay are;

 

  • The wave pool – the largest in the Caribbean, the island’s wave pool is sure to provide fun and laughter for all ages
  • 400ft balloon – guests can climb aboard and take in the gorgeous views in this stationary balloon; the highest vantage point in the Bahamas
  • Beach side cabanas – these provide a peaceful haven for those looking to relax, but also boast an attached slide for quick and easy access to the sea!
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    Spend the day doing all the things you love, whether that’s dining on some freshly barbecued food, soaking up the rays while lounging with a book, testing your limits on some daredevil waterslides, or meeting new people in a great game of beach volleyball. Other CocoCay features to make the most of include;

     

  • Swim-up bar
  • Biggest freshwater pool in the Bahamas
  • Zip line
  • Renting beach equipment such as snorkelling kit, paddle boards, and even jet skis
  • A range of bars and restaurants
  • Take a look at our Royal Caribbean cruises in the Caribbean and start thinking about your own perfect day.


    Watching the World Cup on a Cruise

    6th June 2018

    World Cup season is right around the corner once again, and football fans that are due to be cruising during the month-long season have probably begun wondering how possible it will be for them to watch the games. If you’ll be on a cruise during the world cup, rest assured that most of the mainstream lines will be screening the matches onboard.

     

    P&O Cruises

     

    The nation’s favourite cruise line will be showing world cup games onboard on their sports channel – Sports 24. Not only this, but they are actually offering an exciting Baltics cruise which includes a stop in St Petersburg while games are held there.

     

     

    Cunard

    This traditional cruise line will also be screening world cup matches onboard, in cabins and in some public spaces on their sports TV channel.

     

    Azamara Cruises

    With two itineraries including up to three days in St Petersburg, Azamara Cruises are offering guests plenty of opportunities to get absorbed in the hype of the games. Enjoy the beauty and originality of the city as well as taking in a live game or two.

     

    Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises

    These three popular cruise lines will also have ships positioned in St Petersburg during the world cup games, during some fantastic Baltics itineraries.

     

     

    Pullmantur

    As a Spanish cruise line, it possibly won’t be a surprise to learn that Pullmantur are going above and beyond with celebrating the world cup and all things football in 2018. Two ships, Sovereign and Horizon, will offer screenings of the games in public spaces as well as in cabins, and Spanish games will be shown on the big screen in the theatre. As well as this, there will be a number of football themed activities on offer. These will include a mini world cup for guests to show off their skills, a football quiz, and face-painting for the kids. There will also be special arts and crafts workshops at which children can design their very own football kits.


    The Royal Wedding and the Couple’s Infatuation with Africa

    16th May 2018

    Once again the country is buzzing with excitement and curiosity, not only about the Royal Wedding, but also the Royal Honeymoon. As more details are released about the big day itself, so far there is only speculation about the honeymoon destination, but a few African countries sit at the top of the bookie’s favourites. Read on to find out how you can celebrate the Royal Wedding on your cruise, and why you should follow in the couple’s footsteps to Africa.

     

     

    Celebrating the Royal Wedding on a Cruise

    A number of cruise lines are embracing the merriment and thrills of the big day, and will be screening the event onboard. Some will also be celebrating with a few fabulous extras;

    Princess Cruises – 17 of the fleet will be showing the wedding on poolside screens, as well as bars and lounges. There will also be some Royal-themed parties, menus, and quizzes to take part in.

    Cruise & Maritime – 3 ships will screen the wedding proceedings, and there will also be quintessential British afternoon tea parties, quizzes, a 60s British music dance party, and more.

     

     

    Cunard - the wedding will be screened across the fleet, and guests can partake in a Royal Wedding afternoon tea, bespoke celebration cocktails and champagne, a themed dinner and keepsake menu, and a slice of cake which has been modelled on Harry and Meghan’s.

    P&O Cruises – in addition to screenings of the wedding, all ships will be decorated with flags and official bunting, and guests will have a glass of champagne to toast, as well as extra American and English foods with afternoon tea, and a Meghan Sparkle cocktail.

     

    From the Wedding to the Honeymoon

     

    It is thought that the newlyweds won’t embark on their honeymoon straight after the big day, however as clues come out about where they intend to go, we can’t help but feel inspired. Due to the love that both Harry and Meghan are known to have for Africa, there are several destinations in the continent that are thought to be in the running for the honeymoon, with Namibia taking the top spot.

     

     

    Why visit Namibia?

    The country gets its name from the vast Namib dessert, which is one of the oldest on earth. It stretches inland from the Atlantic coastline along the entire length of the country, and provides some truly incredible scenery. As well as this awe-inspiring attraction, Namibia offers some great wildlife-watching opportunities in the north. Etosha National Park, Damaraland, and the Caprivi Strip are all fantastic regions where visitors can see lions, elephants, and rhinos to name a few. As well as scenery and wildlife, in Namibia you’ll find friendly and welcoming locals, and some incredible new cuisine to try. Take a look at this fantastic chance to see Namibia on a cruise with Voyages to Antiquity.

    Where else in Africa could the Royal Couple be honeymooning?

    While Namibia is a firm favourite, both Harry and Meghan are known to have a fondness for many African nations. They’re both passionate about charity work, which has taken Meghan to Rwanda in the past, while supporting a clean water campaign, and has taken Harry to countries including Botswana, which is thought to be his home away from home. Here he’s worked with animal protection charities, as well as HIV/Aids projects.

     

     

    Africa is an incredibly rich continent with so much to offer. See the exciting wildlife on safari in Kruger or the Serengeti, try some delicious bottles in the wine regions of South Africa, and relax in the gorgeous tropical atmosphere of Madagascar. Explore this stunning part of the world on a cruise to Africa with MSC Cruises, or be transported on an African adventure with Princess Cruises.


    5 Things to do on a Sea Day

    11th May 2018

    People might choose a cruise holiday for all sorts of different reasons, from the destinations you’ll visit and experiences you could have, to the food and features on the cruise ship. Whether you love them or hate them, if you’ve chosen an itinerary with widespread ports – or even a transatlantic crossing – sea days are inevitable. Instead of wishing these days away, make the most of what’s onboard with our 5 things to do on a sea day.

     

     

    1. Try a New Hobby

    There is an abundance of new and exciting activity options onboard cruise ships today. Classes can cover everything from learning Spanish and astrological presentations in a planetarium, to the Japanese art of Origami and culinary knife skills. As well as classes there are all the onboard features to consider. You can go ice-skating, simulated-surfing, play laser tag, and have a go on a zip-line, to name just a few of your choices. Be sure to explore the ship early on to see what you can try.

    2. Eat Something Different

    Cruise ships offer some of the finest cuisine in the world. With each of them competing, it’s good news for us cruisers who get to enjoy better and better food. There are unusual dishes and innovative restaurants to choose from, so you should never be bored when it comes to dining. Here are some of our favourite cruise line restaurants;

    - Qsine, Celebrity Cruises – this fantastic, creative venue allows guests to choose from an array of unusual dishes from an iPad, all of which are served with the utmost style and attention.

     

     

    - Aqualina, Azamara Club Cruises – here guests can enjoy contemporary twists on Italy’s favourite dishes. The desserts here are particularly inventive so be sure to save some room!

    - Butcher’s Cut, MSC Cruises – spoil yourself by selecting your own steak from a glass, meat-aging fridge, and then watch on as it’s prepared before you in the open kitchen.

    3. Enjoy Some ‘Me Time’

    Many cruisers consider their sea days to be a blessing, in that it’s as if they’ve been given the gift of time to simply relax. With this in mind, there are all sorts of things you can do onboard to help you chill out and rejuvenate. Your first thought could be to simply lounge by the pool taking in the sun, having a dip every so often to cool off. While this is a great way to relax, you should also consider the other facilities on offer to you – specifically the spa. Whether or not you opt for a treatment like a deep-tissue massage or facial, the spas onboard cruise ships usually offer a variety of calming spaces. As well as saunas and steam rooms look for other options like the Snow Grotto on Viking Cruises ships, and the Thalassotherapy Baths with Costa Cruises.

     

     

    4. Meet New People

    Whether you consider yourself a social butterfly or not, there are bound to be a fair few people of like mind on your cruise, who could indeed become lifelong friends. One of the best ways to get to know others is striking up a conversation at a class you’re both taking part in, or in the queue for the rock-climbing wall you’re both about to face. If you’re friendly, approachable, and open to some good conversation, the rewards will surely be rich.

     

     

    5. Take Care of Yourself

    In addition to trying new things and having some fun, and taking some time out to relax, another valuable way to spend time on your sea day is working out. There are some brilliant exercising facilities on cruise ships, with most offering state-of-the-art equipment in onboard gyms, pools large enough to swim lengths, jogging tracks on deck, and even sports centres. The sports deck with Norwegian Cruise Line for example, has facilities for guests to play bowling, football, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, and mini golf.

    For more inspiration about what to do on your cruise ship, take a look at our 10 best complimentary things to do onboard.


    10 Reasons to Book A Princess Cruises Suite

    5th April 2018

    Considering the fantastic service and onboard features that Princess Cruises offer all their guests, we were curious about just how much could be enhanced for those who opt for a suite. After looking at all the extras included, it’s fair to say that suite guests are treated to some really special indulgences, all of which help to create an incredible and unforgettable cruise holiday. Here are our top ten reasons to book a Princess Suite.

     

     

    1. The extra space – with up to 932 square feet to a suite, guests even have enough space to host a private evening cocktail party with family and new friends.

    2. Complimentary in-suite extras – it’s these minor details that truly make suite luxury what it is. Find everything from fresh orchids and high quality toiletries, to complimentary stationery and pens, umbrellas, and a cruise card wallet.

    3. Upgraded balcony furniture – spending time enjoying the view from a suite balcony can be a perfect evening, especially with the two comfortable loungers, and table with two chairs at which you can treat yourself to a glass of wine and some room-service dinner.

    4. Dining advantages – suite guests benefit from priority reservations at speciality restaurants, and the superb service that comes with Club Class Dining, such as no waiting to be seated, dedicated waiting staff, and table side meal preparation.

     

     

    5. Extra helpful services – those staying in a suite can make the most of services like same day laundry, shoe polishing, and luggage valet, all of which can make your stay even more comfortable and easy.

    6. Priority excursion reservations – suite guests have a high chance of securing the shore excursion they want, with priority booking service onboard.

    7. Sumptuous bedding – with Jacquard-woven cotton linens, and a pillow menu with plenty of choice, every night’s sleep onboard should be a solid and comfortable one.

    8. Lotus Spa Thermal Suite – suite guests have access to this luxurious and relaxing spa area on selected Princess Cruises ships. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.

     

     

    9. Private photography appointment – guests can make the most of the onboard photographer and obtain a really special personal memento, by booking an appointment for a private portrait session.

    10. Special food treats – in addition to the above dining benefits, suite guests can enjoy treats like complimentary evening canapes, chef’s welcome goodies on embarkation day, in suite afternoon tea, and complimentary dining at a speciality restaurant on the first evening.

    These are just ten of the fabulous array of advantages guests can receive if they book a Princess Cruises suite. Find out more about the benefits of booking a suite, or start planning your next cruise in a Princess Cruises suite


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