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What's Onboard Crystal Cruises' Expedition Ship

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Crystal Cruises is renowned for its fabulous range of luxury cruise holidays, and so we are all very excited about the upcoming addition to its fleet; the luxury expedition ship – Crystal Endeavor.



Combining signature spaciousness and stylish comfortable interiors with a sense of adventure, Crystal Endeavor is sure to impress all guests who step onboard. After days out exploring demanding destinations such as the Arctic and Antarctica, those returning to the luxury, all-suite ship will be feeling refreshed and relaxed soon after.



Crystal Endeavor will boast many of the same public spaces, bars, and dining venues that Crystal Cruises’ guests will know and love from other Crystal Cruises ships, as well as some new and innovative spaces.

Some of our favourites include:

Umi Uma

A restaurant serving sushi and other Asian creations, courtesy of the infamous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.



Palm Court

This elegantly designed venue is a favourite for afternoon tea, evening entertainment, and enriching presentations.


2-storey solarium

This area is wonderfully bright and airy, and sheltered by a large glass dome. It’s superb for relaxing during the day, and doubles up as the Silk Kitchen and Bar on some itineraries.



Decorated in plush, rich-coloured furnishings and dark woods, the library is a wonderful room to simply relax and read a book. It’s also sometimes used for enriching presentations.



With a real focus on supplying ample space for each and every guest, Crystal Endeavor is unsurprisingly the largest expedition ship at sea at 19,800 GRT and boasting 100 suites. Every area onboard has been designed in a sleek and stylish manner, which enables guests to quickly feel welcomed and comfortable.

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Highlights of P&O’s Upcoming Winter 2019-2020 Season

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P&O Cruises have released the details of their winter 2019-2020 cruises, and the collection is stocked full of happy holiday firsts! Expect more opportunities to experience a calypso Christmas in the Caribbean, kaleidoscopic New Year’s Eve fireworks in Dubai, and plenty of blissful short breaks departing from the UK. Here’s a roundup of all the highlights of the upcoming season:



More Chances to Explore Dubai & the Arabian Gulf

This part of the world is one that captures the imagination of many. On a cruise to Dubai and the Arabian Gulf, guests will uncover some truly special treasures and experience all sorts of holiday firsts. Bask in the beauty of the Khasab fjords in Oman, and experience bliss like never before while paddling along mangroves in Abu Dhabi. The season offers a range of 7-14 night cruises in the region, and some itineraries include stops in India and even a magical New Year’s Eve in Dubai.


See More on Your World Cruise

P&O Cruises’ adult-only ship, Arcadia, will be embarking on an impressive world cruise on 3rd January 2018. Lasting for a total of 99 nights, guests will see a fantastic array of breath-taking destinations the world over. Some of our favourite stops include Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and an overnight in Shanghai. Vibrant Auckland and the wild and wondrous Bay of Islands are sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.



A Longer Season the Caribbean

P&O Cruises are offering guests more opportunities to spend time in the sunny climes of the Caribbean in winter 2019/20. The season has been extended for both Azura and Britannia, meaning families have more chances for some brilliant holiday firsts together in the Caribbean, and can make a tonne of memories to last a lifetime.



East Coast USA & Panama on a Caribbean Cruise

In addition to exploring the beautiful islands of the Caribbean, in winter 2019/20 P&O Cruises guests can opt for a cruise that includes Panama and various ports in North America’s east coast. Some people consider the intricate Panama Canal to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and those fortunate enough to experience it will soon see why. Tick this brilliant feat of engineering off your bucket list on your next Caribbean cruise.


See More of Europe on a No-Fly Cruise

Those who don’t like flying, and those who don’t have plenty of time to play with, will benefit from the range of no-fly European cruises departing straight from the UK. Choose from a variety of cruises ranging from short breaks to longer stays in the Canary Islands, Norway for the Northern Lights, and some wonderful European Christmas Market itineraries.



Early Booking Benefits

Those who choose P&O Cruises Select Fare, before 30th April 2018, could be in for some fantastic savings:

• Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit (with Select Fare or Early Saver Fare) – deposits being 15% after 30.04.2018

• Past passengers receive a 5% discount on their cruise (T&Cs apply)

• Members of the Peninsular Club can also receive further added benefits

Find out more about P&O Cruises’ loyalty scheme – The Peninsular Club – and discover all the advantages of being a frequent guest with P&O Cruises.

With 181 new holidays to choose from, you’ll have plenty to consider when it comes to booking your winter 2019-2020 cruise. Be sure to pre-register with us today to help enhance your chances of securing the one you want.

Princess Cruises' Alaskan Treehouse

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Regarded by many as the experts of cruising in Alaska, Princess Cruises are constantly finding new ways to immerse their guests in the beauty and spirit of this part of the world. Their latest innovation certainly helps to achieve this – allowing visitors the opportunity to be up close to the wilderness and enjoy the vast views. Welcome, the Denali Treehouse.



Built at their Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, the treehouse boasts some incredible views of the surrounding Denali National Park. At around 500 square feet there is ample room for guests to mingle and relax with a hot chocolate, or don a pair of binoculars to watch the local birdlife. The treehouse is also the venue for various hosted activities;

• Meet and Greet with Todd Huston – join world-record holding Todd as he recounts the stories of the first successful ascension of nearby Mount Denali while you make the short hike to the treehouse. Here you’ll be able to mingle and absorb the views with hot drinks and doughnuts.



• Sappy Hour – a wonderfully informative event in which guests will be taught about local products made with nearby spruce and birch trees. Sample a taste of the unique rare birch syrups.

• Trivia – each day an Alaska-themed quiz will be held in the treehouse, where you can get to know fellow travellers, as well as this rich North American land.

The treehouse has been built with reclaimed Alaskan wood from Ketchikan and Palmer, and was featured on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters TV show.

Take a look at our range of Alaska cruises with Princess Cruises.

So You Think You Know the Caribbean?

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A well-known, highly popular cruising destination, many visitors to the Caribbean simply go to enjoy the pristine beaches and sunny weather. While relaxing in the Caribbean is of course a fantastic way to holiday, there is so much more to this part of the world just waiting to be discovered. Here are ten facts you might not know about the Caribbean.

1. The sunny island of Barbados is reportedly the only foreign land that former US president George Washington ever visited. This was in 1751, when he was just 19, when he visited with his half-brother Lawrence, in order to try to ease Lawrence’s tuberculosis.

2. The Caribbean is home to some of the world’s hottest chilli peppers. The famed Moruga Scorpion chilli is native to Trinidad; measuring more than 2 million on the Scoville scale, this is the world’s second hottest chilli – falling behind the California Reaper.



3. The Caribbean Sea is one of the deepest seas in the world (discounting oceans). At 7,686 metres (25,220 feet) deep, it’s over 2,000 metres deeper than the Mediterranean Sea which measures in at 5,267 metres.

4. Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten is renowned for its close proximity to Maho Beach. The beach has become a popular tourist attraction not only for its white sands and warm waters, but because tourists can sit and watch planes fly between just 100 and 200 feet or so overhead!



5. While only around 26 of the Caribbean islands are widely recognised tourist destinations, there are actually over 7,000 islands in the archipelago! The largest is Cuba, and the smallest inhabited island is thought to be Saba, which is just 13km2.

6. Beautiful St Lucia boasts many stunning things to see and do, but one of the most unique is the drive-in volcano. Known as Sulpher Springs, or Soufriere Volcano, it’s possible to drive right up to the crater and see the exhilarating volcanic action for yourself.



7. Although the English, French, Dutch, and Spanish have all had Caribbean colonies over the years, it was originally just the Spanish who settled there - after Christopher Columbus discovered the land in 1492. Other nations took control after the collapse of the Spanish Empire in the 17th century.

8. The warm climes of the Caribbean make for a great environment for various produce to grow. The main exports from this part of the world are bananas, sugar, coffee, and coconuts. Fuel, tobacco, and rum are also exported all over the world from the Caribbean islands.



9. Those interested in modern aviation are in for a treat in Barbados. One of British Airway’s retired Concorde jets remains in their Grantley Adams International Airport, and it’s possible for tourists to go and see this majestic plane.

10. The Caribbean is well-known for the prominence of pirates throughout history. It’s likely that most islands would have seen some activity, but the three main hives were Tortuga Island (close to Haiti), Port Royal in Jamaica, and Nassau in the Bahamas.



On a cruise to the Caribbean, be sure to get chatting with locals and no doubt you’ll discover plenty more interesting facts and secrets about the islands. Stay in touch on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you find out!

Cruising in the Caribbean with Carnival Cruises


There is a wealth of choice when it comes to who to cruise with for a holiday in the Caribbean, but if you’re travelling with family, Carnival Cruises could be a great option for you.


With more than twenty ships to choose from, and a fantastic array of Caribbean itineraries, you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect cruise for all of you. From fun and exhilarating kids activities, to fine dining, and spectacular entertainment, there will be never a dull moment onboard.




Our highlights of a Caribbean Cruise with Carnival Cruises include the Waterworks Park, which boasts some thrilling waterslides for children and big kids, the delicious New England style Seafood Shack restaurant and the hilarious Lip-Sync Battle contests!

With so many of their ships sailing in the Caribbean, Carnival Cruises have become experts in this part of the world. As such, they know just which areas to take cruisers for them to see all the best places. There is a fantastic range of Caribbean excursions that can be done with Carnival, from active options like horse riding on the beaches of Antigua or a jeep adventure in Curacao, to relaxing in the hot springs of Dominica.

See the Real Havana

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Thanks to improved US - Cuba relations brought about with the Obama administration, the incredible city of Havana is appearing on more and more cruise itineraries.

A number of US-owned cruise lines have jumped at the chance to include this beautiful country on Caribbean cruises, much to the delight of passengers. Cuba – or Havana in particular – is indeed a logical stop for cruise lines departing from Florida, and is a city that was once often entirely by-passed on routes down to the Caribbean islands. So now that it’s on the agenda, the question remains – what are the top things to do in Havana?

Have a Cocktail in El Floridita

Thanks to Ernest Hemingway, this small Havana bar has made it on most ‘must-see’ lists for those visiting Cuba. The renowned author frequented El Floridita when he lived just outside the capital city – from 1940 until 1960. Whether you prefer a classic Cuban mojito, or a flavoured daiquiri, or indeed something else entirely – rest assured the friendly staff at El Floridita have you covered.

Admire the architecture

As soon as you enter the city you will come face to face with some stunning architecture. Unsurprisingly, many of the buildings were built by colonial Spaniards after Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492. The city was then shaped to emulate the great European cities, and so many buildings were designed in Baroque-style architecture. Some of our favourite spots include El Capitolio (the National Capitol Building), Museo de la Revolucion (Museum of the Revolution), and Palacio de los Capitanes Generales (Palace of the Captains General).

Enjoy the sounds of street music

Havana is one city in which you can’t escape the intoxicating ambiance of music, dance, and laughter. On street corners, parks, and plazas you’re likely to find men and women playing all kinds of instruments, from the Cuban Tres guitar, to harmonicas, and bongo drums. With music of course comes dancing. You’ll see salsa, mambo, merengue, and much, much more all over the city. If you’re feeling brave join in, or you can of course sit back and watch while enjoying the warm breeze.

Watch a game of dominoes

Dominoes is played on just about every calle (street) in the country. You can find men, women, and children of all ages playing together, and you’ll be amazed at just how long the games can go on for. A riveting dominoes game to Cubans can be as Wimbledon is to us Brits; you can find hundreds of locals gathered around just one game, even placing bets on who will win. If you come across a game, just find a spot in the shade and study the moves for yourself.

Take a taxi

Classic cars have become synonymous with Cuba, and it should be said that all the pretty images out there are no exaggeration of the truth. From bright pink Cadillacs, to beefy-looking Chevvys and classic Ford Sedans, even those who thought they didn’t have an interest in automobiles will be impressed. And the beauty of the matter is that these cars are so common, they are widely used as taxis – and are generally reasonably priced. It's the perfect chance to take a ride in your dream car.

Browse through our range of Caribbean cruises to Cuba.

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