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New Years Eve Cruises

25th August 2020

New Years Eve cruises are one of the most unforgettable ways to ring in the year, and with so many outstanding cruise lines offering holiday voyages, you're guaranteed to find the perfect New Years Eve cruise for you. Ranging from world voyages to Asia, Australasia and beyond, to picturesque river cruises meandering the waterways of Europe, you can even combine Christmas and New Years Eve cruises to truly celebrate the festive season. [More]

Best places to celebrate Pride

15th June 2020

Check out our list of the best places to enjoy Pride cruises, whether you're looking to immerse yourself in the rugged landscapes of Iceland or want to sun it up in the Mediterranean! [More]

Discover Luxury River Cruising with Scenic and Emerald Cruise Show

30th July 2018

We recently partnered up with Scenic Tours & Ocean Cruises and Emerald Waterways to bring an exclusive event to our Scottish customers, hosting an afternoon tea for 25 lucky VIPs at the Torrance Hotel in East Kilbride, Glasgow.

 

 

We were very excited to present these cruise line partners to a new area in order to showcase their beautiful ocean and river products, along with the very exciting luxury Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse.

Our guests were greeted by the Iglu Cruise team and William Young - a representative from Scenic Tours - in the morning with welcome tea and coffee, starting the day off right. William then gave our guests an informative presentation on each of these two exciting brands. Many of our guests had experienced both ocean and river cruises in the past and were very much looking forward to being introduced to all that Scenic and Emerald can offer – including why they should choose to sail with these brands.

 

 

The highlight of the day for most of our guests was the introduction to Scenic Eclipse; a stunning luxury yacht. This gorgeous new ship is turning heads everywhere, being equipped with its own helicopter and also a seven-seater submarine that can take guests to destinations previously inaccessible to the ordinary traveller.

Many questions were raised and answered, and stories were swapped of previous adventures over a beautiful afternoon tea of delightful sandwiches, cakes, and pastries.

All in all, a wonderfully relaxing and informative afternoon was had by all.

Thank you to all who were in attendance on the day, it was great meeting you and we can’t wait to see you at our next show.

Find out more about all our upcoming events.


Marella Cruises to Host 80s Weekend Cruise

26th July 2018

Embrace all things 80s this September on a fantastic themed itinerary with Marella Cruises. You can get as involved as you like with fancy dress, music, and dancing, with plenty of opportunities to strut your stuff and show off those moves you’ve never forgotten!

 

 

Highlights Onboard

 

  • The brilliant Trevor Nelson will be live onboard playing the best of 80s soul
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  • Guilty Pleasures party at which DJ Sean Rowley will play some 80s pop greats
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  • Sara Cox’s Just Can’t Get Enough show, where there’ll be not only more 80s classics but also a T’Pau’s Carol Decker will give a live performance
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  • Ministry of Sound’s sunset sessions will create the perfect pool party atmosphere
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  • DJ Brandon Block’s mix of the most popular 80s tunes
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    As well as these special guests, your ship – Marella Discovery – will also play host to a silent disco, 80s karaoke session, various tribute acts, and will also screen some of the best 80s movies.

     

    The Cruise Itinerary

     

    This all-inclusive cruise is a four-day adventure, departing from Newcastle before heading to the European mainland, and then back to Southampton. You’ll visit two amazing cruise ports along the way;

     

     

  • Amsterdam. Spend the daytime exploring this great canal city, taking in famous sights such as Anne Frank’s house, or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery with a crisp Dutch beer.
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  • Bruge. Wander the quaint cobbled streets and take in some impressive architecture, or while away your afternoon in one of the many cafes devouring some Belgian waffles!
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    The Ship: Marella Discovery

     

    Designed to give plenty of opportunities to cruisers who are looking to let loose and have fun, Marella Discovery is stock full of activities and entertainment choices. Challenge yourself in the onboard escape room, take on the climbing wall, or try your luck in the casino for starters.

     

     

    There is also a wealth of choice where cuisine is concerned too. The main restaurant, 47 Degrees, can always be relied upon to offer a range of great meals, or speciality venues include the Sushi Bar, Surf & Turf Steakhouse, and Kora La, a pan-Asian restaurant.

    Find out more about this exciting Electric Sunsets 80s Cruise, or about other themed cruises in general.


    10 Worldwide Events to See on a Cruise

    31st May 2018

    Why watch the big event you’ve been waiting for on the TV, when you might be able to get out on a cruise and see it? From sports tournaments to festivals, the world’s most popular events are more accessible than you think. Discover how you can combine your interest with your holiday, with our 10 worldwide events you can see on a cruise.

     

     

    1. World Cup

    The world cup is arguably the most highly-anticipated sports event of all, with patriots all over the world getting involved and excited whether they’re usually interested in football or not. This year the prestigious tournament will be held in Russia, and many cruise lines – including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Azamara Cruises, and P&O Cruises - are including a stop in St Petersburg, so that passengers can take in a game or two.

    2. Cannes Film Festival

    This stunning, annual festival is watched by film fans and celebrity followers all over the world, whether it be for the unique productions or the fashion choices. Located on the Cote d’Azur, Cannes often features on European cruises, so if you’ve dreamt of seeing the event, why not consider a Mediterranean cruise in May?

    3. Grand Prix

    The exciting F1 calendar takes race competitors all over the world, and happily many of the locations can be reached on a cruise. Get in touch with our team about cruises to see the grand prix in Singapore, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, and Monaco, and about the various cruise and stay F1 packages we offer.

     

     

    4. New Orleans Mardi Gras

    This world renowned festival in New Orleans dates back to 1699, when French explorers arrived to the area. Celebrations have thrived over the years, and the rhythm, colour, and flavours of the event have captured the attention of people all over the globe. There are a number of Caribbean cruises which include New Orleans in their itinerary, on which you can be a part of this springtime event.

    5. Pride

    The biggest celebration of the LGBT community in the world, Pride marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riot, and is a truly unforgettable experience for cruisers of all ages. Pride parades take place in cities all around the world, making it easy to participate in on any cruise itinerary throughout June, July and August, though we highly recommend New York Pride and Sao Paulo Pride. Looking for more inspiration? Check out our list of the best places to celebrate Pride!

    6. NY Fashion Week

    In September every year fashionistas everywhere look to New York for new styles and inspiration. Instead of simply being glued to the media for a week, consider being a part of the action on one of Cunard’s unique Transatlantic Crossing Fashion Week cruises. Onboard events include catwalk shows, exhibitions, and specialist guest lecturers, and of course you can add a few days on to your trip to spend in New York itself.

     

     

    7. British Golf Open

    Golf cruises are a very popular choice when it comes to themed cruises, and the annual British Golf Open in particular is easy to experience as part of a holiday. Talk to our sales team about arranging a UK cruise in conjunction with the Open, which will include tickets to a round or two and possibly some special golf experiences onboard.

    8. Rio Carnival

    The mere mention of Brazil often generates visions of colourful feathers and samba music, thanks to the world-renowned Rio carnival. This 5-day party happens every year before Lent, and offers a fantastic excuse to eat, dance, and celebrate for anyone who needs one! See the carnival on a South American cruise which includes a stop in Rio de Janeiro.

    9. ICC Cricket World Cup

    Held at four year intervals since 1975, the ICC World Cup has been held in gorgeous locations including the Caribbean, Australia, and India. Those who enjoy the game can combine their interest with a cruise by simply timing their holiday with the tournament. It can also be possible for us to procure tickets to the games and add a few land days to your trip if necessary.

     

     

    10. Melbourne Horse Racing

    One of the most highly-esteemed horse races in the world, the historic Melbourne Cup has been captivating enthusiasts since 1861. Held in early November, cruise lines such as Carnival and P&O Cruises usually offer cruises that begin or end in either Sydney or Melbourne, and often include tickets to the races in with the package.


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