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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.


April 2018 Iglu Cruise Holiday Show

26th April 2018

Held at the prestigious Kempton Park Racecourse, we were back for the first time in 2018 to host the biannual Iglu Cruise Holiday Show.


 

With the sun shining all day we could not have asked for better conditions for our first holiday show of the year. Doors opened at 9:30am, when we were greeted with an abundance of guests who couldn’t wait to get in and start planning their next holiday. A complimentary drink was waiting for every guest on arrival to start the show off right.

 

 

Having partnered up with over 20 of our ocean cruise, river cruise, and tourist board representatives, we had plenty of help on hand to provide all the information and guidance needed to help give guests the inspiration they needed to sail off on their next voyage. We had six talk forums throughout the day, including the Do’s and Don’ts of First Time Cruising, Savour the World with the Finest Cuisine at Sea with Oceania Cruises, and we were overwhelmed with the amount of people in attendance to see the River Vs Ocean Cruising presentation.

 

 

One of the biggest highlights of the day was being joined by author and TV presenter Julie Peasgood, who was there to meet and greet guests. She also gave an incredibly insightful talk on ‘Why Choose Cruise’.

We were delighted to be able to inspire so many guests throughout the day, and we hope all questions were answered. The lucky winner of our 3 night Greek Isles cruise is Brian from Colchester, congratulations!

 

 

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.


Best Winter Destinations for Christmas and New Year

4th December 2017

Updated September 2018

 

Have a Christmas or New Year celebration like no other this year, by visiting a new and exciting destination on a cruise. The world is full of incredible places at every corner, and many of these play host to some wonderful parties and Christmas festivities throughout December and January. Here are our top 5 spots, that we recommend everyone see at this time of year - at least once in their life.

New York

For many people, New York at winter is the epitome of Christmas spirit. This is in no small part thanks to movie classics like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, in which New York is the setting for warm Christmas tales. Whether you cruise to New York in the run-up to Christmas or are there for New Year’s Eve, the glittering city that never sleeps will undoubtedly provide you with everything you need to feel like celebrating. From the buzzing atmosphere and lights in Time Square to a frosty, romantic moonlit carriage ride in Central Park, New York offers some truly special experiences.

 

 

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a fantastic destination for those who want a change of scenery, but don’t want to travel too far. Close to the UK, there are a number of options for a no-fly cruise here. In the winter months, the city comes to life with music, lights, and decorations, and the friendly residents will welcome you with open arms. See the stunning Amsterdam Light Festival, at which global artists put together some beautiful displays through the streets and canals. There are of course Christmas markets as well, and some fabulous parties and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

 

 

Paris

The famous City of Lights is, of course, a hub of illumination and bustling activity at this time of year, boasting some stunning views and wonderful options when it comes to festive things to do. Revel in Christmas spirit at the Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Elysees, where you can also take a spin on the ice rink. If you have time, a visit to Disneyland is an absolute must. Whether you’re 6 or 66, a bit of Disney magic at Christmas is a great recipe to get you feeling merry and bright. Start planning your trip and ask us about our cruises to Paris.

 

 

Norway

Visit the land of Frozen and get lost in a real Winter Wonderland. A cruise in Norway is a great option for this time of year, particularly because of the chance to see the Northern Lights. December and January often have a high number of clear nights, meaning the vibrant lights are more likely to be visible. The sparkling scenery and welcoming ambience in this part of the world is perfect for celebrating during the festive season, simply gazing at the stars with a hot chocolate, sat on the top deck of your cruise ship is truly the stuff of dreams. Find out more about our great range of Norway cruises.

 

 

Sydney

The New Year’s Eve firework display at Sydney Harbour is a well-known event that causes visitors to flock to the city every year. Sydney is a port of call on many world cruises, and if you are lucky enough to be here at the right time, you can have one of the best views of the show available. The famous Sydney Opera House also holds glamourous New Year’s Eve celebrations, giving you the opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy a bit of luxury during your holiday. See the New Year in with style on an Australasia cruise.

 

 

Whether you are considering a cruise during the main events, or are merely seeking a few days away before or after, you can rest assured that there are plenty of options out there. Take a look at all our December and January cruises, and book your next adventure today.


Incredible Music Themed Cruises

14th November 2017

Updated August 2018

Themed cruises are hugely popular, and different styles of music are often featured onboard. To be a part of one of these cruises can be a fabulous experience, as you can let loose and enjoy the music you like with other holidaymakers of the same mind. You will no doubt create all kinds of great memories, and make life-long friends.

Different cruise lines will offer various itineraries and themes, so be sure to ask what's available at the time of booking if you'd like to join a specific cruise.  

Types of Music Themed Cruises

Music Eras

Cruisers of different generations will of course get excited about the music of their youth, whether this is 60s, 70s, 80s, or even 90s music. Don your bell-bottoms, jumpsuits, leather jackets, or shoulder-padded blazers and really embrace the styles and spirit of these bygone years. Enjoy the sounds of the sixties with Motown nights, groove to 70s music with an Abba tribute act, or dance the night away on Royal Caribbean’s thrilling Back to the 80s cruise. This particular cruise features some classic acts from the era, including former member of Spandau Ballet - Tony Hadley, ABC, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, and Paul Young to name a few.

 

 

Specific Music Genres

Rather than a particular period of music, you might favour a certain genre. Take in beautiful jazz music on a blues-themed cruise, heel-toe and dosey-doe with fellow country music lovers, or be mesmerised by the incredible sounds of some world-renowned classical music artists, onboard Celebrity Cruises’ stunning Bravo cruise. This outstanding opportunity is perfect for lovers of classical music; over 20 acts will perform, including the eminent Alfie Bow and Katherine Jenkins, with the National Symphony Orchestra accompanying.

 

 

What to Pack for a Music Cruise

Whether it’s your dancing shoes, sequined trousers or comfortably chic attire, be sure to think about your evenings onboard when packing for your cruise. Some music themed cruises even encourage genre themed fancy dress to get the party started onboard. Check with your cruise line for more information and guidance about what to pack.

 

 

Find out about other exciting ways to combine your cruise with your interests, on a themed cruise.


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