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Best Firework Displays to See on a Cruise

27th October 2017

Fireworks are seen all over the world to celebrate anything from great communal occasions like New Year, to smaller, personal events such as birthdays and weddings. They are also widely used to mark historic anniversaries in a number of different countries. We take a look at some of the best firework displays across the globe which can be seen during a cruise!

Bastille Day, Paris

An important public holiday in France, Bastille Day – on July 14th – commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. On this day, The Storming of The Bastille took place – when rebels attacked the state prison. It is seen as a pivotal event in the revolutionary process, and as such is celebrated each year with great gusto all over the country. The main event however, is largely considered to be the magnificent fireworks display which lights up the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Consider a cruise to France next July and be a part of this fantastic event.

 

Independence Day, New York

Another well-known occasion, during which fireworks dominate the sky, is the United States’ Independence Day - colloquially known as the Fourth of July. On this day in 1776, The Continental Congress decided upon the precise and final wording of the Declaration of Independence; and therefore the end of British control over the 13 colonies. Again, this date has become widely accepted as the birth of the USA, which is recognised and celebrated all over the country. Towns in every state put on firework displays on all different scales, but Macy’s in New York are renowned for their show in particular. Sit back on the deck of a ship on a cruise to New York and enjoy the spectacle of lights overhead.

 

 

Festa del Redentore, Venice

On the third weekend of July, Venetians celebrate the end of a terrible, epidemic plague which occurred in 1575 until 1577. The disaster was declared over on July 13th, an announcement that has been celebrated every year since. Festa del Redentore translates to the Feast of the Redeemer, a name which was chosen because of the Church of the Redeemer that was erected in hopes of saving the city from the plague. The Saturday night of the weekend sees all manner of people out and about, with a special focus on the grand finale of the evening – a majestic firework show which can last up to an hour. Take a cruise to Venice to witness this remarkable night.

 

Guy Fawkes Night, London

Of course the firework-focussed event we are all most familiar with is our own; the commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up parliament on 5th November in 1605. The population of London actually began to recognise and celebrate this day in the very same year, by lighting bonfires to show support of their King who had been saved. Every year since, towns all over Britain acknowledge this historic night by burning the ‘guy’ on bonfires and putting on fireworks displays. There are some spectacular shows all over, however it is often thought that the best place to see them is in the location of the original event: London. Take a cruise from the UK to see some amazing fireworks at this time of year.

 

 

Cruise lines sometimes host their own celebrations, where fireworks are the main event, for example for special anniversaries. For example, back in 2015 Cunard put on a stunning show to commemorate their 175th anniversary:

 

 

In addition to these beautiful events, fireworks are seen in many other areas of the world. Why not consider seeing a display in Asia, where fireworks were created in the first place? Take a look at some of the most fantastic opportunities to see displays in Asia, with the best places to see in Chinese New Year, and even the magnificent fireworks festivals in Japan.


The Best of the Autumn 2017 Iglu Cruise Show

12th October 2017

Due to ever-increasing demand for our Iglu Cruise Holiday Show, we recently held our second and final show of the year at the beautiful Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Guests were greeted with spectacular views over the venue, where the sun was shining and our staff were smiling. With faultless transport links, complimentary parking, and welcome drinks on hand throughout the day, the atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful. Hundreds of cruise fans turned out to be a part of the event, to discuss their future cruising needs, and gain valuable advice from our experts.

An impressive array of cruise line representatives, travel agents, and other specialists were on hand to offer information and guidance, and to inspire cruisers with all possible cruising options. With six live talks taking place throughout the day, guests could find answers to all their holiday questions with ease.

A real highlight of the day was BBC presenter Nicholas Owen’s talk about his life experiences, and love for cruising with Cunard. With Cunard in attendance, guests were privy to an authentic and thorough insight into life onboard their ships. Other talks included ‘Why River Cruising Could be for You’, which explained the exciting versatility of cruising the world’s rivers, and ‘Handcrafted Cruise Holidays’, during which our very own experts detailed the possibilities of a tailor made cruise.

As well as making the most of the opportunity to learn more about all things cruise, guests also had the chance of winning a Luxury Hamper, courtesy of Holland America Line. We would like to thank all entrees, and are delighted to congratulate our winner - Jerry from Bognor Regis!

We at Iglu Cruise thoroughly enjoyed our day with all of those who attended, and can’t wait to see you at our 2018 shows, which are set to be even better!


Highlights of the Iglu Cruise Show April 2017

27th April 2017

Due to the huge success of our Iglu Cruise Holiday Shows last year, anticipation had been building for months as to how the first Iglu Cruise show of 2017 was going to go. The first Iglu Cruise Show of 2017 was hosted on Sunday 23rd April at Sandown Park Racecourse. With glorious weather and a grand venue, the day was a superb success and our busiest show yet!

 

We were joined by many cruise enthusiasts who attended to gain information and knowledge from the suppliers in attendance and also our very own cruise experts. We were also offering exclusive on the day show offers which were only available if you had attended the show.

 

Iglu Cruise Show 2017: Cunard

Iglu Cruise Show 2017: Rocky Mountaineer

Iglu Cruise Show 2017: cruise advice


Our friends at Silver Travel Advisor joined us for the second time to meet cruise fans and offer their specialist advice on mature travel.

 

Iglu Cruise Show 2017: Silver Travel


We were also joined by the Holiday Inn Winchester for the first time where they were able to talk to many cruising fans and educate them on the fabulous offerings they do.

Throughout the day our expert panel of cruise enthusiasts and industry insiders presented a selection of live forums at the cruise show talk theatre. Discussions range from river cruising to first time cruise questions, tailor-made handcrafted holidays and more; there truly was something for everyone.

 

Iglu Cruise Show 2017: Talk theatre

 

We were very excited to be joined by cruise enthusiast and television extraordinaire Nina Myskow who shared stories about her life, achievements and her very own cruising experiences.

 

Iglu Cruise Show 2017: Nina Myskow


Plus we once again welcomed the fantastic travel journalist Jonathan Beaumont, who introduced and interviewed the panel.

 

Iglu Cruise Show 2017: Jonathan Beaumont


Our main prize draw giveaway on the day was a Fred. Olsen mini cruise onboard Black Watch. Thank you to all who took the time to enter the prize draw and big congratulations goes to Eileen from Surrey on winning this amazing prize! Overall it was a wonderful day and it was great to meet many of our valued customers who we look forward to seeing.

 

If you attended and can spare five minutes, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Please complete the Iglu Cruise Show survey. All entries submitted before Friday 12th May will be entered into a prize draw to win a cruise goody bag.

 

Missed the show? Remember to keep checking our events page for upcoming events and ship visits.




Cruising at Christmas

6th October 2016

Updated October 2018

With this year's festive period just around the corner, many people will already have plans for Christmas this year, but what about next?

 

 

We are often asked about Christmas cruises, and so thought it might be useful to put together this short guide, to tell you all about what you can expect on a December cruise.

The celebrations start early

Most people considering a Christmas cruise tend to look at the exact week of Christmas, however, it can be worth looking at cruises just before then as well.

Cruise lines generally start their onboard celebrations at the beginning of December, so you can often have a similar experience, at a lower price.  

Considering many people like to be at home with their families on Christmas day, a cruise just before Christmas can be a great option. What better way to start the festivities than with a pre-Christmas cruise?

An enchanted wonderland

Nothing puts you in the joyful mood like Christmas decorations and of course a Christmas tree. Of all the hotels, resorts, and attractions around the world (OK, maybe apart from New York's Rockefeller Centre), there is nowhere that does Christmas decorations quite like a cruise ship.

 

 

Cruise lines really go to town with the decorations onboard, and truly turn the vessels into an enchanted haven of festive delights. From pretty lights, garlands wrapped around grand staircases, festive flower arrangements, and of course, a large Christmas tree – every inch of the ship sparkles.

The grand Christmas tree is the main feature onboard, providing perfect photo opportunities and a focal point to gather around to watch festive entertainment. Usually placed in the main atrium, it's a spectacular sight.

Christmas activities on the high seas

A cruise at any time of the year provides a wide range of activities and entertainment for everyone, however, this is stepped up during December.  Whether you're with family, a partner, or by yourself, you will love all the special activities onboard. Expect Christmas trivia, festive cookery lessons, craft classes, performances, and lots of family-friendly activities – the smiles will not stop.

 

 

Disneyland and Lapland are often thought of as the ultimate playground for a kids Christmas treat, however, a cruise can also offer them a fantastic time thanks to the array of special kids activities. Adults be warned - it will make you wish you were a child again!

Some cruise lines really go the extra mile to make sure guests have an incredible Christmas. On Oasis of the Seas, for example, children are invited to write a letter to Santa and post it in a box at the Guest Services desk, before midnight on Christmas Eve.  Then, during the afternoon on Christmas day, Santa will appear sailing alongside the ship on a rescue boat, waving to all the children. A truly magical moment that your little ones will dream about for years to come.

A festive feast

We all love a Christmas dinner, and rest assured that wherever in the world your cruise is taking you, the ship will stock up on all of your favourite festive treats.

 

 

The food may differ according to where the ship sails, but a delicious Christmas feast is sure to be served.  Most cruise lines prepare exclusive Christmas menus in the main dining room during the month of December.

Expect gingerbread houses, Christmas puddings, and an array of different meats, cheeses, and more.  

The celebrations do not stop at Christmas

New Year is another great time to cruise. Your ship will turn into one big party, and everyone is in the mood to celebrate. With both guests and staff in joyful spirits, dancing the night away on a stunning ship, while travelling to an amazing part of the world – this is surely one of the best ways to ring in the New Year.

With great prices, fantastic dining, exciting entertainment, and a playground of festive wonder, you will not experience anything like this on land. Guaranteed to create everlasting memories – what are you waiting for? Take a look at our Christmas & New Year cruise deals


By Sally Grimes 

 


Iglu Cruise Holiday Show October 2016

4th October 2016

Since the huge success of the first Iglu Cruise Holiday Show earlier this year, excitement has been building and we were pleased to announce our second show which was hosted on Sunday 2nd October at Sandown Park Racecourse. With fantastic weather and a grand venue the day was a magnificent success.

Hundreds of cruise fans attended the event to meet the Iglu Cruise team and discuss their future cruise options. Many attendees also had the opportunity to speak directly with the cruise line of their choice as we had a record number of cruise line representatives at the show. Popular cruise destinations Fort Lauderdale and Hong Kong were also represented by official tourist board stands.

Our friends at Silver Travel Advisor joined us for the first time to meet cruise fans and offer their specialist advice on mature travel.

Throughout the day our expert panel of cruise enthusiasts and industry insiders presented many live talks at the cruise show talk theatre. With discussions ranging from river cruises to first time ocean cruise questions, tailor-made handcrafted holidays and more, there truly was something for everyone. We were joined by cruise blogger Sara Macefield who shared her own fantastic cruise experiences and answered questions from the audience, plus travel journalist Jonathan Beaumont who introduced and interviewed the panel.

Our grand giveaway on the day was a P&O Cruises mini cruise on board Britannia.  Thank you to everyone who entered and a big congratulations goes to Elaine and John from Kent on winning the grand prize!
Overall it was a fantastic day and great to meet many of our valued customers who we look forward to seeing again soon. See below some photos from the day!

Got five minutes to spare? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the Iglu Cruise Holiday Show, take the survey now.

 

Keep checking the cruise events page for upcoming events and ship visits.

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crowd at cruise show

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cruise show sales team

cruise show handpicked holidays

royal caribbean and carnival

saga cruises and oceania

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