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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

msc cruises

uniworld river cruise

cruise show sales team

cruise show handpicked holidays

royal caribbean and carnival

saga cruises and oceania

silver travel advisor

celebrity and fred olsen

azamara and princess


Iglu Cruise at the 74th Monaco F1 Grand Prix

27th May 2016

Iglu Cruise representatives were on location escorting cruise guests during the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. As part of an exciting cruise and stay holiday guests have the chance to experience this major sporting event trackside as part of their holiday. Set amongst the glittering French Riviera, race goers will enjoy the unique experience of the world’s most famous Formula One Race.

 

monaco grand prix

Monaco Facts

It’s as glitzy as it is old, with the Principality ruled by the Grimaldi family for over 700 years.

Who were the Grimaldis? A famous family from the area who took over Monaco from the Genovese occupiers. In 1297 Francesco Grimaldi and his men captured the fortress dressed as Franciscan monks. The disguise allowed them access to the castle. Once inside they opened the gates allowing their soldiers in.

How well does Monaco get on with neighbours today? Very well, Monaco has full membership to the UN and is affiliated to the EU. The present day ruler Albert of Monaco works hard ensuring the country isn’t just known as a tax haven, but a country with a transparent fiscal system promoting banking and high tech industries.

Why is it so well-known? For starters Monaco residents are about the world’s wealthiest enjoying record years of longevity, a pleasant climate and paying zero taxes. Security is one of Monaco’s USP’s with the world’s highest number of policemen per capita. The facilities and amenities make it a welcoming playground for the rich and every May they host the Grand Prix.

What do drivers think of that? It’s the race they all want to win, if you bag this one whether the Grand Prix or support race, it puts rockets on your street cred. They have to earn it though, it’s tight and twisty, drivers say it’s like riding a bike in your living room, others say it’s like flying a plane in an auditorium.


Monaco is a stunning destination packed with glitz, glamour, culture and history. Visit as part of your Mediterranean cruise or attend during the world famous grand prix to absorb the exciting atmosphere.

See our Monaco F1 cruise guide for more information on cruise lines and ships that offer a Monaco Grand Prix Cruise package.

 

monaco grand prix
monaco port

 

View all F1 Grand Prix Cruise & Stay packages.


5 Cutting edge cruise concepts to look forward to

25th February 2016

Cruising has increased in popularity significantly since the early 19th century and as worldwide interest in cruise holidays continues to grow, the industry has responded with ground breaking attractions, smart technology and amazing “world firsts” at sea.

With so much to look forward to, we have whittled down the amazing list to a few of our favourites.

 

The tallest slide at sea

Royal Caribbean welcomes you to a world where all your wildest dreams come true. A place where you are encouraged to kick up your heels, chase your dreams and slide down the rabbit hole for the time of your life. This couldn’t be more true than with the exciting addition of The Abyss, the tallest slide at sea to Oasis Class newbie Harmony of the Seas. Harmony of the Seas launched May 2016 bringing with her a floating fantasy land of excitement.

The Abyss slide towers 150 feet above sea level spanning an impressive 10 decks and shooting guests at a rate of 9 miles per hour. Beats queuing for the lift any day.

 

 

The world’s first discovery yacht

Luxury cruise and tour company Scenic revealed exciting news this year that sees them launching the world’s first discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse. The six star, ultra-luxury mega yacht is set to revolutionise luxury cruising and offer exceptional polar and non-polar voyages. Guests who sail onboard Scenic Eclipse can look forward to going above, below and beyond in each destination thanks to two six seater helicopters and a seven seater submarine offering once in a lifetime excursions.

 

 

An Icon receieves a make over

With more than 175 years of experience and expertise, Cunard truly are the epitome of traditional luxury cruising. The iconic Cunard fleet is known worldwide for their famous black and red hull design and popular White Star Service onboard. Taking traditional luxury to the next level in 2016, flagship Queen Mary 2 undergoes extensive refurbishments as part of the Cunard Remastered project. Frequent Cunard cruisers and newbies to the cruise line can look forward to redesigned balcony club staterooms, suites and restaurants. Extra kennels will be added for furry four legged friends, that’s right you can even bring your pets onboard! The Winter Garden will be transformed into a new venue, Kings Court buffet will be revitalised and brand new signature restaurant The Verandah will serve premium French cuisine .

Committed to Queen Mary 2’s growing reputation, Cunard are maintaining their signature style whilst moving forward with the ever evolving cruise industry.

 

Mind, body and soul meets luxury expedition

Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises are adding an extra element to world exploration with their wellness themed expedition cruises. Concentrating on mind, body and soul the six star cruise line will transform Silver Discoverer into a floating sanctuary with onboard wellness experts and a special wellbeing activity programme. Highlights include a collaboration with Technogym plus many enticing off the beaten track itinerary hot spots and ports of call.

 

The world’s first IMAX Theatre at sea

Carnival really know how to switch on fun and the launch of new fun-ship Carnival Vista gives us plenty of reasons to get excited. Carnival’s largest and most innovative ship boasts ample choices for entertainment, from the suspended open air cycling experience to the world’s first IMAX Theatre at sea. Spanning an impressive three decks the IMAX screen will be showing the latest Hollywood blockbuster releases and providing Carnival Vista cruisers with a powerful and immersive theatre experience at sea.

 

What are you looking forward to in the world of cruising this year? Fill us in on the comments below!


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