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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.

 

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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.

 

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View all F1 Grand Prix Cruise & Stay packages.


Iglu onboard Harmony of the Seas

19th May 2016

Harmony of the Seas is the biggest cruise ship in the world and breaks the mould when it comes to family fun cruising. Joining Royal Caribbean’s innovative Oasis Class, Harmony of the Seas will have all the same features as her class sisters (Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas) plus the smart technology seen on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class cruise ships (Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas).

Harmony of the Seas has been in Southampton since early Tuesday morning awaiting passengers for her official maiden voyage (Sunday 22nd May) and we have been invited onboard to explore before she sets sail.

Follow us as we take you on a digital tour of the biggest cruise ship in the world! Want to see something specific? Tweet us @iglucruise or find us on Facebook and let us know what you want to see onboard Harmony of the Seas.

 

 

 

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What is the Boardwalk on Oasis Class ships?

13th May 2016

Unlike the other class of ships, Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships have seven different neighbourhoods. Let's take a look at the entertainment, restaurants an fun you can have on the Boardwalk. [More]

We sail onboard Fantasia Class MSC Preziosa

10th May 2016

Updated May 2019

 

We sent Michael from our sales team off to report on Mediterranean masterpiece MSC Preziosa, of MSC Cruises' Fantasia-class. Read all about his experience below.

 

First Impressions

 

After arriving in Nice we had a three hour transfer to Genoa. This would not usually be the airport to use for such a cruise, but the flight had been cancelled to Genoa on this date - so instead we enjoyed a very scenic drive along the coastline.

On arrival to the port, the check in process was very quick and swift as this is one of MSC Cruises' home ports, so they have their own check in terminal. Once boarding the ship we were able to grab a drink before freshening up for a meet and greet in one of the many bars on board.

 



The ship is very opulent, and has a high standard of interior furnishings. It was immaculately clean throughout, and has a contemporary yet stylish feel. It's easy to recognise that this is not an American cruise line, and instead Italian design and hospitality shines through at every turn.

The cabin was very spacious in size and even had a nice lounge area. The shower space was good and the shower had glass doors that could be folded back to allow more changing space if preferred.

 

The Entertainment

 

We saw one show in the Main Theatre. This area is very modern, and the focus of the entertainment is more on visual and sound effects so that everyone can enjoy the entertainment, regardless of their language. In particular there were lots of acrobatic performances which were very impressive. The only downside was that there was no bar service in the theatre.

We were lucky enough during this cruise to have a behind the scenes tour; this was very useful as we met some of the crew during their working hours. The tour gave us a great insight into their lives onboard, and completely justified the gratuities policy. The crew areas were immaculate and it was great to see the galleys (kitchen). The ship is very economical and any food waste is burnt into ashes and used as fuel; a great step toward greener cruising.

Note: gratuities can be removed or adjusted with MSC Cruises. I was more than happy to keep mine in place due to the fantastic service we received.

 

 

The Facilities

 

The Infinity Pool at the aft of the ship is very impressive. The middle of the ship features a heated pool area where competitions are held, some of us ended up joining in and it was a great experience. The Vertigo Slide is great fun and the clear section even extends off the side of the ship. Kids can enjoy the Doremi Castle Area.

The gym was very well stocked with all the latest equipment, and had great views looking out over the front of the ship. The spa is one of the biggest we'd seen on a cruise ship, and I treated myself to two massages! Both of these were very well priced. There is a Day Pass system for access to the Sauna and Spa - when we were onboard this was €16 for 1 hour or €29 for the day, but there were special offers available on various days throughout the itinerary. The spa area boasts fabulous choices of sauna and steam rooms - there is even a Coconut Steam Room and a Fridgenium (crushed Ice room to put on your body before the sauna).

 

 

The Spa Café is a quiet spot to enjoy one of many teas or smoothies (some were included in the package and some come at a supplement price). There are many other bars and lounges onboard which offer entertainment in the form of live music of varying styles, some with audience participation and some more relaxed with fine wine to accompany the music.The Piazza was especially classy and impressive with its Swarovski Crystal staircase - in the MSC Yacht Club the staircase features Gold Swarovski Crystals.

 

Food Onboard

 

As this ship is popular among Mediterranean nationalities, there is an Italian flair throughout the cuisine onboard. The chef explained to us that us Brits typically love our food hot, but generally in the Med the food is warm - something that can seem strange at first if you like your food hot! At breakfast we enjoyed a buffet option with a variety of hot and cold foods: croissants, cold meats, cheeses, fruit, cereals, sausages, hash browns, bacon, beans, and more. There is always self-service coffee, tea, and hot water available in the buffet 24-hours a day, and it is open for 20-hours a day for Food. Another option is to have breakfast in the restaurant with menus and waiter service. I preferred this as it was less busy and a more relaxing experience. Tables are allocated by the waiters.

For lunch and dinner guests can choose between the buffet or waiter service in the restaurants. One of my favourite venues was the Golden Lobster, an a la carte restaurants in which I experienced great service from the waiters and maître d. Each evening here there was a choice of something new or something from the staple menu.

Golden Lobster Example Menu

Shrimp Cocktail / Puff Pastry with Snails / Chickpea and Hummus and Aubergine Ghanoush Sweet and Sour Salad / Rock Lobster Bisque

Tortellini Mascarpone Cheese / Rissatto allo Spumante / Fish of the Day – Seabream / Leg of Lamb / Fillet of Beef

There are two Specialty Restaurants onboard, Eataly and Galaxy. I chose to eat in Eataly which had laid back décor which made it seem more like a café than a restaurant. The best part of this experience was the chefs talking to us about the local produce, and the way in which the dishes are created.  

 

 

Eataly Example Menu

Selection of Cold meats and Cheeses

Pasta with Seafood / Steak Medium Rare with salad and potatoes

There was plenty of choice for dessert, and wine at the table was included.

Dietary requests are very well looked after throughout all restaurants onboard, and guests with these needs are provided with an individual menu to suit if required. 

The drinks available are all popular brands, and you can enjoy cocktails, coffees, and ice cream (Ferrero Roche being the best one!).

 

Lasting Impressions

 

This cruise line are known for being very competitive on price, and are great value for money. The best way to describe MSC Cruises in order to set them aside from other cruise lines would be that that they are ideal for anyone who enjoys being among other nationalities, sipping on fine wine, dining on Italian flair food and relaxing in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

 

Join MSC Voyagers Club for exclusive member benefits and priviliges, and browse our latest MSC Cruises cruise deals today.


Cruise Ship Visits

3rd May 2016

Updated August 2018

Deciding where you want to go is one thing, but choosing your cruise ship is another factor that could require some deliberation. With so many different cruise lines to choose from these days, people who have never cruised before can find it confusing and even those who regularly cruise are sometimes afraid to try something different.

 

 

For this reason, we arrange for our customers to have an opportunity to experience a day onboard a cruise ship. The day gives you a chance to look around the ship and all its facilities before making a decision. Accompanied by our cruise experts and a representative of the cruise line, you will be shown everything from entertainment venues, restaurants, bars, fitness centres, spas, lounges, and cabins (if available).

Once you have had a chance to see the ships’ facilities, we will take you to the main dining room where you will have the opportunity to sample the onboard cuisine with a delicious three-course meal with wine followed by coffee.

Take a look at some of our staff ship day visits below.

Cunard's Queen Victoria - Toby, IT Team Leader

"The ship itself is simply amazing. The facilities unbeatable; you can unwind in the Britannia Club or the onboard Spa (or my favourite the Gin Bar), or, (as an avid reader) I found a two-story library onboard with over 6000 books - unbelievable."

 

 

Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Silhouette - Winfred, Email Specialist

"When visiting Celebrity Silhouette I felt incredibly spoiled to experience the extensive range of special privileges onboard. These included seeing the different suite categories and various upgrades available, the speciality dining, the VIP lounge, and even the personal butler service 24/7. It was also fantastic to visit the different restaurant options available, such as the restaurant Luminae which is exclusive to Suite Class guests. Michael's Club was also another great private area for Suite Class guests, it was so intimate and inviting. Anyone who wishes to cruise with Celebrity Cruises won't be disappointed - their services make everyone feel special."

Carnival Cruises, Carnival Horizon - Joe, Video Content Executive

"I was lucky enough to go on a brand new Carnival Cruises ship – Horizon – which was an incredible experience for me, especially because at the time I was quite new to the cruising industry. It was a real eye opener and really helped me to appreciate all the fantastic opportunities there are when it comes to cruise holidays."

Princess Cruises, Royal Princess - Andrew, Email Marketing Assistant

"I think ship visits are an incredible chance to try before you buy, with a guided tour, learning about the ship and sitting down to enjoy a meal onboard in one of the most popular restaurants on the ship! If you don’t know whether a cruise line or ship is for, you experiencing the ship for a day is an offer too good to refuse.

 

 

As for the Royal Princess, the ship is beautiful with so many things to do onboard from table tennis and golf to movies under the stars and a kids club. I was delighted with the standard of the ship; it was so clean and the interior decorated to the highest quality - and the food was delicious!"

P&O Cruises, P&O Azura - Mark, Sales Consultant

"It was great to see a cruise ship and it was useful to look at all the different cabins, restaurants, shops and facilities that are available to guests.

We had an amazing sample taster at the Epicurean restaurant. On the menu was Smoked Salmon followed by the most amazing Iberico ham. Both were served at the side of the table and then at the end, we had Crepe Suzette, prepared and flambéed at the table, all with fantastic wine. We then visited the Sindhu restaurant to try a sample menu of famous Indian dishes which were amazing.

 

 

All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Seeing and sampling onboard means you can pass on very useful and reliable information to future guests."

 

MSC Cruises, MSC Magnifica - Sabrina, Customer Care Executive

I think ship visits are essential to someone who is looking to book a cruise, as they can really get a ‘feel’ of the ship once onboard. I find that when you see something in the flesh and experience the atmosphere and sounds of the ship, it helps you decide if it's right for you – this is especially helpful for first-time cruisers. Cruising can sometimes be an expensive holiday option, so by visiting the ship first, you can make sure it's worth it for you and your family. Having the option to view the cabins – especially different grades - can help to make the decision about what to book in the future, whether it be with the same cruise operator or another.

All in all a great opportunity to try before you buy.

 

If like many people you prefer to try before you buy, please note that places do get booked very quickly, so if you would like to come to one of our visits, we suggest you book early. We have availability on our guided ship tours from just £25 pp.

To book, call our concierge team on 020 8254 3534 or email concierge-cruise@iglu.com. Find out more about other ship visits and cruise events.




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