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15th July 2020

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5 Things to do on a Sea Day

11th May 2018

Updated August 2022

Nowadays cruise ships are as much a destination as the stunning ports of call they visit. With fine dining, shopping, swimming pools, spa kids clubs and an array of activities from rock climbing to even lazer tag, rollercoasters and go karts, check out our top 5 things to do on a sea day below!

 

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 a Snow Grotto or Thalassotherapy Baths.

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, over a game of cards, at the bar or just by the pool. 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. Meanwhile, for real fitness freaks who want to "detox and retox", check out Virgin Voyages!


Cruises for Foodies

12th January 2018

Best Cruise For Foodies

Updated 10th June 2022

Whatever cruise line and ship you sail with and whatever destinations you head to, great food is a constant appeal that makes cruising such a fantastic holiday option. From tucking into authentic pizza in Rome for lunch and then a signature chef’s surf ’n’ turf dinner one day to savouring souvlaki in Greece and a romantic dinner under the stars the next, a cruise is a food lover’s dream!

With so much choice, here’s the highlights to get your mouth watering when it comes to:

  • Best cruise lines for foodies
  • Best cruise ships for foodies
  • Best cruise destinations for foodies

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

Best Cruise Lines For Foodies

Virgin Voyages

Speciality dining as standard. With over 20 dining options on their 4 revolutionary cruise ships, you’ll be able to hit a different venue with a totally unique experience every mealtime, and everything in between, from drag queen brunches to vegetarian delicacies and food truck-style food courts.

MSC Cruises

Best for Italian favourites. From pizza and pasta to rustic dishes and homely salads and soups - if you want Italian food done right, go with MSC wherever you are in the world! Even better, MSC Cruises also offer British guests on ex-uk sailings little home comforts such as a kettle and tea options in your room and familiar breakfast options so you’ve got the best of both worlds.

P&O Cruises

Popular for their Food Hero theme cruises, P&O Cruises partner with celebrity chefs and culinary connoisseurs such as original celebrity cook Marco Pierre White and wine expert Ollie Smith, along with their signature dining venues Ocean Grill and The Glass House. The Food Hero line up changes over the years, such as when master patissier Eric Lanlard introduced his famous cake concoctions and the unveiling of Indian fusion restaurant Sindhu, but whenever you sail and with whichever P&O ship, you’re sure of a culinary journey of excellence thanks to the popular Celebration Nights where you can enjoy a 5-course meal as standard, designed and paired by the current Food Heroes, as well as special in-person cookery classes and talks on certain sailings.

Celebrity Cruises

With such unique dining experiences as the Magic Carpet, Blu and Le Petit Chef, Celebrity Cruises are the masters of modern twists on fine dining. The Magic Carpet is the ultimate al fresco dining experience in a cantilevered platform on Edge Class ships that becomes a different bar and restaurant on each level. Blu is a clean eating haven exclusively for aquaclass suites guests with vip spa access - for once you might leave the ship in better shape than you boarded Finally, Le Petit Chef is a unique dining experience where the meal is also a show - watch your dish get whipped up right before your eyes by the diminutive cook right on your table.

Cunard Cruises

Alternatively, if black ties, ball gowns and pomp and ceremony are your cup of tea without the modern twists, tradition and luxury are synonymous with Cunard, from grand banquet dinners in the main hall to the exclusive grills restaurant and high afternoon tea taking in the views, every meal is an event with Cunard Line’s white star service.

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

Best Cruise Ships For Foodies

Anthem of the Seas - they may have left the high street but Jamie’s Italian is still on the high seas aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

Arcadia - exclusively on this adult-only cruise ship you’ll find 3-time Michelin Star chef Marco Pierre White’s signature restaurant Ocean Grill. Perfect to book for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, this speciality dining venue serves simple yet refined steak and seafood plates cooked to perfection.

MSC Virtuosa - try Hola! Tacos & Cantina for a tasty twist on Latin America’s most popular dishes.

Celebrity Silhouette - have a picnic on the real lawn grass on the top deck or head to the the Lawn Club Grill where the al fresco surroundings match your options with the ultimate surf n’ turf for lunch and dinner.

Enchanted Princess - Savor casual French bistro-style dining with a modern twist at Bistro Sur La Mer, created with Chef Emmanuel Renaut, who holds the prestigious title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Craftsmen of France) and Chef of the Year by Le Chef, and whose Flocons de Sel restaurant has received three Michelin stars. Chef Renaut has created a tantalising menu, showcasing authentic French dishes crafted with the Chef’s signature flair.

Carnival Pride - perfect for a busy family who just want to fill up and get on to the next activity and enjoy some tasty dishes all the gang will like. From TV cook Guy Ferrari’s Buger Joint to Dr Zeus-themed Green Eggs and Ham breakfasts, as well as more elegant adult-friendly dining, Carnival pride is a playground for the taste buds.

Queen Anne - all the signature Cunard dining experiences on a brand-new ship! Be the first to dine in the Grills and sample afternoon tea. Here tradition and modernity create the perfect dining concoction.

Valiant Lady - sailing the Mediterranean and with over 20 complimentary dining venues to experience, sample the local delicacies of Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Lisbon and Santorini ashore as well as Asian sushi, Mexican street food, Texan steaks and English brunches aboard!

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

Best Cruise Destinations For Foodies

Not only can you make the most of all these fantastic opportunities while on your ship, but you’ll also have the chance to explore the local cuisine at your cruise destinations. While just about every port town will have a certain dish they’re proud of, or cocktail to show off, depending on your own taste you might prefer one to another.

If you’re struggling to decide just where to try next, here are some of our own top foodie spots you can cruise to:

Mediterranean Cruises – From succulent paella and freshly made pizza, to mouth-watering churros and baklava, the countries of the Mediterranean have such a diverse and incredible selection of food that all visitors will struggle not to over-indulge!

Asia Cruises – Fans of Asian rice and noodle-based dishes will find that Japan offers simple yet stunning food that’s undeniably moreish. Beyond sushi and sashimi, be sure to try a local katsu curry, nikuman (steamed buns), and ramen (noodle broth).

North America Cruises – many people are guilty of dismissing American food as simply large and easy. In fact, the USA is home to some amazing dishes such as barbecue, gourmet burgers, pancakes, steaks, deep-dish pizzas, clam chowder, the list goes on and on . . .

Scandinavia Cruises – The cuisine of North Europe is often forgotten, but with such unexpected ingredients and interesting concoctions, it will leave you thinking about what creations you could devise in your own kitchen! The pies and pastries here are especially delicious.

• Northern Europe Cruises – Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium come alive with Christmas cheer during December with their famous Christmas markets. With many sailings departing from Southampton to chocolate-box cities such as Hamburg, Bruges, Rotterdam and even Copenhagen and Le Havre, there’s plenty of Christmas Market cruises to grab all the belly-warming drinks and sweet treats you can, perfect for gift shopping for friends and family.

P&O Cruises fleet which sails from Southampton

These are just some of the food-focussed cruising opportunities out there. Research has shown that more and more cruisers believe food to be of the utmost importance on their holiday, and cruise lines are listening to this and constantly upping their game. Because of this you’re likely to find some fantastic speciality restaurants and buffets onboard the majority of ships, and more attention on the culinary aspects of destinations. Take a look at these amazing worldwide food markets for more inspiration about where to see next.


Mother's Day Gift Guide

3rd March 2016

Updated March 2018

 

Give your mum the best she deserves with an extra special gift this year, one she can treasure not just for Mother’s Day but for years to come. Whether it’s the gift of an upcoming holiday or you’re both already onboard and need a little inspiration, we have the gift guide you need.

 

 

Something to look forward to

 

Cruise with celebrity chefs


For the love of food! Popular British cruise line P&O Cruises have their very own team of Food Hero’s onboard, ready and willing to welcome you to foodie heaven. Featuring the famous faces of Britain’s incredible culinary scene, P&O Cruises Food Hero cruises invite guests to join cookery masterclasses, exclusive chef’s tables, and expert Q&A sessions onboard. Treat mum to a Mediterranean cruise on the beautiful Britannia alongside famous face Marco Pierre White for example. *Food Hero activities may need to be booked in advance.

 


Sail with Strictly Come Dancing


Tell mum to grab her dancing shoes for a dazzling Strictly Come Dancing cruise. The music, the costumes, and the dances all come to life and light up the atmosphere onboard this spectacular and unique cruise. Fans of the show will love the live experience, with special guests such as Craig Revel Horwood and celebrity dancers Kevin Clifton, Aljaz Skorjanec, and Janette Manrara. Those who fancy it can even enter onboard dance competitions.


 

Wine tasting with Celebrity Wine Experts


Celebrity Cruises have one of the largest and rarest wine collections at sea. Their new partnership with ITV's international hit, The Wine Show - which will see Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer onboar -elevates the guest experience even further. Joe Fattorini uses his 25 years of experience providing captivating expert talks at conferences, writing for leading magazines, and hosting unforgettable wine dinners. Amelia Singer has her own business in the wine market and has worked with well known importers, retailers, and fine wine merchants. She hosts interactive wine tastings, dinners, and events.

If your Mother has a taste for wine, see our advice on the best cruises for wine lovers.

 

A taster cruise or a mini break


From weekend breaks to Dublin to short Christmas market cruises, there are plenty of mini breaks that any mum would love. We think mini breaks are a fantastic option for anyone who is new to cruise, or simply can't always commit to longer length holidays.

If your mother or even you are in need of a spa break, AquaClass Balcony staterooms with Celebrity Cruises have complimentary access to the Persian Gardens Spa. These staterooms are also available on taster cruises. 

 

Onboard and Ashore

 

A spa fit for a princess

 
Spa treatments have long been well received gifts for Mother’s Day, giving mum the opportunity to relax completely, put her feet up and enjoy some quality ‘me’ time. If you know that a spa treatment or even an indulgent day-trip to the spa is guaranteed to make her smile, make sure she gets her gift even if away on holiday. Most cruise lines feature excellent spa facilities; Princess Cruises boast one of the best spas at sea with an attractive range of treatments on offer and Celebrity Cruises host the award winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub. If you already have a cruise to look forward to, our Concierge Team can help you pre-book and save money.

 


Wine and dine with speciality venues

 
Make Mother’s Day dinner extra-special and reserve a table in one of many speciality restaurants at sea. Cruise and cuisine go hand in hand with many cruise lines collaborating with culinary experts, celebrity chefs, and leading restaurateurs. Treat your mum to an afternoon tea like no other onboard P&O Bitannia, savour authentic Italian flavours with Princess Cruises' Sabatini’s, or enjoy the expertise of Nobu-trained chefs in Crystal Cruises' Silk Road and The Sushi Bar.



Something completely different

 
Destination rich itineraries give cruisers the opportunity to experience new cultures and local life in an array of exciting ports of call. Cruise lines are answering the demand for shore excursions with programmes for Destination ImmersionR (Azamara) and exclusive experiences (Celebrity ExclusivesSM). Make mum’s cruise even more memorable by booking a unique shore excursion like Celebrity Cruises Slovenian Truffle Hunt, or a Caribbean rail and sail trip.


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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