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The Royal Wedding and the Couple’s Infatuation with Africa

clock 16th May 2018 | comment0 Comments

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 National Parks to See on a Cruise

clock 14th May 2018 | comment0 Comments

The fantastic range of options out there when it comes to cruising means that there is something perfect to suit just about everyone. Whether you’re after sea days with plenty of chances to relax, port-heavy itineraries on which you can explore new cultures, or the best cruises for wildlife, your ideal cruise holiday is waiting to be discovered. With this in mind, we wanted to explore another aspect which draws people on holiday – national parks. Here are our top 5 national parks to see on a cruise.

 

1 – Banff National Park, Canada

 

 

Situated in southeast Canada, Banff National Park is often included on Rocky Mountaineer adventures – a popular holiday experience combining the land and sea of Canada and Alaska. The train route transports you through some amazing scenery, and can include this stunning national park which is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site. See the sparkling waters of Moraine Lake, wildlife such as deer, chipmunks, wolves, and even bears, and not forgetting the commanding Rocky Mountains.

 

2 - Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

 

 

Found in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island, Fiordland National Park is a popular stop on Australasia cruises. This diverse area of the country comprises mountains, valleys, lakes, fiords, and rainforest environments, all of which have helped to enable a fantastic range of species to thrive. At the heart of the park is Milford Sound; a vast and beautiful fiord which is surrounded by mountains including Mitre Peak, which is more than a mile in height.

 

3 – Chobe National Park, Botswana

 

 

On a river cruise on Africa’s Chobe River, you’ll be transported through the impressive and extensive Chobe National Park and its surrounding areas. Here resides Africa’s largest population of elephants, along with all sorts of other exciting wildlife. As well as the majestic elephants, you might see zebras, buffalo, warthogs, cheetahs, and lions to name a few. River cruise lines operating here offer some truly stunning river ships, including the African Dream by CroisiEurope, which has been designed with destination immersion thoroughly in mind.

 

4 – Denali National Park, Alaska

 

 

Towards the south of Alaska is the incredible Denali National Park, which stretches over approximately 6 million acres of land. This vast wilderness can be explored on a cruise to Alaska, and in fact Princess Cruises now boast a fantastic treehouse at their Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, where cruisers can relax and look out over the park. From here it’s possible to spot creatures like the magnificent brown bear, moose, caribou, wolves, and all kinds of bird life.

5 – Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

 

 

The awe-inspiring scenery in this part of the world is almost otherworldly. Few holidaymakers make the trip here but with cruising the journey can be simple and comfortable, and very rewarding. Travel in luxury with the likes of Silversea and Seabourn and be transported to a world of glassy ice fields, huge glaciers, and inspiring fjords. There are actually several protected national parks in this location, including the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares where you’ll find the staggering Glaciar Perito Moreno.



Hot vs Cold Cruising

clock 2nd May 2018 | comment0 Comments

With more and more choices of cruising styles and destinations becoming available, it can seem overwhelming when it comes to making a decision about where and when to go. Well, one of the first things that should be considered is what kind of holiday you’re looking for – a hot and sunny one with plenty of opportunities to swim and sunbathe, or a cold one with chances to explore new surroundings. Read on for our helpful overview of hot versus cold cruising.

Cruising in a Hot Destination

 

Where to go

There are plenty of sunny spots to choose from for your next cruise holiday. From popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, to more unusual places in South America, Africa, or Asia, there are places to suit everyone. When deciding, consider who you’re travelling with and what you’re looking for in a holiday. The Mediterranean can be great for families who only want short flights - or even no flights at all - whereas the Caribbean is wonderful for couples looking to relax and recharge. On the other hand, if you’re after a bit of adventure you could opt for an enriching itinerary in Peru which includes Macchu Picchu, or an exciting experience on the Mekong River taking in Cambodia and Vietnam.

 

What to pack

No matter where you decide to go on your hot weather cruise holiday, there are some must-pack items that it’s important not to forget;

  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle – ideally foldable
  • Scarf/shawl – for covering up from the sun and at attractions if required
  • Flip Flops or slider shoes for by the pool
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    Cruising in a Cold Destination

     

    Where to go

    While hot destinations are often the more popular choice, cruise lines are now travelling to an abundance of cooler places all over the world. Adventurous cruisers have the chance to take on the elements on an expedition cruise in the Arctic and Antarctic, or those wanting to stay a little closer to home could enjoy a European river cruise wandering through the magical Christmas markets. Scandinavia also offers some wonderful cruising opportunities in the winter, for instance traversing the Norwegian fjords is on many a bucket list. Canada and Alaska cruises are also becoming more popular as more cruise ships are being designed to tackle the environment.

     

    What to pack

    When travelling in cold destinations it’s important to be prepared. When it comes to exploring the various ports or taking part in excursions – or even if you’ll be spending time on the deck – you’ll need the proper clothing. Consider packing the following;

     

  • Thermal layers – vests and leggings are helpful and take up little room in your suitcase
  • Winter boots – well-insulated boots are a must
  • Winter coat – ideally to the knee in length, and with a hood
  • Extra socks – both thin and thick; layering is key
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    Armed with this information, the next step is to take a look at your own cruising wish list and determine exactly what you’re looking for. Both hot and cold cruises can deliver a fantastic range of experiences, so if you’re still none the wiser why not call our team for some great advice and to discuss your options. It might even be possible to create your own tailor-made cruise holiday, which offers both hot and cold destinations.



    5 Great Things about Cruising in South America

    clock 6th April 2018 | comment0 Comments

    While many of us may have the curiosity and temptation to visit South America, it can seem like a somewhat daunting idea to travel there independently. Thankfully though, many cruise lines offer fantastic itineraries in this destination which include stops in all the most exciting places. So if there’s anything left stopping you, get the inspiration you need with these 5 great things about cruising in South America.

     

    Peruvian Food

     

     

    Peru certainly has a lot to offer its visitors. With Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, and the Ballestas Islands among the top attractions, it’s easy to forget the more matter-of-fact aspects that the country has in store – one of which is the food. Peruvian food is among the best in South America, and capital Lima boasts some of the world’s top restaurants. Here are some must-try dishes:

  • Ceviche – probably Peru’s most famous dish, ceviche is made with raw fish, lime juice, and chilli
  • Lomo Saltado – similar to a beef stir-fry, this hearty, flavoursome dish will certainly satisfy your appetite
  • Papa a la Huancaína – boiled potatoes served with an egg, in a creamy yet spicy yellow sauce
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    Rio’s Atmosphere

     

     

    The world famous Rio carnival has given this capital a reputation it certainly deserves. While the event goes on for only around 10 days, the fun, party atmosphere is evident year-round. You’ll find that both residents and visitors like to spend their days sipping on cocktails and sunbathing on a beach like Copacabana or Ipanema, before heading to the vibrant streets of the city for food, drink, and dancing in the evenings. The friendly attitude of the locals is infectious, as are the sounds of musicians, whose tunes will stay in your head for days.

     

    Amazonian Wildlife

     

     

    On many South American cruises guests will get the opportunity to experience part of the beautiful Amazon rainforest. Stretching around 5.5million km over 9 countries, this incredible part of the world is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which can be seen along its river banks. Sit back as you glide along one of the many rivers, and watch as the wildlife begins to reveal itself. Spot howler monkeys and sloths in amongst the trees, caimans on the edge of the water, and swooping macaws overhead. A cruise in the Amazon is among the best options for a wildlife cruise.

     

    Chilean Views

     

     

    At 2,500 miles from North to South, Chile is the longest country in the world – and as such all kinds of climate can be found across the country. Find extremes like the driest desert on earth - Atacama – in the North, to the impressive ice fields in the south. On a cruise to Chile, passengers will see scenery like never before, including some incredible fjords in the labyrinth of land that makes up the southern tip of the country, and the majestic glaciers in the Patagonian ice fields. Watch in awe as you sail past some of the most stunning views you will ever encounter.

     

    Cultural History

     

     

    South America has a vast and interesting cultural history, having been home to a number of different ethnic groups throughout the years. Incas, Mayans, Aztecs, Quechuas, and Muiscas – to name just a few of the more well-known civilisations – have all had a huge influence on today’s South America, and there is plenty of evidence of this all over. From famous sites like Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza, to the continued use of the ancient Quechuan language, and the traditional recipes still seen in rural areas, it’s clear to see that the significance of these cultures lives on.

    See our range of cruises to South America and find out more about your next adventure.



    Our Top 5 Expedition Cruise Destinations

    clock 22nd March 2018 | comment0 Comments

    As more cruise lines are offering holidays to the world’s more remote destinations, visiting places you never thought you would is becoming increasingly easier. Whether you’re interested in meeting new people all over the globe, trying different foods, seeing some incredible wildlife, or gazing in awe at beautiful scenery, an expedition cruise can certainly deliver. Here are our top 5 expedition cruise destinations.

    South America

     

     

    From the busy streets of Rio and incredible steak in Argentina, to majestic Machu Picchu and Chile’s stunning fjords, those who opt for an expedition cruise in South America are in for some amazing experiences. Many cruise lines who travel to this part of the world offer some fantastic, bucket-list opportunities. These might include exploring part of the Amazon rainforest, dining with a local community, or experiencing the modern wonder that is the Panama Canal.

    Antarctica

     

     

    One of the world’s most remote areas, Antarctica is absolutely breath-taking. With an almost unnerving vastness, the sight of the environment alone is one that you will remember forever. Imagine sitting on the deck of your cruise ship while watching the passing glaciers, glass-like sea, and stunning wildlife that passes by. You could see penguins, whales, and huge sea lions, not to mention the many different species of birds. On exhilarating excursions led by guides it’s often possible to get up close and personal with this remarkable natural beauty.

    Galapagos Islands

     

     

    Known for its abundance of wildlife, more and more cruise lines are offering expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands. This Ecuadorean archipelago is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, many of which can’t be found anywhere else. Be sure to look out for the Galapagos penguin – the only penguin that lives in the Northern Hemisphere – as well as iguanas, giant tortoises, and the red or blue footed booby bird. This destination is certainly a must-see for anyone who appreciates wildlife.

    Indian Ocean

     

     

    A cruise in the Indian Ocean can transport you to what feels like an entirely different world. From the beautiful beaches and views found in Goa, and expansive golden sand dunes in Abu Dhabi, to the wonderful wildlife in Africa, this part of the world has something to interest everyone. Feel yourself become entirely immersed in the different cultures here, meeting some of the friendliest people, eating some of the most delicious food, and seeing some extraordinary natural sites.

    Australia & New Zealand

     

     

    In addition to the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, Australasia is home to plenty more fascinating locations. New Zealand’s breath-taking scenery can seem almost otherworldly, and the famous glow-worms are certainly a sight to behold. Discover some off-the-beaten-track spots in these gorgeous countries, and get to know more about the cultures and traditions that live on in many areas. An expedition cruise to this part of the world can bring all kinds of fantastic surprises.

     

    Expedition Cruising with Silversea Cruises

     

    One cruise line that is thoroughly devoted to destination immersion is Silversea Cruises. This luxury cruise line enables guests to really get to know the places they visit, by exploring a wide range of areas and providing some brilliant, enriching excursions.

     

     

    Silversea Cruises’ Immersive Opportunities

    With Silversea Cruises, you can relish in local hospitality while trying new cuisines, see a variety of cultural performances, and take part in some really special excursions. Look over the incredible and mysterious Nazca lines from a small plane, discover some amazing eco-systems in the rainforest, or buy some authentic Indian spices in Cochin’s pretty markets. These are just a few of the fantastic opportunities guests can make the most of on a Silversea Cruises expedition adventure.

    Silversea Cruises’ Ships

    Many Silversea Cruises ships venture to expedition destinations, giving guests ample choice with regards to where they visit, dates, and ship. Rest assured that all vessels can be relied upon to provide outstanding standards of luxury, with great service, dining, and onboard facilities. Enjoy delicious cuisine at The Restaurant, where you will find regional specialities as well as firm favourites, before learning more about a new culture or a fascinating piece of history at a lecture, or seeing a local performance onboard.

    Browse through expedition cruises on Silver Galapagos, Silver Explorer, and Silver Discoverer to see which fascinating destinations you could explore.



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