0203 848 3600

Over 1.5 Million Happy Cruise Customers

{0} out of 10 Rated Excellent
ATOL Protected
02038483600

Cruise Blog

Get to Know Princess Cruises with Phillip Schofield

clock 27th September 2017 | comment0 Comments

Updated March 2019

 

In April 2017 Phillip Schofield became the very first UK brand ambassador for Princess Cruises, and since then has been exploring just about everything that the cruise line has to offer.

With behind-the-scenes access and time spent with the Princess Cruises crew, Phillip has a unique insight into the industry and has become thoroughly acquainted with the wonderful world of cruising. Interestingly enough, before this Phillip had never been on a cruise before, and so Princess quickly remedied this by sending him and his wife to the Mediterranean onboard Royal Princess.

First Impressions as a New-to-Cruise Guest

With no experience of cruising whatsoever, it's interesting to find out what Phillip made of both Princess Cruises, and cruising in general. First-time cruisers are often unsure of what to expect, and perhaps have some misconceptions about things like food, the embarkation and disembarkation process, and atmosphere onboard. After cruising with Princess, Phillip commented on just how easy it was to board the ship, how opulant Royal Princess itself is, and about how easy and convenient it was to see so many different destinations whilst being accomodated in just one place. Find out more about his trip in this interesting Q&A video:

 

 

The cruise included an excursion in Barcelona, during which a local guide showed them all around some of the lesser-known areas. This meant that Phillip and his wife could see and explore places they were not aware of, in a city they thought they were familiar with.

 

 

The cruise made another stop in Marseille, where they had a tour of a vineyard, and of course, took part in some wine-tasting. As a real wine and food enthusiast, Phillip was hugely impressed with some of the treats that were available onboard. He was given a tour of the galley, and took part in food-tasting with the Executive Chef, and enjoyed a personal wine session during which he could blend wine according to his own preference.

Since this fantastic first cruise, Phillip and his family have been treated to another fabulous adventure onboard Regal Princess, this time to the beautiful Baltics. Watch as they explore the sights of Oslo, and make use of the fabulous range of facilities onboard the ship during their sea day.


Finding out all about what a cruise with Princess Cruises can entail has been a real educational journey for Phillip, who has become a firm fan of cruising. With a travel-bucket list that includes the likes of the Fjords, Canada, Alaska, and South America, it is likely that he will enjoy everything that Princess Cruises has to offer again and again while journeying to these fantastic destinations.

Have a look at our Princess Cruises holidays, and find out more about the adventures you can have with them.



P&O Cruises' 2019 Cruise Collection Highlights

clock 4th September 2017 | comment0 Comments

P&O are offering some truly exciting opportunities in their summer 2019 cruise programme, read on for a summary of the best highlights.

 

Weekly – 7 Night – Cruises to the Norwegian Fjords

 

Because of the popularity of this destination, summer 2019 will see P&O Cruises' three big ships – Britannia, Azura, and Ventura – make weekly cruises here between April and September. Arcadia, Aurora, and Oriana will also undertake longer (12 to 18 night) voyages to the Norwegian Fjords, offering plenty of cruise options for everybody.

 

More Discovery Led Itineraries

 

An increase in 14-19 night journeys to more unusual destinations is also planned for summer 2019. These cruises allow guests to discover and explore new and interesting places – including Propriano in Corsica, and Olbia in Italy. There will be both family-friendly and adult-exclusive options to choose from.

 

 

Cruises to Match your Hobbies

 

2019 will see the return of well-loved themed cruises. The stars of Strictly Come Dancing will again make an appearance, so pack your dancing shoes and join in with Salsa, Waltz, and other fun dance lessons. P&O’s association with various British Food Heroes will also be continuing, and guests can make the most of cooking seminars, wine tastings, and Q&A sessions to enhance their foodie knowledge. Another popular option is the Monaco F1 cruise – on which motor sport fans can combine their passion with their holiday.

 

New Ports

 

P&O ships will be adding some new ports to their repertoire: Le Verdon, Bordeaux and Fredericia, Denmark. These exciting locations offer pretty views and classic architecture: in essence, quintessential Europe.

 

Ensure you get the exact cruise you want by securing an early booking on a P&O summer 2019 cruise today.



6 Grand Prix To See By Cruise

clock 19th March 2015 | comment0 Comments

Updated October 2017

Have you ever considered combining the glamour and relaxation of a cruise holiday, with the thrill and exhilaration of the Grand Prix?

The Formula One Grand Prix takes place in prestigious cities all around the world, and each circuit is unique to its city - making every race as thrilling and unpredictable as the next. As the season approaches, we take a look at the top 5 Grand Prix destinations that can be incorporated into a unique cruise adventure.

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Barcelona

During the month of May, Barcelona welcomes the F1 at the Circuit du Catalunya, in the town of Montmelo, 12 miles North East of the city centre. The circuit is 4.655km long and usually holds the first European race of the season. The crowds are vibrant and the city is electric during the lead up to the event.

Cruise lines that can take you here include Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, and Royal Caribbean.
Mediterranean cruise itineraries can usually be combined with a Barcelona hotel stay before or after your cruise.

Take a look at this Barcelona Grand Prix Cruise

 

Singapore Grand Prix

The Singapore Grand Prix was the first Formula One street circuit in Asia. Taking place at night, the race is dramatic, fast-paced, and challenging. During this time, streets come alive with spectators.

A Singapore cruise will take you around Southeast Asia, or perhaps to or from the Middle East.

Take a look at this Singapore Grand Prix Cruise

 

United Arab Emirates Grand Prix – Abu Dhabi

 

 

A truly luxurious destination with a multi-million dollar custom-built Formula One track, Abu Dhabi has boasted the Yas Marina circuit since 2009. The track is 5.554km long, and holds very few overtaking opportunities - creating an extremely exciting race which takes place from dusk until dark.

Experience modern luxury with Celebrity Cruises during the Formula One season finale.

Take a look at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Cruise

 

United States Grand Prix – Austin, Texas

The only Formula One circuit in the States, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas was established in 2012. It’s 5.513km long and has long straights and high speed sections, delivering a fast paced and exciting race. The circuit is still considered fairly new and so the races are somewhat unpredictable and exciting.

Cruise holidays can be tailor-made with hotel stays and rail transfers in order to make the most of your trip. Carnival Cruise Lines will take you here during the US races.

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Monaco

 

 

The most glamourous and well known, the Monaco Grand Prix is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world - with its circuit being referred to as 'an exceptional location of glamour and prestige'. Established in 1929, the race is held on a narrow course through the streets of Monaco, and is one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One.

The race sees visitors gather from all over the world, including the rich and famous who spectate from their super yachts. 5* luxury all-inclusive cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises sail to Monaco during the F1 season. Read more about the Monaco Grand Prix Cruise.

Italian Grand Prix – Monza

Opened in 1922, The Autodromo Nazionale Monza has a rich and interesting history. It was controversially rebuilt in 1955 with banking of just less than 40 degrees - which equates to a gradient of around 80%. Many deem this aspect of the track to be unsafe, and it even led to British teams boycotting the race in 1960.

This fascinating circuit is fabulously located just north of Milan, close to Lake Como. This makes an F1 cruise to Italy a superb choice, as there are so many alternative options when it comes to how to spend your time either side of the race. Find out more about an Italian Grand Prix Cruise.

 

With so many destinations and itineraries to choose from, we recommend signing up for our F1 Grand Prix brochure, to learn more about how to combine your cruise holiday with the F1 racing schedule.

Find more information on our Grand Prix Cruise Packages, or view our Grand Prix Cruise Deals.



My First British Cruising Experience

clock 9th April 2014 | comment0 Comments

P&O Cruises are the pinnacle of British cruising and they pride themselves on offering a world-class, authentic British experience. One of the most popular lines in the UK, they cruise all over the world. Sally, from the Iglu Cruise Marketing team was lucky enough to experience life onboard Ventura. Read all about Sally's first British cruising experience below.

From chirping birds to splashing waves…

As the clocks went back and England started to glow with sprouting daffodils, spring temperatures and the sound of chirping birds waking us, I retired my coat to the rail and packed my bag for a European adventure.

Even at 4am, check-in was easy and the short flight from London was hassle-free. My nose pressed firmly against the plane window as striking views of ancient architecture swiftly passed me as I landed into Barcelona. You cannot fault the Spanish way of life with its quintessentially Latin flare and laid-back lifestyle of indulging on tapas in vibrant restaurants, however I did not have time for this today as I had someone waiting for me…Ventura.

Arriving at the port, she loomed before me with her sleek exterior eagerly waiting to welcome me onboard.

A warm welcome…

Boarding a ship can be daunting, especially for first time cruisers but after a friendly welcome from some of the ship’s crew and a convenient ship map in hand, the boarding process was extremely smooth. Miraculously my suitcase arrived at my cabin before me and my new home for the week was very inviting with a tempting king size bed, extensive wardrobe space and an impressive balcony that cantilevered from the aft of the ship.

On the first morning I reluctantly staggered out of what can only be described as the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. As I rubbed my lethargic eyes and opened my balcony doors I was hit with the fresh sea air against my face and an awe-inspiring view of the vast ocean swaying calmly around me. With a feeling of looking out at the whole world, it was the perfect way to awaken all of my senses and prepare for the day ahead.

It was the first and only sea day of my cruise. I am guilty of often complaining there are not enough hours in the day, but this clearly does not occur on a cruise. From sun-bathing (and gaining the famous 'British' red-tan!), cheering on Arsenal in the pub and having a manicure in the spa to taking part in fruit carving, having a galley tour and failing miserable at 'name that tune' – my day was packed with adventures. Not to mention the incredible food I indulged on, from the full English breakfast to the fresh pizza cooked at the poolside grill.

English Kings and Queens…

Formal night - a time that allows P&O to represent the traditional but modern style they are famous for. With everyone dressed in their formal attire, sipping champagne and having photographs with the Captain, it was a special evening that has left me with a joyous memory. The constant flow of smiles on everyone’s face was extremely infectious and there was a jubilant atmosphere all around.

P&O Cruises have one or two formal nights during a one week cruise and optional so those who do not want to dress up can dine in the buffet restaurant if desired. However for me, formal night is a great opportunity to dress up in an elegant cocktail dress, that rarely comes out of my wardrobe, and feel like a princess for a night.

After a formal dinner involving New England split lobster, Prosecco poached strawberries, fine wine and plenty of laughter, I experienced one of the line’s production shows. The main theatre spans over two decks and boasts gold décor, HD screens, innovative lighting and a large stage perfect for showcasing the talented singers and dancers.

Europe awaits…

Our first port was Toulon, I took the complimentary water taxi to the city centre where I enjoyed strolling around the quant shops that lined the charming yacht harbours. As we sailed away it was incredible to see how the clear blue sky allowed the sun to illuminate this picturesque city.

Arriving in Monte Carlo the next morning was an experience hard to put into words. The intense colours of the beaming sunset peered through soaring mountains that dwarfed the unique architecture and beautiful yacht harbours. Upon leaving the ship I explored the Grand Prix track before boarding the tour bus. After a scenic drive unveiling famous landmarks and celebrity homes I reached Nice. Moseying around the fresh fruit markets, stopping for a fresh macaroon and admiring the history-enriched buildings were my highlights here. It was then onto Cannes, a place that defines wealth and luxury, it was like being placed in the middle of a fairy-tale. Lavish boutiques, fresh pastry shops and water-front cafes lined the sun-drenched beaches and harbours bursting with extravagant yachts.

It was great to see the extensive range of excursions P&O Cruises had on offer. With adventurous, educational and relaxed options there is something for everyone at every port. The excursion staff were very helpful and had extensive knowledge of every city.

Fly-Med Success…

After canapés and cocktails in the Metropolis Bar, for my last meal onboard I went to The White Room, Marco Pierre White’s signature restaurant. Easily one of the best meals I have experienced on a ship, each dish set my taste buds alight and accompanied the chosen wines perfectly. After four truly exquisite dishes, I still couldn’t resist the Tiramisu and melt-in-your-mouth truffles.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time on Ventura and everything about the trip gave me insights into the fantastic opportunities guests will have on Ventura's Fly-Med season. Reaching exciting cities without having to spend two days at sea is a bonus and having the opportunity to spend a night (or 2) before or after your cruise is fantastic.

Although there were lots of things that stood out, these are the ones I want to point out:

• The price of drinks onboard were the lowest I have ever seen on a cruise.

• It was easy and convenient to fly and the transfer to the ship was very quick and efficient.

• The selection of afternoon teas and cakes (including shortbread, fruit cake and Victoria sponge) laid out every day were a delightful  'British' touch.

• Tea and coffee making facilities in my stateroom were very useful.

• The Great British Sail away on the top deck as we sailed away from Monte Carlo was very patriotic and fun.

• A Ventura chocolate placed on my pillow every night when I returned to my cabin was a special little touch that made me smile.

As my trip sadly came to an end and I sat in Genoa airport waiting to fly home, it gave me time to reflect on my Ventura experience. From the exceptional service, delicious cuisine and outstanding entertainment to the array of onboard activities, comfortable cabins and fascinating ports, it is clear to see why this iconic cruise line continue to be a number one choice for both first time and experienced cruisers.


By Sally Grimes



Book with Confidence

We are ATOL Holders and members of ABTA for your financial protection.


Price Match Guarantee
Search Cruises
Your Shortlist

You do not currently have any cruises in your shortlist.


What our customers say


"I booked a Fred Olsen cruise with IGLU last month and was so impressed by the service I received. The staff member I spoke to was Kimberley and she was exemplary. Capable, kind, professional, patient, friendly and knowledgeable. She went through every step of the way calmly and thoroughly. IGLU were recommended to me by friends and I have no hesitation in passing the recommendation along. Well done IGLU and thank you. "

Christina
(March 2019)

"So easy to deal with, I studied the Cruise I wanted, did my research with different company's and returned to Iglu. I had three quotes matching Iglu’s cost, but with one phone call they beat the price themselves by £40 without me even asking, how easy was that! "

Gary
(February 2019)


Read more feedback