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P&O Cruises’ Summer 2020 Highlights

6th September 2018

P&O Cruises is excited to present their summer 2020 collection, details of which have finally been released for us to have a gander and look through! So what exactly is coming up? Well to start with, a fantastic 160 new cruises! This means even more different cruise options to choose from, and many memories to be made onboard with the UK’s favourite cruise line.

 

 

160 New Cruises and More Destinations!

With 160 new cruises it means there are plenty of destinations available for passengers to choose from, so where will P&O Cruises take you in 2020? From April 2020 to October 2020, cruises will be in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Iberia, Norway, and Iceland. Imagine a breath-taking summer in the Mediterranean with pristine beaches, and delightful scenery. But it doesn’t stop there with even more regions such as the Baltics, North America, Canada, and the British Isles as well. P&O will be offering a variety of itineraries, from short breaks to a fabulous 30-night voyage onboard Arcadia. Where will be your summer spot? With the Mediterranean being a popular favourite, will you switch it up and try summer 2020 in Iceland, or maybe Canada?



A Stunning New Ship: Iona & Her Itineraries

The launch of Iona is a popular subject in the cruise industry, and we at Iglu Cruise are certainly very excited about it! With the ship holding over 5,200 people, the saying ‘the bigger the better’ is definitely true in this sense. Iona is bringing the outside, inside with its beautiful SkyDome - the first of its kind in the industry – blurring the lines. With over 15 places to eat, more than eight specialty restaurants, and over 10 bars and lounges, Iona will surely be the ship everyone is talking about. But what about Iona’s itineraries? Iona will be offering itineraries in the Norwegian Fjords from May 2020 until September 2020. Find out more about what’s in store onboard P&O Iona.

 



More exciting itineraries

Arcadia is treating us to a 30-night itinerary to Canada & North America in September of 2020, which includes an amazing overnight call in Boston plus three full days in New York. This itinerary creates an astonishing experience to see the world famous Big Apple. Arcadia is also offering passengers a Northern Lights cruise in October 2020, giving passengers more opportunities to experience viewing the amazing Northern Lights. Aurora will be operating the only Iceland itinerary of the season, which is also going to be including an overnight call in capital city Reykjavik.

 

 

 

Excited about Iona 2020? Or about P&O summer 2020? Pre-register now to increase your chances of securing the cruise holiday of your dreams.


So You Think You Know the Canary Islands?

29th January 2018

Cruising in the Canaries is hugely popular among holidaymakers for a number of reasons. The islands offer some stunning scenery, delicious food, relaxing beaches, and a whole world of interesting anecdotes, traditions, and snippets from history! While many Brits have been to at least one of the islands, there are so many things that remain unknown to its visitors. You may think yourself an expert on the Canary Islands, but did you know these ten interesting facts?

 

 

1. The word ‘Canaries’ has derived from the Latin word, ‘Canaria’, meaning dog. It’s thought that the name was attributed because early European settlers found wild dogs on the island, or Roman explorers chose it because of the nearby seals - which they called sea dogs.

2. The most popular sport in this part of the world is known as Lucha Canaria – a form of traditional wresting. Dating back to the 15th century, Canarian wrestling can still be seen in full swing in many venues across the islands.

3. While the small, yellow Canary birds are native to the islands, many people don’t realise that it is they who are named after the land, rather than the other way around.

 

 

4. The total population of all the Canary Islands is just over 2 million, but this popular holiday destination generally sees more than 12 million tourists every year!

5. Admiral Lord Nelson is most famous for his military action against the French, but it was actually in the Canaries that he lost his right arm – at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1797.

6. At the time of writing, La Palma is home to the world’s largest working telescope. It’s situated at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, and has a mirror of just over 34 feet (10.4 metres) in diameter.

 

 

7. Various parts of Spain – including Tenerife, La Palma, and Gran Canaria – maintain the ‘Burial of the Sardine’, or ‘Entierro de la sardina’, tradition to end carnival events. This ceremony dates back many centuries, and involves a symbolic portrayal of burning or burying a fish.

8. The aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands are known as Guanches, who hailed from the North African Berber people. It’s thought that they migrated to the islands in around the year 1000 BC.

9. The Canary Islands were a common stop on journeys between the Americas and Europe. This means that there are culinary influences here from all over the world, and produce such as potatoes, beans, and avocados were all introduced from South America.

 

 

10. The ancient whistling language of La Gomera – known as Silbo Gomera – is still used and even taught in schools here today. It was originally created to help communicate across the hilly terrain.

There is much more to the Canary Islands than first meets the eye, but take the time to explore it, and get to know some of the locals, and you will find a land of intrigue and rich history. Take a look at our range of cruises to the Canary Islands and discover more on your next holiday.


The Most Popular Cruise Destinations of 2009

30th December 2009

As another year of cruising comes to an end, we thought we'd take a look back at 2009 and the most popular cruises and destinations. Unsurprisingly, our number one cruise destination is the Mediterranean - with a huge range of cruise lines and itineraries featured in this diverse and fascinating region. With many Med cruises departing from UK ports, there's often no need to fly and this certainly keeps the cost down. Royal Caribbean's, Independence of the Seas sailings from Southampton reflected this trend, and made her our most popular ship of 2009. Packed with stunning leisure and entertainment options, the Independence delighted cruisers on voyages to the Med and the 5th most popular destination, the Canary Islands.

Our 2nd most popular destination is the Baltic, Fjords and Scandinavia. A growing market, the stunning sights and history of the Northern Europe are proving a favourite with cruisers. Almost all cruise lines offer itineraries in this region now, with Fred. Olsen and Cruise and Maritime Voyages offering superb traditional voyages on more intimate sized ships, for an absorbing experience.

The Caribbean is our third most popular destination and there's nothing better than a spot of island hopping under sun-kissed skies. Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises, premium quality sailings in have proved extremely popular in this region, as have P&O Cruises British style cruises and Royal Caribbean's action packed adventures. In fourth place we find European short break cruises. These cruises offer a great taster of what a cruise line has to offer, with Ireland, Bruges & Amsterdam amongst the most popular ports of call.

Outside the top 5 we find more specialised cruises like the transatlantic crossing and world cruises. Cunard Line are undoubtedly the leaders in the transatlantic voyage with their decadent Southampton to New York sailings. The world cruise sector offers chance to be a part of an epic journey, to discover Australasia, the Far East or closer to home. 'Once in a lifetime' destinations like the Panama Canal, South America and Alaska also make our top 10 destinations with Dubai - a relatively new and fast growing destination for cruise holidays.


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