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Will there ever be too many ships?

16th July 2014

There is nothing I love more than breaking news of a another cruise ship being built so needless to say excitement levels are at an all-time high right now with more and more new ships being built. I feel like every morning I awaken my lethargic eyes and check my phone for news there is an alert for another new ship – is cruising taking over the world?

It is clear this industry is rapidly growing and becoming a holiday phenomenon. Cruising is now the fastest growing sector in the travel industry and attracts millions of new cruisers every year. Last year alone saw over 20 million people go on a cruise worldwide.

Everyone loves a new ship – new innovations, new designs, new cabins and every cruise line trying to up their game in this extremely competitive market. Every time a new ship is announced we spend months speculating what will be onboard and watch anxiously to see news unveil. The rush to be on the maiden voyage then starts, preparation for the naming ceremony and announcements of where she will homeport all come to place. The journey of a new ship is an exciting time for not only the line but for the whole world.

There has never been a more exciting time for the industry and here is what new ships are still to come...

Viking Star

Cruise line: Viking Cruise Line

Coming: December 2013

Size: 47, 800 GT

Where in the world: Sailing Mediterranean itineraries, she will homeport in Rome and Barcelona.

At a glance: Famous for their river cruising vessels, Viking decided to venture into ocean cruising and first ship Viking Star is set to bring all the loved river features to the cruise world. Intimate interior spaces will create the perfect setting for enjoyable days and evenings onboard. The Atrium Lobby is set to a grand foyer area that will stun people from their first steps.

Quantum of the Seas

Cruise line: Royal Caribbean Cruises

Coming: November 2014

Size: 167, 800 GT

Where in the world: To be based in China and sail Asia itineraries.

At a glance: Doing what they do best, Royal Caribbean are set to push all industry boundaries once again. Taking at sea innovation to a whole new level, Quantum of the Seas is set to have an indoor sky dive simulator, bumper cars and an elevating pod that will take people 300 feet above sea level. Other key features will be the new dynamic dining experience that will have people rotate between three different restaurants instead of having one main dining room.

Costa Diadema

Cruise line: Costa Cruises

Coming: October 2014

Size: 132, 500 gross tons

Where in the world: First cruise is set to sail from Savona.

At a glance: The new flagship of the fleet, she will be the most innovative ship in the Costa fleet. Seven restaurants will take everyone on a culinary journey through Italian, Brazilian and Asian eateries. The new Samsara Spa will be a large 7, 800 metres and span four decks with eight hot tubs, steam rooms and a state of the art gym.

Britannia

Cruise line: P&O Cruises

Coming: March 2015

Size: 142, 000 GT

Where in the world: To sail from Southampton on Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic and Canary Island itineraries. In the winter she will sail the Caribbean.

At a glance: The largest ship every built exclusively for the British market, she is set to represent what P&O are famous for along with a range of exciting twists. With a large union flag on her bow, her interior will feature an elegant and sophisticated design. Showcasing the best in cruise dining, there will be five celebrity chefs working alongside each other including Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochar.

Seven Seas Explorer

Cruise line: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Coming: February 2015

Size: 54, 000 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: Ready to define luxury once again, Seven Seas Explorer will be the most expensive luxury liner ever built. Upscale yet timeless, the interior design will be neutral and elegant. There will be an extensive range of gourmet dining onboard from six different restaurants. An extravagant art collection is also set to be displayed throughout the ship.

Norwegian Escape

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Coming: October 2015

Size: 163, 000 GT

Where in the world: Her maiden voyage will sail from Southampton to Miami

At a glance: Norwegian Escape will be another revolutionary breakthrough from Norwegian Cruise Line and this family-friendly ship will feature a number of cutting edge features to amaze every guest. The onboard entertainment will be a huge hit once again with award-winning shows, live music, cabaret acts and the world renowned Blue Man group.

Oasis III

Cruise line: Royal Caribbean

Coming: 2016

Size: 225, 282 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: No details have yet been released about Oasis III but it is speculated she will feature many of the innovative amenities Oasis and Allure of the sea has including a Central Park, Aquatheatre, Zipline and Carousel.

Holland America Unnamed

Cruise line: Holland America Line

Coming: February 2016

Size: 99, 000 GT (estimated)

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: No details have yet been revealed about the new Holland America ship, even its name is still a mystery. It will be the first ship for the line since the debut of Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010.

Carnival Vista

Cruise line: Carnival Cruise Line

Coming: November 2016

Size: 135, 500 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: Carnival Vista is set to showcase a new design from other carnival ships, yet still have all the fun amenities they are famous for. Rumoured to boast some new innovations that have not yet been revealed, she will be ooze fun from bowl to stern.

Norwegian Bliss

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Coming: Spring 2017

Size: 163, 000 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: The second of the Breakaway-Plus ships, she will be similar in design to Norwegian Escape. With revolutionary entertainment, exciting cuisine and innovative staterooms, she will be a floating master-piece to create ever lasting memories for the whole family.

Princess Royal-Class Three

Cruise line: Princess Cruises

Coming: 2017

Size: 142, 700 GT

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: After the success of Royal Princess and Regal Princess it has been revealed a third sister ship will be built for delivery in 2017. Built at the same ship yard in Italy she will feature similarities to her sister ships with some added innovations new to Princess Cruises.

Norwegian Breakaway-Plus x2

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Coming: 2018 and 2019

Size: 163, 000 GT (estimated)

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: It has just been announced that Norwegian Cruise Lines have signed an agreement with Meyer Weerft shipyard to build two new Breakaway-Plus class ships. The ships are set to cost €1.6 billion to build and carry around 4, 200 guests each.

MSC x4

Cruise line: MSC Cruises

Coming: 2 x 2017, 2018 & 2019

Size: 154, 000 GT (estimated)

Where in the world: No details yet revealed.

At a glance: MSC Cruises have announced plans to build four new ships. Said to be game changers in the MSC fleet they will feature never-before-seen amenities including panoramic lifts with sea views. With over 469, 000 square feet of public space, there is sure to be surprises along the way.


By Sally Grimes


Top 5 Destinations For Winter Sun

16th July 2014

Updated October 2017

Dark mornings, ice covering the drive way, and freezing temperatures that have us wrapped up so tight we can barely move – welcome to winter in Britain. It seems to come round quicker every year, and we dread the long winter season that leaves us feeling dreary, and with the sun as a distant memory.

The onset of winter leaves many of us precoccupied with thoughts of where we can get our sun fix, when the bleak weather sets in. Some great winter sun deals are starting to circulate in the office, so it is the perfect time to start thinking about a winter break.

 

We're sure you would agree, there is nothing better than jetting off somewhere hot when everyone else is dreading the thought of stepping outside, and having to turn on electric blankets in order to recover from constant sneezing. However, whilst the ice thickens in England, elsewhere in the world the sun is at its hottest, so here are our top 5 places to cruise to during the winter:

Florida

Known as the sunshine state of America, Florida is one of the friendliest places there is. It is not only the sun that shines bright all day here, the people are extremely welcoming, and invite you to enjoy everything this exciting wonderland has to offer.

With miles of sun-soaked beaches, water-front restaurants, and an array of unique attractions, Florida is the ultimate adventure playground. With most cruise lines basing their ships in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Miami, during the winter you'll be able to choose from an extensive range of different itineraries and ships.

Whether your cruise starts or finishes in Florida, you can spend a few days enjoying the fun way of life that's lived here. Enjoy a day at the Miami Aquarium watching incredible shows featuring killer whales and dolphins, or take a trip to the Everglades where you will glide over the swamps in a hover boat whilst learning about the distinct wildlife that lives there.

Or, if it is just sun that you desire, Florida is your perfect haven with its long stretches of heavenly beaches that can reach temperatures of up to 32°c during the winter.

The average temperature in Florida during November – February is 29°c.

See our: Florida Cruise Deals

The Caribbean

Defining paradise, the Caribbean islands are widely considered the most blissful destinations in the world, that guarantee to take you on the ultimate escape. Picture-perfect beaches with pure white sand, crystal clear waters, and swaying palms make these islands the most desired cruise destinations in the world.

Boasting year-round hot temperatures, the long days of sunshine will enable you to soak up the scorching temperatures to your heart's content. For the more adventurous, there is the chance to try snorkelling, para-sailing, and jet skiing around these fascinating islands.

A Caribbean cruise can include stops at islands such as the Bahamas, St Lucia, Barbados, and Antigua. To some, the islands may look the same, but in fact, they all have their own unique character that makes every stop a new experience. Some cruise lines, such as Virgin Voyages, even own an exclusive private island for guest access only. With carefully selected excursions, delicious dining and plenty of relaxing beaches, these islands are the height of luxury living. The adults-only 'Beach Club' provides six bars, stunning private cabanas and pool parties with all the best tunes to soudntrack your night.

The average temperature in the Caribbean during November – February is 32°c.

See our: Caribbean Cruise Deals

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands entice visitors with their breathtaking landscapes, stunning beaches, and tropical way of life. From indulging on tapas on a rooftop restaurant, to sunbathing on the heavenly beaches, a trip here will help you to completely forget about winter.

Tenerife will amaze you with its backdrop of soaring mountains lining the pristine beaches, perfect for lazy days in the sun or family beach activities. Along the way, Lanzarote invites you to explore its volcanoes and black sand beaches. When it’s time to unwind, Gran Canaria is bursting with quaint fishing villages and attractive harbours that create the perfect scene for switching off.

For the active cruisers, the islands offer an array of memorable adventures. From extraordinary snorkelling, exploring the iconic National Parks, or rock climbing up one of the famous mountains, there is no shortage of adrenalin-pumping experiences to be had here.

The average temperature in the Canaries during November – February is 24°c.

See our: Canary Island Deals

Dubai

A world of its own, Dubai stands ready to show off its luxurious and extravagent lifestyle to anyone who visits. Nowhere in the world exhibits the diversity that Dubai does, one minute you're stood in the middle of an empty dessert, the next you're surrounded by towering buildings. A cocktail of amazing sights, every time you turn you're faced with something that stuns you once again.

Don your explorers hat as you experience adventure after adventure, with everything this extraordinary city has to offer. Go skiing in a shopping mall, slide under shark infested waters at the Atlantis waterpark, or ride a camel through the enchanted desserts. Not many places in the world can offer the variety of excursions that Dubai does.

As evening sets in, the city turns into a magical wonderland with fountain shows, vibrant nightclubs, and award-winning beach front restaurants serving up some of the most exquisite dishes you will ever taste.

The average temperature in Dubai during November – February is 32°c.


See our: Dubai Cruise Deals

Hawaii

There is nowhere else quite like Hawaii. This tropical paradise will excite all your senses as you are welcomed into this fresh, tranquil haven. Crystal clear waters line the dramatic mountains and lush forests, making this island a blissful retreat. 

The soothing, swaying palms, and captivating sounds of volcanoes bubbling away, are a recipe for the ultimate winter getaway. Along with hot temperatures and warm waters, it has everything you dream of during the colder months.

It is not only the scenery that is beautiful here, the locals love to share their lifestyle with you. Encouraging you to join in traditional Hawaiian activities, and try their iconic island cuisine, it will not be long before you are in full 'Aloha' mode!

This colourful island is home to an array of some of the world’s most intriguing National Parks and plant life. Even if you plan to go on a relaxing getaway, we would definitely recommend a stroll around one of these parks.

The average temperature in the Hawaii during November – February is 26°c.

See our: Hawaii Cruise Deals


By Sally Grimes


Cruise vs Land: Royal Caribbean Onboard Activity Prices

14th July 2014

Updated July 2018

Royal Caribbean: the cruise line we know to push all industry boundaries and showcase the most innovative facilities at sea. From ice-rinks, rock climbing walls, and Flowriders to Central Parks, carousels, and Broadway Shows, they truly make the impossible, possible. Creating ‘Wow’ moments at every turn, a Royal Caribbean cruise changes every perception of cruising.

 

 

With all of these incredible facilities on offer, the first thing many of us think about is cost. 'How much are all of these activities going to set me back?' The price of any holiday can be daunting, but for first time cruisers the confusion of onboard prices can be a worry.

With food, accommodation, entertainment, and activities included in the price, it is clear the value for money on a cruise is exceptional. Delving into a like for like comparison of land activities v cruise activities, this value becomes even more apparent.

With this in mind we wanted to look further into this price comparison, and find out how some of the activites onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise compare to land prices.

Broadway Show

Royal Caribbean Cruise: Complimentary

Royal Caribbean are knowing for showcasing Broadway musicals. Full productions of Hairspray, Chicago, Cats, and more are performed by world-class singers and dancers in state-of-the-art multi-tired theatres.

Average land price: £80

The price of a ticket for one person to go to a show in London's West End ranges between £30-£130.

Flowrider

Royal Caribbean Cruise: Complimentary

 


The only cruise line in the industry to boast Flowrider surf-simulators on their ships, they have taken the world by storm. First introduced on the Freedom of the Seas, these incredible wave machines pump 30,000 gallons of water per minute as fast as 20mph.

Average land price: £35

There are a few places in the UK to ride the Flowrider. Bodyflight in Bedford offer Flowrider lessons for around £35 per person (peak times), and family surf sessions cost around £100.

iFly

Royal Caribbean Cruise: Complimentary

This is another ground-breaking revolution at sea found on a number of Royal Caribbean ships. Ripcord by iFly is an indoor skydive simulator that will have you feeling like you are soaring 10,000 feet in the air, without having to jump out of a plane!

Average land price: £50 per person

There are a few indoor skydive simulators in the UK, and average prices range between £30 - £75 per person.

Mini Golf

Royal Caribbean Cruise: Complimentary

 


A round of golf at sea? Of course say Royal Caribbean! Many of the line's fleet boast nine-hole mini golf courses that will allow you to work on your swing, perfect your putt or have fun with the family. Clubs and balls are provided onboard.

Average land price: £6 per person

England is home to an array of mini golf courses and enjoyed as a day our for many of us. With prices varying, the average rate for one round of nine holes is £6 per person.

Kids Clubs

Royal Caribbean Cruise: Complimentary

Royal Caribbean's kids clubs have won many awards and are known for offering some of the most state-of-the-art fun at sea. There kids club are home to science labs, children's theatres and craft lessons, all staffed by highly-trained youth staff. Segmented into different age groups, children of all ages as well as teens can take part in the activities for no extra charge.

Average land price: £40 a week

If you were to pay for a children's camp in the UK during the school holidays it would cost an average £40 a week per child. Even some land-based holidays charge extra for children to use the kids club facilities.

Aqua-Show

Royal Caribbean cruise: Complimentary

 


Boasting a spectacular Aqua-theatre, this innovation was first brought to life on Oasis of the Seas. Positioned at the aft of the ship, these open aired aqua theatres feature out of this world shows from championship high divers and synchronised swimmers.

Average land price: £115

We do not have a similar kind of show in the UK, however it would cost between £75 and £160 per person to watch one of the water shows in Las Vegas.

Ice Skating

Royal Caribbean Cruise: Complimentary

Another innovation from Royal Caribbean brings ice to the Mediterranean and beyond. Ice skating rinks feature on every Royal Caribbean ship offering skate hire and skating for all ages. In the evening the ice comes alive with spectacular ice skating shows.

Average land price: £10

There are a few indoor ice skating rinks in the UK with several more cropping up in the winter months. Average price is around £10 plus hire of around £2.

Rock Climbing

Royal Caribbean Cruise: Complimentary

The only cruise line to boast mega rock climbing walls on every one of their ships, these walls are a signature feature of the Royal Caribbean brand. If you are brave enough to rise to the challenge, brace yourself to climb 200 feet over the ocean.

Average land price: £15 per person

There are lots of indoor rock climbing walls around the country, especially within fitness centres and activity gyms. The average price for a one hour session climbing is £15.

 

 

When travelling with children (or children at heart) it is almost certain they will want to experience all of the exciting activities available. The fact there is no extra charge for most of them is a huge bonus and makes a hassle-free holiday with guaranteed fun.

See our Royal Caribbean Deals 


10 Sports You Can Play On A Cruise

8th July 2014

We live in a country surrounded by sport. If we are not playing it, we are in front of the television watching it. From football, cricket and hockey to golf, swimming and croquet, sport is a key part of our lives.

So what happens when we go on holiday...how do we get our daily sport fix? Watching is not a problem as most resorts, hotels and cruise ships boast large screens and licensing to broadcast the latest games.

When it comes to playing your favourite sports, a cruise has you more than covered. With full sized basketball courts, mini golf courses and even ice rinks, there will be no complaining about missing out on your much-loved activities. 

Basketball

Although basketball is typically known as an American sport, it has become increasingly trendy for our younger generation to play. This high-energy game is a team sport that has strict rules.

Most cruise lines boast a full sized basketball court that will be the place for games, tournaments and competitions. Hosted by the sports or activity staff there will be organised games that offer hours of fun. Some cruise lines will even pair fun teams such as dads against sons or girls against boys!

Cruise lines with a basketball court: Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises

Golf

Golf at sea? Yes that’s right. A selection of modern day cruise ships are home to 9-hole mini golf courses as well as golf simulators.

It was Royal Caribbean who introduced this innovation but other lines have also brought this to their ships including Disney Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises.

Playing golf surrounded by the ocean is a once in a lifetime experience and fun for the whole family. Whether you are competitive, teaching the little ones or just having some fun, it is definitely an activity worth doing.

Cruise lines with mini golf: Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Disney Cruise Line 

Volleyball

Water volleyball is a sport guaranteed to put everyone in a holiday mood. Best played in the sun with a group of friends, it is the perfect combination of competitive and fun.

With cruise ships showcasing multiple swimming pools, there is likely to be one dedicated to water sports with volleyball often being the most popular game. Even if you do not understand the rules, there will be staff to show you and commentate the game.

If you do not want to get involved, just watching from the pool side is as much fun.

Cruise lines with volleyball: P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises

Football

England’s iconic game, we are known around the world for our strong passion for football. I read recently that 65% of British males will not go on holiday anywhere that doesn’t show their team's football games. Good news is that most cruise ships have permission to broadcast popular games and even better news that you can play onboard too.

Normally the basketball court will be used as a football pitch and the markings set up accordingly. There will be dedicated staff to arrange matches, tournaments and fun competitions so be sure to pack your training shoes!

Cruise lines that have a football pitch: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line

Ping Pong

Are you that one person on holiday who shows everyone up at ping pong? There is always a Ping-Pong champion somewhere!

A fun game that has become very competitive, ping pong will test both your skills and patience.

Normally found on the sports deck or the activities centre, most cruise lines have a selection of ping pong tables for you to enjoy as well as paticipate in mini tornaments.

Cruise lines with ping-pong tables: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line

Boxing

Another industry revolution, Royal Caribbean are the only cruise line to offer boxing rinks at sea. Introduced on Freedom of the Seas, they are full sized boxing rinks that come fully equipped with punch bags, railings and boxing gloves.

Guests using the gym can use the rink as part of their exercise routine as well as enter fun boxing competitions orgainsed by the crew.

Cruise lines with a boxing ring: Royal Caribbean Cruises 

Swimming

When on holiday, some people like to use the pool to swim lengths as part of their exercise regime and others use it as a place to have fun or play games.

Swimming is a sport everyone can take part in and whether you want to practice lengths by yourself or compete in mini swimming galas, you will be able to swim to your hearts content on a cruise.

Cruise lines with a swimming pool: All cruise lines

Croquet

The traditionally English sport of croquet is a historic game that dates back to the 1850’s. Normally played in village playing fields, it has now come to the high seas by Celebrity Cruises.

The Lawn Club on their Solstice class ships offer the ultimate setting for a joyous game of croquet. With real grass, the sun shining and the ocean swaying around you, everyone is welcome to join in this game, whether you know the rules or not.

Equipment will be provided onboard and staff on hand to help.

Cruise lines with croquet: Celebrity Cruises 

Pool

The first thing that comes to mind when having a pool table onboard is how does it work with the movement of the ship? Rest assure the pool tables found at sea are self-leveling and stabilized, just like the ships themselves.

Even for those who do not play pool, these revolutionary tables have to be seen to be believed. As the ship moves, so does the table and the balls stay perfectly in place.

The opportunity to play a game of pool with new found friends and a beer will bring a home comfort to your cruise.

Cruise lines with pool tables: Royal Caribbean Cruises

Ice-skating

Just when you thought there was no other sport to be played onboard, Royal Caribbean introduced ice-rinks. Ice-skating in the middle of the ocean, now that’s impressive!

When the rink is not being used by the cast to perform a show, you can don a pair of skates with protective wear and hit the ice.Whether you are an expert skater or never tried it before, the professional skaters will be there to guide you.

Ice hockey games are not yet arranged..but watch this space.

Cruise lines with ice rinks: Royal Caribbean Cruises

By Sally Grimes


What Can I Celebrate On A Cruise?

2nd July 2014

Updated February 2017

 

We all have special occasions to celebrate and every year we worry about the organisation of these events. Whether it’s the dreaded family reunion, the wedding of your dreams or your mums 60th birthday, it needs to be perfect. Will everyone be available that date? Will she like that? Will I have time to organise everything? These are just some of the questions I guarantee you will ask yourself when planning the ultimate celebration.

Gone are the days of sitting round eating jelly for a birthday, hiring a marquee in the garden for a wedding and booking a restaurant for the family reunion. Celebrations are far more extravagant now and every year we try to think of the newest and best idea to outdo last year’s turnout.

Going on a cruise is a celebration in itself, but they are now the perfect place to hold any occasion, from birthdays to weddings and from honeymoons to New Year parties. Taking the organisational stress away, the cruise lines have specialised teams to organise everything you need for your special time. Offering special packages, they are incredible value for money and ensure you have a celebration that will never be forgotten.

 

Birthday


Some of us look forward to our special day all year, whereas others would rather forget turning a year older, regardless, a birthday is a very special time. Whether you like to celebrate with your loved one or the whole family, a cruise is the perfect place to hold your celebrations.

Sure to be a birthday to remember, you will be able to celebrate in unbelievable style, whether that be simply relaxing or venturing new explorations. You can choose to book your yearly cruise over your birthday or book a short one especially for your day. Many cruise lines offer two or three night mini cruises that are great for special celebrations.

Before you sail you need to inform the cruise line or your travel partner of the birthday so they can prepare the onboard crew. For no extra charge the wait staff will bring out a slice of cake or special dessert with candles and a fun rendition of 'Happy Birthday' during dinner of your chosen evening.

For an extra charge you can order a cake before you sail (some cruise lines will allow you to do this onboard). With the option to have it delivered to your cabin, dining table or venue of choice, it is the perfect treat to share with your guests.

Many of the lines offer the hire of conference rooms so you could have a private party or celebration if you wish. Another option would be to hire a venue or reserve a table in one of the bars.

Other special birthday treats you can book include decorations for your room or cabin door, chocolate covered strawberries delivery, an onboard credit gift card or a special bottle of champagne delivery.

Many cruise lines also have kids birthday packages available that include gifts, drinks packages and a party in the onboard kids club.

 

 

Wedding


The most important day of your life – the statement that automatically brings daunting thoughts and planning fears. However, a wedding should be the happiest day of your life and nothing short of perfect from the moment you start planning.

Whether you dream of floating through sand on a paradise island in your dress or imagine a more traditional ceremony, a cruise can give you the most incredible wedding. From the planning of flowers, hair, make up and venue, the cruise line wedding team have impeccable planning skills to ensure your day is no short of breathtaking. Royal Caribbean even have permission to marry couples on their private island, CocoCay.

A wedding onboard will be held in the onboard chapel and blessed by the Captain himself. All cruise line chapels vary in size and design but all offer a beautiful setting in a tranquil venue that will be complete with decorations of your choice. From the flowers, ribbons and isle, it can be decorated exactly how you want it. After the service, you can hire our one of the onboard venues to have the afterparty or a section of the dining room for an exclusive meal. Live music or a DJ can also be provided.

It is not only an onboard wedding that a cruise offers, they can also arrange weddings on shore. From an enchanted beach wedding to a cosmopolitan city wedding, your every wish can be granted. The wedding planners will ensure you have everything on shore that you need, from the flowers, transport and food.

 

 

Family Reunion


A family reunion is probably one of the hardest celebrations to organise. Not everyone likes the venue, the date is non-agreeable and nowhere has something for the whole family to enjoy. Rest assured, a cruise will take any stress away and ensure everyone has fun.

With something for everyone, a cruise is the best venue for the children, parents and grandparents. Allowing you to enjoy activities together as well as on your own, there is nowhere else in the world that could offer the range of facilities together in one place. The children can enjoy the kids club, mum and dad can relax by the pool and gran and granddad can join in the trivia before all meeting to dine together.

As with any celebration, you can hire a room or venue onboard on a chosen night of your reunion cruise to have a special get together. Other ideas that make a cruise the ultimate solution to your family reunion are convenient family cabins, organised group photos and a convenient place for everyone to fly to, not to mention the opportunity to travel together that will create life-changing memories.

 

 

Honeymoon


A honeymoon is supposed to be one of the most remarkable holidays of your life. Creating memories that no-one can match, a cruise will take you to an array of fascinating destinations onboard luxurious and innovative ships.

As if this experience isn’t enough, most lines offer a honeymoon package that will create a whirl wind of romantic extras. From rose petals on your bed, a couple’s massage, breakfast in bed and chocolate strawberries with champagne delivered to your room, every moment of your honeymoon cruise will make you fall in love all over again.

 

 

Vow Renewal


A cruise showcases the perfect setting for a vow renewal and lets you relive that special moment. Conducted by the Captain, you will gather in the ship’s chapel that will be decorated in a enchanted fashion.

Whether you want a big celebration or an intimate affair, there will be an onboard team to ensure your ceremony and celebrations are above and beyond your dreams.

 

 

Proposal


Choosing that special place to propose to your loved one is said to be one of the most stressful decisions in a relationship. It needs to be somewhere thoughtful, special and unforgettable - a cruise is definitely all of those.

With a range of locations, you may want to propose in the intimate setting of a private part of a restaurant, the excitement of the bow of the ship or even on shore in an unforgettable location like an exotic beach in the Caribbean, the top of the Eiffel Tower or on a cable car ride over Rio De Janeiro.

 

 

Christmas


Although Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, it can be stressful to organise everyone together and satisfy all. Many of us think about going away for Christmas to take the stress away but then worry about the cost and the tradition of having the Christmas dinner at home.

Cruise ships turn into an enchanted winter wonderland over the Christmas period and thoroughly think about every aspect of the festive celebrations. Decked out with large Christmas trees and beautiful decorations throughout, the ships truly turn into a magical wonderland.

A schedule of special activities will be put on for the whole family and even Santa Claus himself will find you. Festive adventures are on hand for the whole family to enjoy and have an unforgettable Christmas.

Christmas dinner will never be the same after the feast you experience onboard. With the large culinary crew working around the clock to ensure you have all of your festive favourites as well as some new treats with no clearing away to do after, the food is just another reason you will never want to spend Christmas at home again.

Find out more about cruising at Christmas.

 

 

 

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