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Top 6 Cruises for sports fans

2nd February 2016

Updated May 2018

These days the main highlight of a cruise holiday is usually the ports of call visited. With pioneering technology, cruise ships can sail further and reach far beyond expectations to drop passengers off in exciting destinations worldwide.

The breadth of destinations available, plus more overnights being introduced on many cruises, mean that popular events can often be incorporated into cruise itineraries.

Great news for sports fans! A number of world famous sporting events can be experienced alongside superb sailings, making for the cruise holiday of a lifetime. Check out our top 5 cruises for sports fans below and treat yourself or the sporting supporter in your life.

Grand Prix Cruises

Thrill seekers and motorsports fanatics will love the buzzing atmosphere of the live Formula One Grand Prix. Hosted in several desirable destinations, the always exhilarating atmosphere sees excited spectators feed off the high level energy of the event. This theatre on wheels simply must be experienced on location, and can easily be combined with a captivating cruise plus stays. Find out more about the Monaco Grand Prix.

 

 

FIFA World Cup Cruises

Football fans can get their fix with a cruise to the 21st FIFA World Cup. The 2018 major sporting event will see Moscow stir as supporters from 32 contributing nations make their way to witness the games. Russia’s capital city is one of the most fascinating in the world, and makes for a popular stop on many cruise holidays. Get the best of the event and the destination with a cruise. See our Azamara themed cruises for more information.

Cycling on your Cruise

Keen cyclers can combine their hobby with a European River Cruise, with AmaWaterways. Among their extensive list of possible onboard activities and excursions, ships are equipped with a fleet of bicycles available for guests to use – either as part of a guided group tour, or even to explore new cities by themselves. Biking along the Danube is a particular favourite due to the picturesque scenery and predominantly flat, wide cycle path.

Or, for an original and exciting thrill experience, try the SkyRide on Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista. This open-air attraction allows guests to cycle up to 25mph while elevated above the deck, offering incredible views of the surrounding sea.

 

Golf Cruises

Spanning enticing destinations, golf cruises combine the excitement of visiting somewhere new with some incredible golfing opportunities. Cruise the Seine and play on the 2018 Ryder Cup course, gain some advice from PGA’s Frank Adamowicz on Amadeus River Cruise’s Danube trip, or witness world class golf legends at the 2018 British Open Golf Championship.

 

 

Hiking on your Holiday

In addition to the walking city tours provided on many cruise holidays, there are some trips during which passengers can push themselves on a more adventurous ramble. Depending on the destination and type of cruise you are taking, independent hiking is often possible. Alternatively, for those who would prefer there are a number of holidays which include guided hikes. Why not discover ancient Polynesian sculptures on a hike across Malden Island, or take on a trek in the Flam Valley in Norway.

Sports Onboard

When you’ve exhausted all options and think you’ve seen and done it all in the sporting event cruise world, choose a cruise that brings the sport to you. With bigger ships being built each year, onboard activities have never been better. Sports fans, adrenaline junkies and the like can enjoy surf simulators, sky diving (on a ship), adventurous ropes courses, aqua parks, state of the art gymnasiums, basketball courts and more. Check out Royal Caribbean for high energy and test your mettle with Norwegian Cruise Line’s extensive ropes course.

 

 

Many cruise ships now also feature large TV's screening re-runs or even live sports events in their traditional style pubs or bars. Check out O'Sheehan's onboard Norewgian Escape or P&O Cruises with their dedicated sports channel.


Cruise Week 2015

17th September 2015

The 2015 CLIA* Cruise Week is upon us and we are really excited to share the best of the Cruise Week offers and promotions with you.

In recent years we have seen an interest in cruise surge from strength to strength and new research from ABTA has revealed that a whopping 25% of Brit’s have been on a cruise. Of those who are yet to cruise, a staggering four in ten are interested to try one. We can’t help but think Cruise Week is the best time to do so!

From exclusive Iglu Cruise discounts to free gifts and extra savings, Cruise Week 2015 has it all and more. Each day we will investigate your favourite cruise lines and bring you our very best insider knowledge. Stick with us throughout Cruise Week and join in the conversation on twitter with the official CLIA Cruise Week hashtag - #CLIACruiseFest

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    Luxury with Celebrity Cruises
 
After a recent multimillion pound refit, this ship eclipses all expectations of
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  P an O Cruises
 
This cruise line is a foodie's dream as they sail the high seas with some of Britain's favourite celebrity chefs. Find out more about their exciting new TV venture 
 
 
         
    Azamara Club Cruises
 

Inspired by their popular itineraries and love of destination immersion, this cruise line are bringing a re-imagined design to their luxury cruise ships. Find out about some exciting new enhancements for 2016  
 
  River Cruise Offers
 
 
Seeing and experiencing the world's most beautiful waterways doesn't have to break the bank. We reveal useful insider tips on planning a perfect and memorable river cruise that will want you coming back for more   
 
 
         
    Oceania Cruises
 
 
Re-inventing luxury cruising with their cool country-club feel atmosphere, this cruise line can take you on a sophisticated adventure like never before. Read more about their luxurious ships and the destinations they meet    
 
  Ultra Luxury

 
A cruise with stunning scenery can be made all the more special with an ultra-luxury cruise line. These offers don't come around often so take advantage of our ultra-lux cruise week specials 
 
 
         
    MSC Cruises
 

This cruise line have a distinct Mediterranean approach to cruising with top notch cuisine and a wonderful cosmopolitan feel. Ever expanding their cruise coverage, find out an exciting new homeport for 2016 
 
  Princess Cruises
 
 
Fancy yourself a singstar? You might finally have your chance to shine onboard with this superb American style cruise line. Find out how you can sing whilst you sail and maybe even be crowned the voice of the ocean    
 
 
         
    Royal Caribbean
 
 
Who has the best cocktails at sea? Where can you find them and what are they called? This cruise line knows thier mixology like no other and we unveil the 8 best cocktails onboard  
 
     
         

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River cruising with Avalon Waterways

8th July 2015

Updated February 2017

 

Iglu’s Marketing Manager, Natalie, went on her first river cruise adventure with Avalon Waterways. Here’s what she thought of her first river experience onboard the luxurious Avalon Tapestry II:

I have only been on ocean cruise line's before so I was looking forward to experiencing a River Cruise and was lucky enough to be invited on Avalon’s newest ship to the fleet, Avalon Tapestry II.

On the deck on Avalon Tapestry II

I was meeting the ship halfway through its 7 night Paris to Normandy Landing Beaches itinerary.

 

Day 1

I met the ship in the picturesque town of Rouen after taking the Eurostar to Lille. As I approached the ship I was instantly struck by how luxurious the ship was. It is decked out with luxury sun loungers and tastefully decorated with plants on the top deck. I was greeted with a glass of Champagne into an airy reception area and couldn’t wait to see my cabin. It didn’t disappoint with a modern bathroom and a full supply of L’Occitane bath products. The layout of the bedroom was fantastic with the beds facing the French windows. The layout might not sound exciting but Avalon is the first river cruise line to point the beds towards the window. I could already picture myself waking up in the morning and watching the world go by.

Before I got too comfortable I unpacked and went to explore the rest of the ship. I was just in time for the daily afternoon tea. Delicious finger sandwiches and a choice of two gateaux’s were on offer. It would be rude not to sample so I tried both. As this was an educational trip I thought I better check my emails and there was no excuse not to as the ship has free wi-fi throughout. Fortunately there were not many emails to check so I had some time to relax in the sun on the top deck before the next round of delicious food at dinner.

 

Avalon Waterways Trip

Avalon Waterways Holiday

Heavenly cocktails and delicious food


The dining room is tastefully decorated and I was pleasantly surprised that although the ship is small compared to ocean cruise lines, you do not smell the cooking throughout the ship. I chose the red snapper for my main course tonight and enjoyed the free flowing wine which is included lunch and dinner.

As this was my first night onboard I stayed up to watch the entertainment for a while before getting an early night so I would be ready to get up bright and early for the Van Gogh excursion the following day.

 

Day 2

I woke up feeling revitalised after a good nights sleep in the comfortable bed. I was delighted with the buffet breakfast and enjoyed smoked salmon and eggs. If salmon and eggs is not your cup of tea, they have a fantastic selection of food to choose from including freshly made pastries, cereals and much more.

 

Cruising with Avalon Waterways

A cruise onboard Avalon Waterways

Glorious views of the riverbank through France


I had the choice of two free excursions and decided to go on the tour of the town Van Gogh spent his last few months of his life in the picturesque town of Auvers-sur-Oise. Before you set off on the tour you pick up a complimentary water and a headset so you can listen to the tour guide.

I am not an art expert and it really didn’t matter as the tour guide William was really engaging. He brought the history to life and it was very special to see the places and subjects Van Gogh had painted. I particularly enjoyed walking through the fields Van Gogh painted known as Wheat Field with Crows.

After the tour we were taken back on the coach in time for lunch and were greeted with freshly made iced tea. We had booked the grill lunch which was hosted on the Sky Deck. They host these lunches several times on the cruise itinerary but you must put your name down to reserve a space. Lunch was delicious and I enjoyed fresh salad and steak.

In the afternoon there was an optional excursion to the Palace of Versailles. However, as I only had 3 days on the ship I decided to experience what it was like whilst sailing as we were going to set sail to Paris. I am sure the Palace is beautiful but I was so pleased I stayed onboard. The engine is so quiet, the experience is tranquil and the journey along the Seine was stunning. I was surprised by how unpopulated the river banks were. Every now and then you would spot a stunning Chateau along the banks. I would have happily sailed along the river for days absorbing the view. We picked up the guests who took the afternoon tour and then sailed into Paris. The dinner was served as we sailed towards the Eiffel Tower.

 

My River Cruise with Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways Cruise

Excursions in France and more sublime views from the ship


Tonight was the Captain's farewell dinner as the following night guests were going to Moulin Rouge in Paris so it was a day earlier. Before dinner, we were all given a glass of champagne and the Captain came and said goodbye to everyone. Once again the meal was fantastic and my favourite dish was the lobster. Also having been on several ocean cruise lines I was delighted to see that the famous baked alaska was on the menu ,so it is not just the big ocean lines who have this tradition.

As the ship was staying in Paris I went for a stroll around the city before coming back to a refreshing cocktail on board.

 

Day 3

It was our last night on the ship and I went on the complimentary walking tour in Paris. If you didn’t want to walk there is a bus tour which is also included. After the tour I arrived back and sampled the light lunch which is also on offer every day on the Sky Deck. We had free time in the afternoon as the optional trip was to the Moulin Rouge in the evening. I decided to head back into Paris and hit the shops on the Champ Elysees.

As I was not going to the Moulin Rouge I booked a place in the bistro dining experience. This was hosted in the Sky Lounge and there are 20 places available so you need to book. They offer a 7 course tasting menu and once again I was extremely impressed with the standard of the food.

This evening we were sailing to another port in Paris close to the business district so I sat on the deck and enjoyed a refreshing cocktail as the ship gently sailed past the glittering sights of Paris before heading back to my room where I enjoyed the view for a little bit longer before falling into a relaxing sleep.

 

River Cruising with Avalon Waterways

Crepes and cocktails! A match made in heaven

 

The Verdict 

What I really love about river cruising is the relaxed pace, you can do as much or as little as you want. Even if you participate on all the tours you are looked after so well and come back to such a beautiful ship you don’t feel exhausted. I came back from my cruise feeling refreshed and invigorated. My only complaint is next time I want to go for a bit longer.

 

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The perks of American-style cruising

3rd July 2015

Updated 4th July 2017

 

Happy Independence Day! The fourth of July marks the anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain 239 years ago. Celebrations take place all over the US and beyond – even at sea!

American cruise liners throw various festivities onboard, from BBQs and themed parties to eating contests and family fun. Red, white and blue are the colours of the day.

Some cruise lines get their appeal from their distinctly ‘American’ style of cruising, here are just some of what the larger cruise lines have to offer.

XXL EVERYTHING!

In the US everything is big – from the high rise skyscrapers of New York City to the generous meal portions in an all-American diner. American ships are generally much larger than their British counterparts.

For example, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas carries nearly 6,000 people onboard and has listless entertainment facilities. With its seven neighbourhoods and central Boardwalk, it’s truly a city at sea.

royal caribbean symphony of the seas

State-of-the-art entertainment

With all that space, there is plenty of room for hundreds of activities onboard American-style ships. Bowling alleys, waterslides, sky diving, surfing, roller disco, bumper cars, 3D IMAX; not to mention Disney’s fireworks at sea.

At the forefront of innovation, American ships certainly offer something for everyone – you may even be too busy to sit by the pool!

Royal Caribbean even have Royal iQ, a state-of-the-art app that gives you a personalised calendar to plan your life at sea, connect with friends and family onboard, plan your tours, dining, activities and more.

Hamburgers

Americans take their food seriously and so do the American cruise lines. From gourmet poolside burgers and American Italian pizzas, to first class steak houses. Luxury American line, Oceania Cruises, boast a whole 32oz portion of 28 day dry-aged steak!

Celebrity chefs frequently collaborate with onboard dining. Carnival Cruise Line’s popular burger bar is championed by Guy Fieri and our very own Jamie Oliver’s Italian can be found onboard Royal Caribbean's fleet.

Hollywood at sea

Disney Cruise Line set a trend by bringing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to sea. Themed cruises include Disney’s Frozen cruise, Star Wars at Sea and of course, Disney itself, creators of the most loved animations in the world.

More cruise lines have followed suit including Norwegian Cruise Line with their specialist ‘The Walking Dead’ cruise, and Royal Caribbean offer the Dreamworks experience.

The American cruise lines also put on hot-off-the-press performances straight from Broadway – shows include Cats, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia! amongst many more.

With an American cruise line you can rest easy knowing you’ll be extremely well fed, have an overwhelming choice of entertainment and activities and no day will ever be the same.

By Chloe


Life onboard as a teenager

2nd July 2015

Updated December 2017

 

 

There is no better account of cruising than from a first person perspective, and we are always interested to hear about your experiences.

To gain a new point of view, we had guest blogger Henry Dalton offer us the teenage angle on cruising with the family...

 

As a fifteen year old boy, I’m lucky to say I’ve already been on four cruises. If you’re a teenager who instantly says no to cruising, think again.

Are there many other teenagers?

You might think that cruising is a dull holiday, full of old people strolling around, but that’s not necessarily true. Onboard alone, there’s a wide range of activities for us teens. For a start, almost every cruise line will have a teen club where you can meet people your age and do different types of activities. You can meet people, play snooker, Xbox or whatever it has to offer. Usually these clubs have a detailed schedule of more planned activities throughout the week, that are not confined to one room.

Royal Caribbean's FlowRider

 

What is the food like?

If you’re a food lover, a lot of ships have free pizza services running throughout most of the day, as well as the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets that go on for a long time. The food tastes brilliant and you’ll probably miss it when you go home.

What active things are there to do?

If you think being on a ship is limiting in terms of doing sports, you’re wrong. Most ships have fully equipped, air conditioned gyms, which will help you keep fit. Usually positioned at the front of the ship, the treadmills, striders, and more, tend to have TV screens with Sky Sports, BBC News, and other main British channels. As well as gyms, sports courts are frequent on big ships. There are sometimes free to use 5-a-side football pitches, basketball courts, mini-golf (if that counts as a sport!), rock climbing, ice skating, and even surfing!

 

 

Are there places to chill out?

You can book to go to the spa for a relaxing massage or treatment, although prices tend to be quite steep from a teenager's perspective. If you want entertainment, a lot of ships have theatres with free shows every night - including magicians, comedians, musicians, and more.

On the outdoor deck, there are swimming pools surrounded by loads of deck chairs, perfect if you’re a lazy sunbather. On a Princess cruise that I went on, I watched Divergent on a big screen, lying on a deck chair under the stars.

 

 

What about the destinations?

As well as activities on the ship, many underestimate the magnificence of arriving in a port with beautiful views. One of my personal favourites was waking up and having breakfast whilst looking at the city of Monte Carlo, Monaco. Lots of teens would find the idea of walking around cities very boring, and admittedly, I thought that at first. But you start to appreciate the iconic features that every place has to offer, and very soon you start looking forward to the next place. If you absolutely can’t walk around, I suggest going on a summer cruise to a place with lots of beaches.

 

 

Overall, cruising is a very fun experience. You get to visit lots of world-famous places without spending too long there, whilst living on a ship that has loads of brilliant activities. So before you associate cruising with veterans listening to classical music, do your research!

Browse our family cruises departing during school summer holidays.

 

Cruises for Young Adults

There are also more and more options for slightly older guests who don't necessarily want a traditional cruise experience. Uniworld River Cruises have introduced their incredible and innovative U by Uniworld brand; a brand which is designed with the needs and wants of 21 to 45 year olds in mind. Think stunning and vivacious European cities, a range of excursions from wine tasting to kayaking, and top international DJs onboard. See what U by Uniword itineraries you could enjoy.


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