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Quantum of the Seas - First Impressions

28th August 2014

Robot Bartenders, WOWbands and 40,000 Tablets...

With three weeks left until the 'big completion day' our Commercial Manager, Dave was lucky enough to be whisked off to the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Germany to get a first glimpse of new ship, Quantum of the Seas.

Set to be a complete game changer, it has been revealed she will be the world’s first SMARTship with innovations never before seen on land, let alone at sea. The most tech-savvy ship ever designed, prepare for something new.

Goodbye Seapass cards…Hello WOWband

One of the new technologies causing a controversial stir is the introduction of the RFID WOWband. These bands will act as a key to enter staterooms, payment for onboard purchases and access to the Royal iQ app. Unlike a Seapass card, it is waterproof and will not demagnetise, as well as being convenient to wear with no worry of it getting lost.

After a discussion on Facebook, it appears many are not so keen on the WOWband idea and fear it will not match formal outfits and look more like a branded all-inclusive resort band. The good news for these people is that the bands are optional and you will be able to keep your Seapass card instead.

WOWbands will cost $2 and can be purchased at any Royal iQ station.

Exclusive Cruise Apps

Two revolutionary new apps completely raise every bar in cruise ship technology. These apps allow every guest profile to be tracked, from stateroom number, dining preference and show times.

In connection with the WOWband, at the tap of a finger guests can interact with Royal iQ with hand signals at screen stations throughout the ship.

The app will also allow guests to track their luggage. Each bag will be tagged with an ID number on arrival and then you can track exactly where your luggage is and its expected time of arrival to stateroom.

Ensuring a hassle-free travel experience guests will be able to create boarding documents, upload ID photograph and receive digital boarding passes through the Cruise Planner app. Making it easy on the first day of a cruise, there will be no lines, check-in or waiting around and Royal Caribbean guarantee a 10 minute sidewalk to ship time.

High five to land-based internet speed

With so much technology onboard, my first thought was that there would have to be an extremely fast and reliable internet connection for this to work properly.

However, rest assure the internet speed onboard will match those on land. With a network of low-orbit communications satellites, they are a closer distance to earth than satellites used by other cruise ships, allowing a constant efficient connection.

This connection will also allow guests to use Skype and Facetime, features that are not yet available at sea.

Great news for teens – this new technology will allow them to play interactive games with friends the other side of the world.

Getting to know you

With every phenomenal ship, there is a phenomenal crew and Quantum of the Seas has made a revolutionary introduction to allow a closer connection between crew and guest. Every single crew member will be given a tablet with custom apps to keep a track of guest preferences including food allergies, show times and special requests.

Robot Bartenders

Yes, just when you think you have heard it all! A robotic arm will now be crafting your perfect cocktails. Is this the future of bar staff? Who knows, but for now this is one thing I cannot wait to see!

A single robotic arm can get ice, mix drink and shake them into the ultimate liquid treat. Located inside The Bionic Bar, guests will order their cocktail on a tablet and then sit back and watch in awe as these human-like machines make their cocktails of choice.

And that’s not all

As well as all of these new technologies, Quantum of the Seas and sister ship Anthem of the Seas will boast an array of industry first activities including bumper cars, an indoor skydive and an elevating pod that will rise guests 300 feet above sea level.

A new dynamic dining concept will take away the traditional dining room and allow guests to alternative between three different dining venues. A range of specialty restaurants will also be available including Jamie’s Italian featuring a menu created my renowned chef Jamie Oliver.

See our Facebook photo album for exclusive first images of Quantum of the Seas.


By Sally Grimes


Cruise Guest Speaker - Murray Walker

13th August 2014

Guest speakers are becoming increasingly popular on cruises and the latest one to be announced by Cunard is set to be extremely popular. Renowned Formula One commentator and journalist Murray Walker will join Queen Victoria on her 14 night Canary Island cruise in November.

At 90 years old, he has lived a life that few people could match. From his interesting childhood growing up during World War II to the growth of his phenomenal career in sports commentating, his journey is truly inspirational.

The world was first introduced to Walker in 1948 when his first commentating role, on Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, was aired. This only gave us a taster of the success that was yet to come. In the early 70’s Formal 1 started to become a world phenomenon and gained extensive coverage on British television, it was the perfect role for Walker. It wasn’t until 1978 that he went full-time as a Formal 1 commentator.

Through the following years Walker became extremely popular. His passion, opinions and infectious character beamed through millions of televisions around the world. His dedication didn’t stop here, he wrote a series of annuals for the Formula 1 which became famous collector’s items.

2001 saw Walker’s final Formula 1 season and shortly after he was awarded an original brick from ‘The Brickyard’ by track president Tony George. An award very rarely presented to anyone other than a winning driver, it was a reflection on his incredible contribution.

It was not long before his much loved commentating was missed and in following years came back on our screens with various microphones including Grad Prix Masters, Honda Racing F1 and European Grand Prix.

After being diagnosed with lymphatic system cancer in 2013, Murray made a speedy recovery and continues to influence the world through talks, books and documentaries.

It is not only his time at Formula 1 and the life-changing influence he had on this sport but his personal and early life is a story in itself. An incredibly inspiring character, you will be left in awe when you see him off-screen.

Find out more about Murray Walker in this uplifting video:

This exclusive opportunity to meet Murray Walker and hear him talk will be on Cunard’s Queen Victoria, 9th November 2014 Canary Islands Cruise.


Explorer Versus Anthem - Southampton 2015

13th August 2014

Since Royal Caribbean announced Explorer of the Seas will be calling Southampton her home in summer 2015, sales and interest for this ship have rocketed. However, with new ship Anthem of the Seas also sailing from Southampton during this time, which Royal Caribbean ship will you choose?

Ships Stats


Explorer of the Seas

Gross tonnage: 137,308 GRT

Length: 1,020 feet

Width: 158 feet

Passenger Decks: 14

Guest Capacity: 3,835

Anthem of the Seas

Gross tonnage: 167,800 GRT

Length: 1,141 feet

Width: 136 feet

Passenger Decks: 16

Guest Capacity: 4,905

 

Itineraries

Anthem of the Seas – Anthem of the Seas is set to sail a range of exciting European itineraries from Southampton during the summer before heading back to America for the winter. She will set sail for a number of two and three night cruises to Paris and Bruges, making it perfect for those who cannot get time off work or just want to try a taster cruise on the new ship. Her longer sailings include a 13 night Spain and Canary Islands voyage, 7 night France and Spain cruise and a 10 night Canaries cruise. Some of her ports include Lanzarote, Vigo, Lisbon, Barcelona and Cadiz.

Explorer of the Seas – Explorer of the Seas will sail slightly different areas than Anthem of the Seas, she is set to explore more Northern Europe. Delving through the Norwegian Fjords and areas such as Oslo and Rotterdam, guests will have the chance to sail through breath-taking areas on a larger ship. When not taking in the sights of Northern Europe, she will be sailing to the Canary Islands, Spain and other sun-drenched parts of the Mediterranean. Included in her summer schedule are 10 night Canary Island cruises, 12 night Canaries and Morocco, 8 night Cultural Northern Europe and 8 night Norwegian Fjords.

Entertainment

Anthem of the Seas – Set to completely change the dynamic of cruise ship entertainment, she will showcase game-changing features to rival any land based entertainment. New multilevel venue two70 will showcase an experience like never before, in the daytime a venue to drink, dine and watch the sea and by evening transforms into an cutting-edge, digital entertainment venue. 'Vistarama' will offer an innovation engineered especially for these ships, that has not been seen anywhere else in the world. It will see the venue’s floor to ceiling windows transform into large screens and project real and imagined scenes to set the mood of various themes. 18 projectors that are 100ft wide and more than 20ft high plus six Roboscreens are set to showcase never seen before scenic technology.

A rock and roll inspired venue called Music Hall will feature some of the best live music acts at sea along with a sleek and distinctive decorated space.

The only cruise line to perform Broadway musicals, the main theatre will showcase a 90 minute version of hit musical We Will Rock You.

Explorer of the Seas – The Voyager class ships were the first ships in the fleet to really change the entertainment programmes on Royal Caribbean. With multiple entertainment venues, a huge theatre and an ice-rink, the entertainment venues are endless.

The main theatre is home to musicals, comedians and various guest entertainers. Royal Caribbean are known for having some of the best entertainment at sea, and Explorer of the Seas is no exception. Guest entertainers will be brought onboard and feature tribute acts, comedians and lecturers.

Studio B, the onboard ice-rink is a place where you will find people speechless. Featuring a cast of international, championship ice-skaters in a phenomenal show, you will not believe your eyes as you see them perform tricks and dances like nothing you have ever seen before.

Other entertainment venues around the ship include live music in the English pub, piano entertainment in the Schooner bar and movies in the screening room.

Dining

Anthem of the Seas – The two Quantum class ships will change everything we are used to with Royal Caribbean dining. The new dynamic dining programme gives guests more flexibility and choice by eliminating the main dining room. There will be a choice of 18 restaurants to choose from, including three main complimentary restaurants; Chic, Silk and America Idol Grill. Other complimentary dining venues include The Grande, Coastal Kitchen, Sorrento’s, Windjammer Buffet and The Café @ 270.

Dining with a cover charge will include Jamie’s Italian featuring a menu created by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Devinly Decadence, designed by the chef of television show The Biggest Loose’ where all dishes will be 500 calories or less and Wonderland, taking guests through a journey of unique dishes.

Explorer of the Seas – Showcasing traditional dining we have all grown to love, Explorer of Seas presents a multi-tiered luxurious dining room that is home to award-winning menus and immaculate service. Aside from the main dining room other complimentary options include the Windjammer Buffet, Sorrento’s and Promenade Café.

Speciality restaurant Portofino will take you to a real-life Italian terrace eatery with its intimate atmosphere and exquisite flavoured dishes.

Staterooms

Anthem of the Seas – Staterooms on Anthem of the Seas will be 9% larger than those on the Oasis-class ships. Featuring the modern décor that Royal Caribbean express in their staterooms, they will include all amenities including a safe, mini bar and hairdryer.

Great news for solo travellers, she will feature 28 studio staterooms including 12 solo balcony rooms.

Due to the success of the loft suites on Oasis and Allure of the Seas, these popular rooms will be brought to Anthem and allow guests to stay in these two-story penthouse apartment style rooms that offer incredible views of outside with floor to ceiling windows.

Explorer of the Seas – Featuring a range of stateroom types, there is sure to be a room to suit every budget and desire. From inside, out and balcony to interior windows and suites, you can choose a room that suits you.

All staterooms feature the latest amenities including flat screen televisions, a safe, mini bar and hairdryer.

The voyager class ships were the first ships to boast inside windows with a view of the Royal Promenade. With great views of the parades, entertainment and other Promenade entertainment, they are unique rooms that no other cruise line can offer.

Activities

Anthem of the Seas – The range of activities onboard Anthem of the Seas will raise every bar in the cruise industry. Perfect for those thirsty for adventure, every inch presents a new wow. Making the impossible, possible you will not believe the things you can do onboard. An indoor skydive simulator, Flowrider surf machine and bumper cars are among the adrenalin-pumping activities you can participate in, - and all complimentary.

SeaPlex will be the largest indoor activity space at sea. This innovative venue will host a full sized basketball court, flying trapeze school, bumper cars and roller skating, all with a floating DJ. There will even be a food truck to serve snacks while you play.

Explorer of the Seas – Explorer of the Seas really does has something for everyone, whether you want to be adventurous or simply relax.

Test your adrenalin on the rock climbing wall, practise your putting at mini golf or even enter a ping pong challenge. With activities for the whole family, even the sea days will not present enough time to try everything.

For the not so adventurous, there is the solarium pool, trivias, the library and internet cafe.


Live From Star Clippers - Dubrovnik to Venice

12th August 2014

One of our trade partners, Rosanna has embarked on an adventure of a lifetime onboard Star Clippers, Royal Clipper. The only tall sailing ship experience of its kind, this is an experience for those thirsty for adventure and we are lucky enough to hear about it live.

Rosanna has kindly agreed to send me a daily update of her unique experience, here is how she is getting on...

Day 1

To my absolute sheer delight I am currently laying in the heat of the blazing Croatian sun, sipping a chilled Pia Colada whilst the gentle breeze makes an effort to lazily comb my hair. I am nestled amongst ropes, sails and masts as a small accessory of the stunning and grand Royal Clipper. The coastline of Dubrovnik's Old Town has been painted onto the horizon, except this masterpiece is real- there are people walking in and out of the variety of restaurants and bars as if they have do not have anywhere else to be. There is no rush, no hurry, no hustle and bustle of the life we are all so accustomed to. This is exactly the Star Clippers experience I was hoping for...

My day started at 3:30am when I met my colleague, Emma, who then drove us to Gatwick's South Terminal for the first phase of our adventure. After initially arriving at the wrong car park (blame excitement and lack of sleep!) we were soon at the front of the queue to board Easyjet's 7:30 flight to Dubrovnik. Literally at the front of the queue, how eager are we?! After a slightly turbulent flight we were soon descending into the city, squealing like excited school children when we caught a glimpse of Royal Clipper sailing with pride into the port as we were landing. 'She looks so sailor-y' was one comment made soon after by Emma! We hopped into our taxi that would transfer us to the ship, at which point I had to try to subtly change my English rainy day jumper into a cooler top. It was 30 degrees plus and after the torrential rain of the cold British morning this sort of climate seemed a distant dream.

As we approached Royal Clipper on the tender boat, I could almost hear a choir singing out a jubilant and regal tune. Similar to when you see a movie scene where someone finds just what they have been looking for. Just as her name suggests, Royal Clipper oozes regality and royal charm. The five masts stand tall and proud like guardsmen keeping watch over something very precious, yet perfectly able to hold itself.

After a delicious buffet lunch (the seafood linguine was divine) a dip in the sea from the Marina Platform and a kayaking adventure with Emma here I find myself... Soaking it all in (the sun and the sea!) and eager for the late sailaway. I have heard a lot about this unique experience, so will report back tomorrow on how this goes…

Day 2

As I lay here in the sun listening to the distant drones of Bob Marley coming from the poolside bar, I feel extremely lucky that in the last 17 hours I have experienced two unique sail aways on board Her Majesty the Royal Clipper. One in the darkness of midnight and the other under the gleaming afternoon rays. Let me first tell you about last night…

After a delicious steak dinner and a glass of chilled Prosecco in the main restaurant myself and Emma made our way to the outside decks where the lovely Cruise Director, Anna, was hosting a Ship's Quiz. All the guests gathered round and rang the bell when they knew the answer. The atmosphere was great- laughter, fun and spontaneity. The DJ then put some classic tunes on and the deck was soon scattered with guests dancing and enjoying themselves. Most guests then gradually made their way to the upper decks to experience us sailing out of Dubrovnik.

The stars in the sky and the fairy lights around the masts merged into one twinkling light display as crowds gathered to watch us leave. All of a sudden Conquest Of Paradise, a piece by Vangelis, draped the air as the clock approached midnight. The sound was haunting yet enchanting, and we both found ourselves totally speechless. Couples were holding hands, people were filming, and I felt like I finally understood the stories I had been hearing about this moment. The lights were soon turned off and we were left sailing invisibly into the distant ocean, with the music still making our presence subtly known to the fading coastline.

With this circling my mind like a dream, I slept soundly and we were ready to explore Hvart. After a short tender ride we headed up the town's steep and windy streets (we both admitted we were slightly defeated by the heat and the sheer number of steps, so wandered slowly back down to the flat main square). The neutral brickwork and crystal clear waters make Hvar an idyllic destination, a picture postcard sight around every corner. We found ourselves watching the world go by in a beautiful local bar- absolute bliss.

So here we are now- 5:30pm on a Sunday afternoon, tucking into afternoon tea and still reeling from the buzz of the 4pm sailaway out of Hvar. Guests helped the crew pull the ropes to raise the sails, and the experience was made even more memorable for us because we spent the time laying on the bowsprit nets at the front of the ship. I felt like I was somewhere I shouldn't be, that we surely aren't allowed on the nets, but we were welcomed and waved at by the friendly crew. We layed there as the breeze whistled past us, although I don't think I have ever kept such a tight hold on my sunglasses!

I have to go...we have an appointment with the ship's Crow's Nest now, a harness and camera are the ingredients of the next adventure! Time to get a bird's eye view of the ship, another thing to add to the list of totally unique moments onboard.

Day 3

Royal Clipper has anchored herself proudly off the coastline of Rovinj today, a small Croatian town unspoilt by masses of tourists and thriving with culture. After a leisurely morning onboard spent chatting to a lovely couple, Liz and Terry from the UK we were on the first tender to the shore just after midday. We spent a few hours exploring the town and soaking in the atmosphere. Local children, families and teens go about their everyday life as if we ourselves are one of them and blended in, so much so that I very nearly became a victim to a very fast teen on a very fast bike on the path! Yes I did let out a yelp!

After my close-encounter (really, it was!) we headed back onboard in time for a swim in the sea from the Marina Platform. There is something so invigorating about being in the open water, so close to the ship yet totally free. I felt so small but totally protected and safe. A number of yachts, dinghies and tour boats circled around us and slowed down, eager to get a closer view of Royal Clipper in all her glory.

Tonight we sail away at 7pm, just before the open dining restaurant opens. I think I will be avoiding the scales when I get home- the food is absolutely divine onboard and I find myself easily eating 3 courses out of the 6 on offer. Last night was the Captain's night, so we were presented with a glass of champagne upon arrival at the restaurant and we all toasted the Master of this beautiful ship. The cheers and applause from the guests were solid proof that this experience has been exceptional. The Hotel Manager, Carlos, spent time chatting with us and ensuring we were enjoying ourselves and we then joined everyone else at 10pm for the talent show up on deck. Guests and crew alike shared their various hidden talents, some hilarious and some truly outstanding. Seeing the Cruise Director put aside her role for 3 minutes and put on her dancing shoes for a Charleston was amazing! We then spent the rest of the evening dancing with the guests and showcasing some of our 'moves' (one guest commented today on how good we were at dancing, not sure he could remember rightly!)

So here we are now, catching the last of the afternoon rays. Almost every guest that walks past us stops to say hello and asks about our day, there is a unique family feel that is special to Star Clippers. Tomorrow we will arrive into Slovenia, a country I have never been to, so no doubt I will sleep well (the beds are so comfortable) ready for the next adventure tomorrow...

Day 4

As I say 'Day 4', I find myself saddened in the knowledge that this means it's nearly home time. Don't get me wrong, I love to be at home, but the solace and tranquillity I have found on here will be hard to find in 'normal' life.. If I could bottle up the Star Clippers experience and create The Royal Clipper Remedy potion, I would be in for a great future! Next business idea, maybe?

Aside from my desire to stay onboard (still planning the best place for us to stow away!) I find myself reflecting on yesterday evening. If possible, last night's sail away out of Rovinj topped all the others. This was a 7pm sailaway, which meant it coincided perfectly with the sun setting on the horizon. To make it more special, we were able to sail solely by the wind. For the first time, we saw the full sails being raised, the air silent apart from the music that will forever give me goosebumps. Without the power of the engines, we glided through the water gracefully, the whole time under the watchful eye of Captain Sergey and Chief Officer Arrigo. To my surprise, neither of these two were maneuvering the ship out of the harbour. A 9 year old boy was...

It was at this moment I realised how Mikael Krafft felt when his dream of making experiences like this became a reality to adults and children alike. I later found out that child has steered the ship almost every day and that he now wants to become a Captain himself. In 50 years time I have full confidence he will still be telling people about the time he steered a fully rigged tall ship out into the open sea. Fully embracing the ship's hands-on approach, we asked if we could have a look around the Bridge, something very unlikely to happen on most other cruise ships. We were welcomed in by Arrigo who explained how they navigate the ship and how they plan the course we will take. We were truly fascinated by the equipment and technology in there, I couldn't take it all in! Arrigo later joined us, Liz and Terry for the evening's Music Quiz where we chatted to him for 2 hours about his career and life at sea (yes we weren't very good at the quiz!).

We are in Piran in Slovenia, a country neither myself nor Emma had been to before. It's a very quaint place with shops and streets meandering off a main square, and a castle overlooking the town from the highest point. After buying a magnet (I make sure to get one everywhere I go) we settled ourselves down in a cafe where a local band were playing. Once they finished they sat down and tinkered away on their guitars, working our arrangements for their next set. They were laughing and truly enjoying themselves and the music, so much so that when we saw them again I made sure to put some change in their hat.

We have spent the remainder of the day enjoying the delicious open air lunch buffet and chatting to Liz and Terry. They booked this trip on a whim at a cruise show in London back in April, and have enjoyed it so much they are already planning to book again. Tomorrow we arrive into Venice, our final port of call, so we will be up bright and early to witness us sail in to such an iconic destination. My final blog installment tomorrow will most probably be written from Venice airport departure lounge after a day of exploring the beautiful city…

Day 5

They call it pathetic fallacy when the weather reflects how you feel. I'm sitting in the departure lounge of Venice's Marco Polo airport looking out at cloudy and overcast skies. It's the first time in 5 days we have not had weather that could be described as absolutely perfect. The absence of the gleaming sun makes us think Italy doesn't really want us to leave?

When fully dressed in all her sails, Royal Clipper looks magnificent. I imagine it like how a groom feels when he first sees a bride on their wedding day- still as beautiful as ever, yet more divine than ever before. As we were snapping away, the crew shuffled along the front of the ship and gave us all a big wave. We spent 20 minutes capturing the ship from every angle possible, the result being photographs we will all treasure forever.

We were joined for our farewell dinner by Chief Officer Arrigo and a lovely lady from the UK called Margaret. She was travelling alone so we had a great evening chatting and sharing stories from the trip. The crew then came out singing and waving flags, ready for their final bow before rapturous applause and cheers. The smiles on everyone's faces (crew and guests) showed us just how well enjoyed the cruise really was.

After dinner and a spot of packing (cue sad face) Emma and I decided it would be lovely to spend some time under the stars before our early arrival into Venice. We laid on the sunbeds, looking up at the clear night sky. At one point Emma said 'wow, that's a really bright star'- it was the light on top of the mast!

Before I knew it, the alarm was going off at 5:50am. Still under the mask of sleep, and for the first time armed with a thick cardigan, I headed up on deck to see a sight I will probably never get a chance to witness again. I think I can count on one hand the amount of people I know that have had the opportunity to sail in to Venice at sunrise on a tall ship. Surrounded be equally intrigued guests, we watched out as we glided past St Mark's Basilica as the bright red sun began to appear on the horizon. Joggers were scattered along the paths, running with ease over the many bridges that connect the famous canals. An army boat went past us and stopped to match our speed so that the fully uniformed servicemen could get pictures with our ship behind them. People weren't really talking much, just taking it all in. I'm not sure I can even find the words to fully describe being up on deck for that hour this morning...

We came back down to earth once we were alongside and being told to collect our passports ready for disembarkation. We were fortunate enough to be offered a tour of various cabins once all other guests had disembarked, so we spent some time with Muslim, the Head Steward, viewing the different categories on offer. There are so many wonderful features in the different cabins, from the private verandah of the Deluxe Suite, to the privacy and luxury of the Owner's Suite. All cabins are spacious enough to suit the needs of the guest, and finished to the highest quality.

We were lucky enough to be on an evening flight to Gatwick, so we had time to explore Venice for a few hours today. I was last here in 2007, and Emma had never visited before so it was a lovely morning of reminiscing and making new discoveries. Normally I despise pigeons, but the feeling of having them perch on your hand at St Mark's Square is wonderful, it reminds me of the little old lady feeding them on Mary Poppins! You can't buy seeds for them now but many people were throwing remnants of crisps and bread for them to scramble over. We then headed over the Rialto Bridge for spectacular views over the Grand Canal, before enjoying authentic gelato in one of the cafes alongside the water. A truly wonderful, Italian day!

Flight EZY5268 is delayed and the rain is pouring down outside...a bit of a reality check for us both after such a blissful time away. The tans will soon fade but the memories from our time on board Royal Clipper will last a long time I'm sure.


10 Things To Do On A Sea Day

31st July 2014

Updated Feb 2017

 

A full day at sea - some people love them and others will not even book a cruise if it has more than one sea day.

I cruised onboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas which included four full days at sea. As much as I love exploring new ports, I am more than happy to spend all day exploring the ship. For me, sea days are a great way to experience everything a ship has to offer.

Based on my cruise with Royal Caribbean, I came up with this list of ten things to do on a sea day…

 

Have a massage

We all want to feel special when we go on holiday and there is no better way than switching off in a tranquil room surrounded by aromatic smells, relaxing sounds and allowing a highly qualified masseuse take over. All cruise ship spas will offer an extensive range of massages including hot stones, bamboo and couples massages.

Other spa facilities include saunas, facials, pedicures, hair styling, acupuncture and nail care. Sea days are a great time to visit the spa as you can spend as long as you want in there without having to worry about activities you have booked ashore.

 

Go to the gym

On my twelve night cruise, I am embarrassed to say I only went to the gym once. I feel extremely guilty but there was so much going on around the ship that the gym just didn’t attract me enough. The day I did go was a sea day and it made me wish I went more as it offered a huge selection of state-of-the-art equipment.

Sea days ensure there is no excuse not to make the most of the gym. You can go in the morning, during the day or in the evening after a busy day.

 

What to do on a sea day: Massage

 

Take part in an organised activity such as trivia

Sea days are packed with activities and the cruise staff work from morning to night to ensure there is something going on at every minute of the day. From trivia, gameshows, seminars, dance lessons and art auctions, I wouldn’t believe anyone who said sea days are boring!

People go from saying “trivia is not my thing” to being the most competitive player in the game. From various themes such as general knowledge, music or TV, it is a light-hearted game that ensures laughs, fun and meeting new friends.

 

Play bingo

I had never played bingo in my life until my friend thought it would be a good idea to play on our cruise. Feeling slightly skeptical, I thought I would give it a go nonetheless. After only fifteen minutes, my thoughts had changed about the game and I was having more fun that I expected.

Not all cruise lines offer bingo onboard but if it is offered I would recommend it for those who want to do something different that guarantees an hour of laughing.

 

Visit the casino

Do you feel lucky on a cruise? I know I do. Although I am no casino expert, I love the atmosphere of the competitive vibes from all around, mixed with the clashing of chips and the occasional winning scream.

Whether you want to play on slot machines or try your hand at Black Jack or Roulette, many cruise lines boast large casinos that are a gaming heaven for everyone.

 

What to do on a sea day: Visit the Casino

 

Cocktail making class

Everytime I have a cocktail I say "I wish I could make this myself", so during my recent cruise I thought it was about time I learnt something about these delicious drinks. Taking part in the afternoon of a sea day, it was one of the highlights of my cruise.

Hosted by one of the barmen, he taught us what to mix, how to mix and what makes a good cocktail. I can’t wait to host a cocktail party at my house now to impress my friends with my cocktail making skills.

 

Pool games

If you are cruising around sun-drenched destinations, the pool is where you will find everyone on a sea day. Instead of spending all day beached on a sun lounger, why not take part in one of the pool games? Even if you do not know the rules, they are fun for everyone.

From water volleyball, water basketball, and water obstacle races, the sports staff will host a range of games throughout the day.

 

What to do on a sea day: Pool games

 

Go shopping

Cruise ships are home to small shopping malls with a range of boutiques from clothes, jewellery and beauty products - and the great thing is they are all duty free.

Due to the duty free prices, the shops cannot be open when the ship is docked in port, making sea days the best time to indulge in a little holiday retail therapy. Whether its time to treat yourself to a new bag, get some perfume for your wife or buy some souvenirs to take home, making some time for a little cruise shopping spree is a must.

 

Take a walk and explore the ship

I guarantee you will find yourself at least once during your cruise saying "I haven’t seen this part yet". There are so many venues and different parts of the ship to see that you often find you have not explored the ship properly.

Sea days are the perfect time to thoroughly explore your floating home. From the different venues, interesting outer decks and hidden locations, taking some time to delve around your ship will bring hours of intriguing exploration.

 

What to do on a sea day: Explore the ship

 

Relax

Taking time to simply relax is something too many of us ever find time for, even on holiday we find ourselves rushing around exploring and trying to fit everything in to our days. This is why sea days are the best time to let your mind and bod escape into a state of pure relaxation.

Whether you want to lie around the pool, relax with a book in the library or simply take an afternoon nap on your balcony, use a sea day to take full advantage of some me time.

 

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Top 10 complimentary things to do onboard

 


By Sally Grimes


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"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)


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