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What's Your Favourite Cruise Ship?

7th June 2010

What's your favourite cruise ship? We have a few here at Iglu Towers. [More]

Catch a celebrity on a cruise near you

9th October 2009

The Drifters & Marco Pierre White

When you embark on your next cruise holiday and find yourself wandering past a familiar looking face, it might just be a celebrity. As the popularity of cruising grows, the world of cruise and entertainment are becoming ever more entwined with cruise lines looking to bring star attractions to the seas to entertain passengers. We've had a look around to see who's appearing where in the next year or so.

For themed music cruises Fred. Olsen have 'music at sea', some of the performers appearing soon on the cruise line are Lulu on Boudicca (8th Nov) and legendary soul act the Drifters on Balmoral (29th Nov). MSC Cruises have an event called 'Shiprocked' on MSC Poesia (15th Nov) - a five day rock cruise around the Caribbean featuring acts Skid Row, Telsa and more. Watch out for star performers on Cunard Line too, legendary folk singer James Taylor's June 2009 performance on Queen Mary 2 was extremely well received.

When it comes to the world of food and drink, celebrity chefs are becoming more frequent visitors to cruise ships. James Martin is the man behind Ocean Village's Bistro and he's onboard on the 30th Dec and 6th Jan Caribbean sailings to share his knowledge and expertise. If you're travelling with P&O Cruises, keep and eye out for Marco Pierre White and Gary Rhodes as they have dining venues on a number of the P&O vessels.

Other cruises with celebrity themes include Broadway style shows, comedy acts and general spectaculars such as Derren Brown’s recent performance on P&O Aurora. If you’re a baseball fan an MSC Cruises ‘Baseball Cruise’ gives cruisers the chance to rub shoulders with greats of the game, but we think we’ll wait until the Football or Cricket version is invented!

And finally, one note of caution, if you think you’ve spotted Robbie Williams, Tom Jones or Tina Turner by the Jacuzzi, maybe all is not what it seems. The chances are it’s one of an increasing number of tribute acts wowing audiences on the high seas.

Cruising Enjoys Unparalled Popularity Growth

9th July 2009

It appears the global recession has not been able to halt the popularity of cruising. More holiday-makers than ever are discovering what a fantastic value holiday experience a cruise offers. The Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) Annual Cruise Review for 2007/08 reported an 11% increase in the UK cruise market to 1.34 million (7% of the package holiday market). It is estimated by 2012 passengers will exceed the 2 million mark.

Cruising Enjoys Unparalled Popularity Growth

Let’s face it, it’s a pretty unique type of holiday. Settle into a comfy cabin, with an amazing array of leisure facilities close at hand. Wake up in an exciting new destination each day, with the option to partake in exciting shore a

dventures, cultural insights, or just explore in your own time. Back on the ship there’s usually a range of tasty dining options to choose from, quality entertainment, including live theatre style shows, movies and of course a range of bars. With the cost of most onboard meals (some speciality restaurants charge extra) and entertainment included in the price, the vast majority of your holiday spend is taken care of before you leave.

To support the growing demand, cruise lines are constantly developing the onboard experience and introducing new ships and destinations. More than 30 new liners are currently in production, with top cruise lines like P&O Cruises (Azura), Celebrity Cruises (Celebrity Eclipse), Cunard Line (Queen Elizabeth) and Royal Caribbean (Oasis of the Seas) amongst those launching amazing new ships in 2009/10. Look out for tropical gardens the size of football pitches, real grass lawns on deck, giant poolside movie screens, plus more Michelin-starred chefs bringing delectable cuisine to the seas.

Cruise itineraries now reach all corners of the world and there’s a style and pace to suit every type of cruiser. If you’re after active, yet relaxed cruising there’s cruise lines like Ocean Village and Royal Caribbean offering great adventures for the energetic. For something more traditional, elegant voyages offered by Cunard Line and Fred Olsen, reflect the class of a bygone era, P&O Cruises and NCL Cruises offer a blend of heritage and contemporary cruising for all ages, while American-style cruising with impeccable service in luxurious surroundings, as offered by Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises is ever-growing in popularity.

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