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Top Cruise Lines for Kids

8th October 2019

Finding a holiday that caters for all ages can be tricky, particularly for large families. Cruising is so popular because entertainment can be found to suit all interests all on one ship. With more and more families choosing a cruise every year, cruise lines have gone above and beyond to create programmes that are perfect for kids. [More]

P&O Iona in the Norwegian Fjords

10th August 2018

It has recently been revealed that P&O Cruises’ latest ship, Iona, will enjoy her inaugural sailing season in the magnificent destination of the Norwegian Fjords. This stunning part of the world has such a fantastic variety of things to see and do, making it a great choice for a family-friendly line like P&O Cruises. Discover more about what makes a cruise in this region so special (here you can find our Iona cruise deals, with itinerary and prices).

 

 

The Scenery

 

When sailing on a Norwegian Fjords itinerary, guests will be blessed with vision after vision of beautiful surroundings. Whether it’s the view of otherworldly Geirangerfjord from the ship or sweeping sights of Bergen from the funicular that climbs up Mount Fløyen, there is seemingly no end of amazing scenery. Just be sure to pack your charger or plenty of batteries for your camera!

 

The Food

 

Norway is considered by many to be an up and coming foodie haven, with its simplistic but beautifully designed dishes. While cruising here be sure to indulge in a few delicacies, from coffee and skillingsbolle (like a cinnamon bun) to brunost (a sweet-flavoured cheese made with goat’s and cow’s milk). And of course, those who enjoy a tipple will want to sample Scandinavia’s favourite spirit – aquavit – and visit a local brewery for a refreshing beer.

 

 

 

The Adventures

 

Cruisers looking to channel their inner explorer will revel in the vast amount of active excursions on offer in this part of the world. Norway is a natural playground, and offers the perfect environment for some exhilarating activities;

 

  • Zip-lining. With P&O Cruises it’s possible to have a go on the 300-metre zipline between Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen, enjoying views from a 643-metre vantage point on the way!
  • Kayaking. The waters in and around the fjords are ideal for kayaking as the lack of wind means you should stay steady and able to paddle around easily and comfortably.
  • Rafting. Rivers such as the Valldøla in Valldalen offer the chance to go rafting on some fast-paced rapids, so jump in and get the blood pumping!
  • Hiking and Climbing. With ample mountainous land waiting to be explored, Norway is a brilliant spot for those who enjoy climbing, hiking, and Nordic walking.
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    The History

     

    When we think of Nordic history, our minds tend to go straight to the Vikings. These fearsome people ruled for around 250 years, conquering lands all over the world along the way. Today you can see remnants of their existence dating back to 872, especially in towns such as Stavanger, also known as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’.

    As well as exploring this aspect, a visit to Bryggen in Bergen is another must for history-lovers. Here you can explore the wharf that was one integral to the German confederation of merchant communities – the Hanseatic League – from around 1350 to 1750. See fascinating exhibits at the Hanseatic Museum to learn more about this period of history in Norway.

     

    Why sail to the Norwegian Fjords onboard Iona?

     

    Iona is an ideal ship for your visit to the Norwegian Fjords for a few reasons. Like the destination, the ship truly offers something for everyone, with plenty of choices when it comes to dining and activities. In addition, the design of the ship and its focus on the surrounding ocean and natural views is perfect for the fjords. Imagine sipping on your morning coffee in the glass-walled atrium, whilst drinking in the gorgeous views of fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls? Find out more about life onboard P&O Cruises' Iona.

    Cruises onboard P&O’s Iona will go on sale to past passengers on Monday 10th September, and on general sale on Wednesday 12th September. It is possible to pre-register on Monday 3rd September.

    Pre-register your interest with us to be among the first to get more information.


    Highlights of P&O’s Upcoming Winter 2019-2020 Season

    12th March 2018

    P&O Cruises have released the details of their winter 2019-2020 cruises, and the collection is stocked full of happy holiday firsts! Expect more opportunities to experience a calypso Christmas in the Caribbean, kaleidoscopic New Year’s Eve fireworks in Dubai, and plenty of blissful short breaks departing from the UK. Here’s a roundup of all the highlights of the upcoming season:

     

     

    More Chances to Explore Dubai & the Arabian Gulf

    This part of the world is one that captures the imagination of many. On a cruise to Dubai and the Arabian Gulf, guests will uncover some truly special treasures and experience all sorts of holiday firsts. Bask in the beauty of the Khasab fjords in Oman, and experience bliss like never before while paddling along mangroves in Abu Dhabi. The season offers a range of 7-14 night cruises in the region, and some itineraries include stops in India and even a magical New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

     

    See More on Your World Cruise

    P&O Cruises’ adult-only ship, Arcadia, will be embarking on an impressive world cruise on 3rd January 2018. Lasting for a total of 99 nights, guests will see a fantastic array of breath-taking destinations the world over. Some of our favourite stops include Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and an overnight in Shanghai. Vibrant Auckland and the wild and wondrous Bay of Islands are sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.

     

     

    A Longer Season the Caribbean

    P&O Cruises are offering guests more opportunities to spend time in the sunny climes of the Caribbean in winter 2019/20. The season has been extended for both Azura and Britannia, meaning families have more chances for some brilliant holiday firsts together in the Caribbean, and can make a tonne of memories to last a lifetime.

     

     

    East Coast USA & Panama on a Caribbean Cruise

    In addition to exploring the beautiful islands of the Caribbean, in winter 2019/20 P&O Cruises guests can opt for a cruise that includes Panama and various ports in North America’s east coast. Some people consider the intricate Panama Canal to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and those fortunate enough to experience it will soon see why. Tick this brilliant feat of engineering off your bucket list on your next Caribbean cruise.

     

    See More of Europe on a No-Fly Cruise

    Those who don’t like flying, and those who don’t have plenty of time to play with, will benefit from the range of no-fly European cruises departing straight from the UK. Choose from a variety of cruises ranging from short breaks to longer stays in the Canary Islands, Norway for the Northern Lights, and some wonderful European Christmas Market itineraries.

     

     

    Early Booking Benefits

    Those who choose P&O Cruises Select Fare, before 30th April 2018, could be in for some fantastic savings:

    • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit (with Select Fare or Early Saver Fare) – deposits being 15% after 30.04.2018

    • Past passengers receive a 5% discount on their cruise (T&Cs apply)

    • Members of the Peninsular Club can also receive further added benefits

    Find out more about P&O Cruises’ loyalty scheme – The Peninsular Club – and discover all the advantages of being a frequent guest with P&O Cruises.

    With 181 new holidays to choose from, you’ll have plenty to consider when it comes to booking your winter 2019-2020 cruise. Be sure to pre-register with us today to help enhance your chances of securing the one you want.


    Ten facts you didn't know about Mickey Mouse

    20th April 2017

    Updated July 2019

    Whether you have little ones who love the latest Disney big screen hits, or an adult who still enjoys one of their classics from time to time, The Walt Disney Company has a special place in hearts all over the world. And it all started back in the 1920s, really taking off with the creation of Mickey Mouse in 1928. Possibly the most famous mouse in the world, find out more about Mickey with our ten facts you didn't know.

    1. Mickey Mouse's Voice

    Walt Disney, from 1929 to 1946, provided the original voices for both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Since then, only two others have had the honour; Jim MacDonald (1946 to 1983) and Wayne Allwine (1983 -).

     

     

    2. Oscars

    The only Mickey Mouse short to receive an Academy Award was Lend a Paw, in 1941. The irony being that Mickey Mouse wasn't even really the lead role, since the main star was Pluto. Despite that, Walt Disney had already picked up an Oscar in 1932 for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Throughout his career he managed to amass a total 22 of these prestigious trophies - more than anybody else ever has.

    3. What's the Password?

    During World War II, when the Allied forces invaded Normandy on D-Day in 1944, "Mickey Mouse" was used as a secret password between intelligence officers.

    4. The Naming

    Walt Disney originally called his creation Mortimer. It was his wife, Lillian, who persuaded him to change it to Mickey Mouse. American actor, Mickey Rooney, has claimed that Mickey Mouse was in fact named after himself, following meeting Walt Disney in the 1920s as a child.

     

     

    5. Hot Dogs!

    Mickey Mouse was the first ever cartoon character to talk. In the 1929 episode, Disney's The Karnival Kid, Mickey Mouse's first words were "Hot dogs!"

    6. Easter Eggs

    To mark Disneyland's(California) 50th anniversary, 50 versions of Mickey Mouse's ears were hidden throughout the park. Hidden Mickeys are elsewhere too, such as within feature films like Disney's Dumbo and within the other Disney Parks.

    7. Thirty Year Wait

    Due to commitments with other Disney projects, Walt Disney stopped making Mickey Mouse shorts following Disney's The Simple Things in 1953. This would prove to be his last ever Mickey Mouse short, following his death to cancer in 1966. Mickey Mouse wouldn't be in a cartoon feature next until 1983 with Mickey's Christmas Carol, some 30 years after his last. Yet, his next proper short wouldn't come until 1995 with Runaway Brain, after an incredible 42 years of waiting.

     

     

    8. Attire

    Mickey Mouse has a huge wardrobe, packed with no less than 175 different costumes. Minnie Mouse goes one better, having been dressed in over 200 outfits throughout her career.

    9. Yoo Hoo!

    The first song to feature in any Disney film was "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" in the short, Mickey’s Follies.

    10. Fear

    The irony of Mickey Mouse's creation is that Walt Disney was in fact scared of mice. However, he pictured mice as sympathetic creatures, despite people being scared of them.

    See more from Mickey Mouse and friends on a Disney Cruise Line cruise, or find out more about their extra-special cruise ships with our blogs: Claire Experiences Disney Wonder, The Disney Magic, and Fanos Gets His Disney Dream.


    More Family Magic with Disney Wonder

    8th September 2016

     

    Disney Cruise Line provides the perfect family holiday, full of magic, wonder and fun. Your time onboard a Disney cruise will leave you bursting with excitement whether a child or adult, because of the daily fun-packed schudules for children and luxurious relaxation for adults.

    Disney Wonder was made more magical for all of the family, as she underwent dry dock enhancements in Autumn 2016 in Cadiz, Spain. With promises of an exclusive restaurant, a stage adaption of everyone's favourite musical Frozen and the excitement of the Marvel Super Hero Academy, Disney Cruise Line have not held back when it comes to enhancing their already fabulous cruising experience.

     

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    Tiana's Place Restaurant

    Tiana's Place is a brand new restaurant exclusive to Disney Wonder. The reason this is the best place to eat for all the family is the vibrant atmosphere, live entertainment and delicious New Orleans inspired dining. Inspired by "The Princess and the Frog", Tiana's Place is inspired by the southern charms of America, serving up tasty gumbo and jazz music. Watching the live bands in the restaurant, means that the little ones won't get bored over dinner time, making it a much more pleasant dining experience for all the family.

     

    Marvel Super Hero Academy

    One of the most exciting updates is the introduction of the Marvel Super Hero Acamady to Disney's Oceaneer Club giving the children the chance to be part of a big adventure with Marvel's greatest Super Heroes. This isn't only fun for the children but also teaches them the value of teamwork, bravery and problem solving with the help of their favourite Super Heroes, as Spider-Man and Captain America make appearances and many more on a large digital display.

     

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    After Hours Nighttime District

    The enhancements on Disney Wonder don't just take into account what the children want onboard, but also are making the cruising experience much more enjoyable for adults. The adult district is getting a new English tavern-style pub. With dark woods, leather furniture and brass accents, complimented by a selection of cocktails, British and speciality beers and brews, this will be the perfect venue for adults to unwind and have some fun in the evening.

    However the adult enhancements don't end here, you can also expect an all-new night club and a reimagined model of the popular Cadillac Lounge.


    Frozen, A Musical Spectacular

    If you haven't seen Frozen, then there is a high chance that you have been living under a rock. The story of the royal sisters Anna and Elsa will be brought to life onboard Disney Wonder in November. The beloved animated hit will be an exclusive stage show for Disney Wonder and will combine traditional theatre techniques, modern technologies and the classic Disney style. Be awe-struck as you watch the beautiful production, and revel in the fact that your children are having the time of their life, singing along to some of their favourite hits with their favourite characters.

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    Senses Spa & Salon

    Spas and salons provide the perfect relaxation for anyone onboard a cruise ship. Disney Wonder will be enhancing their spa by expanding and modernizing it. And to make this perfect for all of the family, there will also be the introduction of the Chill Teen Spa, perfect for helping the teens onboard to feel just as relaxed with treatments designed specifically for them.

     

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    Make sure you check out our best Disney Wonder voyages here.




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