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Marella Cruises to Host 80s Weekend Cruise

26th July 2018

Embrace all things 80s this September on a fantastic themed itinerary with Marella Cruises. You can get as involved as you like with fancy dress, music, and dancing, with plenty of opportunities to strut your stuff and show off those moves you’ve never forgotten!

 

 

Highlights Onboard

 

  • The brilliant Trevor Nelson will be live onboard playing the best of 80s soul
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  • Guilty Pleasures party at which DJ Sean Rowley will play some 80s pop greats
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  • Sara Cox’s Just Can’t Get Enough show, where there’ll be not only more 80s classics but also a T’Pau’s Carol Decker will give a live performance
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  • Ministry of Sound’s sunset sessions will create the perfect pool party atmosphere
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  • DJ Brandon Block’s mix of the most popular 80s tunes
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    As well as these special guests, your ship – Marella Discovery – will also play host to a silent disco, 80s karaoke session, various tribute acts, and will also screen some of the best 80s movies.

     

    The Cruise Itinerary

     

    This all-inclusive cruise is a four-day adventure, departing from Newcastle before heading to the European mainland, and then back to Southampton. You’ll visit two amazing cruise ports along the way;

     

     

  • Amsterdam. Spend the daytime exploring this great canal city, taking in famous sights such as Anne Frank’s house, or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery with a crisp Dutch beer.
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  • Bruge. Wander the quaint cobbled streets and take in some impressive architecture, or while away your afternoon in one of the many cafes devouring some Belgian waffles!
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    The Ship: Marella Discovery

     

    Designed to give plenty of opportunities to cruisers who are looking to let loose and have fun, Marella Discovery is stock full of activities and entertainment choices. Challenge yourself in the onboard escape room, take on the climbing wall, or try your luck in the casino for starters.

     

     

    There is also a wealth of choice where cuisine is concerned too. The main restaurant, 47 Degrees, can always be relied upon to offer a range of great meals, or speciality venues include the Sushi Bar, Surf & Turf Steakhouse, and Kora La, a pan-Asian restaurant.

    Find out more about this exciting Electric Sunsets 80s Cruise, or about other themed cruises in general.


    Best Winter Destinations for Christmas and New Year

    4th December 2017

    Updated September 2018

     

    Have a Christmas or New Year celebration like no other this year, by visiting a new and exciting destination on a cruise. The world is full of incredible places at every corner, and many of these play host to some wonderful parties and Christmas festivities throughout December and January. Here are our top 5 spots, that we recommend everyone see at this time of year - at least once in their life.

    New York

    For many people, New York at winter is the epitome of Christmas spirit. This is in no small part thanks to movie classics like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, in which New York is the setting for warm Christmas tales. Whether you cruise to New York in the run-up to Christmas or are there for New Year’s Eve, the glittering city that never sleeps will undoubtedly provide you with everything you need to feel like celebrating. From the buzzing atmosphere and lights in Time Square to a frosty, romantic moonlit carriage ride in Central Park, New York offers some truly special experiences.

     

     

    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is a fantastic destination for those who want a change of scenery, but don’t want to travel too far. Close to the UK, there are a number of options for a no-fly cruise here. In the winter months, the city comes to life with music, lights, and decorations, and the friendly residents will welcome you with open arms. See the stunning Amsterdam Light Festival, at which global artists put together some beautiful displays through the streets and canals. There are of course Christmas markets as well, and some fabulous parties and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

     

     

    Paris

    The famous City of Lights is, of course, a hub of illumination and bustling activity at this time of year, boasting some stunning views and wonderful options when it comes to festive things to do. Revel in Christmas spirit at the Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Elysees, where you can also take a spin on the ice rink. If you have time, a visit to Disneyland is an absolute must. Whether you’re 6 or 66, a bit of Disney magic at Christmas is a great recipe to get you feeling merry and bright. Start planning your trip and ask us about our cruises to Paris.

     

     

    Norway

    Visit the land of Frozen and get lost in a real Winter Wonderland. A cruise in Norway is a great option for this time of year, particularly because of the chance to see the Northern Lights. December and January often have a high number of clear nights, meaning the vibrant lights are more likely to be visible. The sparkling scenery and welcoming ambience in this part of the world is perfect for celebrating during the festive season, simply gazing at the stars with a hot chocolate, sat on the top deck of your cruise ship is truly the stuff of dreams. Find out more about our great range of Norway cruises.

     

     

    Sydney

    The New Year’s Eve firework display at Sydney Harbour is a well-known event that causes visitors to flock to the city every year. Sydney is a port of call on many world cruises, and if you are lucky enough to be here at the right time, you can have one of the best views of the show available. The famous Sydney Opera House also holds glamourous New Year’s Eve celebrations, giving you the opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy a bit of luxury during your holiday. See the New Year in with style on an Australasia cruise.

     

     

    Whether you are considering a cruise during the main events, or are merely seeking a few days away before or after, you can rest assured that there are plenty of options out there. Take a look at all our December and January cruises, and book your next adventure today.


    P&O Cruises' 2019 Cruise Collection Highlights

    4th September 2017

    P&O are offering some truly exciting opportunities in their summer 2019 cruise programme, read on for a summary of the best highlights.

     

    Weekly – 7 Night – Cruises to the Norwegian Fjords

     

    Because of the popularity of this destination, summer 2019 will see P&O Cruises' three big ships – Britannia, Azura, and Ventura – make weekly cruises here between April and September. Arcadia, Aurora, and Oriana will also undertake longer (12 to 18 night) voyages to the Norwegian Fjords, offering plenty of cruise options for everybody.

     

    More Discovery Led Itineraries

     

    An increase in 14-19 night journeys to more unusual destinations is also planned for summer 2019. These cruises allow guests to discover and explore new and interesting places – including Propriano in Corsica, and Olbia in Italy. There will be both family-friendly and adult-exclusive options to choose from.

     

     

    Cruises to Match your Hobbies

     

    2019 will see the return of well-loved themed cruises. The stars of Strictly Come Dancing will again make an appearance, so pack your dancing shoes and join in with Salsa, Waltz, and other fun dance lessons. P&O’s association with various British Food Heroes will also be continuing, and guests can make the most of cooking seminars, wine tastings, and Q&A sessions to enhance their foodie knowledge. Another popular option is the Monaco F1 cruise – on which motor sport fans can combine their passion with their holiday.

     

    New Ports

     

    P&O ships will be adding some new ports to their repertoire: Le Verdon, Bordeaux and Fredericia, Denmark. These exciting locations offer pretty views and classic architecture: in essence, quintessential Europe.

     

    Ensure you get the exact cruise you want by securing an early booking on a P&O summer 2019 cruise today.


    Things to do and see in Amsterdam

    1st September 2015

    Amsterdam is one of the most unique cities in the whole of Europe.

    Interspersed with canals and a hugely liberal way of life, the Dutch capital tends to be high up on many a bucket list. Originally developed as a small fishing village in the 12th century, Amsterdam has turned into one of the most cosmopolitan, hippest places you're likely to find. It even boasts a small medieval centre which has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Many River cruises of both the Danube and the Rhine begin in Amsterdam offering the perfect way to start your adventure by exploring this magnificent city.

    So what is there to do for a day or two in Amsterdam? Here are our suggestions of what's not to be missed before you set sail through the rest of Europe.

    Rijksmuseum

    Rijksmuseum museum Amsterdam

    Start your day with a trip to the Rijksmuseum, the largest of its kind in the whole of the Netherlands. Opened in 1800, it began life as home to a collection of art from all over the country. It moved around quite a bit during its early days before finally relocating to its current home in 1885, a building designed by Dutch architect Petrus J.H. Cuypers in a neo-Renaissance style.

    Many recognise Rijksmuseum as being one of the most breathtaking in all of Europe and it is in the enviable position of displaying some world renowned pieces of art. Amongst the amazing collection of around 8,000 objects is Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' as well as several paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen.

    You will also be able to visit the newest exhibits following the museum's ten-year renovation, which was completed in April 2013.

    It is open throughout the year with entrance charged at around €17.50 (£12).

    Van Gogh Museum

    Right at the top of many people's to-do lists when they come to Amsterdam is visiting the Van Gogh Museum. Honouring one of the most well-known and popular artists the world has ever seen, this is a showcase of Vincent van Gogh's (1853-1890) very best work. From paintings to drawings to letters, no stone is left unturned when discovering his incredible artwork.

    Opened in 1973, the museum has quickly become one of the most popular in Europe with 1.6 million people visiting it every year. There are over 200 paintings and 500 drawings of Van Gogh's housed here, along with other works from fellow Impressionists and Post-impressionists around at the same time.

    The museum is charted chronologically representing different periods in Van Gogh's life - The Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise. They are set in a wonderful space meaning you can take your time simply admiring this great collection of work.

    Open throughout the year admission is around €17.

    Oude Kerk

    If you are looking for more of a spiritual experience then head to De Oude Kerk (The Old Church). Ironically situated in Amsterdam's Red Light District, this huge, monumental church is a symbol of the national character of Dutch Protestantism. It also symbolises the tradition and the present-day of the city.

    Standing in the city since 1213, Oude Kerk is one of the very few Protestant churches with unique architecture. From the sculpted misericords in the choir to the impressive gravestones that line its floor, it really is a sight to behold. The focal point of the church is the 17th century grand organ which plays a major part in a series of concerts throughout the year.

    Oude Kerk opens all year round with admission prices starting from €5.

    Anne Frank House

    Canal at Anne Frank house


    Tucked in an unassuming Amsterdam suburb is the home of Anne Frank. The building at Prinsengracht 263 became a residence synonymous with the second world war and the Nazis' occupation of the city. Anne lived there for over two years with her family writing a diary to account the goings-on of the time.

    Being sheltered there, they were exposed in August 1944 and deported to various concentration camps, with only Otto Frank of the group surviving the war and going on to have his daughter's diary published. In 1960, the home was converted into a museum and visitors are able to see into the exact room where the Frank family hid from the oppression of the Nazis.

    While the room remains empty, visitors will still feel the atmosphere of the time.

    Amsterdam Brown Cafes and Canal Walks

    Amsterdam canals


    With a long day of sightseeing behind you, it is time to relax a little and unwind and this is where Amsterdam comes into its own. There are over 1,500 restaurants, cafes and bars dotted across the city but for a true taste of local way of life is to visit one of the many brown cafes.

    They are a quintessential side of Amsterdam culture. Known as bruine kroeg in Dutch, they are characterised by their dark wood interiors and smoke-stained walls. Relax with a wide selection of beers and borrel hapjes (typical bar snacks), before moving on to a restaurant later on in the evening.

    Crown your day in Amsterdam with a stroll under the stars as you wander through the canals, just keep an eye out for hurried cyclists. Biking is a very popular form of transport in the city.

    Visit Amsterdam on a relaxing Rhine river cruise. Browse our Rhine River cruise deals


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