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Iglu Cruise Holiday Show October 2016

4th October 2016

Since the huge success of the first Iglu Cruise Holiday Show earlier this year, excitement has been building and we were pleased to announce our second show which was hosted on Sunday 2nd October at Sandown Park Racecourse. With fantastic weather and a grand venue the day was a magnificent success.

Hundreds of cruise fans attended the event to meet the Iglu Cruise team and discuss their future cruise options. Many attendees also had the opportunity to speak directly with the cruise line of their choice as we had a record number of cruise line representatives at the show. Popular cruise destinations Fort Lauderdale and Hong Kong were also represented by official tourist board stands.

Our friends at Silver Travel Advisor joined us for the first time to meet cruise fans and offer their specialist advice on mature travel.

Throughout the day our expert panel of cruise enthusiasts and industry insiders presented many live talks at the cruise show talk theatre. With discussions ranging from river cruises to first time ocean cruise questions, tailor-made handcrafted holidays and more, there truly was something for everyone. We were joined by cruise blogger Sara Macefield who shared her own fantastic cruise experiences and answered questions from the audience, plus travel journalist Jonathan Beaumont who introduced and interviewed the panel.

Our grand giveaway on the day was a P&O Cruises mini cruise on board Britannia.  Thank you to everyone who entered and a big congratulations goes to Elaine and John from Kent on winning the grand prize!
Overall it was a fantastic day and great to meet many of our valued customers who we look forward to seeing again soon. See below some photos from the day!

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Vikings and Jazz - The Fascinating Festivals of Norway

23rd May 2014

A cruise alongside Norway’s dramatic fjords is the trip of a lifetime. With their raw, astonishing beauty, they push away thoughts of the modern world and reconnect you with what our world is capable of creating. Norway, ancestral home of the Vikings, is the perfect place to bask in this feeling. Its most popular festivals will take you back in time, then home to the present to enjoy some of the best music in the world. From Karmøy’s time-travelling Viking Festival, to the world-class music and food festivals which can be found across Norway during the summer months, cruising visitors will be hard-pressed to choose where to go and what to see here.

Viking Festival, Karmøy

The coastal municipality of Karmøy, found in the northwestern region of Norway, had a reputation as a sailing community even during the time of the Vikings - in spite of the stormy and dangerous seas off its coast. It was said that Thor, the god of thunder, waded the straits at Karmsund each day on his way to Yggdrasil. This heritage is evident by the Viking remnants and ruins to be found here, and at the beginning of June Karmøy celebrates its long and storied past by recreating the lives of the Vikings.

The festival, which takes place at Karmøy’s reconstructed Viking settlement, is a treat for history buffs of any age. There’s no feeling in the world like standing in a place of history and watching that history unfold around you in a stunning and fascinating way. Wander through the vast “Viking Market” at the center of the festival, watch actors recreate living history, and take in the reconstructions: massive wooden boats, a blacksmith exhibit, storytelling of Norse myths and history, horse shows, archery, weapons demonstrations, and much more. When you’re ready to dig your hands in yourself, you can take part in a wide range of activities that have been put together to pull you deeper into authentic Viking life. Once you’ve learned the ins-and-outs of plant dyeing, learned how to start a fire, tasted the herbs used a millenia ago, and competed in games, you’ll begin to understand Norway better than you ever could before.

To finish your time at the festival, you can either purchase food, or grill up your own barbeque on communal barbeque pits - either way, you’ll want to sit back, relax, and listen to traditional Norwegian music while you eat. As the sun stays high in the sky long into evening, you’ll watch the jugglers pass by and thank Thor that you’re in Norway.

Summer Music Festivals

Of course, Norway is also a modern country, and its music scene has produced many exciting festivals. No matter your taste in music, you’ll find something here to keep you dancing: classical music, jazz, acoustic, folk, blues, rock, and indie are all well-represented at different festivals throughout the summer. Of these, the Molde International Jazz Festival and Øya Festival are two of the most popular.

Held each July and founded in 1961, the Molde International Jazz Festival is the longest-running in Europe. Drawing both Norwegian talent and top performers from across the world, this festival is a must-see for jazz fans, but also a great way to spend the day for everyone else. Over the course of five days, over 100 concerts - many of them free - are held across Molde, giving visitors the chance to see jazz greats in person. Herbie Hancock and Jamie Cullum have both performed here, and the 2013 list included Bryan Ferry & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, John Legend, Jason Moran, and many more. No matter what you think of jazz now, this festival will re-ignite your passion or introduce you to the complexity and brilliance of modern jazz.

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Øya Festival, Oslo’s largest outdoor music festival, is held at the beginning of August each year. Even among rock and indie festivals, Øya is unique; despite hosting some of the biggest names in the game, Øya retains its green roots (with environmentally ethical standards and 100% organic food) and provides a chance to see top acts without the crush of people found at most major festivals. In recent years, featured acts have included Queens of the Stone Age, Robyn, Kanye West, Iggy Pop, the Arctic Monkeys, and Lily Allen. If you’re cruising through Norway this summer, there’s no question that Øya is the place to be.

Gladmat Festival, Stavanger

When you think of what Norway offers, you might not think of delicious food - but Gladmat Festival aims to change that mistaken way of thinking. Drawing 250,000 people to Stavanger (on the northwestern coast) every year in July, the Gladmat Festival is Scandinavia’s largest food festival, and gladly welcomes everyone from top chefs, to the curious visitors in search of a nibble or two. Local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients are featured, but classes are held on cuisines from across the globe, and tastings are available for everything from chocolate to beer.

Eat your fill of local shellfish, listen to talks by famous and established chefs (Gordon Ramsay was the guest of honor in 2010), and wander through the vendors in search of something delicious to eat there, or to take home to your friends and family. Whether or not you consider yourself a pro in the kitchen, it’s well worth taking the time to attend some of the classes. Taught by some of Norway’s best chefs, these deal with everything from how to cook seafood, to how to brew your own beer - just watching these masters at work is a great opportunity itself. This is a festival which rewards day-long visitors as much as it does those who stay for the entire celebration, making it the perfect day trip during your cruise. Not only does it give you a literal taste of what Norway has to offer, but it will provide you with plenty of delicious memories to take home with you.

Cruise Lines Prepare To Remember D-Day on 70th Anniversary

13th May 2014

Although cruising has become my passion, during my time at school it was history lessons that stimulated my mind with intense interest. 

I can remember spending hours studying World War II and being particulary intrigued by D-Day and the iconic importance it plays in the world today. It never crossed my mind that you would be able to combine a cruise with a significant part of history so when I found out you could take a cruise to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day I wanted to find out more…

What Is D-Day?

D-Day represents the day that saw the largest invasion in history and marks a key date in the story of the Second World War.

The Battle of Normandy saw the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control and on June 6th 1944 the battle began with British, American and Canadian forces landing on the coast of France’s Normandy beaches.

These Normandy landings are known as the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.

Today these beaches are an iconic place for people to stroll, relax or enjoy a family picnic. Lined with museums and memorials it is a place to remember those who fought and died for the freedom we now enjoy.

Re-living history…cruise style

2014 sees the 70th anniversary of this life-changing event that forever stays in the hearts of the world.

With such a significant event to remember and thousands of people wanting to take part in these celebrations, cruise lines have decided to take guests on a trip of a lifetime to pay their respects during this momentous time.

Cruise & Maritime

Cruise & Maritime will set sail for two special D-Day sailings in June and plan to be an important part of the celebrations. A moving ceremony of remembrance will be held onboard whilst cruising past the coast of Normandy before arriving in Honfleur where you can visit the original Pegasus Bridge. The opportunity to cross the Caen Canal is an experience in itself and guests on Discovery and Marco Polo will have the opportunity to do this before visiting Cherboug where they can visit Allied landing areas and the D-Day Museum.

Marco Polo will depart 2nd June from Tilbury and Discovery will leave 1st June from Bristol.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

Fred. Olsen have prepared a cruise on Braemar to truly treasure this special time. From an overnight in Le Harve, a private tour of the landing beaches and an exclusive Help For Heroes speaker onboard, this cruise will take guests on a real-life history lesson.

The overnight in Le Havre gives guests the opportunity to tour the iconic landing beaches, before sailing to Dunkirk to visit the War Museum. This museum commemorates the history behind the 1940 evacuation. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the Town Cemetery where the graves of Commonwealth soldiers died in both World Wars lie.

The New Squadrobaires Orchestra will be onboard to perform 1940s swing music as well as other commemorative events.

Braemar will depart from Harwich on June 1st.

Swan Hellenic

Smaller ship, Minerva from Swan Hellenic is set to take a cruise from the popular British port of Portsmouth to visit the Normandy Beaches. A special ceremony will be held onboard whilst cruising past the coastline.

Calling at Dunkirk, guests can visit the place where thousands of stranded British and French troops were rescued by Royal Navy ships. Upon leaving the coasts of Normandy she will sail up the canal into Caen where guests can take a tour of Gold and Sword beaches.

Minerva will depart for her 70th Anniversary cruise on June 4th from Portsmouth.

Holland America

Although not advertised as a special D-Day cruise, ms Eurodam recently called at Cherbourg offering two excursions to give guests a glimpse of the D-Day history. The first to Sainte-Mere-I’Eglise where a life-size mannequin hangs from the church spire to represent where a US para-troop misjudged D-Day landing. The other excursion to Bayeux, gave guests the opportunity to see a strip of embroidered linen that illustrates the invasion from Normandy to England.

Ms Eurodam departed Civitavecchia on April 29th.

By Sally Grimes

How to save over £1500 on the Monaco Grand Prix

8th April 2014

The Monaco Grand Prix - one of the most anticipated races of the F1 calendar, it represents the pinnacle of motor car racing at one of the most lavish addresses in the world.

Monte Carlo is a city that defines luxury with its water-front mansions, fancy boutiques and prime restaurants that line its iconic yacht harbors. Home to millionaires and A-list celebrities, it showcases the most glamorous lifestyles. Behind its flashy appearance lies fresh pastry shops, sun-drenched beaches and fascinating architecture, making it a must-see destination with lots to explore.

Most people, including myself, succumb to the fact we will only experience the Monaco Grand Prix on the TV or by winning the lottery, so I wanted to find out exactly how much it would cost in comparison to Azamara's Grand Prix cruise. Following on from my previous blog where I found out how great it was to combine a cruise with major sporting events, I wanted to delve into this further and find out if it is really is as good value for money as advertised...


  Independent Package Holiday Azamara Quest Cruise
Flights British Airways
Outbound 22/05/14
Economy: £164
Return 27/05/14
Economy: £436
Flights total for 2 people: £1200
Return flights and all transfers
Hotel Columbus Monte Carlo 3*
Standard room: £198.59 per night
Hotel total for 2 people, 5 nights: £992.95
5* Luxury stateroom accommodation
Grand Prix Tickets Sunday main race: £422.92 per person
Total for 2 people: £845.84
Sunday main race: £422.92 per person
Total for 2 people: £845.84
Food Average meal: £30 per person
Total for 2 people, 5 nights: £600
All meals, snacks, bottled water,teas, coffees & spirits
Transport Aiport to hotel: £74.00
Average other taxi rides: £50
Total: £198
Complimentary shuttle bus in Port
Total Price £3836.79 £2009.92


In addition to the above a cruise onboard Azamara Quest will include complimentary entertainment, fitness centre, enriching lectures, laundry service and gratuities.

With a saving of over £1500, even I was shocked by the phenomenal value for money you get from cruising to the Grand Prix...I am not relying on that lottery win anymore!

See our Grand Prix Cruise Deals 

By Sally Grimes

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