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The Royal Wedding and the Couple’s Infatuation with Africa

clock 16th May 2018 | comment0 Comments

Once again the country is buzzing with excitement and curiosity, not only about the Royal Wedding, but also the Royal Honeymoon. As more details are released about the big day itself, so far there is only speculation about the honeymoon destination, but a few African countries sit at the top of the bookie’s favourites. Read on to find out how you can celebrate the Royal Wedding on your cruise, and why you should follow in the couple’s footsteps to Africa.

 

 

Celebrating the Royal Wedding on a Cruise

A number of cruise lines are embracing the merriment and thrills of the big day, and will be screening the event onboard. Some will also be celebrating with a few fabulous extras;

Princess Cruises – 17 of the fleet will be showing the wedding on poolside screens, as well as bars and lounges. There will also be some Royal-themed parties, menus, and quizzes to take part in.

Cruise & Maritime – 3 ships will screen the wedding proceedings, and there will also be quintessential British afternoon tea parties, quizzes, a 60s British music dance party, and more.

 

 

Cunard - the wedding will be screened across the fleet, and guests can partake in a Royal Wedding afternoon tea, bespoke celebration cocktails and champagne, a themed dinner and keepsake menu, and a slice of cake which has been modelled on Harry and Meghan’s.

P&O Cruises – in addition to screenings of the wedding, all ships will be decorated with flags and official bunting, and guests will have a glass of champagne to toast, as well as extra American and English foods with afternoon tea, and a Meghan Sparkle cocktail.

 

From the Wedding to the Honeymoon

 

It is thought that the newlyweds won’t embark on their honeymoon straight after the big day, however as clues come out about where they intend to go, we can’t help but feel inspired. Due to the love that both Harry and Meghan are known to have for Africa, there are several destinations in the continent that are thought to be in the running for the honeymoon, with Namibia taking the top spot.

 

 

Why visit Namibia?

The country gets its name from the vast Namib dessert, which is one of the oldest on earth. It stretches inland from the Atlantic coastline along the entire length of the country, and provides some truly incredible scenery. As well as this awe-inspiring attraction, Namibia offers some great wildlife-watching opportunities in the north. Etosha National Park, Damaraland, and the Caprivi Strip are all fantastic regions where visitors can see lions, elephants, and rhinos to name a few. As well as scenery and wildlife, in Namibia you’ll find friendly and welcoming locals, and some incredible new cuisine to try. Take a look at this fantastic chance to see Namibia on a cruise with Voyages to Antiquity.

Where else in Africa could the Royal Couple be honeymooning?

While Namibia is a firm favourite, both Harry and Meghan are known to have a fondness for many African nations. They’re both passionate about charity work, which has taken Meghan to Rwanda in the past, while supporting a clean water campaign, and has taken Harry to countries including Botswana, which is thought to be his home away from home. Here he’s worked with animal protection charities, as well as HIV/Aids projects.

 

 

Africa is an incredibly rich continent with so much to offer. See the exciting wildlife on safari in Kruger or the Serengeti, try some delicious bottles in the wine regions of South Africa, and relax in the gorgeous tropical atmosphere of Madagascar. Explore this stunning part of the world on a cruise to Africa with MSC Cruises, or be transported on an African adventure with Princess Cruises.



Cruising for Wine Lovers

clock 7th February 2018 | comment0 Comments

Cruising and wine are two interests that make a perfect pairing. Not only can most cruise lines transport you to notable wine districts all over the world, but many also bring wine tastings, presentations, and experiences onboard as well. If you consider yourself something of a connoisseur, or even just enjoy a simple glass every now and then but would like to learn more, there are a number of destinations and types of cruises that could be right for you.

European Cruises

When it comes to European wines there are an incredible number of places worth exploring. Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Portugal are generally the most popular, but just about every country produces their own blend – not forgetting the UK. Try a punchy local Rioja in southern Spain on a Mediterranean cruise, or a classic Riesling on the Rhine on a German river cruise; wine lovers will not be disappointed in Europe– especially with most cruise lines offering various wine-themed excursions.

 

 

Celebrity Cruises

This popular cruise line has partnered up with Channel 5’s The Wine Show, to bring guests some extra special wine-related experiences. Presenters Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer have put together a series of recommended excursions – including vineyard tours and tastings across Europe. They will also often appear onboard to host talks and tastings on the ship. Celebrity Cruises also boast an enviable collection of rare wines at sea, and an expert team of sommeliers.

 

Australasia Cruises

Although Australian wine came pretty late into the game considering the history of wine in other regions, its popularity has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. In fact it is now the fourth biggest exporter of wine in the world. There are wine regions all over the vast country, including around Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the Adelaide Hills alone there are around 50 different wineries, and you’ll find cruise excursions taking you to tastings in several of these, with a delicious gourmet lunch included too.

 

 

Cunard: Queen Mary 2

Cunard offer a unique cruising opportunity onboard QM2, in that guests can earn themselves a Level 1 or 2 Award in Wines; a recognised qualification in the wine industry. These are gained by spending time learning about oenology with the help of sommeliers, and renowned global winemakers who are brought onboard. You can expect tutored wine tastings, production workshops, fine wine seminars, and more. Port lovers will be especially delighted with the impressive array of 46 vintage ports in the Carinthia Lounge.

California Cruises

Around 90% of North American wine is produced in the sunny state of California – another popular cruise destination. A number of round-the-world, America, and even Caribbean cruises include stops in California, and ports like San Francisco are a great place to spend a few extra days on a cruise and stay holiday. Visit the glorious wine regions of Sonoma and Napa Valley for some brilliant wine experiences, either on an excursion or individually. Horse-riding here is a very special and memorable way to explore the vineyards.

 

 

APT River Cruises

For those who seek a cruise spent truly immersed in oenology, APT River Cruises’ Wine Series is a fabulous option. The line has collaborated with the winemakers of Australia’s First Families of Wine, in order to provide some wonderful wine-themed experiences on their selection of Wine Series cruises. Wine ambassadors will be onboard to host each river cruise, on which they will give talks about traditional wine-making in Europe, and of course wine tastings and meals with paired wines. These cruises take place in the wine regions of Europe, and include visits to various vineyards.

South Africa Cruises

A cruise in Africa is a fantastic and exhilarating opportunity to experience some of the most wonderful and unique aspects of our world. As well as new scenery, food, and of course culture, if your cruise includes a stop in South Africa, you’re in for a treat where wine is concerned as well. With 17th century European settlers came wine-making, and so viticulture here is in fact older than you might expect. Many cruise lines offer some brilliant wine-themed excursions, including tastings, tours of famous wine estates, and of course the chance to buy some exquisite bottles.

 

 

Please remember to drink responsibily when enjoying wine or other alcoholic beverages.



The Best of the Autumn 2017 Iglu Cruise Show

clock 12th October 2017 | comment0 Comments

Due to ever-increasing demand for our Iglu Cruise Holiday Show, we recently held our second and final show of the year at the beautiful Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Guests were greeted with spectacular views over the venue, where the sun was shining and our staff were smiling. With faultless transport links, complimentary parking, and welcome drinks on hand throughout the day, the atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful. Hundreds of cruise fans turned out to be a part of the event, to discuss their future cruising needs, and gain valuable advice from our experts.

An impressive array of cruise line representatives, travel agents, and other specialists were on hand to offer information and guidance, and to inspire cruisers with all possible cruising options. With six live talks taking place throughout the day, guests could find answers to all their holiday questions with ease.

A real highlight of the day was BBC presenter Nicholas Owen’s talk about his life experiences, and love for cruising with Cunard. With Cunard in attendance, guests were privy to an authentic and thorough insight into life onboard their ships. Other talks included ‘Why River Cruising Could be for You’, which explained the exciting versatility of cruising the world’s rivers, and ‘Handcrafted Cruise Holidays’, during which our very own experts detailed the possibilities of a tailor made cruise.

As well as making the most of the opportunity to learn more about all things cruise, guests also had the chance of winning a Luxury Hamper, courtesy of Holland America Line. We would like to thank all entrees, and are delighted to congratulate our winner - Jerry from Bognor Regis!

We at Iglu Cruise thoroughly enjoyed our day with all of those who attended, and can’t wait to see you at our 2018 shows, which are set to be even better!



Haunted Queen Mary Ship

clock 13th October 2016 | comment0 Comments

It’s no wonder Cunard’s Queen Mary is known as being one of the most haunted places in America with her rocky history of love, war and tragedy.

The RMS Queen Mary set sail on 27 May 1936 for her maiden voyage. She was originally built as a luxury liner for the upper-classes until entering a world of chaos when World War II struck. Changing her course forevermore.

This flagship beauty, also known as ‘The Grey Ghost’, was converted into a troopship, ferrying Allied soldiers throughout the war. She was then refitted for passengers in the mid-1940s.

The Queen Mary is now a hotel, permanently docked in California, with some saying that the spirits of the dead still haunt the ship today.

haunted queen mary ship

 

Top 5 ghost stories of Queen Mary

Winston Churchill’s stateroom
Some have reported a strong smell of cigar smoke in this room. This is also apparently where he planned the D-Day invasion.

Swimming Pool Ghouls
There have been many reports of female apparitions looming in the 1st class pool area. The main ghoul though is a little girl, known as Jackie, who apparently drowned during an army crossing. Giggling and splashing is often heard, whilst a trail of small wet footprints are sometimes witnessed.

The Forbidden Cabin
Cabin B340 is no longer available for booking. Guests have reported their bed sheets flying across the room, taps turning on for no reason and doors flinging open.

HMS Curacao Crew Members
On 2nd October 1942 the Queen Mary famously collided with the Curacao ship, killing 200 people. Some visitors have reported hearing eerie noises coming from the ship’s bow.

A Ghostly Love Affair
Leslie Schirmacher is a barwoman currently working on the ship. A clairvoyant insisted there was a male ghost stood next to her, so she jokingly gave him a peck on the cheek. The ghost (A Scottish man who looks like Kevin Spacey) has been smitten ever since, and shows his affection by nudging a wine glass towards her from time to time.

The ship is situated in Los Angeles, just half an hour away from the LA International Airport.

By Danny Ingham



What to expect on your Cunard cruise

clock 6th October 2015 | comment0 Comments

Updated January 2018

A cruise with Cunard can be an absolutely magnificent affair. With impeccable White Star service, and some of the best luxury ocean cruising at sea, you are guaranteed to savour every moment spent on your Cunard cruise. If you’re considering a Cunard cruise for the first time, of course you're likely to have all kinds of questions about what to expect. To give you a little guidance, we've put together this short guide with more information about just what a Cunard Cruise is like. If there's anything we haven't covered, be sure to ask our sales team any other questions you have before booking your cruise.

 

Embarkation 

You can expect friendly smiles and warm greetings from all staff when you first arrive onboard. This short video reveals just what’s in store from the start:

 

 

It’s also worth noting that there is no limit when it comes to how much luggage you can bring with you, however all suitcases must be under 23kg due to health and safety reasons. In keeping with Cunard’s steadfast attention to luxury holidays, the cruise line offers guests a fabulous white-star service; luggage collection and delivery pre and post cruise. Simply speak to a sales agent to arrange this, to alleviate any stress at the start and end of your cruise.

 

Staterooms and Suites 

 

Cunard offer a wealth of accommodation choices. For those looking for an especially luxurious cruise, there are the Princess and Queens Grill Suites, which boast exclusive facilities such as restaurants and lounges. Otherwise, there is a great variety of staterooms, suiting all guests from single travellers, to families.

 

 

 

Accessibility and Family Cruising 

 

In order to enable their extra special cruising opportunities to be enjoyed by everyone, Cunard have ensured that there is ample space and accessible facilities for all guests. There are wide corridors and spacious staterooms designed for wheelchair and mobility scooter users, and a fantastic array of child-friendly features.

 

 

 

Onboard restaurants offer kids menus, and there is even a designated ‘Children’s Tea’ in The Lido restaurant which gives the perfect opportunity for little ones to make new friends. There are also age-appropriate Kids Clubs onboard Cunard ships, and a night nursery, where babies from 6 to 23 month can sleep between 6-11pm, giving parents a well-earned break.

 

Wining and Dining 

 

Cunard boast some terrific dining choices onboard all of their ships, including some exclusive restaurants for those staying in Princess and Queens Grills suites. Dine in the main restaurant – where you can opt for traditional dining times, or ‘freedom dining’ if preferred. The buffet restaurant offers a wide range of cuisine options as well as tea, coffee, and juices during the day. Speciality restaurants inlcude The Verandah, for an extra special dining experience, The Golden Lion for a homely pub-style ambiance, and Lotus, Coriander, La Piazza, and Smokehouse for global cuisine.

When cruising with Cunard, guests are not only in for a treat where dining is concerned. There are also some beautiful and comfortable lounges where you can enjoy your favourite tipple.

 

 

 

Other Useful Information

 

 

  • Staying in touch with loved ones back home is easy to do on a Cunard cruise. You’ll find internet stations either in The Library or ConneXions centres onboard, or you can access the ship's Wi-Fi by purchasing an internet package. Simply speak to your sales agent at the time of booking, or to a crew member once you're onboard.
  • Cunard have introduced a cash-free environment on their ships, for the convenience of all onboard. At the start of your cruise you’ll be given a cruise card to use for spending (you’ll be asked to leave a credit/debit card or cash deposit when retrieving it). All pricing onboard is in US dollars, and you’ll need to settle up your bill before disembarking – either using a card or cash. It’s also possible to buy local currency on the ship.
  • In order to help maintain the traditional cruising style that Cunard are renowned for, guests will be invited to adhere to specific dress codes. During the day attire should be casual – including shorts and smart jeans – and the evenings can be either formal or informal. This useful video will give you more information about what you’ll be expected to wear and when.

 

 

 

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