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Repositioning Cruises

11th August 2020

Combining relaxing days at sea with the chance to visit ports of call in beautiful destinations, repositioning cruises offer the chance to enjoy the perks of ocean travel on a slightly different adventure. Here you'll find useful information on what a repositioning voyage is, what to expect and which cruise lines offer these exciting itineraries. [More]

Family Cruising at Christmas

21st December 2017

With so many cruise lines offering a variety of entertainment for all ages, it’s no wonder a cruise is a great gift for the whole family! During the festive season there’s no need for the chaos of preparing an extensive dinner, or battling to put up the decorations. On a Christmas cruise, the details are taken care of for you.

Family on the beach

From the moment you step onboard you’ll find your favourite ship has been enhanced into a festive wonderland. Cunard Queen Mary is a real sight to see especially, with awe-inspiring gingerbread models and Hans Christian Andersen -esque displays. With a huge programme of activities, many of which are Christmas themed, you can be rest assured that the whole family will find entertainment they love this winter. Below are just some of the highlights.

Movies and Shows

Cruise lines are constantly going above and beyond to offer a huge range of shows onboard. From theatrical shows and comedy to the latest movies and live music, you are spoilt for choice across all venues. Our favourites include MSC Cruises’ exclusive Cirque Du Soleil shows, as well as Disney Cruise Line’s magical Tangled: The Musical! Of course at Christmas time, make sure to look out for the festive classics showcased in theatres and outdoor screens.

Pools and Spas

All the family will enjoy the range of pools that can be found onboard the majority of cruise ships. Meanwhile, you will often find adult-only spaces including relaxing spa facilities, pools, and whirlpools, as well as areas designed especially for kids. Carnival Cruises’ Dr Seuss-themed water park has some brilliant features including a tipping bucket and splash zone, while MSC Cruises ships MSC Preziosa and MSC Seaside have some incredible water slides.

Carnival Cruises Waterpark

Dining Options

You’ll be thrilled to find that you won’t be missing out on a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, as well as all your favourite festive sweet treats! With many restaurants serving mince pies, yule log and Christmas cookies, you’ll feel right at home (without all the cleaning up afterwards!). For those looking to break tradition though, opt for a speciality restaurant such as Johnny Rockets with Royal Caribbean, or pile your plate with all your favourites at the informal buffet restaurants.

Action-Packed Fun

As well as the swimming pools, many ships are home to rock-climbing walls, surf-simulators, zip-lines and even go-kart tracks, with much more in the works. Norwegian Cruise Line have excitingly revealed upcoming plans for laser tag venues as well as the largest at-sea racetrack! From meeting their favourite TV and film characters to climbing high above the top deck, kids of all ages will be spoilt for choice during sea days.

As well as all this, don’t forget to check out the programme of activities onboard. Many cruise lines will offer seasonal extras which are great for the whole family. Expect visits from Santa or maybe even a Santa’s grotto, Christmas craft workshops, spell-binding carol singers, and beautiful gingerbread villages.

Kids Clubs

Don’t forget that parents can still enjoy a special evening together too! Thanks to onboard Kids Clubs offered on many larger cruise ships, you and your partner will be able to relax knowing that the little ones are in good hands. These clubs are usually separated into age-appropriate groups with entertainment to cater towards toddlers, children and teenagers. A team of fun and friendly hosts will be on hand while the kids enjoy the latest video games, dance classes and sports.

Couple dining

Treat the family this Christmas

Although there are a few common misconceptions about cruising at Christmas time, it’s easy to see why this is actually one of the best ways to spend the festive season! Not only will the whole family enjoy more traditional celebrations, but you’ll also explore new destinations and try new activities, all without the stress. The weather won’t be bad to depending on where you decide to go! There are a huge range of December cruises available, though if you’re feeling stuck get in touch with our helpful team for more advice here.

What is the Boardwalk on Oasis Class ships?

13th May 2016

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Famous Faces Join Cunard

12th December 2014

The attraction of having a guest speaker onboard a cruise is becoming increasingly popular and Cunard Line have always stood out in providing the finest speaker programme in the industry. The recently announced line-up looks the most exciting to date.

Nicholas Owen, BBC News Presenter

Nicholas Owen has become a renowned news presenter and loved for his passion and enthusiasm. Working for ITN for over two decades he became famous for his work on Channel Four News and News At Ten. It was in his time as ITV’s Royal Correspondent that saw a pinnacle in his career and he was commended for playing a major role in the reporting of the death and funeral of Diana, Princess Of Wales.

Nicholas will join Queen Mary 2 for her Eastbound transatlantic in May 2015 and take two talks 'Life with the Royals' and 'What’s wrong with the media?' He will discuss a range of subjects including what roles the newspapers play and how the news differs from TV and radio.

When and where: Eastbound Transatlantic, 10th May 2015

Sir Jackie Stewart, F1 World Champion

Sir Jackie Stewart has become one of the most famous faces of F1 and holds a prestigious and fascinating career. In 1965 he scored the first of his incredible 27 Grand Prix championship victories and progressed ever since. He was crowned three-time World Champion and has achieved a total of 27 victories our of 99 races. Awarded an OBE in 1972, he was then knighted by the Queen in 2001.

Joining Queen Mary 2 for the second leg of her world cruise in January 2015 he will present a talk titled 'Life in Formula One'.

When and where: Dubai to Sri Lanka, 30th January 2015

Shirley Jones, Academy Award winning actress

Academy Award winning Shirley Jones became a popular actress from when she first entered the acting industry in the 60’s. Her film credits include Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Music Man. However it was her role in Elmer Gantry that won her an Academy Award in 1960. Although famous for her iconic roles in film, it was her role as the loveable matriarch in the hit 1970’s TV show, the partridge Family that won the hearts of millions.

Shirley Jones will sail on Queen Victoria in February, joined by her husband, actor and comedian Marty Ingels.

When and where: Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, 2nd February 2015

Lord Robert Winston

Lord Robert Winston is a Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London and has become a popular figure for his developing techniques. In the 1970s he was able to develop ways of improving fertility treatments including IVF. He now runs incredible research at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology which aims to improve human transplantation. His latest work has seen him involved in the modification of genes to improve the treatment of many medical conditions.

Lord Robert Winston will join Queen Elizabeth on her Spain and Italy cruise in June 2015 and present three intriguing talks.

When and where: Spain and Italy, 16th June 2015

David Blunkett, Former Labour party member

As a former member of Tony Blair’s Labour Cabinet, his intriguing career took place at a time when the country saw a number of significant changes. He was Home Secretary in charge of counter terrorism, policing, the justice system and immigration at the time of the September 11th attack in New York. David is the first person with sight loss to hold senior office in government during modern times.

David Blunkett will join Queen Victoria during her Rome to Venice sailing in September 2015 and plans to deliver two talks names 'Reflections on gorwing up without sight' and 'Life in the bear pit'.

When and where: Rome to Venice, 12th September 2015

Pam Ayres, Radio and TV Presenter 

After winning TV talent show Opportunity Kocks in 1975, Pam Ayres has gone on to become a famous writer, broadcaster and entertainer. She is one of the bestselling female comedians in the UK and has sold out virtually every venue she has played. Her recent autobiography, The Necessary Aptitiude, was the UK’s bestselling female autobiography and she one of the few people to have bestsellers in the Sunday Times charts in every decade.

Pam Ayres will join Queen Elizabeth on her cruise to Venice and the Adriatic in October 2015.

When and where: Venice and the Adriatic, 21st October 2015

7 Reasons To Be Excited About Quantum Of The Seas

23rd October 2014

Named as the first 'Smart Ship', she is the most technologically advanced ship in the world. With amenities never seen before at sea including bumper cars, an indoor skydive and an elevating pod, along with futuristic entertainment, extensive dining options and innovative staterooms, she is set to be a game changer in the cruise industry.

1. You can skydive in the middle of the ocean

In true Royal Caribbean style, they had to push boundaries with the onboard activities and Ripcord by iFly is about as exhilarating as it can get. This 30-foot tall glass flight chamber will give the feeling of a real life skydive as 30mph fans are projected upwards. This thrilling experience is like no other and can be found on the sports deck towards the aft of the ship.

2. You can dine in 18 restaurants

Introducing Royal Caribbean’s new Dynamic Dining concept, Quantum of the Seas presents 18 unique restaurants to take you on a culinary journey like never before.

With no traditional dining room, set dining times or formal nights, you can choose to dine in an array of exquisite restaurants. From Mexican, oriental and steak houses to Italian, buffets and American grills – there is something to tantalise every taste bud.

Popular Chef Jamie Oliver makes his debut at sea with speciality restaurant Jamie’s Italian, serving his finest Italian flavours and popular dishes.

3. You can ride 200 feet above sea level

I do not want to have a favourite part already, but I have a feeling this may be it! As a huge fan of the London Eye, when I saw there was going to be an elevating pod on top of the ship I couldn't quite believe it.

The North Star is a jewel-shaped capsule that will take you 200 feet above the ocean’s surface while taking in 360° views of the surrounding ocean or awe-inspiring destinations.

North Star will be complimentary to ride and no reservations will be needed.

4. You can download personalised apps

Many of us practically control our life from our phone and now you will be able to plan every part of your cruise from your finger tips with the exclusive Quantum Apps.

The cruise planner allows you to make reservations before you get onboard as well as during your cruise, including spa treatments, excursions and restaurant reservations. This app will also allow you to message friends and family on the ship and track exactly where they are.

Order a drink from your phone? Why not says Royal Caribbean. There is an app that will allow you to order drinks from your phone and then have them served by a robotic bar tender in the Bionic Bar – Incredible.

The introduction of the WOWband wristband will help you navigate your way around the ship as well as track friends and act as your room key and charge card.

5. You can watch futuristic entertainment

Royal Caribbean have won many awards for their onboard entertainment, so it made sense to pull out every stop for the entertainment programme onboard Quantum of the Seas.

World class singers, actors and dancers have been selected to appear in Broadway hit musical Mama Mia which will showcase in the main theatre during numerous evenings of the cruise.

Two70 is where entertainment and technology come face to face in a revolutionary new venue. In the day a modern open aired space to enjoy panoramic views of the outside, however when the sun goes down it completely transforms. Turning into an enchanted wonderland of rotating digital scenery, you will be able to experience aerialists, moving scenery and mind-blowing light shows as you sip on your favourite cocktail.

6. You can still enjoy your old favourites

As well as these new innovations, Royal Caribbean know what people have grown to love about their brand and do not want to take this away from their loyal guests. Quantum of the Seas boasts a number of original Royal Caribbean favourites such as the Flowrider surf simulator, the DreamWorks experience, Vitality Spa, and popular dining areas such as Windjammer Marketplace, Sorrento’s and Johnny Rockets.

The much-loved Royal Promenade will be the Royal Esplanade, however you will still get to feature an interior style promenade lined with shops, bars and other venues.

7. You can share all of this with your friends and family back at home

What is the point of making memories, if you can’t share them? This has proven to be hard on a cruise due to the slow and expensive WiFi at sea. However, Quantum of the Seas changes everything.

Quantum’s WiFi will be the fastest at sea and allow you to stream video, make Skype calls and post on social media to your hearts content. No buffering and expensive WiFi bills puts this ship way ahead of any others in the technology field.

Kids and teens (and adults if you wish) will also be able to link their Xbox live account to people all over the world in the Seaplex pod.

With innovation, technology and style set to dominate the oceans, Quantum of the Seas and her sister ships Ovation of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas are a class you won't want to miss.

By Sally Grimes

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