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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!



Looking back at 2016….another fantastic year for Iglu Cruise & the industry!

clock 28th December 2016 | comment0 Comments

As we’re already extremely busy working on making 2017 the best year yet for Iglu Cruise customers, we can’t help but smile thinking about the fantastic moments we’ve shared and things we’ve achieved in 2016. What a great year for cruise!

 

Handcrafted Holidays

 

Handcrafted Holidays

 

2016 saw the launch of the new and improved Handcrafted Holidays, which are unique discoveries handpicked by us, so that many itineraries can include hotel stays & cultural immersion tours. These can be personally tailored to your own preferences so your holiday is completely about you, and the best part is that all of the organising is done by us!

 

We designed several handcrafted holiday brochures this year, including our first Asia & Alaska brochures.

 

View Asia brochure.

View Canada & Alaska brochure.

 

Specialist Cruising

 

We saw amazing success with our new Escorted F1 Grand Prix Cruises, where customer feedback told us they enjoyed the more personal touch to a holiday, having been guided personally by Iglu Cruise.

 

F1 Grand Prix Cruise

 

If combining your cruise holiday with an F1 Grand Prix sounds good to you, check out our F1 Grand Prix Cruises brochure.

 

Read about Iglu Cruise’s time at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

 

Single cruisers, we couldn't forget about you! We've enhanced our blog this year and have introduced solo cruising emails, full of handy hints and tips. Our most popular blogs include: single cruising recommendations and you're a solo traveller but you love to dance. We will continue to secure fantastic offers with no or low single supplements next year.

 

River & Luxury

 

2016 was our year for river! We achieved our first ever river cruise awards, and we’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded River Cruise Line Agent of the Year! A big thanks to our River Cruise Product Manager, Margaret Mccorriston, voted River Cruise Ambassador of the Year for her amazing work this year, and we can look forward to Margaret bringing you more exciting, fantastic value river experiences in the New Year.

 

Also an exciting year for river cruising trips, as we sent Kathleen, from the River Team on a Paris to Normandy itinerary onboard Avalon Tapestry 2.

 

Avalon Tapestry 2

 

Dave, from our Commercial Team, was very lucky to have been invited onboard the newly launched, most luxurious ship at sea, and has written a blog to let us know what is so special about about a Regent Seven Seas Cruise.

 

Awards We’ve Won

 

We are thrilled to have had another multi award-winning year which saw us win 15 titles, including three awards in one week! Some of our accolades include Online Travel Agent of the Year at the CLIA Cruise Awards, which we have achieved now for 5 years in a row and we have continued to solidify our presence as Number 1 Cruise Agency for multiple cruise lines, including MSC Cruises and Carnival Corporation. We would like to thank our committed cruise partners for their continued support throughout the year & our loyal customers who have voted for us!

 

View all Iglu Cruise awards.

 

Iglu Cruise Events

 

Iglu Cruise Show

 

In 2016 we saw 100’s of cruise enthusiasts walk through the doors at our cruise shows. The Iglu Cruise Shows were held at the amazing Kempton and Sandown Park Racecourses in April and October of this year. We were so pleased to be joined by the likes of TV presenter and actress, Julie Peasgood in April and journalist Sara Macefield in October. They both provided our guests with their extensive knowledge and experience within the Talk Theatre forums and the one-to-ones throughout the day.

 

Other events we carried out in 2016 included afternoon teas with Regent and Oceania and Daily Mail & Conde Nast trade shows.

 

Industry Events

 

The Iglu Team were lucky to be invited to several iconic events of 2016, including the christening of Oceania’s Sirena, plus many of us were let loose onboard the largest ship at sea, Harmony of the Seas.

 

Onboard Harmony of the Seas

 

Other notable events that we were lucky to attend include the Taste of London Food Festival with Celebrity Cruises.

 

For any big events we attend, we make sure to post live updates on social media for our customers to join in on all of the action. Make sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss out!

 

Facebook, Twitter

 

Iglu Cruise on Tour

 

The Iglu Cruise Team sailed far and wide this year so that we can continue to provide our customers with absolute first hand insider knowledge.


For anyone who ever wondered what it is like to cruise on Hurtigruten, Rob, from our sales team tells all in his diary about his cruise to Norway onboard MS Kong Harald, or you can find out what it’s like onboard MSC Preziosa from Rob’s colleague, Michael.

Other great trips include Sharon, from our Commercial Team’s 11 night cruise onboard Celebrity Reflection and our Marketing Manager Natalie’s incredible weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

 

F1 Grand Prix Cruise

 

 

Final Words As We Say Goodbye To 2016

 

With new ships launching, new refurbishments and the introduction of new itineraries bringing you more destinations than ever before, we’re looking forward to raising the anchor and setting sail on an exciting journey with you in 2017!

 

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from Iglu Cruise!

 



10 Cruises for 2016 worth booking in advance

clock 2nd July 2015 | comment0 Comments

We all know the proverb “the early bird catches the worm” and it rings true for so many common occasions in our lives. Whether it’s putting your name down for the prize turkey at Christmas, clicking refresh on your web browser for event tickets or even getting a seat on the train during rush-hour. There’s no denying that planning ahead or turning up early gives you more choice and more chance of getting exactly what you want. The same can be said for booking your next trip away, with many cruise packages now including popular events and themes it’s a good idea to book in advance to ensure you can be part of the action.

From world famous sporting events to music cruises, seasonal themes and more; there are a whole host of unique cruise packages to choose from. Explore just some of the opportunities with our latest 10 cruises to book in advance.



1. Monaco Grand Prix with Azamara Club Cruises (May 2016). Secure your spot at one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Experience the glamour and luxury lifestyle first hand, explore Monte Carlo and enjoy the incomparable buzz of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. 

 


2. Baltic Sea Golf Cruise with Azamara Club Cruises (June 2016). Cruise the captivating Baltic Sea with Azamara Club Cruises and play at some of the most magnificent golf courses in Europe with an add on golf package from PerryGolf. Play The International in the Netherlands, The Scandinavian in Denmark and more on this unique golfing tour.

 


3. Chelsea Flower Show with Swan Hellenic (May 2016). Cruise in the spring to some perfectly picturesque destinations on this exciting voyage, designed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. A number of garden-themed excursions are available plus your cruise culminates in a visit to the hugely popular Chelsea Flower Show.

 


4. Country Music Cruise with Holland America Line (January 2016). The most exciting country music celebration is happening at sea as music fans rejoice alongside some of their favourite famous musicians. Country music cruisers can enjoy live performances, line dancing, real southern cooking and much more on this one of a kind music themed cruise.

 


5. Christmas Markets Cruise (Dec 2016) with Fred. Olsen Cruises. Wake up in a Christmas fairy-tale as you explore the enchanting Irish Christmas markets as part of this unique and memorable winter cruise. Pick up some truly unique Christmas gifts for loved ones and sample the tasty local delicacies on display.

 


6. New Year Northern Lights Cruise (Dec 2015) with Hurtigruten. Not only is this the optimal time of year for northern lights sightings but also the most magical. Cruise north of the Arctic Circle to see stunning snow coated landscapes and spend a Christmas and New Year at sea that you’ll never forget. (Departs 2015)

 


7. Soul Train Cruise (Jan 2016) with Celebrity Cruises. Sail to the sweet melodic sounds of soul on this hugely popular Soul Train cruise. Enjoy live performances from an incredible line-up of renowned musicians, celebrity hosted activities and hotel stays in Memphis, Chicago and more. Don’t hesitate on this greatly unrivalled cruising experience.

 


8. Star Wars at Sea (Jan 2016) with Disney Cruise Line. Sci-fi sets sail with a Star Wars Day at Sea from Disney Cruise Line. Star Wars super fans can immerse themselves in the famous saga as they are joined onboard by a whole host of iconic characters. Jedi training, film screenings, themed events and celebrations are just a few of the highlights.

 

9. Carnival Vista Maiden Voyage (1st May 2016) with Carnival Cruises. Known as the world’s most popular cruise line, Carnival Cruises really know how to switch on the fun and have a good time. Savvy sailors are eagerly anticipating the launch of Carnival Vista, Carnival’s largest ever and most innovative fun ship. Book early to be a part of the maiden voyage and experience Carnival’s colourful and upbeat class of cruising.

 


10. Calgary Stampede (2nd July 2016) with Celebrity Cruises. Welcome to the wildness of the west at the Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on earth. This exciting two day event hosts the rodeo world’s finest and offers a gripping schedule of entertainment. This once in a lifetime cruise also features an Alaska voyage and Rocky Mountaineer train journey – sign me up!



Celebrating St Patrick's Day

clock 24th February 2015 | comment0 Comments

Updated March 2017

 

The 17th March brings us the festival of St Patrick’s Day, a celebration of everything Irish; anything green and gold goes along with shamrocks, luck, Guinness, trad music and Irish food. The whole world celebrates with parades, song and dance.

Welcome to the only day of the year when you won’t look out of place in a giant leprechaun hat.

 

Why do we celebrate?

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is best known for driving all the snakes away from the island; and it is true that you will find no snakes there, but there probably never has been since it was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.

 

 

Saint Patrick is also supposed to have brought Christianity to the island of Ireland and had used the shamrock, which has now become the national emblem, to explain the holy trinity.

 

Go Green

National monuments across the world go green in celebration. In Chicago, the city lights up green along with the Chicago River which is dyed a fluorescent green for the occasion.

 

St Patrick's Day celebrations

 

Other monuments that go green include the London Eye, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the Burj al Arab in Dubai, South Africa’s Table Mountain and the Sydney Opera House.

 

St Patrick's Day across the world

 

Celebrating on a cruise

If you are on a cruise during the St Paddy’s festivities, you’re in luck; cruise line celebrations vary but most give a nod to the patron saint of Ireland. Here are our top picks of some of the best St Patrick’s Day parties at sea:

Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian will be throwing a St Patrick’s Day Party across the fleet where guests are able to celebrate with Irish themed music, entertainment, decorations, food and drink…including green beer!

Royal Caribbean: The Royal Caribbean fleets will see parties and onboard parades along with Irish themed music, karaoke and more.

 

St Patrick's Day on a cruise

 

Whether you are on a cruise that makes a special effort for the occasion or not, you can be certain that there will be guests celebrating onboard. Normally many guests dress in green on the day and continue the festivities late into the night - wherever you are in the world, you can guarantee St Patrick’s Day celebrations will follow you!

 

Cruising to Ireland

You can still experience the true spirit of the Irish on any other day of the year with a cruise to Ireland. Many British customers overlook the possibility of a cruise around Ireland and the British Isles - yet it is one of the most convenient ways to do so!

Several cruise lines are offer overnights in Dublin including Celebrity Eclipse, which is homeporting out of Dublin for summer 2018.

 

Cruise to Ireland

 

See all of our cruises to Ireland.





Best Places To Celebrate Chinese New Year

clock 13th February 2015 | comment0 Comments

With Chinese New Year fast approaching on the 28th January 2017, we thought we’d take a look at some of the biggest and brightest celebrations the world has to offer during this colourful celebration.

Beijing, China

Beijing’s temples and parks are buzzing with fairs, carnivals and parades. Circus-style acrobats fill the streets alongside lion and dragon dances and families celebrating hand in hand.

Singapore

Singapore celebrates in style with its annual Chingay Parade, Asia’s largest street procession. Beautiful decorations and fireworks light up the city. It’s a raucous sight to behold.

Hong Kong

With one of the loudest and most lively celebrations of all, Hong Kong brings in lively crowds from all over the world to spectate its Chinese New Year celebrations. Boasting a breath-taking fireworks display over Victoria Harbour, festive celebrations, food and shopping.

Penang, Malaysia

As well as a Chingay parade, Penang is home to a very unique Chinese New Year celebration. During the fifteenth night of Lantern Festival, single women and girls throw oranges into the sea in the belief that this will help them find good husbands. They write their contact details on the fruit, and the men scour the water for the oranges in the hope of finding ‘the one’.

London, Chinatown

Can’t get away this time of year? Don’t fear. London boasts one of the biggest and best Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, host to spectacular celebrations from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square. You can expect inspiring performances, arts and crafts stools and 100s of bars and restaurants with open doors.

 

2017 is the Year of the Rooster (1933, 1945, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005); people born in these years are believed to be trustworthy, responsible at work and have a strong sense of timekeeping.

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

 

Feel like celebrating the Chinese New Year in 2018?

 

Browse some of our favourite Chinese New Year itineraries:

18 Nt Chinese New Year, Vietnam & Philippines from Singapore with Celebrity Cruises
19 Nt Chinese New Year Tour & Southeast Asia from Singapore with Royal Caribbean
16 Nt Chinese New Year, Vietnam & Philippines from Singapore with Celebrity Cruises





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