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Disney Cruise Line Announce 2020 Itineraries

clock 28th September 2018 | comment0 Comments

Family-focussed cruise line, Disney Cruise Line, has recently announced what’s in store with them in 2020. There will be some fantastic opportunities on offer, making it even easier to find the perfect cruise holiday for the whole family. Read on to discover more about your options.

 

 

Two Amazing Hawaii Cruises

 

It’s been five years since Disney Cruise Line ventured to Hawaii, and the idyllic North American state is now sorely missed by cruisers and crew alike. So, in 2020 Disney Wonder will be hosting two very exciting cruises to the region – one departing from Vancouver and ending in Honolulu, and the other on the return trip back to Vancouver. The itineraries will offer guests the opportunity to visit Oahu Island and its gorgeous Waikiki beach, see the stunning waterfalls and greenery on Kauai island, and gaze out at the extensive tropical views from the summit of Maui’s Haleakala Crater.

 

More Cruise Departures from Florida

 

The folks at Disney Cruise Line know that the sunshine state is a brilliant holiday destination in itself, and so with this in mind, in 2020 they will be offering more cruises departing from both Miami and Port Canaveral. Itineraries starting here mean that guests can spend a few days at the start of their holiday exploring Florida and all it has to offer, whether this be the theme parks, the beaches, or the shopping! All cruises from Florida will include a stop in Disney’s exclusive Castaway Cay island in the Bahamas, as well as a number of fabulous sunny Caribbean destinations.

 

 

New Homeport of New Orleans

 

Perhaps the most exciting announcement for 2020 is Disney Wonder’s new homeport of New Orleans. This world-famous city of jazz, food, and festivals was the setting of the beautiful Disney film, The Princess and the Frog. So Disney film lovers can start their holiday off right by exploring the colourful streets, listening to soulful music, and eating local treats such as soft beignets and punchy gumbo just like Tiana and Naveen. There will be six different cruises to choose from, each departing from New Orleans in early 2020.

 

 

Have a browse through our latest Disney Cruise Line deals, and start planning your family’s next big adventure.



Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

clock 28th March 2018 | comment0 Comments

Fort Lauderdale is a common starting point for many Caribbean cruises, and while many guests tend to arrive just in time to embark, the city itself certainly warrants several days of exploring. So instead of simply using Fort Lauderdale as a start or end point, consider spending a bit of extra time here. To help with a little inspiration, here are our favourite things to do in Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

Relax on the beach

With over 23 miles of beaches with promenades, there’s plenty of room for everyone to make the most of Fort Lauderdale’s balmy temperatures, which average at 25°C. Whether you prefer sunbathing with a book and a cocktail, or walking along the beach occasionally dipping your toes in the sea, spending time relaxing at one of the many beaches will leave you feeling soothed and refreshed.

Look around the art district

Many visitors are unaware of Fort Lauderdale’s dynamic art scene. Made up of four city blocks, the art district – known as F.A.T Village – is a fantastic hub for all things creative. With impressive colourful murals, galleries and shops showcasing local creations, and charming cafes and coffee shops, an afternoon spent here can be interesting and culturally enriching.

 

 

Discover the Everglades

The Everglades National Park is around an hour from Fort Lauderdale, and offers the perfect chance to get closer to nature and explore some unspoiled landscape. Try an exhilarating air boat ride where you glide swiftly across the wetlands, taking in some gorgeous scenery, birdlife, and with any luck the famed Floridian ‘gators will also make an appearance.

 

 

Explore Venetian-style canals

When exploring Fort Lauderdale, be sure to make the most of the city’s extensive canal network. Nicknamed the 'Venice of America', the waterways are not only pretty, but they can be convenient for traversing the city via boat or water taxi. Opting for this mode of transport will also enable you to see some of the gorgeous mansions found in Fort Lauderdale, which are owned by various celebrities and millionaires.

 

 

Savour delicious food

Known as the Sunshine State, Florida is unsurprisingly home to some great quality produce. From perfectly crisp orange juice, to bright red and juicy tomatoes, the state has the very best ingredients to create some incredible culinary treats. Thanks to the heavy Caribbean influence here, an incredible cuisine known as Floribbean has been born - try all kinds of unique, world class food including seafood and even alligator if you’re feeling adventurous. 

Discover the beautiful and lively city of Fort Lauderdale on an exciting Caribbean cruise.



10 Top Tips for a Universal Orlando Resort Cruise and Stay

clock 20th January 2017 | comment0 Comments

Iglu Cruise’ Marketing Manager Natalie recently spent a sunny seven days in Orlando Florida. We couldn’t help but pick her brains for a Universal Orlando Resort® survival guide. Check out Nat’s top tips before you go and share some of your own with us on Facebook.

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Don’t have a big breakfast

There are so many great places to eat once you’re in the park. My favourite treat of the day was the butterbeer icecream at Florean Forescue.

Download the Universal App

Do this before you arrive at the park as it gives you live updates on the queue time for each ride. Avoid disappointment and save time for more fun by being well prepared on queue times.

Diagon Alley is really busy in the daytime

I would recommend going to the park later in the day and visiting this area in the evening when a lot of the crowds have gone home. The parks are usually open until around 11pm at night.

Pre-book your tickets

Keep costs down significantly more on the day by booking your tickets in advance. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, make sure you purchase a ticket that allows you to visit both parks on the same day so you can go on the Hogwarts Express.

Join the single passenger queue

If you don’t mind going on a ride on your own I would recommend going in the single passenger queue. This brings the queue time down and I ended up sitting next to my partner 4 times out of the 6 rides that offered this type of queue.

The Hogwarts Express is a must

But it can get really busy in the daytime. Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure is only a short walk apart so I would recommend walking from one park to the other in the daytime and hopping on the Hogwarts Express in the evening. I don’t want to ruin the amazing surprise of what happens on the train but you won’t miss any scenery by doing it in the dark.

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Explore Universal CityWalk

The two parks are situated within the Universal CityWalk Orlando area. This area is a great place to visit in the evening and is home to the Hard Rock Café Orlando.

Plan your days

There are lots of shows on at the park and watching these is a great way of having a little rest in-between rides. I loved the Fear Factor Live, if you are brave enough, arrive about an hour before the show time and you can audition to take park. Beware, if you don’t like heights, insects or slimy objects this might not be one for you.

Pack light

Although there are lockers at the park by each ride a few of the rides won’t let you on with handbags so the less you have with you the quicker it will be to get on the ride. Lockers are free while you ride but if you want them for a longer period you will get charged.

Buy your souvenirs at the end of the day

There are so many fun things to buy but you don’t want to get stuck lugging around wands, hats and mugs all day. Save this for the last part.

See for yourself with a cruise and stay holiday to Universal Orlando Resort®



Regal Princess Naming Ceremony

clock 5th November 2014 | comment0 Comments

Updated May 2019

 

Back in November 2014 some of our Iglu Team were fortunate enough to be invited to Florida by Princess Cruises, for the highly-anticipated naming ceremony of Regal Princess. Read on to find out more about these elaborate events, and just what our guys thought of the ship.

 

 

Regal Princess' naming ceremony came just as Princess Cruises were celebrating their 50th birthday, so the event was sure to be one of the most glamorous of its kind yet.

 

Life Onboard Regal Princess

 

Upon arrival to the port, members of the cruise industry from all over were invited onboard the ship, only to be met by excited check in staff, and one of the most spectacular atriums. Here, coffee was served and the ship's crew were bustling about preparing for the main event, the naming ceremony. Neutral decor and gold trimmings set the scene of a luxury liner that cruising dreams are made of. With an atrium 60% bigger than any other Princess ship, it is the heart of the ship that captivates you from the first moment. She is grand and luxurious, yet elegant and welcoming.

 

 

After exploring the entirety of the ship, it's fair to say that Regal Princess has something for everyone onboard. From the opportunity to be a child again in the kids club, to enjoying relaxing me-time in the adults-only Sanctuary area, all kinds of cruisers will feel right at home.

Cuisine onboard went above expectations and the service exceptional. We were treated to the tender flavour of perfectly cooked roast pork in the evening, before being spoiled for choice at breakfast with an array of hot foods, flakey pastries, fruit, and freshly baked muffins.

 

The Naming Ceremony

 

With all onboard preparing for the naming ceremony, it certainly looked like it was going to be a spectacular affair. The guys from The Love Boat rehearsed their naming speech, as Princess Cruises breaks the mould again by awarding the prestigious 'Godmother' title to all of the cast! With fireworks at the ready and Champagne glasses stacked, every single person onboard from crew to guests were beaming with excitement.

As the sun set behind Regal Princess, the view of the Miami skyline made impressive shadows on the surrounding water. With warm temperatures and striking skies, it was the perfect evening for such an iconic celebration. All onboard embraced the occasion and made a special effort to dress in nautical coloured clothes. With only travel trade, VIP's and special guests onboard it was clear to see everyone had a strong passion for cruising, and especially for Princess Cruises. After a glass of champagne it was time to head to the top deck for the naming ceremony.

 

 

 

As everyone gathered around the outer decks in their blue and white attire, there was an apparent 'love for the sea' in the air. The evening kicked off with the introduction of Regal Princess' Godparents, then, after performances from the singers and dancers, a clip of T'he Love Boat' was shown on the gigantic screen that stands as the centre attraction on the upper deck. 

Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises and Arnold Donald, Director of Carnival Corporation then spoke about their brand and what Regal Princess will bring to the company. They were both inspirational characters who are very passionate about their cruise line.

 

 

As Princess Cruises were celebrating their 50th anniversary, they did not smash one Champagne bottle as the tradition goes, instead they lined 50 bottles up along the side of the ship and smashed them all before the main large bottle was shattered over the pool deck. The naming of a ship is such an iconic moment and an experience that remains in the memory of everyone who attends. This celebration appeared to expose an infectious amount of passion.

After all the excitement we were treated to a six-course gala dinner, a toast with the ship’s crew, and a chance to meet other agents before we gathered on the top deck to see the fireworks. Every time the sky illuminated with the intense colours of the fireworks, it lit up the whole ship reminding everyone just how lucky we were to be a part of this memorable moment. The rest of the evening was filled with more merriment, with plenty of dancing, socialising and celebrating onboard this stunning new ship.

If you would like to see this majestic ship for yourself, browse through our range of Regal Princess cruises and start planning your next cruise adventure.



Top 5 Destinations For Winter Sun

clock 16th July 2014 | comment0 Comments

Updated October 2017

Dark mornings, ice covering the drive way, and freezing temperatures that have us wrapped up so tight we can barely move – welcome to winter in Britain. It seems to come round quicker every year, and we dread the long winter season that leaves us feeling dreary, and with the sun as a distant memory.

The onset of winter leaves many of us precoccupied with thoughts of where we can get our sun fix, when the bleak weather sets in. Some great winter sun deals are starting to circulate in the office, so it is the perfect time to start thinking about a winter break.

 

We're sure you would agree, there is nothing better than jetting off somewhere hot when everyone else is dreading the thought of stepping outside, and having to turn on electric blankets in order to recover from constant sneezing. However, whilst the ice thickens in England, elsewhere in the world the sun is at its hottest, so here are our top 5 places to cruise to during the winter:

Florida

Known as the sunshine state of America, Florida is one of the friendliest places there is. It is not only the sun that shines bright all day here, the people are extremely welcoming, and invite you to enjoy everything this exciting wonderland has to offer.

With miles of sun-soaked beaches, water-front restaurants, and an array of unique attractions, Florida is the ultimate adventure playground. With most cruise lines basing their ships in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Miami, during the winter you'll be able to choose from an extensive range of different itineraries and ships.

Whether your cruise starts or finishes in Florida, you can spend a few days enjoying the fun way of life that's lived here. Enjoy a day at the Miami Aquarium watching incredible shows featuring killer whales and dolphins, or take a trip to the Everglades where you will glide over the swamps in a hover boat whilst learning about the distinct wildlife that lives there.

Or, if it is just sun that you desire, Florida is your perfect haven with its long stretches of heavenly beaches that can reach temperatures of up to 32°c during the winter.

The average temperature in Florida during November – February is 29°c.

See our: Florida Cruise Deals

The Caribbean

Defining paradise, the Caribbean islands are widely considered the most blissful destinations in the world, that guarantee to take you on the ultimate escape. Picture-perfect beaches with pure white sand, crystal clear waters, and swaying palms make these islands the most desired cruise destinations in the world.

Boasting year-round hot temperatures, the long days of sunshine will enable you to soak up the scorching temperatures to your heart's content. For the more adventurous, there is the chance to try snorkelling, para-sailing, and jet skiing around these fascinating islands.

A Caribbean cruise can include stops at islands such as the Bahamas, St Lucia, Barbados, and Antigua. To some, the islands may look the same, but in fact, they all have their own unique character that makes every stop a new experience. Some cruise lines, such as Virgin Voyages, even own an exclusive private island for guest access only. With carefully selected excursions, delicious dining and plenty of relaxing beaches, these islands are the height of luxury living. The adults-only 'Beach Club' provides six bars, stunning private cabanas and pool parties with all the best tunes to soudntrack your night.

The average temperature in the Caribbean during November – February is 32°c.

See our: Caribbean Cruise Deals

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands entice visitors with their breathtaking landscapes, stunning beaches, and tropical way of life. From indulging on tapas on a rooftop restaurant, to sunbathing on the heavenly beaches, a trip here will help you to completely forget about winter.

Tenerife will amaze you with its backdrop of soaring mountains lining the pristine beaches, perfect for lazy days in the sun or family beach activities. Along the way, Lanzarote invites you to explore its volcanoes and black sand beaches. When it’s time to unwind, Gran Canaria is bursting with quaint fishing villages and attractive harbours that create the perfect scene for switching off.

For the active cruisers, the islands offer an array of memorable adventures. From extraordinary snorkelling, exploring the iconic National Parks, or rock climbing up one of the famous mountains, there is no shortage of adrenalin-pumping experiences to be had here.

The average temperature in the Canaries during November – February is 24°c.

See our: Canary Island Deals

Dubai

A world of its own, Dubai stands ready to show off its luxurious and extravagent lifestyle to anyone who visits. Nowhere in the world exhibits the diversity that Dubai does, one minute you're stood in the middle of an empty dessert, the next you're surrounded by towering buildings. A cocktail of amazing sights, every time you turn you're faced with something that stuns you once again.

Don your explorers hat as you experience adventure after adventure, with everything this extraordinary city has to offer. Go skiing in a shopping mall, slide under shark infested waters at the Atlantis waterpark, or ride a camel through the enchanted desserts. Not many places in the world can offer the variety of excursions that Dubai does.

As evening sets in, the city turns into a magical wonderland with fountain shows, vibrant nightclubs, and award-winning beach front restaurants serving up some of the most exquisite dishes you will ever taste.

The average temperature in Dubai during November – February is 32°c.


See our: Dubai Cruise Deals

Hawaii

There is nowhere else quite like Hawaii. This tropical paradise will excite all your senses as you are welcomed into this fresh, tranquil haven. Crystal clear waters line the dramatic mountains and lush forests, making this island a blissful retreat. 

The soothing, swaying palms, and captivating sounds of volcanoes bubbling away, are a recipe for the ultimate winter getaway. Along with hot temperatures and warm waters, it has everything you dream of during the colder months.

It is not only the scenery that is beautiful here, the locals love to share their lifestyle with you. Encouraging you to join in traditional Hawaiian activities, and try their iconic island cuisine, it will not be long before you are in full 'Aloha' mode!

This colourful island is home to an array of some of the world’s most intriguing National Parks and plant life. Even if you plan to go on a relaxing getaway, we would definitely recommend a stroll around one of these parks.

The average temperature in the Hawaii during November – February is 26°c.

See our: Hawaii Cruise Deals


By Sally Grimes



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