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clock 24th September 2019 | comment0 Comments
From the moment you step on board a luxury cruise ship you will receive first-class and personalised service thanks to their intimate capacities. You’ll also enjoy some of the best cuisine at sea alongside immersive excursions and enriching activities, proving just why luxury cruising is one of the best ways to see the world. [More]


Luxury Christmas Cruising

clock 21st December 2017 | comment0 Comments

Instead of ‘what do you want for Christmas’, ask yourself ‘where do I want for Christmas’, and consider all the different options there are for cruising at this time of year. Why not do something extra special, and take yourself and your loved one(s) on the luxury cruise of a lifetime, enjoying all the classic festive traditions onboard while you’re at it?

Cruise lines tend to go the extra mile throughout the Christmas season, to ensure their guests have an unforgettable time enjoying all their favourite things about Christmas. Think elaborately dressed trees, incredible feasts, mulled wine, and pageantry to rival the best pantomimes and carollers around. On a luxury cruise ship, guests can expect all these brilliant features to be of an impeccable standard, and know that all staff onboard will truly go above and beyond to ensure that the cruise is an extra special one.

What can be expected on a luxury Christmas cruise?

Outstanding Cuisine

food on a luxury cruise

Cruise lines such as Viking Ocean Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and Saga Ocean Cruises have all won awards for their dining experiences, and so guests can anticipate the very best of the best when it comes to festive fare. Traditional Christmas dinners will be of the highest standard, as will the array of alternative options; kosher, vegetarian, and other dining needs will usually be met with ease. Take the extra stress of cooking and hosting out Christmas, and enjoy being spoiled with all the culinary treats you could want onboard a luxury cruise ship.

Superb Range of Drinks

christmas on a luxury cruise

Whether your Christmas tipple is usually sherry, cherry brandy, or Irish cream, the array of drinks onboard a luxury cruise ship will not disappoint. Of course guests can expect mulled wine, egg nog, mulled cider, and non-alcoholic punch, in addition to the usual extensive bar menus of cocktails, wines, whiskies, and more. Attentive stewards will always be at hand to refresh your beverage, and greet you with a crisp, chilled glass of Champagne.

Perfect Pampering

spa cruise

Spoil yourself on a luxury cruise at this time of year by making the most of onboard spas, salons, and other opportunities to relax. The spa facilities offered by luxury cruise lines like Silversea and Regent Seven Seas are incredible; here you can let yourself sink into a world of calm at the hands of a world-class masseuse, gain invaluable health and lifestyle advice from onboard specialists, and feel fabulous after a rejuvenating, personalised facial. As well as this, or if the spa doesn’t sound like your sort of thing, simply taking time to chill out by the pool, or with a book in the library will leave you feeling fresh and revitalised.

Exceptional Service

cruise balcony butler

Staff onboard luxury cruise lines are well-trained in the needs and wants of their guests. Many passengers will enjoy the services of their own personal butler with cruise lines like Azamara Cruises and Celebrity Cruises, but even those without this can rest in the knowledge that they will be well-taken care of. In addition to waiters and bartenders, stewards, entertainers, receptionists, and anyone else you might encounter will be only too happy to help make your cruise the best it can be.

An Opulent Atmosphere

Luxury cruise ships are known for their grand atriums, plush decor and finishes, and sumptuous furnishings. At Christmas each of these are only enhanced, giving passengers a thoroughly unique and special experience. In addition to the lavish surroundings, many guests find that the ambience is enriched due to the smaller size of the ship. This generally means fewer guests and fewer children, allowing for a more mature and calm atmosphere.

Extra-Special Festive Features

christmas on a luxury cruise

Whether in the form of choir concerts, extravagant balls, religious services, or Cunard’s incredible extensive gingerbread village, most luxury cruise lines can boast that they really do think of some sensational extras for their guests during the festive season. With these events, and stunning decorations to boot, Christmas onboard a luxury cruise ship is an unforgettable experience that everyone should try at least once.

With a great selection of luxury cruises to choose from, the only problem will be deciding which destination you want to explore next.



Onboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer, dubbed the most luxurious ship at sea

clock 3rd May 2017 | comment0 Comments

Updated November 2017

Six star cruise line Regent Seven Seas is well known and loved for the all-inclusive nature of its cruises; they boast unlimited shore excursions, unlimited premium spirits, pre-paid gratuities, free WiFi, and more all inlcuded in your fare. The newest ship in the fleet, Seven Seas Explorer is trademarked as 'the most luxurious ship ever built'. She graces the seas with the highest guest-to-space ratio ever seen in the cruise industry, plus the largest suite balconies of any cruise ship.

 

 

But what makes Regent Seven Seas Explorer the most luxurious ship at sea? Our Direct Marketing Manager, Becci and Events Manager, Ellen, find out. Speaking of their travels from Venice to Corfu, Becci shares her diary of their fabulous time onboard.

 

Day 1


We arrived at the cruise port to the impressive sight of three cruise ships - one of course being our luxurious home for two nights; Seven Seas Explorer. After a stress-free embarkation, we boarded the ship and enjoyed a chilled glass of bubbly whilst we booked our evening meals with the friendly concierge team. With so many choices of speciality restaurants, we couldn’t choose and so asked which ones they would recommend to us; Prime 7 and Pacific Rim. We booked these, and then headed out eager to see the sights. Of course, when in Venice you have to indulge in a gondola ride – it would have been rude not to! We took the water taxi from the cruise port into Venice, and before we knew it we were sailing through the beautiful canalways of Venice.

 

 

Sailing out of Venice aboard Seven Seas Explorer at sunset was something we’ll never forget; the colours of the sky, mixed with the views of the whole of Venice from up on deck is something that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

 

After a few cocktails to toast our goodbyes to Venice, we made our way to Prime 7 - known for its sublime steak. The surf and turf tasted so good, it’s difficult to put into words! The steak just melted in our mouths and the lobster was cooked to perfection – we both highly recommend it. After dinner, we retreated to the Observation Lounge, and indulged in a couple of post-dinner cocktails accompanied by melodic piano music; what an end to our first day experiencing Regent Seven Seas.

 

Day 2


We can’t deny how comfy the beds are onboard, so much so that even getting out of bed for our breakfast on the balcony was a struggle. One thing we loved was the option to order your breakfast the night before and have it delivered to you the next morning at your desired time, served out on your balcony - heaven. We enjoyed a delicious selection of breakfast items (our eyes were bigger than our bellies unfortunately), whilst sailing into the port of Dubrovnik. The excursions on offer were superb; coaches lined up one after the other to take fellow passengers off onto their chosen adventures. After taking the complimentary shuttle bus into the old town, we explored the city walls and took in the views of the harbour at our own pace.

 



Back onboard and with many passengers still out on their excursions, we made the most of the ship being quiet and decided to try out the spa - Canyon Ranch Spa Club. With a sauna, steam room, snow room, a mood shower and heated recliners, we were certainly not disappointed. The thing that topped it all off for us was the beautiful infinity pool at the back of the ship, just outside the spa.



Dinner tonight was at Pacific Rim, the superb Asian-infused restaurant onboard. Tucking in to delicious crispy duck, beef tartare, duck spring rolls, lobster, and deep-fried asparagus, we were also recommended some of the finest wines to complement our food; a nice touch. We made our way to the Constellation Theatre to watch a musical ‘Parisian,’ performance and once again retreated to the Observation Lounge for a few cocktails. Arriving just in time for the music quiz, we joined in with a lovely couple from the USA to try and win some great prizes. We didn’t win (unsurprisingly), but as the music got going and the dancefloor slowly started filling up, we couldn’t resist a bit of dancing.

 

 

Day 3


Waking up to the blissful sunshine in Corfu was spectacular, and a hearty breakfast on the balcony of La Veranda started off our morning perfectly. Today was our last day on board, so we made the most of the weather and spent a couple of hours around the pool area -sunbathing, swimming, and taking a nice long soak in the Jacuzzi. It was so relaxing – and a great end to our unforgettable time on board. We were sad to disembark, but all good things must come to an end as they say!

 

 

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6 New Cruise Ships Launching in 2017

clock 17th January 2017 | comment0 Comments

If new year, new you didn’t work out quite the way you had planned, how about new year, new cruise?

With six shiny new cruise ships launching in 2017 we can’t think of a better time than now to try something totally different for your next cruise holiday. With the impressive selection on offer you can look forward to sleek, state-of-the-art design, ultra-luxurious indulgence and super sun worshipping, all whilst visiting many exciting destinations.

Take your pick from the new cruise ships below and let us know which you’d most like to meet.


Silversea, Silver Muse

Seabourn Encore

Seabourn Encore is the fourth luxury ship to join Seabourn Cruises spectacular six star fleet. A welcome addition to an award winning fleet, Seabourn Encore is here to re-define small ship ultra-luxury cruising and is hailed as the most beautiful and innovative ship for Seabourn thus far.

Designed by renowned hospitality designer, Adam Tihany, Seabourn Encore oozes the same elegant charm of sister ship, Seabourn Odyssey, but with an extra emphasis on beautiful details. Guests will be pleasantly surprised from one day to the next during their cruise, with a standout highlight being the incredible culinary offering onboard including the new Sushi venue.

What to expect: Winter in Australasia, Summer in the Mediterranean, spectacular culinary experiences, six-star service and sumptuous surrounds.

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Silver Muse

Silver Muse is set to sail in April 2017 and as the largest ship for Silversea, brings with her an incredible amount of choice for your luxury experience. Although still classed as a small ship, Silver Muse proudly claims to have the best dining experience at sea with eight different dining options on offer. From Spanish Tapas with live music and dancing in Silver Note to the sensational Japanese cuisine prepared before your eyes in Kabucki, there is something to suit all tastes onboard.

Luxury becomes even more lavish for Silversea’s new flagship with a total of seven different suite types to choose from. The largest spanning 1,475 sq ft, that’s twice the size of an average UK house!

What to expect: Silversea’s first full sized theatre, an abundance of culinary choices, an elegant and intimate experience, full butler service and a charming summer in the Mediterranean.

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Viking Sky

Although relatively new to ocean cruising, debuting its first cruise ship in 2015, Viking Cruises got it so right that it’s sticking to a similar style and trend for the newest additions to its fleet. Viking Cruises ships are sleek, modern and comfortable with a distinct Scandinavian design.

Practicality is infused with subtle luxurious touches onboard Viking Sky. The main pool has a retractable roof so that the area can be enjoyed in all weather, whilst the aft infinity pool provides breath-taking sea views.

The ship has been specifically engineered in a way that allows direct access to smaller ports, meaning that you can sail straight to the heart of many fascinating destinations. And with destination rich itineraries including the Baltic capitals and ancient gems of the Mediterranean you’ll appreciate easy access to explore.

When a day of exploring is done, Viking Sky’s innovative spa provides holistic methods and traditional Nordic treatments.

What to expect: Simple yet satisfying Scandinavian style, many alfresco dining options, destination rich itineraries and a comfortable home away from home.

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Viking Sun

Sister ship to Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky - Viking Sun joins Viking Cruises modern fleet late in 2017 offering even more choice for a stylish mid-sized cruise ship experience. With an identical design to her sister ships, Viking Sun increases Viking Cruises offering of popular holidays allowing you to explore the world in comfort.

What to expect: A thinking person’s cruise with art lectures and informative port talks, a simple and stylish atmosphere with comfortable furnishings and delightful dining options.

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MSC Meraviglia

Dubbed as the ship for all seasons, MSC Meraviglia sets sail for MSC Cruises in 2017 with an extraordinary level of entertainment options onboard.  The perfect choice for families and groups, MSC Meraviglia has plenty of cabin and suite options available including connecting cabins that can accommodate up to 10 people.

Each day onboard can be different with MSC Meraviglia’s unique offering of things to see and do. Check out the indoor promenade, 12 dining venues, Aqua Park with waterslides, Himalayan Bridge (ropes course) or the TV studio broadcasting games, quizzes and interviews to screens ship wide. Kids and teens are well looked after with five kids clubs and dedicated teen hangout spaces.

Evening entertainment is just as exciting with exclusive performances from Cirque du Soleil in Cirque du Soleil at Sea.

What to expect: a fun filled cruise with lots to see and do onboard. Mediterranean style cruising calling at ports such as Genoa, Barcelona, Malta and more.

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MSC Seaside

Follow the sun in 2017 with MSC Seaside, the ship that has been specifically designed for you to enjoy the outdoors and be closer to the sea. A unique wraparound promenade provides multiple options for alfresco dining, sea gazing, shopping and sunbathing.

Experience life outdoors at sea with MSC Seaside boasting one of the most advanced Aqua Parks at sea spanning two whole decks of fun, plus an extensive Adventure Trail ropes course.

What to expect: Being outdoors most of the time with maiden season in the Caribbean, lots of thoughtful sea gazing and fantastic Mediterranean style cruising.

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We explore Azamara Quest Reimagined

clock 7th December 2016 | comment0 Comments

Updated July 2019

 

A few years ago multi-award winning luxury cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises took steps to evolve it’s destination immersion offerings, and enhance onboard experiences fleet wide. Both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest underwent an extensive refurbishment project titled Azamara Remagined, which gave each ship a complete bow to stern overhaul. Nothing was untouched and upgrades were applied to staterooms, suites, and public areas.

 

azamara quest



The creative concept behind the reimagining was to bring the organic essence of destination immersion onboard using the four elements of nature. Earthy muted tones add a relaxing element whilst an enhanced outdoor pool grill brings the fire. Airy new outdoor venues and new tranquil spa suites complete the full circle.

Eager to know more about the revitalisation programme, we sent some of our team onboard so that they could report back on the newly upgraded Azamara Quest. Find out more about what they thought;

 

Azamara's Suites and Staterooms

 

Azamara Club Cruises have added two “Spa Suites” to the forward section on the upper deck next to the Spa. These allow direct access to the Spa and Gym with one “Night in Private Places” experience included per cruise. This means private use of the whirlpool and sunbeds on the viewing deck of the Spa, overlooking the bow with a butler who’ll cater to your every need. Those who would like to experience a “Night in a Private Place” can do so for around $60.

 

azamara cruises cabin

 

All staterooms have had an extensive makeover. We saw a refurbished Deck Four forward Oceanview room, which was very spacious even with a double bed, armchair, minibar, and all the usual features. All staterooms now feature a top of the range interactive TV, and bathrooms have been rebuilt with upgraded stone and porcelain surfaces.

 

Azamara's Inspiration Centre

 

The Inspiration Centre on Deck Four features a giant screen much like a big iPad. It has touch screen technology and tells you all about future Azamara Cruises itineraries all over the world, including ports of call, future cruise prices and so on. Touch anywhere on the map to to view videos, see beautiful photography and destination information.

 

Azamara's Living Room

 

What was the Looking Glass lounge at the top of the ship (forward), is now called the Living Room. Here you’ll find touch screen tables where you can send a digital postcard to relatives via email from the comfort of your couch. In fact, the WiFi has been improved ship-wide with a faster and more reliable connection. A small food station and coffee machine in the Living Room make it a convenient hangout in the mornings or late afternoons. The vibe is quirky and elegant with suspended birdcage chairs for fun.

 

azamara cruises lounge

 

Dining with Azamara Club Cruises

 

Main Dining is in the Discoveries Restaurant which now has additional seating. The grand Tiffany chandelier hangs from the ceiling and is apparently the most expensive feature on the ship. Both speciality dining restaurants feature the same cuisine but have been refurbished. 

The Pool Grill is now known as The Patio; a refined outdoor dining experience with a new menu and sophisticated ambiance. Occasionally you’ll also be able to enjoy live music or open air movies from across the pool as you dine.

If you're curious to explore the very special refurbishments for yourself, take a look through our range of cruises onboard Azamara Quest. Or, find out more about the cruise line's latest vessel: Azamara Persuit, which came over from the P&O Cruises fleet in 2019.



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