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Best Family Cruise Destinations

10th July 2020

Whether you've never cruised before, are rekindling your love for being out at sea after having children, or you're seasoned sailors looking to choose where to head on your next holiday, there are plenty of family-friendly cruise destinations waiting to be discovered. [More]

MSC Cruises' Top 10 Mediterranean Ports

10th February 2020

A cruise to the Mediterranean will bring you to some of the most iconic destinations in the world, boasting rich culture, unique architecture and plenty of warm, friendly hospitality. MSC Cruises are one of the leading experts in unforgettable Mediterranean itineraries - check out MSC Cruises' top 10 Mediterranean ports! [More]

Get to Know Princess Cruises with Phillip Schofield

27th September 2017

Updated March 2019

 

In April 2017 Phillip Schofield became the very first UK brand ambassador for Princess Cruises, and since then has been exploring just about everything that the cruise line has to offer.

With behind-the-scenes access and time spent with the Princess Cruises crew, Phillip has a unique insight into the industry and has become thoroughly acquainted with the wonderful world of cruising. Interestingly enough, before this Phillip had never been on a cruise before, and so Princess quickly remedied this by sending him and his wife to the Mediterranean onboard Royal Princess.

First Impressions as a New-to-Cruise Guest

With no experience of cruising whatsoever, it's interesting to find out what Phillip made of both Princess Cruises, and cruising in general. First-time cruisers are often unsure of what to expect, and perhaps have some misconceptions about things like food, the embarkation and disembarkation process, and atmosphere onboard. After cruising with Princess, Phillip commented on just how easy it was to board the ship, how opulant Royal Princess itself is, and about how easy and convenient it was to see so many different destinations whilst being accomodated in just one place. Find out more about his trip in this interesting Q&A video:

The cruise included an excursion in Barcelona, during which a local guide showed them all around some of the lesser-known areas. This meant that Phillip and his wife could see and explore places they were not aware of, in a city they thought they were familiar with.

The cruise made another stop in Marseille, where they had a tour of a vineyard, and of course, took part in some wine-tasting. As a real wine and food enthusiast, Phillip was hugely impressed with some of the treats that were available onboard. He was given a tour of the galley, and took part in food-tasting with the Executive Chef, and enjoyed a personal wine session during which he could blend wine according to his own preference.

Since this fantastic first cruise, Phillip and his family have been treated to another fabulous adventure onboard Regal Princess, this time to the beautiful Baltics. Watch as they explore the sights of Oslo, and make use of the fabulous range of facilities onboard the ship during their sea day.

Finding out all about what a cruise with Princess Cruises can entail has been a real educational journey for Phillip, who has become a firm fan of cruising. With a travel-bucket list that includes the likes of the Fjords, Canada, Alaska, and South America, it is likely that he will enjoy everything that Princess Cruises has to offer again and again while journeying to these fantastic destinations.

Have a look at our Princess Cruises holidays, and find out more about the adventures you can have with them.


The World’s Most Instagrammable Locations

18th April 2017

There’s nothing more exciting than uploading a few holiday snaps to snaz up your Instagram feed - shots of beautiful blue skies, exotic beaches, world famous landmarks and not to mention, those jaw-droppingly gorgeous backdrops for all your selfies. The right shots can boost your Instagram profile in an instant, and make you the envy of all your friends.

To find out just how big of a deal posting a holiday picture is when away, we conducted primary research and found out the following:

• The average person posts around two pictures per day when on a trip

• Facebook and Instagram are the most popular platforms for sharing content whilst away

• People’s main intentions for posting when abroad are to keep friends/family up-to-date, to document memories, and to make others jealous

 

We then wanted to determine where in the world the most famous Instagram locations are situated, and where you should be heading for the most popular posts.

During our research to uncover the world’s most Instagrammable locations, we were delighted to see many popular cruising destinations feature so highly on the list. And with a team that has cruised far and wide, we definitely agree that we have even snapped a few of these hotspots ourselves.

 

Top 5 most Instgrammed cities in the world

  1. New York
  2. Dubai
  3. LA
  4. Barcelona
  5. Tokyo

 

Which landmarks get the most likes?

The most photographed setting, on both Instagram and Facebook feeds, for each of these 5 cities were the respective famous landmarks in each location.

new york skyline iphone photo

The research found that the neon lights of Times Square make it the most instagrammed location in the world, with a staggering 2 posts every single minute from the bustling hub of New York City. Closely behind was the impressive Empire State Building, with the instantly recognisable Brooklyn Bridge coming in third, securing a firm position for New York in the rankings.

Dubai’s stunning Burj Khalifa came in 4th place, with 757 check ins every 24hours, commonly accompanied by the hashtag #Dubai. The iconic ‘Atlantis’ also made the top 10, coming in 6th place.

burj khalifa dubai

In 5th place was the melting Gaudi masterpiece in Barcelona that is the Sagrada Familia, which has 32 check ins every hour. The Spanish city was also found to be home to some other “must snap” spots, with Park Guell and the Noucamp also featuring in the top 10.

Bathing in the milky blue waters of Iceland’s beautiful blue lagoon made 7th in the list, with 15 check-ins per hour from the country’s ultra cool capital, Reykjavik.

blue lagoon iceland

 

Hashtags

We all know that when it comes to getting those all-important ‘likes’, using the right hashtag is important. The holiday hashtag #travel was used 163,552,733 times by people on holiday, with the specific country’s name being the top hashtag across all top cities.

Our research found that people love posting to their Insta whilst on holiday, uploading on average 2 pics per day, and making people jealous was one of the main motivations for posting. The top reason people said they posted so many pics, however, was to document the great memories they were making as they jetted around the globe.

 

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6 New Cruise Ships Launching in 2017

17th January 2017

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.

Find cruises on Seabourn Encore

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.

Find cruises on Silver Muse

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.

Find cruises on Viking Sun

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.

Find cruises on MSC Meraviglia

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.

Find cruises on MSC Seaside


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