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The 8 Best Cocktails On Anthem Of The Seas

clock 29th April 2015 | comment0 Comments

The Iglu Cruise team were lucky enough to spend three nights onboard Royal Caribbean's new ship, Anthem of the Seas before she set sail for her first cruise. Although bursting with innovative features, Linda our Head of Customer Service decided to spend her time testing the delicious cocktails available onboard. Here's how she got on...

1. Bloody Mary

From: Michael's Genuine Pub, North Star and Pool Bar

Bloody Mary lovers will know that it’s easy to get it wrong. I tried three during my time onboard, all from different bars. The one in North Star was too sweet, although the bacon was a nice touch. The Pool Bar was too watery for my liking. Michael’s Genuine Pub got it right. Just the right amount of tabasco and pepper. The little twist is the pickle. It is an interesting take on the classic, but very enjoyable.

2. Lavender Daiquiri

From: Schooner Bar

Elegant, sweet and with a floral fragrance this drink requires distinct taste. It isn’t for everyone, but I very much enjoyed it. It is of a light violet colour and comes in an elegant Y glass.

3. Frozen Mojito

From: North Star Bar

Hands down the best mojito I’ve ever had! The ice gets pureed with the mint and vodka to create a slushy, fluffy effect. Very refreshing on a summer’s day and I can only imagine quenching my taste buds with this tropical treat whilst sailing away from the Caribbean.

4. Passion In The City

From: North Star Bar

Passionfruit, vodka and Chamboard. A great combination, however it does have quite a strong kick to it, be careful! Sweet and fruity with the distinct taste of passionfruit.

5. Tropical Old Fashioned

From: Schooner Bar

What can only be described as a tropical island in a glass, this thirst-quenching cocktail is a real treat for the taste buds. This light drink combines coconut rum with cherry.

6. Strawberry or Mango Daiquiri

From: Pool Bar

The bar staff on Anthem of the Seas are particularly good at making daiquiries. The strawberry was my favourite, but the mango was lovely too. A great choice if you prefer something that doesn't taste too strong, infact they taste more like a smoothie with a slight kick. Virgin daiquiris are also available.

7. Sex In The City

From: North Star

The classic 'holiday cocktail' that goes down a treat every time. This sweet and fruity classic is best enjoyed by the pool deck!

8. Create Your Own Cocktail

From: The Bionic Bar

No other cruise ship can offer this, so a must when onboard Anthem of the Seas. These two robotic bartenders can rustle up any cocktail of your choice. Ordered from an Ipad you can choose from a list of mixers and spirits.

Now let's see the bar in action...




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Live From Anthem Of The Seas

clock 17th April 2015 | comment0 Comments

After years in planning and months in construction Anthem of the Seas is finally on home ground! Sailing into Southampton on Friday, she had the perfect arrival with piercing blue sky and clear waters.

Eager to get onboard, the Iglu Cruise team have been invited to spend four exclusive days exploring and finding out exactly what she has to offer.

Stay tuned to this page for live pictures...

Iglu team enjoying a welcome cocktail on the pool deck

Balcony stateroom

Pool deck

Bionic Bar

Seaplex

Gigi and the rock climbing wall

Wonderland Restaurant

North Star

Inside pool

Outdoor Whirlpool

Teen Xbox Area

 

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What happened to the cruise industry in 2014?

clock 16th December 2014 | comment0 Comments

As the end of 2014 approaches and we frantically panic prepare for next week, let's take a moment to reminisce on all of the things that made this year one of the most memorable for cruise.

With the cruise industry rapidly growing, it is now one of the fastest growing sectors in the travel industry. 21.3 million people cruised in 2013 and this number is expected to significantly increase for the end of 2014.

It wasn’t only the growth that made this year so phenomenal, 2014 saw us enjoy new ships, new destinations, incredible refurbishments and a host of breaking cruise news.

So, was 2014 the year for cruise? Let’s take a look…

January

'Kicking off the year in style'

As everyone packed away their decorations and set their New Year’s resolutions, the cruise industry wasted no time in starting the new year.

In time for the New Year festivities, P&O’s Arcadia revealed her multi-million pound refurbishment. Showcasing a host of new amenities, newly designed staterooms and the addition of a new 'East' restaurant, the adult-only ship was ready to excite guests once again.

In other news MSC Cruises announced they will sail to Asia and Australia for the first time in 2015, P&O Cruises revealed they will be adding a large union jack to the hull of all their ships and Carnival Cruise Lines released details on their new 'Concerts At Sea' programme.

My January highlight: Oceania’s first world cruise sold out in eight hours.

February

'Britannia starts to unveil'

The resolutions were already broken and everyone started to think about their 2014 summer holiday. As cruises were booking out fast and it was looking to be another busy year for the industry, the cruise lines kept whetting our appetites with more news.

It was announced the world’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas will be coming to Europe in 2015, P&O Cruises opened their upcoming Strictly Come Dancing cruises and Fred Olsen released details that Julian Lloyd Webber will perform onboard Braemar.

The most exciting announcements were those made by P&O Cruises as they finally revealed details about new ship, Britannia. Unveiling the 'Food Heroes' concept and the five celebrity chefs would be working together onboard.

My February highlight: The first plate of steel was cut for Carnival Vista.

March

'A race to be the best'

As temperatures started to rise and Spring was in sight, it appeared the cruise lines wanted to heat things up early and a host of cruise news came flooding in.

Although we were still in the first quarter of 2014, many of the lines started to release their big plans for 2015. It was announced 2015 will see Norwegian Cruise Lines largest ship, Norwegian Epic based year-round in Europe, Cunard will celebrate their 175th anniversary with their entire fleet docking in Liverpool together, Fred Olsen will explore the Arctic and Disney Cruise Line will sail from the UK.

It was also the month for Royal Caribbean to start revealing plans about their new Quantum-class ships, announcing they will have no main dining room and Jamie Oliver will have his first restaurant at sea.

An exciting milestone for Norwegian Cruise Line was met as the first piece of steel for Norwegian Escape was cut.

My March highlight: Sir Richard Branson confirmed he will enter the cruise industry with the launch of 'Virgin Cruises'.

April

'Five years since Oasis'

Spring arrived and it was the busiest month for booking as families, couples and singles put their deposits down on their yearly cruise. The Mediterranean was again a popular choice for families, however Asia and Australia bookings were also proving more popular.

Royal Caribbean announced new ship Quantum of the Seas will be based in China, as well as the news CATS will replace Hairspray on Oasis of the Seas.

My April highlight: Carnival Cruise Lines launched their new children’s programme.

May

'Confirmed rumours of new ships'

As the flowers were starting to bloom and we were in touching distance of summer, the cruise lines made some announcements to remind us once again why this industry is a constant excitement.

Royal Caribbean announced they will build a fourth Oasis-Class ship and MSC Cruises confirmed plans to build two revolutionary new ships.

After celebrating the Royal Rendezvous, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth began her multi-million pound refit. After her 16 day refurbishment in Hamburg, she returned with new single cabins, new restaurants, a newly designed casino and new sun awnings on the top deck.

My May highlight: Princess Cruises announced they will feature in a new documentary on ITV called 'The Cruise Ship' portraying what life is like onboard.

June

'Quantum details revealed'

Summer was in full swing and as thousands of us departed on our summer cruises, Royal Caribbean ensured the only think we were talking about was Quantum of the Seas. Throughout the month they released details of what can be expected onboard.

It was announced that there would be a revolutionary new entertainment venue called 'Two70' that will feature floor to ceiling windows that change from day to night. The Broadway show will be Mama Mia and a twenties Gatsby’s themed venue will also feature.

My June highlight: P&O Cruises revealed more about the dining features onboard Britannia, including cheese expert Charlie Turnball will join the five other celebrity chefs onboard.

July

'..and more new ships'

Soaring temperatures hit England, however this did not stop people setting sail for their ultimate summer getaway. Southampton saw thousands of cruisers boarding their ships for Mediterranean adventures and airports were busy with people flying to the likes of Florida and New York to join their ship.

Royal Caribbean continued to create intrigue around Quantum and Anthem of the Seas as they revealed more news about phenomenal technology onboard. Releasing videos about the new WOWbands, interactive screens and virtual balconies, they branded everything "this changes everything".

Cruise & Maritime announced they will introduce new ship Azores to the fleet in 2015. Norwegian Cruise Lines also revealed plans for two new ships and Princess Cruises revealed their plans for a third Royal-class ship.

My July highlight: Fred Olsen launched a Poison, Murder & Mystery cruise where guests can fully immerse themselves in a murder mystery at sea.

August

'The return of The Love Boat'

The month that sees the most sunlight, August had everyone is good spirits. While thousands of us were sipping cocktails on the pooldeck, the rest of us were enjoying days in beer gardens and family BBQ’s.

Princess Cruises revealed new ship Regal Princess will be named by the original cast of hit US television show, The Love Boat. After completing her summer season in the Mediterranean she will return to Fort Lauderdale for her naming celebrations.

P&O Cruises and Cunard launched world cruises. For the first time three Cunard ships and three P&O ships will set off on world voyages in 2016.

My August highlight: P&O Cruises announced Aurora will undergo a £26 million refit.

September

'Hello to the Northern Lights promise'

As we slowly started to wave goodbye to summer, we were not the only ones with chilly temperatures on our minds. Hurtigruten announced their 'Northern Lights Promise'. Never before offered, they launched a promise no other tour operator has ever offered. If guests do not see the Northern Lights, they will be given a free cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line agreed a multi-million deal to acquire Prestige Cruises, parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

My September highlight: Cunard revealed their latest line-up of guest speakers to include Ann Widdecombe and Michael Howard.

October

'LEGO, Hollywood Rocks and Elvis'

The heating was on and summer appeared a distant memory, luckily the cruise lines had a whole host of announcements to stop us feeling anxious about the winter.

Fred Olsen launched an Elvis Presley 80th birthday cruise, MSC Cruises partnered with LEGO and Cunard were commended for their incredible feedback on Queen Victoria’s performance of Hollywood Rocks.

Princess Cruises launched their new honeymoon registry system as well as announcing details for their 50th anniversary celebrations in November.

My October highlight: Princess revealed plans to bring their 50th anniversary celebrations to the whole fleet and will host celebratory parties on all ships.

November

'This changes everything'

As the mild winter continued and everywhere started to set up for Christmas, the cruise industry prepared for one of the most memorable moments of the year – the arrival of Quantum of the Seas.

After months of speculation and anticipation she arrived into Southampton ready for us to finally put pictures to life. She did not disappoint and living up up to her motto "this changes everything". With robotic bartenders, an indoor skydive, bumper cars and revolutionary dining – she received a thumbs up from all.

Shortly after Regal Princess was named in Miami following her successful season in Europe, Cruise and Maritime announced the addition of new ship Magellan and Fred Olsen revealed plans to refurbish three of their ships.

My November highlight: Norwegian Cruise Lines announced Norwegian Epic will debut new entertainment aimed at the European market as well as a Beatles Cavern Club.

December

'It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas'

As we put up the tree, search for gifts and indulge on the first mince pie, at the blink of an eye Christmas has arrived once again.

The month started with more new ship announcements. Luxury line Seabourn confirmed the order of another new ship set for delivery in 2018 and Celebrity Cruises revealed plans to build two new ships under the project name 'Edge' set to debut in 2018 and 2020.

Sir Richard Branson launched 'Virgin Cruises' and said he will "shake up the cruise industry" with two new purpose built ships.

My December highlight: P&O Cruises released 'The Great British Beer & Ale Menu' to feature on Britannia. It will be the largest selection of British beers at sea.


By Sally Grimes



Iglu Team Meets Oasis Of The Seas

clock 17th October 2014 | comment0 Comments

Updated March 2019

Oasis of the Seas visited Southampton for the first time back in September 2014. This highly-anticipated day meant that we, of course, had to send a few members of staff along to see the ship and learn first-hand just what Royal Caribbean offer onboard.

 

 

Since launching in 2009, people from all over the world have travelled to her home port of Fort Lauderdale to see her. It was never speculated she would come to the UK, so after it was announced that she would complete a two-week dry dock in Rotterdam, and then stop in Southampton before her transatlantic back to America, those of us in the UK cruise world were very excited.

Invitation only...

The day arrived and we (literally) jumped onto the train bound for Southampton. We'd already heard the news that her anticipated arrival into Southampton didn't disappoint, and thousands of speculators had gathered around the port to see her - with the bonus of free bacon butties on offer! Before the train had even stopped at Southampton, we spotted the iconic Crown and Anchor symbol peering over the top of buildings – giving only an inclination of her size.

The biggest WOW... 

Docked in Southampton she looked even larger than we imagined she'd be. As soon as we stepped onboard - feeling more than ready for the day ahead - everyone was in complete awe. There are not enough words to explain how fantastic our day was, from the fun tasks to the exquisite cuisine, everything was absolutely wonderful. We experienced each one of the seven neighbourhoods, indulged in a total of ten different meal courses, and well and truly experienced what it would be like to holiday on this floating masterpiece.

 

 

 

Find out what the team thought about Oasis of the Seas ...

Hayley Henderson, Marketing Executive

My favourite thing about Oasis of the Seas was…

The carousel on the Boardwalk

I think guests would love a cruise on Oasis of the Seas because…

The variety of things for every cruiser, there are many areas to simply relax or a wide range of activities for the more adventurous traveller.

Describe Oasis of the Seas in one word…

Revolutionary

Elaine Ross, Head of Cruise Trading

My favourite thing about Oasis of the Seas was…

The Boardwalk. With the ice cream parlour, open-air restaurants, and the candy shop, I felt like I was walking along a real seaside Boardwalk. The Aqua Theatre at the end was a total surprise, I can only imagine how spectacular it would be to watch a show here.

I think guests would love a cruise on Oasis of the Seas because…

There is so much to see and do, I could not imagine anyone one being bored onboard.

Describe Oasis of the Seas in one word…

Awesome

 

 

James Turner, Sales Executive

My favourite thing about Oasis of the Seas was…

The steak I ate in the American idol Grill. Infact all of the cuisine was first class!

I think guests would love a cruise on Oasis of the Seas because…

It genuinely has something for everyone. It takes the concept of cruising to another level – whatever the weather… whatever your age…. whatever your interests, she delivers.

Describe Oasis of the Seas in one word…

Unconventional

Patrick Hill, Sales Executive

My favourite thing about Oasis of the Seas was…

The variety of activities that appeared to be going on around the ship. Everywhere I looked there was something going on, from karaoke and dance lessons to an organised get-together.

I think guests would love a cruise on Oasis of the Seas because…

She is packed full of great entertainment, fantastic dining options and activities the whole family can enjoy.

Describe Oasis of the Seas in one word…

Magnificent

 

 

Walter Ferrari, Commercial Executive

My favourite thing about Oasis of the Seas was…

As a plant enthusiast, Central Park was my favourite. The array of Blue Rain bromeliads, trees and sounds of birds singing was the last thing I would expect on a cruise ship.

I think guests would love a cruise on Oasis of the Seas because…

Of the enticing variety of restaurants, fun and adventurous activities, spectacular shows and sensational spa treatments.

Describe Oasis of the Seas in one word…

Mesmerising

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5 Best Ships For Adult-Only Cruises

clock 25th September 2014 | comment2 Comments

It appears there is a strong emphasis on family friendly holidays at the moment, especially cruises, so I thought it was time I have a closer look at the adult only side of the industry.

We all know how fantastic cruising is for families and the range of facilities and activities for children on modern day cruise ships beats any land based resort. From award-winning kids clubs, water parks and jam-packed schedules of fun, cruising is the ultimate holiday for children to create life changing memories.

However, for some people, a holiday is a time to switch-off and escape from the children. With every day stress of the school run, activities, dinners, fancy dress costume making, sleepovers, revision, exams, constant fund demands, late night lifts and television arguments, a week or two away from this is a distant dream for many parents. The idea of escaping on an adult-only cruise is the perfect solution.

Due to their being such high-demand for family orientated cruises in today’s market, there are less cruise lines offering an adult-only experience, however some firmly believe in offering this option. With this in mind here are my top 5 ships for an adult-only cruise getaway:

Oriana, P&O Cruises

Exclusive for adults: Yes

Where in the world: Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean

Exclusively for adults, this mid-sized ship is elegant and refined to offer adults the perfect retreat. Entering service for P&O Cruises in 2003 she has always been an adult-only vessel who boasts sophisticated spaces, adult-themed entertainment and delightful Art Deco.

An intimate atmosphere is felt throughout Oriana and her sleek exterior glides through awe-inspiring destinations to give onlookers a small inclining of her stunning interior.

Specifically designed to suit British tastes, you can expect to enjoy heavenly afternoon teas, support your football team at Lord’s Tavern sports bar and dress up in your favourite formal attire for a traditional P&O Captain’s reception.

With no children around, activities can be played amongst like-minded adults including croquet, cocktail making an informative lectures.

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Marco Polo, Cruise & Maritime





Exclusive for adults: Yes

Where in the world: Europe, Fjords, Northern Europe, Arctic, Amazon

With her traditional exterior and intimate interior, Marco Polo is a small, friendly and charismatic ship that ensures everyone who steps onboard is warmed to her charm. Inviting adults only, she offers a more informal, relaxed experience.

With various lounges to enjoy meeting new friends and sipping your favourite cocktails, you are sure to enjoy the company of like-minded cruisers. With a variety of live music, special speakers and a cabaret show, your evenings will be fairly low-key but enjoyable.

With a large crew to guest ratio onboard, the crew will become family and remember all of your preferences from the first moment they met you.

Although Marco Polo is not a huge ship, she is perfect for those wanting to take a fascinating journey on a floating home away from home. She doesn’t have the 'frill and spills' of some of the mega ships but this makes for a more exclusive, intimate experience.

Operating a 'child free' policy even if you decide to cruise during school holidays you can enjoy the pleasures of cruising in the company of adult only passengers.

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Arcadia, P&O Cruises





Exclusive for adults: Yes

Where in the world: Europe, Atlantic, Fjords, Baltic, Caribbean, Middle East

Another one of the three adult-only P&O Cruises ships, Arcadia is the perfect combination of modern and classic. Tailored for those who like to get away and explore fascinating destinations in a relaxed environment, she is a floating paradise that offers you the ultimate getaway.

Her stylish interior spaces and signature features have made Arcadia a favourite to cruisers all over the world. With glass lifts, expansive art collection and classic décor she oozes elegance. With a variety of onboard venues, there is always something going on to enjoy. From live music, a port lecture or a West End style show, you can enjoy your time onboard exactly how you want to.

The perfect ship for foodies, you can enjoy intimate meals at a variety of restaurants including the two-tiered Meridian Restaurant, Neptune Grill and Marco Pierre Whiite’s Ocean Grill restaurant.

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Royal Clipper, Star Clippers


 

Exclusive for adults: No

Where in the world: Mediterranean, Caribbean

Star Clippers are the only tall sail ships operating in this way and offer an experience like no other. With a feeling of sailing on your own private sail yacht, these intimate and friendly vessels will have you hoisting your own mast, sharing stories on a floating hammock and sailing into some the world’s most awe-inspiring sunsets.

With an emphasis on outdoors and adventures, a cruise onboard Royal Clipper is best suited to those who like to make the most of new experiences. Stopping at some the world’s most fascinating locations, her size will allow you to dock right in the heart of remote and enchanted destinations.

The ship’s crew become a huge part of your holiday and you will find yourself spending a lot of time with them, from dining, team activities and learning how to manoeuvre these unique vessels.

Although there is no large production shows or multiple restaurants, there is a large dining room, range of activities and unique outer spaces to enjoy. These port intense cruises are sure to take you on a truly memorable journey, making friends with like-wise adults along the way.

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Nautica, Oceaania

Exclusive for adults: No

Where in the world: Baltic, Mediterranean, Asia, Africa

With her intense warmth and welcoming character, Oceania Nautica is a smaller sized ship that exposes luxury in the finest form. Her unique design is elegant and boasts neutral décor to give a graceful and refined appearance.

Leaving no detail left out, every single detail onboard has been thoroughly thought about and it is the small touches that make Oceania such a special cruise line. From her exquisite cuisine, immaculate cabins and elegant interior venues, you will truly fall in love with Nautica.

With no children’s facilities and being a luxury line, it is rare you will find any little ones onboard and the tranquil atmosphere makes for the ultimate getaway.

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By Sally Grimes



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