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10 Worldwide Events to See on a Cruise

clock 31st May 2018 | comment0 Comments

Why watch the big event you’ve been waiting for on the TV, when you might be able to get out on a cruise and see it? From sports tournaments to festivals, the world’s most popular events are more accessible than you think. Discover how you can combine your interest with your holiday, with our 10 worldwide events you can see on a cruise.

 

 

1. World Cup

The world cup is arguably the most highly-anticipated sports event of all, with patriots all over the world getting involved and excited whether they’re usually interested in football or not. This year the prestigious tournament will be held in Russia, and many cruise lines – including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Azamara Cruises, and P&O Cruises - are including a stop in St Petersburg, so that passengers can take in a game or two.

2. Cannes Film Festival

This stunning, annual festival is watched by film fans and celebrity followers all over the world, whether it be for the unique productions or the fashion choices. Located on the Cote d’Azur, Cannes often features on European cruises, so if you’ve dreamt of seeing the event, why not consider a Mediterranean cruise in May?

3. Grand Prix

The exciting F1 calendar takes race competitors all over the world, and happily many of the locations can be reached on a cruise. Get in touch with our team about cruises to see the grand prix in Singapore, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, and Monaco, and about the various cruise and stay F1 packages we offer.

 

 

4. New Orleans Mardi Gras

This world renowned festival in New Orleans dates back to 1699, when French explorers arrived to the area. Celebrations have thrived over the years, and the rhythm, colour, and flavours of the event have captured the attention of people all over the globe. There are a number of Caribbean cruises which include New Orleans in their itinerary, on which you can be a part of this springtime event.

5. US Tennis Open

Located in New York in August/September, the US Tennis Open is the last Grand Slam event of the season. Held in the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, tennis fans all over tune in to watch the world champions battle it out. Royal Caribbean often cruises in this region of North America, or why not consider adding a few days on to a grand Cunard transatlantic?

6. NY Fashion Week

In September every year fashionistas everywhere look to New York for new styles and inspiration. Instead of simply being glued to the media for a week, consider being a part of the action on one of Cunard’s unique Transatlantic Crossing Fashion Week cruises. Onboard events include catwalk shows, exhibitions, and specialist guest lecturers, and of course you can add a few days on to your trip to spend in New York itself.

 

 

7. British Golf Open

Golf cruises are a very popular choice when it comes to themed cruises, and the annual British Golf Open in particular is easy to experience as part of a holiday. Talk to our sales team about arranging a UK cruise in conjunction with the Open, which will include tickets to a round or two and possibly some special golf experiences onboard.

8. Rio Carnival

The mere mention of Brazil often generates visions of colourful feathers and samba music, thanks to the world-renowned Rio carnival. This 5-day party happens every year before Lent, and offers a fantastic excuse to eat, dance, and celebrate for anyone who needs one! See the carnival on a South American cruise which includes a stop in Rio de Janeiro.

9. ICC Cricket World Cup

Held at four year intervals since 1975, the ICC World Cup has been held in gorgeous locations including the Caribbean, Australia, and India. Those who enjoy the game can combine their interest with a cruise by simply timing their holiday with the tournament. It can also be possible for us to procure tickets to the games and add a few land days to your trip if necessary.

 

 

10. Melbourne Horse Racing

One of the most highly-esteemed horse races in the world, the historic Melbourne Cup has been captivating enthusiasts since 1861. Held in early November, cruise lines such as Carnival and P&O Cruises usually offer cruises that begin or end in either Sydney or Melbourne, and often include tickets to the races in with the package.



What to Wear on a Cruise

clock 8th May 2018 | comment0 Comments

You’re all booked and getting more excited by the day for your upcoming cruise, and have even started thinking about putting things aside to be packed. But, if you’re like many other new and even seasoned cruisers, you might have concerns about what you’re expected to wear. Instead of getting in a fluster and over-packing, take a look at our tips about what to wear on a cruise.

 

 

Clothing for the Daytime

Whether it’s a sea day and you’ll be trying out onboard activities, or you’re in port and out exploring, in general clothing for the daytime on a cruise should be casual and comfortable. No matter if you’re on a luxury cruise or a budget one, the theme of your holiday should be simply doing as you choose; so if you want to soak up the sun in swim clothes all day, do it. Or if you want to be hiking in port, or climbing the rock wall onboard, you can do that too. As long as you cover at least shoulders to knees when dining or in other indoor spaces onboard, wear whatever you like.

What to Wear on a Formal Night

Formal nights are still popular occasions on many cruise lines; passengers on Cunard’s Queens for example often choose the cruise line for its traditionalism and classic cruise features. These evenings can differ with each cruise line, with attire expectations ranging from tuxedos and ball gowns to cocktail dresses and casual dinner jackets. Sometimes formal nights are optional, but sometimes they are mandatory and guests have been known to be turned away from restaurants if they’re not dressed appropriately. Be sure to find out what the case is for your cruise when booking.

 

 

How to Dress for Casual Dining

Again the requirements for clothing at dinner on non-formal nights will change depending on the style of the cruise line. One rule that’s seen throughout however is that you must cover bathing suits, so be sure to take appropriate clothing to cover up. Guidelines on what to wear in the restaurants are diverse. Some cruise lines specify that jeans are not allowed, and some say no vests, shorts, flip flops and other beachwear for example. Again the best advice would be to check with the cruise line before embarking.

Different Clothing for Different Destinations

The clothing you decide to pack will of course be in relation to where you’ll be cruising to. If you’re off to the sunny Caribbean be sure to pack plenty of summery clothes, sunglasses and a hat. If you’ll be cruising to Antarctica or a cold part of the world on the other hand, remember layers are key! Another thing to consider with regards to destinations is the attractions and sites you’ll be going to see. If they include any religious places for example, you’ll likely need to cover up from shoulders to knees, and maybe your head. Consider bringing a shawl or scarf just to be prepared.

 

Themed Cruises

Many cruise lines today offer themed experiences, whether for the duration or just one night. Anything happening onboard should be mentioned to you at the time of booking, but be sure to ask to double check. Taking part in the theme is optional, but most guests like to get involved with outfits and accessories and such, and often these are available to buy onboard. Themes could be anything from 80s to Star Wars.

While there are some things to consider when it comes to what to wear on a cruise, it’s certainly not something to be overly worried about. Remember everyone is in the same boat, (pun intended!) and the likelihood is there will be a big mix of outfits and styles onboard. Take a look at our guide to packing for different climate zones for some more helpful hints and tips.



Incredible Music Themed Cruises

clock 14th November 2017 | comment0 Comments

Updated August 2018

Themed cruises are hugely popular, and different styles of music are often featured onboard. To be a part of one of these cruises can be a fabulous experience, as you can let loose and enjoy the music you like with other holidaymakers of the same mind. You will no doubt create all kinds of great memories, and make life-long friends.

Different cruise lines will offer various itineraries and themes, so be sure to ask what's available at the time of booking if you'd like to join a specific cruise.  

Types of Music Themed Cruises

Music Eras

Cruisers of different generations will of course get excited about the music of their youth, whether this is 60s, 70s, 80s, or even 90s music. Don your bell-bottoms, jumpsuits, leather jackets, or shoulder-padded blazers and really embrace the styles and spirit of these bygone years. Enjoy the sounds of the sixties with Motown nights, groove to 70s music with an Abba tribute act, or dance the night away on Royal Caribbean’s thrilling Back to the 80s cruise. This particular cruise features some classic acts from the era, including former member of Spandau Ballet - Tony Hadley, ABC, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, and Paul Young to name a few.

 

 

Specific Music Genres

Rather than a particular period of music, you might favour a certain genre. Take in beautiful jazz music on a blues-themed cruise, heel-toe and dosey-doe with fellow country music lovers, or be mesmerised by the incredible sounds of some world-renowned classical music artists, onboard Celebrity Cruises’ stunning Bravo cruise. This outstanding opportunity is perfect for lovers of classical music; over 20 acts will perform, including the eminent Alfie Bow and Katherine Jenkins, with the National Symphony Orchestra accompanying.

 

 

What to Pack for a Music Cruise

Whether it’s your dancing shoes, sequined trousers or comfortably chic attire, be sure to think about your evenings onboard when packing for your cruise. Some music themed cruises even encourage genre themed fancy dress to get the party started onboard. Check with your cruise line for more information and guidance about what to pack.

 

 

Find out about other exciting ways to combine your cruise with your interests, on a themed cruise.



Iglu Cruise at the 74th Monaco F1 Grand Prix

clock 27th May 2016 | comment0 Comments

Iglu Cruise representatives were on location escorting cruise guests during the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. As part of an exciting cruise and stay holiday guests have the chance to experience this major sporting event trackside as part of their holiday. Set amongst the glittering French Riviera, race goers will enjoy the unique experience of the world’s most famous Formula One Race.

 

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Monaco Facts

It’s as glitzy as it is old, with the Principality ruled by the Grimaldi family for over 700 years.

Who were the Grimaldis? A famous family from the area who took over Monaco from the Genovese occupiers. In 1297 Francesco Grimaldi and his men captured the fortress dressed as Franciscan monks. The disguise allowed them access to the castle. Once inside they opened the gates allowing their soldiers in.

How well does Monaco get on with neighbours today? Very well, Monaco has full membership to the UN and is affiliated to the EU. The present day ruler Albert of Monaco works hard ensuring the country isn’t just known as a tax haven, but a country with a transparent fiscal system promoting banking and high tech industries.

Why is it so well-known? For starters Monaco residents are about the world’s wealthiest enjoying record years of longevity, a pleasant climate and paying zero taxes. Security is one of Monaco’s USP’s with the world’s highest number of policemen per capita. The facilities and amenities make it a welcoming playground for the rich and every May they host the Grand Prix.

What do drivers think of that? It’s the race they all want to win, if you bag this one whether the Grand Prix or support race, it puts rockets on your street cred. They have to earn it though, it’s tight and twisty, drivers say it’s like riding a bike in your living room, others say it’s like flying a plane in an auditorium.


Monaco is a stunning destination packed with glitz, glamour, culture and history. Visit as part of your Mediterranean cruise or attend during the world famous grand prix to absorb the exciting atmosphere.

See our Monaco F1 cruise guide for more information on cruise lines and ships that offer a Monaco Grand Prix Cruise package.

 

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View all F1 Grand Prix Cruise & Stay packages.



Mother's Day Gift Guide

clock 3rd March 2016 | comment0 Comments

Updated March 2018

 

Give your mum the best she deserves with an extra special gift this year, one she can treasure not just for Mother’s Day but for years to come. Whether it’s the gift of an upcoming holiday or you’re both already onboard and need a little inspiration, we have the gift guide you need.

 

 

Something to look forward to

 

Cruise with celebrity chefs


For the love of food! Popular British cruise line P&O Cruises have their very own team of Food Hero’s onboard, ready and willing to welcome you to foodie heaven. Featuring the famous faces of Britain’s incredible culinary scene, P&O Cruises Food Hero cruises invite guests to join cookery masterclasses, exclusive chef’s tables, and expert Q&A sessions onboard. Treat mum to a Mediterranean cruise on the beautiful Britannia alongside famous faces Marco Pierre White and Eric Lanlard. *Food Hero activities may need to be booked in advance.

 


Sail with Strictly Come Dancing


Tell mum to grab her dancing shoes for a dazzling Strictly Come Dancing cruise. The music, the costumes, and the dances all come to life and light up the atmosphere onboard this spectacular and unique cruise. Fans of the show will love the live experience, with special guests such as Craig Revel Horwood and celebrity dancers Kevin Clifton, Aljaz Skorjanec, and Janette Manrara. Those who fancy it can even enter onboard dance competitions.


 

Wine tasting with Celebrity Wine Experts


Celebrity Cruises have one of the largest and rarest wine collections at sea. Their new partnership with ITV's international hit, The Wine Show - which will see Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer onboar -elevates the guest experience even further. Joe Fattorini uses his 25 years of experience providing captivating expert talks at conferences, writing for leading magazines, and hosting unforgettable wine dinners. Amelia Singer has her own business in the wine market and has worked with well known importers, retailers, and fine wine merchants. She hosts interactive wine tastings, dinners, and events.

If your Mother has a taste for wine, see our advice on the best cruises for wine lovers.

 

A taster cruise or a mini break


From weekend breaks to Dublin to short Christmas market cruises, there are plenty of mini breaks that any mum would love. We think mini breaks are a fantastic option for anyone who is new to cruise, or simply can't always commit to longer length holidays.

If your mother or even you are in need of a spa break, AquaClass Balcony staterooms with Celebrity Cruises have complimentary access to the Persian Gardens Spa. These staterooms are also available on taster cruises. 

 

Onboard and Ashore

 

A spa fit for a princess

 
Spa treatments have long been well received gifts for Mother’s Day, giving mum the opportunity to relax completely, put her feet up and enjoy some quality ‘me’ time. If you know that a spa treatment or even an indulgent day-trip to the spa is guaranteed to make her smile, make sure she gets her gift even if away on holiday. Most cruise lines feature excellent spa facilities; Princess Cruises boast one of the best spas at sea with an attractive range of treatments on offer and Celebrity Cruises host the award winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub. If you already have a cruise to look forward to, our Concierge Team can help you pre-book and save money.

 


Wine and dine with speciality venues

 
Make Mother’s Day dinner extra-special and reserve a table in one of many speciality restaurants at sea. Cruise and cuisine go hand in hand with many cruise lines collaborating with culinary experts, celebrity chefs, and leading restaurateurs. Treat your mum to an afternoon tea like no other onboard Britannia, delicately designed by Master Patissier Eric Lanlard. Savour the authentic Italian flavours with Princess Cruises Sabatini’s, or enjoy the expertise of Nobu-trained chef’s in Crystal Cruises Silk Road and The Sushi Bar.



Something completely different

 
Destination rich itineraries give cruisers the opportunity to experience new cultures and local life in an array of exciting ports of call. Cruise lines are answering the demand for shore excursions with programmes for Destination ImmersionR (Azamara) and exclusive experiences (Celebrity ExclusivesSM). Make mum’s cruise even more memorable by booking a unique shore excursion like Celebrity Cruises Slovenian Truffle Hunt, or a Caribbean rail and sail trip.



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