Top 10 News Articles in Mediterranean Cruises List of cruise news articles updates on Mediterranean Cruises thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.iglucruise.com 2019-05-25 Welcome Regent Seven Seas Explorer
Godmother Princess Charlene of Monaco blessed Regent Seven Seas Cruises newest ship by blowing a kiss before smashing a bottle of champagne at the ceremony.

The Princess of Monaco expressed her joy at being honoured with the title of Godmother to the RSS Explorer and also her partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings working towards water safety and protecting aquatic environments.

Guests present at the dazzling christening ceremony in Monte Carlo were also treated to a 40 minute concert from world famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Raising the bar for luxury cruise travel, Frank del Rio – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings President and CEO announced “We have already begun a massive $125million refurbishment effort to ensure every ship in our fleet matches the luxury standard found on Explorer, and will introduce a sister-ship in 2020.”

Those sailing on Regent Seven Seas Explorer can expect suites with marble bathrooms and crystal chandeliers plus custom Versace dinnerware in the stunning main restaurant Compass Rose. Sailings start late August with a wealth of exciting Mediterranean itineraries featuring Venice, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and more. Experience ultra luxury and cruise the Med with our RSS Explorer cruise deals and see below for construction updates with insider footage.



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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/welcome-regent-seven-seas-explorer_a19736400 2016-07-15
Live updates from the Barcelona F1 Grand Prix Grand Prix.

Iglu Cruise representatives will be present at the world famous event escorting and guiding cruise passengers who have booked our unique package as part of their cruise.

Iglu Cruise offers the F1 Grand Prix excursion as an add on package that can be enjoyed as part of a fully escorted cruise, a non-escorted cruise or as an individual land based activity.

Bringing you closer to the action we will be hosting a live twitter takeover on Race Day Sunday 15th May during which our reps on location will be sharing and tweeting real-time updates without delay. Follow us on Twitter @iglucruise and join in the F1 Grand Prix chat this Sunday, find out first-hand about live event activity and be a part of the action!

We’ll be sharing track side photos and videos, quick fire interviews with cruisers and race fans plus much more. Tweet us using @iglucruise and the hashtag #IgluCruiseF1

Want to be there next year? You can now pre-register your interest for 2017 and ensure you don’t miss out on this phenomenal sporting event.]]>
http://www.iglucruise.com/news/live-updates-from-the-barcelona-f1-grand-prix_a19736377 2016-05-12
Disney Cruise Lines Announce Return To The Med Disney Cruise Line have just released the news we’ve all been hoping for — they are returning to the Mediterranean for a second consecutive season in 2014! Sailing out of either Barcelona or Venice (both ideal for adding on extra hotel nights and great for regional flights from all over the UK) Disney Magic is sailing a mix of 4,5,7,9 and 12 night itineraries, so there’s something for everyone.

Dave Mills, Iglucruise's Commercial Director has commented: "The Eastern Med and Adriatic cruises to Greece and Croatia are likely to be popular, both with families returning to Disney, and with those looking for something new to do with the little ones next year. In 2013 one of the most popular sailings was the 7 night traditional Med sailing on the 30th August – so great to see they’ve repeated that again in 2014, and with pricing starting from just £699 pp, it’s again likely to be the first to fill".

Sailings have now launched for general sale.

Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort
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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/disney-cruise-lines-announce-return-to-the-med_a19735876 2013-02-18
P&O Cruises Announce Strictly Stars P&O Cruises has announced the line-up for their 2013 Strictly Come Dancing cruises. The show's Craig Revel Horwood will be featured onboard seven cruises next year and will be joined by a flurry of Strictly's professional dancers.

The legendary judge will be joined by two dancers on each of the Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises, which will take place onboard Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Oceana and Ventura between May and October 2013. The cruises offer a variety of options to the Med or Caribbean and vary from 12 to 17 nights long. Below is a list of cruises with the accompanying dancers.

The BBC's top dancers will be showing off their routines and costumes from the show, during these fun-filled cruises. Just remember to pack your dancing shoes and don't be afraid to ask for some tips!

Written by Charlie Hamilton Beaufort
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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/po-cruises-announce-strictly-stars_a19735848 2012-11-15
New Cruise Terminal Opens In Malaga A new cruise terminal has opened at the south Spanish port of Malaga. The new 900m2 terminal will host Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf in July, with almost 70 ships using the port for cruise turnarounds during the summer season.

Malaga is becoming increasingly popular as a cruise ports and the new terminal helps it become a more viable alternative to Barcelona. The new terminal forms part of Quay 2, which is a short five minute walk to the city centre.

Malaga's tourist board representative, Antonio Montejo Romero, said: "The passenger terminal is an exciting addition to Malaga's extensive offering for tourists. We give a unique experience for cruise passengers in that they can step off the ship and be in the heart of the city in just five minutes."

This summer will see a selection of Med cruises onboard Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas departing from Malaga, as well as the offerings such as Azamara Quest's Spain and Morocco cruise.

Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort
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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/new-cruise-terminal-opens-in-malaga_a19735827 2012-07-19
Athens Port Receives Upgrade Boost Greece's main cruise hub and the entry port for Athens, Piraeus, is set for a €220 million expansion.

The planned expansion of the country's largest port will enable the largest cruise ships in the Med to vist Athens, increading tourism to the area. Yiorgos Anomeritis, CEO for the the state-owned Piraeus Port Authority, said that the goal is to make Piraues "the largest cruise port in the Mediterranean, bringing traffic and new jobs throughout the year."

The statement released by the Piraeus Port Authority detailed that the Athens port would receive €187 million from the European Union's regional development aid program and additional €33 million in funds from Greece.

With tourism taking in dip in Greece over the past year, the move to further embrace the cruise industry can only benefit passengers and locals. With new cruise terminals being developed in the Caribbean, it is a pleasant relief to see similar investment taking place in European waters.

Summer 2012 will see more super-liners cruising the Med than ever before, and with ships such as Carnival Breeze and MSC Divinia set to debut in the region, this is a positive move for Greece's largest port. The extension to the cruise terminal is set to begin in 2013.

Written by Charlie Hamilton Beaufort
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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/athens-port-receives-upgrade-boost_a19735826 2012-07-17
Disney Cruise Back Into The Med Disney Cruise Line have announced that they will be returning to the Med in 2013 with their hugely popular ship, Disney Magic.

The Disney Magic will be offering a variety of sailings from Barcelona, including four, seven and 14 night cruises, with the new itineraries expected to be available to book as early as tomorrow (26th Jan) afternoon. Disney have previously offered Med sailings during the 2010 and 2011 summers, which had proved enough of a hit with fans that they are returning to our shores next year.

Disney Cruise Line's 2013 sailings will include popular ports of call in France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Majorca, Croatia and Turkey, taking in the region's famous sites, tourist attractions and beaches. These family-friendly holidays will combine the history, charm and romance of Europe, with Disney's unique onboard experience, filled with their own magical brand of entertainment and style.

New to Disney Cruise Line are their four night sailings departing on 9th July 2013 and 6th August 2013, that will take in Villefranche and Palma de Majorca, combining the cruise with land based tours to the likes of Nice and Monte Carlo. These four night sailings, as well as their seven night itineraries are bound to be a hit with families during the school holidays.

The 1,750 passenger Disney Magic will also be offering longer 10, 11, 12 and 14 night sailings around the Med, taking in the highlights of the European coastline, during the stunning summer season. Perfect for enjoying the variety of European culture, from the comfort of a fun-filled, family-friendly cruise ship.

Though the Disney Magic no doubt appeals to families, with their onboard entertainment — such as Disney favourites in the theatre and on the big screen, breakfast hosted by popular characters and character meetings for kids — they are also incredibly popular with couples and grown-ups, looking for a magical cruise.

With the sailings being limited to the summer, and having swapped the Med for New York and the Caribbean in 2012, Disney's return to Europe will no doubt be popular with fans. So, with deals about to hit the shelves, brace yourself and get ready to get in quickly for the perfect family cruise.

Written by Stephen Adam
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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/disney-cruise-back-into-the-med_a19735744 2012-01-25
Europeans Are Taking Over Cruising According to the European Cruise Council 4.9 million European residents booked a cruise in 2009 accounting for 30% of the worlds cruise passengers and showing a 50% rise over the past five years.

As well as passenger numbers growing the use of European ports has also enjoyed a steady rise with 23.8 million visits in 2009, which is a 9% increase on the previous year.

The European cruise industry is now generating more than €34 billion of goods and services per year and provides nearly 300'000 jobs. With nearly 4.8 billion passengers cruising in Europe in 2009 who spent €1.3 billion on services including flights, port taxes, hotels and excursions - an increase of 7.65 % 2008. Passengers also spent €1.45 billion while visiting ports during their cruise holiday, 1.7% up on 2008.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman of the ECC and deputy chairman of Silversea Cruises, said: "2009 was an unprecedented year with all holiday sectors being affected by the economic downturn. Therefore it’s particularly rewarding that these latest figures show the resilience of the European cruise industry which is outperforming other holiday sectors... The total value of goods and services generated in 2009 has reached €34.1 billion, a rise of nearly 6% over the previous year. The industry has also increased the amount it spends on services, supplies and equipment to €5.4 billion, growth of 86% over the last five years. However, we have not been immune to the recession and have seen a slight reduction in direct expenditure – down just over one per cent to €14.05 billion which was as a result of a downturn in ship building. Although at least 29 ships are being built in Europe between 2010 and 2014, new orders have slowed. European yards need encouragement to enable them to be as competitive as possible and to stimulate further new orders. There’s huge potential for further growth provided new ships continue to be built."

ECC Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises Pierfrancesco Vago added: "The figures released today clearly demonstrate that the European cruising industry is a resilient business which can deliver valuable economic output. The core reason for this success is the appeal of a cruise holiday - it offers such an incredible array of choices for all ages, from luxury to budget, while consistently providing high standards and exceptional value for money."

Written by Stephen Adam

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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/europeans-are-taking-over-cruising_a19735490 2010-09-17
New Home Pick-up for Your Luggage Royal Caribbean International and their sister brand Celebrity Cruises have today announced a new luggage home collection service. The service allows cruises to have their luggage collected from home and delivered straight to their stateroom.

Dominic Paul, managing director, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, UK and Ireland, explains: “The new luggage service has been designed to further enhance the exceptional service experience our guests receive whilst on-board any of our UK based Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships. We see this service as particularly useful to our guests with mobility issues, large families or need to travel some distance to the port. The service extends the holiday from the moment guests leave their front door, right up until their return by providing an easy and convenient luggage transportation which takes the burden of dealing with baggage away from our guests”.

This great new service is set to cost £35 per luggage item each way and is available for the UK based sailings onboard the Independence of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Celebrity Eclipse. The safe and secure service will be trackable allowing cruisers to monitor the location of their suitcase after collection, which is usually between 24 and 96 hours prior to departure from UK mainland addresses.

Written by Troy McGuire

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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/new-home-pick-up-for-your-luggage_a19735489 2010-09-14
Cruise Ships to the Rescue Last Friday at around 3:45am local time the Disney Magic rescued 18 people stranded on a powerless boat.

On August the 6th the Disney Magic added it's name to the many cruise liners that have rescued sailors, yachtsman and even refugees. The ship was sailing between Gibraltar and Barcelona when "the shipboard team heard crew members from two other vessels talking on the radio about sighting a boat and then losing a visual of it" according to Disney. The ship then joined the search and on finding the powerless boat the 18 stranded Algerians were rescued.

The sailors were given cabins and meals and were to be handed over to the care of local authorities in Barcelona once the ship docked in the Spanish city.

The P&O Ventura came to the aid of an injured yachtsman back in 2008, after receiving his mayday call and the Norwegian Dawn once rescued two sailors in one day. One of the more dramatic rescues happened in 2009 when the Carnival Glory made a three hour detour to rescue nine Cuban Refugees.

Written by Troy McGuire

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http://www.iglucruise.com/news/cruise-ships-to-the-rescue_a19735479 2010-08-10