Cruise & Travel Blog

7 Experiences You Could Have On A Cruise To Alaska

15 March 2018
Glacier Bay in Mountains, Alaska, United States

If you have been tuning into ITV’s The Cruise: Voyage to Alaska in recent weeks you’ve probably already put Alaska on your bucket list. If you haven’t, our run down of the amazing experiences you could have on a cruise to Alaska should do the job. WILDLIFE WATCHING Let’s start with the bears. They’re everywhere, ambling through pine glades and scooping salmon from rushing rivers and streams with gargantuan paws during the salmon rush each June/July. Coming across bears in Alaska is a common occurrence and for those who love the thrill of the chase, bear hunts in the Spasski River Valley will see you scout them out with the safety of a guide by your side. Alaska has the whales too; 40-ton humpbacks feed here in their thousands during the summer months, along with orcas and beluga whales. Look up...
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An Exclusive Interview With Kelly Hoppen Mbe

12 March 2018
Kelly Hoppen Mbe, Celebrity Edge

The latest news regarding Celebrity Edge and its culinary offering has us salivating for the arrival of the new Celebrity Cruises ship that is set to change the way we holiday. With just a matter of months to go before its launch, we caught up with the ship’s interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, for an exclusive interview about how the design is progressing and whether she has encountered any stumbling blocks in the creation of her first ever cruise ship interiors. With less than a year to go until the launch of Celebrity Edge, how is the interior design process progressing?  Quickly! It is evolving every day. We have spent nearly two years designing this ship and we are so excited for it to launch in December as we near the final stages before install. I am so excited to...
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Ten Highlights Of Hurtigruten’s Classic Round Voyage

07 March 2018
Norwegian Fjords, Norway

Hurtigruten’s Classic Round Voyage isn’t like any other cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. From tiny villages to adventurous archipelagos and coastal capital cities, you’ll see it all over the course of 2,500 nautical miles and 34 ports. That’s right, THIRTY-FOUR! There are too many highlights on the voyage to mention in a blog post alone but here are just a handful of those that will inspire you to hitch a ride along the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten. Bergen For such a big international city, Bergen is a friendly old town. It is surrounded by seven mountains, one of which – Mount Fløyen – is scaled by the Fløibanen Funicular, probably the most famous railway in Europe and with views from the top that are some of the best in the world. Bergen is the gateway to the Norwegian fjords and...
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Beat The Crowds and Register NOW For P&O Cruises and Cunard Winter 2020 Itineraries!

02 March 2018
Britannia, P&O Cruises

Whoever said ‘patience is a virtue’ clearly wasn’t referring to booking a cruise. March sees both P&O Cruises and Cunard release their Winter 2020 itineraries and fares, and when you’re as impatient as us the first on-sale date of 19 March 2018 feels REALLY far away. Luckily there is a way to beat the crowds and make sure you’re first in line; PRE-REGISTER with Bolsover Cruise Club! Both the Cunard and P&O Cruises Winter 2020 programmes go on sale to top tier Peninsular Club members on 19 March 2018. The full Cunard programme then goes on general sale on 20 March 2018, while the P&O Cruises programme will go on general sale to ALL passengers in a staged process beginning on 21 March 2018. At Bolsover Cruise Club, we want to take away hours spent sitting in a queue by...
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Celebrity Edge Brings Innovation To The Table

01 March 2018
Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruise, Culinary reveal

The only thing we love nearly as much as cruising is food and the latest Celebrity Edge reveal event has really tickled our taste buds. The ship will feature more dining and bar options than ever seen in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, with 29 restaurants and bars poised to satisfy an appetite and whet your whistle. Created under the watchful eye of Michelin starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, Celebrity Edge’s culinary offering will deliver flavours from around the world in four main dining rooms. Between them, the four restaurants will offer the largest ever selection of dishes ever seen on a Celebrity Cruises ship. THE MAIN DINING ROOMS ON CELEBRITY EDGE The Cosmopolitan Restaurant will dish up new American cuisine, with guests entering through a wine display tower inspired by those seen across the Solstice-class ships. Normandie Restaurant pays homage to...
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Seven Things You Never Knew You Could Do On Symphony Of The Seas

28 February 2018
Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas

It’s just 35 days until the biggest cruise ship in the world launches, so we thought we’d celebrate by sharing seven more reasons to book your place on board. GET YOUR ADRENALINE PUMPING The Ultimate Abyss plunges a terrifying 100ft to the decks below. Already the tallest slide at sea, it’s set to get even better on Symphony with secret enhancements to be revealed. If you’ve any adrenaline left, a zip line spanning 9 decks will see to that. HOST THE ULTIMATE MOVIE NIGHT The Ultimate Family Suite aboard Symphony of the Seas is THE place to be in 2018. If you’re lucky enough to spend your time at sea in the coolest suite ever created, you can host the best home movie night the seas have ever seen, complete with a 3D cinema screen and popcorn machine. REVISIT YOUR...
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Six Of The Best Day Trips From Nice

23 February 2018
Villefranche sur mer - Stock image Monaco, Nice - France, France, Beach, Monte Carlo

The French Riviera has endless swathes of stop-you-in-your-tracks scenery along its coast and you can see more of it in a day than you think. Nice is as nice as its name suggests but those who have seen its sights before will find some of the prettiest places in the Côte d’Azur a mere stone’s throw away from the popular port. From glitzy Monaco to fairytale Saint Paul de Vence, here are six of the best day trips from Nice. MONACO The playground of the rich and the famous has to be seen to be believed and a day trip from Nice is the perfect way to do it. As such a petite principality, Monaco’s highlights are easily seen in a day, whether you’re here to see the world’s most famous Formula 1 race track first hand or fancy following...
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Booking Your First Cruise: How To Choose A Cruise Line

20 February 2018
Happy friends on lonely beach

So, you want to book a cruise. Exciting times! There’s nothing quite like arriving at the port and seeing your home for the next week or two gleaming in the water. Cruising has never been more popular, with 27.2 million people expected to cruise in 2018, up 20% in the last five years. More Brits than ever are leaving land-based resorts behind and taking to the seas instead, with almost two million British passengers set to cruise in 2018. If you’re planning on joining them and booking your first cruise holiday, check out our top tips for finding your sea legs, starting with how to choose the perfect cruise line for you. WHICH CRUISE LINE IS BEST FOR FIRST-TIME CRUISERS? When it comes to cruising there are a LOT of options out there for first-time cruisers. It can be a...
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The Strange Cruise News Stories You Probably Never Knew

16 February 2018
Cruise ship at sea

Have you heard the one about the cruising cockatoo? Or the one with Ed Sheeran and the windowless crew cabin? Here are three cruise news stories that prove stranger things really do happen at sea. HARRI THE CRUISING COCKATOO The Cozzi family from Australia were packing for their cruise holiday when Harri the cockatoo was accidentally set free from her cage and flew away, presumably never to be seen again. Devastated, the family headed off on their P&O Cruises holiday but they weren’t the only ones at sea. When crew members on Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess came across a beautiful bird on board, officers scanned for a microchip and discovered that it was a family pet. From that moment on, Harri’s fate was sealed and she became the ship’s honorary crew member, seeing out the rest of the cruise in...
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A Norwegian Cruise For All Seasons

14 February 2018
Norwegian Fjords

There is more to the Norwegian Fjords than the northern lights. There, we said it. Norway’s dramatic coastline is famous as one of the best places to see the aurora borealis but the destination is idyllic at any time of year. Snow-capped in winter and with valleys of bright green in spring, the best time for a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords depends completely on what you want to see. Here’s our guide to a fjords cruise for all seasons. WINTER Norway is a real winter wonderland. Add to this the chance of seeing the northern lights dance overhead and a winter cruise to Norway is an exciting proposition. Many cruise lines halt their Norwegian Fjords itineraries when winter hits, however Hurtigruten runs cruises along the coast all year. As a shipping company as well as a cruise line, Hurtigruten...
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