Cruise & Travel Blog

Everything You Need to Know About Credit Card Charges

05 January 2018
Credit Card Fees

The EU ban on credit card processing fees comes into play on 13 January 2018, making it illegal to charge more for payments made via credit card. The change in legislation has prompted many questions, including one very important question for anyone booking a holiday; will prices go up to compensate for the ban on credit card fees? Here are your questions about the credit card surcharge ban answered… Will travel agents be affected by the credit card charge ban? Yes. The new directive, officially known as the Payment Services Directive (PSD2), will make it illegal for any business to charge extra for using a debit or credit card. This includes travel agents. Does the ban on credit card charges apply to all card types? Yes. The ban on processing fees will apply to payments made using credit and debit...
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Four Amazing Places To Spend Next New Year’s Eve

29 December 2017

According to the market research bods, only 1 in 5 Brits will be venturing out to ring in the New Year with drinks and dancing until the wee hours. New Year’s Eve divides opinion; to some, it’s the best party of the year saved until the very last night. For others, however, it is an overpriced, overhyped event better shunned in favour of a night in front of the TV and bed before the clock strikes 12. If you’re spending this New Year’s Eve cosied up at home, planning your 2018 holiday perhaps, why not consider a change of scenery for the next one? These are the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, so you can give the rowdy local a miss and spend the year counting down to something far more memorable. The best bit...
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What is ‘Wave’ Anyway and How Can it Save You Hundreds on Your Next Cruise?

22 December 2017

Just as the high street stores will be flooded with a sea of red stickers come Boxing Day, cruising has its very own January sales situation. We call it ‘Wave’ – a pretty apt name for a cruise sales campaign, right?  – and it can save you hundreds of pounds on your next cruise. Wave season usually runs from January to March but a handful of cruise lines have already begun their special promotions. Here are three ways they can help you save money on your next cruise booking, plus details on some of the best cruise deals around. LOW DEPOSITS It’s the ultimate January conundrum; the skies are grey, you need a holiday after the Christmas chaos, but the festive season has left your wallet emptier than the turkey freezer in your local Tesco on Christmas Eve. Low deposits...
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Barcelona: One City, Three Ways

21 December 2017
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain with moving clouds.

Once you have gawped at Gaudí and got lost on Las Rambles, these are the tours of Barcelona and the surrounding area that will mix things up again and show you a new side to the popular port of call on your Mediterranean cruise in 2018. See Barcelona by WWII sidecar motorcycle If you love vintage motors and want a new way to see the city, this is it. Fly through the streets with Barcelona local, Nuria, seeing the sights from the sidecar while she gives you an insider-only rundown on the city’s hidden gems, history and culture. Nuria’s light-hearted tours will show you Las Ramblas, Barcelona beach, Plaça Catalunya and more of the highlights that mustn’t be missed, all while giving your legs a rest. With Locals – €57 per person (max. 2 people) – 2 hours See the...
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13 Photos That Prove New Year in the Caribbean is Always a Good Idea!

18 December 2017
Christmas Santa Claus resting on deckchair at ocean sandy beach

New Year’s Eve has a tendency to be a bit of let-down, doesn’t it? Queues four-deep at the bar, a sudden entry fee for the local you visit every weekend of the year, and a time-and-a-half taxi that turns up an-hour-and-a-half late. Of course, there is another option. There are no entry fees at the beach and no queues at the rum shack. There may well be a wait for your jerk chicken, but nobody minds hanging around when it’s in the sea or the sand. If you’re still stuck on what to do to welcome in 2018, here are 13 photographs that prove a New Year’s cruise to the Caribbean is ALWAYS a good idea. And if we’ve whet your appetite, click here for a last minute cruise deal to the Caribbean, leaving 29 December 2017 so you can...
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Three Unmissable Princess Cruises 2019 Sailings from the UK

15 December 2017

The Princess Cruises 2019 season is on sale now and it is set to be a very special one indeed, with over a million cruise nights up for grabs on voyages from Southampton and Dover. With departures from mid-April to mid-October, 2019 will be Princess Cruises’ longest ever season sailing from the UK, with Sapphire Princess to spend 198 days sailing from Southampton. Princess Cruises voyages from Southampton aren’t all that is exciting about the new release programme; there will be more Alaska itineraries than ever in 2019 as the cruise line celebrates 50 years in the region, plus sailings to Europe, Japan, Canada and New England, and the Caribbean. To celebrate the launch of their longest ever season here, we’re sharing three of our favourite Princess Cruises 2019 sailings from the UK… *NEW* Canada and New England 24-night roundtrip...
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The Star Wars Locations You Can Cruise To

13 December 2017

It was premiered at a star-studded event at the Royal Albert Hall last night and rumours are swirling that Star Wars: The Last Jedi could be the best Star Wars movie ever made. It’s a bold claim and one that Star Wars fans will no doubt make their own minds up about when the film hits screens at midnight this evening. In the meantime, we’re dispelling the myth that the Star Wars universe only exists in a galaxy far, far away. These six fantastical filming locations are all within easy reach of a cruise port, so adventurous fans of the film can embark on their own pilgrimage to some of its most recognisable landscapes. May the force be with you on your search for Star Wars sets by the sea. Plaza de España, Seville Already Seville’s most impressive building, the...
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The Four Holidays of a Lifetime You Need on Your Bucket List

12 December 2017

Bucket list holidays are the biggies. They are the trips that we spend years planning, months counting down to, and even more time thinking about once we’re back home. Some are far-flung, others closer to home, but they all promise something extra-special to set them apart, whether that is an iconic train trip or tickets to a big event that only happens once a year. Here are the four cruise and stay holidays of a lifetime that should be on everyone’s bucket list for 2018/19. The Calgary Stampede, Rocky Mountaineer and Alaska Pull on your cowboy boots and lasso your passport because we’re off to the Calgary Stampede, y’all! For ten days every year, Calgary tips its stetson and welcomes the world for the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, an all-singing, all-dancing event with bucking broncos, mac ‘n’ cheese, music and...
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Put On Your Dancing Shoes and Book a Strictly Come Dancing Cruise

04 December 2017

The countdown to the Strictly Come Dancing final is on and we’re already thinking up ways to bring some glitz and glam into our lives once the show leaves our screens, starting with some Strictly Come Dancing fun in the sun. P&O Cruises Strictly Come Dancing themed holidays are bigger and more fabulous than ever in 2018. The sequins are more sparkly, the dance displays are hotter, and the stars set to be welcomed on board get a perfect ten from us. Here are four reasons why you should ready your dancing shoes and go on a Strictly Come Dancing cruise in 2018. Get closer to the stars Fervent fans of Strictly will relish the opportunity to get up close and personal with the show’s pro dancers. Strictly super fans can live the dream on an unforgettable private one-to-one dance...
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All Aboard The Orient Express

14 November 2017
Venice Simplon Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh’s glamorous adaption of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient brings an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe, Judi Dench and Daisy Ridley to the big screen. To celebrate the release of the film, we have launched three luxury packages combining journeys aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with Mediterranean cruises on some of the finest ships at sea. Tempted? Read on to find out more about literacy’s favourite locomotive. As any avid cruiser will confirm, luxury travel is as much about the journey as it is the destination. The popularity of air travel almost saw the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express disappear, however romance and mystery won out, with a 1982 renaissance leading the way for classic five-star travel evocative of eras past. The opulence and sophistication of the 1920’s sleeper train aren’t exaggerated in Branagh’s Murder on the...
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