Cruise & Travel Blog

The Strange Cruise News Stories You Probably Never Knew

16 February 2018

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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Love Or Hate: Two Takes On Loved Up Trips

09 February 2018

Valentine’s Day is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. For every person who clears the shelves of heart-shaped everything, there’s another who can’t hold back the eye-rolls at the thought of fluffy toys and prematurely wilting roses. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, the obsession with holidays is universal and we aren’t about to miss out on an opportunity to make a brew, tuck into some heart-shaped truffles and start planning one that pampers to our penchant for romance or our love of adrenaline-fuelled adventures. ALL ABOARD THE LOVE BOAT Balcony breakfasts, sunset toasts, love hearts drawn in the sands; romantic holidays are a lesson in love. If you have both feet firmly in the ‘LOVE’ camp, couple’s cruising can take the romance up a notch like you’ve never known. Romance and cruising go together like...
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Here’s How To Arrive In Monaco Like A Millionaire…For Less Than £130

07 February 2018
Monaco Monte Carlo sea view with yachts

Whether the rich and famous are arriving into Monaco for the Grand Prix or just to begin another long, hot summer holiday on their mega-yacht, they don’t do so by taxi. Even private cars don’t quite cut the mustard in this posh principality, the smallest but chicest country in the world. No, when the A-listers arrive in Monaco, they do so by helicopter. It might sound extravagant – and have everyone who sees it on your Facebook wondering when you won the lottery – but arriving in Monaco by helicopter doesn’t actually break the bank. Picture the scene: you land at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, collect your luggage, then make your way to the Monacair desk. There, you are handed your boarding pass and asked to take a seat while someone takes your luggage from you and slips a tag...
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Postcards From Paradise: Part Two

05 February 2018

Here’s part two of Daisy’s diary of her time on the islands that make up the cruise line’s exotic Indian Ocean itineraries. If you missed part one, you can read it here. Day 5/6 The next two days were spent at sea, which gave us some time to explore the ship. Throughout the day we checked out all the other type of cabins, had a bridge tour, and attended various presentations about Fred Olsen and their ships. We had a beautiful traditional afternoon tea in the Observatory Lounge with panoramic views from the top of the ship; we even saw dolphins! In the evenings, as the weather was great, Boudicca provided a lovely BBQ on deck. Day 7 Early this morning, we arrived into Praslin Island, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles. We had a...
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Postcards From Paradise Part One

01 February 2018

When Fred Olsen invited Sales Consultant Daisy Bartram to go island hopping in the Indian Ocean, she was only too happy to oblige. Here’s part one of Daisy’s diary of her time on the islands that make up the cruise line’s exotic Indian Ocean itineraries. Day 1 As soon as our group arrived, we were met at the airport by Concorde, Fred Olsen’s excursion partner, who would be spending the next few days giving us a tour of the island. After a 15-minute drive to Blue Bay, we found ourselves at Ile des Deux Cocos, a private resort on the south-east coast of Mauritius. The island was so calm and inviting, with stunning turquoise waters and pearl white beaches. We spent the whole of the afternoon here relaxing! There was so much to do on the island, from snorkelling and...
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Announcing The Most Exciting New Ships For 2018

30 January 2018
New cruise ships for 2018, Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Edge, Suite Sun Deck

It’s official; the cruise industry is growing by the day and more of us than ever are leaving land behind in favour of the oceans. With the first payday of the year finally here and attention turning to holidays, we’re sharing a rundown of the most exciting new ships of 2018, each of them offering something completely unique to tempt you aboard. From the biggest cruise ship ever built to one of the most ecological ever created, plus one that breaks the mould entirely, here are the happenings we’re counting down to for the world of cruising this year. SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS – ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL Anticipation is high for Royal Caribbean’s new arrival, Symphony of the Seas. The 5,200-guest ship will become the biggest in the world when it launches in March, joining sister ships Oasis of the...
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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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