Meraviglia Part 2 – Dining and Drinks

If you read my last blog you will know that I have recently returned from a cruise on MSC Meraviglia. This time I want to tell you about the dining, food, bars and drinks onboard.

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My Meraviglia Experience Part 1

I have just returned from a cruise on the new MSC ship Meraviglia and I had an amazing time. I had only been on MSC Magnifica previously and that was only for 2 nights back in 2010 for the launch. I was going with an open mind because they are different to other cruise lines I have travelled with before.

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Warnemunde- A Pleasant Suprise

If you read my last blog you will know that I have recently returned from a Baltic Cruise on NCL Getaway. Warnemunde was one of the ports of call and is the port that the ships use for Berlin, even though this is around 2.5 hours away by train or road. As we only had one day in Warnemunde, and taking in the distance to Berlin, we decided to stay close to the local area. We had considered an excursion to Berlin but as NCL wanted around £200.00 per person for this we decided to give it a miss. We will probably go for a weekend when we can explore at our own leisure and probably won’t cost much more than the day trip would have. For those that wanted to go it alone the train station was only around 10 minutes from the port.

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My Getaway on Getaway

I have just returned from an 8 night Baltic cruise on NCL Getaway. This was a first for me for the Baltic and on this ship. Having previously sailed on NCL Epic 5 times I was looking forward to trying a different ship and I wasn’t disappointed.  We had 2 days in Copenhagen prior to the cruise and stayed at the Admiral Hotel which is in Nyhavn. The hotel is situated on the river and is a great location close to the Amalienborg Palace. We had a lovely couple of days sightseeing and used the hop on hop off bus which conveniently had a stop outside the hotel.

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Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen.

This weekend I will be in Copenhagen for a 2 night stay before joining a Baltic Cruise  on NCL Getaway. I will be staying at the Admiral Hotel along with my husband and a friend who is meeting us in Copenhagen. The 4* hotel is  situated in the centre of Copenhagen and is surrounded by major tourist attractions, the city’s best shopping and leading theatres. The hotel has 366 rooms and is set in a heritage-listed 1780’s building on the waterfront next to the Amalienborg Royal Palace and opposite the  Opera House. From here it is only 5 minutes’ walk to Nyhavn, where the water buses stop. The Kongens Nytorv Metro Station is about the same distance away so this should make getting around the city quite easy for us.

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Say Hello and Wave Goodbye!

There has been big news this week from 2 of the UK’s favourite cruise lines and I’m sure this will have been met with mixed feelings. P&O have announced that Adonia will be leaving the fleet on 9th March 2018 where she will end her last cruise in Barbados. This may come as a surprise to many, not least passengers who were booked on sailings after this date. Passengers are being offered the chance to change their cruise with an onboard credit amount of £100.00 per person  or cancel free of charge. This seems such a shame as she only re-joined the fleet In June this year after being part of the Fathom project.  Adonia is not saying goodbye  to her sailing days though  as she will be joining Azamara cruises and being renamed Azamara Pursuit,  joining Quest and Journey in their fleet. Adonia was originally built as an “R”ship for Renaissance Cruises as were Quest and Journey so she will be a welcome addition. Azamara are known for their destination immersion and longer stays and overnights in ports so this will enhance their opportunities having another ship.

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An Alternative to Berlin.

Next month I will be off on a cruise around the Baltic on NCL Getaway. In my last post I mentioned if it was worth booking shore excursions or not, and who were the best value. As we are going to St Petersburg we opted to book an excursion as this comes with Visa included. One of the ports of call is Warnemunde which is where the ship docks for excursions to Berlin. Warnemunde is about 2.5 hours away by road and didn’t really fancy sitting on a coach/train for that long. We had looked into doing a tour with NCL but this was almost £250.00pp for the full day although they do charter a private train for the tour. This aside we have decided that we could go to Berlin for a weekend for just a bit more than that. This then left us wondering what to do while we were there so decided to do some research, good old google to the rescue.

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Cruise Excursions – To buy or not to buy that is the question

Cruising is one of the best ways to  travel, in my opinion, giving you the chance to see a lot of places in a short space of time. When I first started cruising back in 1998 I used to book all the excursions in the ports of call as it was great to have someone explain things to you in the various places and explain the history of what you were seeing in the country/city you were at. There is always the added bonus with this knowing you would get back to the ship in time.  As time has gone on I tend not to go on excursions especially if I am visiting places I have been before as I am quite happy just to explore these myself or use the hop on hop off buses. These are always good if you want to go at your own pace and then you can stay as long as you want in any of the drop off areas.

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Cruise Documentaries to Return to TV

I never get bored of cruising and also love watching documentaries about cruising and  any form of travel , be it about actual journeys or  about ships, trains or planes and how  they are built and the engineering that goes into them.

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Equality Rules for Weddings at Sea

Getting married is one of the most special days of anyone life whether it be male and female marriages or same sex marriages. Same sex marriages have only recently become legal which I think is great, after all, we cant help who we fall in love with. Cruising has always been a popular holiday choice  for same sex couples and now they are no longer going to discriminated against if they want to get married at Sea. P&O and Cunard have both announced that same sex marriages will be allowed from 2018 on their ships with P&O’s first ceremony to be held in January 2018 in the Caribbean. As 6 of the 7 P&O fleet were registered in Bermuda these will be allowed to host the Weddings but as Britannia was registered in Southampton Weddings will not be allowed. Weddings will be allowed on all of the Cunard ships and the first one will be in November 2018.

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