About Me

I started at Cruise.co.uk back in April 2009.  I was new to the travel industry as my previous work was within the mortgage industry, due to the credit crunch (and being made redundant) this wasn't a great industry to be in so I looked for something new which is when…

Posted on May 8, 2018
Royal Caribbean’s Independence Finally returns back to Southampton

From overall feedback from my clients who sail with Royal Caribbean over the years I have to say that the Independence of the Seas has always received the most positive response overall, even against newer ships that have since been released. It was a real shame when she left her…

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Posted on Apr 24, 2018
Cruise lines start returning to Turkey after a break following security concerns

Many cruise lines stopped visiting Turkey itineraries after the military coup attempt in July of 2016 due to security concerns and Turkish calls on cruise itineraries are certainly a lot less common than they used to be. It seems that some cruise companies are now starting to re-introduce some Turkish…

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Posted on Apr 6, 2018
Azamara Pursuit refit the largest project of it’s kind for a UK shipyard for many years

Most people who follow cruising will have heard that P&O cruises sold their smallest adult only ship the Adonia to Azamara Club Cruises not so long ago. Azamara Club Cruises are a 5* Deluxe more-inclusive brand owned by the Royal Caribbean group.  The time has now come for the massive…

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Posted on Mar 18, 2018
P&O and Cunard make changes to their ex-military on-board credit benefit requirements

P&O and Cunard cruises have for a good while now offered extra on-board credit to serving or ex forces guests.  Previously this just had to be added on request at time of booking (not on a Saver fare) and guests may on-board be asked for paperwork to prove their eligibility…

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Posted on Feb 28, 2018
P&O Announce their next adult-only ship, the Aurora

P&O Cruises always have quite a variation of ships in their fleet ranging from large, modern and family friendly ships through to smaller more traditional adult-only ships. I like the fact that P&O have some adult-only ships as many of my passengers who like a quieter child-free cruise, even in…

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Posted on Feb 13, 2018
Is letting your guest choose the itinerary whilst on-board a good idea?

Fred Olsen cruises have come up with a new interesting concept of introducing a cruise product named "Choose your Cruise". On these sailings there may be a couple of set highlights but the rest of the cruise itinerary will be deceided by the passengers voting between options on a day…

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Posted on Jan 1, 2018
Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises are next to increase their gratuity charges

It seems so common these days that I am seeing cruise lines rise their gratuity charges. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are the next to announce they will raise theirs. For passengers who book their cruise prepay their gratuities before the 2nd January 2018 they will remain unaffected at their…

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Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Not Butlins at Sea… Real Butlins on Land

Last weekend we had our annual Cruise.co.uk conference. On most previous years we have held this on a cruise ship but this year, for one reason or another that wasn't possible so it was instead held at Skegness Butlins. I had never been to Butlins before and I have to…

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Posted on Nov 27, 2017
P&O Cruises tighten their bring-on alcohol policy as well as dress codes

  P&O Cruises have made some recent policy changes which tighten things up a bit. Firstly changes to dress code policy. The new regulations include a ban on custom group clothing with personal photos or slogans, as well as clothing with offensive messages and fancy dress outside of designated theme nights,…

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Posted on Nov 11, 2017
Celebrity Cruises – Silent Disco

Celebrity Cruises are a Modern Luxury cruise brand and as such they like to try newer, more modern ideas than their more traditional counterparts from time to time. One perfect example of this is the silent disco that Celebrity currently have on-board. They have plenty of headsets to go round…

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