MV Discovery now cleared to sail after inaugral problems


Cruise & Maritime Voyages has confirmed that mv Discovery will sail its second voyage. In a statement following the cancellation of the ship’s first cruise, the line said: “We are pleased to advise that the authorities have today successfully completed their inspections onboard Discovery and given clearance for her to sail to Bristol Avonmouth in readiness for her scheduled 15-night cruise to the Land of the Northern Lights departing on Friday 15th March. 

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First information on the 2014 cruise launches

A lot of people like to book their cruise holidays in advance for one reason or another and we find that when cruise line’s launch their cruises for sale for the following year it is a busy time for us at

I know a lot of people like to have an idea of when the major cruise brands will be releasing their cruises for the following year, I have some preliminary information on this for the moment and will be updating on this as and when I get further information.

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Windstar purchases half of Seabourn’s cruise ship fleet

Windstar Cruises will double its fleet, while Seabourn’s fleet will halve after Windstar’s parent company reached an agreement with Seabourn to purchase three of its ships.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which operates Windstar, will purchase the entire Pride class of ships from Seabourn, including Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit.

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NCL launch thier new drinks and speciality dining packages


Norwegian Cruise Line are a 4* American cruise company that like to differ from other cruise line’s by offering what they call a “Freestyle” cruising experience.  Rather than having formal nights and set dining times they have a “resort casual” dress code (I would describe as smart casual) and open dining with multiple dining venues.

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Gratuities to rise on P&O and Cunard (but only slightly)

 Later on this spring P&O and Cunard will be increasing the amounts that they charge for gratuities.  I think that this is only to be expected once in a while as with most things.  There is always debate of whether the service charge should be paid upfront in the first place and many passengers opt to have the gratuities removed from their on board accounts, I personally don’t mind pre-paying them or having them added.  One thing that seems to be clear though is that the service charges on British ships seem to be lower than their American counterparts.

P&O have now upped their service charge to £3.50 per person per night from the following sailings: Adonia D302 – 03 April 2013

Arcadia J302 – 14 April 2013
Aurora R302 – 24 April 2013
Azura A308 – 04 April 2013
Oceana E305 – 30 March 2013
Oriana X305 – 28 March 2013
Ventura N307 – 07 April 2013

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Royal Princess Preview Sailings Finally Announced

Princess Cruises have finally announced when the Royal Princess’ preview sailings will go on sale.

Passengers on the short sailings will be able to sample Royal Princess’ many ground-breaking features, including the dramatic over-water SeaWalk, Princess Live! television studio, and plush new poolside cabanas before the ship’s inaugural sailing on June 16, 2013.

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Top Cruise Trends for 2013

I recently came upon an interesting article outlining cruise trends of 2013, I thought I must add this information to my blog as it is an interesting read.

It just goes to show that the cruise industry is constantly growing and evolving as we like to here at  We always like to start trends and take on new ideas and technologies and be ahead of the rest of the pack.

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January Sails are here !


First of all I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of my passengers and blog readers.  I have just returned to work from an extended break, now all refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Getting qualified in cruise

At we are always trying to better ourselves as specialist cruise consultants.  We spend a lot of time doing in house training with various cruise lines so that we can give the best possible advice and share all of our knowledge with our clients.

All of the main cruise lines also have extensive online training courses. My colleagues and myself have decided that we will complete as many of these courses as possible as we strive to be the best cruise consultants in the industry.

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NCL announce a 3rd new ship


Norwegian Cruise line (NCL) have already recently announced that 2 new ships are being built for them (the Breakaway and the Getaway).  Now it has been announced that they will be building a 3rd ship, codenamed the Breakaway Plus.

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