I have just been on the New Norwegian Breakaway, what did I think of her ?

I have just returned from Southampton, where I was privileged enough to have spent a night on the new Norwegian Breakaway.

I had been looking forward to this visit for a long time, I really love visiting ships and I hadn’t been on an Norwegian Cruise Line ship before so I was keen to find out what it was like.

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Royal Caribbean annouce their new ship, the Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean have recently announced their new addition to their fleet, the Quantum of the Seas.

I have to say that Royal Caribbean certainly push the boundaries when adding new features to their ships, some people see these things as gimmicks but I say the more new and exciting things to do, the better.

The new ship will carry 4,180 passengers so she will be slightly larger than a Freedom Class ship like the Independence of the Seas but certainly not as large as the Oasis and Allure of the Seas.

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The Dutchess of Cambridge to name new Royal Princess

Princess Cruises announces that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will name Royal Princess, the newest addition to the line’s fleet.

The ceremony at which The Duchess will name the ship will take place in Southampton on Thursday 13th June, and will be the highlight of week-long inaugural celebrations to welcome the vessel into service.

The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, together with contemporary highlights.

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Oasis of the Seas to visit Southampton in October 2014

I have just learned that the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas is set to call into Southampton in October 2014.

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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 cruise.co.uk.

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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