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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Drew U Legend

Earlier this week I received some really upsetting news.  Once of my work colleagues and a friend had passed away aged just 30 years old.

Drew was unfortunately diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Sarcoma in October 2011.  I used to sit next to Drew in the office and we always used to have a laugh and a good bit of friendly banter.  I remember Drew telling me that he was getting some pains in his back and that he was going to go to the doctors.  I then had a week’s holiday from work and when I returned Drew wasn’t sat in his chair, it was then that I was told that Drew had been diagnosed with cancer.

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My day on board the Pullmantur Empress

Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to go down to Dover to visit the Pullmantur Empress for the day.  Not really knowing anything about Pullmantur I was interested to find out what they were like.

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Cunard forced to cancel the 3rd October 2012 sailing on the Queen Victoria due to engine troubles

It has been recently been announced that Cunard line have had to cancel a 16 night sailing that was due to depart from Southampton on the 3rd October 2012. 

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The MV Discovery set to replace Cruise and Maritimes Ocean Countess

The owners of the 650 passenger mv Discovery have entered into a joint venture with Cruise & Maritime Voyages which the group has promised will offer passengers sharply reduced fares.

The All Leisure Group which also owns the 352 passenger Minerva and the 49 passenger Hebridean Princess wants to target the budget end of the cruise market by linking up with Cruise and Maritime jointly selling the Discovery.

Discovery will enter dry dock later this year and will undergo an extensive refurbishment before entering service under the Cruise and Maritime brand in 2013.

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