Bed news for the Sunbed hoggers……

Carnival Cruise Lines is the latest to announce it will make every effort to put the brakes on chair hoggers (derisively known as “choggers”), who claim sun lounges by the pool even though they’re not using them, in a new pilot program.

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Large ships sailing in and out of Venice could become a thing of the past

The long-running row over large cruise ships entering the Venice lagoon escalated recently with the news the Italian government is considering a law to ban them entirely.

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Cunard and P&O release their new Vantage fares with a Price Promise

On Monday 23 July 2012 P&O and Cunard will be launching their new lower “Vantage Fares” for cruises departing from April 2013.

In addition to their new pricing they are introducing a consumer “Price Promise” that will protect the Vantage Fares that you book on.

Any future booking you make with Cunard or P&O Cruises on these Vantage Fares will benefit from all of the following advantages:

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QE2 to Become Floating Hotel in Dubai

After 40 years spent sailing as a luxury liner and more than three years languishing in Dubai’s Port Rashid, Queen Elizabeth 2’s future has finally been set.

According to a statement issued this morning by Dubai Ports (DP) World and the ship’s current owners, Istithmar World, the 70,327-ton, 1,791-passenger ship will be turned into a 300-room floating hotel, and is scheduled to open in 18 months.

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P&O 175th Anniversary in Southampton

As I am sure most of you know already yesterday, the 3rd July 2012 P&O cruises held their 175th Anniversay celebrations in the port of Southampton.

All seven ships of the fleet were in Southampton for the day (then heading off own their own individual cruises) and P&O didn’t let the typical English weather interrupt the party proceedings.

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I’ve had an amazing holiday and I will be back into the office on Tuesday 19th June

I have just returned from an amazing holiday in Ibiza.

I will be back into the office tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th of June to pick up from where I left off.

Boutique Nile River Cruising on Alexander the Great with Discover Egypt

I am sure you may have read from my previous blog that I travelled to Luxor, Egypt last week to experience what Discover Egypt Nile cruises have to offer.

For more details on what I did while I was away and the Discover Egypt brand please look at my previous blog, this blog is really more of a focus on Alexander the Great, Discover Egypt’s 5* Luxury Boutique Nile cruise vessel.

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Cruise deposits on the up and balances required sooner

It has recently come to my attention that Complete Cruise Solution who run P&O, Cunard and Princess cruises are making some changes to their booking conditions that will soon effect everyone.

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My Cruise holiday aboard the Crystal Serenity

My girlfriend Krissy and myself have just returned from an amazing cruise holiday on the 6* Crystal Serenity Fashion Capitals cruise from Venice to Monte Carlo.

I had not sailed on a 6* ship before and my girlfriend hadn’t even set foot on a cruise ship before so we were both excited to see what Crystal cruises would have in store for us.  We certainly weren’t disappointed, this really was a perfect holiday for us.

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Tips for staying connected while away

More and more these days people are wanting to stay in touch while away on holiday, there are many options to do this by telephone or internet although a lot of them can be very expensive.

Here are a few tips for people wanting to use telephones while away cruising.

• Remember to make sure international roaming is activated on your mobile before going away, most mobile phone providers will not let you activate this from abroad so don’t forget if you need this. • Check call, sms and data costs with your operator before leaving so you know what sort of costs you are letting yourself in for. • It normally costs money to receive calls as well as make them. Text messages can normally be received for free and sending text messages can be a lot cheaper than voice calls. • Some mobile providers will have special rates you can use in certain countries however while on a ship you would not necessarily be making a call from the nearest country, a lot of ship’s have their own mobile masts which will route your calls though their country of origin so if you were on an American ship in the Mediterranean your calls on board may all be routed via the USA. • If there is a telephone in the cabin it will likely be very expensive to use. • At ports of call save money by using a cheap international telephone card. • A lot of mobile phones now have wifi capabilities; if you were able to connect to a internet hotspot at a port of call you could use this to your advantage by checking email on your phone. There are also programs like www.fring.com which can sign you into Skype®, MSN Messenger®, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ and AIM®. This will allow you to communicate on these networks via text or voice very cheaply.

A lot of people these days will also want to check their email and/or talk to people over the internet, here are a few tips for this.

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