Queen Mary 2- To The Rescue!

In true seafaring spirit the Cunard Queen Mary 2 was recently involved in the rescue of a British yachtsman who got into difficulty in an extreme Atlantic Storm.

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Burgers to the left of me, Burgers to the right….

Well in case the monumental occasion passed you by, Sunday May 28th was indeed Americas ‘National Burger Day’ (surely you’re not surprised), and getting in to the spirit of the occasion were two of Americas largest cruise operators – Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line.

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Princess Cruise Lines Fined $40 Million for Water Pollution.

In the ‘Eco Friendly’ age we now live in the following news will come as a shock to some, and leave a bitter taste in the mouth of others I would imagine.

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Norwegian Cruise Line to Add Lifeguards to Fleet – (Finally).

I find it hard to believe that given the amount of family friendly cruise options around these days, all of which include swimming pools, some even large scale on board water parks that it’s not compulsory for cruise companies to employ lifeguards, especially when you consider some of the recent tragedies that have occurred. Norwegian Cruise Line have announced that it will be joining Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines in employing certified lifeguards at all of the family pools across its ships. Disney Cruises has hired lifeguards for the past several years, following a near-drowning of a 4 year old boy which caused significant brain injury and eventually led to a multi-million settlement for the lifetime medical needs of the child. Royal Caribbean became the second cruise line to hire lifeguards when it announced two months ago that it would abandon its ill-conceived swim-at-your-own-risk policy which led to numerous drownings and near drownings on Royal Caribbean ships. In recent years, several children have drowned in swimming pools on NCL ships. Two years ago, a 10-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool aboard NCL’s Norwegian Gem and in February 2014, two small children were pulled from a pool on NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway. Both children were unresponsive. The younger child (age 4) died on the cruise ship, the other child (age 6) survived following a medical evacuation by the Coast Guard.

It begs the question, particularly given the track record of NCL why this hasn’t been done sooner. The Norwegian Cruise Line first responders will be trained and certified by the American Red Cross in lifesaving rescue measures and will monitor the family pools during scheduled pool hours.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines New Completely ‘All Inclusive’ Cruising – Good Thing/Bad Thing – You Decide.

All Inclusive cruising has long been the main stay of the ‘premium/high end’ brands such as Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, now for the first time one of the ‘mass market’ cruise operators has decided to do the same.

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P&O Cruises Announce ‘Strictly Stars’.

Last summer it was announced by P&O Cruises that the popular Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises would be continued in 2017, well for all you ‘Strictly’ fans, the wait is over, the ‘Strictly Stars’ have been announced!

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Crown Princess Star Studded Guest Speaker Line-Up Revealed.

Just a little information for you this week, I’ve been pleased to book many clients on the Crown Princess sailings for Spring/Summer 2017, so if you are of the lucky ones of those you’ll be interested to know Princess Cruises have revealed the guest speaker line-up for the upcoming Spring/Summer sailings.

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‘I’ve had a great time!’ – Refreshingly Positive Outlook From Stranded Cruise Passenger.

It seems to me these days that people spend so much time moaning and whingeing about this and that, nothing works like it should and nothing is ever good enough, I thought it nice to share the thoughts of this refreshingly positive chap recently stranded on the NCL Star out in Australia.

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Cunard Sponsors 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

I’ve blogged before about how Cunard allow you to take your dog on a transatlantic Queen Mary 2 cruise, well now they are further enhancing their reputation as canine lovers by becoming the only travel company to sponsor an upcoming dog show in New York.

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Could living on a cruise ship for a year be CHEAPER than living on land?

I’ve heard theories that for the elderly living on a cruise ship could actually cost less than living in a private care home but I recently read an article which applies this theory to well, everyone – check this out!

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