How do I get a free upgrade?

Very often I am asked about cabin upgrades, free of course. Why and how other passengers are getting these upgrades and I’m not? Here are a few points that may help you to get a free upgrade on your next cruise.

read more

What shall I do about gratuities?

This is a hot topic amongst cruise goers. Should gratuities be paid in advance or is it best to pay onboard? Most cruise lines will let you choose how you pay (apart from Costa Cruises). There are pros and cons for both I suppose. If you pay in advance you can relax knowing that they are taken care of and that you’ve paid a fixed amount. If you pay onboard though you are then able to reward the staff who you think most deserve it.

read more

Celebrity 2019/20 sailings on sale!

 Celebrity Cruises has unveiled its new 2019-20 sailings, giving cruise customers more than 300 destinations to choose from in more than 70 countries. They call the new program “Opens The World” and there are more sailings to Asia including India and Dubai. More to Australia and also Central America and South America. I will list some of the highlights here:

read more

Princess are planning for lots more cruises Ex UK

Princess Cruises has just announced that 2019 will host its longest ever season sailing from the UK, with over one million cruise nights available on cruises from Southampton and Dover.Sapphire Princess will spend 198 days sailing from her home port of Southampton, which will be the longest on record for a UK-based Princess ship; the 2,670-guest vessel will sail on a series of voyages to the Mediterranean and northern Europe.This is very good news as Princess have done very little in 2017/18 from the UK and not featured any Med cruises at all apart from the fly ones. This will give more choice for cruisers without having to rely mainly on P&O and Royal caribbean who are the main players.

read more

Which cruise line shall I go on?

There is a new report that reveals the best cruise lines for families, couples, luxury and budget. US News and World Report has released their 2018 Best Cruise Lines Rankings, in the aim of helping consumers pick the right cruise brand for their budget, preferred region and demographic.They checked out 165 ships in 17 cruise lines and they rated them by quality, reputation, price class and itinerary. There are some surprises that I wouldn’t have guessed will be on the list.

read more

Dublin Port

Dublin port is going to become a regular feature port for Celebrity Cruises.2019 is set to be an exciting year in the Irish cruise calendar as Celebrity Cruises confirms that Dublin Port will become a regular fixture. With five turnarounds in the port, Celebrity Refection will call Dublin home from May to June 2019. Dublin will be handy for UK passengers and will draw a lot of cruisers to make the short flight from the UK to Dublin to catch a cruise.n 2018 Celebrity Cruises becomes the first major cruise line to homeport a ship in the city when Celebrity Eclipse arrives in Dublin in April 2018, offering a mini season of five sailings. Due to the success of this inaugural season, Celebrity Cruises is continuing to feature Dublin as one of its prestigious homeports in 2019 and bringing a newer ship to Ireland. In 2019 over 15,000 holidaymakers will start their cruise holiday in Dublin with CelebrityCruises.Celebrity Cruises will base the 3,030-guest Celebrity Reflection in Dublin in early summer 2019 offering a series of eight, 10, 11 and 12 night sailings. Cruises will sail to Iceland, destinations throughout Ireland, in the Norwegian Fjords and around the British Isles. This is very good news for Ireland as I am sure a lot of American passengers will spend some time in Ireland before going on a cruise and will bring more tourism in general and cruise passengers that will tour Ireland and Dublin in particular. Both Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Reflection are part of Celebrity Cruises’ newest Solstice Class of ships, all introduced between 2008 and 2012. In addition to luxury guest accommodations, designer boutiques, extensive bars and restaurants, they also feature a real grass lawn on the top deck. With many awards particularly for its food and wine, Celebrity Cruises boasts the largest and rarest collection of wine at and sea and host of exclusive restaurants on-board all overseen by a Michelin-starred executive chef. I think that passengers from the North West of England and also Scotland are better of traveling from Dublin then Southampton as it will be nearer to them, what do you think?

read more

Cruises for young people?

last week, the first sailing of Uniworld’s The B which was a river cruise aimed for a younger crowd ,took place on River Seine. Newly renovated sister ships – The A and The B – aim to offer immersive, fun and adventurous travel for its customers aged between 21 and 45 years old.The 120-capacity The B was renamed following extensive renovations and design changes of Uniworld’s River Baroness ship.The cruise line has named assigned Victoria’s Secret model Petra Nemcova as “guardian angel” for the millennial adventure.The 120-capacity The B was renamed following extensive renovations and design changes of Uniworld’s River Baroness ship.The B features four suites, 26 balcony bedrooms, 29 studio bedrooms and two studio bedrooms with triple occupancy – all with waterfront views and equipped with built-in Bluetooth speakers. They will have various activities on board designed for younger people. Is this the end of “River Cruises are just for old people”? yes, true that most river cruises have mainly pensioners on board and the lines have catered mainly for them but who says you can’t have younger people as well?

read more

Celebrity Cruises

I do love the Celebrity brand as I think they got it right, the 5 star standards, the superb dining and the attention to details, they are one of my favourite cruise lines. Celebrity Cruises has announced a fleetwide modernization of all cabins and suites, a new sundeck and a revamped lounge, as well as a new café on four of its ships. As part of the $400 million ‘Celebrity Revolution’, which started with Celebrity Edge, the renovations are expected to begin in 2019. I can’t wait for that as I am booked on the Celebrity Edge in 2019 but the renovation will be fleet wide so all ships will be renovated.

read more

Hurricane Irma

After the recent hurricane and the devastation it left, the cruise lines are trying to sort out itineraries and carry on as normal which have been difficult over the last couple of weeks and now with the next Hurricane, Maria also causing damage all over, I hope things will be ok soon.Royal Caribbean Cruises is getting back to business as usual  following hurricane Irma and has called on the industry to support the Caribbean now more than ever.A total of 14 Royal Caribbean International sailings were impacted by Irma, while two Celebrity Cruises itineraries were amended this week.

read more

Can I smoke?

Are cruises now becoming smoke free cruises? it’s almost like airlines now where smoking is banned completely. The latest lines to ban smoking on balconies are Carnival and NCL, so there are no lines now that I know about that allow you to smoke on the balcony. I can understand that policy as nearly all new ships are built in a way that all the balconies are so close to each other and when people smoke it does travel onto the next cabins and it’s not very nice even if you are a smoker. I don’t smoke myself and never have, but I do feel for people who smoke and it’s part of their holiday (the smoking). However as people got used to bit by bit, not to smoke in Buses, trains, offices, pubs and of course airplanes they will get used to not smoking in their cabins. It is also very unpleasant to get into a cabin that people smoked in the last cruise as you can still smell it on the furniture and in the air. The positive for the smokers is that it’s not completely banned on board as they all offer some designated areas that you can still smoke. I have highlighted below the latest smoking policies on various lines, what do you think?

read more