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February 11, 2015

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All Aboard The Love Boat! The Best Ways To Add Romance On The High Seas


Love It Or Loathe It, It’s Most Certainly On The Horizon…

There are some occasions when only red rose petals, champagne, Thorntons chocs and a Barry Manilow CD grade romance will do – add in an amazing cruise holiday however and you’ll get enough brownie points to see you through to next Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Whether you’re getting engaged, planning your honeymoon or celebrating a special milestone anniversary; what could be more romantic than just the two of you sailing off into the sunset on the cruise of your dreams?

Here are some of the best ways to make sure that, when it comes to an amorous atmosphere, you’ve got all the heart-shaped boxes well and truly ticked! Take note guys!

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The Brits Are Back And They Mean Business!

Our brand new competition gives you the chance to experience P&O’s brand new ship for 2015…BRITANNIA!

Boasting 13 bars and another 13 restaurants and cafes as well as four swimming pools across 15 decks (as well as an art collection worth a hefty £1 million pounds!), Britannia will be the biggest cruise ship ever built for British holidaymakers.

To enter simply like us on Facebook. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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The Best Reviews This Week

A round up of the best reviews this week. You can agree or disagree by posting your own comment. Unedited reviews and insider tips written by real cruise passengers on board some of the major cruise lines around the world.

Queen Mary 2 Comparison To Queen Victoria By Piggott, Shrewsbury on 6th Feb 2015
Cunard Cruises – Queen Mary 2
Love Cunard too bits and the Xmas/new year cruise was brill. But i have to say that after being on the Queen Victoria for the previous two years there are some notiible…
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Lucky For Some (Us!!) By Dutchman-smith, Chorley on 9th Feb 2015
P&O Cruises – Oriana
We had an outside cabin on Deck 11. Perfectly adequate ( I do like having a bath ) but we would have preferred a balcony – even in January. Sadly there are not that many…
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Open Minds For MSC By Provocateur, Kent on 8th Feb 2015
MSC Cruises – MSC Orchestra
We had first sitting dinner at 6.30pm and had a table for 8 who were all from the UK, of varying ages but all superb company and many great days and evenings were spent with them. The food was quite…
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Passengers Seen As Walking Atms By Bennett, Brixham on 6th Feb 2015
Holland America Line – MS Volendam
The most significant impression I left with was that I was seen by HAL as a walking ATM – they just wanted money from me at every opportunity – even when you’ve paid for the cruise, any queries will cost you…
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Enjoyed Our Cruise Despite Bumpy Ride By Franks, Norwich on 9th Feb 2015
P&O Cruises – Oceana
We were on B deck aft and felt a lot of sway through the rough weather we encountered towards the end of the cruise. Cabin steward was efficent and unobstrusive. It is a very…
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Superb Cruise With Great Service
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The Latest Cruise News

The latest cruise news, information and features on all cruise lines, including new ships, key issues within the industry and tips.

You Heard It Here First

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Last week Royal Caribbean announced that construction on their third Oasis class ship had begun at the STX shipyard in St Nazaire, France. It’s customary for cruise lines to announce the name of the ship just before it goes on sale however social media was alive last night with rumours that the name of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship had already been leaked…
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Seabourn Adds ‘Bling’ to the Quest

Seabourn Quest Aerial
Luxury cruise line Seabourn has announced its latest partnership with Swarovski Optik. The new move will see the manufacturer make its high-quality optical instruments the ‘official binoculars’ for Seabourn’s Antarctica and Patagonia cruises. Swarovski Optik’s high-precision, long-range binoculars will make spotting…
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Viking’s First Ocean Ship is Only Two Months Away

Ahead of its launch in spring, Viking Cruises’˜ first ship has completed its series of sea trials. The Viking Star vessel first took to the waters in December last year, where it embarked on a number of voyages across the Aegean Sea. The ship’s completion of the week-long trials mark the…
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A round up of the week’s hottest topics from the UK’s largest cruise forum – ask questions, share stories and make friends.

Azamara Club Cruises – Two New Ships? By: Blondie, Oxford
Dr Joerg Rudolph RCI MD for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, announced in an interview for a German tourism magazine, that Azamara Club Cruises will get two new ships. He didn’t specify if the ships will be new builds, or if the cruise line will purchase existing ships. More details are expected at the end of Summer 2015. The possibility of…
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Your Worst Flight Meal By: Little Red Rouster, Lancaster
What is your worst flight meal experience. Was it anything like these.
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From The Off Topic Lounge…

Check Your ‘Free’ Insurance
Now There’s A Surprise
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New Questions…Do You Have The Answer?

Can you help these confused cruisers or do you have a question about a cruise that you are planning to go on? Ask your question on our site and our online community, who have real cruise experience, will share their answers with you.

Q: Noise On Thomson Dream? by Denise, Dewsbury on 9th Feb 2015
Thomson dream is there any noise from bars on deck 7? Cabin 7117 middle of ship?
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Q: Single Share Options? by Ringwood, Croydon on 7th Feb 2015
Apart from Holland America, are there any other cruise lines that operate a single share option?
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Q: Balcony Cabins On Oceana? by Ward, Sutton In Ashfield on 8th Feb 2015
Has anyone stayed in a balcony cabin for 4 peopleon P&O Oceana ? Was wondering what the set up is, description states, 1 bed, 1 pullman and 2 upper pullmans.
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Q: Spa Treatments? by Lodge, Surbiton on 7th Feb 2015
Has anyone ever had treatments in the spa . The packages seem expensive so wondered what the daily offers on board are like.
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What Our Cruise Consultants Are Talking About

Read what are cruise consultants are up to, which ships they are sailing on and their opinions on the latest breaking news in the cruise world.

High Calories On The High Seas
It’s fair to say that when we go on holiday, we tend to put a few pounds on, but when we cruise we are more likely to put a pound a day on, so if you cruise for a fortnight the scary fact is you could come home a stone heavier. Well I thought I’d give a few tips on how to avoid the excess gain, but still enjoy the treats…
Click here to find out more from Serena!

Rule Britannia
As some of you may know (it’s all I can talk about at the moment) I have bee lucky enough to have been invited on board P&O’s brand new ship Britannia when she is docked at Southampton on the 8th March for 1 night. As you can imagine, I’m rather…
Click here to find out more from Jade!

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Guides: Eight Reasons Why Disney Cruises Are So Magical


That Extra Sparkle…

All cruise holidays are magical but if you want to add that extra sprinkling of fairy dust to yours then a Disney Cruise is about as magical as it gets!

Of course most people who book a Disney Cruise have little princes or princesses in their holiday group – although it’s not compulsory to have a little person with you (so don’t feel like you have to borrow one!).

If you do decide to make dreams come true by holidaying on the high seas with Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the Disney gang, here’s what you can expect…

Click here to discover why >>

Our Latest Deals

Whether you’re looking for a last minute holiday or planning for later in the year take a look at our unmissable cruise deals now.

NOW from £699pp
15 May 2015 – Royal Caribbean Cruises – Explorer of the Seas – 8 Nights
Southampton, Bruges (Zeebrugge), Oslo, Rotterdam, Cherbourg, Paris (le Havre), Southampton
>>FREE Drinks + $150 FREE Onboard Spend + FREE Parking*
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Valletta, Salerno & Palma
NOW from £399pp Was £1099pp
25 April 2015 – MSC Cruises – MSC Armonia – 7 Nights
La Spezia, Marseille, Palma, Valletta, Messina, Salerno, La Spezia
>>Includes Flights & Transfers
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Flam & Bergen
NOW from £499pp Was £829pp
13 Jun 2015 – Cruise & Maritime Voyages – Magellan – 6 Nights
London Tilbury, Ulvik, Eidfjord, Flam, Bergen, London Tilbury
>>SAVE up to 40% OFF & Transfers
>>Exclusive Free Drinks Package & Transfers
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New Orleans, Mardi Gras & The Deep South
NOW from £999pp
27 Feb 2015 – Carnival Cruises – Carnival Dream – 10 Nights
New Orleans, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize, Cozumel (Mexico), New Orleans
>>FREE Upgrade to Balcony from Oceanview
>>FREE Paddleboat Tour Of The Mississippi!
>>Includes Flights & Transfers
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Cabin Sale! Legends of the Rhine 2 for 1 
NOW from £2095pc Was £4190pc
28 Mar / 4 Apr 2015 – 4* Premium River Cruise – 7 Nights
UK, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Bonn, Cochem, Rudesheim, Speyer, Heidelberg, Breisach, Basel, UK
>>Includes FREE French Balcony Upgrade
>>All Excursions Included
>>Includes Return Flights
>>Complimentary Drinks Package with Meals
Click here for a quote >>

Hottest Photos Of The Week

Want to see what cruises are really like? From over 22000 images submitted by real cruisers, we have selected the best of the week. We’ve got Costa v’s P&O, beautiful Bonaire Turtles, sunsets on the horizon and beautiful backdrops on the Celebrity Eclipse…definitely easy on the eye!


Hottest Videos Of The Week

This week, meet Carnivals newest addition to the fleet, watch Cunard’s Queen Victoria arrive back in Southampton from her multi million pound refit ahead of her 2015 World Voyage and step aboard the world’s finest small ship cruise line – all in our hottest videos of the week!