After the shock news that tore through the cruise industry and left many customers disappointed to hear their cruises for next year onboard the Independence of the Seas had been cancelled and redeployed to be sailing to the Caribbean and in particular Royal Caribbean’s own private island – Perfect day at Coco Cay in the Bahamas, it was nice to hear a couple of positive pieces of news surrounding this year’s sailings from Southampton on Royal Caribbean.
I can’t believe I have been home a week already from my family cruise on Azura – which saw me and Nick, my mum and dad, and my sister, brother-in-law and my 2 and a half year old niece all off for the week – and for a P&O embarkation, it was one of the smoothest I have ever encountered upon arrival at 12:45pm we were told to head straight to check-in despite our check-in time being a later time and once clearing security we were onboard within 15 minutes of arrival. I have been on Azura many times and nothing had changed so was like returning home. or putting on a comfy pair of slippers. Our departure was delayed until 21:30 so the winds from storm Hannah could die down but muster drill was still at the same time.
Whilst you are reading this I will be on my own cruise onboard the Azura for 7 nights and we set sail on Saturday 27th April. What started off as a cheap quiet getaway for me and my husband has now resulted in the trip actually being a family cruise with my mum, dad, sister, and her husband and their 2 and a half-year-old daughter (and it will be her first cruise).
This week making the headlines on Royal Caribbean was the sad news of a 25 year old man from Florida who has broken his pelvis and dislocated his shoulder after the bungee cords on the Sky Pad he was bouncing on snapped and he dropped 20 feet back to the ground. He has now launched a $10 million lawsuit – this happened back in February on a short cruise on the Mariner of the Seas to the Bahamas.
This week I found out there was a cruising craze I had never heard of which now happens on most cruises and involves rubber ducks – yep those little things you buy to bob up and down in the bath, well it appears they are now taking over by hiding around the cruise ships and its something that’s great fun with lots of people now joining in. So what is this craze all about – its simply people are hiding rubber ducks over cruise ships and are either rehiding them or keeping them – you choose.
This week at Cruise.co.uk will be a busy one due to P&O Launching their winter 2020/2021 programme – yes that’s right you did read up to March 2021 is going to be on sale. Do you even know what you are doing in March 2020 let alone March 2021 because I certainly don’t, let alone whether I want to be away on holiday? Its always a frantic first hour trying to make sure we get the cabins and make the bookings for those people who have pre-registered.
I was lucky to have just spent the last 22 hours onboard the brand new MSC Bellissima, and I was excited to have been chosen to see one of the newer ships as I had only ever been on the MSC Preziosa. As time was limited and living fairly locally to the port of Southampton I made sure I was there for when check-in opened and was onboard by 11:15am. Here is how I spent my 22 hours onboard.