Make sure you visit the Cruise Show 2016
“Europe’s biggest event for discovering a world of voyages”
NEC, Birmingham 10-11th September
SECC, Glasgow 8-9th October
Going once, going twice! Multiple cruising hits all time high
With more choice than ever before it’s no wonder that nearly two-thirds of cruise guests took more than one cruise in 2015 – the most multi-cruisers for a decade. Exactly half of cruise passengers took two or three cruises during 2015 and nearly two-thirds took at least two, and some more than six! With cruising stereotypes long blown out the water, at the Birmingham and Glasgow CRUISE Shows this autumn you can discover what cruising in 2017 will look like, including new destinations, new onboard features and new excursions which means one cruise might just not be enough!
Whether you are looking to dip a toe into the world of cruising or are ready for something more adventurous, want an action packed family get-away or to relax on the beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean, at The CRUISE Show you can discover a new experience each time you set sail.
Adventure to Antarctica in January – Hurtigruten, MS Midnatsol
Sail into the most remote area of the world with Hurtigruten and feel like a true explorer! Blow away the Christmas cobwebs with an Arctic Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica onboard MS Midnatsol. Join the expedition team and enjoy your days with landings and kayaking giving you the opportunity of a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, and visits to the most interesting places in Antarctica. Then head into the Chilean fjords with steep mountains, green valley’s flourishing with life and even glaciers. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape.
Take a European short break in February – P&O Cruises, Ventura
Discover the best of Bruges in a short but sweet two-night journey sailing from Southampton to Zeebrugge. Simply one of the best short break destinations, here you’ll find the pace of life patient and the scenery refreshing and fascinating. Sometimes called the Venice of the North because of the picturesque crisscrossing canals on which you can enjoy fascinating and romantic boat rides, Bruges actually has a character all of its own.
A Ventura cruise is very family-friendly. In addition to fantastic children’s clubs and a play area for under 2s, she even has a 24 hour buffet restaurant so the only routines you need to keep are your own. A lavish two-deck theatre with full production shows doubles as a cinema, she has two lounges for cabaret, tributes, comedy and dancing and even Metropolis, an amazing bar with a panoramic video wall brought to life by a different city skyline each evening.
Savour the luxury of the Caribbean in March – Silversea, Silver Wind
Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. Matching the luxury the Caribbean islands afford, indulge in butler service in the plush comfort of your ocean view room.
The San Juan to Fort Lauderdale cruise takes you to Puerto Rico, Barbados, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands with endless opportunities to explore the incredible islands. Relax and unwind at a beautiful beach club in San Juan or learn about the history of the Bacardi Rum Distillery and enjoy a tipple at the cocktail lounge. Experience the spectacular beauty of Barbados above and below sea level during a relaxing, half-day snorkelling excursion via catamaran and explore the picturesque Antiguan Rainforest with a zip-line canopy tour!
Find your inner ‘om’ in June – Star Clippers, Star Flyer
If you’re taken by the spectacle and grandeur associated with the art of traditional sailing, but want to spend your holiday in the comfortable and luxurious confines offered by a conventional cruise, then a trip to Greece aboard Star Flyer is exactly what you are looking for.
With the spectacular settings of Kusadasi, Patmos and Mykonos as a background, yoga classes take place in the open air on Star Flyers’ sun-warmed teak decks, under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – the ultimate relaxation for body and soul, enhanced by the fresh sea air. Qualified yoga teachers hold daily sessions of yoga on deck in the cool morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. Or you can listen to a lecture on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home.
Soak up the sun in the Med with the whole Family in July – Norwegian Cruise Lines, Norwegian Jade.
What better way to enjoy the school holidays then soaking up the sun in Greece with enough to keep all ages entertained at sea and on shore. Lavish Broadway-style shows, a state-of-the-art fitness center, Nintendo Wii™ on a 2-storey screen, waterslides, bars and lounges of all kinds, pools, hot tubs, kid’s centers, teen discos and more are all on board and included in your cruise fare.
If you can tear the kids away, once docked in Corfu, Santorini or Mykonos spend the morning shopping or strolling through orange and olive groves, take a donkey ride up a step stone trail to panoramic Thira, or marvel at brilliant blue-domed roofs on whitewashed churches.
Experience the magic of Myanmar in September – APT Luxury Touring & Cruising, RV Princess Panhwar
A cruise along the Irrawaddy river is one of the most convenient and stylish ways to discover the many charms of Myanmar. Discover one of the world’s least-explored destinations, which has been left untouched by visitors for a generation. Feel the warmth of the locals and see the breathtaking scenes of age-old golden temples, stupas and monasteries set against lush green forests. Highlights of the trip include a visit to the 99 metre-high Shwedagon Pagoda, a tour of Inwa by horse-drawn cart, a visit to the Mahamuni Buddha Temple and strolling along U Bein Bridge.
What makes this even more special, is the trip price include return flights, a range of excursions, delicious meals, complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner and overseas transfers, all tipping, taxes and port charges – so all you need to do in relax and enjoy the experience.
Discover the Islands of the Indian Ocean in November – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Boudicca
Meet Boudicca in Mauritius and embark on an epic, 14-night exotic voyage, taking in a selection of the most beautiful and culturally diverse islands in the Indian Ocean. In the Seychelles, an abundance of ‘must-do’ experiences await. Encounter friendly land tortoises with a boat trip to uninhabited Moyenne Island from Victoria, Mahe, and embark on a magical cruise by Silhouette Island at sunset – a simply unforgettable spectacle. Don’t miss the chance to go snorkeling with tropical fish, turtles and even dolphins in the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon. Magnificent Madagascar is renowned for its amazing fauna and flora, and you’ll have two days to discover the best of this world-famous natural wonderland. Before returning to Mauritius, you can also savor the sweeping volcanic landscapes of Reunion Island on a hike or exhilarating helicopter tour from Port Reunion.
Experience the magic of Christmas on the Danube River in December – AmaWaterways, Ama Serena
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season, starting with two nights in Prague. Embark upon your cruise in Nuremberg, stopping to visit some of the charming towns where many beloved Christmas traditions originated. Wander the stalls of Europe’s most traditional and enchanting Christmas Markets, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Experience colourful local traditions in such picturesque locales as Regensburg, Salzburg and Vienna before concluding your cruise in Budapest, which offers its own festive take on the holiday.
Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with unlimited fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet, entertainment on demand and complimentary tours and excursions.
To find out more visit www.cruisingshow.com