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Choice of restaurants on Scenic’s first discovery yacht set to Eclipse its rivals

The more details are revealed about Scenic Eclipse – billed as “the world’s first discovery yacht" – the more it looks like being something very special indeed. Details of the 228-passenger vessel’s restaurants were announced today, and it’s clear they go way beyond what could be expected of a ship many times the size. If 24-hour room service is included, there are a total of 10 dining experiences available, promising a “truly multi-cultural culinary adventure.” From contemporary French fine dining and Champagne bar Lumière, to fillet steak cooked to perfection in the elegant Elements main restaurant, or a casual meal [...]

By | 2017-07-12T14:54:23+00:00 12 July 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Name P&O Cruises’ new ship to win your place in history

It’s your chance to win a place in cruise history. P&O Cruises is inviting its guests and members of the public to suggest a suitable name for its new ship, launching in 2020. At 180,000 tons and carrying 5,200 passengers, this will be Britain’s biggest cruise ship and it therefore deserves a name that is worthy of its size and credentials. The competition to name the ship will run on P&O Cruises’ website and through social media channels from today and a panel of experts will consider all entries. The winning name will be announced next year. To help inspire [...]

By | 2017-07-10T00:12:15+00:00 10 July 2017|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

Celebrity Edge passengers will find their own paradise in Eden

REVEALED: Eden is set to be a passengers’ paradise on board the new Celebrity Edge cruise ship. The venue, announced last night at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York, tries to disguise the fact it was inspired by the spectacular 270 room on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class vessels, with elements borrowed from the Celebrity Solstice-class atriums. A vast triple-deck space at the aft end of the ship, Eden is claimed to be even more exciting than the revolutionary Magic Carpet which was among the ship’s features announced in March. It will be somewhere to relax with a book, a [...]

By | 2017-06-28T07:55:51+00:00 28 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Stars on board with P&O as ITV’s Lorraine goes cruising

P&O Cruises and television go hand in hand ... following the success of And and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on board Britannia, and two series of Battlechefs, three celebrities will set sail across Europe on Oceana this week in ITV’s summer special Lorraine’s Cruise Control. Launched yesterday (Monday June 26), Lorraine’s Cruise Control sees X Factor winner Sam Bailey, comedian Helen Lederer, and Gogglebox’s Sandi Bogle boarding Oceana in Venice. On a quest to feel body confident and kick start a healthier lifestyle, the celebs are swapping their usual daily lives for a week of workouts, balanced diets and mindful [...]

By | 2017-06-27T09:26:05+00:00 27 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Solo yachtsman rescued by Cunard’s QM2 becomes a convert to cruise ships

The 73-year-old solo yachtsman rescued in the Atlantic by cruise liner Queen Mary 2 is enjoying his experience on board so much that he says: “I may be a little less snooty about cruise ships now.” Retired Royal Marine Mervyn Wheatley was taking part in the Royal Western Yacht Club's Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). His yacht, Tamarind, was one of several damaged in an “extreme” storm with 50-foot waves and winds reaching 60 knots. Mr Wheatley, from Devon, put out a distress call after his attempts to bail out the boat proved futile. A cargo ship was sent to [...]

By | 2017-06-12T23:45:02+00:00 12 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

The world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, is floated out of dry dock

The newest member of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class of ships is one step closer to her April 2018 debut. With exterior construction now complete, Symphony of the Seas has been floated out of dry dock at the STX France yard in St Nazaire to begin the next phase of interior construction. Ten months of intensive work remain to be completed before the ship leaves the yard. Symphony will spend her inaugural summer season cruising in the Mediterranean, calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then cross the [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 12 June 2017|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

New-look Pacific Princess is heading for Dover and a season of cruises from the UK

Pacific Princess, the smallest ship in Princess Cruises’ 17-strong fleet, is heading for the UK after completing a multi-million pound renovation. The two-week dry dock in the Grand Bahama shipyard gave the 670-passenger vessel modernised guest areas, four renovated dining venues, 178,000 square feet of new carpet and the Princess livery on her hull. All 336 staterooms now include the line's signature Princess luxury beds and linens, as well as new carpeting, headboards, draperies, lighting and USB ports. Sleeper sofas have been placed in suite staterooms, providing the option for additional berths. The ship’s atrium has been upgraded with a [...]

By | 2017-06-12T16:40:18+00:00 12 June 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments

Old, new, borrowed and mostly NEW – the biggest cruise ship of 2017 is a real wonder

There’s something of the blushing bride about 2017’s newest cruise ship, MSC Meraviglia, which was christened by Sophia Loren last weekend in the French port of Le Havre. At 171,598 tons and capable of carrying a maximum 5,714 passengers in 2,244 cabins it’s the biggest vessel launched in 2017 and becomes the fourth-biggest cruise ship of all time. But it’s not size that matters in this case – it’s the something old, something new, borrowed and blue. Blue in the funnels high up above Deck 19, more than 200 feet above the waves. Old in the names given to the decks, [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 10 June 2017|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

Take a look inside Saga’s Spirit of Discovery

Some of London’s finest hotels and restaurants have provided inspiration for the interior design of Spirit of Discovery, the new ship being launched by Saga Cruises in 2019. The luxury boutique vessel, carrying fewer than 1,000 passengers is the first to be purpose built for the line whose previous ships have included hand-me-downs from Cunard (Saga Ruby, Saga Rose) and Hapag-Lloyd (Saga Sapphire). Tantalising glimpses inside the new ship were revealed this week. The Outside Lido (above) has a luxurious seating area allowing passengers to enjoy al fresco dining and breathtaking views throughout their trip. It will also play host [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:22+00:00 1 June 2017|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

Princess Cruises and Jane McDonald are both set to return to our TV screens in 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Television’s love affair with cruises and cruising people is blossoming – with two familiar series being readied for a return to our screens next year. Princess Cruises announced tonight [Thursday] that a third six-part series of The Cruise is being filmed on board the 3,560-passenger Royal Princess in the Mediterranean this summer. And if that wasn’t enough, a three-part series is to be shot on board 2,600-passenger Star Princess in Alaska, before the film crew returns to Royal Princess in November for a special three-parter in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald is in the middle [...]

By | 2017-05-25T17:10:12+00:00 25 May 2017|Cruise News|0 Comments