Cruise holidays are now more popular than ever, as people want to cash in on the great savings they can make on them. Cruises offer excellent value for money thanks to the fact that you can get your accommodation, travel, …
The first piece of steel has finally been cut for the first of two new Project Sunshine Royal Caribbean cruise ships. The steel cutting took place at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where the two ships will be built.
To celebrate this milestone, Royal Caribbean have announced the names of these two ships. The first of which will set sail in Autumn 2014 and will be called Quantum of the Seas. Then, in Spring 2015, the Anthem of the Seas will make its debut. Both ships will be part of the Quantum Class of ships.
“We are extremely excited to celebrate this important milestone for our first Project Sunshine ship. After three years of design
and advance planning this is the first step of the construction of the ship and I look forward to seeing it all come together in the
coming months,” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
Royal Caribbean International’s legacy is built on introducing ‘at sea firsts’ such as rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surf
simulators, zip lines and even a tropical park with over 12,000 live plants. The Quantum Class of ships will continue to build on
this legacy with unprecedented experiences and features. They will once again deliver on Royal Caribbean International’s
tradition of designing for ‘WOW’.
“Throughout our history we have made huge strides in cruise ship design and innovation and the Quantum Class will be no
exception,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. “We look forward to introducing
consumers to Quantum cruising.”
Holiday makers who wish to stay in shape whilst away are in for a treat this year, as Norwegian Cruise Line will introduce the popular international-inspired dance-fitness programme Zumba Fitness to its ships. From this spring Norwegian will offer a variety of energetic Zumba® classes on every cruise, led by licensed Zumba® instructors who are part of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN™).
Encouraging guests to “ditch the workout and join the party,” the Zumba programme is contagious, combining high-energy dance music including hip-hop, salsa, African beats and Reggaton with fun, global-inspired dance moves to create an irresistible calorie-burning routine.
“We are excited to bring Zumba Fitness onboard our ships and offer guests not just a new way to work out, but an exhilarating and easy-to-follow dance fitness-party,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO. With 14 million followers across the globe in more than 150 countries, Zumba is an international movement, turning the dreaded “work out” into a fun-filled celebration known as “exercise in disguise,” where participants can burn up to 1,000 calories. Norwegian Cruise Line will offer a selection of the most popular Zumba classes at no charge, in a phased roll out across the fleet.
To book a cruise with Norwegian, visit www.cruisenation.com or call 0800 408 0757.
Although the cruising is a holiday genre that is growing rapidly, there still remains the myth, shared mostly by those who favour land-based holidays, that cruising is an expensive method of travel. Today, this is simply not the case, and whether you like jetting off for a 2 week ‘bucket and spade’ holiday on the Costa Brava, or booking a holiday home in Cornwall for a week, cruising still offers some of the best value for money on the market.
As a standard, the lowest price cruises generally tend to include your accommodation, flights (for a fly-cruise holiday), all the food you need, evening entertainment and use of most facilities including the swimming pools, gymnasiums, hot tubs etc. Some cruise ships also include cinemas, climbing walls, tennis courts, zip lines, ice rinks and surfing simulators!
As well as the incredible facilities on board the cruise ships, if you love checking out new destinations, then few other types of holiday will offer you the opportunity to visit so many new places. Like the sound of waking up to a new destination every morning? Then cruising is for you. Just imagine, in one holiday seeing sights like St Marks Square in Venice, the Colosseum in Athens, the spectacular bay of Dubrovnik and and famous blue domed chapels of Santorini, all in the same week. And whats more – you’re under no obligation to spend extra cash on excursions when you dock at these ports. Simply hop in a taxi, and you’re free to explore to your heart’s content (just don’t return to the ship after it’s left!)
Did you know you can cruise from Cardiff Airport?
Cardiff Airport, is delighted to announce a partnership with Cruisenation.com, the award winning cruise specialist tour operator based in South Wales.
Cruisers in South Wales can take advantage of a range of fantastic affordable cruise holidays in Europe and the Caribbean flying direct from Cardiff Airport.
Cruise Nation’s exclusive ‘Smart Package’ programme of worldwide cruises will be available for the first time from Cardiff Airport, taking advantage of the new routes with Vueling Airlines to Barcelona, Alicante & Palma and Monarch Airlines Orlando service.
The lead-in price for a 9 Night Mediterranean cruise including a FREE 2 Night stay in Barcelona and flights from Cardiff Airport with Vueling Airline £449 per person (based on two sharing an inside cabin on the 9th October 2012).
Phil Evans, Cruisenation.com Managing Director added: “We are pleased to offer our first ‘Smart Package’ departures from Cardiff Airport; Smart Packages provide customers with the best possible value for money on cruise holidays. You get your cruise and flights as standard, you then get additional added value on the holiday, this could be a FREE resort stay, FREE excursion or FREE onboard spend! All ‘Smart Packages’ are fully protected by ATBA & ATOL and include FREE Cruise Protection Insurance giving you complete peace of mind”
“Our dedicated tour operation team continually research market trends and deliver holidays that exceed expectations. The biggest benefit is that we can give you all this, and save you money compared with booking directly with the cruise line. Giving our Welsh customers the choice to fly from their local regional airport is a key factor in our strategy of becoming the market leader in cruise holidays”
Spencer Birns, Cardiff Airport‘s Head of Air Service Development and Commercial Operations commented: “This new partnership with Cruise Nation will benefit the airport as it will help raise awareness of the cruise programme available from Cardiff, as well as increase travellers’ awareness of new routes such as Barcelona, Alicante and Palma with low cost airline Vueling, and flights to Orlando with Monarch.
Cruise holidays have always been popular in South Wales, and we’re pleased to see a local company specialising in cruising holidays offering cruise holidays from Cardiff Airport. “
For more information on cruise holidays from Cardiff Airport call Cruise Nation FREE on 0800 408 0757 or visit www.cruisenation.com
Today in Southampton P&O Cruises will celebrate 175 years in the industry.
Lined up today for a huge celebration in their home port of Southampton will be seven of the most amazing ships in the cruise industry. P&O will celebrate with all of their spectacular fleet lined up in Southampton’s quayside. It will be the very first time all ships including Oceana, Adonia, Azura, Oriana, Aurora, Arcadia and Ventura will arrive and depart from a port together.
During a day of celebrations The Princess Royal will conduct a fleet review.
P&O Cruises managing director Carol Marlow said: “I am sure that this magnificent fleet review with Her Royal Highness in celebration of 175 years of heritage will go down in British maritime history.”
The flotilla of ships will leave the port in single file just before 18:30, led by Adonia and will carry 15,000 passengers and 6,000 crew members