Cruise Ship News http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk Reviews, Deals and News Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:48:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 IGLU cruises in July 2015 for convenience http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150701/iglu-cruises-in-july-2015-for-convenience/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150701/iglu-cruises-in-july-2015-for-convenience/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:48:07 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3092 IGLU cruises for July 2015 for convenienceWith a new month people are now looking for new cruise deals, and so you should study the IGLU cruises for July 2015 for your convenience.]]> IGLU cruises for July 2015 for convenience

With a new month people are now looking for new cruise deals, and so you should study the IGLU cruises for July 2015 for your convenience. We say this because it allows you to see what deals P&O, Princess Cruises and Cunard has running without having to go to each website and search through each one. By using the IGLU website you will save time, and see all the current offers running as well.

We have already sorted the cruises out in order, so you will see cruises departing from as early as tomorrow, so you might get lucky and get on that sailing, which we know will save you a small fortune compared to booking the same cruise way in advance.

Current offers include free upgrades, spending, parking and more, so you might want to search through the cruises being displayed on the IGLU website.

To help make things even easier you can sort your results by ship, destination or even a specific travel date, what type of cabin and whether you wish to cruise from the UK, or choose a fly-cruise. So come on, what are you waiting for, head over to IGLU now.

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Princess cruise deals show Far East direction for 2015 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150630/princess-cruise-deals-show-far-east-direction-for-2015/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150630/princess-cruise-deals-show-far-east-direction-for-2015/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:12:33 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3090 Princess cruise dealsPrincess Cruises recently started a new incentive that concentrates on the Far East, or more precisely Japan and Southeast Asia. It would seem that the...]]> Princess cruise deals

Princess Cruises recently started a new incentive that concentrates on the Far East, or more precisely Japan and Southeast Asia. It would seem that the company has an aim to make us more aware of these cruise destinations, especially as they plan to have a new ship based in China all-year round.

These latest Princess cruise deals have a limited time, as they end on July 10, 2015, so you have just over ten days left. We do love how they try to sell these cruises, by saying, “Come back in awe – come back new from your Far East Princess cruise.”

What to expect? Prices for these cruises start at just £879 per person for 10 nights, which is very reasonable. Then there is the icing on the cake, and that is up to $400 of free onboard credit per couple.

If this deal is not enough for you, then there are more, you just need to find the one that is right for you, such as free balcony upgrades.

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Compare Disney Cruise stateroom configurations and amenities http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150630/compare-disney-cruise-stateroom-configurations-and-amenities/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150630/compare-disney-cruise-stateroom-configurations-and-amenities/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:42:41 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3085 Compare Disney Cruise stateroomsOnce you have spent hours searching for the perfect Disney cruise, you then have a few more obstacles to navigate before you finally get around to booking...]]> Compare Disney Cruise staterooms

Once you have spent hours searching for the perfect Disney cruise, you then have a few more obstacles to navigate before you finally get around to booking, and one of those is choosing the right stateroom. There are several Disney stateroom options, and so there is a convenient tool to offer a side-by-side comparison of each type, along with there different configurations and amenities.

We must inform you that you can only compare three Disney Cruise Line staterooms at a time, and that you can only compare Disney Magic cabins to Disney Wonder, and Disney Dream to Disney Fantasy staterooms.

When it comes to Disney Magic and Disney Wonder there are nine different kinds of staterooms, some of which are the Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah, Concierge 2-Bedroom Suite with Verandah, Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah, Standard Inside Stateroom and more.

As for the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy there are ten kinds of cabins, such as the Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Navigator’s Verandah, Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom and Deluxe Inside Stateroom.

For a full breakdown comparison of each Disney stateroom please visit the Disney Cruise Line website.

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Free Celestyal cruises until 2016 following Crystal incident http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150629/free-celestyal-cruises-until-2016-following-crystal-incident/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150629/free-celestyal-cruises-until-2016-following-crystal-incident/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:42:08 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3084 Free Celestyal CruisesBecause of the incident involving the Celestyal Crystal cruise ship and a tanker; affected passengers will be able to claim a free Celestyal cruise.]]> Free Celestyal Cruises

Because of the incident involving the Celestyal Crystal cruise ship and a tanker; affected passengers will be able to claim a free Celestyal cruise. This is already on top of the other gestures for making good the company has offered, showing they are on top of things to keep their customers happy.

The incident happened a couple of days ago, where the Celestyal Crystal collided with the tanker causing a few minor injuries, along with some structural damage to the ship, which has to be inspected.

Passengers had to disembark the same day and the rest of the cruise had to be cancelled. Those affected have been offered to continue their cruise on other ships in the Celestyal fleet, and also putting them up in hotels until they can board these other ships.

They are to also receive a full refund for their cruise, and also being offered a complimentary 7-night cruise to be taken by the end of 2016. All in all this is a pretty good gesture Celestyal Cruises are making, and shows that their number one priority is to make certain passengers are safe and happy.

Having said that, you will find that most cruise companies go above and beyond when there is an incident like this.

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Titanic 2 ship release progress update in 2015 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150626/titanic-2-ship-release-progress-update-in-2015/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150626/titanic-2-ship-release-progress-update-in-2015/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:15:14 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3081 Titanic 2 ship release progressIt was back in April 2012 that we first learned plans from the Blue Star Line about the launch of the Titanic 2 ship. She was due to set sail in 2016...]]> Titanic 2 ship release progress

It was back in April 2012 that we first learned plans from the Blue Star Line about the launch of the Titanic 2 ship. She was due to set sail in 2016, although things have gone a little quiet, and so we thought an update was in order, seeing as though we have not discussed this project since September of last year.

It’s now June 2015 and so a Titanic 2 ship release progress update is needed. Last reports had suggested that the project had pretty much stalled, although the Blue Star Line has denied this. We can understand why people would think this, as those involved with the building of the ship in China also confirmed that no progress has been made.

The last we knew tests were carried out on a model replica of the ship, and the BBC has recently learned that the Titanic 2 ship will still launch, it has just been pushed back to 2018 – a delay of two years.

It’s all very well saying that, but some sort of official update on the Blue Star Line website would go a long way to prove that the Titanic 2 project is still very much alive.

Do you think this project will ever happen, and if it has been delayed, then why don’t they just tell us the reason for the Titanic II delay? Personally, we believe we will never see its launch, as it is just a high-risk venture by a very wealthy Australian businessman.

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Ovation of the Seas booking from Southampton for 2016 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150626/ovation-of-the-seas-booking-from-southampton-for-2016/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150626/ovation-of-the-seas-booking-from-southampton-for-2016/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:17:50 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3080 Ovation of the Seas booking from Southamptonvation of the Seas will start sailing next year, and before she kicks of her itineraries in Australia, China and New Zealand, she will be sailing from...]]> Ovation of the Seas booking from Southampton

Ovation of the Seas will start sailing next year, and before she kicks of her itineraries in Australia, China and New Zealand, she will be sailing from Southampton first. There are still spaces, and Ovation of the Seas is booking from Southampton, and so we have been to the Royal Caribbean website to see what those sailings are.

There are just three sailings from Southampton for Ovation of the Seas, and so if you would like to be on one of the 4,180 passengers, then we will give you the information you need below.

First up is a 5-night France & Belgium Cruise leaving from Southampton on April 17th and taking in Cherbourg Paris (Le Havre), and Bruges (Zeebrugge). Prices start from £1,558 for two sharing.

Next is a 7-night France & Spain Cruise sailing on April 22, 2016 and will visit Gijon, Bilbao and Paris (Le Havre). Prices start from £1,790 for two guests.

Finally, we have a 7-night England To Barcelona Cruise on May 3, 2016. The ports that Ovation of the Seas will visit are Gijon, Vigo, and Gibraltar. The starting price for two people is £1,458.

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Carnival Vista interior fittings will now begin http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150625/carnival-vista-interior-fittings-will-now-begin/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150625/carnival-vista-interior-fittings-will-now-begin/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:24:05 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3077 Carnival Vista interior fittings will now beginCarnival Vista has taken another step closer to its delivery, as she was finally launched today. Her next step will be to have her interior fitted...]]> Carnival Vista interior fittings will now begin

Carnival Vista has taken another step closer to its delivery, as she was finally launched today. Her next step will be to have her interior fitted, and so we hope to see a few shots of that in the coming months, as Carnival will not take delivery of the new ship until spring 2016.

The launch of the ship saw the traditional “coin ceremony”, which sees a silver dollar wielded to the last deck of the ship. This is an ancient tradition in shipbuilding, and is still observed to this day.

There were two godmothers to the ship, and those were Heidi and Kye Heald, who are the wife and daughter to John Heald. He is the Brand Ambassador of Carnival Corporation – so no celebrity for this one then.

We suspect it will be a bigger occasion when Carnival takes delivery of Vista, although the launch was attended by Benoit Clement, another senior official of the cruise line. Gabriele Cocco, from the Fincantieri shipbuilders was also in attendance.

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MSC Cruises reviews specific steps for USA return http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150624/msc-cruises-reviews-specific-steps-for-usa-return/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150624/msc-cruises-reviews-specific-steps-for-usa-return/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:56:55 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3073 MSC Cruises USAIn November we will see the return of MSC Cruises in the USA, where MSC Divina will be in the port of Miami. However, the company has been laying out its...]]> MSC Cruises USA

In November we will see the return of MSC Cruises in the USA, where MSC Divina will be in the port of Miami. However, the company has been laying out its plans and we can see they do not want to be another Carnival or Royal Caribbean, as they plan to create a niche market instead.

The cruise ship company has a long-term plan, where they have already come up with passenger figures up until and including 2018. However, these will be based on two ships running from Miami, and those are MSC Divina and, MSC Seaside, which is their new ship on order.

Specific steps for a successful return to the US – First MSC needs to improve its brand to appeal to Americans, which has already begun with a new TV campaign, next up is investing in more staff to push these sailings. This will be intense training for sales staff, and an all-new look website to get rid of the stale look.

We already spoke of another of the steps above, and that is to launch a new ship, in this case the MSC Seaside. This ship will be designed for warmer climates, so plenty of outdoor public space, such as bars and restaurants.

Another huge step that will give a good first impression is the upgrade to the terminal where Seaside will call home, which will include new flooring, seating, luggage carousels and a general refresh of the building itself. More details have also been outlined, which you can read over on Cruise Critic.

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Last minute cruises out of Galveston has limitations http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150624/last-minute-cruises-out-of-galveston-has-limitations/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150624/last-minute-cruises-out-of-galveston-has-limitations/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:17:21 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3071 Cruises out of GalvestonWith just a few days left this month, people will be looking for last minute cruises in June. However, it is a very wide search when you think of the many...]]> Cruises out of Galveston

With just a few days left this month, people will be looking for last minute cruises in June. However, it is a very wide search when you think of the many different cruise ports throughout the world, so it is better to narrow that search down. This is why today we will take a look at those last minute cruise deals out of Galveston, although there are limitations.

When we say limitations, it is because there are just five cruises available, three of which you can get the prices online, whereas the other two are on request. The five cruises out of Galveston are a 4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Carnival on June 25, with prices starting from $659 per person.

Next there is a 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Carnival on June 27, prices of which start at $809 per person. If you would rather sail with Royal Caribbean, then there is a 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on June 28, prices of which will be confirmed upon request.

Back to Carnival again, and there are two cruises left, and these are the 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on June 28, pricing upon request and finally, 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on June 29 from $854 per person. More details on these last minute cruises from this port in Texas can be found here.

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Virgin Cruise Line employment boost following new ships http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150623/virgin-cruise-line-employment-boost-following-new-ships/ http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/20150623/virgin-cruise-line-employment-boost-following-new-ships/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:11:42 +0000 http://www.cruiseshipnews.co.uk/?p=3068 Three Virgin Cruises shipsThe news that Virgin Cruises is to launch three new ships will see a huge employment boost in the coming years. However, do not expect Virgin Cruise Line...]]> Three Virgin Cruises ships

The news that Virgin Cruises is to launch three new ships will see a huge employment boost in the coming years. However, do not expect Virgin Cruise Line employment to begin just yet, as the first ship will not enter service until 2020, with the other two coming in 2021 and 2022 – so we are at least four and a half years away, although it’s a boost for Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

The shipbuilder has the contract for all three ships, all of which will be identical at 110,00-tons and will hold 2,860-passengers. We do not yet know what the design of the Virgin Cruises ship will be like, although we are told it will be radically different to what we have seen before – which does intrigue us.

As for that first ship, she will be based in Miami and sail to the Caribbean, although no word on those other two. However, we would love to see a Virgin Cruise ship based in Southampton – the founder is British after all.

With its inaugural sailing in 2020, this does give Virgin Cruises plenty of time to gauge a reaction from its future customers, and so has taken to its website to ask “what you want to be able to see and do when you’re on a Virgin Cruises ship?

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