Cruise & Travel Blog

Our guide to the perfect afternoon tea

28 May 2013

Food on board is always a highlight but one of the most popular features has to be the ever popular attraction of afternoon tea.  This delightful experience on board follows on from a British institution and hails from the 1840’s.  It was during this period that Anna, Duchess of Bedford decided that she was unable to wait for dinner at 8pm and as such requested a cake and a cup of tea each afternoon at 4pm.  This then became tradition and set the tone and will forever be a quintessential British favourite.   On board a cruise, afternoon tea is more than just tea and cakes, it is an experience.  White gloved waiters will tend to your every need, when done correctly and will explain the heritage and aristocratic pleasure that has become so popular over the years of cruising. ...
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The complete Bolsover Cruise Club guide for couples cruising

23 May 2013

You’ve browsed the brochures and scoured the advertisements to find the perfect romantic cruise for two, by this time you’ll have scanned over countless glamorous brochure covers with an abundance of shots capturing the perfect couple in each other’s arms with a gorgeous sunset in the background looking out over the seas from the comfort of their on board veranda, maybe even a little like the one we’ve used here (left).  We understand that sometimes you might feel like you wish all the glamour and over exaggeration would just be taken away and stripped back to the basics to help you choose the perfect cruise line for you.  The truth is that cruising is actually one of the best choices for a romantic holiday you can find but the thing that will really make the holiday for you is often...
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Why not try something AzAmazing?

22 May 2013

Azamara Club Cruises are the perfect choice if you’re looking to head off the beaten track and explore unique destinations. This cruise line really is a connoisseur of destination focused cruising.  Azamara refer to their cruises as destination immersion and you can understand why thanks to the recent inclusion of even more late night and overnight stays in port.  The amount of overnight stays offered within their range of itineraries is over half of the entire ports visited, which is more than any other cruise line to date.   Azamara Club Cruises are a world renowned boutique cruise line and offer an indulgently intimate on board experience.  There are just two ships to choose from; known as Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, each with an occupancy of jut 694 passengers per cruise.  If you enjoy a relaxed yet sophisticated style...
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Destination Focus: Canary Islands

21 May 2013

So your thinking of booking a cruise but you don’t know where to.  Decisions, decisions!  Do you like sunshine?  Scenery?  A great choice of excursions?  Then the Canary Islands could be the perfect choice.  When you think of the Canary Islands you think of warm weather, sunny skies, volcanic beach scenes and spectacular scenery.  The topography here is excellent and with the gorgeous climate the area enjoys, the islands never fail to impress.  Often the most common excursion choices here are to head for the beaches and soak up the sunshine.  Alternatively, families love it here as the range of water parks for children really is brilliant but take the time to explore beyond these options and you’ll love what lies in store.  These islands are truly stunning; from the magnificent sands of the Sahara in Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas to...
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Looking for a suite?

20 May 2013

Looking for a suite?  Our years of experience has given our staff the wonderful opportunities to visit many ships and witness the incredible accommodation on board.  We decided to have a discussion and see if we could agree on the best suite choices available from our experiences.  It took some time and after a few minor disagreements we got there in the end.  Take a look at our guide to suite accommodation as we guide you through what we consider to be the best at sea! Suites offer a range of benefits including priority embarkation, cocktail party invitations, priority tender access, luxury pamper packs,  champagne on arrival and much more.     P&O Adonia Penthouse Suites (right)   We start with the stunningly beautiful suite accommodation on board the P&O Adonia.  The smallest ship in the fleet, Adonia is all...
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The Complete Bolsover Cruise Club guide for first time cruisers

16 May 2013

Your followed all of your friends advice in doing the right research to find the best cruise for you.  You’ve looked into cruise lines, possible itineraries, exchanged conversations with other first time cruisers and spoken to our cruise experts.  You’ve now made your decision and you’ve booked your chosen cruise, stateroom and itinerary.  The good news is that the hard part is over.  We know that a cruise can be harder to get your head around than when booking a land based holiday but it is definitely worth it!  Now that you’ve made your booking though the next question is what next?   We’ve put together a full guide of the important factors to consider in the run up to your cruise.  They are certainly not as crucial as deciding on the right cruise but still remain important and we...
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Destination Focus: Cruise Breaks

14 May 2013

If you’re new to cruising and often thought you may like to give it a try then a cruise break could be the perfect fit for you.  You may wish to try cruising but feel unsure over booking a longer duration for your first time; if this is the case then cruise breaks are ideal.  Not only do these itineraries visit fantastic destinations, they also give you a great idea of what life’s like on board.  Of course it doesn’t have to be your first time on a cruise to enjoy a cruise break.  If you are restricted on time or wish to celebrate a special occasion, these sailings make a great choice to escape for a few days and enjoy a relaxing cruise.    Mini cruise holidays offer durations as short as 2 nights and are ideal for taking...
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What to pack for your cruise

13 May 2013

So you’ve booked your cruise and are looking forward to the big day when you embark on your journey. It’s time to make sure that you have everything ready. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to over pack, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 essential cruise items to help ease the pressure and enjoy the build up to your cruise holiday.   Toiletries Your room will include basic toiletries such as shampoo and soap, but it you are particular about the products that you like to use in the bath and shower then make sure that you pack your own.   Clothing It is important to check the clothing advice that your cruise line will provide you with – some cruise lines have specific dress codes such as no jeans or shorts and you don’t want to...
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A closer look at Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway

07 May 2013

Having seen her arrive in Southampton last week, what better time to take a closer look at the brand new Norwegian Breakaway?  The fantastic new ship from NCL made her eagerly anticipated arrival in Southampton where agents and guests were welcomed on board to take a sneak peak of her features before she sets sail to begin her maiden season.   The new ship certainly boasts a special wow factor with the incredible hull design developed by the famous artist Peter Max.  No other ship to debut in 2013 will make an arrival like Norwegian Breakaway.  This amazing ship is filled with colour and excitement, the hull design simply sets the tone for the atmosphere on board.   Renowned for showcasing vibrant hull designs, you can always tell an NCL ship in port and the Norwegian Breakaway is no exception. ...
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A closer look at P&O Cruises Arcadia

02 May 2013

P&O Cruises Arcadia arrived on the cruising scene in 2005 and instantly became a major hit with her passengers.  Now 8 years later P&O Cruises have taken the decision to give her a re-fit and a brand new look.  The majority of her alluring features will remain but the renowned cruise line intend to give her a fresh style and revamp with many new, exciting features to be unveiled.    The ship will spend a total of 20 nights in dry dock undergoing her renovation and we are certain the changes will be worth the wait.  She will emerge just in time for her 2014 World Cruise and guests traveling aboard this grand voyage are in for a treat. Along with the Arcadia, other ships in the P&O Cruises fleet will also receive a re-fit, these ships include the Oceana and...
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