Cruise & Travel Blog

Checking into Hotel Eurostars Grand Marina in Barcelona

23 June 2017
Aerial view over square Portal de la pau, and Port Vell marina and Columbus Monument at night in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

There are only two reasons why anyone who doesn’t work nights should ever be awake at 4.00am on a Thursday morning; either you are only just rolling in from a particularly big night on the tiles or you are off to the airport. Having learned my lesson long ago when it comes to drinking on a school night, I fell into the latter category, rising early to make my way to Barcelona to visit Holland America Line’s recently refurbished MS Westerdam. After an early flight and a short transfer, our group arrived at the Hotel Eurostars Grand Marina, which perches right on the edge of Port Vell. To our left was the Meramagnum Shopping Mall, to our right were several ships in port for the night, including MS Westerdam. Straight ahead was a red Ferrari, with ‘TRY ME’ written on...
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Six All-New Attractions For 2017

21 June 2017
Leon skylift

We’re halfway through the year and some of 2017’s most anticipated new attractions have launched. Here are six of our favourite new arrivals, all of which are well within reach of a cruise ship. Loen Skylift The Loen Skylift opened in late May and has since been transporting passengers 3,300ft to the top of Norway’s Mt. Hoven in five minutes flat.  One of the steepest cable cars in the world, the Loen Skylift is a fast track to stunning panoramic views of the stunningly beautiful Nordfjord region, overlooking Mt. Skåla, Lake Lovatnet, Olden and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Find out more here National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Come October, visitors to New York can come face-to-face with the mightiest creatures in the Pacific Ocean, right in the heart of Times Square. The city’s newest attraction, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, was...
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Eight Things We Loved About The Brand New MSC Meraviglia

16 June 2017

MSC Meraviglia has arrived and the largest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, plus one of the largest in the world, is currently sailing under the Mediterranean sun on its inaugural season. Here are eight reasons why we loved the ship when we were on board for the star-studded christening ceremony and why MSC Meraviglia is the ship of the summer for families. Cirque du Soleil at Sea MSC Cruises are the first cruise line ever to partner with world-famous Cirque du Soleil to create shows specifically for at sea. ‘Cirque du Soleil at Sea’ will eventually be available on all Meraviglia-class ships but in the meantime, there are two brand new shows to savour on MSC Meraviglia. VIAGGIO bursts into colour as it delves into the mind of an artist, whilst SONOR is an auditory adventure with added acrobatics....
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12 Things To Do Before 12 ¾

13 June 2017
sand castle on tropical beach.

Remember when you were a kid and your days were spent on adventures rather than computers? If your little travellers haven’t yet ticked these 12 things off their list by 12¾, your next holiday could be a good time to start. Ride a sledge pulled by huskies The only thing better than walking in a winter wonderland is being pulled through one by a pack of excitable huskies. Pull on your snowsuit, meet your huskies, then make yourself comfortable on a reindeer skin-lined sledge as you set off on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure through the snow. Do it: On a P&O Cruises Norwegian Fjords cruise, several of which feature dog sledging excursions to Alta in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Eat pizza and ice cream until your tummy hurts The best thing about being on holiday is that the rules...
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Building Barcelona

06 June 2017
Casa Batllo, Barcelona

From Roman remains unearthed in a sprawling Gothic Quarter to fantastical creations born from the wilder mind of Antoni Gaudí, the buildings of Barcelona are as unique as they are unmissable. Gaudy Gaudí For art historians and architectural scholars, Antoni Gaudí is like Marmite; either admired as a genius of 20th century Catalonian Modernism or considered a madman who ruined a city with his gaudy creations. Love him or hate him, the architect revolutionised the cityscape of Barcelona with his unmistakeable style. Like the Hansel and Gretel houses in the storybooks of our childhood, Gaudí’s fabulous facades demonstrate an imagination run wild, with curving walls, ceramic mosaics and colours so bright they make it impossible not to reach for your camera. Parc Güell houses some of Gaudí’s most iconic works, whilst Casa Milà, known as La Pedrera, is instantly recognisable...
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Tall Tales

02 June 2017
Dominica, a caribbean island. The village of Rosalie Bay on the west coast of the island.

Back in December, our Marketing Executive Nathalie Avis, was fortunate enough to be invited to join Star Clippers aboard their flagship, Royal Clipper. Inspired by the legendary tall ship, Preussen, Royal Clipper is today the largest five-masted fully rigged sailing ship on the seas and promises a unique experience to all those who voyage with her. Royal Clipper spends the winter months sailing the Caribbean seas and this is where I joined her for the ‘SPV Royal Clipper Windward Islands Voyage’. Day 1 On a very chilly December morning I made my way to Gatwick Airport, where I met my travel companions for the first time. Having found each other, our very excited party of 11 headed for check-in, soon to be Barbados bound! After a lengthy delay at Gatwick, we finally arrived at the gorgeous Turtle Beach Hotel at...
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The Allure of the Adriatic

30 May 2017
Historic Hvar architecture and waterfront

From the idyllic emerald waters that lap the Dalmatian Coast to the ancient fortified cities of the south, Croatia has become the Mediterranean’s hottest escape. It is difficult to imagine Croatia as a place that was ever anything other than the serene Mediterranean paradise that you encounter today. The wounds of war have healed, concealed by swathes of lavender flowers and blankets of evergreen pines. When you long for balmy summer days spent sipping wine in the shade of seafront canopies and when the sparkling waters of pebbled coves become too tempting for your toes to resist, the allure of the Adriatic becomes impossible to deny. Dubrovnik It isn’t clear who bestowed the moniker ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ upon Dubrovnik, but we imagine that they may have conjured up the appellation on impulse, enraptured as the ancient walled city appeared...
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One Summer, Two Ways

26 May 2017
Sunset in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast

Our love affair with France and Spain began long ago and it refuses to fade. Whether you are chasing the sun or consumed by the culture, the continent and its coveted coastline has it all. Here are two ways to see for yourself in 2018. SUNSEEKER’S SAILING CELEBRITY CRUISES – ITALY, FRANCE & SPAIN (AUG 18) – CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION Cruising was made for the Mediterranean. A different sun-bleached beach each day, fresh seafood in waterfront bistros and late nights in ports that sizzle when the sun sets; it’s what holiday dreams are made of. France and Spain provide all of the above for sunseekers, plus ice-cold cocktails in abundance and just a hint of Old Town charm. A guest appearance from beautiful Italy is the icing on the cake. WHEN IN ROME When in Rome, you walk in the footsteps...
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Welcome Back To Our Cruise Blog, News and Reviews

23 May 2017
Group of friends on the beach having fun

We have been working hard behind the scenes for the past six months to republish our blog and news content, and our customer cruise reviews and testimonials. In October 2016, our development agency informed us that we had 30 days to move our website elsewhere, as they had made the decision to leave the cruise market. Within this short timeframe, we had to locate and speak with new developers, build a new cruise website and migrate our forum and its contents to a new web server. This was a formidable task, which under normal circumstances we would allow at least 9 months to plan, design and implement. The team decided that the best approach was to migrate the website in phases, with the cruise search, information pages and the Cruise Cub Forum taking priority. In this time, we also redesigned...
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Eight Haunted Hotels To Avoid This Halloween

31 October 2016

We couldn’t let Halloween pass us by without delving into the hotels where your pre-cruise stay is almost guaranteed to be disturbed by things that go bump in the night. From murderous rock stars to enraged architects; the otherworldly apparitions at these eight establishments are enough to make you even more excited about checking out of your pre-cruise hotel and into the safety of your stateroom.   The Battery Carriage House (Charleston) Charleston may officially be America’s friendliest city but it is also one of the country’s oldest, so one might expect a ghoul or two amongst the buildings. The Battery Carriage House was established way back in 1843 and is widely renowned as the most haunted hotel in the city. Room 8 is reportedly home to the ghost of a headless torso who hovers alongside the bed, whilst the...
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