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  1. Share your photo of the into the blue magazine for a chance to win a £150 cruise voucher. #howdoyoureadyours We want to see how you read your copy of Into The Blue magazine. Tag us in your photo of Into The Blue, you can post on our social media walls or upload here on the Cruise Club Forum. We will choose the best photo of each edition and feature it in the following issue, plus there will be a £150 cruise voucher up for grabs for the winner. The more creative you can be with your photo, the better chance you have of winning. Happy snapping!
  2. We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017🍾! Plus, we’re happy to announce that we also won the highly-commended award for: 🏆 Cruise Agent Lifetime Achievement Award, Michael Wilson 🏆 Best Online Cruise Travel Agent Thank you to all who voted for us! To read more about the Cruise International Awards 2017, visit our Cruise News page by clicking here.
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    We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017 🍾!
  4. Have you ever thought about trying a Transatlantic cruise with Cunard aboard the award-winning Queen Mary 2? If you've always been tempted, but a little unsure of what to expect, have a read of our latest Cruise Blog: "Crossing Oceans" where Bolsover Cruise Club's Senior Sales Consultant Mandy Maddison takes you through a day-by-day of her time on board. To read Mandy's blog, just click the link below: Crossing Oceans Cruise Blog by Mandy Maddison
  5. How would you like the chance to win £150 towards your next cruise holiday? All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is write a cruise review on our website - http://www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/cruise-reviews/ You can review more than one ship and each review will be counted as one entry into the competition. The competition closes 30 June 2017 and the winner will be notified by 5pm on 5 July 2017. Good luck! Terms & Conditions 1. Your cruise review must at least 250 words for entry into the competition. 2. Your review must be unique and be about a ship that you have sailed on. 3. Please make sure you quote the name of the cruise line and ship when writing the review. 4. £150 prize is issued as a voucher and must be used within 12 months from the date of issue. 5. The voucher cannot be exchanged for a cash. 6. You may use the voucher as payment against a cruise that is already booked providing it is your booking. 7. The voucher is not transferable to a third party.
  6. Bolsover Cruise Club are thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership with Ocean Safari® In a first for the cruise industry, Bolsover Cruise Club will charter six sailings aboard the Australian cruise line’s first ship, Safari on the Seas. The experiential cruise line stole the headlines in 2015, when it announced ambitious plans for a safari themed cruise experience. The first ship in the Ocean Safari® fleet will launch in July 2017 and Bolsover Cruise Club are thrilled to become the first travel agent in the world to charter the ship for a series of six safari sailings, all of which will depart from Southampton this summer. Itineraries will sail the Eastern Mediterranean, visiting ports of call including Rome, Nice, Florence, Ibiza and Barcelona. For further information on our exclusive charter sailings with Ocean Safari® click here
  7. Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the nerve centre of the UK’s largest independent cruise specialist? Take a look behind the scenes at Bolsover Cruise Club HQ, or better still call in, see us, enjoy a complimentary coffee & let's talk cruising!
  8. Hi everyone, Yes this is true and below is the official statement from P&O Cruises. This summer, Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy will be bringing a bit of boy band magic to the high seas with their recently formed super group, Boyzlife. Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy - part of the multi-platinum, record breaking bands, Westlife and Boyzone - will be performing in Britannia’s Limelight Club for five nights from August 12 to 16, 2017. Guests will be treated to a night of reminiscing and nostalgia during an exciting show packed full of untold stories from their days on the road as well as popular Westlife and Boyzone hits such as ‘No Matter What’ and ‘Flying Without Wings’. Keith Duffy said: “We are very excited to be taking our sell-out tour to sea and entertaining Britannia’s guests with music and stories from life on the road with our respective bands. After 20 years on the road, we’ve grown up and it’s great to be able to look back, reminisce and give our fans the inside track story of how we felt at the time. I am especially delighted to be back on Britannia after filming Battlechefs last year but this time I will be swapping my chef’s hat for a microphone.” Boyzlife will be performing on the first five nights of Britannia’s 14-night Spain, France & Italy cruise round trip from Southampton. Tickets for each show will cost £49 per person to include a three-course meal. P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “At P&O Cruises we are constantly looking at new ways in which we can enhance the experience of our guests. Our guests already enjoy world-class entertainment on board all our ships but I believe they will be especially excited to see such a high profile act as Boyzlife in the intimate setting of Britannia’s Limelight Club.” If you would like further information on this cruise, please call us on 01246 819 819.
  9. Last night we were thrilled to be voted the UK’s top agent for a 30th consecutive year by P&O Cruises, receiving the coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at a star-studded ceremony held at London’s 100 Wardour Street hotel on Thursday 26 January 2017. The UK Cruise Awards is the most prestigious event on the cruise calendar, bringing the industry’s biggest names together to recognise the most successful agents of the previous year. A James Bond theme set the scene for a glamorous evening of awards, dinner and dancing, during which we were announced as winners of the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for P&O Cruises. Bolsover Cruise Club Director Julie Straw and Helen Moore took to the stage to collect the shining new addition to our awards cabinet; our 30th P&O Cruises Top Agent award in as many years. Helen later returned to the stage to collect her own ‘Shining Star Award’, a fantastic accolade voted for by all Carnival Cruise Lines operators. Our history with P&O Cruises dates back over 30 years… Bolsover Cruise Club was founded by the Wilson family in 1960 and began selling cruises in 1983. Derek Wilson, Business Development Manager of Bolsover Cruise Club, said: “It all began with a tiny advert. After realising that nobody else was advertising cruise holidays, I decided to place a very small 1 column inch ad in the Mail on Sunday. “The advert was quite expensive back then, about £100, and I remember us debating whether it would be worthwhile. “Shops never opened on Sundays back then, so I put my home telephone number on the advert and waited. The response was incredible. We received constant calls from 7.00am when the newsagents opened, right through to 1.00am the following morning. “Word spread from there and Bolsover Cruise Club just grew and grew. “It was just really the one ship back then, the SS Canberra, and we have grown alongside P&O Cruises ever since. Others have come and gone along the way, but we have stood the test of time. Speaking about winning an award with P&O Cruises for a 30th consecutive year, Michael Wilson, Managing Director of Bolsover Cruise Club, said: “To be recognised as the UK’s top independent agent for P&O Cruises for 30 years in a row is a huge achievement for us and one which we are incredibly proud of. “Our relationship with P&O Cruises has been nurtured over a great period of time, beginning when the cruise industry itself was still in its inception and SS Canberra ruled the waves. “Retaining this award for so long is testament to our unrivalled expertise of the UK’s favourite cruise line. WATCH OUR 30 YEARS AT THE TOP VIDEO BELOW!
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    P&O Cruises have announced their 2017 Food Heroes Cruises! Find out which ships their celebrity chefs will be sailing on next year... It's foodie heaven! Marco Pierre White, Atol Kochhar, James Martin, Eric Lanlard and wine guru Olly Smith will be sailing aboard several cruises next year, offering masterclasses, book signings, Q&As and even private dining with exclusive hosted dinners. You may also join the chefs on one of their carefully crafted foodie shore excursions in handpicked ports of call. Click here to view the cruises >>
  11. P&O Cruises have announced their 2017 Food Heroes Cruises! Find out which ships their celebrity chefs will be sailing on next year... It's foodie heaven! Marco Pierre White, Atol Kochhar, James Martin, Eric Lanlard and wine guru Olly Smith will be sailing aboard several cruises next year, offering masterclasses, book signings, Q&As and even private dining with exclusive hosted dinners. You may also join the chefs on one of their carefully crafted foodie shore excursions in handpicked ports of call. Click here to view the cruises >>
  12. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who entered our competition to ‘Win A Cruise From £1’ to help us raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. With your help we smashed our target not once, but twice, and raised an amazing £5,022! We’re also happy to announce that the winner of our two-night Christmas Markets cruise with P&O Cruises is… Lynn Connelly! Well done to Lynn and thanks again to all that took part.
  13. COMPETITION WINNER - Win a trip to New York Thank you for all of your wonderful entries into last month's competition - Win a trip to New York. We have spent a long time reading through each cruise review and we are delighted to inform you that we have now chosen a winner, drum roll please… CONGRATULATIONS ALAN V (Celebrity Reflection Greek Islands Cruise) Alan V wins a balcony cabin on board Cunard's Queen Mary 2. Departing from Southampton on 19 Nov 2016, he and a travel companion head for New York on the world's most iconic ocean liner. We look forward to reading your next review If you missed Alan V's cruise review you can see it here - http://www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/forum/topic/4424-celebrity-reflection-greek-islands-cruise/ Well done to the winner and thanks again to all that took part.
  14. Christmas is just around the corner and we're kicking off the season of goodwill in spectacular style, by giving you the chance to win a cruise (worth £950) from just £1. There's no catch! In fact, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a two-night Christmas Markets cruise with P&O Cruises, plus £250 FREE on board spending money, is make a donation of £1 or more to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice via our Just Giving page. Not only will you sail to Bruges in a balcony cabin on P&O Cruises' Ventura, departing from Southampton on 3 December 2016, we'll also give you £250 free on board spending money, so you can get a head start on your Christmas shopping in the ship's boutiques or raise a toast to time spent at sea. To make a donation and be in with a chance of winning, simply visit the Bolsover Cruise Club Just Giving page. Please note minimum donations made via the JustGiving webpage are £2. Don't forget to leave your email address when donating, as we'll need this to contact the lucky winner. To donate via text message, text BOLS64 and an amount of ££1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 to 70070 (for example: BOLS64 £1). Once you've sent your text you’ll receive a reply to confirm that it's been received. It will also include a link to an online form. If you have a smartphone, click on the link to claim Gift Aid and/or leave your name and/or a message. The competition closes 11 November 2016 and the winner will be notified by 5pm on 14 November 2016. Good luck! By entering the competition / making a donation you agree to the terms and conditions here - http://www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/win-a-cruise-for-a-quid/ About Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice At Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, we care for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions. We are currently supporting around 250 families, both in our hospice and in family homes. In just one year, Bluebell Wood provides more than 50,000 of hours of care. We support the whole family through the toughest of times, including end of life care and treatment, music therapy, counselling, sibling support groups and home visits. It costs more than £4m to keep our doors open for families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and part of North Lincolnshire. Bluebell Wood receives around 10% of its funding from government sources. We are one of only 53 children’s hospices nationally.
  15. Cruise Report - Emerald Princess 23rd - 26th April 2016 Having cruised with Princess a few times we thought a 3 night mini cruise be a fun thing to do. Guernsey might not be the most glamorous destination but we’ve never been there (tried twice) and to be honest it was more about the ship than any islands that got in the way! We drove to Southampton and used the valet parking facilities, with 3000 people getting on the ship it was a coincidence that our travelling companions Eddie and Tracy Townson were two cars behind us in the queue to board. Once onboard we bought our drinks packages and the four of us went to the MDR for lunch. The menu was limited and the waiter called me fat, I would have been offended but he did have a point to be fair. I can’t remember what I ate so it must have been ok, I normally remember if it was bad (there was plenty of bad food - watch this space) The waiter took our wine and prosecco orders but not before taking the peas out of me again for ordering a Virgin Chocobanana (I like them). Our room was as expected, we went for an interior this time thinking a balcony was an unnecessary luxury on such a short cruise in April - in retrospect, we should have gone for the balcony. It was great to meet fellow P&O Cruise Fans members on the first night - Florry Blackmountain + Simon and Annie Snowball-Wix and Barry. I was surprised to discover that it’s not ‘Florry’s real name and that IS Annie’s real name. Between you and me, Florry is actually ‘Rita’....it had me thinking....if Rita had actually married Annie’s husband, she would sound like a Chinese breakfast cereal - Rita Wix...anyway, I digress ...they are lovely people and I think that should be allowed on cruise ships. Ian Hardacre was also onboard but refused to associate with us ‘Crooners Bar’ lowlife and chose to drink all the Korbel in Explorers rather than raid our supplies. We had managed to get our booking linked with that of our friends so that we could all dine together but somehow Princess managed to mess that up, there were several issues like this and on a short cruise like this, it’s very annoying to have to spend so much time queuing up at various desks trying to put right what Princess had got wrong. To call this a cruise was very mis-leading, it took us 39 hours to travel to Guernsey - approximately the same distance as it is to Plymouth, we did this at an average speed of around 8 knots...it was more of a ‘drift’ across the channel rather than cruise and it was very embarrassing to be overtaken by windsurfers and canoeists from the Lyme Regis YMCA. The upside of the leisurely sailing was that it allowed Sergio in the Crooners Bar time to actually bring us the drinks we’d ordered 24 hours previously... Now what was I moaning about? - Oh yes, the slow boat to Guernsey....anyway, we got there eventually and having gone ashore I was wondering what all the rush was for? We got the tender after having to hang around in the Da Vinci dining room for almost 30 seconds...the Elite member of our group ensuring we could get on the next available tender. Whilst obviously being convenient, I did feel a bit guilty about jumping the queue, not sure I am a fan of this kind of elitism - all men (and women) being born equal and all that. The tender ride ashore was very ordinary, not unlike any other tender ride I've ever had - nothing out of the ordinary. Anyone who has ever been to Guernsey will probably agree that is with a doubt absolutely unspectacular! - we wandered around the streets trying to find some sort of difference between the local environment and any run down town in the UK. The old quarter was full of empty shops, tattoo studios and tatt shops. I'm not sure when Guernsey was evacuated but I'm quote convinced that the passengers from the ship were the only people on there apart from a couple of survivors from the recent zombie apocalypse. I'm actually building Guernsey up a bit here, the reality is an island full of tax legislation manuals would have been more interesting. The day wasn't a total washout however as things got really exciting on the tender back to the ship. The journey seemed normal enough until we turned the corner to reach the landing areas on the side of the ship facing away from the coast. There seemed to be less shelter there and I'm not sure what the normal procedure is but I would have thought the ship would be turned so that we disembarked the tenders with the ship acting as a shelter from the wind and tide? This wasn't the case however and when we arrived at the ship, 6 or 7 tenders were fighting the sea conditions which had deteriorated over the past couple of hours. Tender number 19 went in for an attempt and actually managed to get tied on, only for the cables to snap and send the craft back out into the swollen seas. By now our tender was getting thrown around like a top and a mixture of panic, sea sickness and a deep seated fear of drowning was probably helped when I shot a selfie video of myself giving details of my last will and testament. Everyone on the tender was then sent into panic when a large explosion was heard on top of the vessel....it turned out to be the hatch being torn off by the wind and sent flying through the air like a frisbee into the sea! In all we spent about an hour trying to get back to the mother vessel, thoughts turned to what would happen if we couldn't get back! - Surely the ship wouldn't wait overnight and maybe we would be put up in a deserted hotel before being flown back in the morning or stuck on a ferry! Anyway, we did manage to dock after conditions eased but the drama wasn't over as when half our tender was unloaded, it had to leave the ship as a medical emergency on the tender behind necessitated immediate evacuation. I don't have any details of this, I hope the person was ok and maybe suffering from nothing more than a panic attack. Suffice to say a drink or two were needed after this episode so we went back to Crooners to see if our drinks that we had ordered two days before had arrived yet....they hadn't. Sometimes asking for a table of six is a bit of a lottery, in the past we’ve had to share our dining experience with puffed up, snotty retired bankers who treat the waiting staff like peasants, soup dribbling old ladies and people who’s idea of dressing up for formal night meant wearing socks. On this cruise however we were lucky enough to have fantastic, and very funny fellow diners. As is the usual, I had two baskets of bread rolls on the table but for some reason the others thought they could help themselves to them! - a quick rap on the knuckles with a shiny spoon soon sorted out that problem...the cheek of some people! Being a 5* dining experience, I went for the burger and chips. I normally like my beef medium to well done but the waiter didn’t offer me a choice and not being one to make a fuss, I went with the flow. Sure enough the gastronomic delight turned up a couple of hours later, plenty of time to cook it well so as you can imagine, I was quite shocked when the beef patty started ‘mooing’ at me. To call it a burger was in the least an ambitious claim, it reminded me of a squashed steak tartar ball which had seen the glancing heat of a candle as it passed by. In truth, when it comes to food, I am not the worlds most extravagant diner, I like simple food and my second favourite course on a ship is the soup and the aforementioned rolls - in the past I have been known to order the soup as a starter, soup course and main course...yes I love it! The soup and rolls on the Emerald didn’t disappoint - my compliments to the soup chef, I hope he gets a fair share of the gratuities. I said the soup was my second favourite course, my favourite without a doubt is the Princess Lovegasm Dream...sorry, that should read Loveboat Supreme...what genius came up with this idea?!? My compliments to the Princess Loveboat Supreme Chef, I hope he gets a fair share of the gratuities. Once again, despite the staff being excellent in the MDR, the service was very slow and drink orders were forgotten. I don’t blame the overworked staff there for this, they are doing their best but obviously they are the point of reference and have to take all the complaints which really should go straight to their bosses. Due to slow service, we missed the theatre shows on the first two nights but as a friend and golfing buddy of mine was the guest entertainer on the 3rd night we managed to get to his show in the theatre, being a busy ship I didn’t want to miss out on this so I placed a towel on a seat in there just to be sure of seeing his show. In the past I have always been impressed with the ‘production’ of shows on the ships so I was a bit disappointed to see Jeff Stevenson doing his comedy act in front of the curtain with no production at all. A sign of the times I suppose, Jeff was his normal brilliant self and we all enjoyed his show and his topical ad libs about this particular cruise (some of which I’ve nicked and used in these blogs!) A highlight of the cruise for us was the $500 slots tournament which my girlfriend managed to win - it paid our onboard account and gives a bit of spending money for when we go to see my Son’s show at The Metropolitan Rooms in New York on the 9th June (tickets available at the box office - oops, sorry, forgot myself there! So three nights on the Emerald Princess - they weren’t perfect but we were lucky to meet some great people, spend time with them and have a really good laugh. Disembarkation was very smooth, having queued in the past to get off the ship, it was a surprise to be able to wander off at our leisure at 7.30am...just as well as I was booked in to play golf 120 miles away at 10.30am! In summery, in my experience, mini cruises have their place, they shouldn’t be compared to longer ‘proper’ cruises and you shouldn’t expect them to be the same. Guernsey for all I have said is probably a lovely little island, don’t be swayed by my review of it, we went on a cold wet April day and headed into the centre of a run down shopping area - who knew? Give it a chance, read other reviews on cruise pages, Tripadvisor etc. I will say there were lots of ladies at the port giving out maps etc, they were obviously very proud of their island and were very professional in their roles.