Win Tickets to the Daily Mail Cruise Show
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Daily Mail  Cruise Show 2015

Hosting the largest selection of cruise lines both large and small The Daily Mail CRUISE show is one of Europe’s leading cruise events.

At the event you will be able to get an insight into the different styles of cruising including luxury and river cruising, cruises for the family and if you are a solo traveller there will be options for you too.

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SHOW INFORMATION

At the show you will be able to take advantage of exclusive money saving offers and extras for example onboard credit and all inclusive drinks packages. There will also be free talks by the experts where you will be able to gather important expert advice that you won’t be able to get elsewhere.

With new ships and destinations constantly coming to the market the cruise lines will be showcasing what’s new for 2015/2016.

So, if you have never been cruising before or if you are more experienced and want some inspiration for your next voyage, be sure to visit The Daily Mail CRUISE show at the following venues:

NEC, Birmingham – 12 & 13 September 2015
Manchester Central – 26 & 27 September 2015
SECC, Glasgow – 10 & 11 October 2015

For talk timetables and a list of the companies showcasing at the event please visit www.cruisingshow.com

READER’S TICKET OFFER: 
We are also offering reduced price advance tickets to the shows! Get your tickets for only £4 (that’s saving £6 off the door price!!) by quoting ‘2CRUISE’ when booking tickets online at www.cruisingshow.com or when calling 0871 620 4024. (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

A Look at the P&O Ventura
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P&O Ventura

P&O is a distinctly British line and their ship, the Ventura entered service in April 2008. Dame Helen Mirren along with a team of Royal Marines christened the 1,550-cabin vessel with the traditional bottle of champagne crashing against the ship’s bow.

The ship’s designers decided to commission over 7,000 pieces of art for the Ventura from 43 artists, who were either British nationals or live and work in Britain exclusively.

According to P&O Cruises former Managing Director Nigel Esdale: “The art collection has always been at the heart of that personality, illustrating what the ship stands for, as well as creating a unique look and feel. It also provides an additional dimension to our passengers experience, giving them food for thought and enhancing their enjoyment of the public spaces.”

The Ventura continues to prove that statement. However, the ship has plenty more to offer. Now with several years of service under her belt, she still maintains her “contemporary and family-friendly” theme with success.

CABINS

The five categories of tastefully decorated staterooms consist of suites; deluxe balcony staterooms; balcony staterooms; outside staterooms and inside cabins. P&O boasts that out of these, 60% of the cabins contain a verandah. Balconies are large enough for dining and contain stylish teak furnishing.

Ventura Balcony Cabin

Past passengers have often remarked that the cabin décor and amenities are ‘better than a hotel”.

All cabins contain flat panel TV, radio, telephone, safe, hairdryer and refrigerator as well as tea & coffee making facilities. Egyptian linens, towels and robes are in all of the cabins as well. The beds are very comfortable and come with an 8-inch Slumberland Gold Seal posture spring mattress.

All suites include a butler and plenty of other premium services such as daily canapés and a selection of daily newspapers.

DINING

There are a number of choices and themes when dining onboard the Ventura. There are three main dining rooms (‘Bay Tree’, ‘Saffron’ and ‘Cinnamon’) with two sittings for dinner held at 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

The Baytree Restaurant

The very popular specialty dining venue, ‘White Room’ is overseen by restaurateur Marco Pierre White. This alternative restaurant is moderately priced and offers an intimate experience of fine dining. The chef has also created menus for the 24-hour buffet-style fining facilities called ‘The Beach House’. Other options for dining include the casual ‘Waterside Restaurant’ and ‘Frankie’s Grill and Pizzeria’ and ‘East’ serving Asian fusion and Pacific cuisine

For something a bit lighter, try the Barcelona-style tapas menu at Las Ramblas. A classical guitarist plays each evening whilst you taste traditional Spanish appetizers.

ENTERTAINMENT

The Arena Theatre is large with 788 comfortable seats and excellent sight lines no matter where you sit. The entertainment is traditional with a blend of guest musicians, comedians, singers and production shows by the on-board troupe ‘Headliners’ that perform many West End show tunes.

The Ventura Arena Theatre

There are other venues where the music is pumping out with styles to suit all tastes including blues, country & western, jazz, rock, pop and swing. The casino is smaller and shares its space with a public house called ‘The Exchange’. This makes it more reminiscent of a proper British Pub rather than a glimmering Vegas-style one.

ACTIVITIES

Ventura has no lack of things to do. One unique feature of the ship is Cirque Ventura where guests can learn to walk a tightrope, juggle or fly on the trapeze. In keeping up with its emphasis on art, there are enrichment programs provided by the Tate Modern on some voyages.

With enhanced activities such as a 4-player Scalextric, a computer school and 3D films, all members of the family will certainly be kept busy.

For the younger ones, the kids centre is divided in three (designated by age from tots to teens) with state of the art areas and entertaining activities such as Sony PS3s. Teens can also head to the Rock School and be inspired to learn the guitar or drums.

The Kids Club on Ventura

Her Oasis Spa, salon and fully-equipped gym are available for well being of the mind and body and staying fit. Passengers can indulge in a varied menu of treatments with the ship’s skilled therapists and fitness experts.

ITINERARIES

For the duration of 2015, the Ventura offers 2, 3, 4, 7, 12, 13 and 14-day cruises in the Mediterranean.

All sailings in 2015 leave from her home port of Southampton. A 28-day Transatlantic is scheduled for the 18th of January 2016 departing Southampton and heading towards the warmer waters of the Caribbean and back again.

To view the Ventura’s Itineraries click here

Images courtesy of P&O Cruises

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How to Match Your Personality to a Cruise
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cruise personality

How do you know if your personality matches a cruise? Determining which cruise line is the right fit is one of the most significant parts of a successful cruise holiday.

Cruise lines tailor their activities to accommodate passengers, but each individual line tends to have their own demographics for their average passenger. Nothing could turn somebody off a cruise holiday in the future if the most recent did not meet expectations.

There are cruises designed to suit virtually every niche, interest and personal preference. There are those tailored for special interests. Those specialising in unique destinations or those that are more port intensive will offer less days at sea.

Many cruise lines create special “themes” on board, with the focus on cultural enrichments ranging from cooking side by side with renowned chefs, golf clinics with pros, celebrity talks and murder mysteries to solve whilst at sea. If something like this is not of interest, booking this type of cruise holiday could turn out to be a big mistake.

Are you a people person or someone happy to just spend quality time with a companion or on your own? That can make a difference towards the success of your cruise holiday too.

Examples of cruise holidays can range from luxury yacht style vessels, mega-ships with an array of recreational facilities and entertainment, classic and traditional ships reminiscent of days gone by, river cruises and special interest or exploration cruises heading to Antarctica.

It all boils down to a matter of personal taste. Below is a brief list of some of the more popular lines to see if their personality matches yours.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Party lovers everywhere will enjoy the fun activities and fun, fun, fun that takes place on each of the 24 fleet members. Appealing and designed to a younger demographic, these ships are filled with eye catching décor of neon colours and million dollar Las Vegas styled productions. Night time is when the ship comes alive with plenty of venues of all types pumping out the music.

Cunard Line

This line is perfect for those that want an elegant and British experience. This company has been offering a royal treatment to customers since the 1840s with their names such as Mary, Victoria and Elizabeth being iconic in the cruising industry. It is no surprise, then, that they are well known for their elegant British charm and excellent service, to the extent that afternoon tea is served by cruise members with white gloves. They are also well known for transatlantic crossings from Southampton to New York and back.

Afternoon Tea

Image courtesy of Cunard Cruises

Disney Cruise Line

Families looking for a great cruise holiday would do well to look at this line. All of the Disney magic and quality can be seen everywhere on these 4 ships, including the portholes which display animated scenes. Amazing musical productions can be enjoyed, the children’s clubs are top of the range and don’t forget to disembark on Castaway Cay.

Fred.Olsen

Another favourite of the British passenger, Fred Olsen appeals to those couples and singles over 60 and is in line with the traditional cruise ships of the past, where passengers still dress up for dinner. During school holiday times, the Braemar can become a huge family reunion. During this period there are just as many activities for the adults as there are for the grandchildren.

MSC Cruises

MSC has an Italian flavour but has been trying to reinvent itself and in the past attracted retirees. With the number of state-of-the-art enhancements made on their newer ships, they are gearing towards a new market of families with children. Activities onboard include a Formula 1 Simulator and the 4D Cinema on-board the Divina and its affiliation friendly companies such as Chicco® and LEGO®.

MSC Formula 1 simulator

Image courtesy of MSC Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line

Whether you’re a food connoisseur or just someone that likes to go out and eat, Norwegian will be a good cruise line for you. There are over 20 different specialty restaurants that serve everything from Parisian cuisine to a teppanyaki style meal on each of the 11 ships in their fleet. Their ships keep getting bigger and bigger and the amenities are aimed to impress with plenty of ‘firsts at sea’.

Princess Cruises

Romantics are going to be flocking to Princess Cruises, which is popular amongst honeymooners and newlyweds. The 17 ships that make up Princess’s fleet are specially designed to accommodate those that are looking for a beautiful getaway. Princess offers  stunning locations, a contemporary look and classy service.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

If you want to be pampered to your heart’s content, try a Regent cruise. All 3 of their ships have complementary goods that are sure to impress, with fine dining, wine and spirit tasting and even complementary shore trips that go off the beaten path. This is six star cruising at it’s best!

Royal Caribbean

Want to have a sporty experience that is sure to leave you exhausted in a good way? If so Royal Caribbean could be the right choice for you. Just a few of the thrilling activities that can be found on their ships include a rock-climbing wall, surfing pool, ice-skating rink, bungee trampolines, a boxing ring and even a zip-line that stretches above the pool deck. There is also an extensive gymnasium in the spa area on all of their ships.

Rock Climbing with Royal Caribbean

Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises

Matching your lifestyle and personality to a cruise holiday is the best recipe for an outstanding time.  Do some research and speak with others. Before you know it, you will book a cruise holiday year after year.

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