Thursday, 9 October 2008

P&O Extras are so Suite

P&O passengers who buy suites and mini-suites will now benefit from a range of added extras. Priority check-in and welcome flowers and baskets of fruit are part of the deal with a welcome glass of sparkling wine also delivered to your cabin. Pre-dinner canap├ęs will also be offered to these passengers on formal nights in their suites. Passengers who book larger suites will be given a choice of a hot breakfast or afternoon tea also brought to their staterooms.

In keeping with all Cruise companies P&O are trying very hard to attract clients to their luxury offerings. This end of the market tends to be the least affected in difficult times and certainly there are offers available. Cruise Direct have some amazing offers in their specialist Luxury Cruise department, it's well worth a look.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Carnival Cruise announce refit plans

CARNIVAL UK has published plans for the addition of 48 new balconies across 3 of its scruise liners. Carnival Destiny has just sailed from dry dock with an additional 16 new balcony cabins and Carnival Triumph & Carnival Liberty will soon boast 32 new balconies between them when the emerge from dry dock on their next visit.

Destiny and Triumph will also have a have Carnival’s Seaside Theatre added and Liberty will be fitted with 2 new “deluxe penthouse suites” which can accommodate up to 5.

Record Sales for Cruise

A major cruise operator has recorded it's best ever month of sales in September, showing that the cruise market is still alive and well despite the doom and gloom of the credit crunch.



As stock markets plumet the taste for cruising is still as strong as ever with the comapny bringing in over £3 million in sales revenue in the month. Sales were spread out over all seasons and were reflected throughout the market.


Barrhead Travel also are recording similar sales growth over an extended period as are Cruise Direct.


Catriona Parsons, Sales manager said "This is a phenomenal period of growth in the cruise market. We at Barrhead Travel have worked hard to be sure that we have the right product on sale at the right prices" she added our success is also as a result of our insistence on the highest standards of customer service. Weare lucky to employ some very good, highly motivated and experienced staff who are constanly scouring the market to find the best deals for our clients.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Luxury Cruising missing the Crunch

Luxury Cruising is still as popular as ever despite the "credit crunch", it seems that at the very top end there is still a steady demand for the very best of everything.

Luxury Cruising has never really wained despite the popularity that informal cruising has gained over the last 5 years. The section of the market that caters for the most luxurious experiences afloat will always be in demand as those who can afford the time and justify the expence seek their relaxation.

CruiseDirectUK have recognised this and are one of the leading companies in the field offering some fantastic bargains on the best cruises available. Here are some of the bargains they have on offer

14 February 2009 - Crystal Symphony – 19 Night Tour

From £3642.00pp

** Upgrade to Deluxe Veranda Stateroom £640.00pp **

Itinerary:

Fly UKMiami

Private transfer from Airport to Hotel

Le Meridien Sunny Beach Resort, Miami

2 nights Room Only

Private transfer from Hotel to Port

14 nights on board the Crystal Symphony

Deluxe Stateroom with Large picture window

Private transfer from Port to Hotel

Hyatt Regency Huntingdon Beach , Los Angeles

2 nights Room Only

Private transfer from Hotel to Airport

Fly Los AngelesUK

Day 1: Miami

Day 2: At Sea

Day 2: Grand Cayman

Day 3: At Sea

Day 4: Cartagena

Day 5: Panama Canal

Day 6: At Sea

Day 7: Caldera

Day 8: At Sea

Day 9: At Sea

Day 10: Acapulco

Day 11: At Sea

Day 12: Cabo San Lucas

Day 13: At Sea

Day 14: Los Angeles

***

These tours are subject to availability and prices are subject to change until confirmed in full.

14 June 2009 - Crystal Serenity – 7 nights Fly Cruise

From £2458.00pp

** PLUS $100.00pp ON BOARD CREDIT**

**Upgrade to a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom from £425.00pp**

Itinerary:

Fly UK TO Venice

Private transfer from Airport to Port

7 nights on board the Crystal Serenity

Deluxe Stateroom with Large picture window

Private transfer from Port to Airport

Fly Rome to UK

Day 1: Venice

Day 2: Venice

Day 3: Dubrovnik

Day 4: Corfu

Day 5: At Sea

Day 6: Taormina

Day 7: Sorrento

Day 8: Rome

***

Tours are subject to availability and prices are subject to change until confirmed in full.

19 June 2009 – Crystal Symphony – 11 nights Tour

From £3505.00pp PLUS $150.00pp ON BOARD CREDIT

**Upgrade to Deluxe Veranda Stateroom £725.00pp**

Itinerary:

Depart Dover 19 June 2009 to Stockholm

11 nights on board Crystal Symphony

Deluxe Stateroom with large picture window

Private transfer from Port to Airport

Fly Stockholm to UK

Day 1: Dover

Day 2: At Sea

Day 3: Oslo

Day 4: Copenhagen

Day 5: Visby

Day 6: At Sea

Day 7: St Petersburg

Day 8: St Petersburg

Day 9: St Petersburg

Day 10: Helsinki

Day 11 Stockholm

Day 12 Stockholm

***

Tours are subject to availability and prices are subject to change until confirmed in full.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Fantastic Cruise Special Offers from Cruise Direct

New York Stay & Transatlantic Voyage
Onboard Queen Mary 2


26 April 2009 • 8 Nights from just £849pp

6 nights Full Board on the Fabulous Queen Mary 2

Stay 1 night FREE In a 4*hotel

Book a BALCONY cabin & receive 2 nights FREE in New York

Other dates available 14 April & 5 November 2009

Fly non-stop from Glasgow or Edinburgh to New York, transfer to your 4 star hotel  for a 1 night stay.
See the bright lights of the Big Apple, international mecca and melting pot, with expensive brownstones, colourful neighbourhoods, great museums and ambling parks. Some come just for the shopping:
there’s Bloomingdales on Lex, Tiffanys on Fifth, Barneys and the unique boutiques along Madison.
Or head downtown and explore the trendy shops of SoHo

Transfer to  Queen Mary 2 - the grandest, most magnificent ocean liner ever built. She's a true heir
to the timeless elegance, legacy and inspiration of the great Cunard liners of legend. You'll notice it the moment you walk through her doors into her soaring Grand Lobby, and be awed from the first instance you experience the famous Cunard White Star ServiceTM.

Sail between New York and Southampton  and experience six unforgettable days to revel in activities. Your days and nights at sea offer an abundance of possibilities. Spend a refreshing moment beneath a waterfall in the AquaTherapy Centre of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, browse the books in the largest library collection at sea, attend lavish Royal Nights balls, indulge in our traditional Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room and dine on the finest cuisine and perhaps best of all, be among the privileged travellers who can say they have experienced an extraordinary legacy


22 October 2008 Silver Shadow 17Nt Tour

 From £4995pp

Itinerary:
Fly UK - Papeete Private transfer from the Airport to Hotel
Overnight stay at the Sofitel Tahiti Resort, Papetee
Private transfer from Hotel to Port
16 Nights onboard the Silver Shadow
Suite Accommodation - All Inclusive

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Rangiroa, French Polynesia • Day At Sea • Nuku Hiva • French Polynesia •
Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Hilo, Hawaii, USA • Honolulu •
Oahu, Hawaii, USA • Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, Usa • Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Day At Sea Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Los Angeles, California


Private transfer from Port to Airport
Fly Los Angeles - UK
Upgrade to Veranda Suite £300pp
Upgrade to Business Class Flights £2650pp

 Availability and costs subject to change at all times


15 November 2008 Silver Shadow 18Nt Tour

 From £3765pp

Itinerary:
Fly UK - PapeetePrivate transfer from the Airport to Hotel
Overnight stay at the Sofitel Tahiti Resort, Papetee 
Private transfer from Hotel to Port
16 Nights onboard the Silver Shadow
Suite Accommodation - All Inclusive

Los Angeles Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • Day At Sea •
Acapulco, Mexico • Day At Sea • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala • Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Panama Canal, Panama • Cartagena, Colombia • Santa Marta, Colombia •
Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Fort Lauderdale, Florida


 Private transfer from Port to Airport
Fly Miami - UK  
Upgrade to Veranda Suite £300pp
Upgrade to Business Class Flights £2375pp 

Availability and costs subject to change at all times


12 December 2008 Silver Shadow 12Nt Tour
 
From
£2495pp

Itinerary:  Fly UK – Barbados
Private transfer from Airport to Hotel  
3 Nights at the Almond Casuarina Beach Resort, Hastings All Inclusive  
Private transfer from Hotel to Port
9 Nights onboard the  Silver Shadow Suite Accomodation - All Inclusive

Bridgetown, Barbados • Castries, St. Lucia • Roseau, Dominica • St. John's, Antigua •
Gustavia, St. Bart's • San Juan, Puerto Rico • Day At Sea • Day At Sea • Key West,
Florida • Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Private transfer from Port to Airport
Upgrade to Veranda Suite £120pp
Upgrade to Business Class Flights £1850pp