Cruising is a new experience every day
There is so much choice out there today for cruising holidays, where to start in deciding what sort of cruise you want to go on and where can be a daunting task, however don’t worry we are here to help you make sense of it all and decide!
Just this year, 30 new ships are joining the world’s fleet of ocean-going and river vessels featuring ground-breaking designs, eco-friendly innovations and swish techno toys and these are not just hallmarks of the new ships, older ships are also being upgraded.
Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International are two cruise lines leading the way. Royal Caribbean has focused in on families, things to keep the kids entertained at sea include a glow-in-the-dark laser experience on new ship Symphony of the Seas and sister ship Independence of the Seas has undergone a multimillion pound revamp that includes waterslides, children’s aqua park Splashaway Bay, plus an onboard trampoline virtual reality experience, laser tag and an Escape Room. For those who thought that cruising is not for families, that is certainly not the case anymore and as any parent knows, happy children equal’s happy parents!
Celebrity Cruises is making big waves with the launch of Celebrity Edge, it features the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform reaching exhilarating heights of 13 stories above sea level, the Magic Carpet glides up and down the side of the ship while transforming into a restaurant, deck space and embarkation area. Some of the best views aboard are to be found here as you soar over the open ocean while you dine, drink, or simply relax. This certainly sounds like an unforgettable experience.
Technology is coming to the forefront of cruising, Royal Caribbean have launched a new app, available on Symphony of the Seas, that can be used for everything from checking in and keeping an eye on your spending, to messaging friends and family and booking restaurants, shore excursions and shows whilst on board. Celebrity Edge is also in on the technology act to include digital ‘keys’ on smartphones to open cabin doors, and once in your cabin you will be able to control lighting, room temperature and service via a touchscreen panel. With a Virtual Concierge app, you can order drinks, make restaurant bookings and book shore excursions and a map on the app will help you find your way around the ship.
Cruising is all about dining and Celebrity Cruises purports to have ‘the best dining experience at sea – period’. They place an emphasis on delivering a diverse and authentic culinary journey on board, using local ingredients of the destinations your cruise is visiting to inspire the Michelin-starred dishes served. Celebrity Edge has four main restaurants – Tuscan, Cyprus, Normandie and Cosmopolitan. On Celebrity Edge you will even see an animated 3D character, Le Petit Chef, prepare food right in front of your eyes.
So, what else can cruising add to your holiday experience?
Looking after the mind, body and soul is in Celebrity’s DNA with lots of options for chilling out and pampering. Celebrity Edge takes it to the next level, with salt, steam and rainfall rooms and wellness massages and treatments that will renew, restore and reinvigorate you.
Evening entertainment is a ‘must do’ on a cruise and the choice aboard Royal Caribbean ships is hard to beat for both variety and quality, which ranges from musicals such as Greece and Hairspray to ice-skating shows and on Royal’s four giant Oasis-class ships you will marvel at daredevil divers in the Aqua Theatre.
On board Celebrity there are ‘fantastic’ theatre shows, which range from music and dance performances such as the Rock City anthem concert to breath-taking aerial acrobatics.
Finally, not forgetting the places you will visit…
Cruising will always be about visiting new countries, experiencing new cultures, eating local cuisine and immersing yourself in the places to stop off at, the Med has all of this and more.
Greece and Croatia
Greece is always a top Med choice and Croatia is an increasingly popular place to visit, Royal Caribbean has combined the two for a seven-night cruise. It starts and finishes in Venice, which speaks for itself.