Wednesday, November 30
Tuesday, November 22
We now have a new logo and a refreshed website (the blog will soon follow) to reflect our increased drive to create the perfect cruises!
Times are tough, so to help ensure everyone gets what they wish for this Christmas, we are adding extra presents to our exclusive cruises.
Ideal's Christmas Wishlist
- Tickets to a Broadway Music with Celebrity Silhouette
- Trip to the Christmas Markets
- Tickets to Cirque du Soliel with Cunard Queen Victoria
- Venice Film Festival tickets with Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas
- Trip on the Orient Express with Silversea Silver Shadow
- Beach holiday with Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
- A Trip to see the Mardi Gras Festival in New Orleans with Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
- Shopping Trip to New York with Cunard Queen Mary 2
Friday, November 11
First World War
|RMS Mauretania in Dazzle Camouflage|
RMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic, served as a troopship for the British. From its highly effective operation during the war it obtained the nickname 'old reliable'.
HMHS Britannic, another sister ship of the Titanic, sadly did not make it through the war. Originally built as a passenger ship, she never saw any commercial passengers and was instead enlisted straight into the army as a hospital ship. Sadly on the 21st November 1916 she struck a mine off the Greek Coast by Kea resulting in a loss of 30 lives.
Second World War
|The Queen Mary During WW2|
Unfortunately the Queen Elizabeth was lost in 1972 due to on-board fires. However, the Queen Mary is now permanently docked at Long Island in Los Angeles as a tourist attraction.
Cruise liners have been used as recently as the Falklands with Cunards QE2 (soon to be an attraction in Dubai) and P&O's Canberra being used as troopships by the British Army.
Much like everyone and everything at the time of war, cruise ships have played their part in creating the world we live in today.... least we forget..
Today (11/11/11) Ideal Cruising will donate £11 from every sale to the Royal British Legion.
Tuesday, November 8
- A mouth-watering 16 restaurants and 10 bars
- 3 pools,
- A 80,000sqft spa and salon
- 1,800 seater theatre which houses the Viva Elvis musical
Friday, October 28
P&O has won the Best Large Cruise Line in The Telegraph Travel Awards for 2011.
Monday, October 24
New Orleans one of the world's most fascinating cities. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it's brilliant mosaic of culture, food and music. You'll find brimming bowls of gumbo, late nights in jazz clubs, strolls through historic neighbourhoods and tantalising festivals throughout the year. Its no surprise then to find the popularity of New Orleans growing once again as tourism increases.
What better way to enjoy the hospitality of Louisiana than a 3 night stay at one of the cities many unique hotels before heading off on a 7 night Royal Caribbean Cruise. The Voyager of the Seas will take you from New Orleans through the Gulf of Mexico and onto Falmouth in Jamaica, Georgetown in Grand Cayman and Cozumel in Mexico.
And don't forget, if you happen to be there in for Mardi Gras (thats February 21st in 2012) you may well need that 7 night cruise more than anything else after joining in on that party
Monday, October 17
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Thursday, July 21
The size of the ship is phenomenal; it has to been seen to really understand the enormity of this beautiful ship. The interior design is that of a 5* luxury hotel (and more…) the attention to detail and different areas are fantastic, from the outside lawn area, the Hideaway, to the relaxing library and cards rooms – There is something for everyone on this ship.
The service is second to none, and the food and drinks are out of this world, watch out though it’s easy to pile on the pounds! There’s excellent variety in the buffet restaurant and main evening restaurant and for those extra special evenings try the speciality restaurant, there’s not many places you can order your dinner from an Ipad.
The entertainment on board the ship is as a good as the west end, you can even see shows similar to Cirque de Soleil.
The staterooms range from interior, which are comfortable and very spacious up to some ships. I stayed in a balcony stateroom and it was lovely, just sitting on the balcony of an evening was very relaxing. If you are feeling flush, the suites are astonishing.
The pool area is fantastic, with plenty of sun loungers in the sun or in the shade, a visit to the Spa is a must with its wonderful facilities and great gym – You can eat what you want and then enjoy a morning of yoga or jogging around the deck.
Try out the lawn area, where you can play giant Jenga, crocket or just relax in the hubs!
What can I say, you need to see this ship to believe it…..Go on treat yourself!
Head of Groups
Friday, June 17
It was just lovely. I had previously seen the Oriana and found that superb and this was even better!
All the public areas were stunning, the cabins lovely; tea & coffee in all.
We explored the kids clubs and the night nursery and it was just amazing.
Finally, lunch was just lovely and the staff as always excellent. Truly great day and experience.
Would most definitely look forward to a cruise aboard P&O Ventura.
Wednesday, June 1
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The rising fuel costs, more stringent environmental regulations and the economic crisis have affected the cruise industry prospects. However, cruise providers expect to see modest growth in 2011, helped massively by the launch of eight brand new large ships and the price reductions. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, it is expected that 16 million people will take a cruise in 2011, with three quarters of these people coming from North America. This is an increase of almost 7% year on year. Last year, despite the lasting effects of the recession, the industry actually exceeded growth expectations.
The top cruise lines are optimistic about the industry future as they try to encourage the industry development in those parts of the world where this type of travel is not particularly popular. Australia is one area which is seeing massive growth in the cruise industry, with more and more big names heading down under every year.
One of the measures taken by the top companies to expand their customer base during the recession has been cutting prices. By doing that cruise companies have managed to keep their ships pretty much full to capacity, even during economic crisis. What they aim is to hook prospective customers with affordable cruises and expect that they will keep coming back for more.
Compared to 2 years ago, cruising prices has definitively plummeted and cabins are becoming more luxurious, more comfortable while onboard entertainment and activities just keep growing. These factors have influenced the rising popularity of cruise holidays. Today one in every 12 package holidays booked in the UK is a cruise. That number is set to increase, with indicators predicting that the number of UK passengers will reach 2 million by 2012 at the latest.
Ideal Cruising endeavours to go out of our way to find you the very best deal. Some of our latest offers are:
Wednesday, April 27
Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, P&O are some the cruise lines that provides weddings at sea. You can make your wedding at sea a private affair or bring your family and friends and mingle with the other guests onboard. After you wedding, the honeymoon starts straight away, no packing bags and jetting off to another country, you are already there.
Royal Romance ceremonies (from Royal Caribbean) are designed so that every detail is taken into consideration, which allows you to relax and simply enjoy your special day. You can tie the knot on-board or in exotic locations such as a Caribbean Island or Alaska.
P&O wedding cruise packages include a full wedding planning service and on board wedding coordinator, a wedding ceremony at sea, and two fresh floral arrangements among other details.
An average wedding at sea costs between £5,000 and £15,000 depending on the requirements. All the cruise lines offer tailored wedding deals if you fancy something truly special. The sky is the limit.
Due to the high demand on these services, it is advisable to book a place one year in advance.
If you want to learn more about our wedding cruises, please call . Our experts have the knowledge and experience to design an itinerary to suit your own individual requirements and budget.
Saturday, April 23
|Ibiza, Spain is one of the top holiday destinations in Europe.|
- Spain. This country is still one of the most popular destinations and according to Eurostat figures from the European Union, the Iberian country is still the most popular place to stay in Europe. Mallorca, Ibiza has wonderful beaches while Barcelona remains as one of the most exciting cities in the world.
- Portugal. The economic crisis has transformed the country into a very affordable place for British visitors. Its beautiful beaches, historic wonders and great food represent great value for the British pound. A cup of coffee in Portugal could be bought for just 63 pence and a three course meal for two with wine cost just over £16.
- Greece. Alongside its mesmerizing culture, history and landscape Greece has become the perfect place to visit this summer. The resort prices at all time low and cheap food has added value to this great holiday destination. Greece has everything that you need for a dream holiday; sun, sand, traditional cooking and great hospitality.
- Turkey. It is considered the best value destination for April based on a year on year analysis of the exchange rate. With Turkish Lira at 2.6 to the Pound, accommodation from as little as £34 for a five star hotel Turkey emerging as one of this year’s most popular holiday destinations. Visitors can choose between Istanbul, beach holidays on the Turquoise coast or historical explorations around the country's archaeological sites.
- Dubai. The favourable currency combined with duty free and sunshine guaranteed makes it a popular choice. The emirate ranks as one of the most visited destinations worldwide in a report from Euromonitor International, the only city in the Middle East to make the top 10. Dubai is currently the number one shopping destination.
If you want to learn more about our cruise breaks, please call 0845 839 9344. Our experts have the knowledge and experience to find the cruise to suit you. Get extra £10 off when you book online.
Sunday, April 17
Wouldn’t it be nice to find yourself in a hotel with a balcony overlooking the sea whilst enjoying swimming pools, casinos and 5* restaurants? What if this hotel will transport you to a different part of the world so you could visit exotic islands, historic places, vibrant cities and white sandy beaches?
Welcome to the world of cruising. Being in a cruise you will enjoy a wide range of top services. You could start the day with rock climbing and then head to a spa to enjoy a refreshing treatment. In a cruise you have so many options that it might be difficult to decide between play golf, go the casino, enjoy 3D theatre or a couple of cocktails in an ice bar. And these are just some of the entertainment alternatives available.
Some people wrongly think that when taking a cruise, they will spend the whole time at sea. Most of the cruise packages include a couple of docking points that allows holidaymakers to visit wonderful destinations such as Rome, Corfu, Tenerife, Istanbul, New York and many others.
The myth that cruises were for the rich or those who had retired has been put to bed. Cruises are now for families, singles, party animals, honeymooners and couples. Even companies wishing to hold their corporate functions choose to cruise. And the prices are very affordable. Below you can see some of our latest offers.
At Ideal Cruising, we aim to provide the ideal holiday for all our customers. Our experts will take note of your requirements and suggest a cruise that best suit your needs and budget.
13nt Greek Isles & Turkey Fly-Cruise from £799
Depart: 27th September 2011 from Barcelona
FREE hotel stay **+ $100 FREE Spend*
7nt Spanish Med Fly-Cruise from £599 (balcony)
Depart: 6 November 2011 from Genoa
Last 10 Cabins - Huge Savings
10nt Eastern Med Fly-Cruise from £599
Depart: 30th April & 10th May 2011 from Rome
Manchester Flights Available
14nt Mediterranean Treasures from £999
Depart: 7th May 2011 from Southampton
FREE Upgrade Outside to Balcony
If you wan to learn more about our cruise holidays, please call 0845 839 9344. Our cruise experts have the knowledge and experience to find the cruise to suit you.
Tuesday, April 12
Today, it is the last chance to secure a balcony cabin for £599. The offer applies to a MSC’s Mediterranean Fly-Cruise that departs on 6th November, 2011.
All on-board meals included in price an you can also enjoy on board a wide range of restaurant and bars
If you are looking for relaxing and unforgettable holidays, this is wonderful opportunity to embrace new experiences and just enjoy all the facilities available. On board you can enjoy 4 swimming pools, Wellness Spa, Turkish Bath, squash/tennis courts/jogging track, casino, cinema and theatres.
Ready to go? Call us now on 0845 839 9344 for more details!
Thursday, April 7
Onboard facilities include swimming pools, Jacuzzis, an outdoor jogging track, a fitness centre, a sauna and steam rooms.
The price includes direct return flights from London Gatwick to Rome, plus transfers, personal travel insurance, port taxes and fuel supplements. Offer ends 13th April
Call us now on 0845 839 9344 for more details!
Wednesday, April 6
Two fantastic deals have just arrived!
MSC Opera - 7th & 17th May 11, 10 nights, Baltic capitals
Just £659pp for an inside cabin
The ship sails roundtrip from Southampton.
MSC Poesia - 10th May 11, 7 nights, Genoa to Southampton
Insides £449, outsides £549, balcony £649
The ship departs from Genoa and your one way flight from London is included in the price!
Don't miss out! Call us on 0845 839 9344 for more details!