February 23rd, 2017 by Francesca Bandini
MSC Meraviglia is being christened in less than 100 days, on the 3rd June 2017. To celebrate this event MSC Cruises is offering a special sailing from only £719pp with Free drinks* and flights. Read the rest of this entry »
October 3rd, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
We all know how it is important to feel comfortable around other people and the way you dress certainly influences your self-confidence. Cruise lines adopt various dress codes and before packing you should know what is the expected dress code for your cruise. Read below to discover the dress codes for each cruise line.
Cunard Cruises dress code
This cruise line envisages a quiet formal dress code throughout the various night cruises. In fact the dress codes varies from elegant, formal up to semi-formal. For men, jackets are not always required and this will be specified in the on board journal. Having said that there is the possibility to adopt a more informal dress code in certain areas of the ship such as the lido area. Swimwear is not allowed anywhere in the ship.
P&O Cruises dress code
There are two dress codes to be observed on P&O Cruises: Evening casual and Black tie, both apply after 6 pm in the main venues. These will be announced in the on board journal and prior to departure in your booking details. During the day time you can wear what you would be wearing during a holiday, shorts are permitted.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines dress code
The dress code for the evenings vary. Every cruise will include one or more formal nights, whilst on the other nights the dress code required is smart casual, where a pair of smart trousers or black jeans together with a shirt or a polo t-shirt are accepted. In the daytime you can wear what you prefer to feel at ease.
Norwegian Cruise Line dress code
NCL is well known for its Freedom at sea campaign, they in fact envisage a free style of cruising and this reflects in the dress code. You can wear what you like in the evenings and at formal restaurants. NCL asks you only to be considerate and avoid wearing the following items on dining areas: tank tops (for men), flip flops, visors or baseball caps, jeans with holes or below the hips.
Celebrity Cruises dress code
Celebrity Cruises envisage a smart casual dress code throughout most of the evenings on board. There will be a chic evening or more (depending on the duration of your cruise), and in that occasion you are required to dress to impress, without the need of being too formal.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages dress code
The dress code is smart casual on most of the evenings, requiring shirt and trousers for men and a smart outfit (dress/trousers) for women. On formal nights, guests are required to comply with the dress code, wearing a suit with a tie for men and an evening gown for women. Although the dress code is casual during the day, swimwear and similar should only be worn in the designated areas.
Royal Caribbean International dress code
The general dress code on board is smart casual for the evenings. There are formal nights on board with cocktail dresses or elegant trousers for woman and suit for men (black tie is optional) as part of the dress code. During lunch time flip flops, shorts and t-shirts are allowed on board and at restaurants.
Saga Cruises dress code dress code
Saga Cruises are exclusively reserved to over 50s and the dress code is relaxed with an extra touch. On evenings ladies are required to wear cocktail dresses and smart jacket/cardigan. For men chinos and shirt are perfect. There is the chance to wear a more elegant attire on formal nights. During daytime light trousers and smart tops are OK, ideally accompanied by nice jewelry or scarves.
Princess Cruises dress code
Princes Cruises recommend to dress as if you were going to a stylish land-based resort. There will be smart casual evenings requiring shirt and trousers (for men), and on cruises of more than 4 days there will be some formal nights as well. During the day time you can dress according to the climate therefore a more relaxed outfit is fine.
Voyages to Antiquity dress code
The dress code is very informal throughout your cruise. During the day you are advised to dress for the climate and any excursions you are taking part in. As for evenings, a more smart casual dress code is required, but very far from formal. However, if you fancy dressing up for a night, you get the chance to on the Captain's Cocktail night.
Regent Seven Seas dress code
The recommended dress code for the evening is Elegant Casual resort wear (tie is not required), whilst trainers and jeans are not permitted. The dress code may range from semi-formal to formal on cruises of 16 nights or more. Before 6pm the dress code is definitely more relaxed, requiring a more casual style.
MSC cruises dress code
Overall the dress code is casual. However on formal nights men are required to wear ties and jackets and women cocktails dresses. There are also specific themed evenings, and guests are encouraged to comply with the theme.
Seabourne dress code
The dress code on board applies after 6pm. Casual smart outfits are required throughout the ship (trousers and shirt, dresses). During formal nights an appropriate formal code is required in the restaurants.
September 30th, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
To avoid disappointment, it is good to know in advance the alcohol policy of your cruise line. Read below to discover the alcohol policies for each cruise line.
Cruise lines’ alcohol policies
Cunard Cruises alcohol policy
You are allowed to bring a bottle of wine on board on embarkation day, but beers and spirits need to be purchased on board. However, alcohol bought at ports or shops on board can be consumed in your cabin with no restrictions.
P&O Cruises alcohol policy
You are allowed to bring a small quantity of alcohol on board. There isn’t an official restriction, but the cruise line reserves the right to confiscate alcohol. When you buy alcohol at duty free shops, you can collect your purchase only on disembarkation day.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines alcohol policy
Guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Alcohol bought at ports or at duty free will be retained by the cruise line and given back at the end of the cruise.
Norwegian Cruise Line alcohol policy
Guests are allowed to bring Champagne or wine on board, but no spirits or beer.
Celebrity Cruises alcohol policy
Passengers can bring two bottles of wine or Champagne each, but beers and and spirits are forbidden. If alcohol is purchased at ports, it will be retained by the cruise lines and released on the last day.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages alcohol policy
Guests are not allowed to carry any alcohol on board. In regards to alcohol purchased at duty free shops, it will be given to customers at the end of the cruise.
Royal Caribbean International alcohol policy
For private consumption guests can bring up to two bottles of wine/champagne per cabin.
Princess cruises alcohol policy
On embarkation day each guest can bring only one bottle of wine/Champagne. Alcohol purchased during the cruise will be kept by the cruise line and given back at the end of the cruise.
Voyages to Antiquity alcohol policy
Wine and Champagne bought on the shop on board or a shore can be keep in the staterooms, other alcoholic beverages will be kept by the cruise line and deliver back on the date of departure.
Saga cruises alcohol policy
Saga doesn’t have a strict alcohol policy as other cruise line, guests are allowed to consume in their cabin alcohol bought ashore or aboard, so the custom will exercise rule.
Regent Seven Seas alcohol policy
The cruise line does not restrict alcohol carried on board.
MSC Cruises alcohol policy
Guests are not allowed to bring their own alcohol on board. Alcohol purchased ashore will be held until the end of the cruise.
Passengers can bring up to three bottles of wine/Champagne on board, but spirits and beers are not allowed.
Seabourne alcohol policy
The cruise line does not restrict alcohol carried on board.
Cruise Lines alcohol policy are updated at the time of publishing and may change at any time.
September 23rd, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
Have you ever wondered what are suitable books for cruise lovers? We are not talking about the books on specific destinations, cruise lines or travel guides. But those books that real cruisers would enjoy. We picked the 6 must read books that every cruiser should get the chance to read at least once.
September 14th, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
Harmony of the Seas is the biggest ship in the world with plenty of things to do. It might feel overwhelming when you are there and don't know what excursions to do or which entertainment you should go and watch, or even get involved in. That's why I have decided to compile a list of the best attractions you cannot miss!
Top 10 things to do on board Harmony of the Seas
1. Have a coffee in Central Park: you don't need to go to New York to enjoy the rejuvenating air of Central Park. In fact, Harmony of the Seas hosts an amazing spot where you forget that you are on a ship. There are many trees around and I swear I could hear some birds (despite not being there)! On the promenade there are various other tranquil venues for a coffee, snack, a cocktail or even a meal.
2. Alice in Wonderland restaurant: have you ever dreamed of being in a fairy tale where houses are made of marzipan, trees of chocolate and clouds of candy floss? You can make this dream come true on board of Harmony of the Seas, at the Alice in Wonderland restaurant. The restaurant features modern imaginative cuisine, where you can eat dishes inspired to the six elements: sun, sea, earth, ice, fire and dreams. The decor adds to the magic, but perhaps not as much as the menus - They only reveal what is on them with the help of a magic brush! A six course dinner costs $45 per person.
3. Puzzle break: I am sure that when you read on the journal 6 pm Puzzle Game: Escape the Room you will think of a board game. However, what seems a boring game turns out to be one of the most entertaining and amazing experience of your life! This game involves teamwork to escape a space in the ship by solving riddles and puzzles, with just an hour to do it in. To know more about the game read the article The most intense hour of my life.
4. Surf experience: have you always dreamed of surfing but you were a little too scared? You can now surf on the Flowrider, where instructors can guide you to be the next big thing!
5. The tallest slide at sea: the Ultimate Abyss is the tallest slide at sea and is for those adrenaline junkies amongst us all. The people I met said that is was very fast and dark... I'll have to take their word for it!
6. Watching a show on Ice: at Royal Caribbean, they are well known for the amazing entertainment. It is worth spending at least one evening watching a show that you wont forget.
7. On air Club: this bar is really nice, not only a stage for karaoke enthusiasts but also includes various games for everyone earlier in the evening.
8. Bionic bar: There are very few places where you can experience the bartender of the future. However on this ship you can. It is not everyday you get served a cocktail from a mechanical hand!
9. Water show: Harmony of the Seas provides an excellent water show in the Aqua Theatre. This is another exciting show put on by Royal Caribbean and involves so many talented acrobats.
10. Eat a meal at the Solarium bistro: a low calorie and tasteful lunch can be found at the Solarium bistro, a buffet style meal packed with high energy and no regrets food. I really enjoyed my meal there, the setting is nice and was almost like a greenhouse.
August 2nd, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
MSC Meraviglia launch is one of the most expected events of 2017. MSC Meraviglia (the name means ‘wonder’ in Italian) will soon become the largest cruise ship afloat (in terms of passenger capacity) when it launches the 3rd June 2017, it will hold 5,700 passengers! The ship will be the biggest ship ever built by a European-based cruise line and is currently being built in the same shipyard as Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class ships. Read the rest of this entry »