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  1. Barrhead Travel were excited to hear that Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced that construction has started on their brand new ship - Seven Seas Splendor. 

     

    A ceremony was held in Ancona to mark the ignition of the cutting torch to shape the first plate of steel. Chief Executive Officer Jason Montague said:

    “This is truly an exciting moment for us and we are delighted to work with the skillful engineers of Fincantieri Shipyard to build our new ship that will again raise the standards of luxury for the industry,” said Mr. Montague. “Regent has been committed to delivering the most beautiful destinations with impeccable personalized service aboard elegant and intimately spacious ships for more than 25 years. With the first steel cut for Seven Seas Splendor in Ancona, we are now underway to realizing our plans for the new ship that will perfect luxury.”

     

    The grand 750 guest ship will join Regent's fleet in 2020 will making the fleet a family of five. 


  2. Barrhead Travel were excited to hear that Marella Cruises will make its Explorer 2 ship Adults only when she launches in May 2019.

     

    Along with adding an adults only ship to their  fleet, Marella have also announced that from next summer they will become and all-inclusive fleet in order to appeal to those new to cruise and also a younger market.

     

    After her extensive renovation Marella Explorer 2 will feature a host of new cabin types, including the 102 metres squared Royal Suite featuring a separate bedroom, dressing room, dining area and a whirlpool bath.

     

    Chris Hackney, Marella Cruises’ managing director, said: “We continue to look at ways to offer something different to our current customers who have come to enjoy our ships and friendly service on board and those who may be thinking about booking a cruise for the first time.”


  3. At Barrhead Travel we love all things Silversea so we were delighted to hear the luxury cruise line were making plans to enhance Silver Spirit, beginning March 2018.

     

    As well as adding 49ft new restaurant concepts, dining options and new menus will added along with in suite technology upgrades and new suite designs.

     

    The Silver Spirit is also set to have and upgrade on the layout of her bars and lounges alog with a new Zagara spa and larger pool deck area.


  4. Barrhead Travel were excited to see that our travel partners Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be offering their most-immersive Luxury cruises in 2019.

     

    Mariner will begin her Cuban itinerary on her October 15 2019 voyage calling into ports in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, providing guests more opportunity to immerse in the islands culture.

     

    “We are proud to have been the first North American luxury line to call on Cuba and are delighted to offer more opportunities for travellers to visit such a historic and culture-rich destination,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “On these eight future sailings that visit Cuba, guests will be treated to informative presentations from experts and scholars, as well as enjoy our distinctive, highly personalized service from every member of our exceptional staff and crew.”

     

    As well as a range of fantastic ports, guests will have access to free excursions expertly crafted Cuban shore excursions. Guests can meet with the people of Cuba and explore the island’s music, art, history and culture while enjoying as many shore excursions as their time allows.


  5. With every new detail we hear about Carnival Horizon the Barrhead Travel team get more and more excited and the newest information certainly didn’t disappoint.

     

     

    Carnival Cruise Line’s entertainment team has partnered together with creative directors all the way from Broadway, Los Angeles and London’s West End to bring three new amazing shows.

     

    Three new shows – Soulbound, Celestial Strings and Vintage Pop – will make their big debut in April 2018 when the ship launches. The already fantastic line up will be completed when a fourth show, Amor Cubano:  A Caribbean Dance Romance, joins from Carnival Vista

     

     

    The Playlist Productions shows on Carnival Horizon include:

     

    ·         Soulbound:  Hosted by Carnival Horizon’s very own “soul catcher,” this fun, high-energy show offers a gothic-inspired journey through New Orleans with stops at recognizable Crescent City landmarks like a haunted paddlewheel ship, an apothecary shop and cemetery highlighted by levitating chairs and other spookily stunning illusions.  As spirits are playfully captured and brought back to life through dazzling special effects, cast members belt out R&B favorites like Superstitious, Soul Man and Born Under a Bad Sign.

     

     

     

    ·         Celestial Strings:  Billed as a “breathtaking performance beyond your wildest dreams,” Celestial Strings merges the beauty of classical music with modern pop beats that takes place in an elegant and enchanted garden that seamlessly transforms from season to season, stimulating the senses with unbelievable visual imagery, 3D cast interactions and aroma-infused sets to bring the garden to life.  The first Playlist Productions show to feature a live string trio, Celestial Strings is truly a multi-sensory symphony for the soul.

     

     

     

    ·         Vintage Pop:  Taking viewers back to the Great Gatsby and Cotton Club era with contemporary songs like All About that Bass, That’s What I Like and Work transformed into classic jazz interpretations, Vintage Pop features a toe-tapping six-piece live band performing in a modern-day speakeasy.  Highlighted by a show-stopping burlesque number that leaves audiences breathless, Vintage Pop ends with a rollicking after party in the atrium where guests can dance and interact with the flapper- and zoot suit-outfitted cast members.

     

     

     

    ·         Amor Cubano: A Caribbean Dance Romance:  This exciting get-on-your-feet show blends classic Latin songs with today’s hits and features an authentic reproduction of Carnival Horizon’s sizzling Havana Bar.  The show is highlighted by a seven-piece Cuban-inspired band that performs songs by Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz and others amid a tropical, multi-hued backdrop of Cuba and Miami, the latter of which will be the ship’s eventual year-round homeport.


  6. Barrhead Travel were excited to hear that Carnival Splendor is to Reposition to Sydney In 2019, becoming both the newest and largest ship to be based in Australia year round.

    Before making her maiden voyage from Sydney in December 2019, Carnival Spendour will undergo a re-vamp with new and improved features such as new dining experiences and waterpark that are geared towards the Australian market.

    Carnival Splendor currently operates seven-day Mexican Riviera and longer length voyages to Alaska and Hawaii with her replacement ship yet to be announced.


  7. Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas is scheduled to enter dry dock in March and when she remerges she will be boasting some new attractions.  

     

    Guests will have the opportunity to have a go on a virtual reality trampoline, two waterslides, a FlowRider surf simulator, a few new restaurants and a new-to-Royal Caribbean Polynesian-themed bar.

     

    Although there are many new attractions the most anticipated seems to be the new SkyPad which will be situated in the newly transformed top deck.

     

    SkyPad is a virtual reality, bungee-trampoline experience where guests wear a headset and bounce their way over and past obstacles. The attraction is suitable for all ages and can be ridden without the virtual reality headset.

     

    Other attractions being added during the dry dock include a glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena experience, located in Studio B, called "Battle for Planet Z" and a Puzzle Break: Escape the Room game.

     


  8. Barrhead Travel were delighted to hear that Norwegian Cruise Line had announced that their newest cruise ship will be named the Norwegian Encore. The announcement was made at the traditional steel cutting ceremony in Papenburg, Germany.

     

    Although details of the ships design and onboard experiences have still to be announced, we do know that the Norwegian Encore will offer weekly Caribbean itineraries from Miami to its 4,000 guests.

     

    The Norwegian Escape will join the new Norwegian Encore in Miami during Norwegian's autumn and winter 2019 season, offering seven-day western Caribbean cruises.


  9. Barrhead Travel were delighted to hear that our partners P&O Cruises have confirmed that they will have another ship joining their fleet in 2020.

     

    The ship, at a whopping 180,000 gross tons with a capacity for 5,200 passengers, is set to be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market.

     

    Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein said: “We are seeing the momentum in awareness of cruising both across the media and in our national psyche as ever-increasing numbers of people see first-hand the value for money, unrivalled service and extraordinary onboard experience.

     

    “These two next-generation ships for delivery in the next four years are real and tangible evidence of our absolute optimism for future growth.”

     

    P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow added: “We have a bold and ambitious vision for P&O Cruises to become Britain’s number one holiday choice and we can only do that by increasing our fleet.

     

    “The build for our 2020 ship begins this spring and it will offer all generations of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships.

     

    “In four years’ time when her sister ship is launched, adding an additional 22% capacity, we will see an even greater rise in the popularity of cruising across all demographics and all age ranges including both Millennials and Generation Xers.

     

    “Many of them have already learned to appreciate cruising by going on cruises with their families while growing up. Additionally, there are millions more we will attract in the future by retaining the amazing onboard and on-shore experiences and itinerary choices P&O Cruises is known for, while reflecting forward-thinking trends and tastes of British holidaymakers.

     

    “This evolution of the guest experience will be evident over the next few years but will be underpinned throughout with in-depth market insight and feedback we receive from the best source: our current, past and prospective guests.

     

    “The first of our new ships will go on sale in September and we will be announcing key elements of the design and build this year.

     

    “Our P&O Cruises signature features in dining and entertainment will be across all our ships, but the space and build of the two new ships allows us to have innovative new experiences to create the most memorable holidays.”

     

    Thomas Weigend, managing director of Meyer Werft, said: “We are very happy to continue our excellent partnership with Carnival Corporation and P&O Cruises.”


  10. Barrhead Travel is pleased to share the below statement from our partners at the Jamaican tourist board. Jamaica remains one of our customers’ favourite holiday destinations and the beautiful Caribbean island boasted visits from over 4.3 million tourists in 2017.

     

    "KINGSTON, Jamaica; January 22, 2018 – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett has again reiterated that Jamaica is safer than ever and the recent state of emergency was called to ensure the Saint James Parish continues to be safe for tourists and locals alike.

     

    The reality is that Jamaica remains a safe destination for all tourists and the state of emergency has been put in place as an added precaution and gives greater powers to the police force ensuring that Jamaica maintains its enviable record of safety towards tourists. Bartlett continues “Security, safety and seamlessness is the standard that defines ‘destination Jamaica and the country continues to be very much open for business and we continue to welcome tourists from all over the world to enjoy the warm Jamaican hospitality”.

     

    St James is one of 14 parishes in Jamaica and the Minister confirms that the area that has been largely affected by the recent troubles is one that is rarely visited by tourists.  These enhanced security measures are not out of the ordinary in international tourism markets and the Jamaican residents have shown great support of this action with a resident from the affected area declaring, “This is the best thing that could have happened at this time”.

     

    Jamaica however remains a safe place for touristsEvery year, Jamaica welcomes visitors and volunteers from around the world to enjoy all that Jamaica has to offer. Provisional data shows a record breaking 4.3 million tourists visited Jamaica in 2017, which represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016."


  11. It’s only 1 year until Hapag-Lloyd’s twin ships launch and with their combination of traditional expedition, high-end luxury and green technology we at Barrhead Travel are excited, to say the least.

     

    Karl Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, unveiled details of the 230-passenger ships Thursday at a press gathering in New York City.

     

    "If you want to be on top, you have to deliver quality," Pojer said.

     

    Some of highlights already revealed include

    • Hanseatic Inspiration will feature three restaurants: a main restaurant, a bistro with outdoor and indoor seating, and a specialty restaurant that will serve a Peruvian-Japanese fusion menu.
    • HanseAtrium, which Pojer calls "the heart of the ship." It will accommodate all 230 passengers, and it includes an ice bar. A second bar will be located in the ships' Observation Lounge.
    • Every sailing will include a minimum of 16 expedition team members, a group comprising biologists, glaciologists, historians and geologists.
    • Ships will feature the 645-square-foot Ocean Academy, a room created purely for education.
    • Nature is a major theme for the ships. Color schemes are inspired by nature's hues, and the environment was an important consideration. The ships will feature onboard sewage treatment systems, for example. They are certified for the highest ice class available for passenger ships, so they can safely sail the Arctic and Antarctic. "We thought our project should be inspired by nature," Pojer said.
    • The ships will feature six different cabin types, including 14 junior suites and four grand suites. All are outside cabins, so no passenger will miss the view even when in their rooms.

  12. If you’re new to the cruising world it can be a little daunting trying to find the right ship that caters for all the family’s needs that also goes to the right destinations. So we can imagine wondering if you should add in a land stay before or after your cruise might add more pressure. That being said we’re her to help you with information and pros of why a cruise and stay holiday might be for your family.

     

    What is a Cruise & Stay Holiday?

    The Caribbean is one of the most popular places to cruise. With itineraries mainly starting in ports such as Miami or Florida many people miss out in seeing these ports as they are just the “starting point”. Cruise and Stay holidays eliminate that issue. Example: 3 nights pre cruise will allow you to see your port destination, explore the area, do some tours then board your cruise for your Caribbean itinerary.

     

    The Benefits of Cruise and Stay

    There are 1001 reasons that cruise and stay holidays are so popular however we’ll keep it brief and list you our top 3 reasons.

     

    1.       You get two holidays in one. You get to have your fast paced/slow paced break before where you can explore the city/town at your leisure followed by your multi destination cruise.

    2.       You can add as many nights are you like before or after your cruise. (A popular one with families is 7 nights in Orlando followed by a 7 night cruise)

    3.       Bespoke packages just for you – you choose when you cruise and when you stay.


  13. Twin-Centre holidays have always been fairly popular but it seems to be the holiday type of choice even more now.

     

    Instead of heading to one place for two or three weeks, why not come up with an itinerary that takes in the many sides of a country. You don’t have to settle for just one type of experience you can roll them all into one trip. History one day, breath-taking scenery the next a day or two lazing by the pool thrown in for good measure.

     

    My perfect bucket list would be combing LA and Las Vegas. Mainly because I think for me a 4 nights in Vegas would be a maximum amount of nights but to travel all the way there for such a short time is a waste. So adding on a another few nights LA would bulk up my trip, I get to tick off another bucket list destination and of I was really feeling greedy I could add on another 7 nights in somewhere like Hawaii from LA.

     

    Has anyone got a multi-centre trip coming up or have you found a flaw in booking multi-centres?


  14. You’ve heard of Shaquille O’Neal - NBA Hall of Famer and TNT commentator right? And I know you’ve heard of Carnival Cruise lines, but have you heard them both in the same magical sentence? We bet no until now. Shaquille – also known as “Shaq” – announced on last night’s TNT Inside the NBA broadcast that he has been given a new title, joining Carnival Cruise Line as their newly appointed “CFO.”

     

    The announcement of Carnivals new “Chief Fun Officer” was made with in a video that features Shaq and Carnival President Christine Duffy to coincide with the cruise line’s newest brand campaign, “Choose Fun”.

     

    “We are very excited to have Shaq as part of the Carnival team! He will serve as a great partner ensuring everyone knows all about our one-of-a-kind brand of fun,” said Duffy.  “We’re confident that his embodiment of our brand values will inspire America to Choose Fun and discover the authentic, participatory and social atmosphere that Carnival offers.”

     

    “In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to choose fun, especially when everyone is busy with work, family, and life in general,” says O’Neal. “So, I’m honoured to be appointed the Chief Fun Officer at Carnival – a company that lives and breathes fun.”

     

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