Quantum Of The Seas Arrives In Southampton

Image credit: ABP Southampton

Image credit: ABP Southampton

Robot bartenders, indoor skydiving and Jamie’s Italian restaurant take holidays to a new level

Royal Caribbean International, the global holiday company, today celebrates the arrival of Quantum of the Seas in Southampton, the first-ever smartship and most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world.

Quantum of the Seas takes the guest experience to a whole new level with never seen before technology offering super-speedy bandwidth to keep guests connected wherever the ship is sailing.  New boarding process technology means that guests will go from checking in to chilling out in ten minutes and a series of other world firsts, like robotic bartenders and digital shows on Roboscreens, will keep guests on the edge of their seats.

Designed with audiences who’ve never cruised before in mind, Quantum of the Seas will also have a stellar entertainment programme that takes guests on a visual and experiential journey of music, sound and performance – the like of which isn’t even available on land. From stage shows on “Broadway at Sea” that include stunning live performances, exciting visuals and special effects in the Royal Theatre, to live performances in the Music Hall, they’ll be treated to an array of first of their kind productions and performances to leave them spellbound.

Quantum of the Seas and sister-ship Anthem of the Seas – debuting in Southampton, UK in April 2015 – will also introduce a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences, such as Ripcord by iFLY, an exciting indoor skydiving experience; North Star, a thrilling adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; and SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more.

If all that excitement’s worked up an appetite, guests need look no further as in yet another world first, Quantum will host the first ever Jamie’s Italian restaurant at sea. Guests can enjoy simple, fresh Italian dishes in a warm, inviting ambience which have been created by Britain’s best-loved chef – in addition to seventeen other restaurant concepts on board as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. With a new take on the main dining room, guests will also be in control of their own epicurean journey with “Dynamic Dining,” which lets them choose from five complimentary, full service restaurants, offering more choice and flexibility than ever before.

The Quantum Class spans 18 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tonnes, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. Quantum of the Seas will sail out of New York Harbour from her homeport of Cape Liberty for her inaugural season before departing to her new homeport of Shanghai (Baoshan), China. Looking to 2015, Royal Caribbean is basing its newest and most exciting ship in the UK – Anthem of the Seas will launch in Southampton and sail from the city throughout summer 2015.

Info courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

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Emerald Princess: 113,561 Tons Of FOOD!

Before joining Emerald Princess I was told that the food onboard was superb. In fact, I was told that the food on all Princess vessels was superb and I really can’t disagree! Emerald Princess quite literally is 113,561 tons of FOOD!

There are many dining options onboard including the Crown Grill (Deck 7) and Sabatini’s (Deck 16) – both of which incur an extra charge of $25 per person, but are BOTH definitely worth experiencing – three main dining rooms: Da Vinci and Michelangelo for anytime dining and Botticelli for fixed dining. You will also find the Trident Grill and Pizza and Ice Cream Bar outside on Deck 15. Cafe Caribe and Horizon Court – buffet restaurants – which are also on Deck 15 and then there is the International Cafe on Deck 5, which is open 24-hours and serves sandwiches, fresh pasta and cakes. Don’t forget you also have the options of room service, tapas at the Vines Wine Bar and I did see a “Crab Shack” advertised once during my cruise. Is your tummy full up yet? ;)

I could sit and tell you a million things about the food, but of course I took photographs so that I can show you instead. What I do want to say though is that the selection of food available was very good, especially in the evening and at breakfast time. I think I actually managed to consume my entire body weight in shrimp and pizza over the course of 12 days. The Pizza was most certainly the best I have ever had at sea, but it had to be fresh out of the oven!

Now, time to let the images do the talking!

Scallops Princess Cruises Grown Grill

Pan-Seared Pacific Scallops – Fennel, Celery and Spring Onion Slaw, Golden Delicious Dressing and Moroccan Glaze. Served in the Crown Grill.

Shrimp Bisque Princess Cruises Crown Grill

Shrimp and Pancetta Bisque with Chickpea Croutons. Served in the Crown Grill.

New York Strip Princess Cruises Crown Grill

12 Ounce New York Strip – Served in the Crown Grill

Creamed Spinach Princess Cruises Crown Grill

Creamed Spinach – to accompany the New York Strip. Served in the Crown Grill.

Garlic French Fries Princess Cruises Crown Grill

Garlic and Herb French Fries – to accompany The New York Strip. Served in the Crown Grill.

Fettuccine Alfredo Princess Cruises

Fettuccine Alfredo – also available as a main course. Absolutely Delicious! Served in the Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli restaurants.

Diver Scallops Princess Cruises

Seared Diver Scallops With Ginger-Lime Butter Sauce – Diced Tomatoes, Chervil, Broccoli Florets, Green Peas and Orzo Pasta. One of the BEST Scallop dishes I have ever had. Served in the Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli restaurants.

Warm Brownie Princess Cruises

Warm Brownie with Hot Fudge Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. Served in the Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli restaurants.

Fresh Fruit Princess Cruises

Fresh Fruit available in Cafe Caribe and the Horizon Court.

Food Horizon Court Princess Cruises

My evening selection in Horizon Court – Garlic & Chilli Prawns, Steamed Broccoli Florets, Cream of Asparagus Soup and a fresh, soft Brioche Roll.

Shrimp Tower Princess Cruises

Biggest Shrimp Tower I had EVER seen! They were delicious too! Served in the Horizon Court.

Diver Scallops Citrus Princess Cruises

Seared Diver Scallops in Three Citrus Nage – Freshly Squeezed Lemon, Lime & Orange Juice reduced with White Wine and bound with Butter, Warm Vegetable Juliennes and Red Bliss Potatoes. Served in the Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli restaurants.

Chocolate Lovers Delight Princess Cruises

Chocolate Lovers Delight – Dark Chocolate Truffle Mouse, Tiny Gateau Opera and Velvet Chocolate Brownie. Served in Da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Botticelli restaurants.

Hot Dog Princess Cruises

Hot Dog and Fries from The Trident Grill.

Pizza Princess Cruises

The worst ever photograph of the best ever Margherita Pizza! Apologies! I wish I had taken another – the Pepperoni was good too!

Calamari Princess Cruises

Calamari Fritti – Crisp Fried Baby Squid served in a Cone with Lemon & Garlic Dip. Sabatini’s.

Sabatini's Princess Cruises

Mosaico di Verdure Grigliate e Porcini all’ Olio Vergine d’Oliva – Porcini Mushrooms, roasted Garlic, grilled Zucchini and Eggplant drizzled with Princess Cruises very own Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Served in Sabatini’s.

Sabatini's Princess Cruises

Burrata alla Panna con Carpaccio di Pomodori – Hand-formed Cow’s Milk Cheese with creamy lava centre on Tomato Carpaccio and Balsamic Syrup. Served in Sabatini’s.

Pasta Sabatini's Princess Cruises

The Chef’s Nightly Special Pasta. I can’t remember the name and I asked for mine without Mussels. It was delicious! Served in Sabatini’s.

Lobster Sabatini's Princess Cruises

Tris d’Aragosta – Lobster Three Ways – Lobster Tail, Lobster Orzotto and Lobster Bisque Sauce. Served in Sabatini’s.

Dessert Sabatini's Princess Cruises

Sinfonia di Sapori – Almond, Hazelnut and Pecan Florentine, Napoleon Blancmange, Praline Mousse and Caramel Pecan Brittle. Served in Sabatini’s.

I really wish I was back onboard, I know my clothes and I would have serious issues, but at least my tummy would be happy! :)

Author: Danielle


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Emerald Princess, The Tenerife Floods, Palmitos Park And Food!

Emerald Princess

Hello from a very warm but rather cloudy Lanzarote. We have had a lot of fun and games since my last check in with you, I don’t really know where to start so apologies if I start rambling!

We were docked in Tenerife on Sunday and what an experience it was! As we arrived in the port there was thunder, lightning and rather heavy rain which seemed to be never ending – I think it went on for about 3 hours solid. My friend and I decided to grab breakfast and hopefully by the time we finished the rain would have eased a little bit, and it did. We left the ship and just as we got to the bottom of the main street in Santa Cruz the heavens literally opened! We darted across to Mc Donald’s for shelter and that was as far as we managed to get. The rain was tropical and the thunder and lightning was truly incredible, I have never experienced anything like it in my entire life! Within just a few minutes the street had turned into a raging river. We stayed in Mc Donald’s for about an hour and a half before we decided we really needed to try and attempt to get back to the ship. The water outside Mc Donald’s was rushing down the street so fast, as I walked into the street the water rushed up as high as my knees but we just had to go for it and get across to the other side, we succeeded but as we turned the corner the water in some places was several feet deep, there was one lady up to her waist in it! We eventually found a way through the water without being completely drenched to the bone and we were both incredibly grateful to once again be back aboard Emerald Princess.

tenerife floods

Gran Canaria was the complete opposite to Tenerife, the day started cloudy but it soon burned away and left us with bright and very hot sunshine, ideal for our day at Palmitos Park. We spent roughly four and a half hours at the park and I enjoyed every minute of it. The Dolphin show was absolutely fantastic, they are such clever creatures and they clearly enjoyed putting on a show for the hundreds of people that were watching. It was sad too though if I am honest as they are in captivity, but they don’t know any different, that is the life they live and have become accustomed too. I was choked several times and had to hold back tears because they moved me so much – they really were just so, so happy! The park is also home to many species of birds, some far more attractive than others but all quite impressive, along with crocodiles, meerkats, snakes, monkeys and wallabies, and a beautiful butterfly house.

Dolphins Palmitos Park

Dolphins Palmitos Park

So, that is an update on our ports, now back to the Princess herself, Emerald! What a ship, I am enjoying my time aboard very much and have found nothing major to have a moan about, only one or two little things that are bothering me, but I will come back to those another day. Let me tell you that the food onboard has been wonderful and the Crown Grill is absolutely superb! I went with scallops to start, which were absolutely delicious and for my main course I decided to try my first ever New York Strip. It was so juicy and perfectly cooked and the creamed spinach I had with it was very tasty. I left there absolutely stuffed! I will be trying Sabatini’s tonight and will update you on that very soon, but I am set on trying the “Lobster Three Ways”. I had a pasta dish to start in the main restaurant a few nights ago and although quite simple, my friend and I both agreed that it was perfectly executed and we could have eaten a lot more of it. To follow the pasta I went with Scallops that were pan fried and served with Orzo pasta – one of the nicest seafood dishes I have ever had.


The atmosphere onboard is lively and people are very friendly. The majority of passengers are British and American and it has been nice to meet new people and hear new stories. My friend and I met one couple from the U.S. and they have matching denim jackets which are both covered in badges from all the countries they have visited, they were a pleasure to spend time with and it was nice hearing about their world travels – I am sure we will keep in touch because of our passion for adventure.

We sail from Lanzarote today at 4pm and have a day at sea before we reach Vigo on Thursday.

I will check back in with you all very soon :)

Author: Danielle





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Emerald Princess – First Impressions

emerald princess

Hello from Emerald Princess! This is my second full day aboard, so I thought now would be an ideal time to introduce you to this beautiful cruise ship. On first impressions she is very nice indeed and I haven’t even seen all of her yet!

I have a balcony cabin on Baja Deck (Deck 11) and it is a fairly good size, the balcony is slightly bigger than I had expected although I haven’t had a chance to really use it as of yet due to bad weather. We were supposed to be at sea for 3 days before arriving in Funchal, Madeira, but our Captain informed us yesterday that because of a large low pressure system we would instead be docking in Vigo today. Well, as of around 5pm yesterday, we are back to our original itinerary and heading for Funchal, it seems the weather system is now affecting Vigo and it would have been unsafe for us to dock. It’s all fun and games on the open ocean – this is half of the fun!

Baja Deck Emerald Princess

Her aft decks are superb and I absolutely love the outside area that leads from Sabatini’s on Deck 17 – the two small water fountains give the deck a rather nice feel and compliment the outdoor furniture perfectly. I am very much looking forward to better weather so I can see this space being used and really get a feel for the atmosphere it creates. I am also hoping it becomes an outside option for Sabatini’s and I can find one day with weather good enough to enjoy a meal al-fresco.

Movies Under the Stars is just fab! I haven’t braved it yet for a full movie, but I did skip through last night and grabbed a bag of complimentary, freshly popped popcorn! Delicious! I was tempted to go back for another but I stopped myself – there is so much good food aboard that it could prove problematic for my clothes! ;)

movies under the stars emerald princess

Breakfast is a rather busy affair, I struggled to find a table inside today so sat outside on the open deck. It was a bit on the windy side, but quicker and easier than waiting inside for a table. Just about everything you could imagine is served. French toast, American bacon, English bacon, beans, eggs (of several kinds), cereal, pancakes, yoghurt and today I even spotted rice!  I went for hash browns, beans, scrambled egg and a little sample of American bacon, it was pretty tasty, although I am not a huge fan of the onions in the beans. I don’t think anyone should mess with baked beans! Last night’s dinner was via the Caribe Café and was simply noted as ‘Midnight Down Island Buffet’. I will be totally honest, I didn’t have a clue what to expect and I couldn’t find a menu anywhere to tell me, so I just went along and guess what I found – TIGER PRAWNS! A whole dish of them cooked in garlic, parsley butter and chilli. It was like taking a step into heaven, they were SO good as was the rice that I grabbed a spoonful of to accompany them. I have not been in the main dining room yet, that is on my list to do today along with booking tables at the Crown Grill and Sabatini’s for later in the cruise – it may well take me that long to decide what to actually have as the menu for the Crown Grill looks superb, I want to try it all! I have sampled the pizza from the Pizzeria and boy, it is GOOD! I can see why it has been voted as the ‘best pizza at sea’ several times by USA Today. The slices they give you are HUGE and very tasty.

The atrium aboard is beautiful and feels very open and inviting, it is definitely one of my favourites areas onboard – it really does have that WOW factor and is possibly the nicest atrium I have come across aboard any ship. It has nothing at all to do with the fact that it is surrounded by shops and bars! ;)

Tradewinds Bar Emerald Princess

I still have so many more areas to explore and I will do so and get back to you! For now though, I shall enjoy the rest of today and tomorrow being at sea before we hopefully dock in Funchal, Madeira. I also promise to offer some better pictures, I am having a USB malfunction and can’t share images I took from my phone via my blog – I will take the camera around the ship with me now! ;)

It really does feel so good being back aboard a large cruise ship and thus far Emerald Princess is not disappointing!

Author: Danielle

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Black Watch in Port of Tyne – Ship Visit

Black Watch Port of Tyne

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Black Watch was in Port of Tyne today and I was fortunate enough to enjoy a few hours aboard – before she once again sailed from North Shields en-route to wonderful foreign shores. As most of you know, I cruised on Braemer just 4 short months ago, so I was quite excited to investigate another of the Fred. Olsen fleet and I have to admit that some aspects of her I actually preferred over Braemar! I know, shock horror!

She was built by Wärtsilä Helsinki New Shipyard in Finland for Royal Viking Line as Royal Viking Star, entering service in 1972. She then also sailed for Norwegian Cruise Lines as Westward and Royal Cruise Line as Star Odyssey. Today, however, she is known as Black Watch and from what I could tell from disembarking passengers at the port, she is certainly a ship that does not disappoint.

Once all the usual formalities were completed we boarded the ship and made our way toward the Observatory Lounge, where we would spend 30 minutes before heading off on a guided tour.


The Braemar Lounge

We spent time in several areas onboard, but I have to say that I really liked the Garden Cafe. I thought that was a beautiful space, as was the Braemar Lounge that it branched off from. It was definitely somewhere that I could picture myself spending several hours just watching the world go by. I want to say more about it, I really do, but in this case it is easier for me to just let you see for yourself. I am sure you will agree that both spaces are incredibly beautiful and perfectly compliment one another.

Black Watch Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

During the tour we also had the privilege of looking in several cabins, I don’t remember every single one, but there was a solo cabin – that was incredibly spacious too I might add – several different suites and balcony cabins, and the Owner’s Suite. Every single one was tastefully decorated and actually very modern in decor. Not entirely sure what I had expected with regards to the accommodations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Owner’s Suite was very nice indeed and it felt like it was never going to end, but personally I actually preferred the PS grade suite, which in this case was cabin 9002 – Lindos Suite. I was a bigger fan of the decor and I liked the snug, second bedroom which led from the living room. I would, however, like to make it perfectly clear that if the Owner’s Suite was offered, I would definitely NOT say no! ;)

The aft outer decks aboard Black Watch were my ideal. Slightly tiered and offering pools, jacuzzis and plenty of sun loungers, one also offering The Grill – the ships new speciality restaurant. As I have said many times before, the outer decks are hugely important for me and although I wasn’t a fan of her top deck, her aft decks received a big thumbs up.

Black Watch Pool Deck


The library onboard was a good size and conveniently located within feet of the lush chocolate bar. Sadly, the bar was closed during our visit, but all the sweets were set out in display cabinets and each one looked better than the one next to it! If you are cruising on Black Watch anytime soon then I suggest you take your “cruise pants” with you – you will need them if you walk through there every day as a diversion for at least one chocolate is guaranteed! Well, it would be for me. I can’t say no to cheeky little bundles of happiness, it’s just unfortunate for my waist that they happen to be covered in chocolate. ;)

Black Watch Chocolate Bar

There is only so much one can say about a ship from such a short visit, but I did like Black Watch, she is certainly a ship I would happily spend my holiday aboard and I am now quite excited to see her sister, Boudicca, next year! :)

I bid all those sailing on her this evening, Bon Voyage!

Author: Danielle

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The Telegraph Cruise Show – Liverpool 2014

Telegraph Cruise Show Liverpool

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is that time again, The Telegraph Cruise Show time and it is taking place this weekend (October 11-12) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

If you are looking for holiday ideas, then this is most certainly going to be the place to find them! Whether you’re looking to try your first cruise or see what cruise styles, ship choices, destinations and offers are available, the show provides everything you need to discover the world of cruise and plan your perfect trip.

In all, there will be over 35 exhibitors and cruise lines in attendance will include: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, P&O Cruises, Cunard, Crystal Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ponant, Emerald Waterways, American Queen Steamboat Company and Shearings.

Eavesway Travel will also be in attendance, providing FREE coach routes for visitors!

The Telegraph Cruise Show Liverpool will allow you a unique opportunity to meet the cruise lines, find your ideal cruise style and itinerary, be inspired by Telegraph Travel experts on amazing cruise destinations and benefit from show only deals – which are often pretty amazing!!

Telegraph Travel experts will also offer insight into everything from ‘River Cruising in Europe, the US and Asia’, ‘Family Cruising in the Med’ to ‘Cruising the Caribbean’ at the Destinations Theatre. Expert one-to-one advice will also be available from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). It really is a chance to get up close and personal with cruising and have all your questions answered by the people who know best.

The Cruise Lines Theatre sessions, sponsored by Cruise Critic, include talks from Stephen Payne OBE, the British naval architect, on the ‘Making of the Grandest Ocean Liner of Our Time – the Queen Mary 2’. Eric Flounders, Cunard’s Public Relations Manager for 27 years will also share the fascinating story of Cunard’s rich history, which started in Liverpool.

There will be a series of cookery demonstrations and tasting sessions hosted by Atul Kochhar, the twice Michelin starred celebrity chef who has developed bespoke menus for P&O Cruises. The sessions will include one of Kochhar’s signature dishes Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Allepy), offering you the chance to enjoy a taste of the luxury dining experiences available at sea.

I am told there will also be wine tasting opportunities ;)

Former Liverpool FC legends, Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish, will formally open the show and take part in a Q&A session where you will be able to talk to the pair about their cruise experiences, their favourite holiday destinations as well as their illustrious careers and the new Premier League season.

If this sounds like your ideal day out, then I have a very special offer for you, my blog readers! Book before midnight on Friday and take advantage of £8 per person adult tickets (instead of £13 on the door), and use the code CRUISEMS and you will also get a FREE show guide worth £4.

You can book your tickets here.

Happy holiday hunting!

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Can I Have Your Cruise Card Please, Madam?

Ventura-CannesI believe that the worst words ever spoken aboard any cruise ship are “can I have your cruise card please, madam” (or sir), and I am going to give you an example of how they can ruin the most perfect of moments!

It is embarkation day, time to head towards your ship at 100mph (I don’t mean that literally! It’s not good to go over the speed limit!), and begin your cruise holiday. The anticipation of what is to come has gone through the roof – all you want to do is get onboard, unpack your bags and let the uninterrupted time away from the office commence.

Check-in was a breeze, security gave you the usual feeling of guilt, although you had done nothing wrong, and stepping aboard for the first time made your eyes light up as if it were Christmas. A quick peek inside the atrium and a scan of the deck plans and it is time to make way to one of several restaurants for lunch. Of course you over indulge, you are on holiday now, so who cares, enjoy it! When tummies are full and you are contemplating which area to explore next, you take a quick second to update your Facebook status and let all of your friends know, “we are onboard and have just had lunch, now time to find a bar” – I see these updates every day, we can’t help ourselves.

One refreshing beverage later and the announcement is made that your cabin is ready, now comes the task of locating your floating boudoir – easier said than done, depending on the ship. Several minutes later you arrive outside your door and as if by magic, your ten thousand cases are already there waiting for you! You drag them in, have a thorough investigation of the cabin (and the drawers! We always open the drawers to see if anything has been missed!), and those of us with balconies step outside and let out the obligatory, ahhhhhh!

Cruise Ship Deck Party

Next on the agenda is the muster drill and before you know it, it is done and dusted and you find yourself out on the open deck – where the party is just starting to warm up. You are one of several hundred passengers onboard and each and every single person is happy, care free and simply looking forward to 2 well deserved weeks in the sunshine! Nothing at that moment matters. Your Captain is on the bridge working hard, he sounds the ships whistle and you begin to slowly push away from your berth. The music is blaring, the entertainment team are out on deck getting everyone hyped up and just as you start to get right into the holiday mood, a waiter approaches you with a tray full of champagne flutes. He offers you a glass, of course you reach out and take one, you toast to the start of your holiday with your partner or friend and bring the glass to within an inch of your lips, when the waiter utters the words “can I have your cruise card please, madam”. In a split second you have gone from living life aboard a cruise ship like a rock star, to hitting the ground like a concrete block.

You were having the best day of your life, until he tried to charge you £4.25 (and the rest!) for the glass of bubbles!!

I told you, those 8 little words ruin everything!! – Unless you are all-inclusive, then you are just showing off and ruining my blog post!! ;)

Author: Danielle




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Eavesway Travel Cruise Link 2015

Eavesway Southampton Cruise Link Service

I have mentioned several times that my preferred method of transport to and from Southampton, and now Dover, is Eavesway Travel. I actually blogged about them last year, but I thought it was only right to cover the service again now, as there have been a fair few changes since my last update.

Eavesway cover departures to/from Southampton for Royal Caribbean International, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Cunard. They also offer a service to/from Dover for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

I have used the Eavesway service for the last 4 years and I swear by them, I really do! The coaches are incredibly comfortable and there is a ton of leg room, they are clean, the drivers are all very friendly and even when having to take a detour half way around the world because of traffic or an accident, I have still always arrived long before the ship was due to sail. I wouldn’t use any other coach service!

Below are some examples of return prices for Southampton departures. To get an exact quote for the Eavesway Travel cruise link service in 2015, I would recommend you check the website or give them a call, but the below gives an idea of what you can expect. My pick-up point is Washington Services, which is quite a fair distance away from where I live, yet still incredibly convenient as it is straight down the A1.

Eavesway Cruise Link 2015 Price List

Let me tell you a little about Eavesway. In 1931, brothers Edward and Thomas Eaves set up a partnership together. Originally working in the local mine, they transported coal from the pit and undertook removals for people. It wasn’t long before they were carrying passengers to local markets and towns at weekends and this subsequently developed into a major part of their business. During the war years contracts were operated for the MOD carrying German POWs; aircrew shot down over nearby Liverpool.

As time went on, the brothers took the business from strength to strength, eventually focussing solely on the coach market and even picking up a contract with Manchester United Football Club to be the teams official coach provider. Today they operate a fleet of 34 Van Hool Executive coaches and offer a dedicated and reliable service with the same values that were instilled from the very beginning.

As I said earlier, I will only use Eavesway for my cruise link service. I have travelled with them more than 15 times to and from Southampton and I tried the Dover route for the first time in June and it was flawless, as I expected it to be. It was the first time the driver had done the route and he didn’t let us down. I have bookings with them for my next 3 cruises – I think that says it all really.

Leave the car at home next time – ring Eavesway! ;)

Author: Danielle

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Emerald Princess And The Canary Islands


In less than 2-weeks, I will be joining Princess Cruises, Emerald Princess, on a 11-night voyage down to the beautiful Canary Islands and I am hoping for two things – lots of sunshine and lots of good food!

I am rather excited to experience Princess Cruises and I have heard many good things, and saying as Emerald Princess is the cousin of my favourite, Ventura, I am sure I will feel right at home from the moment I step aboard. If I am honest, I am also really looking forward to being back aboard a larger cruise ship, all of my travels recently have been on small to mid-size vessels, but I am ready to get back aboard a 100,000 GT+ beauty!

My last visit to the Canary Islands was in May, just a few months ago, so I have planned one or two things for this trip that I have never done before. During our call to Gran Canaria I have opted for a day at Palmitos Park, which is an organised excursion with Princess. I love nature so this seemed like the perfect choice, plus we are in port on a Sunday, so it means the day is full with adventure instead of looking for things to do. The park is a 20-hectare botanical garden and aviary located in the south of the island. There are over 160 different types of cactus, 1000 palm trees of 42 different types, birds, monkeys, an aquarium, orchid house and Europe’s largest butterfly house. In short, it is my ideal kind of day – as long as the sun is shining!

Palmitos Park

I am not 100% settled yet on what I will do in the other ports, they are still being contemplated as we speak, but Madeira is going to be an easy day (and probably filled with lots of cake!) and Vigo will more than likely be a chance to enjoy some retail therapy and a chilled drink in a marina side café. Well, cruising must have one or two days of rest! ;)

As I mentioned at the beginning, I am very much looking forward to enjoying a lot of delicious food and the one place I know I will have to try onboard is the Crown Grill. I made the mistake of having a look at the sample dinner menu earlier this week and oh my goodness! I really do think it will take me a week to decide what to have! The Grilled Tiger Prawns in Whisky, Chilli and Garlic Marinade sound delicious (shock horror!), but so does the New York Strip, which I would have with Garlic and Herb French Fires and Creamed Spinach – maybe I will just have to pay a double supplement and have a bit of everything! If only!

There are also going to be one or two new things for me aboard Emerald Princess and I am itching to check them all out, the main one being Movies Under the Stars – I can’t wait for this, I just hope with crossed fingers that we have at least one evening where it is warm enough to enjoy it. Can you cross your fingers and toes for me too, please?

Emerald Princess Movies Under the Stars

So, that my friends, is where I am at right now! I have printed my luggage labels, ticket and have even started packing, so the countdown really is underway, I just need it to be October 14th and all will be perfect!

The only small issue I do have is that my second love, Oceana, is going to be following us around the Canary Islands as she too enjoys some autumnal sunshine – let’s hope we can all get along nicely.

13-days and counting……………

Author: Danielle


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P&O Cruises Britannia is Red, White And Blue

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises has put the finishing touches to the brand new livery on its newest ship in the fleet – Britannia, the largest ship built for Britain which will be officially named in a glittering ceremony in Southampton in March 2015.

The bold new look on the bow features the world’s largest contemporary version of the Union Flag, which required the following volumes of paint for the newest look to its ship: 280 litres of red paint , 40 litres red for the shadow, 80 litres of blue, 20 litres of blue for the shadow and
160 litres for the big logo of P&O Cruises on the front of the bow.

The ship will also have two distinctive blue funnels carrying an illuminated rising sun motif which depicts the Oriental part of the Peninsular and Oriental (P&O) name on the company’s coat of arms.

When working to full capacity, Britannia’s four engines will generate 62.4 Megawatts or 84,000 horsepower which is equivalent to the power generated by 168 supercars, allowing the 141,000 ton ship to cruise at a speed of 22 knots.

As P&O Cruises refreshes and re-energises its brand, the company is to update the livery across all eight ships to celebrate, more clearly, its British credentials.

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

P&O Cruises Britannia Livery

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