People relaxing in the stunning winter garden area on-board Queen Victoria at sunset Fresh out of the shipyard following a £34m refit in spring 2017, Cunard’s Queen Victoria is looking stunning, sporting redesigned staterooms and suites, a beautiful new restaurant, new bars and a vast expanse of enlarged teak deck. Yet the ship retains a real traditional elegance with a plush Victoriana theme throughout – glittering chandeliers, a...

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The main pool area on-board MSC Meraviglia in the sunshine Like its legendary godmother Sophia Loren, MSC Meraviglia is full of show-stopping style that gives more than a nod to her Italian heritage. Christened in a firework-filled celebration in May at the Channel port of Le Havre, which was celebrating its 500th anniversary, MSC’s new flagship is no shrinking violet. I loved the bold, blingy designs...

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The glittering Swarovski staircase on-board MSC Meraviglia We believe the best way to provide award-winning service is by immersing ourselves in the cruising world and speaking from experience. We regularly hop on-board cruise ships to gain first-hand experience of on-board life, especially when new vessels finally embark on their first voyages. We recently sent our Marketing Executive, Kirsty Doyle, on-board MSC Cruises' latest...

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Woman using the Flowrider surf simulator on-board Independence of the Seas Of all Royal Caribbean International’s ships, Independence of the Seas is the one that has the strongest links with the UK. After all, this mega-ship was named in Southampton in April 2008 in a suitably British-style celebration, with a godmother who hailed from Derbyshire and UK pop-rock band Scouting for Girls leading the on-board party. Independence...

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Opulent Main Dining room on-board the Koningsdam cruise ship Launched in 2016, Koningsdam is the first of Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships and is a vessel ahead of the curve. As the largest ship ever built for Holland America Line, this renowned cruise line’s new flagship is aptly named - ‘Koning’ means ‘king’ in Dutch. As their first new ship in eight years, it...

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Lady being served afternoon tea on-board Fred. Olsen cruise ship, Balmoral The flagship of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet has a colourful pedigree. Originally built in 1988 for the now defunct Royal Cruise Line, the 1,350-passenger Balmoral sailed with NCL as Norwegian Crown before it was purchased by Fred. Olsen in 2007. The vessel underwent a major refurbishment the following year, including the addition of a...

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