Despite Josh being home schooled, I still like to take advantage of holiday clubs. I think it’s a great way for kids to socialise and learn new skills. One of the things that first attracted me to cruising, were the onboard kids clubs. My son and daughter both loved them, but finding something of equal calibre on land is not so easy.
Why Choose Barracudas ?
Barracudas Activity Day Camps offer really cool activities and they can choose from two different activities per session. The timetable changes daily and here is an example of the variety of activities they offer.
The staff at Barracudas are really lovely. The application process to become a team member is rigorous. Most of those chosen to be part of the team are either already working with children, or working towards a relevant qualification.
Barracudas Activity Day Camps Staff Emma and Georgie with Josh.
I booked Josh into the Woking camp, which is held in the stunning setting of Gordon’s School. There is ample room to host all the indoor and outdoor activities.
Gordon’s School in Woking is a stunning venue for Barracudas Activity Day Camps
As you can see, Joshua loves swimming. Barracudas provide a trained lifeguard at all times and they have plenty of armbands and floats should your child need them.
Joshua’s favourite activity was the electric karts, as this gave him the chance to put his driving skills to the test.
Barracudas still have some early booking rates on certain camps this summer. For details call the Parent Line:01480 467 567
Have you ever fancied spending your Christmas break, feeling the sand between your toes on a beach in Thailand? Or sipping a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at the famous Raffles Hotel? These are a few destinations you can visit on one of the Far East and Asia Cruises onboard Marella Discovery. Enter discount code ASIA100 at checkout. Offer ends Monday 15th April at Midnight GMT. Read on for more information on the ship and destinations. Otherwise you can go straight to the website and start browsing here.
The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, Singapore – 2010
The ship offers plenty to do onboard, with a selection of great restaurants and bars; a casino; a giant poolside movie screen; fitness, sport and spa facilities and more. The three deck high atrium is the centrepiece of this magnificent ship, with glass elevators and floor to ceiling windows.
Image Credit: Marella Cruises – Grand Atrium, Marella Discovery
Dining and Bars
Guests can choose from seven dining options. The main restaurant is spread over two storeys with two speciality restaurants located on the top floor.
Image: Marella Cruises – Main Dining Room, Marella Discovery
Surf & Turf Steakhouse is a meat lover’s paradise. It’s also the place to enjoy lobster tails and other meaty dishes. If you are travelling with vegetarians, there is plenty on the menu for them too.
Image: Marella Cruises – Surf and Turf, Marella Discovery
The Glass House offers deli-style light snacks and freshly-squeezed juices. In the evening, the venue becomes a casual restaurant with a tapas-style menu. You can even try your hand at cooking your own steaks on hot stones.
Image: Marella Cruises – Al Fresco Dining, Marella Discovery
The onboard Sushi Bar serves everyones favourites. Spicy tuna rolls, salmon sashimi and seabass nigiri are on the menu. They also serve Asian beers such as Tiger, Cobra and Singha.
Image: Marella Cruises – Sushi Bar – Marella Discovery
There are two pools onboard. One outdoor pool with two large hot tubs, and an indoor one.
Image: Marella Cruises – The Pool Deck, Marella Discovery
Image: Marella Cruises – The all-weather pool, Marella Discovery
The Ocean Spa and Beauty Salon offer a wide range of treatments and services.
Image: Marella Cruises – Ocean Spa and Beauty Centre, Marella Discovery
Enjoy high energy entertainment in the 800-plus capacity Broadway Show Lounge. With 11 different shows, you can see something different every night.
This weekend, Marella Cruises are offering £100 Discount for Asia and Far East Cruises on Marella Discovery departing between 1st November 2019 and 30th April 2020. Simply enter the discount code ASIA100 at checkout, or let your travel agent know at time of booking. You will have to be quick though, this offer expires on Monday. Search the deals here
These culturally rich, adult only cruises are the perfect way to tick off your bucket list. Here are some of the amazing places you can visit.
One of the world’s largest mosques, the Grand Mosque can be found in Muscat. Pay a visit to Barkha Fish Market, where locals haggle for the catch of the day. Take one of the shore excursions to Al Thowarah hot springs and the Nakhl Fort, an enormous castle that sits on a rocky outcrop surrounded by palm trees.
Ornate temples and delicious Thai cuisine are the order of the day in the city of Bangkok. Head to Chinatown for an abundance of both. A huge reclining statue of Buddha is a must see at the Wat Pho Temple as well as the vibrant colours and fragrances at the flower market.
Anchored off the west coast of Malaysia, in the Andaman Sea, this laidback town has an element of paradise.
Stunning views Langkawi’s most popular attraction is the mountain-top cable car. This is accessed at the entertainment and shopping complex, Oriental Village which has been themed like a local settlement. For those who prefer to keep to stay grounded, there is the Rice Garden Museum which gives an interesting look at the history and tools used for rice farming.
The busy streets of Colombo are a fusion of classic architecture and modern skyscrapers. The city is home to many Colonial buildings such as the Town Hall and the Old Parliament, as well as tranquil temples and gardens.
Koh Samui is most famous for it’s picture perfect beaches, and has the most beaches out of all the Islands in Thailand. Relax on Chaweng Beach, the island’s longest belt of sand lined with coconut trees. A real tropical paradise.
The explorer types will have plenty to discover with Koh Samui’s abundance of temples. The Big Buddha Temple has its own island and is connected to Koh Samui via a causeway. For far reaching seaviews, climb the hundreds of steps where the huge, golden Buddha statue sits.
Image: Marella Cruises – Koh Samui
Image: Marella Cruises – The Big Buddha Temple, Koh Samui
Whether it’s sightseeing, shopping or culture, you will find an abundance of it in Dubai. Visit the iconic Burj Khalifa, which stands at 828 metres tall. From the observation deck of the World’s tallest tower, the sights are breathtaking. If it’s shopping you like then try haggling for gold at one of the traditional Souk’s, or take a trip to the Dubai Mall.
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If you want to visit numerous destinations and travel without the stress of getting from one spot to the next, a cruise is a wonderful way to travel. Some of the best cruise companies have itineraries that start and end in one of my favourite places, Sicily.
Before embarking on a cruise, it is so lovely to be able to relax in a beautiful spot (especially if you’ve never been there before), and when a destination is as gorgeous as Sicily is, it is a must! If you choose to do so, you’ll want to set up comfortable accommodation for yourself before being at sea. Luckily, there are many locally owned villas where you can stay on the island. Tools like WishSicily can help you find the perfect beach villa for your holiday. Then you can set off on your cruise relaxed and ready to go.
That being said.. there are many good reasons as to why one should go to Sicily a few days early and enjoy the island before embarking on a cruise. Here are 5 of them:
The island of Sicily has over 1,000 kilometers of coastline. So naturally, if you love to spend some time at the beach and relax with some sea views, you’ll be very happy in Sicily. You can find sandy beaches all the way up to those with dramatic rock formations.
2. Archaeological Sites
If you spend some time on the island, visiting some of the archaeological sites is a must. There are 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island, including an active volcano called Mount Etna and the Valley of the Temples, which will ignite your imagination as to what the site looked like in its prime.
3. Cuisine and Wine
Italian food and wine is famous worldwide. Sicilian food, in particular, has something extra special to it with a mix of influences from different cultures. You can happily spend a significant amount of time eating and drinking your way through the island and tasting the true flavours of Sicilian cuisine. A couple Sicilian dishes to try are: caponata (eggplant stew), arancini (stuffed rice balls) and cannoli (ricotta-filled sweet).
4. Intricate Culture
Sicily has a rich and intricate culture unlike anywhere else in the world, including the rest of Italy. Mediterranean culture historically met in Sicily, mostly due to its location, and the island has seen civilizations ranging from Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Norman, Arab, to Catalan. The civilizations that once inhabited the island have each left their mark on the Sicilian culture, creating this beautiful blend of something purely.. Sicilian.
5. Beautiful Borghi
There are 19 borghi (very small towns) in Sicily that are quaint and sure sights to see. They were once designated among Italy’s most beautiful towns by I Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia. You’ll see a lot of port cities while on a cruise, so taking the time to visit the smaller villages adds something extra special to a trip.
Spending a few days on this wonderful island is a great way to set the mood for a great holiday. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time in Sicily, you’ll be in holiday mode before you board your cruise!
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Emily Jones.
As the nights begin to get a little bit lighter and temperatures start to rise, it’s only right that we start to think about the summer months ahead.
With children on an extended school holiday and warm temperatures arriving, summer is a great time to set sail on the cruise of a lifetime.
There are a great range of summer cruise destinations for you to explore. To help you decide which is right for you, here are my top summer cruise destinations for you to consider as you start to plan your summer break.
Packed with world wonders, the western Mediterranean is equal parts enticing, charming and magical. Plus, in the summer months, the temperatures reach the mid-20s, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to use the ship’s pool as you port-hop.
From the Coliseum and the ruins of Rome to the ancient streets of Cadiz, and the party island of Ibiza, on a western Mediterranean cruise, you can have a little bit of everything – sampling history, architecture and sun-kissed shores in the process.
One of the great joys of a western Mediterranean cruise is that you can be as flexible as you like. Itineraries stretch from as little as three days to as long as two weeks. Plus, with specialist sites such as www.cruisedeals.co.uk, you can compare a wide range of holidays and find which works best for you and your budget.
If you’d like your summer holiday to be all about the sun, then the Canary Islands are the place to go. Although they’re a go-to cruise destination all year round, the average temperature in the Canary Islands in August is 24°C, so you’re practically guaranteed the weather. This makes the Canary Islands perfect, regardless of whether you’d like to explore at your own pace, take it easy on the beach, or get the adrenaline pumping.
A cruise to the Canary Islands offers a little bit of something for everyone. You can climb Mount Teide, witness the lunar landscapes of Lanzarote, or even go camel-riding in the desert. There’s always an option for you in the Canary Islands. Each island allows you to top up your tan and tick unforgettable experiences off your bucket list. The only problem you’ll have is narrowing down which ones to visit!
If you’re looking for an adventure like no other, then a cruise to Alaska is the perfect choice. In the winter months, temperatures in Alaska can reach -10°C in some places, which makes the summer a much better time to travel. Plus, thanks to extended daylight hours, you’ll have a better chance of spotting wildlife.
A cruise to Alaska can be as rewarding as it is fascinating. With stunning scenery and lush landscapes, Alaska provides you with unspoilt views of glaciers and forests. The Glacier Bay National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a particular highlight, but you can also take in other great Alaskan experiences, such as fresh seafood, dog-sledding tours and lumberjack experiences.
If you’d like to extend your Alaska cruise, you can also add stops in America and Canada.
During the summer sailing season, temperatures in the Baltics reach a pleasant 15°C to 20°C, which make these cities and ports the perfect location if you don’t like it too hot.
On your cruise, you’ll be surrounded by world-famous landmarks, breathtaking scenery and historical attractions. Plus, if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the stunning Northern Lights one evening.
The Baltics are a cultural paradise for people who love to explore, and with top destinations such as St Petersburg, Denmark and Finland all available, a summer cruise to the Baltics allows you to explore the iconic landmarks of northern Europe and beyond.
The British Isles
If you’re looking for a summer getaway that won’t break the bank, then why not consider a cruise around the British Isles? It’s the perfect starting point if you’ve never been on a cruise before and you’d like to test the waters.
The British Isles actually consist of over 6,000 islands, and there’s no better way to see them all than on a cruise. There’s so much to see and do. The port of Southampton gives you access to London and Stonehenge, while a stop at St Peter Port in Guernsey lets you visit the historic Candie Gardens. You can even sample the Guinness in Cork or Dublin – the choice really is yours.
Plus, depending on the itinerary you choose, you can even tag on a visit to mainland Europe.
Whether you’re looking to book for this year, or if you’re planning ahead for 2020, my top summer cruise destinations are sure to provide you with unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. So, which one will you choose?
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