A new adventure

Friday, February 24, 2017 9:52 AM

A new adventure

I have worked for Cruise Connections for almost 12 years now, and in that time I have travelled to various places in the world. Even though I had organised many clients’ holidays to Norway, I had never been there myself and so decided to try a new adventure.

Arriving at the Port of Tyne (Newcastle), we dropped off our luggage and parked in the pre-booked long stay car park. This made our arrival so easy and convenient as it was only a five-minute stroll back to the terminal. At 4.15pm we checked in and went to our cabin to find our luggage waiting for us.

We were impressed by the size of our cabin. It was a three berth with two single beds which could have also been made into a double with an upper berth for a third passenger. The wardrobes were spacious and there was plenty of drawer space. The bathroom was a good size with a large shower, sink and W.C. There was also a hairdryer!

The ship itself had plenty of areas inside and out to relax. Classes offered on sea days included Arts & Crafts and lectures which we could find detailed in our Daily News. We enjoyed a game or two in the card room and the library came in very handy too.

There was plenty of evening entertainment in the bars, along with fabulous shows in the Theatre and we even enjoyed a dance in the nightclub. There were a couple of shops on board, one of which sold everyday items that you may have forgotten.

The dining rooms were light and airy and served five course dinners each evening. For anyone wishing to eat earlier, or not wanting to dress up on formal nights, there was also the buffet restaurant.

We opted for the drinks package on board at a cost of £17pppn. This included cocktails, spirits, draught beer, wine and soft drinks and worked out as very good value.

The itinerary included visits to Eidfjord, Flam and Bergen. The scenery was spectacular with snow on the mountains and the weather was kind to us.

Eidfjord is a beautiful little village that you can take a tour round on a small train. We purchased the train tickets from the tourist information centre which was close to where we docked and my advice is that it is worth going there early to buy your tickets, as it books up quickly.

When we arrived in Flam, another pretty village, we had pre-booked the Flam Railway Excursion. My best tip for this excursion would be to sit on the right of the train as you will get the best views of the magnificent scenery.

Bergen was our last port of call and we chose to take the Funicular to the top of Mount Floyan. As we reach the summit the mist cleared and we had panoramic views of Bergen. We then walked back down though the woodland pathway which was signposted and a very pleasant 45-minute walk.

We chose not to have our breakfast on board on our last day and disembark early. This meant taking off our own luggage, but this was quick and easy and we left the car park with no traffic problems.

Although it was quite chilly, the sun shining on the snow-capped mountains and the beautiful fjords made this cruise an experience not to be missed.

I would certainly recommend Magellan; she is a small adult-only ship which provides something for all tastes. The staff were friendly and could not do enough for us. We have some fantastic offers at the moment so give us a call.

Here’s to the next trip!!

Janet Baren

Cruise from only £59pp

Yes, you did read right. This last minute cruise really is from only £59pp. You will sail south on Friday out of Newcastle Tyne to London Tilbury. On board you will enjoy a five course dinner, fabulous big show entertainment, cabaret and late night disco. After breakfast on the Saturday morning you will disembark for the return coach service to Newcastle. Alternatively, you could extend your stay in London and travel back independently.

This fantastic cruise sails Friday 20th May 2016 on board Cruise & Maritime Voyages Magellan. Cruise & Maritime describe the cruise as “a great value ‘taster’ that offers the perfect introduction to cruising”.

Call 01524 509 809 now for more information or to book.

Don’t fancy London?
Then you could cruise to Edinburgh Leith instead. £59pp departing Saturday 16th July for 1 night on board Marco Polo, including five course dinner, breakfast and all entertainment featured above. £20pp supplement for your return coach back to Newcastle. Alternatively, you could extend your stay in Scotland and travel back independently.

Fresh-Faced Fleet

Royal Caribbean’s Majesty, Jewel and Liberty of the Seas® all now have some extraordinary new feature including some updates to existing ones in this new makeover:

Majesty of the Seas®:

    • Splashaway Bay water park, featuring an interactive children’s play area
    • Poolside movie screen
    • Family Jacuzzis
    • VOOM – the fastest internet at sea


  • Enhancements to Casino Royale, a refresh of the Schooner Bar and an upgraded video arcade

Jewel of the Seas®

    • New two-bedroom Family Suite
    • Giovanni’s Table
    • Vintages wine bar
    • Izumi
    • Pervasive Wi-Fi and Digital signage throughout ship
    • Poolside movie screen


  • Renovations to Chops Grille, Vitality Spa, onboard shops and staterooms, with an additional 42 staterooms added to the ship

Liberty of the Seas®

  • The Perfect Storm waterslides
  • Tidal Wave℠ halfpipe waterslide— the first of its kind at sea
  • Splashaway Bay water park
  • Sabor Modern Mexican
  • Giovanni’s Table
  • Panoramic Staterooms with floor-to-ceiling windows

New Explorer Vessels

LONDON, 25 April 2016 – Norwegian exploration travel company Hurtigruten has announced an order of up to four new explorer ships for 2018/19 sailings in a move to meet growing demand for adventure travel from holidaymakers across the globe.

The signing, which marks the largest investment Hurtigruten has made in its more than 120-years of exploring the Arctic and Antarctic waters, will open-up the polar waters and exciting new adventure opportunities.

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Set to offer a host of activities for adventure seekers, from climbing and kayaking to rib-tours, whale and sea eagle safaris, the new vessels will embark on exploring some of the world’s most exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt natural surroundings. Adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing global tourist trends valued at $263 billion*, and has witnessed an increase of 195% over just two years.

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The order includes the construction of two new state-of-the-art vessels, which will be designed and customised specifically for adventure-rich expedition voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as along the Norwegian coastline. Hurtigruten prioritises sustainability, and the new ships will be equipped with advanced environmentally-friendly technology to reduce emissions, underlining its vision of playing a lead role when it comes to green shipping.
Hurtigruten’s new ships will also offer lectures on topics relevant to the destinations they sail to from experts in areas such as history, zoology, botany, and environmental science. In addition, experienced expedition teams will accompany passengers on educational excursions to isolated places only accessible by ships or zodiac boats.
Daniel Skjeldam, Hurtigruten’s CEO says, “This is a milestone for us and an expression of our confidence in the growth of the global market for adventure tourism. We are to build the most formidable expedition ships the world has seen.”
“People no longer want to spend their holiday time being passive spectators. The new adventure traveller is looking for authentic experiences, which is why sedentary, standardized travel packages are becoming less popular and active adventure travel is booming” Skjeldam adds. “Our experience is that explorers travelling with Hurtigruten crave adventurous activities and mindfulness in combination, therefore Hurtigruten offers active voyages. We offer real experiences in local environments, just steps away from the wildlife.”

Magnus Zetterberg UK Managing Director of Hurtigruten explains further, “We offer our guests a truly unique experience on-board all of our ships. Every season we’ve seen an increase in demand from guests to travel with Hurtigruten for the unrivalled range of adventure activities we offer. It has been more than ten years since Hurtigruten last placed an order for the construction of a new ship so the prospect of being able to expand this with the arrival of new vessels is very exciting.”

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The agreement is testament to Norway’s strong international position as a shipbuilding nation. It will also ensure Hurtigruten’s position as world leading within adventure tourism in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Daniel Skjeldam adds, “We are proud to be a more than 120-year old pioneer company. Along parts of the Norwegian coast, Hurtigruten drew the charts – literally. We will bring this knowledge and know-how with us when we put the new ships into operation.”

The vessels will be designed and developed by Rolls-Royce, with the assistance of renowned Norwegian ship designer Espen Øino, and built by Kleven, a longstanding partner.

From 2017, Hurtigruten will offer explorer travel to additional new destinations such as the Amazon Rainforest and Arctic Canada. And with the new explorer ships, guests will be able to land close to new completely new adventurous destinations.

For more information contact the reservations team: 01524 509 809

*Statistic from the Adventure Tourism Development Index Report 2015

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Need a break away next week? Then this could be the deal for you!

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