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Cruise In Review: Our 2016 Highlights

As 2016 comes to an end, I wanted to share some of my cruise highlights from the past year.

2016 has been memorable for several reasons. I’ve been lucky enough to go on twelve cruises in 2016, along with my very first river cruise. But the cruise industry as a whole has been busy, with around 10 new ships launching, and even more ships being announced.

January

Kicking off the new year, I embarked Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch for a three-night cruise from Liverpool to Southampton. I had been back home to Yorkshire for the festive period, so it was a stylish way of travelling back down to Southampton. (In fact I’m doing a similar thing this January on Black Watch, but from London Tilbury.)

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February

In February, I celebrated my birthday aboard MSC Preziosa during a seven-night Mediterranean cruise from Genoa.

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March

In March, I boarded Cruise & Maritime Voyages Astoria for a six-night Scottish & Emerald Isles cruise from Bristol Avonmouth. It was also her first cruise sailing with her new name, as I previously sailed on the ship when she was named Azores in 2015.

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April

It was a busy month in April, after being invited aboard the newly-launched Ovation of the Seas for the night, followed by a three-night jaunt to Guernsey on Emerald Princess, and also a visit aboard the brand new AIDAprima in Southampton.

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May

May was just as busy. I sailed on Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polofrom Tilbury, for a one-night cruise to Hull, which was the ship’s first call to the port. On May 21, I toured Fred. Olsen’s Braemar in Southampton, which means I have now been on all four ships in the fleet. Of course the biggest thing to happen in May, and the entire cruise year, was the debut of the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. I enjoyed my sailing on her inaugural cruise – a four-night cruise to Rotterdam.

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June

In June, I boarded the latest fun ship at sea, Carnival Vista, for an eight-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona. I also boarded my first ever luxury cruise ship, Viking Sea, for a tour during her maiden call to Harwich, where they were also filming an upcoming TV episode of Mighty Cruise Ships.

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July

In July, I embarked on my third cruise of the year with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. This time it was a 9-night British Isles cruise aboard Magellan, similar to the one I did on Discovery back in 2014.

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August

In August, I visited Transocean Tours’ Astor, during one of her rare calls to the UK. The ship also operates for Cruise & Maritime Voyages and spends the winter season operating out of Australia. Towards the end of August, I embarked P&O Cruises’ Britannia for a seven-night cruise to the spectacular Norwegian Fjords. I hadn’t been to the Fjords since 2012 aboard Oceana, so it was fantastic to return on such a large ship as Britannia. 

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September

I didn’t take a cruise in September, but I was lucky enough to be invited aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas for a foodie-themed day aboard, where I got to explore the ship, go behind the scenes in the gigantic main galley, as well as enjoy a cooking demonstration and a meal by Izumi’s head chef, Travis Kamiyama.

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October

In October, I toured P&O Cruises Aurora, and later on in the month I enjoyed a three-night cruise on P&O’s Ventura.

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November

In November, I said hola to Pullmantur’s Sovereign as I sailed on the ship for 2-nights from Palma de Mallorca to Lisbon – her first time visiting the Portuguese capital.

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December

On December 16, I toured CMV’s Magellan in Tilbury, with competition winners, for a festive event in partnership with ROL Cruise. Two days later I travelled to Rotterdam to embark on my very first river cruise. It was a two-night taster cruise hosted by SuperBreak aboard The River Cruise Line‘s msSerenity.

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And that concludes my 2016 cruise year. It’s been busy, but awesome! Cruise Capital has seen incredible growth over the past year and I’d like to thank all of you for following along, reading our articles and reviews, as well as interacting with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Here’s to a cruise-filled 2017!

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Jordan Bailey
21-year-old travel journalist, Jordan, has been reporting on cruise news since 2011. Since taking his first voyage on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas in 2009, Jordan has now been on over 50 cruises. He currently studies Journalism at Southampton Solent University.
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