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Europe's largest Cruise Show is returning to Birmingham where we will be hosting the best of luxury travel by sea and river to destinations and at prices you won’t find anywhere else. However adventurous your imagination, begin by talking to our exhibitors, cruise experts and journalists who will be on hand to share all they know and help you plan the holiday of a lifetime. Whether you're considering your first cruise or are a seasoned traveller, the Cruise Show brings the glamour and expertise of the whole industry to the NEC and packs a host of fantastic content and exclusive giveaways included!


Twice a year we gather the most exciting holidays from the world of cruise travel into one building, offering you the perfect first step on your getaway. Start your next voyage at the Cruise Show to uncover the hottest new destinations and latest trends from the world of cruise travel. Make your way from the calm waters of the Nile to the steps of the Taj Mahal, from the awe-inspiring ice caps of the Antarctic to tropical paradise and everywhere in between.


So much more than a means to an end, to cruise is to encapsulate the mantra that the journey can be as much pleasure as the destination. With each cruise unique in its own right you may have as much fun choosing your ship as your destination. Industry leading organisers present their their unique offerings; from the luxury liners to intimate river journeys. Discover your dream holiday and we'll take it from there.


Our show can transport you to the far reaches of the world but just as important is how you get there. Tailor your journey with show exclusive offers, excursions and deals. Any extra wants or needs can be organised to make your time away everything you require. We look forward to seeing you there!


What people say

The vast range of choice that is available was really impressive!
Some good cruise companies, including a couple we'd not spoken to before!
We had a good idea what we wanted, found the cruise, spoke at length with the Co. And booked our trip, very happy.
Good location and very helpful friendly staff on each stall we spoke to!

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  • 24 JUL, 2017 by Admin 04 Likes
    Before you go Cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes from smaller river cruising vessels to ocean-going megaships. Cruise itineraries are just as diverse, varying in length, encompassing rivers and oceans around the world, and existing as stand-alone holidays or part of a ‘cruise and stay’ vacation. So, do your research and visit the Cruise Show before you book to ensure you pick the right destination, ship and type of holiday for you. [caption id="attachment_4370" align="alignright" width="430"] Photo: Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten[/caption] Once you’ve booked your cruise check the details on your documents and travel plans are correct, fill in any necessary forms and check that your cruise line is arranging any visas you may need. Pack as you would for a land-based holiday being sure to keep what you will need on your first day (medication, swimwear and electronic devices) with you in your carry-on bag, as your suitcase(s) may not be delivered to your cabin until after you’ve set sail. Make sure you tag your luggage with the tags sent to you by the cruise line so that your bags end up in your cabin. Take casual clothes for daytime and check your cruise line’s dress codes for details of what evening wear to pack. Alternatively opt for a line with no dress code like Norwegian Cruise Line. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear on embarkation day when you will be queueing and walking.   All aboard Once aboard the ship you will find newsletters, entertainment guides, and plans of the ship to help you find your way about and plan your holiday. Check restaurant opening hours and take note of which restaurants are all inclusive and which will cost you extra. [caption id="attachment_4378" align="alignleft" width="462"] Cruise Show, 2016[/caption] On day one have a walk around the ship to get your bearings, take a tour of the spa and kids club, book some shore excursions, make some dining reservations then hit the pools, hot tubs and waterslides which will all be open straight away. An announcement will be made over the ship’s PA system to let you know when your room is ready. Events, activities and classes will be featured on the ship’s TV channel every day, and there will also be well informed crew members (usually 2 per passenger) on hand to answer your questions. Many cruise lines deliver a daily newsletter to your cabin and some such as Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have phone-friendly apps as a paper-free alternative. Whatever you’re worried about as a first time cruiser it’s worth remembering that the cruise line you’ve booked with has done this all before. What’s new to you is their area of expertise, and help will be on hand to guide you every step of the way.   By Sarah Glayzer
  • 21 JUL, 2017 by Admin 02 Likes
    More and more cruise lines are using technology to clean up their act, building new ships with solar panels and exhaust ‘scrubber’ systems to minimize emissions, retro-fitting existing vessels; introducing recycling and energy efficient devices on-board, purchasing food from sustainable sources and training crew in waste management. [caption id="attachment_4377" align="alignright" width="600"] Photo: Hurtigruten Cruises[/caption] Not content with simply reducing their environmental impact, cruises these days offer dedicated voluntourism eco-voyages where cruisers (and crew) are offered the chance to participate in activities which have a positive impact on the natural world.   Wet ‘n’ wild Swim with humpback whales on research sailings in the Caribbean; track cetaceans in the Ligurian Sea; and help to research giant whale sharks off Mexico on small boat cruises with the likes of Responsible Travel, Steppes Travel and Aqua-Firma.   Spick and span Get down and dirty on beach clean-ups with Norwegian line Hurtigruten where passengers pick up rubbish and pollutants littering the Arctic as part of the annual Clean Up Svalbard initiative, in-between spotting polar bears. Alternatively, spruce up the Mexican shores of Puerto Vallarta with Crystal Cruises   Animal magic [caption id="attachment_4375" align="alignright" width="574"] Photo: Responsible Travel[/caption] Take part in a task full of ahhh factor – releasing newly-hatched turtles into the wild along the shores of the Amazon River offered by Aqua Expeditions; or help the little fellas into the sea along the beaches of Cozumel with Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Lines. Walk dogs and pet cats at animal shelters as arranged by Crystal Cruises or help researchers to count penguins on Antarctica cruises with Lindblad Expeditions.   Branching out Dig deep to plant gum trees in an Australian koala sanctuary with Holland America Line; get planting as part of an afforestation programme in Iceland with Disney Cruise Line; and sink some saplings in the Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Cruises.   Set Sail Another way to make your next cruise a little greener whilst celebrating the golden age of sail is to opt for an eco-friendly tall ships cruise. Star Clippers’ ships rely exclusively on sail power around 30% of the time and often more.
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