Costa staff and Guests come from all over the world, which is what makes their ships so special. On board it is truly an international atmosphere.

Entertainment and shows are prepared with an international audience in mind: music, dancing and mime – they claim music is the official language. But, you can choose the language of your excursions. Cool! Cruise and learn….

COSTA CRUISES UK passengers and friends chat and community – click here

Menu being built.

 

COSTA CRUISES FLEET

Carnival have ordered at least nine Excellence Class ships, two are on their way to P&O, one is off to Costa one has just been floated out. The first P&O ship will be named Iona. The AidaNova has been floated out. The AidaNova. You might consider the Hyperion Class an equal class to the Royal Class, and if so, the Helios Class is the Excellence Class. The Helios offers up to 6,000 guests over 20 decks, 337 meters long, 42 meters wide which is daily standard for many ships, 184,000 GT. There are 23 bars and 17 restaurants, a casino, a water park, rock climbing walls, a gym and spa. The ship has a tropical theme. It will have the Pepper Robot to assist guests, that speak three languages. Go VIP in the two-storey penthouse suites with floor-to-ceiling windows.

IONA rumours – what is LNG? Can I cruise THIS year from Southampton on first ship?

Sometimes the rumours spread so well they become reality – or not. Lets stop the rubbish.

AidaNova floats out, is she a great clue on Iona?

Carnival have ordered four Excellence Class ships, the first will be named Iona. However, we ask has one already arrived?

COSTA SMERALDA new Helios-class vessel

COSTA SMERALDA is due in 2019 and is a 183,900 gross tonnage ship.

Cruise Ship Kitchen – What is inside – Filmed Galley Tour

Have you ever wondered how the food is planned and where it is made on a cruise ship. Jean went behind those huge silver revolving doors for Doris Visits,

Cruise Chat, Cruise Chat sites are a knowledge base -here is where to find them

Doris Visits has about 50 chat sites, Scroll down to find your favourite ship or cruise line

Don’t over spend on your cruise, especially if it is your first

Why not splash out? Well, you might just get addicted and want to book the next one,

Doris Visits, the Cruise and Travel show is on-line

Watch Doris Visits is free on YouTube, or there is one in Olympia that is not free.

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards!

Taster Cruise – a great first cruise – we look at a cheap 80’s weekender deal

A taster cruise is often referred to as a party cruise,

This is a new Vista Class, not the same as the old HAL Vista class, but maybe it will be as popular as their 11 ships. These larger cruise ships built by Fincantieri in Italy, where first steel cut in 2014 some three years after the other Vista Class finished. These Vista Class ships are operated by Carnival and Costa Cruises and soon P&O Australia.

These ships are around 322 meters long, a touch smaller than the Royal Class (Britannia) and have 15 decks carrying 4000 guests. They can travel at 22 knots. The features include the SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, a Water Works aqua park which is themed after Dr. Seuss characters, and Carnival’s Seuss at Sea programme. Vista ships have some unique new attractions such as Bonsai Teppanyaki and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse and an on board brewery.

  1. Carnival Vista (2016)
  2. Carnival Horizon (2018)
  3. Costa Venezia (2019)
  4. Carnival Panorama (2019)
  5. Costa Unnamed (2020)

COSTA VENEZIA

New ship, innovative spirit and warm Italian hospitality will show you the world from a different vantage point: from the sea.

Taster Cruise – a great first cruise – we look at a cheap 80’s weekender deal

A taster cruise is often referred to as a party cruise,

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Lady gets £50,000 bill for airlift because of in-effective insurance. And renew your EHIcard if out of date.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

Cruise Tip – Laundry, Ironing and the ship’s Tailor!

Whether you are on a long cruise

Wheelchairs, access and mobility at sea; is it all changing? Will you be looked after by Robots?

Robots are now working on two cruise lines, and may soon be caring for those who need help.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA FASCINOSA

COSTA FASCINOSA is definitely the most glamorous ship in the fleet.

Marriage at sea, But huge disaster for same sex marriage at sea

  Disaster, read before you book your wedding, please read.

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

Why cruisers need to know about robots – meet Pepper

Both Aida and Costa cruise lines have introduced robots to assist guests, these Pepper robots are cruise ship specific and speak three languages.

The True Cost of Cruising – Tips & Tipping, Tours, Drinks, Fine Dining

You can go on a cruise and enjoy just what was in the ticket price,

Living permanently on a cruise ship

Say NO to the retirement home. There are people who live permanently

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards!

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA FAVOLOSA

COSTA FAVOLOSA is surrounded by magic, decorated with precious materials and furnishings and perfected by state-of-the-art technology,

Deck Quoits explained

The Rules to Deck Quoits

SAGA PROMISES

As we have just focussed on the Fred Olsen version of this money back offer

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

Worst places for Pick Pockets

I am pretty streetwise but I have been pick pocketed twice.

SPORTING EVENTS ON BOARD

If you like sports or if there is a big event on like the world cup, the ship will show the event somewhere. If the event is big enough, everywhere.

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

COSTA PACIFICA

The language on board is music and fun.

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

At Doris Visits chat sites we encourage everyone to share their positive cruise experiences

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Why cruisers need to know about robots – meet Pepper

Both Aida and Costa cruise lines have introduced robots to assist guests, these Pepper robots are cruise ship specific and speak three languages.

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

Southampton by car or coach ?

Alternative Cruise Parking

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA DIADEMA

From its design to its entertainment, Costa Diadema offers a wealth of new ways to enjoy cruising including a country rock club.

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards!

Cruise Ship Kitchen – What is inside – Filmed Galley Tour

Have you ever wondered how the food is planned and where it is made on a cruise ship. Jean went behind those huge silver revolving doors for Doris Visits,

Lady gets £50,000 bill for airlift because of in-effective insurance. And renew your EHIcard if out of date.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

Wheelchairs, access and mobility at sea; is it all changing? Will you be looked after by Robots?

Robots are now working on two cruise lines, and may soon be caring for those who need help.

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

SAGA PROMISES

As we have just focussed on the Fred Olsen version of this money back offer

The Spirit Class ship is very similar to the Vista ship. The main obvious difference is the smaller chimney stack. The two ships combined ideas and designs certainly on the Queen Victoria which is still a Vista ship. The Spirit ships were built in Helsinki and are Panamax ships like the Vistas. These ships are 293 m long with 12 decks carrying 2,124 guests at a speed of up to 22 knots. 80% of the cabins are outside and of them, 80% have balconies.

  1. Costa Atlantica (2000)
  2. Carnival Spirit (2001)
  3. Carnival Pride (2001)
  4. Carnival Legend (2002)
  5. Costa Mediterranea (2003)
  6. Carnival Miracle (2004)

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA MEDITERRANEA

COSTA MEDITERRANEAN was inspired by the style of Italy’s historic palaces.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Taster Cruise – a great first cruise – we look at a cheap 80’s weekender deal

A taster cruise is often referred to as a party cruise,

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

SAGA PROMISES

As we have just focussed on the Fred Olsen version of this money back offer

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

SPORTING EVENTS ON BOARD

If you like sports or if there is a big event on like the world cup, the ship will show the event somewhere. If the event is big enough, everywhere.

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Dress Code & Cruising – live and let live (within the CONTRACTUAL rules)

Cruising is about dressing up for most people, but you can dress down

A Cruise is an education. Language, History, Culture, Art and more. Russia is just amazing!

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Southampton by car or coach ?

Alternative Cruise Parking

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA DELIZIOSA

COSTA DELIZIOSA is the perfect ship to give you a unique sensory experience, to seduce, charm, satisfy and fulfil every desire.

P&O DRESS CODE on board ship

The dress code does catch guests out.

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

An Ideal Present for a cruiser – a useful toy – the squeezable Globe Ball

Keeping your hands subtle

Living permanently on a cruise ship

Say NO to the retirement home. There are people who live permanently

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

Deck Quoits explained

The Rules to Deck Quoits

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA LUMINOSA

COSTA LUMINOSA’s new attractions and amazing architectural solutions make it full of charm, sophistication and innovation.

Cruise Tip – Laundry, Ironing and the ship’s Tailor!

Whether you are on a long cruise

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

SPORTING EVENTS ON BOARD

If you like sports or if there is a big event on like the world cup, the ship will show the event somewhere. If the event is big enough, everywhere.

Costa Victoria

Costa Victoria is a Victoria-class cruise ship first floated in 1996 and refurbished in 2004 when 246 balconies were added to the cabins on decks 9, 10 and 11..

Lady gets £50,000 bill for airlift because of in-effective insurance. And renew your EHIcard if out of date.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

Understanding prices and deals cruise – 3rd and 4th Person deals

Every place on a ship is different which makes it so interesting.

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Southampton by car or coach ?

Alternative Cruise Parking

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA neoRIVIERA

One of the smaller ships on the Costa Fleet, the Costa neoRiviera allows you to discover a new way of cruising with longer stopovers you can enjoy to the full, exclusive and unusual destinations.

Doris Visits, the Cruise and Travel show is on-line

Watch Doris Visits is free on YouTube, or there is one in Olympia that is not free.

Money back if you don’t like the cruise – the offer appears again

This time the offer is from Fred Olsen in the form of an enjoyment promise. If you have been watching #TheCruise

Choosing your Cabin on a cruise ship

Ships are travelling at sea and can be both noisy and bumpy. There is a logic to apply.

Living permanently on a cruise ship

Say NO to the retirement home. There are people who live permanently

Understanding prices and deals cruise – 3rd and 4th Person deals

Every place on a ship is different which makes it so interesting.

Hop On, Hop Off ! We have a discount code for you

Going away before the end of the year, if you are thinking of using the city sightseeing red bus,

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA neoROMANTICA

Based in Asia, the Costa neoRomantica is an innovative total restyling project, the Costa neoRomantica is a refined, prestigious and elegant ship, which will surprise you and win you over at first sight.

Deck Quoits explained

The Rules to Deck Quoits

Wheelchairs, access and mobility at sea; is it all changing? Will you be looked after by Robots?

Robots are now working on two cruise lines, and may soon be caring for those who need help.

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

Understanding prices and deals cruise – 3rd and 4th Person deals

Every place on a ship is different which makes it so interesting.

Cruise Ship Kitchen – What is inside – Filmed Galley Tour

Have you ever wondered how the food is planned and where it is made on a cruise ship. Jean went behind those huge silver revolving doors for Doris Visits,

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

COSTA MAGICA

COSTA MAGICA is waterslides and family fun.

Marriage at sea, But huge disaster for same sex marriage at sea

  Disaster, read before you book your wedding, please read.

Taster Cruise – a great first cruise – we look at a cheap 80’s weekender deal

A taster cruise is often referred to as a party cruise,

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

Is Birmingham is London’s best Airport – Fly-cruise is the future.

When you finish your transit flight, your bags

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

At Doris Visits chat sites we encourage everyone to share their positive cruise experiences

Worst places for Pick Pockets

I am pretty streetwise but I have been pick pocketed twice.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Costa Fortuna Ship Tour

Costa Fortuna was built in 2003 on the same platform as Carnival Cruise Lines’ Destiny-class, but she is called a Fortuna Class ship.

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

An Ideal Present for a cruiser – a useful toy – the squeezable Globe Ball

Keeping your hands subtle

Living permanently on a cruise ship

Say NO to the retirement home. There are people who live permanently

Lady gets £50,000 bill for airlift because of in-effective insurance. And renew your EHIcard if out of date.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

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