The London Cruise Show

In line with my policy of only reviewing cruises, port visits and events that I have personally undertaken,  I’m pleased to announce that over the weekend I  attended, as a guest of Oceania Cruises,  the Daily Mail’s London Cruise Show held at Olympia…

Olympia is a quaint old  exhibition centre in West Kensington, London…

It is easily  accessed by using the London Underground District Line from Earls Court…

 

There were over 60 exhibitors, mainly consisting of  cruise lines and  travel agents…

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…in addition to three open plan ‘theatres’,  each offering a full programme of talks and informative presentations…

The Programme at one Theatre…

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Most proving very popular and standing room only…

A quick straw poll indicated that the majority of cruise lines represented were the high end luxury lines including Crystal…

Regent Seven Seas… 

Ponant…

Azamara…

…and one of Solent Richard’s favourites, Hapag-Lloyd…

It really was noticeable, though, that all the stands were busy and though not necessarily doing brisk business, were seeing keen interest in their products. Without any doubt the new Thompson  innovation, Marella, was the busiest…

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There was a good attendance of River Cruise companies as well, the market leader, Viking…

…and APT…

….with whom I have my third cruise  later in the year.

Meanwhile it was a worthwhile exercise to see what Crystal had to offer on the river cruise scene…

There were a number of exhibitors from cruise ship destinations including Rocky Mountaineer…

 

…and the one that piqued my interest as a new destination, Cruise Korea…

 

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What really was interesting was the quality of their brochures which certainly gave me food for thought…

On Facebook I run a number of ‘Groups’ associated with Cunard: QM2, The last Ocean Liner and ‘We Are Cunard fanzine’, so I was interested to spot two exhibitors with different connections who nevertheless deserve a mention. First up the Ocean Liner Society…

The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms…

http://www.ocean-liner-society.com

The other  was the brand new Southampton Harbour Hotel whose Cruise Concierge, Gary,  I just happen to know…

Where better to spend a pre-cruise night…

Here’s a link to their cruise package offers…

https://www.southampton-harbour-hotel.co.uk/offers/cruise-package/

On the whole it was a most successful day out. I’m aware that on certain UK cruise forums a show of this nature doesn’t garner too much  favour,  however I found it most worthwhile in a number of areas. Indeed, I attended one some years ago and listened to a presentation by Oceania, as a result of which  I now have six weeks cruising with them under my belt.

The Cruise Show is brilliant for first time cruisers and certainly has a great deal to offer the more experienced cruiser. It is also another good day out in the city.

 

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3 responses to “The London Cruise Show

    • Hi Beverley. They gave two talks each day. The main presenter was Adam Coulter, Cruise Critic’s UK Editor. His talk was aimed mainly at new cruisers with insiders tips and advice. Cruise Critic is of course owned by TripAdvisor. I realise ‘Gripes’ are a part of Cruise Critic but on the other side of the coin there is the freedom to respond. Thank you for following my Blog.

  1. That was informative Richard
    Was pleased to see that the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer was exhibiting in London as for many people a train ride through the Canadian Rockies is a must prior or post a cruise.
    I will have to check out the Southampton
    Rob

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