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Fantastic feedback for our Cruise experts

Dear Jetline,

We are just back from The Caribbean cruise with Celebrity, Amtrak

train journey to New York and Amtrak to Niagara. We have taken many

holidays all over the world and must tell you that this one was the most

organised we have ever taken. All the vouchers and e tickets worked so

well and the standard of Hotels were excellent, with the highlight being

upgraded in The Sheraton on the Falls to the very top floor overlooking

the Falls.

Thank you,

Jetline Cruise for

such a wonderful

holiday.

Regards,

Pat and Lin Blake

P&O Cruises to feature famous

Strictly Come Dancing personalities

For fans of the hit television series

Strictly Come Dancing there is only

one cruise line this year: P&O Cruises.

Some of the top personalities from

the show will make an appearance

on board the cruise line's ships

before the end of 2015. One of these

personalities is the old-time favourite

of many dance lovers, Anton Du Beke.

Most readers will probably also be

familiar with the name Arlene Phillips,

the former Strictly Come Dancing

judge. This time Mr Du Beke will

wear the judge's cap as he travels on

board P&O Azura during a two-week

sailing to the Baltic, while Ms Phillips

will be on board P&O Britannia when

she cruises to the Canary Islands in

July this year. Both Mr Du Beke and

Ms Phillips have been part of the

show since its official launch 11 years

Bartender from Holland America Line

Wins Prestigious Bacardi Award

There are few things more relaxing

than sipping a world-class cocktail

while enjoying good company on

board your favourite cruise ship. If the

thought of this excites you, Holland

America seems to be the perfect

cruise line for you.

The reason for this statement is that

Holland America had no less than

two finalists in the recent Bacardi

Bartender of the Year contest. It

should therefore not be surprising

to hear that a bartender from one

of the cruise line's ships won the

competition. Gerome Firmalo, a

bartender on board Oosterdam,

won this prestigious award with his

innovative cocktail called Passion

Blossom 13. He said this masterful

creation was inspired by his travels.

What makes his victory even more

remarkable is that he had to compete

against 2,500 other bartenders.

Although the award only comes with

a cash prize of $5,000, it is really the

international recognition involved

that will undoubtedly provide a

tremendous boost to the young man's

career. His creation consisted of a

50/50 mix of St Germain elderflower

liqueur and Bombay Sapphire

gin combined with lemon sour,

passion fruit syrup and cranberry

juice. Gerome is understandably

delighted about winning the award.

He said: "Winning the Bacardi Cruise

Competition gives me great personal

pride with the added kudos of such

professional recognition. There's

no doubt it will help me develop

my bartending career."Oosterdam

currently sails out of Rotterdam. If you

would like to see this young man from

the Philippines in action, head straight

for the Netherlands when it is time for

your next cruise holiday.

ago, with Ms Phillips more recently

providing expert opinion on the spinoff

show It Takes Two.

Four other famous Strictly

personalities will sail with P&O in

2015: the winner of series 12, Pasha

Kovalev, and last year's professional

finalists Kevin Clifton, Karen Hauer

and Kristina Rihanoff. There will be

four Strictly Come Dancing dancers

performing during every cruise and

guests will get the chance to meet

them and even obtain some dancing

tips from them. There will also be

photo opportunities and interviews

with the dancers, as well as fashion

events showcasing the costumes and

a dance contest.

The Strictly Come Dancing cruises for

the rest of the year include a 15-day

sailing to Russia, Scandinavia and

Estonia on board Azura; a 15-day

cruise to Monaco, Portugal and Italy

on board Ventura; and a 14-night

voyage to Iberia and the Canary

Islands on board Britannia.

The Winner - Gerome Firmalo

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