Autumn Wine Tasting Cruise - £499 for 12 night cruise = £41 a day - All meals included @ Iglu Cruise
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Autumn Wine Tasting Cruise - £499 for 12 night cruise = £41 a day - All meals included @ Iglu Cruise

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Found 19th Sep 2012
Seems like a bargain price for a 12 night cruise

What's Included?
Luxury Stateroom accommodation
All meals and Nite Bites
Elegant afternoon tea
24 hour room service
All entertainment
Fitness Centre & Elemis Spa
Sauna, Jacuzzi & Steam Room
Enriching lectures
All port taxes and fees

Day Port Due Depart
1 Southampton 00:00 17:00
2 Paris (from Le Havre) 07:00 00:00
3 Paris (from Le Havre) 00:00 23:00
4 At sea
5 Bordeaux 08:00 00:00
6 Bordeaux 00:00 18:00
7 Bilbao 07:00 00:00
8 Bilbao 00:00 15:00
9 Vigo 12:00 20:00
10 Porto-Portugal 07:00 18:00
11-12 At sea - 2 days 00:00 18:00
13 Southampton 04:00 00:00


To book, call Iglu on: 0208 544 6388

Wine and cruising sounds like the perfect combination if you ask me, and Celebrity Cruises have decided to combine the two, with a series of cruises from Southampton that takes in the famous wine producing regions of France, Spain and Portugal. All that's missing is some good cheese and a comfy chair...
...Fortunately a cruise that takes in the famous wine regions of Champagne, Bordeaux and La Mancha will be able to fill in that final criteria and more. I'm not 100% certain where the idea has come from, but this is a great concept and a well thought out — all the cruises depart during the harvest season.
So what are these cruises all about? Unfortunately they don't depart until September so I can't give you a personal review, but here's what I've pieced together from the lovely information packs Celebrity have sent over.

The Cruises
The cruise are all onboard the recently refurbished Celebrity Constellation, but we'll come to the ship later, and they capture the finest wine producing regions in Western Europe. Whether visiting the vineyards and regions close to the ports or taking the extensive shore excursions taking you into the heart of the regions, there will be something for everyone — there is even a three day land tour, form Paris to Bordeaux.
Each sailing offers at least three over night stays so you can visit the area in full and make the most of the local hospitality as well the local produce.
Le Harve
Le Havre is the cruising gateway to Paris and the Champagne region. Onboard these cruises Celebrity will be offering various excursions to Paris, from a simple bus tour to sightseeing trip with lunch at the Eiffel Tower, trips around Le Havre and even to abbey of Mont Saint Michel. But this isn't why you're taking this cruise. From Le Havre you can partake on one of the first two 'tasting' excursions. The first is a trip to Pay d'Auge, which takes you through the Normandy landscape, before arriving at a cheese factory, where cheese tasting will take place including the likes of Pont l'Evêque, Camembert and Livarot. Afterward you will drive to Le Breuil en Auge, to visit the home of Calvados, the regions famous Normandy Brandy.
The second tour is a mammoth three day, two night land tour form Le Harve passing by Paris, the Loire Valley, Cognac, then Bordeaux before re-joining the ship at Le Verdon. The trip involves city tours, a vine and wine museum, wine tasting, cognac tastings and more.

Le Verdon (Bordeaux)
Now this is where things start to excite me, with two days and one night in the port town of Le Verdon you can enjoy the delicacies and vine yards of Bordeaux, one of my favourite wine producing regions. Over the two days you can chose from a Saint Emillion wine tour, a Medoc wine tour, a Graves wine tour, a Margaux wine tour, a Saintes and Cognac tour, tasting and dinner at the Chateau Rousseau de Sipian and more — I think I'd need to do this cruise about three times just to get all this in!
Bordeaux, along with Champagne and Burgundy is among France's most famous and probably most revered wine regions, so to be able to visit the so many of my favourite wines would be heaven. St. Emillion is a given, but do you go for the Graves, Medoc or Cognac tour?
Bilbao
Arriving in Bilbao adds another new exciting dimension to the tour, as we move away from the renowned French cheeses, wines and brandys and onto Spain's wonderful Rioja, Tapas and the Guggenheim. Food, wine and culture, now that's easily two days worth of entertainment. There are tours of the city and the world famous museum, there is a Bilbao and Tapas tour (if you ask me, a must) and of course a visit to probably Spain's most famous wine region, Rioja.
Porto
Last, but by no means least on this short guide to what's on offer is Porto, famed for its port. Here you can tour the city and local attractions, enjoy a wine tasting at the Mateus Palace, enjoy the Douro Valley winery tour, or take in one of the Oporto tours and wine tastings. Well you can go to Porto and now enjoy a drop of port, that's like going to the Alps and not having a fondue!
The excursions are all being offered by Celebrity Cruises and £31.25, for a walking tour of Le Havre, to £125.50 for the St. Emillion tour, including a wine tasting session and lunch, all the way up to £692.50 for the three day wine tour from Paris to Bordeaux.

The Ship
The Celebrity Constellation will be your home on these wonder sailings, with the first sailing departing on 7th September 2012 and the final cruise of the season departing on 18th November 2012. As previously mentioned the Celebrity Constellation has undergone a huge refurbishment, as part of a project that has seen Celebrity Cruises spend $120 million Solitcizing their Millennium class ships.
Onboard the ship there will also be a variety or wine themed events, including some special events held at Cellar Masters, the ship's fantastic wine bar that boasts the high-tec Enomatic by-the-glass wine serving system — which keeps the wine in perfect condition from the first glass of the bottle, to the final drops.
If you find that you have taken to a new grape or vineyard while ashore, the ship will also be offering an expanded wine list selection from the ports of call. The wine tasting sessions start from as little £11, so you won't need to break the bank to carry on enjoying the regional specialties while sailing from one region to the next.

To book, call Iglu on: 0208 544 6388

18 Comments

Good cruise , fab ship but be very aware of booking with IGLU :-(

Had no problems with Iglu myself, very good service in fact. Anything I should look out for that might surprise me?

Get **** everyday on tasty wine for 12 days, what a damn chore! lol

Damm good price for 12 days HOT

Any other hidden costs, such as daily compulsory tipping? Also, looks like drinks aren't included, so you'll need to factor that into the price. Drink prices are usually extortionate.

Price seems good, but I'm just pointing out that there may be other unavoidable costs to consider.

tonikeys

Any other hidden costs, such as daily compulsory tipping? Also, looks … Any other hidden costs, such as daily compulsory tipping? Also, looks like drinks aren't included, so you'll need to factor that into the price. Drink prices are usually extortionate.Price seems good, but I'm just pointing out that there may be other unavoidable costs to consider.



The ship gets good reviews... but points to remember are:

Bedrooms are 178 square feet.. NOT very big for 12 nights + clothes!...for the £499 price ( better rooms cost a LOT more... )
The wine tasting sessions are chargeable at £11.00 each

Seems like gratuities are down to personal choice... although other sites suggest they add approx £6.65 per day per person for gratuities and 15% to all bar drinks.

cruise-southampton.co.uk/cel…htm

Drinks............. READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from their website....

celebritycruises.co.uk/alr…es/



The OP either works for iglu or knows someone who does as they only post deals from this cruise company and no other and always gives the same internal phone number that isn't shown on the web site. SPAM and a cold from me.

All drinks onboard have 15℅ added for service. $11.50 per person per day is added to your onboard account for service in the restaurant and your cabin steward. You can ask for this to be removed however tipping is part of cruising.

Have to say though this cruise looks pretty poor. The bay of Biscay in late November. Could be cold, wet and choppy.
Edited by: "kevinyork" 20th Sep 2012

siadwel

The OP either works for iglu or knows someone who does as they only post … The OP either works for iglu or knows someone who does as they only post deals from this cruise company and no other and always gives the same internal phone number that isn't shown on the web site. SPAM and a cold from me.



Think this may be a little unfair. OP has been a member for 6 years and has posted 26 deals, only three of which are for , albeit from this travel agent. I have to say when I look for cruise deals I tend to stick to my favourite tour operator too. Iglu do however seem to have some of the best prices and deals so I am not surprised there deals are more likely to be posted.

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siadwel

The OP either works for iglu or knows someone who does as they only post … The OP either works for iglu or knows someone who does as they only post deals from this cruise company and no other and always gives the same internal phone number that isn't shown on the web site. SPAM and a cold from me.



crikey, its people like you who put people off posting a deal.

I like cruising and every time i've booked a cruise it has been through Iglu. Yesterday I came across this offer, thought it sounded like a good deal, so thought I would post it for the possible benefit of the HUKD community.

(and by the way, that's the number that gets you straight through to the cruise sales team and bypasses the automated menu system)
Edited by: "bailey87" 20th Sep 2012

Heat from me, just cos someone started crying.

kevinyork

Think this may be a little unfair. OP has been a member for 6 years and … Think this may be a little unfair. OP has been a member for 6 years and has posted 26 deals, only three of which are for , albeit from this travel agent. I have to say when I look for cruise deals I tend to stick to my favourite tour operator too. Iglu do however seem to have some of the best prices and deals so I am not surprised there deals are more likely to be posted.



Hi, the reason it's only three is because the Mods have deleted several cruise offers by this OP. OP would mention the woman's name that this number puts you through to. They used to come up quite regularly. Just find it strange that no other cruise companies are ever mentioned, I thought being a member on here meant you shopped around for the best deals.

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siadwel

Hi, the reason it's only three is because the Mods have deleted several … Hi, the reason it's only three is because the Mods have deleted several cruise offers by this OP. OP would mention the woman's name that this number puts you through to. They used to come up quite regularly. Just find it strange that no other cruise companies are ever mentioned, I thought being a member on here meant you shopped around for the best deals.




ni nor ni nor ni nor, nerd police

this price is not an iglu special.

the cabins are actualy well desiged and spaceous enough

The ship has an indoor pool area so is fine for the time of year.

Itinerary is nothing to shout about but cheaper than a decent B&B with unlimited quality food thrown ad entertainment thrown in

If you don't like the price ofthe booze stick a couple of wine boxes in your case.

these started out with a balcony at £650 some months ago.

There are a load of cheap deals at the moment in the med for Oct/Nov/Dec.

Cruise in the Bay of Biscay during Autumn?

Very much a gamble with the weather - if you get it wrong, you'd be well advised to avoid drinking wine!

Gotta say agree with siadwel the telephone number has always been to a particular lady although her name is no longer placed on the offer!!! Personal experience with iglu was horrendous , they do good special offers but god help you if you need to deal with them:-( as a regular cruiser I shop around and as someone else stated the offers usually aren't specific to iglu

Just for anyone else thinking of booking, I have to say I've had a few queries about my cruise with Iglu and they've been prompt and helpful each time, no matter who I speak to.

That said, YMMV!

Hey look at u down with the kids had to look what YMMV meant lol :-)
Glad iglu been helpful for u but personally found them awful and would seriously advise anyone to b wary. Hope u have a great cruise dave
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