The first-ever U.K. CRUISE Show is fast approaching -- and we want to see you there! On Saturday and Sunday, Cruise Critic will be taking part in the event at London's ExCel, organised by the Daily Telegraph.
On both days, there will be discussions and talks from some top travel journalists, including CruiseCritic.co.uk Editor in Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown, the Telegraph's Jane Archer and Sky Travel's Steve Read. Other activities include win-a-cruise contests and offbeat trip spotlights in the Expedition Cruise Theatre. Cruise lines will also be promoting at the show special offers on future trips. (For more details on the attendees and events, click here.)
So, Who Else is Coming? Cruise line and destination representatives -- from the mainstream to the offbeat -- will be on hand to give tips and advice to anyone from cruise virgins to seasoned travellers. A number of Cruise Critic members are also planning to attend the event, so come get to know them. And please stop by our booth to say hello (I'll be there!), collect some Cruise Critic goodies and play fun games!
How Do I Get There? Be aware work is taking place on the Docklands Light Railway and the Tube this weekend -- which means those using public transport may need to find alternative ways to get to ExCel.
The DLR is not running between Westferry and Beckton/Woolwich Arsenal and a replacement bus service will be running from Canary Wharf and Heron Quays to Custom House (ExCeL). Just be sure to leave enough time to get to the venue. The Jubilee Line is also suspended between Green Park and Strafford and replacement bus services will be running. Check the Transport for London Web site for more information.
Here are a couple of other ways to get to the CRUISE Show:
Get into the spirit of cruising and make your way with Thames Clippers, from central London piers to Canary Wharf. At Canary Wharf, a free direct shuttle offers service to entrance of ExCel London. You'll have to pay for the boat ride, though; for details visit thamesclippers.com.
Car parking at ExCel is available for £10 for the day during the CRUISE Show.
A free shuttle bus service will run on the hour from Embankment Underground station, from the coach stop of the Waterloo footbridge directly to the entrance of ExCel London.
How Much Does it Cost? Tickets to the CRUISE Show -- which enable attendees to participate in all events -- are £8 per person in advance and £12 at the door. As a media sponsor, however, Cruise Critic is offering a special 2-for-1 discount for tickets purchased in advance at cruisingshow.co.uk; when booking, please mention "Cruise Critic".
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor