March 25, 2011
All the major cruise lines will be exhibiting, as well as many of the smaller specialists, and there's a packed programme of debate, informative talks and Q&A sessions during which you can meet the experts.
We'll be there on our own stand, C50, and we'd love to meet you. Although visitors are welcome on the stand at any time, we've designated 11.30 a.m. both days as a time when we'll all be there, waiting to meet you, so please come and say hello and chat with us and fellow Cruise Critic members. On the stand will be Carolyn Spencer Brown, Cruise Critic's editor in chief, as well as colleagues Dan Askin, Carrie Gonzalez and Jamey Bergman.
If you need any additional encouragement to stop by, we're giving away a Flip mini-video camera as part of a drawing.
Carolyn will also sit on several of the panel discussions. Catch her at the following events:
Saturday, 1 p.m. -- How to plan the perfect family cruise. Carolyn will moderate this session and panellists will represent NCL, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line.
Saturday, 3 p.m. -- Upgrade to all-inclusive. How and why should you go ultra-luxury? In addition to Carolyn, speakers include representatives from Seabourn Cruise Line,Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Sunday, 2 p.m. -- The world from your doorstep. Carolyn will moderate this session that gets the experts' views on no-fly cruising, with speakers from Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises and Cruise & Maritime Voyages, as well as cruise journalist Jane Archer.
Sunday, 3 p.m -- Review of the show and a look forward to the year ahead. This chat will feature Carolyn, The Travel Channel's Jonathan Beaumont and Jane Archer.
There's a celebrity cruiser line-up on the Daily Telegraph Cruise Forum Stage, too, where you can hear about the sea- and river-going adventures of broadcaster Sue Lawley, journalists Gavin Bell and Michael Buerk, actor Michael Simkins, historian Sam Llewellyn, cruise ship doctor and author Ben Macfarlane, and cruise guru Douglas Ward, author of The Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships.
Meanwhile, here are the details of the show: It's at Olympia Grand Hall, London, W14 8UX, and runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday 26 March and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday 27 March.
Tickets cost £6 in advance and £10 on the door, with under-16's getting in free. Cruise Critic members, however, are entitled to an advanced ticket for the specially discounted price of £4; simply enter the code 'Cruise Critic' when booking via the Cruise Show's Web site, or quote 'Cruise Critic' when calling the ticket hotline on 0871 620 4024.
We hope you can make it -- but if not, don't miss our report on the weekend's festivities via Cruise Critic U.K.'s blog (Internet willing), which is linked here.
For full details on the programme of events and the list of exhibitors, visit www.cruisingshow.co.uk.
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor