(12:20 p.m. EDT) -- The U.K.'s biggest cruising showcase, The Telegraph Cruise Show, rolls into Glasgow and Birmingham in a matter of weeks, so now's the time for cruise fans in Scotland, the North and the Midlands to put the following dates in their diaries.
The first ever Glasgow show takes place at the SECC on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A week later, the show is at Birmingham, in the NEC, on Saturday October 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What can you expect? All the U.K.'s major cruise and specialist operators will be exhibiting and selling their wares under one roof, many of them offering special discounts and upgrades exclusive to show visitors. There are three theatres in which presentations and discussion panels will take place, with Cruise Critic
's Editor in Chief, Carolyn Spencer Brown participating in panel discussions in Glasgow and Contributing Editor, Sue Bryant, doing the same at the show in Birmingham.
The success of the show is such that there are dozens of new exhibitors this year, featuring cruises in all corners of the world, from the Amazon to Tahiti and Antarctica to the Red Sea and covering river cruising
, family cruising
, adventure cruising, big ship cruises and small ship expeditions.
Tickets on the door cost £10 per adult (and are free for under 16s), but we have ten pairs of free tickets for each show. To enter please send your name and address to:
firstname.lastname@example.org before EOD Friday, 7 October, 2011.
Remember to indicate in the subject line of your email which show you want to attend (Glasgow or Birmingham). The winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all requests received.
There's also a special offer for Cruise Critic members. If you apply for tickets online at www.cruisingshow.com
or by phone at 0871 620 4024 and quote ‘Cruise Critic', you'll pay only £4 per adult, a saving of £6 off the door price.
We look forward to seeing you there!
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor