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7 things to see & do on Cunard’s Canaries cruise including shows by Russell Watson & Lulu

7 things to see & do on Cunard’s Canaries cruise including shows by Russell Watson & Lulu

If you’re looking to escape for some winter sunshine come December, then you may want to check out a new star-studded Canaries Cruise. Imagine Cruising’s 12-night Canaries Salication onboard Cunard’s luxurious Queen Mary 2 has everything you could want for an unforgettable holiday from dazzling entertainment to brilliant food.7 things to see & do on Cunard’s Canaries cruise including shows by Russell Watson & Lulu

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Holders St Johnstone cruise back into semis

St Johnstone advanced to the semi-finals of the Premier Sports Cup after a comfortable 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park.

Saints are the current League Cup holders and they showed they will not give up the trophy without a fight.

Perth goalkeeper Zander Clark had kept Dundee at bay but the deadlock was finally broken in the 70th minute by Shaun Rooney with Ali Crawford netting a second six minutes from time.

Clark was called into action early on, making a fine reaction save when a Paul McGowan corner was turned towards goal by a Saints defender.

The visitors then had an opportunity of their own when David Wotherspoon cut in from the left before hitting a fierce 30-yard shot that was acrobatically tipped over by Dundee keeper Adam Legzdins.

Ali Crawford struck a late second for St Johnstone
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Ali Crawford struck a late second for St Johnstone

However, the best chance of the game fell to Dundee in the 14th minute when on-loan Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths delivered a superb cross from the right and Jordan McGhee looked certain to score with a diving header but Clark made a stunning point-blank stop.

The Scotland squad ‘keeper came to St Johnstone’s rescue once more in the 31st minute when he dived full length to his left to keep out a Cammy Kerr header.

Saints finished the half on the attack with a scramble in the Dundee defence eventually ending up with Glenn Middleton trying to curl the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle but the on-loan Rangers player’s effort flew wide.

Just seconds after the restart, Crawford became the first player to be booked by referee Steven McLean after the midfielder brought down Max Anderson.

Griffiths stepped up to take the free-kick and hit a superb effort from all of 35 yards which Clark could only parry.

Paul McMullan was quickest to react to the loose ball but Clark made another superb stop to turn his shot to safety.

However, the deadlock was finally broken in the 70th minute.

A Liam Craig corner from the right was not dealt with by the Dundee defence and the ball fell to Rooney, who hit a low shot on the turn past Legzdins.

The travelling support were celebrating once more in the 84th minute when Callum Booth cut the ball back for Crawford, who calmly slotted past Legzdins from the edge of the box for his first goal for the club.

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10 brilliant things you can do on Cunard’s new star-studded Canaries cruise

10 brilliant things you can do on Cunard’s new star-studded Canaries cruise

Not only does Imagine Cruising’s 14-night Ultimate Cunard Canaries Sailcation boast a sun-soaked itinerary spanning the Canaries, Spain and Portugal but they’ve pulled out all the stops with a star-studded line-up of entertainment. We’re talking the likes of exclusive performances from West End star Michael Ball, and an interview with TV icon Eamonn Holmes to name a few.

The sailing will be onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth – meaning heaps of luxury awaiting guests. 

We take a look at some of the cruise’s biggest highlights…

1. Watch exclusive performances by West End star Michael Ball

Passengers will be treated to some special performances by the double Olivier award-winner, who used his time in lockdown to write and produce his latest album We Are More Than One

2. Sing along to your favourite ABBA hits with Björn Again

ABBA fans can listen to some of the band’s most famous songs courtesy of pop group/light-hearted parody Björn Again.

3. Learn the secrets of daytime television from Eamonn Holmes 

The TV icon will be taking part in a special Audience With interview, looking back at his impressive career which spans 40 years of being on our screens – 26 of which have been on live breakfast TV.

4. Listen to the dulcet tones of Paul Potts

The Britain’s Got Talent winner is still living his dream and performing around the world, and in October he will be showcasing his talent in some special onboard performances. 

5. Relax with ocean-inspired spa treatments 

The cruise ship’s Mareel Spa is a sanctuary of relaxation and offers up a wide array of treatments inspired by the ocean, whether you’re after a massage or want to make use of the Aqua Therapy Centre. 

6. Enjoy the year-round sun of the Canary Islands 

Escape the dreary, colder weather that autumn brings courtesy of the year-round sunshine to be found in the Canaries instead. The cruise includes ports of call in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote meaning ample opportunity to make use of those golden beaches and dramatic volcanic landscapes. 

7. Get a taster of some of Spain and Portugal’s coolest cities 

The Cunard cruise includes visits to Spain’s Cadiz where you can discover those delicious tapas or keep an eye out for impromptu flamenco street performances, while the final stop before heading back to the UK is in Portugal’s pint-sized yet vibrant Lisbon.

8. Dance the night away to the music of an eight-piece orchestra 

Cunard’s cruises feature some glamorous gala balls with themes ranging from Roaring Twenties to Masquerades, so there’s ample opportunity to dig out your finest attire, and enjoy a night of dancing to the music played by the eight-piece orchestra. Definitely a night to remember. 

9. Spend the night in Funchal 

Madeira’s capital has some brilliant activities from the colourful Botanical Gardens to the views from the Monte Cable Car, and you’ve got plenty of time to explore as the cruise includes an overnight stay onboard the ship in the city’s port, with a full day of exploring. 

10. Treat yourself to some seriously good food 

Whether you’re in the mood for fine steak and seafood at The Verandah, want to indulge your sweet tooth with a delectable afternoon tea in the Queens Rooms, or fancy filling up on classic British pub fare at the Golden Lion, Cunard has you covered. 

Book the holiday

Cabins start from £1,199pp onboard the 14-night Ultimate Cunard Canaries Sailcation, sailing roundtrip from Southampton on October 18, 2021. Book by clicking here.

Guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing.

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Michael Ball to perform on star-studded Canaries cruise and prices start from £85pp a nigh

Michael Ball to perform on star-studded Canaries cruise and prices start from £85pp a nigh

During lockdown, and inspired by his interview with Captain Sir Tom Moore, the singer used his free time to write and produce his latest album, We Are More Than One. Michael will be part of a star-studded line-up on the exciting cruise which will also include a live interview with Eamonn Holmes, performances from Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts, and a celebration of ABBA courtesy of spoof pop group Björn Again. 

As for the itinerary?

Passengers will get to enjoy an overnight stay in Madeira’s bustling capital Funchal, before sailing on to three sun-soaked Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

But those aren’t the only amazing destinations on the list. Other highlights will include a stop in Spain’s beautiful Cadiz where tapas and flamenco performances are on the cards, as well as a visit to Portuguese capital Lisbon.

Then there’s the luxurious cruise ship itself.

The sailing takes place on board Cunard’s regal Queen Elizabeth cruise ship where passengers can enjoy the special performances, themed gala balls ranging from Roaring Twenties to Masquerades, and plenty of pampering at the onboard Mareel Spa.

Other highlights include the Royal Court Theatre which regularly hosts dazzling shows, lounges with mellow live music and trivia, and a range of dining options from classic pub fare to a delectable afternoon tea.

As for the cabins? Expect perks such as king-size beds, lavish bedding, a seven-pillow menu, nightly turndown service and access to a steward for the duration of the trip.

Want to be on board? Cabins start from £1,199pp onboard the 14-night Ultimate Cunard Canaries Sailcation, sailing roundtrip from Southampton on October 18, 2021. Book by clicking here.

Guests 18-years-old and over will be required to have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing.

The Foreign Office currently advises against cruise holidays during the pandemic. Always check the latest advice before booking a trip.

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Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida surgeon general over vaccine passport ban

Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida surgeon general over vaccine passport ban
(CNN) — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing Florida’s surgeon general over the state’s law that prohibits companies from requiring customers and employees to provide documentation of Covid-19 vaccination status.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday, NCLH says the lawsuit is a “last resort” because Florida had indicated it would prevent the company from “safely and soundly resuming passenger cruise operations” next month. It described the state law as an “anomalous, misguided intrusion.”

CNN has reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment.

The NCLH complaint names Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees in his capacity as “the responsible state official.”

In April, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning the use of Covid-19 passports in the state. The order prohibited any government entity from issuing vaccine passports and blocks businesses from requiring any such documentation.
Senate Bill 2006 was signed into law on May 3, making that executive order official. “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” DeSantis said.

The cruise line, though, wants documentation that all passengers and crew members have been fully vaccinated.

“The upshot places NCLH in an impossible dilemma as it prepares to set sail from Florida: NCLH will find itself either on the wrong side of health and safety and the operative federal legal framework, or else on the wrong side of Florida law,” the complaint says.

NCLH is set to resume cruises from Florida on August 15 “in a way that will be safe, sound, and consistent with governing law,” the complaint says, citing regulations set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the unvaccinated in the close quarters of cruise ships coupled with the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing the spread of COVID19 and in reducing the deaths caused by COVID-19 makes transmission of information about COVID-19 vaccines a matter of life and death,” the complaint says.

NCLH is asking the court to suspend Florida’s prohibition, according to the lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

In May, NCLH CEO Frank Del Rio said Florida’s law could cause the company to move its ships elsewhere.

“At the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from, and we can operate from the Caribbean for a ship that otherwise would have gone to Florida,” he said during the company’s quarterly earnings call.

The CEO described the issue over the Covid regulations as a “classic state versus federal government issue.” He added, “Lawyers believe that federal law applies.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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‘About time!’: Cruise ships banned from Venice lagoon in latest cruise holiday blow

'About time!': Cruise ships banned from Venice lagoon in latest cruise holiday blow

Cruises, including popular Mediterranean routes, have made a stop at Italy’s Venice for many years. While this destination is a favourite among tourists, cruises will no longer be able to visit from August.

The decision was made after pressure from various groups, cabinet sources stated.

The United Nations culture organisation UNESCO reportedly threatened to put Italy on the blacklist if liners were not banned from the area.

Those hoping to step foot in Venice during a cruise only have until August 1 to do so before the ban comes in.

However, with travel restrictions still up in the air, it is unlikely many cruise passengers will be heading to the World Heritage site again.

DON’T MISS

From August 1, ships weighing more than 25,000 tonnes will not be allowed access to the shallow Giudecca Canal that leads past the famous landmark Piazza San Marco.

On average, cruise liners weigh four times the new limit at up to 200,000 tonnes.

This means only small passenger ferries and goods vessels can access the canal.

There have been campaigns to stop cruise ships visiting Venice for many years.

Others followed on social media and commented on the decision.

One posted: “About time” while another added: “This is important”.

A third wrote: “Those giant ships barely fit through Venice. They never belonged there.”

Another added: “This is very good news!”

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