It seems February has gone by in a flash, but not without giving us lots more exciting news on the cruising front.

So if you want to know who’ll be cooking up a storm on board P&O cruise ships in 2015, which cruise line has been proudly certified as ‘Autism Friendly’, as well as the latest scoop on Princess Cruises new all-inclusive packages, read on!

Princess Cruises goes all inclusive

Enjoy an all-inclusive trip on Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises will be offering an all-inclusive package on one of its UK-based ships for the first time next year. Passengers will be able to benefit from this deal on board the Caribbean Princess as it sails the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, as well as the fantastic range of dining options on board, and the ever-popular ‘Movies Under the Stars’ screen next to their on-board pool. A total of 10 voyages will be made in spring and summer 2015.

Royal Caribbean certified as Autism-Friendly

Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean have been declared the first ‘Autism-Friendly’ cruise line by travel organisation Autism on the Seas, which is dedicated to providing holidays to those with developmental disabilities. Their ship Anthem of the Seas has been certified by the organisation as ‘Bronze Level’, while it’s expected that the entire fleet will attain Silver Level before the year is out.

Staff training, accommodation standards and improved access to facilities were all reviewed before the award was given, with things such as autism-friendly film showings and sensory-related toys amongst the services ‘Autism-Friendly’ ships can provide.

James Martin passes on his cookery skills on the Britannia

Delicious food on P&O CruisesP&O Cruises’ flagship liner the Britannia will welcome celebrity chef James Martin next year, as plans to set up an on-board cookery school are announced, with space for up to 24 guests at a time. The British cruise line have enlisted the services of Eric Lanlard and Marco Pierre White in the past, and TV star Martin is said to be thrilled to join their ranks. Speaking to Cruise International, he added that the ‘Cookery Club’ would be a ‘world-class space’.

Watch the video below to find out more about James Martin and other P&O Cruises Food Heroes:

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The Britannia launches its maiden 14-night voyage in March 2015, with stops at Spain, Italy and France – you can catch an early-bird inside look on our blog post about the launch.

What do you think about the latest news from the cruise industry this month? Share your thoughts below!

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