There’s been plenty to talk about in the cruising world this month and as we approach Easter (it’s nearly Easter already?!) we give you the lowdown from CruiseDeals. Get the scoop on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ latest makeover, find out how close to home Disney Cruise Lines will be sailing next year and get set to ‘Tell the Captain Where to go’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines…

The Seven Seas Mariner® gets a fresh new look for 2014

Launched back in 2001 as the first ‘all-suite, all-balcony’ cruise ship and famed for its high level of service, the Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ vessel Seven Seas Mariner is about to up the luxury even further with a full refurbishment for April 2014.

The ship’s renowned suites, including the high-class Penthouse options, are all being revamped with new upholstery, lighting and furniture, as are many of the communal areas and bars such as the Horizon Lounge. Facilities like the spa have had new steam rooms put in and there’s even an updated art collection in lobbies and stairwells throughout the decks.

For a closer look at the new facilities, check out the Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ guide to their latest refurbishments on board this ship and others in the fleet.

Disney comes to Northern Europe!

Disney Cruise Line are expanding their European programme next year to include Norwegian and Baltic itineraries. Along with their classic voyages around North America and the Mediterranean, Disney Cruise Line will be taking in the sights of Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian Fjords,

As if the kids won’t be overjoyed enough to find more Disney holidays on their doorstep, some trips depart from Copenhagen, the original home of Lego!

Choose your own adventure at sea

2015 will see cruise-goers take the helm (well, almost) with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Their ship the Braemar will be setting sail on a new 15-night itinerary touted as ‘You Choose Your Cruise’ next October. On this voyage guests will be offered two port options to pick from every two days.

Leaving from Southampton in the general direction of the Iberian Peninsula, guests will be able to vote on choices like Vigo in Spain or Leixoes in Portugal, and whether or not to hit mainland Valencia or Palma on the island of Mallorca.

It will be interesting to see how cruise fans respond to the idea and whether other cruise lines will be taking inspiration from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ innovative new approach to maritime travel.

Do you have any plans to test out the revamped Seven Seas Mariner or Disney-themed cruises? What do you think about the option to design your cruise itinerary as you go? Let us know your thoughts below!

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