Autumn has swept in, bringing along golden-brown hues, warming stews and a crisp change in the air. Summer may be over but with the driest British September on record, and some Strictly and Great British Bake-Off themed cruises to look forward to, the new season is not looking too shabby either! With all this and new Thomson renovations launched this month to add more value to their affordable cruises, here is this month’s cruise news round up…  

Strictly Come Dancing competitions

Dust off those dancing shoes and prepare to dazzle, with the launch of P&O Cruises Strictly Come Dancing competitions on the Oceana and Aurora. You might have been cosying up on the sofa over the last few weekends to watch Brendan Cole and co doing their thing, but now it’s your time to shine.

Couples are invited to enter the competition at the start of the journey- available on all three day or more cruises – and choose a routine to perform in front of a judging panel. Contestants are asked to provide costumes (a perfect opportunity to splash out on a new dress and tux!) and select a music track. Exclusive backstage access along with hair and makeup sessions will make you feel like Iveta Lukosiute in no time. Winners are presented with a covetable mirror ball trophy, so you might want to get practising the foxtrot, salsa or jive over the next few weeks! 

Mary Berry on her role as Viking Alsvin godmother

Queen of Cakes and star of Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry, has been talking about her newly acquired role of godmother to the Viking Alsvin. Britain’s most famous baker christened the ship whilst helping to break a Guinness World Record earlier this year, by launching 14 ships in one day; so it’s fair to say this is one lady with a sweet spot for cruises.

‘River cruising is a hidden gem, full of adventure and exploration, and I am so proud to be a godmother to my very own ship,’ said Berry, ‘It was superb to see all the wonderful ingredients they use on board Viking River Cruises and it was so lovely to see the chefs cooking from scratch and creating fresh, local delicacies on the ship.’ Any kitchen that gets the seal of approval from Mary Berry is definitely one worth checking out, so take a look at the river itineraries such as the Danube Waltz or Rhine Discovery.

Thomson Cruises Ship Renovations

Following on from the 2012 cabin refurbishments, Thomson Cruises have listened to your feedback, and are making improvements on-board the Thomson Dream and Thomson Celebration.

The ships, which sail to hotspots like the Mediterranean and Caribbean, will be enhanced with an Asian a la carte menu at Lora La restaurant and modernised sunbathing areas. The Thomson Dream will also boast a newly improved Terrace Grill, along with the Argo Lounge and Oceans Bar reopening as The Explorers’ Lounge & The Coffee Port and Tide Bar. Managing director Helen Caron added: ‘We are investing further in both Thomson Dream and Celebration to give passengers an even better experience on-board.’

From dancing to baking to makeovers, it seems autumn is the time to try something new, so talk to a CruiseDeals expert today to decide on your next adventure.

Are you a Strictly or Great British Bake Off fan? Have you got a cruise booked for this autumn? Tell us all about it in the comments box below.

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