Journey author Jo Kessel filmed on board Atmosphere, the primary cruise ship for brand spanking new British firm Ambassador Cruise Line. The footage reveals off the liner’s Britishness, from its SW19 bar to its Wimbledon Tennis Championship’s purple and inexperienced branding. Plus the within scoop on the liner’s inexpensive drinks and its top-notch speciality restaurant, which serves seven mouth-watering programs.
The enjoyment of cruising has at all times been about its ease – it’s the captain (and ship) who take the pressure as you’re whisked from one vacation spot to the subsequent.
And if the port the place you board occurs to be within the UK close to to the place you reside, the holidaying begins even sooner. Enter Ambassador Cruise Line, a model new British liner whose voyages sail solely from the UK.
Jo Kessel movies her journey on board Atmosphere, the primary cruise ship within the fleet of the brand new British cruise line Ambassador
Ambassador is the primary British cruise line to launch in a decade and the 1,400-passenger Atmosphere is the primary ship in its fleet, with a second referred to as Ambition attributable to begin crusing in Might 2023.
Atmosphere is new to Ambassador, however it isn’t a brand new ship. It was constructed for the American liner Princess in 1991 and christened by Margaret Thatcher in the identical yr! A decade or so later it grew to become a part of P&O Australia’s fleet earlier than Ambassador purchased it in 2020.
If you happen to’re searching for a gleaming new vessel with fancy facilities and high-tech leisure, this isn’t it. If you happen to’re after a ship that harks again to the traditional age of cruising, that is your vessel.
The ship isn’t brand-new – it was constructed for the American liner Princess in 1991 and christened by Margaret Thatcher in the identical yr
The video begins on high deck, subsequent to the ship’s two central swimming swimming pools (one among which is pictured)
Jo says that this swimming pool ‘is extra of a fountain splash pool’
The fantastic thing about Atmosphere is each its age and dimension – I hoped to seize each on digicam throughout a seven-day crusing to Norway from Tilbury Docks, Essex.
This ship’s large enough to really feel spacious, however not so huge that it’s a marathon to stroll from one finish to the opposite. It’s a pleasure to navigate, with nothing too far or too tough to seek out.
Mine was one of many two-a-year multi-generational sailings, however the majority of Ambassador’s voyages are adult-only, aimed on the over 50s.
The video begins on high deck, subsequent to the ship’s two central swimming swimming pools, one among which is extra of a fountain splash pool.
Solar beds are plush and deep with essentially the most scenic seating areas to be discovered on the 4 high decks on the stern, the place there are additionally a few sizzling tubs. It’s a stunning spot to sit back and watch the ship’s wake.
Jo says that this sizzling tub is a stunning spot to ‘chill and watch the ship’s wake’
Jo unwinds on one of many ship’s ‘plush and deep’ sunbeds
The ship is adorned in a Wimbledon-inspired color palette with an atrium (above) referred to as ‘Centre Court docket’
Pictured above is the ship’s bar – SW19. The ship may nearly be confused for the All England Garden Tennis Membership at occasions, says Jo
Atmosphere’s ‘Wimbledon’ purple-and-green color scheme (from its funnel to its panelling to its emblem) offers the ship a genteel really feel and, if you head indoors and discover an atrium referred to as ‘Centre Court docket’, it may nearly be confused for the All England Garden Tennis Membership. There’s even a bar referred to as SW19!
Speaking of bars, Atmosphere probably serves the most affordable drinks at sea.
I stored considering there was an error on the until: 50p for a glowing water; £3.20 for a glass of Prosecco; £5 for a big cocktail.
It prices simply £3.20 for a glass of Prosecco on the ship. ‘Atmosphere probably serves the most affordable drinks at sea,’ she says
However no, these had been the actual costs. With fares beginning at £500pppw for full board and drinks this affordable, no surprise fellow passengers are smiling.
Subsequent, the video strikes to lodging and my entry-level sea view cabin.
It wasn’t posh, however the beds had wonderful agency mattresses (I slept very nicely) and even when I’d had a balcony I’m unsure it might have been used.
Jo’s entry-level sea view cabin. ‘It wasn’t posh, however the beds had wonderful agency mattresses,’ she says
More often than not was spent both off the ship exploring or open air lazing on the solar decks.
Norway and its fjords are spectacular. The footage reveals hikes to waterfalls and highpoints, however you’ll be able to equally absorb the panorama from the ship, together with the recent tub!
In contrast to most cruise ships, Atmosphere’s thermal suite’s sauna, steam room and heated ceramic loungers are free to make use of.
However for an actual deal with, it’s undoubtedly price reserving a Balinese therapeutic massage. Masseuse Vi was so distinctive I didn’t need it to finish.
‘Norway and its fjords are spectacular,’ Jo writes. Above is the city of Flam
Jo says that passengers can simply admire Norway’s surroundings from the consolation of the ship
Wake to go: Ambassador’s second ship, Ambition, will begin crusing in Might 2023
‘For an actual deal with, it’s undoubtedly price reserving a Balinese therapeutic massage (above),’ says Jo
Delicacies’s up subsequent within the movie, with high quality simply as spectacular as amount.
The four-course dinners in the principle ‘Buckingham’ eating room had been excellent and for the voyage’s two formal gala nights – it is a ship the place passengers like dressing up – there have been 5 programs.
However for seven programs don’t miss Atmosphere’s speciality restaurant, Sea and Grass.
In line with Jo, each dish at Atmosphere’s speciality restaurant, Sea and Grass, is ‘mouth-wateringly scrumptious’
A workers member carves a face right into a watermelon throughout a fruit-carving demonstration
Above is the ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ present that includes Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke on an LED display screen behind the ship’s troupe
A seven-night cruise on Atmosphere to the Norwegian fjords from Tilbury Docks prices from £609pp, full board, departing June 13, 2023.
For extra info, go to www.ambassadorcruiseline.com or name 0808 1028030.
Each single dish – every captured on digicam – was mouth-wateringly scrumptious, from scallops with salmon caviar to goats’ cheese mousse to duck breast with caramelised apple. The £25pp surcharge is a steal.
Atmosphere provides traditional cruising at its best, no gimmicks.
It is a ship the place friends make their very own leisure within the card room (referred to as Aces & Eights) in addition to having fun with organised actions resembling quizzes, fruit-carving demonstrations and tap-dancing classes.
There are additionally reveals in its Palladium Theatre, the preferred of which is ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ that includes Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke.
Nicely, okay, it’s a digital Anton (he’s on an LED display screen behind the ship’s troupe) however it’s nonetheless loads of enjoyable. Backside line, it is a great-value cruise ship with a contact of traditional magic.
Earlier than the voyage ends there’s time for one final Pina Colada. After they solely value a fiver, it might be foolish to not!
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‘It is a nice worth cruise ship with a contact of traditional magic,’ says Jo
Atmosphere has 11 decks and may accommodate 1,400 friends
AMBIENCE BY THE NUMBERS
- Atmosphere is Ambassador’s first ship.
- It measures 32m (105ft) vast and 247m (811ft) lengthy – and weighs 70,285 gross tonnes.
- It has 11 decks and may accommodate 1,400 friends in its 798 cabins.
- There are 215 worldwide crew members on board.
- Ambassador’s second ship, Ambition, will begin crusing in Might 2023 from regional UK ports together with Newcastle, Dundee, Bristol, Liverpool and Falmouth.