Birmingham Cruise Show 2017
For the last few months, I have been working with the Birmingham Cruise Show as a promotional Partner. Obviously, everything we were working on was leading up to the actual show and at the weekend it was time for me head to Birmingham to experience it all for real.
I visited the Cruise Show for the first time last year, and I really enjoyed it. It was really interesting to be able to see what was on offer all in one place. I also was able to look at different types of cruising which I might not have thought about before. You can read about my first visit to the Cruise Show here.
As I had visited before I kind of knew what to expect from the show. So I knew which Cruise Lines would be there and who I wanted to speak to about potential trips for next year. The show was very busy but we were able to go to all the stands we wanted to and get information and broachers within a couple of hours.
Cruise Show App
One thing I found really useful was the Cruise Show app, which was new for this year. You just download the app onto your phone before the show, then you have it with you as you are walking around. It was really useful to find out about different things that were happening during the day, or just to check the map if we were looking for a particular stand.
One of the highlights of the show were all the different stages. There were 3 different themed stages. You could find out which talks were happening from the Cruise Show app or there was information at each stage. You could choose from Ask the Experts Theatre where there were experts in all things cruise offering advice and tips for booking your trips. On the opposite side of the hall was the Meet the Cruise Lines Theatre. The different Cruise Lines each took to the stage to give overviews of what they offer to their customers. Finally, there was the Destinations Pavillion where you could sit and listen to Experts recommend their favourite cruising destinations.
This year there were lots of smaller stands, some of them selling luggage and other things. This made it a lot more interesting and gave you more to look at as you were wandering around.
Our favourite thing by far at the show as the VR Experience by Hurtigruten. You put on the Virtual Reality headset and the headphones and were transported to one of their excursions. It was amazing, I spent way too long just watching penguins in the snow. But its definitely made me want to go on one of their cruises.
We loved the Cruise Show, we had so much fun and if you have never been before you should definitely consider it. The next one will be the London Cruise Show in February 2018. So maybe I will see you there?