We Love Manchester 10K…we did it!!!…

….and what a fantastic day it was too, such a sense of achievement. As you probably guessed I took part last weekend in the We Love Manchester 10k run, along with my sister and friend. It was a really great day and the atmosphere was the best it has ever been.

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MSC’s Flexi dining….is it really what it seems?

MSC’s Flexi dining isn’t quite as “flexible” as it seems…

Usually if you book the flexible dining option for your cruise, for example Freedom with P&O, or My Time with Royal Caribbean or Anytime with Princess, then it means just that. You can arrive to the main dining room whenever you choose, of course between the hours they are open, usually from around 6pm until 9pm. It means you aren’t restricted to a set time to arrive for your evening meal and you can dine at different times each evening on your cruise.

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Navigator of the Seas….what we really thought….

As you may know I’ve just returned  from a week on board Navigator of the Seas, we sailed from Southampton to Spain, Portugal and France and the cruise was during the school holidays.

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Dress code….what dress code???

No matter which cruise line you choose you will find there is a dress code some more formal than others, some more casual. As a cruise specialist it’s something I talk about every day, and I come across lots of passengers who love to dress up and feel it’s part of their cruise holiday. I also speak to others who really don’t want to dress up and want to dress casually throughout their cruise.

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For all those families out there…

This week I have seen an increase in calls from families looking to book their cruise for the summer holidays, what better way to holiday as a family than a cruise! I have spoken to different families with a variety of requests for family cabins, balcony cabins, cabins close to each other….and all looking for that last minute great deal! I have to be honest and say the majority of them have not got what they wanted and the reason……they have left it too late.

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Entertainment let down……

Last week I was chatting to one of my customers who had just returned from a two week caribbean cruise with Celebrity. My customer last cruised with Celebrity around two years ago and came back full of positive feedback having really enjoyed the cruise. This time however he was left disappointed to say the least and the reason why???…..the entertainment on board the ship!

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Almost time for my cruise on board…

Navigator of the Seas…..In just a few weeks I’ll be boarding Navigator of the Seas with my family for our cruise. It’s going to be the first time we have cruised with my little girl and we are all so excited, it’s going to be extra special as it’s our honeymoon cruise and yes we are taking Sofia with us…we couldn’t leave her behind! My little girl is five and I have been telling her all about the ship and what we’ll be able to do. Of course at five never having been on a cruise ship or even seeing one she doesn’t really know what it’s all about. I am so excited just at the prospect of how much she is going to love the ship.

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Premium All Inclusive ..what’s it all about?

There has been lots of interest over the past week surrounding NCL cruises and their announcement that as from the 6th April they have become a Premium All Inclusive cruise line. NCL’s promotions recently have included all-inclusive drink packages, on board credit offers, Wifi packages and speciality dining packages so their cruise customers have already experienced the “All Inclusive feel” to their cruise. This is the next step and it has had a big impact, love it or hate it it’s happening.

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Don’t forget your visa!!!

As part of my day to day role the “visa” questions come up a lot…do I need a visa? how do I get a visa? how much does it cost? All valid questions and it’s so important that you get the correct answers as the wrong visa or no visa can mean you can’t board your cruise ship!

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P&O launch Winter 2018/2019…

It’s almost time for P&O to launch their brand new Winter 2018/2019 cruise programme. As a cruise agent it’s always an exciting time of year especially as we wait with anticipation to see what the launch will bring. The last brand new programme P&O introduced was their Fly Med programme and this was back in 2014…definitely time for something new and P&O have not disappointed. Brand new for 2019 P&O have confirmed that Oceana will be sailing from Dubai….it’s great to have some new itineraries and I’m sure that P&O passengers both old and new are going to love this.

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