Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen.

This weekend I will be in Copenhagen for a 2 night stay before joining a Baltic Cruise  on NCL Getaway. I will be staying at the Admiral Hotel along with my husband and a friend who is meeting us in Copenhagen. The 4* hotel is  situated in the centre of Copenhagen and is surrounded by major tourist attractions, the city’s best shopping and leading theatres. The hotel has 366 rooms and is set in a heritage-listed 1780’s building on the waterfront next to the Amalienborg Royal Palace and opposite the  Opera House. From here it is only 5 minutes’ walk to Nyhavn, where the water buses stop. The Kongens Nytorv Metro Station is about the same distance away so this should make getting around the city quite easy for us.

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Say Hello and Wave Goodbye!

There has been big news this week from 2 of the UK’s favourite cruise lines and I’m sure this will have been met with mixed feelings. P&O have announced that Adonia will be leaving the fleet on 9th March 2018 where she will end her last cruise in Barbados. This may come as a surprise to many, not least passengers who were booked on sailings after this date. Passengers are being offered the chance to change their cruise with an onboard credit amount of £100.00 per person  or cancel free of charge. This seems such a shame as she only re-joined the fleet In June this year after being part of the Fathom project.  Adonia is not saying goodbye  to her sailing days though  as she will be joining Azamara cruises and being renamed Azamara Pursuit,  joining Quest and Journey in their fleet. Adonia was originally built as an “R”ship for Renaissance Cruises as were Quest and Journey so she will be a welcome addition. Azamara are known for their destination immersion and longer stays and overnights in ports so this will enhance their opportunities having another ship.

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An Alternative to Berlin.

Next month I will be off on a cruise around the Baltic on NCL Getaway. In my last post I mentioned if it was worth booking shore excursions or not, and who were the best value. As we are going to St Petersburg we opted to book an excursion as this comes with Visa included. One of the ports of call is Warnemunde which is where the ship docks for excursions to Berlin. Warnemunde is about 2.5 hours away by road and didn’t really fancy sitting on a coach/train for that long. We had looked into doing a tour with NCL but this was almost £250.00pp for the full day although they do charter a private train for the tour. This aside we have decided that we could go to Berlin for a weekend for just a bit more than that. This then left us wondering what to do while we were there so decided to do some research, good old google to the rescue.

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Cruise Excursions – To buy or not to buy that is the question

Cruising is one of the best ways to  travel, in my opinion, giving you the chance to see a lot of places in a short space of time. When I first started cruising back in 1998 I used to book all the excursions in the ports of call as it was great to have someone explain things to you in the various places and explain the history of what you were seeing in the country/city you were at. There is always the added bonus with this knowing you would get back to the ship in time.  As time has gone on I tend not to go on excursions especially if I am visiting places I have been before as I am quite happy just to explore these myself or use the hop on hop off buses. These are always good if you want to go at your own pace and then you can stay as long as you want in any of the drop off areas.

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Cruise Documentaries to Return to TV

I never get bored of cruising and also love watching documentaries about cruising and  any form of travel , be it about actual journeys or  about ships, trains or planes and how  they are built and the engineering that goes into them.

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Equality Rules for Weddings at Sea

Getting married is one of the most special days of anyone life whether it be male and female marriages or same sex marriages. Same sex marriages have only recently become legal which I think is great, after all, we cant help who we fall in love with. Cruising has always been a popular holiday choice  for same sex couples and now they are no longer going to discriminated against if they want to get married at Sea. P&O and Cunard have both announced that same sex marriages will be allowed from 2018 on their ships with P&O’s first ceremony to be held in January 2018 in the Caribbean. As 6 of the 7 P&O fleet were registered in Bermuda these will be allowed to host the Weddings but as Britannia was registered in Southampton Weddings will not be allowed. Weddings will be allowed on all of the Cunard ships and the first one will be in November 2018.

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What Weekends Are For!

Well Summer is here which means there is usually a lot going on with holidays, days out and spending time with family and friends. It has certainly been a busy start to the Summer for me and the calendar has  already taken a beating with lots going on over the last couple of weeks. I started the month with  4 nights away with a friend at her apartment in Fuerteventura. We flew out on 28th June and returned on 2nd July and had a lovely time chilling and relaxing although it was very very hot.

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The Next Big Reveal for Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge, the latest ship to be built for the Celebrity Fleet  has just released details of a new and exciting feature which will debut when the ship launches next year. Eden is a free public space than has 3 stories of glass windows and spans the whole width of the ship. This venue will be host to different dining and entertainment experiences. The Eden Cafe will offer casual breakfast in the morning and will also be open for lunch. The Eden Restaurant will only be open for Dinner in the Evenings.  Eden in the afternoon will see the place come to life after being a place to chill in the mornings. For people who like joining in with activities there will be a range of things to do. Cookery Classes will be available and you can learn to make new cocktails to listen to seminars about wine tasting and paring. There may be a few surprises in store in the afternoons too when musical performances may happen randomly.

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My Oceania Experience

I have recently returned from a 5 night cruise on Oceania Insignia and one word sums it up, Wow.

This was my first time sailing on Oceania and the whole experience was exceptional. My colleague Danielle and I flew to Bordeaux to meet the ship and were met with a seamlessly smooth embarkation. We had a B1 Verandah Cabin on Deck 6  which was good size with plenty of storage space although the bathroom was fairly small but supplied with lovely Bvgari toiletries.

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Beautiful Geiranger

If you have read my last 2 blogs you will know I have recently returned from a Fjords cruise on Celebrity Eclipse. One of my favourite ports of call was Geiranger We had a beautiful sunny day as we sailed in and the views and scenery were spectacular. Geiranger is a port where a lot of Norwegians holiday themselves when they need to escape. The Fjord is located at the foot of Geiranger Village and reaches 10 miles inland and is fed by many waterfall, including Syv Systre (Seven Sisters) Friaren (The Suitor) and the Bridal View. The position of the Seven Sisters and The Suitor gives the appearance of a brooding Suitor proposing to the Sisters on the other side.

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