About Me

My name is Barbara Hopley (my real surname is now Neale) but most people call me ‘Babs’ – doesn’t sound as old as I’m not really that old. I am passionate about Cruise and have 30 years of experience of travel knowledge. After working for various travel companies I now…

Posted on Mar 18, 2018
The Countdown is on…..

So Royal Caribbean's new ship Symphony of the Seas is almost here, have you booked to go on the biggest cruise ship at sea? I would love to see this ship and how it differs from Harmony of the Seas that I was lucky enough to see when she launched…

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Posted on Mar 3, 2018
It’s that time again…..

You wouldn't think it was almost Spring, after all this horrible snow in March too - really!!  I hope it hasn't affected any of you too badly.  I'm just glad I work from home so don't have to drive anywhere in it - the only thing I've missed out on…

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Posted on Feb 18, 2018
Chaos on Carnival!!

Last week on one of the Carnival Cruise Line ships in Australia there was absolute chaos!! The Barkho Family from Melbourne caused fights and upset whilst sailing on Carnival Legend on a 10 night South Pacific sailing it has been reported. They had been looking for trouble for days according…

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Posted on Feb 5, 2018
MSC Magnifica to feature British traditions….

MSC cruises have been going for many years now, I have sailed on a couple of their ships and thoroughly enjoyed them.  The cabins are of a great size, the staff were fantastic and the ships are lovely, very glamorous & clean. The food was great too and a good…

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Posted on Jan 21, 2018
There’s a GYM??

Ok so I have been cruising for many many years and selling cruises for even longer but have I ever used a Gym on board a ship? Well the answer is NO!! I visit the gym and take pictures to share with you lovely people but have never donned my…

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Posted on Jan 6, 2018
Feeling stuffed??

So I hope you all had a great Christmas & New Year with family, friends & loved ones whether at home or away and got everything you wished for... I sure did, it was quiet this year as we stayed in Coventry with Adam's family (excuse the pun) and we…

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Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Christmas 2017

As you know we headed off to Butlins for our Christmas Conference on 8th Dec for 3 nights, we had a great time. Can you spot me on the company photo? Lots of fun training sessions with cruise suppliers were we played games and had quizzes.  A much better way…

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Posted on Dec 8, 2017
Bring on the 60’s

As you are reading this I will be away from the office at our annual Christmas Conference. We go away for 2 or 3 nights each December to celebrate the year we have had and learn what is new for next year. As we work from home and spend a…

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Posted on Nov 24, 2017
Be careful what you pack!!

Dress codes on cruise ships is a minefield sometimes and what do you pack? (yes that's me as Thelma) Well P&O have changed their dress codes on board their ships for next year so be careful what you put in that suitcase as may not be able to wear it....…

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Posted on Nov 10, 2017
A wedding on board Ventura!

Back in March 2016 I had an enquiry from a gentleman asking about getting married on board a cruise and some family & friends to go along too. I love nothing more than arranging cruises and this was very special as they were getting married on board too. I have…

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