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 Apr 15, 2018
Should WIFI be FREE?

Now I know a lot of people like to keep in touch with family & friends whilst on board their cruise, some don't as they like to switch off whilst away. Personally I leave me phone in the safe and only really use it when off the ship if FREE…

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Posted on Apr 2, 2018
A lovely day at Birmingham Airport….

On Tuesday last week I was lucky enough to spend the day at Birmingham Airport to view Emirates A380 aircraft.  The day was organised by P&O Cruises as the Oceana is based in Dubai later this year so you can fly Emirates to join the ship.  I will do more…

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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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