Sleep, work gym repeat …

Happy new year to you all !!
Well already it seems like Christmas and New year was a lifetime ago. New year was positively fantastic in our cottage with our friends so much so we have already booked it again for next year. Whilst the weather wasn’t great, we still managed to get out every day walking some days we felt like we were taking part in tough mudder we was that wet and muddy !!! It all made for more laughs though.

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Celebrating another year …..

I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas and got everything off your list and most importantly spent time with your loved ones. Like the last 2 years we are getting away from it all for new year . We have booked a lovely cottage in the lakes with our best friends and plan to do loads of walking ( hopefully with a bit of snow ) play games and watch films.

I will hopefully have some well earned rest and be able to switch off ( no wifi signal )and recharge my batteries ready for the January madness.Unlike a lot of people who dread going back to work and suffer from the January blues I LOVE IT !!
I also love this time of year when I look back over everything I have done over the year and all the memories made, places visited, I have had a great year again this year and cannot believe where the time has gone.
Then its all about planning for the new year.From January the 3rd I will be back at my desk ready to plan all your wonderful cruises for you.

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As far as December goes this one has been ….

Amazing up to now !!
As many of you will know December is a quieter month for us so we tend to take a lot of our holidays and time owing. For me I am only working 5 days officially although its hard to stay away from my laptop. I kicked off the month with our annual girls Christmas shopping weekend to Manchester. We get a mini bus to take us and pick us up as so much easier for us all and no one has to worry about driving and parking.

We managed to get some shopping done this year but still had time for cocktails , afternoon tea and some drinks at the Christmas markets.

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79527 steps later

Well I promised to let you know how my trip to London went and we had a absolutely amazing time !!! We set off on Friday morning and once our dog was in the safe hands of my in laws I started planning. We arrived bang on schedule at 2 pm and checked in quickly to our hotel then we were off….

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What a terrible travel agent …

Yes that’s me !!!You may of read on one of my recent blogs I have booked to take my family to London for the Winter wonderland and its this weekend we go.

The advise I would give to anyone visiting a city would be to get organised before they go, well that is everyone but myself. I have just not had time to plan our route and what we are going to do. My best friend has been great as she has visited the capital a few times and has sent me some hints and tips , my husband has been working in London quite a lot lately but unfortunately his input is small apart from the fact he doesn’t want to use the underground just the buses. The children they have their own ideas the dungeons and the M&M shop !!
Its been a long time since I have been and the children have only been once and they don’t remember it so I want to try and fit it as much as we can but where do you start ??
We have changing of the guards , Buckingham palace , Harrods , Leicester square , Houses of parliament , Tower bridge , dungeons the list goes on.
The one thing that we are doing which is the purpose of the trip is to visit the winter wonderland at Hyde park , there is so much going on there, they have the traditional Christmas markets , ice skating , ice bars , big wheel,rides , pantomime and again the list goes on , so much so people recommend a day here!!!

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Branson teases with Adults only cruise ship

Sir Richard Branson has started to release the plans for the new cruise ships that will add to ‘ Virgin Voyages ‘ in 2020. He has started the announcements with little ‘ship teases’ to reveal his plans. The first ship’s experience announced was the ‘Adult by Design’ so any passengers or ‘sailors’ as they will be known must be at least 18 to step aboard. He has however also said that as he has grandchildren he will not get away with not launching a family friendly ship also in the future.

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Great news for the British Market

Well after the rough few weeks we have had in the travel industry it was great to receive two lots of excellent news for the uk cruise market this week. The Celebrity Edge which is the latest release launching late 2018 in the Caribbean is due to sail into Southampton and then be based out of Europe for 2019. When we first found out the ‘Edge’ would be based out in the Caribbean I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed.

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Glamorous job ………

Since I stepped down from management I really think a lot of my family and friends think my job is sitting at home watching daytime tv (never Jeremy Kyle though )and just booking cruises in between hanging washing out and making coffee.This is far from true at the best of times and although working in travel is an amazing job making dreams come true and never one day the same , there is also the other side of dreams THE DISASTERS !!!

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Bucket and Spade to Bucket list …

Well you may of read in one of my previous blogs that I went on a big family holiday to Menorca. We had fabulous weather and a lovely time with friends and family. Menorca is a lovely island short flight ,great little sandy coves and has everything from water parks to go karting to the handsome town of ciutadella with its history , churches and markets.We flew from Edinburgh as the children in Scotland had gone back to school so it made the flights for my family about £900 cheaper than flying from Manchester. We stayed in a little resort called Cala Blanes which had a scattering of villas and a couple of hotels, bars and restaurants.

As there was 18 of us eating out in a small town was very challenging !!!

We haven’t done a holiday like this for 2 years, my children are 13 and 17 and have had many wonderful package holidays over the years what I would call bucket and spade holidays as well as cruises. The one thing that we felt on this holiday for the very first time was we were ready for home at the end of it and dare I say we were a little bored!!! I feel really bad saying this as I know there are a lot of people that don’t actually get to experience these holidays. My children are at an age where a couple of hours around the pool is enough for them unlike the endless hours they used to spend jumping in a out all day !! Although my son liked jumping in from the rocks much to my dismay as I was on pins….

Our next choice of holiday abroad will definitely be back to a cruise I would say.Certainly with more to do we love nothing more than waking up somewhere different every day and exploring the destinations then chilling later in the day with activities for anyone that wants it , a tick in everyone’s box and end the day with fine dining fantastic service and first class entertainment. We definitely now need to work on a bucket list of places.

The first being London in November I am embarrassed to say my children have only been once and they were only 6 months and 3 then so don’t remember a thing. We are booking for the first weekend of the winter wonderland and between us we are going to plan our time so we get to see everything we can and not miss anything.

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No rest for the cruise agents

Well I am back from a lovely break in Menorca to the news that P&O are launching there Summer 2019 cruises…..
That is a good 6 or 7 months earlier than normal, they did launch earlier for Summer 2018 and this obviously worked for them. For us cruise agents that means we have 3 Summer seasons on sale at the same time. There is literally no down time in sales anymore where there used to be peaks and troughs in the business I can honestly say every month is rolling into the next with very little down time. Good news for us as we hate being quiet !!!

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