Thrown off a cruise for having a panic attack ….

A 83 year old couple were recently enjoying a cruise on the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, until a day before the end of their cruise their dream holiday turned to hell.

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When is the best time to book ?

This is an interesting question, and I’m sure you will get differing opinions and after being in the business for 27 years I have seen massive changes but this is my opinion of how the market is at present.We have cruises on sale up to 2019 now and the cruise companies certainly seem to be launching their seasons earlier and earlier each year.
When I check for availability for this summer it amazes me at how booked up some of the larger ships out there are ,where are all these people coming from filling these ever growing ships ?? The market is definitely booking up earlier than ever.

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It can only happen to me …

Well as a lot of my customers know when I first started my career here at Cruise.co.uk we added a puppy to my family. Since having our little Billy we decided we needed to take him on holidays so we joined our best friends and bought a caravan.

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AMAzing food and accomodation

Carrying on from my first River cruise experience I thought I would share with you my findings on the accommodation and the food on board the AMAPrima .
The accommodation I stayed in was a Twin Balcony on Violin deck. The Twin Balconies consist of a French Balcony plus a separate Outside Balcony which was really private.

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AMAzing my first impressions of River cruising

Well I have just returned from my first ever visit to a River cruise ship. What a way to start!!! I visited the AmaPrima and Ama are rated the highest standard of ships in Europe according to the Berlitz guide.

I flew to Amsterdam and we got picked up by a brand new AMA coach and transferred the short distance to the centre of city to meet the ship, the first eye opener for me was exactly how near to the centre of the town the ship was. If I am being really honest I really didn’t know what to expect, my daughter rang me as I was travelling and asked me what ship I was going on and when I told her she googled it and said it’s different to what we normally go on and it looks like a barge we have been on. Almost instantly I felt a bit of claustrophobia growing !!!

As soon as I arrived onboard this disappeared, I was welcomed into a light and airy reception that followed through to a lounge area with floor to ceiling windows modern and luxuriously decorated.The welcome that I received from the staff though was such a warm one and so genuine.Ama is a family owned company and the owners still have a hands on approach and want you to feel part of their family and this you genuinely do ,the service was absolutely impeccable and we met all the staff and crew throughout the 2 days onboard.

A quick whistle top tour to what was onboard the ship. The main area I would say on the ship is the lounge which multifunctions with a bar and light snack area for afternoon tea. You can also help yourself to tea and coffee here 24 hours a day.
After dinner there are different performers that join the ship each night to entertain guests.
I was amazed at the outside areas really spacious sun deck more or less full length of the ship with plenty of sunchairs a heated swim up pool ,a giant chess game and a walking track.

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How Exciting Chocolate Chocolate everywhere ……..

That’s not me just excited for easter either. I am excited about all the new cruise ships launching now.

One of the exciting features on the new MSC ship the Meraviglia is guests onboard will be able to discover culinary delights from French chocolatier and pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury.He has a ship in the Bellagio in Vegas that hosts the world’s tallest and largest chocolate fountain and he will be bringing one to the sea !!

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Disney Magic

Well I have just returned from my 5th visit to Eurodisney with my family .

Yet again it didn’t disappoint.There was 11 of us in total and we stayed in the Dream Castle just outside the gates and it was great !! We were up at 6.30 every morning and in the parks by 9 am impressingly first in the queue to get in on some days. Even though it was February it was still busy so we needed to fast pass some of the ride which always comes in handy. We were very lucky as we had a few days of glorious sunshine which is always a bonus when you are out all day. We managed to see and do everything in both the parks except 2 rides that were just always so busy.
Even managed to fit a quick cruise in !!

Even in my 40’s its still great to see the characters we queued up with my children nieces and nephews to get autographs and photo’s

We also ate very well in some great restaurants on the park including Planet Hollywood which is a all round favourite.

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Ladies who do cruises….

Ever read the book ‘Here comes the girls’ Its about four friends that had planned when they were younger to go on a cruise together to celebrate their 40th Birthday’s and that is what they did, a great read I would recommend it.

I did it last year for my twin sister’s hen do there was seven of us who travelled just 2 nights of modern luxury onboard the Celebrity Eclipse we had a great time.

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There really is a cruise for everyone …

I am not just talking about for families ,singles, adults only I am talking about themed cruises. We have probably all heard how P&O do their strictly come dancing cruises where they have classes taught by professional dancers and they hold competitions where you get to perform in front of a celebrity panel. They have the stars of the show on board and hols question and answer sessions to.

Coming from Blackpool I could do well on this one !!! Drag Stars at Sea , yes all the cast of Funny Girls could go on a themed cruise . Royal Caribbean will be hosting this on the Adventure of the seas ,contestants from an American reality show will be hosting .The queens will be holding make up classes so you can learn how to do your makeup as extravagantly fabulous as the stars in the show.They will have parties to remember including a white Ice Party so get your ice skates at the ready !!

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Out with the old and in with the new

Happy new year to you all !! I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and a merry new year, I have had a great time with my family and friends. Unlike a lot of people who dread going back to work and suffer from the January blues I LOVE IT !! I have to say we have literally not stopped here at Cruise.co.uk and have been working round the clock but one thing is,its great for the new years diet.
As we are in the new year now it’s great to look forward to all the lovely things we have planned throughout the year whether it be holidays, weddings, trips to the theme park in the world of cruise as always there are plenty of things happening to look forward to .

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