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The Importance Of ( Being ) ABTA


Never has the importance of booking your holiday with an ABTA bonded Travel Agent been more apparent during the weeks since Christmas with the downfall of Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery.

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Top New Destinations for 2017


A week today it will be Christmas Eve,  the year has gone so quickly and 2017 is only days away now. Traditionally the days just after Christmas are when thoughts turn to holidays, and cruise is no exception. Cruise lines are always looking for new destinations so which ports of call will be 2017 agenda to tempt people to book early?

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Five Of My Favourites !


Well its very nearly Christmas and all I wish for now is some snow! Walking the dog this morning everywhere was frosty and white, made me really feel in the festive spirit. One of the best things personally at this time of the year is the food and celebrations associated with Christmas and New Year, so this week I have  decided to blog about 5 of my favourite places to eat. Some on cruise ships, some not.

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No Longer Just Ferry Cross The Mersey !


I grew up in Chester, just over the road from Liverpool, and remember visiting for shopping and days out. It never seemed a very exciting city. That’s is of course apart from being home to the Beatles ! The last few years have seen massive changes in the city with designer shops, excellent restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, making Liverpool a city well worth a visit .

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Time For Some Winter Sunshine


Winter is finally here! If you want the proof my ears were so cold when I walked the dog this morning, and I forgot my hat, there was ice on the fields too.

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Will You Be A Virgin Voyager ?

We all knew that Richard Branson was to launch his own cruise line. We now know it will be called Virgin Voyages and will have 3 ships launching between 2020 and 2022.

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The New Regent Voyager


Regent Seven Seas have always been consider a luxury, six star Cruise Line. The new ship, Regent Explorer, is hailed as the most luxurious ship at sea today and it seems she is definitely living up to her reputation.

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New Ships On The Horizon

The cruise industry is set to see yet more new, bigger and innovative new ships entering the market over the next few years. Carnival Corporations, who own P&O, Cunard, Princess, Seabourn, Holland America,Cost and of course Carnival, have announced that they have ordered yet more new ships for several of their brands.

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A New Look For Oriana

P&O Cruises have recently announced that the much loved Oriana, one of their smaller, older ships, is to undergo a major refurbishment programme.Oriana was launched in 1995. An adults only ship sailing year round out of Southampton she is a much loved favourite of the P&O fleet. She last had a make over in 2011 but the forthcoming one sounds like a bit more than a tidy up.

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Is that ” Free ” Drinks Package Really Worth It?

All Inclusive holidays have been around now for a while. I think they probably started life in the Caribbean where sometimes it s difficult to get to many bars & restaurants, especially as some of the hotels are set on large, sprawling estates in quite remote areas.

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