Southampton Port Parking – Is It A Stressful Experience ?

I  always think arriving at the airport or port is really the start of the holiday but last time I cruised from Southampton it was a bit of a nightmare and very stressful. Traffic jams between Oxford and Newbury made us, and many other passengers, late to start with and on arriving at the cruise terminal the queues were horrendous to say the least. Sitting in a car for an hour and a half looking at Ventura is not the best start to anyone`s cruise. Fortunately we had booked Valet Parking so once the queue cleared we were at least there.

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The Italian Job

We may be leaving the European Union but the Italians are sending one of their ships to Southampton for summer 2018.

MSC Magnifica will sail out of the UK from April through to September. She will be offering several different itineraries to the Iberian Peninsular, Norway and around the British Isles.

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Traditional or Freestyle ? Which One Are You ?

Carnival`s decision to introduce a new rule of traditional diners on their ships made me think of the whole subject of when, where and with whom do you choose to dine on your cruise. On board Carnival Glory and Carnival Conquest passengers who opt for first or second sitting traditional dining will be turned away from the restaurant if they are more than 30 minutes late for their selected seating. So that means be there on time , and probably queue to get on, or go to the buffet.

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Enjoying The Great British Summer

Tomorrow I will be back at my desk after a weeks break in my favourite part of the country – Norfolk. Since Rowan ( my beloved Lurcher ) arrived on the scene almost two and a half years ago my travelling has been somewhat curtailed! Lots of my holidays now revolve round him as he really is such a darling dog.

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The World`s Largest Cruise Ship Leaves Dry Dock

Royal Caribbean`s Symphony of the Seas left dry dock in St Nazaire, France, on Thursday entering the water for the first time as the world`s largest cruise ship. Bigger than her sister Harmony of the Seas by 28 cabins and 3,000 tons!

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Sarande – A Jewel Of Albania

I`ve never been to Albania. The closest I ever managed  was when holidaying in Corfu, quite a few years ago, when it was seen as a bit of a dark, dangerous place to be avoided at all costs. Even venturing too close to the coast in a pedalo was to be avoided in case you were shot at!

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Fred To Enter The River Market

Fred Olsen have long been one of my favourite cruise lines, Braemar was the first ship I ever did a ” proper cruise”. When I say proper I mean not a mini cruise or ship visit as it was a 14 night Canary Islands sailing.

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Port Or Starboard – Does It Make A Difference?

The choice of cabin type and position is always one of the most important factors for anyone booking a cruise. Most peoples decide on the type of stateroom, inside, outside, balcony or suite, first but then for many people position is crucial.

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This Is A Really Good Deal But Will It Be Too Cold ?

Price is obviously a huge factor when booking and cruise or holiday, so looking through the deals on our website £ 599 per person for a 10 night cruise looks like a really good deal. A look at the itinerary though might make you think it`s a bit cold in this region in December.

P&O`s Aurora is one of her much loved older, smaller by today`s standards, ships. This itinerary sets sail on 6th December 2017 and calls at Hamburg, at 2 day stop in Copenhagen, Olso, Amsterdam and Zeebrugge for Brussels and Bruges. The weather will probably be quite chilly and maybe even some snow but, in my opinion, that will just make all these places look lovely with a real seasonal feel. The Christmas markets should be in full flow and one of the main reasons for visiting this region at this time of the year.

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Is This A Good Decision By Norwegian Cruise Lines?

Norwegian cruise Lines have made , in my opinion, the sensible decision to go All Inclusive for all new bookings from 6th April 2017. The move is across the whole fleet, all ships, destinations and itineraries.

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