Is This P and O`s Biggest Mistake ?

The few weeks have been a nightmare. We`ve had hurricanes, terrorist attacks, typhoons , the collapse of Monarch Airlines and the dreadful shootings in Las Vegas. As I sit writing this I am listening to events unfolding near the Natural History Museum in London.

On a much lesser scale, but still a disaster for some people, has been the news that P&O are to sell their smallest, and much loved ship Adonia to Azamara cruises. She returned to the fleet just over a year ago and was greeted with great excitement by many loyal P&O customers. A small ship, Adonia is only 30,000 tons and carries around 710 guests. Her itineraries took in many new and interesting ports, many of them much smaller than are accessible to the huge cruise liners of today.

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Paradise Lost

Paradise  Lost is the famous poem by John Milton, the 17th Century English poet, which is actually 20 books telling of mans disobedience and therefore the loss of Paradise. Today for many of the Caribbean Islands the words mean much, much more.

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Book Early Or Last Minute? Which are you?

 

Its that time of the year again. This week will see the launch of P&O and Cunard`s 2019 cruise programmes. It hardly seems like a year has gone by since 2018 launch. Some people do wonder if they are actually looking too far ahead as the demand for booking so far in advance seems to be slowing down. Most of us have yet to plan 2018 and many still waiting for that 2017 bargain!

So what is the best time to look at booking your cruise, or any holiday for that matter. There are, though, some really good offers out there at the moment and one of them has even persuaded me to book for next year already.

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The Best Things To Do On Holiday In The Rain!

Living in the UK we really should be used to the rain but somehow we still expect summer to be at least half decent! This summer though has been particularly wet and I should know having already had 2 weeks on holiday in Norfolk and Aberdaron, Wales.

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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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