Why I Love December

December is one of my favourite months of the year. Might seem odd as its the start of winter but that’s part of its attraction.  Friday this week was the perfect day, cold, frosty and very Christmassy ( dare I say the C word ! ) My boy Rowan loves going for his walks on days like this as the cold ground makes him run around like a mad thing. I actually hope we get some snow this year.

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Record Breaker For Fred in 2019

In the world of cruise 2019 is not far away, even though we`ve not finished 2017 yet ! At the end of  the day there are only so many destinations in the world that cruises can go to, making finding new and interesting voyages more important than ever.

Fred Olsen appear to have come up with something very different, and interesting, when Braemar will become the largest ship ever to transit the Corinth Canal on 27th September 2019. This will be a 25 night round trip sailing from Southampton.

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The New Azamara Pursuit

Much loved P&O Adonia has now become Azamara Pursuit and her new itineraries have just been released. She will be, in the words of her new family, ” In Pursuit of Dream Destinations We’re opening the door to maiden ports, new itineraries, and unforgettable, unique experiences with Azamara Pursuit.” Sounds wonderful and I`m sure the many passengers who have travelled on both Azamara and P&O will be looking at these cruises with great interest.

Looking at her new livery she is exactly like Quest and Journey, and will fit in perfectly. Inside she will have the same English Country House feel that is typical of Azamara, along with seven restaurants, cafes and lounges. Of course regular Azamara cruisers will know all about the ship but it is the destinations that are different, with new ports only accessible by smaller ships and more overnight stays as well. She will sail for the first time on 3rd August 2018 from Barcelona to Southampton.

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The Edge To Visit Britain

Sounds like a pop star doesn`t it? Or that guy on Top Gear – The Stig! This is neither though. The Edge is Celebrity Cruises new  ground breaking ship. Due to be launched in 2018 it has just been announced that she will sail from Southampton to Barcelona on 15th May 2019 for a ten night voyage. She will sail the Mediterranean in 2019 with 19  sailings out of Rome and Barcelona and will call in at Portofino, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Ibiza and Santorini during the summer season.

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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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