A Church Service With A Difference !

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Last weekend I took a couple of days away from my desk to stay with friends in Manchester. I don`t go to church very often, weddings, funerals, christenings and the like, but the reason for trip north was to go to Manchester Cathedral.

Now I`m a Gin & Tonic girl, which has nothing to do with Cathedrals normally, but last Saturday the Gin Society held their annual festival in Manchester Cathedral! It was really good and the most unusual place to be served a G&T and it doesn`t have to be Gordons!

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Lets Go To Genoa


I went to Genoa once. I was on a Regent Seven Seas Voyager cruise that was supposed to go to  Portofino, one place I have always wanted to visit. I say always wanted to because the ship couldn’t dock because of the swell on the sea and we went to Genoa instead !

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Piraeus – Athens Gateway Or Destination On It`s Own?


Continuing my look at European ports this week I thought I`d choose Piraeus, the port for the Greek capital Athens.

Athens is probably most famous for the Acropolis, topped by the Parthenon Temple, and the National Museum. It is a bustling, busy city with lots to do and a place I have visited several times. It has lots of really good hotels, restaurants and bars as well as its history. Many cruise ships now visit Athens using Piraeus as the anchor port.

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European Ports Of Call – Do We Overlook Them ?


How often when booking a cruise do we completely overlook many of the actual cruise ship ports? Probably not Barcelona, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but how about Genoa, Civitavecchia, Piraeus, Livorno or Naples.

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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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