Posted on Aug 14, 2017
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.
Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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.
Posted on Jul 17, 2017
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.
Posted on Jul 3, 2017
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.
Posted on Jun 19, 2017
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!
Posted on Jun 5, 2017
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!
Posted on May 22, 2017
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.
Posted on May 8, 2017
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.
Posted on Apr 24, 2017
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.
Posted on Apr 10, 2017
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.