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Lago di Garda


Back in october 2016, 5 colleagues and myself escorted a group from the MSC Splendida to Lake Garda and Venice.

This was the first time I had been to Lake Garda or known locally as Lago di Garda. I was really looking forward to seeing this region of Italy and the famous lake that bring millions of visitors each year to this area of northern Italy.

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Bienvenida a 2017

Xmas 2016

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year celebrations.

My Christmas was a nice few days with my parents in the Spanish mountains with friends whom came to join us for Chrimbo dinner, eating too much and watching old re runs of Morecambe and Wise Christmas specials in our new PJ’s!

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Smurfette’s onboard


This past weekend saw cruise.co annual Christmas conference on the Fred Olsen Boudicca, we had a night in port at Liverpool and then sailed onto Ireland for a day in Dublin.

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Christmas is coming and it’s party time


This week I finish work for 2 weeks and during that time I am heading over to the UK for the annual cruise.co.uk Christmas Conference.

This year we are spending 3 nights on board the Fred Olsen Boudicca. I have sailed on Balmoral and Braemar previously, so looking forward to seeing this ship too.

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Black Friday – the US craze has gone global…

Black Friday is a traditionally the day after the US holiday of Thanksgiving which is always the fourth Thursday of November. Since 1932 in the USA it has been regarded as the first day of the Christmas shopping season and retailers hold massive discounts for the first day of the sales.

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Suitcase Sitting & Gondolas – we are the caped crusaders of cruise.co.uk

From my last blog, as you may recall, we was leaving Lake Garda to commence our last few days in Venice. The drive was approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and finally the rain had gone and the skies was looking a bit clearer.

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Planes, trains, automobiles and a storm to remember… no cruise though

This time 2 weeks ago I was making my way from Milan to Genoa where I was to join 5 other colleagues and help assist with the cruise group we had arranged for Lake Garda & Venice.

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I’m off to be a holiday rep…

Well for the week anyway.

Here at cruise.co.uk as many of you already know, we don’t just sell cruises we also sell experiences or also known as Tailor Made, Smart Packages and Bucket List holidays. Of course all include a cruise but also flights, transfers hotels and some with tours too.

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Taj Mahal – the most romantic wonder of the world.

When I was 17 years old (cannot believe that was 24 years ago), I took an opportunity to go to India on a discount 7 night trip with other Thomas Cook colleagues on a British Airways agent deal. It cost me approx £150 and included the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with all flights, hotels, meals and excursions included.  At this time, I had never been further than Europe and had never eaten Indian food, not even from the local takeaway. It was to be one of the best experiences of my life.

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Barcelona – you gotta pay to stay.

In 2012, the town hall of Barcelona introduced to the region a ‘tourism tax’ ranging from 50 cents to €2.50 per person per night subject to the type of accommodation you stayed in. This is not unusual now, as most Cities have over the years introduced these taxes and they range from city to city and even country to country.

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