Fare thee well Adonia, “The little ship with the big heart”

I only got to spend 9 weeks on Adonia, but it was 9 of the best weeks I ever had on Adonia, a few firsts, and a few “never again’s”!

I was part of the team that helped Launch Adonia in 2011. I was flown in to DJ for the naming ceremony with Dame Shirley Bassey and a host of other star names on board. It was an incredible, spectacular experience and, considering I had only been with the company for 7 months at the time, a great honour.

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Hurricane Season is only really getting started…

I have just come back from 3 weeks in the wonderful city of Austin, Texas, right on the coat tails of Hurricane Harvey. With the exception of a broken tree, thankfully the area surrounding my sister escaped any serious damage. The same cannot be said for Houston and of course the massive destruction that Hurricane Irma caused in some of the most beloved islands of the Caribbean, and the state of Florida.

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Pirates… Do they REALLY exist?

OK, so a fair bit has been made of the Princess ship “plunged into darkness” and NO movies under the stars…

I have sailed through pirate infested waters on a couple of occasions and it’s no picnic, but there is a lot of hype that can be dispelled with some real facts and, unless the “Movie Under The Stars was actually Captain Phillips, there’s more than one very good reason for it.

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Celebrations @ Sea

As I have said before, I find cruising incredibly romantic. Nothing but the ocean and the two of you (and probably about 2,500 others) for miles and miles. Watching the sunset, looking for the green glow of the sun.

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Safety At Sea… The Truth…

Ok, so over the last couple of years, safety at sea has become a major issue, there have been incidents.

Some have been well documented, some, not so much, not out of cover-ups or secrecy, but things happen on a cruise ship on a daily basis which you will probably never hear about. Small fires, a little flooding somewhere, trust me, if you need to know about it, you will.

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Running Away to Sea what you can See?

Hello again,

As you probably know by now, I spent 6 years at sea. Over those years I have met countless people both passengers and crew, some of which I am delighted to call lifelong friends, but what is it like to actually WORK at sea? There are many different perceptions.

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NCL… Jade’d or sparkling like a new gem?

Norwegian… Jade’d or sparkling like a new gem?

I recently had my first look up close at an NCL ship as the Norwegian Jade docked in one of thee most iconic ports on the planet….Forget the Adriatic Coast, Alaska, sailing into Venice, Sydney, New York… the Jade was in BELFAST!!

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“Abort Port”… What ACTUALLY happens?!

“Abort Port”… What ACTUALLY happens?!

If you have cruised long enough, at some stage you will have an “abort port” a destination that you really wanted to go to, but, for some reason, you can’t dock. It is one of THEE most depressing things to happen during a cruise. But why does it happen, who does it affect, who wins?

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Caribbean Queen? Or still a Princess? Great for the UK summer…

Caribbean Princess Trip April/ May 2017

So having been with the company a matter of months, I got the fantastic opportunity to go on a familiarisation trip on the Caribbean Princess. A new line for me, having only ever worked and thus set foot on P&O Cruise ships before, I jumped at the chance to check out another cruise line and to meet some of my fellow sales colleagues.

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Famous Faces – Is cruising for Everyone?

Famous Faces – Is cruising for Everyone?

As you may have read in the past from my Strictly Come Dancing blog, there have been many famous faces on P&O Cruises. But are they the only ones? Certainly not.

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