Navigator of the sea with the family

       

Six weeks passed quickly as usual with the children saying they hadn’t done much (forgetting we went to London for the weekend) and weren’t overly happy about returning to school.  Our summer holiday was booked for the last week so I appreciate they did have a bit of a wait. We went on Navigator of the seas for 7 nights from Southampton. I can honestly say I gave my holiday 11 out of 10!. It was perfect, food was fantastic and aplenty, wine and cocktails for that matter too. My children made friends with two brother’s on the first day and I hardly saw them at all. I really noticed it this year with how relaxed I felt with them being off at the sports court or arcade or swimming compared to other holidays. I knew they were completely safe, they knew where I was (Sky bar with a Pina Colada) and they had the best holiday.

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London Dungeons & The Shard

  

I recently visited the Big Smoke with my family for my husbands 40th Birthday. London is a city I will never get bored of visiting, and feel grateful it is our country’s capital. Walking around and looking at all the history, you can see why it attracts tourists far and wide. Our Monarchy is something to be proud of and can be traced back hundreds of years. There are not many countries that have this. As we had been before I wanted to include places we hadn’t seen , and the Shard was one of them. Only being built four years ago it is still a new attraction.  Standing at 1016 FT it is the tallest building in London and the views from the top stretches to forty miles. To get to the top you can either climb the 306 steps or take the two super fast elevators that travel six meter’s per second. The elevator themselves are an experience! From the top of the Shard you can see all of London’s iconic landmarks, with Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast being the closest.

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Truth Behind Your Cruise Itinerary

Experienced cruisers will already know by looking at an itinerary how far the ports are from the main city and towns. However those that are new to cruising may be a bit miffed when booking a cruise that visits Paris or Rome they are in fact in some cases two hours away. With Paris being the capital of France you know the only water that surrounds it is the Seine.  I think the most shocking one that appears is Berlin, people are thinking this will be lovely to visit but in reality it is just under three hours away from Warmunde the port. How far would you travel to visit a city or town? I would always recommend a pre planned excursion, especially open that guarantees getting you back to the ship, regardless.

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NEW PORTS OF CALL

Cruising is fast becoming or you could say has become a top choice for a holiday. Whether it is for a family, couple, young at heart folk – you name it cruising is now for everyone.  You will find the percentage is high for repeat cruisers so you will find customers who have cruised the med have visited a number of ports on more than one occasion. The cruise lines seem to have slowly introduced more and more ports, which for the avid cruiser it is more appealing. The most recent one is on the P&O Oceana itineraries. This year they have changed the departure to Vallatta instead of Genoa, and they are visiting Sarande in southern Albania. 9 out of 10 customers I speak to always ask where this is, and haven’t heard of it, and it doesn’t appear that other cruise lines are offering it. So what is there to do? Well let me tell you….

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Thomson Are Expanding

Thomson are really coming into their own when it comes to cruise’s. Initially when you think of Thomson’s you think Bucket and Spade. The launch of Discovery 2 is set for this summer following the ever successful TUI Discovery, followed next year by TUI Explorer. So what makes Thomson’s an excellent alternative, well here’s why.

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Solo Sailing

When I speak to customers who are looking to go it alone I do feel a sense of ‘will I find something suitable for them’ feeling in  the pit of my stomach. However over the years and the more enquiries I have found doing I the best prices are with Norwegian as they have six ships out of their fleet that offer a studio cabin especially for a solo traveller. I have booked a regular customer into this cabin grade three times now and he has had a fantastic experience. First off the price is reasonable and secondly the studio cabins are located together with a separate lounge they can meet in for pre dinner drinks. Also the cabins are in excellent locations and not down in the bows of the ship. They have a window which looks out onto the corridor so it feels  a bit more spacious.This has worked well in his favor as they then usually go on to have dinner together. Its a fantastic way of meeting people too.

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Airshow takes over Weston

One of the perks of living in a seaside town is the yearly airshow that comes to Weston Super Mare every June and lasts the whole weekend. The whole town is buzzing with excitement and ethusiasm, and plane enthusiasts alike.  This weekend we were so lucky with weather, reaching the late twenties and even higher in some parts of the day.

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Experiencing Eclipse

Last Sunday I was fortunate enough to be invited on board the Celebrity Eclipse whilst it was docked in Southampton. This is a cruise ship I have been wanting to go on in a long time, so jumped at the opportunity. If you didn’t know already, this is the last year Celebrity Eclipse will be sailing from Southampton and is being replace by Celebrity Silhouette in 2018. It’s always nice when cruise lines mix it up a bit as we tend to get the same ships year after year from Southampton.

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Thinking Of Manchester

Normally my fortnightly blog would be about a new cruise ship, or something quirky that a customer would have told me about their cruise. But this week my blog due date falls today after the devastating news of the events that took place in the great city of Manchester. I wasn’t expecting this horrific news when I woke this morning and am utterly shocked by what has happened. Being a parent, a friend, a sister my reaction was utter belief. How can anyone do something like this? Especially knowing the majority of the crowd will be youngsters enjoying a night out to see their favourite pop star. I just can’t comprehend the mentality behind it. Their lives snuffed out because of some suicide bomber, or those that did survive go on to remember this for the rest of their lives. Poor Ariana Grande, what a horrible thing for her to experience too. Thinking all those people came to see you and this has happened.  Children shouldn’t have to go through things like this. They see enough on social media and the new’s on television but to experience it first hand is not acceptable. Being a mother of two it worries me what kind of world they are growing up in. When I was younger I never heard of such things and the most important message back then was not to speak to a stranger. Sadly times have changed and our children have bigger things to worry about.

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Bucket List Destinations

Everyone has their own idea of a Bucket List, once in a life time trip. Here at cruise.co.uk we have our very own itineraries that we have put together which very popular and get booked up very quickly. The most recent one is definitely a place I would love to go- Norway. This is a really popular destination, and I think its because its somewhere you may not necessarily choose to go on a short break, but to cruise the fjords must be a breath taking sight. Our latest Bucket List offers a six night Fjord cruise followed starting with a two night hotel stay in the beautiful city of Bergen.Most cruise’s only visit this as a stop so to spend a bit longer is a perfect way to start the trip. Also included in the itinerary is a chance to stay in the ice hotel where the average temperature is -4. This is a perfect itinerary if you like to animals in their natural habitat. Along the way you may see the artic fox, walrus’ and not for the faint hearted a King crab. These fellas can weigh around 22 pound s and measure in 1.5 metres in width, so I imagine quite easy to spot. If this isn’t your thing then you can always treat yourself to a husky ride across the planes. The great thing about this trip is all warm clothing is provided as in some parts it can get very cold.

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