Bruges’s Best Kept Secret………..


I really can’t remember if I have ever posted about this before so forgive me if I have, but with the Christmas Market’s Mini Cruise season almost upon us, and the fact that I have recently been sorting through some old photo’s, I felt the need to share something that I really love about Bruges – the best place to drink hot chocolate! And believe you me, you have NEVER had hot chocolate on a par with this in your life.

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Pride Rainbow flies over the Danube – a first for River Cruising!

It isn’t often that you hear of a ‘first’ in the world of river cruising but this really is an exciting announcement, and a definite first, from Emerald Waterways. On 29th July 2017 they will be embarking on the first ever LGBT river cruise for UK passengers, and about time I hear you say! Well done Emerald Waterways.

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Summers End and it’s all change!

I was going to start by saying what a marvellous end we have had to September but I am sat here looking out on torrential rain, and I mean torrential. That said, we really can’t complain can we, it has been a wonderful summer especially over the last couple of months and I just hope that all of you have made the most of it. You can’t beat the UK when the weather is good can you. One of my favourite places in the UK, when the sun is shining is the long beach at Abersoch in North Wales, a place where we have spent many happy family holidays over the years.

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Birds of a Feather? No Thank You!


I know that many people have phobia’s and one of the most popular ones that I come across is the fear of flying. I have so many clients who will not fly and will only cruise out of the UK. Thank goodness for cruise ships, allowing people to travel around the world without ever setting foot on a plane. Where would we be without them? I must confess that I used to be terrified of flying but I have done so many flights in recent years I can honestly say it doesn’t worry me nowadays, in fact it is something that I really look forward to.

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Bit of Bother in the Buffet………..

Just caught up with some clients of mine who have just returned from a 15 night cruise to the Canaries on Fred Olsen’s Balmoral, one of my favourite ships I must confess. They had an absolutely wonderful time despite their misgivings before they went. Having previously cruised with MSC, P&O and Regent they really weren’t sure how they were going to like Fred Olsen but had chosen the itinerary as it departed from Newcastle which is nice and local for them, and the 15 night itinerary really appealed to them. They booked a Premier Suite as they like ‘nice’ accommodation and evening meal in the Spey, one of the two smaller restaurants on board. A few times they wobbled about their decision to cruise with Freds but I assured them all would be well and that they would love it.

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At last, Oriana gets a refurb but is it too little too late?

Feed back from guests cruising on P&O’s Oriana in recent months has pretty much had a common theme – she is tired, showing signs of wear and, to be honest, well past her best so it was great to get the news this morning that she is going to have a much needed refurbishment. But is it going to be enough or would P&O have been better to start afresh with a brand new mid-sized ship?

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A Perfect Summer’s Afternoon…………..

What better way can there be to spend a warm and sunny afternoon in August than visiting a Country Fair? Last October some good friends of mine moved away to the small market town of Tenbury Wells in North West Worcestershire. On the first Saturday in August the town holds it’s annual Agricultural Show so a group of us decided to go along – and what a wonderful day we had!

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Are Festivals at Sea set to become the ‘new big thing’?

I’m not talking here about the type of music themed cruises offered by the likes of P&O, rather more modern music infact; Royal Caribbean have teamed up with some of Europes major party brands to offer something quite unique, blending luxury cruising with a music festival while cruising around the Med.

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Is Pokemon Go going to influence travel more than Brexit?


Let me start by saying that I know very little about either Pokemon or politics apart from my boys collecting Pokemon cards when they were much younger. What I do know that many people think that Brexit may affect peoples travel plans due to possible price rises of package holidays or flights or a weakened  sterling – time will tell although it doesn’t seem to be stopping people from booking cruises at the moment I can tell you.

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Cunard to go ‘Casual’? Really?

Cunard Cruisers have been left stunned by the news that Cunard are relaxing their dress codes. Cunard have always been known for their formality especially when dressing for dinner and it is one of the reasons why most of their loyal fans choose to cruise with them, they enjoy dressing for dinner each evening. So why the change?

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