“What’s the best cruise?”………..

………… a friend asked me the other night, a friend who has never cruised before. Well, where to start, what to say! I asked her what she would be looking for in a cruise, “just the best cruise” was her response – helpful!

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Andrew and Kathy’s Hurtigruten Adventure Gets a ’10’ From Them!

With a milestone birthday and almost milestone wedding anniversary to celebrate, why not take a cruise? Which is what Andrew and Kathy did, although they didn’t fancy a run of the mill cruise. As Kathy really wanted to see Norway in the snow at that, they did some research and decided that Hurtigruten was the cruise for them. Having discussed it with myself they decided that ms Spitsbergen, Hurtigruten’s flagship was for them, and the cruise they chose was the Classic Round Voyage.

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A Right Royal Caribbean Dress Code Mystery!

Over the last few years there has been a general drift towards more casual attire during the evening on certain cruise lines. P&O and Cunard have done away with semi-formal evenings and now just have Formal or Casual attire while Celebrity have introduced Evening Chic which is really evening casual by another name. The latter is proving especially popular with men who no longer have to find room in their suitcase for their dinner suit, also those who hate formal attire when they are on holiday.

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Gratuities, why oh why, oh why??

If I had a pound for every client who has called me today about the increase in the cost of Gratuities announced by P&O yesterday I wouldn’t be writing this, I would have retired to a life of luxury on a tropical island. P&O has really put the cat among the pigeons by not only increasing the cost of Gratuities slightly but they have renamed the system too. Apparently this is now called the ‘Service Reward System’, another thing that has confused guests – what has changed? Nothing basically, just a small increase in the cost. Can they still remove Gratuities from their on board account? Yes.

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What’s in a name?

…… and is it really that important? There are rumours abound that the name of Royal Caribbean’s newest Oasis Class ship, due to be launched in the Med in Summer 2018, has been revealed as Symphony of the Seas.

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Is River Cruising Accessible?

Quite simply, River Cruising is my passion, my favourite type of cruise. i have been lucky enough to do five river cruises to date and the next one can’t come soon enough. Top of my river cruising bucket list has to be the Mekong, gliding through Vietnam and Cambodia – one day I hope!

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Cruising into February already!

Goodness, time is certainly flying isn’t it. I can’t believe we are well into February already with January having flown by in the blink of an eye. To be honest it’s always the same for those of us in the cruise industry, this is such a busy time of year for us as this is the best time to bag the bargains so clients are booking hand over fist. You turn round twice and suddenly it’s Easter!

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You Want Luxury? You’ve got it!

Most of you will be well aware that here at CruiseDot we are more than happy to tailor make a cruise to absolutely suit your requirements be it a complete land tour to compliment your cruise or just a couple of nights either end of your cruise to allow you to make the most of your embarkation and disembarkation ports which you wouldn’t otherwise see.

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Seriously, would you really want to take Dot Cotton on your cruise?

I hate to have to admit it but, like so many other people,  I am a big soap fan and love following Corrie and Eastenders, even if they drive me mad sometimes, and before you ask, no I am not old enough to have watched Corrie from the start, quite.

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No pressure 2017……..


2016 has been a miserable year in many ways what with celebrity deaths by the dozen and some awful tragedies around the world and I have seen many posts on social media saying that people cannot wait to see the back of it and hoping that 2017 is a much better year all round. If ever a year was under pressure to perform, 2017 is that year. It has to deliver, end of, and I certainly hope it does.

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