Fancy a Movie Night in or Away?

There is nothing my family love more than cuddling up of a Sunday night , curtains closed, eating microwave popcorn and watching a movie. Its become a Sunday night tradition in our house. Although there is something my two boys love slightly more – movies under the stars on a cruise. We often end up missing the shows and evening entertainment, because for them this is the perfect treat. Sun loungers, blankets, hot chocolate and even pop corn and pizza bought to you whilst watching a film under the stars in the middle of the ocean!

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Whats your preference…….British or American?

Keeping in tradition with everyone casting their votes for this weeks local elections and the BIG ONE in June, I’ve decided to ask you all to do the same. What do you prefer, British or American Style cruising……..cast your vote!

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My NON cruise holiday this Easter….

I’ve just come back from a family Easter holiday to Spain, surprisingly not on a cruise this time.  My children are of the age where we have to go away during school holidays. We decided on Benalmadena, Spain as we have been before , its not too far, and the boys love it there. The weather was absolutely glorious, we were so lucky this time of year to have 10 days of boiling sunshine.  Benalmádena is a town on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its beaches and the modern Puerto Marina. The nearest cruise port is the brand new one in Malaga.  Malaga is a wonderful place to wander and explore, particularly in the old town, with traditional taverns and plazas. It also has lots of fine architecture and has enough ancient buildings to keep history enthusiasts happy for hours. If however you prefer the livelier parts of the Costa del Sol including Puerto Banus, Torremolinos and Benalmadena, all are just a short distance.

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My trip on the No.1 rated River Ship……..AMAPRIMA

I’ve just been lucky enough to experience 02 nights onboard the number 1 rated river ship AMAPrima according to the Berlitz guides.  Thats right the AMAPrima came out top ahead of all the Viking ships (and there are a lot!) so as you can imagine I was very keen to see what all the fuss was about.  I was invited by APT (Australian Pacific Touring) as they charter many of the AMA Waterways ships as they own undoubtedly some of the best river cruise ships in the market. 

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Glacier Bay National Park……..

For those of you who have read my previous 3 blogs this the final part of my unforgetable first cruise to Alaska!  

The grand finale of the cruise I suppose was our day at Glacier Bay National Park. Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the waters of Glacier Bay,it was definitely one of the highlights of my cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea, I was even lucky enough to witness this. It really was fascinating to this glacier, nature is just wonderful!  The ship sails into the bay very slowly as there are laws in place as its a national park and the ship was actually cracking the ice as she sailed closer to the Glacier. 
During the cruise, Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place. If your lucky you can spot Glacier Bay’s abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds.  

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Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau & Skagway….

So here it is part 3 of my trip to Alaska. Please bear in mind the photos on this blog were before iphones, digital cameras etc so I’ve actually taken a photo of the original developed photo from an album!  How things have changed.

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My Alaska cruise part 2……

So here it is part 2 of my trip to to Alaska.  I remember it like it was yesterday not nearly 15 years ago, although many people say it’s a once in a lifetime trip , I would love to return.

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My first cruise, and what a cruise……Alaska!

A client of mine asked me the other day which was my favourite cruise destination, and it has to be the very first cruise I did, nearly 15 years ago.  Although I had been selling them for several years , my manager at the time thought it was about time I tried one for myself, and what a cruise to start…… an Alaskan cruise! I had a what we call a ‘Fam Trip’ a jolly more like it with Princess Cruise’s on board Sea Princess. I flew out to Vancouver had 2 days there, then a 7 nights cruise from Vancouver back to Vancouver.  

 I was a little apprehensive about doing a cruise but none about going to Canada and Alaska. I had the common worries of first time cruisers….age, restriction’s of being on a ship, is there enough to do, how much will I spend, formal dining etc etc.

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Ditch the New Years resolutions!!

Tue 17th Jan, 2017 was..Ditch the New Years Resolutions Day, are you still sticking to yours?  As the clock struck midnight on January 1st, millions of inspired people around the world pledged to honour their New Year’s resolutions. But almost 3 weeks in, the commitment has already dwindled. Are you still on track with your New Years Resolution?? Many of us made New Year’s resolutions. Then we will struggle to keep them. Holidays in particular offer a challenge to those who have vowed, for instance, not to overindulge. If you decide to take a cruise, however, options on board the ships actually may help you keep at least some of your goals for the new year.

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New Year…..its diet time!

Yet again, its a New Year which means its a new diet, Bacon has been replaced with Muesli , chocolate seems to have disappeared and the wine rack is bursting…..with sparkling water!   Did you have an over indulgent Christmas, (honestly, who doesn’t), and now your about to go on a cruise?

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