Halloween on a cruise??

Halloween is frighteningly close now, which means time is running out to create the perfect costume! You might be that bit too old to go out trick or treating on Halloween, however you can bet there will be plenty of Halloween events for you to get involved with. Cruise passengers can also expect spooky celebrations on the high seas as cruise lines get into the holiday spirit – with everything from costume parades and contests to special holiday drinks.
Find ghosts, ghouls and more on these Halloween cruises.  

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Strictly and P&O team up again……

So it’s that time of year again, BBC Strictly Come Dancing has started and looks to be as popular as ever.  And for another year P&O have teamed up with the BBC to offer 4 ‘Strictly’ themed cruises.   It’s the annual battle for ratings between Strictly ans X Factor, don’t they realise the majority of us have skyplus so get to watch the both!

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Not long to wait for the next Solar Eclipse……..

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you couldn’t have missed the news on Monday that the US was to experience a ‘Total Eclipse’ and who better to fly over and get involved……….welsh lady Bonnie Tyler! Anything for a freebie I say!!

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Afternoon Tea at Sea……

Did you know its Afternoon Tea Week from 14 August??   No?  nor did I to be honest……….

Afternoon tea has become more popular than ever as hotels get huge boost in business thanks to the brew.  After years of coffee shops springing up on high streets across the country, the humble brew is fighting back. In fact, afternoon tea has become such big business for hotels and cruises , that sittings are often found to be full. My Wife has been nagging me to take her for afternoon tea, maybe I should see what all the fuss is about when were on a cruise later this year! Below I have listed what you would expect on the following cruise lines.

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The 3 Words Parents dread………School Summer Holidays!!

Well there is no avoiding it now, the 3 words many of us parents dread are almost here…….school summer holidays!

We have to now juggle work , childcare , activities, queue 3 times longer than normal for any day out, put up with the unpredictable weather and boredom!  A great many parents find the long holiday difficult, expensive and the source of huge stress. We like nothing better than spending time at play with our kids. In fact, we’d love to do that but our bosses and bank balances won’t let us. It’s just not possible.  I agree with the majority that the price hikes for school holidays is wrong and we hear every year the government will look to stop this but I can’t see that ever happening………what do they care they are paid stupid amounts of money for doing very little in my eyes!

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Do you believe in Ghosts?

This week me and my wife watched a very old episode of Most Haunted where they investigated The Queen Mary which is now a permanent feature in Long Beach, California. Most Haunted is a British Television Series, where a  group locks itself into a haunted location for 24 hours in order to explore the science and psychology of haunting’s. Presenter Yvette Fielding and a team of paranormal investigators visit locations in Britain, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, hoping to document evidence of paranormal activity. 

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Does the current threat level make you “Think Twice”?

This week my wife and I travelled to London for her Birthday. She’s waited years to see her idol Celine Dion and as she’s currently on tour away from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas so we thought London was perfect, its also a little lighter on my bank balance than Vegas!  We thought this when we booked earlier in the year anyway. This last few weeks though have seen us in turmoil chopping and changing our minds about going, even trying at one point to sell the tickets.  BRITAIN’S official terror threat level was raised from “severe” to “critical” in the wake of the Manchester bombing on May 22, and the hardest thing to hear especially for my wife was our two sons asking us to not go. Its heartbreaking to hear a 10 year old say don’t go to London , there are terrorists there!

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Captain Phillips – Great film but genuine concern??

Last night I watched one of my favourite films again – Captain Phillips. The film is based on the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean. The route was to sail through the Gulf of Aden to Mombasa, round the Horn of Africa, but this means you have sail along the coast of Somalia, a known haven for pirates.  In 2009, British holidaymakers on a round-the-world cruise came under attack from pirates on Fred Olsen’s Balmoral.  The cruise ship was forced to zigzag to evade the pirates as they gave chase in two small craft in the notoriously dangerous waters off Somalia.The attack was only averted by the intervention of a U.S. Navy ship which escorted the cruise vessel through the perilous Gulf of Aden.   In 2008 the Oceania Nautica was fired at during its 32-day voyage from Rome to Singapore.  The ship was approached by two small skiffs which fired several shots, no one was harmed and no damage was sustained…..but very worrying if you were onboard!
I’m just intrigued by the topic,  I’m not in anyway trying to scare anyone, just interested in your thoughts.  Are there certain itineraries you want to do whatever the risk. Does the risk of pirates put you off?  In reality the interception of a cruise ship is quite rare. The Gulf of Aden is patrolled by anti-piracy forces, also the size of cruise ships means that it can be difficult to board them from smaller vessels. When threatened, some liners possess long-range acoustic devices, which emit high frequency noise, to deter potential attackers. I must underline that cruising is one of the safer ways to travel. Of course most cruise lines have switched routes to avoid pirates, with so many cruise itineraries to choose from, avoiding pirate-infested waters is easy.  There are some stunning itineraries out there and the cruise lines first priority is of course your safety and lets be honest whats going here at the moment is anywhere safe?

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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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