An Online Blog with the latest news, full of funny stories , interesting articles, serious topics with the odd comment thrown in by my good self. So Whats Hot , Whats Not and Whats New in November.
WHATS HOT THIS MONTH
Cruise and Stay holidays are fast becoming the top sellers for 2018/2019 when booking a cruise, giving you the whole world at your feet, where not only are you visiting some amazing ports of call but also spending two or three nights pre and post cruise . I have added here my top selling cruise and stay destinations for you to view and if this is something you are looking to do then just give me a call.
In addition to this we have recently launched our latest Bucket List online brochure filled with exciting destinations including fully escorted land based tours before embarking on a wonderful 7-14 night cruise. South America and The Galapagos are still maintaining their top spot for 2018 and 2019, but with new editions like China and Tibet, Rocky Mountaineer and South Africa increasing in popularity will 2019 tell a different story. The latest edition of our Bucket List Brochure is below.
WHATS NOT THIS MONTH
The outbreak of the Plague in Madagascar has caused huge problems for many cruiselines visiting their this month including Fred Olsen. Although the sailings are still going ahead albeit the ports of call to MAdagascar have been cancelled some customers haven’t been happy that the cruises have been going ahead at all. One customer even caused mutiny on board a Costa ship recently to the point where Costa had no option but to boot him off the ship for causing so much disruption. Encouraging a protest on board which led to 60 passengers banging their fists on a table in frustration that $175 compensation for cancelling these ports of call were obviously not enough and that the cruiseline must have known they would be changing the ports previous to passengers embarking. I think in this case though the passenger in question had the last laugh when Cost put him up in a hotel in Seychelles for a couple of nights and then flew the passengers home.
Ever increasing drinks prices on board . After speaking to a customer the other day who had just returned from P&O Britannia, and having sailed with P&O many times it seems the drinks prices have slightly increased. Albeit only minimal of an increase 50 pence here and there but it all mounts up. Maybe just a minimal increase so passengers do not notice I can’t say but just a thought. What are your thoughts do you think drinks prices are value for money on board? Have you also seen an increase in drinks prices? I look forward to your comments.
WHATS NEW THIS MONTH
Royal Caribbean celebrated last week the laying of the keel of their latest edition Spectrum of the Seas, sounds like something out of James Bond. Set to debut in 2019 and will mainly be berthed in Asia and join her sister ship Quantum of the Seas although will be slightly bigger than her sister measuring 168,800 gross tonnes. I have sailed on Quantum Class and love the design and of course who wouldn’t like the North Star and I Fly and a whole host of technology not seen anywhere else.
Speaking of Royal Caribbean and their latest technology. If you haven’t heard already they are about to introduce facial recognition on 50 per cent of their ships by the end of 2018 and complete throughout their fleet by the end of 2019. They have already trialed this on Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, where you download your photo pre departure then with the most advanced technology your face will then open up many doors for you onboard , your cabin door being one of them . You will apparently breeze through embarkation and a keycard you will have no more. A shame as I collect all mine 😉 Surely I am not the only one who does this 😉
I just want to finish by saying good luck ( not that you will need it ) to MSC who’s magnificent latest edition MSC Seaside departs on her maiden voyage next month. I have no doubt that she will be a huge success in the Caribbean and look forward to her sister ship joining Europe MSC Seaview next summer.
I look forward to your comments