Credit Card Fee Ban and what that means to holiday makers wallets

Its been a hot top for holiday makers since they were first introduced many moons ago but from Saturday 13th January 2018 credit card fees are no longer allowed to be passed down to consumers. Fantastic you’re thinking right?

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Christmas and I. Our love hate relationship.

I LOVE Christmas. I love the spirit of it, the kids excitement and the village in which I live all beautifully twinkling with decorations. There are a thousand and one things I associate with Christmas and they make me warm and gooey inside but if I am being totally honest…. I mostly love the food. Moist turkey slithers with Lincolnshire sausages wrapped up in a crispy bacon blanket, the crisp on the outside soft on the inside roasties cooked in goose fat just how my gran used to make them (she’d be so proud as mum never managed to do anything but burn them!!) the thick, meaty gravy that drowns the whole plate and the sweet and sickly delights that come after the main feast itself. Oh yes. I LOVE Christmas. Until the day after Boxing Day when the family go home, the alcohol has dried up and the nibbles are stale.

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Swapping a Cruise Ship for a weekend at Butlins

Every December as a company we are treated to a weekend gathering to get together with our colleagues, have a bit of fun and find out what is coming next for the company and how we performed this year. This eagerly anticipated gathering is what we call the Cruise.co.uk Christmas Conference.

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One side of the city to another without getting wet for just 70p

Its always the same, you go out for the day without a brolly in toe-less shoes and what happens? The heavens open. In the UK quite often we’ll dash into the shops and try to wait it out or end up getting back home looking like a drowned rat. And really, the rain we get here is nothing compared to other places in the world.

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Breakfast with the People of the Forest

Breakfast with the people of the forest…it sounds conspicuous, but it is something I had the pleasure of experiencing recently whilst in Singapore.

You may be familiar with the word Orangutan, but did you know it is a word derived from the Malay and Indonesian language? Orang means person and hutan means forest or jungle = People of the Forest which makes sense as the Orangutan species are the closest living relatives to humans. 97% alike in our genetics various case studies have found.

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Singapore did not disappoint

So today I am back from my Singapore trip and wow what a city.

On arrival the first thing that struck me (after how hot it was!) was just how clean everywhere is and how friendly the people are. Singapore is a very diverse city with tourism at its very heart. Astonishingly most of the buildings are less than 50 years old and most never get any older than that as the government are constantly tearing buildings down in order to make way for new ones that fit better with the infrastructure. There are protected buildings and some structures which can be moved and routinely taken down and rebuilt in areas where it is felt they are better suited.

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Tis but a name….right?

You may or may not have seen the recent news that Thomson (or should I say Tui as we should now be calling them) have gone one step further in their rebranding process and have renamed the cruise part of the company Marella. To be completely correct I should say that Thomson’s are no longer Thomson’s. They are changing to Tui as seen on their adverts. They are crossing the t, dotting the i and putting ‘u’ in the middle. Nice tag line, but are you as confused as I am?

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Another one bites the dust…

You have probably seen the news recently about the collapse of one of the biggest names in the travel industry. Yes, Monarch have ceased trading this week leaving thousands without jobs and 110,000 passengers stranded abroad.

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A Sling to Singapore

I must be the luckiest little bee in the world this year. First my amazing company sent me on an Azamara cruise taking in Monaco, Florence, Pisa and Rome and this week I found out I would be jetting off to trial one of the new pre or post cruise extension tours we will soon be offering to you love people. To say I am excited would be an understatement!!

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Royal Caribbean has a plan for Irma.

You would have to have been in hibernation to have missed the news that a terrifyingly huge F5 hurricane – one of the biggest ever seen in the Atlantic is currently wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and has its sights set on the Florida coast for the coming days.  With recorded wind speeds of up to 185mph she is one of the strongest hurricanes on record and has already claimed a number of lives although as the storm subsides and the clear up task begins it is thought that the death toll will rise due to the sheer force of the storm and the devastation she has already caused.

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