About Me

I have worked in the travel industry for nearly 20 years now from my beginnings as a holiday rep on a campsite in France and I have a real passion for travel. I've worked in all aspects of the industry including sales, marketing and management and I've specialised in most…

Posted on May 15, 2018
Carnival Time in Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line have just announced a large expansion of it's Cuba programme for 2019-2020 with 23 new sailings and lots of options for seeing this amazing island. They will be offering itineraries of 3-5 days in length with a choice of US departures so will particularly appeal to the…

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Posted on May 1, 2018
The World’s First Plastic Free Cruise Line

Hurtigruten have announced that they will ban all single use plastic across their fleet this summer. This is huge news, everyone is talking about the environmental impact of single use plastics and there are plenty of photographs of the destruction to the oceans but not one is really making changes.…

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Posted on Apr 17, 2018
Not for the faint hearted.

I have worked on the cruise industry for around 20 years now and can't believe how much the industry has grown and has changed. I love the way it is developing to attract new customers and people of all tastes. When I started selling cruise it was very traditional and…

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Posted on Apr 3, 2018
Symphony of the Seas launches this week.

I love the launch of a new ship and  this week sees the launch of Royal Caribbean's latest ship Symphony of the Seas. The 4th Oasis Class ship she will be the largest passenger ship ever constructed at 228,021 gt and 1188 feet in length, pushing her sister ship Harmony…

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Posted on Mar 20, 2018
A break from routine with the Gymnastics World Cup

This week I'm looking forward to a great night out at the Gymnastics World Cup which is being held at the Arena in Birmingham. My son and  I pictured above are both keen gymnasts ( or at least I used to be) and it is not often that big sporting…

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Posted on Mar 6, 2018
What does a sheltered balcony look like?

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 often causes confusion because she has a few types of balcony cabin. She offers the standard obstructed view and clear view  balcony cabins which most ships have and most of us have heard of and understand. She then also has 'sheltered' balconies which are a balcony cabin…

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Posted on Feb 15, 2018
I love that Royal Caribbean are constantly updating.

Royal Caribbean have announced that they are carrying out $90 million worth of revitalisations to the Mariner of the Seas. This ship was launched in 2003 and is only 15 years, yet she is to undergo this massive refurbishment and is in line with the changes that are also being…

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Posted on Feb 1, 2018
I’m barred from booking this cruise.

Following my recent article regarding the average age of cruisers becoming younger and younger I was interested to read this week about Uniworld's new river cruise brand which is aimed specifically at the young market. U by Uniworld will offer 2 cruises the A and the B and they can…

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Posted on Jan 18, 2018
The average cruiser is younger than ever.

Cruise is a booming industry with record numbers of British passengers choosing to cruise and more interestingly younger and younger people choosing to cruise. The average age of the cruise passenger  from the  UK and Ireland it is 55 years, whilst globally it is just 46 years old. This is …

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Posted on Jan 1, 2018
Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish all of you a wonderful and happy 2018. 2017 has been a challenging year with a series of events impacting us all. Across the year there were a number of horrendous terrorist attacks across the UK and Europe, hurricanes in the US and Far East,…

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