Refit for the Independence – courtesy of travel agents

Royal Caribbean have finally announced details of a multi million pound refit of their much love Independence of the Seas.

The ship which is a favourite with UK cruise passengers and home ports in Southampton is being updated to come in line with Royals newer state of the art ships. However she will also have some features that are new to the fleet.

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Singapore Solutions

Singapore is now a major cruise port and the main embarkation point for exploring Vietnam, Thailand and the rest of the Far East. However a wonderful week or two of sightseeing and relaxing can be easily spoilt by the final day as unfortunately the majority of flights heading back to the UK depart late into the evening, often close to midnight. Whilst Changi airport may be large the thought of disembarking your ship at 9 am and sitting at an airport for 12 hours  is enough to prevent many people from travelling to this area of the world.

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“I wouldn’t sail with Thomson” – Think Again!

Thomson Cruises have made some changes in recent years and things are really working for them, in the last 5 years they have seen an increase in passenger numbers of 40%, with 20% being in the last year alone.

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I couldn’t afford Antarctica…..

Last week it was my 11 year old son’s birthday and I was stumped for ideas. He has had all the usual gifts over the last few celebrations and already has a phone to spend hours chatting  with friends via What’s App groups, an X-box to while away more hours and a trampoline in the garden to let off steam on.
He isn’t into clothes, music or anything designer and doesn’t really ask for much which is great but little help when it comes to birthday presents. ‘Another fidget spinner please’ being the only answer I could get from him.

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Exciting News for Fred Olsen Fans

Fred Olsen have just announced their first full river cruise programme, which is fantastic news for fans of the cruise line.

Building upon the success of the Braemar which has been sailing from across the channel and down the River Seine for the last couple of years, the cruise line has taken the step to charter the Amadeus Princess for 2018 and 2019 and will offer sailings along the Rhine, Moselle and Danube.

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Princess Cruise Line Go All Hi-Tech

Princess Cruises have announced their new Ocean Medallion sailings and offering customers and more personal and tailored cruise experience.

On selected sailings, instead of a cruise card, customers will be given an ‘Ocean Medallion’, at just the size of coin it can be carried in a pocket, worn as a necklace, a watch or a clip. The  One Cruise Experience Access Network (O.C.E.A.N)  will contain all of your personal information and will be used to open your cabin door, order a drink or personalise check in and shore excursions.
You can even colour code it to fit your personal taste.

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Anyone for Tea?

MSC Cruises are taking British cruisers seriously and have announced that British passengers will be able to vote on the brand of kettle that is being placed  in all cabins on board the MSC Magnifica.

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Amazing Cirque du Soleil

Last month I had a wonderful afternoon watching Varekai by Cirque du Soleil. This was a Christmas present from my parents and whilst most certainly worth the wait.

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10 years of working at

This week I celebrated 10 years of working at and I thought that this was worth shouting about

I have really enjoyed my 10 years at I love talking to people and helping their dreams come true, talking cruises is such a lovely thing to do. Every call is different ranging from people who know exactly what they want, to first time passengers looking for help and advice. Over the years I have built up some fantastic relationships with my customers and love my catch ups, hearing who has had grandchildren and even receiving the odd Christmas present. I have a ‘rate my service’ section on my blog and have one of the highest numbers of comments within the company and it gives me a real glow when people thank me for my help.

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A wonderful week in the mountains.

During February half term I enjoyed a wonderful family holiday snowboarding holiday in Italy.

We went to a small resort called Santa Caterina, Valfurva which is  in northern Italy towards the Swiss boarder and it was amazing. I have boarded for  many years and we generally go to the main large ski resorts and have been to France for the last 5 holidays. This year we joined a group of friends and who normally ski here due to the cheaper costs, we were slightly worried about whether we would like it.

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