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, the collapse of Monarch Airlines and mass cancellations by Ryan Air, protests in Barcelona and a rumbling volcano in Bali.

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Flying High with an A380

Last week myself and my colleagues were invited to Birmingham Airport for a tour around an Emirates A380 plane. I’ve never really seen myself as a plane spotter but I was being offered a day out of the office and everyone seems to rave about the A380 so I jumped at the opportunity.

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Changes to Princess Captain’s Circle Benefits

Princess cruises have this week announced major changes to their Captain’s Circle Club.

As a sister brand to P&O, Princess have always allowed sailings with P&O to be counted towards Princess membership levels however from the 13th December this year, this will no longer be allowed.

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Treat yourself to a balcony cabin

It’s always hard to pick your cabin type, the balance of budget and comfort but if You can afford it I would seriously recommend a balcony cabin. If you’ve cruised before and you’ve treated yourself to a balcony cabin then you will know the joys of having a wonderful view to wake up to each morning and fresh air entering your cabin.

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A Day to Remember

Today I was a very proud mum as my son laid a wreath at the local cenotaph.

Milo is a member of a local concert band and plays in their training band,  which he has been doing with about 10 other children for a few years now. The main band  play the hymns during the Remembrance Service and this was the first year that they have asked a member of the training band to lay the wreath on their behalf and I was overwhelmed when they e-mailed and asked if he’d like to do it.

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A gem of a school holiday offer.

I don’t often use this blog to advertise cruise deals but I have come across a great school holidays offer, and as it is never easy to price family cabins on line  I thought it was worth sharing.

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Chinese Etiquette

China is becoming ever more popular as a tourist destination and we offer both ocean cruises that embark and disembark there and Yangtze river cruises taking you deep into the heart of the country. These cruises can be extended with various land options such as an additional night or two in Shanghai  or Beijing and day tours  to walk along the Great Wall of China, flights to Xian and the splendour of the Terracotta Warriors or fully immersive escorted tours taking in both the main famous tourist sites and lesser known destinations like Ciqikou, which dates back to the Ming dynasty and offers cobbled street and porcelains wares.

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A new name and new destinations

It will be all change for Thomson Cruises when their parent company rebrands this month and the cruise line will change their name.

Thomson are rebranding as Tui which is a name they have been using across a few elements of their portfolio over the last few years but is being rolled out across the whole of Thomson now but the cruise line is being renamed as Marella Cruises.

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A little cruise for a big birthday.

This weekend is a very special weekend in the Cunningham family as it is my Mum’s 70th birthday.

She started the year by saying that she just wanted to celebrate quietly and not mark it in any way, and ended up with a week’s escorted tour around Croatia last week and then family and friends celebrations this week.

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Great opportunities for sailing from Brazil

Brazil is a great destination to cruise around, with fantastic scenery and amazing place to visit. However not many ships are based here, Brazil is mainly serviced by the luxury cruise lines, or only featured as part of the world cruise sectors However all this is going to change with MSC basing their new ship the MSC Seaview in Santos, Brazil.

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