Anyone for Tea?

A metal kettle against a white bg

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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Looking for travel insurance?

Recently I have had quite a few discussions with customers trying to get travel insurance and at we have teamed up with Holiday Extras to offer a great insurance policy that is tailored to the cruise passenger.

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Princess Cruises become more British

Princess Cruises have announced this week that they have listened to their British passengers and are going to add more home comforts to their Crown Princess sailings from Southampton. They asked UK guests to name their home food favourites and are going to introduce the following on her UK departures.

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Have More Fun by Stopping Overnight.

Cruising is a fantastic way to see several destinations in the one holiday, however it is always a rush with the majority of ships arriving into port at breakfast time and  leaving late afternoon. By the time you’ve queued  to get off, orientated yourself on shore, had a mad dash around the major sites and a quick coffee or cocktail it is time to get back on board. It can all be quite exhausting.

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Norwegian Joy …calling at Southampton


The Norwegian Joy is the second  of 3 Breakaway – Plus class ships to be launched and she is  due  to debut this summer. She is being built exclusively for the Chinese market and will be based in China. However NCL have promised to bring her to Southampton first and whilst details are still sketchy there are rumours thus week that she will overnight in port on the 3rd May 2017.

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Happy New Year


I would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fantastic and prosperous New Year.

2017 is looking to be a great year for cruising from the UK with more cruise lines choosing to base ships here. Norwegian cruise line are offering cruises on the Norwegian Jade from Southampton and MSC have the MSC Splendida sailing from Southampton.  NCL are a ‘freestyle’ cruise with a more relaxed approach to cruising, no formal nights and the flexibility to dine when you want and MSC offer  ‘mediterranean style’ cruising, although they will tailor more to the UK market on Splendida’s sailings.

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My Christmas Offering


Last year I was asked to take a pudding to my brother’s house on Christmas Day and as I was going to be surrounded by chocoholics so I thought I would make something different.

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