Saddened by Amsterdam Cruise News

I was saddened today that Amsterdam is considering moving its cruise port. According to city alderman Kajsa Ollongren, Amsterdam is under pressure  from too many tourists and moving the cruise port is unavoidable.

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Late flight back from Singapore? Stuck with your luggage?

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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No kids on a Disney Cruise?

Adventures at Disney have this week announced a new ‘Adults Only’ river cruise along the River Rhine in 2017.

This sailing in October will  coincide with the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and will have culinary theme to it.

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A very British Sunday

This weekend I had a truly British Sunday with all of my family.

Each year to celebrate the harvest and raise funds for the local community Belbroughton holds it’s annual Scarecrow Festival. The event which has been  going for over  20 years is now visited by over 10,000 people who flock to the village to see scarecrows.

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The difference…and the ms Koningsdam

I was recently lucky enough to go on board Holland America’s ms Koningsdam and have already shared my photos and reviewed the ship.

However  I didn’t feel that in a short blog I could fully get across everything that I wanted to about the ship and so with the help of  my colleague Dave we’ve  put together a short video to show you more and tell you all about her main features.

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Great Value Travel Insurance….includes the elderly and pre-existing conditions too

Finding travel insurance as you reach a certain age can be a struggle and even though people are living longer and fuller lives many insurance companies will not cover you once you reach 80 years even if you are as fit as a fiddle.

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Stowaway on board the Rotterdam

This little news article brought a smile to my face this week – a bird stowed away on board Holland America’s MS Rotterdam.

When the ship docked into Dublin staff noticed a Gannet near the bow of the vessel and then became concerned when it was still there the following day when she entered the Isle of Man. The ship which holds 1300 passengers and was on a 17 night voyage continued onto Belfast and the crew became increasing aware that the Gannet was actually stuck.

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Don’t try this on board.

I just had to share this  fantastic video as I think it’s an amazing piece of marketing. My son does free running and Pip Andersen is one of his heros, he spends far too many hours watching  You Tube clips of him. You may know Pip for his performances in the latest Star Wars movie.

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All change for the Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Cruises have announced this week that the Equinox is being redeployed for 2017, originally due to sale around the Mediterranean she will now stay in the Caribbean following her winter season and will home port in Miami for the summer.

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Introducing Holland America’s MS Koningsdam

On Sunday I was lucky enough to be hosted on board Holland America’s newest vessel the MS Koningsdam for a whirlwind tour and a spot of lunch.

This is the first time that I have been on board a Holland America ship and I was suitably impressed, I had been led to believe that the ships are quite traditional and dark in decor but she is a modern and glamorous ship. At 99,000 grt she is mid sized and looked an impressive sight docked at Amsterdam port.

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