That’s exactly why you book a package with me

The weekend proved another challenge for us with the continuation of crazy, unpredictable world weather.  With the absolute devastation of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and Miami area of the United States still fresh in our minds we were dealt another blow in the form of a tornado which delayed Diamond Princess arrival for disembarkation into Yokohama by a day.

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Will your P&O 2019 brochure be delivered like this?

A bit of fun there from Paul Ludlow and the team at P&O.

Well this is the second time P&O have launched sailings in September – Traditionally new brochure programmes would me launched en mass around the April May time, but it seems owing to the success of an earlier launch last year they are doing the same this year.

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Cruise Gratuities – How Much?

Tipping on a cruise, how much will it cost me?  It is one of those questions I occasionally get asked by customers and I have to admit i do not know each individual amount for every cruise line so I do have to refer to a list I have saved on my laptop.  Tipping amounts are something you have to take in to account when budgeting for your cruise because it can add up.

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Pirates on the high seas

Scrolling through my Twitter feed yesterday I came across the title ‘passengers told to brace for PIRATE attack’….At first I thought I was seeing things and immediately scrolled back to the title and clicked on the link.

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Cruising is for old folk?!?

Actually no it isnt…

According to figures released by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) The average age of cruise passengers overall has fallen to its lowest in 20 years, and a record 1.7 million UK holidaymakers opted to take to the seas in 2016.  So more people are cruising and it is attracting a younger audience.

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Simply a Great Prom

After turning 40 this year, the next event (or events) on the Calendar were my Eldest Daughter Mia Leaving school and her Prom Night.  I have 2 Children Mia and Lexie who is just 9.

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Do you know of these cruise customs

Cruising is great I am sure you all agree!!  But do you know about some of these Old cruise (or naval) customs which are still carried out today?

Baked Alaska

I had to start with the one I am sure you all know – I remember my first experience of the Baked Alaska being paraded around the restaurant by the restaurant staff and chefs all singing and with the pudding seemingly on fire.  I actually didn’t know what was going on at first as the lights dimmed and everyone went quiet.  It is a bit of an event and it goes back to the early 20th century, when ships first acquired refrigeration. It was such a huge event and ultimately, it stuck.  Sadly it seems to have been phased out on many ships…some people may see this as a good thing.

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Why I love Cruising

 Why I love Cruising

Having been in the industry for over 16 years I really do have the Cruise Bug!  But what are the main reasons I love cruising?  Well here they are the five reasons….although I had to condense this down from around 20 reasons.

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Lovely Eclipse Weekend

I have just had a fantastic 2 night cruise on the wonderful Eclipse.

The mini cruise was part of my month long 40th Celebrations and was a little getaway for me and my partner.  It is the first time in 14 years that we have been away without the children and although we missed them we had such a great few days.

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CMV take delivery of their new Flagship

CMV you say?  Cruise and Maritime Voyages to give them their full name.

So last week they took delivery in Singapore of what will be their new flag ship and in fact the biggest ship in their fleet and in my opinion a game changer for them.  she arrived ‘dressed’ in P&O Cruises Australia livery as Pacific Pearl at the end of her farewell voyage from Australia.  She will have a quick refurb and some adaptions to the lounges ready to set sail as MV Columbus   on 11 June 2017  after her official Naming Ceremony in London Tilbury on Thursday 8th June 2017.

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