CMV take delivery of their new Flagship

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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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Oriana was built in my home town!!

I am sure most of you have heard of the P&O cruise ship Oriana, some of you may have been on board the ship.  But upon my recent visit to my local maritime museum with my youngest daughter, I took a look at an early Oriana which was built in my home town (well it was a trade off – there is a park next to the museum, plus she gets to colour whilst I look around).  Oriana was sister ship to the Famous Canberra
My hometown of Barrow-in-Furness has a rich maritime history and has built many cruise liners over the years.  The SS Oriana was built by the then Vickers Armstrong in Barrow for Orient Lines (ORIENT STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY LTD.) .  Oriana was the largest ship to built at the Barrow yard, it would also be the last ship they constructed for the Orient Steam Navigation Company.

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Its Launch time again…

I have been in the cruise industry now for around 16 years and one thing that I always remember is the excitement over P&O Launch.  Normally P&O would release their programme for the coming year in March / April time (May at one time I recall).  The new Programme or brochure would normally be for Sailings April to end of March (so this launch following the traditional path would normally be April 18 to March 19 for instance).

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New Cruise port for Venice

I am sure you have heard about the protests over the last few years and the subsequent ban then reinstating of large ships from berthing in the lagoon in Venice.  Environmentalists say that the sheer number and the size of the new mega ships is causing untold pollution issues in the Venetian waters.

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Tell me what is on your Bucket List

Over the last few years here at we have seen the cruise industry change massively.  Gone are the days when a simple cruise will suffice, people are now wanting more from their cruise.

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Europe on the HORIZON for Carnival

Great news for fans of Carnival Cruises, having announced last year that they will return to Europe for the 2018 summer season with a brand new ship, more details have been released.  For the inaugural season of its newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will carry out Port-Intensive European Cruises Round-Trip from Barcelona.

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I can package that myself

Yes you can but…


By law, every UK travel company which sells air holidays and flights is required to hold an ATOL, which stands for Air Travel Organiser’s Licence.

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2016 was a great year what will 2017 bring


I am really looking forward to what this year will bring  – At the moment there are some great offers out there and our Bucket List / Tailor Made and Smarter Packages just keep going from strength to strength.

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Christmas Cruise on board Boudicca


Having Travelled on Fred Olsen Balmoral on 2 separate occasions I was looking forward to getting on board Boudicca for our annual Christmas Conference.

I have to admit I m a big fan of Fred Olsen, but it has been around 6 years since I have been on board one of their ships.

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Ports of Call or Sea Days?


After booking a passenger yesterday on a 24 night Caribbean cruise from Southampton return it got me thinking about the different itineraries, some that are port intensive and some that have lots of Sea days, as this one did.

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