Easter Weekend and the Sir John Barrow Monument

I had a great Easter weekend with family and friends, which ended on Easter Monday with a walk to a local landmark.

The landmark in question is the Sir John Barrow monument in Ulverston (Cumbria) – Locally known as the Hoad Hill Monument or rather affectionately known as ‘The Pepper Pot’.

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NCL to screen FIFA world Cup LIVE onboard

As I sit here watching Chelsea attempting to overcome their first leg deficit in the Champions League against Paris St Germain, I picked up on these piece of news.

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Welcome aboard my little boat

I picked this up last week and posted it on my Google + page, but have found myself viewing it most days.  So I felt I had to share this on my blog too.

Being a Cunard fan and in particular a fan of the Queen Mary 2 – I am astonished at these photos.  They were taken by Cunard Photographer James D Morgan and they are of Captain Kevin Oprey stood on the ship’s bulbous bow, which protrudes from the front of the 151,200 tonne liner.

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Its Yachting, not cruising

I don’t usually place offers on my cruise Blog, but when I was sent this offer I couldn’t resist.  Yachting? I hear you say, well yes Yachting is exactly what this offer is.

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Great Cruise on MSC Armonia

Im back from a week on MSC Armonia.  I must say I was unsure what to expect, but actually I was pleasantly surprised.

As with all cruise brands they have their own way of doing things and for me MSC is like a good quality Mediterranean hotel.  The atmosphere onboard is relaxed and the entertainment has that Mediterranean style, with dancing, singing and different Variety style acts.

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Regent extends its All Inclusive offering

Yes that’s right…..Regent Seven Seas the 6 * brand that truly is All Inclusive, from flights, ground transfers and unlimited shore excursions to gourmet cuisine, premium spirits and fine wines, and gratuities has extended its All Inclusive offering.

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Book Direct or use a Cruise Specialist

Having been in the Cruise / Travel industry for the past 12 years I have seen many changes, particularly within the cruise sector.

I have read many things with regards to who to book with, especially these days when agent discounting is being restricted and our prices are beginning to reflect the prices that the tour operator quotes.  And yes sometimes a customer will ask me ‘Well what is the benefit of booking with you rather than direct?’

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Unusual Balconies

Regular cruisers will know that some ships have cabins which are different to the others in that category….some would say ‘quirky’.  In fact some people seek these particular cabins out.  You wont find the details of the listed in the brochure or online as they are normally listed under the generic grade description.

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Gone Fishing

Like many of you I have been making the most of this great weather.  So when I recieved a text message from a friend asking if I would like to go fishing on his boat, I jumped at the chance.  Now I have been promising to go out fishing with him for a while, but he sold it to me rather well saying he had looked at the weather report and it will be ‘Like the Med out there…kinda’.

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Ventura Party Cruise

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited onto P&O Ventura weekend sailing to Brugge with 18 of my colleagues.  I was particularly excited as I havent been onboard since she launched in 2007.  I was looking forward to seeing the changes made since the recent refit.

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