Read This If You Are Flying This Year!

Norwegian Cruise Line Program Allows Passengers to Bid on Cabin Upgrades, ‘Seatfrog’ already allows rail passengers to bid for last minute seat upgrades and now you can bid online or from your phone for flight upgrades with major airlines as the groundbreaking ‘Bid Up’ app is set to launch in the air.

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Pills on a Plane

If you have pre-existing medical condition, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems, it is very likely that you will have to take prescription medication with you when you go on holiday abroad but do you know what your medication actually contains?

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Hit The Jackpot!!

If you are a High Roller card Player,  an avid poker player or just like to try your luck on the slot machines, cruise Casinos could be more lucrative than you think, Casinos are great fun for an evening and you never know you might get lucky and win big, I spoke to a lady recently who won the Jackpot and paid for her next cruise entirely from her winnings!

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Royal Excalibur!!

No more check-in lines? New Royal Caribbean Excalibur App lets you walk right onto ship!

Royal Caribbean this week showed off a new smartphone app that will let customers complete the check-in process before arriving at a ship.

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Guest Who?

To help you while away your sea days most cruise lines invite Guest Speakers, Destination & Port Lecturers and Experts of culture, military history, art history, psychology, Adventurers and sports offering a  wide range of ‘Enrichment’ to guests and even the odd Spaceman!

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Don’t Get Ripped off Roaming!

Being on a cruise ship and having the time of your life doesn’t mean you have to be cut off from the rest of the world.

I had an email today from an MSC passenger saying ”The only disappointment was the sneaky Maritime Phone Network that your phones lock on to when you board the ship… I think the Cruise Lines should point out more robustly that this is chargeable… we are in a world now where within Europe roaming charges have gone thanks to EU rules… it doesn’t apply when on water so I got caught for the kids phones … £100.00  !!”

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A Little Bit of Sanctuary

Unless you choose an Adults only ship or a Six Star cruise line the chances are the idea of a sea day with the usual fight for a sun lounger, bubbling hot tubs , long queues for the bar along with all the headaches of screaming children and noisy poolside screens is a real (sun) downer!

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90 Is The Magic Number

That’s how many new cruise ships are on order up to 2026 –  that’s roughly 10 a year for the next 9 years!

With an average of 106,259 tons each, with an average passenger capacity of 2,681 and an average cost per vessel of $649 million.

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Post Irma – Business as Usual!

It has been a heart wrenching couple of weeks since Hurricane Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in Florida and the Islands of the Caribbean,  I have received many calls from concerned passengers passengers booked to cruise in the Caribbean in the coming months all very upset to see the destruction and devastation caused by the hurricanes in recent weeks and whilst understanding that tourism is such a vital lifeline to those islands of course have been concerned about changes to itineraries and ports that will be cancelled but the good news is things are gradually getting back to normal and the message is BUSINESS AS USUAL  for most cruise lines, yes there will no doubt be itinerary changes as the true impact of recent events is gradually addressed on a day by day cruise by cruise basis

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Jane McDonald does for Cruise what Joanna Lumley did for Japan!

I don’t know if you have watched either TV series, I loved the Japan series where Joanna Lumley travelled around Japan and she did a huge amount for Japanese tourism and cruising and I have to say I am loving the new series with Jane McDonald cruising around Europe and the Med with various cruise lines and river cruises.

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