Dare I mention the ‘C’ word???

You’re not going to like me for this but it’s got to be addressed! Yes I am talking about Christmas for those of you who were unsure! I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but there are only 14 weeks left until the big day itself! Some of you will be reading this thinking that it is still months away but for many of us the countdown has begun!

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Royal Caribbean to replace Big Ben!

Well it’s been all over the news for the last week – Big Ben is to be silenced for 4 years! Yes that’s right we will no longer here the on the hour chimes until 2021. The iconic London based clock is set for essential maintenance work which will see needed repair work made to its Elizabeth tower. There has been an outcry from the country stating that four years is far too long which has resulted in the House of Commons having to re look at the amount of time given for the renovation work.

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Who says that upgrades don’t happen!!

It’s a question that I get asked a lot – ‘What are the chances of getting an upgrade?’ and the honest answer is – I actually have no idea! How the cruise lines decide when and who should get an upgrade is anyone’s guess but in the grand scheme of things – a decent upgrade doesn’t happen that often!

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What type of cruiser are you???

Many cruise lines market their adverts and material to certain clientele. In the industry we call it profiling and as an agent we will generally ask a lot of questions to gain an insight your needs and wants in order to match you to a cruise line that suits you best (obviously this only happens if you don’t already know what you want!) so which category do you fall into?

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A few cabin essentials to make your cruise stress free!

It is a known fact that regardless of the ship or the cruise line that you are sailing with – the cabins are how shall we say …’on the small side’ Let’s face it unless you are in a suite (which the majority of people are probably not) then all cabins are restricted on space. But imagine if you know a few tricks to make that cabin space bigger or at least feel like it!

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Brazilian Cleaner goes missing at Sea!

It has recently been reported that a 36 year old Brazilian cleaner has disappeared from the MSC Musica! It is thought that Simone Scheuer Souza has vanished somewhere between Venice and the port of Brindisi where the ship docked on the 19th June.

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Travelling with a child with a different surname? ….Think again!

In my many years in the travel industry, I have come across this on umpteen occasions and I still get passengers arguing against it, so let’s put the record straight!
Adults travelling with a child or children with a different surname will be (or at least should be) questioned by immigration officials as to what their relationship to the child is, and in many situations will have to provide proof or documentation to show that they are either the parent / legal Guardian of the child or have authorisation from the child’s parents / guardians to be taking them out of the country.

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Are mini cruise are a thing of the past?!

So as we get over the 2018 cruise launch period, it has become more apparent that many cruise lines are pushing their world cruise voyages at us. There seems to be more marketing material now for the than ever before! Princess have just launched an 111 day voyage to some beautiful destinations such as south Africa, Asia and beyond and prior to that MSC have just launched their first ever world cruise, but there doesn’t seem to be much promotion for the mini cruises that many of us love!

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Ever wondered what happens when you flush the loo on a ship!

Probably not a question that has crossed your mind until now! unless you are a cruise fanatic who is obsessed with cruising! but what actually does happen to all of that human waste? not a subject to be taken lightly in fact It’s making my stomach churn just thinking about it!

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15 years, 200 cruises and just one cruise line!

Yes that is correct, A US couple from Florida have just completed 200th sailing with Carnival cruises in just over 15 years (only in America I hear you say!) that’s more than 13 cruises a year and over 878 days at sea! What is even more surprising is that over 100 of these sailings have been on the same ship! – The Carnival Sensation and 90 per cent of their Sensation sailings have been in the same stateroom!

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