P&O up their entertainment

Love him or hate him, Stephen Mulhern, yes that guy who does the after show on Britains Got Talent and showbiz friend of Ant & Dec has been signed up by P&O with Jonathan Wilkes (that’s Robbie Williams’ friend)  to create and produce new shows for the cruise line.

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What a week

Well it has been a topsy turvy week or so in the travel Industry and not really for the good.

Morarch group has ceased trading leaving over 100, 000 passengers abroad with the uncertainty of getting a flight home and over 800,000 future bookings being cancelled.  This has left over 1,800 employees for Monarch being told they do not have a job any more. My parents had flown to Spain two days ago with Monarch.  As they booked through a travel agent they are guaranteed a flight home, but on what carrier is anyone’s guess.

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Ryanair are a joke!

Well you have read the news.  Ryanair are planning to cancel 40-50 flights a day…..yes A DAY because they have messed up their pilots holiday rota’s!!! I thought Michael O’Leary’s hair brained idea of ‘low cost standing room only on his flights’ was nonsense but  I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard this news.  Firstly are all their pilots taking holiday in Sept-Oct ?  Is there a cheap deal we don’t know about and all the staff at Ryanair are off on their jollies?

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Yes 2019 sailing are almost upon us

Well its that annual blog which seems to get earlier each year.  Cunard and P&O will open their 2019 sailing within 10 days.  Yes the brochures and emails will be winging their way to you within the next few days.

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Royal Caribbean want to be ‘Big Ben’

As you have probably seen in the news Big Ben will stop chiming soon and will not chime for 4 years due to essential maintenance required.  Always being on the fore front of spin, Royal Caribbean have offered to lend a hand!

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Beautifully cheesy river cruise ports

On my Amadeus River cruise we visited some lovely ports and Hoorn in The Netherlands was a particular favorite.

 

We dis embarked the ship and took a coach through to Volendam to the picturesque fishing village.  There were inevitably quite a few tourist shops but the village was like a little Amsterdam with canals running through the town.

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My River cruise

I have just returned from an excellent river sailing from Koblenz to Amsterdam.  We visited Cochem, Cologne, Hoorn in Holland and an overnight in Amsterdam on the Amadeus Silver 1 ship.

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P&O change future cruise booking procedure

It has recently been announced by P&O that they are changing their on board booking policy.

Before the change, P&O used to collect £50 per person off clients on board and this was attached to their Peninsular numbers.  Then when passengers decided which sailing they wanted the future cruise deposit was utilized which gave passengers extra on board credit on their chosen sailing.  These future cruise deposits would last for up to a year so passengers can choose which sailing they wanted in comfort.

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‘I don’t drink that much’

Nowadays most American cruise lines offer drinks packages within the fare or if you book a ‘guarantee’ cabin then you can add a drinks package on yourself once you are on the ship.

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My Alaskan experience

I used to work on board cruise lines quite a few years ago mind you.  The company I worked for was Celebrity Cruises.  The  ship I was on at that time was the Celebrity Summit which is a Millennium class ship.  My Itinerary  in Alaska consisted of sailing from Vancouver and visiting the ports of Skagway, Icy Straight Point, Ketchikan, Juneau, Hubbard Glacier and Sitka.  The ports visited depended on the itinerary.

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