It Certainly Puts Our Weather Worries Into Perspective!

Next time we moan about the weather here in the UK, we must spare a thought for those caught in extreme conditions such as the inhabitants of the beautiful Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma. A bit of rain spoiling a planned barbecue, wind blowing your umbrella inside out or bringing a few leaves down onto our lawns is nothing compared to the utter despair that must be felt on having everything you own literally swept away. It is so sad to see the damage that can be done by this sheer force of nature.

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How Accessible Is A Cruise?

For many years now, cruising has been a popular choice of travel for anyone using a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Most ships have some partially or fully adapted cabins and lifts and wide doorways to every public deck.

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How Far Is Too Far?

In March last year, I booked my holiday for November this year. At the time, booking 20 months in advance seemed quite strange and hard to get excited about. On the plus side, the cost of my cruise increased by over £700 per person over the following months and it has given us lots of time to plan what we are doing and to budget the holiday by booking trips, hotels and flights at different times rather than in one go. Also, it is nice to have something to look forward to. I have had a few holidays since last March to keep me going and I am a fan of last-minute decisions but for a bigger trip. I have enjoyed the build-up and am now getting quite excited.

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Choices!

Last night I watched an episode of the TV show “Room 101”. For those not familiar with it, the name was taken from the torture room in George Orwells’ “Nineteen Eighty-Four” which was supposed to contain the worst thing in the world. Apparantly,  Mr Orwell took the name from a room numbered 101 in which he sat through many boring meetings at the BBC. The concept of the game is for celebrities to nominate something or someone that irritates them to be banished to Room 101.

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Yes, Cruises Really Do Sell Out!!….

This morning a two night cruise on Celebrity Silhouette went on sale for 28th April next year.

This will be the first time Silhouette has sailed from Southampton so a great opportunity to see the ship without the hassle of flying. At a lead-in fare from just £299pp including all drinks, food, entertainment and gratuities, it was a bargain.

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Too Short Or Just Right?…

I have just spent a lovely three nights in the New Forest with friends. Granted, we had fantastic weather which always helps, but I feel that we packed a lot into our trip and it definitely felt like a holiday.

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Columbus…A Great New Addition

Last week I attended the launch party of Columbus in Tilbury. She is Cruise and Maritime’s latest member of the now 5 strong fleet and what a great new addition she is.

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Welcoming Back An Old Friend

Tomorrow, I am lucky to have been invited to celebrate the launch of Cruise and Maritime’s latest addition Columbus in Tilbury.

I will be driving there as about an hour from home and parking is very easy at the port. We will board in time for lunch and then watch the naming ceremony followed by a gala dinner and fireworks over the water before spending a night on board.

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I Did It!

10 weeks ago I had a moment of madness and signed up to a local running club.

I have seen a few too many birthdays ending in a zero and decided that it was time to get fit and lose a bit of excess weight in the process. Personally, I find gyms very boring and much prefer being outside than indoors. We are lucky to live close to a beautiful nature reserve so have an outdoor gym on our doorstep. We also have a big holiday booked for later this year and wanted to find something that I could take with me wherever I travelled, and to compensate for all the tempting food and cocktails on offer on board. As a lovely surprise, my husband agreed to join with me

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Scenery or Selfie?

What sort of pictures do you like taking on holiday? Do you like to come back with a beautiful landscape, that you immediately order on a large canvas to adorn the living room wall, or are you a Selfie King or Queen and have posted at least two hundred plus images of yourself on social media sites before the plane touches down in the UK? Do you not bother taking any? I used to work with someone who never took any pictures when she travelled.

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