About Me

Hi, I'm Alison. My passion for travel really started after training as an interpreter in Spanish, Italian and French. After living in Italy for a year, I started working in the Travel Industry as a reservations consultant for a large Tour Operator nearly 30 years ago and have been addicted…

Posted on May 23, 2018
Two nights on Indy..

Last week I spent two nights on the newly revamped Independence of the Seas. We sailed from Southampton in glorious sunshine to Le Havre and back. This was my third time on board this ever-popular ship and I was keen to see the changes to her after a big refit.…

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Posted on May 9, 2018
This Time Next Week…..

This time next week I will be on board Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. Having just undergone a multi-million pound refit, it will be interesting to see what has been done to make this popular ship more amazing. This will be my third sailing on her and my husband's…

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Posted on Apr 25, 2018
2020 Dubai

I have been to Dubai a couple of times and as I have explored the Malls and beaches and travelled out to the desert sand dunes, I have started looking at cruises from there to explore further this region of the world. P&O have just launched their winter 2019/2020 itineraries…

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Posted on Apr 11, 2018
Bellissima!

Go back just a few years and only a few people in the UK had heard of MSC Cruises. Yesterday, I walked through my local high street and all three travel agencies were displaying large posters advertising this line. So who are they? Mediterranean Shipping Company is actually the second-largest…

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Posted on Mar 28, 2018
What Would You Do With 17 Hours?

Qantas has just made aeronautical history by flying non-stop 9,009 miles from Perth in Western Australia to London Heathrow in 17 hours. This is not the longest non-stop flight as Qatar Airlines currently fly 9,025 miles from Doha to Auckland New Zealand but history was made as this was the…

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Posted on Mar 14, 2018
2019? We’ve Only Just Got Into 2018!

And they're off! Yes, 2019 cruises are on sale and some are selling fast. It only seems like yesterday we were bringing in the New Year and now we are talking about the 2019/2020 season. Exciting offers of low deposits, discounts and on board credits are flooding the websites. So,…

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Posted on Feb 28, 2018
I’m Happy Not To Be Going On Holiday Today!

Well, that's not something I say very often! Yesterday, we woke up to a winter wonderland. Overnight, a pretty hefty blanket of snow had covered my house, garden and surrounding area. Suddenly, all local schools were closed (much to the children's delight), motorway at a standstill, trains and buses cancelled…

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Posted on Feb 14, 2018
I Did It!…

On the 4th February this year, I was one of 20,500 runners taking part in the Cancer Research UK London 10k Winter Run. I worked in the city for quite a few years and certainly had a different view running along streets closed to traffic past famous landmarks like St…

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Posted on Jan 31, 2018
Glowworms, Sheep and Geezers

Whilst staying in Auckland before our cruise, we had booked a full-day tour to cover a lot of the sights of New Zealand's North Island. After an early pick up from our hotel, we journeyed through the lush green countryside to Waitomo and the famous caves which are home to…

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Posted on Jan 17, 2018
From The Pearl Of The Orient To The City Of Sails

Our flight from Hong Kong to Auckland was in the early evening so we decided to make the most of our last few hours and explore a bit more. We had spent the previous night at the Cosmo Hotel in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island so after an early…

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