They say things happen in 3’s!

WOW!  What a turbulent time in the travel industry at the moment!  The riots in Barcelona, Monarch going into Administration and of course, the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  Well they do say things happen in 3’s.  Have you been effected by any of the recent troubles? All cruise lines have been amazing in their efforts to help customers, allowing them to still enjoy a holiday of a lifetime, some with itinerary changes yes, but still getting on their cruise.  And I know that we as a company have done everything in our power to make sure all our customers have been reassigned flights since Monarch went into administration.  It is never nice to know that a market leader is struggling and has to enter administration, and I do really feel for their employees and obviously their customers, whose holidays are now uncertain.

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And so it begins……..

Bet your wondering what I am going to talk about in my blog this week?  Well it is about everyone’s favourite “C” word, and no it’s not Cruise, but Christmas!  I was in my local Tesco the other day, and noticed that they had started putting out it’s Christmas chocolate, and starting its Christmas aisle!  Really!? It is September, Halloween hasn’t passed yet.  To me, these shops (now I admit, not every shop is the same), are all about the money.  Don’t get me wrong there are always some deals to be had like the chocolate tins reduced or your choice of advent calendar for the better half – I’ve already been told, Reeces Peanut Butter Cup – but surely September is a step too far.  I’m like a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas, and quite old fashioned, in the way I like Halloween to come first then the panic of Christmas begins.

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Can the Caribbean rebuild? And a day to reflect….

The answer is yes!  Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, how has now been declared a category 5 hurricane (the most dangerous grade), the devastation and carnage that has followed has been heartbreaking.  Seeing people’s homes and livelihoods destroyed is truly soul destroying.  However, we forget the Caribbean and Florida are hit by these hurricanes 5-6 months every year (albeit, not as bad as this), so they have contingency plans.  The people of the Caribbean are a culture of strong people, and I know for a fact, they will come back stronger from all this.  I have seen images of the some of the ports of call that a lot of cruise lines arrive into, and yes the damage is severe but they will rebuild, and in years to comes, this Hurricane Irma will be a thing of the past.  I still remember to this day, we were caught in torrential weather in Florida in 2009, we were thinking it was a hurricane, and then had the Americans laughing at us, as that was just a standard thunderstorm.

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The BIG 30!!

By the time you read this, I would be halfway through my annual leave, and I would have just come back from my weekend away in Manchester.  But my annual leave doesn’t end there, I still have an extra couple of days off in order to celebrate my birthday, where I’ll be hitting the big 30!  You could say over the last couple of weeks I have been having a slight panic, my older step-sister is constantly winding me up saying it’s all down hill from 30, but I’m sure she is just saying that because she is 35!  Although my other half seems to think I have had what we like to call a mid-life crisis.

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Who Runs the World…………… Girls!!

Who ever said it was a man’s world?  They were wrong!  In this modern era, anything a man can do, so can us woman!  We’ve had the first woman pilot, first woman Prime Minister, first woman firefighter, but seriously, these woman have opened up any number of opportunities to create history!  We even have a another cruise captain, now although Celebrity Cruises are not the first cruise line to have the first female captain – it is the first for them as a cruise line!

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Weekend Away

By the time you have read this, I will be making long way down from Aberdeen, my hometown, all the way back down to Swansea after a weekend away for my best friend from school’s wedding.  Now you might wonder why am I making such a long journey.  Well the answer is simple, I spent most of my life (25 years living in Aberdeen).  My mum and dad moved there before I was born and I stayed there until 2012.  The rest of my family live in Swansea so it made sense to move down here.  Anyway, history is history.   The trip itself is about a 9-10 hour drive depending on traffic and petrol, can be quite tiresome, but plenty of breaks and I will be fine.

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Be a part of History!

Ever wanted to say to people ” I did that”, well now is your chance!

In 2020, P&O will be launching Britain’s biggest cruise ship, and they are asking the British Public to name her!  So it’s time to make your mark on history.  On-board this new ship, there will be more choices of accommodation, more places to dine in style, more places to relax, more entertainment and more freedom.

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The Cabin Debate

What is the first thing you look for when looking at a cruise or a holiday?

Is it the flight times, or is it the room type?  Well believe it or not, that is exactly what I look for.  I go for the cheapest room in the hope that I can get a free upgrade, or at least one with small supplements when i get there.  As the old saying goes, if you don’t ask you don’t get!  Last time I did it, I booked Gran Canaria for my wife’s 40th birthday and all I did was book a standard room, and when we got there we had been upgraded to the large balcony corner room and had a bottle of bubbly and fruit bowl in the room.  All for a simple request.

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The end of an Era?? I certainly hope not!

It may well be the end of cruises to Cuba just six months after several cruise lines were finally given the green light to use this Caribbean destination a a port of call.

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Making the most of your Cruise!

First off, well done! If you’re reading this you’ve already made a great decision in booking a cruise but whether this is your first or fiftieth there are always ways of getting them a little cheaper. The following are some tips we’ve picked up over the years that we thought might help you all save some money…

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