Smoking on board , an age old problem ?

Oh here is that old chestnut yet again !! the smoking on board, I have recently been reading some of the reviews on our website, what a load of old rubbish !!

Some of the comments actually leave me speechless, anyone who knows me will think this very amusing !!

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Celebrity Silhouette , cant wait !

Is that time of the year for me waiting for my own holiday to come along, I have a cabin waiting with my name on with Celebrity Silhouette end of September, flying into Rome and then cruising down to Israel, we have been to Haifa before , but there is a new stop Ashdod for us to see Jerusalem, we could have gone from Haifa on our MSC cruise but the transfer was horrendous, one form of transport still at the bottom of my list, coaches !! As it turned out on that trip , we had to hold the ship for two hours as there had been an accident and all of the coaches got stuck, we eventually sailed about 9pm , long day for lots of people.

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Normandy, DDay what an experience, least we forget!!

We docked at Caudebec-en-caux on the Seine for our trip to Normandy on our Avalon River cruise. Its a long day with about 2 hours 30 minutes by coach, but what a special and humbling day, I think every single person became very emotional, until you see these things its hard to imagine what this day was like.

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Avalon River cruise on the Seine

Well here I am sitting in the lovely French countryside right next the the beautiful Tapestry II with Avalon River cruises.

Starting in Paris after a very short flight we set off for the ship.

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Paris to Normandy , off this weekend

We get very lucky here @ cruise.co.uk , every now and then we get to try the products we are selling to you all. Last year I was lucky to get lots of trips , and if you look back on my blogs for 2016 there are lots of reviews and pictures to share with you.

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Why can you not book that late deal ?

My favourite time of the year (not) has approached again , I take the calls with sometime dread in my heart, when I hear the words “family of five”
and the children are 11 / 7 / 6 YES YOU GUESSED IT IS LATE SEASON.

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Rocking the Boat with Suzi quatro

Who is Suzi Quatro I can hear hundreds of younger people saying, well born 3rd June 1950 (yes she is 66) I can remember her being quite the icon in my younger days , there were not many female artists in the “rock” genre.

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NCL All inclusive, thoughts ?

In April this year NCL (Norwegian cruise lines) have taken the brave step of going All inclusive, now there are other ships that have this, but generally speaking its the six star plus that offer this, even then you do not always get everything. this is on all ships all sailings, apart from bookings before this date.

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When is a review good or bad ?

How we all loved trip adviser when it came out, no more guessing about whether hotels were in a good or bad area, pop on and have a look at real reviews from real people, much like our website for cruises, but oh dear what a Pandora’s box it really is. My first encounter of a bad review was for the Bellagio in Las Vegas, I have stayed at this hotel , in a standard room and was really impressed, the service was first class and the Hotel is in a great position, so it was with some amusement I read a review when someone moaned it was too big?? surely you would look at the size of the hotel before booking to decide if this was right for you or not? obviously not.

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The “Fabulous” Boudicca

Well we thought it was! Not all passengers felt the same, and some of them strong Fred Olsen fans, I think the main reason for this was the fact she had jut returned from a 77 night Amazon cruise, right before our little 5 night one, maybe something to watch for in future. All the crew were changed (some of the entertainment stayed on and left with us after the 5 nights) But it did mean lots of the crew were maybe even new to Boudicca and not quite in the swing of things until day two/three.

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