Home away from home , Fred Olsen Boudicca

Well that is me now out of office for 8 whole days , first time this year I have had more than one day off in a row, peaks are a great rush in the travel industry, but very tiring, so looking forward to some good Fred Olsen hospitality.

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Gibraltar , our very own Rock

When we hear “the rock” we think of San Francisco and the famous rock there, we have our very own , Gibraltar.

A popular port of call for many of the cruise ships in/out of Southampton, they will either stop on the way out or home, either way , plenty to do.

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Fred olsen are they for children ?

It that silly time of the year when the families are still trying to get that last minute bargain for Easter, and next month it will be the same for summer holidays , so I was delighted to day to book a lady on the Braemar for 9 nights, with her, hubby & 11 year old child, 01/04/2017 for £ 1697 IN TOTAL

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Cruise ships are not like taking a bus, there wont be another one along in a minute !

The title may sound harsh, but unfortunately there are people that think “it may do that trip again” well yes it will but not the next day and sometimes not even the next month. My favourite are the re-positioning cruises , this is when the ships are coming over for the summer , or returning for the winter. Now this is not everyone, people are generally okay, but every now and them I will be asked when the navigator of the seas will come from FLL back to Southampton again, well that will be April next year (2018) , I then get asked why ?  Shall I leave that one alone now, enough said.

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P&O Adonia is back, many happy customers

Last year P&O announced that Adonia was off to pastures new for a stint in the Caribbean, as a sort of working/giving back type of cruise, my understanding of it. Basically,  you go on the cruise, and for the first time children would be allowed, visiting the islands and helping with projects where the locals were trying to improve things, all very gallant, just not my cup of tea.

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Cunard Accessible cabins , how many are there on Queen Mary ?

Accessible cabins are always difficult to find  , on some cruise lines its as easy as ticking a box and only these cabins will appear. We wish this to be the case with Cunard/P&O/Princess who all operate on the same booking system. Every grade has to be checked, and when there can be 30 different grades this becomes a time consuming project. Even then , there are not as many as you think , remember these are the fully accessible cabins with adapted bathrooms, in fact here is a full description

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Happy New Year welcome 2017

Well what a busy year that 2016, kicking off from April , right through to December, I had to count up my trips on our recent annual conference on Fred Olsen. I had some of my own holidays . and lucky to get lots of trips.

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Table mountain, Cape Town

As I have said in my previous blog we did make it up the mountain , probably the hottest day, about 35 degrees! As Dean was born in SA he got the trip for free, you do need to provide an authentic SA ID number to qualify. otherwise about R255 pp

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Back from Africa!

Well what a trip. a lovely 8 nights in Cape Town, seeing all of my friends and generally eating/drinking too much, there was even one lazy day by the pool !!

We had a great flight on the new A380 from Birmingham to Dubai , what a plane , the leg room was amazing and the seats wider than normal , I know this to be the case as we travelled on with the Boeing 777, a good flight, just a long nine hours from Dubai to Cape Town

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Cape Town Calling !

As some people know I spent over twenty years in the Mother City, this is the view when you fly in over the ocean, which I will be doing this weekend ! On one of my favourite airlines (Emirates) from Birmingham, bit of a long trek with the change over, but so going to be worth it !!

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