Lizzie in the Wilderness…..

It’s been 20 years since Cunard sailed the Alaskan Waters, so it’s about time she sailed them again….

Queen Elizabeth will be gracing the waters of Alaska in 2019, between 21st May and 30th June.  The cruises will be for 10 nights and will sail to six ports.  She will sail along the Northwest Pacific Coast ad British Colombia and will cruise the Inside Passage not forgetting the famous Hubbard Glacier.  It’s not just the cruise, you can also add on the amazing Rocky Mountaineer train through Canada either pre or post cruise.  Cunard will offer the Silver leaf and Gold leaf service and will also include flights and oversea transfers.

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Time for a change…..

Marella cruises, this is the new name for Thomson cruises, together with the Thomson brand being renamed TUI.

It is only a name change the brand will offer the same services!  Here are the new names:

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Exciting news this week…..

Some exciting news was announced this week by Cunard and P&O in conjunction with Azamara.

Lets start with Cunard, to mark their 50th anniversary of the naming of the much loved QE2 they are launching a new ship in 2022.  She will join the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.  The ship will be built in Italy and will carry 3000 passengers, so will be the largest ship in their fleet.  I am quite excited about this and think it will be very popular and I am sure the maiden voyage will be a sell out.  Of course will be on the ball when we get further details so keep your eyes peeled.  Wouldn’t it be great if all 4 ships shared a momentous occasion and all sailed out at the same time!!

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Hurricane devastation….

Wow what a week the Caribbean has had.  It must have been so terrifying for everyone caught up in Hurricane Irma.  I have followed it closely this week and feel so sad for the people out there experiencing what must have been a very scary situation.  Now its time for the big clean-up operation!  For the people on the small Caribbean Islands this may take years.  They have lost so much, not just their homes but also businesses too.

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My children’s favourite port….

Pisa and Dubrovnik are on the list of my children’s favourite ports, well that was until we went to Gibraltar this year.  My 9 year old son absolutely loved Gibraltar..

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I am back off my holiday…..

So I am back off our 2 week family holiday on the Independence of the Seas, and what a fab holiday we all had.  It truly was fantastic, nice and relaxing and spending quality time together.

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The Wests are on vacation….

At last the time has come for the Wests to take their annual vacation.  As I mentioned in my previous blog we are cruising on the Independence of the Seas for 2 weeks round the Med.

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Independence of the Seas having a refit….

Next week sees the start of our family cruise on board the Independence of the Seas.  I have never sailed on the Indy but was lucky enough to be on the launch back in April 2008.  I did really like the ship, especially the Royal Promenade so I am really looking forward to it.  My biggest concern is how busy the ship will be.  Having children at school means I have to travel in the main summer period, which of course jumps up the price but also makes everywhere so busy.  Only time to tell..

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Another challenge completed….

This time it was the 10k Timberhonger race.

This year is the 15th year running of the Timberhonger, so called as most of the route is on Timberhonger Lane (which believe me is extremely hilly).  It is traditionally part of Bromsgrove Carnival where all profits are donated to charity.

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World’s largest ship floats out……

The World’s largest cruise ship floats out of dry dock for the first time.  The Symphony of the Seas which has a capacity of carrying 5,497 passengers is the 4th Oasis class ship.  The ship floated out of dry dock from the STX shipyard in France, she will now undergo her interior construction.

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