About Me

My name is Barbara Hopley (my real surname is now Neale) but most people call me ‘Babs’ – doesn’t sound as old as I’m not really that old. I am passionate about Cruise and have over 30 years of experience of travel knowledge. After working for various travel companies I…

Posted on Oct 6, 2019
York for my birthday

As you are reading this I am in York with my husband Adam to celebrate my birthday on 7th October. I haven't been to York since I was at school & can't really remember any of it.  Adam has never been to York so will be nice to see somewhere…

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Posted on Sep 22, 2019
I’m off On MSC Preziosa

I have now finished work until 10 October. On Wednesday 25 September I am off on MSC Preziosa for 7 nights.  I have sailed twice before with MSC on the Poesia & Opera a few years ago so really looking forward to seeing this ship. We have a group of…

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Posted on Sep 8, 2019
Fred Olsen Brabant – Day 3

Our 3rd day on the Fred Olsen River Cruise was in Strasbourg.  Another new destination to add to my list as never been here before. It would have been a lot nicer if it hadn't rained all day but can't help the weather even in August. Strasbourg is a very…

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Posted on Aug 24, 2019
Fred Olsen Brabant – Day 2

Dinner on the first night was fantastic, a great choice of dishes and you could have as many or as little as you wanted.  The food was spectacular and we had a great meal. The entertainment was a quiz which we took part and had good fun with the passengers,…

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Posted on Aug 9, 2019
Fabulous Fred Olsen River Cruise – Day 1

On Monday 5th August I went on Fred Olsen Brabant, their one River Cruise Ship, she started the season for River last year.  It was a bit stressful to start off with as we had heard strike action to be held at Heathrow and as we were flying from here…

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Posted on Jul 25, 2019
I’m off on the River!!

I have done a lot of Ocean cruising so know all about it like the back of my hand. Now when it comes to River cruises I'm no so knowledgable.  I did do a short River cruise a few years ago but had a problem with my eye so couldn't…

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Posted on Jul 3, 2019
I Love Torquay!

I have been to Torquay a few times now & love it down there. Myself & my husband Adam went for our 1st Wedding Anniversary in 2014 in July, then in Oct 2017, we went for my birthday with some friends of ours Tom & Sue for a couple of…

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Posted on Jun 19, 2019
Do you know the UK?

We all go off on these lovely cruises & holidays around the world but have you ever considered doing a British Isles Cruise? My knowledge of Europe and further afield is far better than my knowledge of the UK. If we get decent weather a cruise around the British Isles…

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Posted on Jun 4, 2019
2019 continues but is it better?

So if you have read my previous post you will know this year has not been the best start to 2019 for me & my family. I started with an illness in January called Trigeminal Neuralgia which affects the left side of my face causing constant earache & a dull…

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Posted on May 20, 2019
Is Luxury cruising too expensive?

Over the last few weeks here at Cruise.co.uk we had held various events for luxury cruise lines.  These entail a brief history of our company and then a talk from the relevant cruise line. Refreshments are available followed by a small lunch. Special offers for you for attending also if…

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