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 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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Posted on May 6, 2019
What is a FREE upgrade?

Ok, so I read all the posts on cruise forums, Facebook etc from people who book the cabin that they want then end up being moved.  Why does this happen I hear you ask. Well, let me explain..... On some cruise lines, you have the option to choose if you…

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Posted on Apr 23, 2019
What is a Balcony?

A lot of cruise lines have various grades of a balcony cabin on their ships these days but what do they mean? I get asked this question a lot when advising what is available when customers ask for a balcony cabin, so here are the differences so you too can…

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Posted on Apr 8, 2019
There’s a Ghost!

Whilst on our Yangtze river cruise we visited the Ghost City of Fengdu located on the Northern bank of the river downstream from  Chongqing where we boarded the ship. The only downfall- rain! Why Ghost City? Fengdu received its reputation as the “Ghost City” during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25…

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Posted on Mar 21, 2019
On the Yangtze…..

Whilst on our tour in China we had a 3 night River Cruise down the Yangtze - it was fantastic! The tour was 12 days in total so after seeing Beijing, Pingyao, Xian & Chengdu we headed off to Chongquin to board the MS Kararina which is one of Victoria…

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