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 30 years of experience of travel knowledge. After working for various travel companies I now…

Posted on Sep 15, 2018
More China Delights…

  On the afternoon after visiting The Great Wall of China & lunch at The Jade Museum we headed to Summer Palace. Summer Palace is the former retreat of the Qing Emporers and is a stunning example of Chinese garden style.  A favourite resort of the Empress Dowager Cixi.  It…

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Posted on Sep 1, 2018
My time in Beijing – The Great Wall!

I was lucky to be chosen to travel to China with some of my colleagues to do our 'Grand Tour of China' which is part of our Bucket List Trips to check out the tour and make sure all OK for our customers doing this trip next year!  All I…

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Posted on Aug 19, 2018
Fed & Entertained Superbly

Well what can I say about the food on Celebrity - one word says it all - FANTASTIC! We had 2nd dining and thought we had a table for 8 which is what we prefer but when we went down to dinner the 1st night we had a table for…

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Posted on Aug 5, 2018
Greek Islands Cruise – totally awesome!

I have just returned this week from my annual holiday onboard Celebrity Reflection.  Myself and my husband Adam did 10 nights around Italy & Greek Islands.  It was a fantastic itinerary and we had a wonderful time. Once we had got through Rome airport which was hectic and one of…

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Posted on Jul 21, 2018
I’m so Excited!!

As you are reading this I will be on board Celebrity Reflection for my annual Cruise Holiday.  Yes, it's my job to sell lovely cruises to all my customers but I also enjoy cruising myself so try to do at least 1 a year for my holidays. It's 3 years…

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Posted on Jul 7, 2018
Ships are Ships aren’t they?

So the other week I took my hubby Adam to Portsmouth for a few days for his birthday on 26th June. He used to be in the Navy and hasn't been down to Portsmouth for a while so when I asked him what he wanted to do, this was his…

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Posted on Jun 24, 2018
Food to Die For!

So as you know I recently went on Royal Princess, well you've seen the ship, me in the gym & me with a drink in hand but what about the food, well let me tell you................. On the first night, we ate in the Main restaurant called Symphony & it…

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Posted on Jun 10, 2018
A Right Royal Princess!

So after my stay in Dublin for the night, myself & my colleague Nicola boarded Royal Princess for a 2 night stay to experience the ship. We were very lucky with the weather as it was beautiful sunshine and very warm.  After a lovely breakfast at Jury's Hotel we went…

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Posted on May 27, 2018
I love a ‘Guinness’

On 5th May I was lucky enough to go on Princess Cruises  'Royal Princess' for 2 nights.  We sailed from Dublin to Greenock (Glasgow) with a stop in Belfast also.  More on the ship in my next blog...... On 4th May my colleague Nicola & I flew out to Dublin…

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Posted on May 13, 2018
The little touches….

I have a regular client who has booked numerous cruises with me over the last few years.  A lot are mini cruises for 2/3/4 nights but usually a group of them go as couples or just the ladies.  I love dealing with these passengers as I do all my clients…

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