P&O 2021-2022

Last week was a busy week for P&O as they released their Summer 2021 schedules and unusually also their Winter 2021/22 schedules too.

For the next month or so they will be offering past passengers a 10% discount off of their fares and for new guests a 5% discount. And of course, if you book with us we too are offering our own discounts on top of P&O’s.

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Cruise Anarchy in the North Atlantic

Norwegian Cruiselines rarely sail from the UK, so when they advertised the Norwegian Spirit for sailings out of Southampton it was a welcome change to some of the usual cruise lines and the itineraries was rather nice.

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Goodbye & Thank You

Last week on the 23rd September 2019 saw the end of travel era of a company with 178 years of history in the industry,  with the very sad news that Thomas Cook went into compulsory liquidation.

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Virgins gone punk

This weekend saw the press release of the potential uniforms for the crew on board the new Virgin Voyages, the first being the Scarlet Lady which is due to set sail in April 2020.

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Hurricanes and Riots

What a weekend for the end of August and the Start of September has been already in the world of travel.

Florida has been on high alert and lockdown as Hurricane Dorian makes her way angrily across from the Atlantic and towards the Bahamas and has recently been upgraded to a Category 5 with wind speeds of 160 mph. She could hit the coast of Florida by Monday 02nd September in the afternoon and if they are lucky to escape the fierce hurricane damage they are still expected to get a backlash of potential storms and flash flooding. The Hurricane seems to be moving towards the east coast of the USA and if Florida takes a miss this time then she could still hit coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas.

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Wham! and Flaming Bulls

I have just returned from a split weeks holiday, due to so many people off at the moment I couldn’t get the full weeks leave so had to work in between a near weeks holiday. And what a great few days I have had. I spent the week up in the Spanish mountains at my mum’s house in Tolox.

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Inaugural Cruise

So this week Celebrity Cruises announced that they were adding a pre-inaugural cruise for the launch of the Celebrity Apex in April 2020.

Originally, the ship was due to have her inaugural cruise on the 05th April 2020 for 8 nights. Now, due to the ship being ready earlier than expected Celebrity has decided to add a 4-night mini-cruise on the 01st April 2020 before the inaugural sailing on the 05th April. Make a bit of money, test the ship before the real event and although there will be paying guests onboard it will also be an opportunity for agents and press to experience the ship too after launch if they wish, rather than just have a night onboard.

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Holiday time

Hola from a very hot Spain. The weather here has been extremely hot with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees.  Not the most comfortable weather to be working in but with the sea breeze and plenty of fans around me I have survived (I have aircon but am not a fan so leave this off). Now, however, is my 1st full week off of the summer, the next one being in August.

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Could Gratuities be a thing of the past?

Gratuities, always a hot topic of conversation for us Brits. Our cousins from across the pond happily pay a gratuity and expect to pay at least 15-20% on service provided in bars, restaurants, hotels (the list goes on) even if the service has been poor.  But as a nation, we British really do not like having to pay for a service up front that we are yet to receive or even a high cost for the service once we have received it.

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Vancouver after a cruise

Last week I spoke to some regular guests of mine who had just returned from a back to back Alaska sailing with Princess Cruises. They had a wonderful time and loved the experience of Alaska. Prior to joining the cruise, they did have a couple of nights booked in Vancouver so they could explore this city too.

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