About Me

Welcome to Planet Gordon!  Having spent all my working life working in retail, including  8 years working for Thomson, I decided that I needed a new challenge. So in March 2017 I "set sail" on a new adventure with CRUISE.CO.UK. Cruising is becoming my travel passion, as land-based holidays just…

Posted on Mar 18, 2019
2021 is here already….

When do you tend to book your cruise? Are you someone who books as soon as they go on sale, just to make sure you get exactly what you want? Or do you wait until the last minute, hoping to bag a bargain, as long as that sailing is not sold out?…

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Posted on Mar 4, 2019
Is BELLISSIMA really BELLISSIMO?

This weekend the latest addition to the expanding MSC fleet, Bellissima, arrived in Southampton before embarking on her maiden voyage.  She will be the largest cruise ship to be christened in the UK. Have you sailed with MSC? Do you like these large, modern cruise ships? Let us look at…

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Posted on Feb 18, 2019
Mardi Gras, an old name but a face of the future.

Way back in 1972, Carnival Cruises launched their first ever ship, the TS Mardi Gras. Fast forward 48 years to 2020 and Carnival launch their latest addition to their fleet, Mardi Gras. According to Carnival "Mardi Gras shouts FUN at the top of its lungs". (I did not even know…

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Posted on Feb 4, 2019
How do you decide on your next cruise?

Well here we are in February and the weather is not great. This has prompted me to start thinking about our next cruise, but there is so much choice out there. How do you decide on which cruise to book? There are 3 main reasons why people book a specific…

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Posted on Jan 21, 2019
Perfect Day at CocoCay

Just when you thought that a Royal Caribbean cruise could not get any better, they are only launching their very own PRIVATE island, CocoCay in the Bahamas. From May 2019 if you sail on selected cruises on either Mariner, Navigator, Allure, Harmony, Symphony, Grandeur, Adventure or Anthem of the Seas, you…

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Posted on Jan 7, 2019
Look who is back on our screens.

A New Year and two Old Friends return to our TV screens, The Cruise and Cruising with Jane McDonald. The Cruise After enjoying the previous episodes, I have to say that I was disappointed with this new offering. The series kicked off onboard the 3,500-guest Majestic Princess ship which sails…

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Posted on Dec 24, 2018
Setting sail into a New Year.

Well as 2018 disappears over the horizon to be replaced by a shiny New Year, I just wanted to wish each and every one of you a Special Christmas and a very prosperous 2019. The next 12 months see the launch of even more exciting new ships, here is just…

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Posted on Dec 11, 2018
Our Atlantic Adventure – Part 2

Here is part two of our amazing Transatlantic cruise on the Marella Explorer, this time I will look at our itinerary and the wonderful ports we visited. This was a cruise of 1st`s for us both. 1st time we have sailed for more than a week, 1st time in an…

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Posted on Nov 27, 2018
Our Atlantic Adventure – Part 1

Here is part one of my amazing Transatlantic cruise on the Marella Explorer. I will look at the ports of call in my next blog, but for now, let's look at the ship. Explorer is the most recent addition to the Marella fleet, May 2018, and also their biggest, holding…

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Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Our Oceans are dying

According to Greenpeace, we now have an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads, ending up in our oceans every year. This is having a devastating effect on the creatures who live there, with pieces of plastic choking and entangling turtles and seabirds &…

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