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 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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Posted on Oct 29, 2018
Airline Passengers Racist Rant

A video recently surfaced showing a man racially abusing a fellow passenger on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Stansted. The man became angry because the lady, 77 years old, took her time moving so he was delayed getting to his window seat. What he did not know was that…

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Posted on Oct 15, 2018
Goodbye old friend

Well, it's almost time for my wife & I's favourite ship, the Marella (Thomson) Spirit to sail her last voyage. MS Marella Spirit is a cruise ship owned by Holland America Line and operated under charter by the United Kingdom-based Marella Cruises. She was built in 1983 at the Chantiers…

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Posted on Oct 2, 2018

Book a selected cruise before the 31st October and the drinks are on Fred Olsen. Simply choose one of fifteen Fred Olsen cruises to the Norwegian Fjords during 2019 and customers can benefit from a free all-inclusive beverage package. Whichever sailing you choose, your cruise holiday is bound to be…

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Posted on Sep 17, 2018
Atlantic Adventure

On the 27th of October, my wife & I will be joining the Marella Explorer to do our first ever transatlantic cruise. The Marella Explorer is the latest addition to their fleet, joining in Summer 2018. She was launched in 1996 as the Celebrity Galaxy before transferring to the TUI…

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Posted on Sep 2, 2018
Drama at sea

We have recently heard of two very different stories concerning people being rescued by cruise ships from the sea. First of all, the Pacific Princess changed course after seeing a distress flare in the North Sea. They joined the coastguards to help rescue three fishermen adrift in a life raft drifting of…

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Posted on Aug 20, 2018
P&O Cruises to end Gratuities

The exciting news leaking from P&O is that, from May 2019, they are going to end the discretionary daily Service Charge. Until that date, a discretionary daily Service Charge amount of £7 will continue to be added for guests aged 12 and over. What do you think of that news, do…

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Posted on Aug 5, 2018
Virgin enter the Cruise market

Richard Branson is a self-made man, with many fingers in many pies. He is now entering the cruise market to further strengthen his quest for global domination. (Or that's what I think!) In fact, he is so confident of being a success he boldly predicts that "other cruise lines will…

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Posted on Jul 21, 2018

Some people love a drinks package, but others think that it attracts the "wrong sort" of guest, what do you think? The news is that from the 21st July, only on P&O Azura during the trial, there will various packages available – hot drinks, non-alcoholic, and children’s – and the Ultimate…

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Posted on Jul 4, 2018
Oriana sails over the horizon one final time.

First, it was Adonia, now it`s Oriana that is leaving the P&O fleet. This surprising news was broken last week by P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow, who said: “Oriana is an original, and a much loved P&O Cruises ship. Whilst we will miss her, her departure will allow us…

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