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 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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Posted on Jun 19, 2018
Can you see the real me?

Something a little different this time, I am going to talk about ME! This is your chance to get to know the person behind the name, to see what makes me tick. Away from work, my life revolves around the following things, my wife, my dogs, my grandkids, animal rights,…

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Posted on Jun 6, 2018
P&O`s latest addition, Iona.

The 25 April 2018 was a special day for P&O Cruises, the very first piece of steel was cut for their newest addition to their fleet, the P&O Iona. The name was revealed on the 24th May by TV presenter Stephen Mulhern, aptly located on the beautiful Scottish Isle of Iona. More than…

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Posted on May 24, 2018
Explorer joins the Marella fleet.

Earlier this month Marella launched the latest addition to their fleet, the Explorer. Marella Explorer is the sixth ship in the fleet of what used to be known as Thomson Cruises. With invited guests on board, Craig David kicked things off in style, everyone waving their flashing wristbands as the singer performed…

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Posted on May 9, 2018
To SEA or not to SEA, that is the question……

My wife and I have just returned from a week in Lanzarote, which got me thinking about the difference between a land based trip and a cruise. We spent a lovely week staying in the Occidental Lanzarote Mar, by Barcelo, which we enjoyed but it just did not excite us…

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Posted on Apr 25, 2018
QE2, the Legend continues

One of the most iconic ships of our times, Cunard`s Queen Elizabeth 2, known and loved by millions simply as QE2, has now been opened as a floating hotel in Dubai. Port Rashid will be her new home as she becomes the 1st ever floating hotel in the Arabian Gulf. According…

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Posted on Apr 10, 2018
Symphony of the Seas, Is bigger always better?

Symphony of the Seas is the latest addition to the Royal Caribbean cruise line, and now claims the record as the largest cruise ship in the world. Does being the biggest always mean being the best? First of all here are the vital statistics, Symphony is 18 decks high, she…

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Posted on Mar 26, 2018
Marella cruises, the exciting new chapter

The interesting news from the Marella camp is that their "new" ship, Explorer 2, will be exclusively Adult Only and All Inclusive, as they hope to attract a younger clientele. As they ready themselves to launch for summer 2019, on sale from 5th April, the plans all sound exciting. News…

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Posted on Mar 13, 2018
Emergency at sea.

This must be one of the scariest things to happen while on a cruise ship.........a passenger falls over the side. Can you imagine this happening to you? Well it did to Kareen Kennedy while she was sailing on the NCL ship Norwegian Epic near the Bahamas. She was eating dinner at…

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