About Me

Hello...  I live just outside Durham City in the North East. I live with my husband Gary. For those who know me will know me as Michele however for work, I'm now known as Lauren.  We have two grown-up children Lauren & Matthew, a son-in-law Gav and grandaughter Poppy. We…

Posted on Aug 16, 2019
Holland America Line Visit the Tyne…

Last week I was fortunate to spend some time on Holland America Lines new ship the Nieuw Statendam when she made her first visit to a UK port, she docked in Newcastle on her 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas & Northern Isles. What can I say she is stunning I didn’t…

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Posted on Aug 2, 2019
My Mediterranean Adventure

I have recently returned from a fantastic cruise on Celebrity Constellation sailing from Barcelona to Venice with my Husband  The itinerary was a lovely balance of busy long days when we visited Florence Pisa and Rome, to relaxing ones in Split and stunning port of Kotor in Montenegro. We took…

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Posted on Jul 19, 2019
Spirit of Discovery part 2

Last time I told you about her dining options here’s what else I discovered about Spirit of Discovery. Spirit of discovery is an all-balcony cabins ship with over 100 of them been single cabins. Which I must say we’re a really good size.  Cabins are all spacious I had a twin balcony deluxe,…

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Posted on Jul 5, 2019
Saga Introduces “Spirit of Discovery”

I have just returned from 2 nights on Saga’s newest addition “Spirit of Discovery” Vip agent event and what can I say she’s stunning... She is only a small ship at 58,250 tonnes accommodating 999 passengers, and costing £346 million. She is the first of two ships to be built especially…

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Posted on Jun 20, 2019
Messing Around On The Danube

I’ve told you about the first few days on my Danube adventure here’s what I got up to next.  I had signed up for  canoeing down the Danube not sure if it was a good idea at the time however it was probably one of the highlights of my trip.…

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Posted on Jun 7, 2019
My Danube Adventure…

I’ve recently told you about my river cruise on the Danube and all about the cabins and the ship this time I’ll let you know what excursions I did as part of the Active and Discovery sailing. Avalon offer an amazing range of excursions for the very active to the…

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Posted on May 23, 2019
My Avalon Impression Experience

Avalon Impression did not leave me disappointed she has beautiful river view suites as I told you last time and standards of facilities and really high. River cruise's if you have not been on one are a lot more laid back and have fewer staterooms and facilities compared to ocean…

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Posted on May 9, 2019
Avalon’s lasting Impression…

Well, I’ve just returned from my sailing on Avalon Impression and what can I say She did not disappoint... I thought I would tell you about the suites on board this time. Avalon Impression is 5-star ship she is currently sailing on the Danube. I sailed on one of her…

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Posted on Apr 24, 2019
River Danube Here I Come…

Well, the week has arrived that I’m going on a river cruise familiarisation trip. What a fantastic job  I have working for cruise.co.uk I've been lucky enough to be chosen to go on this amazing trip courtesy of Avalon Waterways and as I haven’t experienced a river cruise I cannot…

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Posted on Apr 10, 2019
Norwegian take a U-turn on premium all-inclusive…

Norwegian cruise line has taken a u-turn in removing the  Premium All-inclusive last week. What does this mean to new bookings? Well, all new bookings made from the 2nd of April will now include the new promotion. They have now decided to go with something called  "Free at sea". This means…

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