About Me

Hello, and welcome to my page.  I have been working in the Travel Industry for over 38 years,  it really just seems like yesterday! I am married with 2 grown up children and a beautiful grand daughter. After a couple of years at New College Durham learning Travel and Tourism…

Posted on Nov 16, 2018
The Grills

If you have ever sailed with Cunard before, I am sure you will have come across the Cunard Grills.  Basically this is the "top end" of Cunard accommodation on all 3 ships.  There are 2 types of Grills service with Cunard, Princess or Queens, of which Queens is the highest.…

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Posted on Nov 11, 2018
The Flight Seat Lottery

What a complete pain this is. You book your cruise, book your hotel etc and your flights thinking you will be sitting together on the flight, after all you are travelling together.  It seems these days if you wait to check in at the airport you would not get seats…

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Posted on Nov 2, 2018
Fred Likes The River!

River cruising is on the up. Did you know that in 2017 the number of British people who tried a river cruise increased by 21% - no wonder then that Fred has moved into the river cruise market, earlier this year. What Fred have done is chartered the Amadeus Princess…

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Posted on Oct 26, 2018
Ready For Your Next Adventure?

All cruise holidays are an adventure especially if you have not been to the destinations, but this I think is the ultimate of adventures - an expedition cruise! The cruising market has changed so much even in the last few years and the world is a much easier place to…

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Posted on Oct 19, 2018
Make Your Cruise Holiday Even Better!

Can you really make your cruise holiday even better? I think you can.  Just think, you are planning your cruise, got the ship and itinerary you want which is all fantastic but if you fly to the destination the ship sails from you don't get to see anything else, apart…

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Posted on Oct 12, 2018
Bye Bye Spirit

I think there might be a few tears on the 21st October when Thomson (or Marella cruises I should say!) will say goodbye to their oldest and smallest ship, the Spirit. She was built way back in 1983 for Holland America as the Nieuw Amsterdam then joined the Thomson fleet…

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Posted on Oct 5, 2018
Would You Book A Cruise For Some Free Amenities?

Well, this is a first! I read in a newspaper this week that apart from the itinerary of a particular cruise line, some people actually book a cruise because they have great free amenities in their cabin! Generally,  All cruise lines provide basic toiletries; some offer individual bars of soap…

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Posted on Sep 28, 2018
Are You A Foodie?

One of the best aspects of cruising has to be the food.  You may be one of those people who just love the sheer quantity or you may be a real "foodie." There are many of you out there who do have their favourite cruise line in terms of the best…

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Posted on Sep 21, 2018
Southern Caribbean’s Home

If you are getting a bit fed up of cruising from Florida (Miami and Fort Lauderdale) to the Caribbean, or been there and done that. Why not seriously think about taking a cruise from Barbados. P&O, Fred Olsen, MSC, Seabourn, Carnival, Windstar and Star Clipper all depart from Bridgetown.  The…

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Posted on Sep 14, 2018
The Scarlet Lady

Who is or what is the Scarlet Lady?  Well, she is the brand new Virgin cruise ship which was named at the end of July.  We all know the great companies that Sir Richard Branson has created or been involved in. Virgin airlines and holidays for me, are the main…

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