About Me

I started life working at good ole Woolworths for quite a few years (too many to mention).  Other past jobs I have tried are working for an Interior Design company, Retail for a well known American chain and a Policeman in West Midlands Constabulary. I live in Birmingham in my…

Posted on Aug 13, 2019
Government ‘tit for tat’ ruins cruise holidays

In July Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 was detained legally in Gibraltarian waters because it was carrying oil against EU sanctions, to Syria, and that’s why Gibraltarian authorities acted. Since then a British registered tanker was seized by Iran because it was the exit lane to enter the Straight of Hormouz.…

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Posted on Jul 30, 2019
Alleged Clown sparks a fight

You have possibly seen this on social media and it was on the evening news.  Allegedly someone who dressed as a clown on board P&O Britannia sparked a fight on board on the last night of a recent Norwegian Fjord cruise. Now P&o's policy is that no fancy dress or…

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Posted on Jul 16, 2019
Going..Going…almost Oriana gone

Oriana is due to leave the P&O fleet after her last voyage which starts 22 July for 18 nights to the North Cape.  When she was built in 1995, Oriana was the first new ship commissioned for P&O Cruises and the first to be designed specifically for the British cruise market.…

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Posted on Jul 2, 2019
Tips included…or is it a con?

P&O cruises reciently announced that they are stopping tipping on their ships from May 2019.  Now MSC have announced that any new bookings from 29th June, mSC are including the gratuity (tips) within their crusie cost. This means ae extra 7 euro per person per day addition to the cruise…

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Posted on Jun 18, 2019
P&O start Iona build

P&O Cruises has officially marked the construction of its next new ship, Iona, with a coin-laying ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. A bronze coin from Iona Abbey, in the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull, in Scotland, along with a slice of precious…

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Posted on Jun 4, 2019
Not a great week for Cruises

Well this week has bee eventful.  I am guessing you have heard and seen the video footage of MSC Opera crashing into he dock in Venice?  Also Opera crashed into a sight seeing vessel The River Countess. According to reports, In a conversation with the harbour master, the captain of…

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Posted on May 21, 2019
Wash your hands!!

This is a major bug bare of mine.  Both passengers and cruise lines should take note.  Over the past few months when I call clients to see how their cruises went I am often greeted with coughing and spluttering on the phone.  The dreaded cruise ship cough.  This can be…

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Posted on May 7, 2019
No dogs allowed in 2020 anyway

I had an inquiry about a week ago, clients wanting to take their pooch on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to New York then come back on Queen Mary 2 about two months later in 2020. I could see that there was good availability on the two sailings I had…

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Posted on Apr 23, 2019
Which side of the ship?

We often get asked which side of the ship to be on for the best view.  This is a difficult one as Itineraries are different.  The only Itinerary i can definitely say is from Southampton - New York Port Side, and from New York - Southampton would be Starboard side,…

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Posted on Apr 9, 2019
Below deck

I know many of you talk to the crew when you are on a cruise but do they tell you what really goes on 'below deck'.  There have been a few fly on the wall programmes on TV about this but alot of that is made for television. As many…

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