About Me

Hi, I'm Alison. My passion for travel really started after training as an interpreter in Spanish, Italian and French. After living in Italy for a year, I started working in the Travel Industry as a reservations consultant for a large Tour Operator nearly 30 years ago and have been addicted…

Posted on Oct 29, 2019
Crazy Week

Well that was a crazy week thanks to the annual frenzy of early bookers as P&O launched their 2021/2022 programme of sailings. With priority given to their top tier Peninsular Club members, the departure dates were then released over the course of a few days with each going on sale…

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Posted on Oct 10, 2019
Where will you be in 2021?

Next week sees the launch of P&O cruises for Summer 2021. For some, this would seem way too far away to think about but for many others, the need to secure family cabins in school holidays means booking as early as possible. Any cabins that take three or four are…

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Posted on Sep 25, 2019
RIP Thomas Cook

This is a very sad week for the travel industry as news emerged of the demise of Thomas Cook. I spent almost twenty years working for and travelling the world with this once noble giant and made many lasting friendships. A lot of these friends now find themselves without employment…

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Posted on Sep 10, 2019
Summer over? Time to look for a Marella!

Wow, we are in September. Shops are starting to clear the back-to-school displays to make space for lots of glittery, cinnamon-smelling items that we associate with the end of the year. I cannot bring myself to mention the C word until at least November but the supermarkets already have cakes…

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Posted on Aug 27, 2019
How much time do you spend in your cabin?

Last week I went to a wedding which was held in a beautiful hotel overlooking the sea. As the venue was around forty five minutes drive away, and as it is customary to toast the happy couple, we decided to book a room for the night. There are always various…

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Posted on Aug 9, 2019
P&O Cancel Dubai Sailings

Cancelling a whole season's cruises is not a decision any tour operator would make without very good reason. The shock announcement this week that P&O are withdrawing Oceana from the Arabian Gulf this winter has caused a lot of disappointment to those already booked and a lot of work for…

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Posted on Jul 25, 2019
Do you play Table Roulette?

Do you always book a table for two when you cruise as a couple or do you prefer to dine with fellow travellers and make new acquaintances, possibly even new friends? When booking a cruise with fixed dining times, you can specify if you would like a table for two…

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Posted on Jul 11, 2019
My Day At Wimbledon

On Tuesday I was lucky to spend an amazing day on the Centre Court at The All England Club in Wimbledon. It has been many years since I have been to this iconic venue and I am pleased to say that the atmosphere and the tennis were just as good…

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Posted on Jun 25, 2019
The Man Turtle of Tortuguero

On our first full day in Costa Rica, we were driven from San Jose over to the Caribbean side of the country and the transferred by boat to Tortuguero. The relaxing boat ride through Tortuguero National Park took around 40 minutes and we were suddenly given a taste of the¬†indigenous…

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Posted on Jun 12, 2019
Crystal, clear why so many awards.

On Monday I was fortunate to spend a day on board the beautiful Crystal Serenity.   Owned by the award-winning 6* Crystal Cruises who have been voted World's Best more than any other resort, hotel or cruise line, Serenity was launched in 2003. She is a medium sized ship at…

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