About Me

I started at Cruise.co.uk back in April 2009.  I was new to the travel industry as my previous work was within the mortgage industry, due to the credit crunch (and being made redundant) this wasn't a great industry to be in so I looked for something new which is when…

Posted on Jan 7, 2019
Cruise lines are cancelling planned stops to Amsterdam because of a new tourist tax

Amsterdam has always been a popular cruise destination, especially for shorter Southampton departures as it isn't too far away. There is plenty to see and do in Amsterdam and it also lends itself well to overnight docking. Unfortunately it seems that there are for the foreseeable future there are going…

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Posted on Dec 20, 2018
A Christmas Cruise to Dublin on the Marco Polo

I have just returned from our annual conference on-board the Cruise and Maritime Marco Polo. This was a 3 night sailing including an overnight stop in Dublin. The Marco Polo is quite an old smaller traditional style ship and as such not as refined as modern counterparts. Uneven floors in…

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Posted on Nov 26, 2018
Having a sneaky smoke might cost you a small fortune

It is no surprise really that smoking has become less accepted on cruise lines over time and there are less places than ever where smoking is permitted. I would like to say that I was for many years a smoker myself and although I quit myself over 4 years ago…

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Posted on Nov 6, 2018
Celebrity Cruises take delivery of their new ship, the Edge

There has been loads of hype surrounding the new Celebrity Cruises ship, the Edge. This ship is the first new ship for the cruise line in six years and is a brand new design of ship. I have always found Celebrity Cruises ships to be some of the most beautifully…

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Posted on Oct 22, 2018
MSC order four smaller ultra luxury ships

MSC Cruises have been expanding rapidly for a good few years now and the trend has always been bigger and flashier ships with new features as their new ones are introduced. MSC have just made a new ship announcement that I hadn't expected. They have ordered four new ships but…

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Posted on Oct 3, 2018
Another Airline goes bust, just shows the importance of having an atol protected booking

You may have seen recently in the news that another low cost airline has now gone bust, unfortunately this time it was Primera Air. Flights ceased on Monday the 1st October at midnight after 14 years of operation. It doesn't seem that long ago that Monarch Airlines also had the…

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Posted on Sep 17, 2018
Celebrity new ship Apex to sail from Southampton in 2020

Celebrity Cruises have had a lot of hype and interest surrounding the launch of their newest class of ship, Edge Class. With the first ship Edge launching at the tail end of this year bookings are very busy but there will be plenty of people including many clients of mine…

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Posted on Aug 28, 2018
Tea & Coffee, the key to a British Cruisers happiness…

It always makes me smile when I think of how much a cup of tea or coffee means to many British people. Why do we have so much of an obsession with having a "cuppa" or a "brew"? British cruise lines already know this and include tea and coffee making…

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Posted on Aug 13, 2018
P&O Iona important information announced

In May of 2020 P&O Cruises will be launching their newest and largest ship, the Iona. This new ship will be 183,900 tonnes and will carry 5200 guest so pretty mega. In comparison for example the Aurora is 76,152 tonnes with a guest capacity of 1878.   Even though she…

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Posted on Jul 30, 2018
First Virgin cruise ship floats out, more on order

Virgin's first cruise ship has recently floated out and in a similar theme to the Virgin colour scheme she has been named Scarlet Lady. There is still some time to wait till she starts to sail on consumer voyages with the first starting from Miami in 2020. Virgin has said…

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