About Me

Hello there, I'm Tom Harding and I have been in the Cruise and Travel industry for about 10 years. Cruising has always been a passion of mine ever since I was little. I love the elegance and sophistication that comes with cruising and to be able to see lots of places…

Posted on Jul 13, 2019
Farewell to an Old Friend!

Farewell to an Old Friend! Oriana has always been one of my favourite ships, I have been fortunate to have been on her a couple times and it saddens me to think I will not get on her again, well under the name Oriana! Oriana joined the P&O fleet back…

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Posted on Jun 29, 2019
To tip or not to tip is the big question!?

To tip or not to tip! This must be one of the most common questions we are asked. Are tips included? Do we need to tip? How much are tips? And I with good reason. A family of four on a 14 night cruise with say Royal Caribbean can set…

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Posted on Jun 11, 2019
CMV to get a new ship by 2020?!

Cruise and Maritime are probably one of the lesser known cruise lines. When you look for a cruise, they don’t always tend to be the first place you look but perhaps you could be missing out. Speaking to one of my regulars yesterday – she said to me, ‘When are…

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Posted on May 28, 2019
NCL Free At Sea?!

Norwegian Cruises Lines, like they all seem to be at the moment is growing rapidly, with the launch of the NCL Encore this year and then a bit of a gap before they start launching the new Leonardo Class of ships. The new vessels will be 140,000 gross tons which…

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Posted on May 14, 2019
A day in history for Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean have always been known as a market leader, introducing many new and innovative features to cruising, from Rock Climbing walls to Ice Rinks, to Surf machines and Sky diving machines on board various of their ships. You could say they have their name in the History books for…

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Posted on Apr 29, 2019
When is enough, enough?

Royal Caribbean this week has began construction on the fifth Oasis Class ship in the fleet which is set to join her sister, Harmony, Oasis, Symphony and Allure of the Seas in 2021. Royal Caribbean also announced in February this year that due to the demand and popularity of this…

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Posted on Apr 15, 2019
Tui to enter the World of River Cruising!

Next year we will see a new face on the Waterways of Europe, and it is a more unusual as it has recently been announced that TUI will be joining the River Cruise Market from Summer 2020. The name of the company is still unknown, will it be Marella River…

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Posted on Apr 1, 2019
Sad new from Marella Cruises as they plan to retire the Classic Ships in the fleet!

Breaking news this week from Marella Cruises (Thomson/Tui) as they have announced plans to retire the ‘Classic Ships’ in the Marella Fleet. I am a huge cruise lover because of the diversity that it offers. If you want an all singing and dancing mega ship you can have it, but…

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Posted on Mar 18, 2019
MSC Expanding again!

If there is one cruise line that I am struggling to keep up with it is MSC – They seem to really emerged from the flames and grown significantly in the past couple of years. Take most cruise lines, they have a new ship every other year or in some…

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Posted on Mar 4, 2019
The World of the Mega Ships!

This weekend saw MSC christen the brand new ship the MSC Bellissima in Southampton, and from what I can gather it was quite a successful weekend although the weather did cause a bit of chaos and they had to move quite a bit of the celebrations back from the port…

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