About Me

Born in Coventry in 1961 at Gulson Road Hospital, making me a true Coventarian!! I moved to South Africa at the tender age of 19 to live two years with my husband to "try it out" Way back then in 1981 the South African government kindly paid our fare. We…

Posted on Apr 10, 2019
A day in the life….not on a cruise

Well, we both quit the partaking of the white sticks (smoking) on our return from Benidorm, did not bring back any duty-free, and both went cold turkey, no vapes, pills, patches. And I have to say it's not been easy, it's getting easier and I am sure after six months…

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Posted on Mar 27, 2019
Cabin sleeping arrangments, what is a pullman bed?

We often chat away to customers and without realising it describe the cabin as a 4 berth with Pullman beds, we know what that means, and people who have cruised before with families may also know, though sometimes not, as has come to our attention. As you can see from…

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Posted on Mar 13, 2019
Land holiday or Sea ?

You would think from this picture I am on a posh cruise ship, alas not peeps, good old Benidorm !! We have recently returned after a weeks holiday with Jet2, flying out of Birmingham at stupid 715am in the morning, leaving our house @ 4 am and actually getting to…

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Posted on Feb 25, 2019
Never mind Alexa, meet Zoe

Coming on board the new Bellissima from MSC is the voice-activated help desk which will be in every cabin, answering questions from port information, show times, dining requests! Has it all just gone a bit too far, I was on board Seaview in August 2018 and signs of some of…

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Posted on Feb 11, 2019
Drinks on board Has P&O got it right ?

The whole debate has started again with P&O finally bring out a drinks package, I get asked the question at least once every day, is it worth it? This is such a personal choice as I often hear the comment, I don't drink much, well if that's the case, then…

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Posted on Jan 27, 2019
Was a Ban enough ?

Jumping off the side of a ship for a prank, really? You could not find anything else to do? 6 Outdoor pools 10 Whirlpools Rock Climbing wall Flowrider Ice rink Waterslide Waterpark Mini Golf Sports Court Jogging track To name but a few of the activities available on board, but…

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Posted on Jan 13, 2019
Brexit, Can you still cruise?

We are being asked this question over and over, and as I have just said to a customer on the phone, If the Prime Minister does not know? How could I? Did all of the low-cost carriers exist back then? Will they want millions of people to stop travelling to…

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Posted on Dec 30, 2018
Christmas conference, what an experience

Well, off we went to Dublin on the Marco Polo, not sure what to expect as I have never been on a ship this small, 22000 tonnes, just a tad smaller than I am used to! Cabin size more than adequate, we were allocated an Ocean view, plenty of storage…

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Posted on Dec 16, 2018
Dublin get ready !!

Well its that time of year again and we are off to Dublin !! Last year (for anyone that reads my blog) we were in Butlins, in Skegness, so a bit of a change now. Back on track with an annual 3 night cruise, it may seem a bit much…

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Posted on Dec 3, 2018
Do you have your family summer holiday booked yet for 2019 ?

Here are my little munchkins again, a bit bigger now and I will need to update the photograph after babysitting this weekend, we are looking after them while the daughter goes off to Amsterdam with hubby for a little break, I may need one when they get back !! I…

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