World Whale Day – could you be a Marine Mammal Surveyor?

On World Whale Day I just wanted to pay tribute to ORCA the U.K. whale Conservation and Education Charity & tell you about an exciting way that you can help their conservation work by becoming a Marine Mammal Surveyor.ORCA run one day training courses that teach people, with no previous knowledge, how to actively participateContinue reading “World Whale Day – could you be a Marine Mammal Surveyor?”

Currency Challenges on a Indian Ocean Cruise.

We recently travelled from Dubai to Singapore with Celebrity Cruises and found that this itinerary threw up a number of issues with currency which we thought were worth sharing for others sailing in the area. The itinerary is also running in reverse and I know that there are other cruise lines who are travelling theContinue reading “Currency Challenges on a Indian Ocean Cruise.”

“Would you like to pay in local currency or the currency of your card?”

When you use a card to pay for something abroad, whether its a currency, credit or debit card, you are normally given the option of paying either in the local currency or in your own home currency.

Far East cruising and the Coronovirus – update

Update to blog 28/1/20 Latest update from UK foreign office advising against all but essential travel to China – Hong Kong and Macau are excluded from this advice.If you have a China cruise booked this means that you should be able to claim on insurance if you have to cancel.It’s possible though that Cruise LinesContinue reading “Far East cruising and the Coronovirus – update”

An afternoon in Muscat; Oman

We visited Muscat, Oman on a repositioning cruise last year and wrote a Port Profile for talkExplore group https://www.facebook.com/groups/talkExplore/ which is worth a read if you’re headed that way on cruise. I really like Muscat,it’s clean air and low rise buildings are a real change from Dubai. If you have a chance to visit thenContinue reading “An afternoon in Muscat; Oman”

How environmentally friendly is cruising?

I have enjoyed cruising all over the world for the last twenty years or so and, although I occasionally hear an ill informed comment about it being a snobbish and elitist holiday choice, most people seem quite interested in cruise and cruise ships – even if its not a holiday choice for them, they canContinue reading “How environmentally friendly is cruising?”