Our roundup of October Cruise Competitions

We had great responses to our cruise competition round up last month so set out to do another list for you! Cruise competitions are very short in supply this month!!  I’ve only found a few plus a couple of others that might be interesting….  Most of these actually close in November but get entering now!!Continue reading “Our roundup of October Cruise Competitions”

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?”

Volume

VOLUME
Just a small section of the incredible 8000 pipes being used in the construction of the organ of La Sagrada Familia, in favourite cruise port Barcelona – due for completion bu 2026: the centennial of Antonio Gaudí’s passing away. it will be awesome in the true sense when 8000 pipes fill this unique acoustic space with sound…

MSC Bellissima – #BEAUTYATSEA

lissima – the literal translation from the Italian means Beautiful; so a very confident name for an enormous, great big new ship. We wanted to find out if she deserved such a compliment so were thrilled be able to join Bellissima for a short section of her Inaugural cruise from Southampton to Genoa – embarking in Barcelona for just two nights aboard.

MSC OPERA – A MOTHER & DAUGHTER MINI-BREAK

My daughter and I were looking for a short break away when we fell across an absolute bargain 5 night section of a repositioning cruise on MSC Opera, the following weekend. After upgrading to an Aurea Suite (of which more later) and upgrading the all inclusive drinks package to Premium it was still cheaper than a pampering weekend for two at a spa in the UK! We added two Easyjet flights ourselves as there were no MSC flights available and we were ready to go!

Sitka, Alaska – and why its worth finding a cruise itinerary that includes it!

Sitka, on the Pacific Coast of Barenof Island in Alaska, is one of the more unusual ports to see featured on an Alaskan itinerary. Originally built by Russian traders in the early 1800’s it has a very different feel to the wild west, gold rush mining towns that form most of the other ports of call in the area and is definitely worth a visit if you get the chance!!

Worst excursion and most stressful day ashore ever!

I wanted to share my thoughts on our ‘worst ever’ port excursion as we learnt some important lessons from it,  both about what to ask about when booking a shore excursion and also about what we took ashore with us that day. We were visiting Laem Chabang in Thailand on a Princess Cruise, which isContinue reading “Worst excursion and most stressful day ashore ever!”