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A New Post!

Time for a new post – except I don’t really know what to post about, at the moment.

Perhaps I should explain what Tom’s Cruise Blog is for and what I like to post here. It started simply as a place to post my (probably too) long and indeed ever-lengthening review post about the cruises that Val and I do. We first cruised in 2005 – a week on board MSC Sinfonia in the Med, a fly-cruise – and as with so many other people, we were immediately hooked. We did another very short cruise later that year, and since then we’ve done at least one every year, sometimes two. Given that for most of that time we were both working, that’s pretty good going. I’m now retired but Val isn’t yet, so our cruises (which we take together) still have to fit into a working person’s timetable.

So at first the blog was just a place to put those reviews and images. But then it started spreading. I’m the sort of person who likes to delve down into the detail of anything that interests me – I have to know how it all works. So I got very interested in the technology – the ships, the ports, the systems – and indeed the industry, and I started doing blog posts about any topic connected with the industry that caught my interest, on the basis that other people might be interested in them as well. Some of these were big events; the sinking of the Costa Concordia, for example. Other things have been smaller – the rise of regional port cruising, perhaps. Something I’m not terribly interested in is simply rehashing the cruise lines’ press releases (of which I do get an awful lot…). I’m not terribly interested in the arrival into Southampton of Harmony of the Seas, for example. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t want to cruise on her – in fact I think I’d enjoy that a lot as we do prefer bigger ships – but I’m not that bothered about all the hoopla about her. And as for that claim of being the biggest cruise ship in the world – well, yes, technically she is, given that her gross tonnage figure (227,700) is a fraction higher than both of her sister ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas (225,282). But what does that mean? Put all three of them side-by-side (that would be fun!) you wouldn’t see any difference. Gross Tonnage is a measure of internal volume, not the weight or displacement of the ship, so it’s a very artificial measure. If on a new ship you enclose what was an open promenade on an earlier sister ship, then the gross tonnage of the new ship is likely to be greater simply because that promenade is now an internal space and thus contributing to the gross tonnage. The two sister ships will still be the same size…. I was interested in Oasis of the Seas, the first of the class, but now? “Oh, another one of those….”.

But good news! – it’s almost time for this year’s cruise. We’ll be on Britannia in just under two weeks, for a 7 night Fjords cruise (our first to that area). Will we like Britannia? Will we enjoy the fjords? You can find out almost as soon as we do, by coming back to Tom’s Cruise Blog from May 29th.

(You might also want to have a look at Tom’s Travel Blog. In my retirement I’ve been doing a few non-cruise trips here and there, and I’ve blogged about them as well. Here’s a set of posts for a trip to New York that I’ve recently returned from, and here’s a set of posts about a holiday in Crete last year.)

5 Responses to “A New Post!”

  1. Bob Thompson says:

    Hope you enjoy your cruise Tom, can’t say the Brittania appeals to us with the lack of a middle stair case as it doesn’t help any one with claustrophobia
    But to be fair I can’t see us cruising with P&O after last years fiasco and the way they dealt with passengers as a whole, choosing to compensate some and ignoring others
    Still there are plenty of other cruise liners out there so will read your blogs to gleen info

    • Tom Burke says:

      Thanks for the comment, Bob.

      As soon as Val retires we may be able to do some fly-cruises, in which case we will spread our wings and try other lines again.

  2. Malcolm Oliver says:

    “Time for a new post – except I don’t really know what to post about, at the moment.”

    Don’t analyse it Tom, just do it!

  3. Have a great cruise Tom, I hope that you enjoy the fjords as much as we do. I sent you an email with some details of a past itinerary that might interest you, not sure if you got it (email address “mac”)?

    • Tom Burke says:

      Thanks, Damian

      Yes, I did get that earlier email – thanks for that as well. Haven’t had time to reply, unfortunately.

      I shall be doing posts from the cruise.

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