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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 […]

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Update: the photographer who took the image I referred to has agreed to me showing it in the blog. So here it is! – and you can see that, while there is indeed a promenade deck (which does probably wrap-round), it’s hardly a traditional one. So HAL aren’t lying when they say there will be one, […]

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I happened to be looking at some deck plans of Holland America’s forthcoming ship, Koningsdam. She’s the first of a new class of ship, “Pinnacle”. She looks to be based on the old Vista and later Signature classes, but has clearly moved on from them in one significant way – at 35ms beam, she’s wider […]

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Following the Costa Concordia disaster, the first policy change has occurred within the industry, The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), an industry body covering pretty much every major cruise line in the world, today announced a new muster drill policy which will be mandatory for all member cruise lines. Here’s the new policy: Current legal […]

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There seems to be a lot of confusion over whether the Pier Head cruise terminal in Liverpool can or cannot be used for cruise ‘turnrounds’ – that is, cruises starting and/or finishing in Liverpool. Yesterday the leader of Liverpool City Council, Joe Anderson, said that a deal had been reached to permit this, but later […]

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We visited the Cruise show at the NEC yesterday, and we had a good time. There were about 50 stands for about 75 exhibitors. A number of stands covered multiple exhibitors, e.g. Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Discovery, Hebridean Cruises and Discover Egypt were all on a small stand that actually bore the name ‘All Leisure […]

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It's Cruise Show time again…

… and this time we’re going. We’ll be at the NEC for next weekend’s event. I think our focus will be as follows:- River cruises Luxury cruises err – anything else that take our eye! Val is probably more interested in river cruises than I am, but this will give us the opportunity to check […]

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More on Artemis…

… or Artania as we should call her now. She left Southampton at 6pm or so on the 27th and sailed to the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven. She’s now  undergoing conversion and modernisation work. The Lloyd Werft website lists these jobs: Installation of 96 new balconies redesign & modernisation of bars, restaurants & the […]

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QE2's last call at Southampton

  Today is QE2’s last call at Southampton, her home port. She leaves this evening on her last voyage ever, to Dubai where she will be converted into a hotel. There is a full programme of events, including a visit on board by the Duke of Edinburgh, a poppy drop to commemorate both the date […]

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Two dreaded lurgies

Having finished our cruise on Ventura, I have had some of the perils of cruising brought home to me. I knew I was sniffling a bit the last day of the cruise – all those exotic germs brought onboard by all the *other* passengers, of course – but as expected it turned into one of […]

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