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Oceania Riviera in Chania

I said a couple of days ago that I was away for a week and probably wouldn’t be posting anything during that time. Well, as it happens the ships came to me; or at least one of them did, and the opportunity to get a picture and post it was too good to miss. When […]

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Away again

just to say that I am on another trip, this time to Chania in Crete (Greece). I’ll be back next Tuesday. Is Chania beautiful? Oh yes. Am I enjoying the holiday? – I think so. Is it reminding me of all the reasons I enjoy cruising? Very definitely. No need to prowl past dozens of […]

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Ch-ch-changes…..

Well, it’s time to report that there may be some changes coming in this blog over the next few months. I’ve just passed a major milestone in my life – I’ve retired. On the one hand this will probably result in having more time available, some of which I could spend on the blog. On […]

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As I posted quite a long time ago, this year’s main cruise will be to the Baltic. It’s not long now until we go, and last weekend we received the P&O excursions brochure. Which is where my dilemmas start… I feel confident enough about all of the other destinations (Stockholm, Helsinki, Warnemunde, Copenhagen and Kristiansand) […]

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New cruise ship limits for Venice

There are reports in the press this morning saying that yesterday agreement was reached by various parties within Venice to new arrangements for cruise ships to alleviate at least some of the concerns listed above. Here’s what I’ve gleaned: from January 2014 no more than five cruise ships will be allowed to berth in Venice […]

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Monday 15:45: Crown Princess has indeed sailed this afternoon – as I write she’s just going past Hythe. AidaSol is still berthed, however. Indy is still berthed in Le Havre, while Adventure of the Seas is in fact sailing in circles in the big sheltered area of sea between the Cotentin peninsula and the mouth […]

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More on the storm

The latest Met Office forecasts show the storm’s main track running rather northwards of where they were suggesting last week: north-eastwards through Wales, the Midlands and towards the Humber rather than along the southern counties of England. That said, the amber warning for wind remains in place for the whole of the south coast. Looking […]

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There's a storm coming…

The Meteorological Office (Met Office from now on) has issued an Amber Warning for severe gales for Monday 28 October. Here’s the text of the message: AMBER EARLY WARNING of SEVERE GALES A spell of stormy weather is possible on Sunday night and Monday in southern England. Gusts of wind may exceed 80mph with exposed […]

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Cruise week

It’s Cruise Week in the UK this week. Yes, I was surprised as well – I’m not seeing much coverage out there. In fact, the only mention I’ve seen of it has been on cruise TA websites and in emails that I receive from them, which would seem to be preaching to the converted. So […]

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Here we go again!

Perhaps we’re suckers – we’re going to book another cruise on a Vantage fare. But we have our reasons…. The other day we worked out that in 38 Christmases as a married couple, we’ve spent just one away from home, and that was our first. This means that Val has spent the last 37 Christmases […]

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