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Cruising on Ventura – soon

Well, we’ll be on our 2013 cruise on Ventura in just a few days. It seems a very long time since we were last cruising, although in fact it’s less than nine months – we were on Arcadia in September and October last year. But it’s been a long, hard winter – for everyone, I’m […]

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So here’s an interesting new dilemma: making sure that we actually get to enjoy the quite reasonable amount of on-board credit (OBC) that we’ve got for our forthcoming cruise without resorting to pickling our livers on the last night. The position is that between us we’ve got a magnificent £380 of OBC for this next […]

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It’s less than a month to our cruise, and our thoughts are beginning to drift towards it. We’ve done a couple of our standard pre-cruise activities: we’ve received the brochure booklet, we’ve read it, we’ve discussed it, and we’ve made decisions. One of them is that we are not going up to Rome from Civitavecchia […]

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We must be going on a cruise soon…..

How do we know this? – we recently received our ‘Excursions’ booklet. We still get the booklet because we haven’t ‘gone green’. Going through the booklet together and deciding which excursions we fancy doing and which destinations we prefer not to do one is one of the pre-cruise rituals that we very much enjoy. In […]

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Update: I understand that P&O have confirmed that there is a problem with the starboard motor, and that as a result Ventura is having to voyage at reduced speed. They’ve also confirmed that the call at Madeira has been cancelled and replaced by a (possibly shorter?) call at Punta Delgado. No mention as to whether […]

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Cruises R Us…

… or so  it seems. The Passenger Shipping Association, which describes itself as ‘the trade association for the UK cruise and ferry industry, representing all passenger shipping interests’ (but see * below)  published some figures yesterday showing the continuing strength of the UK cruise market: Passengers from the UK took just over 1.7m cruises in […]

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I’ve been thinking about the drinks packages that more and more lines are introducing, and I’ve reached the view that they are definitely not a good thing. First, let’s review how they work; I’ll use the Celebrity arrangements as an example purely because it’s one for which there is a lot of information available. Celebrity […]

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In a week when there has been snow lying all the time, and temperatures have been below freezing all day, it’s been hard to think about summer holidays. Well, actually, I mean that it’s all too easy to  think about summer holidays and cruises; but that just makes the current reality all the more depressing. […]

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What to do with old ships?

There has recently been confirmation that QEII has been bought from its current owners in Dubai by a group of Chinese businessmen, and will be moved to either Singapore or Hong Kong where it will become a floating hotel. Much of the conversion work will be done at a shipyard in the United Arab Emirates […]

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It’s hard to think about cruises or cruising when winter finally bites. All through December I was wondering if we were going to get away with a mild winter, but it seems not. These last few days we’ve had the first snowfall, it’s been below freezing most of the time, and there’s more snow to […]

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