Author Archives: Patricia Dempsey

Travelling With A Stoma

Having a stoma, whether planned or not, can be a terrifying and daunting experience. You have to rethink your entire life, including diet, and can feel embarrassed by the bag. Bums are one of the great taboos which we need … Continue reading

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Farewell Oriana

As everyone will know by now, Carnival Corporation, parent company of the P&O Cruises brand, have decided to sell their former flagship. To date, the name of the buyer nor what her purpose will be, haven’t been revealed just “Chinese … Continue reading

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Passport Interviews

Getting a passport for the first time can be exciting. It opens the door to explore the world. But what if you receive a letter asking you to attend an interview? That’s exactly what happened to my dad. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Cunard Dress Code Changing? (Updated)

There has been no official announcement but cruises booked from mid-June 2018 no longer state Formal or Informal on the Voyage Personaliser. As with Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line, Formal becomes Gala Evening while Informal is Smart Attire. … Continue reading

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Shipboard Announcements

We’ve all been there. They say announcements won’t be in your cabin due to privacy and if you want to hear them, turn on whatever. Fair enough for things like bingo but what of the important ones? The one thing … Continue reading

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Astoria Cruise – Rouen to Tilbury

We had a full day in Rainy Rouen as we’d be sailing at 1.15am for Honfleur the following morning. I had arranged to meet my good friend Marie Mariani after 12pm so had a wander. I had been twice before … Continue reading

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Astoria Cruise – Antwerp to Rouen

Sailaway was at 4pm and we had a band playing us off. We were waiting for one passenger but no idea if he was on the ship or didn’t make it. It was formal night and the Captain’s reception. He … Continue reading

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