Category Archives: AIDA Kreuzfahrten

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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Vision OTS Post-Refit Cruise – 5th to 10th November 2013

I’d booked the Sea & Sea tour and hoped it wouldn’t rain again! Took my brolly just in case. we had a couple of stops, including Marigot for an hour did a boat trip to see some underwater wildlife then … Continue reading

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UK Storm Affects Cruise Itineraries – Updated

The impending storm across England has resulted in several cruise lines changing their itineraries to avoid most of the bad weather. Southampton has sometimes had ships divert from Dover Cruise Port and it’s very rare Southampton is closed. One example … Continue reading

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Vision OTS Pre-Refit Cruise – Greenock to Southampton

I met my friend Graham, who I hadn’t seen since 2002 and we drove to Largs for a cuppa and bite to eat. It was great seeing him again as we had a catch up and reminisced about the past. … Continue reading

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The Great Kent Road & Cross-Channel Ferry Trip

On the 3rd and 4th July my friend Fay and I went to Dover for the night via the scenic route. I say scenic route because, after running an errand in Meopham and having a hard time trying to get … Continue reading

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Independence OTS Cruise – Tenerife to Southampton

The afternoon’s weather wasn’t much better as we had heavy rain showers from nowhere. Thankfully, by the time AIDAbella sailed at 4pm, it had stopped. Our departure was 6pm only we went 20 minutes early. I really wished Captain Remo … Continue reading

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Independence OTS Cruise – Lisbon to Tenerife

We and Columbus 2 were both due to sail at 6pm so I went to the Diamond lounge just after 5pm for a while then headed out. We were late but then so was Columbus 2! I found out later … Continue reading

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Vision of the Seas Cruise – Zeebrugge to Southampton

Our departure was 5pm while the AIDA was an hour later. It was a little windy but at least dry. A little shopping and I was persuaded to take a raffle ticket to win a watch and jewellery set. The … Continue reading

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Vision of the Seas Cruise – Copenhagen to Bremerhaven

Vision of the Seas beckoned in Copenhagen but I had to get there first! I was using Royal Caribbean’s air, which I’d been satisfied with when sailing with sister line, Celebrity. The SAS flight from Heathrow Terminal 3 was very … Continue reading

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Discovery Cruise – Alesund to Harwich

For our sailaway, we had a fireboat. No idea why but it was lovely. The weather had also improved greatly, as it seems to all cruise – crap morning, lovely afternoon. It was pirate night in the restaurant, although they … Continue reading

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Discovery Cruise – Harwich to Sea Day

Off to Harwich for Discovery! It’s so much easier to stay overnight before a cruise than struggle on the day, particularly somewhere like Harwich where you now have to change at Manningtree. You only have 5 minutes between trains and … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – Curacao to Barbados

The trolley tour didn’t start till 1.30pm when we would be taken via taxi to the trolley so I could have a proper lunch before leaving and when I got back, I found my lovely steward had brought a plate … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – Aruba to Curacao

I got up at 11am and, due to lunch not being served until noon, there was only a choice of a late breakfast since I had to be outside by 12.30pm. One thing quite bad is that you’re given shopping … Continue reading

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Norwegian Epic Cruise – Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona

My tour was Scenic Palma and Valldemossa, meeting in the Manhattan Room for 8.45am. Since it was going to be the last tour called, I could quickly pop back to the padded cell for something. Annette was there when I … Continue reading

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Norwegian Epic Cruise – Naples to Palma de Mallorca

I got back to the room about 9.30am and found my other rubbish removed – yay! – and a new box of tissues – double yay! Waited for Costa Atlantica, which was due for 1pm. I wasn’t getting off because … Continue reading

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Southampton Welcomes Cruise Ship Weather Refugees

The media are saying the current gales are the tail end of hurricane Irene. Piffle! How do they explain it usually being windy either side of the equinoxes as the seasons change? It’s not every day the cruise part of … Continue reading

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Cruise Lines and Social Media

Now Royal Caribbean UK have their own Facebook page – yesssssssss!!!!!!!! – I thought I’d do a blog. Once upon a time, not really that long ago when you think about it, you had to either phone or write if … Continue reading

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Ship Visits – Travel Agents or Public?

There is a long-held belief by cruise lines they will get more sales by treating travel agents to free boozy lunches. They reckon the public (potential cruisers) only want a nosey with no intention of booking and, as a result, … Continue reading

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