Category Archives: Celebrity Cruises

Farewell Eclipse

Today, the Celebrity Eclipse sailed from Southampton for the last time after 7.5 years and eight wonderful seasons. The second of the Solstice class to set propeller in Southampton Water, she made her debut on a hazy April day in … Continue reading

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Captain Apostolos Bouzakis Passes Away

A familiar face to many who sailed with Celebrity Cruises, the company have announced the sad news that he has died: “It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully announce the passing of Captain Apostolos Bouzakis, a great man and … Continue reading

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Busy Weekend in Southampton

While four and five cruise ships have become the norm in the Port of Southampton over the past few years, it’s very rare to get six in one day or even seven but that is what will happen over the … Continue reading

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Voyager Cruise – Cartagena to Cadiz

After breakfast, I went to ask about getting some euros, only to be told they do not put anything on your account. It has to be cash payment only, unlike other lines. Many credit cards can be only used in … Continue reading

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Cruise Line Loyalty Clubs

I have touched on this subject a few times over the past couple of years and am returning to it now because there have been more changes recently to Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society and Celebrity’s Captain’s Club. First … Continue reading

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Cunard Loves Solos Again!

A few months ago, Carnival UK decided in their wisdom to ban single travellers, as well as 3rd and 4th sharing a cabin, from booking the P&O and Cunard Getaway Fares. Instead we were forced to book their Vantage Fares. … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

Well here we are on the last day of the old year and what a busy one it’s been. Sadly the maritime year began with tragedy on the 13th January, when Costa Concordia his a rock off Giglio, partially capsizing … Continue reading

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise – Bilbao to Southampton

Since the gangway was still too high when I went to bed, I decided to check a few hours later because I really wanted night shots but slept through the alarm. We sailed in the rain. Yet within a few … Continue reading

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise – Le Havre to Bilbao

After dinner I went for our 11pm sailaway, only we left about fifteen minutes early! I was tweeting about waiting as we moved off. There hadn’t been any pre-departure announcement from Captain Peppas. We were heading into rough seas – … Continue reading

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise – Southampton to Le Havre

Well here we were. My first Connie cruise from Southampton since they changed her itinerary for refit and added one from the 25th-30th April 2007. My second cruise, first solo and just had a fantastic time. My love affair with … Continue reading

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Vision of the Seas Cruise – Bremerhaven to Zeebrugge

Due to arriving slightly late, there was a long wait in the theatre for our tours. The cruise terminal reminded me of an airport with its gates but was very clean and the buses were well organised. After about an … Continue reading

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Celebrity’s Captain’s Club Moving Points Goalposts? – Updated

I have written a couple of times in the past about how unfair credits are compared to nights and, if the following is true and not just a mistake by someone, then it goes some way to proving it. Let’s … Continue reading

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Cruise Line Loyalty Schemes – Points or Credits?

I touched on this back in February 2011 after P&O announced changes to their Portunus Club from April 2012. P&O, as well as Fred Olsen and MSC, use points per night. P&O give you 10 (and used to include 5 … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

Well it’s that time again when it’s out with the old shippy year and in with the new. What a year it’s been, beginning in January with a trip to Southampton Docks to help the journalist, Steve Read document the … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – St Thomas to Fort Lauderdale

I went up to get Carmel at 9.20am and saw Allure was in from her balcony. Bugger! And so, after meeting Ken MacLean from Epic and due to them wanting a rip off $300 for a taxi, we ended up … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – St Maarten to St Thomas

Before I headed out, Carmel phoned to wish me a happy birthday. Ken and I had arranged to meet on the pier at 8.30am if we docked at the same one, so it was lucky we did! This is a … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – Antigua to St Maarten

I had a tour at 12.30pm, meeting 15 minutes before so I headed out and asked the photographers where the tours were meeting, only to be told to talk to a woman in orange outside the port gate. So off … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – Barbados to St Lucia

You had to get a shuttle to the port building and then rush to find the tours at the other end of the building. I just made it because it never said in the daily programme that’s what you had … 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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Constellation Cruise – Fort Lauderdale to Aruba

The letter we’d all been given at check in said the bus would be there about 11.15-11.30am. I went earlier to check out and many people were waiting already. I asked a Celebrity rep who took me to a desk … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – Heathrow to Fort Lauderdale

After a ridiculous 3 hours sleep, I got up on the 2nd December to finish packing for my first cruise from Fort Lauderdale. At T5, it was very quiet. No idea if that was because it was normal or early. … Continue reading

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Is Adventure OTS Southampton Bound?

One thing I love about some port schedules is they go so far in advance. I knew in early 2007 we were getting Independence of the Seas in 2008 because the Port of Madeira listed cruises originating from here. I … Continue reading

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QM2 Cruise – Southampton to Madeira

This was my first time on Queen Mary 2 and my first Cunard since disembarking the QE2 for the last time on the 27th October 2008. Three years, three days later, I was back! Unfortunately, when you’re a solo traveller, … Continue reading

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Does Celebrity Constellation Return to Southampton For Autumn 2012?

Celebrity UK say no, she’s still sailing from Amsterdam on the 5th September to Istanbul. That particular cruise calls at Cherbourg so why did the Port of Le Havre add not one (including during that cruise) but calls for her … Continue reading

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Royal Caribbean Eclipses Celebrity

Wow! What a fantastic day in Southampton yesterday. The weather was absolutely perfect for the first meeting on home soil of Indy & Eclipse, while publicity pictures were taken from a helicopter swooping overhead as Indy steamed off Ocean Dock … Continue reading

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RCCL Day in Southampton!

Earlier this month we had not only a Southampton first, but a UK one, when Silversea did a turnaround on the same day with Silver Cloud and Silver Whisper. They were bow to bow in Mayflower Terminal and it was … 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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Milestone Cruise!

I’m slapping myself on the back because when I board Grand Princess on the 17th September it will be my 30th voyage since the 13th October 2006 when I did my first on the QE2. Last year on that day … 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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