Category Archives: Holland America Line

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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Canberra and Rotterdam 20 Years On

Lots of things happened in 1997 including the death of Princess Diana. But to ship nuts, the 30th September was a very sad day as two ships with different fates ended their careers with their respective cruise lines. SS Rotterdam … Continue reading

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My 2014 Highlights

It’s been a funny old year for me, most notably because only did TWO cruises! Since my back, which has been bad since June 2010, was a good 90% better, it was time to start looking for a job and … Continue reading

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Voyager Cruise – Civitavecchia to San Remo

Voyages of Discovery had organised my flights to Rome for the Springtime European Voyager cruise on their current ship, Voyager. I had only done Discovery once in 2012 and that was roundtrip Harwich so transfers were new to me. I … 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 – 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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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 – Barcelona to Livorno

I finally found my Studio at 5.10pm. This really is ridiculous since it was fifty minutes from departure time. I know it’s not NCL’s fault but it’s still frustrating. The door has a card slot so only those supposed to … Continue reading

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Norwegian Epic Cruise – Heathrow to Barcelona

And so the day had arrived when I’d be reunited with Epic nearly 16 months after the disasterous cruise! When I booked it direct with NCL, I opted for their flight and transfers, since Celebrity’s worked out so well exactly … 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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Aurora Cruise – Akureyri to Alesund

Juanita had her Jewels of the North excursion so I decided to take a wander into town since we were docked so close. Unfortunately, due to my back, I could only get so far before having to turn around and … 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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SS Rotterdam – Success or Failure?

Many of you will be aware this former flagship of Holland America Line is now a static hotel and conference centre in the city of its birth. Despite major problems and expenses causing umpteen delays, she arrived to a huge … Continue reading

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