Category Archives: Northern Europe

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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2015 Solar Eclipse

On the 20th March, parts of the northern hemisphere will have a solar eclipse. In the UK, it will only be partial, unlike 1999, but the farther north you head, the more of the sun will be covered, varying from … 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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Vision OTS Pre-Refit Cruise – Copenhagen to Greenock

The beautiful Vision of the Seas was going to be leaving Europe for the last time in 2013, just over 4 years since she arrived. I’d been on her first European, from Harwich to Oslo in 2009 after a fabulous … 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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Norwegian Epic versus Norwegian Breakaway

When the new Breakaway class of NCL ships were announced, there were inevitable comparisons drawn between the earlier model, Epic. Now Epic is Marmite – you either love or hate her. Personally, I love her although do admit she’s not … 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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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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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 – Stavanger to Alesund

Adonia parped at 3.30pm – the bitch! A quick run with my bad back onto the deck and she was already moving away. Our pilot was late but once he was aboard, off we went. Afternoon tea with Voyages of … Continue reading

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Discovery Cruise – Kristiansand to Stavanger

There was a crew drill as I was finishing the internet and they were being asked safety questions. It was at least dry for sailaway but as soon as we hit open water, the wind whipped up just like at … Continue reading

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Discovery Cruise – Sea Day to Kristiansand

The second sitting Captain’s cocktail party was cancelled due to the weather and not many turned up to dinner. But before we went, the Chief Housekeeper Brandy Loteryo phoned to say he had a new cabin for us. So I … Continue reading

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Ventura Pre-Grand Event Cruise

Ventura was doing a 3 night cruise on the 3oth June, arriving back with the other 6 P&O ships as part of their Grand Event. On the other side of the berth was THV Patricia, which Princess Anne will be … Continue reading

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MSC Opera Cruise – Bergen to Southampton

The tour bus only stopped in one place in Bergen and then we went on a 40 minute drive to go on a boat, which would bring us back to the port. We sailed on time and the weather was … Continue reading

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MSC Opera Cruise – Flam to Bergen

After lunch I went ashore and just wandered around to get photos of the ship. It was a gloriously hot day, about 24c, which was fabulous! We’d been lucky with the weather so far. Sailaway was 7pm and Seven Seas … Continue reading

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MSC Opera Cruise – Stavanger to Flam

After lunch, which was packed despite the buffet just opening, I went for a wander to get Hamburg, as I saw her passing the bridge. She was early! Hamburg was last c.Columbus for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and looked a bit different … Continue reading

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MSC Opera Cruise – Sea Day To Stavanger

The rest of the sea day was uneventful until the evening. There was Captain’s Cocktails in two lounges, which I didn’t go to but I saw Brenda from my table at one. You could have your photo taken with the … Continue reading

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MSC Opera Cruise – Southampton to Sea Day

The weather was horrendous on the 16th June, winds averaging force 7 with rain threatened. I decided to take a chance and head over on the Hythe ferry and walk to berth 104, where the gorgeous MSC Opera was berthed, … Continue reading

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Cunard Jubilee Rendezvous – 8th-10th June 2012

As we waited we watched security waving people away on the webcam, but some were rebels, constantly trying again as though sticking two fingers up to them. The guard once ducked under a partial barrier to stop someone. We went … 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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An Epic Reunion

Two posts from me today – wow! This time it’s about NCL’s newest ship, Epic. I was one of over 2000 people (including the press) who travelled on the disasterous cruise from Rotterdam to Southampton on the 21st June 2010. … Continue reading

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Aurora Cruise – Bergen to Southampton

Because of my back I went back to bed then stayed on the ship while Juanita went on her Hardangerfjord tour. There was a crew drill at 10am and I went to the Cyb@Study about 11am. It was like the … Continue reading

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Aurora Cruise – Alesund to Bergen

Juanita and I went on our Island Discovery tour and the escort didn’t seem to know she had to take the ticket and we weren’t given a map as we boarded so Juanita went to get some. The earlier one … 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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Aurora Cruise – Reykjavik to Akureyri

We went to the One Hit Wonders quiz with Gavin in Champions while Juanita had breakfast. I should have got a couple of those including Nut Rocker (only heard of through my ex!) and failed to put one of Juanita’s … Continue reading

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Aurora Cruise – Nuuk to Reykjavik

Explorers put me and Juanita onto different times for the Nuuk Heritage Trail tour, even though there hadn’t been a choice when you booked. Juanita went to see if she could be put on mine but was told no, I … Continue reading

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Aurora Cruise – Dublin to Nuuk

Dublin sailaway was supposed to have an Irish theme and took place at the Terrace Pool. The music just started when the Captain came on to tell us we were about to sail and then about our journey over the … Continue reading

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