Category Archives: Royal Caribbean

Lisbon’s New Terminal Building

The Port of Lisbon have made some major changes over the past few years for cruise passengers. It used to be callers docked at Terminal de Cruzeiros de Alcântara behind the 25 de April bridge. A little further along is … 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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TUI Discovery 3? -Updated

With mystery surrounding the winter 2018/9 deployment for Vision of the Seas, could my favourite Royal Caribbean ship be about to join Splendour and Legend as TUI ships for Thomson Cruises or is she replacing something that is? Splendour of … Continue reading

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I Name This Ship….. Busy Time For UK Cruising

It’s a busy time in the maritime world during March and April as P&O Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages and Royal Caribbean are introducing new ships to the British cruise market. Beginning the 6th March, P&O’s new flagship, Britannia, arrived … Continue reading

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Indy & Navigator OTS Return To Southampton?

Navigator of the Seas was the second Royal Caribbean ship to be based in the port back in 2007 after two successful seasons with the smaller Legend. Navigator was my first Royal Caribbean ship and the ONLY one to date … 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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Traditional Cruising Verses Freestyle

This has become a bone of contention among many who don’t like NCL’s concept of freedom of choice where you eat and casual dress code. Now Royal Caribbean are not only doing a slight version of it. It looks like … 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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Anthem of the Seas Press Conference

Bit late writing about this but my friend Stella and I went to London on the 21st November 2013 to attend this event, and please excuse quality of the photos as they were from my phone. I was part of … 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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Vision OTS Post-Refit Cruise – 1st to 5th November 2013

November began at 24c and we also gained another hour so were 2 behind GMT. A very lazy day reading on the balcony after going to the lecture. I finally finished a book I began on Independence a year ago! … Continue reading

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Vision OTS Post-Refit Cruise – 28th to 31st October 2013

The beautiful Vision of the Seas left Southampton for Cadiz on the 24th September 2013, arriving on the 27th. For the next month she would undergo transformation and never be the same ship again. After 5 fabulous cruises on her … 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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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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Sydney Stalking

I arrived in Sydney aboard Radiance of the Seas on the 9th April 2013 and stayed a few days to see some ships. As it was the end of the season, there weren’t many but we begin with Radiance. The … Continue reading

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Radiance of the Seas Cruise – Dunedin to Sydney

I was booked on the Dunedin Highlights tour and as we were leaving the ship, we had to drop our bags for the beagle sniffer dogs. After a drive from Port Chalmers to Dunedin, we stopped at the Otago Museum, … Continue reading

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Radiance of the Seas Cruise – Hobart to Dunedin

Sailaway was 7pm after one bus load of tour people arrived at 6.45pm. The sun was setting, making it really beautiful but a bit chilly. Dinner then a quick drink in the Quill & Compass before bed. We had a … Continue reading

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Radiance of the Seas Cruise – Esperance to Hobart

We were bus number 5 and our first stop was Mermaid Leather, where they made products from fish skins. All we saw was a 10 minute DVD of past TV features followed by a look round the shop. Next was … Continue reading

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Radiance of the Seas in Fremantle

It was the day I’d flown almost 10,000 miles for – Radiance of the Seas had finally caught me up in Fremantle! I’d arrived in Perth just after midnight on the 16th so the ship was lagging somewhat behind. A … Continue reading

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Cruising Down Under

Cruising from Australia has become very popular over the past few years, with more cruise lines positioning ships down there. For many years there was only P&O, the Australian branch of the well known British line. Royal Caribbean now have … 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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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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Independence OTS Cruise – Southampton to Lisbon

It had been almost 4 ½ years since I last set foot on Independence of the Seas. 2nd May 2008 for the maiden voyage and now I was finally going back on a longer cruise. Shorts are an ideal way … 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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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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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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