Category Archives: Steve Read

Goodbye Vistafjord

Today, the very last UK built passenger liner arrived at her final resting place at plot 58, owned by Malwi Breaking Co. in Alang, to join her former fleet mate, Sagafjord in maritime memories and history.  Every time I mention … Continue reading

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The Joy of Saga!

Saga Cruises, a name synonymous with ocean going voyages for far longer than many would think. In fact, it has been 18 years since the Saga Group ventured into what is now familiar territory. The first ship was Saga Rose … Continue reading

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Goodbye Saga Ruby

Today, Captain Greybeard reports Saga will be retiring Saga Ruby in early 2014. Now while this isn’t a surprise, it makes me a little sad. I went down for all but one of her and Saga Rose’s world cruise sailings … Continue reading

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Balmoral Bound

And now my first cruise of the year has arrived on the fabulous ship, Balmoral. After a stressful few months caused mainly by people who don’t listen, treat you like crap and think they’re right despite masses of evidence to … 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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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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Farewell Ferret – aka: Steve Read Who Loved Cruises!

In case you’re wondering, ferret isn’t a derogatory term but rather his nickname from when he worked at the Evening Tribune in Nuneaton, due to his ferreting out a story. Yes, sadly on the 21st February 2011 many of us … Continue reading

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Love Boat Unloved A Bit Longer – Updated

On the 2nd February, an auction with sealed bids was held in Genoa for the Pacific, only to be suspended at the 11th hour. The late journalist, Steve Read, had written about it in his blog after contacting the official … Continue reading

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Grand Princess Loses Her Handle

As the late, great journalist, Steve Read wrote back in December, Princess Cruises are completely changing the look of the original Grand class, Grand Princess Of course, if they’d done more to generate revenue it wouldn’t have been a loss-maker … Continue reading

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Steve Read, Ship Nut, Friend. RIP

It’s with a heavy heart I write about the sad and unexpected passing of my friend, journalist, Steve Read. I’d last spoken to him in the middle of the night (aka 3am last Saturday morning) about various shippy-related things including … Continue reading

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Azura World Cruise? – Updated

In 2013 & 2014 at least apparently. This is quite a turn around for P&O fly cruises to the Caribbean. Currently we have Arcadia & Aurora gone plus Artemis on her final Far East jaunt. Oriana had one between September-December … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Cruising & Stalking

On the 25th November 2010, my mum died almost ten months to the day after being told she had cancer. She wasn’t a ship nut like me, my dad and many of my friends, but she did enjoy watching them … Continue reading

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