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Queen Mary 2 Celebrates US-France Cultural Legacy

On the 24th June, QM2 will return to her birthplace of Saint Nazaire to take part in a special charter commemorating 100 years since American troops landed there in World War I. Once there, The Bridge, a celebration of cultural … Continue reading

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Cunard’s Thank You To Southampton

As everyone knows by now, 2015 is the 175th anniversary of Cunard or British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company as it was originally called. Since returning from the world cruises on the 3rd May, we’ve had all … Continue reading

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Cruise Ships & Southampton Registry

The brand new P&O flagship, Britannia, was unveiled to the media on the 21st and 22nd February 2015 as she was handed over to the company by builders Fincantieri. She is due to leave Monfalcone on the 27th, hopefully making … 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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Cunard at 175

We’ve already had P&O UK’s in 2012, when they achieved the remarkable feat (and logistical nightmare!) of having all 7 of their ships in their home port of Southampton. Next year it is the turn of Cunard to celebrate the … Continue reading

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Norwegian Breakaway Transatlantic – Sea Days

Our first sea day to New York on the 1st May was sunny but a bit chilly. We gained an hour but I forgot to change it on the phone so thought it was later than it was. I had … 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 – 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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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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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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Cunard Jubilee Rendezvous – 6th-8th June 2012

We were en route to Rotterdam, in the wonderful Netherlands. We’d gone west to Swanage before turning into the shipping lane along the French coast. It was a smooth ride, though we were both so knackered after if we’d had … Continue reading

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Jubilee Rendezvous – Southampton

It was an early start on the 5th June to see Cunard’s three liners arrive in their home port. Since the ships weren’t sailing till after 10.30pm, there really was no reason why it had to be the crack of … Continue reading

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QM2 Cruise – Lisbon to Southampton

It was another flipping drill, this time for all crew doing In Port Manning. I chatted to the Maitre ‘D of the Queens Grill as he waited. He’d been with Princess before. Since I hadn’t bothered doing anything I went … Continue reading

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QM2 Cruise – Gran Canaria to Lisbon

Gran Canaria is beautiful. It rained in the mountain on our tour but then was boiling back in Las Palmas. Once we got back to the port, I went wandering for ship pics. This is why I prefer a cruise … Continue reading

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QM2 Cruise – Madeira to Gran Canaria

After a snooze, I went out at lunchtime to catch the shuttle and hoped it had stopped raining. Really annoyingly, the aircon was kicking out cold instead of hot after their electrical ‘tests’ so I woke up with a sore … 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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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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The Best Laid Plans of Ships & Artemis!

Yes, bloody Artemis who, from this day forward, shall return to the old nickname I gave her of Hit & Miss since it’s hit and miss if she’ll ever get anywhere! Tomorrow I was going down to wave Harry Cotterill … Continue reading

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Dedicated Ship Nut Or Certifiable?

I am, of course, referring to me.  On Thursday the 4th, I will finally have the operation to become pain free.  It will be exactly 14 weeks since I was put on the list and 28 weeks and 2 days … Continue reading

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Getting The Friday Feeling

We begin tomorrow with the arrival into Southampton of Cunard’s latest Vista, Queen Elizabeth, for 9am.  She’ll be passing the usual haunts around the same time as her Vista Sister, but then QV was docked in City which made more … Continue reading

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