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  1. Ed Sheeran's Album Recorded On Cunard's Queen Mary 2

    I can remember the press reports when this story came out. Apparently, Ed was just mingling with the other passengers whilst on board, makes you wonder how many knew who he was. Ill defiantly watch this documentary just as much for the music as the ship. If he gets another Gold Disk, and let be honest this is almost a guarantee with anything he realises, he might even donate it to QM2.
  2. We took advantage of the drinks package on board our Fred Olsen Sailing which was mainly Brits on board and there were no issues relating to alcohol, but Fred dose attract an older clientele. The fact P&O now restrict the amount of alcohol you can take on board highlights that they may be concerned about the leaves certain passengers are drinking, no one wants to be stuck on a cruise with drunk troublesome guests. If it is something they’ll look at it I don’t believe it would be offered on the “Short Break Sailings” aka Party Cruises. Maybe they could trial it on the Adult Only ships first? From experience we’ve always found P&O to be excellent value, so you can argue is it even needed?
  3. It’s that time again, I love booking holidays but hate shopping around for travel insurance. Having done a few cruises now and knowing what I need to look out for, I’m aware that some travel insurers do not offer cruise holiday cover as standard, and some don’t offer it at all. I wasn’t aware though that the actual figures for this are that only 56% of the current single trip policies available to choose from include cover for cruise travel as standard. It only goes up to 59% when looking to take out annual policies. A few years ago, I was fortunate for someone to mention this detail to me while on board and I thanked them as I would have never thought about it prior to them saying. From then on, I always look to make sure cruise cover is specified in my policy as the last thing I want/need is to have to make a claim only to find it’s void because I didn’t read the small print. I read about this on “This Is Money” and it goes on to say that according to Defaqto, only 32% of single and 29% of annual policies on the market allow you to add on extra cover for cruising. It breaks it down even further by saying that cruise cover is now not a blanket policy and one-size-fits-all option. The cover varies depending on the company you’re looking at. For example, some offer compensation for ‘cabin confinement’ whereas many don’t. It then varies again for ‘cabin-confinement’, as in some pay as little as £10.00 per day while others pay out up to £200.00 per day if you claim for missing days of your cruise. I’ve read a lot about this lately and how cruise passengers are missing out on the proper cover needed for their trips because of misleading messages that are then accounted for in the small-print. Make sure you check. After all that reading you’ll probably need to book another cruise to get over it.
  4. P&O Cruises haven’t even completed their new ship yet and already Meghan Markel is being highly tipped to be the new Godmother. This of course is all speculative now and time will tell if the new Princess will christen the new ship?
  5. Music Festivals at Sea

    I think they must have stopped them, nothing in the new brochure and it seems like they are just concentrating on the “strictly Come Dancing” and “Food Heroes”
  6. Last year's BBC series Blue Planet II heralded a change in attitude amongst many on the impact of plastic on marine life, with footage showing animals injured or killed by plastic in the ocean. The UK Government said it is considering a ban on plastic straws and other items, such as plastic drink stirrers and cotton buds. I hope the cruise lines are going to make significant changes on board for example an estimated 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year and they play a part in this. Thoughts on how else they can contribute to make a change? Presenter David Attenborough ended the series with the message: "The future of all life now depends on us."
  7. This sounds like a brilliant idea, I’m surprise none other the other lines have introduced as system like this yet. The only worry is I hope you don’t get any random call outs like Amazons Alexa, when it started laughing out loud for no reason. Wouldn’t fancy that at night in a cabin.
  8. Cancellation charges will always be a sore point especially with the America Lines as we have different booking conditions to other regions. I don’t think anyone would book a holiday just to cancel it, so if they are in that position must be for a reason and that when the charges hit the most. For me this just re-enforces the need to have adequate travel insurance in place from the time of booking. Yes, I do think other lines will follow suit.
  9. Killing two birds with one stone springs to mind, but I’m not sure how this would work. I’ve been on a River Cruise and part of the charm was the Long ship that cruised and berthed directly in the cities, I can’t imagine how their Ocean Vessels would cope with this. This is purely personal but I like to keep my Ocean cruises on the Ocean and River Cruises on the River.
  10. I don’t mind admitting I’m a Cruise Junky and no amount of therapy will change me. Much to my inboxes annoyance I must receive emails daily from all the cruise companies, normally I just take a quick look and file in the bin if not relevant to me, I’d hate to miss out on anything. The last few weeks I have been receiving prompts to reconfirm my details I order to keep receiving communications, this apparently is due to a change in the UK Privacy Law? I’ll be honest if I don’t want to receive something I just unsubscribe, but was wondering if this was being sent out to everyone & do you realise if you don’t complete these details the mailings will stop!
  11. Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    It wouldn’t be good for anyones health if I had to model
  12. The Beatles Museum, the Cavern Club, the shops just a few things, but Liverpool is about music and football you can't escape either.
  13. Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    You never know Cruise Chef, they could even have a “Victoria Secretes” catwalk show on board
  14. I’ve also read the Bolsover article as always very informative, on a personal note I can highly recommend Liverpool Cruise Terminal. On our last sailing back in September with Fred Olsen’s Boudicca we departed from there. Based in the Midlands this was so convenient and we also felt it changed the dynamic on board as it was mostly us Northerners taking advantage of this port instead of travelling all the way to Southampton. As investment is made I really hope more companies take advantage of using this port, because geographically it makes sense to have a Northern base. If you look at how Cunard arrange some of their sailings they have embarkation in Hamburg and Southampton so even with the larger ships this can be worked into the itineraries. Liverpool vibrant city and if you’ve never been worth an overnight stay before the cruise.
  15. Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    Are the changes in the “Shopping Experience” on board to do with the move to an Adult Only Ship or as stated “transition our retail shops on a select number of ships” because if this is truly the case I’m sure we’ll see a few more posts like this, and I wonder what notification they will receive? On a lighter note my other half would be jumper for joy if he thought he could take me on a cruise without any shops.
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