You don't have to be in Tonga many minutes to understand exactly why Captain Cook named these 'The Friendly Islands'. The welcome of the Tongan people is warm, genuine and loving from the moment you step foot on the land. Today our cruise ship docked in Nuku'Alofa, one of two Tongan islands we will visit… Continue reading Tonga – The Friendly Islands
Visiting Ayres Rock has been on my bucket list for a long long time, but sometimes when you really build yourself up for something it then disappoints - Ayres Rock certainly did NOT disappoint. We did unfortunately get a couple of excursions cancelled, including a sunrise flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta but it didn't… Continue reading Uluru/Ayres Rock – Mother Nature at her finest
Kids club withdrawn just 9 days before sailing!During our year of worldwide travel we have integrated three cruises into our schedule as they are a fantastic way as seeing numerous destinations in a short space of time, can be a lot more economical that people expect when you find the right deal.....and being a single… Continue reading Holland America Line – a disappointment before we step on board.
This week The Independent online published an article by Janet Street Porter in which she was openly critical of the growing popularity of Home Schooling! ( read full article here) Janet Street Porter is of course entitled to her own opinions and I don't actually know if there is a right or wrong answer to… Continue reading Home Schooling – Should you or shouldn’t you?
Excursion on the Kuranda Sky Rail.Once again the weather put a little bit of a dampener on our latest excursion, but not on our spirits. Yesterday were due to travel by train to the village of Kuranda and return on the sky rail. Having somewhat of a phobia of heights I was secretly hoping that… Continue reading Rain, Rails and Rainforest
There are many things we can control in life, unfortunately the weather is not one of them! Northern Australia was hit by a couple of bad cyclones last week and whilst we have never been directly in their path they have still left some strong winds and heavy rain in their wake. I have been… Continue reading The Great Barrier Reef (Its not always how the travel brochures show it!)
Australia Zoo has to possibly be the most famous zoo in the world now, primarily made famous by the legend that was the late, great Steve Irwin. I have long been a fan of Steve's from the early days of watching Crocodile Hunter and thinking "who the hell is this crazy guy" but quickly getting… Continue reading AUSTRALIA ZOO – The legend and the legacy.
There really are no words to explain how AMAZING it was to fly over the Great Barrier Reef. We were booked to do this yesterday but having got up early and been picked up for an early morning flight an overnight storm left a few rain showers and cloud around. The flight company GSL Aviation… Continue reading Flying over the Great Barrier Reef
30 years ago when working in my first job for the Woolwich Building Society in Worthing, a 17 yr old college lad came to join us on a weeks work experience. Little would have have dreamed back then that 30 years later we would be walking round Australia Zoo together with our 3 respective sons… Continue reading Friends will be friends
I don't know where to start and how to really encapsulate the last 13 days in one blog - Quite simply our New Zealand has been INCREDIBLE. Cruising is a great way to see many different places in a short space of time but when you only have a few hours in each port you… Continue reading Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas – 13 Nights New Zealand Cruise.