Our Travel Stories

Cruising is back (hurrah!)…but how different is it??

I cannot even put into words how excited we were stepping aboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Anthem of the Seas’ last week (20th July 2021). Having been on the last ever cruise of Holland America Lines MS Maasdam last year and stranded in the South Pacific for almost a month, then 16 months later to be on… Continue reading Cruising is back (hurrah!)…but how different is it??

Mums Musings

Even my cat’s a wanderer!

Where is Socks??? One thing I discovered whilst travelling is that humans are born to roam, just look at the Romans, Vikings, Celts, Polynesians etc, history tells us that they were all travellers. Well the same most definitely goes for cats too, but having just relocated from Worthing to Wokingham one of mine has decided… Continue reading Even my cat’s a wanderer!

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The First and Final Journeys Down Under.

As I write this blog, my first in a while, I do so with a completely broken heart. My lovely Mum died on 16th December following a covid related stroke 9 days earlier. Although she had some ongoing health problems there was absolutely nothing which was ever considered life threatening and certainly we expected her… Continue reading The First and Final Journeys Down Under.

World Schooling

Back to school

It’s harder than we expected.... Back to school 2020 v. 2017 And so it happened, the day we had both basically been dreading - Cameron went back to ‘proper’ education after being world schooled for 2 years, and yes it really has been a LOT harder than we expected both logistically and emotionally. The first… Continue reading Back to school

Our Travel Stories, Travel Reviews

4 nights afloat on the Norfolk Broads

All photo credits: Terri Shanks I have written many many blogs as a single Mum travelling with a young child and I’m not going to lie, it was really nice to get away and have 5 days (4 nights) as a child free break. Having lost Dad just 2 months ago and lots of stress… Continue reading 4 nights afloat on the Norfolk Broads

Mums Musings

Life, Loss and Love during lockdown.

Since we got back from our travels almost two months early on 30th March, life has been slightly surreal to say the least. We stepped out of a pretty normal life in Auckland on 1st March when we boarded the M.S. Maasdam cruise ship and 28 days later we stepped off into what felt like… Continue reading Life, Loss and Love during lockdown.

Our Travel Stories

‘That’ Transpacific Cruise. PART 3

March Transpacific Cruise on the MS Maasdam When we sailed away from Raratonga in the Cook Islands in the early afternoon of 13th March with the ship now at just over half capacity we knew we now had a few sea days ahead with all the cancelled French Polynesian Ports but were still looking forward… Continue reading ‘That’ Transpacific Cruise. PART 3

Our Travel Stories

‘That’ Transpacific Cruise, Part 2

It has to be said that our ships master, Captain P.J. Van Maurik worked tirelessly to get us into ports, as I know many people in Holland America Line were doing for us behind the scenes. After several days of negotiating with both the Cook Islands & Papette port authorities it was agreed that the… Continue reading ‘That’ Transpacific Cruise, Part 2

Our Travel Stories

’That’ Transpacific Cruise – Part 1

4 weeks on board the MS Maasdam during the global coronavirus pandemic. (PART 1) Despite the title of this blog, if I am completely honest I don’t think I ever really felt ‘stranded’ on the Maasdam because despite the emotional rollercoaster we have all been on during the past 4 weeks I feel that pretty… Continue reading ’That’ Transpacific Cruise – Part 1

Cruise Ports & Excursions

3 Cruise Ports in Fiji

Suva, Savusavu and Dravuni Island In light of current restrictions to cruise relating to Coronavirus, I am so grateful that all 3 islands that MS Maasdam was scheduled to call at allowed us entry. The islands may be poor in terms of wealth, but my goodness they are rich in hospitality, friendliness and smiles, not… Continue reading 3 Cruise Ports in Fiji