Today, 1st May 2019 at around 2am we crossed the equator aboard the MS Maasdam. It wasn't the first time we had crossed from one hemisphere to another but previous occasions have been only in aircraft, so today was the first time we had actually sailed across the line, and whatsmore we now each have… Continue reading King Neptune Ceremony.
I don't mind admitting that I have moments during our travels when I worry about Cameron's academic schooling and whilst I try my best to keep his education rolling with the 'three R's' I am not a teacher and it is harder than I expected to keep the discipline of it going when there is… Continue reading The enrichment of world schooling.
This week hasn't been the best, Cameron got struck down with the flu and was VERY poorly for 48hrs, but thankfully as many kids do he has now bounced up as quickly as he went down. When we arrived in the port of Moorea, Tahiti a few days ago he was quite hot and off… Continue reading Quarantined on board ship!
EXC In-Depth Voyages aboard Holland America Line - M.S. Maasdam As I have already written about in a previous blog I admit to being a little peeved at receiving an email from Holland America Line just 9 days before we set sail informing me that the kids club would not be running this cruise. Onboard… Continue reading Classroom at Sea
No save haven for children onboard MS Maasdam - One weirdo following and befriending our children, before inappropriately touching them. Of all the places in the world where I thought I might feel a little vulnerable or concerned about our safety, I wasn't expecting to experience it on a cruise ship. I'm not going to… Continue reading It only takes one weirdo!!!
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
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!)