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??
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.
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
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
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
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
We are currently stuck on the Holland America Line cruise ship MS Maasdam in the middle of the South Pacific. Unfortunately however none of my blogs with any content or photos will currently upload with the poor wifi, so if anyone wants to follow our current “adventure” then please like our facebook page ‘Mums Travel… Continue reading Covid 19 – Stranded at sea
Last year we totally fell in love with Polynesia. This year we returned to do a similar but longer transpacific cruise, returning to some of the islands we loved and taking the opportunity to visit some completely new ones, including those of Fiji, Hawaii and Christmas Island. This 34 night cruise ‘should’ be the trip… Continue reading Cruising and Coronavirus!
7 Days in and around Rotarua and it still wasn’t long enough. Last year we were fortunate enough to enjoy a two week cruise around New Zealand aboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Ovation it the seas’ and although as with any cruise you only basically get a few hours in each port, it was enough for us… Continue reading 7 Days in Rotarua
Australia never fails to surprise or delight. It is understandable that 200 years ago the Aboriginals felt the land so sacred and in fact still do today. There truly is something spiritual & magical about Australia and I know I’m not alone in saying that. Whilst I have some special personal ties to Australia, I… Continue reading 11 Perfect days in Australia