A Review of our cruise on Scarlet Lady Scarlet Lady docked in Key West, Florida At the time of writing this I am gently swaying in what’s has already become the iconic Virgin Voyages red hammock, which is fitted to every balcony on their ships. To be suspended above the water with the sun on… Continue reading Virgin Voyages – A new style of cruising.
When I was in Dubai back in 2016 the word on the street was very much ‘Expo 2020’. Plans were very much afoot and when we returned in the summer of 2018 it was clear to see a city rapidly gearing up for something INCREDIBLE. I cannot imagine the devastation to all those involved when… Continue reading Expo 2020 Dubai
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
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
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!
Bay of Islands is (as the name suggests) a Bay containing 144 small islands which lays off the far northern point of New Zealand. As well as being a spectacularly beautiful place to visit it is also steeped in both Maori and Colonial history. Captain Cook charted these islands when he sailed around them in… Continue reading Bay of Islands – New Zealand
Regent Cruises ‘Seven Seas Mariner’ in the Port of Tauranga. February 2020 I admit that as a Brit, until Tauranga appeared on our New Zealand cruise itinerary last year I had never heard of it! Tauranga lies on the east coast of the north island and is the most fabulous place to visit. I am… Continue reading Port of Tauranga – New Zealand
Well today we have had the most fabulous afternoon ‘railcruising‘ just above Rotorua, New Zealand. So I admit that until we drove past the signs for it yesterday I had never heard of railcruising either and I understand this is the only one of its kind in the world. The tour leaves from Mamaku station… Continue reading Railcruising in Rotorua
Accommodation Review in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia. Our sole purpose of coming to the Melbourne area this trip was because Cameron wanted to see the Puffing Billy Railway. Puffing Billy lies just under 50km to the east of Melbourne and is easily accessible by train so I debated for a while whether to stay in… Continue reading Lifestyle at Ferntree
Excursion Review As a parent I naturally want Cameron to remember every moment of our travels, but I know that despite all the photos, videos, blogs etc we put together that there will be much he will forget over time. There are some moments though that I consciously find myself saying to him "you won't… Continue reading China Town, Singapore