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
ENRICHMENT BEYOND EXPECTATION It's funny how sometimes you set your expectations really high, only to be disappointed, whilst other times you can have fairly low expectations and find yourself completely blown away - well the latter was my experience of our most recent cruise aboard Holland America Line ship MS Maasdam. I chose this cruise… Continue reading Review of Holland America Lines transpacific cruise aboard MS Maasdam, Auckland to San Francisco.
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.
My problem with using motion sickness patches was not so much the wearing of them but the post-withdrawal symptoms.....As with all medical products there are always going to be some side effects which happen to some people, so please don't let my experience with patches put you off trying them as you may have great… Continue reading Motion Sickness Patches – The pros, cons and potential side effects.
...Should they be earned or just given freely despite the level of service? I am sure there is a good discussion to be had as to whether gratuities and tips should be an automatic addition to a bill or should only be given where good service is deserving of such? My personal view however is… Continue reading Gratuities and Tips…
Serious safety breaches on board The Carnival Dream Cruise Ship. It's hard to believe possible but today the Carnival Dream cruise ship lost a lifeboat in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico whilst sailing on a packed Christmas holiday cruise with c.4500 passengers & crew on board. The lifeboat apparently literally sheered off from… Continue reading We lost a life boat!!
Chicago - Memphis - New Orleans via Amtrak and 7 night Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans on Carnival Dream. As this trip draws towards a close it is hard to believe that we have packed so much into just two weeks. It has been both exhilarating and exhausting at the same time (remembering that I… Continue reading Review of Iglu Cruises ‘Rail and Sail’