Boudicca British Isles and Ireland Cruise Part 1


I have been on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Boudicca for a few days now, so it’s time to let you know what has been happening and where in the world we are, but first, let me tell you about the lady herself. There are a few interior similarities between Boudicca and Braemar (I cruised on Braemar last year to the Baltic), but Boudicca definitely has a little personality all her own – she really is a beautiful ship and I am charmed by her traditional features. I love the Secret Garden Café, her open decks are my kind of ideal and the crew are absolutely fantastic. I have an outside cabin on Deck 5 and it is pretty much perfect for two people. There is plenty of storage space, a vanity area, tea and coffee making facilities and a bathroom with shower.


Our first day was spent at sea, so I had a bit of a lazy morning and then went exploring before having a Black Jack lesson in the afternoon. I never go into casinos at home, only when I am on a ship, and I had been dying to know how you actually play Black Jack. It was fun, there were only 5 of us at the table and we had a few games to help us understand “doubling-up” and “splitting”. I am definitely not an expert, I may need to carry the rules booklet with me if I did decide to have a flutter, but I’m glad I now know the basics.

Portsmouth was our first port of call and I jumped on the shuttle bus and had a walk around Gunwharf Quays. I had thought about checking out the Historic Naval Dockyard, but decided I would save that for a day when I am visiting my friend in Southampton – that way we can combine a bit of history with shopping and food, and make it a real girly day out.


Next, we found ourselves in Falmouth, Cornwall, and it was absolutely beautiful! My plan had been to do an excursion to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, but after having a chat with the shore excursions manager about Falmouth, I decided I wanted to stay a little closer to “home”, so I cancelled my tour and instead explored the harbour. It was a typical, English seaside town and I loved it. I bought fish and chips from Harbour Lights – an award-winning fish and chip shop – and sat on a bench at the waterfront to eat them and watch the little sailing boats come in and go out. I walked right through town, stopping at some wonderful little craft shops, and then made my way towards the Oyster Festival. The town was very busy and it had a great atmosphere. Falmouth is definitely a place I would like to visit again.


Today we find ourselves in Cobh, which is actually pronounced Cove, and my day began with a city tour and then a visit to the Old Jameson Distillery. The city tour was quite nice, but my main reason overall for booking the excursion was to visit the distillery. It was absolutely brilliant, I really did enjoy it and it was fascinating to learn all about the whiskey making process, quite literally, from beginning to end. The best part of the guided tour, for me, was the end. We walked through a dark cellar like type space and it was full of barrels of whiskey, I think the girl said there were 1,500 there in total (although Jameson actually have 1.5 million barrels at present in all) and the smell was incredible! I was also fascinated by the “exchanging” of barrels. I always presumed that the distillery made their own barrels for their own use, but apparently Jameson have barrels imported from the U.S.A and Iberia, barrels that have previously been used by the companies they buy them from to distil their own spirits (bourbon and sherry), hence the unique Jameson flavours. I was very tempted to buy a bottle from the gift shop – the one I wanted was the 12-year old blended whiskey – but it was 55 euro per bottle! Basically, they distil some of the alcohol in one of the barrels from Spain/Portugal and then some in the barrels from the U.S.A., then, when ready, they marry the two together. Apparently you can only buy that particular blend in the town of Midleton, where the distillery is located.



We sail today at approx. 5pm and our next port of call is Dublin. I will update you all again very soon with my Boudicca British Isles and Ireland cruise adventures!


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NEW Ship To Join The Saga Cruises Fleet In 2019


It’s full steam ahead for Saga Cruises which has today announced plans to update its shipping capacity, with an all-new Saga cruise ship expected to be delivered in Summer 2019 and the option to order a second for delivery in 2021. The ships will be built by the renowned Meyer Werft shipyard – a recognised leader in cruise ship construction.

The new ship will be for fewer than 1,000 passengers and so will retain the intimacy and personal touch for which Saga is renowned, but with some new features including balconies for all cabins.


Lance Batchelor, chief executive officer, Saga plc who announced the decision at the company’s half-year results said:

“The cruise operation remains at the heart of the Saga brand and demonstrates our commitment to deliver excellence in customer service and outstanding value. This investment will be transformational for the cruise business and for our cruise customers.  The precise details of the new purpose built ship will be finalised over the coming months but will retain the traditional features our customers cherish.”

Robin Shaw, chief executive, Saga Cruises, said:

“Our plan for the first of our new modern and elegant cruise liners is sure to delight our existing passengers and we hope it will entice new passengers to cruise with us. We will retain an intimate small-ship feel, for fewer than 1,000 passengers, a high crew to customer ratio, great public spaces and entertainment facilities and dining can be accommodated in a single sitting.

The artist impressions have been well received and we will continue to consult with our loyal cruise customers throughout the design and build to ensure they get ships that they have helped to make their own.

Above all the new ships will continue to provide the quality and excellent service for which Saga is renowned.”


Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft said: “We are happy and honoured to work with Saga Cruises in bringing their first purpose built new ship to life.”

Plans for the ship will be refined over the coming months but we anticipate her to have some 540 suites and cabins each with a balcony.  Around 15% of cabins will be designed for single occupancy and the maximum capacity for the ship will be fewer than 1,000 passengers.  There will be single sitting dining throughout a range of restaurants as well as a variety of bars, speciality restaurants and al-fresco dining options. There will also be outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon.

The 55,900 GT vessel will be approx. 234 metres long, 30.8 metres wide and with a planned completion date of summer 2019.



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Counting Down To Boudicca & The British Isles


It is almost time for me to hit the high seas again and on this cruise I will find myself spending 11-nights aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Boudicca, as she takes me on a ‘Myths & Legends’ cruise around the beautiful British Isles. This will be my first time aboard Boudicca and my first British Isles cruise, so it should be fun!

Our ports of call are: Portsmouth, Falmouth, Cobh, Dublin, Belfast, Kirkwall, Invergordon and Rosyth.

I have a few shore excursions planned, but I haven’t chosen to do something organised in every port. I like a balance of organised tours and “see where I end up” days – it’s no fun when everything is planned for you all of the time – so on this cruise I am exploring without a plan in Portsmouth, Dublin and Rosyth.

There are two excursions that I am looking forward too a little more than others, and the first one is The Lost Gardens of Heligan. The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family from the mid-18th century to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family’s Heligan estate, but they were neglected after the First World War and only recently restored in the 1990s. I’m not entirely sure what to expect from the gardens in October, but I thought it would be quite interesting and also nice to spend some quality time among nature.


The second excursion that I am looking forward to is Titanic Belfast. The exhibition extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features. Visitors can explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.


My other shore excursions are – the Jameson Distillery during our call to Cobh, Orkney Island tour during our visit to Kirkwall and a Sea Safari Adventure in Invergordon. The Sea Safari adventure is right up my street! It involves a high-speed RIB and a waterproof suit – need I say more?

As I mentioned earlier, I have never sailed on Boudicca before, so I am looking forward to that, and I am also excited to once again embark in Port of Tyne. As an added bonus, I will also disembark in Port of Tyne – thank you Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for your Newcastle round-trip itineraries!

So, with just one week to go until departure, it might be a good idea if I gave packing some thought, don’t you think?! ;)


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Protecting Our Marine Life With ORCA


In July, I spent 17-nights aboard Saga Sapphire as she cruised the Mediterranean, it was a wonderful cruise, visiting ports of call both old and new, but it was also enhanced by the fact that we had a team from ORCA onboard that were conducting a marine and mammal survey.

I am a huge lover of all creatures and I thought it was absolutely brilliant that ORCA could come aboard and conduct their research, research that is vitally important and that ultimately helps to protect our marine life. Passengers could also enjoy whale and dolphin spotting with the ORCA team every sea day out on the open decks.

So, before I get right into my blog, let me tell you more about ORCA. Formed in 2000, ORCA is entirely dedicated to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in the UK and European waters. They work to identify vulnerable whale and dolphin populations, help protect threatened whale and dolphin habitats and prevent large whales from being hit by ships. Together with governments, research institutions and other conservation charities, ORCA’s aim is to create safer places for whales and dolphins.

Mother and calf Striped Dolphin Image credit: ORCA

Mother and calf Striped Dolphin
Image credit: ORCA

The team held talks throughout the cruise and were more than happy to answer any and all questions that people had, in fact, their presence onboard made the sighting of a whale or dolphin that much more exciting because it could instantly be identified and discussed. It was also nice to learn about the work ORCA do when not conducting marine surveys at sea, for example one of the things they are actively involved in is raising crew awareness of ship strikes. They also take note of any discarded fishing gear that they come across whilst at sea and I have to admit that we passed a LOT of ghost gear on our cruise. These nets are just left to drift around our oceans and they are a massive danger to our marine life. I also learned that 640,000 tons of rubbish is dumped into the sea every year! Imagine what kind of impact that has on our ocean friends!

The biggest threats to our marine wildlife are: over fishing, ghost gear (abandoned fishing gear), ship strikes, climate change, whaling and pollution. We can each do something to help reduce all of these issues by making a small donation to ORCA, joining the ORCA team and helping to create awareness and conduct surveys, becoming an ORCA member and even fundraising.

Risso's Dolphin spotted in the Bay of Biscay Image credit: ORCA

Risso’s Dolphin spotted in the Bay of Biscay
Image credit: ORCA

As I said, the team were onboard to conduct a survey and make note of their sightings. Below is everything that was spotted during our cruise – incredible, right?!

Harbour porpoise – 8 | Bottlenose dolphin – 171 | Common dolphin – 1149 | Striped dolphin – 422 adults, 9 calves | Mixed striped and common dolphin pod – 220 | Risso’s dolphin – 16 adults, 2 calves | Blue whale – 1 | Fin whale – 21 | Unidentified dolphin – 446 | Sperm whale – 6 | Unidentified whale – 31 | Pilot whale – 48 | Cuvier’s beaked whale – 2 | Shark – 1 | Loggerhead turtle – 1 | Flying fish – 1 | Sunfish – 1 | Flamingos – 12 | Tuna fish – 30

Obviously, I didn’t see all of the above myself, but I did see the Sunfish, which I didn’t even know existed! I also had the pleasure of seeing hundreds of Common Dolphin, a few Striped Dolphin and the back of a whale.

Common Dolphin in Gibraltar - my own image

Common Dolphin in Gibraltar – my own image

ORCA rely on donations from the kind general public in order to carry out their research and buy necessary equipment and any donation, however big or small, is greatly received. If you can spare a pound or two then please click here.

Many thanks to ORCA for the information and some of the images used in my blog today – all of the images were taken during the 17-night Saga Sapphire cruise.





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It’s Not A Boat, It’s A Ship!



I hear it time after time, people referring to cruise ships as boats, but what is the difference? I don’t think there are any laws that stipulate if you get it wrong then you shall be banished to a life at sea aboard the Black Pearl, but whichever way you look at it, a cruise SHIP is most certainly NOT A BOAT!!!

I am by no means a maritime expert, but there are a few things that are very different between the two that can help when trying to work out whether a specific mode of water based transportation would be classed as a boat or a ship. As I am so kind (and tired of hearing people refer to the likes of Britannia as a boat) I thought I would share some of these with you today.

1: Size is the most obvious difference between the two and I offer you this famous saying that will help keep you right in the future (before you let the B word slip out!) – A ship can carry a boat, but a boat can’t carry a ship. The next time you bump into your Captain, please, for the sanity of cruise-a-holics everywhere, don’t refer to his grand ocean going vessel as a boat – I beg you!

2: There are also big differences in how the two actually operate, for example, a ship (including cruise ships, navy ships, tankers and container ships) are often operated in oceanic areas and are built for cargo and passenger transportation, where as a boat is operated in smaller bodies of water and probably wouldn’t be the ideal choice for crossing the Atlantic Ocean during a force 10 storm.

3: When it comes to technology, the two couldn’t be any further apart. Ships offer some incredible, state-of-the-art navigational systems, where as a boat will usually offer a much less complicated set of operational equipment – unless you are aboard a fishing boat or yacht, of course.


4: Another good thing to think about is the crew – when was the last time you spotted a crew of 1,500 on a boat?

5: Construction also comes into play as ships are incredibly complicated structures that take a serious amount of planning and model testing. Even the weight and placement of the smallest addition must be taken into consideration because it could affect the stability of the vessel. A boat is a lot less complex than a ship when it comes to design complexities. OK, so it’s not quite as simple as folding a piece of paper and seeing if it floats, but it certainly won’t take several years to plan, another two to build and cost $500 million.

6: Propulsion – that thing that makes the ship or boat  move in the water – also differs between the two. A boat can be powered by sails, motor or human force, where as a ship has dedicated engines to propel it.

So, the above are some examples of the differences between a ship (primarily a cruise ship) and a boat, but as I said at the beginning, I don’t think in the grand scheme of things that there is a set-in-stone right or wrong perception of all water transportation. Why? Because I would actually refer to a passenger ferry, such as King Seaways, as a ship, but technically it would be classed as a boat. I also don’t agree with calling a Submarine a boat – IT’S A SUBMARINE! – but because it can be hoisted aboard a ship, it too is classed as a boat.


Regardless of anything written above, I think we have all now established that A CRUISE SHIP IS NOT A BOAT and as that was the actual point of the blog (but I needed to say a little more than just that for the sake of Google) I can be quiet again now. Until next time…………..


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Norwegian Escape Is On Her Way!


Norwegian Escape, soon to be the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, departed MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany on Friday 18 September for her approximately 24-hour long conveyance along the Ems River.

Norwegian Escape’s river conveyance marks another key milestone in the ship’s highly anticipated delivery. Measuring 1069 feet long and 136 feet wide, the ship is the first in the line’s Breakaway Plus class. Three additional ships in the class are on order at Meyer Werft.

Sailing backwards, Norwegian Escape left MEYER WERFT at approximately 2:00 pm (local time in Germany), and made a narrow passage through the ship yard’s locks, with only 1.2 metres clearance separating the ship from the “bumpers” that were specially installed along the starboard side of the locks. This very careful manoeuvre took approximately 2 hours at a maximum speed of only 0.2 knots. The precise navigation included a team of two located on the bridge, with one navigation officer in charge of overseeing the bow manoeuvres and the other overseeing the movement of the stern, led by experience River Ems pilots.

After passing through the locks, Norwegian Escape continued along the river, stern first. Due to the strong propulsion in the aft section of the vessel, traveling stern first helps with manoeuvrability, which is a key component when navigating the vessel through such narrow passages.

Before reaching her final destination in Eemshaven, Netherlands at approximately 12:30 pm (local time in Germany) on Saturday 19 September, Norwegian Escape passed through additional narrow passages including the Weener Bridge in Weener; Jann-Berghaus Bridge in Leer; and Ems-Barrier in Gandersum. Once the ship reached Eemshaven, she started to take on additional provisions and materials to welcome guests in late October, before heading toward the North Sea for sea trials later this month.

Norwegian Escape, soon to be the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, will sail weekly seven-night cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on 14 November 2015. The 164,600 gross ton ship will be the largest ever to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4,200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.

Info courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

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A Royal Luncheon Aboard Royal Princess

Royal Princess

Recently, I made the journey south to spend a few hours aboard Princess Cruises Royal Princess for her ‘Royal Luncheon’. It was my first time aboard the ship (which I liked very much) and we were promised a few little treats, one of which turned out to be a galley tour by Executive Chef David McDonald. I have been in the galley on several ships, but this one was by far the biggest, it literally was huge! We were given some interesting facts and information on each area within the galley and I am going to start my blog today by sharing some of that information with you.


Pastry Shop 

During the day, thirteen people perform their craft here, while four work steadily at night to prepare sweets and pastries.

Average amount of assorted pastries prepared daily: 6,000 | Average amount of ice cream prepared daily: 100 gals | Average amount of cakes and pies served daily: 300


Ten bakers utilize dough mixers, ovens, refrigerators and special proofing ovens, which create the perfect environment for the dough to rise. On average, 1,500 lbs. of flour is used every day to create he following fresh breads: Sweet Rolls, Bread Rolls, Croissants, Pizza, Bread Sticks, Biscuits and Vol-au-Vents.

Grade manger (cold kitchen)

Grade Manger is the French name given to the area where all cold dishes and salads are prepared. Eleven crew members work in this area, which contains mixing and slicing machines and refrigerators where all prepared dishes are kept.

                Average amount of salads served daily: 1,600 lbs | Average amount of shrimps used daily: 400 lbs  Average amount of mayonnaise used daily: 13 gals | Average amount of sandwiches made daily: 1,500 each

Dishwashing area

A total of fifty-seven people work continuously throughout all the ship’s galleys pre-washing, sorting and feeding a constant stream of china, glasses, silver, pots and pans into the dishwashing machines. In the sculleries, ten workers scrub and polish all of the specially constructed oversized pots, and sauté and braising pans to make them ready for the chefs and cooks. Silverware is cleaned and polished through the night so that the surfaces achieve a fine finish for the following day. On average, 70,000 dishes and 21,500 glasses are washed daily!


Royal Princess Ship Tour

We also had a tour of Royal Princess during the visit and there were a few areas that I liked above others. Her atrium was beautiful, reminded me of the atrium aboard Emerald Princess, but on a much grander scale. I also really liked the Spa area, Lido Deck and Casino. My absolute favourite area onboard, however, was The Sanctuary. I was completely wowed by this area and the cabanas that hugged the side of the pool. It is by far the nicest outdoor relaxation area I have seen aboard any ship! I was also taken by the four Sanctuary Cabanas, which offer amenities such as a personal television with noise-reducing wireless headphones, cushy sofas, luxurious robe and slippers, a welcome cocktail, and healthy snacks including nuts, and dried and fresh fruit. The cabana also features a fully stocked mini-bar with refreshing waters and sodas, as well as a choice of alcoholic options, including beer or wine. I don’t usually haunt these areas onboard, but I would happily pay to use this one. The Sanctuary is $20pp for a half day and $40pp for a full day, and the Sanctuary Cabanas are $80 for a half day use.




A Royal Luncheon

Lunch was served in Sabatini’s, Princess Cruises Italian restaurant and the one in which during my time onboard Emerald Princess I think I ate just about everything on the menu – the kitchen just kept sending food! We had a specially prepared menu during our visit and to start I went with the chilled seafood Assiette sampler, which was very nice indeed. I really enjoyed the dressed baby shrimps and the lobster. The choice of main course was either rack of lamb or butternut gnocchi and as I don’t eat lamb, I went for the latter. I had never had it before and I doubt I will ever have it again. The taste of it was fine, the sauce was nice, but it was the consistency of the gnocchi itself that put me off. Dessert came in the form of a 5oth anniversary chocolate heart and it was a rather nice way to end the meal and a sweet way to end our visit to Royal Princess.


I hope it won’t be my last time aboard, I could have seen myself spending a week or two on her, cruising to some interesting far-away lands and chilling in my private little cabana with a cocktail. ;)


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A Post-Cruise City Break In Amsterdam


I recently boarded Crystal Symphony for a 4-night cruise and our disembarkation port was Amsterdam. I absolutely love the Netherlands, Amsterdam in particular, so it was the perfect excuse to spend a few days in the city on a post-cruise break with my friend and fellow travel blogger, TravelShopGirl.

We stayed at the Ibis Amsterdam Central Stopera hotel, which had a great location – just a 15-minute walk away from the very heart of the city. I have had the pleasure of staying in a few Ibis hotels both in Amsterdam and the U.K. and I always leave satisfied. I think the attraction for me is that I always know what to expect, and I like that. We had a twin bed room that was big enough for the amount of time we spent there. The beds were very comfortable, the TV had a wide choice of channels and the bathroom, although quite small, had a large walk-in shower with glass doors. We also had FREE Wi-Fi (which is standard for Ibis) and a beautiful view across the canal from our window. The hotel was quite busy during our stay, there were always new people checking in, so it is obviously a popular choice. The location is pretty much perfect and although it was a longer walk back into the heart of Amsterdam than I am used to, the streets en-route are filled with stores, restaurants, bars and so much more, so it actually becomes a rather pleasant walk. If you leave the hotel and turn left then you can walk towards Damrak along the main road. If you leave the hotel and turn right then you can make your way into the city via several shop and café lined streets before you eventually find yourself at the top of Dam Square. I also tried some food at the hotel on the morning we checked-out. I was desperate for soup, so I had mushroom and TravelShopGirl had asparagus. Although initially quite salty I soon got passed that and tucked in – the French bread served with it was nice too! It was 5 euro and worth it.



On one of our evenings we went on the Amsterdam Ghost Walk and I really enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend this as an option if you want to do something different. It was very interesting. I have visited Amsterdam several times before and passed many of the buildings we stopped at, but I had no idea what the history behind any of them actually was. Your guide will be a gentleman named Bart and let me tell you that he is very good at what he does. He really gets into the spirit (pardon the pun) of the tour and offers every story with real enthusiasm. There are various routes available, but on our’s we were told tales of the Trippenhuis, Nieuwmarkt, Spinhuis and more. You can book for this tour online and the meeting place is The Tara pub at Rokin 85/89 – just up from Dam Square.

We also visited The Amsterdam Dungeon. Usually I would run in the other direction from things like this, but I was brave and went for it. I think it was because I visited The London Dungeon as a child and was absolutely terrified – I really had to get over it! If you are visiting Amsterdam then you must do this. There were lots of little special effects, some very, very good actors and each section had a story. My favourite part was trying to escape from the Labyrinth. It was awesome! I can’t tell you too much otherwise that would give it away, but it really got your mind going. I also enjoyed Hell on the Batavia, where we “boarded” the 17th century VOC ship, the Batavia for a thrill-filled journey back in time.


As you would expect, we also visited several bars during our time in the city and we both agreed that the best ones we visited were in fact the city’s gay bars. We had such a fun time! I would definitely recommend Prik, which is noted as one of the best gay bars in Amsterdam and has a resident ginger cat (who can be a little grumpy if you touch her paws but loves a pet behind the ears), and the Queen’s Head. They are quite far away from one another, but the on-foot exploration was all part of the adventure for us.



I sailed back from Amsterdam with DFDS Seaways – I have to keep the cruising aspect of every trip first and foremost – and as usual it was hassle free. I always book the coach transfer with DFDS from the city back to the port in Ijmuiden because it is less stress than trying to make my own way there. I arrived at the terminal and was checked-in and onboard within 16 minutes (yes, I timed it) which I think was the best yet. The cabins onboard offer everything you need for an overnight crossing and the ferry itself has a wide variety of public lounges, bars and restaurants. I sailed back on King Seaways, which is my favourite, and onboard her you can also find a cinema, selection of shops and there’s even an ORCA Centre onboard.


As I said, I love Amsterdam, it really is a great city and a great port of call, and if your cruise starts or ends in Amsterdam then definitely consider a pre or post-cruise stay, I promise that you will not be disappointed! I would also suggest that you grab yourself one of the iamsterdam city cards as they offer discounts at restaurants and even free entry to some of the city’s museums.

During my time in the city I also met up with my “adopted Dutch family” (I met them a few years ago on MSC Magnifica) and we visited Marken, Monnickendam and Volendam. They were all beautiful places and they can all be accessed via public transport from Amsterdam, so the iamsterdam city card would come in useful for these! We had superb weather during our visit and it allowed for lovely walks around all three places. Marken was my favourite of them all, but next time I’d like to spend more time in Volendam. They were all seaside towns, but Volendam was definitely the livelier of the three.


TravelShopGirl and I are already planning our next trip and we decided that we are going to hit Amsterdam again. We had such a good time and still have so much more to see, so let the planning commence………….


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The Telegraph Cruise & Travel Show – Liverpool October 2015


Come along to this year’s The Telegraph Cruise & Travel Show and discover the most spectacular destinations and cruise hot spots. Bringing together over 50 top cruise and travel brands to the brand new Exhibition Centre Liverpool from Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th October 2015.

Visitors will go beyond the brochure to get face-to-face advice, meet the experts and take advantage of show only deals, whilst learning more about the best cruise and travel experiences from across the globe.

This year the show will bring some exciting new features including a dedicated travel section filled with inspiration to help you plan your perfect trip. Returning for a second year to the show will be both the Destinations Theatre and the Cruise Lines Theatre, where a host of cruise line and Telegraph experts will share their insider knowledge and reveal their top destinations for 2016.

Destinations Theatre

Travel experts, Telegraph journalists and adventurous celebrities will share their passion, insider knowledge and tips.

Covering all corners of the globe, our experts will give you insight into the latest popular destinations, insider knowledge that can only be discovered by personal advice and a wealth of ideas to help you plan your next trip.

The Cruise Lines Theatre

Ask the experts and discover the large variety of cruise styles and what life is like onboard.

Take advantage of this opportunity to quiz the cruise lines about where they go, why they’re different and what is included to help you decide which cruise line is right for you. Bring along all the questions you have about cruising, whether you are interested in river cruises, small-ship adventures, the best options for families or expedition voyages. It’s also a great asset for those new to cruising, providing a wealth of information on the cruise lines all in one place.

Wine Tasting

Learn how to swirl, smell and sip like an expert in our wine tastings.

In our wine and sparkling wine masterclasses, you will be able to discover and enjoy 4 different wines (2 whites & 2 reds) and 3 different sparkling wines respectively. Learn more about different wines, their producers, characteristics and food-pairing features in a masterclass that will wake up your love for wine.

Wine tasting and sparkling wine masterclasses are only £5 (£6 on the day) and are available to book now.

CLIA Cruise Experts

Take advantage of free independent advice and guidance from the world’s cruise industry association.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the organisation that represents the cruise industry both in the UK and globally. CLIA works with all of major cruise lines, and are incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of cruise holidays.

The show is a perfect opportunity to meet personally with the CLIA Cruise Experts in a dedicated one to one session. Each session lasts 30 mins and gives you the chance to talk through those all important questions that are personal to you and your family to ensure that you make the right cruise choice. CLIA Cruise Experts offer unbiased and independent advice based on your needs and requirements; whether it’s finding a cruise line that will cater for your special interests or the best ship to accommodate your whole family.

Free sessions are available to pre-book now.

Cunard Connections Walking Tour

Enjoy a waterfront walk in the footsteps of a shipping giant.

When Samuel Cunard’s first paddle steamer pulled away from the Liverpool docks in 1840, little did he know that his name would be forever connected with the city.

This waterfront walk explores the enduring links between Cunard and Liverpool, and the stories of the resolute steamships, crews and passengers that braved wars, wrecks, waves and the wildest weather to cross the ‘ocean railway’.

The walk returns to the thrilling age of steam, meets illustrious passengers and ordinary travellers, and discovers how Cunard evolved into the luxury cruise liner company it is today.

From best-selling writers to runaway slaves, the Cunard Connections Walking Tour brings alive their incredible experiences with readings from memoirs, essays, letters and literature of the day.

Cunard Walking Tour tickets are priced at £12 (£10 priority booking)

Tickets & Location

Dates & Times: Saturday 17th October 2015: 10am – 5pm & Sunday 18th October 2015: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Address: Kings Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4FP

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P&O Cruises Britannia To Star On UKTV’s Battlechefs


Marco Pierre White is set to judge the cooking skills of celebrities including Alex James and Keith Duffy in competitive new travelling cookery show set at sea. P&O Cruises newest ship Britannia is to be the star of Battlechefs, from award-winning television network UKTV.

P&O Cruises is teaming up with Spark Media to bring the show to its flagship entertainment channel Watch. The show will see ten amateur celebrity chefs including Alex James (Blur), Keith Duffy (Boyzone) and John Partridge (EastEnders) board Britannia and take it in turns to command the kitchen. Their talents will be judged by British celebrity chef and P&O Cruises Food Hero Marco Pierre White.

Filmed over two Mediterranean cruises on Britannia, each itinerary will be host to its own self-contained competition featuring five celebrities, who will each assume the role of head chef and prepare a meal for the Captain and his VIP guests. In each episode, we follow the untrained chefs as the ship sails from port to port they discover charming and captivating stories about each location and the food that is grown and produced locally.

Using the new cooking techniques they’ve learnt, they will each try to impress the Captain with their skills. Their competitors will help prepare the meal, but as they also get a chance to score each other, will they play tactically as they fight it out to become Battlechefs Champion?

The new series was ordered by Dave General Manager, Steve North. In partnership with P&O Cruises, the show was brokered by UKTV’s Director of Commercial Partnerships, Sally Quick, Spark Media Partner founders Mark Baker and Steve Havers and P&O Cruises Marketing Director, Christopher Edgington.

Spark Media’s Mark Baker said, “Battlechefs is part travelogue and part game show. It’s a TV hybrid that features celebs who are passionate about food. They’ll be on Britain’s biggest cruise liner as it tours the Med in the world’s first floating cookery competition.”

Battlechefs will air on Watch in 2016. It joins a raft of new content coming to the channel including Singing in the Rainforest, starring well-known celebrities including Myleene Klass and the Happy Mondays, Nigel Marvin’s Cruise Ship Adventures, which travels to some of the world’s most exotic locations discovering incredible wildlife and top rating US acquisition Secrets and Lies.


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