Vasco da Gama – another business trip!

“Vasco! Why is your suitcase out? Where the hell do you think you are going now?” Vasco trudged into the bedroom. He should really have thought about speaking to Catarina first before he decided to go on another long exploration. “Look, honey ….” he said. “Don’t you “honey” me!” shouted Catarina. “Off you go again… Continue reading Vasco da Gama – another business trip!

My ship is bigger than your ship

I will be sailing on the inaugural cruise of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas in November.  This is a MOTHER of a ship.  8000 human beings including guests and crew.  Wow! It got me thinking about all the choices out there and what the differences are between cruising on a small ship of, say… Continue reading My ship is bigger than your ship

Family vacations and herding cats

So hubby says to you “Honey I think we should plan a vacation to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary”.  What a great idea.  Maybe a Caribbean cruise?  You happen to mention it to your sister who says “Fantastic – we’ll join you”.  ….  OK.  Well now that your sister is coming you should maybe invite… Continue reading Family vacations and herding cats

Breaking the code

Different cruises have different dress codes and planning what to pack can be a challenge sometimes.  The wording is oh so subtle…. Let’s take Celebrity’s dress code.  One of the descriptions – “Smart Casual & Above”.  That’s perplexing for sure.  So you can be smart casual both below and above? Azamara Cruises goes for “resort casual”… Continue reading Breaking the code

My Big Fat Greek Holiday

Food glorious food!  That’s what I think of when I think of Athens.  We had calamari to die for, Greek salad naturally, the best coffee, lovely Ouzo and sin of all sins – a big slice of Baklava.  Well my rationale was that there could be no better place in the world to eat Baklava… Continue reading My Big Fat Greek Holiday

Donkey fighting in Santorini

Now I feel sorry for the donkeys, don’t get me wrong.  But I know where the mule part comes from and when you are negotiating a steep rocky path from the top of Santorini down to the ferry station everyone is fighting for territory.  Maybe we should have taken the gondola – we did have… Continue reading Donkey fighting in Santorini