“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!
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
You know what I mean about being on hold. Anyone who has tried to redeem aeroplan points will know that you can pretty much put your phone on speaker and clean every cupboard in your kitchen while you wait. Sometimes I think the on hold music – or lack of it – shows what the… Continue reading Comforting sounds while “on hold”
Tipping – how much is too much and how much is too little. Is a tip expected? In countries like Australia and New Zealand hardly anyone tips – it is just not expected. Same thing in the Cook Islands. So what’s a poor traveller to do and how much should you tip if at all?… Continue reading Tipping me over the edge
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
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
They just keep getting bigger and bigger – the cruise ships (and the passengers – but that’s another story) and as they get bigger they have to put more stuff on them to keep the passengers entertained. Competition is fierce between the cruise lines and there are oh so many berths to fill. More giant… Continue reading Sharks on a ship
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
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
So in this five day whirlwind what was memorable? The sheer size of the new Norweigian Cruise Lines Epic. Wow that is one big sucker.