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Palms Of Paradise – Central America & Panama Canal

February 12, 2017

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I’ve been a bit tardy in posting any details about our last cruise, which was over 8 months ago. One of those tasks I’ve been meaning to do but never quite getting high enough up the priority list to actually invoke some action! Anyway, at long last. This was our first cruise with Oceania, on […]

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Creating A Travel Guide With WikiPedia

April 3, 2016

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An original version of  this post was published in January 2013, but I thought it was worth updating and re-posting, having just created a travel guide for our forthcoming cruise from Miami to San Francisco, via the Panama Canal. A much-overlooked but useful feature of Wikipedia is the “Create A BooK” tool. This enables you to […]

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Christmas & New Year Cruise 2015/6

March 20, 2016

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  Aboard the Cruise & Maritime ship “Magellan“. This was a first experience of being away for Christmas and the New Year. It was an amazing time, taking in the Christmas market at Antwerp, Christmas dinner at sea at the Captain’s table, and seeing the New Year in at Madeira where we were anchored in […]

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Queen Mary 2 – a taste of luxury

December 18, 2015

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Lynda (wife) and I made a conscious decision early in our cruising career to opt for smaller ships, e.g. less than 1,500 passengers, because we preferred a more personal experience. I guess the foundation for this ‘cruising template’ was established from our very first cruise, on the Royal Clipper, which had a complement of 227 […]

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St Barts – Caribbean 2015

October 21, 2015

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Our recent visit to the Caribbean took in the tiny island of St Barthélemy – more commonly known at St Barts. This is the smallest of the fours islands that make up the French West Indies. We arrived at the main town – Gustavia – by tender from our cruise ship early on Sunday morning, […]

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Caribbean Cruise Jan-Feb 2015

January 25, 2015

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Yes, we’re off on our travels again, mainly in the hope of missing the worst of the UK winter, but I know that’s not guaranteed, given we’ve had snow as late as April these past couple of years. This time it’s the Caribbean, and though we’ve been there a few times before, it never loses […]

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Far East Cruise Nov-Dec 2014

November 12, 2014

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So, we’re off on our travels again, this time a mix of cruise and fly. This is also a first for us in that we have temporarily abandoned the Cruise & Maritime small cruise ships (720 passengers or less) and have booked on the Sapphire Princess, part of the Princess Cruise line, with a complement […]

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Broome, 28th February 2014

May 7, 2014

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Day 32 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Broome. This is our last stop before we arrive back at our starting point – Fremantle, and a journey of 9,040 nautical miles. We arrived at Broome at 10am, after an overnight sail from Komodo. Broome is a pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region […]

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Lombok and Komodo 25th/26th February 2014

April 30, 2014

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Day 29 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Lombok Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. We only […]

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Bali, Indonesia. 24th February 2014

April 24, 2014

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Day 28 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Bali. The highlight of our visit to Bali was the tour of the Taro Elephant Safari Park, north of Ubud. Our bus trip took in the views of coffee, cacao, banana and spice plantations, little villages with alang-alang thatched roofs and the green terraced hillsides full […]

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