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South America

This blog post is a summary of the various portfolio entries covering our cruise around South America in March 2016. Flying from Heathrow to Paris then onwards to Buenos Aires we picked up the Star Princess ship operated by Princess Cruises for a fabulous trip that saw us visiting the countries of Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, as well as spending a day in the Falkland Islands. This memorable trip that saw us tick off experiences such as cruising around Cape Horn, seeing penguins in the wild, seeing whales migrating, seeing an albatross, watching a dolphin swim alongside us, dance a tango, and look at the Milky Way from the Southern Hemisphere (amongst many others) was made so much better by easily the best crew we’ve ever had the pleasure of cruising with.

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Iceland - Reykjavik - Sun Voyager - Processed

Thoughts On Travel Bloggers And Social Media

This isn’t going to be unique to travel bloggers at all but these are my observations from my experience over the last few months. It’s coming up close to about two months since I started a new Twitter account to act as an additional driver to this website beyond that I share to friends from my personal Facebook account and that which trickles in organically from search. The original purpose of that additional social media account was simply to provide links to new and old posts for anyone using Twitter search as their source of content that might find what I post interesting but because I didn’t want it to just be a self-serving link farm I also started following a few travel and travel photography-related Twitter accounts so that I could share their good content too and also interact. I’m pleased to say that some followed back but I’ve had a website for more years than I care to remember and interaction and reciprocation together were the big things when I started producing content and things have clearly moved on in what I consider a colder direction.

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Travel Achievements

This blog post lists some of the highlights of places to which we’ve travelled or of experiences in those places. We understand that everyone is different and that some people like beach holidays or going back to the same hotel every year but for us the joy of travelling is in seeing something that our friends and family haven’t, of building up a list of experiential achievements, giving us something to look back at in years to come and say that yes, we did that, we saw that, we were there.

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Amsterdam Cruise On Azura

A quick summary of our short cruise on the P&O ship Azura that had a few changes imposed on it first by the weather and then by striking workers in France (I know! Who ever would have imagined a French person striking!?) This post includes links to the various portfolio posts already uploaded on the site featuring lots of photographs of the points of interest on the ship and in the numerous places that we visited in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, all of them courtesy of the fabulous I Amsterdam city cards we picked up in advance. More on that in the post too.

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Wheelhouse Bar

Cruise Ship Conversation Challenge

Conversations with strangers on cruises have a whole set of hidden rules. Do you know what they are? Did you even know they existed? Are you worried that you won’t do well in the unofficial cruise ship conversation challenge? Well, firstly, don’t panic. Not everyone takes part in the challenge. It’s not compulsory. You might be content to just relax on your vacation. Secondly, help is at hand. With this short post I explain some of the rules and some of the challenges and where points can be won and lost. Conversations on cruise ships will never be the same again.

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Ventura, Southampton

10 Rejected New P&O Cruise Ship Names

In this post I list the ten names I rejected for the new 5000+ passenger-carrying P&O cruise ship to be launched in 2020 along with the reasons for not picking them. I also tell you the name I did select for the competition P&O were running just so when it’s picked and I still don’t win I can bask in a small amount of smug satisfaction.

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Falkland Islands Geology

The Falkland Islands

Portfolio posts relating to the day on our South American cruise that we spent in the Falkland Islands are now completed. This post update contains links to the individual portfolio entries covering our excursion around some of the Falklands War battlefields, some time in Stanley visiting an excellent museum and grabbing a drink in a bar, and some views of the islands both before and after our day on land.

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Star Princess Cruise Ship

It Was The Best Of Cruises, It Was The Worst Of Cruises

Two videos from Don of the Don’s Family Vacations YouTube channel which feature – as you might be able to guess from the title – accounts of his best cruise ever and his worst cruise ever. His best featured an unexpected upgrade and far more besides; his worst featured a free cruise with many hidden costs.

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Wow Air

Website And Social Media Updates: September 2017

The work of a website owner is never done and it’s not all just blog posts and portfolio updates featuring images of wonderful places and fabulous memories; there’s also a bit of tinkering that goes on around the site from time to time and even though the site isn’t that old in terms of its new travel and photography direction I do tweak things every now and then to see what impact it has. This post contains a list of changes around the site in terms of layout or features as well as some changes on social media too carried out recently.

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Smart Casual

Smart Casual Wear On Cruises

If you’re going on your first cruise you might read up about the dress codes on most ships and you might simply accept them in much the same way that you’d accept any rule put in place somewhere you’re not familiar with. If you’ve been on more than one cruise then you might develop the attitude that those rules regarding appropriate clothing when dining especially are things for other people. Don’t be that sort of person. Here’s why.

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