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Joanna Hall

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Balcony etiquette

Matters of etiquette have arisen before in this blog, as well as the subject of balcony staterooms being worth the cash. When it comes to the latter, in my book they are worth forking out for particularly if you are cruising in a hot climate, a scenic area.....
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Kids At Sea

Having written a review on Disney’s new Dream, it got me thinking about the sometimes touchy topic of young cruisers at sea. In fact, we had a quite headed debate on our Facebook page a while back, about kids out of control, annoying behaviour and so on......

Copenhagen – Port Review

Located on the southern shore of the island of Zealand, Scandinavia's largest city is also the historic gateway to the Baltic Sea. A charming and architecturally interesting city, it is great for exploring at leisure on foot, an interesting blend of cobblestone streets......
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New Food Ideas

As I sit here and write this I have to own up to thinking about food. Although I grew up with an Irish diet - lots of meat, potatoes and over cooked veggies - as soon as I sprouted into an adult (albeit a small one), and ventured out into the world.....

Avalon Panorama

This elegant river cruiser caused a bit of a buzz long before her launch in Mainz, Germany. The main reason was a new concept in river boat design - 64 Panorama Suites, which transform into an open-air balcony thanks to a three-metre wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding windows.......
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The Future of Cruising

I was talking to a veteran cruiser recently about how the industry, and cruise ships, have changed - the good, the bad, and the ugly. One of her many comments was that it was a shame so many of the traditions of cruising are dying out across cruise lines......
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In Sickness And In Health

It’s been an interesting week one way and another, and before you start wondering this blog isn’t about marriage. What caught my eye, in fact, was the news that the Queen Mary 2 failed a sanitation test a few days ago.....