Betty and Garry’s BIG European Vacation – Part 3

From Split we embarked on an 8 day cruise sailing the Dalmatian coast.  The aquamarine water was magical and each day we’d drop anchor and jump off the yacht into the crystal clear Adriatic.  Each night we docked at a different port of call – Markarska, Mjlet, Trstenik, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar and Split.  Our experiences […]

CLIA Masters and Cruise on Carnival Spirit by Martyn Chapman

I have just been lucky enough to have taken my Cruise Masters course on board Carnival Spirit with an 8-day cruise to the Pacific Islands. Poor old I had to work for 5 of my 8 days but I still got to see and use the facilities of the ship and so here are my […]

Antarctica (final part) by Betty Fielding

Our adventure continued on like this with 2 to 3 zodiac landings and excursions every day. At every landing we were greeted by a chorus of penguins – adelie, gentoo and chinstraps – you never tire of watching these playful creatures. As it was nesting season we managed to see lots a chicks – so […]

South America – (part 4) by Betty Fielding

Passing very, very close to a snow capped mountain range made our flight into Ushuaia very exciting and took us closer to our Antarctic dream – so glad the pilot knew what he was doing because I have never flown that close to mountains just outside my window! Ushuaia is located on the southern coast […]

South America – (part 3) by Betty Fielding

A catamaran took us across Lake Titicaca to Isla del Sol where we did a lot of step climbing up to see the Shaman for a blessing. Climbing at high altitudes certainly “takes your breath away”. Mind you, the climb was worth it as the vista across the lake to the snow capped Andes was […]

South America – (part 2) by Betty Fielding

After experiencing the heat and humidity in the Amazon it was off to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where the altitude made things a lot cooler and drier. Here in the Andes there is no shortage of Incan ruins and artefacts. The mountain way of life is fascinating and the people are thoroughly charming. […]

South America – part 1 by Betty Fielding

My dream destination was Antarctica and eventually my husband Garry and I decided to turn that dream into a reality. It made good sense to us to include a tour of South America at the same time as departing from Argentina on our Antarctic adventure. The easy part was preparing our to-do list! We had […]

Sneak Peak Aboard Crystal Symphony By Martyn Chapman

On 17 Jan I went onboard Crystal Cruises ship The Crystal Symphony, to look at her from the outside she is just another white cruise ship but when you get on board she looks like a 5-star cruising experience. This ship caters to around 900 passengers, so small by today’s cruise ship standards. The size […]

Princess Cruises – My Impressions and Criticisms by Martyn Chapman

By the time 7th November arrived I was looking forward to my cruise for some rest and relaxation. When I announced I was going on the cruise and Sun Princess, I think some people looked at me skeptically and thought was I going on the right boat with a young family as cruising definitely give […]

Regent Voyager – My Impressions by Martyn Chapman

47,000 tons and 700 Guests Maximum On seeing the ship as you approach on the Wharf side you can clearly see that all cabins have balconies. On boarding the ship you are greeted by a lobby area of polished wood and just looking around you are given the impression of understated elegance. Our tour including […]