Archive for April, 2009

Ahhh, what a nice description of my lovely old cruise ship

April 27, 2009

Visit this website, called cruise cyprus and hear how the locals are describing the age old beauty that is S/S The Emerald.

For years this was the most popular of the TUI ships and many passengers are not booking with TUI after their thoughts and feelings were ignored, when it was annouced that the Emerald would be dropped from the TUI charter list, even though she had two years left sailing before the SOLAS laws either stopped her sailing or forced Louis Cruise lines to refurbish her.

At the end of the day, its nice to see the old girl appreciated


Heathrow Airport Hotels

Need a good read on the plane or on holiday?

April 27, 2009

A few years ago I got hooked on an author whilst away on Holiday.

I was flying from London Gatwick to Corfu to pick up a cruise. To pass the waiting times in the departure lounges, I bought a couple of books. Typically, me being me, I left one at Gatwick as I rushed to get my plane. The second book was excellent, and I did manage to read it whilst relaxing. Usually I would leave my book on the cruise ship, as the Emerald (the cruise ship I used to sail on each year) had a nice little library of donated books, however, as this book was so good I intended to take it home.

As it happened, my wife thought I was leaving it, and took it out the bag and left it out for the cabin steward to remove. Typical.

Anyhow, I was trying hard to remember the author’s name. I could remember the characters. That’s where the power of Google steps in. I searched for the characters, and not only found the author but some second hand book shops where I could buy the books cheap. I was so happy.

As I type this, the first of the purchases has just been handed to me. “Precipice, by Colin Forbes“. If you ever want a book to read whilst waiting at the airport or whilst on the plane, I would take a look at this.

It’s a bit James Bond, but without the one man act. This is British team work at its best and I now cannot work out why no-one has ever made a film from the books except Avalanche Express, admittedly some of the older books would need a re-vamp due to technology changes, but thats all.

So next time i’m resting at the Gatwick Sofitel Hotel or the Gatwick Arora International Hotel (sorry I like my nice hotels) try Colin Forbes for a read. I must admit it almost took my mind off the flight.


Gatwick Airport Hotels

Are you flying from Gatwick Airport early in the morning?

April 27, 2009

Many people prefer to fly early in the morning, maybe it’s to numb those sense’s so the flight does not affect you so much, maybe it’s so you don’t miss to much sun time. Whatever your reasons for flying early, have you ever considered staying at a hotel the night before.

By staying the night before at an airport hotel, you can cut out a lot of the stress of airport life. You will not have to chance the road conditions on the way to the airport, although you will still have to get up early to check in, theres no 2am wake up and a 3 hour drive.

Two hotels that are often mentioned to me are the Russ Hill Hotel and the Gatwick Worth. Both of these hotels are 3 star but are lively and popular budget hotel’s and excellent value for money.

Why not treat yourself to an overnight stay and cut some of the travel worries from your holiday. You may also be surprised at the low cost of some of the hotels on offer.

Andy Skinner

Where the Vulcan will be this year

April 27, 2009

Following the salvation of our only flying Vulcan XH558 by the public, The Vulcan to the Sky trust have published her performance calendar for 2009.


It would appear a shame that Paris has been dropped, but sill, at least we all get to see her flying.

Andy Skinner