Visiting the Falkland Islands by a Cruise ship

June 1, 2012

The ships had Already visitedIt’s not often, the Falkland Island’s issues affect holiday choices to most mainland UK people planning a holiday.

In reality, you could actually say that the last time there was an issue was back in 1982, when Argentina invaded the Falklands under their military Junta government.

However, that is over thirty years ago, so why would UK passengers be affected now, so long after the conflict.

Well, unfortunately, Argentina has effectively installed an economic blockade on the Falkland islands, in an effort to force the UK government to hand over the islands, into Argentine sovereignty .  Unfortunately for Argentina, the Falklands are self governed and have mandate from the UK to make their own decisions, and without being included in any conversations with Argentina, there will never be a discussion.

The passengers were only able to see this from onboard

Unaccessible land

The problem this causes, is that recently some cruise ships have been turned away from docking at Ushuaia, which is based right at the southern most tip of Argentina on the southern shore of the island of Tierra del Fuego.  Ushuaiais the furthest south town in Argentina and indeed the world, which makes it a popular destination.

Recently, the cruise ships, having already visited the Falklands, were refused permission to dock, leaving the cruise company in a position of having a ship full of passengers, and no place to land.

Luckily, Chile has always had good links with the Falklands, and the ships were able to dock  in Punta Arenas.

The two ships in question were the The Star Princess, Princess Cruise Line and the Adonia, P&O Cruises.

At the end of the day, although the passengers were offered a solution, it must have been upsetting for those passengers who wished to view Ushuaia, and who may have chosen that particular cruise just for that destination, just because of politics.  It’s also a shame for the Argentinian locals, who rely on cruise ship business for their livelihood and this was taken away from them.

In the future, whilst Argentina continues to undertake its economic blockade, potential cruises should be weighed up, would you prefer to visit the Falklands or Argentina, as it would appear Argentina are making you choose.  Alternatively, you could check that the cruise visits Argentina first, before the Falklands so you can do both.

Further reading on the matter of the ships being refused can be found here and here

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Do prostitutes operate on cruise ships?

May 22, 2012

Well, it’s all change of direction for me.  The blog has not been updated for a while due to personal circumstances.

So, to start things back on the right track, I thought I would re-launch with a nice punchy subject.

Many people choose cruising as  a holiday choice for many different reasons, be it the constantly changing surroundings, or the lavish food and drink options.

Other people do not choose cruising, some from personal preferences, but unfortunately, some do not choose cruising due to misconceptions

The Website www.cruising4holidays.com  offers a complete overview of most of the ships currently sailing and is due to also include previous favourite ships too.

The place you may want to check out is the help and advice.  The rather direct question of this blog post is actually answered on the site, here.

Sesame Street is 40

November 9, 2009

Well, who would think it. Sesame street is 40 years old this week.

As part of the celebrations even google search engine is helping spread the word with a whole week of google search cartoons incorporating some of the characters from the street, such as Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and The Count.

There is also some very special guests including Michelle Obama again.

My favourites from the programe when it was on TV in the UK was The Count and of course the Cookie Monster.

The program was successful in the UK, but probably annoyed some adults when children started using amercian and spanish words for everday items such as water, insisting it was aqua, or indeed promouncing Zee rather than the English Zed.

The UK was not against the characters in total and over the years Sesame Street existed on various channels, however, it had no way of competing with the Muppet show, the stranger and less educational fun show, featuring a couple of the Muppets from the street but mainly a whole new crew.

Still, it’s something to ponder over.

What has this got to do with cruising?  With cruising4holidays.com, we hope we can provide you with high quality information to help you choose a cruise that is perfect for you and not run by Muppets. Sorry, it’s a loose link, but hey, it works

Andy Skinner
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The Russ Hill Hotel at Gatwick

October 21, 2009

Some people are aware of the name by word of mouth, some are aware by previous stays, but how many of you have recently stayed at the Russ Hill Hotel at Gatwick Airport?

19th century architecture is obvious from the front of the Russ Hill

19th century architecture is obvious from the front of the Russ Hill

The impressive front entrance of the hotel is the first hint of a lovely old school type of hotel. This particular hotel is one of the “Life Hotels”, a collection of 3 star properties, each one is individual in character offering friendly and efficient service in comfortable surroundings conveniently located off major road networks, easy to find with ample car parking.

Rooms at the Russ Hill

The Russ Hill Hotel accommodation near Gatwick offers 130 Bedrooms including family rooms and Honeymoon Suites. Our 3 star hotel is located in a historical 19th century manor house and so each of our rooms is unique. Our hotel rooms near Gatwick are decorated with cosy wood panelling and fresh modern interiors.

The 3 star Gatwick accommodation features:

* En-suite bathroom
* TV
* Direct dial telephone
* Tea and coffee making facilities
* Hairdryer

Now, for a one night stay before disappearing from our shores on a plane bound for some exotic location, the overall look and feel of this hotel seems great. The prices for a one night stay with parking sound fantastic and are possibly some of the cheapest available in the area.

However, I want to know more about your personal experiences. Is the hotel as nice as it looks?, what are the rooms like?, what was it like transferring to the airport?. I am interested in all experiences good and bad. I am even planning a small trip up to the Russ Hill at Gatwick myself to have my own personal experience.

To book the Russ Hill hotel, or any other hotels at Gatwick, why not take a look at our website. You can search for both room only or with parking for the duration of your holiday, take a look at the prices, you will be surprised.

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Andy

I dreamed a dream and not of the SS the Emerald

October 21, 2009

Well, this is something new.

The other night I was dreaming I was on a cruise, but strangely enough it was not about my old favourite ship SS The Emerald.

This was a new dream, it involved lots of mirrors and shiny corridors, gleaming open public spaces, and a little gaudy furniture. What was this new dream. Well, I think it might have been triggered by a couple of things.

Firstly, I am really suffering from not cruising this year. I’m missing all my friends and the comfort and safety of my cabin.

Secondly, I’ve been reading a lot recently regarding the new Thomson ship, The Thomson Dream, formerly the Costa Europa.

Now unfortunately, the Costa ships, to my mind, are not really my cup of tea, as they are quite Italian in style with lots of shiny metal and mirrors, rather than my preferred wood and brass. However, I am sure when Louis Cruise Lines takes the ship on, a few changes will be made, and with Thomson committing to a long term charter, the style of board will probably be “Linda barker’d” if you get my drift.

Another interesting part is where the new ship will be sailing. I’ve read reports that it will be calling in Cuba and some south American countries which sound exciting.

So all in all, I think all this information has entered my mind and is basically being pumped out in the form of dreams. This will undoubtedly force me to save for a cruise next year. LOL

I’m keeping an eye on the prices.!

Andy
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Gatwick Parking

September 24, 2009

Are you planning a trip from Gatwick airport and need airport parking?

Some of you may not be aware that Gatwick Airport are currently upgrading their monorail service and have temporarily replaced it with a bus service.

This adds a little longer to your transfer between terminals and also, in my opinion, adds a little more hassle.

Instead of having to rush and add extra time in for your transfer, why not book a hotel for the night before. Remove all the trouble of rushing to check in. Many package operators will also allow overnight check in for early flights (such as TUI Thomson and Thomas Cook). This way you can relax and stroll into the airport and through passport control without too many worries.

Why not take a look at a couple of websites, the first is a website specifically offering Gatwick Airport Parking deals, which also displays hotel deals. The second is a hotel comparison site from which the information is obtained to supply the parking site.

Why not take a look

Andy
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The moon landings were faked, were they?

September 16, 2009

Well, that caught your attention.

In my blog before I have mentioned my problems with believing the moon landings were actually real and have often commented on this. This is however, only my own opinion.

I did however, read the news on the BBC website and saw, much to my amusement, that two Bangladeshi newspapers, had published a story regarding the faked moon landings along with statements from Neil Armstrong.

Much to the newspapers embarrasement, the researchers had found the story shown in “The Onion”, a satirical online news channel, and took it as fact without researching further.

Such matters as this really made me laugh.

Andy
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Have you ever been to Folkestone, Kent?

September 16, 2009

Have you ever visited or traveled through Folkestone.

As a man of kent, I would love to hear what you thought of the place.  Personally, I find it embarrassing about the condition the town is in, much the same way as Dover has become.

I’ve mentioned in my Dover article, (read here) that as a cruising man, I expect quite a lot from a port, especially if it is a cruise port.

Well, Folkestone may have some saving graces, I believe they have aspirations to attract the cruise ships, but will not offer them until they have redeveloped.

I was reading an article today about Folkestone now being redeveloped. If this does happen then we could be seeing some drastic changes in the near future, all of which could be great for the local area.
Let me know what you think, either of Folkestone or of the redevelopment plan.

Andy
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Compare Gatwick parking

September 10, 2009

Have you tried parking at Gatwick airport recently?, have you searched Google and been surprised at all the web sites out there that promise to find you great deals and prices.

Well there is another web site out there that does actually provide what it promises.

www.compare-gatwick-parking.co.uk is a website just about Gatwick parking. It has a simple to use search engine which will search over 8 different parking suppliers checking loads of actual car parking sites to not only find the cheapest option, but all the options, such as the meet and greet services, the on site car parks and of course the cheaper off site car parks.

The site does not charge commission and the price is the same as on the suppliers own website, so you cannot lose. All bookings are made with the companies concerned so you are covered for any problems too

Andy
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Airport car parking experiences

August 13, 2009

Have you used airport parking recently? Did you enjoy the experience?

Was it good for you?

Was it good for you?

I am currently doing some research into how airport parking companies handle their customers. Compare airport parking works closely with 8 airport parking companies selling hundreds of car parking sites around 26 locations in the UK. As we are an independent 3rd party, we don’t often get to hear about the level of service they provided our customers or how the car parks looked and how the staff acted.

Many advertisements give a perfect impression of their services, whereas I am interested in the truth, warts and all. If an advert promised 10 minutes to the airport and its actually took 30, I want to know.

So, do you have any comments of good or bad stories, let me know.

Andy
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