Posts Tagged ‘french’

When booking a cruise, you may wish to spend some time checking the ships language.

August 15, 2012

If you are like me and have a very poor grasp of many foreign languages, one thing you may want to do is check the ships language or at least enquire.

If you book through a UK travel agent, they will probably make you aware of this, but you need to also check If it is the ships language or one of the languages.

Booking a cruise with one of the UK cruise companies such as Cunard will ensure it’s a British ship with English language, alternatively a Thomson cruise will also be English.

Ships such as those of the Costa line, are classed as multi lingual so some English is spoken, but this can sometimes be very fragmented, especially from some staff not always in the front line.   You will also be confronted with ship announcements being repeated in several languages, with English sometimes last, which can be annoying especially in terms of evacuation or limited numbers for shore parties.

Take a look at the various cruise companies and their ships on and check in advance for the sort of ship you are looking for.

There is of course an alternative, you could indeed learn a new language.  Even if you choose not to, you could always introduce your children to new languages, and let them do the work whilst you are away.

There is a great little company with a website, that sells books teaching children to read in other languages.  The books are great and cover the major languages and also some like Urdu. Why not make it a joint learning experience.  The website is  and is great.  I have had a house in France for seven years and still struggle with French, but I’m not ashamed to admit I have considered buying a children’s book to help with my French reading.


M20 and Operation stack

May 22, 2008

Well, i’ve had to scoot around a load of lorries today, especially the ones sneaking off at junction 11 to try and sneak into Dover via the back roads.

However, I’ve spoken to Seafrance today, regarding my early Saturday morning crossing and they believe that after todays workers strike and the fishermen gradually returning to their nets, the crossing on Saturday should be ok and running as per timetable.

Well, if that’s the French bit sorted, let’s hope mother nature decides to hold in the rain and storms till after I have crossed the channel eh!!

A note on the sour side though, the French fishermen were on strike about the cost of diesel and how if affects their livelihood.  Now on first look, you would accept that times are hard, and our fishermen should go for some sort of assistance and not blame them at all.

However, when you look more closely and you find that the fishermen had already received a economic grant to be spread over three years,  and in fact they are striking because they want it sooner.  You really begin to get annoyed, especially when it’s usually European money (i.e our money) that is given to the French fishermen, to keep them in a job and undermine the British fishermen, with the money we contribute.!! Now that is wrong.

Our Government should fight to get our fishermen discounts on fuel, or we should seal our borders from French and Spanish fishermen, scooping up our managed stocks whereas for years, they took all the fish, even the baby ones, and said they were cultural national dishes.