My Proposition……

After following my late father-in-laws blog from his  Grand Voyage of South America the Amazon River & Antarctica and then discovering there are lots of other amazing cruise blogs on the internet, I felt really inspired to have a go at compiling my own and this website is the result.

My late father-in-law, Paul blogging from his desk on Prinsendam in 2010

In 2010 encouraged by the need to create I set up my very first blog on Blogger.com and although it wasn’t anything too special it was the first tentative step. I was able to choose colours for backgrounds, fonts and page layouts and I ended up selecting the colours that you still see today.

So after taking the plunge and with 3 cruises lined up that year, I set off in the hope that I would be able to locate lots of free WiFi hotspots and in turn bring my family along on our little excursions. I had hoped the acquisition of a Blackberry Bold 9700 would hopefully make this easier to do as well. The intention was that I would be able to post regular updates when we were out and about on our travels, and because the Blackberry had the capacity to connect to Wi-Fi, data & take photos along with being very easy to carry around it seemed to be the perfect solution.  The Blackberry’s first excursion was on the Costa Serena and was really more of an experiment to see how it all worked. Unfortunately the free WiFi wasn’t as plentiful as I had hoped  so I ended up using some of my data package. Needless to say I almost managed a post a day albeit very brief ones. I was now well and truly hooked.

Wanting to improve on what I was already doing and to make posting easier I made the switch to WordPress and decided to self host making use of a hosting package already in use. I found this to be much more efficient way of posting photos and writing posts as everything can be done off line using the phone App and then its just a case of logging on and sending. Even the resizing of images is taken care of by the App which help with the uploading.

In 2012 I took it all a step further and purchased a proper domain name and changed the theme to the current one which has proved to be very successful.

 

6 July 2014

I thought it was time for a brief update with this page as things seemed to have evolved somewhat since I first posted this. As you will have read above I used to post from my phone which was OK at the time, however I was never happy with the pictures it produced so over the passage of time and and as new technology has become available I now find myself  equipped with several gadgets which include an Asus Transformer (Eee Pad), a Nexus 7 tablet,  a Samsung S6 phone and a much better camera with which I can send photos from using a Eye-Fi card.  I now treat myself to an onboard internet package and do a single post a day which is much easier to do. I tend to sit and compile my post at intervals during the day on the tablet and then in early evening before dinner I select suitable photos to add, I then finish off the days post before publishing to the web, the later part of the process done from the comfort of the cabin. Its altogether a much better way of posting and I think that the end result is much improved from my earlier efforts.

If you are a regular visitor and enjoy what you see, I hope that you will continue to pop in every now and again to keep up with what we are doing.

Happy Cruising

Mike

CRUISES TAKEN

Jewel of the Seas [Eastbound Transatlantic, April/May 2006] ~ [14 nights]
Costa Magica [Eastbound Transatlantic, 5 May 2007] ~ [14 nights]
Grand Princess [Southern Caribbean, 16 Jan 2009] ~ [14 nights]
Celebrity Equinox [Ultimate Caribbean, 4 Jan 2010] ~ [11 nights]
Costa Serena[Ancient Treasures, 25 April 2010] ~ [7 nights]
Norwegian Epic [Rotterdam – Southampton, 21-22 Jun 2010] ~ [1 night]
Explorer of the Seas[Southern Caribbean, 28 Nov 2010] ~ [12 nights]
Norwegian Epic [Western Mediterranean, 29 May 2011] ~ [7 nights]
Costa Atlantica [Eastern Mediterranean/Black Sea, 19 Sept 2011] ~ [13 nights]
Celebrity Silhouette [Southern Caribbean, 29 Mar 2012] ~ [12 nights]
MSC Musica [Mediterranean, 22 July 2012] ~ [7 nights]
Celebrity Constellation [ English Channel, 5-7 Sept 2012] ~ [2 nights]
Costa Pacifica [Western Mediterranean, 12 Apr 2013] ~ [7 nights]
Norwegian Breakaway [Rotterdam – Southampton, 28-29 Apr 2013] ~ [1 night]
Celebrity Silhouette [Italy & Croatia, 19-31 July 2013] ~ [12 nights]
Costa Fortuna [Dubai to Savona, 28 Mar-15 Apr 2014] ~ [18 nights]
Celebrity Reflection [Eastern Mediterranean, 4-15 Aug 2014] ~ [11 nights]
Norwegian Spirit [Canary Islands & Morocco, 26 Nov – 4 Dec 2014] ~ [10 nights]
Norwegian Jade [Adriatic, Greece & Turkey, 23-30 May 2015] ~ [7 nights]
Costa Deliziosa [Italy, Greece, Croatia, 13-20 Sept 2015] ~ [7 nights]
Celebrity Eclipse [Exotic Southern Caribbean, 10 – 24 Jan 2016] ~ [14 nights]
Harmony of the Seas [Southampton to Rotterdam, 22-26 May 2016] ~ [4 nights]
Celebrity Eclipse [Baltic & Northern Capitals, 31 July – 14 Aug 2016] ~ [14 nights]
MSC Splendida [Hamburg to Southampton, 4-7 Sept 2016] ~ [3 nights]
Celebrity Solstice [New Zealand, 17 Feb – 1 Mar 2017] ~ [12 nights]
Celebrity Solstice [South Pacific & Fiji, 1 – 13 Mar 2017] ~ [12 nights]
Celebrity Solstice [Australia & Great Barrier Reef, 13 – 25 Mar 2017] ~ [12 nights]
Independence of the Seas [Taster Cruise, 21 – 24 Oct 2017] ~ [3 nights]
Celebrity Infinity [Antarctica & South America, 21 Feb 2018] ~ [14 nights]
MSC Seaview [Western Mediterranean, 10-15 Jun 2018] ~ [5 nights]
Costa Mediterranea [Western Med Mini Cruise, 24-27 Oct 2018] ~ [3 nights]
ms Jaz Royale [Ultimate Nile Cruise, 4-15 Apr 2019] ~ [10 nights]
rv La Marguerite [Essential Vietnam and Cambodia, 17-24 Sep 2019] ~ [7 nights]
MSC Grandiosa [Inaugural Cruise, 10-12 Nov 2019] ~ [2 nights]
Scarlet Lady [Long Weekender Cruise to Nowhere, 6-9 Aug 2021] ~ [3 nights]

A total of 325 nights on-board ship to date.

and waiting for……………

Anthem of the Seas [British Isles Cruise, 19-26 Sep 2021] ~ [7 nights]
Regal Princess [Taster Cruise to Rotterdam, 30 Oct – 3 Nov 2021] ~ [4 nights]
Ganges Voyager II [Golden Triangle Tour & Ganges River, 5-19 Dec 2021] ~ [7 nights]
Celebrity Solstice [Best of Japan, 9 – 21 Apr 2023] ~ [12 nights]
Norwegian Prima [Reykjavik, Dublin & Belfast, 17 Sep – 1 Oct 2023] ~ [14 nights]

SHIP VISITS

Eurodam [Southampton, 28 June 2008] ~ [Ship Visit]
Prinsendam [Royal Portbury, 21 July 2011] ~ [Ship Visit]
MSC Opera [Southampton, 24 June 2012] ~ [Ship Visit]
Celebrity Eclipse [Southampton, 29 Sept 2012] ~ [Ship Visit]
Oceania Marina [Dover, 7 June 2014] ~ [Ship Visit]
ms Rotterdam [Southampton, 27 Sept 2015] ~ [Ship Visit]
Queen Mary 2 [Southampton, 18 Oct 2015] ~ [Ship visit]
ms Koningsdam [Portland, 20 Sept 2016] ~ [Ship Visit]

 

3 thoughts on “My Proposition……”

  1. 2018 We had followed your blog when you with Celebrity and a week or so later we did the Antarctica trip on Celebrity Infinity – missing Puerto Madryn but managed to land at the Falklands.
    2019 January we did Buenos Aires to Santiago on Azamara Pursuit at half the price of the Celebrity cruise ( a bonus was included Business class flights) – we visited Puerto Madryn and the Unesco wildlife park – expensive ( ships tour) but a wide variety of animals seen) before heading to Ushuia and Punta Arenas before heading round to the Chilean Fiords .The smaller ship allowed us access into quite narrow channels. If you don’t know Azamara give them a try – very friendly crew

  2. Thank you Mike for your fantastic cruise review of Antarctica which I have just finished reading. I will be sailing the same itinerary on the 3rd February 2019 aboard Celebrity Eclipse with my 2 sisters and am very excited, particularly after reading your blog. It must take you a considerable amount of time to compile and post all the information and for this , and I am sure many others, I am very grateful.
    I now look forward to reading your other blogs to help me decide on future itineraries.

    1. Hello Susan and thank you for your kind words. Although we didn’t get the itinerary we originally booked it was still an experience not to be missed. We are going back in 2020 on NCL to have another go at the missed ports, Port Stanley and Puerto Madryn, the itinerary misses Antarctica and goes back up the west coast of South America to Santiago (San Antonio), Chile where we will disembark. Fingers crossed we both make it to the Falklands.
      The blog dosen’t take too much time and with the aid of modern gadgets its quite simple to do (apart from when the internet is not up to much).

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