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I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska with
Princess Cruises, and it is still my favourite cruise. We cruised out of
Vancouver, and visited three ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. All of the
towns were small but had lots of activities on offer, or you can just wonder
and explore. I do recommend reserving your shore excursions in advance as I
missed out on dog sledding with the huskies as it was fully booked by the time
I got on board. However, my highlight was spending a day cruising up Glacier
Bay National Park. The scenery was amazing with the snow-capped mountains and
spending a few hours with the ships motors turned off and watching the ice
carving was something I will always remember. We also saw a huge amount of
wildlife with humpback whales, seals and even bears. Doing a cruises in this
area is a great way to see the destination, and get into towns that are not
accessible via road. You can spend the day in port or on deck enjoying the
scenery and then evenings watching shows and meeting new people. Everything was
taken care of and we had some amazing meals, and possible tried a cocktail or
My first guided holiday was with Trafalgar on
their Treasures of France trip. We started with a night in Paris before we
travelled to the Normandy region which was my highlight of the trip and on my
wish list to get back to. There is such a history in this area around World War
II, and I loved visiting Omaha Beach and seeing where the D Day Landing took
place before spending some time visiting one of the American cemeteries and
learning more about the history. Mont St Michel is such an impressive sight, as
it is an Island commune and is only 100 hectares in size. We spent 2 nights in
the Loire Valley where we got to taste a lot of the wine in the area and take
in the sights and history.
I really enjoyed my trip, and I was able to see first-hand how much Coach Tours
have changed over the years. You no longer just see the main sights and 100’s
of churches - instead, you meet more of the locals and have experiences you
wouldn’t be able to do on your own. We got to have lunch at a local’s own house
and try her homemade wine and cheese. I was also travelling as a solo traveller
on this trip, but I never felt alone. I meet so many people on the trip that
there was always people to have a meal with, or an afternoon wine.
I have been lucky enough to do quite a few
Pacific Island Cruises, both departing New Zealand and Australia, and
it's a great close to home holiday option. I love being able to hop on a
ship and spend a few days unwinding before you get to the destination. You
really can do as much or as little as you like as there is always plenty of
activities on board through the day and evening or you can relax and read a
book or watch a movie. My favourite activities are watching the shows in the
evening and presentations through the day, quizzes, Bingo (everyone loves Bingo
on a cruise), and the wine tasting/cocktail making. Then you get to spend a few
days off the ship in port exploring. I really enjoyed hiring a bike and
exploring the island of Lifou and then going snorkelling in a little cove. I’ve
been to Vanuatu a few times so now I just get a boat transfer to Hideaway
Island and spend the day snorkelling and swimming on the island. You can travel
to Pentecost only during a few months, and here you can see the land diving
where AJ Hackett got the idea for Bungee Jumping. It was a really interesting
thing to see, and I loved learning the history of this tradition of the boys
becoming men. And then its back on the ship to relax before you get back home.
I have cruised with a rage of people (my partner, Mum and Nana, with a group of
friends, with children and teenagers), and really believe there is a cruise to
A lot of people think Australia is just the
Gold Coast but there is so much more. The Northern Territory is such a remote
area of Australia but offers amazing scenery and showcases the aboriginal
history. I have been to the area twice, the first time visiting the red centre
where I stayed in both Alice Spring and Ayers Rock. We watched a sunrise over Ayers
Rock / Uluru and saw the rock change colours before walking around the bottom and
hearing the stories and history. It’s not all about that when in this area, and
you can also walk the rim of Kings Canyon and visit the rounded domes of Kata
More recently I visit the top end into
Darwin, before heading south to Kakadu National Park and Katherine. We visited stunning
swimming holes (which was needed in the heat) and saw lots of crocodiles. One
of my highlights was visiting Top Didj and learning more about the aboriginals.
And there is so much to do in Darwin with a visit to Turtle tracks where we got
to release turtles back into the wild or watching the sunset at Mindel Markets.