Royal Caribbean versus P+O Cruises

A comparison of our Royal Caribbean cruise and our P&O cruise, for all those cruise nerds out there! 🙂 I will compare several aspects, including embarkation, cabins, food, activities, safety, hygiene, service, and disembarkation.

Check In / Embarkation

On RCL, boarding the ship was seamless.  Continue reading

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I’ve only just Bergen

Actually this was the last stop on our cruise, but the title works, no? Gotta love a pun! 🙂 Bergen is Norway’s second-biggest city, and we were keen to explore!

In Bergen it rains 260 days out of 365, so we were very grateful to have a clear sunny day. Not wanting to take anything for granted, we made a beeline for the Funicular which takes you to the top of the mountain. This is 90 Krone return (about £8.30) which is a lot for a 5 minute journey, but quite reasonable by Norwegian standards! The view was absolutely wonderful with great visibility across the surrounding bays and islands. Continue reading

Four Seasons in One Day on the Flam Railway

When we arrived in Flam the next morning, it was raining and a low cloud hung over the village.  It was a spitting image for the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand.

After breakfast we headed straight for the railway station. The Flam Railway is the steepest train in Europe, taking you from sea level to Mountain Peak (almost 900 metres above sea level) in about 40 minutes. It is lauded as being one of the most scenic train rides in the world. Continue reading

Scavengers in Stavenger, Norway

We arrived in Stavenger (which I like to pronounce rhyming with Scavenger) to pouring rain. But that’s fine – we were expecting it; the South West coast of Norway is known to get lots of rainfall. So after a good breakfast we piled on our waterproof coats, trousers, and walking boots (all my other shoes have holes in them – a source of constant amusement and mockery for my BF!) and set off into town!

We actually explored Stavenger in two halves; the old town and the new town. The Old town, or Gamle Stavenger, was the first stop. This is a quaint area of town full of cute white clapboard houses with red rooves. Continue reading

Norweigen Fjords Cruise

My BF was keen to go again after our last (and first) cruise on the biggest ship in the world, Harmony of the Seas. We considered many and in the end chose a Norwegian Fjords cruise.

I did have to be talked into it, but was convinced, on the basis that this was probably the only way i’d have ever got to see Norway. I had long resigned myself to the fact that we would never go to Norway, on account of the fact that it is so expensive, and there are very few (or no) flights from near where we live. Continue reading

Two Hours in Amsterdam

We stopped in Amsterdam for a 5 hour layover en route back home from Montreal. Amsterdam City Centre is easily and quickly accessible from Schipol Airport, so we were able to hop on a train for a whirlwind visit to Amsterdam!

amsterdam-canals

We had already been on holiday to Amsterdam many years ago, so there was no pressure to sight-see Continue reading

Backyard Axe Throwing in Ottawa

To be honest, the reason we went to Ottawa was that we were in the vicinity and it was the capital so it was almost obligatory to pay a quick visit. And I’m so thankful that we did as it turned out to be my favourite of the 3 Canadian cities we visited this holiday. It was just lovely.

parliament

We started our trip by visiting an axe throwing place – something my BF set up. The man who runs this was really lovely, and had a genuine love for his sport Continue reading

5 Fun Ways to Keep your Holiday Memories

When I was in primary school and we had class photos, my Mum told me to write the names on the back. I scoffed at this – the concept that I might one day forget the names of my classmates was unthinkable! But now I struggle to remember names of those in primary school, secondary school, university, and previous colleagues.

The same goes for travel – at the time I know all the names of all the places, hotels, airports, and even metro lines we took. But fast-forward several years and it all blurs into one. So like my primary school class photos, there’s a lot to be said for writing the names on the back. Continue reading