I always get a thrill when I hear of people cruising for the first time.
And before I forget to get angry I’m reclaiming that word ‘cruising’ which has come to mean something else.
My old friends Dougie and Julie are floating around the western Med at the moment and the last time I checked they were in northern Italy. Bella, Bella.
Every sailing though will inevitably be compared with a round-the-world trip for my very own Scary One.
Who came back as a kid from Australia on a working ship.
It doesn’t sound like much work was done though and she was supposed to have been schooled on board.
But all she tells me about are parties, particularly the Neptune and the Equator one. And going through the Panama Canal.
She does though harbour a dream of Alaska.
Which brings me to Sunway’s Seattle Stay & Alaska Fly Cruise with Norwegian Bliss.
From €2,099pp with two pre-nights stay in Seattle and Aer Lingus flights. Check out details on http://www.sunway.ie.
It’s nine nights from September 20. And I haven’t sorted out our 25th Wedding Anniversary treat yet.
Round the world
Talking about global peregrinations look out for some news on same next week from Viking http://www.vkingcruises.co.uk.
Don’t worry, I won’t be leaving you to go on a round the world cruise. Unless, of course they ask.
My friends have chosen just the right people to dip their toes into the cruise water… MSC. I predict they’ll go back for more.
MSC, who brought me and the Scary One to the fjords https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-call-of-the-fjords/ have just the right balance between a treat and a relaxed vibe.
They have an 11-night Mediterranean Fly & Cruise on MSC Opera from €799pps which is exclusive to Click&Go http://www.clickandgo.com from November 30.
So you’ll take in Rome, Genoa, Malaga, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Morocco, Cartagena in Spain and then back to the Eternal City.
Christmas on the river
Oh, I wish it could be Christmas every day.
And in a shop in my old stomping ground of Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile, it was.
And guess what? As you would expect the man who is most associated with December 25, sent them a letter which was proudly displayed at the front.
If you like an oul’ Christmas Market (misseltoe and wine) then Cassidy Travel has a Rhine River cruise, stopping off at the Christmas markets of Rudesheim, Koblenz and Koln.
It’s part of their first dedicated Christmas Markets brochure which I’ll bring you more on.
Bur for now, the Rhine cruise in December is from €759 which includes flights from Dublin. http://www.cassidytravel.ie.
MEET YOU ON THE SEAS