Day 3 on the Anthem of the Seas, and we have a port of call! I never imagined when we left the Anthem of the Seas in October 2019 that our next cruise port of call would be Belfast. Also, I never imagined that Belfast was a "tropical paradise" a short ferry ride away from our home. Today we explored the beautiful Ards Peninsula. "Tropical Paradise" is not something that … [Read more...] about Anthem of the Seas Day 3 – Ards Peninsula Belfast
Day 2 on our Anthem of the Seas Staycation cruise around the United Kingdom. Yesterday, we discussed how the cruising experience had been redesigned to keep you safe. During these posts, I will focus on how the cruising experience has altered rather than provide a traditional travel blog. Cruise holidays are not cheap, and the current changes will not be satisfactory for … [Read more...] about Anthem of the Seas Day 2 – What is Suspended and Available?
If you had to name one industry that has been affected most by recent world events, you would be hard pushed to name anything above the cruise industry. From horror stories at the start of the pandemic of passengers and crew sailing on infected ships to worldwide sailing ban, it has been a tough 16 months. I even stated how I would never cruise again. However, "it is a funny … [Read more...] about Anthem of the Seas Day One – Return to Cruising
I'm not sure, until last year, whether I had heard of the word Staycation. Is Staycation even a real word? Apparently, it is, and the travel industry didn't just make it up during these prohibitive times. It even has a Wikipedia Page going back to 2005! However, it has undoubtedly become a more commonly used phrase in the United Kingdom during the last year. The battered and … [Read more...] about UK 2021 Staycation Cruises are overbooked
Traffic Lights, the United Kingdom policy of how international travel will return, promised an exciting summer during 2021. However, it hasn't quite worked out that way. After a year of restrictions, a "world-beating vaccine campaign," a current COVID mortality rate lower than most other western states, and an asymptomatic testing program larger than nearly every other state, … [Read more...] about Traffic Lights: Why we have been a little quiet recently