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LesleyMarie wrote:


Also booked an ‘Around Britain’ cruise on CMV’s flagship Columbus this September – sensibly it’s recent refit includes 150 single cabins, rather than the tiny no. most ships have, I got a very reasonable deal booking with Iglu.

Good morning Lesley Marie.

I remember CMV’s Columbus from many years ago.

We were on a shoreside holiday in Tortola in 2002 and when on a day visit to Road Town she was there in a former guise, P&O’s Arcadia…

Good grief, I’ve aged a little since then and there have been many changes at Road Town too.

I had a great time with Mercury Holidays on one of their Escorted Tours to China – excellent all-inclusive value, and being a solo traveller, I needn’t have worried, at least 10 of our 30 group were solos.
I’ve booked a similar trip with them to North India next March – before it gets too uncomfortably hot for me !
Both these with no single supplement – brilliant, but book early !
Also booked an ‘Around Britain’ cruise on CMV’s flagship Columbus this September – sensibly it’s recent refit includes 150 single cabins, rather than the tiny no. most ships have, I got a very reasonable deal booking with Iglu.

Leonora wrote:

Lands End Hotel. Although we enjoyed our visit, combining it with Shakespeare’s ‘A Mid Summer Nights Dream’ at the Minack’, we were disappointed with our room with a ‘sea view’. We had to stand at the side of the window on tiptoe.

Sounds like a scene from Fawlty Towers, @Leonora !

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

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Strangely enough I was reading about a hotel in Mexico yesterday was exactly the same, the “sea view” was only achievable with a bent neck.

Essex UK

Lands End Hotel. Although we enjoyed our visit, combining it with Shakespeare’s ‘A Mid Summer Nights Dream’ at the Minack’, we were disappointed with our room with a ‘sea view’. We had to stand at the side of the window on tiptoe.

Exeter

Where about in Portugal @lancschris

London

My next trip is hopefully to Portugal never been there before

Lancaster

@suehutch there is also Costa Cruises who have two ships cruising to Rio at the end of the summer season, the Favolosa and the Fascinosa. My suggestion would to be get in touch with a reputable cruise agent such as Bolsover Cruise Club and get one of their sales persons to sort out all companies that are doing repositioning cruises to Rio so that you have the best choice.
I did the trip with Royal Caribbean in Nov/Dec 2015 and it was memorable for all the right reasons.

London

@suehutch If you are referring to Brazil then as cruzeroqueen mentioned, an inexpensive way to do this is on an MSC Cruises re-positioning cruise. They have ships going across at the end of the season here, around October/November, then coming back March/April. It’s usually around a 16 day trip. You sail one way and fly the other.

The ships usually sail from or to their home port of Genoa but MSC will arrange UK flights and will also arrange a few extra days in Brazil with hotels and transfers so you can get the whole package from them. However, these trips are very popular and booked up well in advance as there are only a few each year.

Just need to bear in mind that flights between Heathrow and Genoa go from T3 but Brazil flights are from T5. Also sometimes MSC uses Gatwick for the Genoa flights (to Nice then by road) so need to be flexible about getting to and from the airport.

would love to see all the major attractions and enjoy the sunshine

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