Second Mate
Portland UK
Joined 08/2018






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No longer a youngster, I joined the RN in 1974 and spent the next 25 years travelling the world, and on occasion, going to some not so nice places. Been on a few cruises. I also play guitar in a local band.

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Past Cruises

Navigator of the Seas

May 2018 - 14 Night Mediterranean Tour (Southampton Roundtrip) Cruise on Navigator of the Seas

The big 60 birthday cruise

This was my sister and my 60th birthday cruise and it was my sisters first cruise. RCI has the wow factor and the staff are always great. We did think that this time prices have been increased in the shops and bar, even the excursions seemed a bit over the top in price.

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September 2017 - Central Mediterranean Cruise on Azura

Greek islands - wonderful

A great cruise with some lovely ports of call. We would do this one again.

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December 2016 - Canary Islands Cruise on Ventura


October 2015 - Central Mediterranean Cruise on MV Aurora


August 2015 - Italy & Croatia Cruise on MV Oceana

Adventure of the Seas

July 2014 - 14 Night Mediterranean Cities(Southampton Roundtrip) Cruise on Adventure of the Seas

A nice trip

A lovely ship and great ports to visit, it was rather hot on the cruise.

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Celebrity Eclipse

July 2013 - 14 Night Iceland & Fjords (Southampton roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Eclipse

Stunning Views - shame about the crew

The ship is lovely with real grass, large seating and the normal things to do, however for us, the cruise was let down by the staff catering for 500 travel agents rather than the guests.

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Independence of the Seas

November 2011 - 18 Night Ultimate Mediterranean (Southampton roundtrip) Cruise on Independence of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas

July 2010 - 12 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Harwich roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas

Independence of the Seas

August 2009 - 14 Night Italian Mediterranean (Southampton roundtrip) Cruise on Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas

October 2008 - 11 Night Canary Islands (Southampton roundtrip) Cruise on Independence of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas

September 2007 - 14 Night Mediterranean Treasures (Southampton roundtrip) Cruise on Navigator of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

August 2006 - 14 days on Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

July 2005 - 14 days on Legend of the Seas

Cruise Tips

Cannes, France

As we have been to Cannes before, we did a trip to a small villiage and the Fragonard perfume factory - which, i actually enjoyed.

Barcelona, Spain

I do like Barcelona, we walked in and got the bus back... after all the shopping and waling around we needed it. Stopped and had some food at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Cartagena, Spain

I have no been to both Categena's, the south american one many years ago. A very nice place, we went up to the fort via the lift (just walk around from the ship) for a small cost and got a lovely photo. Roman bits to see and a fair amount of shops.

Malaga, Spain

An easy walk into the main part of town with all the big and small shops and of course lots of places to eat and drink.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

A long walk from the ship, but transport is available, we went on a trip to a vineyard, with a few bottles to taste and small food provided. It was very pleasant, I am sure my glass was never empty until we got back on the bus.

Valencia, Spain

First time in Valencia, very hot. The bus dropped us off and left us - didn't have a clue where to go, so a local news agent (who seemed busy) told us the way. Lots to see - if hot make sure you take some water with you.



Andersons bar serves some very nice bits on a formal evening, and it has got some very nice seating.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Really enjoyed Reykjavik, we had two days in port and we had booked the second day for our trip, which worked out very well as the organisation for getting off the first day left a lot to be desired. We nearly has a fight in the queue to get off as people were trying to push in the ONE line to get off... The port is well worth a visit and you must do at least one trip (we did the golden triangle) - just make sure you take something waterproof with you.

Akureyri, Iceland

We just walked ashore, which in nice weather would be lovely, however we got wet - and as it was a sunday, not a lot open, but we did find a couple of places to find something to take away with us.

Klaksvik, Faroe Islands

We did a trip to a small villiage with some food. We found all the local very friendly and had a great experience.

Kristiansand, Norway

A pleasant surprise, a very nice welcome as we got off and even managed to have our photo taken by the tourist board (didn't know until we got home). Easy to walk around but there is also the land train which will take you if you don't want to walk or cant. Plenty of shops and we even had some nice sunshine.

Stavanger, Norway

I like Stavanger and have been a couple of times. Just walked ashore and went to the maritime museum which also allowed us to visit the canning factory, not our first choice but as it was included went to visit, and really enjoyed it. Not the cheapest port of call but really enjoyable.

Geiranger, Norway

Our own thing here, and really enjoyed the shopping and the views are stunning, we even found a very nice chocolate shop... we did get a bit wet though.

Flaam, Norway

We did a trip out for some more food and again the views stunning. We did have time to enjoy the shops in Flaam.

Gibraltar (U.K.)

We both used to work in Gib and met there so know it really well, just a shame the visits are not longer.

Vigo, Spain

Been a few times so we did a trip and really enjoyed it -went to a small villiage just in Portugal.

Marseille (Provence), France

Went into the old town by the harbour using the ship's transport, which was very expensive (we complained) and enjoyed our wander. Found a market and got some nice stuff.

Alicante, Spain

A pleasant surprise, our first visit to this part of the coast and really enjoyed it. Not the typical costa del sol place.

Ibiza, Balearic Islands

A pleasant surprise. We have all heard the reports of the clubs and loud music, however a lovely place with lots to see and do and very clean.

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