Archive for the Cruises Category

Norwegian Epic cruise – Cannes port stop

I was looking forward to visiting Cannes on our cruise as I’d never been before and it was always somewhere I fancied the sound of.  It’s best known for the film and TV festivals it hosts but I was looking forward to a port stop where we […]

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Norwegian Epic cruise – Livorno port stop (for Pisa and Florence)

  Livorno is one of Italy’s largest ports and it is from this stop which most cruise passengers disembark their ship and head for Florence or Pisa or both.  The port itself isn’t that attractive and I must admit we didn’t even really consider having a wander around […]

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Norwegian Epic cruise – Naples port stop

The itinerary for our Western Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Epic had some great port stops, none of which I’d been to before.  The first was Naples.  The ship arrived in the port at 7am and was due to depart at 6pm so there was a good day of exploring to […]

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Family Friendly Norwegian Epic

Often when holiday providers promote themselves as family friendly it is more beneficial for school age children so it is helpful to know if the same counts for pre-schoolers.  The Norwegian Epic markets itself as family friendly so did it match up to expectations with its activities and […]

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Norwegian Epic 2 Bed Family Villa

In September we spent a week on the Norwegian Epic as it sailed from Barcelona on a Western Mediterranean cruise.  There are posts to come about where we went and what we did, we had an amazing time. First thing’s first……the ship itself and the accommodation we got […]

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Why You Should Try A Cruise Holiday

We will soon be going on our fourth cruise so I think I can probably now admit to being a bit of a fan.  However, I really never thought that this would be the case.  I very reluctantly agreed to go on our first cruise holiday when Master […]

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10 Things To Do With Kids On The Norwegian Jade

Although cruise holidays are still not the first choice for many families there is an increasing popularity in cruises with 1.79 British holidaymakers taking a cruise in 2013.  Almost all the mainstream cruise holiday operators now have a family offering and they are battling to think of […]

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Norwegian Jade – Owners Suite with Balcony

We have been on the Norwegian Jade twice and both times stayed in an Owners Suite with a balcony (room 9004 for anyone who knows the ship!)  The suites aren’t cheap but we decided to splurge and it was definitely worth the money especially when travelling with […]

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Five Lessons We Learnt When Booking A Venice Water Taxi

One of the reasons I set this blog up was to share our honest tales of family travel and hopefully help others not make the same mistakes we’ve made.  So, for anyone thinking of booking a water taxi in Venice please read on…. Our recent cruise departed from […]

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NCL Cruise – Athens and Kusadasi

As well as two port calls in Croatia our NCL Med cruise also stopped in Athens and Kusadasi; both places which I’d never visited before. Athens The ship docked in Athens with a very surreal view of office blocks.  It was certainly a change from the deep blue […]

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