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I started dabbling at blogging in 2010 after being really inspired by my late father-in-laws blog from his Grand Voyage of South America the Amazon River & Antarctica

 

After following that and then discovering all the other countless cruise blogs on the internet I decided it was time to dip my toes in the water too. :)

 

So this is where I am now, still blogging mainly for the family back home whenever we are onboard a ship but now revealing it to the big wide world here too. :eek:

 

http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk

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Wow! Your blog is fantastic! Such a wealth of information and wonderful pictures. I'm going to visit it again and again as I have time.

 

Keep up the good work.

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/wpid-p1060034.jpg As is with most of our cruises it generally starts with an early morning departure to reach the airport for an early morning flight and today was no exception, by 3:00am we were on the road heading for Heathrow. The first draw back was that the M4 was shut between junctions 11 and 8 which meant... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/11/norwegian-spirit-postcard-1-the-trip-to-barcelona-the-ship/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/wpid-p1060268.jpg The day started off really windy and overcast and didn’t really improve until late afternoon when the sun broke through. Breakfast was taken in the Windows Dining room this morning where the surroundings were a little more civilised than the buffet.At 10:00am we went along to the Cruise... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/11/norwegian-spirit-postcard-3-a-sea-day/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/wpid-p10603491.jpg Last night we actually managed to see one of the shows in the theatre and it was some illusionists called Sander & Alison. The production was called Magika and was actually very good. I always chuckle to myself when the introduction goes along the lines of…..and they have performed... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/11/norwegian-spirit-postcard-4-tangier-morocco/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/wpid-p1060367.jpg Well last nights forecast was certainly spot on. After leaving the almost tranquil port area we were soon in the Atlantic and bobbing around like a cork. There has been hardly any let up since we left last night, in fact we got very little sleep because of the rocking and rolling of the... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/11/norwegian-spirit-postcard-4-a-sea-day/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/wpid-p1060421.jpg Picking up from last night, we agreed to go and see the show which I have to admit that I wasn’t that interested in. The show itself was a violinist called Gary Lovini who apparently won New Faces in the 80’s (I am sure we have seen him before and I was that impressed before). One of... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/12/norwegian-spirit-postcard-6-santa-cruz-tenerife/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/wpid-p10605041.jpg The weather on this cruise has certainly played its part in what we have done and today was no exception. On our sail in we had beautiful blue skies but were not surprised to see the island covered in clouds. The forecast the previous night was 71F and sunny but this I think was a little... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/12/norwegian-spirit-postcard-7-arrecife-lanzarote/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/wpid-p1060561.jpg This was our third sea day on this cruise and the first on our return leg back to Barcelona. All of a sudden time seems to have flown by and it only seems a few days ago that we were embarking.The clouds have continued to follow us but we did get some brief sunny intervals around midday when... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/12/norwegian-spirit-postcard-8-a-sea-day/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/wpid-p1060706.jpg We arrived at a sunny Malaga at 9:00 this morning and were sat on a coach by 9:15 ready for a tour organised by one of the members of our Cruise Critic Roll call to Granada and specifically the Alhambra Palace. The journey took around 2 hours and when we arrived we were met by our guide Danny... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/12/norwegian-spirit-postcard-9-malaga-spain/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/wpid-p1060822.jpg Last nights entertainment in the theatre was a fantastic show combining several of the acts and it was called Elements, It featured the illusionists, the acrobatic duo along with the ships cast and was a real visual treat which depicted the elements such as fire, wind, rain etc… It... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/12/norwegian-spirit-postcard-10-the-final-sea-day/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/wpid-p1060871.jpg The morning has finally arrived where we have to get off and go home. We arrived alongside at just after 5:00 this morning and left the cabin at 8:00 and headed for the buffet instead of the dining room as planned. As there are some 200 passengers who got on at Malaga we thought that there is no... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2014/12/norwegian-spirit-postcard-11-barcelona-disembarking/

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At the start of the year we thought a cruise for us in 2015 was well off the radar but after a change in direction with regards to our future plans, the opportunity for us to be able take a cruise materialised and so we leapt at the chance to take Alex away for half term at the end of May. The... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Wansbroughs-Digital-Postcards-from-the-Norwegian-Jade.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-cruise-preamble/

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It was most welcome that today we were not in port first thing and we all were able to have a bit of a lie in. In fact it was quite a leisurely morning where we eventually went for breakfast around 10:30 which we enjoyed sat out the back in the open in an area called The Great Outdoors.Â* ... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/wpid-wp-1432501073979.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-postcard-2-dubrovnik/

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After saying we weren’t going to do too much at any of our ports of call we changed our minds today and took a trip into Athens. And what’s more Alex came too! He even agreed to get up early to come with us so it was breakfast in the Great Outdoors and then off the ship.Because the... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/wpid-wp-1432643570730.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-postcard-4-piraeus/

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I will pick up from where I last left off and will just add that we didn’t go to the show last night which was the ships cast doing a musical called “Shout! The Mod Musical”. We just didn’t fancy it and so just went to dinner as usual and then finished up with a couple of... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/wpid-wp-1432739823777.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-postcard-5-kusadasi/

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Last night’s show, The Tenors of Rock wasn’t too bad at all, they were in fact four and not a five piece as billed and all from the UK. They had according to one of the group they had been on X Factor a few years ago but being as I am not a fan of the show then there is little chance... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/wpid-wp-1432830927001.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-postcard-6-a-sea-day/

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Last night’s show, The Tenors of Rock wasn’t too bad at all, they were in fact four and not a five piece as billed and all from the UK. They had according to one of the group they had been on X Factor a few years ago but being as I am not a fan of the show then there is little chance... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/wpid-wp-14328309270011.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-postcard-6-a-sea-day-4/

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We really enjoyed last night’s show which was called Elements and thought it was every bit as good as the first time we saw it on the Spirit last year. The show itself finishes with the crew parade and the ships singers belting out the company song which I hazard a guess is called ”... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/wpid-wp-14329166079911.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-postcard-7-split-croatia/

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We arrived on schedule this morning for the transit into Venice cruise terminal. The skies were clear which meant we had beautiful sunshine for the trip in. This was the 4th time we have sailed into Venice and it’s still quite a breathtaking sight as you pass by all the picturesque... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/wpid-wp-1432969335163.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/05/norwegian-jade-postcard-8-venice-disembarking/

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We selected this cabin for a couple of reasons, those being it needed to be big enough for 3 and it needed a balcony. I read a of review on Cruising Mates by someone who had stayed in a mini suite on this ship. Norwegian Jade Mini Suite, 11532, Cat .MA. It was pointed out that the mini-suites... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/06/norwegian-jade-looking-back-with-a-few-photos-and-observations-part-1-the-cabin/

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We had heard so many good things about the Norwegian Jade and were really looking forward to trying her out for ourselves. We felt really at home on her from the moment we boarded, the décor is bright and almost Costa loud in places but it still retains a bit class and style too.Let me take you ... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/06/norwegian-jade-looking-back-with-a-few-photos-and-observations-part-2-the-ship/

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Earlier this year when our future plans changed direction we thought that we should reassess any forthcoming trips that we had lined up. One of these trips was a 3 night cruise on the new Norwegian Escape which was sailing from Hamburg to Southampton in late October. We booked this trip after...

 

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Today began with an exact repeat of the start of our last cruise in as much as we got up early to drive to Heathrow to catch the same flight to Venice from Terminal 5. The only difference being this time there was only the two of us. Our journey along the M4 took only 1 hour and 45 minutes and... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-1442173905111.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-1-the-journey-to-the-ship/

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This morning we awoke to find ourselves at sea, there was quite a wind and this was how it had been throughout the night but best of all there were clear blue skies. I can’t think of a better way to start your morning by looking out to sea while on a ship.Finally getting the chance to... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-1442246937038.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-2-bari/

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Last night the dining room was only about two thirds full and it meant our waiters were a little more attentive than the previous night. There were a lot of passengers getting on and off yesterday at Bari and we heard another muster drill going off at the same time we had ours, the down side was... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-1442325665750.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-3-corfu/

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Last night’s food in the dining room was absolutely delicious, and once again our table mates were excellent company. The waiters were busy again like the first night but seemed to just about manage OK.We followed dinner by wandering towards the front of the ship and stopping first for a... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-1442413848587.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-5-santorini/

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Last night’s dinner in the Costa Club Restaurant was excellent, the food, the service and the setting was fantastic. We had a window table and watched the light fade over Santorini and all the buildings start to light up like a Christmas tree. It was all rather special and we were... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-1442502881959.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-5-piraeus-and-not-mykonos/

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Today was a sea day and one where there wasn’t a great deal happening for us. We dabbled with going to the dining room for breakfast but in the end kept with our usual format. We have heard reports that the service in the dining room can be a little on the slow side and I am not that... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-14425881989571.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-6-a-sea-day/

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Last nights gala dinner finished off with the traditional Baked Alaska parade. Love it or hate it, Costa still do it and it does seem very popular with the passengers. Lots of napkin waving and glass of fizz from the captain. The Baked Alaska ParadeToday was our last full day onboard the Costs... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-1442676467633.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-7-dubrovnik/

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Costa are full of surprises and this morning we arrived an hour earlier than we had anticipated. Not so much of a problem but we did have to be out of the cabin by 8:00 which left us hanging around the ship for an hour and a half while we waited to get off and collect or luggage. 6 of the 7... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-wp-1442767668882.jpg http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2015/09/costa-deliziosa-postcard-8-venice-disembarking-the-doges-palace/

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http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2016/05/celebrating-10-years-of-cruising/ Last Saturday (14 May) marked 10 years since we disembarked from our first ever cruise which was an Eastbound Transatlantic on Jewel of the Seas. I thought it would be nice to look back at our first impressions of what was a life changing experience.At about midday on the 30th April 2006... Wansbrough's Cruise Blog

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How about something different to start a first post with other than we made an early start for the airport? OK here goes, this morning we set off a little after 8:00am and drove to the port of Southampton. Yes that's right the port and not the airport!! After 10 years of cruising we are finally... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2016/05/harmony-of-the-seas-postcard-1-southampton-and-sailaway/

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For our first sailaway from Southampton we went up on deck by the Mast Bar making full advantage of the drinks vouchers which come with our Crown & Anchor Diamond status. You can use your 3 vouchers in any bar between 5:00 and 8:30. After we watched the sailaway it was then back to the cabin... http://www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk/2016/05/harmony-of-the-seas-postcard-2-a-sea-day/

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