It’s not everyday you get invited on a cruise ship for lunch but that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when the Caribbean Princess was docked in Greenock as part of her UK tour. Myself, an other blogger and a small group of media (some of who go on holiday for a living and write about it, not jealous at all) were given a tour of ship and treated to lunch, not my usual Friday you can imagine. 

That morning, I looked out my best nautical outfit (yes I was the only person who dressed for the occasion lol) and jumped on the train to Greenock for an afternoon on the ship. When I stepped off the train the sun was shining but it is Scotland andby the time I had arrived at the dock it was pouring of rain which was not ideal for photos. So I‘m sure you will have already guessed the picture above is not one taken while in Greenock but one the PR kindly sent me.

The ship was sailing to full capacity (3600 passengers) but honestly, you would find it hard to believe when walking about. The passengers were either on day trips, or the size of ship made it look like there was hardly anyone on board. As the ship was full, we never got a look at a cabin which I was really hoping to see but I do have a picture of one I can show you. 

The tour started off in the main piazza and the first thing that caught my eye was the shops selling luxury goods such as handbags, watches and perfumes and the International Cafe which is open 24 hours a day. We then moved on to where the entertainment takes place and were shown the theatre, casino, numerous bars and two night clubs. The ship even has its own little wedding chapel where guests can get married.

If the passengers are looking for a more relaxing way to spend time on board there is a spa, gym and the movies under the stars which is a huge screen on the deck above the pool area where passengers can lie on the loungers and watch movies under the night sky, sounds amazing doesn’t it?  

For lunch we went for the buffet in the Horizon Court however if the passengers are looking for something a little more fancy there is a great choice. There are three main dinning rooms, Sabatini’s, an Italian restaurant, Crown Grill which serves steak and seafood and Vines, a wine and seafood bar. For something more casual there is the International Cafe serving coffee, snacks and desserts, Cafe Ciribe another buffet, Trident Grill which serves hamburgers and hot dogs and if the passengers are looking for a sweet treat they have Scoops the ice cream sundae bar.

Just before our tour ended we were lucky enough to visit the bridge and meet one of the senior watchmen who told us a little bit about what it was like to sail the ship. I will let you into a little secret, most of it is done by a computerised system worth 3 million dollars!

My afternoon on the Caribbean Princess has certainly put me in the mood for cruising.
Thanks to the PR team at Princess Cruises for inviting me on board for the afternoon.

  

 
 
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 Over the years of traveling to different countries and cities, I would love to put together a scrap book of my adventures and like to hang on to small mementos like ticket stubs, maps and souvenirs. I also love to blog about my trip when I get back and normally just keep all my memories or in my head in my iPhone. So when I seen the Marco Polo Travel Journals I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. 

The pocket size journal has a small space at the front to plan your journey before you go and rest of the journal has plenty pages to record your journey from start to finish. The journal has an expanding pocket at the back for all your mementos. I love the pocket at the back as I often find I lose some of my little ticket stubs and this will keep them secure. Also, there are 100 really useful stickers that will help separate each part of your trip and cute little stickers and emojis which you could use to rate places you have been or how you are feeling.

The journal comes in four designs, retails at £7.99 and would make such a great gift for someone going on their travels or even for yourself if like me, you like to remember as much as possible from your trip.
 

*This was sent to me as PR sample
 
 
 
 

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My blog has taken a back seat at the moment due to selling my flat and buying a house so I’m about a month behind with this post. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed my city break to Munich at the beginning of February. My boyfriend and I always like to go away in February so it gives us something to look forward to throughout January. 
 
We arrived on the Sunday night in the pouring rain and attempted to find our hotel in the cold, dark and rain. Once we found it and checked in, we decided not to venture back out in the rain and ate dinner at the hotel instead. We stayed at the Novotel which had just recently opened so everything was immaculate looking. The hotel had a very Scandinavian feel which I loved (check out my Instagram post).
 
On the Monday morning we were up and out early to find somewhere for breakfast. We found a nice traditional German restaurant at Marienplatz which was a great way to start to day. After breakfast we went for a walk around the old town and found Viktualienmarkt, the oldest food market in Munich. We browsed the stalls and went for a latte / beer and then decided to have an early lunch at the market as the food just looked too damn good. 
 
 

 

 

 

 

After lunch we wondered around the old town some more and we came across a lovely homewear shop, Depot where I picked up a few items for our new house. For dinner that evening we headed out near our hotel and found a little Italian and lucky for me it was happy hour on the cocktails. 

 

 

The following day we took a trip to Neuschwanstein castle (the castle from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). My main reason for visiting Munich was to visit the castle as it’s been on my bucket list for a while. We took the train from Munich Central Station to Fussen. The journey took about two hours and only cost approx 30 euros for two return tickets which also included the bus journey from Fussen station to the castle. The journey was very scenic and when approaching Fussen you could see an amazing view of the Alps. Once we got off the train, we had a 10 minute bus journey and then a 10/15 walk up the hill to the castle, the sun was shining that day so the walk was lovely. The castle was built for King Ludwig who died before they finished the inside of the castle but what was finished was pretty spectacular. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take any photos inside. 
 

 

 

 

On our last day we visited the Allianz Arena which is home to Bayern Munich football team.  Although I’m not a big football fan I really enjoyed the tour. In the afternoon we headed back to the old town for the last time and climbed the 306 steps to the top of Peterskirche to get these amazing views of the city and then back to the food market to have more food, drink and to people watch. Head over to my Instagram for more pictures. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top Tips 
 
  • Compare hotel prices on ebookersTravel Republic and Expedia to find the best rate and don’t forget to click via Quidco or Topcashback to claim cashback on your booking as sometimes you can earn as much as £50 back.
  • Use the trains to get about the city. They are so much more efficient and a lot cheaper to use than back home.
  • Take a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle as it’s well worth a visit. We bought the train tickets to Fussen that morning at Munich Central Station and they only cost 30 Euros for 2 return tickets and purchased our tickets to castle when we got there.
  • Try a slice of apple strudel. Check out my Instagram post to see why. 
  • Visit Viktualienmarkt the oldest food market in Munich.
  • Climb the 306 to the top of Peterskirche to get the best views of Munich.

Have you been to Munich?

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Now that’s Christmas out the way and we are into 2016, it’s time to start thinking about holidays. If you already have one booked or are looking for inspiration you can create the perfect trip with Marco Polo’s new spiral guides.

Marco Polo is relatively new but are the fastest growing travel brand in the UK and offer a wide range of publications including travel guides, spiral guides, maps, atlases, phrase books and wall maps.

Marco Polo recently discovered my love of travel through my Instagram account and kindly sent me some guides to read. I opted for the Florida and Venice spiral guides as Venice is on my travel wish list and Florida is one of my favourite holiday destinations which I hope to return to in the future. I was also sent an Iceland travel guide and a huge wall map so can mark up all the places I have been and all the places I plan to travel to in the future.

The spiral guides are ideal for travelers who don’t have time to plan their trip but want to cram as much as possible into their trip. The main features of the spiral guides are:

Top 10
The guide begins with the top 10 not to be missed attractions.

The Magazine
This section gives you background behind the destination and sets the scene so you know what to expect.

Finding Your Feet

This section includes practical tips from the moment you arrive at the airport and throughout your trip.

Don’t Miss and At Your Leisure
These two sections are organised into regions telling you about the must see sights in each area. This will give you an idea of what you want to visit and what you don’t want to visit as it also tells you about the less important sights.

Walks and Tours
This sections tells you about tours which range from walking, cycling and driving and may enable you to see the place from a completely different outlook.

10 Reasons To Come Back Again
The last section sums up all the good points of the destination and why you should return in the future.

Pull Out Map
The spiral guides also contain a large pull out map so you can find your bearings as soon as you arrive.

The spiral guides retail at £9.99.

Thanks to Marco Polo for sending me these guides.

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I can’t believe that’s my holiday to Florida over and done with all ready and I hate to say it but I think that will be my last adventure for 2015. Bring on 2016. 
This year as well as Universal, (which we visited last year) we decided to do all the Disney Parks as I had never been before. First up was The Magic Kingdom.

I was pleased to discover the rides were slightly tamer at The Magic Kingdom as I’m a total wimp when it comes to scary rides! 

I was so excited when I discovered the Swiss Family Robinson tree house as it’s one of my all time favourite childhood films. I can’t believe my boyfriend has never never seen it so I’ve told him we are watching it the next lazy Sunday we have. 

The following day we took a road trip to St Augustine, the oldest city in America. It was well worth a visit, the old style buildings were like a real life Disney town. 

A visit to Universal’s Islands of Adventure was a must too for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

On to another Disney park, Epcot. After a day at Epcot I felt like I had traveled the world, definitely my favourite of all the Disney parks.

A chill out day at Daytona beach was called for halfway through the holiday. 

The next day we headed to Downtown Orlando for the Sunday Farmers Market and on the way back to the car I spotted this outdoor yoga class in the park. I so wanted to join in. 

Probably my least favourite of all the parks was Animal Kingdom but I think I was just in a bad mood that day as I got completely soaked on the white water rapids and it ruined my outfit. Yes I know, my own stupid fault, don’t go on a water ride and expect not to get wet. 

Another of my favourite parks is Universal Studios and it was great to see the Diagon Alley.
 

The last park of our holiday was Hollywood Studios. 

 
For more pictures of my trip head over to my Instagram.  
 
My Top Tips 

  • Compare hotel prices on ebookersTravel Republic and Expedia to find the best rate and don’t forget to click via Quidco or Topcashback to claim cashback on your booking as sometimes you can earn as much as £50 back.
  • Sign up to receive email offers before you go. I signed up to Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and the Premium Outlets and received loads of money off codes which I used to save money on my purchases.
  • Visit Floridatix for your theme park ticket as I found this website the cheapest.
  • Purchase an Eat and Play card (£12 from Floridatix) before you go to receive discounts when eating out and on activities such as crazy golf and the Titanic and CSI experience.
  • Beware at the car hire desk. They will try to add on extras without asking you so read carefully before you sign anything.
  • Don’t waste money on sat nav, just go onto google maps (when connected to wifi of course) and screen shot the directions. We did this and never got lost once as the directions were so clear and Interstates were clearly sign posted.
  •  Visit the Tourist Information as soon as you arrive to pick up discount coupons for shopping, eating and various attractions.
  • Download the Disney app so you can use your Fast Pass. You get three per park and it saves you standing in a massive queue.

Do you have any Florida Tips?
P.S I picked up some American goodies (Kate Spade, Sephora and Victoria’s Secret) for a giveaway coming soon. Make sure you are following via Bloglovin or GFC to enter. 
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