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Right to the Bitter End!
2018-11-20

Good Day to all readers, or as I used to say on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria or Queen Mary 2 at my daily Noon speech; “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Captain Peter Philpott speaking from the Navigating Bridge and I do hope you all enjoying this wonderful day at sea! As is our […]

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10 Travel Photography Tips for Getting Better Photos
2018-11-20

Use this guide to start taking top-notch vacation pictures. While professional-looking travel photos were once a privilege for those who could afford pricey equipment, today, travelers can take a stunning photo with nothing but a smartphone. Follow these 10 expert tips that will help you find the best lighting, achieve the perfect angle and make […]

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Special guests and entertainment aboard cruise ships
2018-11-13

Hello again! If you happen to be a regular reader of my column, you’ll have seen that I was for a long time with Princess Cruises – in fact I served in all Navigating Officer ranks up to the rank of Staff Captain. My favorite Princess ship was the original Pacific Princess (built in the […]

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The 5 Top Health and Wellness Trends in Cruising
2018-11-13

Find out how taking a cruise can support your health, fitness and nutrition goals. In today’s health-focused world, many vacationers aren’t willing to disrupt their diet and fitness routines for a week of fun. In response to passenger demands, cruise lines are expanding their health and wellness offerings, providing travelers with nutritious food options, unique […]

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Early days
2018-11-06

Hello again and as you may have read, I just finished my career at sea on “big ships” as Captain of Queen Mary 2 in September 2018 and it really was an amazing way to complete a career. But we all start somewhere and I still vividly recall my early days as a young 16 […]

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No route is ever the same
2018-10-23

You know, the average person might think that Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossings must take the same route every time. I mean, why not? It’s all Ocean out there and it would be very difficult to bump into say, Bermuda or some other such island on the way across! So why is then that I […]

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What Is a Boutique Hotel?
2018-10-23

Learn more about these accommodations and why they are so popular. The word “boutique” is thrown around quite a lot these days, from boutique agencies to boutique exercise studios to, of course, boutique hotels. But what are boutique hotels, and what sets them apart from more typical accommodations? To help you better understand this lodging […]

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The Love Boat
2018-10-16

You will know from the home page of The World’s Greatest Vacations that you can “Discover a world of opportunities with Cunard’s Sailing Soon Savings”! Well that phrase immediately takes me right back to when I was a young 28 year old Second Officer just about to join my first ever passenger ship in 1989, […]

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4 Family-Friendly Winter Cruise Ideas
2018-10-16

Discover upcoming itineraries that cater to families with age-appropriate programming and excursions. With summer behind us and the fall and winter holidays just around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to start planning the next family vacation. Instead of a beach break or ski getaway, a family cruise offers a convenient […]

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Glad to be aboard
2018-10-16

How else could I start this week’s column other than to say “Wow!!!” in response to such a welcome from Mr Richard Shane of The World’s Greatest Vacations to the Team here, via his video filmed from his boat alongside the one and only Queen Mary 2 in New York Harbour!! Up until just a […]

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