P&O’s Oriana

P&O’s Oriana

P&O’s Oriana

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On Friday I had the pleasure of having a tour around Oriana and another lovely lunch!!

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Oriana is an exclusively for adults, mid-sized ship.

Oriana elegantly combines classic design features such as teak decks and a tiered stern with delightful Art Deco touches. Exclusively for adults, she exudes refinement and luxury. Oriana’s signature features are a stunning atrium with a Tiffany glass ceiling and her panoramic Crow’s Nest bar.

Being a mid-sized ship Oriana takes 18880 passengers with 760 crew. The ship is 69,840 tons.

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The broad teak promenade and lido decks are great for sun bathing and watching the world go by; the card room and wood panelled library are ideal for relaxing in, as are the bars which also include the Lord’s Tavern sports bar and the iconic Anderson’s bar.

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Holidays should be relaxing and Oriana is the perfect place to relax with the beautiful Oasis Spa and salon. However, if you prefer to be a little more active whilst on holiday, you’ll find a state of the art gym, sports courts and golf nets.

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Places to visit on Oriana include: Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Iberia, Norway, Iceland and Caribbean

If you would like more details of this cruise ship or any other cruise ships please just give me a call. If your interested in a tour of a ship you haven’t been on please get in contact with me.

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Look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Jan on 07738 923911
Email: jansdreamholidays@gmail.com

South Africa Tour

South Africa Tour

The South Africa Tour

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See South Africa in Style.

This 10-night itinerary features luxurious, 5-star accommodation at three of Red Carnation’s most stunning hotels. All the hotels are located in some of the most picturesque spots in South Africa and combined, they boast city excitement, a wilderness escape and a peaceful beach retreat.

Spend 4 nights in bustling Cape Town at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, where a complimentary shuttle to the stunning Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is provided. Followed by a 3-night stay at the stylish Bushmans Kloof in the heart of its very own private wilderness reserve. And finally, transfer to Durban for a 3-night stay at Oyster Box Hotel, which boasts stunning coastal views.

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DAY 1 HEATHROW-CAPE TOWN
Overnight flight from Heathrow to Cape Town.

DAYS 2-5 CAPE TOWN
Met on arrival and transferred to the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa where you will spend the next 4 nights. This hotel is in an enviable location, flanked by the Twelve Apostles mountain range, close to Camps Bay and just ten minutes from the City Centre. There are a multitude of things to do and see in and around Cape Town. (b)

We have included in this itinerary:

A full day Peninsular Tour which travels via the busy town of Hout Bay to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and its scenic viewing point. We then stop at Boulders Beach to watch the curious African penguins, then travel to the historical naval port of characterful Simon’s Town in False Bay.

A full day Winelands Tour is a leisurely laid-back day of tranquillity and beauty in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, and alongside the sights and sounds of the rich historical and cultural heritage, we’ll be sampling wines of merit at local well known wine estates.

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DAYS 6-8 WESTERN CAPE
After breakfast, a private transfer by road to the Western Cape, where you will stay for the next 3 nights at the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat. Nestled between the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and the vast plains of the Great Karoo, Bushmans Kloof is located in a unique, unspoiled area, once the hunting grounds of the intrepid San and now home to a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Surrounded by the untamed wilderness beauty of open plains, deep ravines, spectacular waterfalls and ancient sandstone rock formations, this oasis has stunning vistas of wide open ‘desert’ landscapes. (b,l,d)

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The following activities are included in this itinerary:
Nature drives
Guided rock art excursions
Botanical walks
Canoeing
Archery
Fly fishing and more.

DAYS 9-11 DURBAN
Private transfer to Cape Town airport for flight to Durban, where you will stay for the next 3 nights at Oyster Box Hotel. The hotel is located on the coastal town of Umhlanga, just north of Durban. It combines colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and a breathtaking seaside setting. There is plenty to do in Durban including shopping in the largest shopping mall in Africa, where there are more than 350 stores, over 70 restaurants, 18 movie theatres, a theme park, a skate park, an indoor climbing rock and the highest fountain in Africa. (b)

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Included in this tour is:

Private full day Durban Highlights Tour. Our journey takes us along the ‘Golden Mile’ which fronts the promenade and a range of superb beaches, we’ll visit the Kwa Muhle Museum, take in Durban’s exquisite Botanical Gardens, discover the rich Indian history of Durban, and experience our very first taste of the unique ‘Bunny Chow’ cuisine.

DAY 12 HEATHROW
Transfer to Durban airport for your flight to Johannesburg and connect with your overnight flight to Heathrow. (b)

The hotel featured for Cape Town is an intimate, boutique hotel offering exceptional standards of service.
The location of Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa flanked by the dramatic Twelve Apostles mountain range, the hotel is situated near Camps Bay, ten minutes from the city centre.
Facilities at Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Offers two restaurants and a bar. Guests can enjoy two outdoor pools, mountain walks, 16-seat inhouse cinema, fitness room and the Twelve Apostles Spa and wi-fi throughout the hotel. Free day time shuttle to the V&A Waterfront is available.
Various charges payable locally.

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Accommodation at Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
55 rooms and 15 suites with air-conditioning, bathroom, satellite TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Classic rooms (2 adults) have garden views. Mountain-facing rooms (2 adults) and superior seafacing rooms (2 adults and 1 child) are also available.

Transfer Time to Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Approximately 45 minutes from Cape Town airport.
ADDED VALUE

Welcome drink on arrival
Fresh fruit in all rooms on arrival
Full English breakfast with oysters and sparkling wine
Health buffet between treatments at the Spa
Fresh fruit skewers, reading material, sunscreen and pool noodles for our younger guests (during the Summer months)
Bar snacks served all day in The Leopard Bar
Milk & cookies on turndown for under 16s

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Prices from £2965 per person based on travel in January 2015.

If your interested in this tour or maybe a safari in Africa then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Call Jan on 07738 923911 or email jansdreamholidays@gmail.com

Look Forward to hearing from you.

Booked your summer holiday yet??

Booked your summer holiday yet??

 

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If you haven’t yet managed to book your summer holiday, it’s not too late.
Give me a call for some amazing last-minute getaways, built around you.

Even if you’re sorted for 2014, I’d be delighted if you could let your family, friends and colleagues know about me.

Lots of people you know might be searching for a better way to book their holiday, but they don’t know I exist. You’d be doing them a huge favour by giving them my contact details, and letting them know about the kind of  holiday they could be enjoying very soon.

I look after my clients, from your very first enquiry until you’re safely back home. My clients book with me time and time again, because they know I listen carefully to their needs. I offer a level of choice and personal service that simply can’t be found on the high street or the internet. I believe in a friendly and exceptional levels of customer service.

 

Service with a personal touchA

So please, don’t keep me a secret!

My details are Jan Cross
Telephone Number 07738 923911 OR 02392 551082
Email: jansdreamholidays@gmail.com
Website: www.travellingthedream.com

I hope to hear from you soon.

Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Service

Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Service

Ever wondered if it was worth paying the extra to fly Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic. Well read on and I will tell you what I thought.

The whole Upper Class experience begins the moment you set foot in the Airport. We travelled from Gatwick Airport, and as soon as we began to head towards the Upper Class check in desks we were greeted by a Lady In Red!! Our passports were taken by the Check In staff and our cases taken from us, there was NO queue, there was NO stress, there was NO weighing our luggage or hand luggage. We were given our fastrack boarding passes, asked if we needed directions to the Clubhouse and away we went.

Fastrack at Gatwick is by invitation only and should by the name be fast. Unfortunately not this time. The queue wasn’t too bad when we entered but ten minutes later when we were still waiting to go through the turnstile, they were suggesting passengers go to the normal departures as it was quicker!! Suggestions to improve this, definitely more staff showing passengers how to use the gates, nobody was standing correctly and the machine sensors couldn’t pick them up.

We eventually headed to the Clubhouse. You can read my review of this here, it was so great it needed its own post!!!

When it was time to board the aircraft Upper Class passengers and Gold Cardholders boarded first. We had our jackets hung for us, our carry-on suitcases stowed in wardrobes and were offered champagne or juice before we took off.

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The cabin does have a more personal feel to it, its more casual and relaxed.

The seats which can fold down to make a flat bed were very comfortable. There was a large soft pillow and duvet stowed behind your seat. As soon as we took off my Daughter tested out the flat bed and stayed there for most of the journey cuddled in the duvet!!

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There is a 10″ entertainment screen that pops out the side of your area. Its on an easily moveable arm and the remote control is easily accessible too. You have a power point and a large sturdy tray to eat, work or play at. My son’s goal was to watch as many movies as possible. You get to use a nice pair of headphones.

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The seats on the aircraft we travelled on, a 747-400 are arranged in a herringbone shape allowing lots of privacy. It is so nice to have direct access to the aisle and not have to worry about climbing over your neighbour. You have an ottoman at the end of your seat to either put your feet up on or have a companion come and join you for a drink. I stowed most of my belongings in the ottoman as its hollow.

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Food, yum yum in this case I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

A few pictures of the views outside.

One thing I would say that dampened our experience and I must strongly advise you to check this every time is your seats numbers. I ALWAYS prebook our seat numbers beforehand if this facility is available. We did this months in advance and got four seats together. As we had an informal check in at the Upper Class Desk it never occurred to me to recheck the seat numbers and it wasn’t until we got onboard we realised our seats had been changed and we were split up. After being in contact with Virgin Atlantic Customer Relations I must warn you that that is NOT a Virgin Atlantic policy to advise customers travelling in ANY class if they change your seats for any reason. We are all aware especially those who have worked in the Travel Industry that when you book an airline ticket you are booking a seat not a seat number but out of courtesy it would be nice to be advised. Maybe its time for this policy to be changed? It would have certainly made a difference to the start of our trip. Nobody wants to spend a 9 hour flight split from their family!!

Overall we once again loved the Upper Class experience. Is it worth the extra? I would definitely do it again, if I can get a great deal on the fare or use our flying club miles. I never buy a full fare ticket, but who does nowadays??

Have you ever flown Upper Class? Was it worth it for you? Have you ever had your seat numbers changed by an airine? I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts.