News & Views

The first in a series of posts featuring the islands of Hawaii and some truly unforgettable ports and shore excursions. Today the Shorexpert Spotlight falls on the island of Oahu and the port of Honolulu. Get in the mood with Hawaii 5 O, Magnum PI, Jake and the Fat Man, Elvis’s Blue Hawaii, the iconic 50’s film ‘South Pacific’ and Jurassic Park.
What a line up and what a trip! I’m so looking forward to sharing it all with you.
Today’s post features two of Honolulu’s most popular and iconic tours. A Magnum style doors off heli experience and a visit to Pearl Harbour and the Battleship USS Missouri.
Buckle up and let’s get started..

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A good tour guide is a joy to behold. A GREAT tour guide is even better. But how does ‘good’ become ‘great’? A Just Wanderlust article holds the answers for novice and experienced guides alike.
‘Knowledge does not make the guide’ – a thought provoking and ultimately influential catch phrase that I first encountered during my tour guide training in *1999.
And finally, its all eyes to the right and here’s a toast to the world’s favourite tour guide, Tour Guide Barbie who features in Toy Story 2 which was released in *1999.
Hunt for the hidden tributes and read on..

* With a respectful purple nod to Prince, who passed away April 21 2016. A legend.

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For those that were not aware… I have just left my post at Iceland Travel as Manager of Shore Excursions and Cruise Services after 8 fantastic years. Many of you have been asking where I am going and what it is that I am now going to be doing. The answer lies in the following press release. I must say that I am very excited about this new turn of events – who would have thought eh?!

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Lucky me! Like many others I am counting down, and looking forward to, my upcoming cruise vacation. Counting down means getting ready, means packing. Part of the process, part of the fun and if you are not careful, part of the stress. Iceland’s cruise season kicks off shortly with the arrival of CMV’s flag ship Magellan on March 6th, whilst I find myself musing topics such as brain freeze, formal dress codes and Iceland’s ever popular hot spring bathing opportunities…

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Everybody likes to be recognised for their hard work, and I am certainly no different to anyone else in this regard. Indeed I am delighted to share the news that tonight is the night that I shall attend the inaugural Wave Awards on behalf of Iceland Travel. An event that recognises excellence in the Cruise Industry and at which I shall be chewing my gel-lacqued finger nails to the quick in anticipation. Will we win? Won’t we win?
The suspense is already causing my heart to beat a little faster and is a timely reminder of my competitive (over) drive.
As the saying goes, ‘winners don’t wait for chances, they take them’

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There are a few exciting dates listed in my calendar for the coming month. One is a trip to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on February 13th to watch Wales take on Scotland in the ‘6 Nations’ rugby. For your info, I shall be attending the match in full traditional Welsh costume and yes, photos and up-dates will be shared via social media, so please do follow me! Another very important date in my diary is February 18th, when I am to proudly represent Iceland Travel at the inaugural cruise Wave Awards. We have been names as finalists in no less than two categories. And last but not least, February also hails the imminent arrival of a new family member.
Nail biting stuff! I look forward to keeping you posted.

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