Flying into Malta to meet a ship, this is how it is likely to play out

I can so remember being excited by the phrase Fly-Drive. I remember it being new and exciting, but now it seems like effort. Fly-Cruise is so much easier and the world is discovering this en-masse. Onboard time is normally around 1830. Lifeboats drill normally around 1930. Ship will leave around 2000. Delays happen if a plane is late if some later planes are used the time will go back an hour but onboard time is likely to stay the same for guests.

If I take a leaf out of Sally Katz’s cruise novel, American Portrait, when she is promoted to a marketing job for a cruise company and taken around the Caribbean by a director, she wonders why he needs to be so focused on greater marketing… until he relays that with about 30 more huge cruise ships being built, within another two years 30 x 4000 average guests x 52 weeks is the number of new cruisers needed a year. Because the established cruisers are already on the many ships afloat. At a small estimate that is 100 million new cruisers at sea. Did I do that maths wrong, or is this a shock to the system? Where do these people go? Where do the ships base themselves and which ports can they find to park in.

Will the bigger cruise companies like MSC ripple their huge seafaring muscles and steal all the best ports to stop at? Who is MSC you may ask, the biggest, that is for another blog (here).

Here we explain something more and more modern cruisers will be doing and have to do. FlyCruise. Even though Liverpool is being clever and building a new state of the art cruise terminal, UK cruisers will be so many in number that thousands will be fly cruising.

If you have never cruised before then you may be asking how. In many places like Barbados, it is easier than others because they do not bother immigrating you into the country. You stay airport airspace and board a coach on the runway which is effectively ‘bonded’. The coach takes you to the cruise port which is not part of the country, so you never enter Barbados. You enter the ship, get a cruise card, they can walk into Barbados without a passport. That is there. Malta, being in the EU, is far more difficult. See below.  Cruising is a big purchase, and there are hidden costs. You might save money by purchasing via Top Cashback as many cruisers do.

See our blog on the true cost of cruising showing hidden costs, not hidden but maybe unexpected.

See our blog for first cruisers, how to choose from the many ships and routes.

Our flight out left UK air space, went through Paris air space, Gerona, down the Mediterranean between Majorca and Italy, over Sicily to Malta in a TUI Boing 737-800 from Gatwick.  A pay for tea trolley, snacks and an alcohol run were done without disturbing the passengers unlike the Thomas Cook Airbus on the way back which leftover half an hour late to wait for bags left by a previous flight and is designed with one toilet at the front and three at the back so everyone from row 10 back has to use rear toilets. That would be is the staff moved the carts which they didn’t. Both did a duty-free cart run between drinks services, but not for spirits of cigarettes as the pane flew within the EU. Don’t leave anything on the plane on the way out as it will be left with local agents not taken back to the UK. Decent over Malta you pass over the stadium and motor scrambling track, and a fantastic low areal view of a well-featured park with the round centres with fountains which cars and carriages go round. The flight home gave us a great night view of Paris.

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If you think is saying the EU is difficult it is amazing how many EU ports you stop at as a cruiser where you have to go through passport control, like Hamburg. But, hey! Cruising is fun, we are glad you have found cruising, we are super glad you found DORIS VISITS and even uber superpower glad you are going to share us with all your friends. Here at Doris Visits we take you to the beach, walk you round the town, we will save you money and help you plan.  CRETE GUIDE THE VERY SPECIAL RHODES ROME DUBROVNIK ZADAR VENICE NIGHT SAIL AWAY

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