Your stateroom awaits
Cabins or staterooms as they are more commonly referred to now and suites come in an array of sizes and features. You might not necessarily spend much time in them (what with excursions to experience, entertainment to enjoy and food and drink to sample) but when you do you want to feel relaxed and comfortable.
Like a cruise itself there is a stateroom to suit everyone’s taste and you’ll find that they fall into the following broad categories: Inside; Outside; Balcony and Suites. In addition, there are family, single, connecting and even virtual balcony rooms! Another point to consider is where your stateroom is on the ship and its proximity to everything else on board. We have always chosen a stateroom on the higher decks and towards the middle as you are near the sun decks, away from the entertainment decks and if seas are rough you don’t feel quite as bad as if you were towards the front or rear of the ship.
Inside staterooms are great if you don’t want a sea view and are the entry grade of accommodation. Next are outside which will have a sea view or if you want to try something new, virtual balconies are inside rooms with a view! Balconies, which have been our favourite, let you smell the sea air and are perfect when arriving and leaving ports or watching sunsets at night. Finally, we have suites which really do ‘pull out all the stops’ in luxury and service. They can be split over two levels, come with personal butlers, offer exclusive use of restaurants or spa facilities and/or include special privileges like priority check-in.
No matter what type of cabin you opt for, rest assured that in these modern times they will all come with practical features like tea and coffee making facilities, safe, television, hairdryer, refrigerator, en-suite shower and/or bath. They will also be regularly cleaned by their own cabin stewards and of course room service is never too far away!
In today’s booming and very competitive cruise industry 6-star luxury and refinement is the ‘name of the game’ so why shouldn’t your staterooms or suites be any different?
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cruising
Publisher: Filament Publishing
Publication date: 24th January 2017
In Family Sailaway, Sarah receives a flyer from CZN Cruises with tantalising summer offers and soon makes plans for her next cruise. This time, the adventure is longer, the ship is bigger and there are many more countries on the agenda. Unlike the first cruise, when she travelled with her younger sister, Sarah is joined by her aunt, uncle, cousin and boyfriend Paul (who she met on her first cruise).
Two other families become part of their adventure and sparks fly between cousin Megan (young, single, attractive - and she knows it) and protagonist Sarah. Megan befriends another passenger, Rebecca, who says she is a cruise reporter but Sarah suspects there is more to her than meets the eye.
Megan attracts a lot of attention from fellow passengers including a married man travelling with his wife and a younger, shy man who lives in the shadows of his more confident brother. Who will win Megan’s affections and how do other families get entangled in their story along the way? A storm brews during the cruise that makes for even more entertaining scenes along the way. This is a tale of family relationships, friendships, suspicion and intrigue, romance, feuds and, of course, the thrill of the cruise.
Family Sailaway is the second in the ‘Sailaway Trilogy’ and starts six months after the original book. You could read this as a standalone book but as they're both quick and easy reads, we strongly recommend starting with the first - Surprise Sailaway, published by Filament in 2015 – and then jumping ship straight to the second!
Print Length: 138 pages
Publisher: Filament Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: December 7, 2015
Surprise Sailaway tells the story of two sisters who embark on a short cruise following the sudden and tragic death of their parents. Sarah and Hannah ﬁnd themselves living the high life on the high seas where the eldest ﬁnds possible romance and the youngest a potential career. Life on board is relaxed and stress-free for them both, a million miles away from the memories they have back home of their parents.
Follow their adventures on board as they visit Amsterdam and Hannah has the chance to see Paris. A twist at the end is a direct result from the parent’s death and an event that will change both sister’s lives forever.
Born and raised in Dundee, cruise aficionado, retail manager and author, Derek Curzon, moved to Lancashire in 1998 aged 28. His background is Accountancy, he has worked in myriad roles in the banking world as well as editing a local magazine. He found love through writing - he married his penpal (before the days of emailing and Tinder!) and their first cruise was their honeymoon in 2005 - they've never looked back and have been on six cruises to date with plenty more in the pipeline.
Their cruise holidays have given them the chance to see places they couldn’t have hoped to visit on a 'normal' holiday. The Sailaway Trilogy takes inspiration from their own cruise experiences and celebrates the cruise industry as the booming travel sector it is today.
Family Sailaway, due for release in January 2017, is the second book in the series. As a spin-off from the trilogy, Derek launched a fictional cruise blog: ‘Nautical Nights.’ It's a light-hearted and humorous look at life on board a cruise ship and the ensuing adventures!
When he's not working his day-job, writing blogs or articles, or planning the next book, Derek can be found long-distance walking.
As a couple, Derek and his wife have completed the West Highland and Great Glen Ways in the Scottish Highlands and will be walking Hadrian’s Wall in 2017.