If you had asked me yesterday which was my preferred London airport I would have had to think hard. Not today, the answer in a flash is Birmingham. Seriously, Gatwick is nowhere near London, Luton is a building site with no direct transport and a bottleneck approach road that needs much more serious thought, Stanstead is OK, but where is it? Suffolk? Southend is improving, and Heathrow is a fight; either an hour on the tube or the unpredictable M25. If you drive and park for Heathrow, you’ll be miles away with a transfer in traffic. Birmingham however, as much as I hated the idea when my tickets were delivered, is easy!

Birmingham is ‘the’ London airport. A simple uncrushed, hour long overground train ride sitting in a civilised seat with a table. The train stops in the airport and you wheel your cases to the check-in a hundred yards away.  My advance train ticket which, my employer does not pay for, cost half the Gatwick express price, and almost the same as a tube ticket; where I would be unlikely to get a seat. It goes to show that you have to think out of the box. However, if your plane is flying from one of the lesser London airports there is no point in travelling to Birmingham.

‘It fits with my less than direct life that I am about to land at Orlando, Florida for a Caribbean Cruise. Surely everyone else on the plane is heading for a theme park. My direct route would be; find a man, fall in love, get married; but I have left it a little bit late in life; the panic is on. Have you noticed that now there are more and more single women that they lock the Captain in his flight cockpit? The route my life has taken since waking from my cryogenic state has been a very educational set of diversions with no road map.’

STOP – The words above, every word, unchanged are the opening words to the novel AMERICAN PORTRAIT. Now you may say she (Violet Becket) sounds off her head, but she is, in a nice way. We do like to feature novels set on cruises, and seriously, with American Portrait, it is like you are there! See or page Novels set in Cruise Locations and on Ships.

We smiled when we read this about Birmingham, because we have flown regularly from the nightmarish London airports – except Southend, where did that come from? But, we have also got on the train at Watford, got off in Birmingham Airport and said – wow, why is this so easy. So just saying, let the train take the strain, try Birmingham, and also before you go, for less than a tenner, download the first three Solo Cruiser books to your Kindle. You will be shocked, not talking about the romance, though that might shock too. Should you decide to drive to Birmingham Airport and need parking; Birmingham Airport Parking with Holiday Extras

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So, we also index Birmingham as a cruise Port. Maybe that is going too far, but many will check in for the cruise at Birmingham and not see their cases again until they are delivered to their cabins, even if you don’t get your cruise card there. You maybe on one of the 13 or so flights to fill the Azura in Barbados, or one of the 15 or so flights to fill the Britannia. The excitement builds. Whilst in the queue read a cruise novel. If you are on a P&O flight to a P&O ship, a big tip from us. The excursion desk will be crammed when you arrive so book your excursions by looking at the destination films here then using your personal cruise planner below. Also book your table for dinner (in the second week all fine dining restaurants fill fast and you can always cancel).

The Limelight club normally rotates four menus, it is a three-course menu because you are there to watch an act, it is like a speakeasy. As we are official affiliates of P&O, you can book your holiday here now or if you have booked already and have your details which will all come via the internet and you will be sent tickets and plans, you can book a table at the Limelight Club as well as excursions via your cruise planner below. The internet is a wonderful thing!

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