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THIS WEEK:


MATT GRIFFITHS TRAVEL CONSULTANT,


EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OPERATIVE TRAVEL, TIPTREE, ESSEX


Q&A


Essex-based Matt found it rather strange learning how to pose for a photoshoot but was pleased his toes weren’t stepped on by swimming pigs in the Bahamas. He shares his Cover Stars experience with Benjamin Coren


Q. What did you think of Norwegian Sky? A. I hadn’t sailed with NCL before but I have cruised quite a bit. When we turned up at the port, the ship was docked beside Norwegian Star and it got us all talking about which one we were on. I probably had a bit of a preconception about what NCL would be like but the ship was beautiful, clean and comfortable, and everything was easy to find. I liked how the fish on the carpet throughout the ship face forward so you know which way you’re cruising.


Q. How were the excursions? A. NCL’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, was amazing and we had our own private cabana there. We went swimming with the pigs on the private island which was great. The pigs come over and you can feed them with a long stick. Their trotters are really hard, and a few people got their feet trodden on! Fortunately, they didn’t tread on mine. The island tour of Grand Bahama was my favourite, I really liked to see what the locals do and how they live. That’s the sort of excursion I’d pay for myself.


Q. You departed from Miami – had you been there before? A. It was my first time in Miami and we stayed at the Eden Roc, an amazing hotel. We all had ocean balconies with amazing


views and went shopping at a nearby outlet when we arrived and went a bit crazy. We also had a presentation about the Eden Roc and Nobu brands and we toured the properties where we saw suites that were bigger than my house.


Matt on board Norwegian Sky


Q. What was the photoshoot like? A. It was really fun, I’ve never done anything like it before. The photographer, Steve, was outstanding and he put us all at ease. It was weird to learn how to stand when posing. We had a really cool shoot on the bridge where we met the captain and crew, who made sure we didn’t press any buttons we shouldn’t.


34 travelweekly.co.uk 4 April 2019


PHOTOS: STEVE HOCKSTEIN/HARVARD STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY


2019


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