Interest rates may have come down to just one per cent today, but nothing the Bank of England does seems to help sterling’s fall in value against the euro and the dollar.
Which is not good news if you are planning a foreign holiday this year.
But it is possible to travel the world and still use the pound in your pocket – or on your credit card – by sailing on a cruise ship which uses sterling as the on-board currency.
If the shipboard account is in dollars or euros, then the cost of all those extras, from drinks at the bar to spa treatments, from photographs to shore excursions, will cost more now than it did last year.
On a ship that uses sterling, your costs remain the same, and it’s easy to see what you’re spending without having to do a mental calculation each time.
Ocean Village, whose boast was that their ships were “for people who don’t do cruises