Arena Travel Blog

  • Host report from our Bridge holiday to the Chateau des Comtes de Challes

                By Andy & Chris Simmons This was First for Bridge’s first visit to the Chateau des Comtes de Challes. Located in the French Alps, the Chateau has stunning views from spacious gardens to the valley below and to the backdrop of snow-capped mountains in the distance. Continue reading
  • Report from our recent bridge cruise on Celebrity Eclipse to Iceland

    by Judy & Allan Sanis

    It was a pleasure to be back on Celebrity Line’s beautiful ship “The Eclipse”. The staff welcomed our “First for Bridge” group and we were once more looked after in the stunning bridge room with floor to ceiling views. Even bridge had to take second place to the sighting of a whale but we played through waterfalls and spectacular fiords! We had the benefit of being a smallish group and we all got to know each other and played bridge in harmony and friendship. The trips our guests chose were varied and included swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, experiencing amazing geological formations dating back to the ice age and four by four off-roading. All the ports we visited were immediately accessible from the ship’s gangway and so walking around and finding a coffee was always an alternative to the organised trips. Once back on the ship the food, the entertainment, the bars and the shopping filled a gap between our twenty bridge sessions. All our regular players won a prize during the two weeks bridge.  So everyone shown in our pictures is a winner. Continue reading
  • News from the Bridge Holiday at The Athena Royal Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus

    The Athena Royal Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus - Host's Report

    by Jacky Baker Back to Cyprus once more for yet another superb holiday. The staff at the Athena Royal Beach Hotel couldn’t do enough for us, and the guests remarked how they went out of their way to do all that was asked of them and more besides. “Happy Hour” in the hotel bar and lobby area was popular before dinner and the resident pianist was enjoyed by all. After the bridge sessions there was a variety of first class entertainment to enjoy as the players discussed the hands they had just played. Continue reading
  • 29th Official Queen Fan Club Convention Report

    Presthaven Sands, North Wales, 26th-29th September 2014

    by Jim Jenkins


    A return to North Wales brought more Queenies along to the annual bash that’s known as the Fan Club Convention. There had been an 17 month wait since last years and everyone in attendance was well up to party like there’s no tomorrow!

    Presthaven Sands in Gronant, next door to Prestatyn, was the venue for our 29th Annual Queen Fan Club Convention, a new venue for the proceedings. The park was vast and the main function ballroom was in the middle of the complex.

    Conventioneers started congregating in the Carousel Bar waiting to check in. The bar was open so made the wait bearable, ‘Convention Water’ started to flow and didn’t stop! People made their way to the allocated caravans to drop off luggage and then head back to the bar to meet up with friends.

    The Friday entertainment started late afternoon with Wayne Plants KARAOKE session which always goes down well. Fans were asked to send their favourite videos so a top 10 chart could be collated. The VIDEO TOP 10 had its countdown to the No.1 which was I Want To Break Free.

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  • Christmas & New Year news from the bridge room!

    Host report from the Athena Beach Hotel

    by Ro Kaye 22 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015 The spectacular sea view which greets guests entering the Athena Beach Hotel is just a foretaste of the delights which await the holiday maker. Comfortable beds, a huge variety of delicious food, polite and caring staff and excellent bridge facilities all contribute to make this holiday a prime location for First for Bridge. Continue reading

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