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Announcing our Away With Words Winner

By JoFriday 16th January 2015

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Last March, we began our journey to source a winner for our Away With Words competition, an opportunity that would provide one lucky person with the chance to sail across the Mediterranean for one whole month.  We were inundated with amazing videos, fantastic written entries, and even songs, but with an incredible travel entry, and an even better blog post, our entrants were pipped to the post by Martin Higgins, a writer and editor from London.


Combining wit with his writing prowess, Martin WOW’d us all here at Royal Caribbean. It was hard to choose a winner, but with Martin’s inspiring tales from his holiday to Zadar, Croatia, and his brilliant article from his time onboard Oasis of the Seas last October, it was a no-brainer. Here we take a look at Martin’s journey throughout the competition so far, as well as what he has to look forward to next.


The competition

In March 2014, we asked all budding writers and video makers to submit their favourite holiday moment, whether it was a meal they’d enjoyed, or an experience they’ll never forget. The prize? A once in a lifetime opportunity to sail around the Mediterranean with us for one month. The catch? No catch, all the winner would have to do is keep us up to date with tales from their amazing time onboard!
After the competition was announced, hundreds of travellers submitted their inspirational and entertaining entries, telling us all about their number one holiday moments, from relaxing in Japanese cat cafes to trekking through tropical jungles.
So, in October, we invited eight finalists to join us on the Oasis of the Seas, where they could experience life onboard. Afterwards, once they’d got back on dry land, we asked them to provide us with a rundown of what they got up to, from the restaurants they dined at to the activities they loved. And, after much deliberation, we came to the exciting decision that Martin was our Away With Words winner. You can check out his final entry here.

About the winner

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From breaking his arm in the ancient city of Zadar, Croatia, to exploring the sights of Central and Eastern Europe extensively, Martin is a well-travelled writer who we can’t wait to welcome onboard. And, although travelling is his passion, when he fancies a break from journeying around the world, Martin can be found admiring the wonders of London, where he lives and works as a professional writer and editor.

What’s next?

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At the end of May, Martin will be hopping onboard Allure of the Seas, where he’ll begin his writing journey around the Mediterranean. Throughout the month, Martin will be posting live updates as he sails from one beautiful destination to the next, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all of his tales of life at sea.
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Don’t forget, if you want to get involved in a similar opportunity to this, ensure you keep an eye out for our upcoming competitions. You never know what you could win!

What would be the first thing you’d do onboard Allure of the Seas? Tell us in the comments below.  


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