May 2022

Firstly, my thanks to Richard for holding down the fort while I was away. I have to say it is the worst cruise I have ever been on. It was Adonia’s first sailing back since covid struck and it was just not ready. There was no excuse as they had months to put everything back into place plus an extra eight days that they announced they were cutting the cruise by. I won’t even begin to bore you with details as those that follow my Facebook page will have seen my various posts.

The most unforgivable things were the lies and misdirection of the captain and his crew in the announcements. I collared the captain on one of the days and asked him why he couldn’t be more transparent in what he was saying and he replied “I can only say what head office tells me to”, so obviously gone are the days when the skipper was in charge of his own vessel.

Covid was rife and instead of ordering a test on everyone, they left it to passengers to come forward if they had symptoms. Ridiculous as by that time they had infected loads of others. We had to go to Barbados twice to offload those with symptoms onto Queen Victoria which was acting as an isolation vessel for crew and passengers who had been infected with the virus. This didn’t just pertain to Adonia but any other Carnival ship sailing the Caribbean.

Coming back the seven sea days saw no one in reception, no pool bar open, no librarian and most of the buffet closed. And one of the speciality restaurants was closed permanently since leaving Southampton. The crew had gone down hard and it was a complete shambles. Enough said. I don’t blame them for the covid cases but for the way they handled everything.

There was a long delay getting back off the ship in Southampton as we didn’t get clearance for ages and on getting to the car park I found my driving glasses severed in half and the satnav broken courtesy of the valet service. I might very well have done that journey a hundred times but I am useless without the GPS. I had to use packaging tape on my glasses and my son was guiding me to the motorway by talking into my phone which was laying on the passenger seat.

This was 1st April and I had made arrangements to stay in Harrow so I could see my son and celebrate my birthday the next day with him. Several hours later the dog started barking at the front door. Justine’s father opened it to show the dog there was nothing to be excited about but he was very wrong. At first I thought someone might have tried to break into my car to get at the luggage but Greg shouted to me that was not the case (do you like the pun, lol) but that it did involve my car. Getting to the front door I saw police everywhere; they had closed off the road from both ends and there were car parts everywhere. It would seem an idiot coming the other way had lost control of her vehicle, crossed the road, mounted the pavement and hit my car shunting it onto the other side of the road and quite a ways from the house.

Again I won’t bore you with the details but it was probably the worst birthday I have ever had. The insurance company couldn’t supply me with a courtesy car until a week later as there was a shortage of small automatic cars so my poor son had to make the six-hour round trip to take me home on the Monday. I had to get back as the continuation of my book publicity was re-starting on Tuesday. Anyway, the car was a write-off and so began a hunt for a new car.

The good news, while I was away, was the release of my new book “The Autonomous Cruiser: The Complete Guide to Cruising For and with Disabled Travellers”. Here’s the official press release.

The first book to specifically address the needs of the disabled cruiser and their carers to ensure a stress-free holiday.

Michele Monro has more that 40 years’ experience at sea and 14 as a specialist speaker on a number of cruise lines.

The book is the result of painstaking and thorough research and
information on the effects of Brexit and Covid.

Few people know as much about cruising with a disability as Michele Monro. The daughter of much-loved singer, Matt Monro, Michele has spent more than 40 years travelling the world on cruise liners. For the last 14 years she has combined her love of cruising with her work as a specialist speaker for companies including Celebrity, P&O, Fred. Olsen and Royal Caribbean.

In the 1990s Michele was diagnosed with MS. It was then she began to fully appreciate the absence of advice and information about cruise travel with a special need. Michele felt strongly that whilst living with a disability presents a lot of obstacles, a cruise holiday shouldn’t have to be one of them and she began what was to become 3 years of painstaking research covering all the possible details a disabled cruise traveller needs to know.

The Autonomous Cruiser is the result. The most up to date and comprehensive guide available, advising on the whole process of cruising, including: –

  • Cruise and port choices, and the accessibly of cruise terminals. A comprehensive section on fly-cruises including airport guides, car park assistance, wheelchair advice, checked luggage, lounges, and delayed and missed departures

  • Critical pre-planning information including holiday administration, vaccinations, medication, cabin selection, upgrades, pier transfers, luggage services, drinks packages, specialty dining and online check-in

  • Life on board incorporates embarkation, cruise ship etiquette, dining, entertainment, meetings, bridge visits, swimming pools, spa facilities shopping and duty-free, photo gallery, onboard savings, ship visits, port calls, tendering, safety, technology at sea and the travel scams to watch out for

  • Caregivers, chaperones and service dogs

  • A directory outlining the most important disability resources, including accessible shore excursions, dedicated apps, cruise specialists and accessible travel agents

This market first book covers the most common areas of special needs – from those travelling with pre-existing conditions, special dietary considerations, prescriptions and medication, epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, compromised immune systems, breathing disorders, kidney disease, and visual and hearing impairments to make this the most comprehensive guide to cruising available.

About the author

Michele Monro is the daughter of much-loved singer Matt Monro. She is the author of the internationally bestselling biography of his life The Singers Singer: The Life And Music Of Matt Monro, and released a brand-new album of her father’s work, Stranger in Paradise: The Lost New York Sessions in 2020 which went straight to the No8 spot in the official album charts and stayed in the charts for six months.

Michele is a special interest speaker for a number of cruise lines including Celebrity, P&O, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Cruise and Maritime, Fred. Olsen and Royal Caribbean. She is also writing a series of cruise port guides for disabled passengers to complement The Autonomous Cruiser. When she isn’t cruising,

Michele lives in Shropshire.


The Autonomous Cruiser by Michele Monro is published by Clink Street Publishing on the 8th March: and can be ordered through all good book shops. Both the paperback and eBook are available to buy online from all good retailers including

You will know from Richard that I got a full page in the Sunday Times and was reviewed in Best of British this month although I haven’t seen it yet. I also have a piece in Cruise International on 1st June and World of Cruising in their June issue. I have also done several blog articles and dozens of BBC and Hospital radios. I’m thrilled that the book made No4 in the Amazon disability chart. If any of you have a social media site I would be grateful if you could post a copy of the book cover there as this is a subject I am very passionate about.

If you’d like to read my article that was featured on I’ve put the link below.

Accessible Cruise Expert Offers Top Tips for Cruising with a Disability

I also have a new Author’s website –


At last, the official unveiling of the dad’s Heritage Plaque at 14 Ruxley Lane, Ewell on Tuesday 17 May 2022. Matt Monro Jnr who is performing at Epsom Playhouse in the evening will be there representing the family as well as my son Max and we would be delighted if some members of the Fan Club could be present. We would envisage a ceremony at 12.30 pm at the house, then moving on to the Queen Adelaide pub on Ewell Bypass for refreshments at around 1 pm. Don’t forget to take lots of photographs and post them on the Forum as I would love to see them.

Talking of my brother and for those of you who follow Matt Jnr, you will know that he officially retired a few years ago but like all artists, who take time away from the tread boards, he got itchy feet and was set to tour last year. Of course, the whole industry was affected by the pandemic and everyone was forced to suspend their plans until the theatres opened again and citizens were given the freedom to venture out again. The Matt Monro Story which includes video clips, home movies and even a sequence where Matt Jnr duets with dad, all play a part in this celebration of the life and legacy of Matt Monro. The tour kicks off on 3rd May 2022 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley so grab your tickets now.

3rd Bromley Churchill Theatre

4th Stevenage Gordon Craig

5th Wimborne Tivoli

6th Southend Palace Theatre

10th Ilkley Kings Hall

11th Tamworth Assembly Rooms

13th Hastings White Rock

14th Clacton West Cliff

17th Epsom Playhouse

18th Dartford Orchard

19th Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome

20th Leamington Royal Spa

21st South Shields Customs House

28th Musselburgh Brunson Hall

29th Glasgow New Auditorium (Royal Concert Hall)

There may well be dates added so go to to see if Matt Jnr is coming to your area

I was upset to learn nearly two years ago that a few albums available to upload were inferior in quality compared to what is available in sound today so after airing my complaints, Universal gave the go-ahead. Richard mastered them within weeks, and now at least someone has finally pushed a button which has made them live.

The remastered downloads of 8 of his 9 original Capitol albums now appear on all good download and streaming sites as of 8th April. The last album “We’re Gonna Change The World” and three brand-new compilations gathering together the rest of Matt’s Capitol catalogue will be made available at a later date.

This is The Life (1966) – Available in Stereo for the first time digitally. Brand new re-master from original US master tape.

  1. This is the Life –

  2. I’m Glad There Is You

  3. This Is The Life

  4. You’re Gonna Hear From Me

  5. I’ll Take Romance

  6. Strangers In The Night

  7. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)   

  8. Sweet Lorraine

  9. My Best Girl

  10. On A Wonderful Day Like Today  

  11. Merci Cherie

  12. Honey On The Vine

Here’s To My Lady (1966) – Available in Stereo for the first time digitally. Brand new re-master from original US master tape.

  1. When Joanna Loved Me

  2. Real Live Girl

  3. When Sunny Gets Blue

  4. Laura

  5. People

  6. Here’s To My Lady

  7. The Good Life

  8. You’ve Got Possibilities

  9. Rain Sometimes

  10. Sweet Talkin’ Hannah

  11. Nina Never Knew

Invitation To The Movies (1967) – Brand new remaster from UK and US Stereo master tapes

  1. Alfie

  2. Georgy Girl

  3. Theme From “The Sand Pebbles”

  4. A Time For Love

  5. I Will Wait For You

  6. Moment To Moment

  7. Born Free

  8. In The Arms Of Love

  9. Wednesday’s Child

  10. A Man And A Woman

  11. Strangers In The Night

These Years (1967) –  Brand new remaster from Stereo US master tapes

  1. There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)

  2. Release Me

  3. Don’t Sleep In The Subway

  4. What To Do?

  5. The Happening

  6. These Years

  7. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

  8. Music To Watch Girls By

  9. Here, There And Everywhere

  10. Spanish Eyes

  11. Nobody Cares For Me

Invitation to Broadway (1968) –  Brand new remaster from Stereo US master tapes

  1. Look For Small Pleasures

  2. Stranger In Paradise

  3. The Impossible Dream

  4. The Apple Tree

  5. I’ll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her

  6. Come Back To Me

  7. Hello Dolly!

  8. Sunrise Sunset

  9. Walking Happy

  10. If She Walked Into My Life

  11. Put On A Happy Face

The Late Late Show (1968) –  Brand new remaster from Stereo US master tapes

  1. If She Should Come To You

  2. When I Fall In Love

  3. Maria

  4. Hello Young Lovers

  5. September Song

  6. Time After Time

  7. This Is All I Ask

  8. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face

  9. Days Of Wine And Roses

  10. The Shadow Of Your Smile

  11. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)

  12. The Party’s Over

Todo Pasara (1968) – Brand new remaster taken from the 1st generation mixdown masters for the first time ever.

  1. Alguien Canto (The Music Played)

  2. Que Tiempo Tan Feliz (Those Were The Days)

  3. Lo Que Quedo (All That Remains)

  4. No Puedo Quitar Mis Ojos De Ti (Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)

  5. Todo Pasara (Everything Will Happen)

  6. Vete Por Favor (Walk Away)

  7. Nacida Libre (Born Free)

  8. La Montaña

  9. No Me Dejes (If You Go Away)

  10. Amandote Otra Vez (Lovin’ You Again)

  11. Si Tu Te Vas (If You Go)

  12. La Perla Y El Rubi (The Ruby And The Pearl)

En Espana (1970) – Brand new remaster taken from the 1st generation mixdown masters for the first time ever.  La Estrella Del Sur Mixed to Stereo for the first time and Dónde Hallarse? Has been re-mixed due to damage to the master tape. Newly added bonus track ”Ven Mi Amor” also receives it’s first time Stereo mixes

  1. Sueño Imposible (The Impossible Dream)

  2. No Me Pesa, Es Mi Hermano (He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother)

  3. Te Esperaré (I Will Wait For You)

  4. Jean

  5. Si Yo Fuera Carpintero (If I Were A Carpenter)

  6. La Sombra De Tu Sonrisa (The Shadow Of Your Smile)

  7. Dónde Hallarse? (Where In The World)

  8. En Días Como Estos (On Days Like These)

  9. Los Dos (Two People)

  10. Puedo Ser Feliz (You’ve Made Me So Very Happy)

  11. Qué Tonto Fui

  12. La Estrella Del Sur (The Southern Star)

All eight albums were re-mastered completely in high resolution audio by Monro archivist Richard Moore.

We’ll post more information on the remaining 4 sets as soon as the release date is confirmed.

As you know Richard and I launched dad’s very own YouTube channel – and put together a four-part audio documentary to celebrate dad’s special 90th birthday. The programmes were written and narrated by myself and feature an intimate portrait of the man behind the voice, drawing on previously un-broadcast interviews, extremely rare recordings previously thought lost, interviews with his family and friends and messages from some of his more famous fans.  I made a deal with Aviator so every two weeks we feature a rare television performance of dad and the YouTube channel still has all the ones you may have missed by not visiting yet. It’s all totally free and if you register the site will send you a reminder every time something new is added.

No cruises until December as the ships are not prioritising speakers at the moment which is understandable but I will update you when I know anything different.

Until June take care of yourselves and keep spreading the MM legacy.


Much love

Michele xx