Milly Johnson © Charlotte Murphy
Milly Johnson © Charlotte Murphy

I never get tired of Venice. It’s the most beautiful city and it’s handbag shopping heaven, but I’d love to go back to the little bay we went to in Sardinia. We booked a tour to a tiny private bay only accessible by boat and it was idyllic. On the way back, we had a feast of wines, bread, hams and cheese – simple and gorgeous.

A memorable holiday for me was a cruise to St Petersburg. Going to the Gdańsk Shipyard and seeing the museum there, which tells the story of the birth of Solidarity, was the most moving day ever.

We did a Med cruise last year, which I love because the only time I ever seem to relax is in the sun on a ship. We went to Rome and Florence and some wonderful familiar places.  It was the last holiday with my sons because this year they want to go with their friends, so it was a bittersweet one. As for what we did – very little… and that’s the way I like it.

I’d like to go right up to the Arctic Circle and call in at Iceland so I can visit The Blue Lagoon and see the Northern Lights. But the Med is my favourite so I’d like to call in at Corfu, Mykonos, Rome, Florence and Nice.

I love cruising because I’ve found that it’s the best way for me to unwind. I love the motion of the ocean and how it feels like I’m in a giant cradle at night. I also love reuniting with crew friends that I’ve met year after year – and we know some of the ships so well that it’s almost like a home from home.

Milly’s latest book Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage is published by Simon & Schuster (RRP £7.99). She has also written an exclusive ebook short story for charity called The Barn On Half Moon Hill.