anorama of small island resort in Maldives Indian Ocean

Which Indian Ocean island is your perfect paradise?

The Indian Ocean is a tropical stretch of blue waves symonous with bright sunshine, stunning reefs, palm trees, sandy beaches and attractive islands that are favoured by holidaymakers seeking a relaxing summer getaway. There are four islands in particular that have remained firm favourites with British jetsetters: Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Seychelles. If you’re […]

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first curve yangtze

Yangtze in Focus

The Yangtze is the third longest river in the world after the Nile and Amazon. At 3,553 miles long it rises in the frozen glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau and disgorges into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It stretches through China‘s most enchanting historic and cultural treasures; and has been an important lifeline since […]

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cruises for foodies

Cruises for Foodies

For many people, sea cruises are a long day’s journey into dinner, undoubtedly the main event of the day. As mealtimes roll relentlessly past, the captain has the good grace to deliver a number of countries to the side of the ship. Emphasising the ‘fine’ in fine dining, the cuisine on cruise ships has pushed […]

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sunset at Irrawaddy

Irrawaddy in Focus

The broad, meandering Irrawaddy was immortalised in Kipling’s poem of 1890 as ‘The Road to Mandalay’. The writer travelled through Burma in 1889 and was enchanted by the shimmering golden pagodas, misty rice paddies, and the gentle, charming people. It is these same qualities that make Myanmar so special today; a country that imprints itself […]

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repositioning cruises

Repositioning Cruises

From the very beginnings of transatlantic travel, when the paddle steamer Britannia set out from Liverpool bound for Boston in July 1840, competition across the Atlantic became intense. Each new ship was built to be larger, faster and more luxurious. The North Atlantic became a showcase for national rivalries as nations vied for supremacy. By […]

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mekong delta

Mekong in Focus

Back in 1955 Graham Greene compared Vietnam’s polished illusions to a lacquered table: lovely, but so tough it takes no scratches. Today he would scarcely recognise Ho Chi Minh City with its designer boutiques along Dong Khoi Street exuding a glistening 21st Century patina. This metropolis is also the southern starting point of a cruise along […]

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