Cunard’s make-over for Queen Victoria

Cunard is splashing out £34 million on a major makeover for their 90,000-tonne Queen Victoria. The ship which entered service in 2007 is having a section of the aft decks sliced off to be replaced by a larger lido sun deck. Windbreakers and additional sun loungers, as well as luxury cabanas, will be introduced to […]

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Celebrity Cruises ‘wine show’

This summer there’s the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine from the world’s best vineyards aboard Celebrity Cruises. Always the innovator, this company is a perennially popular choice for passengers who appreciate the company’s take on ‘Modern Luxury’. The cruise line has now developed a limited edition, interactive wine tasting […]

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Yangtze in Focus

The Yangtze river 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 […]

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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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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

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 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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Staff Travel Diaries: Silver Muse

Francesca Barone is one of our Brilliant Travel Homeworkers who specialises in cruise and luxury holidays. She was recently invited on board the Silver Muse, the newest ship in the SilverSea fleet. Here’s her blog on the ammenities found on board. Recently I was one of the fortunate few to receive an invitation onto one […]

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Exploring Alaska from a cruise ship

Scottish naturalist John Muir made the first of his three trips to Alaska’s Panhandle in 1879. Alaska may be America’s ‘Last Frontier’, but when it comes to untamed natural beauty its first without equals. A cruise isn’t just the best way to experience the rugged landscape of America’s 49th state; it’s practically the only way. […]

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